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Weekend Plans: First Friday, consignment sales, mimes, improv, more

Posted March 5, 2014

"Music, Noise, & Silence," Part of NCS Kids Series, Features Magic Circle Mime Company

It’s looking like a gorgeous weekend ahead with temperatures in the 60s. And we have plenty of activities to keep your family busy. As always, check’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Here’s what’s happening:

Friday is the first Friday of the month, making it First Friday in downtown Raleigh when galleries, museums and restaurants offer special deals, stay open late and feature new exhibits. Check my earlier post for details about family activities this week.

Also, we have several consignment sales in the region. Check my earlier post for more about where to find the deals on clothes and gear for kids (and women).

In Wake Forest, the Renaissance Centre will start hosting free movies on the first Friday of each month. First Friday Flix will feature a variety of genres, including art, children and family films. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase. This month’s movie is a family-friendly animated film. It’s at 7 p.m., Friday.

The N.C. Symphony will wrap up this season’s Young People’s Series with “Music, Noise & Silence.” Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh. The program features the symphony and the highly regarded Magic Circle Mime Co. Here’s a description of the show: “In the program, the concert seems doomed as Silence and Noise attempt to seize control of the orchestra. Only with the help of the audience and Music will the conductor be able to break the fierce grip of Noise and bring harmony back to the orchestra.” These concerts are designed for kids ages 4 to 12 and run about an hour-long. Get there an hour early for an instrument zoo, face painting, crafts from Marbles and more. Tickets are $20 each. We have season tickets (making the series much more affordable) and highly recommend it.

Transactors Improv has a family show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 6 p.m., Saturday. The unscripted theatrical performance is based on audience suggestions and intended for families with children in elementary through middle school. Tickets are $9; $7 for seniors; and $6 for students. I have heard great things about these shows.

The Museum of Life and Science is focusing on brain science this week with events through Saturday. They include a visit on Saturday from the UNC Bowles Center and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences with games to trick your taste and vision, a chance to investigate dissected brains and more. It’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and free with admission.

Durham County Library will host a teen job readiness workshop on Saturday. Read my earlier post for details.

Looking for summer camps? Cary Academy will hold the Triangle Camp Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Learn more about summer camps here in the Triangle and across the state.

There’s the big Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. In addition to all kinds of food, there’s also live music, an instrument zoo for the kids and free tree seedlings to celebrate the upcoming Arbor Day.

In Raleigh, Joyner Elementary School will hold its third annual 5K run/walk on Sunday afternoon at the school. Start time is 2 p.m. The event wraps up the school’s Healthy Choice Marathon when students, faculty and parents were encouraged to make healthy food choices, read for 20 minutes each day and get at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. More than 300 Joyner students also participated in a weekly Run Club to get ready for the event. The event raises money for programs supported by the school’s PTA.

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  • 37 Mar 6, 2014

    That picture is about 75,000 scarier to me than the Insane Clown posse.