Midtown Raleigh News

Top weekend picks: Feb. 19-22


The poetry of black history: Explore Black History Month through the art of spoken word.

Spoken word artist A.B.Y.S.S. will join the Uprite Lions, a Greensboro-based group, for a celebration of Black History Month at William Peace University. The school’s own spoken word group, phenoMEnal, will join them. The groups tackle tough topics with “extreme” language, so children should stay home for this performance. $5 per person, groups of 10 or more get a 10 percent discount; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; Kenan Recital Hall at William Peace University, 15 Peace. St., Raleigh; www.peace.edu/events.

Take a trip to the Isles: Join two N.C. State Celtic performance groups for their annual concert.

“Music of the British Isles” will feature the Pipes and Drums and Irish Session Musicians, two groups associated with N.C. State. The Irish Session Musicians will also be joined by dancers from the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance. The British Brass Band, a formerly inactive group, will also return to the stage. $8-$10, $5 for N.C. State students; 4 p.m. Saturday; Talley Student Union at N.C. State, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh; www.ncsu.edu/music/events.

A winter-time science lesson: Learn how nature weathers the cold.

Get some exercise and a science lesson during a short hike to see where local wildlife keeps warm during the cold months. “Natural Explorations: Bark and Birds” will also point out how plants adapt to the cold. Hikers of all ages should come prepared for winter weather and wear proper shoes. Free, but registration required; 11 a.m. Sunday; Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh; www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.

A different take on love: See a production that explores love in a nontraditional way in “The Pride.”

This play details the trials of love over time and how love can change people through affairs, break-ups and addiction. With Valentine’s Day behind us, there’s no harm in exploring the tougher parts of love. Mortall Coile Theatre Company will present the play, which is the company’s second production. $20 for adults, $15 for students, seniors and active military; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

A new perspective: “Forgotten Patriots” documents the little-discussed soldiers of the American Revolution.

Get a primer on the Revolutionary War through research into the African-Americans and Native Americans who supported the effort. This program will focus on African-Americans from Wake County who served in the Revolution, presented by Europe and Felicia Farmer, family members of Valentine Locus, a a local black born into freedom and who became a patriot. Free; 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh; www.wakegov.com/libraries/events.