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Cecy's Art Hall will be located in the now-closed Cole's Transmission Shop, next to Durham Central Park.
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Cecy’s Art Hall seeks to establish permanent place for art in Durham’s Central Park

With almost 10 percent of its undergraduate population hailing from New York, Duke’s student body may have a different idea of what constitutes “Central Park” than local Durhamites. Located just off Main Street and next to the YMCA, Durham Central Park features a playground and hosts the renowned farmers' and art market that also bring food trucks, music and crafts to town. 


The Afronauts, which features students from the Durham digital makerspace Blackspace, will perform alongside ThejonDoe and Africa Unplugged at Motorco Music Hall on Sunday.
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Blackspace and FTMF Talent celebrate Durham's black history in MLK Day show

On Feb. 16, 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr., visited Durham’s White Rock Baptist Church — one of five trips he would ultimately make to the city. The speech, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of an estimated 1,200 people, came just days after four students had initiated a sit-in at Greensboro, N.C.’s Woolworth department store, in what would become one of the most influential protests of the civil rights movement.


Check out our top holiday market picks for this season, including the Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair,
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A Recess guide to local holiday celebrations

As the campus trees change color, a chill fills the air and the sense of dread surrounding finals sets in, Duke is settling into winter. Although it may be difficult to feel festive between exams and essays, the holiday season is a great excuse to take a study break. Here are some upcoming wintry events around Duke and the Triangle to explore this month.


The Durham Art Guild's Art-A-Thon event took place at the Durham Arts Council Nov. 17 and 18.
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Durham Art Guild Art-A-Thon event draws diversity of artists

The weekend before Thanksgiving, the first floor gallery of the Durham Art Council’s building was filled with people gathered to see artists in their temporary studios and purchase their works. All of the artists who participated in the Art-A-Thon event Nov. 17 and 18 were members of the Durham Art Guild, an organization founded in 1948 by a group of artists.


Robert Venditti has been writing comics full time since 2012, and traveled from Atlanta to attend NC Comicon.
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Costumes at the Carolina: Scenes from NC Comicon 2018

Outside of Halloween, people do not often dress up in elaborate costumes in otherwise ordinary public spaces. Comicon, however, presents ample opportunity to see some of the most popular comic and television characters come to life. Attendees of all ages cosplay for the event, dressing up as their favorite characters and often adding their own personal twist to their costumes. 


Chapel Hill's Homegrown Halloween celebration on Franklin Street is one of the most popular Oct. 31 events in the Triangle.
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How to celebrate Halloween in the Triangle

Spooky season is in full swing here at Duke as students have begun planning their costumes and making plans for Halloween night. While many students head to Chapel Hill for Homegrown Halloween, a Franklin Street celebration that welcomes thousands of attendees, there are plenty of other options in the triangle for a fun night.  


Preservation Durham's civil rights walking tour places the city within a national context by showcasing monuments and buildings.
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Durham civil rights tour is a walk through history

Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Brown v. Board of Education, Montgomery bus boycotts, sit-ins. We’ve grown up learning about segregation; we’ve grown accustomed to the same black and white photos of labeled water fountains, the same sparkling four words that have come to represent an entire movement: “I have a dream.”