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What's on Tap

The week ahead: Mardi Gras, Grease

Posted February 8, 2016

The Durham Mardi Gras parade was held March 4, 2014.

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Learn about the "Physics of Football" from Ainissa Ramirez, a science evangelist, author, and former associate professor at Yale University. Ramirez will speak at the N.C. State Stewart Theatre. Admission is free.

Enjoy some great jazz music by the Mack Avenue Sueperband at Carolina Theatre of Durham. This band has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up and coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. Tickets start at $30.


It's Fat Tuesday and that means a party in Durham. The annual Mardi Gras celebration in the Bull City grows every year. Things get underway at 6:45 p.m. in CCB Plaza a the bull statue. The parade will head to Motorco and Fullsteam, where the party will continue.

In Raleigh, Meals on Wheels will host a Fat Tuesday party and fundraiser at North Ridge Country Club. The event will include live music, food, auctions and a photobooth. Tickets are $150 per person.

Also tonight, North Carolina Theatre's production of "Grease" opens at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The show features Broadway star John Arthur Greene, originally from Raleigh, as Danny Zuko. The show runs through Sunday.


The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival continues tonight with Risk! with Kevin Allison at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Risk! is a live show and podcast "where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public." If Allison looks familiar, you might have seen him in the TV sketch comedy troupe "The State."

Also, legendary singer/songwriter Graham Nash plays Carolina Theatre of Durham. Tickets start at $27.


Comedian Kevin McDonald will headline the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival tonight with a performance at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. He is a founding member of Kids in the Hall and continues to tour the world performing and teaching improvisation and sketch comedy.

Head to CAM Raleigh for "Blue Sky," a funny and troubling play about a photographer who inadvertently snaps a picture of something he shouldn't have. It was written by Clare Bayley, co-produced by Burning Coal Theatre Company and CAM Raleigh with an Innovation Grant from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Blue Sky is directed by Gus Heagerty and features artwork by Derek Toomes and an accompanying exhibition titled super-vision with artwork by Toomes,


Carly Rae Jepsen brings her Gimme Love Tour to the Ritz in Raleigh tonight. Tickets are $25.

The Shakedown hosts a Mardi Gras Party tonight at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. The band will be playing some New Orleans funk and R&B. They will be joined by Al Strong and his jazz ensemble for a set of New Orleans jazz. Part of the proceeds of the night will go to The Art of Cool Project, a Durham-based non-profit whose mission is to expand the jazz audience in the Triangle by presenting, promoting and preserving jazz-influenced music. Tickets start at $12.

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