AAAS 331: Screening of "Watermelon Man" (dir. Melvin Van Peebles, 1970)
Sep
26
6:15 PM18:15

AAAS 331: Screening of "Watermelon Man" (dir. Melvin Van Peebles, 1970)

Presented in partnership with

Duke’s African & African American Studies Department

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Join us at NorthStar for a free, public screening of "Watermelon Man" (dir. Melvin Van Peebles, 1970) as a part of Duke's African and African American Studies course on Black Popular Culture, taught by Mark Anthony Neal.


This event is free and open to the public.

Save yourself a seat by RSVP-ing below.

ABOUT AAAS 331

Black Popular Culture: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy

At the peak of his fame in the 1960's, Dick Gregory may have been the most influential comedian in America, offering truths about race, the Black community and politics in an era highlighted by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Dick Gregory and the History of BlacK Comedy will examine the roots of the Black comedic tradition that informed Gregory's art and activism, with a particular focus, in the spirit of Mr. Gregory, on the ways in which Black comedy has been used in the quest for civil and human rights.

The course will also highlight the role of Black literary satire, including the work of George Schuyler and Ollie Harrington, as well as contemporary examples such as novelists Danzy Senna, Kiese Laymon, Paul Beatty, and Fran Ross, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, comedians Issa Rae, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and, even critical race theorist and legal scholar Derrick Bell.

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DURM TALKS w/ Jesse & Desmera
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

DURM TALKS w/ Jesse & Desmera

TELL THE WHOLE TRUTHS: AMPLIFYING DURHAM’S NEGLECTED STORIES


Featuring conversations with: Vivette Jeffries-Logan, of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Mayme Webb-Bledsoe of the Pauli Murray Center for History & Social Justice, and Joshua Gunn of Provident1898.

As part of Durham's sesquicentennial, we are happy to celebrate our city's 150th and bring back DurmTalks!

“DurmTalks w/ Jesse & Desmera” is a welcoming, liberated space that seeks to highlight local politics and community issues, all while bringing more parts of Durham together meaningfully.

The theme for this program is "Tell The Whole Truth: Amplifying Durham's Neglected Stories" and we will feature the following guests:

We'll also have our friend Justin Minott of Nolia: Family + Coffee, a new, family-centered, specialty coffee shop, selling baked goods & beverages.

This event is free & open to the public. No registration required.

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DETRITUS: a QTBIPOC-centered dreamy death salon
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

DETRITUS: a QTBIPOC-centered dreamy death salon

A creative space to connect about death and all their children.


Cosmic tarot charmer, Jameela Dallis will be present to tarot read/star you into space.

*Please note that this event if QTBIPOC-centered*



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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CAPOEIRA ANGOLA (BIPOC-only)
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

CAPOEIRA ANGOLA (BIPOC-only)

BIPOC-only CAPOEIRA ANGOLA PRACTICE (beginners welcome).


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Join Durham Angoleirx Capoeira Angola in practice to learn some basic parts of capoeira: music, songs/story, and movement. Then, bring your moves to our end-of-the-month roda with SpiritHouse NC (10/27!.

*Please note that this event if BIPOC-only event*



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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HEALING ARTISTS OF COLOR MEET UP / SWAP
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

HEALING ARTISTS OF COLOR MEET UP / SWAP

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We'll be hosting unstructured BIPOC-only open space to share skills, practice our craft, swap medicine, chat, chill, and connect! There will be herbal teas and snax 🍟

Bring your cozy items!

****RSVP**** to let us know you're coming!

What will you bring? What will you exchange?---> https://forms.gle/jmsGtDbHLe9WkEMP9

*Please note that this event if POC-only event*



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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FULL MOON YOGA WITH MINA
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

FULL MOON YOGA WITH MINA

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YOGA with Mina Ezikpe !
SIGN UP here ---> https://bit.ly/2kyRsED



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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THIRD EYE FRIDAY: Blakstroglyphs Opening Night + Night Spells
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

THIRD EYE FRIDAY: Blakstroglyphs Opening Night + Night Spells

THIRD EYE FRIDAY PRESENTS NIGHT SPELLS
Blakstroglyphs exhibit "OPENING" night!

