The 11th Hour: Late Night Coworking – Thursday, 4-10pm – Calling all small business owners, service providers, food entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and anyone cultivating their first business idea: Gridworks is hosting an evening of networking and education on the many facets of business development. Kicking off their “Ask Me Anything” series, the collaborative workspace features LaTasha Best-Gaddy of the Small Business Technology Development Center to share her more than 15 years of experience on strategy, finance and business operations. Sign up for a 20-minute session with LaTasha, or have your questions answered by Gridworks members and potential collaborators.
Pull Up or Party! Summer Series Kickoff – Thursday, 5-10pm – Dance the afternoon away to your favorite throwback songs at this retro extravaganza at Big C Waffles. Local musicians feature their favorite covers, artists will display pieces reflective of styles made popular in decades past, and fashion designers will have custom apparel on hand for those looking to add something “old school” to their wardrobe. While the event is free to the public, donations are encouraged to keep this creative series entertaining audiences throughout the summer.
Cigar Rolling Demonstration + Cocktail Launch – Thursday, 6-9pm – Join Bull City Cigars at COPA for a cigar rolling demonstration to celebrate the launch of “La Diosa Negra” (The Black Goddess), recently featured in Wine & Spirits.
Nasher Creates: Adult Studio – Thursday, 6-8pm – Harriet Hoover leads a drop-in workshop at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for both beginners and experienced artists. Learn about using new materials and innovative techniques as you sip on a drink from the cash bar.
SHOW – A Multimedia Dance Performance – Thursday-Sunday, 8pm – Artists Justin Tornow, Heather Gordon, Alex Maness and Chris Fleming constructed a variety of media within The Durham Fruit in which performers and audiences alike can engage. Using light, projection, sound, movement and visual installations, the collaborative piece will give viewers the chance to experience the depth of their perception. Each night features a rotating cast of guest artists, offering a new experience at every performance.
Eyes Up Here Comedy Showcase – Thursday, 8pm – “North Carolina’s funniest female-identified people” take the stage for a night of laughs at The Pinhook.
Seventh Annual Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt – Thursday-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.
Art Salon – Thursday, 6-8pm – Stop by The Carrack for a discussion and informal critique of artists’ current works-in-progress. Participants are invited to bring their own art, thoughts and friends, and stay for part of the conversation or the entire evening.
Sensory Friendly Science: Friday Family Night – Friday, 5:30-8pm – Designed for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory challenges and their families, this special event at the Museum of Life and Science features a variety activities geared toward scientific discovery. Check out the outdoor experiences like the Butterfly House and Dinosaur Trail or hop aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a sensory-friendly train ride.
Joshua Gunn – 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. An emcee on the local hip-hop scene for more than 15 years, Joshua Gunn – known as J. Gunn – has been equally influenced by his father’s soul and funk records and his brother’s love for golden era hip-hop. Enjoy the beats spun by J. for his hometown audience as you sip on drinks from local craft beer vendors and munch on fare from food trucks.
Opening Reception for Hoax Theory – Friday, 6-11pm – Hoax Theory presents The Baghdad Battery, a visual investigation of an artifact that withstood Mongol hordes, secret testing and the desolation of the Iraq war. In contrast to similar artifacts, the Baghdad Battery fails to reveal information about our history while also sharing a likeness with instruments of advanced military technology. Celebrate opening night of this perplexing exhibit at The Carrack to see for yourself what these curious, innovate minds have pieced together about this mysterious, yet significant, artifact.
Wondrous Women: Solos Created by the Artists for Themselves – Friday, 8pm and Saturday, 7pm – Celebrate five exceptional female choreographers and dancers during an evening of creative performances at The Carolina Theatre. Among those premiering American Dance Festival-commissioned pieces are tap dancer, choreographer and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance; street jazz choreographer Rhapsody James; contemporary Chinese choreographer Yabin Wang and Co-artistic Director Aparna Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance Company. Additionally, Camille A. Brown will be performing a piece from her most recent work, “ink,” which celebrates the practices, customs and body language of the descendants of the African Diaspora.
