Intergenerational Dance Party
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Intergenerational Dance Party

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In connection with {Insert Your Grandma’s Name}, this is an invitation for aunties, cousins, elders and youth to come together in celebration of our intergenerational relationships. Everyone is welcome on the dance floor.

Dance Classes Begin DANCE CLASSES BEGIN AT 7PM with Sakarah 'Saky' Hall-Edge LIVE DRUMMING by: Bashir Shakur

BEATS & RHYTHMS by: Gemynii

Come dance and invoke the spirit of Baba Chuck Davis. Level up your dance moves while learning their African roots!

Dance Party to follow at 8. Come for some, part or all of the evening!

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Molly Sarlé Record Release
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Molly Sarlé Record Release

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From the cliffs of Big Sur to the North Carolina backwoods - Molly Sarlé brings open-hearted, unflinching songwriting perfect for late-night karaoke comedowns, plaintive morning walks, and conjuring the spirit world. West Coast incantations with a warm, Appalachian glow.

Her debut LP (due out in 2019) is a collection of songs by a woman who was born understanding that her ability to feel - deeply and without shame - is her greatest strength. It is the result of a free and open-hearted devotion to the search for passion, and the complete, unwavering depiction of truth. Molly’s songs observe their own kind of internal logic, always a few steps behind or ahead of where you expect them to be - occasionally funny, always uncannily real.

The work on her upcoming album began in a trailer on the pacific coast and continued with stints in Los Angeles, CA, and Durham, NC. Recorded by Sam Owens (Sam Evian) in a church-turned-recording studio in Woodstock, NY, a minimal but carefully assembled palette of guitar, bass, and percussion form the foundation; an orchestra of unrecognizable atmospherics bounce off the high ceilings—but Molly’s mosaic, expressive voice is always at the center.

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Dasan Ahanu & Tai Allen present: THE ORIGINALS: GIL SCOTT-HERON AND OSCAR BROWN, JR.
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Dasan Ahanu & Tai Allen present: THE ORIGINALS: GIL SCOTT-HERON AND OSCAR BROWN, JR.

Get two dynamic artists, add a serious band and a microphone, and put them in a room full of folks. Have them present poems, rhymes and songs about personal woes, community challenges, life’s beautiful moments and the universal wonders found in the modern age. Then wrap it in the legendary work of the ascended masters Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr. while adding original works crafted as next steps in the timeline. What you will have is not just a tribute show, but a live mixtape. Experience a performance unlike many you’ve seen before.

Curated by Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen, The Originals bridges the past with the now, the work of the ascended masters Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr. Add new works crafted as next steps in the timeline.

Both Ahanu and Allen are experienced performers, published poets and award-winning musicians in their own right. Allen has headlined such venues as the historic Apollo Café and BamCafé, while Ahanu has been featured on TV One's Verses & Flow and NPR. As life-long educators and honored mentors, they both actively work to celebrate the rich legacy of these masters who came before them, as well as empower artists emerging after them.

DASAN AHANU & TAI ALLEN PRESENT THE ORIGINALS: GIL SCOTT-HERON AND OSCAR BROWN, JR.

Thursday 7.18, 8 p.m. (doors 7pm) |Northstar Church of the Arts

220 W Geer St | Durham, NC 27701 | $10 general admission

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Preserving the Speculative Past
Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

Preserving the Speculative Past

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Equal parts panel and workshop, this event will feature conversations and demonstrations with archivist and culture bearer, Victoria Miller, experimental filmmaker Vonnie Quest and scrapbooker and storyteller (and my Mama) Robin Carmon Marshall.

They will share how they each preserve family history and give attendees opportunities for hands on practice.

FREE w/ RSVP

*Bring copies of photos you may want to scrapbook with or share.*

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ANYANWU’S BLESSING: A ROAD MAP TO LOVE
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

ANYANWU’S BLESSING: A ROAD MAP TO LOVE

From ancient to futuristic, Black liberation technology roots itself in love.

Join us on Octavia Butler's birthday weekend as we celebrate our ancestors, oracles and love revivalists through SpiritHouse's culture, practice, ritual liturgy.

