Ella’s Race ~ 5K & 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run Saturday March 18th!


Are you looking for a 5K , 10K or 1 mile fun run and want to support a great cause in the process? Well lace up your running shoes for Ella’s Race on Saturday March 18th. The race is hosted by Chick-fil-A Capital Crossing and Falls Village in North Raleigh and benefits The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to help pediatric research, aid, and support efforts for children with brain cancer & tumors.

The 5K and 10K race will include:

  • ChronoTrack Chip Timing
  • USATF Certified Course (course map)
  • Dri-fit Shirts
  • Age Group Awards
  • Chick-fil-A Food Products at Finish Line
  • Chance to win Chick-fil-A Prizes!

The 1 mile Fun Run includes:

  • Dri-fit Shirt
  • Overall Awards

The 10K and 5K Race start at 8am and 8:10am respectively. The 1 mile fun run is at 9:00am. The course will take you through some of the nearby neighborhoods in beautiful North Raleigh. Directly beside the finish line of the race will be a FREE Family FunZone for children under 12 years of age. The Family FunZone will be open from 7:00-10:00AM on event day and will be filled with free activities and inflatables!

Ella’s Story
Ella was diagnosed April 29, 2008 with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a rare, aggressive, non-operable tumor located in the pons area of the brainstem. The prognosis for this type of tumor is extremely grim. There is no cure, no known effective treatment except for radiation-which, for some, provides only temporary relief of the symptoms.  Ella lost her brave battle on Wednesday, February 8th while at home with her family.

How can you help
Run. Donate. Support. Proceeds of the Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series of Raleigh help organizations fight for children like Ella. Ella’s supporters believe in the work that The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation do. They are partnering to make this race a reality and to save children diagnosed with cancer and brain tumors.

Chance to win FREE Race Registration!
Thanks to my friends at Chic-fil-A I have one FREE 5K  race registration to give away to Triangle Explorer readers! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below sharing why you like to run. One winner will be picked for each race. You can also earn additional entries into the drawing by sharing a link to this post about Ella’s Race on Twitter and/or facebook. Be sure to tag me @Trianglexplorer and use the hashtag #EllasRace so I can see you have shared the link. I will select the lucky winner randomly on Wednesday March 8th and notify them by email with the promotional code. Thank you for helping spread the word about this wonderful cause!

Ella’s Race 2017
When: Saturday March 18, 2017 at 8:00am
Where: Chick-fil-A at Falls Village – 6701 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC
For more information about Ella’s Race and to register visit

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A “Curious Incident” at DPAC


Gene Gillette as Ed and Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone in the Turing Production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Photo by Joan Marcus)

This past Tuesday I attend opening night of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This was a different theater experience for me at DPAC for several reasons. First of all this was a play. Everything I have seen at DPAC so far has been a musical, which I have greatly enjoyed, but seeing a play was a nice change of pace and served to remind of just how shilled the actors are that these productions bring to the Triangle.

Second, was the set. Simplistic in its design it is essentially a giant electronic cube which transforms from serving as a simple blackboard to an bustling underground London train station in an instant. The set also includes several translucent boxes that are used as various props throughout the scenes (from chairs, to televisions) through the use of movement and light. Flashing lights and electronic beats accent points of conflict or drama much like rage and confusion may spark a surge of electronic impulses in the brain. For you see the cube is not just a stage for the action in the physical world it is a window into the mind of the main character.

This leads me to the third thing about this production that really impressed me. That is the depth of the characters.Unlike musicals that use song and music to convey thoughts and emotions the actors on the stage Tuesday night showed raw emotion not only though their lines, but their body language and at times what would otherwise be uncomfortable silences. The story takes us on a journey seen through the lens of the mind of a 15 year old boy named Christopher (played by Adam Langdon). Though the play never specifically identifies this, Christopher suffers from a form of high-function autism. He is a teenage maths genius, who never tells lies, doesn’t like yellow and dreams of being an astronaut.

When Christopher finds the neighbor’s dog has been killed, he sets out to find out who did it, setting in motion an extraordinary series of events that will push Christopher to take on a journey well outside of his comfort level. And while we find out who killed the dog by the end of the first act, it is the second act that takes Christopher on a journey that will test his ability to deal with the outside world and truly show him what he is capable of accomplishing. Through the process this journey not only changes Christopher but helps reshape the lives of those around him.

The play is a melting pot of emotion, with a range of human behaviors for Christopher to navigate, and hopefully, conquer. If you find life to be annoying and confusing at times then the journey of this show will strike a chord with you. The Curious Incident does not answer all of life’s questions, but it will leave you with a sense of hope and encouraged that everyone has the ability to overcome their internal and external struggles if they try.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” shows through this Sunday, February 26th at DPAC. For tickets visit:

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Weekend Picks: February 24th – 26th

Looks like another crazy warm weekend ahead! I hope you are planning to get outside and enjoy this sunny weather. To help you explore below are my top picks of things to check out. If you have a suggestion for next weeks picks feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email at TriangleExplorer (at) gmail.com. Thanks and happy exploring!


