12th Annual Run for Young 5K @ Christ Episcopal Church
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm

Christ Episcopal Church of Downtown Raleigh is excited to announce its annual Run for Young 5K race taking place Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. Run For Young is a family-friendly race for the young and young at heart with a mission to raise awareness for teen safety behind the wheel.

Those who register by Wednesday, Jan. 2 will receive a complimentary race t-shirt and bag. To register for the race now, visit

The course for the race is an out-and-back route throughout Edenton and Hillsborough Streets, which starts and ends at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 120 E Edenton Street. Triangle-area families and people of all ages are invited to run or walk in the race, and strollers are welcome.

All registered runners will be automatically entered for the chance to win variety of door prizes. Other race awards will be given to the top three male and female race finishers, as well as male and female age group division finishers.

The race began in 2008 in loving memory of Sadiki Young, a senior at Wakefield High School at the time and an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. Young lost his life as a passenger in an alcohol-related accident on Jan. 14, 2007. The 18-year-old was full of life, personality and character. Young was a successful student, gifted musician, and talented athlete. The congregation of the church comes together with the local community each year to host the 5K race in his memory.
All proceeds from race registration fees will go toward programs that raise awareness about safe driving practices for teens at local high schools, as well as support for the Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment Fund, which was created in honor of Young.

To commemorate Young’s love of music, the annual race includes music from local bands that volunteer their time to perform live along the sidewalks of the racecourse. Bands are still needed for the Jan. 13 race. Interested bands can contact to learn more about how to participate. There are also different levels of sponsorships still available. Businesses interested in becoming sponsors can visit

Our PlayHouse Preschool Open House @ Our PlayHouse Preschool
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join us at Our PlayHouse Preschool to learn more about our program! You will have time to explore the space, learn about our school and ask our teachers questions. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Please RSVP via our contact form.

Serving Life @ Pleiades Gallery
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm

Pleiades Arts, Inc. in Durham presents SERVING LIFE a community call and response between public audiences and the most hidden members of our society. The public is invited to join us for this collaborative exhibit between Hidden Voices, men on death rows across the country, and artists, creating a project able to generate the civic will to revision justice. Hidden Voices’ mission is to challenge, strengthen, and connect diverse communities through the transformative power of the individual voice. Pleiades Arts, Inc. was awarded the Durham Arts Catalyst Grant in support of this exhibit. Pleiades Arts promotes discussion of important community issues through art and creates opportunities for individuals in the Triangle Area to develop and display their artistic talents. This exhibit runs from January 3-27. Join us for our Third Friday Reception January 18, 6-9pm.

Beer Release: Devil’s Doorbell Hazy IPA @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

New year, new beer! Chris has been working hard on our latest hazy creation: Devil’s Doorbell. Made with Columbus, Simcoe, El Dorado, and Nelson Sauvin hops, this IPA will be available starting January 14th.

Motiv8 Creative Studios Classes Begin! @ Motiv8 Creative Studios
Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Motiv8 Incorporated 501(C)3 is happy to offer various styles of dance and performance including, but not limited to jazz, hip hop, afro-beats and modern training. We also offer music lessons in the disciplines of guitar, piano, and vocal training. We welcome you to also take advantage of our massage therapy and yoga programs! Join us at the NEW Motiv8 Creative Studios!
Classes begin January 14, 2019! Registrations are filling quickly, so secure your spot today! Please visit
Open House:
January 3, 2019, 4-8pm
January 8, 2019, 4-8pm
January 12, 2019, 9am-5pm

Motiv8 Incorporated is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring artistic expression, cultivating positive behaviors, and preserving the arts in our community!

Let’s Talk About Sex (Trivia)! Round 2 @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Let’s Talk About Sex (Trivia): Round 2 will take place in the taproom on Monday, January 14th, alongside Beer Release: Devil’s Doorbell Hazy IPA (draft and cans!). Brush up on your innuendos, because after five hard rounds of demonstrating your knowledge, the newly crowned “Masters of Sex Trivia” will win a gift card to spend in any Durty way they please. And, just like last time, we’ll throw in a prize for last place. Because we all still appreciate those who finish last.

Jolly’s Catering and Events will be on-site from 6:30-9 pm with food to refuel!

