Photography Summer Camp for Teens – Free Camera with Registration @ Durham School of the Arts
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day

This one-of-a-kid, multi-day photography Summer Camp is part of a Summer-long camp series where students will attend 3 to 4 day photography camps in downtown Durham, NC.

Campers will learn how to use their cameras, make friends, create real-world photo projects and learn from a real photographer who has been teaching teenagers for over ten years!

Through-out the Summer there will be Basic Photography Summer Camps for Teens, Advanced Photography Summer Camps for Teens, YouTube Creator Camps for Teens and a Photography Summer Camp for Kids!

The Art of a Scientist @ Rubenstein Art Center Gallery 235
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day

Art and science have a lot in common, yet we don’t always see it that way. This exhibit brings the work of artists and scientists together in shared exploration of creativity and visual communication.

Join us for our opening on June 1st from 6-9pm!

The Tan and Sober Gentleman and Arson Daily at The Pinhook @ The Pinhook
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Tan and Sober Gentlemen and Arson Daily take the stage at The Pinhook in Durham on Thursday, August 9th.


Born and raised in the North Carolina backcountry, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen began taking in the songs, stories, and tunes that make up their beloved state’s heritage before they could talk. Despite having played music together in some form or another for most of their lives, the current lineup was formed in the summer of 2016.
They aim to explore the Celtic roots of North Carolinian music, and to play it with a fire and intensity they feel is lacking in much of today’s folk music. The result is an avalanche of Scotch-Irish hillbilly insanity they dub “Celtic punk-grass.” As far as folk music goes, they’re about the best drinking and dancing band you’ll find.


Starting in 2014, North Carolina natives Arson Daily effortlessly work hard and play harder. Done so by making music and performance professionalism their main focus, in proper rock n’ roll fashion. The trifecta of talent (comprised of vocalist/guitarist Zach Dunham, bassist Quincy Platt and drummer Adam McLean) has locked in a unique alt-party psych-rock sound. Comparable to the rage of Cage the Elephant, Arson Daily continues their quest with a second full-length album (due late 2018). Getting their early start performing in packed basement shows, the months spent playing these shows would only contribute to their growth as professional musicians. It’s essential to let their energy encapsulate the listener, holding them hungry for the next show.

Their most recent release, an EP titled “What’s On Your Mind” (June 2017) encaptures the essence that is Arson Daily. With split-step sounds complimented by chill-wave call-and-release, it’s your road trip go to. The trio is notable for taking their sound across several genres, which is showcased in “What’s On Your Mind”. The vox-garage styles of Dunham’s vocals coupled with Platt’s golden-groove bass licks and the complex, creative sounds of McLean’s percussion create the revolution that is Arson Daily.

When put up against the world, music like Arson Daily can teleport you to a tropical brit-rock reservoir. Their storytelling abilities showcase the sentimentality that even an extroverted three-piece can provide when given the chance to. For listeners looking to walk like a badass, throw on Arson Daily to put some party pep in your step.

Fuel The Bull Bike Night @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Fuel the Bull Bike Nights are back! $1 off lager pints, Pyramids Mediterranean food truck will be on hand for nourishment. Anything on two wheels is welcome.

Eric Hirsh “Distillation” Release Party w ZooCrü / Shana Tucker / Zen Poets @ Durham Fruit & Produce Company
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm

Eric Hirsh (of The Beast and Orquesta GarDel) releases “Distillation” his debut album of original jazz compositions, on August 10th.

To celebrate, he’s throwing a party with his own quartet and close friends in three of Durham’s hottest acts who are all forging their own path, writing original music under the jazz umbrella.

Join us for a showcase of new music at The Fruit, a vibey warehouse just named as the Independent Weekly editors’ pick for Best Theater Venue in the Triangle.

Seated show.

Full bar with beer, wine, liquor drinks. Food truck TBA.

$17 advance / $20 door

7:00pm – doors
7:30pm – Zen Poets – young jazz collective
8:20pm – Shana Tucker – chambersoul cello & songs
9:10pm – ZooCrü – Black American music, jazz/hiphop fusion
10:00pm – Eric Hirsh Quartet with special guests
Afterwards – DJ and jam session

The Art of Cool Festival is a proud marketing sponsor of this event. They’ll have a crew at the show selling advance festival passes.

Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us every Friday from 8-9:30 for a first look at some of our area’s own rising comedic talent. It’s Durty Bull’s open mic stand-up night, so have a pint and share some laughs with fellow craft beer and comedy lovers! Arrive early for a good seat and to grab some food from the food truck.

The National Reserve @ The Bullpen
Aug 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The National Reserve hails from Brooklyn, NY, but  they’re bringing their brand of rock n roll to downtown Durham. The band released their debut record “Motel La Grange” on NC’s own Ramseur Records back in May.

