Well, folks, we’re starting the fall season with quite a bang this year, aren’t we?

As the INDY‘s 2018 Fall Arts & Culture guide was hurtling toward the printer, Hurricane Florence started hurtling toward the Triangle. We’ve noted confirmed cancelations and postponements wherever possible, but be sure to call ahead or look online to confirm anything we’ve listed for the coming week to make sure it’s still happening, as we know more cancelations will be coming down the pike after press time.

One thing that we know for sure is not happening—at least not this weekend—is the debut of J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival at Raleigh’s Dix Park, which, of course, we made the anchor story of the music section of our Fall Guide. But given the resources behind and excitement around this festival, we think there’s a good chance it will get rescheduled. So we hope you enjoy reading about what might have been—and what may yet come to be. But luckily, most of our Fall Guide centers on developements in local arts and culture that are ongoing or further out.

In the world of food, we take a look at the latest culinary trend storming the Triangle, the food cour—um, make that food hall. In visual art, we celebrate the bold new vision driving UNC-Chapel Hill’s sometimes-neglected Ackland Art Museum into the future during its sixtieth-anniversary season. In the performing arts, we wonder if the most viable newcomer to help The Fruit fill the Durham presenting void left by the closures of Common Ground and Manbites Dog Theater might be—Northgate Mall?

In literary spheres, we have an intimate conversation with new N.C. poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green about her drive to amplify muted voices. And on screen, we delve into two film festival, an old one at UNC and a new one at Duke, which fill missing links in black independent film. All of these stories are about new institutions and changes in old ones that will affect your experience of Triangle arts and culture for the better, this autumn and, hopefully, in years to come. But of course, if you’re just looking for a great show, we have editors’ picks in each section highlighting our can’t-miss tickets of the season (oh hi, Hamilton). We’ll see you in the halls and nightclubs, the food halls and bookstores, the museums and theaters—provided we don’t all get blown away.

Now, has anyone seen my ruby slippers?

With a Fresh Public-Facing Vision, a Slate of Exciting Sixtieth-Anniversary Exhibits, and an Impending Interior Remodel, the Ackland Art Museum Bounds into the Future (Plus Editor’s Picks) 

With Manbites Dog Gone, the Future of Durham Theater Might Reside at—Wait, Really? Northgate Mall? (Plus Editor’s Picks) 

As Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green Wants to Amplify North Carolina’s Muted Voices (Plus Editor’s Picks) 

In the Diaspora Festival at UNC and Aural Futures at Duke, Independent African-American Filmmakers Shape the Future (Plus Editor’s Picks) 

The Food Halls Are Coming! The Food Halls Are Coming! But What Makes Them Different From Food Courts? (Plus Editor’s Picks) 

J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival Is Planting the Flag for Hip-Hop’s Critical Mass in the Triangle 

Hip-Hop Is Entering a Golden Era in an Entirely Different Field: Academia 

J. Cole vs. Festival Culture 

Editor’s Picks: Ten Fall Concerts