Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide August 30th 2017

What an incredible summer it’s been!  We’ve witnessed some outstanding performances, danced until our feet hurt, and vibed out to some of the greatest DJs this area has to offer.  We hope that as you reflect on the experiences of the last few months that your time spent with Art of Cool brings great memories filled with joy.  Though we’re sad to see it go, we understand that the change in seasons brings with it new opportunities. As you gear up for the cooler weather, look to Art of Cool to continue to provide the soundtrack for your Fall.  Keep your eyes on your inbox and follow us on social media for the latest in cool news.  Thank you in advance for your continued support


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Sept 12- Jazz Night featuring Ernest Turner at The Durham Hotel

Sept 14UNC Stone Center Opening Exhibit: Meaningful Fiction & the Figurative Tradition: The Art of Mequitta Ahuja

Sept 20- 25th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture  delivered by Edwidge Danticat

Oct 6-7AOCFEST Charlotte featuring headliner Robert Glasper

Oct 17-26- “MONK @100”: A Century of Genius presented by Duke Performances

Oct 19- Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Daley at Motorco

Oct 24 –UNC Stone Center : The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film

Nov 2- Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band presented by Duke Performances


Join us as we present a special installation of Jazz Night in collaboration with Duke Performances!

Meet us on the rooftop as AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack for drinks, snacks, and 360-degree views of downtown. Not only will you enjoy a night of great dinner with jazz but guests will also be able to learn more about the upcoming “Monk @ 100” celebration.  No Cover. 6-9pm on the roof. The featured performance will come from extraordinary pianist Ernest Turner.


Reservations for 6 or more can be made at 919-768-8831.


The Stone Center will feature the work of figurative painter Mequitta Ahuja this fall. The exhibit opens on Thursday, September 14 at 7pm with a special reception and artist talk with Ahuja and will be on display through November 22.


Ahuja is motivated by big ideas like painting as a record of our changing notions of beauty or how to make paintings that communicate clearly and invite the creative participation of the viewer. Her unique ethnic heritage; she is the daughter of an African American mother and a South Asian Indian father, informs her work as well. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois and lives in Baltimore, M.D.


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 Edwidge Danticat, Award-winning author and activist will deliver the 25th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture.

 Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times notable book; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

For Lecture Details Click Here


ICYMI: This spring we announced the expansion of Art of Cool Fest to the beautiful city of Charlotte, NC. In approximately 30 days we will invade Charlotte’s NODA district for a weekend of unbelievably great music. October 6-7, 2017 we have curated a lineup featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz and soul music. Headling the weekend are none other than the Robert Glasper Experiment and Rapper Big Pooh.  Friday night is dedicated to highlighting some of the best and brightest local artists with the Hidden Gems Showcase featuring Harvey Cummings & Friends,  Queen’s Guard featuring Blanche J, and then  cap of your night with none other than Rapper Big Pooh.


Saturday Oct 7th the fun continues! Whether you like a dj set or live music we’ve got you covered!  Featured performances include Al Strong Quartet, Chantae Cann, Zoocru, Blame The Youth, Dynamo, Kenneth Whalum, and the Robert Glasper Experiment. AOCFEST is a music lover’s dream as there is a little something for everyone.


For just $25 you can take in the Charlotte Hidden Gems Showcase on Friday night. Unable to attend Friday? No worries! Saturday take in over 6 performances, participate in the day parties, and experience the headliner performance for just $50.  Enjoy the full weekend as a VIP for $100 which grants access to perks such as priority entry, preferred seating, a private reception, and a meet and greet with festival headliner Robert Glasper.  VIP tickets are available in limited supplies, so act early to ensure you get the best of the festival.


Hear from Robert Glasper


Purchase AOCFEST Charlotte Tickets Here


Duke Performances Presents MONK@100: A Century of Genius


A comprehensive celebration to commemorate the centenary of Jazz icon and North Carolina native Thelonious Monk.


Beginning Tuesday, October 17th through Thursday, October 26th  25 of the finest musicians in Jazz will be presented over 10 days in downtown Durham at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company.


In addition to its extensive musical offerings, this celebration of Monk’s music — the most visible of its kind in the world — will bring to Duke and Durham a variety of free public events including conversations, jam sessions, film screenings, and all-day vinyl listening stations spanning Monk’s entire catalogue.


Learn More About MONK@100


Just announced! British Soul Singer Daley is coming to North Carolina! Meet us at Motorco Music Hall Thursday, October 19th as Daley brings his Spectrum Tour to Durham! Presented in collaboration by Art of Cool and The Sol Kitchen, this is sure to be a truly unforgettable night.


Since his debut, Daley has become one of the UK’s most respected soulful exports, recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic and working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius. His single “Alone Together” became a top 5 hit in the US garnering him kudos from The Grammys, BET, Soul Train and MOBO awards and a loyal international fan base.


Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now. $20 adv/$25 day of show. Reserved seating $30.


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Queens-based hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch will reunite with Brooklyn’s ten-piece PitchBlak Brass Band on Thursday, November 2 at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater, following the success of their joint appearance at New York’s Ecstatic Music Festival in 2016. Show starts at 8 pm

Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band are presented as part of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative, made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tickets on sale now $10-$38


Purchase Pharoahe Monch Tickets Here


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