Journey: Paintings & Sculpture by Lisa Creed – Through September 27 – Longtime Durham resident Lisa Creed presents a body of work that combines her drawing and painting with constructed assemblages and sculptures at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends. After returning to Sweden this spring – 55 years after living in the country as a child – she says she “rediscovered the root of my love of Scandinavian colors and design and all things medieval and Viking,” which is reflected in this body of work. A reception will take place September 13, with special musical guests on the front porch of the gallery.
PopUp Durham! – Thursday, 11am-2pm, and Friday, 11am-2pm and 5-8pm – Head over to American Tobacco Campus for PopUp Durham’s new featured entrepreneur, Boricua Soul, a Puerto Rican soul/Southern restaurant and popular Triangle food truck that offers a unique and delicious Caribbean fusion menu. The pop-up will last in the space till Sept. 30.
Free Highlights Tour with Curator Trevor Schoonmaker – Thursday, 6-7pm – Join the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art for a special gallery talk within the exhibition People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Poetry Series: Jaki Shelton Green – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes the poet laureate of North Carolina for a reading and book signing, and to launch Regulator’s new Poetry Series. She will be introduced by poet and playwright Joanna Davidson.
Grayscale Whale – Thursday, 7pm – The four-piece contemporary jazz ensemble performs at Beyú Caffé. Their sound is a colorful patchwork of influences incorporating the deep grooves of Snarky Puppy, artful dexterity of Weather Report, the compositional textures of Belá Fleck & the Flecktones and the progressive rock intensity of Rush. Grayscale Whale delivers a type of soulful, funky jazz fusion that all listeners can enjoy.
Kickoff Tailgate Party – Thursday, 7:30pm – Barley Labs hosts a kickoff party with free hot dogs (while supplies last) and a screening of the first football game of the season. During half-time, guests can play a special round of music bingo.
Chris Isaak – Thursday, 8pm – The musician, known for his signature 1950s rock ‘n’ roll style and crooner sound, performs songs from his 2015 album, “First Comes the Night,” at The Carolina Theatre.
MILPA / CRAVINGS – Friday, 6-7pm, and Saturday, 11am-1pm – As an exploration of cultural displacement, MILPA connects the complexities of the individual food experience to the collective desire for belonging. Curbing the insatiable desire to consume, CRAVINGS examines the hands of those who put their dreams aside so you can show yours off on Instagram. This partner exhibit at The Carrack, created by Stef Bernal-Martinez, Victoria Bouloubasis and Lauren Vied Allen, hosts Plática on Friday and a Community Meal on Saturday.
Eddie Baccus Jr. – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – The smooth jazz musician launched his professional career touring with a play called “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” directed by David Payton, and with world-renowned trumpeter Lester Bowie. Over the years, he contributed numerous of his own compositions to these projects. He also appears on two Shanachie Records compilations, Touch Me In The Morning and Smooth Jazz Does Motown’s Greatest Love Songs. Come hear him play at Beyú Caffé!
Foxing – Friday, 8pm – Come out to Motorco Music Hall to hear this American indie rock band from St. Louis, Missouri, play from their latest album, Nearer My God, and also catch opening bands, Ratboys and Kississippi.
Taj Mahal Trio – Friday, 8pm – This blues band, featuring Taj Mahal, Kester Smith and Bill Rich, performs at The Carolina Theatre. Two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Taj was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.
LiLa – Friday, 9pm – Formed in 2005, this hip-folk duo consisting of rapper Eli McDuffee and singer Jon Le Sueur performs at The Pinhook. Strip LiLa down to just an acoustic guitar, keytar and drum loops to reveal what sets them apart: pure, raw, energy!
Durham’s Tobacco History Walking Tour – Saturday, 10am – Preservation Durham’s enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they share stories and photographs. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durham’s tobacco auctions to play the blues.
Slow Art Tour – Saturday, 11am-noon – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University invites all visitors to enjoy art at a slower pace. Gallery guide Jenny Leinbach will lead a discussion of Jim Roche’s Florida, All in My Background: Piece. Roche’s work is part of Nasher’s exhibition People Get Ready. Free with general admission.
Pooch Plunge – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Enjoy a fun-filled day at the pool, along with your best friend on four legs. The outdoor Hillside Pool provides a safe and enclosed environment for you and your dog to swim and play in the water. Dogs must be accompanied by at least one adult (18 years old or older). Maximum two dogs per adult. Take the plunge and join this unique canine event!
