There’s no shortage of events this weekend, from new exhibits during Third Friday to pop-markets and plenty of eats
OutSouth Queer Film Festival – Through Thursday – The second largest queer film festival in the Southeast – formerly known as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival – features a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films at The Carolina Theatre. This year’s event will be held online and will showcase more than 100 films as well as live panel discussions and filmmaker interviews.
Our House: Durham Arts Council Student Showcase – Through Friday – This annual exhibit features works from DAC’s students and instructors – come visit during Third Friday hours from 6-8pm or by appointment.
Closing Reception for ‘Looking Out, Looking In’ – Drawings, Prints & Books by Ippy Patterson – Through Saturday – The Hillsborough-based artist is featured in the first solo exhibition along PS118 Gallery & Event Space‘s 36-foot-long exhibition wall. This exhibit centers on charcoal “woodscapes” as well as her detailed pen and ink art.
The Fresh Fruit Festival – Thursday-Saturday – The Festivals of ART, Thought and Culture and The Fruit curated a three-day immersive cultural experience that will educate, inspire, entertain and challenge you. If you enjoy programming like SXSW, The Essence Festival, Tiny Desk, Ted Talks, comedy shows and artist slams with independently owned food trucks, The Fresh Fruit Festival with its homegrown artists is for you.
RTP180: Digital Marketing – Thursday, 5pm – Attend RTP180‘s webinar to learn from local experts on digital marketing – the component of marketing that utilizes the internet and online-based digital technologies (computers, mobile phones and other digital media and platforms) to promote products and services. Speakers at this event include Laurie Gavitt-Smith of RTI International, Morgan Weston of Research Triangle Foundation, Allison Chaney of Duke University, Mike Althoff of Keen Decision Systems, Pashara Black of Egnyte and Tivi Jones of Hey Awesome Girl. At RTP180, speakers are called on to speak passionately and authentically about what matters to them. The twist? They must do it in five minutes or less.
Vulnerable AF – Book Tour & Signing with Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball – Thursday, 7-10pm – The Grammy-nominated recording artist and slam poet stops at the Hayti Heritage Center as part of her exclusive North Carolina tour. The evening includes a live solo performance of strictly poetry, a meet & greet, and a book signing. Her debut poetry collection boasts themes of infatuation, love and heartbreak. Vulnerable AF is based on a relationship from Tarriona’s past, told in verse and short prose.
Riley Downing + The Kernal with Cotton Clifton – Thursday, 8pm – The singer, songwriter and guitarist of New Orleans country-soul band The Deslondes joins up with The Kernal and Cotton Clifton for a night of Southern rock at The Pinhook.
Jason Ringenberg – Thursday, 8pm – The “Godfather of Americana” and the lead singer of Jason & the Scorchers brings his solo Americana music to The Blue Note Grill.
Third Friday Durham – Friday, 6-9pm – Experience art during this gallery crawl and art walk every third Friday of the month. Support local artists, add beautiful works to your collection and enjoy street performances by guitarist and vocalist Kelly Dansby, saxaphonist Shaquim Muldrow and Brazilian drum troupe Batalá Durham.
Live! From the Fayetteville Street Corridor Art & Business Walk – Friday, 6-9pm – Be Connected Durham presents this equitable community engagement series at the Hayti Heritage Center to discuss engagement around Black August and other important issues impacting the residents in Durham. Be Connected will also collect school supplies for middle school students in collaboration with Duke Energy’s Day of Champions on Aug. 28.
‘Nature Inside and Out – A Second Look’ – Friday, 6-9pm – Golden Belt Artists hosts a reception for its newest exhibit of original paintings by Maureen Dunlap and Matt Tomko, who teamed up for a second time to provide renderings of the natural beauty that surrounds us. The Piedmont Wildlife Center also brings some of its “wildlife ambassadors” to Matt’s Studio (Studio-02) to educate the public on conversation. (Owls Otus and Athena have been among the ambassadors in the past.) There will also be live music in the courtyard from band Niito.
Third Friday Opening Reception: ‘Limitless’ – Friday, 6-9pm – According to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “The world of reality has its limits. The world of imagination is boundless.” 5 Points Gallery provides visitors with opportunities to nourish their minds and nurture their souls at this new exhibit, which features works by 10 Triangle-based artists, assembled to include a range of mediums such as painting, sculpture, fused glass and mixed media. Exhibit will be on view through Sept. 11.
