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415963_10150655069267361_757258904_oDowntown Raleigh’s Artspace is a thriving visual art center offering provocative exhibitions, inspiring education programs and a dynamic environment with more than 35 studio artists. And during 31 Days of Art, you can also enjoy exhibitions like Render.

This two-person exhibition features photos and film by N.Y.-based Laura Heyman and oil paintings by Penn.-based Lea Colie Wight. Brought together, the artwork offers two distinctive and contemporary views on female identity. They demonstrate alternative ways that staging and self-consciousness may affect viewing experiences. Through both painting and photography, the exhibition celebrates and seeks complexity in the relationship between artists and the models they represent.

kimono-blue-room-final-copyLaura Heyman, Untitled from “The Photographer’s Wife” series. Courtesy of Artspace.

unnamedLaura Heyman, Untitled from “The Photographer’s Wife” series. Courtesy of Artspace.

In Heyman’s series “The Photographer’s Wife,” the images appear to be taken by the woman’s husband, but in reality Heyman embodies the role of both photographer and model. She creates a fictional dynamic between a model and a photographer, described in complementary video and printed journal entries that are also part of the exhibition.

Lea-Colie-Wight-JennLea Colie Wight, “Jenn.” Courtesy of Artspace.

Wight’s portraits are masterworks of color and composition, painted in a classical contemporary style. Works from two different series are on display; the first featuring one of her models, Jenn; the second featuring mother and child pairs.

In Gallery 2 through Nov. 1. Click for gallery hours and further information.

65078_10152400452817361_3093493591107436630_nLea Colie Wight talking about her work in the exhibition, Render. Courtesy of Artspace.

Artspace has a thriving figure study program where community members, college students and professional artists come together to draw live models every week, and Render will provide a complement to the program.

October Red is a solo exhibition by N.C. artist Mark Brown that is a group of reductive oil on panel paintings. It is the first public viewing of this series.

unnamed (1)Mark Brown, October Red IV. Courtesy of Artspace.

Two years of work went into this contemporary answer to such pillars of 20th century painting as Mark Rothko and Frank Stella. Brown’s paintings defy the easy application of outside narratives. His paint application and mark-making bring viewers back to the present moment.

MpocketsHwebMark Brown with October Red XIX and October Red XXI. Courtesy of Artspace.

Seeing a number of Brown’s paintings as a group can provide subtle instruction in how to view them. In the absence of figures–and in his words “limiting activity in the centers of the compositions”–a small omission from an established pattern may become an absorbing moment of drama.

My approach pays attention to the properties of paint…my work is reductive because I’ve learned that less is more, especially given a media-saturated culture. I don’t own a bell or a whistle. –Mark Brown

In Gallery 1 through Nov. 1. Click for gallery hours and further information.

Celebrate an artful October with #31DaysOfArt!

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Other photo credits: Artspace exterior: Artspace

Every Sat. morning, rain or shine, the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Morrisville opens so that Greater Raleigh visitors and residents can benefit from locally-grown food.

Western Wake Farmer's Market Market offerings include fresh seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, eggs, cheeses, meats and seafood, as well as coffee, beer, soda, local honey, crafts and more.

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market was conceived by a set of Greater Raleigh moms with a desire to feed their families with locally-grown food. The market is located on Morrisville Carpenter Rd. between Davis Dr. and Hwy. 55 in the Carpenter Village neighborhood.

Western Wake Farmer's Market FoodMarket staff works diligently to educate the public about the importance of locally-produced and sustainable food.

“To me, food is a way of lifewhy not make it good food?” stated Madison Whitley, marketing manager for the market. “I furthered my love of food by studying nutrition in college. I learned about the components of food, why they were important in the body and why it was imperative to eat fresh, local whole foods. They are not only better for you, our environment and economy, but they taste so much better.”

Western Wake LettuceAs the holiday season approaches, Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host the Fall Craft Fair on Sat., Nov. 1, from 8am-noon. In addition to its regular vendors, the fair will showcase approximately 30 local artisans and crafters at this year’s fair.

Craft Goods in Greater Raleigh, local good, farmer's market, sweatersGet a jump on your holiday shopping and support Greater Raleigh artisans. I bet those on your holiday shopping list will love it.

