Raleigh, N.C. — Our picks for this week will get you through the work week:
The Pinhook bar in Durham will host a free S&M (snacks and movies) night at 7 p.m. The film of the night - Purple Rain - will recognize the life of Prince.
Monday open mic nights were a favorite at The Station at Southern Rail in Carrboro before it closed. This week, the event will continue at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. There's no cover for open mic night, and the artists will start performing at 8:30 p.m.
Get your music fix another way by visiting Kings Barcade in downtown Raleigh for a show featuring Disappears with Lacy Jags. Admission is $12, and doors open at 8 p.m.
Starpoint Brewing has partnered with The Boot, an Italian restaurant in Durham, to feature a four-course prix fixe dinner where each course comes paired with a craft beer. Tickets are $50 for the event.
Similarly, you can enjoy dinner in the garden at Lantern Table in Chapel Hill featuring brews from Tarboro Brewing Company. Tickets are $60 per person.
You can find fresh, local produce at the Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market in City Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through September. The market features more than 40 rotating vendors who showcase their breads, cheeses, jams, art, flowers, baked goods and more.
STYX will perform at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. with Kansas and Don Feldner - this show has something for everyone. Lawn tickets are $49.50.
Triangle Seafood will host a three-course beer dinner featuring calamari, chicken marsala, swordfish and chocolate torte along with brews from Duck Rabbit Brewery. Tickets are $40.
Like comedy? Try The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire at DPAC at 7:30 p.m. This theatrical stage show is filled with hilarious anecdotes, sketches and lots of audience interaction.
Moogfest - a music, art and technology festival - kicks off Thursday in Durham with an opening party at 6:30 p.m. followed by concerts that continue all night long. Check out our guide to Moogfest for a breakdown of the whole weekend.
Right next door, see Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," at 8 p.m. at DPAC.
Don't miss the Central Park Band at Clayton's summer music series from 7-9 p.m.
Artsplosure, a three-day Raleigh festival filled with performers, artwork and more kicks off today along Fayetteville Street. Events will continue all weekend.
Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.