Chapel Hill Happenings: Oct. 6-12, 2013
Oct. 6 – 12, 2013
An annotated list of interesting events happening in Orange County over the next week, prepared by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. For information, visit www.visitchapelhill.org.
NOON – 4 P.M.
The two-mile fun walk begins at 2 p.m. It costs $30 per walker, but free for children under age 10. Each walker receives an event T-shirt and goody bag with gifts and coupons from vendors. Other activities include crafts, contests, vendors, demos (agility, flyball, Frisbee, canine freestyle dancing, Paws4ever drill team), live music and Blessing of the Animals led by Christ United Methodist Church. The Paws4ever Waggin’ Wagon will sell gourmet dog treats and doggie ice cream.
NOON – 6 .PM.
North Carolina’s longest-running arts festival in downtown Chapel Hill on West Franklin Street. Art exhibits, interactive arts for kids and family, live entertainment, dining at some of Franklin Street’s favorite restaurants, digital bookmobile and more.
Chapel Hill Downtown, West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, www.townofchapelhill.org/festifall
UNC vs. Maryland. Tickets $5.
UNC FIELD HOCKEY
UNC vs. California. Free.
Henry Stadium, UNC Campus, 240 Ridge Road, www.goheels.com
1 - 4 P.M.
The Wild Food + Herb Market is a farmers market featuring foragers, herbalists, wild food cultivators and local plant educators in the North Carolina Piedmont. It provides wild food and medicinal herb enthusiasts a place to buy, sell, trade and gather with others interested in wild foods and herbs. Today’s market has an educational theme of Local Plant Lore and Elders. The Wild Food + Herb Market receives organizational support from The Abundance Foundation. theabundancefoundation.org/wild-food-herb-market
Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 West Main St., Carrboro
1 – 7 P.M.
MCKEE’s CEDAR CREEK FARM CORNFIELD MAZE
Pumpkins, farm animals, hayrides and more. Two mazes for family fun. Adventurous 12-acre maze and 2-acre fun maze for children. Cornfield Maze and activities run through Oct. 31. Fridays, 3 – 8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays, 1 – 7 p.m. Haunted Maze: Oct. 19, 25, 26 and 31. Haunted Maze hours 6 – 10 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3-adult, while 2 and under are free. Check Web site or call (919) 732-8065.
McKee Farm, 5011 Kiger Road, Rougemont, www.mckeecornfieldmaze.com
2 – 3 P.M.
For 15 years, food writer Belinda Ellis traveled around the country for the White Lily® flour company, teaching people to make biscuits and listening to their stories. "I learned that deep in the soul of a biscuit, there’s more than the flour, fat and milk. A hot biscuit embodies a memory of place and family," she writes. Ellis's heartfelt tribute to the biscuit celebrates the many possible flavors and uses for this classic southern bread. The first recipe in the book is a master recipe with step-by-step photographs showing how to make the perfect biscuit.
2 P.M. (LAST PERFORMANCE)
A new play acclaimed from London to Broadway. Spend a historic night with Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a visitation from a mysterious woman leads him to confront his innermost thoughts and fears on the stormy evening before his assassination. Paul Green Theatre. Tickets begin at $15.
PlayMakers Repertory Company, Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill,
Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends - Appalachian Country Folk with a touch of Honky Tonk.
Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship. Single Admission: $12, Friends Single Admission: $8 Day of Show: $16
The Doug Largent Trio featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Tyler Leak on drums plays jazz organ trio music at Milltown in downtown Carrboro.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jackson Scott. Tickets $12 in advance, $14 day of show.
7 – 8 P.M.
Dana Trent discusses her memoir “Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk.” The Rev. J. Dana Trent is an author, instructor, and ordained Baptist minister. She holds an undergraduate degree in French and history from Salem College and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School. Dana has worked with nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, educational institutions and hospitals—holding positions at Duke University, UNC Health Care, and the Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.
Whether an experienced or beginning songwriter, nothing is more valuable than the response of other songwriters. The Songwriters’ Circle at The ArtsCenter provides an evening every other week for composers to share their work and receive encouragement and honest feedback. The bar will be open. This is a time for participating in a sharing community rather than performing. Upright piano on site! Free.
