What We’ve Heard February

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“What we’ve Heard” is the Clarion Content’s stethoscope to Durham’s heartbeat…See the most current pulse reading we have –>HERE

We heard…

that there is a gluten free Vietnamese Banh Mi truck roaming the streets of Durham.

We heard…

that the City is doing a poor job of picking up trash in Old North Durham Park.

We heard…

that juror Phil Freelon is making the final decisions on the 12 sculptures being selected for the Bull City Sculpture Show.

We heard…

that All Ships, the meeting of gallery heads and art leadership in Durham, is off to a roaring start.

We heard…

that the downtown water main replacements project is going to begin in June and if all goes well will take 1.5 years to complete. Ramseur and Morgan Streets will both be resurfaced as part of the project. Significant street closures are anticipated there as well as Mangum Street.

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We heard…

that the Liggett Myers Building across from Parker and Otis has been bought by a national real estate developer from Durham’s Josh Parker and Biogen is moving from the RTP to this location.

We heard…

that this building has an interior stain glass ceiling they are hoping to preserve.

courtesy of Open Durham

courtesy of Open Durham

 

We heard…

there is an Open Mic Monday at Cuban Revolution.

We heard…

there is a five story apartment building going in at Jackson and Willard.

505 N. Gregson Street before the on-going renovation. Photo courtesy of OpenDurham.org

505 N. Gregson Street before the on-going renovation. Photo courtesy of OpenDurham.org

We heard…

the old Graham’s Grocery store building at 505 N. Gregson is getting the historical renovation.

We heard…

Frank Myers is going to have show of jazz related photography and interviews with musicians at Through This Lens Gallery shortly after the Art of Cool Festival brings a ton of rollicking jazz and good music to Durham this April.

We heard…

Duke has gone from 70,000 square feet of leased space in downtown to nearly 2 million square feet (projected).

We heard…

that Durham based Kidznotes Executive Director and Director of Programming are off to L.A. to participate in the national Take a Stand conference. There they will represent Kidsnotes among peers from the El Sistema and music for social change movement.

We heard…

that Duke is creating an Innovation District along Washington Street and North Duke Street between the Durham Arts Council and Trinity Avenue in concert with Google.

We heard…

that the Durham Mardi Gras Parade WAS huge! Purple, green, gold or black and white on!!! 6.30pm at Major the Bull Plaza, the city is blocking off the streets all the way to Fullsteam and MotorCo for the celebration.

We heard…

that the new A-Go-Go Salon on Broad Street is super cute.

We heard…

the Museum of Life and Science is doing an after-hours on the Science of Eats.

We heard…

what The Cookery was before it was the Durham Food Co-op, and we might just have an amazing article coming about this Durham behind the music story.

We heard…

the Laura Richie of The Carrack has organized a collaborative meeting of all the gallery powers in Durham… And she invited them all from Golden Belt and the DAC to Durty Durham. (see “All Ship”s note above.)

We heard…

that Durty Durham’Party Illegal (2/15) featured the wild Miami Bass sounds of Jubilee. [SOLD OUT The Pinhook!!!]

We heard…

that Durham County Main Library has an young adult LBGT book club.

We heard…

the new Nelson Mandela exhibit at the American Tobacco campus is lovely! They have door they pulled from the old Tobacco factory when it was still segregated and had separate bathrooms for white and black workers.

We heard…

that there is a new grip tape company starting in Durham.

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We cannot guarantee the veracity of every last one of these statements, but we can guarantee you that we heard them. Please email corrections to— clarioncontent at gmail dot com

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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