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CENTERFEST • Now in its 45th year, Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest is North Carolina’s longest-running juried outdoor arts festival, sprawling across the center of downtown, encompassing Main, Chapel Hill, Morris, Market, Corcoran and Parrish streets. Multiple stages – at Five Points, Bull McCabes, Ninth Street Bakery and CCB Plaza – feature music, dance and other acts from local performers – including singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers and magicians. • Add to that more than 100 juried local and regional artists and craftspeople display their wares, including ceramics, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork and everything in between. • The Creative Kids Zone features hands-on art activities. Plus there are bounce houses, face painting and a train for the kiddos as well. • Dates and times: Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, September 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. • This year, Saturday entertainment will be extended from 6 to 11 p.m.

• You’ll have to wait until the 2020/21 season, but two of the biggest hits in DPAC history, “Hamilton” and “Wicked,” are both coming back in the same season! The Broadway musicals had multiple sellout shows in their first visits. • SunTrust Broadway members who renew for the 2020/21 season will have first priority to purchase tickets. • This season’s lineup of Broadway shows includes “Mean Girls,” “Rent” and “My Fair Lady.” • The American Dance Festival returns to DPAC June 19-20 with the Mark Morris Dance Group’s “Pepperland,” a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ album“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” • DPAC also plays host to community events and outreach, like Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievements of high school students and their musical theater productions in our area (Clay Aiken hosted the most recent 72



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Durham Education Awards and the

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awards ceremony in May), the

Talent Show.

The Discover Broadway and

Golden Tickets

programs provide donated tickets to local school groups

and youth programs, and seniors at the J.J. Henderson Housing Center, respectively. The Performing Arts Ambassadors program gives high school students a behind-the-scenes look at the industry and the opportunity to meet touring performers. • Earlier this year, the First National Tour of “Dear Evan Hansen” broke the box office record for the highest-grossing week of an eight-performance engagement at DPAC. The production grossed $1,827,137 during the show’s March 12-17, 2019, engagement. • DPAC was named North Carolina’s Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2018 by the state’s Travel Industry Association, welcoming more than 500,000 guests a year. 

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Durham Magazine June/July 2019  

Durham Magazine June/July 2019