Weekend at a Glance: Photography, Pumpkins and Phoenix Fest

Weekend at a Glance: Photography, Pumpkins and Phoenix Fest

The first weekend of October offers a lot to do, see and eat! Take in a spooky movie, visit photography exhibits or listen to Durham's wide variety of musical performances.

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The Blues and Roots Celebration kicks off Friday at the Hayti Heritage Center. Photo by Chuck Ruffin Photography.

2018 CLICK! Photography Festival – October – The month-long event celebrates the cultural influence of photography by engaging the community with exceptional photo-based works and artists. Events include exhibit openings, art walks, portfolio reviews, workshops and more.

‘ANTI-NOSTALGIA’ at The Carrack – Thursday – October 21 – A group exhibition of art created with found photographs, exploring the human relationship to photography. The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 5, 7-9:30pm; a workshop titled “Transforming the Photographic” with artist Michael Keaveney is Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-4pm.

‘Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont’ – Thursday – February 10, 2019 – This group exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University features more than 35 North Carolina artists’ work, combining the photography of both emerging and established photographers. The images date from the 1970s to the present day, and subject matter ranges from portraiture and landscape to the conceptual, abstract and experimental. Several photos from the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection will also be included in the exhibition, including those by Susan Harbage Page and Burk Uzzle.

Steven Curtis Chapman – Thursday, 7pm – The Grammy Award-winner brings to The Carolina Theatre stage music from his successful 30-year career. Apart from touring, he has also made several television appearances, released a memoir and started Snow’s Hope, which brings hope to orphans.

‘The South of the Mind’: Zachary Lechner with Harry Watson – Thursday, 7-8pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts the author of “The South of the Mind: American Imaginings of White Southernness, 1960-1980,” in conversation with Harry Watson, editor of Southern Cultures. They will discuss the impact that the South and whiteness has had on national identity.

Russ Corvey Album Release – Thursday, 7-9pm – The contemporary jazz and R&B musician has been a lifelong guitar student, and he brings his skills and new album to Beyú Caffé. He’s also composed a full-length contemporary ballet, “Arriving in Indigo City.”

Building Bridges: Muslims in America – Thursday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents maqam masters Amir ElSaffar and Hamid El-Saadi, performing as part of a larger series showcasing the richness and diversity of Muslim culture in our country, Building Bridges: Muslims in America, which also features performances from Sudanese-American MC Oddissee and Persian-inspired Brooklyn rock band Habibi.

Lil Bob Doe – Thursday, 9:30pm – The Durham rapper performs at The Pinhook. The artist is joined by other North Carolina hip-hop artists, Defacto Thezpian, Mark Steele and Kelly Kale.

Kidcycle – Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, noon-6pm – In a weekend-long event that supports the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, come out to consign and buy gently used clothing and shoes for infants, moms-to-be, children and teens! The event at Northgate Mall  supports the Diaper Bank’s mission of ensuring that every baby in the community has an adequate supply of diapers.

Blues and Roots Celebration – Friday, 6pm, and Saturday, 7pm – Presented by the Hayti Heritage Center, the two-day festival celebrates the contributions made by African-Americans to blues and roots music. A juke joint-style cocktail reception on Friday features Baron Tymas and his band, Hit Ya Right Here, and Justin Robinson, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, to benefit Hayti’s mission to preserve and promote African-American music. Lenora Helm and the B.B. King’s Blues Band with Tito Jackson of The Jackson 5 take the stage the following night.

‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Bride of Frankenstein”‘ – Friday, 7pm – Start off the spookiest month of the year with two classic Halloween movies! Retro Film Series hosts this classic double feature at The Carolina Theatre.

Gaspard&Dancers – Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm– Durham-based modern dance choreographer Gaspard Louis and his dance company are coming to Duke University‘s Reynolds Theater for two dance-filled nights, featuring Basquiat-inspired pieces.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company – Friday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts the best improv comedians in the country for a 90-minute, unscripted performance. This show has never been seen before and will never be seen again!

The Naked Magicians – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – The Two Australian magicians return to the DPAC stage for two nights with their hilarious magic show for adults – the act includes coarse language, sexual references and male nudity, so 18 and older only! Before bringing the show to Durham, The Naked Magicians have appeared with their act at London’s West End and on some of the largest television networks.

