This weekend really highlights some of the more unusual things that Raleigh has to offer – including a Rock, Paper, Scissors Showdown and the Carolina Rollergirls season opener. And if you want to have a say in the types of events that continue to define the culture within the City of Raleigh, make sure you attend one of the many Community Engagement events happening this weekend and next week for the City of Raleigh Arts Plan.
Presented by Learning Together and NC Fresh Catch, this combo of indoor and outdoor entertainment will happen at Lincoln Theater on Sunday, March 7th at 4pm. Kicking off with BBQ, smoked fish plates, and steamed oysters prepared by pit masters and local chefs, ticket sales benefit Learning Together – a non-profit committed to meeting the developmental, educational, and health needs of children of all abilities. Advance ticket purchase includes food and music as well as a free afterparty with additional bands – $35 for food and spot in Rock Paper Scissors show down/ $30 to watch and eat. The ultimate contest of skill, fun, luck, and fast fingers, this isn’t your typical fundraiser!
The Carolina Rollergirls of the Triangle area is one of the most fun, energetic, and incomparable experiences in this region. A Women’s Flat Track Derby Association league, they have been around since 2004 and are not the derby of the past – these are athletes focused more on fast dodging for points than getting into fights. Heading into their 11th season, the Rollergirls will kick things off with a double header against the Charlotte Roller Girls this Sunday – starting with the Carolina Bootleggers taking on the Charlotte B Dazzlers at 3pm, with the headlining match, the Carolina All-Stars vs. the Charlotte All Stars, to follow at 5 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game, and $5 for children.
If you enjoy participating in quite a few of the cultural events and festivals that happen in the City of Raleigh, now is the time to voice your opinion on what you would like to see more (or less) of. The next week (March 6 – 14th) is Community Engagement Week – a series of community events held at locations throughout the city where citizens can join the conversation about the ten-year master plan being developed to strengthen arts and culture for the City. All of the events are free and open to everyone – locations and days and times are on the City’s website. There is also the ability to join the conversation virtually via the online Raleigh Arts Plan Mindmixer website. The planning process started last July and will end with the City Council’s adoption of a Plan in Fall 2015 so now is the time to get involved!