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RAW Presents A Night of Local Art, Fashion, & Music in Raleigh – February 6th

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The people at RAW:natural born artists are getting ready to kick off the 2014 season featuring some of the hottest indie talent in Raleigh this Thursday February 6th at the Lincoln Theater.

About RAW
RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.

RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved.

Every other month they select approximately 30 up-and-coming Raleigh creatives to feature in a collaborative art showcase including musical performances, fashion shows, performing arts, visual artwork, photography, a host, DJ, and more.

What Can You Expect
RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW.

RAW events feature a cash bar for cocktails while you enjoy the night. Dress code is cocktail attire, so dress the occasion and get ready for an artistic circus of creativity!

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RAW:natural born artists presents “AWAKENING”
When: Thursday, February 6th @ 8PM
Where: Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St.
Cost: $15 Pre-sale $20 at the door
Purchase tickets and check out more on these artists here: http://www.rawartists.org/Raleigh/Awakening

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Sparkcon Kicks Off Today in Raleigh!

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If you are looking for something to do the next few days look no further than downtown Raleigh. SPARKcon, the Triangle’s annual creative explosion, September 12–15th, will assemble 2,000+ artists, performers and other creative folks for 200+ shows and exhibits on Fayetteville Street, City Plaza and beyond.

Festival Hours
Friday 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Festival Location:
Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St area and 17+ local venues

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Photo by Makeda Sanford

Kick Off: ideaSPARK Pecha Kucha Night (Idea Slam) Raleigh Volume 15
(pre-registration required)
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Contemporary Art Museum (CAM ) in Raleigh’s Warehouse District.
Time: 6:40 to 8:40p (doors open at 5:40)

Friday Showcase: circusSPARK showcase: Under the Sea
Friday, September 13, 2013 at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh
Time: 8-9p

Saturday Showcase: fashionSPARK runway show!
Saturday, September 14 at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh
Time: 8-9:30 p

Saturday Highlights: A Main Stage line-up of music, dance and theater, street painting on Fayetteville Street and an art bazaar in City Plaza. Fashion show and film to screen in the evening. Galleries featuring design, art and new media/digital work in multiple venues.

Sunday Highlights: The bazaar continues, the music stage will present a full day’s lineup and the circus will take over a block of Fayetteville Street. View the finished Street Paintings.

A full schedule is on SPARKcon.com & available on an iPhone app.

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photo by Mary Kay Kennedy

artSPARK: 700 streetpainters on Fayetteville Street, art galleries in downtown venues including Visual Art Exchange (VAE), installations featuring three local artists in the Fish Market Gallery and a mural at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) entitled What are Your Roots? All weekend.

bazaarSPARK: On-the-street bazaar of 50 local crafters and designers selling their latest handmade wares. Saturday and Sunday.

circusSPARK: Acrobats, aerialists, face-painters, fire dancers, jugglers and more perform, parade and host interactive workshops. All weekend. Showcase Friday at 8pm on City Plaza.

comedySPARK: A book release party, Clean Stand UP, Stand Up showcase and a swearing competition. All weekend.

geekSPARK: A showcase for the creative use of new and interactive media and technology featuring a showcases of digital motion, a games, open source as well as interactive events including robots, a city model, Godzilla and more on Fayetteville Street and CAM Raleigh. All weekend.

danceSPARK: Dance performances and workshops showcasing a wide variety of local dancers and styles. All weekend.

designSPARK: An interactive map project Our City, Your Design on Fayetteville Street, a green fuel showcase, studio tours, architecture walking tours. All weekend.

fashionSPARK: Runway show, featuring 10 local fashion, accessory and green designers in the largest annual fashion show in the Triangle. Saturday at 8p, on City Plaza. A jewelry Trunk show on Friday @ VAE.

filmSPARK: Local filmmakers present their work through shorts screenings, a 48-Hour film challenge and a panel discussion on local resources. Saturday and Sunday.

ideaSPARK: Community-oriented presentations from a variety of community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs in a fast-paced format. Showcase Saturday night at CAM. Smaller idea sharing events all weekend.

musicSPARK: Over 55 acts performing throughout the weekend on four outdoor stages. musicSPARK mainEVENT: Friday, September 13th, 9p at Kings Barcade

poetrySPARK: Local poets, professional and amateur, featured in readings, workshops and panel discussions. All weekend.

tastySPARK: A food truck rodeo on E. Martin. All weekend.

theatreSPARK: A full day of theatre performances by local theatre groups, including NC Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre on Saturday in City Plaza Pop-up theatre all weekend.

