4th Friday provides an opportunity to enjoy and participate in the city’s growing culture that prioritizes the arts and local businesses. Friday, Oct. 27, is unique in that it will benefit from the involvement of Cool Spring Downtown District, a nonprofit organization dedicated to re-branding Fayetteville’s artistic identity and increasing connectivity between the city’s art-related organizations and individuals.
The Zombie Walk is one of October’s biggest 4th Friday events, a time to dress up in your best zombie costume and makeup and roam the streets of downtown. Back-A-Round Records – a new record store and recording studio space set to open soon – and Cool Spring Downtown District present the Zombie Walk pre-party from 6- 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Headquarters Library. In partnership with the library, Fayetteville’s Paul Mitchell school will provide facepainting and zombie makeup for a $5 donation that will go toward breast cancer research.
First, second and third place for best costumes will be awarded before the official walk begins at 8 p.m. Zombies will proceed up Ray Avenue and east on Hay and Person Streets, with the walk terminating at the stage on Green Street, adjacent to Back-A-Round Records. Live music from Nephilym, Motorjunkie and Carolina Committee’s DJ Moodswing will start around 8:20 p.m. Zombies ages 21 and up can end the night at The Church at Paddy’s for the official after-party and Zombie Prom. Call (910) 568-5654 for details.
Zombie revels are not everyone’s cup of tea, though, and there are plenty of other options to enjoy. Concurrent to the Zombie Walk pre-party, WCCG 104.5FM will host a street dance from 6-8 p.m. on Person Street near the new Taste of West Africa building.
The Arts Council will host Riser Burn, the 82nd Airborne Division Band’s rock ensemble, playing on the sidewalk at Hay and Maxwell Streets from 7-9 p.m. As an alternative pre- and after-party, Cape Fear Regional Theater is partnering with the American Tattoo Society to present a film screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11:59 p.m. For $25, guests receive a prop bag and entrance to the pre-party at Latitude 35 in addition to the midnight showing admission. Tickets for Oct. 27 may sell out; the show will also run Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. Find out more at www.cfrt.org. The Arts Council’s new exhibit, “Reclaimed,” debuts on 4th Friday. The exhibit features art that uses old materials recycled into new, unique forms and will be open 7-9 p.m. Cape Fear Studios at 148 Maxwell St. opens its exhibition of Mark Gordon’s pottery, and the Ellington-White Gallery at 113 Gillespie St. continues its exhibition “Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper.”
Other galleries open for 4th Friday include Alter Egos Gallery & Studio at 108 Gillespie St., City Center Gallery & Books at 112 Hay St., Old Towne Gallery at 124 Maxwell St., and Gallery 116th at 116 Anderston St.
“We’re trying to be more diverse in our offerings to the community,” said Mark Regensburger, president and CEO of Cool Spring Downtown District. “We try and bring people together who might not otherwise know about each other, and as our organization grows, we’re seeking to be more of a matchmaker for people to be able to do wonderful things. … We’re working with all the organizations like (the Dogwood Festival), the Arts Council, all the museums downtown, the Cameo, the Indigo Moon Film Festival.”
Sam DuBose, Cool Spring Downtown District general manager, added that the organization wants to help artists and entities new to Fayetteville’s arts and culture scene. “We try to bring them downtown, help them through the permitting process, advise them on how to navigate the systems effectively and legally,” he said.
Cool Spring Downtown District is also facilitating a volunteer programming committee chaired by Isabella Effon, owner of Taste of West Africa. “The idea is to extend our 4th Friday beyond just the sweet spot of three blocks on Hay Street,” DuBose said. All community members are welcome on the committee. Call the Cool Spring office at (910) 223-1089 if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity.