Weekend Best Bets: Bubbles, Baristas and a Block Party

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Join fellow animal and art lovers, mingle and bid on great silent and live auction items at Saturday's 13th annual Painted Chair Auction.
Join fellow animal and art lovers, mingle and bid on great silent and live auction items at Saturday’s 13th annual Painted Chair Auction.

N.C. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Through Saturday, times vary – The Carolina Theatre celebrates its 20th annual North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF). Started in 1995 as the Q Film Fest, the event was renamed in 1996 and has become the second largest LGBT film festival in the Southeast. To celebrate this milestone, NCGLFF will host several special events, various parties and more than 100 films. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; 919-560-3030

Nasher Creates: Adult Studio – Thursday, 6-8pm – A drop-in creative workshop led by Brian Gonzalez, a Supergraphic artist. Stay for a drink at the cash bar! Brian will be helping visitors make prints. The Nasher Museum at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.; $5; 919-684-5135

Thirst 4 Architecture – Thursday, 6-8pm – North Carolina Modernist Homes hosts an evening of networking featuring 2015 Matsumoto Prize top jury winner Jason Hart of CUBE design + research. Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and the chance to meet and mingle with folks who love modern architecture. Straw Valley Courtyard, 5410 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; Free

Barista Bash – Thursday, 7pm – Get ready for the biggest coffee party of the year – a latte art throwdown extraordinaire featuring food, fun, prizes and the Triangle’s best baristas performing feats of latte pouring and coffee cupping brilliance. The competition is limited to 24 baristas. Everyone is invited to compete with a minimum charitable donation of $10. The top three baristas take home bragging rights and swag bags full of fantastic prizes. Latte art and coffee cupping competitions will be judged by local celebs Casey Steinbacher, Il Palio Chef Teddy Diggs and Reed Benjamin, Web Content Manager at Indy Week. Enjoy favorite food trucks, including KoKyu BBQ and The Parlour, offering special dishes prepared with Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ coffee. All proceeds from the competition go to local charities Farmer Foodshare and Club Nova. Carrboro Coffee Roasters Pop-Up Coffee Bar at Golden Belt, 807 East Main St; $10 donation for competition;

Capital Transit – Friday, 5-7pm – This energetic, four-part vocal jazz ensemble performs songs reflective of the New York group Manhattan Transfer. Collectively, the group represents 125 combined years of performing jazz. Brightleaf Square, 905 W. Main St.; Free; 919-682-9229

Pavelid Castaneda – Friday, 5-8:30pm – Enjoy live music under the gazebo from this Colombian harpist, then check out the musuem’s newest exhibit, Durham A-Z: G is for Geography and Growth, which highlights how Durham’s unique geography influenced how and where people traveled and settled in Durham County. Museum of Durham History, 500 W. Main St.; Free; 919-246-9993

Fried Chicken & Bubbles – Friday, 6pm – Chef Ben Adams and whole hog barbecue man Wyatt Dickson have teamed up with Fred Dexheimer at Rx Wine Lab. The evening will highlight a selection of seasonal sides from Adams’ and Dickson’s soon-to-be restaurant Picnic – a re-imagined roadside barbecue joint opening in north Durham this Fall. Adams and Dickson will fry up some of the Triangle’s best chicken – first cured in smoked buttermilk – to be expertly paired with Rx Wine Lab’s expansive selection of sparkling wines from around the world. Only 50 seats available. Rx Wine Lab, Golden Belt, 807 E. Main St.; fried chicken platter with sides: $15 per person, wines: $10 per glass, $15 per flight of three wines, $35 per wine bottle

Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest – Friday, 6pm – The Pauli Murray Project, a community-based initiative of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, presents this exhibit that explores the life and legacy of human rights activist Pauli Murray. An artist reception will last till 9pm, with food and drinks courtesy of the Durham Food Co-Op. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd.; 919-680-6960

OFF THE RADAR presents TRANSIENT – Friday, 6-9pm – Featuring work from Pete Sack and a collaboration from Derek Toomes and Jennifer Meanley. These artists take a similar conceptual approach to media and content. Ranging from altered found photographs, to appropriated text sources, to works on paper and stop motion photography, this is art process that occupies a particular media long enough to describe an alternative narrative through a made object. Golden Belt, Bldg. 3, 807 E. Main St.; Free admission

Cuba Under the Revolution Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Black and white diptychs comparing 1963 Cuba by Tito Alvarez with more recent work by Pac McLaurin; on display through September 12. Through This Lens, 303 E. Chapel Hill St.; Free admission; 919-687-0250

The Flipbook Show: Group Exhibit Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The exhibit features artfully crafted flipbooks through Aug. 29. Visitors are encouraged to pick up, flip through, buy and interact with flipbooks. Selected flipbooks appropriate for a general audience will be stop motion filmed and on view at The Carrack and online. Flipbook sales go directly to the artist, zero commission taken. Prize for Best in Show will be awarded at the reception. The Carrack Modern Art, 111 W. Parrish St.; Free admission

