Monday, November 06, 2006


durham3 is excited to kick off its third season with an event featuring both all-stars and new talent at Durham’s friendliest bar, Joe and Jo’s. Three years ago, durham3 wanted to bring artists from the Triangle together and to feature Durham’s burgeoning art scene. On Saturday, November 11th we’ll continue the tradition with the band Sequoya, filmmaker Todd Tinkham, poet Laura Jent, musician Calloused Hands, and, as always, an open mike and door prizes. Open mike signup begins at 7:30 and the fun will begin at 8pm. We’ll mark Veterans’ Day with a special showing of Home For Good, Todd Tinkham’s ten minute short, anti-war drama. There will also be an aftershow, featuring a different version of Calloused Hands starting at 11pm. There is a $2 suggested donation and of course there will be plenty of fabulous food and drink from the Joe and Jo’s menu. (durham3 recommends either the 5 Points burger or the Castro’s Cousin, depending on your preference for consuming animals.) Have questions or need more information? Consult or email Tanya ( or Amy

In our third year, durham3 is particularly committed to encouraging the arts scene in Durham. Just as we were three years ago, durham3 is amazed at the sheer amount of talent the Bull City contains, and we hope our events will continue to expose artists to the work of their peers, put them in conversation and collaboration, and assist Durham in defining its own arts goals and identities. In our original manifesto, we stated,

Under a regime driven by a need for conformity and uniformity, durham3 defines
supporting durham3 artists and attending durham3 events as an act of resistance.
Encouraging and participating in Durham finding its own cultural identity and
definition outside of already acceptable boundaries and classifications is a political,
revolutionary act.

We believe that to be true now even more than we did when we originally wrote it; we also believe it to be even timelier at Durham’s current stage of growth. (Read more of the original founding principles at )

durham3 would like to thank Tom Stern and Tema Okun (our first hosts in their public space on Rigsbee), the Know Bookstore, Ooh La Latte (R.I.P.), Baldwin Lofts, Pizza Palace, Joe and Jo’s, the Duke Coffeehouse, 305 South, the Durham Arts Council, Peacefire Gallery (R.I.P.), the Garden Salon, the Transom Gallery, Broad Street Coffee, the green space at Five Points (R.I.P.) and the streets of Downtown Durham (R.I.P. right now), all of who have hosted us at least once. We would also like to the numerous artists who have given their time to perform and everyone who has participated in the open mikes. We would also like to thank the Carolina Wren Press for their sponsorship and support. Most importantly, thanks to everyone who has come out to participate and support the arts in Durham.

November 11th, 8pm
Joe and Jo’s
427 West Main, Downtown Durham
2$ Suggested Donation


Todd Tinkham- Todd Tinkham is a local filmmaker who will be showing 2 new shorts, Sadie Turns Seven and Home For Good. Home For Good has screened in ten festivals around the country and recently won two awards, including the Best Drama Award at the Seguin Film & Arts Festival in Sequin, Texas. Todd is also at the center of Tinkham Town Productions. TTP is an independent film production company, specializing in creating short and feature films just outside the norm. Visit them at

Calloused Hands- Patrick is 21, and the only permanent member of folk- rock calloused
hands so far. He grew up in Dallas, Texas with brief exposure to piano at age 5. He
started thinking and reading and then moved to Durham, NC to enroll at Duke University
to study philosophy. After traveling the world alone for a year and about 100 songs,
Patrick decided that playing music was what he had to do. He is currently mixing his second effort, The Aging Commoner, at Quetzal Recording studios in Oxford, NC.

Laura Jent- Laura Jent is a tricky person who often tries to get people to call her other things besides Laura Jent. She is 28 years old and has had poetry appear online at Dirt Press and Shampoo Poetry, and in print in the Blotter and the Independent Weekly. She teaches children to speak, sing, move, and doodle. She likes to make little books. She thanks you for smoking.

