Yes, the weather outside makes you think you've been magically spirited off to Seattle against your will. But fear not, the best way to warm your spirit comes from enjoying all there is to see and do around the Bull City this weekend.
The weekend fun starts off tonight with a showing of "A New Kind of Listening," the latest work from Durham's Kenny Dalsheimer and Polly Mendicott. The doc, which was profiled this week on WUNC's The State of Things, will be screened this evening at the Carolina Theatre downtown; admission is free, and a trailer is available online.
The documentary takes viewers inside the creative work of a community theater group as local cast members, some with disabilities, create an original stage piece. The film tells the story of Chris Mueller-Medlicott, a young man with cerebral palsy who was mislabeled profoundly mentally retarded because he could not speak. Chris breaks through into stunning self-expression in this moving and inspiring film. Following the screening, the audience will meet the filmmaker and members of the Community Inclusive Theater Group who appear in the film.
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Also at the Carolina: this weekend also kicks off their Escapism Film Festival, the
Carolina's annual revisiting of great fantasy, comedy and sci-fi and
movies from years past, all with G- or PG-ratings suited to kids or the
kids inside us.
Few 35mm prints remain for many of these films, meaning this might be your last chance to see an original print for movies like The Goonies, The Black Hole, Battlestar Galactica (1978), and The Last Unicorn. They're joined by such classics as the original Superman movie, Dr. Strangelove, Planet of the Apes -- even Escape to Witch Mountain.
The festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Carolina (see web site for schedule and ticket details).
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Of course, this is also Third Friday (6-9pm), which means things will be hopping downtown to end the work week. Golden Belt has its characteristically busy slate of events, including:
- The opening of their newest ROOM 100 exhibition Prepare for Landing, a collection of mixed-media illustrations by Matt Duquette inspired by his love for punk rock, and featuring a reception with the artist;
- In its first post-opening event, the Cotton Room hosts a fundraiser for the Durham- and Chapel Hill-based and internationally-traveling jump rope skipping team The Bouncing Bulldogs, who this summer won the national championship in their age division for the sixth year running. See the team perform, hear music from party band GrooveTown, and enjoy beers from Aviator Brewery along with some Cotton Room food ($10, $5 ages 6-12);
- Plus, new ongoing exhibitions in the space, from a look at Pres. Obama's perceptions and impact on race and understanding through art, to LabourLove's ongoing showcase Bombed: Panels, Picks and Kicks, to all the open artist studios at the space.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~The Friends of the Durham County Library host their semi-annual book sale this weekend, a great chance to pick up gently-used books for very reasonable prices and support your local library at the same time. Friends members only get a crack on Friday, while it's open to the public on Saturday (10am-4pm) and Sunday (2pm-5pm) at the downtown main library.
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Meanwhile, the Through This Lens gallery on Chapel Hill St. is currently featuring two exhibitions, Fading Hutongs by Portuguese photographer and architect Júlio de Matos and To Have and to Hold: Formal Studies of Found Objects byJoanne Urban. The gallery hosts a reception for de Matos this Friday from 6-9pm, with a gallery talk starting at 7:30.
From Fading Hutongs, © Júlio de Matos; photograph courtesy of the artist and Through This Lens
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Also Friday: hip-hop quartet The Beast will host a release party for their new debut album Silence Fiction, and they're teaming up with downtown eco-fashion boutique Vert & Vogue for their musical coming-out party at the Duke Coffeehouse (8pm, Duke's East Campus / Crowell Bldg.)
The show centers on the theme of “silence fiction,” which can be defined as “to quiet falsehood,” or simply, “stop lying.” As such, the event pairs of two of Durham's most progressive independent businesses and seeks to encourage social responsibility through cutting edge art.
As part of their sponsorship of the release show, Vert & Vogue will style and provide eco-friendly clothes for the members of The Beast who will wear these outfits during their performance. In addition, Vert & Vogue will provide gift cards to crowd participants. The event will also feature performances by Triangle-area musicians Carlitta Durand (Durham), Kooley High (Raleigh), and Freebass 808 (Chapel Hill), as well as visual art from Silence Fiction album cover designer, Gabriel Eng-Goetz (Durham).
The Beast, a jazz/hip-hop mashup led by UNC adjunct professor Pierce Freelon, got a solid review for their debut full-length album in this week's Indy.
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Durham's Dan Ellison has been collecting t-shirts for 40 years from every source imaginable -- schools, camps, businesses, you name it -- and brings them all out on display for an exhibit at the Durham Arts Place Gallery (305 E. Chapel Hill St.) intended to help document what he describes as the first generation for which t-shirts were a marketing phenomenon, and in the process helping to document 30+ years of Durham's evolution for the decades-long Durham resident. (Fri. Oct. 16, 6-10pm, free -- and bring your own oldest t-shirt to the event while you're at it.)
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In other happenings:
Saturday morning, there's a 5K Walk-Run along the American Tobacco Trail; proceeds benefit the Special Olympics ($7, 11am walk/11:30am run, 354-2750)
At the DPAC, the "kid-pop quartet" Imagination Movers hits the stage tonight (6:30pm, $10-$32), while comedian Kathy Griffin performs Friday night (8pm, $49-$79). And über-tribute band Australian Pink Floyd is in the house Saturday night (8pm, $18.50-$48.59).
Design students from SeeSaw Studio will be joined by artist Ed Baxter and his son, jazz musician and educator Ron Baxter, for a free community art and jazz jamboree on CCB Plaza during Third Friday (6-8pm, free).
The remaining three historical markers celebrating the history of Durham's Parrish Street -- which earned the reputation as America's Black Wall Street -- will be unveiled Friday night at 5:15pm (downtown, free).
This weekend's the last chance to see the houses on this year's Parade of Homes, sponsored by the homebuilders on the western half of the Triangle. (web site)