There’s plenty of fall events this weekend, whether it’s a DPAC show, the start of half marathon season or art exhibit openings and receptions
Compiled by Isabella Reilly
2021 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival – Thursday-Sunday – The 2021 edition of the festival focuses on some of the issues we faced in the past year – including, but not limited to, systemic racism, massive protests and a global pandemic – from the lenses of filmmakers and cultural activists. A selection of films directed and produced by Afro-Latin American directors (and by others on issues of the diaspora) will highlight the emergence of a generation of audiovisual producers in the region. All films and events (both in person and virtual) are free and open to the public.
A Thriving Shady Perennial Garden – Thursday, 5-6pm – Join Deborah Pilkington, retired owner of landscaping services The Mini Gardener, to learn about perennials that can bring seasonality, color and texture to your garden. This event also includes an optional walk through Sarah P. Duke Gardens following the in-person or virtual presentation. Registration is required.
Darrien Rutherford Live – Thursday, 7pm – Enjoy a performance by the local indie guitarist artist at The Oak House Durham.
Screen/Society – ‘White Dog’ – Thursday, 7-8:35pm – The Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University hosts a free viewing of Samuel Fuller’s 1982 film. Originally withheld from release, the film powerfully examines American racism and features appearances from Paul Winfield and Kristy McNichol.
Duke University Wind Symphony: Scenes and Views – Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm – The group presents its free opening concert at Baldwin Auditorium. The program showcases music relating to nature and the world around us, including performances of Roger Zare’s “Mare Tranquillitatis” and William Grant Still’s “From the Delta.” The in-person event can also be livestreamed.
An Evening with Stephen Lynch – Thursday, 8pm – Motorco Music Hall hosts the American actor – best known for his roles in “The Usual Suspects,” “Bio-Dome” and “The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas” – for an evening of musical comedy.
The Marshall Tucker Band – Thursday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre presents a soulful performance by the South Carolina-based group, featuring special guest Ben Chapman.
‘The Woolgatherer’ – Thursday-Saturday, 8pm – Shadowbox Studio hosts Jeri Lynn Schulke and David Berberian as they perform this 1979 play, which follows two broken souls during an uneasy one-night fling.
Thelma and The Sleaze – Thursday, 9pm-midnight – The Pinhook presents the independent, all-female, queer Southern rock band for a live performance, featuring songs from their latest EP, “Sacred as Hell.” Doors open at 8pm.
Triangle Parade of Homes – Friday-Sunday, noon-5pm – The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and Home Builders Association Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties presents this free, self-guided tour of the newest homes in the Triangle. The parade showcases the latest construction with innovative designs and technology in all price ranges.
Grand Opening Festival in the Park – Friday, 4-10pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab celebrates the grand opening of its downtown location at Durham Central Park. The free event features food trucks from Locals Oyster Bar, El Jefecito and The Mad Popper as well as live performances from DJ Jeremy Grooms and Cosmic Superheroes and a vendor marketplace. A beer trailer will serve up Glass Jug brews, and craft cider, wine, hard seltzer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the taproom.
Science Nights: Monster Makers – Friday, 5:30-8pm – Join the Museum of Life and Science for a monster-themed artventure, featuring mix-and-match stuffies to sew, glue or pin a “frankenstuff.” Admission includes access to some indoor spaces and activities.
Evening Eno Exploration Paddle – Friday and Saturday, 5:45pm – Adventure out to the lower Eno River with the Two Sisters Adventure Co. Both single kayaks and canoes are available for two-hour rentals, and guests are encouraged to bring their own headlamp or flashlight.
More Than Just a Game: the NCCU vs. NC A&T Football Rivalry Opening – Friday, 6-8pm – The Museum of Durham History presents its latest exhibit, which explores one of the biggest rivalries in sports for historically Black colleges and universities. Be sure to stop in for music, refreshments and to hear from special guest speakers – retired Sen. Mickey Michaux and community curators Charles Johnson from North Carolina Central University and Arwin Smallwood from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
Games Over Gangs – Friday, 6-8pm – Come out to the Holton Career & Resource Center to bring awareness to gang violence by participating in a friendly video game competition hosted by Durham Parks & Recreation. Registration is required, and the event is free to Durham residents.
Third Friday Durham Art Walk & Gallery Crawl – Friday, 6-9pm – Visit downtown and support local artists at a variety of venues, including 21C Museum Hotel, 5 Points Gallery, The Artisan Market @ 305, PS 118, Bull City Art & Frame Co. and more.
Fright Night – Friday, 6-9pm – Durham Parks & Recreation hosts an all-age friendly “frightful” evening at the Edison Johnson Recreation Center, complete with classic carnival games, a costume parade and a haunted house. Don’t forget to wear your spookiest attire!
October LIVE! From the FSC: Art & Business Walk – Friday, 6-10pm – Head to the Hayti Heritage Center for a free back-to-school skate party, featuring grub from Everyone Eats food truck and live musical performances.
