September Third Friday – all weekend – Stop by the Durham Arts Council to get a sneak peak of the new photography exhibit A Palette of Rust and Dreams by Karen Healy in Allenton Galley through November 1, with an opening reception on October 19 (held in conjunction with Click! Photography Festival). Then head upstairs to the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery, featuring fiber art from Alice Levinson in Meditations (through November 15; reception October 19), and don’t miss The Durham Art Guild’s 64th Annual Juried Exhibition, on view in the SunTrust Gallery through October 13.
Meg Free – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Duke graduate student and author of “Places I Stopped on the Way Home: A Memoir of Chaos and Grace,” for a reading and book signing. In the book, Meg plots a decade of her life in New York City, from falling in love at the Lincoln Center to escaping the roommate (and bedbugs) from hell on Thompson Street to chasing false promises on 66th Street and the wrong men everywhere. The book is an exhilarating collection of essays about love and friendship, failure and suffering, and hope.
Happy Hour at Vert & Vogue – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – A cornerstone of the downtown retail scene, this boutique is celebrating its 10-year anniversary! Mark the occasion with founders Nadira and Ryan Hurley. This free event is part of Third Friday Durham. Pop in before dinner. Drinks are on the house!
Family Tree Exhibit Opening – Friday, 6-9pm – Many handcrafting skills are being lost to commercial, ready-to-consume machined goods. Mosaic artist Jeannette Brossart shows us otherwise. At the Cameron Gallery, come peruse her works, unique assemblies of traditional mosaics and reclaimed wooden materials made in her late grandfather’s workshop using skills and traditions both inherited and, at the same time, re-imagined. Free festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art-making in the Make and Take room.
Ancestral Rhythms Quilt Exhibit Opening – Friday, 6-8pm – See and hear a collaboration of music and visual art at the Hayti Heritage Center opening of this quilt exhibit. Members of the African American Quilt Circle share their magnificent, memorable quilted art work featuring vibrant, soulful visual images in cloth. This year, enjoy a new dimension that has been added to their quilted art: sound, created by musicians and spoken word artists. There will also be light refreshments and food trucks.
Mason Jar Crafts – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – This month at Scrappy Hour (for ages 21 and older), The Scrap Exchange will be upcycling mason jars with artist Lindy Chicola! Join them to create useful and decorative items to spruce up your space. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any special materials that you would like to incorporate into your project. Registration is required, and space is limited. Snacks will be provided, and the event is BYOB.
Michael Quu: Full Throttle Comedy Tour – Friday, 8pm – Ready to go from zero to funny? Join in on this pedal-to-the-metal ride of laughs coming to The Carolina Theatre! Originally a staple of the Hollywood comedy scene, Full Throttle Comedy now tours 52 major cities and has become one of the highest-reviewed standup showcases in the U.S. Reaching audiences from San Francisco to Miami, each show features acts that have been seen on “America’s Got Talent,” Showtime, Comedy Central and more.
Third Friday Durham Dance Series – Friday, 8pm and 9pm – Proxemic Media presents its second annual dance series this fall at Empower Dance Studio on West Parrish Street. Located in the heart of downtown’s Third Friday Art Walk, visitors and locals alike can experience modern dance in a casual setting. This first month showcases two local dance companies, A+A and OM grown dancers, paired for their unique manifestations of athleticism, dynamic movement vocabulary and polished technique.
Le1f/Tennis Rodman/Gemynii – Friday, 8pm-1am – In a world full of rappers claiming to be one of a kind, Le1f (Khalif Diouf) is a real deal original. The Manhattan native studied ballet and modern dance and eventually earned a degree in dance from Wesleyan before returning to the city to become a rapper. Come hear his rap/electronic beats at The Pinhook alongside DJ Gemynii and hip-hop artist Tennis Rodman.
Volunteer at Merrick Moore Elementary – Saturday, 10am-noon – Merrick-Moore Elementary School needs help setting up for this school year! They’ll paint doors, build soccer goals, set up the library and much more. Joe van Gogh is sponsoring the event, providing volunteers with coffee and baked goods. Sign up today!
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2018 – Saturday, 10am-5pm – Head to The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for this annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to any one presenting a Museum Day ticket. Get your ticket online, and it will provide free admission for two people!
Barley Labs Sixth Anniversary Party & Dog Olympics – Saturday, noon-10pm – Barley Labs invites dogs and their humans to compete in the inaugural Barley Labs Dog Olympics to celebrate the sixth anniversary of their dog treat line. Each dog and human team can compete in a variety of events to win a year’s supply of Barley Labs dog treats and a $50 Barley Labs gift card. Each team pays a $25 registration fee to participate in all events or $6 per individual event – this pot of money will be donated to the Animal Protection Society of Durham.
Oktoberfest & Four-Year Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, noon-10pm – Beer and music are on tap at The Glass Jug‘s Oktoberfest celebration, also their four-year anniversary! Join them for a day full of games, live music and lots of great beer! The Mad Popper will pop kettle corn on-site 1-5pm and Arepa Culture NC will serve up delicious dinner in the beer garden 5-9pm. Tickets are available for $5, which can be exchanged for 10-ounce pours of any beer on draft all day long.
