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Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center

2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
(919) 660-1700 artscenter.duke.edu

September 2018

WXDU presents: Levin/Malaby/Peterson Trio

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Join us for an evening of improvisational jazz in the Ruby Lounge with Daniel Levin, Tony Malaby, and Randy Peterson.

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Ruby Fridays: Déracinement—Trees in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié

September 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Detail of a painting of a tree by Edouard Duval-Carrié

Join distinguished Haitian sculptor and painter Édouard Duval-Carrié for lunch as he reflects on the many representations of trees in his work.

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Blackburn Festival: The Mackey Sessions

September 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm10:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
A poet and a jazz bass player share the stage

Readings and reception with musical accompaniment, part of a three-day festival honoring Duke faculty poet Nathaniel Mackey

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Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

September 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Ruby Fridays: Cornered

September 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Raquel working on a laser-cut wood panel for Cornered.

Experience Cornered, a visual representation of the struggles of migrants trying to navigate the dangerous chokepoints between Moroccan and Spanish territory, by Duke animator and video artist Raquel Salvatella de Prada.

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October 2018

Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

October 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Ruby Fridays: Tessa Mars

October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Meet Haitian visual artist Tessa Mars during her residency at the Ruby—part of the Visionary Aponte project.

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Open Mic in the Ruby!

October 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Come on out to the Open Mic in the Ruby, an opportunity for free food, fun, and a chill evening listening to all that Duke’s performing and literary arts programs have to offer.

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Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

October 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Ruby Fridays: Artful Design with Ge Wang

October 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Retro-style cartoon book image showing Wang in a spacesuit.

Join Duke Computer Science alum and Stanford music professor Ge Wang for lunch and a discussion of his new book, "Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime."

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Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

October 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Ruby Fridays: Meet the Man Behind the Art-o-mat®

October 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Man leaning against Art o Mat - repurposed cigarette vending machine

Clark Whittington is the Winston-Salem based entrepreneur who has made it possible to buy little packages of art from an old cigarette machine.

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WXDU Fall Record Fair

October 27, 2018 at 11:00 am4:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Looking to add to your music collection? Come out to the Ruby Lounge!

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Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

October 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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November 2018

Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

November 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Ruby Fridays: The Art of a Scientist

November 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Last summer in the Ruby, three graduate students in the biological sciences presented an exhibition highlighting the beauty and creativity of scientific imagery. Join one of the curators for lunch and learn all about it.

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DukeAFRICA presents: Afroworld Gala

November 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

DukeAFRICA’s Afroworld Gala is the finale event of Africa Week.

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Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

November 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Ruby Fridays: Serving Life

November 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Old chest of drawers with words like 'vengeance,' 'greed,' and 'love' carved into it

Learn about an exhibit of art created by men on death rows across the country, on view in the Ruby and Duke Chapel from November 1 thru December 9.

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Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

November 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

Find out more »

Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

November 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

Find out more »

Ruby Fridays: Watercolors in Motion

November 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Fanciful watercolor image/cutout showing Durham landmarks

Join Bioengineering grad student Christopher Lam for a lunchtime presentation on the marriage he's engineered between watercolors and technology.

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Bélo in Concert

November 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Join us for a free concert by Haitian composer and guitarist Bélo (Jean Belony Murat).

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December 2018

Ruby Tuesdays (Free Coffee in the Lounge!)

December 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 11, 2018

Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
cup of coffee next to a bag of coffee beans that reads "Ruby Roast"

Stop into the Ruby Lounge Tuesday afternoons for a cup of coffee to get those creative juices flowing!

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Hear at Duke Presents: Shit Happens

December 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

From bad first kisses to job interviews gone awry, sh*t has happened to all of us. Come for stories, (free) food and a distraction from finals.

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January 2019

WXDU New DJ Recruitment

January 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Have a love for music? Become a radio DJ! WXDU, Duke's student run radio station, is hosting an information session for anyone that is interested in becoming a DJ.

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Ruby Friday / Arts & Context | The State of the Art of Ballet

January 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
ABT dancers leaping in the Rubenstein Arts Center Dance Cube

A conversation between award-winning choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland—at Duke to create a new dance on the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company—and the company’s artistic director, Sascha Radetsky.

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Ruby Friday | Community as Creator: Contrasting Experiences, New Sounds

January 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Photos of violist and bassist superimposed over pages of graphical music scores

Bassist Hilliard Greene and violist Stephanie Griffin create musical improvisations that bridge the jazz and classical music traditions. They’ll discuss their work together and create new music on the spot.

