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.
Blowin’ Up – Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm – This film, which captures what it feels like to go through prostitution-related criminal proceedings as a female defendant, screens at Full Frame Theater. Free RSVPs are recommended for priority admittance, but are not required.
Tommy Emmanuel – Thursday, 8pm – The award-winning guitar player performs with special guests Pat Bergeson and Annie Sellick at The Carolina Theatre.
Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M – Thursday, 8 pm – The dance company performs “Dearest Home,” an interactive dance work focused on love, longing and loss, comprised primarily of solos and duets in collaboration with a variety of age groups and self-identified subcultures. A part of American Dance Festival, the performance will be held at von der Heyden Studio Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center.
Farmstand Flower Fridays – Friday, 2-6pm – Open Door Farm partners with Funny Girl Farm at the farm stand with a beautiful array of bouquets that are locally and sustainably grown. The usual selection of veggies, eggs, meats, cheeses and locally-made artisan products will also be available.
Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – This month’s Third Friday Happy Hour at Vert and Vogue hosts David Baldwin, the founder and CEO of award-winning ad agency and fellow B-Corp, Baldwin&. David is a renowned copywriter and creative director working in the advertising business. He’ll discuss his book, “The Belief Economy.” Drinks are on the house.
Devon Gilfillian – 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. Bring your dancing shoes to this performance, as modern soul and blues artist Devon Gilfillian performs. A variety of food trucks and beer vendors will be available as well.
Live Music Under the Gazebo – Friday, 6-9pm – Join the Museum of Durham History for free live music under the gazebo as well as extended hours to explore the exhibits.
Third Friday Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Meet featured artists Darius Quarles and Linda Marcuson in the upstairs gallery of Pleiades Arts during a reception for their “Tandem Transitions: Portals and Hues” exhibit. Downstairs, you can find new works by the 10 Pleiades artists in an exhibit “Heatwave.”
Reclamation Reception – Friday 6-9pm – Reclamation: Art from the Scraps of Durham’s Growth Boom by artist Mark Cool will be on display at The Scrap Exchange. Salvaging is a big part of Mark’s process, and his materials come from abandoned buildings, old gutted homes, dumpster diving and gathering what he finds on the street, railroad tracks, in the woods, or a field. On rare occasions Mark gets stuff from thrift stores, reuse stores or metal scrap yards. This opening reception will include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art-making in the Make and Take room. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dick Sloane’s Ukulele band, the U-Ukes. The show runs through August 11.
Third Friday Artist Reception – Friday, 6-8pm – Come celebrate the opening of two new bright, bold and eccentric exhibits at the Durham Arts Council. “Existential Distress,” featuring drawings and digital imagery by Jessica Burke, will be on display in the Allenton Gallery, and “M.E.” – mixed media work by Susie Silver, will be on display in the Semans Gallery. Enjoy refreshments, family-friendly crafts and live music from Mosaic Jazz.
Lionel Lyles – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Wind down on Friday with classic jazz music at Beyu Caffe by this accomplished artist and his quintet.
Footprints – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 7pm – Come to Reynolds Industries Theater for three American Dance Festival-commissioned world premieres, performed by ADF students. Dafi Altabeb returns to ADF to present her pieces that project youth, courage, imagination, contradictions and above all, honesty. Abby Zbikowski, whose newly commissioned work with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company opened the ADF season, produces hyper-physical dances. Jillian Peña’s work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media and spirituality.
Che Apalache – Friday, 8-11pm – Che Apalache, or “my Appalachian Homie,” is a four-man string band with members from Argentina, Mexico and the U.S. Originally from Buenos Aires, the band plays a blend of original compositions from both Latin American and Appalachian genres. Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of Latin-American fusion at The Bullpen.
3-Year Anniversary Celebration – Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm – Stop by Vintage Home South to celebrate its third anniversary on Ninth Street with discounts on all purchases, plus complimentary Cava cocktails and shandys from Alley Twenty Six owner Shannon Healy, vegan desserts and pastries from Crumbs Bakery on Saturday, and specialty cake, cupcakes and cookies from The Secret Baker on Sunday.
Durty Dog Wash and Cat Adoption Event – Saturday, 2-5pm – Come out to the Durty Bull Brewing Company for beer, barbecue, cat cuddles, live music or just to get your own pup washed! Cats will be on-site from 2:30-3:30pm (weather/heat conditions permitting). The SmokeHouse Bandits BBQ Team/Food Truck will be serving barbecue from 2-8 pm. Kevin Drive will perform from 4-6pm. And the donation-based dog wash will be from 2-5. All proceeds will be going to the The Animal Protection Society of Durham, as well as a portion of beer sales during the event.
Broad Street Doubleheader with Craven Allen – Saturday, 5-7pm – Enjoy a gallery reception featuring a variety of media, plus ceramics by Ronan Peterson, and paintings by Paul Hrusovsky and Peg Bachenheimer at both Horse & Buggy Press and Friends as well as Craven Allen. Refreshments and adult beverages will be available, and snacks from Watts Grocery will be available at Craven Allen.
Rock the Park – Saturday, 8:30-10:30pm – Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy time with family as Durham Parks and Recreation hosts a free screening of The Sandlot at Durham Central Park. Food vendors will be available; alcohol and smoking are prohibited.
The Onyx Club Boys – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – The Bullpen hosts this acoustic string band that combines violin, guitar, upright bass and drums into their signature jazz and swing sound. Admission is free, and a portion of your tab goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation support traditional roots musicians.
Taste of Soul NC – Sunday, 1-5pm – Enjoy a cookout full of diverse fare, face painting, live music, craft vendors and more at Durham Central Park. All are welcome, including pets!
Olde Timey Funday with The New Hillbillies – Sunday, 5-7pm – Join The New Hillbillies – who hail from Chatham County and include The Grateful Dead, Bill Monroe, Merle Haggard, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, The Doors and Steve Earle among their inspirations in creating their country, rock and blues sound – at Fullsteam Brewery for a night of eclectic sound and local fare.
Punch Brothers – Sunday, 8 pm – The acoustic quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, also known as the Punch Brothers, perform alongside with special guest Madison Cunningham at Durham Performing Arts Center.