Friday, December 18, 2009

The Snowy Weekend Has Landed - December 18th

This month's Third Friday is a snowy one; now's your opportunity to check out some of your favorite spots with a lovely white backdrop. There are three theatrical shows with varying start times, including:

Phantom of the Opera @ The DPAC - A Broadway favorite. Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm/8pm, Sun 1pm/6:30pm. $25-$82.

A Trailer Park Christmas @ Common Ground - Local filmmaker Jeffrey Moore and Common Ground Theatre owner Rachel Klem team up to present this interactive, holiday entertainment. Set in West Durham, A Trailer Park Christmas follows the Dodson/ Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes and a holiday tornado. Fri & Sat 7:30pm. $15-$17.

Jane Eyre @ Manbites Dog - Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents Jane Eyre, based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë, adapted by Melissa Lozoff and directed by Tom Marriott. Fri & Sat 8:15pm. $17.


Artists' Sale (and live music) @ 1202 Home Gallery - This new Old North Durham home gallery will be featuring original and affordable fine art and crafts by local artists for sale. Local singer and songwriter Shawn Deena will be performing. 5pm.

Annual Holiday Party and Iron Craft Night @ The Scrap Exchange - They will have food, a 1/2 keg of Big Boss beer, other drinks and music. Iron Craft Night is a DIY craft competition that will go throughout the evening. They will also have a cake walk fundraiser, and a hands on craft: make your own greeting card table. 6pm.

Celia Gray Encaustic Paintings @ BCAC - A teacher and studio artist living in Asheville, Celia's method of the wax medium is one that invites scraping, scaring, melting, and rebuilding. 6pm.

Durham History Paintings by Robert Olason @ Durham Central Market - A new painting series by local artist Robert Olason, about the history of Durham. This series is titled: "Studies and Ephemera for 'The Birth of Hattie Scarlotte's Child'." 6pm.

One-stop Holiday Shop @ Golden Belt - Check out our feature. 6pm.

Planet Hangout @ Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Gallery - Art opening and grand opening party. Art by local poster makers Ron Liberti and Matt Hart, both collaborative and individual works will be shown. 6pm.

Third Friday Trunk Show @ The Pinhook - Durham-based designer Jamie Powell's Revamp is an eco-conscious, vintage inspired clothing line for women featuring ultra-soft organic cotton tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories including clutch purses made with vintage fabrics. This trunk show will feature special holiday pricing. 6-8:30pm.

Youth Open Mic Party @ BCHQ - Participate in a brief open mic, enjoy snacks and connecting with area youth. $2 suggested donation to benefit BCHQ and fund the party. If you play, you don't have to pay. 7pm.

Art and Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Check out art by Mikel Robinson, and music from: 8 Eyes at 9pm, Three Days in Vegas at 10pm, and The Mercators at 11pm.

Funky House & Live Percussion @ The Republic - DJ Summa will start spinning at 9pm.

Big Mama E and The Cool @ Papa Mojo's - This 5-piece band has their own brand of original rock ‘n roll with a southern R&B twist. 9:30pm/$8.

Live Music @ The Pinhook - Gray Young at 10pm, Free Electric State at 11pm, and Fin Fang Foom at midnight.


Preservation Durham Walking Tour @ Durham Central Park - The last walking tour of the year! 11am.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Chris Bryant at 8pm, It is rain in my face at 10pm, and Lake Inferior at 11pm.

Milagro Saints CD Release Party @ Papa Mojo's - They are promoting their new album: Songs on the Live Wire following last year's Warm Soul Sunshine which garnered rave reviews in the US and Europe. 9:30pm/$8.

Saturday Night Live @ The Republic - Live DJ & Percussion by DJ Summa, starting at 10pm.