Beginning Zen Practice, A Class with David Guy @ The Chapel Hill Zen Center
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm

Monday nights, 7:30-9:00
January 14 to February 18

Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear.
— Master Dogen

Zen Meditation, or zazen, is the simple practice of being present with our experience. We hear the instructions in a matter of minutes, but spend a lifetime learning the practice. This class will introduce participants to meditation and give them support as they develop a daily sitting practice. It will also introduce them to other aspects of practice at the Chapel Hill Zen Center.

The first night will begin with meditation instructions and a short period of sitting. Each week we will continue to sit for a period at the beginning of class, gradually increasing the time. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns about their practice. As the weeks proceed we will study other aspects of Zen practice, including walking meditation, protocol around the zendo, and the service of bowing and chanting. But the focus will be on zazen, and participants’ actual practice as it unfolds. The content of the class will emerge from participants’ questions and concerns.

Cost is $60, payable the first night, and will be contributed to the Zen Center. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to sign up, please contact David Guy at (919) 641-9277 or

David Guy has been practicing meditation since 1991, and regularly gives sitting instruction. He has co-authored two books with Larry Rosenberg of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center — Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive. In 2008 he published Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence. David’s Blog can be found at

ImBlackInTech Monthly Mixer Series @ Red Hat
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm

The ImBlackInTech #MonthlyMixerSeries (MMS) takes place monthly, bringing together current and potential ImBlackInTech members and friends to mingle in a comfortable environment, share ideas, and build trust and rapport. MMS is for founders, starters, enthusiasts, subject matter experts in the tech field, investors, and community leaders who seek to support and celebrate the growth and expansion of a Triangle-based community of founders and tech professionals of color in our tech start-up ecosystem.

Musical inspiration provided by DJ Mic Check

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop @ Barley Labs
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Looking for a new job in the new year? Let us help you! Join one or both of our career workshops where you’ll get the tools you need to land the job you want and network with other professionals.

Workshop #1: Cover Letters & Resumes, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Workshop #2: Interviewing, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

Facilitator: Barley Labs Co-owner Theresa Chu will host the workshops. Prior to owning Barley Labs, she spent more than a decade counseling executives on communication strategies and working closely with Human Resources professionals. Theresa also worked for, researching and writing about job search best practices. Additionally, she taught communication courses, including sections on career skills, at Wake Tech.

Dog Policy: As always, dogs are welcome as long as you’re confident they can stay quiet for the workshop.

Periodic Tables: My Microbiome and Me @ Motorco Music Hall
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We share our bodies with trillions of bacteria and other microbes—together they make up the human microbiome. Duke’s Lawrence David will describe how studies of gut microbiomes, including his own, have shaped our understanding of nutrition, as well as how humans and bacteria co-evolved.

Lawrence David is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University. His lab seeks to understand, predict, and manipulate how the microorganisms that live in and on humans behave over time.

Chart-Topping Americana Band The Devil Makes Three At Haw River Ballroom @ Haw River Ballroom
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm

Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three — featuring Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean – will be headlining the Haw River Ballroom on January 16 as part of their much-anticipated Winter 2019 Tour. Supporting the recent release of their album Chains Are Broken, which debuted in the Top 10 Bluegrass Album Charts and Paste Magazine hailed as “an album imbued with solid hooks, catchy choruses and irresistible refrains,” this promises to be one show music lovers won’t want to miss.

The Chains Are Broken is the first record of original songs since 2013’s I’m a Stranger Here, which was their first appearance on the Billboard Top 200.

The Devil Makes Three’s journey could be deemed worthy of a novel. Their self-titled 2002 debut album yielded the classic “Old Number Seven,” “Graveyard,” “The Plank,” and more as they organically attracted a diehard following through constant touring. Longjohns, Boots and a Belt arrived in 2003, followed by 2009’s Do Wrong Write.

2013’s I’m a Stranger Here marked their first appearance on the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Redemption & Ruin heralded the group’s second #1 bow on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart, and fourth consecutive top-five debut on the respective chart. The latter garnered widespread acclaim from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, The Boston Globe and more. Over the years, they’ve cast an unbreakable spell on audiences everywhere from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hangout Fest and Shaky Knees.

