No excuses that there’s nothing to do in Midtown Raleigh this weekend. The Midtown Raleigh News staff has seven picks to get you out of the house:
1. Big wheels turnin’: Remember those little tricycles with the big front wheel you rode as a kid?
You can ride one again. With adults. Down a hill. For charity.
Thursday brings one of the most unusual racing events downtown: the Big Wheels Downhill Monster Race. The contest heads downhill on West Jones Street to Natty Greene’s Brewing, with prizes for the fastest finishers and the “top 5 pimped out big wheels.” You’re responsible for bringing your own ride or borrowing from the nearest child. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Natty Greene’s, 305 W. Jones St., bit.ly/1jzWnMh
2. Shakespeare, fire and food trucks: Think Shakespeare is boring?
You probably haven’t seen it performed under the stars with shadow puppets, circus acts and fire performers. Bare Theatre opens its unique production of the Bard’s Two Noble Kinsmen Friday night in the amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale” it’s one of the playwrights lesser-known work. It’s not performed often, and certainly not with shadow puppets. And forget about concession stand food – food trucks will cater each performance. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 29-31, Raleigh Little Theatre’s Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue St., $15, baretheatre.org
3. City Plaza cinema: Downtown is adding a new attraction this summer: outdoor movies.
The Downtown Raleigh Movie Series launches Friday night with a free showing of Dirty Dancing in City Plaza. The movie is the first in a series of six events – every Friday through June – featuring flicks filmed in North Carolina. Local music from the Nick Driver Band opens up the evening. Like nearly every downtown event, food trucks and craft beer will be on hand. 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, City Plaza, downtownraleighmovieseries.com
4. Improv face-off: Downtown’s only comedic game show returns Saturday night.
Comedyworx plays host to WIT! An Improv Comedy Game Show, where two contestants match wits in a fast-paced series of improv games. Everything that happens is off-the-cuff, so nearly anything is possible. 10 p.m. Saturday, ComedyWorx, 431 W. Peace St., $10, witgameshow.com
5. Live jazz: Take a trip to the speakeasy era of prohibition Friday night.
Piano jazz group Michael Pelz-Sherman Trio will setting the mood at C. Grace, a basement cocktail bar on Glenwood South decorated like a 1920s speakeasy. Pelz-Sherman has been performing jazz standards since the 1970s. More jazz from Jim Ferris is scheduled for Saturday. 9 p.m. Friday, C. Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave.
6. Just square dance: Show off your best moves
You don’t need to know a dosado from a promenade to enjoy a night of Western Square Dance with the Triangle Square Dance Alliance. Just listen up and do your best to follow along while you dance the night away at First Baptist Church to popular tunes – no fiddles allowed. Arrive at 7 p.m. for beginner basics. The dance goes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 99 N. Salisbury St., $5 donation requested, trianglesquaredance.org
7. A day to remember: End the weekend with a quiet moment
Pay tribute to fallen members of military during a ceremony in Historic Oakwood Cemetery's Field of Honor. Speeches and music will be a part of this moving one-hour observance. Wander through the 140-year-old cemetery before or after the event for a sense of Raleigh and North Carolina history. 4 p.m., Historic Oakwood, 701 Oakwood Ave.
Compiled by the Midtown Raleigh News staff.