ABOUT SPIRITHOUSE:

SpiritHouse is a multigenerational Black women- led cultural organizing tribe with a rich legacy of using art, culture and media to support the empowerment and transformation of communities most impacted by racism, poverty, gender inequity, criminalization and incarceration. Since 1999, we have worked from our home base in Durham, North Carolina, to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers that prevent our communities from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity necessary for long-term self-sufficiency.

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Gratitude
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Gratitude

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NorthStar's Curator-In-Residence, Monét Noelle Marshall, is hosting a "Night of Gratitude" in celebration of her Buy It Call It Series as well as her current installation, {Insert Your Grandma's Name}.

Attendees are invited to co-create with Marshall to vision, grieve, practice gratitude and revel in our senses.

Marshall will be holding space Friday at NorthStar Church of the Arts starting at 6pm with a cookout.

From the artist:

This is not about religion. This is an honoring and of the human spirit that connects us. It’s a lifting up of our grandmothers’ ways of being. A recognition that the work of their hands were were art, that they are holy offerings.

So come. Make and shape this work with us.

Admission is Pay What You Can.

FB EVENT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/348213942782962/

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Sensuality
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Sensuality

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Buy My Art And Call It Holy is a challenge to reimagine what we call art and and what we consider holy.

Over the course of 5 days, attendees are invited to co-create spaces to vision, grieve, practice gratitude and revel in our senses.

Marshall will be holding space Monday-Friday at NorthStar Church of the Arts starting at 7pm nightly.

Join her for a cup of tea, some fresh baked bread, a conversation or a place to relax.

This is not about religion. This is an honoring and of the human spirit that connects us. It’s a lifting up of our grandmothers’ ways of being. A recognition that the work of their hands were were art, that they are holy offerings.

So come. Make and shape this work with us.

Admission is Pay What You Can, please RSVP

{RSVP LINK COMING SOON}

This project is generously supported by the North Carolina Arts Council.

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night Mourning
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night Mourning

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Buy My Art And Call It Holy is a challenge to reimagine what we call art and and what we consider holy.

Over the course of 5 days, attendees are invited to co-create spaces to vision, grieve, practice gratitude and revel in our senses.

Marshall will be holding space Monday-Friday at NorthStar Church of the Arts starting at 7pm nightly.

Join her for a cup of tea, some fresh baked bread, a conversation or a place to relax.

This is not about religion. This is an honoring and of the human spirit that connects us. It’s a lifting up of our grandmothers’ ways of being. A recognition that the work of their hands were were art, that they are holy offerings.

So come. Make and shape this work with us.

Admission is Pay What You Can, please RSVP

{RSVP LINK COMING SOON}

This project is generously supported by the North Carolina Arts Council.

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Visioning
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Visioning

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Buy My Art And Call It Holy is a challenge to reimagine what we call art and and what we consider holy.

Over the course of 5 days, attendees are invited to co-create spaces to vision, grieve, practice gratitude and revel in our senses.

Marshall will be holding space Monday-Friday at NorthStar Church of the Arts starting at 7pm nightly.

Join her for a cup of tea, some fresh baked bread, a conversation or a place to relax.

This is not about religion. This is an honoring and of the human spirit that connects us. It’s a lifting up of our grandmothers’ ways of being. A recognition that the work of their hands were were art, that they are holy offerings.

So come. Make and shape this work with us.

Admission is Pay What You Can, please RSVP

{RSVP LINK COMING SOON}

This project is generously supported by the North Carolina Arts Council.

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Meditation
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Meditation

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Buy My Art And Call It Holy is a challenge to reimagine what we call art and and what we consider holy.

Over the course of 5 days, attendees are invited to co-create spaces to vision, grieve, practice gratitude and revel in our senses.

Marshall will be holding space Monday-Friday at NorthStar Church of the Arts starting at 7pm nightly.

Join her for a cup of tea, some fresh baked bread, a conversation or a place to relax.

This is not about religion. This is an honoring and of the human spirit that connects us. It’s a lifting up of our grandmothers’ ways of being. A recognition that the work of their hands were were art, that they are holy offerings.

So come. Make and shape this work with us.

Admission is Pay What You Can, please RSVP

{RSVP LINK COMING SOON}

This project is generously supported by the North Carolina Arts Council.

