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Lobby Call

Lobby Call is an open invitation to show up.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

THE GREAT DURHAM ODYSSEY

Sunday, June 2, 11am-4pm


Assemble your all-star team and join us for The Great Durham Odyssey, a celebration of the sesquicentennial hosted in partnership with Durham 150.

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MOUTHGUARD WITH SADIE DUPUIS

Monday, March 11, 6:30-8pm


Follow indie rock multi-instrumentalist Sadie Dupuis’ first foray into poetry, Mouthguard, through a couch conversation with former SPIN editor Charles Aaron.

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SEEING SCIENCE FAIR

Saturday, Feb 23, 5-8pm


Calling all curious minds and life-long learners! Lobby Call is joining forces with artist Iris Gottlieb for a weird and wonderful pop-up Seeing Science Fair.

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HYGGE HUDDLE

Saturday, Jan 12, 11am-1pm


Cozy up with us this winter weekend for a Hygge-inspired craft and coffee workshop with Freeman’s Creative.

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GET IT, TOGETHER

Sunday, Nov 4, 12-4pm


Join us, in collaboration with Southern Cultures Quarterly and The Nasher Museumfor a therapeutic gathering to soothe pre-election nerves with communal creativity.

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NIGHT MOVES

Thursday, Oct 11, 6pm


Tap into Jessica Hopper and Mac McCaughan’s discussion on everything from the early 90’s music scene to the #MuteRKelly movement and her latest book, Night Moves.

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TYPOCALYPSE

Saturday, June 23, 12-3pm
Coffee Shop


Hang out with the Poetry Fox for a pop-up celebration of all things typewriter, from typo-music to exquisite corpse collaborations to poetry-on-demand.

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RADICAL INDIGO WITH RALEIGH DENIM WORKSHOP X RIVTAK

Saturday, June 16, 11am-2pm
Patio


Experience the beauty and ease of dyeing natural fiber at Lobby Call’s second Make & Mend Party.

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STRANGE ENCOUNTERS WITH CULTURE HAIR STUDIO, QUINAN DALTON and WILD THINGS

Friday, June 15, 6-8pm
Entryway and Roof


Dive into this interactive exploration of the anonymity and luxury of hotel life told through the lens of cult classic horror movies.

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JEGHETTO’S PUPPET MUSEUM

Saturday, June 2, 12-3pm
Coffee Shop


Immerse yourself in Jeghetto’s magical world of puppetry at his multimedia pop-up puppet museum.

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NC MUSIC TRIVIA W/ WUNC MUSIC

Tuesday, May 8, 6pm
The Roof

Test your local music knowledge on The Roof Tuesday, May 8th at the first-ever WUNCMusic North Carolina Music Trivia Night with your host, Eric Hodge.

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Cake & Obituaries

Cake & Obituaries

Wednesday, March 21, 12:30pm
The Mezzanine

Author and illustrator Maira Kalman and choreographer John Heginbotham spend an hour of conversation modeled on Maira’s favorite morning ritual: the reading of obituaries over coffee. In partnership with Duke Performances.

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O Moldy Night

O Moldy Night

Sunday, March 4, 5pm
The Restaurant

The Art (and Consumption) of Shaped Food Traditions in the 21st Century. Curated by Emily Wallace, Kate Elia, & Kate Medley.

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Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project Revisited

Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project Revisited

Sunday, Feb 25, 1pm
The Mezzanine

Photos & stories from folk musician and songwriter Alice Gerrard’s life on tour. Hosted by INDY Week’s Music Editor, Allison Hussey

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Coming Down is the Hardest Thing

Coming Down is the Hardest Thing

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6pm
The Roof

Photos and Stories by Tom Petty’s Tour Photographer & Documentarian Andy Tennille.
Hosted by MC Taylor.

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Curio

Curio

Saturday, January 13, 12:30pm
The Coffee Shop

Artifacts collected from North Carolina’s creative community were curated in partnership with UNC Press’s Southern Cultures Quarterly and displayed in a pop-up museum in the restaurant on the theme of “New Beginnings”.

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A Mending Workshop with Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim

A Mending Workshop with Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2pm
The Coffee Shop

A hands-on mending workshop. Guests brought ripped, torn, and patch-ready apparel learned how to mend and hand stitch for style over coffee and cocktails. Screen printed patches made from remnant denim were provided by Durham textile artists Rivtak Handmade.

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A Listening Lunch with The Blind Boys of Alabama

A Listening Lunch with The Blind Boys of Alabama

Tuesday, Nov. 14, noon
The Restaurant

The Blind Boys of Alabama shared the albums that have influenced them and the stories behind the music that defined the sound of the American south at a listening lunch hosted by Professor Mark Anthony Neal in the restaurant.

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A Conversation on Art and Identity

A Conversation on Art and Identity

Friday, October 27, 4pm
The Mezzanine

Durham artists Maya Freelon Asante, Gemynii, Stef Bernal-Martinez and Meg Stein discussed art and identity in a conversation moderated by Shannan Hayes, PhD Candidate in Literature & Feminist Studies at Duke.

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