From country boys and girls getting down on a farm or at a yard party to plenty of #museumfromhome options—and even North Carolina Museum of Art Bacchus-inspired menus about town — fun is all around you this week in the Triangle and beyond.
Stay sane, friends. And, as always, #SpreadLove.
Quarantine Cat Film Festival
Are you kitten me? A purrrfect way to spend your time? Watching the best feline films to benefit The Carolina Theatre of Durham. Comprised of flicks by amateur filmmakers taken during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Quarantine Cat Film Festival is an 84-minute compilation of cats. Once you purchase your $12 ticket, you’ll get three days to watch the film through Aug. 27. It promises to be the cat’s meow. A portion of the proceeds of streams sold through the Carolina Theatre website will benefit the venue. carolinatheatre.org
The Country Yard Party
“You know I’m here for the party / And I ain’t leaving till they throw me out.” The country music fest — one of the first socially distanced concerts in the area — is ON with options for socially distant and drive-in tailgate tickets. Created by Angier native Paige King Johnson, the yard party on Saturday, Aug. 29, will feature four country and bluegrass bands with roots spanning from Nashville to Angier. Attendees can gather in a 12-by-12’ square space with 6 or fewer people and lawn chairs. Or, they can park in a tailgate space to enjoy the show in your vehicle. Food trucks will be on-site. Details at facebook.com/paigekingjohnson.
Cheers to Bacchus!
If you’re missing the North Carolina Museum of Art (who isn’t?), then, Cheers to Bacchus! The Aug. 20 (7 p.m.) NCMA-hosted event to toast the completion of the Bacchus Conservation Project sees objects conservator Corey Smith Riley and ancient art curator Caroline Rocheleau for a virtual lecture and happy hour. Pour a glass of vino (wine not?) and get some inside scoop on quirky, historically correct and reversible addition of its new right arm and more. RSVP to receive a link for the Zoom meeting. Attendance is free, but registration is required. facebook.com/events/1156584258047509/
Bacchus-Inspired Date Night With the NCMA
Bacchus was the Roman god of agriculture, wine and fertility, so it’s only fitting that we toast to the NC Museum of Art’s Statue of Bacchus. Wine and dine on Bacchus-related food via Tabletop clients, who have partnered with NCMA to bring you specialty meals, desserts and/or beverages from around the world for the Bacchus-Inspired Date Night With the NCMA, now through Sept. 15. Take in all six unexpected culinary adventures across Tabletop venues with cuisine inspired by the countries of Turkey Greece, and Italy. Nom nom. Visit the site for all resto and State of Bacchus treats. tabletopmediagroup.com
H.O.T.S. Drive-In & Dine
Morrisville is joining the drive-in film craze as H.O.T. Organics presents joins Desy’s Grill & Bar for two Saturday (Aug. 22) drive-in showings. Catch “Bloodshot” (8 p.m.) and “Birds of Prey” (10:30 p.m.) retro-style with food (think burgers, popcorn, wings, sweet treats and more) available for purchase from Desy’s Grill & Bar, 10255 Chapel Hill Road, #200, Morrisville. For more info, visit hotorganics.org/drive-in-and-dine.
History + Highballs: Cheetie Kumar
Cheetie Kumar, the James Beard-nominated chef of Garland, Neptunes Parlour and Kings fame, presents in this History + Highballs session Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. She dishes on her experience as a self-taught chef and business owner in the industry. The free event is hosted by the North Carolina Museum of History Associates and North Carolina Museum of History. An email containing the URL for the online program will be sent to registrants twice on the day of the program. facebook.com/NCMuseumofHistory
Music in Your Gardens: RISSI PALMER
Don’t miss the final performance of Duke Performances’ free eight-week online concert series, Music in Your Gardens showcasing Rissi Palmer — the first Black woman to chart a country song since 1987 — this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. at dukeperformances.duke.edu/MIYG and on its YouTube page. The performance will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with the artist answering viewer questions.
The 19th Amendment Project
Women have been rocking the vote for 100 years (happy 100 to the 19th Amendment: 1920–2020). With focus on the 19th Amendment and its impact on society, and in partnership with The League of Women Voters of Wake County and 13 other theater and opera companies from across central NC, Burning Coal Theatre Company presents “The 19th Amendment Project,” a series of short 10-minute plays written by some of the most accomplished women and/or nonbinary playwrights of today. Think Deb Margolin, Magdalena Gomez, Carrie Knowles and more. Each of the short plays will be released virtually one at a time between Aug. 17–30, available for viewing until Sept. 30. Tickets to view each play will be $2, or $25 for the entire 14 play cycle. For tickets, call 919.834.4001 or visit burningcoal.org/nineteenth. Hard won. Not done. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Tai Chi/Ki Gong Free Online Live Class
If you need a little positive chi (energy), get your flow on with Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi of Raleigh, offering a once monthly free online class in Tai Chi/ Ki Gong. The classes take place the 4th Sunday of the month, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This one: Aug. 23. facebook.com/BodynBrainRaleigh/
Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
If you’re Tar Heel born and Tar Heel bred (or even a transplant — welcome!), this homegrown virtual fest is for you. Taking place Aug. 25–27, Tarheel Stories will showcase a slate of can’t-miss indie films from the Tarheel State (obv). Among this year’s selects Stephanie Diane Ford’s fantasy thriller set in prison and outer space: NC Film Fund recipient “The Black Baptism.” Other films include “Kindred Kings,” “After The Reign,” “Diary of a Garden Chile” and more. Find a program guide at cucalorus.org/tarheel-shorties.
