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Aug 23 – Aug 26 all-day

This year readers worldwide celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s pioneering novel. The first local celebration is “Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster: Mary Shelley’s World in Print,” an exhibit of Frankenstein-related rare books and medical items, curated by UNC-Chapel Hill honors students, held at the Saltarelli Exhibit Room in Wilson Library at UNC-CH. The exhibit opens with a celebration Thursday, April 26, from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm, and remains on display until August 26. Wilson Library’s hours are M-F 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Sun 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The address is 200 South Road, Chapel Hill NC 27515; phone 919-962-3765. Free and open to the public. Audio-cast guides available for adults and children.

Kinross Trunk Show @ Dovecote Style
Aug 25 – Aug 26 all-day

It’s time again for what is always one of our most anticipated trunk shows of the season: Kinross! Molly Hurley joins us with an in depth look at Spring 2018 – and it is stunning! As always, beautiful new sweater choices abound and the color palette could not be more elegant. See you there!

Sunday Scaries Open Mic @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 26 all-day

Aaron Cardwell hosts this open mic every 2nd & 4th Sunday. $3 to perform and free to watch. This open mic ends with a raffle for a free admission to the next open mic!

Baby Lapsit Storytime @ Main Library
Aug 27 all-day

Main Library in Hillsborough, Mondays @ 11:00 a.m. (except on holidays, please check our calendar for more information, http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/library). Babies and their caregivers are invited to participate in a 20-minute lapsit program that incorporates age-appropriate books, rhymes, music, and movement. (30-minute Stay and Play following storytime)

Tank Smith’s Trump Tweets Open Mic @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tank Smith hosts this hilarious open mic featuring a pile of Trump Tweets for comedians to read if they so choose.

Signup list for comedians goes out at 8:00, open mic begins at 8:30.

Common Ground @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Aug 28 – Sep 4 all-day

Paintings by Linda Carmel and Michele Yellin, jewelry by Nell Chandler and pottery by Evelyn Ward. Opening reception during Hillsborough’s Last Friday Art Walk, July 27th 6-9pm.
Linda Carmel’s paintings in this show reflect her thoughts on the current predicament American society is facing. “My work illuminates how women can help heal a torn community. This series points toward a time of compassion for all of humanity and a respect for the Earth. With a positive attitude and with humor, I offer my perspective to the viewer.”
Jewelry artist, Nell Chandler felt inspired to dig deeper into new techniques such as etched metal impressions on polymer clay, Prisma colored pencils on copper, and torch enameling. “I wanted to push myself to try to combine these techniques to make jewelry that reflected the common ground of these seemingly different styles.”
Painter, Michele Yellin writes, “In life, what interests me most is finding … a meeting of the minds and hearts with others. I create work as an expression of my own inner and outer life. Once I put it out in the world, I am interested in other people connecting with and finding that what I paint, is part of their lives as well.
Evelyn Ward is showing a selection of her twice-fired stoneware pottery; the decoration integrates representations of local native plants. Ward writes: “I enjoy making good useful pots that someone will enjoy using every day.”
Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber and textile arts. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Fearrington Farmers’ Market @ Fearrington Village
Aug 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Get out your reusable tote bags, the Fearrington Farmers’ Market has returned!
Rain or shine, fresh, local food will be available next door to the Fitch Creation’s Administration building every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm, April through November.
Visit your favorite farmers and discover some new faces. Buy vegetables, cut flowers, meats, preserves and more. We can’t wait to see you there!

Women’s Equality Day @ Tobacco Road Cafe
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties for cocktails and conversation with our elected officials! This event is in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.

The program is open to the public and a cash bar will be available. Please RSVP attendance! Free parking is also available on site.

Terry Roberts discusses his new novel The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival @ Flyleaf Books
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Terry Roberts, author of This Bright Land and A Short Time to Stay Here, for the release of The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival.

Told with haunting lyricism, this is the story of a preacher full of contradictions, a man for whom the way is never straight and narrow. It bends like the river, a river that leads him in the paths of a different brand of righteousness—and perhaps even to salvation.

Back Bar’s Inaugural Grad Student Lounge @ The Back Bar at Top of the Hill
Aug 30 all-day

The Back Bar at Top of the Hill is excited to introduce the Grad Student Lounge on Thursday nights. Starting August 30th, Back Bar will offer half off all food for anyone with a UNC graduate student ID every Thursday from opening at 5PM to closing time at 2AM. The Back Bar menu is loaded with pub food staples, like hand-tossed pizzas, BBQ cheese tots, and chicken wings (try them tossed in garlic Sriracha sauce for an extra kick). Plus, Back Bar honors TOPO’s regular Thursday drink special: $3 wheat beers all day long!

Back Bar is TOPO’s more casual counterpart, located on the floor beneath the iconic restaurant & brewery. With classic arcade games, a pool table, darts and foosball, Back Bar is the perfect spot to kick back with your whole crew. With all six of the TOPO craft beers on tap brewed right on-site, including the new Campus Session Series ales, Back Bar guests are guaranteed a hyper-local Chapel Hill experience.

