Daybook, June 18

June 17, 2014 

  • Bombadil to kick off tour at Cat’s Cradle

    Quirky alt/chamber/pop/folk band Bombadil will play at Cat’s Cradle on Saturday, with a terrific back story of great expectations, loss, determination and second chances.

    On June 24, what some have called the North Carolina band’s masterpiece – the album Tarpits and Canyonlands – is being released as a special double-vinyl limited edition and re-released on CD. The Cat’s Cradle show celebrates the dual release and will see the band perform the entire Tarpits album live, start to finish. Joining the band for this special performance will be Josh Starmer, who played cello for the album, and plans for additional guest players are in the works.

    The Tarpits backstory: Originally released in 2009, there was a huge buzz on the album, pre-release reviews were over-the-top positive and Bombadil was eager to get on the road. Then everything fell apart: the band’s Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with a debilitating nerve condition; he couldn’t brush his teeth much less play a musical instrument. All dates were canceled, all promo ceased.

    Fast-forward three years, Michalak’s years of visits to various health practitioners paid off, he was able to manage the neuro tension and play music again. The band again began to receive glowing press – the S.F. Chronicle’s J Poet calling Bombadil’s music “folk/rock’s Sgt. Peppers,” and Playboy’s Mike Adams writing it was like “Syd Barrett meets the Beatles.” Bombadil’s manager, Ramseur Records’ Dolph Ramseur, decided that Tarpits was just too good an album to not be widely heard – hence, the June 24 special vinyl set and CD re-release, and a major U.S. tour that starts Saturday night at Cat’s Cradle.


Durham Farmers’ Market

The Durham Farmers’ Market will be open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at 501 Foster St.

Betsy Leondar-Wright at The Regulator

Betsy Leondar-Wright will discuss her book, “Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.

AIGA Town Square

AIGA Town Square, an open meet-up for designers in the Durham and Chapel Hill area, will meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.


Energy conservation workshop

The Durham County Cooperative Extension will host an energy conservation workshop from noon to 1 p.m. in conference room B of the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main St. Registration was due Tuesday, June 17.

Small Business Learning Lab

The Main Library will host a Small Business Learning Lab with T.J. Breeden for teenagers at 1 p.m. Thursdays through Thursday, Aug. 7, at 300 N. Roxboro St.


The Main Library will host NAKIYASOUL for “Songs in the Key of Love and Life” at 7 p.m. at 300 N. Roxboro St.


Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends of addicts, will meet from 7-8 p.m. at Immanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2102 S. Alston Ave. 919-383-4236,


Blue Devils Toastmasters

The Blue Devils Toastmasters Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month in Room 203 of the Duke Human Resources Building, 705 Broad St. The club focuses on improving public speaking, communication and leadership skills.

Audio Under the Stars

The Center for Documentary Studies and SPECTRE Arts will host Audio Under the Stars at 8 p.m. at SPECTRE Arts, 1004 Morning Glory Ave.


Durham Farmers’ Market

The Durham Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon at 501 Foster St.

Bull City Play Streets

The city and county of Durham and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will host Bull City Play Streets with activities for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Driver Street between Taylor Street and Ashe Street. There will be games, demonstrations, music, information booths and inflatable obstacle courses.

Story time

“Clara’s Crazy Curls” by Helen Poole and “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair” by Kate Bernheimer and Jake Parker will be read to kids at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

Story time

The Regulator Bookshop will host story time for kids at 11 a.m. at 720 Ninth St.

COGnizant Women’s Ride

A beginner and cruiser friendly bike ride for women is held at 3 p.m. every third Saturday of the month beginning at the Durham Bike Co-op, 715 Washington St.

Reception in honor of R. Kelly Bryant Jr.

The Main Library will host a reception in honor of historian and civil rights activist R. Kelly Bryant Jr. at 3 p.m. at 300 N. Roxboro St.

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