The 2014 Fall Craft Fair will take place rain or shine.

Western Wake Market3To learn about what is in season at the market, and browse through some great recipes, visit the market’s website.

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photoThe fall season is well upon us, and pumpkin beers are out and about this month! They celebrate the spirit of the season, and we pinpointed two Greater Raleigh craft breweries that are offering pumpkin-infused brews. Visit the breweries and taste these delicious beers!

Big Boss Brewing Company‘s Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale: “Goes great with: zombie rituals, vampire hunting and walks in a graveyard… after midnight.” A subtly-spiced fall ale brewed with real pumpkin and with the brewery’s own proprietary blend of spices. Available through Oct. in bottles and draft. ABV: 4.5 percent/IBU: 16.

10628323_10152436215532879_161550620909830716_nCrank Arm Brewing‘s Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter: Made with North Carolina-grown pumpkins, Crank Arm Brewing offers this tasty porter coming in at 21 IBU. Enjoy a pint at the brewery in downtown Raleigh while you sit on the patio and take in the cool, fall air. ABV: 5.2 percent.

10383560_967817173235437_5073017733717519367_nEnjoy, and cheers to the fall!

For a list of all Greater Raleigh breweries, the Greater Raleigh Beer Trail map and more, check out www.visitRaleigh.com/brew!

Photo credit: Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale: Big Boss Brewing Company; Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter: Crank Arm Brewing.

BREW Coffee Bar is one of the newest gathering spots for people to enjoy some of Greater Raleigh’s best local brews: hot brews and cold brews. It’s kind of like a match made in heaven, really. Beer and coffee, two of my favorite things, served together in one cool, urban space at Seaboard Station in downtown Raleigh.

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It’s also ironic that two of the owners responsible for bringing these social drinks together are wedding photographers. Apparently, they know a good match when they see one.

Each month, BREW Coffee Bar will feature two draft beers from a local brewery and will also feature a guest coffee roaster with Raleigh Coffee Company, currently serving as a main supplier for its coffee drinks.

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Because BREW Coffee Bar has a draft beer tap, this coffee bar is also able to serve a nitro-cold brew that pours like a Guinness beer. It’s smooth. It’s so good that it doesn’t even need a sweetener, and this story is written by someone who has to have both cream and sugar in her coffee.

BREW Nitro Cold Brew

BREW Coffee Bar is the dream of two couples who are also longtime friends. Mike and Cindy Sholar and A.J. and Cynthia Viola developed their business plan around three things they adore: coffee, beer and people. Mike and A.J. founded the Raleigh Coffee Club together years ago, and their passion for high-quality, local coffee sparked the newly-opened BREW Coffee Bar.

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“We asked each other what we loved most and what we’d like to see more of in our lives. Hands down the three things that stood out the most were coffee, beer and people,” said A.J. Viola as he prepared me a gorgeous cappuccino. “From that moment, we decided we wanted to create a space where those three could interact and thrive.”

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A.J.’s wife, Cynthia, is the baker, and if you go to the bar and cannot find an Italian Amaretti cookie in-house then it is because I went before you and bought them all. They are light, sweet and, oh, so good. I bet you can’t eat just one.

BREW Sweets

BREW Coffee Bar also offers pastries, macaroons, bruschetta and some salty savories that also pair well with beer.

BREW Coffee Bar is open daily. Visit its Facebook page for its hours. Parking is free and plentiful. Located at 111 Seaboard Ave., Ste. 116.

BREW Coffee Bar

See you there!

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DSC_0662After 23 years traveling and touring the national circuit, renowned bluegrass star Lorraine Jordan decided to bring a piece of the road home with her. And I don’t just mean her band, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

DSC_0666This summer, the Garner resident opened Lorraine’s Coffee Shop in her hometown, mindful of her growing town’s needs.

“I see a need for a small town community to have gathering places,” Jordan said. “I don’t think anytime you want to see live music you have to go into a bar scene to see it. Being a musician myself, I see how important music and entertainment is to a small community. My coffee house is the perfect place to bring your family. It’s peaceful.”

DSC_0727Greater Raleigh’s Town of Garner is certainly peaceful, with a listed population just shy of 27,000.

“I think Garner’s a perfect place to live,” Jordan continued. “I’m a country girl at heart. Garner’s only a few minutes from the big city, but you almost have that country feel.”