Sequoya- Sequoya was formed in 1999 by Bonnie Pivacek and Matthew Yearout. In
2003 they moved to Durham North Carolina and now call it home. Their songs muse in
subtle irony and clever storytelling, all driven by acoustic guitar and electric bass. They
are currently working on their third album “Space Walk”.

Monday, March 20, 2006

march durham3

March finds durham3 at 305 South celebrating the madness that is this in-like-a-lion, out-like-a-lamb month. Come check out the homegrown Triangle mad geniuses, poet Laura Jent, spoken word artist Roo, Durham rockers Red Collar, performance artist Mz. Julee, and films from Flicker. We’ll close out the night with a short open mike and music from a DJ. The doors open at 7pm and open mike sign-up will begin at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of 3$-5$ to support 305 South and the great work they are doing bringing music, art, and the funk to downtown Durham. Get directions or check in at 305 South Dillard Street in downtown Durham. For more information visit the durham3 blog at or email durham3 is sponsored in part by the Carolina Wren Press.

Andrew Farr/Roo- Roo is a local artist, lyricist and spoken word poet living in Raleigh, NC. His work often focuses on political and social issues. He has self-published a collection of poetry titled Boy Parts, and co-produced a demo CD titled “Warble and Rant.” It is Roo’s goal to aid society through art and service, and does so through performance and serving as an Americorps Service Member through Public Allies NC. His work can be previewed at and his storefront is at

Red Collar- Red Collar are Jason Kutchma – guitar & vocals, Beth-Ann Kutchma, bass guitar & vocals, Michael Jackson-guitar, keys & vocals, Simeon Furman-drums. Four seasoned musicians based in Durham, North Carolina came together in November 2005 to form the layered guitar, working-class sounds of Red Collar. Red Collar strives to bring back the excitement and energy of the live shows they grew up on. In mixing their punk rock roots with blue collar rock and roll, they have developed what they like to call: dance and shout rock and roll. Jason Kutchma’s edgy, gruff vocals are counterpoint to Mike Jackson’s punk rock rants. The Furman/Kutchma straightforward rhythm section keep the loopy guitar licks in check. Red Collar is currently working on an EP for release in the Fall 2006.

Laura Jent- Laura Jent lives in Durham, North Carolina where she works as a nanny and a writer, takes far too many self-portraits, organizes knitting nights, and researches autism. In 2005, her convergent text/visual work done with artists from across the U.S. is expected to be hung in North Carolina galleries. Her poetry has appeared online at,, and She was the second place finisher in the 2005 Independent poetry contest.

Flicker Film Series- We will be showcasing films from the collection of Flicker, which is a bi-monthly film festival that welcomes short films on super 8 and 16mm.

Mz Julee- Mz Julee has been in Raleigh around 3 years pursuing her performance art/spoken word as well as her visual artwork. She is the moderator/organizer for STAMMER!, an event of spoken word. poetry/performance art/film/ music/ playwrights & more, held at Artspace bi-monthly and other venues in between. Check out her website at for more info.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Herald Sun Article

Thanks so much to the Herald Sun for featuring durham3 in this article.

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durham3 event to feature poems, films, music
By Susan Broili : The Herald-Sun
Jan 26, 2006 : 11:43 am ET

DURHAM -- The beauty of New Jersey and a chance meeting on a New York subway are among the subjects of a multimedia event planned by durham3 on Saturday.

Formed last year by Durham's Tanya Olson, a poet, and Amy Nolan, a photographer, durham3 seeks to bring together artists in various fields from all over the Triangle and showcase their work in Durham. The group puts on seven events during the inaugural year and plans to do the same this year, Olson said.

This year's first event, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Durham's Broad Street Café, features poets Chris Salerno and Brian Howe; filmmaker/film presenter Kirk Adam; and musician Scott Carey.

Salerno, 30, a poet who teaches at N.C. State University, plans to read from his first published book of poems, "Whirligig," out next month from Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House in New York.

