Thursday's going to be a big day for the new Durham Performing Arts Center, as facility operators Nederlander and PFM will unveil the inaugural schedule for the new arts facility in the revitalizing American Tobacco district during the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon.
No early word on what to expect -- but given the pedigree of the operating team, I'd be shocked if it wasn't a set that'd make folks take notice.
One early line we can report: construction on the DPAC is going well, with the contractor still projecting an on-time, on-budget completion; expect the first shows to fall late in the calendar year.
Thanks to Bob Klaus, the recently-named general manager of the facility, we got a sneak peek at the construction progress last week, providing a great preview of what's to come for what will be, at its opening, the largest performing arts center of its kind between Atlanta and the megalopolis.
The theater sits just north of Diamond View I and the new East Deck parking structure in the American Tobacco section of downtown Durham; if you drive down Mangum St. from north Durham, it's hard to miss the building's front rising between the Durham Kress and the old bank building. The building will be fronted by glass, giving a brilliant view of crowds in conversation pre-show and during intermission -- something architect Phil Szostak stated over at Endangered Durham was an intentional choice, intended to highlight Bull City citizens' proclivity for lively debate. (See more over about the project and the history of the site over at Gary's place.)
In fact, if you're growing accustomed to the open steel front of the building -- take your last pictures soon. The glass windows have arrived, and will start going on the building in the coming weeks; a mix of clear and tinted glass will be visible on the building's north-facing facade.