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CDS Shortwave Launch Party

January 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Please join us for a Reception and Transmission as we celebrate the launch of CDS Shortwave, a project of the Center for Documentary Studies’ DocX lab: the experimental website showcases the documentary arts on an interactive, immersive digital platform inspired by analog modes of discovery.

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February 2019

Ruby Friday | Puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

February 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Tarish Pipkins on stage showing one of his puppets

Learn about the art and artistry of renowned Durham-based puppeteer Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins and watch him bring some of his fabulous creations to life.

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Folk Masters: A Portrait of America

February 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

In this artist talk and information session hosted by Duke Arts and the NC Arts Council, Barry Bergey and Tom Pich will discuss their documentary portrait book, Folk Masters: A Portrait of America, followed by the opportunity to learn more about how to support the NC Arts Council in a new documentary photography initiative.

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Ruby Friday | The Calla Campaign: The Art of Self-Exploration

February 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
A woman stands holding a sculpture she made as part of the "Playful Vaginas" workshop

Students involved in the Calla Campaign will talk about how a new medical device became the basis for an exhibit focused on self-exploration and what was learned along the way.

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DEMAN & Donuts

February 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Meet Duke alumni in the creative industries over Monuts.

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Meet the Host of “Criminal” Podcast: Phoebe Judge

February 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm
woman at microphone.

Come to a Q&A with Phoebe Judge, award-winning host & co-creator of the "Criminal" and "This is Love" podcasts. RSVP required.

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Ruby Friday | Finding Why: Art Making After Duke

February 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Rebecca Kuzemchak

Visual artist and Duke alumna Rebecca Kuzemchak will talk about her experiences making art at Duke and her evolving sense of purpose as an artist.

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Ruby Friday | The Least of These: Personal Icons Made Public

February 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Will Thomas standing in front of some of his paintings

As part of a creative residency in the Ruby, painter William Paul Thomas will illuminate the ties and distinctions between three ongoing projects.

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New African Poetry: A Reading by Romeo Oriogun

February 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University for a reading by Romeo Oriogun, winner of the 2017 Brunel University Prize for African Poetry. Oriogun's work claims space for innovative queer writing in contemporary Nigeria.

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March 2019

Ruby Friday | Photographer Jess T. Dugan

March 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Photo of Gloria in a long fur coat

Meet photographer Jess T. Dugan and learn about her exhibit To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults, on display in the Rubenstein library from Feb 21 thru June 2.

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Artists of DIDA

March 4, 2019March 31, 2019
DIDA text

The students of the Duke Innovative Design Agency (DIDA) showcase their work.

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Artists of DIDA Opening Reception

March 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The DIDA Showcase is open in the Ruby Lounge from March 6 through March 31.

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A.I. for Art Exhibition

March 18, 2019 at 8:00 amApril 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

The Duke AI for Art Competition was developed to explore the intersection of AI and creative art practice.

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Duke A.I. for Art Reception & Viewing

March 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
colorful boxes

The Duke AI for Art Competition was developed to explore the intersection of AI and creative art practice.

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Ruby Friday | Esther Gabara: The Making of Pop América

March 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Pop-art style image of the word Pop in an exploding balloon

Esther Gabara, professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke, gives insights into the development of Pop América, 1965-1975, an exhibition of nearly 100 works by Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists on view at the Nasher Museum of Art (February 21–July 21, 2019).

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Noura Mint Seymali: Public Demonstration and Q&A

March 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Join legendary Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali for a contemporary brand of Moorish music.

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Ruby Friday | Sculptor Stephen Hayes

March 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Stephen Hayes with one of his sculptures

Hayes, a Durham native currently teaching sculpture at Duke, will talk about his journey as an artist and his work, including his touring memorial to African lives consumed by the Atlantic slave trade.

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Night of Swing

March 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm10:00 pm
duke swing dance logo

Join us for a sensationally swingin' night of Jazz and Swing dance! No prior experience needed. Light refreshments and a swingtastic time will be provided.

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April 2019

The Enviro-Art Gallery

April 1, 2019April 30, 2019

An annual showcase of student and professional artwork designed to highlight the beauty and struggles of nature.

