Friday, October 30, 2009

The Halloween Weekend Has Landed - October 30th

Check out our two features on events this weekend, It's Zombie Season and They Say That In The Army... Also going throughout the weekend is the Durham Jaycee's 37th Annual Haunted House.


The Durham Zombie Lurch - Dress as a Zombie, be a victim, be a spectator! They always make at least one stop along the way in the vicinity of the Federal for a bit of refreshment; people can join along the way or come out and watch. The lurch will start at sundown (~6:30pm) in the parking lot across from Piedmont on Foster St.

@ The DPAC - Taking the stage will be six of the most celebrated funk groups in history: Con Funk Shun, Sugarfoot’s, Ohio Players, Dazz Band, Slave, and the Bar-Kays. $37.50/8pm.

Gal Costa with Romero Lubambo @ Reynolds Industries Theater - Costa was the most compelling singer behind Brazil’s Tropicália movement, and she will be accompanied only by Lubambo, the finest Brazilian guitarist on the planet. $30/8pm.

Turbulence Presents Lanie Robertson's "The Insanity of Mary Girard: A Nightmare in One Act" @ Common Ground Theatre - In 1790, Mary Girard is committed to an asylum. Having become pregnant by another man, her husband has had her declared legally insane. Mary sits in a chair as the “furies” dance around and impersonate people from her past. $12/8pm. Also 3pm and 8pm on Saturday.

Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders @ Manbites Dog Theatre - As the Cold War sputters to an end, a young American soldier struggles to plan his future in a world that's about to change forever. World premiere of a new play by North Carolina playwright Howard Craft. $17/8:15pm. Also at 8:15pm on Saturday.

The Derek Trucks Band @ Carolina Theatre - With special guest Th' Bullfrog. $35/8pm.

Buzzkills @ Papa Mojo's - This Buzzkills performance, and the casting out of demons, was custom-made for Halloween Eve. $8/9:30pm.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Paul Daniel at 8pm, Family Sircle at 10pm.

Hallows Eve @ The Pinhook - Missy Thangs at 10pm, Spacelab's vinyl LP release show at 11pm, Shipwrecker's CD release show at midnight.


Habitat Halloween Bike Ride - The "spooktacular" sixth-annual Halloween Bike Ride benefits Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Experience scenic views of Durham County as you ride 31, 62, or 100 miles. All routes are fully supported and start and finish at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham. Gear up for a "ghoulish" good time and compete for best costume! $45/9am.

Second Annual Preservation Durham Ghost (Building) Tour - Not your standard “spooky dead people” tour, this ghost building tour will highlight the architectural ghosts of by-gone structures that continue to haunt us. This year we will explore the area between Brightleaf Square and West Village. Tour participants will witness the streetscapes of yore reappear before their own eyes: the Four Acres and Fairview mansions, the impressive Southern Conservatory of Music, massive tobacco factories and warehouse, and many more! FREE/1pm.

Triangle Brewing Company Brewery Tour - FREE/1pm.

Hallow-Eno @ West Point Park - Hallow-Eno is a Durham Halloween tradition, held annually at Durham's West Point on the Eno. Hallow-Eno features family-friendly entertainment, including trick-or-treating, hay rides and campfires complete with ghost stories. FREE/6pm.

Boo-kulele III @ Broad Street Cafe - The annual Halloween-themes ukulele-centric show and party thrown by High Strung Music. Lots of performances planned this year, including the Durham Ukulele Orchestra, and the ukulele costume contest. Concerts, play-alongs, uke costume competition (open to all ages - dress up the uke, not the player), and lots of fun! 3pm.

Halloween Party
@ Broad Street Cafe - Bob Funck at 8pm, Once and Future Kings at 10pm, costume contest w/prizes at 11pm, Goodbye, Titan at 11:15pm.

Monsters Ball 2 @ Club 9 - 3 Bars, 10 DJ’s, 3 Themed Rooms:
  • Guest House – Sound Cartel DJ’s, Marshall Jones, Slipstream and Nugz (and special, special guest Chris C!) will provide the best in: House, Jungle, Techno and Electro.
  • Dance Hall – “Sprite Step Off” DJ Battle Champion and NY native, DJ Prince will provide a sound bwoy bureill; blending, double flipping, scratching, mixing and backspinning: Hip Hop/R&B/Reggae and (ahem) Dancehall.
  • Vinyl Floor – J’Cougarz (DJ Fifi Hi Fi and DJ Lady Factual) vs. Sex Panthers (Chocolate Thunder and Kid Dyn-O-Mite) in an epic Cat Fight. Also, the local "45 King", DJ Nate has informed us that he will make an appearance. Expect to hear: Golden Era Rap, New Wave, Disco, Funk, Soul, Breaks, Soundtracks… EVERYTHING imaginable.
  • Costume Contest – $100 Grand Prize awarded at midnight! Entry deadline 11pm.
  • Doors at 9pm, FREE admission until 10pm, $5 'til 11pm, $10 thereafter.
Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos @ Papa Mojo's - Pull out your most creative, ghoulish, enchanting, or bewitching attire for our 2nd Annual Costume Contest! Prizes are in store for the most stunning & outlandish. And, The Wicked Mojos are ready to put a spell on this evening’s festivities with some swamp-stompin’ blues & zydeco music. $10/9:30pm.