"The book, broadly speaking, takes as its primary metaphor, the condition of being stuck with the happenstance of contemporary life," Salerno said via e-mail. "The Whirligig is a character whose blades may spin and spin in the wind but, ultimately, he is getting nowhere ... That may sound like a downer, but there's a fair amount of joy and celebration," Salerno said.

The book also represents a love poem to New Jersey where he grew up, he added.

"That's a place people don't fully understand. It's beautiful," Salerno said.

He also plans to read newer work.

"It's important to me that I air a few new poems, listen to them aloud in another space, hear them spoken under pressure," Salerno said.

His poems have been published in the Colorado Review, Carolina Quarterly, Free Verse and other journals. Two of his recent poems will be included in the forthcoming anthology, "The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel."

As a teacher of poetry writing, he believes it's important for students to read what is being written now. "The Norton Anthology is vital, but until you read what's being written in this climate, this year, from poets alive and well, you haven't got the whole picture as a writer," Salerno said. "Put your wet thumb in the air. Then write into what you've read, into what haunts you."

He also advises them to go to readings like durham3 and The Desert City series in Chapel Hill.

Kirk Adam showcases visual arts at the Kirk Adam Gallery in Raleigh. But for durham3, he'll put on his film aficionado hat and show footage from some of the many films he receives from all over the world through his Glitter Films company.

When contacted earlier this week, Adam said he had not yet decided what he would show to fill his 15- to 20-minute slot.

But he said he might show the 15-minute short feature film, "Dear Stranger," by a Fuquay-Varina filmmaker. Filmed mostly in New York, the film tells the story of a woman who sees someone in the subway and can't stop thinking about this person.

"It's a wonderful piece. I like the fact that it just grabbed my attention and kept it," Adam said.

Or he may screen a series of shorts. "If you don't like this one, you might like the next one," Adam said.

"It's not about what I like. It's more about that person getting people to see the work they've done," Adam said.

He has the same philosophy when it comes to visual arts.

"I used to think that only the Michelangelos were worthy of doing art ? I later learned that everyone is an artist. It's just a matter of doing it. Why not give that platform to everyone," Adam said.

Howe, a freelance writer and poet who lives in Chapel Hill, is a contributing writer at and a contributing editor at Paste Magazine. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Eratio, Octopus, GutCult and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Carey has participated in a durham3 event last year in collaboration with Nolan. This time, he will appear solo as Primum Mobile on guitar, keyboard and hard disk recorder. As to what type of music he performs, Olson said, in a release, "Think Radiohead, think lush, think really cool bands from the early '90s (shoegaze) that influenced many of today's pop bands."

After these artists take the stage, there will be an hourlong open mike session. (Participants will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis as they sign up at the door).

"I think every artist needs to see other artists' work to be inspired," Olson said.

She herself has found past durham3 events inspiring.

"I have something new to think about or something new to write about," Olson said.

The durham3 co-founders have no intention of turning it into a business nor of applying for nonprofit status, she added.

"We like it informal and casual," Olson said.

Events are sponsored, in part, by the Durham-based Carolina Wren Press.

They also realize it won't last forever but instead serves as a catalyst at a time when the Durham art scene seems to need one.

"The purpose is to bring artists together and to help Durham think about what kind of town it wants to be," Olson said.

While Raleigh is best known for its visual arts and Chapel Hill-Carrboro for its indie-rock scene, Durham doesn't have a peg -- yet.

Yet Durham has great visual artists, a burgeoning film scene as well as an increase in live music venues and spoken-word events, Olson said.

But, it could very well turn out that this diverse arts scene will turn out to be Durham's identification, Olson said.

"It's not just a music town. It's not just a film town. It's not just a visual arts or spoken word town. And, that's the beauty of it," Olson said.

Last year's durham3 events were well-attended, she added.

"We've been really pleased with the turnout," Olson said. "You can get a crowd in Durham. People want to come out and see what's going on. They're willing to take that risk."


WHAT: durham3, a multi-media event featuring poetry, film and music.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.