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Lez Dance: Loamlands Album Release Show
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Lez Dance: Loamlands Album Release Show

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ONLINE TICKET SALES FOR TONIGHT’S EVENT HAVE ENDED!

THERE WILL STILL A FEW AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!


Loamlands, THE PROJECT OF Kym Register, IS BACK WITH 'LEZ DANCE', OUT JUNE 7 ON Cruisin Records. JOIN THEM AT NORTHSTAR ON JUNE 8TH TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE.

BROWN HOUND & Vaughn Aed Open!

WEBBBBBZZZ: http://loamlandsmusic.com/

Loamlands is a distorted country music outfit that places queer storytelling at the forefront of their music. They intimately grapple with identity and by playing with genre and history, twisting tales by tweaking pronouns falling in love with records, not people. Their sophomore release, Lez Dance, comes out early summer on Cruisin Records. Similarly to Sweet High Rise, Lez Dance is hook and story driven, this time stripped down to explore a new kind of vulnerability with all of you.

According to NOISEY, Loamlands’ music is “written to directly address North Carolina, the people in the Durham DIY scene, and the area's long history with LGBT communities and police violence, the themes Register… wrestle[s[ with throughout—queerness, police violence, bigotry and general intolerance to those who refuse to adhere to any kind of binary—are poignant no matter where you live.”

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Meet You At The Crossroads: A Call and Response Song Circle
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Meet You At The Crossroads: A Call and Response Song Circle

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Join Andrew W. Mellon Creative Futures fellow, Toshi Reagon and her faculty collaborator Renee Alexander Craft (UNC Department of Communication) for a performance-based introduction to and discussion of a four-year project linking artists, academics, and community practitioners.


The event features Howard Lemuel Craft, Destiny Hemphill, Brentton PhilliaorAgape Harrison, Mariah Monsanto and Shana Tucker.


Free with RSVP


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Our City, Our Budget, Our Song {w/ Toshi Reagon + Durham Fam}
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Our City, Our Budget, Our Song {w/ Toshi Reagon + Durham Fam}

Collage by Alexis Pauline Gumbs depicting Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party statewide convention, August 6, 1964.

Collage by Alexis Pauline Gumbs depicting Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party statewide convention, August 6, 1964.

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 2 from 2pm-5:30pm, we are preparing to participate in the public hearing (at Durham City Hall on Monday, June 3, from 7-10pm) to lift the priorities of our communities.

Come hear more about the budget, and learn about the alternatives we're proposing to create real safety for our communities. Come, let's prepare our stories to be shared at the podium, and let's liberate our voices in song.

Our mayor and city council want to hear from Durham residents about the upcoming budget for 2019-2020. In a period of declining crime, the police chief proposed using public funds to hire 72 new police officers over the next three years, and Durham residents packed City Hall this past March to express strong concerns. We know that the police system has never kept us safe. We need YOU to come speak at the next public hearing on Monday, June 3!

Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. She'll be leading us in a community sing.

Hosted by Durham Beyond Policing, a grassroots coalition to divest from policing and prisons and reinvest municipal resources into supporting the health and wellbeing of Black & Brown communities, benefiting all community members in Durham, NC. Some of the organizations represented at our table include BYP 100; SONG Southerners On New Ground; Demilitarize Durham to Palestine coalition; Jewish Voice for Peace; Communities in Partnership (CIP); All of Us or None; Sanctuary Beyond Walls; SpiritHouse; and Harm Free Zone.

Check out the 2019-2020 budget development process so far: https://durhamnc.gov/199/Budget-Management-Services


Monday, May 20 will be the release of the city manager’s proposed budget. We will have 9 days to read it and raise questions before the council work sessions on May 29-30. Then we get a chance to share our stories about how policing and the criminalization of poverty are hurting our communities at the June 3 Public Hearing on the Budget. See you on June 2nd! ♥

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SUNDAY SERVICE: Blackspace Youth Ministry @ 11am
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

SUNDAY SERVICE: Blackspace Youth Ministry @ 11am

Blackspace Youth will lead a youth service at Northstar Church of the Arts, exploring the intersection of creativity and spirituality.

Come hear what wisdom the youth have in store for us! 

Services will begin at 11am

ABOUT BLACKSPACE:

Blackspace is a digital makerspace based out of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They offer Black and Brown youth a breathing space to manifest their dreams by any medium necessary.