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StudioDuke Final Presentations & Reception

April 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Meet the current StudioDuke students (2018-2019) and watch them share their exciting works-in-progress, including TV/film scripts, clothing design, manuscripts, songwriting, video game design and more.

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Ruby Friday | Puppetry and the Poetic Body in Medicine, Health, and Healing

April 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Marian Tsaplina seated with a puppet

Meet Marina Tsaplina, artist lead of Duke’s Reimagine Medicine project, and learn about the unique role puppetry can play in deepening the perception of how imagination, emotion, and history live in the human body.

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Opening Reception for the Enviro-Art Gallery

April 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm3:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Join us in celebrating the opening of the Enviro-Art Gallery in the Ruby Lounge with curator Cameron Oglesby (T '21) and Rebecca Vidra, senior lecturer of Environmental Science and Policy in the Nicholas School.

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Ruby Friday | Environmental Imagery: Effective Messaging with Artistic Media

April 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

In a talk coinciding with the third annual Enviro-Art Gallery, creator and curator Cameron Oglesby will share what she’s learned about raising environmental awareness with art.

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Keynote & Q&A with NPR’s Lulu Miller

April 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Lulu Miller is a Peabody-Award winning science reporter for National Public Radio. She is a co-founder of NPR's Invisibilia podcast, and a founding producer of Radiolab.

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Ruby Friday | Experiments from DocX at the Center for Documentary Studies

April 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Screen shot of a website controls that mimic a radio tuner

Learn about the latest from DocX, the digital lab at the Center for Documentary Studies, including a new website with an analog feel that showcases decades of the Center’s best work.

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June 2019

ADF Ruby Fridays: Murielle Elizéon & Tommy Noonan

June 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Hear from Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan—the dancer/choreographers who co-direct Culture Mill, in Saxapahaw, NC—about their upcoming American Dance Festival performances in the Ruby.

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ADF Ruby Fridays: Michelle Dorrance

June 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

2015 MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner Michelle Dorrance will discuss the ways she honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context on the day of her first (of three) shows in Reynolds Theater.

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ADF Ruby Fridays: Michael Novak & Suzanne Carbonneau

June 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

In the midst of the Paul Taylor Dance Company's three ADF performances, the company’s artistic director, Michael Novak, will bring a unique depth of experience with Taylor and his work to this conversation with dance writer and scholar Suzanne Carbonneau.

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September 2019

A Talk About Turtles

September 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba guides us through the relationship between economics, desire and contemporary art through the metaphor of a turtle.

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The Making of “queerXscape”

September 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Come for a behind-the-scenes look at "queerXscape," a room size installation with projection and collage, juxtaposing images of nature, contemporary urban landscape, and queer camp.

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2019 Duke STEAM Forum

September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Join us for the 2019 Duke STEAM Forum—a lively afternoon of interactive discussions and STEAM-themed activities to explore what we do with STEAM at Duke & what our goals are for our scholarship, our collaborations, and our classrooms.

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The Play Principle: Beyond Competition and Failure in Sports

September 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Dance scholar and martial arts practitioner Janet O'shea seeks to refigure athletics through the lens of dance, urging us to reimagine how we think about sports, economics, and even politics through the lens of martial arts.

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Ruby Friday (on a Tuesday): Musician & Artist Alex Sopp

September 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join New York-based flutist and interdisciplinary artist Alex Sopp—an “admired new music mainstay” who has commissioned, premiered, and recorded with some of the most exciting composers and songwriters of our time.

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Blackburn Fiction Festival Feature Reading

September 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Duke English is proud to present Blackburn Fiction Festival! In partnership with Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Arts, and the Rubenstein Arts Center, the Blackburn Fiction Festival will be a two-day event featuring readings from prominent fiction writers.

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‘Not Fusion’: Indian Classical Music, The Blues, and Other Soundscapes

September 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

As jazzwise.com remarked of Amit Chaudhuri's project: 'Whoever said Indian ragas and The Beach Boys can’t mix? Chaudhuri has fashioned a distinctive sound that resists easy definition.' Learn more about his work in this Ruby Friday talk.

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October 2019

Black Mountain College and Beyond: A New Experiment in Collaborative Arts

October 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Professor Torry Bend (Theater Studies) and Craig Quintero (Humanities Unbounded Fellow) will introduce the collaborative model developed at Black Mountain College and discuss how they are adapting this to their own work.

