Kick off the month of June with summer shows, film screenings, tasty eats and so much more!
Compiled by Chiara Evans
‘The Arts are for EVERYONE’ Spring Auction – Through June 14 – Durham Arts Council launched its seasonal auction in which participants can make a bid on experiences, art pieces, spa packages and more. Winning bids and/or donations assist DAC in keeping the arts alive as its team carefully returns to in-person programming (including camps, classes, Third Friday and more).
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – Through Sunday – This four-day event dedicated to nonfiction cinema enters its 24th year of welcoming filmmakers and film lovers to the Bull City. Guests for this year’s dynamic virtual event will be able to stream not only films, but also panel discussions and filmmaker Q&As.
Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Native Rhododendrons – Thursday, 11am-noon – Sarah P. Duke Gardens presents this virtual discussion with Annabel Renwick, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, and horticulturist Maegan Luckett about rhododendrons native to North Carolina.
Artist Talk and Screening – Thursday 7pm – American Dance Festival presents selections from Janessa Clark’s film “Communion,” an experimental dance in response to the isolation and uncertainty artists faced in the wake of COVID-19. The film invited 40 dancers, separated by physical distance and the pandemic, into a digital space to commune together. Janessa combined these videos to create virtual duets with videos by two different dancers who are separated by cities, countries and sometimes continents, all of which are set to music donated by a composer, who also collaborated remotely. The screening and interview with Janessa will be available for one week only.
Durham Bulls – Thursday-Saturday, 6:35pm, and Sunday, 5:05pm – Watch the Durham Bulls take on the Norfolk Tides at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. A fireworks show over the stadium follows the Friday night game.
2021 Summer Music Series: Whit Grumhaus – Friday, 6-9pm – Enjoy live music by the Chapel Hill-based singer-songwriter at The Glass Jug Beer Lab.
‘Reel Rock 15’ Film Screening – Friday, 8:30pm – The North Face screens an inspiring collection of four new films at Triangle Rock Club, including the iconic “Black Ice,” a 45-minute film following a crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym who travel to the frozen wilds of Montana.
Running of the Bulls 8K – Saturday 7am – Bull City Running Co. hosts the 13th annual community road race, which takes runners on a hilly, scenic course through downtown’s American Tobacco Campus, Trinity Park and Old North Durham neighborhoods. Participants can join the race in person on June 5 or virtually at a more convenient time.
Durham Central Park Themed Mural: Kids’ Craft Event – Saturday 10am-1pm – The Museum of Durham History invites kids of all ages to decorate a piece of art with materials donated from The Scrap Exchange, which will be incorporated into a larger mural related to its current exhibit, “From Tobacco Market to Innovation Hub: Durham’s Central Park Neighborhood.”
Boxyard RTP Soft Opening – Saturday, 10:30am-9pm, and Sunday, 11:30am-2:30pm – The 18,000-square-foot development built from repurposed shipping containers celebrates its long-anticipated opening this week with a plethora of events, including live jazz music by Ally J, a beats talent show presented by Blackspace and Wonderpuff, and a live DJ during Sunday brunch. The 12-acre site, which was originally slated to open this time last year, hosts 17 food, drink and retail vendors.
Taste of Soul NC – Saturday, 2-7pm – Try many variations of barbecue dishes from a number of food trucks offering ribs, chicken and more at Durham Central Park. Enjoy games with the kids, a live DJ, merchant vendors and card games between meals.
Full-On Reception – Saturday, 3-5pm – Celebrate the “Mining the Personal” exhibit at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends, which features new paintings by Annie Nashold in conversation with new ceramic works by Mimi Logothetis as well as custom floral arrangements by McGraw Farms. Alex Weiss and Friends will play music out front, plus enjoy beer from gallery sponsor Fullsteam Brewery in the back (along with sparkling waters).
Rock the Lot – Saturday, 6-8pm – Jam out to a live performance from the comfort of your car during this outdoor concert presented by Durham Parks and Recreation at the Northern High School parking lot. This month’s event features 22-year-old aspiring R&B artist Roné Grant.
Beaver Queen Pageant – 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. Today’s event features the talent portion of the pageant, with the final CORONAtion episode airing on June 12. 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.