Ticket Giveaway to see ‘Chicago’ at DPAC


The touring production of CHICAGO comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center in May for a limited engagement with performances Friday, May 12th through Sunday, May 14th.

The show stars Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, and Eddie George, yes the former NFL Star and Heisman Trophy Winner, as the flamboyant Billy Flynn. The hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and is now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. It’s the classic tale of fame and fortune with one show-stopping song after another and some of the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen on stage.

Whether you’re looking to see your very first musical, a fan of the award winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, or you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!

Tickets start at just $35 and can be  purchased by going to dpacnc.com or via the Ticket Center at DPAC either in person at 123 Vivian St. Durham, NC 27701 or by phone at 919.281.0818.

I’ve partnered with my friends at DPAC to give away two FREE tickets to a lucky Triangle Explorer reader for the Sunday evening performance on May 14th at 6:30pm. That’s Mother’s Day so if you win make sure you take your Mom! To enter leave a comment below about a fun experience you’ve have had at DPAC or why you want to see CHICAGO. I will randomly select one lucky winner on Friday, May 5th and contact them via email with details. Good Luck!


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Weekend Picks: April 27th – 30th


Beers for Beagles Sunday April 30th at Lonerider Brewery
(Photo courtesy Triangle Beagle Rescue)

After a wet start to the week the weather forecast for the upcoming weekend is looking great! This means it will be perfect for getting out and exploring some fun local events. Here are my top picks of things to check out over the next few days:

Thursday – April 27th

Street Piano outside Horse & Buggy Press in Durham
Horse & Buggy Press is a gallery and showroom located in Durham on Broad Street in between Watts Grocery and the Oval Park Grill. It is filled with great work by over 20 artists and craftspeople from across the Southeast. Thursday night from 5-9pm they will celebrate their grand opening at this new location and will have Tom Merrigan playing his famous street piano out in front of the the gallery from 6:30-8pm

Friday – April 28th

West Fest in Hillsborough
West Fest is a 3-day block party along South Nash Street in West Hillsborough. It is a cooperative between the music stages at Mystery Brewing Public House and Nash Street Tavern showcasing local Hillsborough musicians all weekend long. The fun begins 6p Friday April 28, ends Sunday evening April 30. View the band schedule here.

Saturday – April 29th

Midtown Music Festival at North Hills
The 3rd Annual Midtown Music Fest is a celebration of Spring and the return of outdoor music to North Hills! With a diverse line-up spanning a variety of genres split between two stages, this year’s Music Fest will be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy popular food trucks, craft beer, specialty cocktails and an all new vendor village while experiencing acts on both stages. General admission into concert is FREE to the public. Event is 2-9:30pm.

Kokyu BBQ Food Truck at Taylor’s Wine Shop 
Taylor’s BP in North Raleigh is hosting a Parking Lot Party this Saturday from 3-6pm featruing food trucks, live music, product demos, free wine and beer tastings, and coffee samplings. The Kokyu BBQ food truck will be there making a rare appearance in North Raleigh!

Sunday – April 30th

Beers for Beagles at Lonerider Brewing
Join Triangle Beagle Rescue of North Carolina at Lonerider Brewery in Rleigh from 2-7 pm Sunday to raise money for the beagles! $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the beagles! There will be a silent auction from 2-5pm with many great items to bid on. You must be present to win. Cockadoodlemoo Truck will be on hand serving up great food!

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Weekend Picks: April 7th – 9th


The Typewriter Project at Quail Ridge Books
(photo courtesy Midtown Events)

This weekend there are several fun events going on around the Triangle. Also, during the month of April I encourage you to swing by Quail Ridge Books in North Hills to check out The Typewriter Project. You can stop by Monday-Sunday, 9am-7:30pm through April 30th to join in a citywide linguistic exchange. The typewriter booth has a vintage typewriter which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon.

The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word. So check it out sometime while your out exploring and share your thoughts! Speaking of exploring, here are the rest of my picks for the weekend:

Friday – April 7th

First Friday Market in Raleigh
The First Friday Market will be held in front of The Raleigh Times and The Morning Times on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh.. The street will close at 6pm and filled with vendors with great art and hand crafted wares. Music by Gray young and a beer tent by Durty Bull.

Sir Walter Miler Kickoff Party at Runologie
Join the Sir Walter Running team as we they kick off their 2017 Summer Season with a First Friday party with their friends at Runologie. Come join the team as they Announce plans for the 2017 Sir Walter Miler and other upcoming events this summer and fall.

