There’s always something to do in The Triangle! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Raleigh-Durham this week.
1. THE COLOR PURPLE
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018; show times vary
You’ve read the book and watched the movie 100 times so why not see the play this week at the DPAC? Named the 2017 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival, make sure you are in the building to relive some of the most empowering moments from the book and film. Tickets start at $35. Learn more HERE.
2. TAYLOR BENNETT: RESTORATION OF AN AMERICAN IDOL TOUR
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
See hip-hop artist and Chance the Rapper’s younger brother, Taylor Bennett, perform at Motorco this week. In 2015, he dropped his debut album “Broad Shoulders,” featuring Donnie Trumpet, King Louie, and Chance. He will be joined by 3AM. Learn more HERE.
3. BLACK TRIVIA NIGHT
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
This event is always a hit! Brush up on all things Black for trivia night at the Vault. This event is free until 9:00 p.m. so arrive early with your team to set up shop. Be there or hear about it later! Learn more HERE.
4. FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Thursday, April 5, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018
Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to Durham for a four-day screening of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions and panels. This year’s films include “Maynard,” a documentary about Atlanta’s first Black mayor Maynard Jackson; “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” which tells the 1944 story of a Black woman’s fight for justice after being raped by six white men in Alabama; “The Issue of Mr. O’Dell,” which highlights the work of Jack O’Dell, who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and more. Learn more HERE.
5. 7-11 TRAFFIC LIGHT MIXER
Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 a.m.
You know the rules. Wear green if single, yellow if unsure, and red if taken. Feeling lucky? Make sure you RSVP via the link provided to meet your “potential” bae at K-Mix in Durham. Learn more HERE.
6. RHOYAL TAKEOVER
Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2:00 a.m.
Join Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. at Solas in welcoming the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for their Middle Eastern Province Council Meeting. K97.5’s Brian Dawson will broadcast live from the party. Learn more HERE.
7. NORTH CAROLINA WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Attend the ultimate farm-to-glass experience on a private farm just outside of Raleigh (and one exit down from Smithfield Outlets). Sample from over 100 unique N.C. craft beverages, taste amazing chef-inspired menus and shop local. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit Raleigh’s Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness. Learn more HERE.
8. SET IT OFF: 90’S STYLE
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Dance all night to your favorite 90’s music! Come dressed in your favorite gear from that era for a chance to win a prize at the end of the night. Advanced tickets are $10. Learn more HERE.
9. YOU ARE HERE ALL-NIGHTER
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Pull an all-nighter following the opening reception of the N.C. Museum of Art’s newest exhibit of light, color and sound experiences, which runs through July 22. “You Are Here” features immersive art installations by 15 contemporary artists, including large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, mixed-media room-size environments and site-specific projects. The party features digital board games by Durham’s Augmentality Labs, a Cirque de Vol performance and more. Tickets are provided in two-hour blocks and good for admission at the requested time and beyond. Learn more HERE.
10. SPRING FLING ADULT EGG HUNT AT DIX PARK
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Relive your childhood days at the adult egg hunt sponsored by Dorothea Dix Park. The event includes 10,000 eggs, inflatables and lawn games with prizes provided by numerous businesses such as Anisette Sweet Shop, B. Good, Red Hat Amphitheater, The Boxcar Bar and more. Tickets are free but please register. And, don’t forget to bring a blanket and/or chair. Learn more HERE.
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