Raleigh, N.C. — It's been a crazy several days. Snow and ice over the weekend followed by frigid temperatures and treacherous road conditions may have kept you inside, but warmer, sunnier days are ahead of us, and so are these mood-boosting events.
Embrace the cold and go ice skating in downtown Raleigh now through the end of the month.
Dr. Eugene Chadbourne leads a rotating cabinet of performers in this ever-changing program of protest music from many genres. See it at 8 p.m. at Kings.
Free Cake for Every Creature is an indie and alternative rock concert featuring local bands Naked Naps and Sunshine Faces that will take place at The Pinhook in Durham at 9 p.m.
Open Mic Night starts at Deep South at 7:30 p.m.
Royale in downtown Raleigh will give New York Italian cuisine the royal treatment for one night only during Big Night, an authentic pop-up dinner serving all the classics. Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests will enjoy a full four-course meal served family style. Tickets are $95 per pair or $35 per person.
Benjy Ferree is a singer/songwriter from New Orleans. He'll perform at Kings at 9:30 p.m.
The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival wraps up this weekend. See it at Booth Amphitheatre while you can.
The Great Cover Up is a four-night charity event that features local bands playing short sets covering their favorite musicians. It starts at 8:30 p.m. at Kings.
Tir na Nog hosts a trivia night with a twist on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. This fun event is part trivia night, part game show and part bad comedy act.
Join Goodnight's in Raleigh at 8 p.m. for Comedy Roulette, where you decide what goes on on-stage! Just like "Whose Line?," the audience places topics, phrases and words in a hat and they are picked at random, and it's up to the comedians on stage to create jokes on the fly!
Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Mosaic hosts Wine Wednesdays, which include a short wine class and tasting by a wine specialist along with a gourmet dinner buffet and live music.
Lettuce will perform at the Lincoln Theatre at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Brothers Osborne, an American country music duo, will play at The Ritz at 8 p.m.
Later, The Infamous Stringdusters will play at Lincoln Theatre at 9 p.m.
Drag Sounds, an indie-rock band from Greensboro, will play at Kings at 10 p.m.
Enjoy art, music and wine at the NCMA as the acoustic David Dyer Trio performs live tonight. Relax and take it all in as you share small plates with friends and wander the galleries.
It's a warm night and a perfect one for the Second Friday Art Walk in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, which means art galleries, shops and restaurants will be open late.
Mike Doughty and Wheatus will perform at Cat's Cradle. Tickets are $18.
The Whipping Man premieres tonight at Raleigh Little Theatre at 8 p.m. The play, which takes place in the times of slavery, explores buried secrets from the past that refuse to be hidden.
Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.