Common Ground @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Aug 14 – Aug 26 all-day

Paintings by Linda Carmel and Michele Yellin, jewelry by Nell Chandler, pottery by Evelyn Ward. July 23 – August 26. Opening reception during Hillsborough’s Last Friday Art Walk, July 27th 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber and textile arts. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun.

Branding with Annie @ The Frontier
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm

Looking for how to maximize your marketing materials and learn how to “brand” your small business better?

Join me each month for “Branding with Annie”
This monthly workshop series features rotating topics on how you can improve your small business through branding and marketing. This series is hosted by Annie Franceschi of Greatest Story Creative, a Durham-based Branding Expert and Former Disney Storyteller.

This complimentary interactive workshop (valued at $100) is perfect for you if you are:

Looking for creative ideas on how to grow (or start) your business on the right foot
Feeling stuck or uninspired about how to market and talk about your business
Needing practical steps and resources to greatly improve how you share your business with others

Each month the topic rotates, diving into a subject that can be game-changing your business.

AUGUST’S topic is “ABOUT ME” WEBSITE PAGES for small businesses.
What belongs on the “About Me” page of my website? How personal or professional should it be to attract ideal clients? RSVP here:

Make More Money: There’s an App for That @ American Underground @Main
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

As part of Congressman G. K. Butterfield’s Jobs & Justice Tour throughout North Carolina’s First District, join the Office of Congressman Butterfield for a tech jobs event in Durham on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 with leading tech companies.

The purpose of this event is to help residents become more familiar with tech platforms that can be used to earn income and exchange services. Hear from representatives from leading companies on how to earn extra money using online platforms.

TURO, Air BnB, UpWork, Thumbtack and more!

This event is free and open to the public.

Views from The Durham @ The Durham Hotel
Aug 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us on the roof for a series of telescopic stargazing nights hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and Innovate Your Cool Conference. Stop by for guided constellation tours, music from DJ Mic Check, and celestial cocktail creations from the bar.

August 14
Views: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Crescent Moon, Meteors
Lucky stargazers may catch the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower tonight alongside planets and deep sky objects.

Free | Family Friendly

Beer Release: (Even More) Indecent IPA @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 15 all-day

Enjoy a fresh batch of our hazy Indecent IPA (both on draft and in cans), available in the taproom on August 15th. It’s still brewed with oats, wheat, and lactose for that same creamy mouthfeel, but the brew has a different hop profile this time around!

Helpfest: Joe Colopy – There and Back Again: My Entrepreneurial Journey @ American Underground @Main
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bronto is one of the great startup stories in our region. Hear directly from founder Joe Colopy as he shares the Bronto story, with a particular focus on the pre-launch and early days. He will discuss some lessons learned now that he is founding and funding some new early-stage startups.

Bordeaux in Summer Wine Dinner with Jean-Christian Rostagni @ Parizade
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm

Join us this August to wrap up our Summer wine dinner series with a trip to France! Parizade’s Bordeaux in Summer wine dinner will be held Wednesday, August 15th at 6:30pm and will feature another 5 wines hand-picked by fine art photographer and French wine connoisseur Jean-Christian Rostagni. A long-time friend and collaborator with Giorgios Group, Jean-Christian, boasts an extensive knowledge of the wine-making process and varietals of his native country and holds years of experience hosting tours and educating travelers in the various regions of the French wine-country. Jean-Christian will return to lead another elegant culinary tour through his selections, and each of his chosen wines will be accompanied by a dish curated by Executive Chef Jason Lawless to create the perfect pairing. See the wine selections and Lawless’s pairings below. The cost of the dinner is $85 per person with tax and gratuity not included. Please call the restaurant to make a reservation or for more information at 919-286-9712.

First Course: Amuse Trio
Jumbo Lump Crab with local peach & basil
Smoked Trout Toast with fava, fennel, & radish
Snapper Crudo with watermelon, caper, chilis
with Chateau Lehoul Graves Blanc Sec 2016

Second Course
Octopus Terrine, whole grain mustard, saffron baby potatoes, horseradish with Chateau Lehoul Graves Blanc, Fûts de chêne 2016

Third Course
Slow Braised Veal Breast pappardelle pasta, mushrooms, Parmesan brodo with Chateau Lehoul Rosé 2017

Fourth Course
Pork Duo Bacon Wrapped Pork Loinand Crispy Smoked Ham Hock with roasted onions, sweet carrot purée, apple cider jus with Chateau Lehoul Grand Vin 2015

Cheese Duo
Stilton Blue Cheese, seasonal accompaniments
Petit fours by Pastry Chef Lou Mincey with Chateau Lehoul Graves Supérieur 2016

Fork & Bottle Dinner Benefiting APS of Durham @ Counting House
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

Do you love a fine wine? Craft beer? Sipping bourbon? So do we. Join Counting House for Fork + Bottle, a unique dinner series in which we educate, pair, and taste inspired menus by executive chef Thomas Card with a variety of guest beverage experts.

In August, we are welcoming Social House Vodka to provide cocktail pairings for a four-course meal benefiting the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Price is $85 per person, $10 of each ticket will be donated directly to the APS of Durham, additional donations are welcome.