COST: Free. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit the durham3 Web site at

Friday, January 20, 2006

Janury durham3 At Broad Street Cafe

durham3 rings in its second year and 2006 with a full evening of the arts on Saturday, January 28th at Durham’s newest coffeehouse, the Broad Street Café. This month we will be celebrating the best the Triangle has to offer with Carrboro poet Brain Howe, NCSU writer Chris Salerno, Kirk Adam of the Glitter film series, and Triangle musician Scott Carey. We will round out the evening with a full hour of open mike. Sign-up will be at the door and slots will be first come, first serve. Doors open at 7:30, the show begins at 8:00, and there’s no cover. Broad Street Café has a full menu of sandwiches and snacks, along with coffee, sodas, and beer. For directions, see their website at or call at 416-9707. For other information, contact Tanya Olson at Amy Nolan at or visit the durham3 website at durham3 is sponsored in part by Carolina Wren Press. (

Chris Salerno- Christopher Salerno's first book, "Whirigig," was recently shortlisted for the Walt Whitman Award and is due to be published by Spuyten Duyvil (NYC) in February '06. A Graduate of Bennington College's MFA Program For Writers, he currently teaches First-Year Writing, Poetry Writing, and American Literature at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. His poems can be found in such journals as: Colorado Review, Jacket, The Tiny, AGNI
(online), Spinning Jenny, Free Verse, Forklift Ohio, Carolina Quarterly, LIT, GoodFoot, 5AM, Barrow Street, Can We Have Our Ball Back, River City, and others. Two of his recent poems will be included in the forthcoming anthology, "The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel."

Kirk Adam- Kirk Adam runs the Kirk Adam Gallery in Raleigh and is the brains behind Glitter films. Come and see what he is going to screen for us and see what else he has in store. Visit him in cyberspace at

Brian Howe- Brian Howe is a freelance writer and poet living in Chapel Hill, NC. He is a contributing writer at and a contributing editor at Paste Magazine. He blogs at and Howe’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Eratio, Octopus, GutCult and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is a member of the Lucifer Poetics group.

Scott Carey- PRIMUM MOBILE think radiohead, think lush, think really cool bands from the early 90s (shoegaze) that influenced many of today pop band. Scotty Carey performs on guitar and keyboard while bringing with him his hard disk recorder. It’s truly awesome.

durham3 is a series of multi-media events that bring together a variety of artists. The series is interested in using the physical and psychological thirdspace qualities of Durham to foster collaboration between artistic communities in Durham and the Triangle. Ultimately, this series would also like to aid Durham in defining its own artistic identity. Towards that end, each event will feature poets, performers, spoken words artists, visual artists, musicians, and dancers from across the Triangle.

Friday, September 09, 2005

September durham3

September in Durham means it is time for Pride and no one has more pride in Durham than durham3. We’ll celebrate Pride and Durham with an event that highlights the queerest art scene around at the Duke Coffeehouse on East Campus at 8pm on Saturday, September 24th. The September durham3 will feature music by Rachel Lee Walsh; poetry by Carrboro’s Poet Laureate and Blue Door founder, Todd Sandvik; performance art from artist and activist Randall Williams; spoken word by Sista Rhonda Reese, and film shorts from Todd Tinkham and Tinkham Town Productions. We’ll end the evening with an open mike and a, by now almost mandatory, door prize drawing. Doors open at 7:30, the event gets swinging at 8pm, open mike is first come, first serve, and don’t forget the Duke Coffeehouse is BYOB. There is a 2$ cover and there will be an artist’s table chockfull of brilliance when you like what you hear. The Duke Coffeehouse is located in the Crowell Building on East Campus, right around the corner from the main Pride stage. See their website , give them a call at 684-4069 or visit us at the durham3 blogspot for directions. For other information contact Amy Nolan at or Tanya Olson at durham3 urges you to enjoy the day’s Pride activities before coming out and joining us. Most importantly, during these times, durham3 reminds you that celebrating the work of artists might be the queerest thing you could do. durham3 is sponsored in part by the Carolina Wren Press

