Weekend at a Glance: CenterFest, Celebrations and Cider Jam

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CenterFest in downtown Durham.
Support local artists and musicians at CenterFest. Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography

Fall Fashion Show – Thursday, 6-8pm – Get a first glance at Anthropologie’s fall collection and enjoy early access to their Anthro Day sale at The Streets at Southpoint. Proceeds benefit She’s the First, a nonprofit that supports the education and empowerment of girls. 

Ambrose Akinmusire – Thursday, 8pm – The trumpster kicks off Duke Performances season with works from his latest album, “Origami Harvest,” at the von der Heyden Studio Theater in the Rubenstein Arts Center. The intimate setting will  pair nicely with the album, which The Guardian says is “a voyage through America that is both dramlike and dystopian.” Joining Ambrose in this performance are rapper Kokayi, pianist Sam Harris, drummer Justin Brown and Mivos Quartet. 

Judy Collins – Thursday, 8pm – Sway to traditional and contemporary folk with this award-winning singer-songwriter at The Carolina Theatre

Arts & Context: Conversations with Artists & Scholars – Friday, noon – Join Grammy-nominated vocalist and emcee Mumu Fresh at The Pinhook for a free lunchtime talk, hosted by Crystal Taylor, founder of Beats n Bar Festival. 

Happy Hour –  Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Join special guest Matt Kelly, “Tastemaker of Durham,”  at Vert & Vogue for free drinks and to learn how he uses traditional Southern ingredients in global cuisines. 

Third Friday Durham: ¡Bailemos! Friday, 6-9pm Take mini dance lessons on merengue, salsa and bachata at this Third Friday event hosted by Discover Durham, led by BBAcademy’s Lulu Diaz. 

5 Points Gallery Grand Opening Friday, 6-9pm Celebrate this new contemporary art gallery with a wide array of artists and mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, fiber art, mixed-media, textiles, jewelry and design. 

Third Friday Durham Friday, 6-9pm Explore a wide variety of galleries, artist studios, shops, streets and restaurants across downtown at this monthly event supporting the local arts scene.

Momentum Gallery Opens at Hamilton Hill – Friday, 6-9pm – Hamilton Hill Jewelry hosts a reception to announce and showcase its new partnership with Asheville-based Momentum Gallery. The jewelry store in Brightleaf Square will start displaying museum-quality artwork up for purchase. The partnership with Momentum Gallery will debut original 2D and 3D works by several notable artists from North Carolina and beyond.

Les Filles de Illighadad with Diali Cissokho Friday, 7-9pm Experience guitar-base Tuareg traditional music, which emphasizes vocal performance, at the final evening of Durham Central Park’s PLAYlist series. 

Underground Cocktail Series – Friday, 7-11pm – Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month and enjoy an all-bourbon cocktail menu in The Vault at the Counting House

flor – Friday, 7:30pm – Jam out to the Los Angeles alt-pop group on their North American Tour at Motorco, with bands joan and Lostboycrow opening the show. 

The King of Late Night Returns  – Friday, 8pm – DPAC presents former “Tonight Show” host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno for an evening filled with laughter.

Nate Bargatze – Friday, 8pm and 10pm – The comedian, whom Esquire has called one of the best new comedians and whose first solo special premiered on Netflix this year, performs at The Carolina Theatre as part of his “Good Problem to Have” tour. 

Love Durham 5K – Saturday, 8am – Head to C. M. Herndon Park and run along the American Tobacco Trail in this 5K run/walk. The race benefits the Durham Civitan Club, a volunteer nonprofit helping special needs organizations such as the Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina and Backpack Buddies of Durham

Sketching in the Galleries – Saturday, 10:15am – Pick up your pencil and sketch with Literacy Through Photography (a program based at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies) director Katie Hyde through the galleries of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

NC Jerk Fest  – Saturday, 11:30am-7:30pm – Indulge in Jamaican jerk pork and chicken and other Caribbean specialties like curry and seafood at West Point on the Eno. Registration is not required but RSVP on Facebook is recommended.  

Mural Celebration – Saturday, 1-4pm – View and learn about North Carolina Museum of Art’s new murals inspired by upcoming special exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques, located on the Chapel Hill Street side of the Durham Convention Center.

OctoBull Fest – Saturday, 3-10pm – Put on your lederhosen and head to East Parrish Street for the ninth year of this celebration to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Listen to the Boys of Summer and Beauty Operators as you eat authentic bratwurst, soft pretzels and burgers. 

Worship Under the Heavens – Saturday, 5-8:30pm – Local churches join together to bring unity and build diversity with prayer for the city and its leaders in Durham Central Park

Beer, Blues and Barbecue – Saturday, 6-9pm – Head to Bennett Place State Historic Site for their second annual fundraiser event. Listen to blues by Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, participate in a silent auction, play games and indulge in Al Myers BBQ. All proceeds will help fund upgrades and expansions of Bennett Places’s visitor center. 

Fallapalooza – Saturday, 6-10pm – Celebrate the change of seasons at Liberty Arts during their autumnal equinox party with beer and cider from local breweries, seasonal food and s’mores. Classic rock band Wyde Open will perform and Alec Ferrell will DJ. This event is for people 21 and older. 

Cider Jam – Saturday, 1-10pm – Featuring 16 ciders on tap, seven food trucks and musical guests Africa Unplugged and Joshua Gunn, Bull City Ciderworks will shut down a portion of Dillard Street to say goodbye to summer. 

‘The Lyin’ Kings’ – Saturday, 8pm – Visit The Carolina Theatre and see musical satire troupe Capitol Steps in their one-night performance of political skits and song parodies. 

Jambalaya Soul Slam – Saturday, 8pm – Watch local, regional and national poets compete in a slam poetry competition at the Hayti Heritage Center

CenterFest – Saturday, 10am-6pm (with extended entertainment 6pm-11pm); Sunday, 11am-5pm – Started in 1974, this Durham Arts Council festival is a staple in our community and features a variety of local artists and musicians every year. In addition to the art and live music showcased during the 45th annual event, there will be several food vendors, a Creative Kids Zone, and other performers, including magicians and jugglers. 

Harry Connick, Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter – Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm – Before the musical’s Broadway debut, its world premiere is at DPAC this weekend. The show, conceived and directed by Harry Connick, Jr., honors composer and songwriter Cole Porter with a modern, multimedia presentation of his songs. 

Poolside Yoga – Sunday, 8am-9am – Wake up with a yoga class at Unscripted Hotel, taught by a Global Breath instructor. Guests are invited to cool off in the pool after the class. 

Hi-Wire 5K – Sunday, 10am-noon (the race) and 10am-2pm (the festival) – Race through Durham and celebrate your run with music, beer and a food truck festival at the finish line. The race starts and ends at the Golden Belt Tasting Room

Sausagefest – Sunday noon-3pm – Head to The Rickhouse for their third sausage tasting, featuring locally crafted sausages from local restaurants and butcher shops. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit, LIFE Skills Foundation

Community Gathering – Sunday 4-8pm – Denver’s Stem Ciders and The Northern Spy’s chef Eric Lee will team up for a night of beer, cider and food at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. 

Compiled by Anne Tate

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