Weekend at a Glance: Bimbé, Brews and Ballet

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Celebrate African and African-American history and culture
at the 50th annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, a national award-winning festival that has been a staple in the Durham community for half a century. Photo courtesy of Durham Parks and Recreation staff

Great May Carpet Sale – Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 5pm – The Persian Carpet is having a sale of its 7,000 rugs through the month of May. Every rug in their showroom has been marked down between 30% and 75%, including antique Persian, Caucasian and Chinese rugs.

Norman Fischer – Thursday, 7pm – Join The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing with the author of “The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path.” In this reframe on classic Buddhist teachings, the zen teacher writes about how the “six perfections” – generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation and understanding – can help us reconfigure the world we live in.

Tea Cup Gin – Thursday, 7-9pm – Listen to indie-jazz inspired songs by the band, Tea Cup Gin, on Unscipted Durham‘s rooftop patio while sipping on one of their many summer-themed cocktails.

Triangle Rising Stars – Thursday, 7:30pm – In 2011, DPAC established this regional qualifying event as part of The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Presented by Marchael Bayne, this competition will bring together high school musical theatre students from central and eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent DPAC in the national finals in New York City this summer.

Happy Hour: Sonny Caberwal – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Vert & Vogue is hosting North Carolina native, Sonny Caberwal, the founder of the downtown Durham social club, Union Member House, to chat about technology and how it can improve the human experience by fostering real life connection in our communities, work and daily lives. And as always, drinks are on the house!

Third Friday Poetry – Friday, 6-8pm – Sip on a glass of wine and peruse new items in Bungalow while enjoying spring poems read by North Carolina native Elisa Troutman from her new book, “Southern Exposure.” Elisa will unveil everything from living rooms to turtles.

Third Friday in Durham! – Friday, 6-9pm – Kick off the weekend with a pop-up party at the Visitor Info Center and grab a slice of Pie Pushers Pizza, explore some local art by Ian Griffin and Amy Arcos, scope out some Durham 150 merchandise, get a custom poem from Poetry Fox and groove to live beats by DJ Shahzad. Plus, MATI Energy and Wonderpuff will be there to fuel your sweet tooth. 

‘Backyard’ by Ellie Brenner – Friday, 6-9pm – The Scrap Exchange is holding an opening reception for artist Ellie Brenner‘s installation, ‘Backyard,’ which combines her childhood memories of a bourgeoning 1950s suburb in Long Island with a farming village in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. Festivities include light snacks, drinks and free activities in the Make and Take Room.

Summer/Resort ’19 Fashion Show by Zankhna Designs – Friday, 6-9pm – Watch models strut down the runway at Pine and Poplar in Zankhna Parekh‘s newest collection, “Zaftan,” a modern twist on traditional Kaftans. The show will be followed by a pop-up trunk show for the Summer/Resort ’19 collection. Event ticket includes free drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kong Lee‘s family and the downtown Durham explosion rebuilding efforts.

Third Friday Opening Reception: Juggling Chainsaws – Friday, 6-9pm – At The Carrack, this exhibition by Kate Gordon focuses on how animation, video and painting can intersect through the vehicle of collage. “In a world where reality is a layered event, this show seeks to build illusions to both upend and challenge our sense of what is true and what is imagined.”

Third Friday Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Meet the artists and their work at Pleiades Art Gallery‘s two latest exhibits, “OOPS! (Happy Accidents)” by all Pleiades Artists and “BY HER HANDS! by artist Dawn Hummer, who is located on the second floor.

2-Year Anniversary Celebration – Friday, 6:30-9:30pm – Join The Artisan Market at 305 to celebrate their two years in business. There will be live music, a henna artist, light refreshments and local artists to meet in-person!

Counting House’s Underground Pop-Up Cocktail Event – Friday, 7-11pm – Celebrate Counting House’s fourth anniversary with cocktails in The Vault. The Underground series will feature a retrospective of Counting House’s most-loved cocktails.

Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection – Friday, 7:30pm – This award-winning actress and best-selling author is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week and received 25 Emmy Awards. During an interactive show at DPAC, Carol will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her career in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of her renowned show. 

Approximation of a Woman – Friday, 8pm – In Jasmine Powell’s second DIDA (Durham Independent Dance Artists) appearance, four solo dances will engage in historical narratives of struggle and love, bringing the stories of black women out of the shadows. Her performance, taking place at the Hayti Heritage Center, will be grounded in Afro-modern dance, lingering blues music and the late Tiffany Austin’s poetry.

Engineers Day – Saturday, 9am-5pm – Explore the world of engineering with Triangle-area scientists at the Museum of Life and Science. Participate in hands-on activities that engage creative and scientific minds, like learning about the physics of engineering with BetaBox or experiencing augmented reality in the AR Sandbox.

Durham Civil Rights History Walking Tour – Saturday, 10am – This tour, put on by Preservation Durham, focuses on many downtown sites that were important during the 1950s and ’60s Civil Rights movement, including the Durham County Courthouse, the Durham Arts Council (originally Durham High School and later City Hall), the Kress and Woolworth buildings, sites of sit-in protests and the Confronting Change exhibit at The Carolina Theatre

Mark Jacobson Rock ‘n’ Roll Vinyl and CD Convention – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Phil’s Music Exchange in Wilson will busting 3 tables with CDs, LPs, cassettes, rock autobiographies, music memorabilia and more at Mark Jacobson Toyota. There will also be disc resurfacing services, so bring your scratched CDs, DVDs and CD-size video games from home to be resurfaced while you shop! All proceeds will benefit the special Olympics.

