Jonkonnu Lantern Tours @ Historic Stagville
Dec 8 @ 5:15 pm

Do you know the story of Jonkonnu? This Afro-Caribbean holiday tradition was celebrated by enslaved families on the Stagville plantation right here in Durham County, one of the few sites in the United States with a documented Jonkonnu tradition. Enslaved people used the music, dance, and costumes of Jonkonnu to preserve their ancestors’ West African heritage, and to resist the cultural erasure of slavery. Jonkonnu became a new tradition all its own, and a distinctive part of the African American culture of North Carolina. On December 8th you can see a performance, tour historic buildings, and learn more about the history of Stagville and the meanings of Christmas during slavery. After the performance, explore the Horton Grove slave quarters by lantern light, with tour guides telling stories about the African American history of Stagville. The Historic Stagville Foundation will serve holiday cookies and other treats.

Tickets are $5 per person, children 3 and under free, and the price includes holiday refreshments. Call 919-620-0120 to purchase tickets today! Tickets are NOT refundable– if you aren’t able to make it, or if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will have made a donation to support the education and future events at our local historic site!

ALL parking will be at Horton Grove and there will be no access to the Bennehan House. Dress warmly! This event will likely be chilly and dark, and there will be walking over uneven ground.

Encounters: with the Music of Our Time presents “A Forest Unfolding” @ von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

“A Forest Unfolding,” a collaborative cantata by Stephen Jaffe, Melinda Wagner, Eric Moe and David Kirkland Garner, with texts by Richard Powers, Anne Labastille, and others. Guest artists include Ilana Davidson, soprano; Alexander Hurd, baritone; and Richard Powers, narrator; with a chamber ensemble under the direction of Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. The concert also features new works by graduate composition fellows Ryan Harrison and James Budinich. “A Forest Unfolding,” inspired by Richard Powers’ new novel, “The Overstory,” features excerpts from the novel as well as additional prose texts and poems in a nine-movement cantata. The work premiered at the Electric Earth Concert Series in August and was also performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival.

Durham Medical Orchestra- “Harmonies” Fall Concert @ Baldwin Auditorium
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm

The Durham Medical Orchestra presents its fall concert, “Harmonies,” featuring music from Tchaikovsky‘s “Sleeping Beauty,” Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” and more. The concert will feature collaborations with Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus, composers Steven Bryant and Alejandro Santoyo, soprano Meredith Achey, several accomplished local dancers, and guest soloist Ivy Ringel of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

Flash Chorus Presents: Holiday Sing on the Roof @ The Durham Hotel
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a holiday-inspired Saturday session of Flash Chorus at The Durham Hotel. We’ll cozy up under the new roof heaters and amp up the festive cheer with several modern classics.

Space is limited so get your tickets now. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket to this family-friendly event. Additional children’s tickets are available to purchase at half price. The roof bar will be open for drinks and snacks.

Doors Open: 11:30am
Singing Starts: 12:00pm

About Flash Chorus:
Flash Chorus is open to anyone. Theres no audition, no sheet music, Absolutely no formal singing experience required. Just familiarize yourself with our songs, announced on social media closer to our singing celebration.

For more info on Flash Chorus and our events in and around the triangle see below.

Twitter: @FlashChorus
Instagram: @FlashChorus

Oyster Garden Party | Eastcut + Ponysaurus + NC Coast @ Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm

Ponysaurus and the NC Coastal Federation are joining Eastcut for an Oyster, Beer, and Oyster-Adoption Party! The event will be held in Eastcut’s heated Garden, located behind their main building.

Shucking up fresh oysters to order – 2pm until we run out. The Nash Street Ramblers will be providing some sweet tunes from 4-7pm.

NC Coastal Federation will be fundraising onsite – you can actually adopt oysters and follow their growth on the NC Coast!

$1 from every pint of Ponysaurus Oyster Saison will go to NC Coastal Federation.

Come enjoy some delicious fare and support the health of the NC Coast!

Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm

Daniel D. is a 3 Time 1st Place Apollo Theater Winner, and studied at NYC’s Julliard School of Music. Eric Stanley received the YouTube Silver Play Button surpassing 153,000 subscribers and 21 million total upload views. He made his national television debut on ESPN First Take and provided the theme song on violin.

