Editors’ Picks: What To Do in Durham This Weekend

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Attend the OutSouth Queer Film Festival, listen to ABBA’s greatest hits at DPAC, try dishes from local food vendors and more this weekend

The Carolina Theatre hosts OutSouth Queer Film Festival all weekend long.

Compiled by Megan Tillotson

OutSouth Queer Film Festival – Thursday-Sunday – The Carolina Theatre hosts the second-largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the Southeast. This celebration of queer lives returns to an in-person format this year and features a diverse array of short films, documentaries and feature-length films. The festival has attracted thousands of attendees every year since it began in 1995.

When You’re Hot You’re Hot! – Thursday and Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 1-9pm – In celebration of its third anniversary, 5 Points Gallery presents an exhibit of the latest works in mediums including painting, sculpture, fused glass and mixed media from its nine local artists. 

The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble –  Thursday, 7pm – Hosted by Brian Hill of rock-reggae group Regatta 69, the lively and prolific jazz band that’s released 15 albums since the early ’90s is joined by Regatta 69 at The Blue Note Grill

The Dear Hunter – Thursday, 7:30pm – The Rhode Island-based progressive rock band takes the stage at Motorco Music Hall after their March show was postponed. 

They Can Be BothFriday-Sunday – Artists Jean Gray Mohs and Kelly Sheppard Murray, both of Raleigh, along with Hillsborough-based painter and art instructor Natalia Torres del Valle are featured in this exhibition by the Durham Art Guild at Durham Arts Council’s Truist Art Gallery. The three broke out of traditional creative processes to produce works that combine innovative painting and sculptural techniques. These pieces represent small acts taken over time and the intersection of each artist’s role as both a creative worker and a mother.  

Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA – Friday, 8pm – Listen to hits like “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Gimme Gimme Gimme,” “Waterloo” and more from the Swedish ABBA show band at Durham Performing Arts Center

Back to School Block Party – Saturday, 11am-2pm – United Way of the Greater Triangle hosts this event at ReCity Network to collect school supplies and books for local students. Participate in games to win prizes, grab a snack from food trucks, and don’t forget to bring school supplies to donate. 

Taste of Soul NC – Saturday, 3-8pm – Enjoy seafood from local food trucks including Bull City Eatery and R&J’s Fish, Wings & Things while you shop from local merchants, jam out to a DJ and more during this food festival at Durham Central Park. Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chair. 

Jazz on the Mill – Saturday, 6:30-9pm – Head to The Mill Stage at Golden Belt Campus for a performance by The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Chieli Minucci during the Vrroom VIP Upclose & Personal jazz series. 

Black Farmers Market – Sunday, 1-4pm – The semi-monthly farmers market at Hillside High School is free and open to the public and features Black farmers and entrepreneurs including Elephant Ear Nursery, Bull City Confections, King’s Pepper and more.

Summer Social Open House – Sunday, 1-4pm – Cast Iron Group offers complimentary transportation between its two renovated warehouse wedding and event venues, The Rickhouse and The Cookery, during this event. Chat with local wedding vendors, enjoy beer and wine, and snack on small bites from various local caterers. 

Slush-N-Brunch Day Party – Sunday, 1-6pm – Cool off with a slushy, grab a bite to eat from Soul Seafood Cafe Food Truck, enter giveaways and more during The Slush Durham’s first anniversary party. 

Bach to Bluegrass – Sunday, 2-3pm – This performance at Sarah P. Duke GardensKirby Horton Hall is Mallarmé Chamber Players’ first appearance at the venue since 2020. Violinists Jaqueline Wolborsky and Anne Leyland, violist Suzanne Rousso and cellist Nate Leyland play through the history of string instruments, from the music of Bach, Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák and more through to traditional bluegrass arranged for quartet by Mark O’Connor. 

A.R. Rahman – Sunday, 7pm – Known for his unique take on contemporary Indian music, the Golden Globe-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer, singer and songwriter – you’d recognize his scores in films such as “Roja,” “Bombay,” “Dil Se,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours” and “Rockstar,” among others – takes the stage at DPAC during his North American tour. 

For even more community events and happenings, visit our online calendar.

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