About VAE and SPARKcon
Visual Art Exchange produces SPARKcon to celebrate and highlight diverse creative efforts in the Triangle and is a part of the VAE mission to support and provide opportunities for artists and connect the community to the arts. This festival gives an unusual opportunity for the community to be directly involved with a public art / performance art project in downtown Raleigh. SPARKcon is unique because it is an event fully developed by artists and the creative community, who are encouraged to use their creative talent and insight to produce their own engaging and inspiring programs. SPARKcon was founded in 2006 by Aly and Beth Khalifa.

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First Friday at Oak City Cycling Project with Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ Opening Tonight!

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Oak City Cycling Project
212 East Franklin St. Raleigh, NC

This past summer I stopped by Oak City Cycling Project during a First Friday in downtown Raleigh. I was blown away by how cool this place is and intrigued by the idea of a bike shop featuring art and serving as a community meeting place. Oak City Cycling is all that and more. It is now one of my favorite places to visit on First Fridays in Raleigh. If you haven’t been by their shop yet you have another chance to check them out tonight, Friday November 2, starting around 6pm for this month’s First Friday celebration presented by the cool people at NewRaleigh.com.

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Bikes!

As described on their website, Oak City Cycling Project is “a local, independent cycling shop focused on increasing bicycle ridership through sales, service, outreach, and community.” When I was there I notice a wide range of awesome used bikes and I have heard great things about the people there and the services they offer. Though I am not currently and avid cyclist I plan to purchase a bike in 2013 and plan to hit up Oak City Cycling when I am ready to pull the trigger on a purchase.

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Checking out artwork inside Oak City Cycling Project

Tonight’s first Friday event at Oak City Cycling is extra special because it will not only feature great artwork by local Raleigh artists Becky Joye, but it also marks the opening of Slingshot Coffee Company’s new headquarters which is now located within part of the Oak City Cycling building. The festivities tonight also include acoustic music and three local food trucks: American Meltdown, Captain Pancho’s Tacos, and Bulkogie Korean BBQ.

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Slingshot Coffee Sampling at previous First Friday

About Slingshot Coffee
Slingshot Coffee Co. was started by Raleigh resident Jenny Bonchak earlier this year. Jenny creates hand-crafted cold brew coffee in small batches using fair trade organic coffee beans from local roaster Counter Culture Coffee in Durham. The 16 oz. bottles of cold brew are sold in two forms, a ready-to-drink version and in concentrate form. The ready-to drink bottle makes for two servings while the concentrate will create 6 individual servings. Cold brew can be consumed both as a cold beverage or combined with other ingredients to make delicious hot & cold cocktails.

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Slingshot Coffee Cold Brew

Slingshot Coffee Co. cold brew is made with beans that are in season, meaning the flavor is evolving seasonally throughout the year. I last had it during the summer and look forward to trying it again now that it is fall and it is being made with a new variety of beans. You can read more about Slingshot Coffee and where you can purchase it from local retailers on the company website and facebook page.

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Oak City Cycling Lounge Area

First Friday at Oak City Cycling – Presented by New Raleigh

When:
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Where:
Oak City Cycling Project/Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ
212 E. Franklin St.  Raleigh, North Carolina (Map)

For more information about tonight’s First Friday event at Oak City Cycling check out the facebook event page.

 

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Paperhand Puppet Intervention “City of Frogs” Giant Puppet Pageant!

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City of Frogs runs August 10th thru September 9th at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill with performances every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day at 7:00. Matinee shows will be held September 2nd and 9th at 3:00. Tickets are General Admission at the door for a suggested donation of $12 for adults and $8 for children, 2 and under get in free.

Additional performances can be seen atthe North Carolina Museum of Art September 14, 15 & 16.  Tickets forthese performances can be purchased online at www.ncartmuseum.org.

