‘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.”

Collaboration – Featured Members’ Exhibit @ Pleiades Gallery
Nov 16 – Dec 23 all-day

What do you get when 10 artists work on a project together? “Collaboration” is our featured exhibit in the downstairs gallery. Each Pleiades Arts member artist worked on a portion of an overall image. The pieces join together to create a larger image that is greater than the sum of its parts.

“Tom Dunne” a solo exhibition of paintings by featured artist Tom Dunne. @ Pleiades Gallery
Dec 1 – Dec 23 all-day

Pleiades Gallery in Durham invites the public to “Tom Dunne,” a solo exhibit of works by our featured December artist Tom Dunne.
Also, what do you get when 10 artists work on a project together? “Collaboration” is our featured exhibit in the downstairs gallery. Each Pleiades Arts member artist worked on a portion of an overall image. The pieces join together to create a larger image that is greater than the sum of its parts. Both exhibits will run through December 23.

Cinderella @ Raleigh Little Theatre
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm

“Cinderella” (Musical), based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Adaptation and lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy

This musical comedy is a holiday sugarplum for the whole family. Just the right mixture of comedy and romance can add the sparkle of magic to your holiday season. This visually stunning musical combines elegant costumes and scenery with singing, dancing, conniving step relatives and resourceful fairy folk.

Children’s Theatre – Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

Chefs for Change Dessert Gala @ The Rickhouse
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Durham has an incredible food scene. It also has a significant problem with family homelessness.

Please join Families Moving Forward on Friday, December 8th from 7-10 pm for our Chefs for Change Dessert Gala for an evening of community celebration, local desserts, auction/ raffle, live entertainment, and the unveiling of our 2018 Chefs for Change Series chef line-up!

S’mores with Santa Community Campfire @ Edgemont Park
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Santa around the warm, crackling campfire, making sweet candy cane s’mores. All ages. No pre-registration required. No Cost.

Art Market at Vega Metals @ Annual Holiday Market
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Holiday Festival for ongoing Saturday Event.

The Art Market at Vega Metals is an outdoor market on Saturday mornings in
downtown Durham, at 214 Hunt Street. We host vendors selling locally-made art, as well as food, beverages, and other specialty items.

The Art Market is an extension of the Gallery at Vega Metals, a cooperative artist collaboration showcasing extraordinary metal artwork for the home, business, and garden,
​as well as jewelry and fine art.

Art Market at Vega Metals @ Annual Holiday market
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Locally Made Arts and Crafts for everyone on your list
Live Music
Free Refreshments
Food Trucks
Special Guest: Santa Claus! Bring the Kids for Photo’s

Nate Swick – American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas @ McIntyre's Books
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

North and South Carolina together offer an impressive range of natural habitats for birds. From the spruce-fir woodlands of the Appalachians in the west to the rolling Piedmont hills and extensive pinelands, all the way east to the saltwater marshes and bays of the barrier islands, the Carolinas are a perfect place to see many types of birds. From oystercatchers, turnstones, and avocets to warblers, sparrows, finches and everything in between, the Carolinas are a birder’s paradise.
This new book in the American Birding Association Field Guide series builds on the excellence of previous titles. It includes 550 beautiful color photographs featuring 300 bird species in natural habitats, a clear and concise introduction, identification, habitat, and birdsong text. Additionally, it features tips on when and where to see birds and a detailed state map, index, and quick index. It is a perfect portable book for beginning to intermediate birders.
Nate Swick is a birder. He grew up in the midwest but currently makes his home in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are birders too. He has a soft spot for Piping Plovers and loves pelagics even when his stomach doesn’t, which makes him the quintessential Carolina birder. Nate is the editor of the ABA blog, host of the American Birding Podcast, and author of two books, Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.

Holiday Storytime with Llama Llama Red Pajama @ McIntyre's Books
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join McIntyre’s Books for a special storytime and visit from Llama Llama Red Pajama himself to celebrate the holiday season!
Come in your cozy pajamas to hear some Llama Llama stories, do some fun crafts and enjoy holiday treats! Children of all ages are welcome!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.
About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Cheers to Two Years at Vita Vite @ Vita Vite
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

VV is turning two, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Drop by on Saturday evening to enjoy live music by Old Habits, nab a Rise Cameron Village donut from our signature donut wall and get the first taste of a new beer we’ve crafted in collaboration with Neuse River Brewing Company! We have loved been a part of the Raleigh community, and we’re excited to spend the evening with you!

Choral Society of Durham Holiday Concert @ Duke Chapel
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Chilcott, Wachner
Advent and Christmas Carols
for Choir and Brass
For ticket information visit

Woodlake Handmade Holiday @ Woodlake Clubhouse
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come out and do some holiday shopping with your local South Durham artists! We’ll have twelve very unique artists with some amazing handmade work ranging from woodworking, jewelry, ornaments, glasswork, fiber arts, clay work, baked goods and everything in between!

The craft show will be held in Woodlake Clubhouse, about 2 miles from Southpoint Mall. Come have some hot apple cider and finish up your holiday shopping by supporting small local artisan businesses. Nothing beats a unique handmade gift!

A percentage of all sales will benefit PORCH. This program currently provides 538 backpacks with food for the weekend to those children most in need within 6 Durham Public Schools as well as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham. In 2013 the IFFS introduced the School Pantry Program (using food collected from PORCH-Durham that was not suitable for backpack buddies), that currently serves up to 2,000 students in 3 elementary, 4 middle, 4 high schools, Durham Technical Community College, Durham Teen Center, Healthy Families of Durham, and the Durham Literacy Center. For more information check out

Ponysaurus Reserve Bottle Release @ Ponysaurus Brewing Co
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the beer year! Join Ponysaurus Brewing Co. for the yearly release of their favorite 22oz bottle! The result of our finest brewing efforts, the Ponysaurus Reserve is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale featuring rich brown malts and Belgian candy syrup made in-house. Flavorful Belgian yeast yields a complex yet elegant set of fruit and floral notes, while the candy syrup ferments almost completely, resulting in a scarily drinkable beer clocking in at just under 10% ABV.

They will have the 2017 and the 2016 Reserve available on tap. If you order either pint you will be able to enter a raffle to win a limited-edition 2016 Reserve bottle.

Bottle sales will start at NOON Sunday, December 10th. Sales are limited to 3 per person per day. Bottles are $15 each.