If you’re about a workout, then follow @fitrdu and join the #fitFAM for live, outdoor fitness classes. Think yoga, Pilates, boot camp and more spread across DTR, Midtown and North Raleigh. For deets on classes check the website. fitrdu.club
Dreaming in Color
If you thought you missed the NCMA, you’ve got nothing on how much they have missed you. Testimony to truth? The third Friday of each month, you can now tune in for stories from the beautiful NCMA galleries, where Liberation Station bookstore’s Victoria Scott-Miller provides series of readings and book recs for young people and their families. “Our Dreaming in Color series was created to represent and celebrate the vastness of Black culture and innovation while highlighting narratives such as joy, community, tradition and leadership,” says Scott-Miller. “Our selections unearth identifiable childhood experiences as a connecting point to explore with the authors, illustrators, and children who hold us accountable to share these stories.” Join in this Friday (Aug. 21). The recorded videos will be added to the event page at 9 a.m. and will remain accessible on the NCMA YouTube channel.
Goat Visits @ Spring Haven Farm
If you haven’t yet, row, row, row your goat over to Spring Haven Farm for some scheduled goat (and other farm animal) time. Meet and feed such furry friends as Annie the Donkey, Peppa Pig, Wilbur and Orville the baby Highland cows — and, of course, lots o’ really cute goats. Farm visits are available Wednesdays through Sundays, through Sept. 9. See site for more info.
StoryWalk + Goats
Have you goat enough? Impossible. Head to 19th century historic farmstead Historic Oak View County Park (remains open and free to visit) and take a StoryWalk — aka children’s book + nature walk — daily through Aug. 31, featuring “Let’s Count Goats!” by author Mem Fox and illustrator Jan Thomas. Post-walk, be sure to visit the Oak View goats in the Goat Corral.
Farm Movie Night with Baby Goats: Family Night
If you’ve goat that lovin’ feeling for a fam movie night on a farm with — what else — goats, Spring Haven Farm is here for it as they continue the Goat Adventure: Farm Movie Night With Baby Goats every Friday and Saturday night through Sept. 12. Come at 8:30; the film will air around 9, during which you can hold baby goats. Full details, frequently asked questions and ticket info is on their website at springhaven.farm. tickettailor.com/events/springhavenfarm/
Food Trucks on the Farm
It’s just country boys and girls chowing down on the farm at Phillips Farms of Cary Saturday (Aug. 22). From 4 to 8 p.m., roll over to the second Food Trucks on the Farm (fully shaded!) event, this time featuring the likes of Queso Monster, Sweet Escape by Poblanos, Bond Brothers Brewery and more. Admission is free; food is purchased at each truck. 6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary. See site for COVID-19 precautions. facebook.com/phillipsfarmscarync
CBC Run Club
Lacing up for live runs with people? Oh, the simple pleasures. Meet up on Wednesdays at the Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs and pound the pavement (run/walk) with the squad, then head to the brewery for some socially distanced brews. Scheduled through June 23rd, 2021, 6:30–8:30, free.
Black Farmers Market
The Black Farmers Market returns to Raleigh Aug. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Southeast Raleigh YMCA, in support of Black farmers and entrepreneurs. Come early for the best selection. 1436 Rock Quarry Road, blackaugustinthepark.com
Science Café: Exploring Science and Nature Through Adventure
So hot right now? Dropping knowledge that volcanoes used to be in North Carolina. Say what? This and other fun facts will be all yours from April Smith as she discusses exploring science and nature through adventure in this Science Café via the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She will also introduce some of the museum’s own staff as contributors to her new guidebook, “Thirty Great North Carolina Science Adventures.” Watch the Science Café live. naturalsciences.org
Wine Down Wednesdays
Mingle, sip, vibe and live La Vita Dolce at this Chapel Hill espresso and gelato cafe’s fan fave event. Happening every hump day through October, the weekly midweek social features live music, wine specials and plenty of patio fun for the whole fam (and Fido, too). Small plates, gelato, and sorbetto available for order. As patio seating is limited this year for social distancing, reservations have been added (Call 919-968-1635 to reserve a table; reservation parties must arrive by 6 p.m.). 610 Market St., Suite 101, Chapel Hill, in Southern Village. lavitadolcecafe.com/wine-down-wednesdays/
ICYMI: The largest flea market in the Southeast is back at N.C. State Fairgrounds every weekend. With 600-plus indoor and outdoor vendors with a treasure trove of high-end antiques, power tools, jewelry, art, and much more, plus rotating array of food trucks, fair food and farm stands.… um, to market we go! Outdoor hours 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; indoor hours 9 a.m.–4 p.m. theraleighmarket.com