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival – Saturday, noon-8pm – Come to Rock Quarry Park for the 50th anniversary of this family-friendly event that celebrates African and African American history, culture, arts and traditions. Activities and events include: live entertainment from Durham-born/based artists and ensembles like Trez Falsetto, Empower Dance Company, Sh8kes the Poet, Digital Brilliance by Samori Reed-Bandele and The Beast featuring Pierce Freelon; community resources; ethnic food; a celebration of Homegrown Heroes; and a family fun zone with drum circles, arts and crafts, storytelling, inflatables and face painting. This event is free and open to the public. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour – Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm – Put on your walking shoes and take a stroll around the Maplewood Cemetery with Preservation Durham. Tour goers will learn about Durham history, Durham people from all walks of life, tombstones and grave architecture.

Durham Ballet Theatre: ‘Aladdin’ – Saturday, 2pm and 6pm – Enjoy this ballet rendition of the Disney movie, “Aladdin,” at The Carolina Theatre, performed by the Durham Ballet Theatre, a training company for dancers who wish to go professional in the performing arts.

Rosé Fest – Saturday, 3-6pm – Buy a $10 ticket to taste 30+ rosés from all around the world at The Wine Feed. Make sure to wear pink – the most spirited pink outfits might win special prizes! And stick around for food trucks, rosé treats, a bubbly bar, vendors, games and more.

Smoke, Wine and Brew Fest – Saturday, 3-10pm – Grab a cigar and a glass of local wine or beer and dance the night away at Golden Belt Campus with live music from Ally J. Food trucks include Bandido’s, Boricua Soul and Jay’s Italian Ice!

‘Look Through This: New Work by Rachel Goodwin’– Saturday, 5-7pm – Peruse new work by Durham-based painter and sculptor, Rachel Goodwin, at the Horse & Buggy Press and Friends. This small exhibition employs a variety of media to explore various kinds of circular forms. The circles seen in almost every piece range from drilled holes to carved pools to spheres. All pieces reinforce re-use – most pieces are made from recycled consumer packaging and wood. Alex Weiss and friends will be playing music out front.

Durham Children’s Choir Spring Concert – Saturday, 5-7pm – Celebrate spring with performances by Durham Children’s Choir at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, supported by the Durham Arts Council.

Durham Blues and Brews Festival – Saturday, 5-10pm – The Exchange Club of Greater Durham hosts the fifth annual blues music and craft brews festival at Durham Central Park. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy unlimited 12-ounce pours  from 20 North Carolina breweries/cideries/wineries and a variety of food trucks, including Qspresso, Bulkogi and The 13th Taco. This year’s musical lineup features Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Chicken Shack and Mr. Sipp. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities and programs.

First-Ever Vegan Feast From the Furnace – Saturday, 6-9pm – Watch Durham-based designer Elijah Leed make hand-blown glass art while you sip wine and feast on various appetizers cooked in the same furnace by Chef Maggie Radzwiller. The evening will kickoff with a leisurely tour of the Liberty Arts studio where you can interact with local artists and browse the art they create.

Chelsea Handler’s Sit-Down Comedy Tour – Saturday, 8pm – In April, New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler released her first book in five years and also her first memoir: “Life Will Be The Death Of Me.” In support of the book, Chelsea stops by DPAC for her 16-city nationwide tour. The event will feature Chelsea in conversation and discussing stories from the new book and more. Every ticket purchased will come with a copy of Chelsea’s book — to be distributed in-venue the day of show.

Poolside Yoga with Global Breath Studio – Sunday, 8am – Broaden your horizons, soak up the sun and kick off your day with an all-levels yoga class at Unscripted Durham‘s poolside. And bring your swimsuit – post-yoga pool dips are highly encouraged.

Celebrating Foster Care: Fair & Day Party – Sunday, 1-3pm – For National Foster Care Month, Fostering Families: The Triangle’s Partnership for Foster & Adoptive Families is celebrating at Ponysaurus Brewing Co.! Come to the taproom to find volunteer opportunities within the foster care system, learn more about foster parenting, and celebrate foster families in the community. Jeghetto’s Entertainment, LLC will host a puppet performance and puppeteering demo at 2pm, and Fostering Families will have a movie on the big screen at 7pm.

‘Be The Change’ 2019 Kidznotes End of Year Concert – Sunday, 5pm – Come celebrate with 500 Kidznotes musicians from across the Triangle as they perform their end of the year concert at King’s Park International Church. This concert will feature Kidznotes choirs and orchestras, joined by dozens of local professional musicians from partner arts organizations.

Superorganism – Sunday, 8pm – This indie-pop band based in London counts Frank Ocean and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig among its fans. The group released their self-titled debut album last year and are coming to Motorco Music Hall as part of a North American tour. The band’s danceable, uniquely collaged brand of indie-pop features maximalist pop hooks and eclectic samples such as a cash register, tied together by the lead singer’s Pavement-esque vocals. It’s a sound that Rolling Stone proclaimed “the most warped, exciting indie-pop of recent years.” 

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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is the editorial assistant at Durham Magazine. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and double majored in broadcast journalism and German. She enjoys good beer, ice cream and morning runs.

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