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Durham County Library Presents An Evening with Sarah Vowell, American Historian

Program: An Evening with Sarah Vowell, American Historian
Date: Monday, October 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents An Evening with Sarah Vowell, American Historian on Monday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed for this event; first come, first served.

Please join us for our very special Durham Reads Together 2017 headliner event! Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. In addition to her noteworthy influences on the literary world, Ms. Vowell is also known for her editorial contributions to public radio and her voiceover work as superhero Violet Parr in the Pixar Animation Studios film, The Incredibles. Further, Ms. Vowell has served as a columnist for several major publications, including Salon.com, Time, and San Francisco Weekly, and her essays have appeared in the New York Times. Ms. Vowell’s work incorporates exhaustive research and is interspersed throughout with witty observations and wonderful dry humor.

Ms. Vowell’s highly anticipated presentation will be in interview format with humorist, cartoonist, and artisanal pencil sharpener, David Rees. In addition to his many talents, Mr. Rees is also known for his recent National Geographic Channel show, Going Deep with David Rees. There will be a book signing following the presentation.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

12/02/2017 to 12/02/2017 –

Watch dynamic floats and cheer on hometown bands, drill teams, schools, community groups, and more as they make their way through downtown Durham!

At the Fun Fest, enjoy snow sledding, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts activities, visits with Santa, train rides, music, and more.

Please note: There will be no parking on Main Street on December 2 beginning at 6am. Parking violators will be towed. The street will close to vehicular traffic at 7am. All roads will reopen no later than 2pm. 

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Durham County Library Presents In the Wings: Sense and Sensibility

Program: In the Wings: Sense and Sensibility
Date: Monday, October 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents In the Wings: Sense and Sensibility on Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

Join members of the current production for discussion and Q & A! Playwright Kate Hamill gives us a fresh, comic take on Jane Austen’s beloved novel. This eminently theatrical adaptation follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—as they learn to navigate gossipy late 18th-century England after their father’s sudden death.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Reader’s Party

Program: Reader’s Party
Date: Sunday, October 1
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents Reader’s Party on Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701. This event is free and open to the public.

Come out and be heard! Celebrate reading! Think you or someone you know is a good reader? Audible? Distinct? Expressive? Entertaining? Celebrate your reading skills with poetry, prose, monologues, short stories, and original works. Read from material we provide, or bring your own. Come early to sign up to read at the open mic. It’s a party! Refreshments provided. Presented by the Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble for adults and children.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Human Library: Durham

Program: Human Library: Durham
Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – The Human Library: Durham will be presented as part of the Durham County Library’s Adult and Humanities Programming on Saturday, September 30 at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., from 2 to 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

At the Human Library: Durham real people will serve as “books” available for one-on-one conversations about their life experiences. Diverse volunteers from all across Durham will talk with “readers” and answer questions on topics including: religious beliefs, sexuality, ethnicity, occupation, lifestyle, social status, political conviction, health, and disability. Local organizer Tom Nevels heard about the concept on a WUNC radio broadcast and began to work towards building a Human Library in Durham in the days and weeks following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The subsequent headlines kept him working toward the goal. “Perhaps with conversations such as those the Human Library facilitates, we can go about the work of mending our broken things together,” he says. The first Human Library was developed in 2000 in Denmark by young people seeking to encourage dialogue about violence. More than a thousand readers participated, leaving books, librarians, organizers, and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library. Since then, it has been presented in more than 70 countries around the world.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information and to volunteer/support the event, contact Tom Nevels at [email protected]

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

First Take: Get a Slice of NYC at the Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh

Front of Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

When it comes to pizza in the Triangle, Raleigh has been left a bit behind. While new Neapolitan pizza joints have popped up in Durham and Cary, there haven’t been any really good spots for pizza in the Oak City which has been really disappointing for me, a self-confessed pizzaholic! But thankfully, that streak of bad luck has been broken with the opening of the Oakwood Pizza Box on Person Street. Brought to you by Anthony Guerra (formally from Bella Mia, Cary) we can now breath a bit more easily knowing we’ve got some great thin-crust za in Raleigh!

Interior of Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Interior of Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

Head down to Person Street and a couple of storefronts down from the ever-popular Crawford and Sons, you’ll find the new Oakwood Pizza Box. It’s a cool little spot and has that hipster vibe that’s oh so common in Oakwood! Roll-up garage door up front, black and white tile flooring, exposed brick wall and a counter for single diners. I stopped in on opening day and a week after that to get a feel for what Oakwood Pizza Box is doing and I can tell you that it’s doing pizza right! And it’s already quite popular so you might be in for a wait.

