‘The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence’ @ Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Oct 23 2017 – Jan 14 2018 all-day

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University opens a new exhibit – the first of its kind in the United States – dedicated to the works of Carlo Dolci, an important 17th-century Italian painter of the powerful Medici family. A devout Catholic, Dolci chose religious subjects most often in his work, and the exhibition – with major loans from the Louvre in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence and private Italian collections – features 30 paintings and works on paper, including a rare 17th- century Florentine still-life painting.

DON’T QUIT: The Nello Teer, Sr. Story @ Museum of Durham History
Oct 23 – Dec 15 all-day

Many in Durham have heard the Teer name, but few know the backstory of the family or company it founded. A crippling injury, Jim Crow denouncement, Blue Ridge Parkway contribution, even Cherry Point rattlesnakes — these are just a few of the details found in a tale that spans more than a century and extends to countries around the world. The Museum of Durham History tells that story in its newest exhibit, “DON’T QUIT: The Nello Teer, Sr. Story.”

Kimberly Wheaton’s Ecology & Artifact @ Pleiades Gallery
Oct 23 – Oct 31 all-day

Pleiades Gallery in Durham will hold a reception for Kimberly Wheaton’s Ecology & Artifact a solo exhibit of paintings on Friday, October 20 from 6-9pm. Kimberly’s show upstairs at Pleiades is on display from October 5 – October 31. Her paintings are vibrant, highly textured abstract and semi-abstract works that are musings on our relationships with one another as well as observations of the natural world. In addition, this will be a reception for Selfie by all Pleiades artists which can be seen through October 31.

Hours for Pleiades Gallery are Thurs., noon-7, Fri., noon-8, Sat., noon-8, and Sun., noon-3.

Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour Preview Show @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Oct 23 – Nov 12 all-day

Preview work by the 80+ artists participating in the 2017 Orange County Artists Guild open studio tour before deciding which studios to visit. October 23 – November 12. Reception Friday, Oct. 27th 6-9pm. Owned & operated by 22 local artists the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts features painting, sculpture, photography, glass arts, jewelry, turned wood, pottery & fiber arts. Hours: 10-6 M–Th, 10-8 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun.

SELFIE – Pleiades Member Artists’ Show @ Pleiades Gallery
Oct 23 – Oct 31 all-day

Pleiades Gallery in Durham invites the public to view SELFIE, an exhibit by our member artists exploring this concept. In addition view Kimberly Wheaton’s Ecology & Artifact Her solo exhibit of paintings features vibrant, highly textured abstract and semi-abstract works that are musings on our relationships with one another as well as observations of the natural world. Both shows are on display from October 5-October 31. Join us for the public reception on Friday, October 20 from 6-9 pm.

Hours for Pleiades Gallery are Thurs., noon-7, Fri., noon-8, Sat., noon-8, and Sun., noon-3.

Perfect Arrangement @ Raleigh Little Theatre
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm

“Perfect Arrangement” (Dark Comedy), by Topher Payne.

It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover-up. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American Gay Rights Movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

Love Never Dies @ Durham Performing Arts Center
Oct 31 – Nov 5 all-day

“The Phantom of the Opera” lives on at the Durham Performing Arts Center, where Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel musical continues the fateful story full of passion and drama.

Majesty Incognito – Paintings by Yuko Nogami Taylor @ Pleiades Gallery
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all-day

There are very few archival photographs of Southern African Americans dating from the early 1900’s. The original black and white images fascinated Yuko with their powerful imagery, compelling her to paint color and life into them. She is particularly captivated and moved by the dichotomy of strength and humility etched in these human portraits.
Through her series of paintings, she hopes to bridge a connection between her nameless subjects and our inner selves using her Japanese heritage, to celebrate the strength, to honor the humility, and to share the beauty that is in all our lives.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU! @ Living Arts Collective
Nov 1 – Nov 5 all-day

Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) presents Killian Manning’s dance-theater piece about patriotism and treason inspired by today’s political turmoil at Living Arts Collective. Also, check out the DIDA launch party celebrating its fourth season of independent dance in Durham with live performances poolside at the Unscripted Hotel pool deck on Oct. 7.

