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Some Fun Things To Do in January

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Things tend to quiet down event wise around the Triangle during  January, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun things to do. A few things on my list to check out this month include the M.C. Escher exhibit at the NC Museum of Art, which has been extended through January 24th. Also worth visiting is the Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary at the Koka Booth Amphitheater which runs through January 17th.

This weekend in Durham the Bulltown Strutters kickoff Mardi Gras season with a show at the new Blue Note Grill location on Saturday, January 9th at 8pm. It will be a night filled with New Orleans inspired music by the Strutters,  Boom Unit Brass Band and MSA Cajun Band. Cover is $8.

You can also find some great music this Saturday night (Jan 9th) at Nickelpoint Brewery in Raleigh. Acoustic guitar player and singer-songwriter Zach Wiley will be playing at the brewery from 6-9pm. You can always count on a great food truck being there as well if you want to get some dinner. Some other local beer destinations to check out over the winter are the recently opened taproom at Oak City Brewing Company in Knightdale. If you are up for driving a little beyond the Triangle I hear that the new Koi Pond Brewery in Rocky Mount is also worth checking out.

Another great place to visit in January is the Durham Farmer’s Market which is open each Saturday from 10am-12pm all winter long. It’s a great spot to pick up seasonal veggies and locally made products. You can also find several food trucks there each morning along Hunt Street. Speaking of food trucks, there will be a Winter Food Truck Rodeo in Durham Central Park later this month on Sunday January 24th.

And finally, if you are just looking to get out of the house to grab a baked good and some coffee January is a great time to visit one of the great local bakeries or coffee shops around the Triangle. Two of my favorites are both in downtown Raleigh. Boulted Bread on W. South Street and Yellow Dog Bread on Person Street.  There are also two “newish” coffee shops I’ve recently visited that I think are worth checking out. The first is Liquid State located on Hillsborough Street across the from the NCSU bell tower. They have great carrboro coffee and also serve wine and beer. The second is Gray Squirrel Coffee on Main Street in Carrboro. They are located inside the Yester Years brewery space. Both are great spots to explore.

If you have additional suggestions for the month of January feel free to add them in the comments section below. Happy exploring!

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This Weekend’s Picks! April 12-14, 2013

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Warm weather has arrived in the Triangle and weekend activities are picking up! Here are my top picks for things to check out the weekend of April 12-14. Have a top or suggestion for next week? Just drop me a line at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday April 12th

Flash Mob Food Truck Rodeo
The people behind the large food truck rodeos scheduled for downtown Raleigh later this summer are holding a  “Flash Mob Food Truck Rodeo” on Friday with a select number of trucks (Philly’s Cheese Steaks,  Hibachi Xpress, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Loco Pops all confirmed) to help gain awareness for the larger 35 truck events that start-up May 12th.

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where:  Mordecai Historic Park, Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Live Music! Reading Room Jazz Trio at Sola Coffee
If you are looking for some great live music, you don’t need to look any further than Sola Coffee in North Raleigh. They typically have live local music each Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30pm. This Friday Sola is host to the Reading Room Jazz Trio (piano, upright bass, drums & vocals) playing Classic Jazz standards, pop favorites.

When: Friday 7:30pm
Where: Sola Coffee & Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Saturday April 13th

Carrboro Open Streets
Do you want to be part of a growing movement, and enjoy a day of free activities with your family, friends and neighbors?  Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on West Weaver Street, closed to cars that day from 10 am to 2:00 pm. Activities on April 13 will include a rock climbing wall, a kids’ bike loop, beverages from the bike blender, games, booths, prizes and much more. Raffle tickets will be on sale for a chance to win a bike from Performance Bicycles.

When: Saturday 10am-2pm
Where: Durham West Weaver Street, Carrboro
More Info: website

Triangle’s Blue Loop Unveiling Event at NCMA w/ Food Trucks
Like tasty treats, live music, beautiful art and action-packed exercise? The come celebrate the unveiling of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of Art’s (NCMA) Blue Loop – a mile-long trail in America’s largest museum art park. Celebration includes live bluegrass music, healthy treats from the Triangle’s favorite food trucks (Triangle Raw Foods, Loco Pops, Blue Sky Dining) and an inaugural walk around the loop. All attendees who walk the loop before 12:30 will get free admission to the NCMA’s “0 to 60” exhibit.

When: Saturday 10:30am
Where: NC Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Durham Art Walk Spring Market
The Durham Art Walk Spring Market is a festive celebration of visual arts and fine crafts held in downtown Durham each April, featuring the work of over 200 talented artists in a few central locations. This event continues the revitalization of downtown Durham by bringing thousands of art lovers for a weekend of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including world-class restaurants, great shopping, innovative businesses and fascinating historic sites. Sites are within easy walking distance around downtown but there is also free shuttle service provided and visitors can take the Bull City Connector

When: Saturday April 13 10am-5pm & Sunday April 14th 1-5pm
Where: Various locations in Durham (map of venues)
More Info: website

Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store “A Royal Baby Shower”
You are cordially invited to a Royal Baby Shower to benefit Pittsboro’s Family Violence & Crisis Services. You’ll enjoy a fun event with prizes, a “Fascinator” contest with several categories, tea and English finger foods prepared by Chef Greg Lewis, owner of the Pittsboro Roadhouse and Catering by Design. Your cost of entry? A wrapped gift for baby or new mom.