Daniel D’s and Eric Stanley’s unique showmanship styles cross all genres of music, leading to their growing international multicultural fan base. Both are humble, self-motivated artists, committed to being true to their calling to inspire the hearts of all people to find their passion.

NC Boys Choir + Girls Choir FREE Holiday Concert in Durham @ McMannen United Methodist Church
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The North Carolina Boys Choir, Chamber Ensemble and the North Carolina Girls Choir invite lovers of Christmas Carols and Holiday Classics to join them at McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Rd., Durham, Monday evening, December 17, 7:00 p.m. This concert if FREE, and open to all members of the Triangle community, which we call home!

The choirs will perform a mix of Christmas Carols from around the world with arrangements by Adam, Britten, Handel, Rutter, Willcocks; and Holiday Classics including: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire); The Little Drummer Boy; O Tannenbaum; This Christmastide; O Holy Night; Hallelujah Chorus.

The North Carolina Boys Choir was founded in 1972 as the Durham Boys Choir by William Graham and designated the North Carolina Boys Choir in 1983 by then-Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Through the years the Choir has sung with all the area’s major choral groups such as the Duke Chapel Choir, Choral Society of Durham, Choirs of Meredith and NCSU and Chapel Hill Voices. They have also sung with the N.C. Symphony Orchestra in the Christmas Pops Concert and the War Requiem.

The Choir has appeared on a number of area TV specials including “Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion” and “North Carolina People with William Friday.” The Choir tours nationally and internationally and has presented concerts in churches and cathedrals in Canada, England, and Scotland. In summer 2014, the Choir sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City. May 2017, the Choir was featured at the Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. The North Carolina Boys Choir is under the direction of Robert Unger and David Cole. We are pleased and honored to sing this concert in the marvelous acoustic space at McMannen United Methodist Church.

Durham Arts Council Third Friday Artist Reception & Holiday Event @ Durham Arts Council
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

On Friday, December 21, Durham Arts Council is the place to be for an art-filled, family-friendly affair brimming with holiday cheer! Join us starting at 6pm for this month’s Third Friday arts event, featuring four new exhibits (including the Durham Art Guild Members’ Holiday Market), caroling by the Durham Children’s Choir, live jazz from Shaquim Muldrow, a Holiday Showcase performance from the DAC Dancers, and cookie decorating for all!

Nc Pride Songwriters Showcase @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For the last NC PRIDE SONGWRITER’S SHOWCASE of the year (but first at Durty Bull!) we have the all original sounds from the following:

1. Bobby Keene- slick, indy pop rock

2. Chris Bullock- acoustic folk

3. Bryan Hickman- experimental atmospheric bass player

4. Ari Pappalardo- pop rock, eclectic

Check out the show while you try Beer and Nut Butter Pairing Flights from us and Big Spoon Roasters or grab a plate from Umami On Wheels!

Things Could Be Worse Album Release Show @ Motorco Music Hall
Dec 22 @ 9:00 pm

On November the 9th of this year, Durham raised rapper/producer Alex Aff released his 4th project entitled ‘Things Could Be Worse.’ It’s a collection of songs that tell a story of a young man on a mission to adopt a more pragmatic mentality to guide him through his day to day life. Using a lot of his own production, Aff successfully was able to craft a body of work that has a uniqueness with a cadence that can pierce through the composition.

On December the 22nd Alex is hitting the stage with a bevy of acts that include Danny Blaze, rap duo Facts About Bob, Kelly Kale, Chelsea Inpsire, Ducee’ DropTop, & Sip Slo.

The event will be hosted by Wilkins Motley, owner of Wayko World company.

The DJs for the night will be DJ DCM(1F2Ls owner) & DJ Johnny Storm.

Great vibes and great live music await!

