Daybook, July 16

July 15, 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.

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.

Young Adult Book Club

The Regulator Bookshop will host the first meeting of a Young Adult Book Club, for people of all ages who read the young adult genre, at 7 p.m. at 720 Ninth St. The group will discuss “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

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. The group will meet at Cocoa Cinnamon, 420 W. Geer St.


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.

Aromatic Science

Teenagers will learn about the chemistry of essential oils and make a body butter or body spray from 4-5 p.m. at the Main Library, 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,

‘The Madea Factory’

The Regulator Bookshop will host a discussion of “The Madea Factory” by Ezekiel Walker at 7 p.m. at 720 Ninth St.


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.

Blood drive

Northgate Mall will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 3-7:30 p.m. at 1058 W. Club Blvd. Appointments are required. Use sponsor code “Northgate Mall” to sign up online. 919-489-6541,

Garage Band Jam Fridays

Durham County Library will host Garage Band Jam Fridays at 3 p.m. on the lawn at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of bad weather, concerts will be in the library auditorium. Bands are needed to add to the schedule. One band will receive free studio time at a local recording studio.

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.

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.

Sketching in the Galleries

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University will host drawing activities at 10 a.m. at 2001 Campus Drive. Museum staff will supply paper and drawing supplies. Do not bring pens or wet media. Admission is $5, $4 for seniors and free for Nasher Museum members, ages 15 and younger, active duty military and Duke students, alumni, faculty, staff and alumni association members. 919-684-5135,

Story time

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

Story time

“Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too” and “Llama Llama Time to Share” by Anna Dewdney will be read to kids at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons.

Discovery Nook

Northgate Mall and the Durham County Library will host a Discovery Nook event for children at 12:30 p.m. at 1058 W. Club Blvd.

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,

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.

Meet the Author: Monica Byrne

The Southwest Regional Library will host Monica Byrne for a reading of her novel, “The Girl in the Road,” at 3 p.m. at 3605 Shannon Road.

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