Midtown Raleigh News

June 14, 2014

Need plans for the weekend?

Midtown Raleigh News staff serves uup five ideas for fun.

1. Tunes to help a neighbor: Local musicians are rallying around a Boylan Heights photographer as she battles uterine cancer.

To help Willa Stein pay mounting medical bills, the artist’s friends are throwing a huge benefit concert Saturday, calling it Willapalooza. The event started with an offer from David Burney of the Johnny Folsom Four and quickly snowballed into two stages – one acoustic, one electric – with more than a dozen local acts and nine hours of music. Among the highlights of the line-up: blues singer/songwriter Jon Shain, The Gravy Boys bluegrass band, rock from the Lauren Nicole Band and Johnny Cash covers from the aforementioned Johnny Folsom Four. Stein will be showing off her latest photos and food and drink will be available. 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, donate any amount for admission, 420 Dawson St., on.fb.me/1unQcht

2. Back to The Beatles: The N.C. Museum of Art takes a trip to 1964 Saturday night.

The museum’s amphitheater will host 1964: The Tribute, an act that’s said to “capture the look and sound of an early 1960s Beatles concert.” Following the concert, the movie screen will come down for a showing of “Good Ol’ Freda,” a new documentary about the Beatles’ official fan club manager. It’s an intimate look at life with the band during its heyday. As with all outdoor events at the museum, feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic. 7 p.m Saturday, $35 for reserved seats and $25 for general admission, N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, ncartmuseum.org.

3. Meet the Edies: The Justice Theater Project presents the riches-to-rags musical “Grey Gardens”

This musical based on the 1975 documentary of the same name tells the story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith Ewing Bouvier, from their high society days to life in a dilapidated mansion. The Justice Theater Project, a theater group that highlights the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed, will stage the show at St. Francis of Assisi. Special events are scheduled throughout the show’s run, including panel discussions about mental health and ill and aging parents. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., June 13-29; $20 adults, $15 students and seniors; Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Road; thejusticetheaterproject.org/default.html

4. Name That Tune: Test your knowledge of music Thursday night at Kings.

The bar hosts a live version of the popular TV game show that ran for three decades until 1985. Kings is known for having bands you probably haven’t heard of, so this contest could get challenging. No, you can’t use the Shazam app on your phone. 9 p.m. Thursday, $3, Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St.

5. Documentary at the museum: Catch the film that inspired an entire exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History.

On Sunday, check out a free screening of Ce dars in the Pines, which tells the story of Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Dr. Akram Khater of N.C. State’s Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies will be on hand to answer questions. 2 p.m. Sunday, N.C. Museum of History Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton St., ncmuseumofhistory.org

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