Monday, October 26, 2009

treats galore, Ernie Barnes,plays, talks, zombies, ukeles, halloweeeeen-o

FREE Durham
Go out and vote early, read, dress up, picture this, share good times and Happy Halloween! 
Oct. 27-  Nov. 2, 2009 This week see original paintings by the late Ernie Barnes (one of Durham’s greatest and most iconic artists),  enjoy Halloween fun and festivities, free your mind with a good reading, lecture, live theater, music, and a cornucopia of free food for thought. And watch Durham rise up and dance at last’s week “Thriller” event by Jeff & King -
Admission is free, however, donations may be accepted at some venues or events
 FREE Durham   is a culled selection of FREE events, happenings and culture in the Bull City. Submit a free event listing to

Votevote, vote- it’s free and an exercise in being free. You can vote early this week!

FREE Tuesday
On Tuesday October 27th

9:30am-4pm. Durham Regional Hospital Auditorium, 3643 N. Roxboro St.
FREE, but online pre-registration required. (919) 403-9425

Kids/festivities - Durham YMCA's "Trunk or Treat"
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. 
Trunk or Treat is fun for the entire family! Parents and volunteers decorate the trunks of their cars and pass out candy, and YMCA staff will be decked out in our best Halloween Costumes! There will also be great food, a haunted bus and tons of contests, including; Most Creative Costume, Scariest Costume, best Trunk, and much more!

Art Reception - Annemarie Gugelmann
Current Work
6:00- 8:00 pm  1116 Broad St.
Come meet this month's artist! In Annemarie’s current work, she combines her interest in political science with art and investigates how cities and communities form and change. She is interested in the public domain and how people create an atmosphere and commonality within it. In her art, she wants to capture a city’s unique atmosphere and how it separates itself from other urban landscapes.

Music- Lyceum Event: Tye Tribbett (Gospel Concert)
7:00 - 9:00 PM, NCCU Campus :  On Campus - McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium
Grammy nominated gospel artist, songwriter, producer, director and singer, Tye Tribbett, will perform.  Contact Phone: (919) 530-5234

Art/lecture-  "The Silent Message of the Museum" Annual Semans Lecture: Fred Wilson
7:30pm - Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.
The New York artist creates contexts for the display of art and artifacts found in museum collections, along with wall labels, sound, lighting and non-traditional pairings of objects.
Fred Wilson, questions—and asks us to question—how museum curators present history and artistic value, and how cultural institutions express biases. In his talk, "The Silent Message of the Museum," he will discuss his work in relation to museums as environments of cultural production, and how the museum has shaped his practice as an artist. Reception to follow. FREE, but reservations suggested. (919) 684-5135

FREE Wednesday
On Wednesday October 28th

History/Lunch & Learn - Wednesdays at the Center (WATC)
12:00 – 1:00 pm John Hope Franklin Center, room 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Duke History doctoral students Tamara Extian-Babiuk and Jacob Remes, who will each present their current research. Extian-Babiuk will speak on "Race, Nation-Building, and Citizenship: a History of Canadian National Identity and Racial Exclusion through Political Cartoons" and Remes on "Relief and Resistance: Urban Disasters and the Formation of the North American Progressive State."
WATC is a topical weekly noontime series in which distinguished scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work. A light lunch is served. No reservations are necessary, and vouchers to cover parking costs in the Duke Medical Center parking decks are provided. The series is presented by the Franklin Humanities Institute and John Hope Franklin Center with other campus partners. Questions? Please e-mail

Lunch & Learn -Eno River Reading Group
12:30 - 1:30 pm 
downstairs at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, 
Brown Bag Lunch. Fallen Forests, Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1845) - p46
A Wind-Storm in the Forests, John Muir (1878) - p89
About Trees, J.Sterling Morton (1893) - p126.

