Durham Strong Fundraiser – May 19th


UPDATE: This Event has been cancelled
Dozens of Bull City restaurants and businesses are coming together in support of those who were affected by the Durham gas explosion last month. The event takes place the evening of May 19th at The Rickhouse in Durham. It will be a special night including food from some of Durham’s best eateries, live music, a silent auction with amazing gifts. Over 20 restaurants, breweries and vendors will be donating time, food, and prizes.

100% of proceeds will be donated to affected workers and families, including first responders, restaurant workers who are now out of employment, and the Lee family of Kaffeinate through the Durham Rebuilds Fund.

Ticket prices: $150 VIP early admission (4 p.m.) with an exclusive “In the Parlour” discussion with our city’s food leaders, or $100 for regular admission.

CurEat’s Steve Mangano will host a panel – “In the Parlour with CurEat” – for VIP ticket holders from 4-5pm with Chef Matt Kelly, Durham Distillery’s Melissa Katrincic and several others, on the impact of traumatic events in the industry and the way food is a literal and figurative source of healing.

The goal is to acknowledge and morn the tragedy but also end with an uplifting message around rebuilding and resilience.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://durhamstrong.brownpapertickets.com



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Support Jeddah’s Tearoom Kickstarter – Coming Soon to Durham!


Durham’s own Jeddah’s Tea has launched a Kickstarter campaign to open a tea room that will serve as a community space for people to connect and learn about & enjoy top-quality teas from around the world, in Downtown Durham.

Jeddah’s Tea focuses on preparing tea blends from countries that are underrepresented in the American tea market (ex. Somaliland, Senegal, Egypt) which often sparks a curiosity about people from geographies, traditions, and cultures that may be unknown to many in our own.


All of their tea is organic, fair-trade & vegan-friendly. They work directly with farmers from around the world, and  source what is available locally as much as possible. They blend all of our teas right here, and aim to present authentic, traditional cups to the community.

For the past 10 months, Jeddah’s Tea has been doing pop-up events all over the Triangle, gained a passionate group of followers. You can currently find them at their temporary “popup” tearoom at 359 Blackwell Street (next to Durham Bull Stadium) – open Monday through Friday from 7am-3pm through the end of May. To learn more about their story and support their vision visit the Kickstarter Campaign Here.

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Wake Forest Herb Festival Starts This Friday!

The 20th annual Wake Forest HerbFest will be held April 19-21 and 26-28 in downtown Wake Forest at 525 S. White Street. The festival runs from 9am until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am – 4pm on Sundays.

The Annual event will feature a variety of vendors appealing to those interested in herbs, gardening, home, cooking and a healthy lifestyle. They have a HUGE selection of Non GMO organic herbs, heritage tomatoes, heirloom vegetable plants & local grown perennials.

Dave Devlin will perform Saturday April 20 beginning at 11 am, and Sunday April 21 at 1 pm. Saturday, April 27, the Franklin Academy Jazz Band, always a big draw, will entertain the crowd.

HerbFest is family friendly and as always, a free event, held outdoors rain or shine. For more information about the festival check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Herbfest/

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“Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical” Comes to DPAC April 24th!


Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical – Performs at DPAC April 24th

It’s hard to believe but the cult classic film “Cruel Intentions” starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller opened in theaters 20 years ago. Now the movie and it’s amazing 90’s soundtrack are coming to life on stage. Following sold-out runs in Los Angeles and a critically acclaimed, sold-out run in New York City, Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical launched its first national tour this past March and will make a stop at DPAC for a one night only performance next Wednesday, April 24th!

Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, this production tells the a tale of manipulation, seduction and revenge set among wealthy teenagers attending high school in New York City. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet and set out to destroy and innocent girl and anyone who gets in their way. As their plan unfolds they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.

Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this intoxicating new musical is “the ultimate night out” for any 90’s fan!


Dara Orland

In anticipation of the show next week I spoke with Dara Orland who plays Mrs. Bunny Caldwell in the production. Dara graduated with a BFA in Drama from the acclaimed NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has performed around the country and in multiple NYC productions and has had her choreography performed internationally and Off-Broadway.

When did you realize theater would be your life?
Basically as soon as I was walking and talking I was signing and dancing. My parents recognized my desire to perform for whoever would watch at an early age and enrolled me in singing and dancing classes early on. Then when I was in high school I performed in all the school musicals. My love for performance just never stopped and I went on to study theater at NYU.

What’s it like to be both a choreographer and actor in Theater?
Oh it definitely presents some unique challenges when you are involved in the choreography of a show you are also acting in. While I am not doing both for this show I have played both roles in the past and you have to be mindful of what you are supposed to be doing on stage and try to block out all the other direction you have given to the other actors on where they need to be in each scene and the choreography cues. It is a lot of information swimming in your head and you have the be on top of your part!

What is it like to play the role of  Mrs. Bunny Caldwell?
Well it is kind of funny to be playing in a role of an older woman. I’m actually 27 and my character is a mom with a high school aged daughter so she is older. But the hair and makeup and wardrobe really do transform me into the role of an older woman. It also work great for me to play this role as  we are a small cast and when I don’t have a scene as Mrs. Bunny Caldwell I can perform as part of the ensemble cast in the high school scenes portraying a younger character.

Is the musical different from the movie in many ways?
The plot and the dialogue are the same as the movie, but the production is not as dramatic and dark as the movie. The theatrical production adds a more flair and humor. Most importantly cast that plays the characters bring their own personality to the role. While each character represents the likeness of the character from the movie, we aren’t imitating the movie. We use the movie as inspiration but each actor brings a different personality to the roles to make it their own.

How is Cruel intentions different from other Musicals? 
This musical has a killer set list. It’s part musical part rock concert with the period music from the 90’s playing a large part of the show. When you look at the playbill it reads more like a set list than a scene list.

What do you like to do when you visit a city on tour?
I love a good sunset! Whenever I visit a new city I search out the best peaceful place to catch the sun go down. I also love exploring the food scene. I’m in Chicago right now and have tried the deep dish pizza. When I get to North Carolina I am looking forward to finding some excellent barbecue!

“Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical” will be at DPAC on Wednesday, April 24th. For tickets visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/cruel-intentions-the-90s-musical.

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Hamilton to Return to DPAC in 2020/2021 Season!


Here’s some good news! It was announced today that the national tour of HAMILTON will return to DPAC in the 2020 / 2021 season!

SunTrust Broadway at DPAC members who renew for the 2020 / 2021 season will have first priority to purchase tickets to this next engagement of HAMILTON.  More information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase group and individual tickets will be available at a later date.

For more details about SunTrust Broadway at DPAC visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/suntrust-broadway/season/2019-2020-broadway-season



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