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Fall Arts for the

Can’t-miss events, plus a closer look at creative endeavors around our city

CenterFest Sept. 21–22; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Put on by the Durham Arts Council, this festival, which features a variety of local artists and musicians, has been a staple in the community since 1974. Enjoy shopping for local art, listening to music on multiple stages, eating from many mobile food vendors, and watching performers from magicians to jugglers. The event is great for families; kids will have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone. Free, with a suggested $5 donation; centerfest.durhamarts.org

Gaspard & Dancers Friday – Saturday, Sept. 27-28, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of modern dance choreographer Gaspard Louis’ diverse, dynamic dance company, Gaspard & Dancers. The performances will feature two new works inspired by current United States policy on political asylum seekers. There will be a reception and a dance after the Saturday production, and a free matinee performance for Durham Public Schools. Reynolds Industries Theater; $15-$27; gasparddancers.org

‘The Roommate’ Sept. 26 – Oct. 13, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Bulldog Ensemble Theater opens its second season in Durham with Jen Silverman’s play ‘The Roommate.’ In this dark comedy, two women from very different backgrounds transform each other’s lives in unexpected ways. The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St.; $10-$20; durhamfruit.com

Art of Cool Festival Friday – Sunday, Sept. 27-29 AOCFEST celebrates its sixth annual festival, hosted at six venues around downtown. Art of Cool Festival brings together R&B, hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul and spoken-word artists, including headliners Jill Scott and Run DMC, Ari Lennox, Whodini and Big Daddy Kane feat. The Symphony, among others – for an immersive weekend of great music. $100-$350; aocfestival.com





august 2019

hree refurbished basketball courts were unveiled at Hillside Park in April, a project subsidized by FILA and The Tamia & Grant Hill Foundation, in partnership with the Durham Parks Foundation. The updates included court resurfacing, new backboards and improved fencing and landscaping. The inspiration of the design comes from the City of Durham flag itself, with a Grant Hill Foundation logo at center court and FILA branding surrounding the courts. In the middle court, artist Sarahlaine Calva created a custom, vibrant mural (at left). Grant Hill, the Duke and NBA star and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, was on hand for the big reveal and received a key to the city. “Durham has played a vital role in my life, and it is truly special to launch this program here and give back to a community that has meant so much to me,” Grant said in a press release. “I have always been passionate about setting the right example and motivating youth. I have so many fond memories from my time at Duke, and I am thankful to the City of Durham and FILA for the opportunity to offer these kids a place to grow, excel, stay active and enjoy the game.” – Amanda MacLaren 

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Durham Magazine August 2019  

Durham Magazine August 2019