Third Weekend Festivals at The Fruit – Friday, 6pm-1am, and Sunday, 2-6pm– Festivals of Art, Thought and Culture presents this free two-day event at The Fruit featuring food, art, speakers and live music. The event also includes a Tiny Talk series, an exhibition on the art of photography, an Ambull fashion segment and performances from Asante2Fresh, David D’Angelo, Beany V. and more. There will be a conversation about mental health and a meet-and-greet reception with artists and producers on Sunday. Registration is required.
One Night with Nikki Glaser – Friday, 7pm– The Carolina Theatre hosts the comedian and Comedy Central podcaster on her national tour. Nikki’s multiple stand-up specials and late-night TV appearances often focus on jokes about her most humiliating moments as a woman in the modern world.
‘The Princess Bride’ & ‘The Lost Boys’ – Friday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre screens the 1987 satiric romance film followed by the 1987 vampire horror film during its weekly Retro Film Series.
Screen/Society – ‘The Viewing Booth’ – Friday, 7-8:15pm – The Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University hosts a free viewing of Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s 2019 film, which explores the limits of filmic empathy and its ability to generate political change.
Family Weekend Concert: Duke Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Jason Marsalis – Friday, 8-10pm – Visit Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University for a live performance featuring the youngest son of the famous jazz family, the Marsalises.
RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles – Friday, 8pm, and Saturday, 2pm and 8pm – Hear all your Beatles favorites at the Durham Performing Arts Center during a theatrical performance of “The Best of Abbey Road Live.”
‘LAMB’ – Friday-Sunday – The Carolina Theatre screens this supernatural film that follows the story of Icelandic sheep farmers María and Ingvar who discover and raise an unusual newborn who is half human, half sheep. The film will be shown in Icelandic with English subtitles.
Move-A-Bull City – Saturday, 8:30am-3pm – Take a ride to The Scrap Exchange to participate in Bike Durham’s free family-friendly annual celebration of transportation, complete with bike rides, workshops, music, hula hoops, jump ropes, food trucks and more. Registration is required.
Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday-Sunday – Start your fall season with a trip to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch by way of the Dinosaur Trail. Activities include a hay maze, nature-themed bingo, take-home activities and a return train ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway. Each ticket holder receives a pumpkin, too.
Casey Nees, Muggle Magic – Saturday, 11am – The Carolina Theatre hosts the professor and storyteller for a fun-filled program on science and magic! Creative thinkers will explore levitation, color changing “potions,” potential and kinetic energy, singing rods and more. A virtual viewing option is available.
Annual Historic Home Tour 2021 | The Tudor Revival: From Cottage to Mansion – Saturday-Sunday, noon-4pm – Preservation Durham resumes its two-day annual home tour, showcasing Tudor-style architecture that has been lovingly maintained or rehabilitated.
BIT-RDU Block Party Fundraiser for Kramden Institute – Saturday, 2-6pm – Kramden Institute hosts an afternoon of raffles and games to support the Raleigh-Durham chapter of Blacks in Technology. All proceeds go toward supplying educational equipment to low-income families. Monetary and gently used equipment donations will be accepted. The event is free, but registration is required.
Raphael Xavier’s ‘The XCOPE’ – Saturday, 6pm, 7:30pm – The Delaware native and self-taught dancer performs this American Dance Festival-commissioned piece, which combines live music, electronic technology and hip-hop aesthetics to create a narrative performance. Tickets are required.
The Felice Brothers – Saturday, 8pm – The folk-rock band – which is on tour to promote its eighth studio album, “From Dreams to Dust” – performs live at Motorco Music Hall. Special guest Al Olender opens the show.
Jo Gore – Saturday, 8pm – The Blue Note Grill presents the North Carolina vocalist during a mesmerizing evening of jazz, blues and R&B.
Family Weekend Concert: Duke Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony – Saturday, 8-10pm – Join the Duke Department of Music at Baldwin Auditorium to hear from three of Duke’s largest student ensembles. Tickets are required, and the show will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend.
Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, 7:30am – The ninth annual half marathon, 5-mile and 1-mile race through downtown and Duke University begins and ends at Diamond View Park at the American Tobacco Campus. Not looking forward to that grueling last half-mile? Local food trucks, a beer garden, kids’ zone and live entertainment will be parked at the finish line for added motivation!
CLICK! Photography Festival – Sunday, 10am-2pm – Durham Central Park presents its own inaugural photo fair that features free demos and workshops from The Light Factory, The ECU School of Art Photography Guild, the Durham County Library and more during this annual event. Lunch will be served by food trucks Bull City Eatery and Café Rican.
Parties for the Park: Trucks for the Park – Sunday, 4-6pm – Durham Central Park hosts this food truck sampling event featuring 10-plus trucks – Bulkogi, Gussy’s, Oink N Moo, Safari Eatz, Qspresso, Baton Rouge Cuisine, Bull City Eats, Not Just Icing, Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, The Glass Jug Beer Lab, Bull City Burger and Brewery and more. Tickets include two beers from local breweries or a cash bar.
America – Sunday, 7:30pm – The perennial classic-rock favorite performs live at the Durham Performing Arts Center for the first time ever to celebrate its 50th anniversary tour.