Ring in the new year with local food, art galleries and virtual performances
Compiled by Grace Beasley
‘10 Years, 10 Artists’
FRANK Gallery marks its 10th anniversary with a new exhibit that features paintings, mixed media, photography, fiber art, ceramic and sculpture from 10 artists who were selected from a statewide search: Sean Bailey, Cindy Geary, Virginia Green, Mitzie Jokich, Richard Perry, Ivana Milojevic Beck, David Davenport, Tara Kuhn, Jennifer Markowitz and Rob Morgan.
Lifeline: Hunger Relief During the Pandemic by Tom Simon
As its first exhibition of the new year, The ArtsCenter presents this exhibit of still photographs by local photographer Tom Simon. The work can be viewed online through Feb. 15. Tom, a documentary filmmaker and television producer, worked as a volunteer photographer for local nonprofits. When COVID-19 hit, he began documenting weekly food distribution efforts in the area. As he got to know the recipients and volunteers, he realized what he was seeing was the final step in a human chain, a lifeline, that stretches from farm and factory to the kitchen table of those who are hungry. He set out to photograph as many links as he could, from massive farms to tiny dairies, from a bustling food bank to a church kitchen. The 35 photos paint a picture of a system stretched to its limit: massive unemployment and food insecurity, governments and NGO’s struggling to keep up with historic demand, volunteers and workers trying to provide help while risking infection.
‘Blood Done Sign My Name’
PlayMakers Repertory Company hosts this virtual performance that brings to life author Tim Tyson’s childhood memories of the famous 1970 murder of Henry Marrow in Oxford, North Carolina. The play also examines racism in America, featuring a story written by and starring playwright Mike Wiley. Purchase tickets in advance to stream the production for up to a week.
Free Walking Tours of Chapel Hill
Sally Sockwell Smith leads free tours through Chapel Hill every weekend in January. The tours begin at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and explore Franklin Street and the surrounding museums and historic sites. The tours are socially distanced, and masks are required to attend.
Free Wine Tastings at Hillsborough Wine Company
The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosts a free wine tasting at Hillsborough Wine Company from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
ULI’s Raclette at Botanist & Barrel
Botanist & Barrel hosts ULI’s Raclette, a collaboration between Chapel HIll Creamery and Kast & Co., from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ULI’s Raclette offers artisan farmstead raclette-style cheese melted and scraped to order. There will be fireplaces, heaters, a bonfire and hot mulled cider all day.
Tune in to this Minnesota rock band’s virtual performance, where they will play their favorite cover songs broadcasted live from Minneapolis, hosted online by Cat’s Cradle at 4 p.m. Formed in the 1980s, the band has since released 11 albums, including last summer’s “XOXO.”
Cousin Maine’s Lobster Truck at the Tasting
Botanist & Barrel hosts Cousin Maine’s Lobster Truck from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be fireplaces, heaters, a bonfire and hot mulled cider all day.