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A Trailer Park Christmas

  • Common Ground Theatre
  • (919) 384-7817

Local filmmaker Jeffrey Moore and Common Ground Theatre founder Rachel Klem team up to present this interactive, holiday entertainment. Set in West Durham, "A Trailer Park Christmas" …

Art Market at Vega Metals Annual Holiday Market

Annual Art Market at Vega Metals Holiday arts & crafts sale. Shop for high quality, affordable, unique, handmade arts & crafts items in a fun, festive atmosphere. Includes free snacks, …

Attention: "13th" Screening

A screening and discussion of Ava Duvernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary, 13th.  The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery n…

Beginning Glass Bead Making

Are you fascinated with handmade glass beads? Have you ever wondered just how they are made? This 5-hour workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of Lampworking. Students will use Effetre …

Brandon Lee/Aaron Matson Quintet plays "Coltrane"

In August of 2007 Brandon released his debut album, From Within, and in March of 2010, Brandon released his second CD entitled Absolute-Lee, which featured all original compositions.

Britten’s Saint Nicolas and Carols

Performed by Choral Society of Durham with orchestra and the Durham Children's Choir. Come early to catch a pre-performance by the Durham Children's Choir.

Christmas on the Farm

A Christmas Celebration on the Farm! Drive straight up highway 501 (Duke St/Roxboro Rd) directly after the Durham Christmas Parade for an amazing afternoon at the farm! See all the adorable …

Cool John Ferguson

Taj Mahal has said that "Cool John Ferguson is among the five greatest guitarists in the world. He is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is with the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, W…

Crowbar & Goatwhore with Special Guest Lillake

Crowbar has been cranking out Doom-Core since 1989. while Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana 16 years ago.

Dan Parent Comics Signing

Dan Parent, artist of the exclusive cover for Wonder Woman 77 and Bionic Woman #1 as well as store favorite "Die Kitty Die" and many Archie projects, will be doing a signing.

DJ BnC at The Tavern

DJ Ball & Chain every Saturday at The Tavern

Durham Ballet Theatre Winter Aerial & Contemporary Dance Showcase

  • Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts
  • (919) 680-4363

Enjoy a thrilling evening of Aerial Silks, Lyra, Trapeze and Contemporary Dance performance, including guest artists, The Repertory Dance Company at NCCU performing work by Kristi Johnson. DBT is …

Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure

Do you believe in ghosts? The home of Liggett &Myers, Kress & Snow Buildings ghosts, oh, it’s a Pub Crawl! Guests spend approximately 25 minutes in three (3) of Durham’s …

First Day Out Fall Commencement Celebration

  • Will's Social Bistro & Lounge

The 2016 Fall Graduation Celebration +The Sagitarius Birthday Celebration! Featuring DJ Double J. Presented by Kiss Ent & First Class Lifestyle.  Must be 21+

Freeport Jazz (Smooth Jazz)

The Contemporary Smooth Jazz group Freeport are regulars at festivals, top venues and notable events. Recently they have shared the stage with rising artists, legends and Grammy award winners in …

Jeremy Denk, Piano

Jeremy Denk’s accolades include a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and a Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year award, and this Durham-born artist more than lives up to the acclaim. …

Kent Dixon

Singer/songwriter Kent Dixon combines easy listening originals and Contemporary Christian songs with a country feel.

Marilyn Markel & Chris Holaday: "Southern Breads"

Southern culinary instructor Marilyn Markel and Southern history author Chris Holaday have combined their talents in their new book, Southern Breads: Recipes, Stories and Traditions. Join the …

Music Lab

A local music discovery program for kids that offers interactive live music, sing-alongs, hands-on instrument play, and a chance for parents to meet others in the community! Great for kids as young …

Nifty Gifty

An afternoon of crafty gift making! Participants of all ages and skill levels can make a variety of handmade gifts for family and friends with the assistance of the crafty staff.

Opening Reception - "Consummation"

The inspired NeoOutsider artist St. George breathes new life to American folk and Outsider art. Untrained, his paintings are raw and rich with passion. He works in fevers. Powered by epiphanies, h…

Primer Radio Marathon

Juanito Laguna and Flor y Canto - Poesía en movimiento. Juanito Laguna is a latin american folk musician from Mexico City.  Flor y Canto is an artistic ensemble, born from t…

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