Advanced tickets are available

New Year’s Eve with Parizade @ Parizade
Dec 31 2018 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 1:00 am

Parizade invites you to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration to send off 2018! The evening will begin with early a la carte seatings available at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:00pm. Then our celebration seating will take place between 9:15pm – 9:45pm and will include a decadent 4-course prix-fixe menu with champagne toast for $90 per guest (tax & gratuity not included). We’ll also have Dom Perignon available by the glass all night long to send 2018 off in style and start 2019 off right. Crossover Drive will be setting the tone for our evening and the dance floor from ! See our decadent prix-fixe menu below and reserve your seats for a night to remember today by calling (919) 286-9712 or visiting

Due to the popularity of New Year’s Eve bookings, we will be requiring credit cards (placed into our secure vault) for all celebration seating reservations. *Any cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made 72 hours in advance of your seating time. Reservation cancellations or no shows inside the 72 hour window will be subject to the full prix-fixe menu charge for their party.

Family-Style First Course:
Mezze Trio tzatziki, roast eggplant, green chickpea
Squid Ink Croquettes lemon, saffron
Tuna Sashimi shaved fennel, candied orange zest, lime, Greek olive oil

Second Course:
Caesar Salad white anchovy, Reggiano parm, sourdough toast
Beet Tartare whipped horseradish goat cheese, organic watercress, endive
Baked Shrimp roma tomatoes, feta, chilies, Greek oregano
Parsnip Velouté pear, walnuts, aged balsamic, bacon lardons
Braised Pork Belly mushroom consommé
Butternut Squash Tortellini

Third Course:
Pan Roasted Halibut spinach, sunchoke purée, preserved lemon, caper brown butter
Poached Lobster & Seared Scallops cavatelli pasta, preserved black truffle, Parmesan cream
Slow-Cooked Duck Breast butternut squash gnocchi, roasted king oysters mushrooms, sage, pumpkin seeds
Organic Carrot Wellington mushroom duxelle, roast vegetable jus
Grilled Filet Mignon root vegetables, oxtail ragout, crispy parsnips

Dessert Buffet

Party Illegal: Nay Fong / Phrenthrow / Queen Plz / Treee City @ The Pinhook
Jan 4 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 5 @ 2:00 am

Durham dance institution Party Illegal returns to The Pinhook for a night of electronic music featuring Nay Fong, Phrenthrow, Queen Plz and Treee City. Doors open at 9pm and music goes until 2am. $7 cover.

*Party Illegal puts non-white people, queer people, trans people, non-binary people, disabled people, and our trusted friends and regular attendees first. We strive to create a safe(r) space in which to enjoy music and dance. Please consider your context and be mindful of, respectful of, and comfortable with those around you. No queer, non-binary, trans or POC attendees will be turned away for lack of funds.

Nay Fong


Queen Plz

Treee City

Live Music: Jon Beyle @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“An eighth-generation native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Jon Beyle has been musically inspired by his homeland his entire life. Jon’s style incorporates relaxed, surfer-inspired beach music while rooting himself in earthy, folk Mountain sound.”

Jon Beyle Music will be performing live in the taproom on Saturday, January 5th, 2019.

Eric Hirsh @ Arcana
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm

Introspective, original jazz from pianist/composer Eric Hirsh and his band. No cover charge.

Randall Love, piano, with Gabriel Richard, violin, & Caroline Stinson, cello @ Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Jan 11 @ 8:00 pm

Trios by Tchaikovsky and Smetana. Randall Love is a member of the Duke music faculty where he teaches piano and fortepiano. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN. He has recorded solo works of Vorísek for the Titanic label and has also collaborated with Capitol Chamber Artists of Albany, NY, in concerts and a recording of Haydn’s London Symphonies in a chamber version by Johann Salomon. French violinist Gabriel Richard is first violin at the Paris Orchestra, as well as founder and member of the Thymos String Quartet. As a musician of the Paris Orchestra, he plays under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, and Marin Aslop. With Thymos Quartet he regularly performs on international scenes: theKennedy Center in Washington, La cité de la Musique (Paris), Pleyel Auditorium, Orsay Museum, among others. Cellist Caroline Stinson performs widely as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist, committed to giving equal expression to music old and new. This season, she begins her appointment as Cellist of the Ciompi String Quartet and Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke. She has appeared at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Gardner Museum & the Smithsonian.