Cinco de Knox @ The Pinhook - Celebrate the five year anniversary of 307 Knox Records, a major contributor to our amazing music scene. 10pm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golden Belt Will Be Bustling on Third Friday

Third Friday Durham: December Edition is fast approching, and Golden Belt will be a hive of activity between the hours of 6 and 9pm on the 18th. Check out their press release:

What's that? You need a compelling reason to shop local and one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday? Here's one: bottom line, they're way cooler. And you can feel good supporting your neighbors and the planet in a green, save-on-shipping kind of way. So bring your friends and come help us celebrate the last Third Friday of 2009! Enjoy food and a cash bar as you shop the amazing art, jewelry, handmade textiles, and more locally-inspired goods at Golden Belt.

In Building 3, shop 43 inspiring studio artists under one roof and a compelling one-night show, Make Believers, offering screen printing, collage, film, paint, photography and more. The deeply moving and poetic Hiroshima: After Aftermath, a powerful exhibition of work by elin o'Hara slavick will continue in ROOM 100.

Ongoing group show Natural Selection illuminates the walls of LabourLove Gallery, featuring contemporary artists with ties to Eastern North Carolina exhibiting adventurous mixed media paintings, sculptures and fiber works. Also on hand in the gallery: brand new t-shirt designs, prints, and more.

In The Cotton Room, LabourLove Gallery presents Time, a beautiful and serene collection of fine art photography from Daniel J. Pesta. These pieces are printed in extremely limited editions and will sell out fast.

Let’s toast to an incredible year of growth at Golden Belt while we support the inspiring work of local artists this holiday season!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - December 11th

Greetings citizens of Durham! Our writer who usually does Weekend Has Landed is currently at The Down Under Pub and doesn't want to do his usual post from his phone (besides, with $4 Kamikaze shots currently on special, who knows what it would end up like). So, since I've finished my work for the day, I agreed to do it.

There is a lot of theater going on this weekend (See The Upstager's weekly list, sample below):

Jane Eyre – Return to Thornfield Manor! Little Green Pig’s new stage adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë novel about a rebellious heroine determined to succeed against all odds. This weekend: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through December 19, atManbites Dog Theater, Durham.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – David Edgar’s massive two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens other novel, presented in rotating rep. This weekend: Part 1 – Wednesday 10:30 and 7:30, Thursday and Saturday 7:30. Part 2: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00, Tuesday 7:30. Part 1 continues through December 19, Part 2 through December 20. Paul Green Theater, UNC campus, Chapel Hill.

I saw Jane Eyre last weekend, it was a good time. The Nicholas Nickleby show sounds cool too. DBL happened to be doing some unrelated work with one of the actors yesterday and heard more about it. Then we read the wikipedia article, and now we are enlightened.

Screw this linear crap, I'm just going to jump around now. This sounds cool, Guglhupf Bakery is hosting a German Christmas market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

The star of the Christmas market is Guglhupf's stollen, which they describe as "a dense leavened bread made from a sweet dough with citrus peel, raisins, almonds, and a complex blend of spices." They add that the bread is dipped in butter and rolled in sugar, which seals the loaf and gives it a protective coating, and is finished with powdered sugar which looks like snow.

The market also will include arts and crafts sellers from the Durham Craft Market, The Ginger Young Gallery and Outsiders Gallery.

Shoppers can drink mulled wine or cider while shopping.

Hmmmm... Guglhuph. I still need to try their dinner service, I've heard mixed reviews.

There's a new bar open downtown, The Republic. I checked it out last Friday ( and it was pretty cool, still too soon to tell. But you should all go and support them since they just opened!

There's also (as always) lots of really good live music. Check out the calendar. Of particular note is a Durham Socialite favorite, Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovlies (pictured at top) at the Pinhook Saturday night.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Best of Both Worlds Cask Stout

'Tis the season to be drinking dark beer.

And Triangle Brewing Company will be tapping a cask tonight (Dec. 9th) that is a beer to remember. It's their "Best of Both Worlds," a rich stout prepared with local coffee, Godiva dark chocolate, and raspberries.