More at: http://theblackspace.org

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Black Sugar Dance II
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Black Sugar Dance II

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Join us for Blackspace’s end-of-year youth dance party at Northstar Church of the Arts.

This all-ages dance party will feature Blackspace's own DJ NuaNaut, VJ Mi'Rage plus special guests!

For those of y’all that don't know - our DJs spin music accompanied by live African drumming, cotton candy and visuals form the African Diaspora. 

Come get a taste at Northstar with cotton candy from Durham's very own local Black-owned Cotton Candy shop WonderPuff!

Get your tickets before the show sells out! 

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"Artists In Bloom" presented by Perk + Niel
May
15
4:00 PM16:00

"Artists In Bloom" presented by Perk + Niel

Join us for “Artists in Bloom”, a video screening about the inspiration behind artists’ installations from #WhereThisFlowerBlooms curated by Perk + Niel.

In the video, artists will also share the conscious decisions that were made to help foster their growth and propel them to a place of wisdom. 
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Come out and help us celebrate these beautiful creatives one last time!

...And yes, there will be wine.

Did you even have to ask?

Lol hope to see you there!

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Negro Terror Durham Premiere
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Negro Terror Durham Premiere

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Negro Terror is a documentary film and live performance that tells the story of one bands influential role within the vibrant and eclectic underground music community of Memphis, TN. As a band, Negro Terror champions the history, music, and various politics of their beloved hometown and their social and political ideologies are far more complex than just being another hardcore punk band with a provocative name.

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Durham Arts & Disability Interest Meeting
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Durham Arts & Disability Interest Meeting

Are you involved in the Durham arts community and/or the Durham disability community? We want to hear from you!


DURHAM - Arts Access is holding our second gathering in Durham and we are hoping to continue the conversation on how to make the Durham (and surrounding) arts community even more welcoming and inclusive to people with disabilities.

This is a great chance to connect with others around the topic of arts inclusion, accessibility, to share resources, and to address questions and concerns.

Free. Pizza and drinks provided. Registration required: https://artsaccess.wufoo.com/forms/s1ofr0zi0dcu1uu/

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Kamara Thomas presents SONGSPELL
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Kamara Thomas presents SONGSPELL


Kamara’s SONGSPELL is a musical performance that will turn NorthStar into a mythological space that centers on the storytelling in her songs.


Singer. Songspeller. Storyteller.

"Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western out of the world of popular music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter and dramatist that logged time in Los Angeles and New York City. In the latter, Thomas honed her craft playing in power trio Earl Greyhound and twangy side project the Ghost Gamblers. (She also served as the driving force behind the weekly Honky-Tonk Happy Hour series at the Living Room on the Lower East Side.) Performing in the vicinity of her current Durham home with her ace band the Night Drivers, Thomas is working on her successfully crowdfunded debut Tularosa: An American Dreamtime, which explores the Mythic West through a song cycle about a forsaken plot of New Mexico land. It will be a culmination of the first august stage of a storytelling career from the little girl who once eagerly soaked up the voices of Dolly, Emmylou, Loretta Lynn and the 1970s outlaws."

-- Paste Magazine, "14 Artists Proving Black Americana is Real", Kandia Crazy Horse


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SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY

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Known for work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects, Clottey works across mediums, exploring personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration.

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This photography and conversation event is presented in collaboration with Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics & SwitchPoint


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Sunday Service: Earthseed Collective
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Service: Earthseed Collective

April Sunday Services will be held at 11am and 3pm.

Please RSVP to save yourself a seat.

Earthseed Land Collective's mission is to remember and reimagine our relationship to ourselves, each other and the land in pursuit and practice of collective liberation. Our collective is made up of parents, activists, artists, educators, farmers, researchers, and entrepreneurs who are currently engaged in creating alternative models for sustainability, equity, and cooperation within communities of color.

Earthseed Land Collective is a transformational response to oppression and collective heartbreak.  It is model of community resilience through cooperative stewardship of land and resources.

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Disrupted: Stories of Eviction and Health
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

Disrupted: Stories of Eviction and Health

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Disrupted: Stories of Eviction and Health” is a photography exhibition and storytelling event exploring the impact of eviction notices on tenants' health and wellbeing.

