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Ben Folds on Conan Tonight

benfolds David Menconi is reporting that Ben Folds, fresh off of Tuesday’s CD release, will be on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Regina Spektor will be backing him up.


NYC Joins Cash-Strapped Transit Cities

New York City’s transit agency has announced plans to wrap subway trains in advertising . In the face of increased ridership , the authority faces a projected deficit of $900 million next year, and is considering cutting subway, bus, and commuter service to ease budget woes.


Shopping Spree Begins Today

spree One of the new convention center’s most anticipated events for locals begins today. The Junior League of Raleigh starts its Shopping Spree show today, and runs thru Sunday. Over 130 unique vendors from outside of the area (including 40 new ones) are present. Shop for jewelry, home decor, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, art, men’s gear, food, and much more. Spree is a fantastic place to buy gifts, especially for women.

The daily hours are:

  • Thursday, October 2: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 3: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 4: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 5: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is $10 for a four-day pass. Children under 5 are admitted free.

There are numerous areas for public parking around the Convention Center. Daily public parking is available in the Performing Arts Parking Garage on Lenoir Street, two parking lots across from the Progress Energy Center on Salisbury and Wilmington Streets and in the Convention Center Parking Garage next to the new Marriott Hotel on Lenoir Street. Hourly public parking is available in a garage on the corner of Cabarrus and Wilmington Streets and in the block of Davie and Salisbury Streets. Weekend-only public parking is available across from the Convention Center on Cabarrus Street and beside the Convention Center Parking Garage on Lenoir and Wilmington Streets. Daily parking fees are: $7.00; Hourly: First 15 minutes, free; $1 each additional half hour, $10 maximum.

My personal favorite parking place, though, is under the new Marriott. It allows one to have quick access into the convention center with very few steps. To get there, head downtown on Capital Blvd, which magically becomes Dawson. Proceed three lights past Joe’s Place (featuring Joe’s Mom’s food) and turn left onto Lenoir Street (which is now two-way). Just past Salisbury St., turn left into the Marriott’s parking garage. map it


RBC Set To Dedicate Tower

The official opening of the RBC Plaza begins tomorrow at 1:30pm. Royal Bank of Canada President and CEO Gord Nixon will be on hand, and the bank will announce the five latest grantees of RBC’s Blue Water Project. The Blue Water Project is a grant program designed to support charitable initiatives that foster a culture of water stewardship.

A classy gesture recognizing the recent troubles of the banking industry, RBC is opting to follow the dedication not with base jumpers, but with a simple open house.


Raleigh Couple on "The Biggest Loser"

Heba The current season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” features Ed and Heba , a couple from Raleigh. In episode 1 the two were shown hanging out at Hi-5 when Bob Harper, one of the show’s trainers, appeared on the bar’s screens inviting them on the show. It can be seen here . (Advance to the 9:05 mark). The couple is this season’s “orange” team. Ed has a catering business named “Gourmeds” in downtown Raleigh.

There are two people from Greenville, SC on the show, too. Interestingly, during the show’s quick sweep of a Greenville streetscape, footage from Raleigh’s Wilmington Street at Christ Church is actually used. Later in the Greenville package, footage from Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street is shown. Follow the above link and skip to the 4:35 and 5:28 marks.

The show airs weekly on NBC on Tuesdays at 8pm.

“We want children someday and we don’t want to have them like this”

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