Both venues have pre-show performances each night at 6:20 from local bands and musicians. Matinee pre-shows are at 2:20.

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

City of Frogs weaves together folktales and myths into a modern fable of a wooden boy seeking to find what itmeans to be alive. Along his journey the boy meets a menagerie of oddcharacters:  a junk collector who seeslife in garbage, an ancient witch who has lived so long the forest hastransformed around her, a golem of mud who stops to listen whenever music isbeing played, and so many more.

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

“The stories we tell are a big part of who we are.” says Jan Burger, director of this year’s show. “Our dreams, ourimage of ourselves, and where we came from are just as important, maybe moreimportant, than what we do for a living.”

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

For months leading up to opening night the Paperhand studio is a busy hive of creation. Together with apprentices, andupwards of a hundred volunteers, Burger and co-founder Donovan Zimmerman bringthe puppets to life. “Paperhand has evolved with the help of our community and friends. Our vision has become grander than it ever could otherwise. We couldn’t do it without them.” Says Zimmerman.

ABOUT PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION:

Paperhand Puppet Intervention was born from the creative collaboration of Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman  in 1999.  Their vision isinspired by their love for the earth and its creatures as well as their belief in justice, equality and peace.  Paperhand’s mission is to produce workthat inspires people, promotes social change, and is deeply satisfying for everyone involved.  The puppet shows they create are a synthesis of manyartists and art forms including, but not limited to: sculpting, painting,music, dance, improvisation, costume/set design and theater.

To find out more about the show, theopening acts, volunteer opportunities and sneak peeks behind the scenes visit www.paperhand.org.

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CowParade North Carolina 2012 Is Here!

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Grace’s Cow

This past Saturday I headed over to Durham to catch the kickoff of CowParade North Carolina at Golden Belt in Durham. CowParade North Carolina 2012 features more than 150 painted cows, created by NC artists from life sized fiberglass cows. On Saturday the decorated cows were all lined up outside in the Goldenbelt parking lot for the public to see them for the very first time. There were loads of people all ages there examining the creative designs, talking to the artists, and of course getting there pictures taken with the cows.

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Cow-Dinal

While all of the cows offer their own unique artistic twist, a few of them really stood out as my favorites. I really enjoyed the bird-like cow pictured above named “Cow-Dinal” and the cow pictured below on crutches humorously named “Owie Cowie”.  Others like “Bearden Bovine” and “La Catrin” (pictured further down on this page) also stood out to me for their unique designs and use of color.

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Owie Cowie

The life-sized cows are around 8’ long and 5’ high and weigh approximately 125 pounds. Following the kickoff at Golden Belt, the cows were distributed throughout the Triangle and placed public places along streets, in parks, and around storfonts and other public places in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill where they will remain to be enjoyed through the first week in December.

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Bearden Bovine

A few of the places you will find these artisitc cows include, The American Tobacco Campus, Golden Belt Campus, UNC Campus, Downtown Raleigh, North Hills Cows. There are also a few individual cows in unique locations throughout the Triangle in “outlying pastures” so you never know where you might encounter one!

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Bovine Line Up!

At the conclusion of the three-month public cow display, an auction house will administer a live auction of select bovines, while others will be sold via online auction. Funds raised will benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital.

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Dogwood Blossum

You can view more of my pictures from the CowParade Kickoff featuring more of the cows in my flickr photo album. When I was at Golden Belt taking these photos I ran into my friend and local blogger Triangle Localista. If you don’t already follow her blog I highly recommend you do. She also has a great post about the CowParade “Roundup: with links to additional photos on her blog here

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Mootalic

Now that the cows have been “put out to pasture” I look forward to running across them in their new homes throughout the Triangle. I want to get a few additional pics of several that I missed at the kickoff event (due to the large crowds around them). I am particularly interested in finding the cow decorated like a “sock monkey”!

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La Catrin

To find out more information about CowParade North Carolina 2012, and to download the official CowParade app, go to cowparadenc.com or follow them on their facebook page. To find out more about N.C. Children’s Hospital, go to ncchildrenshospital.org.

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