Beericana Returns this Saturday!


Do you like craft beer and food trucks? Well, mark your calendars because the Beericana craft beer & music festival returns to Holly Springs Saturday, September 8th. This year’s event, organized by 919 Beer, will feature 70 breweries from across North Carolina and beyond, 15 food trucks, and 3 live bands. Entry to the festival gets you unlimited tastings from the breweries. Food is available for purchase from the many food trucks. You can view a map of the festival with the list of breweries and food trucks here.

Tickets are $75 for VIP tickets (gives you early access from noon to 2 p.m.) and $45 for general admission from 2 to 6 p.m. There is also a $15 option for music only. You can buy tickets at the gate, but they will be $10 more than advance ticket prices. For a peek at what Beericana was like last year check out the short clip below above.

Please note that no children are allowed at Beericana and a valid photo identification must be presented. Check out the FAQ on the the event website for additional details.

Visit the official website to order tickets.

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 8th, 2018
Sugg Farm Park – Holly Springs, NC


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Caraleigh Commons in Raleigh

I was at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue just south of downtown Raleigh over the Labor Day weekend and grabbed a quick picture of these new homes going up just across the street from Trophy Brewing. A quick search online tells me this new neighborhood is called Caraleigh Commons and it is being developed by CitySpace Homes.Once all phases of development are completed it will consist of  around 50 historically inspired homes just outside of downtown.

I like the fusion of historic and modern looks incorporated in the design of these houses. Some of them remind me of homes you might find along the beach. And of course living here means you are just a short stroll from one of Raleigh’s best breweries!

You can read more about the Caraleigh Commons neighborhood here:

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Explore the Raleigh Night Market this Thursday!

The Raleigh Night Market kicks off this Thursday, August 16th from 6-11pm in downtown Raleigh. This open air night market takes place on the third Thursday of August through October and showcases local vendors along the cobblestone streets of historic City Market.

The market will host 30+ Triangle area artisans and food vendors. There will also be beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase and a specialty sour beer will also be tapped each hour at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

Local entertainment will be provided by Jamie Dawson at 6pm a Ukulele jam from 7-9pm, a DJ, stilt walker and LED hoop dancer. Local musician, Tom Sowders at 9pm and Broom Raven at 10pm.

For a full list of vendors visit:

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‘The Book of Mormon’ Is as Funny as Ever at DPAC!

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The Book of Mormon Company – The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017

“The Book of Mormon” was a tremendous hit when it first hit Broadway back in 2011 and judging by the huge crowd at DPAC this past Wednesday night the show remains as popular as ever. The excellent touring production currently on stage in Durham through this Sunday is full of laughs, catchy tunes and heart.

This Tony and Grammy award-winning musical tells the story about a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries sent halfway around the world to a small village in Uganda that is dealing with some very serious problems like diseases, poverty, and abuse from a tribal warlord. Things do not go as planned As the two naive and overly ambitious missionaries try to convert the villagers.

The self-centered and over-confident Elder Price (Kevin Clay) has a crisis in his faith and goes on a soul searching journey of redemption that comes full circle by the end of the show. Meanwhile the awkward by well meaning Elder Cunningham (played by the hilarious Conner Peirson) steps up the challenge and tries to convert the villagers by telling stories that merge the Mormon faith with modern pop culture from Star Wars that results in lots of laughs along the way.

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Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay, Conner Peirson – The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017

Everything about “The Book of Mormon” is outrageous, which is to be expected from the creators of “South Park.” But the story is never cruel nor does it take itself too seriously. Abd you can’t help but be drawn in by the catchy tunes, excellent choreography and the simple but beautiful sets of this wonderful production.

Yes the show does revolve on poking fun at Mormonism, but you could argue it is really pointing out the flaws of all religions while highlighting the strength of their valuable lessons as well and that if we should be really nice to everyone and make our planet our own paradise.

THE BOOK OF MORMON has performances through Sunday, August 12th at The Durham Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit:




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Tickets for Hamilton at DPAC go on sale August 18th!


Producer Jeffrey Seller and DPAC announce today that tickets for HAMILTON will be available online through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 AM Verified Fan is a new fan-facing technology from Ticketmaster that allows pre-registered fans to unlock access to tickets without competing against scalpers and bots.

Jeffrey Seller states, “Verified Fan is the newest program to make tickets available to theatre-goers at regular prices. I am confident that it will be a valuable service to our fans.  We know how challenging it is to buy tickets and this new Ticketmaster program will make the process a whole lot easier.”

Ticketmaster Verified Fan® registration begins today and will close Wednesday, August 15 at 11:59 PM ET.  Visit to register.

Those who registered will be notified by Ticketmaster via email on Friday, August 17 if they have been selected for the Verified Fan on sale. The Ticketmaster Verified Fan® on sale will be available for purchases online only.

Tickets will be available for performances November 6 – December 2, 2018.  

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per household for the engagement.  Tickets range from $78.50 – $188.50, with a select number of $398.50 premium seats available (prices do not include tax and service fees).  There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC (123 Vivian St.), starting at 10:00 AM ET on Saturday, August 18 for in-person sales. Tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase by phone.  Additional seats will be made available for sale closer to the engagement.

Blue Cross NC Ticket Center Purchases at DPAC

A limited number of seats will be available for sale at DPAC beginning at 10 am ET on Saturday, August 18. No camping permitted. A wristband lottery will be in effect to determine place in line. Wristband distribution will occur Aug. 18 from 7:00 AM ET to 8:30 AM ET on the plaza to the west of DPAC. There are many other important details you need to know to be ready to buy on-site. Click here to read and print the Ticket Center Purchase Guide.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical In the Heights. 

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.


How does Ticketmaster Verified Fan® On Sale Work?

Prospective tickets buyers will need to register for an access code through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan® system from August 8 through August 15.  Those who are verified and selected will receive an access code on August 18 that unlocks the opportunity to purchase tickets via the Verified Fan on sale.  If you have been randomly selected to receive a code it will unlock the ability to access tickets. However, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed. Registering for the program does not guarantee that you will receive an access code for the Verified Fan on sale.

If verified and randomly selected, you will receive an access code via text message. The first message(s) will include timing details and a link to where you can purchase your tickets, immediately followed by another text containing your unique offer code. Keep your phone handy – you’ll receive text messages 2-4 hours before the sale begins.

How do I register?

Go to August 8 through August 15 and connect your Ticketmaster account to register.

How do I know if my Verified Fan registration was submitted?

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. Receiving a confirmation email only means your registration has been submitted. It does not mean you will receive an offer code. Fans may only register once.  Multiple registrations will disqualify you from the Verified Fan event.

Please note: Registering does NOT guarantee you will be verified, receive a code or have the ability to purchase Verified Fan tickets.

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