Rachel Lee Walsh- Drawing on her rock, folk, country, and blues musical influences, Rachel Lee Walsh creates songs that have been cited as beautiful and dreamy, yet dark and gritty. With just her guitar and a powerful and outstanding voice, she casts out compelling songs about her own life and the world around her. Her characters often know the struggles of growing up poor and abused, dealing with crazy families, trying to make ends meet, longing for great love, and trying to find a little place of happiness in the sun. After years of playing guitar and singing in various bands in New York City, Rachel stepped out into the front with her own writing and performing as a singer-songwriter in 2001. New York venues Rachel has performed in include The Williamsburg Public House, The Gallery at CBGB’s, Arlene’s Grocery, The Local, 9C, Superfine, and Freddy’s Backroom. In 2004, she moved her home base back down South to concentrate on touring venues in the region. Currently, she lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at

Todd Sandvik- Todd Sandvik is currently the Poet Laureate of Carrboro, North Carolina. He hosts The Blue Door reading series, a nocturnal companion to Desert City Poetry events. He is a member of Lucifer Poetics Group.

Randall Williams- Randall Williams is a freelance reporter, anti-war activist and member of the Lucifer Poetics Group. He lives in Hillsborough, N.C. His articles, poems and literary reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney's, Salon, The Independent, Word /for Word, Displayer and Gut Cult. Since 2001, he has taught journalism and creative writing in the Office of Continuing Studies at Duke University. Junk Horse Press published his two chapbooks Empire and 40 Days in 2003 and 2004. His most recent news article dealt with the U.S. Army's tactic of landing Blackhawk helicopters outside high schools as a recruitment strategy.

Rhonda Reese- Rhonda Reese- Sista Rhonda Reese is a local social activist, a spoken word artist and a member of the Bull City Slam team. Her spoken word CD, Neverending, is now available and she is working on her 2nd CD entitled Broken Silence, to be released in Jan. '06.

Todd Tinkham- Todd Tinkham is a local filmmaker and at the center of Tinkham Town Productions. TTP is an independent film production company, specializing in creating short and feature films just outside the norm. Founded in 2004 by a committed group of writers, actors and filmmakers, Tinkham Town Productions strives to create the best in fiction and non-fiction shorts and features. Visit them at

durham3 is a series of multi-media events that bring together a variety of artists. The series is interested in using the physical and psychological thirdspace qualities of Durham to foster collaboration between artistic communities in Durham and the Triangle. Ultimately, this series would also like to aid Durham in defining its own artistic identity. Towards that end, each event will feature poets, performers, spoken words artists, visual artists, musicians, and dancers from across the Triangle.

Friday, August 19, 2005

August OPEN MIC Pizza Palace

Come on out for pizza and poetry.

Durham3 will be hosting an OPEN MIC at durham's own PIZZA PALACE.

Show up at 7:30 for pizza, then sign up for the open mic that starts at 8pm.
Admission is free and pizza palace has some of the best pizza in town (and
is in one of the coolest buildings in town)!

Please let your friends know all about this. The more people we can get out
the better the show will be.

Call 919.610-9700 for more information.
Pizza Palace . 3128 Guess Road . Durham, NC 27704

