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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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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.

Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Willis Earl Beal and Crater

WILLIS EARL BEAL was born in Chicago. He's stopping by chaus with his "gospel, folk and R&B influences" (thanks recess) before a European tour. a little ambient. a little soul. …


NC soothing post/post experimental.  With Wowolfol, Severed Fingers!

Brian Regan Live Comedy Tour

America's Favorite Funnyman Today's Best Family-Friendly Stand-Up Comedian Regan was seen in the Chris Rock movie, Top Five, and he was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best C…

Dive In Movie

Due to licensing laws, DPR cannot promote the name of the movie. Call for details.

Duke Street Dogs

The Duke Street Dogs have been referred to as a "populist" band. They play a mix of old and new, original material, country and jazz, rock, Tin Pan Alley, bluegrass, and old-time.

Duke Teaching Observatory Open House

  • Duke Teaching Observatory

Observe the solar system and galaxies through the university's five Meade LX200 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. Click here for a map.

Duke vs Florida State (Volleyball)

Last year Duke reached the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in program history. Entering her 17th season at the helm of the program, Jolene Nagel looks to build upon last year's success. The Blue …

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 …

Friday Family FUN Night

DJ Music. Chase Dawson (The Kid DJ) in the house pumping cool tunes starting 6pm.

Jonathan Biss, Piano

The Piano Recital Series begins with the pianist, scholar, and New York City cultural linchpin Jonathan Biss. As the co-artistic director of Marlboro Music Festival with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, he …

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes is one of the most successful entertainers with a career spanning more than two decades. With forty-four million albums sold, two GRAMMY Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and …

Mount Moriah

Through their artful personal storytelling, Mount Moriah develops a piercing portrait of a "New South" where progressive traditions are still fitfully breaking free from conservative …

Play - "TI-Jean and His Brothers"

  • Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg
  • (919) 530-5170

A Caribbean family is in crisis: three brothers are pulled into a dangerous game with the Devil in this fanciful, dark, and ultimately hopeful story of battling despair through fierce humor and l…

UNC-CH Faculty Jazz Quintet w/ Corey Wilcox: Sharp 9 Gallery

  • Sharp 9 Gallery
  • (919) 486-5299

Trombonist, Corey Wilcox performs with the UNC-CH Faculty Jazz Quintet

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