Weekend at a Glance: Bulls, Books and Beaver Queen Pageant

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Celebrate Pride Month, listen to live music and eat your way around the city this weekend

The “Final CORONAtion Episode” of the 17th annual Beaver Pageant series takes place on Saturday, June 12, at 6 p.m. and features the announcement of the Beaver Queen and other awards.

Compiled by Kelli Rainer

Triangle Restaurant Week – Through Sunday – This weeklong celebration of culinary excellence showcases special three-course menu options and fixed pricing at several of the area’s finest restaurants. Durham restaurant participants include Mothers & Sons, The Refectory Café, Mateo Bar de Tapas, Local 22 Kitchen and Bar, Dashi and Parizade.

‘Classic Restaurants of Durham’ Author Discussion – Thursday, 1pm – Durham County Library hosts authors Chris Holaday and Patrick Cullom for a virtual chat about their book, which researches and shares the rich history of Durham’s culinary scene. Chris and Patrick also wrote “Classic Restaurants of Chapel Hill and Orange County” and will discuss those stories as well. Registration is required.

Pride Day in the Park – Friday, 2-9pm – The LGBTQ Center of Durham hosts a celebration in Durham Central Park, featuring family-friendly activities, local DJs, art, food, drag performances and community resources. The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s downtown taproom is also donating 10% of its proceeds that day from Transparency IPA and Mango Fresh Seltzer draft sales to the LGBTQ Center of Durham.

Grooves – Friday, 6pm – Museum of Life and Science hosts a live music event that features performances from Matt Phillips, XOXOK and Loamlands to kick off the beginning of summer. Guests can also purchase snacks and ice cream as well as beer and wine at the pop-up bar.

The Streetery– Saturday, noon-9pm – Downtown Durham Inc. brings this bi-weekly event to Brightleaf Square with added outdoor seating and buskers for shopping, dining and fun! Featured restaurants include Clouds Brewing, GoorshaRose’s Noodles Dumplings & SweetsSugar Koi and 10 other eateries, plus the opportunity to peruse the wares of shops like Bull City Olive Oil, Indio, Hamilton Hill, Other End of the Leash, FIFIS and more.

Bull Babes – Saturday, 12:30pm – Stormie Daie of The House of Coxx hosts a family-friendly drag brunch experience at Bull McCabes. The event features performances by Naomi Dix and G-Clef. Guests can reserve tickets by emailing bullmccabesorders@gmail.com.

Bull City Roundup Food Truck Rodeo and Vendor Market – Saturday, 2-10pm – Bull City Social Club invites locals to sample some of the city’s best food trucks and vendors at Suite Four. There will also be live music performances and a special adult section featuring a cigar lounge and bar.

Beaver Queen Pageant (Final Episode!) – Saturday, 6pm – This fundraiser features exactly what you might expect to see at a pageant – talent, costumes and interviews – as well as advocacy for a local watershed, creative performances, wordplay and many beaver-inspired characters. Since 2005, the pageant has raised money in support of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, an organization dedicated to protecting the 20-mile water source and its wildlife. The event remains virtual for the second year, but voters can stream the pageant and pitch in $5 per vote for their favorite beaver contestant.

Movies by Movers Retrospective – Saturday, 7pm – American Dance Festival celebrates screendance with a collection of films that feature pieces screened at ADF between 1996 and 2020. These movies, dating back to the 1970s, will be available online for a week beginning Saturday night. Featured films include “Farther Up the Road,” “Outside In” and “The Man Who Traveled Nowhere in Time.”

Live in the Lot – Saturday, 8pm – Violinist Kate Dreyfuss, clarinettist Wesley Rhodes, cellist Kenneth Stewart and pianist Jil Christensen perform “Quartet for the End of Time” during an outdoor concert in the Motorco parking lot. Guests can purchase tickets in pods of up to six people in their own 8-by-8-foot space to enjoy the show.

The Black Farmers Market – Sunday, 1:30pm – Head to Golden Belt Campus to support Black-owned businesses and farmers. The bi-monthly event’s goal is to inspire a self-sufficient community that supports and protects Black farmers and entrepreneurs, and it features food trucks and frozen beverage stands in addition to some 30 vendors.

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