Live sets/tales and an EP dripdrop


6-8 Open to ALL


8 - 11pm BLACK FOLKS ONLY


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Cosmic tarot charmer, Jameela Dallis will be present to tarot read/star you into space.

*Please note that this event if QTBIPOC-centered*



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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HEALING ARTISTS OF COLOR MEET UP / SWAP
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

HEALING ARTISTS OF COLOR MEET UP / SWAP

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We'll be hosting unstructured BIPOC-only open space to share skills, practice our craft, swap medicine, chat, chill, and connect! There will be herbal teas and snax 🍟

Bring your cozy items!

****RSVP**** to let us know you're coming!

What will you bring? What will you exchange?---> https://forms.gle/jmsGtDbHLe9WkEMP9

*Please note that this event if POC-only event*



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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FULL MOON YOGA WITH MINA
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

FULL MOON YOGA WITH MINA

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YOGA with Mina Ezikpe !
SIGN UP here ---> https://bit.ly/2kyRsED



MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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Molly Sarlé Record Release
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

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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CAPOEIRA ANGOLA RODA!
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

CAPOEIRA ANGOLA RODA!

CAPOEIRA ANGOLA RODA


Join us in delight for another end-of-the-month community roda!

The "roda" is a special community gathering in Capoeira that brings us together in song, spirit, movement, music and food!

This event is shared with Durham Angoleirx and SpiritHouse NC

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MORE ABOUT BLAKSTROGLYPHS

afrosurrealist research bureau presents:

Blakstroglyphs, a knew multimedia healing art collection from our first artist-in-flotation/ afrosurrealist, adé Oni.

Blakstroglyphs is a growing collection of "portants from the sky" and event series given sight and sound through intimate reverberations with grandstewards of radical Black imagi/notion (Doris Payne, Henry Dumas, Jayne Cortez, Mestre Pastinha, Suzanne Césaire, Death, and Dirt among the many teachers).

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Sunday Service w/ Imani Winds
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Service w/ Imani Winds

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Imani Winds, the GRAMMY-nominated, NY-based wind quintet renowned for its virtuosity and record of commissioning bold new works by composers of color, leads a Sunday Service at North Star Church of the Arts in downtown Durham.

On the heels of their Saturday, November 16 performance of french hornist and composer Jeff Scott’s Passion for Bach and Coltrane, the quintet will give a share from the musical and cultural conversations at work in the piece — bridging classical and jazz, sacred and secular.

This Sunday Service is presented in partnership with Duke Performances’ Arts & Context series, co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University with support from the Department of Music & the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.

Attendance is FREE, with RSVP. Save yourself a seat by clicking the link below.

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Seeds of Creative Energy: A Night of Food, Performance & Community
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Seeds of Creative Energy: A Night of Food, Performance & Community

And while I could not always suppress the violent thoughts that raged inside me, I would nevertheless dedicate my life to seeking alternatives to physical violence and would wrestle continually with the problem of transforming psychic violence into creative energy.
— - Pauli Murray, "Song in a Weary Throat"

In collaboration with the Pauli Murray Center for History & Social Justice, NorthStar will be hosting a creative social gathering where we consider how we adaptively create the kind of world that allows us to heal and flourish together.

Join us for a night of food, performance, and community and join an ongoing effort to transform Pauli Murray's family property into a shared community and culture site where people, both near & far, are welcomed to engage meaningfully in history and social justice work.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to support, we are collecting monetary donations to subsidize the cost of this program, to compensate those providing food & performance for their time and energies, and to ultimately support the broader effort of opening the Pauli Murray Center in 2020.

While we have a goal of raising $5000 as part of this event, we prioritize making this creative gathering a protected space, focusing less on raising funds and more on building relationships so that anyone who finds inspiration in Pauli Murray can contribute to this effort with dignity. Please consider offering a tax-deductible donation and inviting others in your networks to contribute as they can. Thank you in advance for your support!

(RSVP’s for this event have CLOSED)

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Celebration
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

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

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.

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

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 Mourning
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

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

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.