Menu at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Menu at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

Order up front at the iPad, you can do a whole pie or do it by the slice. Oakwood Pizza Box is doing 18″ pies, red and white with the usual veggies ($2) or meats ( sausage, meatball, pepperoni, bacon $4) as extras. They’ve also got some some soda, beer and wine available along with garlic knots and zeppole (fried dough) for dessert but given it’s opening week, they’re doing a limited menu. I’ve had the chance to try out some garlic knots and a couple of pies so far.

Sausage pizza at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Sausage pizza at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com
Cheese pizza at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Cheese pizza at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

Given how busy it’s been during opening week, it’s about a 30 minutes plus wait for a pie but I suspect that wait times will drop a bit once they get things running smoothly and the crowds slow down. Both pies I’ve tried look great and featured excellent ingredients. Oakwood Pizza Box is doing mozzarella slices with fresh grated parmesan along with basil on their basic pie from what I can tell. The crust is baked just right in their large gas oven with a speckled char and good chewiness.  The tomato sauce displays a soft and mellow tang and it complements the cheese perfectly. It’s an excellent NY thin-crust with great balance, the basil is a nice touch and adds some green to the flavor profile. I have to admit that I was a little embarrassed to be eating a whole sausage pie as a solo diner on my 2nd visit but I was counting on delicious leftovers!

Kitchen at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Kitchen at Oakwood Pizza Box in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

And while the 30+ minute wait can be a bit long, it’s worth it so far in my opinion! Just grab a beer, hang out and watch the locals roll in. Raleigh had been left out of the current pizza renaissance in the Triangle so I’m so happy to have Pizza Box here and in downtown Raleigh. It reminds me a lot of what Pie Pushers is to Durham. A casual neighborhood pizza joint that’s offering up a delicious slice for the discerning public. And that’s high praise indeed, given the competitive nature of the Triangle food scene. So rock on Oakwood Pizza Box! I’ll be back soon, maybe not for a whole pie but a couple of slices along with some zeppole for dessert, too!

 

Oakwood Pizza Box

610 N Person Street

Raleigh, NC 27604

919.594.1605

 

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Historic Stagville Harvest Festival

10/21/2017 to 10/21/2017 –

A festival of work, food, and harvest at Historic Stagville.

This events explores the season for all people on one of North Carolina’s largest plantations, through games, music, food, crafts, vendors, mule cart rides, and hands-on activities for all ages! This event includes activities on both parts of the site, at Horton Grove and near the Visitors Center.

Featuring April Turner of Life As Art Productions performing at Horton Grove.

Stay until 5pm for a drum circle and bonfire at Horton Grove with Durham’s own Kwabena Osei Appiagyei.

 

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Circus 1903 Brings Big Top Thrills to DPAC September 26th – October 1st

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Circus 1903 Elephant (Photo by Mark Turner)

It’s been a long time since I have been the the circus, but next week I will get my chance to relive that sense of wonder at “Circus 1903″ playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center September 26th through October 1st. Now this show is no ordinary circus, it is a thrilling turn of the century big top spectacular harking back to old-fashioned circus arts such as knife-throwing, hand to hand acrobatics and aerial ballet. This is a circus re-imagined from the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists and the award winning puppeteers from War Horse. 

The show is unique in that it takes aspects of the traditional circus and adds a fresh, innovative and humane spin on them. One magical change is the use of carefully constructed and realistic puppets in place of actual animals. The elephants featured in Circus 1903 are puppets, brought to life by the talented team at Significant Object (the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse). 

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The Hammer Guys (Photo by Mark Turner)

The show also features a talented case of real circus stars. They are hand-selected from all around the world with 15 different countries represented in the cast. It is a team of incredible artists and athletes with many coming from multi-generational circus families from all over the world.

I spoke with Petter Vatermark, one of The “hammer” guys and teeter board experts touring with the show as part of the trio of wonderful tumblers know as the “The Flying Fins”. “It’s an incredible family friendly show that appeals to a wide audience. Everyone from families bringing their grandchildren to a special exciting date night,” said Vatermark. “The elephants are a big draw and capture people’s imaginations, but it is truly an exciting evening from start to finish with wonderful acts that focuses on the outstanding talent of the artists and features the amazing creatures brought to life before your eyes through magic of puppetry.”

This show sounds like something fun and different to experience at the theater. With sensational puppetry, an exciting musical score and a cast of amazing skilled performers bringing exciting circus acts from all four corners of the world to Durham, this show is sure to remind people why they love the circus in the first place. I can’t wait to check it out!

