April 6, 2018

You Are Here: Light, Color and Sound Experiences
An exciting temporary exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), You Are Here features immersive art installations by 14 contemporary artists, including large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, mixed-media room-size environments and site-specific projects. Some are low-tech, transforming ordinary materials into awe-inspiring visuals, while others make use of experimental new media, fusing art and technology in interactive works that change in response to the viewer. This exhibition takes over an entire floor of the NCMA’s temporary exhibition galleries and also transforms the landscape in the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, creating a campus-wide presentation of contemporary experiential art. Saturday through July 22; East Building, Level B and Museum Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607; 919.715.5923

Opening Night Party and Silent Disco is in Celebration of You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences
Celebrate the opening of You Are Here with extended hours and programming in the exhibition. It starts before you even enter the building! Experience Shaleigh Dance Works guiding the way into the Museum. At the entrance you’ll see and hear dueling drum improvisation by Speed Stick. Watch creativity in 3-D with a TiltBrush activation through Augmentality Labs and an interactive performance by Philip Snyder, flute/electronic artist. The Raleigh Rockers will get the groove going at 9 pm, after which you can dance the night away with your headphones on! DJs PlayPlay, Gemynii, and DJ Forge spin tunes on three channels. Find the partiers listening to your channel by seeing who is moving to your beat! $27/members, $30/non-members; Saturday, 8 pm-midnight; East Building, North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, N.C. 27607; 919.715.5923

Sketch, Scribble, and Sip with Sociable Sketch at the North Carolina Museum of Art
Let’s sketch (or scribble) and then chat over our work while sipping wine in the museum lounge. Your host will have warm up exercises to get your creativity loosened up, lead you through a quick sketch of an abstract, and then move on to a longer sketch of the “blue dancer”, by Alexander Archipenko. Afterwards we’ll chat, continue to enhance our sketches if desired, and share our drawings (optional) over wine in the art museum lounge area. No skill is required! Be brave and give it a try. It’s about socializing more than skill. We’ll supply clipboard, drawing paper and pencils (bring your own if you prefer). Adults only, you must register in advance on the Sociable Sketch Meetup page, all supplies included, wine sold separately. $12.50; Friday, 7-9 pm; 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607; 919.839.6262

First Friday Gallery Walk
The first Friday of every month, Downtown Raleigh showcases its art, music and food during its First Friday Gallery Walk. It’s a self-guided tour and a chance to visit art galleries, studios, alternative art venues and more. Museums stay open late and live music is plentiful and many restaurants and retailers offer specials. Look for the First Friday flags to identify participating venues. First Friday map here. All of the events this Friday, here. Free; Friday, 6-9 pm; Downtown Raleigh

Iris after Dark
Welcome the weekend with Iris after Dark, a new evening experience offered by the NCMA’s Iris restaurant. Enjoy a selection of small plates with twists on Iris favorites alongside new additions. Lounge with friends and enjoy their extended wine and beer selection to the tunes of local DJs and musicians. It’s the perfect way to sip, satisfy, and socialize before a Friday night concert, film, or exhibition visit. Iris after Dark offers table service, both inside the restaurant and in the adjoining lobby. Last orders for lounge and table service at 8:30 pm. Musicians include Stephen Coffman Jazz Trio (April 6); Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band Trio (April 13); Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Trio) (April 20); and Charming Disaster (April 27); Friday, 5:30 pm; West Building, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607; 919.715.5923

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
This four-day, morning-to-midnight festival features nearly 100 films, as well as discussions and panels in Downtown Durham.  As part of the festival there will be free outdoor movies on Friday and Saturday. Each evening will start with music provided by the record store, Carolina Soul. Full schedule here. Thursday-Sunday, music & food trucks: 5:30 pm, movie: 8:30 pm; Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham, NC

Live music and comedy at Mystery Brewing
Mystery Brewing Public House presents live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Find the whole music schedule here and it’s a good idea to check back to make sure there haven’t been any changes. Free (tip the band); Friday & Saturday, 8:30 pm; 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd #41, Hillsborough, NC

Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park
One Friday a month, From April to October, the Bond Park Boathouse hosts musicians, food trucks and after-hours boat rentals. This is the second year for Bands, Bites and Boats, and this year they’ve added “brew” to the mix. Each month they’ll features beer from a  local brewery. This Friday, they have music from Garrett Newton Band (5:30 pm), food from Oak City Fish and Chips, and Brews from Brueprint. Free; Friday, 5-8 pm; 801 High House Rd, CaryNC

