Durham Travel Guide
If you love lemurs and want to see them in their native habitat, you’re going to have to get to the island of Madagascar, where the animals are natives. But if you can’t quite make it to Africa (or Sir Richard Branson's island sanctuary for them), there’s a pretty good plan B: the Duke Lemur Center, at Duke University in Durham, NC, not far from the Raleigh/Durham airport.
The center at Duke is home to the world’s largest sanctuary for prosimian animals, which includes lemurs, bush babies, aye-ayes, and other adorable creatures.
In case you missed it last night—we watched despite our bracket being busted in the first round—Duke ended the hopes and dreams of Butler in the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship. We kind of thought the Blue Devils would steamroll the Bulldogs without a problem, but it was a very exciting game. Even more exciting than the game are the celebrations planned for this afternoon, so if you want to celebrate with your Dukies here’s where to do it.
It’s a little too late to party it up with the students, as Duke University slammed the gates shut on many entrances last night before the game even began. After the final buzzer sounded, students—probably fueled by several adult beverages—hit campus to light bonfires supplemented with several of the school’s benches. Nothing says celebration like burning down your school.
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"Main Street", featuring Orlando Bloom, Andrew McCarthy, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, and Colin Firth began filming in Durham, NC this week. According to IMDb, the movie is about a small town, Five Points, and a diverse group of residents whose lives change when an outsider brings something new and potentially dangerous into their quiet town.
The Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau had published a map of all locations and the dates when filming would be taking place but the map has mysteriously disappeared. They must have realized the potential chaos that would ensue once thousands of Orlando Bloom fans knew where he would be on any given day. Luckily, several savvy bloggers captured the information before it went poof. Check out the tentative list of locations for the four-week shoot after the jump:
You still have two months to plan your visit to Durham, North Carolina for the 2008 World Beer Festival. Presented by All About Beer magazine, the festival is celebrating its 13th year in the Tarheel State. The event takes place on October 4 at the much upgraded home of the Durham Bulls, The Durham Athletic Park. So after one too many, you can live your dream of being a professional ballplayer, even if you're only in the minor leagues.
There are two sessions for the festival, one in the afternoon (for dorks) and one in the evening (for the cool kids). Each guest will receive a commemorative tasting glass and then will mosey around the festival grounds to enjoy sample pours from more than 150 breweries from around the world. Live music on the main stage along with many food vendors will help you relieve your beer munchies without missing a beat.
Tickets for the festival start at $40 and go on sale on August 20. They go quickly, so if you're planning a visit to the festival, set the alarm on your new iPhone. If you want a classier experience, pony up for the $75 VIP tickets: They grant you access to some extra beer selections and complimentary food.
[Not a photo of the World Beer Festival: free-ers]