Black Wall Street: Homecoming – Through Friday – This annual networking conference is perfect for early-stage entrepreneurs, investors and students to celebrate, learn and discuss culture and investment. Register for great speakers, workshops and meet and greets all over downtown.
Sinister Wisdom Release Party – Thursday, 7-9pm – Visit The Regulator Bookshop to celebrate the release of the newest issue of Sinister Wisdom, a quarterly multicultural lesbian literary and art journal. Contributors to the journal will be on hand to share with attendees and answer questions. All are welcome.
David D’Angelo Ft. Violin Remix – Thursday, 7-9pm – The Peruvian-American producer and multi-instrumentalist crafts a unique blend of electronic, hip-hop, funk and neo-soul into his sonic creations. Accompanied by Dave Binanay (Violin Remix), who trained for years as a classical violinist, David performs at Beyu Caffe.
Hype Premiere –Thursday, 7-10pm – This web series drama – written and directed by Holland Randolph Gallagher, produced by Brendan Bradley & Jigsaw Ensemble and presented by Runaway – makes its premiere at The Carolina Theatre.
Helen Money – Thursday, 8pm – Alison Chesley, known also by her stage name, Helen Money, is a classically trained cellist who draws her inspiration from Pablo Casals and Shostakovich as well as Jimi Hendrix and The Minutemen. Come see her at The Pinhook.
Art of Cool Fest 2018 – Friday and Saturday – The fifth annual festival showcases jazz, alternative soul and hip-hop artists, featuring a lineup that includes local artists Young Bull, 9th Wonder and Zoocru, Grammy winners Anthony Hamilton and Erykah Badu, and Grammy nominees Nas and Meshell Ndegeocello. Performers take the stage at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the main venue for this year’s event, as well as other spots like The Carolina Theatre, The Pinhook, Durham Armory and Motorco Music Hall. Through Innovate Your Cool and StArt of Cool, the festival will continue to offer educational programming geared toward businesses and budding musicians, respectively.
Will Oldham – Friday, 8-10pm – During a three-day residency, this focused and astute singer dissects his approach to songwriting, explores the ideas and techniques behind his recordings and concludes with a full-length concert in the acoustically brilliant Baldwin Auditorium at Duke Performances.
Brian Regan – Friday, 8pm – One of the most respected comedians in the country, Vanity Fair calls Brian “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calls him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss his return to DPAC‘s stage!
SALES + Moon Racer – Friday, 8:30pm – Longtime friends and collaborators, Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih, perform as SALES at Motorco Music Hall. The independent duo self-releases their work, which is recorded, mixed and mastered in their Orlando, Florida, bedroom studio. Durham’s Autumn Ehinger, aka Moon Racer, who qualifies her music as “bedroom pop,” which feels shy and pensive, also performs.
Fall Plant Sale – Saturday, 9am-noon – Get ready for fall gardening season by shopping the extensive botanical collection at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Spruce up your outdoor and indoor landscaping with plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, air plants and decorative pots. Durham County Extension Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer your questions and offer advice, or take home a used gardening book to learn how to maintain your green areas year-round.
School of the Soldier – Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm – Visit Bennett Place State Historic Site to witness what life was like for soldiers during the American Civil War, and speak with members of the reenactment groups to learn about the culture of the camp. Watch as soldiers perform basic drills, cook and sleep while in the field. Learn about the different weapons used during the war as well as the flags they carried. There will be weapons demonstrations throughout the day. Donations are welcome.
Pride: Durham, NC – Saturday, 11am-4pm – Previously organized by NC Pride, this year’s annual parade and festival will be hosted for the first time by the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Held at Duke University’s East Campus, the annual event brings the community together to foster and promote the inclusion of all peoples. Following the parade, catch performances by musicians and drag queens on the main stage, grab a bite to eat from food vendors, browse artisan booths and meet representatives from local nonprofits.
Joan Baez – Saturday, 8pm SOLD OUT – The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee makes a stop on her farewell tour at Durham Performing Arts Center to share music from her new album, Whistle Down The Wind.
Ciompi Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – For its first outing with new cellist Caroline Stinson, the quartet begins its season at Baldwin Auditorium in a Duke Performances concert with a string quartet from Haydn, the first quartet of his final set (Quartet in G Major, op. 76, no. 1) before turning to Legacy, composed in 1999 by new Durham resident Andrew Waggoner, which pays homage to early American feminist icons through evocative, surging interplay. They then turns to one of the final quartets of Beethoven, Quartet in E-Flat Major, op. 127.
Wicked Weed Beer Fest – Sunday, 11am-8pm – Enjoy the fall weather and try Wicked Weed beers at County Fare. Food trucks will all offer a food pairing with each Wicked Weed beer. Live music, fun and games!
Free Family Day: Kids Get Ready – Sunday, noon-4pm – Find inspiration in the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University‘s major exhibition People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection as the museum celebrates 13 years of incredible artists and their work. Curate your own exhibition with mini-versions of art from the Nasher collection, create kid-friendly versions of some of the art on display and look closely while taking part in an exciting Gallery Hunt with your family. There will be exciting and interactive performances from Bump: The Triangle while exploring music and dance of the African diaspora in the Nasher Museum Lecture Hall. Visitors will also be invited to activate their own For Freedoms yard signs as part of For Freedoms and the 50 State Initiative.
Durham College Fair – Sunday, 1-3pm – Parents and students have the opportunity to with representatives of 100 colleges and universities at Northgate Mall, hosted by Durham Public Schools and Durham Technical Community College.
Kids Run Durham – Sunday, 3:30pm – Mayor Steve Schewel will officially kick off the sixth year of this running program at Northgate Park. Presented by Bull City Running Co., Kids Run Durham is an award-winning, fun-focused, five-week running series for kids ages 4 to 12. Offered in the spring and fall, this program sells out with 120 participants every season. The run introduces kids to running in a safe, fun, encouraging environment to experience distances from 100 meters to 1 mile.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – Sunday, 7pm – Frankie Valli, who rose to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Come listen to the legend at Durham Performing Arts Center!
Randy Rainbow Live – Sunday, 7pm – Randy Rainbow is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. Dan Savage called him “the best thing to come from the GOP race,” and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. Come share in the laughs at The Carolina Theatre.