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Durham Bulls to host food trucks at July 10 game

Love food trucks and baseball? Well, rejoice! The Durham Bulls are hosting eight food trucks at the July 10 game against the Charlotte Knights.

The trucks will sell their food on the Diamond View concourse inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The trucks participating in the DBAP Food Truck Fest include Only Burger, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Sweet Stacey Cakes, BaguettAboutIt, Porchetta, The Humble Pig and American Meltdown.

Fans with tickets to the 7:05 p.m. game will have access to all the trucks. To buy tickets, call 919-956-2855 or go to durhambulls.com.

Sam Stephenson plays ball

When last heard from, documentarian Sam Stephenson was deeply immersed in "Jazz Loft," a multi-media work about a renowned jazz hangout in 1950s-vintage New York City. His latest undertaking is closer to home and involves a lot of time outdoors -- "Bull City Summer," which will document a complete season of Durham Bulls baseball. But it's less of a sports documentary than an art project, with Stephenson and his collaborators adopting some highly unique and unexpected approaches.

For further particulars, see the story in Sunday's paper. Be sure and check the "STORY PHOTOS" just below the big picture on the right, to see some samples of their work; or see the layout on old-fashioned paper on Sunday.

Daily deal offers: Half-price Southern Women's Show, Durham Bulls, Anna's Pizzeria

Three half-price offers on the daily deal sites jumped out at me today:

Voices bursting in air

As mountainous songs go, "The Star Spangled Banner" is kind of the K2 of public singing -- a challenge that daunts even the best professional singers, and with good reason because it's awfully difficult to pull off. But if you think you have what it takes, the Durham Bulls are looking for a few good anthem singers to inaugurate home games for the upcoming 2013 baseball season, which opens April 8 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Auditions happen March 16 at the Streets at Southpoint; check here for details.

Scotty McCreery to throw out pitch, sing at Triple-A National Championship Game

Scotty McCreery — the "American Idol" winner and avid baseball fan — will get to combine his two loves next month in Durham.

He'll be throwing out the first pitch and performing at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, to be held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Sept. 18. McCreery will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the game's seventh-inning stretch.

McCreery also got to mix baseball and singing last fall, when he performed the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series.

Olympians to throw out first pitch at DBAP Thursday

Olympic medalists Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory will throw out ceremonial first pitches at Thursday’s Durham Bulls game against the Norfolk Tides. The Duke student-athletes will also sign autographs for fans on the concourse during the game.
 
Johnston, 22, won a silver medal in London in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving competition along with partner Kelci Bryant.
 
McCrory, 20, of Chapel Hill, brought home the bronze in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving final along with his partner David Boudia. The junior collected the Duke diving program’s first national title on the platform at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
 
Game time Thursday is 7:05 pm and ceremonial first pitches are scheduled for 6:45 pm. Tickets for all Bulls regular season home games and the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game are available at durhambulls.com, at 919.956.BULL, or at the DBAP ticket office.
 

National Anthem Idol with the Durham Bulls

So if you're wanting to get in touch with your inner Whitney Houston and sing the national anthem in front of a crowd -- and really, who isn't? -- here's your chance. The Durham Bulls are holding open auditions for singers to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at games during the 2012 baseball season. That happens March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon on a first-come-first-served basis.

The rules: Auditioners will have 90 seconds to perform the national anthem, from memory and in a "traditional style." For additional details, contact Andrew Bryda at 919/687-6545 or abryda@durhambulls.com. Meanwhile, the season's opening day is April 5.

Cheese wrapper your ticket to free baseball

Already a steal, tickets to Durham Bulls and Carolina Mudcats games just got even cheaper.

Every Tuesday night game through Sept. 6, bring the wrapper from a package of Kraft Cheese Singles and get a free ticket when you purchase a ticket.

Durham County kicks off 2011 Recycle and Win campaign

Durham County has kicked off an incentive program where residential recycling customers can win simply by recycling properly.

Watch the Durham Bulls play ball -- in HD!

Starting tonight, local baseball fans will be able call strikes and balls from their easy chairs with a little more accuracy.

The Durham Bulls announced yesterday that in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, all 53 of the team's local broadcasts will be available for TWC customers on High Defintion channel 1151.

According to Bulls General Manger Mike Birling, the team is one of only two Minor League teams to broadcast that many games in high definition.

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