Movie Loft presents “The Hired Hand” + Nathan Bowles @ Shadowbox Studio
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm

Movie Loft ventures out west to Shadowbox Studio in August with a screening of Peter Fonda’s directorial debut ‘The Hired Hand’. From 1971, a languid, elegiac and gorgeous film that is a Western in suggestion, but more atmosphere and art than the bang-bang shoot-’em-up one might expect from the genre.

Fonda stars as Harry Collings, a drifter who wanders home to his wife Hannah (Verna Bloom) after many years a-saddle with his friend Arch Harris (Warren Oates!). Nothing can be as it ever was though, and trouble comes calling.

One of the finest aspects of the production is the moody and evocative soundtrack by folk musician par excellence Bruce Langhorne. In this spirit, Durham’s own banjo (and multi-instrumentalist) extraordinaire Nathan Bowles will perform a solo set preceding the film!

Show up at 7 for hot dogs on the grill and cowboy/western tunes spinning. Nathan Bowles right around 8, with the movie starting about 8:30. More records afterwards.

Free, donations appreciated. BYO or sample what’s on-hand!

“Durham During the Great War” Opening Reception @ Museum of Durham History
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us on Friday August 17th from 6-8PM at the Museum of Durham History for the opening reception of our newest exhibit “Durham During the Great War,” as we commemorate the centennial of the Armistice of World War I.

This event is FREE and open to the public, featuring complimentary refreshments in the spirit of rationing during the war effort to remain “wheatless and meatless,” courtesy of Ninth Street Bakery, the Fresh Market, and Museum volunteers. Musician Robinson Lee Earle will be on hand to play ragtime and blues on his resophonic guitar.

The exhibit examines how social, economic, and political changes in Durham during the war left a lasting legacy of future movements toward equality. It shows how black and white soldiers of Durham joined the fight in Europe, many paying the ultimate sacrifice. Yet under the segregated military, their experiences were drastically different. Durham’s tobacco industry also reached new heights as an important resource for soldiers abroad, while playing a key role in strengthening those who had otherwise felt socially excluded. African Americans and white women utilized war-time economic needs to gain leadership roles in local and state government, attain independence, and to organize in favor of equality.

Durty Bull Brewery Tour @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the brewery. offered through Groupon, at 7pm on the first and third Friday of every month.

Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Aug 17 @ 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.

Al Strong’s 99 Brass Band @ The Bullpen
Aug 17 @ 8:30 pm

The 99 (Nine Nine) Brass Band was formed in the Summer of 2018 through an impromptu engagement. Co-Directed by Al Strong and Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, the band delivers powerful and inspiring arrangements with a New Orleans Brass Band sound that’s unmatched! This 6-piece group aims to bring the party from the drop of the downbeat to the finish.

Al Strong- Trumpet
Tee Corbett- Trumpet
Zo Hedgepeth- Trombone
Blu Thompson- Sax
Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons- Drumset
Donovan Scott- Tuba

As always, a portion of your drink tab goes to support Music Maker’s mission of sustaining American roots music.

Triangle Vegfest @ Durham Armory
Aug 18 – Aug 19 all-day

Triangle Vegfest is coming back to Durham with more vendors than ever to accommodate growing interest in plant-based diets and lifestyles. Saturday, August 18, will consist of a series of panels and lectures and Sunday will feature hundreds of food, clothing, and other vegan and animal welfare vendors from all over the country. Ethiopian food from Florida, soul food from South Carolina, veggie dogs from Maryland plus local favorites, Soul Cocina, Earth to Us, Taylor Street Sweets. There will be everything from clothing to skincare and a variety of information from animal welfare nonprofits. Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, one of the largest farm animal rescues in the region, is presenting at this year’s Vegfest.

The festival is free with suggested donation of $5 and the first 200 in line on Sunday will receive a goodie bag with coupons and samples and will be held at the Durham Armory and part of Foster Street will be closed to accommodate more vendors and festival goers than years past.

In addition to vendors, there will be speakers and cooking demos Saturday and Sunday at the Durham Armory and Durham Convention Center. The speaker schedule is as follows:

10am – 11am: Body Shaming Panel with JL Fields and Andy Tabar
11:15am – 12:15pm: Bad Ass Vegan with John Lewis
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Gene Baur
1:45pm – 2:45pm: Leilani Münter
3pm – 3:45pm: Queenie
4 – 5:30pm – Sanctuary Panel with Lenore Braford, Denise Bitz, and Kayla Rae Worden

11:30 – 12:30 – Kat Moss Mendenhall Riders
12:45 – 1:45 – Nelson Campbell
2 – 3 – Ron Labez Gandiza
3:15 – 4:15 – Dr. Janardhan Srinivasan

Volunteer @ Lakewood Elementary @ Lakewood Elementary School
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lakewood Elementary is gearing up for the upcoming school year! They need help setting up computers, moving furniture, putting up posters, setting up bookshelves, and more! Cocoa Cinnamon is have free churros on hand! Sign up today @