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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Runologie ~ “Run For Good”

This past Sunday the local running community and the awesome citizens of Raleigh came together to support three great causes at the “Run for Good” event at Runologie and State of Beer in Downtown Raleigh.  Runners spent 4 hours logging miles on three treadmills setup along Hillsborough Street on what turned out to be an unusually warm February afternoon. Jase Tischer and Omer Abdulrahman each spent the entire 4 hours on their own treadmill while Runologie relay team made up of Brent Francese, Gavin Coombs, and Alex Warren took turns on a third.

Each team ran over 30 miles and together they raised over $4K in donations for three nonprofits: ACLU of North CarolinaCommon Cause NC, and Team Tassy, which pays for job creation and job training programs to help eliminate poverty in Haiti.

Runologie is Raleigh’s only locally owned and operated running store and regularly host special running events and training programs. They hold a weekly group run that meets each Thursday at 6pm (with a 5:40 core session beforehand) at the store. It is a great way to check out their shop, connect with other local runners, and log some solid miles in downtown Raleigh. To learn more about Runologie and their upcoming group runs and programs you can follow them on facebook, instagram and twitter.

401 Hillsborough St Ste B
Raleigh, North Carolina


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Free Glazed Donut w/ Coffee Purchase at Krispy Kreme through February!

I was in downtown Raleigh early Saturday morning last week to cheer on runners in the Krispy Kreme Challenge when I snapped the pic above of two runners carrying this HUGE cup of coffee for 5 miles along the race course. I’m a big fan of the classic donut and coffee combo and earlier this month Krispy Kreme announced they would be offering their customers all-new, freshly brewed coffee designed to pair perfectly with their awesome doughnuts. Guests are now able to choose from two blends of fresh coffee: Smooth for subtle, easy drinking and a Rich blend for a more complex flavor profile. Both are made from 100 percent Arabica beans and brewed fresh all day long. Best of all, from now until February 28th Krispy Kreme will offer customers a free Original Glazed doughnut with purchase of any size freshly brewed coffee.

Krispy Kreme is a North Carolina institution based out of Winston Salem dating back to the late 1930’s. They have stores all over the country today and we are lucky to have an awesome location in downtown Raleigh on the corner of Person and Peace Street (within walking distance of my office no less). This location was built around 1970 and still has a large neon light sign on the corner the likes of which you just don’t see anymore these days.

I love taking out of town guest there when they visit. When relatives from Portland were visiting a while back my wife and I took them there one evening after a night of exploring downtown Raleigh. Stopping at this iconic location ended up being the perfect ending to their visit. We noticed the “Hot Now” sign was on as well drove up Person Street and decided to stop so they could see the doughnut making in action. Our guests were thrilled to see the glazed donuts being made and marching down the conveyor to be glazed. It was a really fun experience and was honestly one of the highlights of their trip.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I stopped by recently for an early morning coffee and one of the heart shaped donuts. It was nice to grab a few quiet moments before work and watch the donuts being made as I sipped my hot coffee. You may have noticed following this blog that I drink a lot of coffee. So it goes without saying that I always appreciate a fresh brewed cup. It went great with the free glazed donut that came with it. Seriously, when you get those donuts hot they practically melt in your mouth.

So while Krispy Kreme may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are looking or a spot to bring out of town guests, or even a date, I recommend thinking outside the box and stopping in for one of their classic glazed donuts and a cup of coffee to share. It’s a fun experience and something that offers a little slice of the downtown Raleigh experience.The free donut with each coffee promotion will conclude at the end of the month so don’t miss your chance and remember to keep an eye out for the “Hot Now” sign!

(This post is sponsored through a partnership with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own)


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Weekend Picks: February 10th – 12th



Scott Tixier CD Release Party at Beyu Cafe
Scott Tixier is an award winning French jazz violinist and recording artist. This Friday you can hear him perform  at Beyu Caffe in Durham. Scott is on tour for his latest album “Cosmic Adventure”, which celebrates the mystical nature of life. Scott has enlisted an all-star ensemble of fellow visionaries including Yvonnick Prene (harmonica), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Luques Curtis (bass), Justin Brown (drums) and special guests Pedrito Martinez (congas) and Chris Potter (saxophone). This sounds like it will be a very unique experience. Shows are at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets are $28 in advance / $30 at the door.


Morehead Planetarium – Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition
This is a special hour-long version of the classic show at the planetarium in Chapel Hill focusing on tales of star-crossed lovers. Learn the romance, heartbreak, and intrigue behind sights in the nighttime sky, ending with a fly-through of the universe. It’s a great date night idea. During this live storytelling show, you’ll hear tales of astronomical suitors, terrible in-laws, the Lord of the Northern Lights, wedding crashers, and daring rescue attempts from terrible sea monsters. Tickets $8


Run For Good at Runologie
Come out and support three great non profits at local running store Runologie in downtown Raleigh Sunday from 1-5pm. This event will feature two elite distance runners and a Runologie relay team as they attempt to run for four hours on a treadmill. Runners include The Umstead 100 defending champ Jason Tischer, who is fundrasing for Team Tassy which pays for job creation and job training programs to help eliminate poverty in Haiti. Omer Abdulrahman, a refugee from Sudan, is raising money for the ACLU of North Carolina. And Runologie’s own Brent Francese and Alex Warren are just two great guys who want a fair system are fundraising for Common Cause NC, the group fighting to end gerrymandering. Donations can be made per mile, to the charity of the runner who goes the furthest, or any other way you want to do it!

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