Tailgate on the Terrace – Saturday, 1:30pm – JB Duke Hotel hosts a pregame for the Duke Blue Devil’s football game against the N.C. Central University. The second celebration in the series, Blue Devil fanatics are invited to attend the hotel’s pregame festivities to mingle with fellow fans, get excited for the game and savor in the hotel’s food and beverage offerings. Menu selection features grilled burgers, brats, a nacho bar, wings, corn dogs, bar service and more. The JB Duke Hotel will also host a watch party for the 3:30pm kickoff. The game will show on large screens in the dining and barista bar areas.
Octoberfest VIII – Saturday, 3-10pm – Bull City Burger and Brewery hosts this full-blown street festival on East Parrish Street, which will be closed to traffic. The festival features an outdoor stage with three live bands, a kids bounce house, Scrap Exchange craft area, Balloon Man Mike, Habitat for Humanity of Durham and plenty of housemade, pasture-raised pork bratwurst and NC grass-fed beef burgers with gallons of Octoberfest lager to wash it all down. A portion of the proceeds will go directly toward Habitat for Humanity of Durham building homes in Durham.
Mallarmé Chamber Players 35th Anniversary Concert – Saturday, 3pm SOLD OUT – Kicking of the 2018/19 season, Durham-based Mallarmé Chamber Players presents its 35th concert season with a line-up of incredible programs, guest artists and local favorites. Violinist Janet Sung from DePaul University in Chicago and medal-winning pianist William Wolfram will perform music they recently recorded for a new CD. These will be performed alongside ”Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor” with Mallarmé favorites violist Suzanne Rousso and cellist Nathan Leyland.
Doubleheader with Craven Allen Gallery – Saturday, 5-7pm – Rachel Campbell returns to Craven Allen Gallery after her show last year, The Flip Side of Ordinary. Rachel brings a strong color sense and lively brushwork to her subject, which can range from trailer parks to urban neighborhoods to pastries. Award-winning sculptor Rosalie Midyette will also present clay pieces finished with mica and gathered from streams that makes for a subtle, durable, natural finish. Reception snacks courtesy of Watts Grocery. Down the street from these two exhibits is the closing reception for Lisa Creed at The Horse & Buggy Press and Friends. This exhibit features 20 paintings and assemblages, many of them inspired by recent trips to Sweden and Iceland.
Astral Cosmica: The Journey of Ophiochus – Saturday, 6-10pm – Join Addled Muse Fire Theater in Durham Central Park for the story of Ophiochus’ journey through the celestial realm of the zodiac. Featuring a celestial cyberpunk-themed original narrative, a synthwave musical score written in-house, acrobatics, fire and aerial acts, contortion, puppetry and other surprises you can’t see anywhere else! The opening act will be performed by Absent Lovers with beer provided by Fullsteam Brewery. This is an all-ages show (kids younger than 5 get in free) and a rain or shine event!
Beers, Blues and BBQ – Saturday, 6-9pm – Enjoy a plate of delicious barbecue prepared by Al Myers while listening to soulful blues music provided by Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos at Bennett Place State Historic Site. In addition to good food and music, there will be cornhole, horseshoes, door prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds from ticket sales as well as auction items directly supports Bennett Place Support Fund Inc. to make the necessary and important upgrades to the visitor center.
Bombadil – Saturday, 8pm – The long-running folk-rock band performs at Motorco Music Hall. Formed in early 2004 as students at Duke, the group has now released six full-length albums – their most recent being Fences in 2017. James Phillips, Daniel Michalak and Stacy Harden will perform songs from their entire catalog. Chris Frisina opens.
Triangle Blues Society Fall Ball – Saturday, 8-11pm – Dig out your blue threads and dress ’em up – or down! The Triangle Blues Society’s Fall Ball is not only an evening of thanks and appreciation to all its members, but also an opportunity for others to become a part of the society. Founding member, lead singer and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole performs her latest album, Cry No More, in all its funky, blues-steeped songcraft.
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble + Chitrasena Dance Company – Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm – A collaboration between Southern Indian company Nrityagram and the Sri Lankan ensemble Chitrasena brings together the unique traditions and body languages of each nation in their program, “Saṃhāra” for Duke Performances. Interweaving classical and lively storytelling, the collaboration at Reynolds Industries Theater is sure to be an exciting display of color, sound and movement.
Namu Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Namu Restaurant and Coffee Bar and the RDU Mobile Food Association hold a Food Truck Rodeo at Namu’s gardens. There will be live music and eight trucks including: Mr. Mongolian, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Succotash Durham, Nazz’d Brew Works, BO’s Kitchen, Arepa Culture NC, Cocoa Forte and Bruster’s Apex.
The Fun Show with Cat & Nat – Sunday, 7:30pm – The mom duo most well known for their viral #MOMTRUTHS videos and comedic weekly Facebook Live shows are hitting the stage at The Carolina Theatre! On their first live North American tour, they are taking a girls’ night out to a whole new level. These ladies are notoriously known for talking about all the things moms are thinking, but never saying, in an honest, joking and candid way.
Bill Maher Live Stand-Up – Sunday, 8pm – See first-hand the equal opportunity offender, who has garnered millions of fans by taking on politics, celebrities and pop culture with unwavering honesty and sharp wit, at DPAC. For more than 20 years, he has expanded the boundaries of where funny political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central), and for the last 14 years on HBO’s “Real Time,” his combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 40 Emmy nominations. DPAC will have video screens that “give every seat a 10th-row view.”