Weekend Best Bets: Dachshunds, Dinner and Dr. Dolittle

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Juliette Binoche as Antigone

The Art of Recycling – Thursday – November 15 – Get inspired by Scrapel Hill’s latest exhibit “The Art of Recycling,” featuring 11 original works created from recycled or repurposed materials. The exhibit is open until November 15 so there’s plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing or be inspired to live more sustainably. University Place; 201 S. Estes Dr.; Free; scrapelhillart.com

TerraVita – Thursday – Saturday – Calling all foodies: this year’s TerraVita food and wine festival features a series of events including classes, dinners, and tastings. Don’t miss out on the three-day-lineup with appearances by local chefs and the James Beard Foundation’s two most recent “Best Chefs” of the Southeast: Jason Stanhope and Ashley Christensen. The festival celebrates sustainable practices and bringing “real food” to the table. Various Chapel Hill locations; price varies; terravitaevent.com

Aaron Wilcox Workshop – Thursday, 6 pm – Join artist Aaron Wilcox for a talk and hands-on workshop at The Ackland. His work is currently featured in the Ackland’s exhibit Testing Testing, and participants will create “sound objects” or “bundles” with plastic zip ties and ceramic pieces fired by the artist himself. Space is limited, so register online. 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill; Free; Ackland.org

Fridays on the Front Porch – Friday, 5-8 pm – Walk on over to the Carolina Inn, loosen your tie and kick off your work shoes on the lawn. Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojo will perform, accompanied by food truck favorites Bam Pow Chow and Chirba Chirba Dumpling. 211 Pittsboro St.; free; carolinainn.com

Parade of Homes Tour – Friday and Saturday (and Oct. 16-18), noon-5pm – Tour 56 beautiful homes throughout Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. In its 32nd year of inviting the public to view some of the finest homes in the area, this HBA event showcases new home construction with innovative designs, products and technology. A variety of homes will be on Parade, meeting the needs of home buyers in all price ranges, from budget-conscious shoppers to those looking for a grand estate. Seventeen homes on Parade have met the stringent requirements of Home Innovations NGBS Green Certification. Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham, 919-493-8899; hbadoc.com/pages/parade-of-homes

Opening: Of A Different Color – Friday, 6 pm – Local graphic designer Laura Hughes has returned to her roots in the fine arts through the medium of acrylic paint, most notably through her large-scale work featuring horses. She will be showing some of these paintings at a solo exhibit at the ArtsCenter on display until the end of the month. Come out to the opening reception held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk. 300 G E. Main St., Carrboro; Free; artscenterlive.org

Opening: The Contemporaries – Friday, 6-9 pm – Join LIGHT Art + Design for an opening reception for The Contemporaries, featuring work by Carrie Alter, Amanda Barr, Charles Chace, Casey Cook, Lynda Curry, Jimmy Fountain, Heather Gordon, Harrison Haynes, Harriet Hoover, Leigh Suggs and Steven Walls. The exhibit runs until November 12. 601 W. Rosemary St., Suite 110; Free; lightartdesign.com

2nd Friday Art Walk – Friday, 6-9 pm – Come paint your own watercolor with Dan Nelson in the Plaza on this month’s second Friday. Also choose from several openings by artists including Lucia Romano, Kate Kennedy, and an interactive photography exhibit at Weaver St. Realty. Finish the night with a comedy show at DSI Comedy Theater. Chapel Hill and Carrboro; free; 2ndfridayartwalk.com

Antigone – Friday and Saturday, 8 pm – See Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche play Antigone in a modern reworking of Sophocles’ classic Greek masterpiece. The tragedy presents extreme tensions between politics and individual rights, men and women, and the unbreakable ties of family. 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $44, or $10 for students; carolinaperformingarts.com

19th Annual Walk for Education – Saturday, 2-6 pm – Walk with thousands of students, teachers and families to support school clubs, sports teams and organizations with exercise, food and games in this district-wide fundraiser. The walk starts at McCorkle Place on UNC’s campus and ends with a giant carnival at Lincoln Center. McCorkle Place, UNC Campus, E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; Free; publicschoolfoundation.org

Oktoberfest 5K Run – Saturday, 3-8 pm – Celebrate Oktoberfest with Carolina Brewery and their best beer. But first, run a 5K! The race starts at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by beer, bratwurst, activities for kids, live music and more back at the brewery. A portion of the proceeds from race registration will benefit Susan G. Komen. Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park, 304 Old Rock Springs Cemetery Rd, Pittsboro; sportoften.com

Star Families: Fall Skies – Saturday, 3:30-4:15 pm – Explore the stars as a family! Come out to the Morehead Planetarium for a kid–themed astronomy event, great for children ages 7-12. Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and other groups are welcome. Each child must be accompanied by a parent. 250 E. Franklin St.; $6.51 for children, $7.68 for parents; moreheadplanetarium.org

Chili Cook Off – Saturday, 7 pm – Grab a spoon and head over to The Country Fried Duck for the YMCA Chili Throwdown. The judges include Tar Heel Legend Phil Ford and boutique owner Sally Stollmack. Don’t miss chili from locals like Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Al Bowers of Al’s Burger Shack, Chapel Hill Chief of Police Chris Blue and more. The event is free, but donations are accepted and will benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign. 157 E. Rosemary St.; Free; ymcatriangle.org

Skywatching at Jordan Lake – Saturday, 7:30-9:30 pm – When was the last time you really looked at the stars? Join Morehead educators for a night of telescope viewing and search for your favorite celestial objects, and (if you’re lucky) spot a few meteors. The session will be informal and family friendly, so feel free to show up any time between 7:30 and 9:30. 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC; free; moreheadplanetarium.com

Riverwalk Movie Night – Saturday, 8:15-10 pm – Bring the family to Riverpark Festival Lawn for a free screening of Dr. Dolittle with pizza provided by Radius. If you go even if you don’t have kids, we won’t judge you. River Park, Hillsborough; free; visithillsboroughnc.com

South Orange Rescue Squad Open House – Sunday, 1-5 pm – Climb aboard ambulances with EMTs, learn about rescue equipment, and learn how to save a life with CPR instructors. Join South Orange Rescue Squad for a safety-themed block party and meet the volunteers who keep you safe. Free treats from Maple View Farm will be provided. 202 Roberson St.; free; facebook.com/southorangerescue

Wiener Dog Day – Sunday, 2-4 pm – Bring your hotdog-shaped buddy to Weaver Street Market for an afternoon of games, costumes, contests, and fun. If you don’t have a dachshund, come watch as dozens march in a parade and participate in hurdling contests and bobbing for wieners. All pups should be leashed and fully vaccinated, and raffle ticket proceeds benefit the Dachshund Rescue’s medical fund. 101 E. Weaver St.; free; weaverstreetmarket.coop

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Lily Stephens

Editorial intern Lily Stephens is a Georgia native studying journalism and studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill. When she isn’t writing or painting, she can usually be found wishfully browsing pet adoption sites in search of her first Dachshund puppy.
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