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Special Events

Durham Symphony Orchestra's 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular with Paperhand Puppet Intervention

Durham Symphony Orchestra returns to Northgate Mall for their 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular featuring Paperhand Puppets Intervention. This free event offers fun for the whole family such as live …

Hardcore Southern Punk Sunday Matinee

In the early 80s, coffee shops, skating rinks, church basements and local clubs hosted hardcore punk matinees for kids not old enough to go to bars. The Nasher Museum presents an afternoon of …


Bluesy folk band. With Driftwood Soldier.

Hsiao-mei Ku, violin and R. Larry Todd, piano

Works by Lily Boulanger, Fauré, Debussy, and Richard Strauss. Hsiao-mei Ku is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Duke and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. In …

Larry Reni Thomas

  • St. John’s Baptist Church
  • (919) 493-2404

The author, radio announcer and activist will speak at the monthly meeting of the Durham Chapter of the NAACP.

Pumpkin Patch Express

Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the Museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before …

Rissi Palmer

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer experienced a lifetime of milestones when she released her self-titled debut album in 2007. As one of country music's most promising new stars, Rissi received …

SHED at the Shed

  • The Shed

Weekly music hang/ open rehearsal. Get ready for a Jazz Workout!

Soul On Sundays

The soul music fans at Alley Twenty Six are setting off a weekly soul night. Local DJs will be rotating through to bring a variety of musical flavor, always soulful.

The Steel Wheels

Stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. With The Gravy Boys.

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…

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."

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