Wavves, King Tuff, Jacuzzi Boys. Tickets $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
Nathan Kotecki discusses and signs his new YA fantasy novel “Pull Down The Night.” This year at Suburban High School is just as troubling as the last. A curly-haired girl ghost is disrupting lives with dreaded “kiss notes,” and students are inexplicably sinking into depression. Bruno—the new kid on the block—finds himself at the center of the mystery when he discovers his natural map-reading abilities are actually supernatural.
UNC vs. Clemson. Tickets $5.
William S. Newman Artists Series, Faculty Recital: Music for Solo Marimba. Juan Álamo, marimba. $15 general admission ($10 UNC students, faculty, and staff). Tickets available at the door.
Hill Hall Auditorium, 145 East Cameron Ave, UNC Chapel Hill, music.unc.edu/
Junip, Barbarossa. Tickets $15.
Peppered with lore and the authentic heart of the people in McCrumb’s classic “Ballads,” this is an epic book that will build on the success of “The Ballad of Tom Dooley” and her recent return to the New York Times bestseller list.
Making its first U.S. tour, L-E-V is an adventurous new ensemble of talented dancers, the culmination of years of collaboration between two Israeli creative superstars. Since 2006, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have created a stream of critically acclaimed original works for some of the world’s leading dance companies, including Batsheva Dance Company. General public tickets start at $15.
Art Menius, Executive Director at The ArtsCenter, says of Si Kahn: "After 40 years as one of America’s most respected songwriters, Charlotte’s Si Kahn has scored two #1 albums on the Folk Music charts since retiring from his day job with Grassroots Leadership and found new activist passion in the battle for Bristol Bay. Michael Johnathon - a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer, author, creator/host of the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and playwright. Single Admission: $14, Friends Single Admission: $10 Day of Show: $18
Cat's Cradle Presents: Quasi, Jeffrey Lewis, Stems. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
4:30 – 8 P.M.
The Orange County Department on Aging Food Trucks Rodeo will showcase a variety of foods, offering something for everyone. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and prepare to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, games, Disc Jockey, and more. Dog owners must keep their dog on a leash. The list of Food Truck vendors includes: American Meltdown, Mama Dukes, Parlezvous Crepes, Baguettaboutit, Old North State BBQ, and Tarheel Creamery. Food prices range from $5 - $10. The Seymour Center will provide eating stations equipped with tables and chairs. Parking assistance will also be available, due to limited parking at the center. Although registration is not required, it will be helpful to gauge how many people to expect to attend. RSVP by calling (919) 968-2070.
Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road , Chapel Hill, (919) 968-2070
UNC vs. NC State. Tickets $5.
Scholarship Benefit Concert. UNC Symphony Orchestra. Svoboda: Overture of the Season, Dvořák: Czech Suite, and Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition. Michael Griffith, guest conductor (University of Wyoming). $15 general admission ($10 UNC students, faculty, and staff). Tickets and information (919) 843-3333.
The first few words in the official “about” section on the Down Hill Strugglers’ Web site mention that they’re an “old-time string band.” That’s true. However, the significance of the Strugglers comes from their ability to carry forward the music of old, rural America with a modern and relevant vigor. Single Admission: $10, Friends Single Admission: $6 Day of Shoq: $14
It's a special showcase at DSI Comedy Theater and YOU'RE on the list at the door. Upcoming shows: Dinosaur & Big Brother and The Thought Police. Tickets $6.
The Fighting Jamesons, Gainsay. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
UNC vs. Duke. Free.
DSI proudly offers up IMPROV SLAM, our modern freestyle comedy battle. Two crews of improv comedians feed off the crowd to spin an interactive show. Tickets $10.
Over the years, Jon Shain has developed and refined his own contemporary version of the Piedmont Blues, a bouncy, energetic style that developed in Shain’s adopted hometown of Durham and elsewhere around the region. On “Ordinary Cats,” his eighth solo album, Shain doesn’t abandon that sensibility completely, but he does plug it in and crank it up. There is still a generous amount of fingerpicked acoustic guitar from Shain, a former International Blues Challenge finalist in the solo/duo category. Single Admission: $12, Friends Single Admission: $8 Day of Show: $16
The World Comes Here: Celebrating the Performing Arts at Carolina
This event, curated by Carolina Performing Arts, is presented as part of, and in honor of, the installation of Carol Folt as UNC’s 11th chancellor. The 90-minute program will feature performances by world-renowned artists and local UNC performers, including members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, jazz pianist Jason Moran, UNC’s David Garcia and his Charanga Carolina and UNC student a cappella group The Clef Hangers, among others.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets at the Carolina Performing Arts website or at the Carolina Performing Arts box office.