NorthStar Church of the Arts and Karla Jimenez-Magdaleno will be hosting a community discussion to showcase Karla’s photographs about evictions and health and to provide a forum for meaningful dialogue on the problems of and solutions to Durham’s housing system. Tenants featured in the photographs will be present to share their stories.

Everyone is welcome to join and bring their own stories and ideas to help address housing instability. Even if you’re there to listen, your presence is power in itself.

Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. here so that we can ensure we have enough food and to accommodate dietary restrictions: https://forms.gle/JbS3HcHrQknTM2Sg8

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Toshi Reagon Presents Alchemy of Change: A Parable Becoming - Healing Through Sound
Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

Toshi Reagon Presents Alchemy of Change: A Parable Becoming - Healing Through Sound

Toshi Reagon Presents Alchemy of Change:

A Parable Becoming - Healing Through Sound

This offering is for Black, Indigenous, POC, Women, Non-Binary and Trans People

Toshi Reagon Presents

Alchemy of Change: A Parable Becoming - Healing Through Sound at Northstar Church

Vibration of Grace, Healing Through Sound. With Medicine Woman Gina Breedlove

5pm to 8pm | $10

This offering is for Black, Indigenous, POC, Women, Non-Binary and Trans People 17 or older.

Please bring a Pillow to sit on or yoga mat to sit on. Shawl. Big scarf, or Blanket.

A container to hold water.

Water and some snacks provided.

We strongly advise you to arrive by 4:45. The doors will be closed by 5:15.

There will be seating available if you don't want to occupy the floor.

Vibration of Grace™, your Voice and the Power of Sound

Your Voice can be medicine for your body. The Sound that you create can be a potent, powerful ally for you, your beloveds, and community. In our circle work we will move Sound through our skin, organs, blood and being, from the soles of our feet to the top of our crown.

As we practice ancient and new rituals of toning and intoning, we will discover where *stuck* energy may be lurking, holding, blocking our flow. Using the Sound of your Voice, you will develop mantras for personal intent, and receive practices for centering, presence, and releasing what no longer serves your life.

This Soul Service is apart of The Alchemy of Change:A Parable Becoming, a 3 day Festival Event 4/12-14 in collaboration w/ Carolina Performing Arts Andrew W. Melon DisTil Fellowship. Toshi and her band BIGLovely perform April 13. 8pm UNC Memorial Hall

Toshi is a Singer, Composer, Musician, Producer, Curator, based in Brooklyn, NY. For the last 2 years she has been in collaboration with several triangle based artist, practitioners, and institutions. She is grateful. In 2017 Carolina Performing Arts Presented the US Premiere of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower create by Toshi and Bernice Johnson Reagon. Check Carolinaperformingarts.org for full festival line up.

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Durham SOUP
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Durham SOUP

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Based off of a micro-granting community dinner model in Detroit, Durham SOUP will feature four presentations from local early stage entrepreneurs and community members with venture concepts.

Attendees donate $5 when they enter, receive dinner of soup/salad/bread, and then vote on the best pitch to win the proceeds from the dinner. On April 11th, Durham's first SOUP will be hosted at North Star Church. 

Fill out the form below to submit a proposal to pitch! Your idea can be about anything spanning the arts, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more.

There are only two rules for presenting:

  • The pitch must incorporate Durham

  • No technology can be used to present the idea. 

Have an idea? Sign up here:

https://goo.gl/forms/HujuYJpwoPAOdyV72

Want to attend? RSVP on our FB event page


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BYP #She SafeWe Safe
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

BYP #She SafeWe Safe

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

BYP100 Durham Chapter invites you to a political education session that equips community members with practical tactics and ways to intervene in our local community when we witness violence happening.

This week, join us for the launch of #SheSafeWeSafe, a national campaign to end both state and interpersonal patriarchal violence against Black women, femmes, girls, and gender non-conforming people. Together we will build on the Black Queer Feminist tradition and abolitionist politic of BYP100. This is a mini training offering to our community that's saying, "since we know the cops don't keep us safe, here are 5 tangible ways that we can intervene to de-escalate violence by ourselves when we see it in our Durham community."

Food and childcare provided.

This space is open to all community members who want to end state and interpersonal gender based violence in Durham.

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