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Picture of the Week: Bean Traders in Durham

Bean Traders opened in the Homestead Market on Highway 54 in Durham back in 2000 and it continues to be mainstay of the local coffee scene. It is one of those coffee shops that I just don’t get to as often as I would like, but fall in love with it every time I visit. They roast their own coffee beans, have a creative drink menu, and offer an  impressive assortment of food items like waffles, homemade pies, and my personal favorite …. dark chocolate sea salt cookies.

A little over a year ago the shop expanded into the space next door and revamped its layout adding a lot of additional seating and a bigger coffee bar island to serve its droves of faithful customers. I usually go on the weekends when it can be quite busy, but the line always moves quickly and the space has a relaxing vibe making it a great spot to spend a Saturday morning nursing a warm mug of fresh coffee and people watching.

When you visit there is a pretty good chance you will run into the owners Christy and David both baking things for the shop and working the espresso machine. To learn more about their story and how they first met check out this great article in Durham Magazine. In the meantime add Bean Traders to your list of places to check out the next time you are in the Southpoint Mall area of Durham. Be sure to try their cold brew, it is some of the best around!

Bean Traders
105 W NC Highway 54
Durham, NC
https://www.facebook.com/beantraders/

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The Little Mermaid Brings Magic of The Sea to DPAC!

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Cast of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
(Photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

The Little Mermaid opened this past Tuesday night in Durham and brought a wave of Disney Magic to the stage at DPAC. I haven’t seen the animated film in quite a while but watching this touring production stirred up a strong dose of nostalgia as the story of the world’s most famous mermaid was brought to life on stage.

The show tells the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess (played by Diana Huey) who longs to leave behind the aquatic kingdom along with her life under the sea to join the humans on the surface. Ariel’s love for the land leads her to make secret journeys to the surface and on one such trip early in the first act she encounters Prince Eric (played Eric Kunze). Ariel ends up rescuing the Prince when he is thrown overboard the ship he is sailing and immediately falls for him further cementing her desire for a life on land.

Ariel’s dad, King Tritan (played by Steve Blanchard) is not pleased with Ariel’s fascination with humans as he blames them for the untimely death of Ariel’s mother. Ariel, being the headstrong mermaid she is turns to the sea witch Ursula in her desperation to make her human. But it comes at a heavy cost – her voice and her soul if she can’t get Prince Eric to kiss her before sunset on the third day.

 

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Diana Huey in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
(Photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

 

 

The show is faithful to the movie with a few adjustments for the stage. These changes add to the story and allow us to learn a little more about the relationship between King Tritan and Ursula (they are brother and sister).

The cast was a lot of fun to watch in this production. Huey does an excellent job as Ariel and her voice shines in several of the numbers.  It is truly amazing the job she does with vocals considering she is almost in constant motion gracefully swimming across the stage suspended high above the ground in a harness.

Sebastian, played by Melvin Abston, also gave a notable performance and almost stole every scene he was in. Abston is full form during the iconic songs “Kiss the Girl” and crowd favorite “Under the Sea”. Equally impressive was Ursual, played by Meredith Inglesby joined by her glowing minions Flotsam and Jetsam.  And of course, the Chef Louis scene in the second Act was an absolute crowd favorite and had people singing along in their seats.

While I’m sure for many in the audience their favorite part of the show was the iconic songs, I was equally amazed at the sets and flight choreography is breathtaking as the characters float/swim across the stage. The cast and crew’s ability to seamlessly work between the stage and the rails deserves high praise for its fluidity and perfection in timing.

Another truly impressive aspect of the show was the sets, while simple in nature, use colors and lighting so well that you truly do feel like you are experiencing life under the sea. This production of “The Little Mermaid” feels like a storybook fantasy come to life on stage and is sure to be a crowd favorite for children and adults alike. There are limited seats available for the remaining shows, but worth trying to catch one if you can!

“The Little Mermaid” has performances at DPAC  through Sunday, October 22nd. For tickets visit https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/the-little-mermaid.

