EVENTS

EVENTS

May
24
Thu
Durham Bulls Baseball @ Durham Bulls Athletic Park
May 24 – 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.

May
25
Fri
Freight Train Blues – Ernie Vincent & Guitar Lightnin’ Lee @ Carrboro Town Commons
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Rec & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer, and community in the heart of Carrboro! Ernie Vincent is a quintessentially New Orleans musician, deftly fusing funk, soul, blues, and pop into a wildly appealing style honed on the party scene of Bourbon Street. Hailing from New Orleans, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee has created a supercharged, blown out style of New Orleans rock and roll and blues, with a raw and strutting edge.

Jun
1
Fri
Freight Train Blues – Eastern North Carolina Gospel Jubilee @ Carrboro Town Commons
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Rec & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer, and community in the heart of Carrboro! Eastern North Carolina is home to a thriving gospel tradition that has had both statewide and national influence. From quartet singing to sacred stride piano, gospel has been the backbone of many North Carolina communities. But get in the spirit and you can hear the driving, rhythmic styles that have shaped all popular music, from rock n roll, to blues, to hip hop. The Eastern North Carolina Gospel Jubilee features a lineup of gospel powerhouses, including The Glorifying Vines Sisters of Farmville, NC, James Barrett and the Golden Jubilees, Albert Harrison and the Gospel Tones, The Dedicated Men of Zion, and the Branchettes.

Jun
2
Sat
Lobby Call: Jeghetto’s Puppet Museum @ The Durham Hotel
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Puppetry is a high art. It’s like composing a symphony in 3D” – Jeghetto

Tarish Pipkins (a.k.a Jeghetto) is a multifaceted Durham artist whose mission is to promote oneness through art. Immerse yourself in his magical world of puppetry at our next Lobby Call event, a pop-up puppet museum. Get an up-close look at the puppets he’s created, the tools and materials that he uses to make them and explore his many other mediums of art and creative expression.

Coffee Shop | Family Friendly

2018 Beaver Queen Pageant @ Duke Park
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm

The Beaver Queen Pageant is Durham’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion, talent, and personality. The theme for the 14th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant is “Saturday Night Beaver”. There will be music, a Scrap Exchange tail-making booth, food trucks, and much more! Come enjoy the fun at this family-friendly and free event which raises funds for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Vote for your favorite contestants – or bribe a judge – at www.beaverqueen.org. Emcee’d by WUNC’s Frank Stasio, this is a truly weird and delightful Durham experience.

Jun
8
Fri
Freight Train Blues – Harvey Dalton Arnold & A.J. Ghent @ Carrboro Town Commons
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Recreation & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer and community in the heart of Carrboro! Harvey Dalton Arnold grew up in the eastern North Carolina town of Rose Hill, where the sounds of deep bluegrass, blues and the black gospel tradition permeated his childhood. In 1976, Arnold joined the pioneering southern rock group The Outlaws, and played bass for them for nearly a decade. A.J. Ghent is a third-generation singer-songwriter and lap and pedal steel guitar player. Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida and currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Ghent comes from a legacy of famous lap steel guitar players, including great uncle Willie Eason, father Aubrey Ghent Sr. and grandfather Henry Nelson, the founder of the “Sacred Steel” rhythmic style that now reaches across the country.

Jun
9
Sat
Juneteenth at Stagville @ Historic Stagville
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In April of 1865, at the end of the Civil War, over 900 people were freed from slavery at Stagville. How did Emancipation affect this massive plantation? How did these families’ lives change? Where did they go and what did they build in freedom? Juneteenth at Stagville includes local African-American history, historic cooking demonstrations, performances, and stories of life before and after Emancipation.

Jun
11
Mon
Gracie Bullyproof Camp @ Gracie Durham
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm

At the foundation of the Gracie Bullyproof program is the belief that a confident child is a “bullyproof” child. By giving children the non-violent self-defense skills to neutralize the violent physical attack of an aggressive bully, we give them the unshakable confidence needed to verbally address bullies and defeat them WITHOUT violence.

The Gracie Bullyproof Summer Camp is specifically designed for kids between the ages of 6 and 13. No previous experience is necessary to participate.

Jun
15
Fri
ShaLeigh Dance Works presents E Pluribus Unum II @ The Durham Arts Council's PSI Theatre
Jun 15 – Jun 16 all-day

ShaLeigh Dance Works presents E Pluribus Unum II
A World Premiere collaboration with Elizabeth Corbett and Alejandro Santoyo

ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of E Pluribus Unum II, the company’s first collaborative project with acclaimed soloist, international guest artist and former Forsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett. The work builds from Comerford’s nine year relationship with Corbett as her teacher, choreographer and mentor. Both decided to create their own separate works in different locations from a singular script that Corbett developed based on the Laban cube. The title of the work implies the oneness out of many as a response to both the polarization we have felt as a nation as well as how the courageous process of creation unites us.

International composer and pianist Alejandro Santoyo joins SDW to perform an original score for the work. Santoyo will perform live while utilizing the composition developed from the movement’s organizational principles that allow for moments of improvisation. Working collaboratively, Corbett, Comerford and Santoyo challenge the traditional distinction between choreographer, composer and dancer, using their methodology to question hierarchy, authorship and disciplinary boundaries.

E Pluribus Unum II is choreographed by Artistic Director ShaLeigh Comerford in collaboration with Elizabeth Corbett and ShaLeigh Dance Works’ Company members. Original score is created and performed by Alejandro Santoyo.

Jun
18
Mon
Biomedical STEM Camp @ BioIgnite Design Summer Camp
Jun 18 – Jun 22 all-day

Students will learn about a range of biomedical STEM topics during this one week long camp. Topics explored are Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Imaging, NeuroEngineering and Biomechanics. Students will also have a engineering design studio where they will design and build their own prosthetic prototype. Throughout the week, various career paths in biomedical STEM are highlighted. Camps are M-F from 9am-3pm. The camp will be run twice in 2018, on June 18th-22nd and June 25th- 29th.

Jun
25
Mon
Biomedical STEM Camp @ Duke University Brodhead Center
Jun 25 – Jun 29 all-day

Students will learn about a range of biomedical STEM topics during this one week long camp. Topics explored are Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Imaging, NeuroEngineering, and Biomechanics. Students will also have a engineering design studio where they will design and build their own prosthetic prototype. Throughout the week various career paths in biomedical STEM are highlighted. Camps are M-F from 9am-3pm. The camp will be run twice in 2018, on June 18th-22nd and June 25th- 29th. Open to rising 6th-8th grades.

Jun
30
Sat
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Children’s Matinee @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, NY, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through its work, EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. This one-hour performance is specially curated to ignite and inspire the imaginations of children. The matinee is followed by a FREE Kids’ Party in the theater lobbies, complete with live music, face-painting, snacks, and additional activities.

Aug
24
Fri
Stagville Under the Stars: Summer Edition @ Historic Stagville
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm

The Morehead Planetarium presents a night of West African storytelling and stargazing at Historic Stagville. Learn about the oral tradition that might have been preserved by enslaved families. After the storytelling, we will have telescopes and a sky tours outside.

In this new summer edition of our popular winter program, we will see a totally different seasonal night sky!