Durham Bulls Baseball @ Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Apr 23 – Sep 3 all-day

The 2017 Triple-A National Champions take the field at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Their whopping 70-game season kicks off April 5 against the Charlotte Knights and continues through Labor Day. Celebrate opening day with some post- game fireworks (the first of 22 fireworks shows this season), and mark your calendars for the home Father’s Day game June 17 and Bark in the Park games April 11, May 16, June 13, July 25 and August 22.

Trees by Three @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Apr 23 – May 20 all-day

Carved wood by Larry Favorite, glass art by Susan Hope and paintings by Ellie Reinhold. April 23 – May 20. Opening reception during Hillsborough’s Last Friday Art Walk, April 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 and fiber art. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun.

WATERMARK – Solo Exhibit by Dawn Hummer @ Pleiades Gallery
May 3 – May 27 all-day

Pleiades Gallery in Durham presents WATERMARK – A Solo Exhibit by Dawn Hummer. Weaving is prominent in her work. In addition, she combines many traditional methods of hand-work from other cultures, resulting in a contemporary interpretation of dimensional texture. The pieces in this collection represent a broad spectrum of artful plays on the organic spirit and mystical voice of water and its influence over Dawn’s lifetime. The impetus for her work comes from an early immersion in the natural world while growing up in remote coastal Florida.

In addition, join us for FREESTYLE. Who knows what will happen when member artists respond to this boundless concept?

Both exhibits run May 3-27. Join us for our Third Friday reception May 18th 6-9pm! For more information, contact Renee Leverty at 919-797-2706 or The address for Pleiades Gallery is 109 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701. Hours for Pleiades Gallery are Thu 12-7, Fri/Sat 12-8, and Sun 12-3.

Parizade’s May Courtyard Concert Series @ Parizade
May 4 – May 25 all-day

Join us for more starlit serenades this May! Start your weekend off in style with a practically private concert in the beautiful Parizade courtyard every Friday night! From 7:00pm-10:00pm on Fridays we’ll be hosting a rising star of the Bull City music scene in our elegantly cozy courtyard space. Call up your usual weekend go-getters and have a seat. Whether you’re planning to stay for mezzes and a craft cocktail (or two) or a full 3-course dinner over a bottle of wine, we’ll set the perfect backdrop for your night out! Check out the full line-up in the event flyer or see the list below. Reserve your seats today by calling (919) 286-9712!

More Courtyard Music Dates:
May 4th • DUCK DUCK GOOSE: Bob Vasile with Jack & Jane
May 11th • Jay Hammond
May 18th • Emily Musolino
May 25th • The Larks

DSA Theatre Presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” @ Durham School of the Arts Black Box Theater
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – May 12 @ 7:30 pm

DSA Theatre brings the newly-released diary entries of Anne Frank to the stage this May! Wendy Kesselman’s “Diary of Anne Frank” gives introspection into Anne Frank’s daily life in the annex, her coming-of-age story and her blossoming relationship with Peter Van Daan in her two-years of hiding.

Dancing Out Loud @ PSI Theatre - Durham Arts Council
May 11 all-day

Big Red Dance Project presents Dancing Out Loud, featuring live vocals by all-female a cappella group Stella. With artistic director Gerrie Houlihan at the helm, Dancing Out Loud will be a performance of dance and music where the joy is palpable and the technique is sharp!

Two pieces were created in collaboration with Houlihan’s Sunday afternoon Community Moves class at the ADF Scripps Studios. Over the course of the last couple of years, this class’s wonderful group of movers has sparked a desire to return to choreographing. In the Big Red Dance Project, there is a neuroscientist, a former ADF box office manager and school administrator and several folks who are currently teaching dance or who have recently retired from teaching.

Accompanying the group for one of these two pieces will be the all-female a cappella group, Stella. Stella is a Triangle-based, primarily a cappella septet that is passionate about sharing the songs they love with communities they care about.

Rounding out the evening, Durham audiences will be treated to two older works from Houlihan’s repertoire. Local dancers Allie Pfeffer and Rachel Mehaffey will perform Til the Cows Come Home and Renay Aumiller and Lucas Melfi will perform Throb, an excerpt from an evening length work entitled Change of Heart.

Mother’s Day & Grad Weekend at Local 22 @ Local 22 Kitchen & Bar
May 11 – May 13 all-day

Graduation Weekend:
Cheers to the class of 2018! ConGRADulations to all the brilliant minds about to be unleashed unto the world! We cannot wait to celebrate you and all your successes this May. During Graduation Weekend we will offer a special prix-fixe dinner menu for $45 per person (tax & gratuity not included) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and a special a la carte menu for Saturday Lunch Service. This weekend will book quickly and reservations are highly recommended. Please email us directly here to secure your reservation. Due to the high volume of this weekend we will also be requiring credit cards (placed into our secure vault) for all reservations. Please see our cancellation policy below.

