NOV. 1 & 2
There’s jumping rope, and then there’s really jumping rope. Like doing back-flips. Like doing three revolutions in one jump–100 times in a row. That’s what the Bouncing Bulldogs do. The bulldogs, for the uninitiated, are a team of 85 kids from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough who ranked second in the country at last June’s USA Jump Rope Federation Nationals in Orlando, Fla. They’re hosting the All Star Jump Spectaculars Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. at East Chapel Hill High School, 600 Weaver Dairy Road. In addition to medalists from the Bulldogs, about two dozen award-winning jumpers from around the country will perform. Tickets are $6 at the door, $5 in advance, children under 6, free. A pre-show spaghetti dinner Nov. 1 is $6. The 13th Annual N.C. Rope Skiping Workshop Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $40. For information, call coach Ray Frederick at 493-7992.
The Center for Documentary Studies and the Program in Film and Video at Duke University present the seventh annual Documentary Film and Video Happening. An opportunity for triangle and regional filmmakers to gather in a non-competitive setting to view work, engage in discussion, network and participate in workshops, the Happening also features a guest filmmaker. This year’s guest will be award-winning filmmaker Christine Choy, whose works include Mississippi Triangle, Who Killed Vincent Chin? And The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Nov. 8-10. Center for Documentary Studies and Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus, Durham. $20 (3-day pass), $5 (single screenings), $3 (late-night screenings–10 p.m.). (919)660-3654. http://cds.aas.duke.edu/film/2002 happening/hapindex.html.
Is This It? Yup. The Strokes, America’s current “it” band, will be coming to the good ol’ Ritz in Raleigh late in November, with songs from their CD, Is This It, and new ones that are begging to sell like crazy. We’re telling you about the concert now not because it’s breaking news, but because it’s bound to become old news if you don’t get your tickets fast–at their last gig in Seattle, the show was completely sold out. Of course, if you don’t find rock a la Television, the Stooges and the Velvet Underground to be your bag–not to mention being the trendiest person on your block–forgo the $25 ticket and let all the hipsters spin stories about the show the next day at the watercooler. You’ve been warned. Call Ticketmaster, 834-4000.
Concerts at St. Stephen’s presents the Raleigh Flute Choir, a chamber music ensemble composed of flutists from central North Carolina. In their 16 years of existence, the choir has performed music spanning the Renaissance to the present, at Colonial Williamsburg, Biltmore Estate, the N.C. Bach Festival, Piccolo Spoliator and the White House, and released two widely acclaimed CDs. 4 p.m. 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham. (919) 493-5451. Free.