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Home to almost 5,000 events every year, Durham is a place rich with unique things to do. From biannual arts markets to performances by world-class musicians at DPAC or Carolina Theatre, from workshops led by leading researchers to motorcycle rallies, from interactive classes at the Museum of Life + Science to food tours through Durham’s most acclaimed restaurants, there is always a wide variety of events to capture the interest of any visitor or resident.

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Author Damon Tweedy

Duke psychiatrist Damon Tweedy will read from and discuss his medical memoir Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine that examines the complex ways in which both black …

Big Top 10

  • Frontier at Research Triangle Park

Looking to find that perfect job in the tech sector or just curious to see what companies are doing? Are you an employer seeking the best skilled and most motivated employees? Tech Companies Under …

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

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 …

Periodic Tables: “The 10 Things That Everyone Should Know About Snot” with Dr. Richard Superfine

Periodic Tables: “The 10 Things That Everyone Should Know About Snot” with Dr. Richard Superfine Yes… Snot Snot. Phlegm. Sputum. Egg Whites. All of these are mucus by a different …

Plants of Distinction: Fall Planting in the Vegetable Garden

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each session in the Plants of Distinction series to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, …

Rue Cler Wine Dinner

  • Rue Cler
  • (919) 682-8844

Featuring the Burgundies of Louis Boillot. Reservations required.

Supercharged Goal-Settings for Entrepreneurs

  • Small Business Center at Durham Tech
  • (919) 536-7241

Come learn the four most important characteristics necessary for success, how to effectively motivate yourself, and keep the motivation going. Participants will developed their own personal, w…

Tasty Tuesdays Wine Tasting

  • Wine Authorities
  • (919) 489-2884

Call to confirm. FREE.

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

Author John Rosenthal

As we mark ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, John Rosenthal will discuss and sign his powerful photographs of the Lower 9th Ward. His book, After the Silence of the Lower 9th Ward, …

Duke Symphony Orchestra with Darrett Adkins, cellist

Program: Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, "Prague"; Sibelius: "Valse Triste," from Kuolema, Op. 44; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33; Pezzo C…

Jackson Browne

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne adds September and October U.S. shows to his 2015 tour in support of his album, Standing In The Breach. Tickets $49+.

Kobie Watkins Jazz Jam Playhouse

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Beyú Jazz Jam Playhouse will begin with Youth Jazz Jammers, ages 8-18, who will play 7pm to 8pm. Youth are encouraged to bring a song they would like to play or their own ensemble piece. A…

Professional Placement Networking Meeting

Each meeting begins with an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves, share stories and experiences, and have a bite to eat (provided). Every month has a theme with local employers …

A Bronx Tale featuring Chazz Palminteri

Well known for A BRONX TALE, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one-man show in Los Angeles. It became the hottest property in Hollywood since ROCKY. Mr. …

Ana Tijoux

French-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux is one of today’s most compelling voices, working at the intersection of hip-hop, jazz, and Latin music. The daughter of Chilean parents who lived in exile during …

Career Development Workshop

  • NC Works Career Center
  • (919) 560-6880

Space is limited.

Duke Wind Symphony: Performance of Scott Lindroth's new "Eternity's Sunrise"

Program includes "Eternity's Sunrise," Scott Lindroth's newest work for Wind Ensemble, as well as Michael Markowski's "Joyride," Roshanne Etezady's "Against the R…

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 …

Jazz Listening Session

Robert Trowers, a trombonist and music professor at N.C. Central University, will present jazz listening sessions patterned after a 1964 DownBeat Magazine interview with trumpeter Miles Davis, who …

Marketing Matters

  • Small Business Center at Durham Tech
  • (919) 536-7241

In addition to reviewing the foundational components of marketing, this seminar includes a discussion of metric-based marketing. Cost-effective promotional tactics are also covered. Taught by Yvette …

National Depression Screening Day

Free initial screening for depression. The screening isn't diagnostic, but will indicate symptoms and whether further assessment by a clinician is advisable. No appointment necessary.

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