Weekend at a Glance: TASTE, Tunes and Taylor

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Taste 2019 – one of the culinary highlights of the year – continues through Sunday.
Taste 2019 – one of the culinary highlights of the year – continues through Sunday. Photo by Briana Brough

2019 USATF National Outdoor Championships – Thursday, 8-10am; Friday, 8-10am; Saturday, 8-10am; Sunday, 8-10am – Get your adrenaline pumping as you watch thousands of the nation’s most talented youth track and field athletes battle it out for the top spot at the Durham County Memorial Stadium

Bull City Block Party – Thursday, 4-7pm – Educate yourself on the connection between health disparities and housing insecurity at the Walgreens on Holloway Street. Information on resources regarding health, employment, housing and education will be available as well as free food, games, free HIV testing and music from local Durham artists.

Durham Night Market – Thursday, 5:30-10:30pm – Enjoy an evening of exploring handmade products from over 40 local vendors at Pine and Poplar while tasting and sipping your way through a selection of Durham’s best food trucks and wines selected by The Wine Feed. Live music provided by Ari Hayne and Nickie Green.

Sticky Note Show: A Fundraiser for The Carrack – Thursday, 6-9pm; Friday, noon-3pm; Saturday, noon-3pm; Sunday, noon-3pm – Inspired by the annual show Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, The Carrack hosts their second annual fundraising show, which invites amateur to professional artists to submit their 3’ x 3’ works. Pieces go for $5 and all profits benefit The Carrack. 

Taste 2019 – Thursday, 6:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 6:30pm; Sunday, 11am – This celebration of food and drink features several nights of tastings from the best local chefs, artisans and beverage purveyors. The continues this weekend with a Grand Taste Experience and Wine Garden on Thursday at the Durham Armory. On Friday, join a pop-up speakeasy nightclub – a secret location to be announced. An edible exploration of Southern food heritage with a multi-course meal from some of our favorite Southern chefs takes place Saturday at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, and finally, sleep in for a couple hours before coming to a boozy brunch at Clouds Brewing, featuring sweet and savory food stations by five local chefs and a bloody mary bar on Sunday. 

Pride Night – Thursday, 7-9:30pm – Sling some axes and celebrate Pride at Urban Axes. Ticket includes 2.5-hour session and a free drink. Must be older than 21 and wearing closed-toe shoes.

Ali Wong, The Milk and Money Tour – Thursday, 7pm – Notorious for her filthy and funny comedy specials like “Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife,” this hilarious comedian, actress and writer comes to DPAC to share her newest comedy special. 

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Thursday, 8pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 1pm; Saturday, 7pm – This season of the American Dance Festival is dedicated to Paul Taylor, a cultural icon and creator of American Modern Dance. Enjoy three performances by his world-renowned dance company at the Reynolds Industries Theater featuring classic works and pre-performance discussion talks by Suzanne Carbonneau. 

Dwight Yoakam Concert – Thursday, 8pm – Spend an evening soaking in the honky-tonk sounds of this top-selling, multiple Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actor at The Carolina Theatre

American Dance Festival Ruby Fridays – Friday, noon-1pm – Engage with artistic director of the Taylor Foundation, Michael Novak, and artistic advisor and dance scholar to the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company, Suzanne Carbonneau, at the Rubenstein Arts Center over a free lunch! 

Baton Rouge Cuisine Crawfish Boil – Friday, 6-9pm – Get a taste of down-home Cajun cooking at the Durty Bull Brewing Company accompanied by live jazz music from 6-8pm and followed by open-mic night until 9pm. Round out your meal with the newly-released “Give Up the Funk!” Brett Saison to cut that Louisiana spice. 

PLAYlist Concert Series presents Ricardo Diquez Y La Orquesta Trópico – Friday, 7-9pm – Ricardo brings his eclectic-Caribbean orchestra of local and international musicians to Durham Central Park. This artist is known for his dedication to sharing the sounds of merengue, cha cha and especially salsa. Opening the show will feature the jazz students of the Art of Cool Project

A+A Dance Company presents ‘Don’t Get any Ideas, Little Lady’ – Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday; 7:30pm; Sunday, 7:30pm – Come watch this inclusive, barrier-breaking dance company challenge our misogynistic society and explore a world without it. Hosted by the Durham Independent Dance Artists, Durham Arts Council and Durham 150, this show takes place at The Durham Fruit & Produce Company and should not be missed. 

The Ultimate Queen Celebration ­- Friday, 8pm – Sing your heart out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and other classic Queen songs when Marc Martel, hand selected by Roger Taylor and Brian May of the original group, comes to DPAC to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock legends of all time. Be prepared for a show that will leave you chanting “we will rock you” all the way home. 

Pollinator Party – Saturday, noon-4pm – Take an afternoon to celebrate and save the bees at Honeygirl Meadery by enjoying some mead, honey, food trucks, hive painting and more! Available only this weekend, Honeygirl will release an exclusive small batch mead made with all Durham honey. One dollar of each glass sold supports the Durham County Beekeepers Association

Block Party at Triangle Rock Club Durham – Saturday, 5-9pm – Celebrate the opening of the newest climbing gym for an evening of climbing, food trucks, raffles, Fullsteam beer and more! 

Speed Friending: Singles and Couples – Saturday, 7-8:30pm – Tired of your old friends and looking to make new ones in the area? Visit Barley Labs, share a beer and widen your circle. Be sure to RSVP beforehand!

Tommy Tutone Show – Saturday, 8pm – Famous for their single “867-5309/Jenny,” this early ’80s power pop band comes to The Blue Note Bar and Grill to showcase its newest album. 

American Circus Record Release Party – Saturday, 9pm – Join Durham native, Curtis Eller, and his band at Motorco Music Hall for a party and show celebrating their newest release, “A Poison Melody.”

Reggae on the Roof – Sunday, noon-5pm – Jam to the reggae beats of Selector B Steady and DJ Algoriddim at The Patio at Unscripted Durham. Must be older than 21.

ADF Movies By Movers – Sunday, 2-3pm – Transport yourself to worlds reimagined by creators and visionaries depicting life in parallel universes in this collection of short films at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Youth Bluegrass Jam – Sunday, 2:30-4pm – Bring your instrument and play your heart out at the Locopops Dessert Café while building your skills and learning new songs. Bring a song or two to share with the group, and enjoy a locopop afterwards.

Farmhouse Jams Outdoor Concert – Sunday, 3pm – Enjoy the last day of June and rock out to the Back Porch Orchestra at Wendell Falls. Bring your own chair!

Crown Loving Fashion Show – Sunday, 4-8pm – Goddess Deborah Webb and Shalisa Webb host the grand opening of Loving Goddess Garden featuring storytelling, henna, live music, poetry and vegan food. 

Best in Show’ Screening – Sunday, 8pm – Soak in the last bit of Sunday and relax at Ponysaurus Brewing Company to watch this film as part of their free Summer Movie Series. Beer and snacks available for purchase. – compiled by Natalie Schuster

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