Weekend at a Glance: Film Festivals, Fundraisers and Florence Forth

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Relax at home this weekend with virtual film screenings, or peruse indoor and outdoor exhibits across the city

weekend events – Hayti Heritage Film Festival
The 27th annual Hayti Heritage Film Festival will offer both virtual and in-person film screenings, panels and more. 

Compiled by Renee Ambroso

Nevermore Film Festival – Thursday – The Carolina Theatre presents the final day of this juried film festival, showcasing feature and short films of genres including horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, animation and mysteries or thrillers. Viewers can purchase an all-access pass or individual tickets and will have 72 hours to stream films after purchase.

Empty Bowls 2021 – Thursday, 6:30-7pm – This annual event, hosted by Urban Ministries of Durham, goes virtual for its 15th installment. Ticket holders can pick up meal-sized portions of soup from local award-winning chefs before a virtual show featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Urban Ministries’ shelter. Bowls and other wood and pottery items will be available for purchase.

‘Two Takes’ – Thursday-Sunday – This exhibit at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends presents 14 paintings of Southern landscapes and people created by Clyde Edgerton and his daughter, Catherine Edgerton. Clyde and Catherine began painting pictures of the same photographs as a way to stay in touch when Catherine moved to Florida to work on a boat. The paintings transcend time and place, stretching the limits of how to stay connected beyond geographic and cell reception limits. The exhibit is on view through April 10.

Friends of Geer Cemetery Pop-Up Exhibit – Thursday-Sunday – This pop-up outdoor exhibit, presented by the Museum of Durham History in partnership with Friends of Geer Cemetery, is open for viewing under the museum’s gazebo. The exhibit tells the stories of four women who lived in Durham in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Pearl Whitted, Julie Newby, Sallie Husband and Rodemer Jones. An examination of their lives illustrates the hardships they faced during a time of racial injustice. The exhibit is a part of MoDH’s “Votes for Suffrage: 100 Years of Women in Durham Politics” exhibit.

NCCU Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition – Thursday-Sunday – This virtual exhibit features the work of North Carolina Central University’s faculty and includes ceramics, paintings, sculptures and digital imaging. The exhibit is on view through March 12. 

Hayti Heritage Film Festival – Thursday-Saturday – One of the nation’s longest-running Black film festivals celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. The festival will be held both virtually and in person, screening documentaries, fictional shorts, features and classic Black cinema along with master classes and panel discussions.

Spring Blood Drive – Friday, 9am-4pm – The Durham Performing Arts Center partners with The Blood Connection of Central and Eastern NC to support local hospitals. Donors will receive a $20 Visa gift card and are encouraged to pre-register online.

In Conversation: Amir Sulaiman – Friday, noon-1pm – The acclaimed poet, activist, recording artist and filmmaker joins Youssef Carter, assistant professor at the UNC Department of Religious Studies, for a screening of his new short film “Laying Flowers Setting Fires.” Amir will also read some of his work, which explores themes of identity, race, healing and love. This presentation is a part of Duke Performances’ “Building Bridges: Muslims in America” initiative.

Bull City International Film Festival – Friday-Sunday – The fourth annual festival goes virtual with films available starting at 7 p.m. on Friday. Five feature-length films and 25 shorts cover a variety of genres, which can be viewed with the purchase of one all-access ticket. 

Florence Forth Road Race – Saturday, 8am – The ninth annual race, organized by Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, offers both 5K and 10K options. The course starts and finishes at Bull City Running Company’s downtown location. Runners can also sign up for a virtual race to complete on a course of their choosing. Registration is required and closes on March 3.

Durham Craft Market – Saturday, 10am-noon – The market, open for modified hours during March, takes place at Durham Central Park and features the work of some 40 local juried artists, including jewelry, pottery and apparel. 

Cocktail Tasting at the Studio at Unscripted Durham – Saturday, 3-4:30pm – Learn how to make three types of cocktails from Unscripted Hotel’s bartenders while enjoying a variety of appetizers. Tickets are available to purchase on Unscripted’s website or OpenTable.

Brunch Market at the Honeysuckle at Lakewood – Sunday, noon-4pm – Shop for jewelry, candles and other products at this outdoor market hosted by Triangle Pop-Up at The Honeysuckle at Lakewood. The new restaurant also offers brunch, mimosas and hot beverages. Vendor booths will be 6 feet apart, and Honeysuckle staff will take guests’ temperatures before entering the market.

Online Class – Sweet and Savory Galettes – Sunday, 2-3pm – Chef John Eisensmith of Season to Taste leads a class on versatile and easy free-form pies to make with seasonal fruits and veggies. Registration is required.

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