“Circus 1903” has performances at DPAC Tuesday Sept. 26th through Sunday, Oct. 1st. For tickets visit https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/circus-1903.

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First Take: The Inside Scoop, Two Roosters is Dishing Out Great Ice Cream in Raleigh!

Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

If you’re a fan of creamy, sweet ice cream have I got a hidden gem for you: Two Roosters in N. Raleigh! Located in Greystone Village off of Lead Mine Road, Two Roosters was known for their brightly colored trailer and doling out delicious ice cream. Thankfully they were able to make the leap to bricks and mortar and to a permanent storefront so you don’t have to chase them around again! It’s a busy strip plaza and Two Roosters is hidden a bit in a corner, just look for the Bottle Rev 3 sign and to the right.

Inside Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Inside Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

The small store-front opens up into a bright and light space with high ceilings! It’s a simple space with a handful of small marble-topped tables, refrigerated case and large black and white sign overhead with press-on letters (important, the menu!)  Two Roosters does 8 or so regular flavors and gets a little crazy and creative with seasonal flavors. I’ve seen everything from pizza to roasted black sesame to sriracha and fortune cookie, very cool! Scoops run from $4 to $7 (cup or cone) and they offer up a handful of extras like hot fudge, sprinkles, whipped cream and more.

Butterscotch haystack at Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Butterscotch haystack at Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

For ice cream, I tend to stick to the basics. It’s a rare treat for me since I’m a bit lactose-intolerant but I squeeze in a cone every now and then. I’ve tried out both their butterscotch haystack and Sola cinnamon donut in cup and cone form. They do a really nice job with their ice cream and balancing flavors. The butterscotch haystack is speckled with crunchy bits which are nicely blended in. And the Sola cinnamon donut?! Wonderfully light with just the right amount of sugar and cinnamon to amp up your taste-buds.

Sola cinnamon donut cone at Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Sola cinnamon donut cone at Two Roosters Ice Cream in N. Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

Two Roosters is definitely scooping out some great ice cream on par with say, Parlour out in Durham. Portion size is about right and service is friendly so sample away! The space is basic compared to Parlour but who cares when the ice cream is so good? And while the seating is somewhat limited inside, there’s also plenty of plaza patio space outside. So glad you were able to open a storefront Two Roosters and I’ll make the longish trek out to N. Raleigh just to have more of your delicious cream, congrats!

 

Two Roosters Ice Cream

7713 Lead Mine Rd #49

Raleigh, NC 27615

919.803.9369

 

Location on Google maps

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Weekend Picks: September 15th – 17th

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Curtis Eller performs at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough this Friday

So this weekend there are several big events going on celebrating art, music and fashion. In Raleigh I recommend checking out the weekend long SPARKcon. Over in Durham there is Centerfest. And down in Apex you will find a day full of music at the Apex Music Festival. In addition to those big events here are the rest of my weekend picks:

Friday – September 15th

Curtis Eller performs at Mystery Brewing Public House
Singer songwriter and banjo player Curtis Eller is resuming his residency at Mystery Brewing Public House in Hillsborough with a solo performance this Friday at 8:30pm. No cover.

Thomas Ryant performs at The Bullpen in Durham
Thomas Rhyant is a gospel singer and musical troubadour, using music to tell stories of those who came before him. With his tasteful guitar style and stunningly wide-ranging voice and enigmatic backing band, Rhyant brings joy to audiences while keeping the history of soul music alive. Music starts at 8:30pm at The Bullpen. No Cover.

Saturday – September 16th

Durham Farmer’s Market
The market takes place each Saturday through November at Durham Central Park, but I especially enjoy visiting during this time of year. In addition to producers and other vendors, there are usually several great local food trucks serving brunch and lunch items. I recommend hitting the market and then exploring Durham. A top pick while in Durham is always a visit to Cocoa Cinnamon!

Sunday -September 17th

Midtown Bluegrass at North Hills
Just in time to get you warmed up for this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass, two of this year’s official International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Ramble showcase bands will close out this year’s Midtown Bluegrass Series. Get a sneak preview of what’s in store this year with Colorado-based bandThe Railsplitters (4:30-6 pm) and North Carolina’s own Fireside Collective (3-4 pm). The afternoon will begin with a facilitated youth jam with local musicians Lynda and Jamie Dawson.

A new coffee spot to visit while you are out and about…

If you are ever up in Youngsville (just 10 minutes north of Wake Forest) be sure to check out the cool Packhouse Coffee Company drive-thru coffee hut set up just off the main drag downtown. They serve locally roasted Red Rooster coffee and have a full menu of coffee, espresso drinks as well as frappes.

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