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Help East Durham Pie Company Open a Cafe

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Ali Rudel launched the East Durham Pie Company out of her certified kitchen in Durham back in October 2015 and her pies have been a huge hit across the Triangle ever since. You might have come across her delicious pies at businesses around Durham or maybe you’ve seen her at at one of the regular Pop-Up Slice Shops at Ponysaurus Brewing Company every Tuesday evening. I was lucky enough to catch her selling pies at a weekend market in North Raleigh at Sola Coffe a few months ago. I liked the pie so much I made a special trip to Durham a few weeks later to buy some more. I’m not alone. Sometimes the pies sell out within just a few hours at the weekly Pop-Ups.

In order to keep up with growing demand East Durham Pie Company is planning to open a cafe and bakery in the commercial district of Old East Durham. They’ve launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help offset equipment costs and some of the expenses associated with up-fitting the space. Once open the plan is to offer locally roasted coffee, tea, the seasonally-inspired handmade sweet pies, savory meat and veggie pies, breakfast pies, simple salads, soups and other baked goods. Even better, launching the cafe will create more jobs and East Durham Pie Co. is a Durham Living Wage Project certified employer committed to paying their employees a living wage.

If you would like to learn more about East Durham Pie Company or contribute to their kickstarter campaign (just 12 days to go!) visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/454773711/a-neighborhood-cafe-for-east-durham-pie-co.

East Durham Pie Company
Website: http://eastdurhampie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastDurhamPieCompany/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastdurhampieco/
Twitter: @EastDurhamPieCo

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Weekend Picks: June 17th – 19th

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Peter Lamb and the Wolves play Creekside Wind Down this Friday
(Photo courtesy Brad Habeeb Photography)

Below is a quick rundown of my top picks for the weekend. Whatever you end up doing I hope you stay cool!

Raleigh RunDown 1-miler – Friday
Looking to run your fastest mile ever? Then this is the race for you! The Raleigh RunDown is the fastest mile in North Carolina! This fast one mile course downhill along Centennial Parkway. The Raleigh RunDown is your chance for a PR! Resigstraition is jus

Creekside Wind Down at Triangle Town Center – Friday
This Summer Triangle Town Center Mall is hosting the Creekside Wind Down each Friday from 5:30-8:30PM for Creekside Wind Down. This family-friendly summer series will feature a live band every week, plus yard games, local brews and more! Located outside the food court near the fountain. This week’s band is Peter Lamb and the Wolves.

Triangle Community Band Festival – Saturday
The Triangle Community Band Festival starts at 4pm in Durham Central Park featuring. It will include performances from The Cary Town Band, Durham Community Concert Band, Holly Springs Community Band, Raleigh Concert Band, and the Village Band!  Each group will perform for a half hour and then we join together for a mass performance of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Food and drinks available for purchase from local food trucks. Admission is FREE.

Outdoor Movie at North Carolina Museum of Art – Saturday
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of cult classic Labyrinth with a night of music and film! Cirque de Vol and the Labyrinth Bowie Cover Band perform, followed by a screening of Labyrinth. The event includes food trucks, face painting, and a Bowie tribute wall. Doors open (and activities start) at 6:30 pm, performances start at 7:30 pm, and the movie screens at 9 pm.Tickets: $10 NCMA members, $15 nonmembers

Durham Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday
This is Durham’s Annual Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo. Over 50 local food trucks in Durham Central Park from 12-4pm this Sunday. Local beer will also be available for purchase. You can view the complete list of participating trucks here.

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Bull City Ciderworks to Reopen in New Durham Location Later This Summer

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This past Saturday was Bull City Ciderworks’ final day of operation at their South Elizabeth Street location in Durham. Business was great, but they had to close to make way for a new Durham Police Station.  They went out in style with one last party that featured food trucks, local vendors, live music, and a large gathering their loyal cider fans.

Don’t worry though they won’t be gone for very long. They are moving to a new spot in Durham just down the road on the corner of Dillard & Roxboro with plans to open by late summer or early fall. In the meantime you can still find their growlers in local Whole Foods stores and visit their Lexington production facility which opened this past March. To get updates on the progress of their new space you can follow them on facebook and twitter at @bullcitycidery.

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