When: Saturday 12-3pm
Where: Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store – 39 West Street, Pittsboro
More Info: website

Sunday April 14th

Panel Discussion: Food Truck Rodeos: A Durham Phenomenon
Join NPR’s Frank Stasio as he moderates a panel including Only Burger’s Brian Bottger; Pie Pushers’ Becky Hacker; Monuts Donuts’ Lindsay Moriarty; and Ben Weber, who coordinates the Central Park Food Truck Rodeos. How did they get started? Has it turned out as expected? The panel will be followed by a question and answer session.

When: Sunday 1-4pm
Where: Southwest Regional Library – 3605 Shannon Road, Durham
More Info: website

Weekend “Must Visit”  Suggestion
Did you know every Friday at Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh is “Free Espresso Friday”? Every Friday they buy 10 lbs of a “guest” espresso and give out free shots of espresso until they run out.  Jubala is one of my favorite Triangle Coffee Shops in the Triangle and a must visit for any coffee lover. It is located in Lafayette Village off Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh just South of I-540.  See my post about Jubala from back in 2011 for pictures of the coffee shop. Don’t forget to try one of their awesome waffles!

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This Weekend’s Picks! March 22-24, 2013

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Marry Durham 2nd Anniversary Celebration! ~ Saturday March 23rd

The weather may be a little cooler this weekend, but there are still some really fun things to look forward to over the next three days. Here are my suggestions for things to check out the weekend. Have a tip or suggestion for next weekend? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday March 22nd 

Information Session at CAM Raleigh about Market Restaurant & Grocery
Join the owners of the Market Restaurant for a cocktail hour w/ light appetizers as they provide a short presentation about their ongoing work and future plans for the Market Restaurant & Grocery Store.
When: Friday 5:30-8pm
Where: CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
More Info: website

Saturday March 23rd

Marry Durham 2nd Anniversary
Celebration of the communities commitment to Durahm. Featuring a mini-parade, Food Trucks, Live Music and lots of fun at Fullsteam Brewery & Motorco Music Hall.
When: Saturday 2-5pm
Where: 700 Block of Rigsbee Avenue, Durham
More Info: website

Mint Julep Jazz Quintet at Beyu Cafe’
With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940′s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. The Mint Julep Jazz Band has a vintage sound that’s always fresh!
When: Saturday 9pm-12am
Where: Beyu Cafe’, 335 W. Main Street, Durham
Tickets: $9
More Info: website

Sunday March 24th

NC Museum of Art: “0 to 60: The Experience of Time Through Contemporary Art” 
Organized by the NCMA and Penland School of Crafts, this new art exhibit, which opens this Sunday, highlights a current trend in contemporary art: exploring the intersection of time and art by artists who employ innovative and experimental techniques.
When: Exhibit opens Sunday March 24th & runs through August 11, 2013
Where: NC Museum of Art (NCMA), 2110 BLue Ridge Road
Cost: $7 per ticket for the exhibit
More Info: website

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What’s happening this week? December 3-9, 2012

There are some exciting events going on this week. With the holidays quickly approaching several of theses events are not only fun, but involve helping those in need. Below is a quick summary of events I think are worth highlighting for the week of December 3rd through the 9th. If you have event suggestions send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com and I will try to include it in my next weekly event roundup.

Sip a Wine Store Customer Appreciation Night – Wednesday December 5th 7-9pm
Join the folks at Sip…a wine store and five other local retailers as they thank their customers for their support. The Huble Pig food truck will be there selling food, Kyle Cobie will be providing music on guitar, and their will be sampling of wine and beer. Glass and bottle specials will be offered all night.

Raleigh Jingle Ball – Thursday December 6th 6:30-10:30pm
The 19th Annual Jingle Ball will take place at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh this Thursday. Attendees are in for a night of food, drinks and fun while helping to brighten the holidays for Wake County children in need.  Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child (newborn to age 12) valued at $20 or a $30 donation by cash or check . All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer Program. An invitation is NOT required to attend the Jingle Ball; anyone 21 years or older is welcome. Dress for this event is cocktail attire. Ladies, wear your cute holiday dress you have been dying to wear. Men, dress with slacks, sweaters or even your most festive holiday tie. No jeans, please!

First Friday Art Walk – Friday December 7th 6-9pm
First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. The event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.  For detailed venue information, click here.

Sola “Help for the Holidays” Live Music Food Bank Benefit – Saturday December 8th 3-9pm
Come celebrate the holidays, be entertained, and help a great cause at the same time!  Sola Coffee Cafe has teamed up with Jamie Purnell and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to bring this day of merriment to assist those in need.  Sola will be collecting canned goods and donations throughout the day.  There will be music, fun, and surprises for folks of all ages.  The musical talents of: The Jo Gore Duo, James Olin Oden, and many more will be featured!

Guglhupf Winter Market – Saturday December 8th 10am-4pm
The patio at Guglhupf comes alive on December 8th for our 4th annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Winter Market). The event, now in its fourth year, will include artists (courtesty of Outsiders Arts & Collectibles), food and live music. In addition, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School will host a book drive for Book Harvest, happymess Studio will host a craft table for children and Cassandra from Character Paints will be doing face painting! Live music provided by The Lester Fricks Band, The Bull Town Strutters and more.

On December 8th the folks at Lonerider will be having a dock release for “The Beer with No Name” & debuting their brand new tasting area! Being strong is not a choice, it’s a requirement, and giving up your name is one of the strongest things you can do. The Beer With No Name is still their holiday ale, a Belgian style Dubbel brewed with a rare Belgian yeast strain, caramelized beet sugar and festive holiday spices. Expect hints of dark fruit, sweet cinnamon-apple and a warming finish. So, why do they call this “The Beer With No Name”? And yes it used to be “Belle Starr“. More information on that coming soon….

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