Raleigh, N.C. — A pair of cultural festivals lead this week's picks:
14th Annual African American Cultural Celebration - The North Carolina Museum of History helps kick off Black History Month on Saturday with this free festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Let Freedom Sing!" and will include more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, chefs and scholars.
Chinese New Year Festival - Enjoy more than 40 performances and more during the Chinese New Year Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds on Saturday. This event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include activities for children including puppet shows, arts and crafts and face painting. Tickets start at $5.
Comedy and theatre
Black and Brown Comedy Get Down - Featuring Cedric "The Entertainer," Mike Epps, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy, this show is Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Tickets start at $49.
Paul Reiser - This seasoned actor, writer and stand-up comedian will play the Carolina Theatre of Durham Saturday night. Tickets start at $30.
50 Shades! The Musical Parody - Can't wait until Valentine's Day weekend to get your "50 Shades of Grey" fix? Well this musical parody of the popular book will play the DPAC Friday night. Tickets to this humorous take on the book start at $35.
Blue Man Group - Described as a "big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production," the Blue Man Group will hit the stage at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium this weekend. Tickets start at $28.