Halloween Jam @ All People's Grill - Featuring Black Ice Blues Band. 9:30pm.

Halloween Bash @ The Pinhook - Amps Do Furnish a Room (Television cover band) at 10pm, Heart of Glass (Blondie Cover Band) at 11pm, Girl Romonas (Female Ramones cover band) at midnight.


Chef Shirle's Vegan Brunch @ The Pinhook - $7 gets you a prix fix menu with coffee. *Tofu eggs benedict, roasted potatoes, mixed greens and coffee (or bloody maries or mimosas... you pick). 12-2pm.

Monday, October 26, 2009

They Say That In The Army....

This weekend, Manbites Dog Theater opens the world premiere of a new work by local playwright Howard Craft (1, 2) Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders:
To be or not to be...all that you can be.
Germany, 1989: As the Cold War sputters to an end, a young American soldier struggles to plan his future in a world that's about to change forever.
The play is based largely on Craft's experiences stationed in Germany during the late 80s as part of a cavalry unit. The Herald Sun recently wrote a very nice article about the play and Craft's experience, Coming of Age in 1989 Berlin:
Craft came of age in Germany as the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, and so does the main character of his new play, "Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders," which opens Thursday at Manbites Dog Theater in downtown Durham. The playwright loosely based his play on his own experiences 20 years ago.
There is a pay-what-you-can preview of the production on Thursday night at 8:15pm and then the show opens on Friday night (you could check out the Zombie Lurch before the show, it's only a block away!) and runs for 3 weekends. Tickets are available online (as well as other ways).

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Zombie Season

It's Zombie season in Durham!

This month is Zombie Month at The Pinhook and they will be showing series of zombie films including Zombie tonight and Dawn of the Dead on UPDATE: Monday (the 26th). Sorry folks, we're late to the take on this one, one of the movies has already passed.

If you're interested in getting in on the zombie action yourselves, Durham has it's very own Zombie Lurch! For those of you unfamiliar with the tradition (which included me), wikipedia has an explanation (thanks internets!):
A zombie walk (also known as a zombie mob, zombie march, zombie horde, zombie lurch, zombie shamble, zombie shuffle or zombie pub crawl) is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Usually taking place in an urban centre, the participants make their way around the city streets and through shopping malls in a somewhat orderly fashion and often limping their way towards a local cemetery or other public space (a series of taverns in the case of a zombie pub crawl).
If you are interested, you can find some pretty cool pictures of this sort of thing on flickr here.

Durham's Zombie Lurch will be next Friday, October 30th at "sundown" (approx. 6:30pm). If you're interested in participating, the undead are meeting in the parking lot across from Piedmont on Foster St. It's an all ages event. The organizer has also setup a group on thefacebook and a flickr group for pictures of the event. Looks like a fun time.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - October 9th

Grease will be at the DPAC all weekend, and if you feel like getting out of town, check out the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival over in Chatham County.

Bare Theatre presents: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew @ Common Ground Theatre - Tickets are $15, evening shows are at 8pm on Fri and Sat, matinees are at 2pm on Sat and Sun.


Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - RJ Adams at 8pm, Pistil at 10pm.

Dianne Reeves with Russell Malone & Romero Lubambo @ Page Auditorium - An evening of jazz with the vocal talents of Reeves accompanied by Malone and Lubambo on guitar. Tickets start at $22, show starts at 8pm.

Ailey II @ Carolina Theatre - An evening of dance featuring exciting world premieres and beloved Alvin Ailey classics. Tickets start at $29, show starts at 8pm.

Live Music @ Duke Coffeehouse - Former Ghosts (Freddy Ruppert, Jamie Stewart, Nika Roza), with TBD. $5 cover, show starts at 9pm.

Jon Shain Trio @ Papa Mojo's - The trio takes the stage at 9:30pm, $8 cover.


Brewery Tour @ Triangle Brewing Company - Learn about brewing, drink some free beer, and buy some to take home. Tour starts at 1pm.

Scientific Superstar CD Release @ The MarVell - This 18+ show is free, and starts at 6pm.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Mysti Mayhem at 7:30pm, Blue Marble Beat at 9:30pm, Three Days in Vegas at 11pm.

Mother / Son @ Carolina Theatre - An award winning solo play about a young gay man and his opinionated mother. Tickets are $18, show starts at 8pm.

Live Music @ Duke Coffeehouse - Princeton, with TBD. $5 cover, show starts at 9pm.

