Midtown Raleigh News

Top weekend picks: Nov. 27-30

The Carolina Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” one of several holiday shows around Raleigh this long holiday weekend.
The Carolina Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” one of several holiday shows around Raleigh this long holiday weekend. COURTESY CHRIS WALT PHOTOGRAPHY

Turkey Tunes: A concert is just the thing to shake off that food coma.

It’s a singer-songwriter showcase at Tir Na Nog on Thanksgiving night. Gather up your favorite cousins or some friends for a trip to the bar and perhaps even a singalong. The lineup features Chit Nasty, Zach Gregory, Sarah Ward, Ryan Kennemur, Bobby Bryson, Thomas McNeeley and Jade Maurelle Free, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 218 S. Blount St.

Seasonal shows: Visions of sugar plum fairies dance through Rudolph’s head.

We might be a little mixed up, but can you blame us? Several new and beloved holiday shows kick off this weekend. Catch the Carolina Ballet’s annual take on “The Nutcracker” or “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices and show times vary, dukeenergycenterraleigh.com or carolinaballet.com.

Lights, camera, action!: A new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History traces the state’s role in the film industry.

“Iron Man 3,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “Bull Durham” are a few of the films featured in “Starring North Carolina.” Check out props, costumes and movie clips from the 3,000 films and television shows that have been made in the state. $10 adults/$6 ages 7 to 17 and ages 60 and older/free for ages 6 and under, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, ncmuseumofhistory.org/SeeOurExhibits/CurrentExhibits/StarringNC.aspx.

Get crafty: More than 100 contemporary fine craft artists will show off their best work at the Fine Designer Craft Show.

This juried show features work in just about every medium you can think of: glass, ceramics, wood, fibers, metal, leather and more. The show also includes artist demonstrations, live music and a sculpture exhibition by guest artist Mike Roig. $7 single day/$15 weekend pass, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Exposition Center, Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., carolinadesignercraftsmen.com/the-show.

Take a break: Step away from the kitchen for a Wednesday afternoon show.

Bring the whole family to see the animated film “The Snowman” on the big screen while the N.C. Symphony performs the score. The film tells the story of a snowman who comes to life and his adventures with the boy who built him. $23, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/the-snowman-north-carolina-5696.