NC Hip-Hop Festival – Thursday through Sunday – Artists from throughout the Southeast, including Petey Pablo, Mr. Cheeks, Sa-Roc, STATIC THE PRODIGY and Anonymous Jones will perform at this event, which features 24 recording artists and more than 100 exhibitors for three days at venues throughout the city, like CCB Plaza, The Durham Hotel Rooftop, Carolina Soul Records and more.
American Tobacco Music on the Lawn – Thursday, 6-9pm – Bring your picnics, family and even your dog out to the Amphitheater in American Tobacco to hear country singer Will Hoge. Chapel Hill band Ellis Dyson and the Shambles open the show. American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open and preparing quick grab items for concertgoers, and beer and wine are available for purchase.
The Draw – Thursday, 6:30pm – Participate in a free experimental drawing workshop at The Carrack. Bring your own drawing implements. Come create tiny artworks for The Sticky Note Show. The Carrack will provide the sticky notes! Brothers Vilgalys Spirits will be joining in to fuel the creativity with samples of their liqueurs.
‘Slaying the Food Myths’ Book Signing – Thursday, 7pm – Dr. Steve Chaney, nutritionist and professor at UNC, appears at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and signing of his work “Slaying the Food Myths: The Truth Behind the Headlines.” The book answers many of the confusing claims made about food today.
‘Fenn’s Searchers’ – Thursday, 7:30pm – Local filmmaker Matthew Maisano‘s documentary “Fenn’s Searchers” will screen at Full Frame Theater. The movie details the story of a unique group of people searching for a mountain treasure.
Pilobolus – Thursday and Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 1pm – This perennial crowd favorite of the American Dance Festival will present an evening of work at the Durham Performing Arts Center based on the five senses, including “Gnomen,” a quartet for men with its lyrical exploration of relationships emerging from an unusually inventive physical vocabulary, and “Day Two,” one of the company’s most amazing works set to a soundtrack from Brian Eno and Talking Heads that captures the awe of evolution and the wonder of existence. Additionally, Pilobolus teams up with indie rocker Thao Nguyen in a new ADF commission to create the company’s first all-woman trio. Evening performances contain nudity.
’54 Strange Words’ – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 6pm – Dance theater company The Bipeds presents “54 Strange Words” at The Durham Fruit & Produce Company. Banjo player Curtis Eller is joined by choreographer Stacy Wolfson’s cast of visceral, expressive dancers to present a performance that blends psychedelic imagery and music with dance so that the line between the dancers and musicians is blurred as the performers descend into a strange and mysterious world of nightmare imagery. There will be a cocktail hour prior to show time, and Saturday’s performance will be followed by an after-party!
Pollinator Day – Friday, 9:30am-2pm – ‘Tis the season for blooming flowers, and the Museum of Life and Science celebrates National Pollinator Week with a visit to its Garden. With the help of local scientists and organizations, learn about the important role these animals play in the survival of plants and people alike. Activities for the day include: Bayer Bee Care Center Garden Kit raffles every hour, lessons from Durham County Master Gardeners and Durham Bee City USA, cool pollinator experiments, a look at the inside of a bee habitat with Bee Downtown, creating your own pollinator tree seed kit to take home with Terra Vita and more! The event is free with admission.
PLAYlist: Aztec Sun with stArt of Cool– Friday, 6-8pm –DC-based Aztec Sun produce an upbeat and retro groove steeped in ’70s funk and soul with overtones of jazz, afrobeat and Motown-era pop. They take the stage at Durham Central Park for DCP’s Summer PLAYlist, a 10-week summer concert series held on Friday nights, rain or shine. Students from the Art of Cool‘s jazz education program will open the show. While you’re rocking out, grab a drink from local craft beer vendors and munch on fare from food trucks.
Sol Roots at The Bullpen – Friday, 7pm – New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul will fill The Bullpen as Sol Roots performs. For every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
Live Electronic Music – Friday, 8-10pm – Digital pop duo Tescon Pol bring their unique soundscapes to The Carrack. They’re joined by fellow electronic artists Sunset Palette, Gar-ud and Chucha.
Air Bee-n-Bee at Durham Central Park – Saturday, all day – National Pollinator Week is in full swing and Durham Central Park is the place to bee! A new sanctuary for bees will be opening in the park to celebrate the workers that keep nature blooming.
Education Storytime at Funny Girl Farm – Saturday, 9:30-10am – Funny Girl Farm hosts its Storytime at the Farmstand, aimed at helping toddlers grow and learn about the world around them. This storytime features local mother and author Sarah Scruggs King reading her book, “Franny the Nanny in Gumdrops for Breakfast.”
Durham Comics Fest – Saturday, 11am-5pm – Comic fanatics, come enjoy this celebration of storytelling at the Southwest Regional Library. The festival starts off with a comic swap and giveaway, followed by an afternoon of workshops and talks from the best in the biz. Throughout the day, fans will be able to meet members of the local comic scene to learn about their process and purchase their works.
Coming Home: American Dance Festival Alumni Return – Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 2pm – The American Dance Festival welcomes back five of its talented alumni to Reynolds Industries Theater. The five choreographers, all of whom were students at ADF from 2003 to 2011, will showcase original works at the festival.
‘Marmaduke’ – Saturday, 8:30-10pm – Sit back, relax and enjoy family and friends while watching family-friendly movie “Marmaduke” at Durham Central Park as a part of Durham Parks and Recreation summer series that includes concerts and movies in Durham’s parks. Food vendors will be on site and food will be available for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcohol or smoking allowed.
Cool John Ferguson at The Bullpen – Saturday, 8:30pm – Named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine for two years straight, The Bullpen hosts this self-taught electric guitarist for music enthusiasts. His style reflects his Gullah heritage and the gospel music from his upbringing. For every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
‘Loud Color Luminous Sound’ Curator’s Tours & Workshop –Sunday, 2-5pm – Join curator Kerry Crocker for a tour on the final day of “Loud Color Luminous Sound” at The Carrack. NCSU Libraries will also lead a free basic electronics workshop. Make a light-up pin! Free. All ages.
Dance Party at Pour Taproom – Sunday, 7:30-9pm – Pour Taproom hosts a tango lesson, followed by a dance party.