Gonza Truck at Taylor’s Wine Shop in North Raleigh
The Gonza Tacos y Tequila food truck is rolling and will be set up today from 11am-2pm for lunch at Taylor’s Wine Shop of Six Forks Road in North Raleigh. Taylor’s has a great wine/beer and coffee selection so I recommend checking them out while you are there. You can follow the truck over on twitter at @Gonza_Truck to keep tabs where the truck will be next.


Mystery Brewing Public House – Hillsborough
Saturday is the official grand reopening of the Public House. This just so happens to coincide with Mystery Brewing Company‘s 5th Birthday! They’ll release their full menu starting at lunch on the 25th! Our menu will change day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month based on what fresh food is available, and what pairs well with Mystery’s seasonal beers. They’ll have a full tap list all day including seasonal favorites, one-off batches, and our newly-released year-round beer, The Golden Hind. That evening The Berlin Brothers play Irving Berlin! and Swedish Wood Patrol open the show! Music starts at 8pm.


Pig Picking at Ponysaurus
Picnic is celebrating their 1st year anniversary with pig pickins’ throughout the month of February. Wyatt Dickson will be at Ponysaurus on Sunday from 12-4pm serving whole hog barbecue from his smoker. And of course there will be plenty of great beers on tap in the taproom.

Watch the Oscars at the Rialto Theater
Sunday night you can watch the Oscars at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh Five Points Area. FREE admission! Walk down the Rialto red carpet to watch your favorite stars of the big screen on the big screen! Oscar ballot contests and prizes! Fun starts at 7pm.

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Weekend Picks: February 17th – 19th

Big Boss Run Club is this Sunday at Noon

It looks like it is going to be another mild weekend in the Triangle. Make the most of it and get out and try something new! Here are my weekend picks:


North Street Beer Station – Music by The Live Oaks
On Friday night at 8pm you can catch some great live music by The Live Oaks in downtown Raleigh at the North Street Beer Station. The Live Oaks are an acoustic duo from Raleigh whose sound incorporates Americana, indie folk, classic rock, country and southern roots music. There will also be a “tap takeover” that night by Wooden Robot Brewery out of Charlotte starting at 6pm.

The Bullpen Beer Garden – Music with Thomas Rhyant
The Bullpen is a relatively new taproom and chicken wing spot Durham that regulary hosts music acts. This Friday gospel singer Thomas Rhyant and his 3 piece band give the history and the music of the legendary Sam Cooke. Rhyant often sings gospel from Cooke’s days with the Highway QCs and the Soul Stirrers and from the R&B and Soul days.


Black Twig Cider House – Cider and Cheese Pairing
On Saturday at 4pm Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host a cider and Ccheese pairing class featuring 5 cheeses and 4 cider tastings. Guest will learn about the cheeses and cider individually and then why they are paired together. Special guests include Ali Morgan, a Certified Cheese Professional and Ted Domville of Elodie Farms. The class will last about an hour. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased here.


Big Boss Run Club
During the winter months the Big Boss Run Club meets at the brewery in Raleigh each week on Sunday at Noon. All runners are welcome for a group run. Choose any distance you like (most popular is the 3 mile route). Afterwards enjoy runners grab beers from the taproom where there is always a $3 special and enjoy food from a local food truck.


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DPAC Announces SunTrust Broadway 2017 / 2018 Season!


This past weekend The Durham Performing Arts Center revealed the 8 shows scheduled for the SunTrust Broadway at DPAC 2017 / 2018 Season and it looks like there are some great productions coming to the Bull City! The big reveal happened on Friday night to a packed house of season seat members. The 2017 / 2018 season kicks off in September with CIRCUS 1903 and runs through May 2018. Whether you are looking forward to a classic like “Les Miserables” or a modern story like “Waitress” there is something for everyone with the wade ranges of shows on the calendar.  The full schedule of the 2017 / 2018 shows is below:

CIRCUS 1903 (September 12 – 17, 2017)

The Little Mermaid (October 17 – 22, 2017)

Love Never Dies (October 31 – November 5, 2017)

School of Rock (November 28 – December 3, 2017)

On Your Feet (January 2-7, 2018)

Les Miserables (January 30 – Februay 4, 2018)

Phantom of the Opera (February 28 – March 11, 2018)

The Color Purple (April 3 – 8, 2018)

Waitress (May 1 – 6, 2018)

There are over 14,000 season seat members for the SunTrust Broadway season at DPAC. Season membership costs between $20 to $60 per month and there are different package options. For more information about how to become a season seat member visit www.DPACnc.com

About DPAC
Since its opening in 2008, DPAC has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed five times in the top 10 in Pollstar magazine’s annual worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #5 ranked theater in the U.S.

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone”, hosting over 200 performances a year including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), DPAC has been listed for six consecutive years as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.


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