Outsiders may be surprised to learn that Garner gave birth to former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, NBA stars John Wall and David West and the founder of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, Barbara A. Kelly.

On a Fri. night, I made my way out to Garner to see Jordan’s vision first-hand. The coffee shop stood alone, a much larger structure than I anticipated, complete with a drive-thru.

As I pulled around back to park, I noticed a sign for “Jordan Driving School.” The name is not a coincidence. Lorraine Jordan has operated her own private driver’s education school for 23 years, serving Greater Raleigh students.

DSC_0656The interior shone brightly half an hour before local guitarist Cliff Davis was set to perform. I sauntered over to the coffee bar, noting the absence of alcohol. Jordan truly believes in creating a family atmosphere, and the quiet country venue caters to a wide spectrum of guests. High schoolers mingled with the elderly, with Southern charm the prevailing attitude.

DSC_0671My camera attracted some attention. Several Garner residents and coffee shop regulars approached me to ask what I was doing. Upon hearing I was a Music Maniac, they each expressed their appreciation for what Jordan brought to their town. Most of them remarked that the lack of alcohol encouraged them to come out more often. I rarely find a venue that does not serve alcohol, but Jordan seems to be on to something here. Later, I would witness the reverence in which musical acts are held, as the crowd focused their full attention on the stage and not on their friends. If I were a touring musician, Lorraine’s Coffee Shop would be high on my list of places to play.

DSC_0685DSC_0682The coffee bar serves the standard variety of coffee and espresso-based drinks, available hot, iced or frozen. They also serve smoothies, water, sodas, juice, sandwiches and chips. Manhattan Bakery in Greater Raleigh’s Morrisville and Amish Country Market out of Clayton provide pastries.

DSC_0679DSC_0681The walls are decked with pictures, albums and press clippings from her time touring. In the back, facing the stage, I found her Wall of Fame. Photographs and autographs from famous musicians are proudly displayed, her vibrant personality helping to acquire many famous friends. Hank Williams, Eddy Raven, Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown were among the many musicians to wish her well in opening Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music.

DSC_0668DSC_0667On this night, Cliff Davis held court with his long-time musical partner Doug Pitts. The two play what Davis calls “Southern swamp music,” a blend of folk, gospel and blues that he developed in his hometown of Burgaw, N.C. Davis began playing guitar nearly 60 years ago, and he and Pitts record in a private studio Pitts set up in his home.

DSC_0713DSC_0722Davis and Pitts complement each other well. Davis strums a D35 Martin and a D26 Martin, while Pitts lays down some improvisational licks on his electric.

DSC_0714“I love storytelling and weaving an image,” Davis remarked. “I give Doug a palette to paint on, and he goes from there.”

DSC_0723DSC_0697Jordan’s musical tastes emphasize the down-home country feel that she seeks. Thurs. evenings, between Oct. and March, Lorraine’s Coffee Shop hosts live bluegrass. Fri. nights bring acoustic solo artists and duets. On Sat., full jazz bands own the stage. Jordan said she hasn’t had any trouble booking acts for her new venture.

“Everybody wants to come play Lorraine’s Coffee Shop. We have five national bluegrass bands booked in route coming through our area. We’ve got a whole lot of jazz bands in this area. We’ve been able to find plenty of musicians.”

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music is open Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-7:30pm, and Sat. and Sun., 8am-7:30am. Nights featuring live music have extended hours, with bands playing 7:30-9:30pm. Check the venue’s website for a full event schedule.

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One of the very best parts of #31DaysofArt each year is the North Carolina State Fair, a first-class, family-oriented entertainment and educational event in the heart of Raleigh. The fair is the largest event in the state, and it offers a variety of artful experiences for all ages and tastes. You’ll find artwork that many consider more “crafty,” such as basket making, doll making and woodcarving. However, you’ll also find a lot of what people consider traditional art, such as sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. Exhibits attract all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons, from the history of the art form to simple aesthetic pleasure or even curiosity.

As one of the most popular and enduring attractions, the Village of Yesteryear features more than 75 artists and crafters creating, displaying and selling time-honored handmade crafts. Held in the North Carolina State Fairgrounds‘s Holshouser Building, this exhibit offers fairgoers a great opportunity to get a jump on their holiday shopping with items from all price ranges.