Wellness Wednesdays – Shifting Limiting Beliefs @ Collective Wellness
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for these free, 1-hour Community Classes offered to give participants both an educational and an experiential look at different elements of Wellness!


Led by Traci Philips
FREE class
Open to the Public

Please register:

Hands-on Fall Soups and Stews Cooking Class @ Durham Spirits Co.
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cooler weather is on the way. Time to curl up by the fire with a hearty stew. In this class, we will make several soups and stews inspired by the cool weather and fall garden.

Menu includes: Butternut Squash with Lentils and Coconut; Pumpkin and Pork Pozole; Potato Soup with Mushrooms and Leeks; Southern Sausage and Collard Green Soup; Caramelized Apple and Onion Cornbread.

Hike NC Guided Hike @ Umstead State Park: Reedy Creek Bike ‘N’ Bridle Trail
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an every-Wednesday after-work hike on the bike ‘n’ bridle trail at Umstead. We’ll meet at 6 p.m. at the Lake Crabtree neighborhood entrance to the park, walk out to the cemetery and return. The total distance of this hike is 5 miles, but feel free to turn around at any time. The hike is a mellow climb out and a mellow descent back. This is a great introduction to hiking for beginners and a good aerobic workout for more experienced hikers. Our hike leader will hang in the back with the beginners.

Hands-on Fall Southern Nights Cooking Class @ Durham Spirits Co.
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the holidays are right around the corner. What better way to celebrate fall in North Carolina and get ready for all of that holiday entertaining, than with a harvest dinner? In tonight’s class, we will discuss the best way to prepare and execute the perfect dinner party with a meal inspired by the local harvest.

Menu includes: Roasted Gruyere Sweet Potato Tart; Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Cranberries; Benne Seed Encrusted Pork with Apple Bourbon Sauce; Coconut Creamed Collard Greens; Maple Brown Butter Pear Tart with Pecan Crust.

Durham County Pottery Tour @ Claymakers
Nov 4 – Nov 5 all-day

Spend the weekend touring local works by more than 20 potters who showcase their talents and studios. Also get a glimpse inside two local teaching facilities, Claymakers and Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, which are open for viewing.

North Carolina Whirligig Festival @ Downtown Wilson
Nov 4 – Nov 5 all-day

Wilson, N.C. hosts its annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival on November 4-5 in Historic Downtown Wilson. The popular family-friendly community arts festival, which set attendance records last year, happens annually the first weekend in November. The street festival celebrates the arts, specifically the whimsical, wind-driven whirligigs (giant sculptures made from recycled industrial parts by local folk-artist Vollis Simpson). Families can enjoy arts and crafts, three live entertainment stages, 200+ vendors, food and beverage including a beer garden, non-profit organizations, and the free Whirli-Kidz Zone. The City of Wilson also sponsors Touch-A-Truck (for kids ages 3+ to explore, climb and touch variety of city trucks and emergency response vehicles) and an Inspiration Station zone where kids of all ages can build and create alongside local artists.

This year’s festival coincides with the November 2 Grand Opening of the downtown Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, a one of a kind art park to celebrate its namesake and act as a home for his many creations.

Who: Wilson, N.C., with farming roots dating to 1849, is a vibrant community located in Eastern North Carolina, known for its hometown charm, thriving arts community, antiques, barbecue, and award-winning, revitalized downtown.

Where: The city of Wilson is 45-minutes east of Raleigh on U.S. Route 264. North Carolina Whirligig Festival is held in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilson along Nash, Tarboro, Goldsboro, South and Douglas Streets. Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is located at 301 Goldsboro Street S., Wilson, N.C. 27893.

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5, 2017 (rain or shine). Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm. For schedule of events, parking or more information, visit or call Wilson Visitors Center at 800-497-7398.

Admission is free.