Midtown Raleigh News

June 23, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?

There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had. These are our picks:

There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had. These are our picks:

1. Wrestling with a twist: If the professional wrestling you see on TV seems too serious (even if it is fake), try a lighter take on the sport on Saturday.

G.O.U.G.E. Wrestling (the name stands for Gimmicks Only Underground Grappling Entertainment) sets up its ring at Raleigh Brewing Company near Meredith College. Expect to see bouts between colorful characters like Seymour Snott and Gluteus Maximus. Saturday’s event, dubbed “Honey I Suplexed The Kids” is also a small food truck rodeo with Dump Pho Dumplings, Stuft, Captain Poncho’s Tacos and Chai’s Global Street Food. And there’s plenty of beer, because it’s at a brewery. The events used to take place at Rebus Works in Boylan Heights, but they got so popular neighbors started to complain. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Raleigh Brewing, 3709 Neil Street, gougewrestling.com

2. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Friday brings a rare chance to catch Mary Poppins on the big screen.

The N.C. Museum of Art continues its summer outdoor movie series with the 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews as the magical nanny who floats down from the sky to school some rich British siblings on the value of a spoonful of sugar. Feel free to take along a picnic, but if you want booze, you’ll need to buy at the venue. The museum recently added a digital projection system and will continue the series through September. 9 p.m. Friday, N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, $5, ncartmuseum.org.

3. Cabaret music at the Berkeley: A touch of vaudeville and cabaret comes to the venerable venue Thursday.

Australian-born singer-songwriter Emma Dean brings her piano pop to the newly renovated Berkeley Cafe for its “$3 Thursdays” concert series. Here’s an intriguing description from the singer’s website: “Her signature fusion of live music, physical theatre and storytelling transforms a cabaret den into a stadium – or a rock stage into an intimate otherworld.” 7 p.m. Thursday, Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., $3.

4. Party for the dogs: Help dogs get a second chance in Briar Creek on Sunday.

Local nonprofit Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation will hold its annual Smooches for Pooches at the Embassy Suites. This year’s event has a luau theme and features local brews, sangria, heavy hors d’oeuvres, auctions and games. And unlike a lot of swanky charity events in the area, this one is relatively affordable. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Embassy Suites Briar Creek, 8001 Arco Corporate Drive, $15 in advance and $20 at the door, pawfectmatch.org

5. Matinee in the woods: Does it count as screen time if you’re outside?

William B. Umstead State Park will screen family-friendly films on Saturday and Sunday. Ever wondered why it’s so hard to swat a fly? Want to know more about what happens when monarchs migrate? Or why honeybees are disappearing from their hives? Learn more with two screenings each day of documentaries such as “On the Wings of the Monarch” or “Vanishing of the Bees.” Showings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Visitor Center Auditorium (Glenwood Avenue entrance), ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/events.php.

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