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Fair visitors can watch crafters spin wool into yarn, weave yarn into cloth, make rugs, turn pottery, carve wooden bowls and utensils, make split-oak baskets and more. Native American crafts, such as hand-coiled pottery, beadwork and stone carving are also featured. Kids and kids-at-heart can make their own dolls or stuffed toy to take home.

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There are also a number of artful competitions available for entry, or just to enjoy.

  • 4-H: crafts and photography
  • Arts and Photography: professionals, amateurs, individual students and schools

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  • Clothing
  • Decorated Cakes

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  • Flower and Garden Exhibits: flower arrangements and design; cut foliage, herbs and flowers in three different shows
  • Graphic Design: school competition
  • Handicrafts and Hobbies: experienced and novice categories
  • Home Furnishings: textiles and fine dining arrangements

“I think a lot of people go to the fair expecting to see only crafts, but there’s actually a big collection of all kinds of artwork to see by some very talented artists,” said Shelby Scattergood, a UNC-Greensboro student from Cary, who’s pursuing a BFA in drawing and printmaking. She’s participating for the first time this year in the Amateur Artist category with a colored pencil drawing on black paper entitled “Blind Faith.”

BlindFaithSelfPortraitShelby Scattergood, “Blind Faith”

Scattergood participated in the fair a few times while in high school. Now as an art major, she wants to show her work as often as possible. “For me, the North Carolina State Fair was one of the first times I ever won an award for my work. The fair really helped give me that initial push in confidence that led me to consider art as a career–and for me to be able to show my work now as an amateur makes me hope that another young artist-to-be can be inspired by my work to pursue art beyond high school!” she said. You can see Scattergood’s work up close and personal at the fairground’s Kerr Scott Building.

N.C.’s Arlene J. Medder makes tatted lace (lace entries can be found amidst the quilting, knitting and weaving). She’s been tatting for 25 years but has only competed since 2001. “There are so few tatters entering, I continue to help keep the category alive,” Medder said. “I’ve entered in several categories–baby clothes and jewelry in addition to non-threaded needlework–to give tatting a wider exposure. I also enter because I love to show off my work.”

tat1Arlene J. Medder (teapot pattern by Martha Ess)

Medder said that people who saw older relatives tat love to see crafters tatting. They are awed at the intricacy of the lace and admire the beauty. Some are also interested in the history associated with tatting.

tat2Arlene J. Medder (earrings pattern by Nina Libin)

N.C.’s Cheralyn Lambeth has seen a wide variety of arts and crafts exhibits and competitions at the fair over the years, from needlework (cross stitch, embroidery, quilting), to scrapbooking, egg decorating and even LEGO-building. She generally concentrates on the Miniatures section of Handicrafts & Hobbies, submitting dollhouse furniture pieces and/or miniature room boxes.

10689725_10152561138274055_6710228826337758383_nCheralyn Lambeth, Miniature Baby Bassinet

“I would probably call myself a professional crafter in the sense that I work in costume, prop and puppet building for film and television,” said Lambeth. “Dollhouse miniatures, though, have always been a fun hobby of mine ever since I was a child, and I’m always glad when I get the chance to build tiny things in my work as well (for puppets).” She first entered the fair on a whim, and won a blue ribbon for a miniature brass bed. She enjoyed the process and seeing her work on display so much that now she enters whenever she can.

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“One of my very favorite things to do at the fair each year is to walk through the craft exhibits,” said Cary’s Juliet Jarvis. “I am a lifelong needle worker and to see the creativity of other crafters is inspiring. It must be quite a reward for someone who has spent hundreds of hours working on a piece to receive recognition in the form of a North Carolina State Fair ribbon. It also makes me happy to see proof that handcrafting items is still alive and well and being passed down to the next generation.”

What form of art or crafting are you most interested in seeing? Spend a weekend in Oct. exploring the 31 Days of Art–and hope to see you at the fair!

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Craft Public House_EntranceCraft Public House is definitely one of a kind, and its spin on offering fresh, local ingredients paired with the best of craft brews is fueling its recipe for success in Greater Raleigh.