Music/salsa – dance to the radio - "Azucar y Candela" with one of the Triangle’s greatest emissaries of Latin culture DJ Santa Salsera!
6pm – 8pm, 88.7fm
Weekly radio show of Afro-Latin music. Specializing in classic New York and Puerto Rican salsa, Cuban timba, Latin jazz, Afro-Caribbean dance music and folklore. Listen online and view past playlists: WXDU 88.7 FM -

Reading at the Regulator - SUSAN DUNLAP
7:00 p.m. 720 Ninth St.
Susan Dunlap will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Caring Cultures: How Congregations Respond to the Sick.  Set in Durham, Dunlap explores how three very different churches (Latino, African American, and Euro-American) provide pastoral care-giving to parishioners who are ill.  Dunlap is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Duke Divinity School.

FREE Thursday October 29th

Art Exhibit – Ernie Barnes exhibit
NCCU will honor noted artist and alumnus Ernie Barnes with an exhibit of his work. Barnes’ famous 1971 “Sugar Shack” appeared on the television sitcom Good Times and on the cover of the Marvin Gaye album, I Want You.
Contact Information: Kenneth Rodgers (919) 530-5079

Reading at the Regulator - WILLIAM FERRIS
7:00pm 720 Ninth St.
UNC folklorist and professor William Ferris will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Delta.  The book, CD, and DVD feature more than twenty powerful interviews about black life and blues music in the Mississippi Delta.  Ferris, author of Blues from the Delta and coeditor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, is senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-CH.

Reading/indentity -  E. Patrick Johnson’s "Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South”
7:30 – 9:00 PM   LSRC B101 Love Auditorium 308 Research Dr.
Johnson will be performing a selection from his one-man show called "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," which explores how these narrators use the performance of "southerness" as a cultural identity to simultaneously conform to southern cultural ideals, but also to mediate, transgress, and sometimes subvert them. Professor E. Patrick Johnson is chair, director of graduate studies, and professor in the Department of Performance studies and professor of African American studies at Northwestern University.

Theater - Nevermore by Duke Players Lab Theatre
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Brody Theater, Duke’s East Campus- Brodie Gym Dr.

Nevermore theater  based on works by Edgar Allan Poe.

October 29-30th White 107 Lecture Hall, Richard White Lecture Hall1308 Campus Dr.
  The conference will focus on the history of desegregation of intercollegiate and professional sports, Africa and the World Cup, the interplay between racial inequality in the society at large and in the arena of competitive athletics, and questions of authority and hierarchy in the management, administration and coaching of sports programs. Presented in part by Duke's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.

Blues, rock and R&B. Carolina Ale House, 3911 Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 490-2001

Music/dancing – Salsa!  dance party
9pm –1am American Tobacco Historic District, 318 Blackwell St.
Cuban Revolution (formerly Symposium) presents DJ'ed salsa party. No cover for dancing;

FREE Friday October 30th

Parade/festivities - 3rd Annual Durham Zombie Lurch
Oct. 30- 6:30-9:30 pm, downtown. Starts on Foster St across from Piedmont restaurant.
Find your Zombie Cool with an evening of fun as Zombies descend upon the Bull City for one night, seeking prey, people to take their pictures and play music with them, as they haunts the streetscapes of Durham. FREE...ALL AGES
Route: starts on Foster St across from Piedmont restaurant, to the Federal and then Five-Points.
Later adult Zombies will be pub-lurching in the Five points area and oozing to Pinhook for Shipwrecker’s CD release party! Facebook page: Durham Zombie Lurch

FREE Saturday  October 31st

9am –  NCCU Campus Fayetteville St.
Route starts at W. G. Pearson Magnet School, 3501 Fayettville St.
travels down Fayetteville St. to Lawson St.

Music/festivities - Free Reggae Block Party
11am-6pm, 711 Iredell Street
feat. Mickey Mills - Cricial Fiyah - Cayenne the Lion King - TNT and King Inergi Sound
Cocotree Culture Shop. Hosting a vast array of Caribbean and African merchandise ranging from All Natural Incense, Oils, Soaps, Tonics, and Jewelry to Music, Bob Marley T-Shirts and more. We are here to give the community what it's been missing!
For more information call: 919.627.7035 or 919.286.2625

1-4pm, Tour booklets in Parker & Otis (day-of), 112 S. Duke St.
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, exploring the area between Brightleaf Square and West Village. Tour participants will witness the streetscapes of yore reappear before their own eyes. FREE ($5 suggested donation). (919) 608-0158

Music/festivities/kids - Boo-kulele III
3:00- 6:00 pm  1116 Broad St.
High Strung's Scary Celebration of the Ukulele Returns!
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!

