Update: The expected severe weather on Thursday, October 31st, is affecting the plans. The Moon is being temporarily de-installed, and tonight’s (Thursday) activieis are cancelled. The other events starting Friday are expected to go on and more might be added.
From October 31st to November 3rd, 2019, celebrate Durham’s 150th Anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at Bull Moon Rising.
Bull Moon Rising brings Museum of the Moon, by artist Luke Jerram, to CCB Plaza, 201 Corcoran Street, Durham.
Museum of the Moon is a giant spherical replica of the moon, with a diameter of nearly 23 feet. It’s been everywhere from London to Taiwan.
You can visit Museum of the Moon at CCB Plaza in Durham day and night during its stay.
There will also be several special events during Bull Moon Rising. Unless otherwise noted, all will be at CCB Plaza and will be free. Scroll down to see the list of events.
About Museum of the Moon
With a diameter of nearly 23 feet, the Museum of the Moon exhibit features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each inch of the spherical structure representing 6,458 feet of the moon’s surface.
Over its lifetime, Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science. The surround sound composition is created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer, Dan Jones.
Throughout history, the moon has inspired different artists, poets, writers and musicians all over the world. Different cultures across the globe have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships with the moon. More recently, the moon has become a site for ongoing scientific exploration.
Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world, and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift.
Thursday, October 31st, 2019
NOTE: The events tonight have been canceled due to weather.
Illumination of the Moon
This four-day experience kicks off with the moon coming to life thanks to the help of local drag stars.
Paperhand Puppets Performance
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a puppet theater company based out of nearby Saxaphaw, will inspire wonder and entertain all ages with a Halloween-themed performance beneath the moon.
Reading of “Goodnight Moon” by Mayor Steve Schewel
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel will officially welcome the Museum of the Moon exhibit to CCB Plaza with a reading of the highly acclaimed children’s book, “Goodnight Moon. Sofia Hermandez will read “Buenas Noches, Luna.”
Durham Medical Orchestra’s Brass group performance
Friday, November 1st, 2019:
Bull Moon Ball at Unscripted Hotel, benefitting Durham’s Museum of Life and Science and Keep Durham Beautiful
8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
202 N. Corcoran Street, Durham
Tickets are $125. Purchase here.
The Fund-‘rising’ event of the year will take place on Unscripted Hotel’s rooftop patio, with music, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres, all under the incredible light of Museum of the Moon
In honor of the moon, requested attire is a cosmic take on the traditional black tie – Creative Grey. The best interpretation of Creative Grey will win a prize at the Ball.
All proceeds will benefit Durham’s Museum of Life and Science and Keep Durham Beautiful
Blackspace Music Cypher
9:19 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Blackspace Durham, a makerspace giving teens and adults an opportunity to express themselves musically, will present a rhythmic performance showcasing local emerging artists.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019:
Community dinner on Orange Street
Free. Purchase what you’d like from food trucks.
Durhamites and visitors alike are invited to a unique outdoor, family-friendly dinner event with tables stretching down Orange Street, featuring food vendors including Bull City Ciderworks and more. Proceeds will benefit Keep Durham Beautiful and Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. Free to attend. Purchase dinner from food trucks.
Paperhand Puppets Fall-Themed Roaming Performance
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Batalá Durham drum performance
7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Batalá Durham, the locally-based samba reggae band, will be playing traditional drums to help bring downtown Durham to life under the moon.
Music provided by Willis J Entertainment
Sunday, November 3rd, 2019:
Moon Movement: Yoga with Community Power Yoga
9 am. to 10 a.m.
Take one last time to see the moon and kick off your morning with a moon salutation.
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