Instantly Healthy Cooking – Learn to cook healthy flavorful vegan meals using Instant Pot @ A Home
Aug 30 – Aug 31 all-day

Learn how to make healthy meals using unprocessed plant foods as the key ingredients, Indian spices as the key flavors using the instant pot as the key cooking tool. Learn basics of instant pot cooking including initial set up and how to use various settings. All recipes are oil, meat, dairy and gluten free. Here’s what the experience will include: * Instant Pot- lentil soup, chana masala, quinoa and tofu with vegetables. *How to make your own soy yogurt in instant pot and give you some starter to take home. *We will end the meal with a healthy dessert like Tofu chocolate mousse. *We will also do a mindfulness meditation practice at the beginning of cooking and eating.

Back to School with Backpack Charms @ Main Library
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Use your imagination and unique interests to sculpt some fun backpack charms at the Main Library in Hillsborough. Grades 3-5.

Cirque Italia @ International Foods
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm

2018 Press Release – Unit II (GOLD)
Did you know Cirque Italia has TWO traveling shows?! For the first time ever, the new gold unit is coming to Raleigh with the state of the art water show you don’t want to miss!
Cirque Italia has grown to the point where the next logical step can only be to expand operations and double our presence at the national level. In response to our wonderful fans all over the U.S., and with over 90% of shows being sold out, NOW is the perfect time for a substantial investment.
Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduced a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Now for 2018, a brand-new performance has been created.
This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Audience members can expect to see words and beautiful patterns as the water falls to the ‘lagoon’ below. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world!
The latest trends of the industry are challenged with every Cirque Italia appearance and this 2nd unit is not going to be any different. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all over the world. This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multi-culturalism as one of our strongest assets.
Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional. For those who enjoy whimsy, we have an Avatar. There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist, Ricardo, as he bends in ways you never would have imagined. Our incredible wheel of death performance even features a front summersault flip. If that doesn’t get your head spinning, perhaps our 5 roller skaters and their incredible tricks and turns will. And although Cirque Italia does not use animals in our performances, this year we will be featuring amazing lifelike elephant puppets. Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups.
This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows.

The “magic touch” of the Italian entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi, President and Owner of Cirque Italia, added to the flawless direction of the COO, Chanté DeMoustes, and has turned this once romantic project into a successful production known and acclaimed all over the country.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can -and will- come true.

Wild World @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A singer/songwriter showcase featuring some of the most talented musicians in the area.

Artist Reception: Wings, Wheels and Rails @ Margaret Lane Gallery
Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Calling all rail fans, car buffs, airplane enthusiasts! The gallery will be filled with transportation images from local and visiting artists, including Kevin Flynn Bell, R. Chamberlin, William Hill, David Knox, Ray LaMantia, Lynn Schmoock, Jerry Smith, Nancy Ellen Walker, and Barbara Younger, working in an array of media. You will find also find small gifts for the transportation-lover on your list.

The show is ongoing through September 23. Available as well will be paintings, photographs, embossed metal, mosaics, stained glass, polymer clay and ceramic figures, jewelry, fiber arts and small gift items by local artists. Light refreshments and a children’s puppet show will be offered during the art walk. Free children’s art activities are always available during gallery open hours

Teacher’s Lounge @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join our faculty for a variety hour that showcases what they do best. Featuring the best improvisers and stand ups in the Triangle as well as visiting artists from New York and LA, this is one class you don’t want to skip

Meme Team @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 31 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Some of the funniest improvisers in the Triangle join forces to do scenes based on your life, your friends lives and of course – MEMES!

ProgDay International Rock Festival @ Storybook Farm
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day

ProgDay is an annual outdoor festival of progressive music featuring artists from all over the world. Some bands have come from as close as North Carolina, and others from as far away as Sweden, Italy, Venezuela and Indonesia. ProgDay has been held every year since it’s birth in 1995, making it the longest running progressive rock event in the world.

Tickets will be sold at the gate/door on the day of the show subject to availability. Payment by credit card on the day of the show is not an option at Storybook Farm. Weekend and Patron Passes will be available for advance sale on our website. Single Day Passes will not.

Story Time, Puppet Show and Art Activity @ Carrboro Branch Library
Sep 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Story Time, Puppet Show and Make and Take Art Activity inspired by the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn at four community locations. Carrboro Branch Library Sat., Sept. 1st 10:30-11:30; Kidzu Children’s Children’s Museum Sun., Sept. 2nd 1:30-2:30; GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Sat., Sept. 15th 10:30-11:30; Hillsborough Main Library Sun., Sept. 16th 2:00-3:00. Recommended Ages 4-8 years. Free at Carrboro and Hillsborough Libraries, Free GiGi’s Playhouse (registration required due to space limitations), and Kidzu Museum Pay What You Can Sundays,

Wood Fired Pizza in a Garden near the Eno @ A Garden in Hillsborough
Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’ve been experimenting with pizza in our home-made wood fired oven for a few years and quite a few of our friends call it “the best ever”. You’ll get to taste different pizza straight out of the oven and you are welcome to try your hand at it. Maybe you’ll end up building your own oven one day. You are welcome to start your visit with a relaxing late afternoon stroll through our four-acre garden along the banks of the Eno.