Fullsteam’s Eighth Anniversary – Saturday, noon-2am – Celebrate eight years since this brewery rolled open the big red F door. Indulge in celebration with food specials, music, mystery prizes, rare plow-to-pint beer, and a special 16-ounce can and draft release of a new Brut IPA.
Black Genius Fest 2018 – Saturday, 2-6pm – Black families are invited to come learn and engage with amazing organizations at Northgate Park.
Oktoberfest 2018 – Saturday, 2-10pm – Come out to Bull McCabes massive biergarten, featuring the Mountain Top Polka Band, dancing, all sorts of German fare and more!
Cecily Alexa Bumbray – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – Known for her sweet soprano, honest lyrics and pure vocals, Cecily brings a certain vulnerability to each song. Cecily released her first full album, Songs of Love and Freedom, May 4. On this project, she collaborates with several DC-based producers and musicians, including Aaron “Ab” Abernathy, Diggs Duke, Drew Kid and Columbia Nights members Jason “Brother Spanky” Edwards and John Daise. Come see her perform at Beyú Caffé!
The Lo$t Generation Presents Carnivale Du Freak – Saturday, 8pm – Up-and-coming artist out of Raleigh, Spaceman Stuu performs at Motorco Music Hall, featuring sounds by Stephen Jailon, Steezie and Buddha. Stuu first began his journey as a lyricist writing poetry. His poetry was often dark and honest, and a reflection of hard times he was facing at a young age.
The Mads Are Back – Saturday, 8pm – Join MST3K’s Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu at The Carolina Theatre for an evening of fun and laughter as they screen some endearingly bad films and roast them, live and in-person, in the same style as the Peabody Award-winning TV series. The Mads will riff a film and a short, and will do a Q&A afterwards. Ticket price includes a meet-and-greet event, photos and autographs. If this show were rated, it would probably be PG-13, but keep in mind it is a live show, so anything could happen!
Jo Koy ‘Break the Mold’ Tour – Saturday, 8pm – This Comedy Central and Netflix star started from humble beginnings doing standup comedy in Las Vegas at coffee shops in the early 1990s. Now, he is recognized as one of the most successful comedians in the nation. He “Breaks the Mold” with his new tour, selling out shows in Australia, Hawaii, Las Vegas and California. For the first time ever, Jo brings his infectious energy to Durham Performing Arts Center.
YOLO Karaoke – Saturday, 9pm – There will be tons of songs, outsized personalities and fantastic hosts that will get you up out of your seat for karaoke at The Pinhook. Please, by all means, sing as much Cher as possible.
Neighbor Day – Sunday, noon-4pm – Durham Co-op Market loves being your neighbor and to celebrate that, they’re hosting a neighborhood party! They’re teaming up with GRUB Durham, Joe Van Gogh and Local Yogurt to offer a whole block full of fun! Come on out for tons of activities for kids, music, giveaways and free food!!
APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 1:30-3pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham holds its monthly cat adoption event at the The Regulator Bookshop. Come visit all the furry friends!
Highlights Tour – Sunday, 2-3pm – Discover amazing art through tours of exhibitions with a knowledgeable Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University gallery guide.
AWANA Family Fun Day – Sunday, 2-5pm – Edgewood Baptist Church holds a back-to-school Kickoff event for the whole family. There will be free food, games, inflatables and this year, giveaways of children’s coats and 100 backpacks stuffed with school supplies! Must be present for backpack and coat giveaway. Backpacks and coats are for grades second through ninth.
Maimouna Youssef – Sunday, 7pm – Fresh off her American Music Abroad tour throughout Central America, where she served as a musical ambassador for the United States, Maimouna aka Mumu Fresh is ready to share her latest musical creations with the world at Motorco Music Hall. Baltimore born and DC raised, with a name and presence that makes you wonder, “what part of the world is she from?”, Maimouna is a global citizen, a musical healer, a cultural philanthropist and a community pillar.
Hovvdy – Sunday, 8pm – Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy (pronounced “howdy”) is the writing and recording project of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo, both primarily drummers, first met in fall 2014 and quickly bonded over a love for quiet music. Within a few weeks, they combined songs and began recording their first EP in bedrooms and family homes across Texas. Hovvdy has found a unique identity in rhythmic, down-tempo pop songs that are hopeful, yet melancholy; relatable, yet distinguishable. Come out to The Pinhook to hear them play!