Festivities/kids - Hallow-Eno
6:30-9pm West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 N Roxboro Rd.
A safe celebration of Halloween for all ages. Featuring trick-or-treating,and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. FREE. (919) 471-1623

FREE Sunday  November 1st

Storytelling/kids -  Cynthia Cudaback (storyteller) & Steve McDonough (balloon artist)

4:00 pm  1116 Broad St.
Cynthia Cudaback (explorer, scientist, teacher and storyteller) has been an officer on a research ship, an oceanographer, has sailed the whole east coast and part of the tropical pacific, and now she teaches kids about the ocean.
  Steve McDonough has been twisting balloons since 1992. He amazes and bemuses audiences with his balloon craft. Steve enjoys twisting for kids of all ages and claims that he can make almost any animal out of balloons so come prepared to try and stump him. (tip jar passed)

Books/health - Meet the Author: A Conversation with Dr. Paul Austin
3:00 - 4:30 PM Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St.
Meet Dr. Paul Austin, Durham resident and author of Something for the Pain. Dr. Austin will discuss the process of writing and answer your questions. Discussion will be followed by a book signing. Co-presented with Sister Cities of Durham, Inc. Contact: Marian Fragola, 919-560-0268

2-5pm. Durham Arts Council Bldg., 120 Morris St.
Public sing-through of entire score, which Durham Savoyards will produce in March '10. Musical scores will be available to use for the event or to purchase. Audition information will be available. FREE admission. (919) 560-2787

4:00 pm, B.N. Duke Auditorium at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
The NCCU Worship and Praise Choir will celebrate their anniversary with a concert featuring college and university gospel choirs. Choirs will be represented from various colleges and universities throughout North Carolina. (919) 530-7292

FREE Monday November 2nd

7:00pm  720 Ninth St.
PlayMakers Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj and Associate Artist Tom Quaintance will discuss the challenges of mounting the largest production in PlayMakers history.  Featuring 25 actors playing 150 characters over the course of 6 hours, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is a thrilling theatrical event.  Join us for this conversation about a production three years in the making and how it has finally come together on the Paul Green stage.  co-sponsored by the Durham County Library,

Film – “Hunger”
7:00pm - Duke, Bryan Center, Griffith Theater 
“Hunger” is one of the more exciting directorial debuts of recent memory. Renowned English video artist Steve McQueen's feature film debut is a cinematic punch to the gut. McQueen brings a visceral intensity to his retelling of the hunger strike instigated by Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and several other detained Irish Republican Army members in the early 1980s. Panel Discussion to follow.
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(Steve McQueen, 2008, 96 min, UK/Ireland, in English, Color, 35mm)

For my dollar, I wouldn't miss – Howard Craft's "Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders" @ Manbites Dog Theatre- World Premiere October 29-November 14, 2009.
Of course nothing, including freedom, is really free, someone has to pay for it.  For my dollar this week I highly recommend not missing the World Premiere of a new major play by visionary and acclaimed playwright Howard Craft. 

Howard Craft's "Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders" @ Manbites Dog Theatre
8:15pm – 10:15pm  703 Foster Street, Durham, NC (map)
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. Written by Howard Craft, directed by Joseph Megel produced by Manbites Dog.
Thursday Oct 29 is pay-what-you-can preview night  (Door sales only; $5 minimum)  
SHOWS: Thur-Sat October 29-31 Thurs-Sun Nov 5-8 Wed-Sat Nov 11-14. TICKETS: $17 Fri/Sat/Sun; $12 weeknights $2 Discount for Senior (62+), Military, and Students with i.d. Purchase tickets online, by phone: 919.682.3343, or in person at our box office  Email us at

Free Coming up
 Watts Hillandale Neighborhood Art Walk, skateboard park opening, more movies after dark.

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