An artistic parade of cows in North Carolina. The cows have finally come home. CowParade, the world’s largest public art exhibit, which originated in Switzerland in 1998, reached the Tar Heel State yesterday with local artists putting a Southern spin on 150 fiberglass cow statues taking over the area. Look for the bovines in public spots throughout the Triangle such as the University of North Carolina’s campus and Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street. Later this month, the group will release an app to help you track down the cows before they head for greener pastures on December 7.
Billy Reid’s Shindig #4. Take Billy Reid’s dapper style, add live music by the Alabama Shakes, breaking bread with John T. Edge and John Currence, an all-day sample sale, and what do you get? Probably the best party this side of the Mason-Dixon line. And it’s going down this weekend at Reid’s fourth Shingdig (August 24-25) in downtown Florence, Alabama.
The new T.N.T. Bar and Eammon’s in Alexandria.
The team behind favorites Restaurant Eve and Virtue Feed & Grain have traded quiet Old Town Alexandria for Arlington, Virginia, with the opening of their new Eamonn’s, A Dublin Chipper outpost, and T.N.T Bar—a cocktail lounge within the restaurant. T.N.T.’s rock ‘n’ roll edge will go down easy with Thrasher’s drinks like the “Shock Me” (Southern Comfort, Maker’s Mark, maple syrup water, and Brooklyn Brown Lager) that riff on classic tunes. You’ll also find recipes from some of Thrasher’s favorite comrades in the industry, like the mezcal-based Pink Shadow Cat from Holeman & Finch Public House’s Greg Best in Atlanta, and a Field Cocktail with cognac and pineapple juice from Jim Meehan at Please Don’t Tell in New York.
Columbia’s Nickelodeon cinema gets a new home. South Carolina’s only nonprofit art film theater is upgrading to a bigger and shinier spot on Main Street on August 31. To commemorate its 33-year tenure at its current location, Nickelodeon is screening 33 movies in 33 days with indie-flick favorites like Buena Vista Social Club and Junebug. Get your fix of nostalgia during the last week of screenings this week, and then toast the future at the grand opening of the new theatre August 31.
Beyonce’s glam jaunt through Texas. OK—this is technically so last week, but we couldn’t resist sharing Beyonce’s photo-documentation of her Lone State road trip. Love B’s “Property of Texas” shirt! We see some of our favorite spots in the mix like the faux-Prada storefront in Marfa, Texas and Food Shark in Austin. Do you spot any of your favorite Texas stops?
Amy Cook’s new album. Austin musician Amy Cook releases her new album Summer Skin, on August 28. Critics are buzzing about “It’s Going to Rain,” a track featuring Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. Other guests include Patty Griffin and Ben Kweller. Despite the album’s nod to the season, we think Cook’s mellow sound is the perfect introduction to fall.
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