Branford Marsalis Quartet – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – The BBC praises the Branford Marsalis Quartet as “a prime example of modern American jazz,” and two of the members are artists-in-residence in the Music Department at N.C. Central University. You have two opportunities to see the jazz foursome at Baldwin Auditorium this weekend with two unique performances each night.

Dreaming of the ’90s Dance Party – Friday, 10pm – Dance the night away to the hits of the 1990s in the latest installment of The Pinhook‘s dance party!

Phoenix Fest 2018 – Saturday, 9am-6pm – To celebrate the cultural legacy of Durham’s historic Hayti community, this festival features history, music, food, vendors and much more. Fayetteville Street will be transformed into a “bustling bazaar”; arrive early so you don’t miss the opening parade featuring local bands, businesses and community groups!

Volunteer at E.K. Powe Elementary – Saturday, 10am-12pm – Sign up to help teachers organize classrooms and paint stairwells and picnic tables! Sponsored by Monuts, the event will have delicious coffee and doughnuts.

Fall Family Fun Craft Day – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Bennett Place State Historic Site will host members of the North Carolina Gourd Society for a one-day craft-making event. The fee is $10 and reservations are required. Young and old will enjoy this family fun event and the choice of making a great decoration for inside or outside. All levels of experience are welcome. Materials and lunch are included with the reservation fee. Class size is limited to 20.

Mural Bike Tours – Saturday, 10:30-11:30am – A collaboration between Preservation DurhamMuseum of Durham History, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, this monthly excursion takes participants through a tour of the murals that decorate downtown. Led by experienced cyclists, the free tour runs for about 90 minutes and stops at 13 murals over the course of five miles. Designed for those comfortable riding a bicycle on city streets, the group promptly departs from the Durham Central Park pavilion.

World Beer Festival Durham – Saturday, 11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm – Come out to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for this 23rd annual beer-enthusiast event. Ticket includes food trucks, yard games and an expansive selection of beer from more than 50 breweries.

TEDxDurham – Saturday 11:30am-7pm – Modeled after the international TED Conference, this series of events provides a platform for local leaders and creatives to share innovative ideas. This year’s theme – “No Filter.” – explores the idea of removing our personal filters, which are constructed from the news sources we trust, our friends and our wider social media circles. Join other Durhamites at the Holton Career and Resource Center for a day of learning how to engage with the people and details of our world that often go unnoticed, but are within our reach.

The Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – Durham’s monthly market event returns to Fullsteam Brewery. More than 60 local artisans and food vendors will gather to sell small-batch, one-of-a-kind and handcrafted pieces along with thoughtfully collected items.

Sugar Shack Dance Workshop – Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm – Hosted at Empower Dance Studio in downtown, this free movement workshop for kids explores the work of N.C. native Ernie Barnes through dance. The class is free and will combine the excitement of dance with the spirit of movement and music in Barnes’ work.

Exhibition Opening Party: ‘Across County Lines’ – Saturday, 7-10pm – Enjoy complimentary food, a cash bar and DJ at the opening party for “Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont” at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibit is also part of the month-long photography festival, Click!

Capitol Steps – Saturday 7:30pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts a show of political satire like you’ve never seen it before. In “Make America Grin Again,” the group provides bipartisan comedy – they’ve been known to put the “mock” in democracy.

Blackspace Presents: Revenge of the Afronauts Album Release – Saturday, 8pm – Local Afrofuturism makerspace Blackspace has produced an album by the program’s teens as part of their “WokeShops,” which offer free instruction in digital and creative arts. The album, titled “Revenge of the Afronauts,” will be released Saturday at The Pinhook. 

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm – Take a ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch. Pick a pumpkin to decorate, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games, plus other fun activities including a mini pumpkin toss, corn crib and cool temporary tattoos!

Durham Vegan Bake Sale – Sunday, 2-4pm – Head to Fullsteam Brewery for vegan and gluten-free delights, a fundraiser and an adoption event all in one! All proceeds will benefit Hope Animal Rescue who will be bringing adoptable dogs.

Dope Brunch – Sunday, 3-7pm – Looking for an opportunity to bring friends and family together this Sunday? Look no further than this fun event at Beyú Caffé that includes a live DJ, brunch and drink specials.

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Cara is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Spanish. In her free time, she likes writing, tap dancing, quoting TV shows and finding new dog Instagram accounts to follow.