Archive for Art/Music/Entertainment
The contest rewards you for attending great events, trying new menu items, seeing live shows, participating in classes & many more exciting “experiences” in Downtown Raleigh! The more experiences you do, the more rewards you will receive!!
Go to dtrbucketlist.com to see a list of 16 exciting Downtown Raleigh Bucket List items. Try them, document them, and tell them about it. Make sure you sign up with your Twitter or Instagram handle that you will use to submit your photos.…[ Read More → ]
With BEST Dillon’s theme of Moving Forward Together, who could be better to fill in the mural’s train driver seat than Triangle Transit bus driver Carolyn Williams? From the beginning, BEST’s vision was to express community through a wide range of artists and volunteers, as well as the subjects pictured in the design, culminating in portraits of local residents and businesses whose contributions have made the mural a reality.
At the top of that donor list is Triangle Transit, who provided the enormous stretch of vacant warehouse space as a canvas for the 200 foot mural on the facade of the Dillon Supply Company building at 216 S.…[ Read More → ]
A unique concept for an artist community could be coming to Downtown Raleigh. City Councilors agreed a few weeks ago to lease the Stone’s Warehouse on Davie and East streets so the property can be redeveloped into an affordable artist community.
As reported in the Raleigh Pubic Record:
Developers can’t mandate that only artists live on property, but the 49-unit community will have shared and private studio space, which would encourage that type of renter. Renters would have to meet strict income requirements in order to be approved for a lease.
A few things need to happen for the plan to become a reality. First, the developer needs to receive the tax credits they need; and the property must be rezoned.…[ Read More → ]
Couture for a Cause, a fashion show to benefit local nonprofit Activate Good, expects to draw a crowd for their fourth annual fundraiser.
When: this Saturday, November 10, Doors open at 7:30
Where: Marbles Kids Museum.
Tickets: advance tickets are $25; at-the-door tickets are $30. VIP tickets will be available for $75.
Whether you’re a lover of fashion or philanthropy (or both!), this event is not to be missed! The fashion show pairs local designers with Activate Good’s nonprofit partners to create looks inspired by each cause’s mission. There will be 19 designers, creating a total of 38 pieces (one “ready-to-wear” and one “art-to-wear”) that represent 17 Triangle-area nonprofits.…[ Read More → ]
Where: Dillon Supply Co building at 210 S. West St.
When: Friday and Saturday, September 14 – 15 (10:00AM – 3:00PM)
Forty different volunteers have shown up on the 200 block of S. West Street in the last two weeks, all with the same goal in mind: to prepare 200 feet of facade on the Triangle Transit-owned Dillon Supply Co. building for a mural celebrating how we move forward together.
When artists Jason Craighead and Patrick Shanahan envisioned the design that begins with children’s handprints and explodes into a skyburst of flying machines before settling back down into rolling North Carolina countryside, they had no idea of the sparks that would fly even before the first little fingers touched the mural.
If you’ve ever walked down the southern end of West Street, you might think it’s a block that’s been put on hold, with long brick buildings broken only by dashes of windows filled with curling, water stained paper marking what was once the bustling Dillon Supply offices. Yet this is setting poised to break loose.
This 200 block of West Street is surrounded by a burgeoning art district with the nearby Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) and Flanders Gallery, as well as VAE and Design Box. And of course there’s the promise of this end of downtown becoming the center of public transit in Raleigh with the plans for Union Station.…[ Read More → ]
BEST (Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together): Look for our first storefront art at the Hue on February’s First Friday!
In October, I wrote a blog post for the Downtown Living Advocates asking:
Are you an artist, teacher or volunteer, who shares a vision for residents creating community through creativity? Do you own a vacant downtown property that is ripe for a face lift? Together we can transform sidelined windows into magnets for inspiration and activity.
Two months later, I’m ready to introduce BEST, a team of Downtown Raleigh residents, business leaders and artists who have come together with the mission of BEAUTIFYING EMERGING SPACES TOGETHER. Our vision has morphed and grown according to the imagination and individual skills of each person who has joined our table, often over coffee at the Wilmoore Cafe. This seems fitting, somehow. It reminds me of my dad perched along the drug store counter drinking coffee with his friends. I feel the same kind of community in this group, as each person holds up his corner of the conversation.…[ Read More → ]
The Raleigh Winterfest returns to Downtown Raleigh on December 3rd, transforming City Plaza into a winter escape. And while the ice skating rink serves as the centerpiece for Raleigh Winterfest, the two-month celebration also includes carriage rides, sledding ramps and performances by local musicians and dancers.
An estimated 15,000 people visited last year’s Winterfest, and it takes a lot of volunteers to make it work.
Ready to volunteer and earn some free skate passes? Sign up on line
Here’s the schedule and shifts …
Raleigh Holiday Parade, Nov 19
When: Saturday, November 19
Tasks: Handing out Winterfest flyers during the parade – meet at the DRA office (120 S.
It’s happening across the country. Whether it’s the WALK (Window Art Local Knowledge) Gallery transforming vacant storefronts on King Street in Charleston, or THE AWESOMEST ART THING EVER that has rejuvenated twelve vacant storefronts in Hartford, artists are coming together to fill windows of neglected city properties with images of hope and possibility. The stated goals of AATE are typical of many of these projects:
Cultivating a new appreciation of the downtown area, encouraging pedestrian activity and engaging the urban environment in a creative dialogue.
I join the DLA and Tipping Paint Artists in holding this vision for Raleigh, and even something more. As residents, we walk by these windows every day and wonder how we can support not just the Raleigh arts and business communities, but create a means of communication and empowerment to Raleigh’s residents of all ages and backgrounds. Given the chance to share their words and images, what would they say?…
For the third year in a row, Raleigh’s Mosaic Wine et Lounge will present its ever growing seasonal dance music festival — staying true to form and raising the ambitious bar of innovative, live entertainment in the Triangle.
Over the course of 10 straight nights, this veteran club recognized for its dedication to bringing world-wide flavors of sensational sound to the Triangle dance music and entertainment scene promises a detailed pairing of internationally renowned DJs and producers intermixed with Triangle and North Carolina-based talent.
Keith Ward, resident Mosaic DJ and MFMF Program Director has crafted an experience that he intends to be as intoxicating for the visiting DJs as it will be for the reveling dancers in attendance.
“Since the inception of this festival in 2009, the goal has been to create an environment that not only allows the audience to interact with world-class DJs in an up close and personal way, but to also bring to the Triangle the same energy and cultural movements of sound that are happening all over the globe in major markets. To have a dance experience in such an intimate space like Mosaic with these creative talents just doesn’t happen everyday,” notes Ward. “For local and surrounding area audiences that can’t travel to London’s Fabric or New York’s Cielo or Miami’s Mansion to get into the sound of this caliber, this is for you.”
With up to 75 artists currently programmed, the vibe will range from Deep House to Techno to Down Tempo to various forms of EDM with each thematic evening offering a variation of outdoor patio and indoor house sets grooving simultaneously.…[ Read More → ]