Weekend at a Glance: Racing, Rocking and Revelry

Weekend at a Glance: Racing, Rocking and Revelry

Fall is heating up! We've got 30+ events in this jam-packed weekend, from Third Friday to Don't Be Mean to People concert to the Bull City Race Fest and plenty of comedy acts, concerts and celebrations in between!

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Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo. Photo by Sarah Coppola.

Painters on the Eno: Potluck and Music Jam Thursday Sabatini Studio presents Painters on the Eno – portion of the proceeds will benefit the Eno River Association. At Golden Belt Studios, hosts will supply protein dishes and guests can bring complimentary dishes. Donations are welcome in lieu of bringing dishes. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

In Conversation: Oddisee – Thursday, noon-1pm – This acclaimed rapper and producer sits down with Durham videographer Saleem Reshamwala (aka KidEthnic) at The Pinhook for a free public conversation to touch on his music, career and how his Sudanese-American heritage has indelibly informed his art and identity in post-9/11 America.

RTP 180: Death Thursday, 5-7:30pm  This month, Research Triangle Park‘s third-Thursday speaker series takes a spooky turn. Five local experts from the startup, health tech and funeral industries will take the stage at The Frontier to discuss death. Complimentary beer, popcorn and networking begin at 5pm; show starts at 6pm. Costumes encouraged (there will be prizes!). Tickets are free, registration required. (Since it is a sensitive topic for some, the content will be light and respectful.)

Talk with Therese Anne Fowler Thursday, 5:30pm The Durham Literacy Center presents a reception and talk with the Raleigh-based author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, the runaway national bestseller that was made into a television mini-series starring Christina Ricci, at the Gothic Reading Room in the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library on Duke’s campus. Therese’s newest novel, A Well-Behaved Woman, was published just two days ago. VIP Reception starts at 5:30 p.m. (includes copy of book) and the main event is at 7 p.m.

Georgann Eubanks Thursday, 7pm The Regulator Bookshop welcomes the author of The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year, for a reading and book signing. From ice cream in Chapel Hill in January to persimmon trees in Chatham County in November, Georgann takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state.

Mighty Messengers of Soul Thursday, 7pm – Head to Beyu Caffe to see seven unique, experienced musicians from different backgrounds perform the music born from African-American churches, featuring long-time Durham favorite, Terry Wiley.

Trixie Mattel: SUPERBOWLCUT Thursday, 8pm This comedian performs at The Carolina Theatre with a fashionable new bowl cut and a night of new music and dad jokes that will leave you laughing till you cry. Special guest Tammie Brown also performs.

Oddisee Building Bridges: Muslims in America Thursday, 8pm Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, or the incisive rapper and elegant producer Oddisee, will perform at Motorco Music Hall for Duke Performances’ Building Bridges project and ongoing Hip-Hop Initiative. With a live band, he funnels his perspective as a Muslim Sudanese-American artist into his music.

Yamantaka Sonic Titans Thursday, 9pm Visit The Pinhook to hear this Toronto-based, new-wave, thunderous rock band and their newest album, DIRT.

35th Annual Parade of Homes – Friday-Saturday – The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties presents the final weekend of the Triangle Parade of Homes, which is opening doors to more than 250 beautifully designed houses. The tours are free, self-guided and open to all!

Happy Hour with Special Guest Peter Krause Friday, 5:30-6:30pm   Come meet Peter Krause, owner of Krause & Associates LLC, a consultancy that uses data analytics and video to help drivers refine their skills and get a little faster on the track, at Vert & Vogue‘s Third Friday happy hour, and enjoy a drink on the house!

Painters on the Eno: River Art Friday, 6-9pm  Join plein air artists James Keul and Rodolfo Sabatini for their opening reception at Golden Belt Studios during Third Friday, and enjoy their pop-up exhibition of landscape paintings of the Eno River.

Don’t Be Mean To People Concert – Friday, 5-11pm, and Saturday, noon-10pm – Head to Ponysaurus Brewing for two days of concerts in support of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. The event’s name roots from Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison, a collaborative beer brewed by Ponysaurus Brewing Co. with Mystery Brewing Company and 40+ other participants in 2016 to raise money and awareness around HB 2, a bill that the organizations believe “violates Golden Rule #000001.” Drink a beer while listening to one of the 20 artists, including ZenSoFlyKooley High, Rafiq BhatiaAl Riggs, Wye Oak, Shirlette Ammons & The Dynamite Brothers, Spider Bags, Skylar Gudasz, Superchunk and many more. On Friday, Runaway and Ponysaurus releases their capsule collaboration line of hats, T-shirts and socks as well as The Runaway IPA, a funky collab beer.

Portraying Power and Identity: A Global Perspective – Friday, 6-8pm – This multimedia exhibition at the 21c Museum Hotel highlights the intersections between contemporary portraiture and depictions of social, political and military power. Enjoy a cocktail reception at 6pm, followed by opening remarks from Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites and a special presentation by featured artist Anthony Goicolea.

