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A visit to Durham puts a wealth of culture at your fingertips, whether you're looking for avant garde visual art, high energy theater and dance, compelling history, or fascinating museums. Explore Durham Culture to find upcoming events and learn about the arts and culture you can find here.

 

 

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Special Events

Brett Chambers Open Mic

Going strong for 22 years and counting, the Open Mic was started by Brett Chambers in September of 1996 at Sam & Audrey's Sellers' ‘Talk of the Town', where it was an anchor in downtown …


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Chamber Music Showcase

In this free, noontime event, advanced students in the chamber music program in the Duke University Department of Music present works from the 18th-21st centuries. Presented in association with Duke …


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Open House with William Paul Thomas

Meet painter William Paul Thomas and view some of his latest works.


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Tap Dogs

15 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 1 GLOBAL DANCE SENSATION 12 MILLION TICKET BUYERS CAN’T BE WRONG The global dance sensation TAP DOGS hits the road on an international tour of jaw dropping new …


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Visualizing the Muslim Gandhi

Timothy Dobe and Sumathi Ramaswamy will present, compare and discuss several visual images of M.K. Gandhi, each of which embodies important dimensions of Islamic traditions. They will consider, for …


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Exhibits & Recurring Events

Art Exhibit - "Pop América, 1965-1975"

Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists …


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Art Exhibit - "Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum"

Self-taught photographer Hugh Mangum was born in 1877 in the newly incorporated, tobacco- fueled boomtown of Durham, NC. As an itinerant portraitist working primarily in North Carolina and V…


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Art Exhibit - Light Bag/Slight Baggage by Tedd Anderson & Logan Britt

In 2018, Logan and Tedd quit their day jobs, packed a single back apiece, and left home for six months. Over the course of their travels, they made artwork with the limited supplies their t…


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Art Exhibit - "Louis Austin and the Carolina Times"

  • Museum of Durham History
  • (919) 246-9993

This exhibit explores the life of newspaper publisher Louis Austin and how he used the Carolina Times as a catalyst in the African American effort for freedom- fighting for racial justice and black …


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Art Exhibit - “Beyond Despair”

When faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, a common human response is to fall into a resigned paralysis. We look for someone smarter, richer, or braver who will solve our problems and save …


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Art Exhibit - “No Citation Needed”

An exploration of systems of learning and the transfer of knowledge inside and outside of traditional education settings, juxtaposing formal K-12 and college education with lessons passed down …


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Art Exhibit - Journey

Paintings by Tom Willis, on view in the Durham Convention Center Pre-function Corridor.


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Art Exhibit - Landmarks in Creativity

  • American Tobacco - Reed Art Gallery

In celebration of The City of Durham's 150th Anniversary of Incorporation, The American Tobacco Campus is pleased to present Landmarks in Creativity, an eclectic selection of artworks inspired by T…


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Art Exhibit - Numinous Light

While the influence of expressionist and color field painters is readily apparent in Judy Keene's paintings, with their luscious surface textures and enigmatic compositions, less obvious may be her …


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Art Exhibit - Portraits of Durham

"Portraits of Durham" features work by 64 local artists, from high school students to accomplished professionals, each sharing their interpretation of what defines Durham. The show runs in …


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Art Exhibit – "Disrupting Homogeny"

Artist statement: "When I perceive similar characteristics between myself and other people, I feel compelled to learn more about them. In part, this can help satisfy a desire for …


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Art Exhibit – "Portraying Power and Identity: A Global Perspective"

The slow-moving figures in Bill Viola's Surrender express the visual signs of grief: their faces contort in grimaces of pain and sorrow, breaking into tears before gradually lowering their faces to …


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Art Exhibit – A Series of Fortune Events

  • DAG Gallery at Golden Belt

Work by DAG member artist Stacy Crabill. The mixed media works include Candy, fortune cookie messages, labels, and vintage photos. The work strives to combine all of these seemingly unrelated …


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Art+Architecture

  • Perkins+Will Gallery in Legacy Tower
  • (919) 433-5300

Calvin Brett is inspired by how the universe is made of repeated bits of the same things. Through repetition, pattern, symbolism, appropriation, and relationships, Brett's work explores the …


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Dust of the Zulu | Exhibition

This immersive installation incorporating sound, photography, and video brings twenty-five years of award-winning ethnomusicological fieldwork in South Africa to life.


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Five Hundred Years of Women's Work - stories from the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

  • Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery
  • (919) 660-5822

Women's work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women-such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection upends those …


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International Folk Dancing

The Durham/Chapel Hill International Folk Dance Club is a fun social group for international folk dancing. Newcomers welcome! Schedule 7:00 – Easy dancing 8:00 – Teaching of a new …


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Jenny Blazing: Worlds In Process

Jenny Blazing is a painter, mixed media, and installation artist, and although she shines in so many different disciplines this show features the creative array of techniques she employs in her …


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MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition: Felicity E. Palma

As part of the MFA|EDA Class of 2019 thesis exhibitions, Palma presents, Fra la Medusa e l’Abisso (Between Medusa and the Abyss).


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Skewer's Open Mic

The Mix Up Open Mic Jam with a great house band. All styles, performers, and people welcomed. Sign up list goes up at 9:30, music starts at 10pm-2am. No cover before 12am. After 12am, $5


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