Friday, June 18, 2010

The Weekend Has Landed - June 18th

It's Third Friday, y'all!

Tis a great weekend to be out on the town -- here are some options.

Friday's Free Outdoor Concerts:
Kickin Grass @ Ambacco - A North Carolina based bluegrass band who use traditional instruments to deliver original material in a rootsy, Americana style. 6pm.

Café Mars @ Brightleaf - A versatile troupe of triangle musicians. 7pm.

Opening Weekend of Blackbird

The opening weekend of Manbites Dog Theatre's latest production, written by David Harrower and directed by Michael O'Foghludha.

Thursday-Sunday June 17-20Wednesday-Saturday June 23-26Shows at 8:15 except Sunday June 20 at 3:15

$17 Fri/Sat/Sun; $12 weeknights; $2 Discount for Senior (62+), Military, and Students with i.d.; Season Vouchers accepted for all shows.
The party will showcase local products and services of finalists and winners from the reader selected contest. The participants will have tables set up at Golden Belt, offering samples and information from 6-9pm.

Live music will begin at 7pm on our outdoor stage in the courtyard, featuring:
  • Lonnie Walker
  • D-Town Brass
  • Birds and Arrows
  • Embarrassing Fruits
The event is free and open to the public, and will have a cash bar featuring beer, wine, and water - with proceeds to benefit Durham Central Park.

The Triangle music community is rallying behind one of their own - Shayne Miel of The Future Kings of Nowhere, as he battles with cancer. Proceeds from the show with help cover some of his costly cancer treatments. It will also mark the launch of Friends with Benefits, a new non-profit organization that will help local musicians who have inadequate health care.

The event is being held at the Triangle Brewing Company, and will go on for nearly 12 hours, kicking off at 12:30pm. It's a $10 donation to get in, but bring plenty of extra cash to buy beer, cds, and participate in the silent auction. It's a massive line-up of bands... here's the schedule:

12:30 p.m. Catie Yerkes
1:00 p.m. Tea and Tempest
1:30 p.m. The Mercators
2:00 p.m. The Tourist
2:30 p.m. Mike Casey Magic
3:00 p.m. Beloved Binge
3:30 p.m. Wigg Report
4:00 p.m. Reese McHenry
4:30 p.m. Jason Kutchma
5:00 p.m. Tender Fruit
5:30 p.m. The Pneurotics
7:00 p.m. Mike Casey Magic
7:30 p.m. The Narcoleptics
8:00 p.m. Charles Latham
8:30 p.m. Bowerbirds
9:15 p.m. Silent Auction Winners
9:30 p.m. Schooner
10:00 p.m. Grey Young
10:30 p.m. Free Electric State
11:00 p.m. Hammer No More the Fingers

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Weekend Has Landed - June 11th

Welcome, welcome to a hot and muggy weekend. Although I do admit, the prospect of sitting on the porch during a Sunday afternoon thunderstorm does sound quite nice.

If you'd like to revel in some air conditioning, our top pick would be the Crime Noir Film Series over at the Carolina Theatre. What is crime noir, you ask? It's "a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations." Featuring films from the 40's through the early 60's, the series is going on now through Thursday the 17th.

Our stream of consciousness carries on to a completely different event at the same historic theatre on Saturday, the Paws for Applause Pet Fashion Show and Parade. Supported by the Animal Protection Society of Durham and Independent Animal Rescue, you can check out all the pets for free, or enter your own in the competition for $20. And yes, this event is also a great excuse to post a picture of a dog and cat about to high-five each other. 12pm.

The good news about Saturday night is that there is plenty going on. The bad news, is that you probably will be forced to choose which events to attend. Here we go:

Local Night @ Fullsteam Brewery - There will be great local music featuring Mount Moriah, The Jackets, and Durham's very own punk rock marching band, Scene of the Crime Rovers. After the bands, the dance party starts with DJ Jason Perlmutter spinning his unique collection of Carolina Soul Records. Local Indian food will be for sale from the soon to be Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe in Chapel Hill, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Presented by Durham Central Market. Doors at 6pm, downbeat at 6:30pm, $5.

Saturday Night Main Event 3 @ Triangle Brewing Company - In preparation for their "Stumblemania 3" pub crawl on July 10th, TBC has been holding some training sessions at their brewery, combining the common bedfellows of beer and bands. On the stage for this session will be Birds and Arrows and The Butterflies. Gates open at 6pm, music starts at 7 and 8:30. RSVP to Rick.

Inaugural LEWWD Event @ James Joyce - Come cheer on your favorite contests at the NC premier women's arm wrestling event, and help support the Durham Crisis Response Center. Check out our feature on this. Doors at 8pm, contest starts at 9pm. $5.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Durham Gets LUEWWD

This weekend at the James Joyce, you'll have the opportunity to witness the North Carolina premier of philanthropic women's arm wrestling. Saturday (6/12) will mark the inaugural event of LUEWWD, the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women in Durham. It'll be good fun for a good cause, as all proceeds go to the Durham Crisis Response Center.

Costumed contestants take on intense personas, competing for the ultimate prize of the championship belt. Audience participation is encouraged, as attendees can donate dollar bills to purchase "LUEWWD Bucks" to vote for their favorite wrestler.

Doors open at 8pm, with the main event kicking off at 9. It's $5 at the door and there will be plenty of swag for sale; from t-shirts to temporary tattoos.

It's time to get LUEWWD!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Weekend Has Landed - June 4th

Hellooooo, June! Here are some of the weekend's notable events:

Friday's Outdoor Concerts:

Uncle Earl @ Ambacco - Uncle Earl is an all-women-band who play high energy old time music. 6pm/FREE.

Straight 8s @ Brightleaf - Experience some rock-a-billy in the heart of Brightleaf. 7pm/FREE.

Saturday's Exercise and Intrigue:

Running of the Bulls 8k - Bull City Running presents the 2nd annual 8K Community Road Race & USA Track & Field NC Championship race. The race will start at the downtown Durham YMCA and finish at the historic Old Durham Athletic Park. 7:30am.

Ride for Clive - Bull City Cycling will host the second annual Clive Sweeney Memorial Bike Ride. “Ride for Clive” is a way to celebrate and pay tribute to a beautiful man and McKinneyite in the way he would have wanted: A fun, community event which will help us reinforce the importance of bike safety. 8am.

6th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant - Check out Dependable Erection for full Beaver Queen Pageant coverage, and help support the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

Blues, Brews, Ques @ Durham Athletic Park - As the name suggests, this will be a happy convergence of music, beer and barbeque. The event goes from 12pm-8:30, and is a bargain bet at $5 admission to help support the Food Bank of NC's Kids Summer Stock. Bands to be performing include:
  • Will McFarlane & Armand Lenchek and Friends
  • Jo Gore and the Alternative
  • Rootzie
  • Hell Camino
  • Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos

Electric Circus @ The Republic - A circus for adults envisioned! The Electric Circus will take hold of the Republic at 8pm on Saturday night. With a DJ line-up sure to electrify, it's time to overcome that fear of clowns. Among the vast lineup of entertainment:
  • Le Barbe Magnifique
  • Magician Michael Casey
  • Miss Mary Wanna
  • The Great Brandini
  • Dancing clowns
  • A bearded lady
  • Face painters and balloon puppeteer
  • A contortionist, a juggler, and a ventriloquist
  • Mimes, hoopers, and acrobats
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