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

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

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AAAS 331: Special Guest Marsha Warfield
Sep
19
6:15 PM18:15

AAAS 331: Special Guest Marsha Warfield

Presented in partnership with

Duke’s African & African American Studies Department

Join us at NorthStar for a free, public class as a part of Duke's African and African American Studies course on Black Popular Culture, taught by Mark Anthony Neal.

This evening's special guest will be comedian,

actress and upper ghetto godmother, Marsha Warfield.

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This event is free and open to the public.

Save yourself a seat by RSVP-ing below.

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ABOUT MARSHA WARFIELD:

After an overlong period of retirement, Marsha is back for “revenge,” tackling issues including politics, being black, coming out as a gay woman, and her affair with pizza.

Marsha lives in Las Vegas where she performs her show, The Marsha Warfield Experience, at L.A. Comedy Club at the Stratosphere Casino & Hotel.

Marsha Warfield is best known for her 1986–92 role of the tough, no-nonsense bailiff Roz Russell on the NBC sitcom “Night Court.” She also starred in the sitcom “Empty Nest” as Dr. Maxine Douglas, and as a performer on “The Richard Pryor Show.” She’s has appeared on shows like “Soul Train,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “The Tonight Show,” and even had a talk show of her own, appropriately titled “The Marsha Warfield Show.” She’s opened for acts like Esther Phillips, George Duke, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and George Carlin, has been nominated for NAACP Image and Soul Train Awards, and was featured in the Gladys Knight video, “Men.” Her guest appearances include “Cybill,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Moesha,” “Living Single, “In Living Color,” “Smart Guy,” “Clueless,” “Cheers,” “Saved By The Bell,” and more.

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ABOUT AAAS 331

Black Popular Culture: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy

At the peak of his fame in the 1960's, Dick Gregory may have been the most influential comedian in America, offering truths about race, the Black community and politics in an era highlighted by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Dick Gregory and the History of BlacK Comedy will examine the roots of the Black comedic tradition that informed Gregory's art and activism, with a particular focus, in the spirit of Mr. Gregory, on the ways in which Black comedy has been used in the quest for civil and human rights.

The course will also highlight the role of Black literary satire, including the work of George Schuyler and Ollie Harrington, as well as contemporary examples such as novelists Danzy Senna, Kiese Laymon, Paul Beatty, and Fran Ross, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, comedians Issa Rae, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and, even critical race theorist and legal scholar Derrick Bell.

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BUY MY ART AND CALL IT HOLY: A Night of Sensuality
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

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

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.

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

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
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

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

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.

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

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
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

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

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.

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

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

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Equality NC presents: Yoga w/ Jessamyn Stanley
Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Equality NC presents: Yoga w/ Jessamyn Stanley

"How do you feel?" That's what Jessamyn Stanley wants to know when practicing yoga. If you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing the Jessamyn approach where yoga is for all bodies now is your chance.

Join Equality NC and Jessamyn at Northstar for a true body positive experience that will set the tone for your Saturday!

Admission is free but space is limited so reserve your spot here.

Donations are happily accepted. Come for the yoga, stay for the community.

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AAAS 331: Screening of Bamboozled (dir. Spike Lee, 2001)
Sep
12
6:15 PM18:15

AAAS 331: Screening of Bamboozled (dir. Spike Lee, 2001)

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Presented in partnership with

Duke’s African & African American Studies Department

Join us at NorthStar, in partnership with Department of African & African-American Studies @ Duke University (AAAS) for a free, public screening of "Bamboozled” (2001) as a part of Mark Anthony Neal's AAAS 331 course on Black Popular Culture.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at the ticket link to save yourself a seat.

ABOUT AAAS 331
Black Popular Culture: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy

At the peak of his fame in the 1960's, Dick Gregory may have been the most influential comedian in America, offering truths about race, the Black community and politics in an era highlighted by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Dick Gregory and the History of BlacK Comedy will examine the roots of the Black comedic tradition that informed Gregory's art and activism, with a particular focus, in the spirit of Mr. Gregory, on the ways in which Black comedy has been used in the quest for civil and human rights.

