Our top picks for a safe weekend.
Compiled by Anna Southwell
OutSouth Queer Film Festival – Thursday – Formerly known as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, the inaugural OutSouth Queer Film Festival made its debut with a 41-film/11-program lineup of short and feature films available for online viewing only. Hosted by The Carolina Theatre, this year’s lineup includes features, documentaries and shorts representing the queer community. Individual film tickets and a limited number of All-Access Passes for OutSouth are on sale now. Tickets to individual film viewings are $12, plus tax and fees. All Access Passes, which enable guests to view all 11 film programs of the festival, cost $90, plus tax and fees. Purchasers will have 72 hours to watch films after buying them.
Dashing to Diamonds – Through Sunday – Check in with Diamonds Direct online or in store to take advantage of 20% savings this weekend.
RTP 180: Genetics – Thursday, 6pm – The science of genetics and the related boom of research in the region is astounding. Join in on Nov. 19 to hear from five experts on genetics from completely different angles of the industry. Topics will include newborn check screenings, genome editing, applications in developing worlds and more. Come ready to learn, ask questions, and discover the innovations happening right in our backyard. Virtual doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the pre-show slides. The show kicks off at 6 p.m., sharp.
Civil Rights History Walking Tour – Friday, 10-11:30am – Preservation Durham hosts a weekly walking tour focused on many downtown sites that were important during the 1950-60s Civil Rights movement. Sites include the Durham County Courthouse, the Durham Arts Council (which was originally Durham High School and later Durham City Hall), the Kress Building and Woolworth Building – the last two were sites of sit-in protests. The tour will also discuss Durham residents and local leaders such as Floyd McKissick, as well as national leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.
Museum Reservations – Friday, 10am-8:30pm, and Saturday, 10am-5pm – The Museum of Durham History reopens on Friday to the public with the limited capacity of five people per visit. The museum will now be open every Friday and Saturday. Visitors must book a reservation online for a limited timed entry.
Triple Stop Holiday Shop – Friday and Saturday, noon-8pm; Sunday, noon-3pm – This second annual holiday shopping market, sponsored by Durham Arts Council, kicks off at three downtown art and gift galleries: Cecy’s Gallery, The Artisan Market at 305 and 5 Points Gallery. The galleries will be selling handmade gifts, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, candles, home decor, fine art and more.
Therapeutic Goat Yoga – Friday, 1pm, Saturday, 11am and 12:30pm, and Sunday, 11am – Hux Family Farms hosts modified yoga classes surrounded by therapy goats. Participants can bring their own organic fruits and vegetables or purchase a hay bucket to feed the goats before or after class. Mats are provided, and towels can also be purchased.
The Streetery – Friday and Saturday, 5-9:30pm – Downtown Durham Inc. opens multiple downtown streets to pedestrian traffic, with festive lights, music and performers. This event runs every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19. “This is our way of welcoming folks to a safer, socially distanced, outdoor downtown experience,” says Nicole J. Thompson, DDI president and CEO.
Bull City Reels on Wheels – Friday and Saturday, 6:30pm – Durham Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Durham County Memorial Stadium, offers a series of free drive-in movies at the stadium for residents to enjoy from the comfort of their car. This weekend features “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” on Friday and “The Wiz” on Saturday. Tickets are complimentary, but must be reserved online. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, or buy your refreshments from the food trucks on-site.
Trickle Tours – Saturday, 8am-5pm – NCModernist opens new or newly remodeled, unoccupied modernist houses to the public at a trickle of the normal rate, dramatically reducing the number of people. Using timed admission, there will only be four to six people in each house at any given time. This weekend’s tour includes a new house just north of downtown at 1706 Englewood Ave., designed by architect Katie Dyer.
Golden Belt Outdoor Art Market – Saturday, noon-5pm – Golden Belt Campus and Hi-Wire Brewing host an outdoor art market on the Golden Belt Plaza where artists from Golden Belt Warehouse Studios will display their works for sale and discuss the creative process. Musician Stephen Munoz will also be on-site for an open-mic concert at 3 p.m.
Pop-Up Shop – Saturday, 2-5pm – Provident1898 supports local and minority businesses by hosting this shopping event. Admission includes one ticket redeemable for a glass of wine or beer while supplies last. A live DJ will be present during shopping hours. All attendees must have a ticket to gain entry. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed during the event. A temperature check will be required to enter the space.
Food Truck Flix – Saturday, 5:30-11:30pm – Come to Frontier RTP’s parking lot for a special event, Park-N-Party, featuring the disco-themed drive-in movie “Saturday Night Fever” followed by a night of dancing with a live DJ. Parking passes are required and must be purchased in advance, with all proceeds benefiting the Jack and Jill Foundation. Participating food trucks are Chick-N-Que and Magnificent Concessions.
Chris Pattishall – Saturday, 8pm – For this Duke Performances film, the Grammy-nominated jazz musician and Durham native presents a diverse body of material for solo piano and piano-vocal duet spun out of his decade of participation in Durham and Duke University music scenes, as well as investigations of the music of Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk, and Mary Lou Williams.
Jambalaya Soul Slam – Saturday, 8-10pm – The Hayti Heritage Center hosts the annual women’s poetry slam and the Triangle’s longest running poetry event. The winner of this slam will represent the Triangle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, Texas, in April 2021. The event will be in the Hayti lobby. Seating will be socially distanced and attendance is limited. You must RSVP to reserve your spot. Masks are required for this event. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.