1. Happy birthday, beer: Downtown’s Crank Arm Brewery celebrates its first year of bicycle-themed booze on Saturday.
The brewery will take over its block of West Davie Street in the Warehouse District with live music including The Backsliders, Tonk, Acoustic Manner and Blanko Basnet. They’ll also have food from Fiction Kitchen, Dump Pho King and The Pit as well as a bounce house (not recommended after drinking beer). Special brews for the occasion are Holy Spokes and a cask of Crank Arm’s Unicycle beer infused with lychees and kiwis. Noon to midnight Saturday, Crank Arm Brewing, 319 W. Davie St., crankarmbrewing.com
2. Food trucks galore: Another installment of the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo returns Sunday.
You probably know the drill by now: 50 food trucks lined up from the State Capitol to City Plaza. Long lines for the most popular trucks. And local craft brews to drink in the street. In addition to the usual suspects from the Triangle, check out the out-of-town trucks: Dank Burrito Truck from Morehead City and Herban Legend Mobile Cafe from Charlotte. 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Fayetteville Street, downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com
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3. Theatrical doubleheader: Catch back-to-back plays at Cardinal Gibbons High School this weekend.
The school’s drama department is bringing back alumni to form GASP Theatre Co., which opens The Actor’s Double Bill on Friday. The show features two one-act comedies: The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Aug. 14-16, Cardinal Gibbons High School studio theater, 1401 Edwards Mill Road, suggestion donation $5.
4. Call me Ishmael: A literary classic with a twist opens Friday at the North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre.
“Moby Dick! The Musical” tells the story of a group of girls trying to save their school from financial ruin with a musical performance of Moby Dick: “As Melville rolls in his grave, our spirited girls run roughshod over the classic as they carry on with their presentation,” says the theater. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, $12, nract.org or 919-866-0228
5. Friday night folk: Annalise Emerick brings her summer tour to Sola Coffee Cafe.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Annalise Emerick has brought a blend of folk, Americana and country to cities across the country since she set out on a full-time tour this spring. Brandi Carlile, Madi Diaz, Mindy Smith, Fleetwood Mac and Patsy Cline all rank on a list of musical influences. Her first full-length album, “Field Notes,” comes out in September. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh