The Golden Belt campus is a former textile factory. It’s now a bustling mixed-use space of apartments, artist studios, galleries and more.
Hi-Wire Brewing is one tenant of The Bolden Belt that draws lots of visitors.
Golden Belt’s SummerStage, 800 Taylor Street, is next to Hi-Wire Brewing, and that’s where lots of events will be taking place.
Here’s some of what’s coming up:
SummerStage Block Party
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Save the date for April 13th for the SummerStage Block Party! Help Golden Belt celebrate Durham’s 150th birthday and National Record Store Day with a few friends from Jamla, Cardigan, Raund Haus, Merge, NCCU and Small Town Records. There will be a hiring fair, local food trucks, music, art and brew from Hi-Wire.
This event kicks off seven months of amazing programming for the historic Golden Belt Campus. SummerStage is an outdoor performance space abutting HiWire Brewery. The stage and plaza will accommodate approximately 400 people, and will feature programming including music, film, art, educational and fitness events. There are nearly 100 planned free events scheduled for the inaugural April – October 2019 season, curated by Art of Cool Project co-founder Dr. Cicely Mitchell.
Sundays, scheduled through the end of October, 2019, with the exception of April 21st
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Brunches Brew is a weekly jazz jam brunch hosted by Alan Thompson (Zoocru, sax). Each Sunday grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy good vibes, food trucks and a cold brew from Hi-Wire.
SummerStage SuperJam Wednesday
Wednesdays (scheduled through the end of October, 2019)
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each Wednesday there’s an Open Jam Session led by Stephen Munoz. All musicians and lovers of a good time are welcome.
Third Friday Art Walk & Concert
Third Friday of month (scheduled through October 18th, 2019)
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each Third Friday of the month enjoy a night of art, entertainment, food and fun. This is free and open to the public.
Here is what you can expect:
6pm-9pm: Visit the Warehouse Studios and see what resident Artists and Durham Art Guild on display.
7pm-9pm: Enjoy the SummerStage music series. Here is this season’s lineup:
- April 19th – Orquesta GarDel (Latin)
- May 17th – Caique Vidal (Brazilian)
- June 21st – Jennah Bell (Traditional folk)
- July 19th – Naughty Professor (NoLa Jam)
- August 16th – Zoocru (Fusion)
- September 20th – Shana Tucker (Chamber Soul)
- October 18th – Butcher Brown including a Fela Kuti Tribute Set (Afro Beat)
Making Moves Fitness Series
Third Saturday per month through October, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
One Saturday per month “Make Moves” with this fitness series. This is free and open to the public.
Free fitness instruction by some of the areas best fitness instructors. Bring your own yoga mat, water and towel and meet on the plaza lawn.
- April 20th – Alpha Boot Camp
- May 18th – TBD
- June 15th – Bikram Yoga
- July 20th – Alpha Boot Camp
- August 17th – Bikram Yoga
- September 21st – The 360 Approach
- October 19th – TBD
Fourth Friday Film Series
Fourth Friday of month, scheduled through October, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each Fourth Friday of the month enjoy a night of art, film, food and fun. This is free and open to the public.
Here is this season’s lineup which is curated by Lana Garland, Artistic Director for the Annual Hayti Documentary Film Festival:
- April 26th – Chavela (documentary film) – Run Time 93 minutes
Synopsis: Known as a raucous, entertaining raconteur, Chavela chose the stories she liked best, breathed life into them and made them manifest. In her amazing journey from a 14-year-old rejected runaway from Costa Rica to world renowned, Grammy winning Mexican icon, this dream weaver took bits and pieces of who she was and who she wanted to be and wove them into reality. Although she didn’t officially “come out” until she was 81 years old, Chavela carefully crafted a public persona as a powerful, rebellious, free spirited outsider, a sexy sexual outlaw who blazed her own unique trail until she left the physical plane at the tender age of 93.
- May 24th – Thunder Road: A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother. Officer Jim Arnaud (Cummings) embarks on a long and painful monologue at his mother’s funeral, slightly transpiring the turmoil that his soul is enduring. He almost laughs and cries at the same time, performing a hilarious theatrical number in front of the attendees, who remain quiet and shocked in the jaw-dropping opening sequence. Technically, you would call the speech a eulogy, but the mildly absurd free-associational confessional ramble that pours out of Jim feels more like a reality-show outtake — which makes it, in fact, one of the most authentic eulogies you’ve ever seen in a dramatic feature. Jim Cummings is the star, writer, and director of the SXSW Grand Jury winner, “-Variety.”
- June 28th- TBD
- July 26th – TBD
- August 23rd – TBD
- September 27th – TBD
- October 25th – TBD
Family Fun Series
One Saturday a month, scheduled through October 26th, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
One Saturday of the month enjoy a family fun series. This is free and open to the public.
Here is what you can expect:
10am-12pm: Come to the plaza for family friendly activities for kids and parents to enjoy.
- April 27th – Kids Jam Session hosted by Notasium
- May 25th – Jeghetto Puppet Show
- June 29th – Drum Circle hosted by Diali Cissokho
- July 27th – TBD
- August 31st – Science on Stage (Grades K-2) hosted by Morehead Planetarium
View exciting live science demonstrations with Science on Stage! Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will captivate participants with interactive experiments and demonstrations performed by a Morehead educator. Use Bernoulli’s principle to make objects levitate in midair, turn everyday ingredients into cascades of colorful foam, perform hair-raising experiments with electricity, and so much more!
- September 28th – Science on Stage (Grades 3-5) hosted by Morehead Planetarium
- October 26th – Bilingual Storytelling & Book Mobile hosted by the Durham County Library
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