Well, This Blows: The INDY's Rolling Blog of Hurricane Florence Cancellations and Delays in Arts, Culture, and Food | Arts

Well, This Blows: The INDY's Rolling Blog of Hurricane Florence Cancellations and Delays in Arts, Culture, and Food


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Now that the Dreamville cancellation is out of the way, let's get on to the rest.

Though its website has yet to be updated with the news, we got word in an email newsletter today that SPARKcon, which was scheduled to begin on Thursday, is officially postponed. In fact, according to the letter's authors at VAE Raleigh, all City of Raleigh events this weekend have been nixed. VAE says it wants to reschedule SPARKcon as soon as possible, though there are no specific plans yet.

Over at Raleigh Little Theatre, a concert featuring The Connells with Dillon Fence and Mayflies USA in the Stephenson Amphitheatre has been rescheduled from Saturday, September 15, to Saturday, September 29. All three bands will play the new date. The Raleigh Symphony Fall Pops Concert in RLT's Stephenson Amphitheatre has been moved from Sunday, September 16 to Sunday, September 23. If you already have tickets to either event, just show up at the new date, no changes required. Also, RLT classes for youth and adults are canceled this Saturday and Sunday, but will proceed as scheduled until then.

In Chapel Hill, PlayMakers Repertory Company has cancelled productions through September 16. Luckily, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood runs through the end of the month, so there's still time to see it. Ticket holders will receive an email from PlayMakers as to how to change their tickets to another date.

Really getting out ahead of things, this week's Pickin' in the Pines concert at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre is moving from Wednesday, September 12 to Wednesday, October 3. All tickets for tomorrow's show will be honored at the new date, and refunds are available. 

The planned Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University concert by Jennifer Curtis & The Melodic Refuge Orchestra has been called off for Friday, September 14; the presenter hopes to reschedule at a future date. 

This just in: Duke Performances has cancelled its concerts and conversations with Jason Moran, which had been scheduled to begin the presenter's 2018-19 season this Thursday. "We're working with Jason Moran's team to reschedule these events for spring 2019," Duke Performances says.

Neko Case's Friday night concert at UNC's Memorial Hall has been postponed, but there has not been a new date for her performance announced yet.

The Aural Futures film festival at Duke, which we reported on in our Fall Arts & Culture Guide today, has postponed its kickoff screening tonight. The festival hopes to reschedule at Full Frame Theater for Sunday, September 23, though this is not yet confirmed.

The Carolina Theatre has rescheduled comedian Steven Wright's September 14 show for Wednesday, October 10. Tickets already purchased remain valid; refunds are available though October 2.

Carolina Performing Arts is delaying the opening of Robin Frohardt's Plastic Bag Store until Tuesday, September 19.

Lonnie Holley's Friday evening performance at the Ackland Art Museum has been canceled, with no reschedule date announced yet.

The induction ceremony for new N.C. poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green, previously planned for Sep. 19 at the capitol, has been postponed. A new date will eventually be announced at www.ncarts.org.

And say, what's going on the world of food? We're generally hearing from restaurants and bars that they're waiting until Thursday afternoon to make any decisions about service Thursday night and beyond, but we know Kingfisher's pop-up today at The Durham Hotel has been canceled; the forthcoming Durham cocktail bar is working to find a date to reschedule its preview party. And Lafayette Village's September 15 Oktoberfest celebration has been rescheduled for September 22.

If a lot of restaurant and bar news develops other than "everything's closed!" we'll note what's open here. In the meantime, need a diversion from storm watch? Tune in to Food Town: Durham, N.C., a new half-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes of Durham's vibrant restaurant community. It will be available online as a series of seven shorts starting Thursday, September 13 on PBS Food. The documentary, produced by Markay Media (the folks behind the award-winning PBS series A Chef's Life), will also air at 9:30 p.m. on September 27 on UNC-TV.

The Thursday night concert at Chapel Hill's Nightlight, featuring Alice Gerrard, Kay Justice, and Gail Gillespie, has ben canceled.

The Hoppin' John Fiddlers' Convention, which was supposed to happen at Shakori Hills this weekend, has been rescheduled for Oct. 18-20.

The North Carolina Symphony's Music of Queen concert, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled for Friday, March 22, 2019. All original tickets will be honored, but if you can't make the new date, contact the box office at (919) 733-2750 or tickets@ncsymphony.org.

The inaugural Brazilian Day Festival, which was supposed to happen Saturday at Durham Central Park, has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled; instead, organizers hope to try again next year.

