Nebbiolo vs. Sangiovese Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Two of Italy’s most noble and distinctive grapes are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Each has their own strong following in the wine community. Some prefer Nebbiolo, a grape that tests the balance of its tannic, high alcohol, and high acid properties while still delivering one of the most rewarding wine experiences.
Some prefer the crunchy, red fruit, herbal perfume of the Sangiovese grape. In the hands of a master it can transform into a muscular Brunello di Montalcino, or an easier drinking Chianti perfect with a hearty bowl of pasta.
Whichever grape camp you stand behind, each has a masterful history that has solidified its claim to the top of Italy’s grape varietal hierarchy.
$50 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Resolutions 2017 @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Jan 20 – Jan 22 all-day

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts hosts its annual statewide juried art exhibit featuring both 2D & 3D media. January 4-22, 2017. Opening reception Friday January 13th, 6-9pm. Awards juror Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned by 21 artists featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, turned wood, pottery & fiber art. 121 N. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC. Winter Hours: 10-6 Monday – Saturday, 12-4 Sunday.

January Third Friday Arts Event at the Durham Arts Council @ Durham Arts Council
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

January’s Third Friday Durham artist reception at the DAC is truly a multidisciplinary arts event, featuring new visual art exhibits, live Vallenato music from Pavelid y su Grupo, folkloric dance performances by Takiri Folclor Latino, and hands-on craft projects. We’ll see you then for an immersive arts experience!

Opening reception for “Together” art exhibit at Pleiades Gallery @ Pleiades Gallery
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Together is an exhibit about our affinity for one another. Pleiades artists each invited a guest artist based on mutual interest, appreciation or art medium. Each art pairing provides a view into the rapport we share with others.

Potters’ Penguin Project, opening reception @ Claymakers Gallery
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An exhibit of nearly 2000 clay penguins created by 400+ participants as a community art project intended to make the distant impacts of global warming tangible. Most penguins originated in the NC Triangle area, but contributions to the exhibit come from as far west as Arizona and as far east as Spain and Germany. The show runs through February 11.

Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee @ The ArtsCenter
Jan 21 all-day

A creative blend of stand-up comedy with science. Tim Lee is a comedian with a Ph.D. who has become a sensation selling out shows from Boston to Melbourne. You can see Tim featured in Science Channel’s How Do They Do it.

Tim wasn’t supposed to be a comedian. A biologist by training, he graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with honors in biology. He went on to complete his PhD at UC Davis. He spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics before he discovered that this bored him to tears. When he tried comedy for the first time the tears stopped.

Tim has become an underground sensation with over 4 million views on his YouTube videos. Piggybacking that success, Tim took the show on the road selling out shows from New York to Sydney. Audiences hungry for comedy that is smart and funny flocked to the show. Lee’s comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly over time.

Nancy Peacock – The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes a tour de force of historical fiction that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his own identity.
“I have been to hangings before, but never my own.“
Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon Persy Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth his truth. He may be guilty, but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master’s wife.
In 1860, Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking, light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine. But on the eve of the Union Army s attack on New Orleans, Wilson shot Persy, leaving him for dead, and fled with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas. So began Persy s journey across the frontier, determined to reunite with his lost love. Along the way, he would be captured by the Comanche, his only chance of survival to prove himself fierce and unbreakable enough to become a warrior. His odyssey of warfare, heartbreak, unlikely friendships, and newfound family would change the very core of his identity and teach him the meaning and the price of freedom.
Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband Ben.

Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Peha & Margot Lester @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In this workshop, we’ll meet the challenge of writing fiction head on. You’ll create a rough sketch of a complete novel or short story, and you’ll start writing your opening scene. Writers from 8 to 88 have enjoyed this workshop for the last ten years.
Steve Peha is an award-winning author and the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc., a Carrboro, North Carolina-based education consultancy. During this workshop, he will write along with all participants describing the origin of his first and as-yet-to-be-completed novel, Jordan’s Run.
Margot Carmichael Lester is the founder of The Word Factory, as well as an active journalist and author. She has three books to her name, including Be a Better Writer, on which she collaborated with her husband, Steve Peha.