Skywatching at Dorothea Dix Park
Morehead Planetarium of UNC presents a skywatching session every month (roughly), weather permitting, usually at Jordan Lake, but sometimes at other sites around the region. The time varies according to the season, but each session is scheduled for two hours. You’ll find the telescopes at the far (west) end of the parking lot. Through out the night peek through telescopes for up-close views of celestial objects; take a laser-guided “star tour” of the night sky; learn where to look for major constellations; listen to legends told by ancient cultures about the constellations; and ask the astronomers for answers to all the astronomy questions you have. If it’s cloudy the session will be canceled. To see any cancellation notices, check Morehead’s Twitter and Facebook news feeds. Free; Saturday, 8-11 pm; 2105 Black Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603; 919.962.1236

First Friday Artist Exhibition @ Oak & Dagger
Oak & Dagger Public House is excited to announce Summer Rezeli as our inaugural First Friday featured artist. Come by their pop-up event to meet Summer and view her wide variety of pieces. Enjoy $5 appetizer specials and featured entrees. Summer Rezeli describes herself as “…a fiber artist with a background in painting and printmaking. She exists in a middle-ground between those two worlds, sometimes painting with threads and at other times, embroidering with paint. Her work is largely influenced by nature, the result being a preservation of spaces at risk of extinction”.Friday, 5-10 pm; 18 Seaboard Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604; 919.945.9382

First Friday Jazz Series Featuring Al Strong
This First Friday Raleigh, we welcome back Al Strong Music. Circa 1888 also offers craft cocktails, billiards, and an outdoor patio. $5; Friday, 9-11 pm; 412 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.307.4597

First Friday Market Series
Join in this street market that has art and craft vendors, live music, and food. Free; Friday, 7-11 pm; 10 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.836.1204

Color in Motion 5K
Run, jog, swagger, dance, and sashay your way through Raleigh. Starting in white, participants gradually transform into a moving technicolor blur as you get color blasted at stations located throughout the run. The race is not timed or limited to just athletes–everyone of every age and level of fitness is invited to be active, social, and have a great time painting the town. Saturday, 9 am-12 pm; 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary, NC 27511; 919.858.0464

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon and 5k
One of the area’s most popular distance running events, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon and 5k is all about music. Headlining bands play concerts before and after the races, and local acts and cheerleading crews set up at each mile post along the course to keep runners motivated. Saturday & Sunday; Downtown Raleigh, NC

3rd Annual Rockin’ Raleigh Spaghetti Dinner
Carbo-load at Gravy before your race! They’re closing down Hargett Street in front of The Raleigh Times for a good old-fashioned block party with live music from Retro Candy, plenty of local beer from White Street Brewery, and a spaghetti dinner from Gravy. The menu includes Gravy’s famous spaghetti and meatballs and garlic knots with a kale Caesar salad. Don’t want to eat? No problem! Come enjoy the music and beer. Buy tickets now or at the event gate. Proceeds will benefit Southeast Raleigh YMCA. $10/food; Saturday, 6-8 pm; The Raleigh Times, 14 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo
The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Just about everything and anything that is served from the back of a truck will be featured! From savory food and dessert vendors to a beer tent provided by Brooks Street Bowl, there is something for everyone. Kids will have fun in the Kid’s Zone that includes face painting by Paint Savvy, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun! You can also walk over to Brooks Street Bowl and get special discounts on bowling while you’re there. There will be a variety of vendors selling high quality crafts, merchandise and promoting their services. Don’t miss your free appetizer coupon from one of their volunteers while you’re here from Texas Roadhouse! The Food Truck Rodeo will be held rain or shine. Most of the trucks accept credit cards. Sunday, 12-4 pm; 405 S Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