David Childers and the Serpents – Friday, 8:30-11pm – The singer-songwriter and his band take to the stage at The Bullpen to perform a set from their latest album. Enjoy an evening of tunes that oscillate between rock, folk and honky-tonk music. As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Yoga for Littles on the Farm – Saturday, 9:30-10:30am – Escape the business of your work week and relax with your little one(s) at Funny Girl Farm‘s Summertime Beach-themed yoga class. From stretching into seashore animal poses to surfing on your yoga mats (or beach towels!), this half-hour session offers a unique way to celebrate the season and connect with your little one. Following the class, kids are invited to join Farmer Tara for water play in the sprinklers or water tables while parents can remain in meditation or join in the refreshing fun. Come early to enjoy breakfast and coffee at the farmstand, or stay late to grab a treat from the Locopops bus.
Pork, Pickles & Peanuts – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Celebrate North Carolina food, culture and its history at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, complete with tasty barbecue and pie contests. After you’re done sampling, vote for your favorite barbecue in the people’s choice awards and learn more about historical cooking methods from costumed interpreters.
Slow Art Tour: Solidary & Solitary – Saturday, 11am-noon – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Gallery Guide Maggie Griffin leads visitors through a slower-paced tour of Sam Gillian’s pieces, After Glow and Streak of Lightning.
Faculty Concert – Saturday, 2pm – Continuing their annual tradition, the American Dance Festival faculty and students will perform a concert of the staff’s own choreography at Reynold Industries Theater.
Her Magnum Opus and Secondary Succession – Saturday, 2-4pm – As part of the biannual free film festival Movies by Movers, which celebrates the intersection of body and camera, two feature films will be presented by American Dance Festival at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Pasta, Cannoli & Booze at the Pasta Shop – Saturday, 3-6pm – Satisfy your sweet tooth with locally-made cannoli from Durham’s newest food truck, Holy Moly Cannoli, at Melina’s Fresh Pasta. Choose your own type of shell, like the traditional or the donut shell, as well as your own decadent filling from a variety of indulgent flavors. Round out your Italian meal with sips of Oak City Amaretto.
D. Shawn & Soul – Saturday, 7-10pm – The Carolina Music Award Winners for Best R&B Group celebrate the release of their new album, Ya Girls Playlist, at Beyu Caffe. Combining D. Shawn’s background in vocal performance and Soul’s experience on the keyboard, this duo intertwines their passion for music to create songs that are both dynamic and authentic.
Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue – Saturday, 8:30pm – Head to The Bullpen to enjoy this soothing gospel singer and musical troubadour. Keeping the history of soul music alive, Thomas is a crowd pleaser with his refined guitar style and strikingly wide-ranging voice. As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Movies in the Park: Really Big, Really Small – Saturday, 9-10:30pm – The final show in Durham Cinematheque’s 10-year-long running series will feature both small and big things as captured by lenses in varying sizes: the camera, telescope and microscope. New soundtracks and Hollywood classic tunes will provide the backdrop for the compilation of educational films that explore the smallest and grandest of Earth’s treasures. Bring your own chairs, picnics and donations to enjoy this twilight showing.
PickleFest Durham – Sunday, noon-4pm – Pucker up for the fourth annual tasting event and marketplace for all things fermented. Presented at The Rickhouse, the afternoon will feature pickled products from across the state, such as local kombucha and kimchi. Munch on pickled bites prepared by area restaurants while you sip on pickle-flavored beers or take part in the Bloody Mary bar. Proceeds from this year’s PickleFest will benefit Durham Central Park.
Exhibition Closing: Solidary & Solitary – Sunday, noon-5pm – Stop by The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection on its final day at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to view pieces created by artists of African descent who impacted the transformation of abstract art from the 1940s to the present.
Amanda Coogan: Long Now – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – Head to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for the final feature in American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers free film festival. Directed by and starring the Irish performing artist Paddy Cahill, the documentary reveals both the personal and professional aspects of how she prepared to perform at Ireland’s prestigious RHA Gallery. Take a peek into how her creative expression through movement has been influenced by growing up in a deaf family.
Essential Oils for Health Workshop – Sunday, 6:30pm – For those whose interest has been piqued by the benefits of essential oils, Allison Willet of Bikram Yoga Durham will lead an introductory workshop at the studio. Learn about a wide variety of oils, their daily applications and health benefits and test out a few samples during the workshop. Included in the price of registration are a few items to start your at-home practice.