Stay entertained and active this weekend with virtual galas, outdoor movie nights, relay races and socially distant concerts and performances
Compiled by Daniel Stevenson
Virtual on the Menu: LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and Active Allyship Thursday, noon-1pm –Frontier RTP offers a lunchtime workshop on special topics related to small businesses or startups taught by a diverse group of experts from around the Triangle. This session will focus on LGBTQ+ voices as a vital part of the diversity, equity and inclusion conversation, tips on how to create an inclusive workplace and tools to put into action immediately following the session.
‘Gremlins’– Thursday-Saturday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre screens the horror-comedy classic in the Durham Arts Council parking lot off Morris Street. Guests must bring their own chairs and blankets. To ensure safety, everyone must wear masks. Tickets include a medium-size popcorn, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free “Gremlins” T-shirt courtesy of Holy Mountain Printing.
The Streetery – Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9:30pm – Downtown Durham Inc. opens multiple streets in the center of downtown to pedestrian traffic, with festive lights, music and performers. The Streetery runs every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19. “This is our way of welcoming folks to a safer, socially distanced, outdoor downtown experience,” Nicole J. Thompson, Downtown Durham Inc. president and CEO says.
Food Truck Flix Friday, 5:30-9:30pm Come to Frontier RTP’s parking lot for a drive-in showing of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Parking passes are required and must be purchased in advance, with all proceeds donated to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Participating food trucks are TBA and will be posted on Instagram.
DRAG! Naomi Dix & Stormie Daie – Friday, 8pm – Live in the Lot! hosts these sisters from Durham’s House of Coxx for a fun Friday evening in the parking lot of Motorco. These drag queens of great proportions are joined by a couple of family and friends – “Ben Ether” and special musical guest “SUNNY” – who are ready to hit the stage with the beat of perfection in every lip sync, dance move and lyrical note.
RDC Marathon, Half Marathon, 35.5 and 22.4 Challenge Saturday-Sunday, 7am-2pm The third annual USA Track and Field-certified Boston qualifier races takes place on the American Tobacco Trail and finishes at The Streets at Southpoint, giving participants and spectators the opportunity to wine, dine, shop and run.
UHill Walls Mural Walk Saturday, 10:30am-3:30pm Explore a walkable, self-guided art experience at UHill Walls. Featuring art from local, national and international artists, the collection showcases more than 40,000 square feet of murals on 15 contiguous acres.
Violet Bell Saturday, 11am The Carolina Theatre presents Violet Bell as part of its Virtual Family Saturday Series. Based out of Durham, duo Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez weave influences into an original Americana sound. In addition to crafting their own tunes, the pair are involved in music education in the area, working with organizations like Kidznotes.
2020 SFA Fall Symposium Community Meals Saturday, 11am Saltbox Seafood Joint created a special boxed lunch for this weekend as a part of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Community Meal event in which chefs and restaurants across the country created a themed grab-and-go meal. This year’s theme is the “Future of the South.” Saltbox’s meal offers a smoked North Carolina striped mullet spread, fried barbecue saltines and celery pickles.
Sip + Savor – Saturday, noon-3pm – Select an at-home food and wine experience for contactless pickup at Johnson Lexus of Durham. Each of the four food and wine themes include four entrees and a dessert course prepared by local chefs and designed to be shared by two people with four half-bottles of wine hand-picked by Ryan Vet, sommelier and co-owner of The Oak House. Tickets still available for the Roots Tour. A portion of Sip + Savor funds benefit local restaurants and The Carolina Theatre to support its Arts Discovery Educational Series.
Bull City Running Rocket X RelaySaturday, noon-5pm, and Sunday, 1-4pm Bull City Running hosts a two-person virtual relay race for a chance to win a pair of Hoka Rocket X shoes and other prizes. Both team members will complete one 3-mile loop for a total relay distance of 6 miles. Proceeds from the event support TROSA, and Hoka will match all donations. The relay will start and finish at Bull City Running Co., and Hoka Rocket X shoes will be on site for demos.
Rescheduled LIVE! IN THE LOT presents Chatham County Line Saturday, 3pm – Rescheduled from last week due to weather, Chatham County Line will perform in the parking lot of Motorco for a special matinee show. This local bluegrass group has released seven albums since its inception in 1999. Make sure to bring chairs and blankets for comfort. Purchase tickets in advance; doors open at 1pm.
Sunset Paddle Saturday, 4:30-7pm Discover the sights and sounds of Falls Lake after dark on a relaxing and fun guided paddle trip hosted by Frog Hollow Outdoors. Registration for the trip closes at noon on Thursday, but availability can be checked by calling the office.
Outdoor Movie NightSaturday, 5-9pm Mystic Farm and Distillery hosts visitors on the farm for a family-friendly movie night. Come enjoy cocktails, food from Aidan’s Pizza cooked on an on-site pizza oven and a showing of the movie “Footloose” at the Triangle’s only all solar-powered distillery.
Food Truck Flix Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm Come to Frontier RTP’s parking lot for a drive-in showing of “Ice Age 2.” Parking passes are required and must be purchased in advance, with all proceeds donated to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Participating food trucks are TBA and will be posted on Instagram.
Cuarteto CasalsSaturday, 8pm Back by popular demand, this Spanish quartet returns for Duke Performances’ virtual season with a multi-colored, emotional program. The ensemble will perform pieces by Shostakovitch and Beethoven.
Organ Recital: J. S. Bach’s Great Eighteen Organ Chorales Sunday, 4pm Duke University Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson presents an online recital of chorale preludes by J.S. Bach. This collection of chorales represent the pinnacle of Bach’s music for solo organ and will be performed on the Chapel’s Flentrop organ.
Tails at Twilight: Beyond the Ballroom– Sunday, 5-6:30pm – The virtual gala, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Animal Protection Society of Durham, offers pet lovers the opportunity to support homeless animals while bidding on items from local businesses through an online auction. The silent and live auctions are complimentary for all attendees. You can also purchase a “ticket” to provide dinner for shelter animals for one day, plus receive a boxed dinner for yourself from the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.