Saturday – April 8th

Grilled Cheese Bar at Beer Study Durham
Join Beer Study in Durham Saturday 2-5pm and Appalachian Mountain Brewery for a Grilled Cheese Bar! That’s right. A bar of grilled cheese. And a bar of beer. They will have the cheese, bread, and a press so you can make your own super dope grilled cheese while enjoying beer.

Live Music at 2nd Wind in Carrboro
Zen Groove Funkestra performs NOLA inspired funk featuring very special guest vocalist Rhonda Robichaux. The 2nd Wind in Carrboro is a cool little bar that features great live music each week. Looks like a great little spot to hear live music. Band starts at 10pm on Saturday.

Sunday – April 9th

Explore Fearrington Village at “Destination Walter”
Have you ever wanted to explore Fearrington Village in Pittsboro and see what it is all about? This Sunday you can join Walter Magazine for an afternoon of beer tastings with local breweries at Fearrington’s Garden Terrace. With hors d’oeuvres, several local breweries and live music, this will be a Sunday afternoon well-spent. There will also be special pop-up events through Fearrington’s Village Center. All guests are entered to win an overnight stay at the Fearrington House Inn. Tickets are $25.

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Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon Recap


Running down Morgan Street
(Photo courtesy of my awesome wife!)

This past Sunday I ran the Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon. It was a beautiful day for the race and I really enjoyed the event. The race follows a challenging course that winds around downtown Raleigh with portions running through Chavis Park, Oakwood, Cameron Village, Hillsborough Street, and Dix Park. The finish line is right by the convention center and making for a great downhill finish where a nice cheering crowd was waiting.

When I first signed up for the race last year I was hoping to earn PR (personal record) with an overall goal of finishing under 1:45 (my current PR is 1:49:21 at the Richmond Half). Going into the race on Sunday I knew that 1:45 was unlikely, but I was still shooting for finishing under 2 hours. In the end I crossed the finish line right at 1:55:55 and was very happy with that time!


The Runologie Cheer Station

Along the way it was great to see my wife and friends cheering along the course. It is amazing how energizing it is to see a familiar face when you feel like you are starting to run out of steam. There was also an excellent cheering station put on by the local running store Runologie around mile 12.5 on Morgan Street. This really helped provide a nice boost of positive energy to the runners on the final stretch leading into the finish!

Now that my spring half is in the books I am turning my attention to Tar-Heel 10 Miler in Chapel Hill on April 22nd. I don’t have any specific goals for this race other than to have a fun time running. I’ve run it once before and I am looking forward to soaking in the scenery along the course. If you are planning to sign up use the code TH10JOHN to save $5 off registration.

If you are looking for suggestions for other local races in the coming months I recommend checking out the Running of the Bulls 8K in Durham on June 3rd and the Raleigh Rundown Downhill Mile on June 16th. Whatever your race plans are this spring I hope you achieve all your running goals and enjoy the journey!


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Weekend Picks: March 31st – April 2nd


There were a lot of exciting announcements this week! On Wednesday Brewery Bhavana opened its doors in Raleigh’s Moore Square. Earlier in the week  local food trucks NC Bulkoki and Bo’s Kitchen shared that they are working together to open a casual Korean Restaurant & Coffee Shop called Namu Durham.

If you like tea you will be happy to hear The Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill reopened for the season. On top of all that I got word that a new Cocktail & Jazz lounge called Revial 1869 has openeded it downtown Clayton last weekend.

In addition to those fun new places to check out, here are my top picks for the upcoming weekend:


NC Beer Month at Glass Jug with KoKyu Food Truck
Start NC Beer Month a day early in style with this awesome draft list of North Carolina beers at The Glass Jug in Durham 5-10pm. The Ko Kyu food truck will be parked at the bottle shop too!

Art it Bloom at NCMA
Art in Bloom features more than 50 floral masterpieces inspired by the NCMA’s permanent collection and created by world-class floral designers from North Carolina and beyond. The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 2nd so don’t miss your chance to see it this weekend! Get tickets here.


Honeysuckle Tea House Grand Reopening
The Tea House is back open for the 2017 season. This is a really cool spot to visit in Chapel Hill (see my post for pics).  Great spot for tea, coffee, and smoothies. To celebrate the new season they will have a food truck and live music on Saturday. More details here.


Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon
On Sunday head downtown to cheer on thousands of runners in the annual Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon. Race starts at 7am. There will be several live bands along the course to enjoy. You can view the race map here.

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