Weekend at a Glance: Blues, Biz and Beer

Weekend at a Glance: Blues, Biz and Beer

Dance to the blues, treat yourself to a cidermosa and start your "Where's Waldo" passport as you shop local with Sustain-a-Bull, all this weekend!

Memphis-based performer Valerie June headlines the PLAYlist Durham Central Park concert series this Friday.

Stadium 10 Theater Free Kids Movie Camp – Thursday, 9:30am – Come to Northgate Stadium 10 with your kiddos for a free screening of Boss Baby! Parents and kids are both welcome.

Fleet Feet Pony Run – Thursday, 6:15pm – Finish a fun run with a pint of Ponysaurus Brewing‘s beer! Take either the five-mile or three-mile route, and gather at the brewery afterward to refresh.

Viva Voce Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic – Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm – Join fellow Durhamites in sharing their stories, lyrics and rhymes at Cocoa Cinnamon. Performances start at 7:15.

Akomfrah Double Feature – Thursday, 7-9pm – A free screening of two earlier films, Handsworth Songs, and Last Angel of History, by award-winning London-based artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah. This event complements the major exhibition John Akomfrah: Precarity, a three-channel video set in New Orleans that examines the life and times of Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the first person known to have explored the sonic tonalities of the music we now call jazz.

Celebration of NC Songwriting – Thursday, 7pm – Take in a variety of North Carolina-based musicians at The Blue Note Grill. Among the featured artists are Alan Barnosky, a bluegrass and folk guitarist and singer-songwriter, Alexandra Valladares, whose music has Latin influences, and Kirk Ridge, whose work has been featured on NPR’s “Car Talk.”

“They Say I’m Different”: A Celebration of Funk Icon Betty Davis – Thursday, 8pm – Come out to Motorco to watch the Triangle premiere of this film tribute to legendary musician Betty Davis, who grew up in Durham before she went on to become an internationally acclaimed star.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE – Thursday and Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 1pm and 7pm – The 2018 Scripps/American Dance Festival Award Winner, this company was founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and is based in Brooklyn, NY. The troupe focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. At Reynolds Industries Theater, The company will perform Torch, created as a celebration of perseverance and self-determination; a section of On Earth Together, inspired by and set to the music of Stevie Wonder; Walking Out the Dark, a danced conversation between mother, brother, sister, lover, friend with a score that includes music by Phillip Hamilton (“Freedom”), Sweet Honey in the Rock (“O Death”) and Francisco Mora, and a duet from his larger work Lessons, March, an extraordinary duet set to a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that speaks to the value of a man. On Earth Together will feature local community members of all ages. Dianne McIntyre will present the 2018 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to Ronald K. Brown prior to the company’s performance on Thursday.

Creative Mornings – Friday, 8:30am – Creative Mornings is a free breakfast lecture series for the Triangle’s creative community. This week’s location is at 21c Durham and the speaker is David Winton, president of Kalisher in Carrboro. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy free coffee and breakfast items. The presentation will begin at 9 a.m. and will last 30 minutes with time for Q&A.

Counter Culture Coffee Cupping – Friday, 10am – Taste the variety of flavors Counter Culture has to offer, followed by a free tour of the roastery and headquarters.

Duke Farmers Market – Friday, 11am-2pm – Come to the Duke Medicine Pavilion Greenway to shop meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, handmade body products and more from 12 artisans and farmers.

Farmstand Flower Fridays – Friday, 2-6pm – Funny Girl Farm and Open Door Farm team up to present a bounty of beautiful bouquets. In addition to the flowers, the farm will feature fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more!

An Evening With James Beachem of CERN – Friday, 6-8pm – Particle physicist James Beachem speaks at the Museum of Life & Science, discussing his insights into the Higgs Boson, a hadron collider around the moon, dark matter and much more in a 50-minute TED-style talk. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be available.

Valerie June with Kamara Thomas – Friday, 6-8pm – Durham Central Park’s free 10-week summer concert series hosts shows every Friday night, rain or shine. The lineup features both local and national acts and covers a broad range of musical styles, including funk, blues, rap and much more. Memphis-based performer Valerie June headlines the series this Friday with her unique Americana style that pulls from electric blues and old-time folk. Durham’s own Kamara Thomas will open the show. While you’re rocking out, grab a drink from local craft beer vendors and munch on fare from food trucks.

The Tre’King Band – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Created by two individuals who are passionate about music and art, Rashad King and Ms Tre’King, the band was founded on the concept of “keeping music alive and to give long-lasting impressions after a performance, allowing a person to become one with the music.” Come see them tonight at Beyu Caffe!

Dance Blues Friday – Friday, Intermediate Lesson: 7-8pm; Beginning Lesson: 8-9pm; Social Dancing: 9pm-midnight – Start off your weekend with this weekly lesson and dance at Triangle Dance Studios. Come early either for a beginning- or intermediate-level lesson, and stay late for dancing to blues music!

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Friday, 8:30pm – Help welcome back the unofficially crowned “Queen of The Bullpen” on Saturday as Pat Cohen puts on what is likely to be the best blues party in Durham, at least for the night! Remember, for every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.

Saori Community Weaving Pop-up – Saturday, 4pm – Learn how to weave in a warm, welcoming community space at the Pleiades Gallery. All proceeds from the event will go to community outreach and programming.

Fullsteam Brewery Tasting & Paddling – Saturday, 6:30pm – Sip delicious, local beer and scull on the lower Eno with Frog Hollow Outdoors. Beer tasting will take place after the paddling, so eat a small dinner beforehand or bring a snack with you.

Anne Plamondon – Saturday, 7pm and Sunday, 2pm and 5pm – Catch the American Dance Festival debut of choreographer and performer Anne Plamondon at the von der Heyden Studio Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center. After twenty years of practice as a dancer, Anne made her debut as a choreographer in 2012 with the solo, The Same Eyes as Yours. In this audacious first solo work, Anne dares to take on the subject of mental illness. In collaboration with actress, author and director Marie Brassard, she superimposes realities to offer an almost panoramic view of this gripping theme.

7th Annual Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt – Sunday-July 29 – Co-sponsored by Sustain-A-Bull Durham, The Regulator Bookshop, Candlewick Press and the American Association of Booksellers, more than 30 local, Durham small businesses promote the importance of shopping locally this month. Contestants can pick up a Where’s Waldo Passport at any participating local business. They find Waldo at each local merchant and get their passports stamped. Any contestant who gets their passport stamped at more than 20 local businesses is eligible for the prize drawing at the Grand Finale party on July 29.

Ciderworks Yoga – Sunday, 10:45-11:45am – Yoga and cider? Sign us up. Visit Bull City Ciderworks for an hour-long class led by a Zenyfit instructor, followed a pint of cider or cidermosa.

James “Murr” Murray and Darren Wearmouth – Sunday, 1pm – Join Murr, the star of “Impractical Jokers,” and Darren, a veteran sci-fi and horror writer, at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing of their new novel, “AWAKENED.” Ticketed event.

Impractical Jokers Starring the Tenderloins – Sunday, 5pm, 8pm – Don’t miss the audience-requested extra show of truTV’s hit series, as the troupe continues on its “Santiago Sent Us” tour at DPAC!

Santul is an intern at Durham, Chapel Hill, and Chatham Magazine and attends Georgetown University, where he writes for student journalism and reminisces about idyllic life in the Triangle.