NC Wine & Beer Festival at The Farm
The North Carolina Wine & Beer Festival presented by Food Lion heads to The Farm at 95.  Sip, shop, and stay at the NC Wine and Beer Festival! Sample from over 100 unique NC craft beverages, taste amazing chef inspired menus, and shop local. Enjoy live music all day with country sweetheart, Kasey Tyndall, North Carolina’s ultimate party band, The Shakedown Band and the soulful sounds of Nashville’s Rayland Baxter. This festival proudly supports local charity, The Foundation of Hope for the research and treatment of mental illness. General Admission includes commemorative tasting glass, samplings, and access to chef-inspired treats for purchase. VIP Tickets include early access at 11 am, access to the Bedlam Vodka VIP area with additional select wines and specialty cocktails, food pairings in the VIP Tent, commemorative tasting glass, samplings. Check out the Hotel Page for discounts. $20-$65; Saturday, 12-5 pm; The Farm at 95, 215 Batten Rd, Selma, NC

Experience the Hoppiness
With the help of some home-brewer friends, they’ve come up with ten single hopped beers that will take over The Downpour Wall at both restaurant locations on National Beer Day. Come try them all! Free; Saturday, 11 am-7 pm; Clouds Brewing Raleigh, 126 N West St, Raleigh, NC 27603; Clouds Brewing Durham, 905 W Main St #22, Durham, NC 27701

Unleashed’s 5th Annual Spring Fling
Unleashed’s 5th Annual K9 Spring Fling Dog and Cat Fundraiser is a family friendly celebration focused on helping local area animal rescue groups. Many rescue groups will be there along with lots of local vendors! Don’t miss the most popular event, the largest Doggie Easter Egg Hunt around! Thousands of eggs will be filled with special prizes of various sizes, including the most sought after, one year of premium food courtesy of Unleashed. Bring the dogs, bring the kids, bring the cats, bring some stuff to donate, or just bring yourself and hang out with us by the pond! This is a rain or shine event. Free; Sunday, 11-3 pm; 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh NC 27607

Beach Fest
Join in the 4th Annual Beach Fest Presented by YETI Coolers! This year’s show will feature one of the best beach music lineups around: Jim Quick & Coastline, The Embers, Band Of Oz, and Hip Pocket. Coolers are allowed, but no glass allowed anywhere on the property, including parking lots. $8, free/kids 5 and under; Saturday; 215 Batten Rd, Selma, NC 27576; 919.750.5464

Spring Fling Adult Egg Hunt
Come out for the kid-free Spring Fling and get ready for a fun-filled field day for adults including an egg hunt with 10,000 eggs, inflatables, and lawn games! Bring a picnic blanket and your own lawn games, or play ours. Rare Earth Farms and Two Roosters Ice Cream food trucks will be at the park for you to buy a burger or a sweet treat! Please Note: There are no bathrooms in Dix Park and no drinkable water, so please plan to bring a water bottle and come prepared to only have portajohns available. Walking in grass may be necessary so please dress accordingly! 21+; Free; Saturday, 3-6 pm; 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603; register here.

Pasta Making Class – Southern Italian Pastas and Sauces
Owner of Melina’s Fresh Pasta, Carmella, and her family are from Calabria – right on the toe of the Italian boot. In this class, learn to the pasta of Southern Italy! Made with semolina flour and shaped by hand, these chewy pastas pair well with any sauce. During the class you will make the dough and shapes from three Southern Italian regions. They will demonstrate how to make three quick traditional regional sauces for each pasta shape. The class will end with a tasting of our creations: Calabria – Fusilli with N’duja sauce; Apulia – Orecchiette with Broccoli & Garlic; and Campania – Cavatelli with a quick tomato sauce. Each class is limited to 12 participants. All participants receive a Melina’s Fresh Pasta Recipe Book to take home. $59; Saturday, 3 pm; Melina’s Fresh Pasta Shop, 2717 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Barrel of Laughs
Join in an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Adrienne Iapalucci! Comedy fans might recognize Adrienne from her performances as a semifinalist on season 7 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and her appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. In 2009, Adrienne won the first ever People’s Choice award at the New York Comedy Festival. She was also a semifinalist in the festival’s New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Contest and a runner-up in the New York Underground Comedy Festival’s Best of the Boroughs contest. Adrienne has been featured in Huffington Post’s “53 Favorite Female Comedians” and made her international debut as part of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Wine, beer, sangria and light bites will be available for purchase. Make a night of it and make reservations at BRIX Restaurant. Reservations required: book online here or call 401.848.5161 x2. $25; $20/Case Club/Cru Club members (Discount Code Required – call 401.848.5161×0 or send an email to email@newportvineyards.com for code); Saturday, 8 pm; Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

By Whitney

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