The course will also highlight the role of Black literary satire, including the work of George Schuyler and Ollie Harrington, as well as contemporary examples such as novelists Danzy Senna, Kiese Laymon, Paul Beatty, and Fran Ross, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, comedians Issa Rae, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and, even critical race theorist and legal scholar Derrick Bell.

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AAAS 331: Screening of "Putney Swope" (dir. Robert Downey, Sr., 1987)
Sep
5
6:15 PM18:15

AAAS 331: Screening of "Putney Swope" (dir. Robert Downey, Sr., 1987)

Presented in partnership with

Duke’s African & African American Studies Department

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Join us at NorthStar, in partnership with Department of African & African-American Studies @ Duke University (AAAS) for a free, public screening of "Putney Swope" (1969) as a part of Mark Anthony Neal's AAAS 331 course on Black Popular Culture.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at the ticket link to save yourself a seat.

ABOUT AAAS 331
Black Popular Culture: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy

At the peak of his fame in the 1960's, Dick Gregory may have been the most influential comedian in America, offering truths about race, the Black community and politics in an era highlighted by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Dick Gregory and the History of BlacK Comedy will examine the roots of the Black comedic tradition that informed Gregory's art and activism, with a particular focus, in the spirit of Mr. Gregory, on the ways in which Black comedy has been used in the quest for civil and human rights.

The course will also highlight the role of Black literary satire, including the work of George Schuyler and Ollie Harrington, as well as contemporary examples such as novelists Danzy Senna, Kiese Laymon, Paul Beatty, and Fran Ross, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, comedians Issa Rae, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and, even critical race theorist and legal scholar Derrick Bell.

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Liberation Station Presents: Derrick Barnes
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Liberation Station Presents: Derrick Barnes

Join Liberation's Station on August 24th, 2019 as we bring to Durham, NC: NYT Bestseller, Newberry, Caldecott Honoree, Coretta Scott King, and Ezra Jack Keats Award recipient Derrick Barnes!

His most notable works that highlight black boy joy are The King of Kindergarten Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut!

This is a free event!

The King of Kindergarten and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut will both be available on event day or can be pre-ordered through www.liberationexist.com with a special discounted rate applied! Immediately following the book signing will be

The Liberation's Station x Jeddah's Tea Inaugural Black-to-School Event from 12:00-3:00 pm. Details forthcoming.

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East Africa Meets West Chapel Hill
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

East Africa Meets West Chapel Hill

Join CJ Suitt and Mugisha Frank as they merge the worlds of East and West.

From Uganda to Chapel Hill in one night through the time and space technologies of Poetry and Dance.

Space is limited so save yourself a seat by clicking below.

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CJ Suitt is a performance poet, arts educator, and community organizer from Chapel Hill, NC, whose work is rooted in storytelling and social justice. He is committed to speaking truth to power and aims to be a bridge for communities who can't always see themselves in each other. CJ recently made the move into full-time artistry in order to be a bridge for people engaging in relationships across differences and to facilitate dialogue in spaces that are often dominated by fear-driven stereotypes.

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Mugisha Frank is a Rwandan- Ugandan Dance artist based from Kampala, Uganda. Frank has trained in Contemporary dance, breakdance and African traditional dances which he fuses to create a unique artistic identity.

Frank’s work focuses on decolonization of mind and body and unlearning of all he’s been taught as an African man that he feels belittles him and his culture. Through his work, he explores ways in which we can go back to the simple ancient ways of our ancestors - holistic, eco centric and soul centric ways of life.

Frank is also a trained creative facilitator and has worked with young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. In 2012, he co-founded a company called Soul-Xpressions, which works with youth from all over the world dedicating their time and skills to explore, create and share methodologies that elevate, and nurture each individual in their uniqueness using arts and sports tools.

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Saints & Ain'ts: Sunday Service w/ Dasan Ahanu
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Saints & Ain'ts: Sunday Service w/ Dasan Ahanu

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Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, curator, educator, poet, songwriter, emcee, and loyal Hip Hop head born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is co-founder and managing director of Black Poetry Theatre, a Durham based theatre company that creates and produces original poetry and spoken word based productions.