The National Reserve’s approach to rock music falls somewhere between old and new, between contemporary bands reinventing the genre like the War on Drugs and all-time greats like Bruce Springsteen.

*As always, free shows at the Bullpen on Friday and Saturday nights are presented by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and a portion of your tab goes to support blues and folk musicians across the country!

Computer Basics for Beginners t the Cybrary @ Cybrary
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Community Workshop Series introductory computer classes held each semester in partnership with UNC. Today’s topic is POWERPOINT BASICS. These classes are free and open to the public, but please pre-register by calling 919.918.7387. For the full schedule of CWS classes for the semester, please visit

National Day of Civic Hacking @ Caktus Group
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action that brings together civic leaders, local governments, and community organizations to tackle some of our toughest challenges. Join us as we work on the following projects:

– Elections & Representation
– Food Security / Hunger
– Youth Initiatives
– Brigade Marketing

Simone Sequeira from Code for America headquarters will be joining us. Simone is the Senior Product Manager for GetCalFresh, which helps Californians apply for food stamps online. We’re just getting our food security project underway, so this is a great time to get involved.

Lunch will be provided. Bring your laptop, ideas, projects, maps, data, and questions. Collectively, we will try to answer them.

Have fun. Do good.

Back to School Bash at Not Just Paper @ Not Just Paper
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for our first ever Back to School Bash!

Make shopping for your back to school supplies more fun by shopping during our Bash.

We believe parents are educations too so we are extending our special 20% teacher discount to parents during the event.

We have a number of free activities that will be going on during the bash including:
– Free treats from Pine Cone Ice Cream and The Mad Popper
– Meet our mascot Sheldon C. Turtle
– Slime Making Station
– Face Painting
– Crafts with Crayola
– Balloon creations from a balloon twister

At 11:30am we will offer story time on the second floor of the store.

At 12:00pm we are offering a free seminar by Pam Goodman from Parents, come find out what you wish you knew before school started. Learn some easy tips that will leave your child progressing in every academic area. You will leave with:
– An easy way to get your child to read
– A simple way to build up confidence in math
– Eligible for a drawing of Pam’s book, Unleash Your Child’s Potential

At 12:30pm we will hold a drawing for a free Botley the Coding Robot from Learning Resources, a $60 value. To enter you must RSVP before August 4th to

We are located in Main Street near Brightleaf. We offer free parking in our lot. We hope you’ll stop by and visit with us and get your Back to School supply shopping done with us!

Live Music: Kendra Bragg @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy live music from Kendra Bragg Harding and food from Mr Puebla Tacos at the brewery on Saturday, August 11th!

OysterFest with Paul Greenberg and Locals Seafood @ The Durham Hotel
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us Saturday, August 11, for a 3-course sustainable seafood dinner with Paul Greenberg and Locals Seafood celebrating Paul’s new book, The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet. In this book, Greenberg charts the history of Omega-3 fatty acids while questioning their rise to popularity as a miracle supplement.

Guest chef, Eric Montagne, from Locals Oyster Bar will be hosting a Carolina raw bar on the patio, with oyster shucking demos. While gin spritzes, sparkling wine, and local beers will flow from the bar. Then, enjoy a family-style NC seafood dinner from the kitchen.

6 pm: Raw bar and cocktail hour
7 pm: Dinner seated & served family-style

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 919-768-8831.

Price: $48 (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). 48-hour cancellation on reservations.

Paul Greenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish, American Catch, and The Omega Principle. A regular contributor to the Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is the winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature.

Over the past 8 years, Locals Seafood has established their commitment to seafood traceability and the development of localized food networks. They currently supply quality North Carolina seafood to 60+ restaurants in the Triangle. Locals Seafood Market & Oyster Bar, led by chef Eric Montagne, will open at Transfer Company Food Hall in Raleigh later this year.

Paul’s books, including The Omega Principle, American Catch and Four Fish, will be available for purchase courtesy of The Regulator Bookshop.

Harvey Dalton Arnold: Blues at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Aug 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

You’ve seen him play on the Bullpen’s stage before. He’s the guitar player and singer you know and love. Come hear the best live blues in the Triangle from Harvey Dalton Arnold!

*As always, a portion of your tab goes to support Music Maker Relief Foundation and the lives of blues and folk musicians across the country

The Beast 2018 Season on The Durham Roof @ The Durham
Aug 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Beast is back for their 2018 season on The Durham’s roof! Stop by on Sunday for sunsets, cocktails, and Pierce Freelon, Stephen Coffman, Peter Kimosh, and Eric Hirsh‘s indie hip hop & jazz with special guests. No reservations needed.

DOGust Trivia @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Happy DOGust! In tribute to man/woman’s best friend, we will be trivaing hard on all things related to dogs – best friends, yoga poses, early 2000’s one-hit wonders, and maybe some famous dogs tossed in there too…

… as a nod to our August 27th Parks & Rec trivia, we might even have a question about April & Andy’s dog…