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{Localista Picks} Sept 11 – 17

It’s that time again! Time for this week’s “Localista Picks” for your Eat~Play~Shop local consideration. Each week I highlight a few area activities and local businesses you might want to consider fitting into your very busy agenda. So, without further ado, here are the Localista Picks for Wednesday, Sept. 11th –  Tuesday, Sept. 17th:

Eat (and Drink) Local

This Saturday (Sept. 14th) is “Downtown Bounty” in Fuquay-Varina, a celebration of fresh local foods and community spirit. Local farmers, restaurants and downtown merchants come together to celebrate the day in the historic Varina shopping district (on Broad Street). In addition to the food, attendees will enjoy music, merchant specials and family fun during this signature event in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Oh, and there will be a Brunswick Stew Cook-Off!

Sunday (Sept. 15th) Wake Forest’s White Street Brewing Co. celebrates turning One! Food trucks Alivia’s and Red, Hot, & Blue will be on hand, as well as the local sweet treat, Lumpy’s ice cream. Enjoy live music and even a live broadcast on 96.1 FM. Most beers will be available for $3/pint and growler refills will be $6 all day. Check the taps for more specialty beers and make sure you sign up for “All About Beer” magazine’s giveaway for World Beer Fest tickets too.

The Executive Chef at Washington Duke Inn and Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. (based in Greensboro, with a downtown Raleigh brew pub location) pair up for a four-course All-American Beer Dinner this Wednesday (Sept. 11th) evening. Dine on the Terrace on the Green, taking in the golf course views, while enjoying courses including fire-roasted cornish hen,  rabbit porchetta, an oyster-stuffed bistro filet and a chocolate porter ganache cake for dessert. Dinner is $49 per person and you can make reservations online or call 919-493-6699 for information.

Play Local

I know Raleigh has barely had time to recover from all that Hopscotching, but the action is about to start sparking again as SparkCon 2013 explodes on the scene starting Sept. 12th. Daily events (more than 200 in total) are planned across a wide landscape of creativity: street painting, aerial performances, poetry slams, dancing, stand up comedy and the biggest, most popular fashion events on Saturday at the fashionSPARK Runway Show. There is quite a lot to keep up with at SparkCon and fortunately, they have an app for that (download here).

The Escapism Film Festival began earlier this week at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, but the weekend (Friday, Sept. 13th through Sunday, Sept. 15th) will feature the widest variety of films in this year’s fest. And your best bet is the $65 ten-pass so you can spend a little quality time each day enjoying “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, “Stargate”, “The Princess Bride”, “Repo Man”, “Arachnophobia”, “Clash of the Titans”, “Edward Scissorhands” and a few others. Best get the large popcorn too.

Opening this week at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum is “The Sahmat Collective: Art & Activism in India since 1989”. Safdar Hashmi, a playwright, actor, and activist, was fatally attacked by political thugs while performing a street play outside of Delhi. His death led to the founding of the Sahmat Collective, where contemporary art defends freedom of expression and battles intolerance within India. Come to the Public Opening Reception on Thursday, Sept. 12th at 6:30 pm and enjoy delicious Indian street food by Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, music and dance performances. Admission is free (but bring cash for the bar, if so inclined). Hang around Chapel Hill/Carrboro through Friday and enjoy the monthly Second Friday Artwalk events too.

Shop Local

Join MIPSO at Quail Ridge Books & Music on Wednesday, Sept. 11th (7:30 pm) at their in-store concert and CD signing. They’ll be performing music from their CD, “Long, Long Gone”. Described as a mix  of “bluegrass ingredients with a healthy dose of 21st century energy” the UNC Chapel Hill grads “give a distinctly modern twist to those traditional influences.”

Durham dogs are in for a treat when Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery opens its doors at 1000 West Main Street on Friday, September 13th. The store owners (long time Durham residents themselves) plan to offer a broad range of high quality, fair trade food, supplements, toys and other pet supplies. An on-site bakery will offer dog treats made fresh daily. So grab your favorite pooch and welcome this new shop to downtown Durham.

Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery

The really big bash will be at Townsend Bertram & Co at CarrMill Mall in Carrboro on Saturday, Sept. 14th, as the outdoor adventure shop celebrates 25 years! Get your free ticket to the fun, including raffles, prizes, vendor giveaways, “Adventure Ale” from Steel String Brewery (crafted just for the occasion) and food. The Ayr Mountaineers and Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba will be performing too. The biggest raffle will be for a $2,500 shopping spree at the store (only available to those who come by for the Frequent Shopper Card). Cheers to TB&C!

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