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Independent Article 7/13/05

Amy Nolan loves Durham. She loves the community feel of the city and the artists who call it home. Most of all, she loves that Durham's arts scene is growing. Last year, Nolan and her friend Tanya Olson brainstormed over beers about a way to collaborate with other artists in Durham. "Raleigh and Chapel Hill both have these great thriving scenes," Nolan says. "Durham really needed something like this."
Nolan and Olson simply wanted to create a vehicle for people to get together and share their art with the public in a very accessible way. Both women have firsthand experience hosting arts events--Olson, who recently took first prize in the Independent's annual poetry competition, coordinated Politics of Poetry gatherings, and is a solid supporter of the poetry community; Nolan, a photographer, painter and graphic designer, coordinated the stammer! spoken word and poetry series at Artspace in Raleigh for a year and a half.
They came up with durham3, a series of multimedia events where artists can network and audiences are entertained. The events come in sets of three--three showcases in a span of three months at three different places around the city. The number three also represents Durham's place in the Triangle, Olson says. "It was our attempt to highlight Durham's third space qualities in itself and in the Triangle, the idea of being undefined and still in flux. Durham isn't what it is going to be yet."
Nolan and Olson are not trying to reinvent Durham--they say it's fine the way it is. Instead, they aim to make people aware of how many creative people live here. "Other art series had often seemed determined to bring culture to Durham. We believed there was a ton of culture already there, but it just wasn't in conversation with or aware of itself," Olson says.
The durham3 blog includes a manifesto that speaks to the city's undefined nature: "Durham is not simply a professional or factory town, an academic or working class town, a gay or straight town, a conservative or progressive town, a black or white town," Olson wrote. "It is a place that encompasses both sides of these dichotomies and therefore becomes something beyond those pairings, creating and occupying a new, third space."
durham3 doesn't have a permanent venue--so far it has found a home in galleries, clubs and restaurants. This also allows for activities to be held all over town, not just in one place. "No one has said no to us yet," Nolan says. "People welcomed us everywhere we went." Part of the purpose of durham3 events is to get artists who might never have met to work together. "You get to come and be around people who are trying to do the same thing you're doing," Nolan says. "We want people to form networks and form friendships." Never limited in scope or artistic vision, organizers welcome all forms of artists to participate. The spring event featured a fabric art show, two dance groups and films. Nolan says the venue was so full that she had a hard time getting through the crowd at Ooh La Latte to announce the performers as they came on stage.
A beginning-of-the-season potluck in June brought artists to Nolan's home to discuss plans for the next series. Artists navigated plates of Bocca Burgers, hummus and chocolate chip cookies as they talked about the upcoming season.
Poet Paul Aaron identifies with what Olson and Nolan are doing. "This is not the only activity in Durham that unites people, but it is one of the most meaningful," Aaron says. "Business draws Durham together, but that is rarely intimate."
MZ Julee, a performance artist living in Raleigh, currently runs stammer!, sort of a Raleigh sister to durham3. MZ Julee enjoys these events because of the respect new artists get when performing at open mic night. "Sometimes the open mics can be difficult," she says. "It's nice to have an audience that's attentive."
Writer Bill Gural says he appreciates the feedback that durham3 helps generate. Gural is always looking for input from new people, not just his peers. When he performs at group gatherings, he reads his short stories or passages to gauge the reaction.
This exchange between local artists and the public is a big part of what Nolan and Olson were hoping for when they first came up with the idea. durham3 will probably be around for a while, but the goal may already have been reached.
"It's a matter of we just came along at the right time doing the right thing," Nolan says.
The next durham3 cycle starts on July 15 during Durham's Third Friday Culture Crawl. Look for a happening on the green space outside Joe and Jo's Downtown, 427 W. Main St. You'll hear the Bull Durham Slam Team, a slam poetry group including Dasan Ahanu, Langston Fuze, Ms. Mona (Monica Daye), The Original Woman (Nitche Ward) and Rhonda Reese. The team recently placed eighth out of 24 teams at the Southern Fried Southeast Regional Poetry Slam and will be part of the Carolina Circuit Tour, along with other teams from North and South Carolina. They'll be competing in the National Poetry Slam competition this August in Albuquerque, N.M. Visual artist/storyteller/social justice activist Ellen O'Grady and Lucifer Poetics Group member Chris Vitiello will also perform. As night falls, the silver screen will light up with a short film by Bill Weaver and Jason Klarl and a project from the Center for Documentary Studies Audio Documentary Summer Institute.
There will be an open mic, admission is free, and the seats are blankets.
The second and third events are booked for August and September, and a release party for a DVD of short films about the city is planned for November.
Entries for a collection of short films about Durham are currently being accepted. To get involved in durham3, check out .