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Food and Beer Tastings, Hidden Stories Among First Friday Happenings at the N.C. Museum of History


What a selection of activities to start your September weekends! Come to the First Friday event at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Friday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sample Latin cuisine, taste craft beers, and discover hidden stories presented by filmmakers and photographers. And it’s the final weekend to see the blockbuster exhibit Starring North Carolina! (last tickets on Sept. 4 sold at 8 p.m.). Everything is free except exhibit admission, and that has been reduced!

Chef J.P. Murcia, who operates KocinA Food Truck and KocinA Grill, will serve up scrumptious samplings of spinach empanadas, chicken arepas, sweet plantains and Cotija cheese. Born in Colombia, Murcia brings his homeland’s authentic Latin cuisine to his dishes. During the evening, learn about upcoming programs for the yearlong celebración Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. 

Brüeprint Brewing Company of Apex will host a tasting of craft beers, so sample away. The beer tasting is organized by the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., catch the program Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places, when photographers, filmmakers and others will share examples of their work and join a panel discussion. The panelists will reflect on their personal connections to places they have documented. Hear their intriguing stories during this program inspired by the museum’s exhibit Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place, on view through Sunday, Sept. 27.

Margaret “Lou” Brown, Senior Research Scholar at Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics, will moderate the discussion. The program is presented in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Duke University Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program and Durham County Library. 

Hear from these panelists during Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places:

  • Photographer Scott Garlock of Warren County, whose work is featured in the exhibit Rural Revival. His evocative images highlight abandoned historic buildings in eastern and northeastern North Carolina, landmarks of communities long ago.  
  • Alex Harris will share photographs and stories about an abandoned home he discovered in New Mexico that belonged to Amadeo Sandoval. Harris is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke University and Creative Director of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program.
  • Jon-Sesrie Goff will show clips of his documentary film about land in South Carolina’s low country that has been in his family for generations. The land continues to have a strong hold on the family. Goff is a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program at Duke University.
  • Dan Smith will feature photographs of abandoned buildings that he encountered while en route to make a video documentary about a family member’s violent death. Smith is a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program at Duke University.
  • Alina Taalman will show excerpts from “Quiet Title,” a documentary essay film about her family’s experiences in their historic colonial house in rural Connecticut. Her film attempts to uncover the home’s history and the spirits it continues to shelter. Taalman is a 2015 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program at Duke University.

Find more information about each panelist visit the website of Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University.

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