N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Thursday-Sunday – The second largest film festival in the southeast and the largest cultural arts event serving the LGBT communities in the Carolinas, the NCGLFF at The Carolina Theatre provides a glimpse of the daily lives of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals everywhere through several days of shorts, documentaries and feature films.
Fork & Bottle Dinner Benefiting APS of Durham – Thursday, 6-9pm – Do you love a fine wine? Craft beer? Sipping bourbon? So do we. Join Counting House for Fork + Bottle, a unique dinner series with menus and pairings inspired by Executive Chef Thomas Card with a variety of guest beverage experts. For this event, Social House Vodka will provide cocktail pairings for the four-course meal benefiting the Animal Protection Society of Durham.
CBDC Latin Vibe – Thursday, 9:30pm-midnight – CoboBrothers Dance Co. presents the third Latin Vibe at Beyú Caffe. This week’s event features live percussion with a full band: Atiba Rorie on congas, Brevan Hampdenon on timbal, Diego Upegui and Martin Senorans on bongos, Andy Kleindienst on trombone and bass. They’ll be playing a deep blend of salsa, bachata and kizomba.
Happy Hour with Dr. Mai Nguyen – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Pop in before dinner and enjoy a few drinks on the house at Vert & Vogue with this special guest, an associate professor of city & regional planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. In her work, Mai seeks to create equitable and resilient communities. Mai is also the producer of a multimedia performance titled, “In the Shadow of Ferguson.”
“Durham During the Great War” – Friday, 6-8pm – Commemorate the centennial of the Armistice of World War I at the Museum of Durham History for the opening reception of their newest exhibit, which examines how social, economic and political changes in Durham during the war left a lasting legacy of future movements toward equality. Free and open to the public, complimentary refreshments will be served in the spirit of rationing during the war effort to remain “wheatless and meatless,” courtesy of Ninth Street Bakery, The Fresh Market and Museum volunteers. Musician Robinson Lee Earle will be playing ragtime and blues on his resonator guitar.
Third Friday Gallery Opening – Friday, 6-9pm – An opening reception will be held at the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange for artist Cade Carlson’s collection, comprised of more than 50 new pieces of visual diary drawings from the preceding two years. Cade is a local artist who’s been active since 2009, utilizing collage and experimental spray paint techniques. He is formerly one of the co-founders of the DURTY Durham Art Collective. Free festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art-making in the Make and Take room.
T-Shirts into Treasure – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Head to The Scrap Exchange for Scrappy Hour, where you’ll have the chance to recycle old T-shirts for a variety of unique projects! There will be a lot of materials to fix up your old T-shirts, including decals and a hot T-shirt press. You can also learn new, creative ways to turn your T-shirts into aprons, brags, wash rags and more. The event is BYOB, and snacks are provided.
‘Rocks That Won’t Sink’ by Gabrielle Duggan – Friday, 7-9pm – Come to The Carrack for the reading and closing reception of an art exhibit that reflects the social tensions of physical, material relationships. Through fiber techniques, Gabrielle reexamines the real personal, biological and professional impact of power structures behind rape culture.
The 99 Brass Band – Friday, 8:30-11pm – This six-member group comes to The Bullpen, and you don’t want to miss it. The band formed in this summer through an impromptu engagement. Co-directed by Al Strong and Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, the band delivers powerful arrangements with a New Orleans brass band sound that’s unmatched. A portion of all beer tabs will help support Music Maker Relief Foundation’s mission to sustain American roots music.
Selwyn Birchwood – Friday, 9pm – Touring in support of his latest Alligator Records release, Pick Your Poison, this young blues star performs at The Blue Note Grill. Selwyn wrote and produced all 13 songs on the album. His richly detailed, hard-hitting originals run the emotional gamut from the humorously personal “My Whiskey Loves My Ex” to the gospel-inflected “Even The Saved Need Saving.” Rolling Stones call him, “a remarkable contemporary bluesman…a powerhouse young guitarist and soulful vocalist. A major player…highly recommended.”
Clear the Shelters 2018 – Saturday, 10am-6pm – Help the Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) clear the shelter! APS will waive adoption fees for all animals – cats, dogs and small animals! NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find homes for animals in need. It’s helped more than 150,000 pets find their forever homes since 2015.
