Friday, July 31, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - July 31st


Chocolate Tasting with SugarPunk! @ Hope Valley Bottle Shop - SugarPunk Chocolates paired with wines by HVBS. (h/t TriangleVino)

Summer Concert Series @ Brightleaf Square - Third Party takes the stage at 7pm.

Tori Amos @ The DPAC - With special guests UK Group and One Eskimo.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Lauren Lyle at 8pm, Bobby Hinton at 10pm.

Live Music @ Papa Mojo's - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys take the stage at 9:30pm.

Live Music @ Pinhook - Lonnie Walker at 10pm, Schooner at 11pm, DJ Charlie Burnette at midnight.


Durham Bulls vs. Indianapolis Indians - First pitch at 7:05pm.

FatMouth Improv @ Common Ground Theatre - FatMouth Improv performs "An Evening of Shorts Designed to Lighten Up Your Summer." Who likes short shorts?

Live Music @ Pinhook - Old Bricks at 10pm, The Ventricles at 11pm, The Kingsbury Manx at midnight.


Durham Bulls vs. Indianapolis Indians - First pitch at 5:05pm.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed! - July 24

This week's edition is a bit abbreviated because there has been a lot of out of town travel amongst us.


4th Friday Night Cruise-In (Ol' School Night) @ Bull City Street Rod Association - Come out and see what cars used to look like back when people were actually buying them. The event starts at 6:00pm.

The Omen @ Carolina Theatre - part of their RETROFANTASMA festival, starts at 7pm:
A monthly film series of double-features dedicated to bringing classic horror movies back to the big screen in 35mm! Created in 1998, RETROFANTASMA has developed a large dedicated audience of horror movie enthusiasts whose desire to see their favorite terror flicks is matched only by their willingness to cheer at the screen. From John Carpenter to Dario Argento to Lucio Fulci, this diverse film series offers it's audience a joyful jolt of terror and nostalgia. You'll likely find yourself screaming and applauding in the same breath. Before long, you'll be joining the thousands of people who have whispered in the dark to their friends, "Did you ever see the one where....?" Much like the infamous midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The RETROFANTASMA Film Series is pure devilish fun for anyone who loves the mysterious.

Improv Comedy @ West 94th Street Pub - An excellent dive-bar in southern Durham, perhaps worth the trip for this event which starts at 9pm.

Txakoli Fest @ Six Plates Wine Bar - See our feature on this event. It starts at 1pm and they have a lot planned.

Wine Tasting @ Wine Authorities - As a kick-off to the Txakoli Fest, the Craig & Seth will be serving up some of the fine wine at their free Satudray wine tasting at 1pm.

Heirs to a Fighting Tradition @ Durham Main Library - For you activists out there, the Heirs to a Fighting Tradition project is having a panel discussion at the Durham Library from 4 - 5:30pm. The project aims "to strengthen and broaden the base of the North Carolina social justice organizers who have the skills, passion and capacity to work collectively for fundamental social transformation."

The Durham music scene is also alive in well, check out the Social Calendar at the top of the page for more info, bands playing throughout the weekend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Txakoli Fest at Six Plates

This Saturday, Six Plates will be holding their "Txakoli Fest," presenting a day full of live music and wine. Their purpose: spreading the good word about txakoli wine (pronounced “chah-ko-lee”), which is produced in the Basque country of Spain. It's a delightful but under appreciated summer wine, a very dry and slighly sparkling white. As it pairs well with oysters, head chef Ted Domville will be crafting six different versions of oysters on the half-shell.

There is a five dollar cover charge, but it comes with a free txakoli glass. It also includes a full line up of bands, the schedule for which is listed below:
2:00-3:20 Shana TW
3:40-5:00 The Little Gentlemen
5:20-6:40 Caruso
7:00-8:20 Arielle Bryant
8:40-10:00 Jon Anonymous
10:20-11ish The Beast
11:30-2am DJ Dae

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - July 17th

*Third Friday*

Happy Birthday, Golden Belt! - This weekend's marquee event are the GB birthday festivities. Check out our feature for details.

James Ellis Photography @ Joe Van Gogh - Features James Ellis's photography of international travels.

"Magnetic Attraction," An Exhibit of Found Object Art @ Bean Traders - Local 18 year old sculpter Laura Madejczyk puts together projects utilizing creative re-use.