I tried Craft Public House for the first time this month, and my only regret is that I didn’t try the restaurant sooner. I’m now making up for lost time and have dined at the restaurant located off Tryon Rd., near the Cary Crossroads Plaza area, two times in two weeks.

Each time I dine here, I fall more in love with the menu. To me, it’s comfort food at its simplest. Owner Brian Cordileone likes to describe his restaurant as Cary’s first farm-fresh sports bar. He has partnered with several local farms to give his restaurant a fresh spin on serving casual dining at an affordable price point.

Craft Public House PretzelThe house pretzel bread is a restaurant specialty, and it’s delicious. My kids went wild over this entrée. Diners can also choose to have their burgers served on a pretzel bun as well. You can find anything on the menu here from fresh salads to gourmet pizzas to pub favorites like Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips.

Craft Public House MenuOn my first visit, I tried the blackened salmon salad. It was outstanding, if you love salads. But sometimes I just love to order yummy comfort food that usually isn’t very skimpy on the calories. For my second visit, I ordered the personal-size BBQ chicken pizza with a N.C. seasonal brew, Pumpkin Pie Porter. I had enough to take home for lunch the next day, but the pizza was so good that I almost ate the entire thing in one sitting.

Craft Public House BeersYes, I love my N.C. seasonal beers, but Craft Public House also serves wine and house-crafted cocktails. The Elderflower Martini caught my eye. It is made with my favorite N.C.-made organic gin, St. Germain, basil-infused simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.

Craft Public House Outdoor SeatingCraft Public House has indoor and outdoor seating, and also features live music seasonally. It is family-friendly and has a good children’s menu, including fresh chicken tenders made to order.

See you around the neighborhood.

Craft Public House_LeighCraft Public House is located in Tryon Village Shopping Center, 1040 Tryon Village Dr. in Cary.

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Beldue, FloatTamie Beldue, “Float,” 2013, graphite, watercolor and encaustic on panel, 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist, © 2013 Tamie Beldue

The North Carolina Museum of Art has a plethora of events going on this October, featuring art masters ranging from musician Thurston Moore to legend Rembrandt. As part of #31DaysofArt, you’ll be treated to an array of videos and exhibits at the museum–some new and some part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Line, Touch, Trace highlights hand-drawn works by 13 North Carolina artists who use graphite, ballpoint pen, cont crayon, ink or charcoal to explore drawing in its relationship to thought processes.

Line may be used to precisely render contours or as calligraphy on the drawings surface; touch builds tonal values or erases edges; and traced marks may suggest elements of an imagined topography. The artists use line, touch and trace in works that communicate mental states, project invented worlds or portray moments of contemplation. North Carolina Museum of Art stated that the range of approaches presented attests to the effervescence of drawing and its contribution to contemporary art.

Esposito, Star FlungLori Esposito, “Star Flung,” 2013, two-sided graphite on translucent Mylar, 21 x 21 inches. Courtesy of the artist, © 2013 Lori Esposito

In the North Carolina Gallery. Click for show times, tickets and more. Running through Mar. 8, 2015.

Street is a video exhibition by British-born artist James Nares. Over the course of a week in Sept. 2011, Nares, who has lived in New York City since 1974, recorded 16 hours of high-definition footage of people on the streets of Manhattan through the use of a high-speed camera that is normally used from a stationary position to capture fast-moving subjects. The footage was captured from the windows of a moving car. Nares then slowed the video, editing down the results into 61 minutes of steady, continuous motion, which, if shown in real time, would last only three minutes. The video is accompanied by a score for 12-string guitar, composed and performed by Thurston Moore, singer and guitarist formerly of Sonic Youth.

StreetJames Nares, “Street” (still), 2011, high-definition audio with sound with music by Thurston Moore, 61 minuntes. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, © 2014 James Nares

My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression or activity … a film to be viewed a hundred years from now. –James Nares

In the Main Hall Video Gallery. Running through Sept. 6, 2015. Click for show times, tickets and more details.

With representations from the permanent collection, Sacred Motherhood: Mother-and-Child Representations from the Permanent Collection is an exhibition focused on 13 representations of mother and child, found in numerous cultures and spanning thousands of years from ancient Egypt to the 21st century. The works of art in the exhibition are diverse and include artifacts, paintings (one is even abstract), sculpture, ceramics, photographs and lithographs.