Closing Reception of Hey Neighbor! and Jazz Under the Stars – Friday, 6-11pm – The closing reception illustrates a wealth of mediums from textile, painting and printmaking from artists in the Golden Belt Artist Studios, sculpture from Liberty Arts and pen and ink from Dogstar Tattoo from artists Ben Bridgers, Leif Gann-Matzen, Tripp Jarvis, Heather Gordon, Bill Fick, Ben Alper, Bobby Danger, Kohen Myers and Brianna Gribben. Adding to the reception is a music series curated by The Shed, Golden Belt’s music performance space. Located in the greenspace, the series spotlights musicians from the Shed’s lineup of jazz, hip-hop and world music. This time around, the Enjoy Sundays band and members of the hip-hop band Zoocru host the party. SPECTRE Arts, 1004 Morning Glory Ave.; Free; 919-213-1441 

Truth To Power 3 Art Exhibit Reception & Open Mic Night – Friday, 6-9pm – Marking the third annual show about social justice, this exhibit is intentionally broad in scope so that each artist may address issues of personal, local, national and/or international importance. This year, the show will be juried by elin o’Hara slavick, professor of art at UNC-Chapel Hill, international exhibitor and author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography and After Hiroshima. Exhibit runs through August 30. Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-797-2706

YA Book Club – Friday, 6pm – A book club for all ages, the only requirement is interest in the young adult genre. Hosted by Isabel of Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews, this month the group will read Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan. Snacks will be provided. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.; Free admission; 919-286-2700

King Georges – Friday, 7pm (film begins at 7:30) – Le Bec-Fin is closing its doors. After 33 years, the crown jewel of the Philadelphia restaurant scene, known for its stellar French cuisine, opulent style and impeccable service, no longer seems in step with current tastes. This film follows fiery owner and head chef Georges Perrier over the last four years of life at the restaurant. In stark contrast to the orchestrated perfection of its dining room, Le Bec-Fin’s kitchen is a constant circus of sweaty chaos and emotions, with Perrier as ringleader. He screams, he swears, he hovers obsessively over his sauces, tossing in dollops of heavy cream and large nobs of butter whenever backs are turned. But even as the intensity of the job, and its 21-hour workdays, takes its toll, Perrier struggles with his decision to relinquish control. More than just a vivid character study of a dedicated and passionate perfectionist, King Georges is a touching tribute to this master chef who realizes it is time to pass the torch on to the next generation whom he’s mentored so well. Full Frame Theater, 320 Blackwell St.; Free, ticket reservations begin at 9am Friday;

Wendy Williams – Friday, 8pm – This modern media legend and host of the popular Emmy-nominated talk show brings her singular brand of talk, “tea” and unbridled comedic style to the stage for an unforgettable night. On the Wendy Williams Sit Down Tour… Too Real For Stand Up, Wendy shares straight talk as only she can: sitting in a plush luxurious lounge chair, telling it like it is. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.; $40+; 919-680-2787

Back-to-School Circus Bash – Saturday, 11am-3pm – A fun-filled family day including interactive circus activities with Cirque de Vol. Activities include children’s mini aerial Rig with instructor, hula hoop jamming, circus-themed temporary tattoos, face painting, balloon twisting, stilt walkers and more. Children’s Alleyway near Entrance No. 2, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd.; Free; 919-286-4400

Painted Chair and More Auction – Saturday, 5-9pm – Now in its 13th year, Independent Animal Rescue’s signature fundraiser brings together animal and art lovers alike to mingle and bid on items including paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and furniture from local artists as well as performances, dining experiences, vacation trips and more. Silent Auction action is from 5-7pm with a live auction hosted by Luke Newbold of Leland Little Estate and Auction Sales of Hillsborough beginning at 7pm. The event also features live music from the band Dogwood Blossom, hors d’oeuvres and a wine and beer bar. The annual auction is IAR’s largest fundraiser with a goal to raise $45,000. All proceeds support IAR’s foster care and adoption programs as well as the nonprofit’s spay/neuter efforts of free-roaming and companion animals in the community. Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd.; $20 in advance, $25 at door

Rio 2 – Saturday, 8:30-10:30pm – Grab the kiddos and wrap up the Rock the Park Concert and Movie Series with this animated flick. Pack a picnic or enjoy local eats from on-site vendors. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.; Free

LGBTQ Block Party – Sunday, noon-4pm – The Carolina Theatre and the LGBTQ Center of Durham wrap up the 20th annual N.C. Gay + Lesbian Film Festival with live music from DJ Chaz and food trucks including Captain Pancho’s, Urban Entrées, The Parlour and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade. LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt St.; Free admission

Love South Durham Festival – Sunday, noon-3pm – Kick off a new school year with free food and activities for kids including bounce houses, face painting, and organized games. Donations of school supplies to benefit students at both Southwest and Pearsontown are encouraged. Pearsontown Elementary School, 4915 Barbee Rd.; Free

Dasan Ahanu x Tai Allen present The Originals: Gil Scott-Heron & Oscar Brown Jr. – Sunday, 3-4:30pm – Two award-winning artists, a serious band and a microphone, presenting poems, rhymes and songs about personal woes, community challenges, life’s beautiful moments and the universal wonders found in the modern age, integrating the legendary work of the ascended masters Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr. while adding original works crafted as next steps in the timeline. Experience a performance unlike many you’ve seen before. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; 919-560-0100

Gladys Knight and The O’Jays – Sunday, 7pm – Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight has earned No. 1 hits in many genres including pop, R&B and adult contemporary, and she has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Racking up a lengthy string of modern R&B classics, The O’Jays helped form the soundtrack for several generations. Few bands are as celebrated, with inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.; $69.50+; 919-680-2787

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