Raleigh Events

"Public Displays" [an interactive video installation and performance piece]
February 14, 2016
Times: 5-9pm
Venue: Flanders Art Gallery
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

The public is invited to enter our version of Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio and "give us a kiss" on camera, just like May Irwin and John Rice did for Thomas Edison Co. 120 years ago. The newly recorded videos will be projected in the gallery alongside the original 1896 film, all set to playful kiss-themed music, and will become part of a final video work that will mix Edison's original film with the kisses recorded during the Public Displays installation. Just show up any time between 6-9pm on "First Friday," Feb. 5, or between 5-9pm on Valentine's Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, and you can become part of "Public Displays." Or just come to see what it's all about. We will provide you with a complimentary copy of your videoed kiss. The show will also on display throughout the month of Feb. Artists: Louis Cherry, Marsha Gordon, Jason Paul Evans Groth, Josephine McRobbie and Trevor Thornton.

1st Annual Laugh-A-Thon
February 14, 2016
Times: 7pm
Venue: Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Advance $55.97-$60.97

The first annual Laugh-A-Thon will be at Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 14! Performers include Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon and Dominique!

Amythyst Kiah
February 14, 2016
Times: 3pm
Venue: North Carolina Museum of History
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free (ticket required)

Amythyst Kiahdefines her sound as simply as southern roots music. Digging into what that means, Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter who fuses traditional roots music with a contemporary style, transforming older songs into her own powerful, soulful renditions and writing original music that builds on those traditions. She draws heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Roscoe Holcombe, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers), and she is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and country music from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws from contemporary popular artists who have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Bonnie Raitt). Her sound on her new album, Dig, is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content regarding such themes as loss, betrayal and murder. She is a 2012 graduate of East Tennessee State Universitys Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program and is based out of Johnson City, Tenn., which has been her permanent residence for nearly a decade. She is a regular performer in what is known as the Tri-Cities and in various parts of Southwest Va. She has opened for such acts as Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, The Duhks, Megan Jean and the KFB and she played the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival 2012 alongside the Ebony Hillbillies and Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. She has also performed on Music City Roots and in Scotland. Free ticket distribution is first-come, first-served beginning at 2pm.

Ariel Pocock (with James Sutter)
February 14, 2016
Times: 9pm
Venue: C. Grace
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

Ariel Pocock (with James Sutter) will be performing live at C. Grace, Feb. 14!

Blue Sky
January 28 – February 14, 2016 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Times: Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
Venue: Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh)
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Adult $25; Seniors (65+) $20; Students $15; All Thursday Tickets $10

In collaboration with Raleigh's Contemporary Art Museum, Blue Sky is Clare Bayley's gripping and intelligent thriller about a brutal and largely forgotten moment in U.S. History that happened in our back yard.

*Please note: Friday, Feb. 5 performance will begin at 10pm following the First Friday festivities at CAM Raleigh, which will include work related to the play.

Photo credit: Shannon Malone and Rimsha Afzal in the Burning Coal Theatre Company production of Clare Bayley's Blue Sky (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Citizens & Saints and Kings Kaleidoscope
February 14, 2016
Times: 8pm
Venue: -- NA --
Area: Midtown Raleigh
Admission: Advance $15; At the door $18

Looking for something to do on Valentine's Day? Citizens & Saints and Kings Kaleidoscope are making a rare stop in Raleigh! Don't miss the opportunity to see these two up-and-coming bands from Seattle.

Corks and Cakes: Valentine's Edition
February 14, 2016
Times: 12pm; 1:30pm; 3pm; 4:30pm
Venue: The Wine Feed
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: $18 each flight; $30 for both flights

How romantic is an overcrowded, overpriced restaurant? This Valentine’s Day, Sun., Feb. 14, The Wine Feed and The Cupcake Shoppe have created an intimate, shareable experience for couples (or singles!) looking for something unique, educational and sweet! Corks & Cakes - Valentine’s Edition includes CLASSIC CAKES and PREMIUM CONFECTIONS flights both include 3 sweet treats and 3 wines that pair ($18 a flight or $30 for both). We’ll have 4 different seatings for your convenience, but you must book in advance. Call to reserve your spot, or visit the website for more information. 

Crossing Delancey
February 12 – 21, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
Times: Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm
Venue: The Cary Theater
Area: Cary
Admission: Adults $20; Seniors/Students $18

This romantic comedy invites us into the lives of Isabel (Izzy), a young, single woman who works in a lower east side Manhattan bookstore and her sharp-witted Yiddish grandmother "Bubbie." Generational and cultural classes erupt when Bubbie hires a matchmaker and pressures Izzy to meet Sam the Pickle man. The New York Times called Crossing Delancey, "an amusing romance that tells its unpretentious story believably, rarely trying to make its gag lines, of which there are many, upstage its narration or outshine its heart." Directed by Bruce Ackerman. Presented by the Cary Players.

Exhibition: Disappearing Frogs Project
February 01 – March 3, 2016 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Mon., Wed., Fri. 2-10pm; Tue., Thurs 10am-10pm; Sat., Sun. 12:30-5:30pm
Venue: Crafts Center at North Carolina State University
Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
Admission: Free

With a potential extinction at hand, artists can be a bridge to promote public awareness. This exhibition uses art as a vehicle to communicate to the public the importance of the global decline of amphibian populations. Donations will go to the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

Exhibition: If I Were You and You Were Me- Works by Elissa Farrow-Savos
February 12 – March 17, 2016 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Times: Tues.-Fri. Noon-6pm; Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm
Venue: Gallery C
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

Elissa Farrow-Savos' figurative sculptures are made with polymer clay bodies mounted to found objects. The low-fired polymer clay is then painted with layers of oil paint. This exhibit wil go from Feb. 12-Mar. 17, with an opening receotpion on Fri., Mar. 4!