The North Carolina Museum of Art and its park will be closed Thursday through Sunday. Friday's Coco Fiesta Fantástica is canceled. A screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Family Fun: Inspired by Papyrus tour and workshop, and Bespoke: William Paul Thomas on Painting Everyday People, all scheduled for Saturday, are also canceled. If you've already purchased tickets to any of these events, you will be refunded automatically.

Theatre Raleigh is plunging onward with Once tonight, but the City of Raleigh has closed the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting Thursday, September 13. That means the remaining performances are rescheduled for Friday, September 21–Sunday, September 23. That puts Carolina Ballet's Firebird out of commission, too.

How about something you can do? Burning Coal Theater Company has cancelled its September 14 and 15 cabaret shows, but its September 16 show is planned to go forward. Tickets here.

In Carrboro, The ArtsCenter is closed from Thursday through Sunday. All classes are canceled. Thursday night's Austin Piazzolla Quintet concert has been postponed with no new date yet, and Saturday night's Five For Fighting with String Quartet concert has been canceled outright. The ArtsCenter's Second Friday ArtWalk events are also canceled.

21c Museum Hotel has moved the opening reception for Portraying Power and Identity: A Global Perspective from Friday, September 14 to Thursday, October 18.

In food and drink news, several Triangle restaurants will remain open for service Thursday and Friday; most will make calls about weekend service nearer the time and post updates on social media. As long as you're able to do so safely, support your local restaurants, bars, breweries, and bakeries—a few are offering specials, too.

Over in Durham, Pizzeria Toro is firing up its ovens and will remain open Thursday through Sunday during regular hours. Jack Tar will be open for regular business hours Thursday and Friday through lunch service, offering half-price bottle of wines on those days, and plan to open regular hours Saturday and Sunday. Littler will be open Thursday during regular business hours, and hopes to maintain regular hours Friday and Saturday. Time to carb-load: East Durham Bake Shop is busy baking off everything in their fridge and freezer and will be open regular hours on Thursday; they are also offering a free kids' hot chocolate with a $5 purchase.

In Durham brewery news, Fullsteam Brewery will be open during regular hours today (trivia is still on at 9:00 p.m.) and will continue to fill containers with filtered water for free as long as they are able to safely do so, and The Glass Jug will remain open as long as they have power and will fill water growlers (or any containers with lids) for free as long as supplies last.

In Raleigh, Hummingbird and Crawford and Son will be open during regular hours on Thursday and Friday. Mandolin, A Place at the Table, 18 Seaboard, Whiskey Kitchen, Sassool, Morgan Street Food Hall, and 41Hundred will all be open for regular business on Thursday. lucettegrace will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and closed on Friday.

Don't settle for the last bag of sandwich thins; stock up on baguettes and loaves at La Farm Bakery. It'll be open regular hours at all three bakeries Thursday, regular hours at Preston and West Cary stores on Friday, and open over the weekend pending any issues.

Still bummed about your weekend event getting cancelled? A complimentary dessert at bu•ku (downtown Raleigh and Wake Forest) or so•ca will help ease the sting; bring proof of purchase of any canceled event to redeem (no purchase necessary).

In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Elaine's on Franklin will remain open Thursday during regular hours and ACME plans to stay open Thursday and throughout the weekend. Coffee shops Caffe Driade and Open Eye Cafe will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and be closed on Friday.

Wondering how you can help feed others? The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina needs your help. If you've got canned goods or shelf-stable food to spare, have time to volunteer, or would like to donate funds to support disaster relief efforts, visit its disaster relief page to find the branch closest to you or to make a monetary donation.

And World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit founded by chef Jose Andres (which helped feed thousands in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria), is looking for volunteers in Raleigh and Wilmington to prepare meals for hurricane victims. For more information, visit the Chefs for Carolinas Facebook page.

Chef Ashley Christensen, who owns popular Raleigh eateries such as Poole's and Beasley's Chicken + Honey, posted on her Instagram account that all AC Restaurants will be open today during regular business hours and that 10 percent of all sales at all restaurants will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Christensen posted on Instagram, "It's wet and rainy here, but the worst of Florence seems to have missed Raleigh—we're so grateful to all the emergency workers and first responders for keeping our city safe. We are eager to get back into the restaurants and cook for our community, but our hearts and thoughts are consumed with our neighbors to the east and south, who are still feeling the full weight of Florence's strength. Today, all of our restaurants are OPEN with regularly scheduled hours. And 10% of all sales at all our shops will go [to] the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. We will be looking for every opportunity to help in relief in the coming days, as the picture of need becomes clearer. But for now, let us feed you, and let's help make sure that others can access full meals too."

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