Please see the details for our Mother’s Day Brunch service below.

Mom’s & Mimosas
It’s that time of year when we celebrate all the super-moms in our lives. We will be serving a special brunch menu as well as some scrumptious additions to honor our moms and all they do for us. Sit outside and sip some Big Bottom Brunch (50oz of MAGNUM PERELADA CAVA BRUT RESERVA plus a selection of seasonal juices) with the women you love! Our special Mother’s Day Brunch Menu will be released shortly and make a reservation today by emailing hereor online at the following link:

*Any cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made 72 hours in advance of your seating time. Cancellations or no shows inside the 72 hr window for Friday – Sunday dinner service will be subject to the prix-fixe menu $45 per person charge for their party. Cancellations or no shows inside the 72 hr window for Saturday Lunch (May 12th) or Sunday Brunch (May 13th) will be subject to a $25 per person charge for their party.

The Illusionists @ Durham Performing Arts Center
May 11 – May 12 all-day

Witness the impossible as five of the world’s leading illusionists and magicians make their way from Broadway to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Fans and skeptics of all ages are invited to watch these jaw-dropping actsfirsthand. The five Illusionists, including The Daredevil, The Inventor and The Deductionist, will keep you on the edge of your seat all night.

6th Annual Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation Legacy Award Luncheon @ Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
May 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation will hold its 6th Annual Legacy Award Luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC beginning at 11:30 AM. The annual legacy luncheon is the primary fundraiser for the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation. This year’s honoree is Dr. John H. Lucas, Sr., a leader in education in North Carolina for over 50 years and former principal at Hillside High School. Tickets are $50 per person. For information visit our website or call 919-956-4004.

Vert & Vogue Presents Smoke x Mirrors Trunk Show @ Vert & Vogue
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

New season. New frames.
Join us Friday, May 11th from 5-7pm and shop the full collection from Smoke x Mirrors featuring women’s and men’s sunglasses and – available for the first time at V&V – optical!

We are excited to have Maggie Eaton of Smoke x Mirrors in the shop to help fit you with your perfect frames!

Mark your calendars!

Dance Night @ Honeygirl Meadery
May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Do you love wine tastings and trying new things!
Then join Evianne Ballroom Studios and Honeygirl Meadery for an exciting Friday afternoon Strawberry Mead / Champagne cocktail and social dance lesson!

Learn how to do a little Salsa, Bachata and ChaCha as you sip on an exciting strawberry mead cocktail!

No partner, experience or equipment required!

Tasting and dance class for only $10!! Bring a friend and join us on May 11th!

Blank Range with Blanko Basnet – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Psychedelic country-tinged garage rock out of Nashville, Tennessee.

“Their sound: That magical combination of dissonant, Pavement-esque and pavement-ready garage rock & roll with a keen grasp of how to make it all wildly melodic — thanks to super-sticky riffs, restrained psychedelia and a sense of composition that’s restless, surprising and pretty fearless.” – Rolling Stone

Opening up, Blanko Basnet, a local band riding the momentum of their latest release “Ocean Meets the Animal” sets the stage with their full body rhythmic sound and wavy electric grooves.

Blood Done Sign My Name @ Raleigh Little Theatre
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – May 27 @ 3:00 pm

“Blood Done Sign My Name” (Drama), By Mike Wiley, Adapted from the novel by Tim Tyson.

In this world premiere version, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC, and the events that followed. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after reportedly making a crude remark to one of the men’s wives. They brutally beat Marrow, and then killed him with a bullet to the head in view of multiple witnesses. Despite the eyewitness reports, an all-white jury acquitted the men. The town’s black community responded to the events with an uprising that destroyed downtown businesses and several tobacco warehouses that held at least a million dollars in harvested crops. Tyson, who was 10 at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life. He offers us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.

Kids Obstacle Challenge @ Sugg Farm
May 12 @ 8:00 am

Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with 12-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud. We are the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! And the best part is, it’s a FAMILY adventure – parents get to run with their kids for free!

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Teacher Workshop: Making Learning Visible @ The Studio School of Durham
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop is designed for teachers in the field of early childhood education. It is approved by NC Division of Child Development & Early Education for 2 Contact Hour Credits.

Documenting a child’s learning is the art of making learning visible. How do you show what your student’s know through observation and documentation? In this workshop participants will be given the tools and techniques needed document and present a child’s learning to show growth and the depth of their experiences.