Sketching in the Galleries: Kiki Farish – Saturday, 10:15am-12:15pm – Explore your artistic side through an informal sketching program held at Nasher Museum of Art. Durham artist Kiki leads this weekend’s program, which begins with a brief demonstration of ways to respond to art by drawing. Participants then move through the galleries to continue sketching. Free with general museum admission (adults, $7).
Triangle Vegfest Festival Day – Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 11am-5pm – The annual vegan celebration is back! And this year, it’s at the Durham Armory and outside on part of Foster Street with more vendors than ever to accommodate for the growing interest in plant-based diets and lifestyles. Saturday will consist of a series of panels and lectures, and Sunday will feature hundreds of food, clothing and other vegan and animal welfare vendors from all over the country. Ethiopian food from Florida, soul food from South Carolina, veggie dogs from Maryland plus local favorites: Soul Cocina, Earth to Us, Taylor Street Sweets. There will be everything from clothing to skincare and a variety of information from animal welfare nonprofits. Piedmont Farm Animal Refugee, one of the largest farm animal rescues in the region, is also presenting this year.
Splash into Cocktails Launch Party – Saturday, noon-4pm – Durham Distillery launches their first-ever line of canned cocktails (first cocktail to be canned in North Carolina) on Unscripted Hotel’s rooftop bar, The Patio. Celebrate and experience the hot new sips, get cool in the pool and enjoy live music from DJ Gemynii.
The Grandiloquent Adult Spelling Bee – Saturday, 12:30pm – Witness the highest form of spelling combat at Motorco Music Hall, sponsored by The Regulator Bookshop. You’ll be wowed as erudite, lexical masters recall the spelling of rarely used polysyllabic and commonly misspelled words.
Back to School Jam! – Saturday, 3-6pm – Join Urban Hope at Walltown Park Recreation Center as they send out summer with a bang! This event will include live entertainment, games, food, school supply giveaways and a used computer raffle. Walltown Summer Jam is an annual celebration of community, culture and the educational journey of young people.
Persona Bell – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – She’s traveled the world with the St. Olaf Choir performing at venues such as the White House, Carnegie Hall and Disney Hall. She’s performed for the Queen of Norway, and now she’s performing at Beyú Caffè. You don’t want to miss this classically trained voice sing and play the piano as she moves across various genres from standard jazz tunes like “All of Me” to classics like “Imagine” by Billy Joel.
Rock the Park Movie: The Peanuts Movie – Saturday, 8:30-10:30pm – Sit back, relax and enjoy a summer movie in Durham Central Park with your family and friends, the last of Durham Parks and Recreation‘s summer movie series. The movie is free and open to the pubic. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Make sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs!
Pat Mother Blues’ Cohen – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – She’s a North Carolina native, but her heart is in New Orleans. After years performing as the “Blues Queen of Bourbon Street,” she’s back home, bringing the NOLA blues to The Bullpen. Free live music on Saturday nights is brought to you by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and a portion of your tab goes to support their mission to sustain American roots music traditions.
Elephant Micah – Saturday, 8:30-11:30pm – As Elephant Micah, Joseph O’Connell has built gentle songs for nearly two decades; though he sometimes gets classified as a folk or folk-rock artist, Joseph’s haunting work feels like it exists in a league of its own. Come out to The Pinhook for his album release show Genericana, a soundtrack that is a new turn toward electro-acoustics, with Molly Sarlé opening.
Old Timey Sunday with Matt Walsh – Sunday, 5-7pm – From Statesville, North Carolina, this guitarist and singer/songwriter mixes early electric and hill country blues, rock, old country, rockabilly, soul, stoner and garage rock, hip-hop and psychedelia – the whole shebang. Come listen to his latest album Life After Rock N Roll at Fullsteam Brewery and enjoy a beer, too.
Striking Matches – Sunday, 8pm – “We met in guitar class” is not a thing many people can say, but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met … in guitar class. Fast forward, following the international success of Striking Matches’ 2015 album Nothing But The Silence, Justin and Sarah have teamed up with Kennedy Karate (BØRNS, Silversun Pickups) for their second LP, an album in a style they call “blues-pop. Catch them tonight at Motorco Music Hall.
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Summer Movies Series – Sunday, 8-10:30pm – Come out and join the brewery for a free flick on the patio! There’s beer. There are $1 snacks, and Super Troopers will be playing on the big screen! This Sunday’s food truck features Pie Pushers.