Daybook, June 29

June 28, 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.

Sunday

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. for newcomers and 10:30 a.m. for regular members in room 220 at Structure House, 3017 Pickett Road. 919-929-9891.

Reading and theremin performance

Sean Michaels, author of “Us Conductors,” will give a reading with a theremin performance by Dave Yarwood at 2 p.m. at Letters Booskhop, 313 W. Main St.

Meet the Author: Jennifer Lohmann

Jennifer Lohmann will read from her new novel, “Weekends in Carolina,” at 3 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.

River Rhythms! West African Drumming

A weekly drumming group will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garret Road. Meetings are open to the public and beginners are welcome. Contact the group to reserve a loaner drum. 919-644-1335, kathyhopwood@embarqmail.com.

Monday

Durham Rotary Club

The Durham Rotary Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Mondays at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.

Nar-Anon

Nar-Anon, a twelve-step program for relatives and friends of addicts, will meet from 8-9 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3638 Chapel Hill Road. 919-596-2915, nar-anon.org.

Tuesday

Story time

“Stars” by Mary Lyn Ray and “Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star” by Maria van Lieshout will be read to kids at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

North Durham Rotary Club

The North Durham Rotary Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Parizade Cafe, 2200 W. Main St.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. 919-683-3013.

Solar cooking

At this STEM program for teenagers, Recyclique will demonstrate how to make a solar cooker and Dr. Sandy Smith-Nonini will talk about solar cooking from 2-3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Adult basketball game

The Carolina Devils will hold pick-up adult wheelchair basketball games from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Braggtown Baptist Church, 3218 N. Roxboro St. RSVP requested. Fiona@bridge2sports.org.

The History and the Art of Drag

Dr. Michelle Robinson will talk about the history of drag at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. A performance by local drag entertainers Vivica C. Coxx, Spray J., Jazmine Brooks and Vivian Vaughn will follow.

Wednesday

Durham Farmers’ Market

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

South Durham Farmers’ Market

The South Durham Farmers’ Market will be open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center at 5410 N.C. Highway 55.

Thursday

Garden discussion

Curator Stefan Bloodworth presents “Walk on the Wild Side” the first Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Cost is $5 for nongarden members. 919-668-1707, gardens.duke.edu.

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. durhamcountylibrary.org.

Nar-Anon

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, nar-anon.org.

Friday

Independence Day closings

Durham County Government offices, solid waste and recycling sites, Durham County Library locations, the Durham County Department of Public Health and Durham County Social Services will be closed.

Watts Hospital-Hillandale parade

The 65th annual Watts Hospital-Hillandale Fourth of July parade will begin at 10 a.m. in Oval Drive Park, 210 W. Club Blvd.

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.

Saturday

Durham Farmers’ Market

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

South Durham Farmers’ Market

The South Durham Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center at 5410 N.C. Highway 55.

Story time

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

Story time

“Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?” by Shel Silverstein will be read to kids at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

Durham Chess Club

The Durham Chess Club meets for casual chess from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays at the North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. Sets, boards and instructions are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 919-479-7020, cconero@aol.com.

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