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The Future of How We Work

October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Andrea Lauer, Chief Creative Officer of Risen from the Thread, a design-thinking and innovation agency, asks us to consider the possibility of a new career path paradigm, where work feels less like work and more like a quest for curiosity and purpose.

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DEMAN 101: Prep for DEMAN Weekend

October 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Learn how to get the most out of the 10th Annual Duke Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network (DEMAN) Weekend at this interactive workshop on networking and more.

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Twilight Photography by Lynn Saville ’71

October 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Fine art photographer Lynn Saville will present her dynamic twilight photographs taken in American cities and rural environments.

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WXDU Fall Record Fair

October 19, 2019 at 11:00 am4:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Are you a record buff? Enjoy the classy feel of vinyl? Then come out to WXDU's annual Record Fair and check out the thousands of vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes!

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Visiting Artist Brenda Goldstein

October 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

During her Ruby residency, visual artist Brenda Goldstein will reflect on the artists and thinkers that inspire her and her transition from the moving image and installation to painting.

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Creative Process Workshop

October 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Interested in the intersections of acting, dance, singing, art, and music? Join Craig Quintero for a two-hour workshop introducing the creative process he uses in staging his unique form of image-based theater.

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November 2019

Ruby Fridays: DEMAN Weekend Edition

November 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

A Conversation with Valerie Hillings (T'93), Director, North Carolina Museum of Art, and Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

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The Dancing Species: Human Bodily Movement and the Fate of the Earth

November 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

What if human beings evolved to dance? In her Ruby Friday talk, Kimerer LaMothe explores this question and its implications for addressing climate change.

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In Conversation: Alonzo King

November 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Alonzo King

Pathbreaking choreographer Alonzo King joins Duke dance professor Thomas DeFrantz for a wide-ranging discussion of his career, artistic process, and the dynamics of race and representation at play in his work—and in contemporary ballet more broadly.

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Swing Under the Stars

November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm11:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Join Duke Swing for a fun night of dancing, live music, and free food! We'll be teaching a beginner lesson from 7-7:30, so no worries if you don't have any dance experience!

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Independent Black Women Artists Panel

November 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal joins three creatives to discuss what it means to be an independent black female artist in the Triangle as part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Duke's Department of African & African American Studies.

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In Conversation: Torry Bend & Howard L. Craft

November 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Torry Bend and Howard L. Craft

An in-depth discussion with the creators of Dreaming in advance of its premiere in the Ruby's von der Heyden Studio Theater. The work explores the legacy of artist Winsor McCay and the problematic depictions of race in his famed early-20th century comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland.

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Unraveling “Ce Morceau de Tissu” for 2 String Quartets by Andrew Waggoner

November 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

The Ciompi Quartet performs with The Lark Quartet and cellist Laura Sewell and invites Andrew Waggoner to discuss and provide insight into his work for 2 quartets, inspired by the Moroccan feminist writer Fatema Mernissi.

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Bring Intentions through Tea

November 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

CommuniTEA is delighted to welcome Molly, founder of “Intentionaliteas,” to talk about how tea could bring intentions into our lives. Limited number of free gratitude tea packs will be given to students.

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December 2019

Beethova Obas in Concert

December 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Join CLACS, Haiti Lab, and others to welcome Beethova Obas to Duke University!

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The Art of Mental Health

December 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Melissa Miller and a panel of artists will discuss The Art of Mental Health, an exhibit that highlights mental health and wellness, with a specific focus on leveraging strengths, sources of resilience, and cultivating emotional well-being.

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Drag Workshop

December 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm8:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Shameless creativity inspires the queer community in modern Turkey. Learn how in this Drag Workshop with three visiting Turkish drag queens and Durham's local queen, La Pakis.

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January 2020

WXDU New DJ Recruitment

Friday, January 10 at 6:00 pm

Have a love for music? Become a radio DJ! WXDU, Duke's student run radio station, is hosting an information session for anyone that is interested in becoming a DJ.

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The Power of Painting

Friday, January 17 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

"Is painting relevant? What lies beyond painting?" Renzo Ortega, a Peruvian-born artist now based in Carrboro, offers answers following his solo exhibition at Duke's Power Plant Gallery and time as a visiting artist at the Rubenstein Arts Center in 2019.

