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Special Events

Allison Crutchfield

Indie rock. With Naked Naps.

Author Garth Risk Hallberg

Bestselling author Garth Risk Hallberg will be at The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign his book, "City on Fire."

Cello Master Class with Bonnie Thron

 The public is invited to attend this free master class. Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet …

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

  • Call for meeting location
  • (919) 371-2653

Motorized, professionally guided, who, what, where, when & why tour de force! Every Tuesday Tobacco Road Tours take you to where Durham's roots began & where the City has evolved today. Some …

North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO)

The most esteemed big band in the Carolina's continues its monthly residency at the Sharp 9.

Tuesday Blues Jam

BNG provides, amps, drums, PA...everything you'll need, just bring your instrument or sticks...sign up and play or sit back & listen to some great blues

Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan Tour

Bianca Del Rio, the alter ego of seasoned comic Roy Haylock and season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a self-professed “clown in a gown.” This hilariously hateful comic is k…

Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Clark Stern & Chuck Cotton

Bluesman Clark Stern has played piano alongside genre notables such as Lurrie Bell, Anson Funderburgh and Billy Boy Arnold, but he's joined tonight by local drum veteran Chuck Cotton ( Bob M…

Guided Art Tour of Duke Medicine Pavilion

Every 4th Wednesday.

Northgate Jams!

Jam sessions each week to play old time, bluegrass and country. No rules, however, so all musicians are welcome to join in the fun. Park in the parking deck closest to the movie theater or in …

Photography as a Second Language

This class is designed to teach basic photography skills to new or non-photographers, especially documentarians in other mediums who feel that photography can add depth to their projects. The course …

Scholars and Storytelling: the Memory Project

  • Franklin Humanities Institute

Filmmaker Wu Wenguang will lead a talk on the Memory Project, an initiative based in Duke University Libraries to collect interviews on the Great Famine of 1958-1961.

Shonen Knife

Osaka Japan's legendary queens of indie sunshine. With Amanda X.

Tommy Castro

Driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music. In the words of Blues Revue, "Tommy Castro can do no wrong."

4th Thursday Songwriter’s Orgy

NC's most celebrated songwriters gather for a fun evening of shared tunes and stories. Who knows what you'll hear, but you can bet it will include blues, country, rock, and gypsy folk.

Criminal: A Podcast

CRIMINAL is a podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. A new take on true crime from Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer. …

English Country Dance

  • Freedman Center
  • (919) 683-9672

Beginners welcome; all dances taught; no partner necessary. Live music on 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Gender-free calling. Bring non-street shoes or dance in socks.

Irish Learning Jam

Jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs. Whatever your fancy, we probably play it. This Learning Jam is designed to build a common repertoire of tunes you'll hear in local Irish sessions; phrase by …

Printing Realities: The Work of Printmaker Sergio Sanchez Santamaria

  • Frederic Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Bldg
  • (919) 684-6054

Opening and reception of the exhibit by Mexican muralist, illustrator and printmaker Sergio Sanchez Santamaria. The exhibit "Printing Realities" will be on display from Oct 27-Dec 9, 2016. …

The Little Mermaid, Jr.

  • Cresset Christian Academy
  • (919) 354-8000

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal …

Bargains, Boots, & Bluegrass!

  • National Guard Armory Durham

Bargain sale preview night! You get 2 drink tickets, and there will be a cash bar and Humble Pig food truck will be on site. Plus a silent auction and music by Tommy Edwards & Friends.

Benito Gonzalez (world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz)

"Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America's …

Dance Blues Friday

Inclusive blues dance event.

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