Runologie Pride Run – June 21st @6pm


NC Pride Mural – Trophy Brewing – 827 W. Morgan Street
(Photo by Runologie)

My top pick this week is a visit to Runologie for their weekly Thursday night group run. The run is open to runners of all levels and starts from their shop on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh at 6pm. In advance of the run there is a free 15 minute core exercise class held inside the shop. After the run you can cool down with a cold beer and meet some new running friends at State of Beer next door.

June is Pride Month and Runologie is celebrating with a special run route for the group run on this week. They are also planning to have some limited edition tees for sale to mark the occasion and $5 from every sale will go to the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

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Runologie Run Club – Meets every Thursday
(Photo by Runologie)

Runologie is the only independently owned and operated running store in Raleigh. They have a great staff with a ton of experience and a focus on community and developing one-on-one relationships with customers. They offer a wide selection of running shoes, apparel, and running gear as well as training programs for runners of all levels. If you are new to running or a seasoned runner looking for a great place to buy your next pair of running shoes I highly recommend you check them out.

By the way, if you are looking for a short distance race this summer Runologie is organizing the 2nd Annual “Keep Raleigh Independent” 4-miler race at Dix Park in Raleigh on July 4th. Registration is now open. You can sign up and get more details here.

401 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
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Durham Central Park Concert Series Kicks Off Friday June 8th!


Grab your lawn chair and picnic blanket and get ready for Friday nights filled with great music, local beers, food trucks and a welcoming community vibe.

Durham Central Park kicks off their awesome 10 week summer concert series this week on June 8th. The outdoor “Playlist” series will feature performances every Friday night 6-8pm through August 10th. These shows are rain or shine.

The lineup covers a broad range of musical styles and features local and national acts. And each show will have a great mix of local craft beer vendors and food trucks.

While you are visiting Durham Central Park I also recommend stops by nearby Fullsteam Brewery and the Cocoa Cinnamon Coffee Shop. Both are must visits when spending an evening in the Bull City!

For more information about the Playlist concert series visit the event website here.


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Weekend Pick: “Light The Woods with Sound” at Dix Park

There is a really cool event your whole family can enjoy at Dix Park in Raleigh that starts tonight and continues over the next three weekends that I wanted to let everyone known about.

Local visual and neon artist Nate Scheafer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. Connected to a theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, artists will perform songs and musical interpretations that will Light The Woods with Sound.

For a sneak peek of what the light installation looks like check out these wonderful pictures @netposer share in his instagram feed.

Light The Woods with Sound – Event Details:
Dix Park & Raleigh Arts is hosting this first-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field (May 11th-13th, 18th-20th & 25th-27th). This is a FREE event where over the course of the next three weekends attendees can watch as musicians produce beautiful music and neon lights dance in the trees. Each night will feature different performers, different musical themes and different experiences – no two nights will be the same!

There will be different food trucks each night and you can also bring your own food, chairs and blankets and have a picnic under the stars as you enjoy the show. You can even BYOB (Beer and wine only). Leashed, well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

This event is FREE, but please register if you plan to attendRegistering helps the event organizers know how many people to plan for, and we can alert you if we have to cancel due to weather.

For more details visit about each night’s music theme and the food trucks scheduled visit the official facebook event page here.

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‘The Illusionists’ Bring Amazing Magic to DPAC May 11th & 12th


The Illusionists tour is  coming to DPAC for a limited engagement May 11th and 12th. This show showcases the jaw dropping talents of five world-class Illusionists creating a non-stop show packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic that will blow your mind.

The current tour features Trickster (Jeff Hobson), The Inventor (Kevin James), The Manipulator (An Ha Lim), The Daredevil (Jonathan Goodwin) and The Deductionist (Colin Cloud). All five bring their own unique talents to the stage for three performances this Friday and Saturday in Durham.

I recently spoke with Colin Cloud (The Deductionist) by phone to get the inside scope about what it is like to be part of the show and how he developed his amazing “mind-reading” skills. Colin was a semifinalist in season 12 of America’s Got Talent and  has been described as the “Sherlock Holmes of Entertainment”.

He is known for mixing comedy with his amazing skills of deduction while performing around the world everywhere from Off-Broadway, New York, to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. As forensic mind reader he will know what you’ve had for lunch, where you’ve been that day, what you do for a living, the car you drive, even your PIN code. He can read you like a book!


Colin Cloud – The Deductionist (Photo by Claudia James)

What was your inspiration for getting into the art of “Deduction’?
I was around eight years old I picked up a book with a character called Sherlock Holmes and he was deducing things about people. It totally  blew me away.  I totally thought this guy was real, but when I was ten I discovered that this guy never actually existed and I totally gutted. Yet, I was totally fascinated by everything that he did and I was really into the sciences, psychology and  understanding how people tick.