Guest Artist Recital: Works by Jacob, Hartley, and a world premiere by William Price, University of Alabama at Birmingham Arts Trio. Denise Gainey, clarinet; James Zingara, trumpet; Dale Reynolds, piano
The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Zoso. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
Blood Red River, The Malamondos, The Rocket Pops. Tickets $6.
8 A.M. - NOON
Local artisans and crafters join the farmers’ market to offer unique one-of a kind gifts! Handcrafted, one- of- a-kind gifts and items. Pottery, sewings, jewelry and more.
The second Saturday of every month, Amanda Hughes (Director of External Affairs) leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland's collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Free.
The young and young-at-heart are invited to join us for an enchanting morning of family fun in the children's Wonder Garden at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens (NCBG). Build magical homes for fairies, elves, and other wee folk using natural materials, craft your own fairy wings, plant a magical seed, and more. Bring your imagination and love of nature... and come dressed in your most magical costume! Program will take place entirely at the NCBG. Fee is $10 per child, with a 10 percent discount for Kidzu & NCBG members! Open to ages 4 and up. Registration through NCBG is required. To register, please call (919)537-3819 or visit the Education and Events for Children and Families page on the Web site.
Explore the history of the oldest town in Piedmont North Carolina on this one-hour guided walking tour. The tour begins at the Alexander Dickson House – headquarters of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in April 1865 – at 150 E. King St., and will travel throughout the downtown historic district. Other important Hillsborough landmarks will include the Hughes Academy, the Regulator Marker, the Old Town Cemetery, and the Inn at Teardrops. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call (919) 732-7741.
Alexander Dickson House, 150 East King St, Hillsborough, www.visithillsboroughnc.com/
1 – 4:30 P.M.
TERRAVITA GRAND TASTING ON THE GREEN
Named one of the “10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – this event returns for a fourth season, thanks to community support. Renowned North Carolina chefs, artisans and makers of top sustainable wines, microbrews, spirits and coffee will unite for a delicious Grand Tasting on the Green, which will be held at Southern Village in Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 12. Tickets are available at www.terravitaevent.com
Southern Village, Market Street, Chapel Hill, terravitaevent.com/
Young readers will love the legend of the great American aviator, Chuck Yeager, who grew up from humble beginnings to become the first person to fly a plane faster than the speed of sound. This illustrated book shows scenes of Chuck as a boy in rural West Virginia, describes his wild flights as a test pilot in the U. S. Air Force, and recounts the terrifying bumping and rattling flights as he neared the "sound barrier." (919) 942-7373
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, www.flyleafbooks.com/
University Day celebrates the founding of the University of North Carolina in 1793. The ceremony will be held on Polk Place on the UNC Campus and is free and open to all members of the university community, as well as the general public. For information, call Jane Smith at (919) 962-0045. www.unc.edu/
UNC vs. Wake Forest. Free.
Late Model/Limited/Pure Stock/Street Stock/Super Mini Trucks/S. Ground Pounders/SE Super Mini Cup. Tickets: Adults $10, Student age 11-17 years $8, Youth 10 and under $1, With ID: Seniors 65 & older, Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Dept, University College Faculty, Staff & Students $8.
"Even now, I know what you're thinking!" - The Amazing Kreskin. A popular and regular performer on such shows as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Regis Philbin, and most famously The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Johnny's "Carnac the Magnificent" character was a spoof on Amazing Kreskin. For ages 10+. No one under 10 allowed in this performance. This show is rated PG13. Advanced Ticket Price: $22, Day Of Ticket Price: $24, Friends Member Ticket Price: $20
Bonecracker presents their brand of Kick-down-the-door-prov with a special guest at every show. Bring it on. When you think Bonecracker, think Indiana Jones running from the boulder. Think the banana truck in the song “16 Tons” making it around that hairpin mountain curve. Think ninjas versus pirates with time-travel katanas and light-saber hooks....in the above examples, Bonecracker is the boulder, the hairpin curve, and both the ninjas and pirates. Tickets $10.
DSI Comedy Theater, 200 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro, (919) 338-8150
Presented by Southland Ballroom: Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Jason Eady. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
Megafauna, Star Studies. Tickets $7.