Weekend at a Glance: Painting, Parades and Players

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Immerse yourself in the arts this weekend, celebrate Juneteenth with a census parade and learn new skills while staying socially distant.

Immerse yourself in the arts this weekend, celebrate Juneteenth with a census parade and learn new skills while staying socially distant
Artist William Paul Thomas sketches a self portrait while at home during COVID-19. Take a workshop with him on Saturday.

Compiled by Elizabeth Efird

THURSDAY 

A Pie for a Pie
For every stone-baked pie sold on June 18, the Mellow Mushroom store owners in Cary, Raleigh, Durham and Wake Forest will donate pies to Food Insecure Children and Families in conjunction with Wake County Public Human Services and NC Cooperative Extension.

From Here to Equality 
Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy hosts William “Sandy” Darity for a conversation on COVID-19 and its impacts on the African American community. The speaker will touch on topics including the pandemic’s effects on black wealth as well as the wealth disparities in the black community. The event will last from 12:30-1pm. Registration for the Zoom event can be found on the Sanford School’s website

RTP180: Architecture
Experience architectural beauty from the comfort of your own home with this month’s RTP180 event. You don’t have to travel the globe to experience architectural beauty – North Carolina’s buildings have a colorful story to tell! Restoration architecture, architecture resiliency, small space designs, the RTP landscape and more will be covered at this month’s RTP180 from 6-7pm.

FRIDAY 

‘Art is Magical‘ Watercolor Class
Join contemporary artist Iris Musselwhite at Cecy’s Gallery and Studios for a Friday night watercolor class. Participants will learn how to paint a birch tree landscape. The class begins at 6pm and will last three hours. To comply with social distancing guidelines, the class is limited to 10 individuals. Reserve your spot for this event here

SATURDAY 

Virtual Wellness and Healing Event
Threehouse Studios presents “Embodied: Collective Wellness Means Collective Healing.” This event will feature three different classes, each aiming to begin healing the black community. The first will be a donation-based vinyasa class benefiting NorthStar’s artist relief fund from 9:45-10:30am. During the second part of the event, Threehouse will share the mic via Instagram live at 12:30pm and talk about wellness in Durham’s black community with Spa Utopia’s Naya Powell. The event will end with a virtual yoga class and kickback from 2:30-4pm where all BIPOC are welcome. 

Sketching from Home: William Paul Thomas 
Join this Durham artist for an at-home sketching workshop via Instagram Live from 10:15-11:15am. The informal workshop, hosted by Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, encourages participants to create artwork using scrap materials found around the house like newspaper, construction paper and magazines. Participants can use drawing tools as well as glue and glue sticks.

Virtual Kitten Shower
The Animal Protection Society of Durham invites you to meet its newest kittens this Saturday from 10am to noon. This event will feature testimonials from kitten fosters, videos, photos and a live kitten cam. APS is looking for supplies and volunteers to help keep these kittens healthy and happy until they find a forever home. During the event, APS will also provide information about becoming a kitten foster. A list of donation items is on the event’s Facebook page.

Durham Counts – Juneteenth Census Parade
Make your signs and decorate your car (at home, to encourage social distancing) for this year’s Juneteenth Census Parade. Join organizations like My Black Counts NC, the Durham Complete Count Committee, SpiritHouse NC, El Centro Hispano and You Can Vote to raise awareness about the 2020 Census. The parade begins at 11am in the Durham Public Health Parking Lot at 414 E. Main St. Participants will join in a contactless Juneteenth celebration of music and fun while ensuring the Durham community is counted. Participants should meet 30 minutes before the one-hour parade kicks off.

Virtual Concert 
This concert, hosted by Mallarmé Chamber Players, features the sounds of North Carolina with music by composers Kenneth Frazelle, T.J. Anderson and Carolina Shaw. The livestreamed concert takes place at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased online. 

Midsummer Night’s Indie Rock Dream 
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Arcana and the Triangle Area Pagan Alliance (TAPA) for its annual event via livestream. The virtual event will include music by 20th Century Boy, dancing and surprise contests. Leading up to the event, TAPA will host a virtual costume contest on the Facebook event listing. The event, which takes place from 9pm-1am, is free, but spectators are encouraged to make donations to Arcana. 

SUNDAY

Movies by Movers Discussions with the Artists
American Dance Festival presents Movies by Movers, an online film festival from June 15- July 26. The festival will feature 85 films, released on Mondays, and a discussion with the artists the following Sunday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. The theme of this week’s films is “A Feast for the Senses: Films that Delight, Surprise and Thrill” and “The World Outside: Screendance in Nature.” Visit ADF’s website to learn more about screenings and register for the Zoom events.

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