Friday, September 24, 2010

The Weekend Has Landed - September 24th.


NC Pride Weekend - A slew of events promoting and celebrating NC's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Including a Day Festival, Parade, Night Festival, and other supporting events around town, here's the full schedule.

Escapism Film Festival - Carolina Theatre is hosting a showcase of fantasy and adventure movies from the late 70's and early 80's. Check out our feature.


North Elementary CD Release @ Motorco Music Hall - Tonight will be the first night of live music at Motorco, as they kick off their soft opening. The Chapel Hill based band North Elementary will be releasing their latest album, "Southern Rescue Trails." Also performing will be Schooner and The Tomahawks. Motorco is still working on their ABC permit, so Triangle Brewing Company will be their pouring beers. 9pm/$6.


Fall Plant & Craft Festival @ Duke Gardens -The Gardens and other vendors will sell an array of plants appropriate for our region, including plants featured in Duke Gardens. Local artisans will also be present, selling garden-related gift items. The Gardens staff and Durham County Master Gardeners will be on hand offering free horticultural advice. 9am-2pm.

Rocktoberfest @ Guglhupf - Guglhupf is celebrating Oktoberfest with a band straight from Germany - Die Nierentische. They will be performing rock hits from the 40's and 50's, in German. As the event runs from 4pm-10pm, they will split the music up into two sets, starting at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Guglhupf will be serving up some traditional German street fare, including eats, meats, and treats. And of course the beer will be flowing, from the likes of Spaten, Franziskaner, Gaffel and Duck Rabbit.

Can Release Party @ Triangle Brewing Company - TBC is unveiling their new canning line, and will be sporting some local bands to help celebrate. The line-up includes The Beast, Jason Kutchma, and Pipe - when empty cans are expected to fly. OnlyBurger will be present, along with Hillsborough BBQ. Gates open at 6:30pm. No cover, but bring cash for food and beer.


Gulf Relief Family Fun Day @ Tyler's Taproom - Inspired by the New Orleans-based brewery Abita's launch of their Save our Seashores (SOS) beer, Abita will have a tent set up where SOS merchandise and beer will be available for purchase. 75 cents from each bottle sold and 100% of all merch sales will go to the SOS Charitable Fund. Wool E Bull, local entertainers and a variety of activities will be on hand to entertain the kids, with live music from Jon Wood and Dan Hill. 1-5pm.

Woofstock Experience 2010 @ Durham Central Park - A doggie paradise, Woofstock will feature canine contests and demonstrations, with may different vendors and organizations present. Live music will be provided by The Trosa Band and Andy Coats & The Bank Walkers. 2-5pm

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Escapism Film Festival

The Escapism Film Festival is a showcase of fantasy and adventure movies from the late Seventies and early Eighties, in most cases presented in their original 35mm formats. The festival is a great opportunity to relive your cinematic childhood (or find out what movie life was like for your parents).

The Durham Film Festival Calendar has been locked and loaded with all of this weekend's films. It lists the show times, plot descriptions, and viewer's guides in an easy to read calendar format, which can be conveniently imported to your favorite mobile device.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Weekend Has Landed! - September 17th

With all available blogging hours going in to recent calendar and trivia updates, here's the high level summery of the weekend ahead:

Third Friday Durham - The social calendar is crazy packed tonight, and it's all Third Friday's fault. You'll be forced to make some decisions, as open galleries and interesting destinations abound.

CenterFest - Durham Arts Council's 37th Annual CenterFest will be going on Saturday and Sunday, with:
  • 124 juried visual artists from 11 states
  • Live music, dance, and entertainment across 3 stages
  • Hands-on art in the Creative Kids Zone
  • Community Showcase with 34 Non-Profits, Government, Civic Groups & Sponsors
Tonight is the first show at the season at Duke Coffeehouse - Embarrassing Fruit's CD Release Party, being kicked off by Lonnie Walker and Midtown Dickens.

Megafaun & Fight the Big Bull are playing three nights in a row at the Hayti Cultural Center.

Saturday is the Grand Opening of Grassroots Bikes, and Sunday there is a block party with a local brewery showcase at Whole Foods.

Durham Social Calendar Update [PSAs]

The Durham Social Calendar has been populated for the Fall!

For those calendar users that sync regularly, expect to see a large influx of events next time you take a gander. For those that like to download the cal, now would be a good time to refresh.

For those that say, "calenda-what-what?" allow us to explain:
In addition to writing about particular events on this site, we also attempt to keep a comprehensive list of all events in the area (including recurring events) that are related to the Durham social/entertainment scene. This list is in the form of a Google Calendar which you can view here (links also on the top right of the page). If you, like us, are regular GCal users, you can simply subscribe to our calendar by clicking Add to Google. You can also use the live .ics subscription link (here) to subscribe on your iPhone or other mobile device.
Please bear in mind that all events are subject to change, which is why we include a link to the source. If you see something, say something: has an event changed, been cancelled, or is missing? Let us know!

Have an event you'd like to add? Shoot us an email with the .ics file. Most calendar systems have the option to export .ics files - including Facebook events.

Durham Trivia Update

One of our most popular posts of all time is about Durham area pub trivia. It's been over a year since that post was made, I thought it was time to update the list.

