February Top 5 to Check Out

Hi-Wire Brewing
Durham

A popular brewery out of Asheville, Hi-Wire recently opened a new location in Durham’s Golden Belt, a restored textile mill where pouches for Bull Durham tobacco were once manufactured. The new taproom is home to 24 taps of Hi-Wire brews, including seasonal, specialty, sour and one-off beers, within its 8,800 square-foot interior space, as well as games including shuffleboard, table tennis and more. The space also offers a covered patio outdoors, and a beer garden for guests to enjoy beautiful Durham days. 

 

Taste Buds Kitchen
Apex

By day, this kitchen event studio hosts kids’ cooking classes in various cuisines, including French pastries, cupcakes and sushi, while adults can attend BYOB classes at night—bring your friends and the booze of your choice as you learn to cook culturally diverse meals. Past classes have included Chinese takeout, handmade pasta, dumplings and a Taste of Italy tour with an appetizer, entree and dessert course. Taste Buds also offers family classes, summer camps, field trips, private lessons, birthday parties and other events. It’s a fun way to collaboratively cook with other members in the community, and to teach your kiddos a thing or two in the kitchen! 

 

Andy Warhol Exhibit
Fayetteville
February 7 – April 12

Starting on February 7, Methodist University will be showcasing the illustrious works of Andy Warhol, who changed the world of art with his pop art in the 1960s. The American artist is best known for his famous paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles, as well as silk-screen images of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. The exhibit, called “Gallery Goes POP: Warhol” will include 34 silk screens, including portraits of Superman, Mickey Mouse, John Wayne and more, on loan from the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill and the Cochran Collection in Georgia. Head out for the opening reception on February 7 at 7:15 p.m. for an introductory talk on selected works. 

 

 

Sadie’s Southern
Chapel Hill

Southern hospitality meets Southern comfort cooking at Sadie’s Southern, a “down home” restaurant for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. The menu boasts a selection of sandwiches filled with poached Carolina shrimp, buttermilk fried chicken or house-made pimento cheese, as well as classic dishes such as Sunday pot roast, shrimp and grits and chicken and gnocchi dumplings, made with braised chicken, caramelized gnocchi, celery, carrots and peas in a savory gravy. You’ll likely always cherish your own Southern grandmother’s cooking the most, but this spot comes in at a very close second.

Yolanda Rabun
Clayton
February 8; $22

North Carolina-based singer Yolanda Rabun brings a repertoire that includes traditional and contemporary (smooth) jazz, pop, folk, blues and originals to The Clayton Center, with fierce vocals and music with an energetic storytelling quality. Rabun has been known to perform with symphonies and orchestras, so expect a whirlwind of surprising sound throughout the show. 

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