{Localista Picks} Nov 20 – 26

Like clockwork, we’re in for another week of amazing amounts of good food & fun in the Triangle! 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 (they’ll be worth the time. I promise). So, without further ado… 

Eat Local

Just over one week to go until Thanksgiving and less than a week now until the special Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers’ Markets on Tuesday (Nov 26) at eight area markets. Find the participating market nearest you and get that shopping list filled with local items for your holiday feast.

Thursday evening (Nov 21) visitors to the Nasher Museum Cafe can enjoy a special Persian menu (at 5 pm) inspired by one of the current exhibits, “Doris Duke’s Shangri La”. Reservations are encouraged, online or by calling 919-684-6032.

I saw this Tweet from Firsthand Foods about polenta bowls on the menu at Sandwhich in Chapel Hill and realized I’ve not been to Sandwhich in a month or more. That’s just wrong! I plan to rectify that situation soon. Wanna join me?

Play Local

NCMA is going retro this Friday (Nov 22, 5:30 pm), Rockabilly Retro that is. Be on the look out for a night of “fast cars, slick design (and hair), hip music from the Straight 8s, and glimpses of the quintessential auto racing film Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen”. And if you want to see Steve McQueen’s very own 1958 Porsche Type 356A Speedster 1600 Super, look no further than the Porsche by Design exhibition.

Carrboro Film Fest hits the big screen this weekend (Nov 23 & 24) at The ArtsCenter and the Century Center. Started in 2006 with an idea to promote local area shorts films of twenty minutes or less, the festival has grown into a two-day event that includes submissions from across the state and beyond. All days passes are available for $10 per day, or for just $15 for both days. I know I’m excited to see “Granny’s Got Game” from local documentary film maker Angela Alford during Saturday’s showings.

Who doesn’t love a fun time for a really good cause. Certainly Durham does and they’re throwing a little “Rent Party” at The Cookery on Saturday (Nov 23) to benefit Housing for New Hope. The Durham-centric blog Carpe Durham has a great write-up on the event, so go read it over here.

Shop Local

Though they’ve been open for a while, downtown Durham’s Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery wants to thank all of their customers for the warm welcome. We’re invited to join a day long event Saturday (Nov 23) featuring family photos, give-aways, and they’ll also be raising money for two local animal welfare organizations. Store hours are 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday.

Shop Local Raleigh kicked off a new Instagram contest this week and they’ve dubbed it “Where’s Walter”. And where exactly is Walter (as in Sir Walter Raleigh)? Well, he’s all around Wake County and when you find him, just snap a pic then post it with the hashtag #WheresWalter and you’re entered to win a prize. What prize? See the Shop Local Raleigh website for full details on that spiffy prize.

Frank art gallery has been hosting “Artful Giving”, a collection of artists and invited guests offering unique wares that make great gifts, such as jewelry, scarves, handmade paper goods, ceramics, woodwork and fine art. This Thursday (Nov 21, 6 – 8 PM) the Carrboro-based group Supercollider performs an acoustic set of their signature “gnarl-pop,” 90s-inspired original songs. Just what you need to energize that shopping experience.

Bonus Shop Local pick this week goes out to the DIY District Pop-Up Shop (723 Rigsbee Ave, just behind Motorco), a collaboration between The Makery, the Durham Storefront Project, Mercury Studio and Open Art Society. Shop hours are 4 – 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am – 8 pm Saturdays and 1 – 6 pm Sundays through December. Inside the shop you’ll find products from local artists and businesses like: Arrowhead, Boss Manatee, Clyde Oak, Hawks & Doves, Modern Radar, Runaway, This Paper Ship, The Vintage Collective: [neoretro], grimm vintage, and handmade by hjermitslev, and White Whale Bold Mixers (great for gifting this holiday season).


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