PASCHAL, Beulah's Baby, G_48_1_2Primrose McPherson Paschal, “Beulah’s Baby,” 1948, oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches, North Carolina Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

This exhibition uncovers how artists treat motherhood itself as worthy of reverence and honor. In the East Building, Level B. Visitors are encouraged to continue their exploration of this theme in the permanent collection galleries of the museum’s West Building.

Running through Dec. 7. Click for show times, tickets and more.

Experience Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Their Contemporaries–big artists, small paintings. Featuring 66 paintings by the greatest masters from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Ages.

Dufhysen, Seated BoyPieter Jacobsz. “Duyfhuysen,” Seated Boy Eating Porridge, circa 1655, oil on wood, 8 3/16 x 5 5/16 inches. Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston, Mass., Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Photograph: © 2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Drawn primarily from public and private collections throughout the U.S., these works showcase the quality, skill and diversity of artists like Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris the Elder brought to their artistry. Visitors will enjoy group and individual portraits, self-portraits, allegorical portraits and tronies (a Dutch word for faces or character studies).

Vermeer, Young Woman Seated at a VirginalJohannes Vermeer, “Young Woman Seated at a Virginal,” circa 1670–72, oil on canvas, 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches. The Leiden Collection, New York.

Curated by Dennis P. Weller, this exhibition is the first publication to exclusively explore these small-scale works and will include full-size reproductions of each of the paintings in the exhibition. Running through Jan. 4, 2015. Click for show times and tickets.

Spend a weekend exploring Greater Raleigh during 31 Days of Art!

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

desireLooking for an artful reason to visit Greater Raleigh? Raleigh Little Theatre is pleased to bring you Desire Under the Elms, a drama by Eugene O’Neill, as part of 31 Days of Art. A 20th-century American classic inspired by ancient Greek drama, this fever dream is set in rural New England. A father of three, Ephraim Cabot returns to the family farm with his young bride Abbie. Although his youngest son Eben at first loathes the newcomer, hatred eventually gives way to lust–and the resulting conflict threatens to rock the peaceful farm to its core. Watch a video preview of the show.

Click for show times, tickets and more details. Running through Oct. 26.

10480106_10152654590655586_2710004588995536928_oOn Oct. 19, enjoy a post-show forum with special guest Dan Ellison, attorney at law and adjunct professor at Duke University. Ellison will talk about the historical controversy surrounding this play; director David Henderson and cast members will join the conversation to talk about their own perspectives on the value of producing this show.  

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Later in the month, Raleigh Little Theatre presents the musical Mirandy and Brother Wind. It’s 1906 in Ridgetop, S.C., and Mirandy is determined to catch Brother Wind. It’s her best bet to win the cake walk, but he eludes all the tricks that her friends advise. This adaptation of a popular children’s book is a cultural celebration that is full of lively song and dance.

Based on the story by Patricia McKissack, and adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius. Libretto by Michael J. Bobbitt. Music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius. And presented as part of Raleigh Little Theatre’s “Connecting Theatre to 20th Century African-American Experiences” program.

10668874_10152700626995586_2442423478295843533_oClick for show times, tickets and more. Running Oct. 31-Nov. 16.

Help celebrate theatre and literature by coming dressed as your favorite character from a book. All costumed audience members on opening night (Oct. 31) receive a show button and the chance to win the grand prize of membership to the Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series for 2014-15. Second prize is a copy of McKissack’s book. Celebrate books! Celebrate theatre! Celebrate the imagination!

It’s all for you during #31DaysOfArt.

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious cross country events, the Great American Cross Country Festival, returned to Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park Cross Country Course this past weekend for the sixth consecutive year. More than 2,500 runners from 140 high schools and colleges across the U.S. met in Cary on a beautiful morning, Sat., Oct. 4, and competed against each other as well as the 5k course. Results from the meet can be found on the Great American website.

Here are some photos from race morning. Click the photos to zoom in.

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Great American XC 8All photos are courtesy of the Great Raleigh Sports Alliance. You can follow GRSA on Twitter at @raleighncsports and Instagram at @raleighncsports. There’s more cross country happening in Greater Raleigh this fall and you can see a schedule of sports events at raleighsports.org.

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