Check out the photography and prints of Naomi Writz and the turned wood vessels of Earl Rasmussen this weekend during The Winter Show: Prints and Vessels.
NC Japan Center (Dorothea Dix Campus); 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh; 919-515-3450; www.ncsu.edu/japan
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for the Bull City Food & Beer Experience, a showcase of 20 Durham restaurants, 20 N.C. breweries and 30-plus craft and specialty import breweries. Plus keynote speakers from premier craft breweries. The event is Feb. 24.
The three-day Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a giant community clothing swap that puts creativity over consumerism. Use DIY stations that include sewing machines, sewing notions and tools, trim, fabric paint and an ironing board to alter old clothes.
Nick runs the city
Join Santa and his elf from a trolley ride through Raleigh, beginning at Mordecai Historic Park. Reservations required.
$10; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh; www.raleighnc.gov
The creative process
See the results of the Dec. 1 Bronze Pour in Central Park by the Liberty Art artists. Besides the sculptures and bronze castings, and an opportunity for holiday shopping, the artists will be on hand to talk about the process. There will also be Impromptu Participatory Glass Blowing with George-ann Greth, welcoming students every 15 minutes 6-9 p.m., $25. You could make an ornament for your tree!
923 Franklin St., Durham in the Cordoba Center for the Arts.