Willie Painter Band @ Papa Mojo's - The band takes the stage at 9:30pm, $8 cover.

T-Major..."Im So Ambitious" @ The MarVell - Show starts at 10pm.

Live Music @ The Pinhook - AMINAL at 10pm, Citified at 11pm, Tin Star at midnight.


Bountiful Backyards "Worm Workshop with Susan Quinby-Honer" @ BCHQ - Learn to build a worm composting system from an expert. Starts at 1pm. $20 suggested donation.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - October 2nd

The U2 Academic Conference will be going on all weekend at NCCU.


Summer Concert Series @ Brightleaf - The last show of the summer season, Cave Dwellers take the stage at 7pm.

See Whip It with the Carolina Rollergirls @ Southpoint - Some skaters and coaches from the Carolina Rollergirls will be at Southpoint to watch Drew Barrymore's new roller derby themed movie with you. Here's a link to the trailer.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Southern Route at 7:30pm, NCM at 10pm.

African American Dance Ensemble @ Carolina Theatre - "Treasured History: Restored Legacy" A Home Season Celebration! Featuring Lois Deloatch. Tickets start at $15, show starts at 8pm.

Transactors Improv Presents: City of Medicine @ Common Ground - The latest episode of their "completely improvised serial medical drama." Tickets start at $10, show starts at 8pm.

3 Jokers and a Queen @ The DPAC - A night of four young comedians at the DPAC. Tickets start at $41.50, show starts at 8pm.

Piano Recital Series @ Reynolds Industy Theater - The program includes pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Franck and Liszt. Tickets start at $5, show starts at 8pm.

Marlane Meyer's "The Rule of Fate" @ Manbites Dog Theatre - "Dante's Inferno inspires an expose of a contemporary fictional Hollywood film family in this gritty, funny, shrewd journey in search of the secrets of the bedroom." Tickets start at $8, show starts at 8:15pm.

Live Music @ Papa Mojo's - The Insubordinates take the stage at 9:30pm. $7 cover.

Live Music @ The Pinhook - HOG at 10:30pm, Zardoz at 11:30pm.


Park Clean-up Volunteer Work Day @ Durham Central Park - Volunteer some of your time between 9am and noon to help keep the park clean.

Phoenix Fest 2009 - Phoenix Fest is celebrates African-American heritage in Durham and throughout the United States, with live music all day and a parade to kick it off. The festival site is on Fayetteville Street between Lakewood Avenue and Piedmont Avenue, ant it goes from 9am-6pm.

Bountiful Backyards "Edible Mushroom Patch Workshop" @ BCHQ - Have a lot of shade in your yard? Learn how to grow edible mushrooms and remove the need to buy them at the grocery store. Starts at noon, with a suggested donation of $20.

FOX 50 Family Fest @ Ambacco - The event will showcase live stage music & entertainment throughout the day, food vendors, inflatable attractions, balloon art, face painting and much more. There will also be free prize drawings throughout the day. The event is FREE and open to the public! Noon-5pm.

World Beer Festival
@ The DAP - It's finally here! Check out our feature.

The Main Event Street Festival @ Brightleaf - Check out our feature.

Backyard Beer Festival @ Fullsteam - Home brewers unite! This event will showcase beers crafted by local homebrewers. Afterwards there will be a screening of The Room, considered to be "The Citizen Kane of bad movies." Free tickets to the beer tasting have run dry, but you can still show up later for the flick.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Sinful Savage Tigers at 8pm, Rootsie at 10pm.

African American Dance Ensemble @ Carolina Theatre - See details under the Friday listing.

Marlane Meyer's "The Rule of Fate" @ Manbites Dog Theatre - See details under the Friday listing.

FATE Presents: BriarPatch and FAIT Accompli Improv Troupe @ Common Ground Theatre - FATE’s youth improv troupe BriarPatch, comprised of 8 kids from throughout the Triangle come together for their first performance. It will be followed by a family-friendly performance of the adult troupe, FAIT Accompli, as they bring new forms and audience interactions. Tickets start at $7, show starts at 9pm.

Live Music @ Duke Coffeehouse - Rural Alberta Advantage, with Lovely Feathers. $7 cover, show starts at 9pm.

Live Music @ Papa Mojo's - The Dune Dogs and The Business Band. $8 cover, show starts at 9:30pm.

Live Music @ The Pinhook - Mary Johnson Rockers and Miriam Chicurel at 10pm, Humble Tripe at 11pm, Nervous but Excited at midnight.


Vegan Brunch @ The Pinhook - Prix Fix menu with coffee for $7, Mimosas and Bloody Marys available via cash bar. Great for that beerfest hangover. Noon-2pm.

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Concert @ Carolina Theatre - A Classical Program w/Guest Artist: Chu-Fang Huang, piano. Tickets start at $20, show starts at 3pm.
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