EXPLORE! Rhythm - Everyone can play @ CCB Plaza - Performances by regional symphony RTOOT (the Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle), and by the Scene of the Crime Rovers, Durham's own community street band. Will include hands-on activities such as a drum circle, and musical instrument construction utilizing recycled materials.

Friends and Family Show @ Scrap Exchange - A call for artists! Bring your own work to hang at the Green Gallery.

Reception for Trey Moore Exhibit / Open Studios @ Bull City Arts Collaborative - Wilmington, NC artist Trey Moore presents his exhibit "Hands & Faces: Paintings & Collage."

Janet Stolp and a Slice of Durham @ Brightleaf - Singer/songwriter Janet Stolp leads her group, performing a blend of folk and jazz.

Art Hanging @ Kung Fu Tattoo - Features the work of Tarah Singh and Owen Beckmann. Tarah's work visualizes a feminine experience and her South American culture. Owen's contemporary work is a representation of the hip-hop generation.

Live Music & Art Exhibit @ Broad Street Cafe - Bluegrass band Red Creek Cider at 8pm, Big Daddy Love at 10pm. Artist Bonnie Marie is presenting her paintings, dedicated to her Grandmother Joan, who passed away may 9th after a long battle with Alzheimers.

Nicotine Cinema @ Durham Central Park - An outdoor film show at the park, presented by Durham Cinematheque. Short films include "Princess Nicotine" (J. Stuart Blackton, 1909), "Who Do You Think You Are" (Mary Filippo, 1987), "Cigarette Blues" (Les Blank, 1986) and television commercials for cigars and cigarettes, banned from the airwaves since 1971.

Live Music @ Papa Mojo's - Mighty Lester goes on at 9:30, heating up Papa Mojo's with R&B, blues and jive.

Chaz's Birthday Party @ Pinhook - Local legend Chaz Martenstein is celebrating his birthday at the Pinhook. Three bands will be peforming: The Dry Heathens at 10pm, Pretty Boy Thurson & the F'n A's at 11pm, and The Whatever Brains at midnight.


Women's Bike Repair Clinic @ Durham Bike Co-op - This is the latest installment of a Monthly clinic by and for women and women-identified folks on various aspects of bicycle repair.

Merge with Motion @ Carolina Theatre - To kick off Merge Records's 20th Anniversary Celebration, dancers from the Triangle Youth Ballet will perform contemporary ballet, rhythm tap and modern dance to the music of The Rosebuds, performers will dance to music from Arcade Fire, Caribou, Destroyer, the Magnetic Fields, Polvo, Richard Buckner, Spaceheads, Spoon and more.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - 2nd Stage at 8pm, Not Dead Yet at 10pm.

Da Muthas @ Papa Mojo's - This rock-n-roll party/cover band takes the stage at 9:30pm.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Golden Belt!

As part of this month's Third Friday festivities, Golden Belt will be celebrating it's 1st birthday as an urban arts campus, as the historic buildings themselves turn 108. To celebrate in style, Golden Belt has lined up an art packed evening. It will be 3 hours of various forms of artstic expression, from dramatic to visual to culinary.

The celebration is free, open to the public, and runs from 6-9pm. Here is the list of events and their descriptions, directly from the Golden Belt event site:
To kick things off, ADF presents Golden Belt, a site-specific work choreographed by NC native Mark Dendy. Following a 6:00pm champagne, chocolate and strawberries reception on the top floor of Building 2, Dendy’s world premiere will surround and intersect as you sip on the sweet tastes of summer. Beginning at 6:30pm, the 30-35 minute free-flowing show will be danced three times, with subsequent shows to follow at 7:05 and 7:40. Dancers will use all of Building 2 for the site-specific piece. Come and go as you like!

One floor down (Building 2, Floor 2), catch a glimpse of Holly Hanessien’s 24-hour exhibition. Suspended vertically from wooden beams, the sculptural works spell out a word from a poetic verse by Bill Reichard, a Minnesotan poet. They appear to float down from the ceiling above, hovering over a pattern of mirrors on the floor, thus reflecting a distorted memory back to the viewer.

On the ground floor of Building 2, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern hits the stage at 8:15pm. Experience the world premiere of John Fidel Justice's haunting comedy that makes universal the mindset of a few individuals who want the world to play by their rules.

