Live music, festivals, plays, receptions and openings in the Durham area.
Geektastic 2: An Evening of Geeky Bellydance is 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. Performers include the League of Extraordinary Bellydancers and other troupes. Tickets: $16 advance; $20 at the door. For more information, call 919-560-2787 or go to bit.ly/2b1SEvx.
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A free opening party is from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the exhibit “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art” at the Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. The event will feature live music, a dance party and other entertainment. Beverages and Southern food will be available for purchase. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2017. For more information on the exhibit and artists featured, go to bit.ly/2aYU8WY.
The Triangle Blues Society is holding a call for entries for the TBS Blues Challenge. Deadline for applications is Thursday, Sept. 1. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham. For more information and an application, go to bit.ly/2bk3NaM or bit.ly/2aEhr7D.
The Duke Symphony Orchestra opens the 2016-17 season with its annual Labor Day weekend pops concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, on the main quad of the university’s East Campus. Free. Music from Broadway, movies, patriotic songs and lighter works by American composers will be featured. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Picnics allowed. Rain date is Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Baldwin Auditorium. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anyvyo.
Back Porch Music
The Dom Flemons Duo headlines Back Porch Music on the Lawn at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the American Tobacco Amphitheater, 318 Blackwell St., Durham. The South Carolina Broadcasters open the free outdoor concert. Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Glass is prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, go to bit.ly/1qJmdU7.
Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 Kidznotes school year. For more information and an application, go to bit.ly/2azi4uk.
Arts Education Fair
Registration is under way for the Arts Education Fair from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/24FzhXX.
The group Happy Abandon performs from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, as part of the outdoor Summer Concert Series at Brightleaf Square, 905 W. Main St., Durham. Free. Bring lawn chairs. 919-682-9229, bit.ly/1VZogk0.
Beats & Bars Festival
The Beats & Bars Hip Hop Festival is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, at the Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. A panel series, “The Fresh Effect,” begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Vault, 1104 Broad St. For more information: bit.ly/2bqmasQ.
Tickets are on sale for the 10th annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. Twenty-five area farms will be featured. Sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Cost: $30 per car for the weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2bvIwry or carolinafarmstewards.org.
Ciompi Quartet concert
The Ciompi Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive, Duke University East Campus, Durham. Julianne Baird, soprano, and Joseph Robinson, oboe, will be featured. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2aOieUB.
CenterFest arts festival is seeking volunteers. The 42nd annual event is Sept. 17-18 in downtown Durham. For more information, go to bit.ly/29H5JsP.
Concerts at Duke
Bonnie Thron, principal cellist with the North Carolina Symphony, performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive, Duke University East Campus, Durham. The concert also will feature pianists David Heid and Deborah Hollis. Free.
Other September concerts: “Songs in the Night,” featuring Elizabeth Linnartz, soprano, and Deborah Hollis, piano, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Nelson Music Room of the East Duke Building, 1304 Campus Drive. Free. “Project ‘Orfeo,’ ” a mixed-media presentation with novelist Richard Powers and musicians. Cost: $10. For more information and other upcoming performances, go to music.duke.edu.
Emerging Artist Grants
Applications for the Durham Arts Council’s 2017 Emerging Artist Grants are available on the council’s website. Artists of all art forms who have lived in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Person or Granville counties for at least one year are eligible to apply for the career development project grants. The application deadline is Sept. 23. For more information: 919-560-2787, bit.ly/29IosVJ, durhamarts.org
Durham Parks and Recreation hosts the Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge, formerly the Latino Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive. The free event will include a soccer tournament, food trucks, music, a family fun zone, community information and more. Rain date is Oct. 8, same time and location. Registration is under way for volunteers and vendors. For more information, call 919-560-4355 or go to bit.ly/2b73H2l or DPRPlayMore.org.
Vendor, parade and sponsor applications are being accepted for the 15th annual Phoenix Fest street music festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on Fayetteville Street in Durham. For more information and an application, call 919-680-2878 or go to phoenixfestdurham.com.
