Best Bets in the Bull City for Thursday, June 7th

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ART

“Artists Identities” tour by guide Peggy Murray
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Drive
6pm-7pm
FREE

Learn how the artists in the current Solidary and Solitary exhibition connect their personal identities to their art in this guided tour by Peggy Murray. After your tour, enjoy all of the Nasher’s collection, as the museum is free to the public every Thursday.

 

MUSIC

Black Music, Black Films: Wattstax
The Bullpen
215 Morris Street Ste 300
615p
FREE

This film series (every Thursday in June) kicks off with “Wattstax,” a documentary of the 1972 concert Wattstax 72, (sometimes referred to as “the Black Woodstock”) put on by Stax Records to benefit the 7th Watts Summer Festival and mark the 7th anniversary of the Watts riots. This concert included almost all the Stax Records artists, including Issac Hayes and the Staple Singers. Over 100,00 people attended this unparalleled gathering of talented black performers and the LA black community. Listen to Kim Weston’s stirring performance of the Black National anthem (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) from Wattstax and try not to be moved. The film not only includes documentary footage of the concert, but interviews with residents of the Watts community and commentary by a young Richard Pryor. 

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“Wakey, Wakey”
Manbites Dog Theater Company
703 Foster Street
Wednesday through Saturday at 815pm, Sunday at 2pm
$12 on Wednesday and Thursday, $20 on Friday and Saturday, Military/Senior(62+) Discount – $2 off regular ticket, Youth/Students – $10 weekends, $6 weeknights

This play is the final production of Manbites Dog Theater in their current incarnation. (They will be continuing to impact the local theatre community as a funding and support agency going forward.) This play by Will Eno, directed by Jeff Storer, and featuring Lakeisha Coffey and Derrick Ivey, takes them out on what seems like an appropriately reflective note. The News and Observer reviewer gave it higher marks than IndyWeek’s but maybe the reviews for this one particular show don’t matter that much- go see for yourself, not just to catch the play, but to pay homage and say goodbye.

 

TOMORROW!!!

Disco Diva Drag Bingo! 
Durham Armory
212 Foster Street
Doors at 6pm, Bingo begins at 7pm
$15-$25
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

This event needs no introduction! The perennially popular Drag Bingo brings the funk tonight with a DISCO theme! Drag Bingo is sponsored by and benefitting the Alliance of AIDS Service- Carolina, so you get to revel in doing good while luxuriating in the fabulousness of our local queens.

 

 

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