On Sunday, August 18th, Dasan Ahanu will present, “Saints & Ain’ts” a Sunday Service at NorthStar Church of the Arts that will preview works from his forthcoming book of poetry, “A Month of Sundays”.

This work was written by Ahanu as a reminder that, with the right lens, holy words, doctrines and scripture can apply to everyone. Complete with a hip hop choir, live beats and spiritual samples, this service will give attendees an opportunity to envision this possibility.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Space is limited so please RSVP.


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3rd Friday Durham!
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Friday Durham!

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While NorthStar will not have an installation for this month’s 3rd Friday, there is plenty to check out!

See below for some great 3rd Friday events in Durham and we hope to see you out there!


PROVIDENT 1898 | THE UNDERSTUDY (NC Mutual Life Bldg)

Meet the Artist w/ sculptor and instructor, Stephen Hayes, hosted by Mavis Gragg | 6-8pm FREE


THE CARRACK

Psychoflauge Presents: Collages from The Lacunae | Opening Reception & Artist Talk | 7-10pm feat. music by Oak City Slums


GOLDEN BELT CAMPUS

Third Friday Art Walk & FREE Concert Series feat. Zoocrü and Boricua Soul Food Truck | 6-10pm REGISTER NOW!


THE PINHOOK

THE CONJURE | NC’s original black femme celebration returns. Feat @thelionkueen @lexonloud @femithefemme & @gemynii!! | 10pm $10


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Emergent Strategy Immersion: Durham, NC
Aug
8
to Aug 11

Emergent Strategy Immersion: Durham, NC

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REGISTRATION FOR THE DURHAM EMERGENT STRATEGY IMMERSION IS CLOSED

Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute

The Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute (ESII) is a hub to experiment, think, facilitate, learn and share emergent strategy. ESII exists to help groups, organizations and movements bring/increase the principles of emergent strategy into their work through facilitation and training. We are a collective of facilitators, mediators, coaches and trainers interested in this specific approach.

Emergent strategy is a humble philosophy and a way to acknowledge the real power of change. It speaks to practices, responses, visions and plans that embrace complexity interdependence and transformation. This strategy has been observed from the natural world and is both ancient and constant.

The principles of emergent strategy include:

  • adaptation

  • collaborative ideation through interdependence and decentralization

  • creating more possibilities

  • nonlinear and iterative change

  • fractal thinking

  • transformative justice as resilience

Modern day humans have socialized away emergent strategy, forming assumptions that we have unlimited control and that time and change are linear, foreseeable processes. ESII seeks to combat these processes of thought.

ESII approaches facilitation from an adaptive approach that empowers participants to guide and deepen the collaborative work. ESII uses science fiction to strengthen our imaginations and capacity to think beyond the limitations of our socialization. We challenge participants to see beyond competition, binaries and linear, short-term outcomes in order to ______. Learn more about Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.

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Pleasure Activism: Book Event with Adrienne Marie Brown
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Pleasure Activism: Book Event with Adrienne Marie Brown

Join us as adrienne maree brown reads from their new book Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, a book that explores building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.

This event is FREE w/ RSVP (space is limited). The Regulator will have copies of adrienne’s books available for sale.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

adrienne, author of Emergent Strategy and co-editor of Octavia's Brood, is a social justice facilitator focused on black liberation, a doula/healer, and a pleasure activist.

She lives in Detroit and is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World podcast.

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Night Out for Safety and Liberation 2019
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Night Out for Safety and Liberation 2019

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Come hang out with SpiritHouse and the rest of the Durham Beyond Policing Coalition as we join more than 30 organizations across the country for Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL).


Started in 2013 Night Out for Safety and Liberation is an annual event which takes place on the first Tuesday of August where communities across the country redefine and re-imagine what public safety means for them.


Too often, conversations about public safety revolve around policing and punishment. But safety is about more than that—it’s about having a living wage job, healthy food, healthcare, housing, education, and more. Changing the narrative about what safety means is the first step towards winning reinvestment in the resources our communities need to thrive.


Join us for food, fun, music as we continue to reimagine what Safety means for our community.

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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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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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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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