Our top picks for keeping busy this weekend, from virtual or drive-in movies to finding fresh food at the Black Farmers Market
Compiled by Laney Dalton
We Are 1 Virtual Conference – Thursday-Saturday – Infinity Diamond Club hosts its 12th annual three-day conference that creates a space for diversity and inclusion. This year’s theme – “Amplify: Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Impact” – features facilitators from across the country who will offer guidance through workshops, interviews and more.
‘Truth to Power 8’ – Thursday-Aug. 30 – Pleiades Arts presents its eighth annual visual arts show co-juried by Angel Dozier and Cornelio Campos. Showcasing the work of 30 artists, the exhibit focuses on the impact of social racism on personal and societal levels. It also offers an online gallery guide, a virtual juror talk on Friday at 7pm, virtual salon events with artists and more.
Reducing Waste in Durham Schools Meeting – Thursday, 6-7pm – Don’t Waste Durham hosts this Zoom meeting to find ways to strengthen trash management, recycling and composting in Durham schools.
‘A Thousand Cuts’ | Virtual Film – Friday-Aug. 21 – The Carolina Theatre releases its newest film, “A Thousand Cuts,” produced, written and directed by Ramona S. Diaz. Watch as a journalist uses her First Amendment rights to defend truth and democracy. The film will be available to purchase online through Aug. 21.
Food Truck Flix – Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – A team of local food trucks hosts two evenings of movie screenings at Frontier RTP. Buy a pass for your car to watch “X-Men: First Class” on Friday or the animated “Rio” on Saturday. Gates open at 6:30pm with the movie to follow at 8:30pm. Click here to see which food trucks are present. Proceeds from the weekend benefit Emancipate NC, a nonprofit supporting those who are freeing themselves from mass incarceration and structural racism.
‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine’ Screening – Friday, 10pm – Hosted by Motorco Music Hall, this online event offers an exclusive screening of “Creem: America’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll Magazine,” a film about the magazine’s history and legacy from its humble beginnings in Detroit to its growing popularity and ultimate demise.
The Alley Freezes Over! – Saturday and Sunday, noon-8pm – Alley Twenty Six is back for the first time since closing its doors in March. This outside-only, socially distanced event will have extended alley seating (plus takeout), a full food menu, frozen cocktails (think Hurricanes, Pina Coladas, etc.), adult and alcohol-free slushees and Aperol Spritzes!
Pop-Up Drive-In Theater – Saturday, 6-10:45pm – Hosted by Bull City Laughs in collaboration with Beer Durham, the Maestro Productions’ pop-up screens “Evan Almighty” at 404 Hunt St. Food trucks Cilantro Mexican Cuisine, Mr. Wingz and Mrs. Things, Breaux’s Bistreaux and Sweet Treats of NC will be on site.
Joshua Om Zaslow Album Release – Saturday, 7-8pm – The guitarist releases “Taking It to the Top,” a personal album that covers both tragic and joyous happenings in his life. All proceeds from the event, which takes place over Zoom, benefit the NC Harm Reduction Coalition.
Virtual Mask-erade – Saturday, 8-10pm – The Pinhook and The House of Coxx host a virtual show with Vivica C. Coxx, Stormie Daie, Naomi Dixx and Dustin Reams. There will be kid-friendly, bedtime stories at 8pm and an adult show following at 9pm.
Black Farmers Market – Sunday, 1-4pm – Hosted by Black August in the Park, this market, which takes place at 411 W. Chapel Hill St. showcases meat, produce and more from 30-plus Black vendors and farmers.