World Beer Festival
World Beer Festival Durham is from noon to 4 p.m. and from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St. Tickets are $45 general admission, $85 VIP. The Seasonal Beer Showcase is 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the ballpark. Tickets are $35. bit.ly/2b1D6EY
309 W. Morgan St. Aug. 26: The Beautiful Musical Exchange. Sept. 9: Sam Bush. Sept. 23: Squirrel Nut Zippers. Sept. 24: Enter the Realm Tour. Oct. 6: Julie Fowlis. Oct. 12: The Wood Brothers. Oct. 15: The Chick Corea Elektric Band. Oct. 21: The Mavericks. Oct. 29: Tower of Power. Nov. 4: The Tribute (Beatles). Nov. 10: Eric Johnson. Jan. 26: Pat Metheny. March 21: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. March 23: Black Violin. 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St. Sept. 11: Leon Bridges, Lianne La Havas. Sept. 21: Amos Lee. Sept. 25: Il Divo. Oct. 6: Anthony Hamilton, Lalah Hathaway and Eric Benet. Oct. 7: Three Doors Down. Oct. 9: Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. Nov. 4: Bob Dylan and His Band. Nov. 20: Straight No Chaser. Nov. 18: The Temptation and The Four Tops. Nov. 25: Joe Bonamassa. Dec. 6: The Piano Guys. Dec. 20: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. April 27: Alan Cumming. dpacnc.org.
American Tobacco Campus
318 Blackwell St. Sept. 13-Oct. 8: Dwane Powell: The Art of Politics. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 16.
BCAC Upfront Gallery
401-B Foster St. Through Sept. 25: “Bathroom Humor: National Cartoonists Take On HB2.” 919-949-4847, bullcityarts.org
2050 Chapel Hill Road, inside The Scrap Exchange. Through Sept. 10: “Out of Context” by Durham artists Kathryn DeMarco, Linwood Hart, and Libby O’Daniel. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org
Carrack Modern Art
111 W. Parrish St. Aug. 30-Sept. 10: “Hellbent Crown” paintings by Michael Polomik. Artist talk 7-8 p.m. Sept. 2; reception 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9. thecarrack.org
Craven Allen Gallery
1106 1/2 Broad St. Through Sept. 17: “Durham by Ghostbike” by Jeremy Kerman and “The Colors of Summer” by Peg Bachenheimer. 919-286-4837, cravenallengallery.com
Durham History Hub
500 W. Main St. Through Sept. 5: “Durham and the Rise of the Baseball Card.”
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Drive, Duke University. Through Sept. 18: Photo exhibit “Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes.” Sept. 1-Jan. 8: “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art.” Opening party from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. 919-684-5135, nasher.duke.edu
1004 Morning Glory Ave. Through Sept. 2: “Mattress Power” by Charles Chace, Ginger Wagg and Jesse Paddock. spectrearts.org
214 Hunt St. Saturdays: Art Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. bit.ly/1qGjzPl.
Theater, Film, Dance and Comedy
309 W. Morgan St. Aug. 26: “The Beautiful Musical Exchange.” Sept. 15: Bill Burr. Oct. 7: Kathleen Madigan. Oct. 16: Henry Rollins. Oct. 26: Bianca Del Rio “Not Today Satan.” Oct. 27: “Criminal: A Podcast. Nov. 17: Marc Maron Too Real Tour. Dec. 14: “Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.” 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St. Sept. 9: Weird Al Yankovic. Sept. 10: Ira Glass. Sept. 13-18: “Kinky Boots.” Sept. 27: “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash.” Oct. 11-16: “Rent.” Oct. 18: “Love Jones - the Musical.” Oct. 20: Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Oct. 21: Trailer Park Boys. Oct. 25-30: “Fun Home.” Nov. 5: “Odd Squad Live.” Nov. 6: Bill Engvall. Nov. 11: Octonauts Live. Nov. 26: “Hip Hop Nutcracker.” Nov. 29-Dec. 4: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Dec. 30: “Cinderella.” Jan. 3-8, 2017: “An American in Paris.” Jan. 21, 2017: “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live.” Jan. 31 to Feb. 5, 2017: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Feb. 17: Jay Leno. Feb. 21-26, 2017: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” March 14-19, 2017: “The Bodyguard.” April 4-9, 2017: “Something Rotten.” May 5-7: “Mamma Mia.” May 12-14: “Chicago.” May 23-28, 2017: “Finding Neverland.” June 6-11, 2017: “The King and I.” dpacnc.org
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