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Patrick Dougherty: Stickwork
Coming to Ackland Museum 

The Ackland Art Museum has commissioned its first major site-specific, outdoor art installation in nearly 20 years: a "stickwork" by Chapel Hill-based artist Patrick Dougherty. As yet untitled, the large-scale work will be made entirely of tree saplings. Construction of the piece will take place Monday, October 9 through Friday, October 27. Your help is needed to assist Patrick with construction - sign up now to volunteer! 

Artist Talk at FRANK

Thurs, September 21 | 6 PM

FRANK Gallery artists from the Featured Artists exhibition talk about why they create, and share behind-the-scenes details about processes and materials.

Summer Music Series

Friday, September 22 | 7-9 PM

Hosted by Ben & Jerry’s, enjoy delightful live music outdoors while you enjoy delicious ice cream! Musician - Kevin Beardsley will be performing jazz. More Info

Fridays on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn

Every Friday | 5-8 PM

The Carolina Inn hosts this popular end-of-the-week celebration with live music, food trucks, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There's no cover charge or reservations needed for the event.

Fall Nights Dance Party 

Sat, September 23 | 10 PM

The Baxter hosts DJ FiFi Hi-Fi for a fun fall themed dance party to celebrate everyone's favorite time of the year. Enjoy drinks specials. Put on your favorite pagan outfit and get ready to dance! 

Reception, Photography Exhibit at Wilson Library

Tues, September 26 | 5:30 PM

Reception and exhibit opening at Wilson Library for Between Midnight and Day: The Photography of Dick Waterman. Dick Waterman played a key role in the folk revival of the 1960s, helping to revive the career of Son House and managing many prominent blues artists including Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and Bonnie Raitt. Q&A with Waterman will follow. More Info

Music on the Porch

Thurs, Sept 21 | 5:30 PM 

The Center for the Study of the American South hosts indie duo Violet Bell for a show on the front porch. Free and open to all. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while! More Info

Roots of Fiddle Symposium at Nightlight

September 21, 22, 24

Nightlight Club hosts three nights of fiddle performances including original members of Red Clay Ramblers, Peter White, Jon Newlin, Tatiana Hargreaves, Ashlee Watkins and more. $15 for members / $2 one-time membership fee / Doors @7:00 / Seated show.

Go HEELS! Beat Dook!

Saturday, Sept 23 | 3:30 PM

The Tar Heels take on the  Blue Devils in Kenan Football Stadium! Enjoy dining downtown before and after the game, stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC fan gear shops, and take the Tar Heel Express.

Family & Friends Sunday

Sun, September 24 | 2-5 PM

Art-lovers of all ages will be inspired by the South African beadwork that is newly on display at the Ackland. Come make a beaded piece of jewelry to wear and take home, and go on a scavenger hunt in the galleries for jewelry and jewelry in art!

Starry Nights: Fall Skies

Wed, September 27 | 7:30 PM

Explore the night sky under the planetarium dome! This show for adults and older teens will help you identify the planets, bright stars, and constellations that are easiest to find during the current season, with expert guidance from a Morehead astronomy educator. 

Hurricanes for Hurricane Relief at Top of the Hill

Thurs, September 28 | 8 PM

Enjoy a New Orleans-style soiree in The Great Room as TOPO Distillery debuts their newest product. Carolina Spiced Rum is hand-crafted, pot-distilled, and USDA-certified organic. A portion of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey & Irma relief efforts. Tickets & More Info

Thurs, September 28 | 5 PM

Join Wilson Library for a reception and screening of MAESTRA followed by a discussion with film director Catherine Murphy and UNC faculty and students.  The documentary MAESTRA captures the powerful story of literacy and rural community by exploring the experiences of nine women who, as young girls, taught in the Cuban Literacy Campaign. More Info
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