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7 things to do in the Triangle this weekend: Paperhand, beer fest, more

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Beautiful Beast” show explores beauty and magic through the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Beautiful Beast” show explores beauty and magic through the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. mschultz@newsobserver.com

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

NASCAR and moonshine

5-9 p.m. Friday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free; ncmuseumofhistory.org

Meet legendary driver Junior Johnson and watch a documentary short and a feature-length movie about him, plus get a sample of Midnight Moon moonshine (as long as it lasts).

Beer, bourbon, ‘cue

6-9 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday; Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary; $29-$89; beerandbourbon.com

The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival offers, well, beer, bourbon and barbecue! Plus, seminars and live music all day. Tickets get you a sampling glass and barbecue plate.

The Beautiful Beast

7 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Sept. 4, plus Labor Day; Forest Theatre; 123 S. Boundary St., Chapel Hill; $8-$15; paperhand.org

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Beautiful Beast” show explores beauty and magic through the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. (Shows move to N.C. Museum of Art Sept 9-11.)

HBD, Bull City Records

Friday and Saturday; multiple venues, Durham; see bullcityrecords.com for details.

Superchunk, Dirty Little Heaters, Dry Heathens and others play independent record store Bull City Records’ two-night birthday party, celebrating 11 years as a Durham institution. Events take place at Pinhook and Ponysaurus Brewing.

The force re-awakens

9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; $6 (free for museum members); ncartmuseum.org

Two straight nights to catch J.J. Abrams’ 2015 resurrection of the “Star Wars” saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen.

Squealin’ 4 Hope

10 a.m. Saturday; St. John’s United Holy Church, 3201 Jack Mitchell Road, Zebulon; free; unitedhopecdc.org

This event, sponsored by the non-profit United Hope CDC, features a barbecue cook-off contest and arts and crafts, plus food bookbag and school supply giveaways. Proceeds benefit area residents in need.

Food truck rodeo

4-9 p.m. Sunday; Fayetteville Street, Raleigh; downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com

It’s a half-mile of food trucks spread out over 11 city blocks. The more than 50 trucks attending come from all over the state, and there’s sidewalk seating.

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