Pop in next door to LabourLove Gallery and check out the new collection of figurative artwork from Kelly Dew and Wendy Kowalski (thru Sep 11). Treat yourself to brand new giclée prints (or the real deal), custom t-shirts, and more. Jason Salemme will be back, this time tasting a summer home-brew, aptly named LabourLove.

Follow the giant 3 to continue your shopping expedition in Building 3’s thirty-five open artist studios. Meet the artists and explore their studio work spaces. Discover a breadth of new and original artwork, jewelry and more for sale.

In ROOM 100, King Kenney’s new exhibition BIG LOVE underscores how society’s fairy tale depiction of romantic love may be the primary contributor to rising divorce rates and declining optimism among young adults regarding the prospect of 'happily ever after'. Through his distinctive labyrinth storyboards, he details the rise and fall of his own failed encounter with 'big love'. A solo violinist will provide a stimulating soundscape for the exhibition.

Continue through the courtyard and down the stairs where the MindWorks Multimedia team awaits you in Building 5! Join them in celebrating the grand opening of their new office and production facilities! Enjoy live jazz, wine, light hors d’oeuvres and a special exhibition of work from local artist, Lisa Creed. One of Lisa’s paintings will be raffled with all proceeds going to Urban Ministries of Durham, a community-based organization that has provided emergency services such as food, clothing, shelter and counseling to people in need in Durham since 1983.

Head over to the visitor lot and get your fill of delicious street fare from the OnlyBurger and Sabor Taco trucks! Plus, Daisy Cakes will have cupcakes in celebration of Golden Belt turning one!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Federal Founders Club

The Federal has a special program for regular customers called the Federal Founders Club
If you come to Federal at least a couple of times a month,
then you should join the Federal Founders Club! 
For a yearly fee of $25 you will receive the following:
  • A merchandise item of your choice

  • 5% off your food bill (alcohol excluded) every time you come in
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The Weekend Has Landed - July 10th


Durham Amtrak Station Dedication - The new Durham station that had a soft opening on Wednesday will hold the official dedication ceremony at 2pm. The station is in the beautifully renovated Walker Warehouse Building at 601 West Main Street in West Village.

sladesign Fashion Show V @ Golden Belt - Designer Marcela Slade is presenting a fashion show to display her latest collection of skirts, dresses, tops and tees. Wine and cheese will be provided by 3CUPS. Doors will open at 7pm and the show will commence at 7:30. It is free and open to the public.

Live Music @ Brightleaf - The Will McBride Group will be performing at 7pm as part of the 2009 summer concert series.

Live Music @ Broad St Cafe - Devon McClive at 8pm, The Crossover Blues Band at 10pm.

Live Music @ Papa Mojo's - The Adrian Duke Projek takes the stage at 9:30pm.


Bombadil Listening Party and Art Showing Extravaganza @ Golden Belt - This is the marquee event of the weekend. Durham band Bombadil is releasing their second CD, Tarpits and Canyonlands. The Indy has had some recent coverage of Bombadil, providing an album review and an interview with one of the band members on his unfortunate ailment which has preventing them from touring. As Bombadil themselves are unable to perform, they have lined up some live acts in their stead:
Bombadil will also be presenting some limited edition album artwork for sale, along with lyrical booklets. The new album will be played in its entirety in front of the public for the first time. Admission is free, and the event is BYOB.

Live Music @ Broad St Cafe - Skeedaddle at 8pm, Please Welcome at 10pm.

Live Music @ Papa Mojo's - Cool John Ferguson takes the stage at 9:30pm.

Live Music @ Pinhook - Projexorcism at 10pm, Ponchos from Peru at 11pm, Invisible at midnight.


Live Music @ BCHQ - From 9pm on, Gospel Years, Endless Mike & The Beagle Club and Snakes Are We All will be performing. The BCHQ is an alcohol-free all ages venue, which shares space with the Durham Bike Co-op.

Cuban Revolution & Dain's Trivia

Due to my "real" job, I haven't had a chance to do much "socialiting" lately, so DBL has been picking up the slack here at Durham Socialite. Wednesday night I was able to get out for awhile with several folks including Belinda from Zomppa. We tried out the newly opened Cuban Revolution in the Ambacco.

Cuban Revolution has done a nice job in their new location. After you trek all the way up to the north end by the water tower (okay, I suppose it's only like 50 yards) you find it tucked around the corner. The front of the restaurant is all glass, so there is plenty of natural light. Tables and chairs are littered out front (similar to Tyler's Taproom). Inside, the decor is very nice (remarkably bougieous for an establishment the purports to support such populist politics).

