Daybook, July 9

July 8, 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.

Wednesday

TRY Coalition Meeting

TRY Coalition meets every second Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Golden Belt building, 807 E. Main St., on the second floor in Neighborhood Improvement Services. 919-491-7811, DurhamTRY.org.

Senior Game Day

The Southwest Regional Library will host Senior Game Day at 1 p.m. at 3605 Shannon Road. 919-560-8590, meetup.com/senior-game-day.

Phot-O-Genic

Teenagers will learn about the science and technology of photography from 2-3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. All supplies will be provided.

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.

Durham Writers Meetup Group

The Durham Writers Meetup Group will meet at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

Science book group

The Science book group will meet to talk about “Dreamland” by David Randall at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

Thursday

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.

Survivors of disasters support group

A survivors of fire and other disasters support group meets from 6-7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in Building Three at the American Red Cross, Central NC Chapter, 4737 University Drive. 919-489-6541 ext. 337 or 333.

‘Bull City Summer’

Sam Stephenson and Adam Sobsey will discuss “Bull City Summer” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. bullcitysummer.org.

‘Forever an Ex’

Victoria Christopher Murray will sign her novel, “Forever an Ex,” at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

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

Suzanne Palmieri

Suzanne Palmieri will read from and discuss her new novel, “The Witch of Belladonna Bay,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.

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

“The Numberlys” by William Joyce 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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