Third Friday Durham – DAG Gallery at Golden Belt Campus – Friday, 6-9pm – A free public reception with new works by Tamara Bagnell on view in the “Cryptic Systems” exhibit, plus a reception for the group exhibition of Golden Belt studio artists and live music outside on the Summer Stage starting at 8pm. Masks and social distancing required.
Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz Quintet – CD Release – Friday, 7pm – The multi-time Grammy-nominated vocalist releases a new album, “What To Wear In The Dark,” with renowned guitarist Keith Ganz on Sept. 3. Kate and Keith have been musical and life partners for 17 years, producing six critically acclaimed albums together and earning two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album. To celebrate the release of their upcoming album, they’ll be playing a special album release show at The Durham Jazz Workshop / Sharp 9 Gallery.
Pass the Aux – Friday, 7-10pm – Beats n Bars Festival hosts dope North Carolina-based producers and musicians for live original music at Boricua Soul. This event is free.
The Yardarm Live – Friday, 7:30pm – Jason Bales returns to The Oak House Durham after a solo set earlier this year to head a show with the twangy rock and roll band, which combines the songwriting and singing talents of Jason and JJ Westfield, with Palmer Smith on bass and John Cowan on drums.
Jamie McLean Band – Friday, 8pm – The Blue Note Grill presents this guitarist who has played everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. With hundreds of original compositions to his name, Jamie creates a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger.
Triangle Pop-Up Market – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Boxyard RTP hosts this maker market with food, drinks, live music and shopping. Local creators offer art, gifts and handcrafted goods, and Boxyard’s in-house businesses – including Beyu Caffe, Buzzy Bakes, Thirteen West, Lawrence Barbecue and Medicine Mama’s Farmacy – will also be open. The outdoor event requires masks and social distancing.
Art-n-Soul Market’s Summer BBQ – Saturday, noon-4pm – Mystic Farm & Distillery hosts this artisan food pop-up market with local makers, eats from Smith’s Smokehouse & Smoothies and live music from Steve Holcomb. Mystic will also be serving up craft cocktails and bourbon tastings.
The Krown Experience – Saturday, 3-7pm – Headlined and curated by MAJ3STY, an independent recording artist and the CEO of nonprofit organization eMillennial, which aims to help the youth receive an education in and outside of academia, this fundraiser at Durham Central Park is geared toward helping raise money for youths and those in poverty, plus give other artists, entrepreneurs and small business owners an opportunity to share their work. Social distance and wear a mask, and don’t forget your blanket or chair to hang out and enjoy music, food, vendors and more!
The Bridge International Virtual Gala – Saturday, 4-5pm – The Bridge International celebrates its first year of combating human trafficking in North Carolina with a silent auction and virtual gala to raise funds for a housing project to support human trafficking victims. The gala takes place via Facebook Live. Tickets are not required, but donations are encouraged. The silent auction closes Aug. 31 at 7pm.
Brit Floyd – Saturday, 7:30pm – Experience the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show” at the Durham Performing Arts Center as the band performs its new production, “Echoes 2020,” which includes hits from “The Wall,” “The Dark Side of the Moon” and more classic Pink Floyd albums.
Full Moon Fever Bike Ride – Saturday, 7:30-10:30pm – Ride the American Tobacco Trail under the light of the full moon with Durham Parks & Recreation. Saturday’s outing offers two options: a 32-mile ride at 7:30pm or a 16-mile ride at 8:30pm. Helmets and lights are required.
Backyard Art Show – Sunday, 10am-3pm – Come out to 106 W. Woodridge Dr. in Durham for a backyard filled with handmade goods, cold drinks and friends. David Roswell Pottery, jewelry from October Forever and block prints from New South Pattern House will be available. Masks encouraged.
Drag Brunch – Sunday, 11am-2pm – Unscripted Durham brings back its rooftop event, featuring delicious bites, live performances by local drag queens – Vivica C. Coxx, Stormie Daie and Naomi Dix – and music from DJ Vesper. Tickets, which include a complimentary mimosa, can be purchased by reaching out to [email protected] or by making a reservation on OpenTable.
Annual Greek Night – Sunday, 5:30-9:30pm – Parizade hosts this family-style, three-course dinner by Chef Jason Lawless with live music.