It was also featured at the Black Friday Cask Festival. So if you were out of town or your taste buds were too distracted by the other casks, this is your chance for redemption. And for those of you who want to like beer but don't, this here's a great starter beer.

Don't believe me? Go try it for yourself. The cask will start pouring 6:00pm sharp, at Alivia's Durham Bistro.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Weekend Has Landed - December 4th


Durham Gay and Lesbian Happy Hour @ Whiskey - Check out our feature. 7pm.

Super Sounds for Saving Lives @ Broad Street Cafe - Check out our feature. 8pm.

Catherine and Kathy’s 20th Anniversary Toys for Tots Party! @ Club Steel Blue - 8pm

Humble Tripe CD Release Party @ Duke Coffeehouse - The CD release party for Humble Tripe's debut album, Counting Stars. They will be accompanied by Midtown Dickens and Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops). Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. FREE/BYOB.

Funkuponya @ Papa Mojo's - It's time to get your funk on with this instrumental quartet hailing from Raleigh. 9:30pm/$7.

Yep Rock and Red Eye Dance Party @ The Pinhook - Observe how record labels and distributors rock out. 9pm.


Holiday Festival @ Brightleaf Square - The Caroling Party will be providing holiday cheer from 12-2pm, and singer-songwriter Tad Dreis will be performing from 2:30-4pm. For the kids, there will be face painting with Zoe the Clown from 1-3pm, and Santa Claus himself will make an appearance from 1:30-2:30pm.

Scientific Superstar CD Release @ The MarVell - The show will also feature Beloved Binge and Battle Rockets. 6pm/FREE.

Retrofantasma Film Series @ Carolina Theatre - Alien: The Director's Cut at 7:30pm, Leviathan at 9:30pm.

St. Lawrence String Quartet @ Reynolds Industries Theater - The quartet will be performing Beethoven's String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131 and John Adams's String Quartet (2008, St. Lawrence String Quartet Commission). 8pm/$30.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - Flava at 8pm, The Gravy Boys at 10pm.

Mystery Hillbillies @ Papa Mojo's - A country music quartet that draws from styles that range from the 40s up to present day. 9:30pm/$8.

Lip Syncing Competition @ The Pinhook - Jeff and King present "Puttin' on the Hits," a Lip Syncing Competition and dance party. 10pm/FREE.


Chef Shirle's Vegan Brunch @ The Pinhook - This month the menu includes shepherds pie, garden salad, fresh fruit and coffee. Bloody Marys and Mimosas will of course be available. 12pm/$7.

Holiday Bawl III
@ Carolina Theatre - A benefit for the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and Independent Animal Rescue. Admission is FREE with a donation of canned goods for the food bank or cat food for IAR. It will be a 35mm David Lean double feature, including Brief Encounter at 2:30pm and Summertime at 4:30pm.

BSC Kids @ Broad Street Cafe - Featuring storyteller Robin Kitson and balloon artist Steve McDonough. 4:30pm/FREE.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Super Sounds for Saving Lives

If you're into listing to good music and supporting a noble cause, then check out this Friday's fund raising benefit for the Eastern NC Chapter of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

The live music line-up is composed of Tad Dreis, Soulless Dogs, Roxcetera, and Pistil. The $10 door fee (a donation to L/LS) also includes a raffle ticket, with prizes from Whole Foods, DogStar Tattoo, Vaguely Reminiscent, and others. It'll run from 9:30pm-2am at The Broad Street Cafe.

The End of the Year is Near

With a few hours of manual labor, the aid of some automation, and a few caffeinated beverages, the Durham Social Calendar as been populated for December!

If there is anything you, our well informed readers, would like to add -- shoot us an email. Attachments in the iCalendar (.ics) format would color us impressed, but plain 'ol text or flier images work as well.

Hope y'all enjoy the season that makes it easy to stay out after dark!
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