Weekend at a Glance: Movies, Magic & Moon Rides

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There are more than 10 best bets to keep you occupied this weekend, whether you prefer to be on your couch, in your car or out and about

weekend events – Bull Moon Ride & Run
Participate in the Bull Moon Ride and Run virtually anytime this week, or choose to race the 5K single-file on Aug. 16 (although there will be no high-fiving Wool E. Bull at this socially distanced event!). Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Durham

Compiled by Madeline Kraft


Piff the Magic Dragon – Thursday, 7pm – Live from Las Vegas, experience this new one-hour show crafted specifically for online viewing. Gather your family to watch the star of “America’s Got Talent” and Las Vegas’ “Best Headliner,” “Best Magician” and “Best Comedian” award-winner perform via Zoom. Tickets can be purchased via the Durham Performing Arts Center website. 

Hand-Building From Home – Thursday, 6:30pm – In this four-week virtual class, Jessica Sanford of the Durham Arts Council explores the art of clay hand-building projects. Students will learn pinch, coil and slab methods of construction and carving, graffito and Mishima ceramic decoration techniques as they complete four projects. Make sure to purchase clay and additional required materials before the start of class. 


Voyage en France at Parizade – Friday, 6:30-9pm – Parizade hosts a French wine-paired dinner with a special menu from Chef Jason Lawless, which includes phyllo-wrapped shrimp, linguine and clams, braised octopus and squid ink gnocchi, grilled ribeye and banana rum Napoléon. Reserve a seat in Parizade’s socially distanced courtyard.  

Virtual Film Screenings – Friday – The Carolina Theatre opens ticket sales for virtual screenings of “Rebuilding Paradise,” “A Girl Missing,” “The Fight,” “My Dog Stupid,” “Gordon Lighfoot: If You Could Read My Mind” and “Marley.” Viewers can complete the at-home experience by ordering popcorn, candy, drinks and more online and then picking up concessions from 4pm to 8pm.


Food Truck Flix – Friday and Saturday, 9pm – A team of local food trucks hosts two evenings of movie screenings at Frontier RTP. Buy a pass for your car to watch “Moulin Rouge” on Friday or “Fern Gully” on Saturday. Gates open at 7pm with the movie to follow at 9. 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. 


Bull Moon Ride and Run Kick Off – Saturday through Aug. 16 – Habitat for Humanity of Durham’s virtual race begins this Saturday. Choose to run a 5K or bike 6 or 12 miles to support Habitat for Humanity in its mission “to strengthen the community by providing low-income families with safe, decent and affordable housing.” Register and then virtually complete your chosen race anytime and anywhere between Aug.1-16, or join in the single-file, in-person 5K race will take place on Aug. 16. 

Maplewood Cemetery Walks – Saturday, 9am and 11am – Preservation Durham hosts small-group, historic tours through Maplewood Cemetery to share stories on the extraordinary and ordinary people who rest in Durham’s first planned, public space. Participants will also learn about the funerary customs and grave architecture. Everyone is required to wear a face mask, and RSVP in advance to attend.

The Alley Freezes Over! – Saturday, 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!

Movies in the Beer Garden – Saturday, 8pm – Watch “Space Jam” on a 20-foot inflatable screen at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in its outdoor beer garden. While the movie is free, Glass Jug asks viewers to consider buying a few rounds from the bar and tipping the staff well to offset the costs of licensing the show. To ensure a safe environment, no groups larger than six are permitted, and people must social distance. 

Greenway Games – Saturday-Aug. 9 – East Coast Greenway Alliance hosts this virtual event to support its goal of a healthier, more equitable and more connected East Coast Greenway. Participants are invited to a game or activity on the greenway, from hopscotch and hiking to biking or running. It’s free to participate, but fundraising is encouraged, which includes fun incentives like a limited-edition T-shirt. 


MY Flow – Sunday, 7:30-8:30am – Dakota Green of Midtown Yoga hosts a free outdoor yoga class at Durham Central Park. Sign up in advance and bring a mat to the free, socially distanced class. 

Goat-Themed Car Bingo – Sunday, 1-2:30pm – Earth to Us Vegan Comfort Food hosts a goat-themed game of bingo to play from your car. Winners have a chance to receive handmade pottery prizes from The Clumsy Pottery & Arts by Mandy Lilley. Participants can also order takeout from Earth to Us. Bingo cards cost $10 each in advance or five for $40 to support the rescued animals at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro. 


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