The food? Well, after your eyes and brain adjust to the apoplectic menu (PDF), you find some really interesting concotions. We split several tapas per the recommendation of Carpe Durham's review and loved them all (meatballs, empanadas, crab cakes, nachos, shrimp kabobs).

After dinner, we were off to dominate trivia at Dain's Place. After some not-so-subtle hovering to grab a table, we ordered some drinks from Dain's fine selection and settled into deciding on a team name. Trivia began a little late (8:30), but went quickly and was over within the hour. The game was divided into 5 categories with 5 questions each. At the end of the categories, the hosts would pause and repeat questions.

The variety of questions were great, and the competition was stiff (we ended up not doing so well despite the slew of advanced degrees that nearly everyone in the group held). We traded with the table next to us and the hosts read off answers and everyone graded each other.

The winning team won $25 off of their bar tab. Interestingly, the hosts were also customers. The trivia night is hosted by volunteers who come up with questions and pick a night to host. You get $25 off of your tab for hosting as well.

Overal, it was a very delicious and fun (and much needed) evening out in Durham.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Habitat for Humanity of Durham's Bull Moon Ride

From the Habitat for Humanity of Durham:
Join Wool E. Bull on Sat., July 18 for the Bull Moon Ride to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Durham. This 17 mile ride for cyclists of all abilities starts at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 8:31 pm. Experience downtown Durham sites including Duke Chapel as the sun sets. Return to the ballpark on the American Tobacco Trail as the moon rises! 12 mph avg. rolling speed with sheriff escorts. Helmets, tail and head lights required. Ride and help build homes, hope and community in Durham!
The ride has been mapped out here, and has also been previously covered by John Rees and Nicomachus. Registration is required, and can be done here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - July 3rd


Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knights - It's a fireworks night at the DBAP, first pitch at 7:05pm.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Spencer Sholes at 8pm, Jordan Sphinx at 10pm.

Live Music @ Pinhook - Gray Young at 10pm, Birds and Arrows at 11pm, Tin Star at midnight.


Children's Independence Day Parade @ Durham Central Park - Patriotic music, helium balloons, fire engine from Station No. 1, and police escort. The Scrap Exchange will have decorations for bicycles, wagons and scooters. Decorating bikes begins at 10am and the parade starts at 10:45am. Free water and frozen juice pops will be served at 11am.

Festival for the Eno, Day 2 - The Festival for the Eno is an annual celebration of crafts, music, and the environment. The second day musical line-up includes:
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Baron von Rumblebus & Redd Zeppelin
Down River
Shawn Deena
Phil Lee
African American Dance Ensemble
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
American Aquarium
Jon Shain Trio
Jeff Warner
Pierce Pettis
Lost In the Trees
Peter Siegel Trio
Jamie Anderson & the Broad Street Band
George Higgs
Lightnin' Wells
Too Much Fun
NC State Pipe & Drums
Common Woman Chorus
TROSA Musical Ensemble
Durham Independence Day Celebration - Here's the schedule for Durham's official celebration:
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Music on the Lawn Concert at American Tobacco, Featuring John Brown & The Groove Shop Band
6:05 p.m. USA Baseball game (tickets required, visit to purchase tickets). Gates open at 5:05 p.m.
7:30 p.m.* Gates to DBAP open for free admission (end of 7th inning)
9 p.m.* Remarks from elected officials, Light Up Durham "It’s Cool To Care" Awards Presentation, National Anthem and FIREWORKS!
* All times are tentative and are dependent on the actual end time of The USA Baseball game.
The Young Professional Experience 4th of July Party @ Mount Fuji - From 10pm - 2am, TYPE will be hosting a party at Brightleaf's sushi spot.


Festival for the Eno, Day 3 - Musical acts for the third day of the festival include:
Colors of Flying
Paso Salsa Studios
Boo Hanks
Nerissa & Katryna Nields
Craver, Watson, Hicks & Newberry
Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Band
Hearts and Daggers
Si Kahn
Drew Questell
Peter Siegel Trio
Midtown Dickens
The Cane Creek Cloggers
Bethesda Bluegrass Boys
The Sandbox Band
Colors of Flying
Louise Omoto Kessel & Jef
Mighty Gospel Inspirations
Sons of New Bethel
Moorish Gypsy
Happy Hips
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