Weekend at a Glance: Birds, Barbecue and Brews

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Spend your weekend tasting delicious local barbecue and enjoying live music out on the town!

Spend your weekend tasting delicious local barbecue and visiting birds at Piedmont Wildlife Center
Visit the Piedmont Wildlife Center for its Pop-Up Birds of Prey tour.

Compiled by CC Kallam

Just Conversations – Thursday, 6:30-7:45pm – Join the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice on Zoom for a new series of online discussions with activists, featuring 1998 MacArthur fellow Dorothy Q. Thomas and Howard University School of Law professor Lisa Crooms-Robinson.

Jess Klein & The Berlin Brothers – Thursday, 8-10pm – Beer Study continues its Thursday Night music series with Jess Klein and Durham-based jazz band The Berlin Brothers.

Shadowbox Session: Special Edition – Thursday, 8pm – The photography studio returns with its monthly series this July with performances by Jody Cassell, Jude Cassaday, Megan Ross, Louis Landry, OM Grown Dancers, Stacy Wolfson, Curtis Eller, Hugh Crumley and more.

Pop-Up Birds of Prey Tour – Friday, 10am-2pm – Piedmont Wildlife Center‘s conservation team hosts its first-ever pop-up tour to view all of the birds that call the wildlife center home. Participants can register for 45-minute time slots for up to 12 people. Don’t forget to wear bug spray! 

The Wiley Fosters – Friday, 7:30-10pm – The high-energy band, which specializes in original rock ‘n’ roll songs, performs at The Blue Note Grill alongside an all-star lineup, including members of The Berlin Brothers, Six String Drag and Curtis Eller’s American Circus.

Juneteenth Jubilee Black Art Show and Sale Closing Party – Friday, 8pm-midnight –  The Festivals of Art, Thought and Culture and The Fruit concludes its Juneteenth celebration and art exhibit that features local artists, emerging artists and world-class Black artists all in one show. All works are available for purchase. The event includes an “Afterglow” party and an artist takeover of The Fruit’s performance areas, which are open in an “ALL PLAY” format with microphones, drums, amps, photo studio, and even room to dance and paint. The party continues into the Beat Basement with a blue light dance party and DJ Cozart spinning hit throwbacks. There will also be a full bar and food trucks. Exhibition opens at 7pm, music at 8pm. Free, but registration is encouraged.

BBQ Pop-Up – Saturday, 11am-5pm – Pitmasters from Smith’s Smokehouse and Smoothies in Raleigh make an appearance at Mike D’s BBQ Supply and General Store, serving up barbecue plates, brisket, pulled pork and ribs, plus smoked mac ‘n cheese and smoked beans as sides. Six Brothers Beef Company will also be on-site with a food truck.

The Streetery – Saturday, 1-9pm – Downtown Durham Inc. hosts this outdoor dining and shopping experience every second and fourth Saturday at different locations throughout downtown – this weekend, the Durham Central Park district opens to pedestrian traffic with outdoor seating and buskers.

Bull City RoundUp Food Truck Rodeo & Vendor Market – Saturday, 2-10pm – The area’s best food vendors, local artists, entrepreneurs and musicians come together at Suite Four in downtown for this lively marketplace every second Saturday of the month. First 50 guests are free, and it’s $10 each after that.

Harvey Dalton Arnold Band – Saturday, 7:30-10pm – Legendary guitarist and North Carolina native Harvey Dalton Arnold, who sold millions of albums as a member of Southern-rock band The Outlaws, performs at The Blue Note Grill this weekend. Seating is first come, first served, so arrive promptly!

Movies in the Beer Garden – Saturday, 8-10pm – Come out to The Glass Jug Beer Lab‘s beer garden for its outdoor movie series complete with eats from a local food truck. This weekend’s feature is “Little Shop of Horrors” with fare from La Republica food truck.

The Black Farmers Market – Sunday, 1:30-4pm – The Black Farmers Market returns to Golden Belt Campus with vendors, food trucks and music. The goal of the Market, which is free and open to the public, is to inspire a self-sufficient community that supports and protects Black farmers and entrepreneurs. No pets are allowed, and social distancing is encouraged. Sign up for a Circle membership to earn early entry, discounts and a free T-shirt!

Dex and the Half Tones Brunch Edition – Sunday, 11:30-2pm – The six-person jazz band performs blues, swing, Latin and bebop jazz tunes at Beer Study

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