How did your education prepare for for a life as an entertainer?
When I started studying forensic investigation at Glasgow Caledonian University at the age of 16 o study Forensic Investigation. While I was there I discovered stand-up comedy. I realized that comedians are really good at observing the world. So I started getting into stand-up comedy and mixing the weird psychological tricks and techniques that I was developing and creating, and before I knew it forensics led to me performing. 
When I finished school I had the choice: do I continue a career in labs or do I want to travel the world and have a ball onstage?

What is it like sharing the stage with other performers?

The caliber of magicians that this show has is world class. I am excluding myself here LOL! I am talking about the other guys. They are some of the greatest names in magic. These are guys who are hailed by other magicians as being the living legends of magic today. THey are amazing to work with and audiences love them.

What makes this show different?
I think being able to create your own material, perform your own material, and do it in a way where you engage the audience, those three things when they overlap is rare. The fact that The Illusionists company are performers that all do that is really what sets us apart and makes our show so special.

The Illusionists will perform at The Durham Performing Arts Center May 11th & 12th. For tickets & more information visit:

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“Waitress” Has All The Ingredients For An Entertaining Night at DPAC

Waitress the Musical

Desi Oakley, Charity Angel Dawson and Lenne Klingman in the National Tour of WAITRESS
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

What do you get when you combine sugar, flour, butter and an amazing cast? I found out this past Tuesday when I visited DPAC to see the touring production of Waitress, the musical stage adaptation of Adrienne Shelley’s 2007 movie. This musical delivers an entertaining story of empowerment crafted by an all-female creative team with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles (Grammy nominee for “Brave” and “Love Song”). The production is based on the book by Jessie Nelson with choreography by Lorin Latarro  and direction by Diane Paulus.

The show will be in town at DPAC through this Sunday and it’s a real treat if you are lucky enough to snag the few remaining tickets. It stars the terrific Desi Oakley in the title role as Jenna. She is joined by a solid cast in this tale of friendship, growth and finding your own voice.

The musical tracks the movie closely and centers on Jenna, a waitress and pie baking pro working at a small-town diner. Jenna is popular among her customers for baking incredible pies at the diner but her creativity and bright spirit is dulled by the fact that she is married to an abusive loser Earl (Nick Bailey).

Waitress the Musical

Maiesha McQueen, Desi Oakley and Bryan Fenkart in the National Tour of WAITRESS
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

Jenna dreams of leaving her life husband and life behind but runs into a snag – after a night of drinking she let her guard down with Earl and now she is pregnant. Fortunately Jenna has some great friends and coworkers. There is fellow nerdy waitress Dawn (Lenne Klingaman) and the strong willed Becky (Charity Angel Dawson) who both offer her the words of encouragement and emotional support that she does not get from home.

Jenna also get support from an unlikely source when she has an affair with her geeky but caring (also married) gynecologist (played Bryan Fenkart). I’ll admit this was a tad weird since the story overlooks the ethical problems of such a relationship and does little to explain why the doctor feels the need to cheat on his wife, who only appears briefly on stage.

However, despite the odd nature of the affair, their interaction provides the spark for Jenna to realize that she deserves better in her life and prompts her to take action to change her situation. When Jenna learns of an upcoming pie contest with a $20K grand prize she sees her ticket to a new life for her and her unborn child and an escape from her abusive husband.

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Ryan G. Dunkin and the Cast of the National Tour of WAITRESS
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

Oakley is wonderful as Jenna – playing her with the believable vulnerability of a country girl who has let her oppressive husband bully her into feeling guilty for even thinking about leaving him. A pattern repeated after her mother before her. Klingman and Dawson are terrific as her fellow waitresses at the diner. All three deliver powerful performances with vocals that had the audience almost coming out of their seats at times.

Klingman and her love interest – the nerdy and goofy Ogie (played by Jeremy Morse) deliver some best comic relief of the night with their awkward courtship and frenetic yet hilarious numbers. Morse almost steals every scene he is in and had the audience rolling with his crazy delivery of “Never Ever Getting Rid of Me.”

I also really enjoyed the music of the the four-piece onstage band — three of them women. They had a unique sound and the upbeat and colorful score blended well with the vocals. The set was sharp too. With many pieces slowly drifting across the stage during scenes and being turned around between scenes only to be transformed into an entirely new set piece. It was very creative. All in all Waitress serves up a fun night of entertainment is and is supported by and outstanding and I highly recommend getting a seat at the diner while it is still in town.

This national touring production of “Waitress” is at the Durham Performing Arts Center through this Sunday, May 6th. For Tickets Visit:

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