Midtown Raleigh News

July 10, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?

1. First Friday, Take Two: A second chance to spend the evening wandering through Raleigh’s galleries

1. First Friday, Take Two: A second chance to spend the evening wandering through Raleigh’s galleries

Art appreciators (and seekers of free wine), rejoice! A handful of galleries pushed back their regular “First Friday” shows to this week because of the Fourth of July holiday. Venues in and around the Warehouse District, including 311 West Martin Street Galleries and Studios, CAM Raleigh, Visual Art Exchange and Flanders will be open in the evening. Or venture to Roundabout Art Collective off Oberlin Road in Cameron Village.

2. Let it go, let it go: Pile the kids into the car and head to West Raleigh to catch the biggest Disney movie in years.

The N.C. Museum of Art will screen the blockbuster film “ Frozen” Friday night in its outdoor amphitheater. For anyone who’s been living under a rock, it’s the story of a princess who struggles to control her magical ability to freeze things and the devoted sister who warms her heart. A reminder to parents: We suggest buying noise-canceling headphones beforehand, as your children will be singing the catchy song “Let It Go” for the rest of the weekend. 9 p.m. Friday, $5, N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, ncartmuseum.org

3. Monologues amid merchandise: A Raleigh theater group opens its latest show Friday in the most unlikely of performance venues.

Owl Tree Theater for the People is presenting Solo: An Evening of Monologue Performances. The community troupe is promising “solitary performances of actors and original monologues for the most intimate experience in theatrical storytelling.” But don’t expect to be seated in an auditorium: the show takes place in the art gallery section of The Green Monkey, a Hillsborough Street shop that’s mostly known for selling craft beer and Peace Frogs T-shirts. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, $10, The Green Monkey, 1217 Hillsborough St., owltreetheater.weebly.com

4. Bespoke history: Learn how formalwear was made centuries ago at the N.C. Museum of History.

Andy Sterlen is a self-taught tailor who can recreate clothing worn between 1750 and 1920. He’ll be showing off his craft Saturday afternoon by making a coat, the most important part of an 18th-century gentleman’s outfit. He’ll also give visitors a chance to stitch patches and sew on buttons. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., ncmuseumofhistory.org

5. Coffee and tunes: Check out stories told with an acoustic guitar Saturday night in North Raleigh.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Nate Currin’s national tour stops at Sola Coffee Cafe. The Atlanta-based musician has toured with Blues Traveler and appeared on MTV, but his Raleigh show will be an intimate performance. He’ll be playing songs off the concept album “The Pilgrim” that came out last year. The CD is described as a musical interpretation of the 1678 book “The Pilgrim’s Progress” by English writer and preacher John Bunyan. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, solacoffee.com

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