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Here to Hear // Hear to Here

Friday, January 24 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

How does our hearing of music change when we are a part of its creation? Join musician and artist Brooks Frederickson for reflections on music and music-making prompted by his interactive audio installation Here to Hear // Hear to Here, currently on view in the Ruby.

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Puppets Invade the Co-Lab! Artist Residency Kickoff Lunch

Monday, January 27 at 12:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Saleem and Tarish

Join puppeteer Tarish Pipkins and filmmaker Saleem Reshamwala as they break down their previous collaborations, discuss creativity, making, and how to shoot music videos of puppets. Lunch provided.

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Between Movement and Emotions in Modern Dance

Friday, January 31 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Choreographer and performer Hsiao-Tzu Tien, visiting Duke from Taiwan, gives insight into her work that continually pushes the human body to express emotion and imagination.

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February 2020

Open Auditions for “The Forgotten”

Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 pm5:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Call for dancers, actors, singers, and musicians to join us in developing a new performance about coal mining. Open to members of the Duke and Durham communities

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Using the Restaurant to Evoke Institutional Culture

Friday, February 7 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Director, playwright, and visiting artist Richard Maxwell discusses the development of a performance comprised of student actors which will take place as a work-in-progress showing in the gallery of the Rubenstein Arts Building in February.

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Music and the Sacred Arts at Duke Chapel

Friday, February 14 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Dr. Zebulon Highben, director of Chapel Music at Duke Chapel, provides an overview of music and the fine arts at the Chapel, with insight into future directions for growth and outreach.

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Lecture by Laurent Bayle, Director of the Philharmonie de Paris, “The Future of Music: Seeking New Modes of Making Music and New Models of Outreach”

Tuesday, February 18 at 12:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Director of the Philharmonie de Paris, Laurent Bayle will discuss future potentialities of music, both through the innovation of new modes of its making and the elaboration of new models of outreach. He will speak about various initiatives, including the DEMOS program, targeting disadvantaged youth.

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Behind-the-Scenes of When I Say Africa: Photographs from the Continent

Friday, February 21 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join Kathryn Mathers, Duke professor and curator for When I Say Africa: Photographs from the Continent for a behind-the-scenes look into this photo and film project that documents the agency and self-determination of contemporary Africans.

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Ruby Open Mic Night

Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Promo graphic that reads "Open Mic Night"

Bring your talent—singing, dancing, spoken word, rapping, poetry, stand-up comedy—and bring your friends for the Ruby's first-ever open mic lounge night!

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Arts & Context: Leyla McCalla and Kiyoko McCrae

Friday, February 28 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla and director Kiyoko McCrae discuss their new multidisciplinary project and Duke Performances commission: Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever.

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Healing Wounds through Creative Expression with Fariha Róisín

Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Join us for a keynote, reading, and discussion with esteemed Bangladeshi-Australian poet, novelist, and cultural critic Fariha Róisín.

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March 2020

Duke+DS AI + Art Show & Reception

Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 pm7:30 pm

The Duke AI for Art Competition was developed to explore the intersection of AI and creative art practice.

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CANCELLED: Arts & Context: Imani Winds

Friday, March 20 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

On the eve of their performance of Revolutionary aka the Civil Rights Project, GRAMMY-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds discusses their history, current projects, and two-year residency at Duke.

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CANCELLED: Playing Through is the Easy Part!

Friday, March 27 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Advanced students in Duke Music's Chamber Music Program discuss their process of learning to rehearse and play as a group before performing live at Ruby Friday.

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April 2020

CANCELLED: Forest for the Trees

Friday, April 3 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Artist Heather Gordon takes us behind-the-scenes of her data-driven art, including her most recent project which mined the Duke Forest archives and includes UNLESS, a tape installation in the Ruby.

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CANCELLED: Behind-the-Scenes of Revolutionary Teaching with Michael Betts, II, MFA EDA ’20

Friday, April 10 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Learn about Michael A. Betts II's thesis collaboration with Dr. Miguel La Serna (UNC-Chapel Hill, History) on the use of documentary arts as a facilitator of pedagogical content within the humanities to inform and revolutionize how we learn, teach, and understand history. A MFA|EDA 2020 event.

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CANCELLED: Radical Repair Workshop

Friday, April 17 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Julia will give a presentation on her ongoing public art project, the Radical Repair Workshop. The talk will explore the historic context of repair, our current relationship to objects vis-a-vis single use culture, and how a sculptural intervention can create a new approach to traditional modes of repair.

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