Bamboo Wind @ The Fruit
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day

Bamboo Wind is a collaborative performance installation at The Fruit, Durham’s newest art space and creative warehouse complex.

Bamboo Wind is many things. It is an evening length dance production based on the poem, “Bamboo Wind,” choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford and performed by her company of ten dancers. The dance is set to live original music composed and played by Robbie Link. There will be three photographic essays inspired by the poem and projected on large screens. These have been produced by noted local photographers Catharine Carter, Lynne Feiss Necrason, and Wojtek Wojdynski. It will all take place within a bamboo labyrinth of several thousand square feet filled with bamboo sculptures created by Coke Ariail as well as hanging banners of the poem.

Bamboo Wind, a fusion of Poetry, Photography, Sculpture and Dance, will create a forest of traditionally lashed bamboo sculptures where program attendees will experience an evening of multiple art forms coalescing to create a complete and engrossing world in a wilderness of green bamboo. The shows will take you physically through a three thousand square foot labyrinth of hanging bamboo canes filled with bamboo sculptures, photography and poetry and deliver you finally into an evening length dance concert. It will be a world of images and passions all derived from the seven canto poem, “Bamboo Wind.”

When the audience finally arrives in the last space it will open to reveal a large stage area where on stage, the Poet and Poetess will recite the poem as the dancers create a series of seven dances, one for each Canto. Based on ideas derived from the poem and in collaboration with Mr. Ariail, the dances will be choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford, an internationally trained and recognized dancer and choreographer with her own dance company, ShaLeigh Dance Works, and a noted rising presence in the Triangle.

There will also be a printed booklet of the poem for audience purchase to use when viewing the spaces.

The exhibition and photography slide show will open a 7pm. The dance performance is at 8pm.

The entire production is sponsored in part by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
Advance Tickets: General – $20, Senior & Student – $18
Tickets at the Door: General – $24, Senior & Student – $22

ShaLeigh Dance Works presents Bamboo Wind @ Durham Fruit & Produce Co.
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day

Ariail Images and ShaLeigh Dance Works present Bamboo Wind, an evening of Dance, Sculpture, Photography & Poetry. The ambitious collaborative effort has commissioned 20 local artists for a multi-media performance installation. The shows will take you physically through a labyrinth of hanging bamboo canes filled with bamboo sculptures, photography and poetry and deliver you finally into an evening length dance performance. January 17 through 20 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm for Photo & Sculpture Exhibition. The Fruit, 305 S Dillard Street, Durham NC.

Saxophone & Guitar Masterclass with Duo Montagnard @ Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm

Duo Montagnard (Joseph Murphy, saxophone & Matthew Slotkin, guitar) was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and twenty countries on six continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, North-West University New Music Week (South Africa), UNC-Wilmington New Music for Guitar and Saxophone Festival, Radford University International Guitar Festival, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than twenty works for guitar and saxophone by composers including James Crowley, Jonathan Elliott, Laura Kramer, John Anthony Lennon, John Orfe and Russell Peterson. This master class is free and open to the public.

Bamboo Wind @ Durham Fruit Company
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm

Bamboo Wind is a collaborative performance installation at The Fruit, Durham’s newest art space and creative warehouse complex.

Over 18 artists come together to create an evening of Dance, Photography, Sculpture and Poetry based on the Seven Canto Poem, Bamboo Wind.

Bamboo Wind is a story of longing and desire, a love story, set in a mythical bamboo forest, conceived and produced by poet and sculptor Coke Ariail, choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford, with photographic explorations and exhibitions by noted local photographers Catharine Carter, Lynne Feiss Necrason, & Wojtek Wojdynski, and with original music composed and played by Robbie Link.

Bamboo Wind will create a forest of traditionally lashed bamboo sculptures where program attendees will experience an evening of multiple art forms coalescing to create a complete and engrossing world in a wilderness of green bamboo. The shows will take place in The Fruit, a warehouse space in downtown Durham, and the experience will take you physically through a three thousand square foot labyrinth of hanging bamboo canes filled with bamboo sculptures, photography and poetry and deliver you finally into an evening length dance concert. It will be a world of images and passions all derived from the seven canto poem, “Bamboo Wind.”