We kindly request that you RSVP via email. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Bourbon Bride Indie Wedding Show @ The Rickhouse
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

There’s a new indie wedding show in town! Featuring more than 30 of our favorite local makers, bakers, artists and all around awesome people. Come connect with creative entrepreneurs who are helping design the most fun and unique weddings in the area. We’ll have DIY craft demonstrations and entertainment. All are welcome, this is an LGBTQ friendly event.

Durham Mardi Gras @ Downtown Durham
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm

Get your krewe together and take part in this New Orleans-style parade marching from the CCB Plaza down Foster Street to Riggsbee Avenue, ending with bands at Motorco Music Hall, The Blue Note Grill, Fullsteam, the bar and The Pit.

Ponysaurus Beer Dinner @ Local 22
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come celebrate some wintry pints of local Ponysaurus Brewing Co. with our our first beer dinner of 2017. Beer geeks and craft beer connoisseurs, this is not one to miss! See the full beer line-up & paired LOCAL flavors below! Seating is limited so call and be sure to request “Ponysaurus dinner” to reserve your seat today!



Biere de garde
with Tartiflette Savoyarde


Plum Gose
with Smoked Tomato and Monkfish Bouillabaisse


with Hasenpfeffer


Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
with Apple Cinnamon Povitica

Blue Devils vs. Cancer: Sixth Annual Sweet Night in Durham @ Duke Cancer Center
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

A night of unlimited desserts dedicated to raising money to donate toward cancer research at the Duke Cancer Institute. All proceeds will go to the Duke Cancer Institute. The event will include a silent auction of autographed Duke gear, guest speakers, and musical performances by Duke’s famous a cappella groups! Enjoy desserts from Rise Biscuits and Donuts of Downtown Durham, Saladelia, Smallcakes Durham, Insomnia Cookies Chapel Hill, Three Seasons Catering, Mithai House of Indian Desserts, The Catering Company of Chapel Hill, Locopops and more! Business casual dress requested. Free parking available in Duke Hospital’s parking garage located off of Trent Drive.

PROMPTS : next steps @ The Carrack Modern Art
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PROMPTS: next steps
Sat. 1/28/17

On the closing night of January’s Nasty Women exhibit at The Carrack.
Suggested donation $5, all donations will go to Planned Parenthood.

At this event, 6 artists will present new work on the prompt “next steps.” The presenting artists are Jade Ashton, Lindsey Kelley Dance, Jody Cassell, Paige Welch, Nicole Lawson, and Emilie Raleigh.

For each PROMPTS event, a prompt is given. The prompt is your oyster. || Artists from any discipline are invited to create a new work/study/idea on the provided prompt and present it at the next event. || Check the PROMPTS Facebook page for the newest prompt and sign up for a 10 min slot with || The community is encouraged to attend PROMPTS events to see the artists’ responses.

Compass Center Presents Solar Halos, SE Ward and GOWN @ Local 506
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a night to celebrate women artists! We’ll have women-fronted bands playing great music, spoken word performances between sets, and tarot-reading. Tickets are a $10 minimum donation which can be purchased at the door or on Local 506’s website Proceeds go to Compass Center for Women and Families.

Solar Halos

S.E. Ward


Winter Revival 2017: Prophetess Janet Floyd @ Victorious Praise Fellowship
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

Drawing from her background in education and law, and her vast knowledge of the scripture and the issues that impact the 21st century Christian, Dr. Floyd provides a sharp cutting-edge, message with prophetic and revelatory teaching using biblically based principles. Using a refreshing combination of compassion, candor, and common sense, she imparts truths that will totally revolutionize the lives of everyone that hears her and equips them to be the “champions” they were created to be!