In addition to the three that have been doing them over the past year (Joyce, McCabes, Dain's), there are now a handful of others:

1) James Joyce Irish Pub - Tuesdays @ 9:30pm
Bull McCabes Irish Pub - Wednesdays @ 9:00pm
Dain's Place - Wednesdays @ 8:15pm
4) Beyú Caffe - Tuesdays @ 9:00pm
5) Papa Mojo's - Tuesdays @ 8:00pm
6) The Tavern - Tuesdays @ 8:30pm
7) Pinhook - Tuesdays @ 9:00pm (bi-weekly, check their calendar)
8) Bralies - Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays @ 7:30

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Weekend Has Landed - September 10th

Redghost @ Common Ground Theatre - An original adaptation of one of Japan’s best known and most terrifying ghost stories, Yotsuya Kaidan. Revenge, lust, obsession and the fast track to Hell. Presented by Little Green Pig and directed by Rachel Klem. September 9-11, 15-18 at 8pm, September 12 at 2pm. $8-15.

Bull Durham Blues Festival - In its 23rd year running, the Bull Durham Blues Festival will be in some new digs, the Hayti Cultural Center on Friday and the comfy confines of the DPAC on Saturday. With Buddy Guy headlining, there will also be performances by Bettye LaVette, The Wild Magnolias, and Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos.

Chifferobe Presents: Stars & Stripes, a USO Tribute Show @ Cuban Revolution - Scheduled as a remembrance for the events of 9/11, rekindle your patriotism with a WWII-era USO tribute show. Dress in '40s attire to add to the ambiance, and prepare to be awestruck by the likes of The Minsky Sisters (pictured to the right) and Miss Wednesday. Check out our feature for details. Sat 6pm, $15-20.

Live Music @ Broad Street Cafe - One of my all-time favorite NC bands, Stephaniesid, is bringing their "indie-pop noir" sound to Durham for the first time. Griffanzo will kick the evening off, with the talented Proclivities headlining. Sat 8pm.

Brew-Ha-Ha Vintage Art and Clothing Show @ Fullsteam - From 5-8pm on Sunday, Fullsteam will be hosting a vintage art, handmade jewelry, and fashion show, which will include an encaustic art demontration.

This is the last day of voting for the Great American Food Truck Race, so make sure you toss a few more votes of support behind the OnlyBurger truck in their quest for victory!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

USO Tribute Show at Cuban Revolution

Cabaret, swing dancing, '40s style attire, and pie! This sounds like it'll be a good time:
Join us on the eve of Saturday, September 11 at Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar at The American Tobacco Campus for Chifferobe Presents Stars & Stripes, a tribute to the tragedy that shook our nation ten years ago and to the collective spirit of those of us who are fortunate to be US citizens and residents. "Stars & Stripes" is a reflection of the spectacular showmanship, energy, and class of WWII-era USO shows and a celebration of American culture.

This series of Chifferobe events, directed by Kristen Minsky of New York's "1920s tap sensations" The Minsky Sisters, references that fabulous moment in American history when grand stage shows, supper clubs, and movie musicals were at their height and a night on the town really was an occasion to paint it red. From musical acts, grand dance numbers, cabaret performance, and cigarette girls to a Pie Baking Contest, Stars & Stripes will surely be a night to remember!

1940s attire is encouraged to truly give the feeling that you are stepping back in time. Doors will open at 6pm at Cuban Revolution, for a Beginner Swing Dance Lesson and Pie Tasting (of those entered in the contest). Though the early portion of the evening will be outdoors on the bandstand beneath the Lucky Strike water tower, we will move back indoors for more fun and entertainment later. For the show, enjoy the fantastic MISS. WENSDAY & THE COTILLIONS, who will keep us swingin' through the night. "1920s tap sesations" THE MINSKY SISTERS will be tappin' and flappin', and the lovely TROPIGALS, who will be debuting a new line-up of showgirl dance numbers.

Please e-mail if you wish to bake a pie, or be a judge for the contest. The winners will each receive a special prize!
6pm Doors
7pm Swing Lesson by The Hot Club of Durham and Pie Contest
Show ‘til 11pm

$20 at the door

Please contact Kristen Minsky at for more information.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Labor Day Weekend Has Landed - September 3rd

Let us all rejoice, a three day weekend is here!

Our congratulations go out to Casbah, who will be opening their doors to the public for the first time tonight. Located in Brightleaf Square, Durham's newest music venue will hold ~300 patrons and offers 15 beers on tap. They are a private club, so get your memberships now before their grand opening show on September 15th.

Tonight's soft opening will feature the band Stonehoney, hailing from Austin, TX. Doors 6pm, show 7pm, $5 membership fee.

The major event running tonight and tomorrow will the the Bull City Rumble, which will be rolling though the streets of Durham for the first time, being previously held in Raleigh. As explained on their website, it is "an event in the spirit of the cafe racer and scooter culture of 1950's thru 1970's England." If the streets being lined with scooters are not enough of an indication as to where they are, they've posted their schedule of events.

They'll be starting tonight at the Green Room, and then heading over to Fullsteam. The bike show will be Saturday at The Tavern, 1:30pm. When the show wraps up, the music takes over, featuring The Belmont Playboys, The Tremors, TT Co., Blood Red River, and Hearts & Daggers.

If you'd rather get out of the city and see some live music under the stars, check out the DURTY Durham Art Collective's annual JAMNESIA event. It runs from 1pm-2am on Sunday, and is $10 at the gate. You'll have to travel out to Hillsborough, but will be rewarded with a full schedule of bands, including local favorites Pink Flag, Tea & Tempists, and The Wigg Report.

©2010 Durham Socialite : (