Migration Mediation with Joanne Andrews Friday, 6-9pm Join this butterfly advocate for art-making, light snacks and drinks at Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. A portion of proceeds will go to Pupusas for Education, a local organization providing last dollar scholarships for undocumented and DACAmented students pursuing higher education.

Scrappy Hour: Making Circus Punks for Smashfest Friday, 6:30-8:30pm Help The Scrap Exchange craft and design their funky Circus Punk figures for Smashfest in November! All materials and snacks will be provided. BYOB.

Aziz Ansari Friday and Saturday, 7pm Get tickets to Durham Performing Arts Center to see this comedian, known for his role in NBC series “Parks and Recreation.”

R’Mone Entonio Friday, 7pm and 9pm Catch this young R&B and soul artist as he performs at Beyu Caffe.

Xtreme Haunt Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm Visit Xtreme Park Adventures for a zombie-shooting experience featuring a shooting ride, zombie laser-tag, mini escape room and 30-minute nighttime ropes course.

Mental Health in Motion Friday, 8-10pm  Join Proxemic Media for their second annual Third Friday Durham Dance Series at Empower Dance Studio. Mental Health in Motion, a Roanoke-based dance company, will perform a work that sheds light on the difficulties of dealing with mental illness in hopes of reducing associated stigmas.

HAWT SAUCE: A Queer Dance Party Friday, 10pm Southern Fried Queer Pride is back to heat up the dancefloor with HAWT SAUCE, a queer dance party, at The Pinhook, featuring DJ sets by Gemynii and DJ HijX De La Chingada.

New Durham Police Department Grand Opening – Saturday, 10am-3pm – The Durham Police Department, in conjunction with the Durham Emergency Communications Center, holds a community grand opening event for the new Durham Police Headquarters Complex at 602 East Main St. The grand opening will include facility tours, food, entertainment and activities for all ages. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon.

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm – Take a ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch. Pick a pumpkin to decorate, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games, plus other fun activities including a mini pumpkin toss, corn crib and cool temporary tattoos!

Harvest Festival – Saturday, noon-5pm – Visit Historic Stagville to explore the work, food and craft of enslaved African-Americans during the harvest season on a massive plantation. This year’s event features: Open hearth cooking, brick making, wood turning, mule cart rides, cross cut saw, historic paints and painting, and more. Tickets are available at the door, $5 per person. Cash or check only.

African Diaspora Book Club Saturday, 2pm Visit the bottom floor of The Regulator Bookshop for a discussion on The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. All are welcome.

Dirty White Matter Saturday, 5-7pm Using everyday materials, group discussion, recorded interviews and guided art exercises, participants will use art and group discussion to de-purify white femininity and increase accountability at The Carrack.

Annual Rothschild Lecture with Artist Amy Sherald Saturday 7-8:30pm Amy Sherald, who painted the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery, will deliver the Annual Rothschild Lecture about her exceptional portraits of African-American subjects at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. This event will be supported by an American Sign Language interpreter.

Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine and Bigfoot Saturday, 8pm  With more than two dozen appearances on late-night TV and plenty of sold-out standup performances, this comedian returns to The Carolina Theatre with jokes she draws from her everyday life.

Eric Roberson Saturday, 8pm Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, this Grammy award nominee and singer/songwriter brings new self-empowering music from his latest album, Wind, to the stage at Motorco Music Hall.

Emanuel Ax  Saturday, 8pm A regular soloist with the New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, Emanuel serves on the faculty of Juilliard and is the main duo partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, all while playing nearly a hundred of his own concerts every year. Enjoy his special Duke Performances concert at Baldwin Auditorium.

CT-X (Captured Tracks 10 Anniversary Tour) Saturday, 9pm This independent Brooklyn-based record label celebrates its 10-year anniversary tour at The Pinhook, featuring Drahla, Lina Tullgren and Wax Chattels.

Bull City Race Fest Sunday, 11am-5pm   Runners have the option of a half-marathon, 5-mile or 1-mile race through downtown and Duke University at this sixth annual race which begins and ends at Diamond View Park at American Tobacco Campus. Not looking forward to that last, grueling half-mile? Local food trucks, like Bagettaboutit, Baozi Food Truck and Mr. Mongolian, will be parked at the finish line for added motivation.

ANTI-NOSTALGIA Panel Discussion and Gallery Talk Sunday, 2-4pm Visit the ANTI-NOSTALGIA exhibition at The Carrack for a gallery discussion with curators Olivia Huntley, Elin O’Hara Slavick and other local artists.

Jeremy Camp and Matthew West Sunday, 7pm Join these Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian singers for an inspirational evening as they make their DPAC debut.

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Kensey Katz
Kensey is a UNC graduate with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and practicing her Spanish.