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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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An Evening with Graham Nash

Legendary singer-songwriter GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame …


Angela Davis - Rock The Mic Lecture Series

  • A.E. Student Union at NCCU
  • (919) 530-6784

NCCU's Rock the Mic Lecture Series was created to bring outstanding thought-leaders to the campus to encourage student engagement with relevant social, economic and political issues.


Anne McCue Band

Bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist.


Author and Sports Analyst Jay Williams

The Regulator welcomes former Duke basketball great and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams for remarks and and a signing of his new book, Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention. As a …


Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop

The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is …


Discussion: “21C and Durham Under Development”

  In conjunction with Pleiades Gallery's current exhibition, Durham Under Development, 21c Museum Hotel Durham will host a discussion about 21c's role in the city, led by Gerry Link, …


HIP Music Festival - Durham

  • Various Locations
  • (919) 560-2733

The third North Carolina HIP Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival will be performed on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical era period instruments with historical performance practices. …


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…


Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622

Exploring Nancy Cohen’s large-scale installation Hackensack Dreaming is to enter a world constructed by the human hand through manipulation of raw materials, a parallel not unlike the reality …


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 …


Quilt Exhibit - "Take Note"

Works by African American Quilt Circle. The Arts & Health Galleries are in the hospital concourse between Duke Hospital and Duke Medicine Pavilion.


SkyRobics

  • Sky Zone Durham
  • (919) 425-0800

Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on the wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of …


The Herded Cats

  • The Blue Note Grill
  • (919) 401-1979

Kick up your mid-week blues.


Author Karen Branan

Karen Branan will be reading from her new book, "The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia.


Blitz the Ambassador

Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador makes no bones about his mission. He blends elements of Ghanaian highlife with the fiercest and most socially engaged ’90s hip-hop, drawing …


Durham Chamber Annual Meeting

Hear from local leaders, celebrate Durham successes, and discuss the big shifts propelling Durham forward.


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.


Green Level Entertainers

A local supergroup of sorts, the Green Level Entertainers have been playing acoustic music together for close to 25 years; the quartet of progressive-minded pickers includes New Deal String Band …


Hayti Heritage Film Festival

The Hayti Heritage Center celebrates Durham's African-American heritage and its historic Hayti community, which was a thriving enclave in the early 20th century. This annual film festival furthers …


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 …


Panel Discussion: Collecting and Presenting Work by Artists of African Descent

Join a lively conversation on collecting and presenting work by artists of African descent, with The New York Times art critic Holland Cotter, Studio Museum in Harlem Director Thelma Golden, San …


The Underground Beat Battle

16 Producers / 1 Winner... Full Street Wings will be serving food. Beat Battles, Freestyle Battles, Poetry open Mics, Art Galleries, Dance showcases! All in the name of the real hip hop & …


Venus In Fur

  • Common Ground Theatre
  • (919) 384-7817

Auditions are over for the day and Thomas still hasn't found the perfect actress for his new play, an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel, "Venus in Furs." E…


Annual Valentine's Cabaret

The 8th Annual "Cabaret for Valentine's Day" with Ellen Ciompi (vocals), Glenn Mehrbach (keyboard) and Robbie Link (bass). This year's program is called "C"-Ya! and will …


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