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Nov
21

David Sedaris Coming to Durham

when-you-are-engulfed-in-flames-hardcover-small Durham’s new performing arts center continues its incredible inaugural season by welcoming author (and Raleigh native) David Sedaris on April 11. Tickets go on sale at 10:00am TODAY .

Nov
20

Foldesi, Gliders Playing at Pour House

balsagliders Just a reminder that Friday, November 21, is the night to be at The Pour House. Raleigh native Julie Foldesi will bring her brand of alt-country from NYC in support of her newest CD, “This Part of Town”.

The Balsa Gliders , a local band heavily influenced by alternative rock of the late 80’s will also be celebrating the release of their new CD “Danceable in Victor”. The band consists of a lawyer, a minister, a journalist, and a banker. Athens, GA’s Packway Handle Band will open the show.

Nov
19

Norm MacDonald Coming to Charlie Goodnights

norm Charlie Goodnights will welcome Norm MacDonald for four shows in January. The shows are at 8:00pm and 10:15pm on both Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31. The show is rated “R” and this is a special event, so no passes, discounts, or crack whores are accepted . Tickets are available online .

Nov
19

Ferris Idea Wheeled Through Council

The News & Observer’s David Bracken has a good story outlining a Raleigh resident’s idea for a Ferris wheel at Pullen Park. Bill Garrabrant is a wheel enthusiast, and has been lobbying the Raleigh City Council for years to add a wheel to the park. By selling naming rights the city could raise enough money to handle the $84K annual operating costs.

Sounds like a neat idea! The Santa Monica Pier wheel sold for $132K this year to a guy in Oklahoma City. Not a shabby pick-up. There are other wheels out there for sale , too. While we’re at it, the Cedar Point people are trying to sell off parts of the Geauga Lake park that they bought and destroyed. Maybe one of those or one of these used coasters would be a great addition.

Nov
19

If It’s Paper Going Out of Business

One of the area’s neat stores, If It’s Paper, is closing “some time before December 20th”. Word is that the chain is closing some or all of its stores. There is not currently a sale, but one will be beginning soon.

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Nov
19

Carolina Rollergirls Ready for Doubleheader

deb_promo The Carolina Rollergirls are hosting a doubleheader on Saturday night. The bout including the Carolina Rollergirls All-Stars vs. Atlanta Rollergirls All-Stars and the Carolina Bootleggers vs. Philly Independence Dolls, will start at 6pm in Dorton Arena. Advance tickets are available through eTix.

Nov
19

Noodles & Company Open in Cameron Village

IMG_0251 A week ago Raleigh’s first Noodles & Company opened in the Cameron Village space formerly occupied by The Record Bar (alright, The Grape was most recent). This is Noodles’ 200th store and I have to say, it’s darned good.

The fast casual chain’s menu (.pdf) features numerous noodle-based dishes, grouped in three major categories: Asian, Mediterranean (Italian), and American. For my first visit I enjoyed the Mac & Cheese with Parmesan Crusted Chicken (picture. Note: there IS creamy cheese in the macaroni pile).

My family went next time and we shared three dishes. The Japanese Pan Noodles were simply OK, but not lovable. Another dish was the Penne Rosa, a spicy tomato cream sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach. We added the Parmesan Crusted Chicken and the dish was fantastic. It is a bit spicy, so children may want to ask them to create a non-spicy version. Finally, we got the House Marinara with Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Curiously in the “American” section, the dish has a basic marinara sauce with parmesan and parsley.

Noodles I’m not going to pretend that this is the second-coming of Est Est Est. The food is quite adequate, but not more. What it is, though, is a fantastic option for a quick, cheap dinner. The three items listed above with a small Caesar salad and soft drinks for three was $30, total. There aren’t that many places where a family can get a forky-food dinner this good for $30. The prices are a bit awkward for lunch, though, as $9 is a bit more than many spend for lunch.

Noodles also offers variety that is unmatched in Raleigh’s restaurants. If one person is really in the mood for an Asian dish and another isn’t, both palates can be satisfied at Noodles & Company.

Raleigh’s restaurant profile seems to be in a state of flux. Some blame the economy, but truth be known, we are glutted with restaurants serving $15-$20 entrees, and even in a thriving economy people will not live on restaurants in that price range. It’s nice to have Noodles here to help fill the lower tier.

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Nov
19

Cowboy Junkies Coming to Lincoln Theatre

cowboyjunkies On Saturday, February 7, the Cowboy Junkies will be playing at the Lincoln Theatre . They are touring in support of their new studio CD, “Studio”.

Nov
18

McKenzie Tribe Store Coming to North Hills

mckenzietribe A new upscale casual men’s clothing store appears ready to open in North Hills. There is no exterior sign, but the store features graduated rise McKenzie Tribe jeans and other clothing. It is located in the former N.C. Symphony space between McAllister’s Deli and Yoho Asian Bistro.

Nov
18

Jeff Dunham Coming to RBC Center

jeffdunham The RBC Center will welcome ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on Sunday, May 17. Tickets are $42.50 and go onsale to the general public on Friday, 11/21 at 10am. There is an internet presale beginning tomorrow (11/19) at 10am.

I hope the event sells well, but is anyone scratching their heads about whether or not a prop comic (that even I haven’t seen) can sell 18,000 seats at $43? The ticket link shows the arena configured to full capacity/end stage. Somehow I was thinking of the Twilight Theater arrangement…or even Meymandi!

Nov
17

Space Award Nomination Period Open

The nomination deadline for Triangle Business Journal ’s 2009 Space Awards is less than a month away.

Any companies that were involved in a major economic development announcement, a major commercial real estate deal or real estate development project in the Triangle region in 2008 are eligible. The nomination deadline is Monday, December 8.

Additionally there is the Busy Broker Award.  The award will go to the local commercial real estate broker who has consummated the most lease deals and sales transactions during the contest period.

TBJ is also looking for nominations of the top leaders, professionals, and volunteers within the Triangle’s commercial real estate industry for the Pillar Award.  Past winners include local industry leaders John Kane of Kane Realty Corp., Steve Stroud of NAI Carolantic Realty, Greg Sanchez of Tri Properties, and Hugh Little of Capital Associates.

The process is simple, and involves completing the nomination form .

Nov
17

Get Ready for Camp Night

seagull2 The Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer camp night for Raleigh is coming Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm at the Raleigh Woman’s Club. Camp nights are a fantastic way for future, current, and past campers and councilors to get together and see what “the best camps of all” have to offer. The event usually lasts a couple of hours and features the new camp DVD, comments and introductions of campers and staff, door prizes, and yes, plenty of fireballs!

I have to say, as a six-summer Sea Gull veteran, it is hard to match the experience at these camps. Some of my most prized experiences occurred in Arapahoe. The camps’ ability to bring together an enthusiastic group of responsible college-aged staff members is nothing short of astounding. If you know someone who is interested, let them know about camp night. It is one of the few ways to get an appreciation for the true world of Sea Gull and Seafarer.

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Nov
14

Moshakos To Revive Former Pine State Offices

pine_state The incredible transformation of Glenwood Avenue from an light industrial corridor to Raleigh’s premiere entertainment district has been nothing short of breathtaking. One of the puzzle’s final pieces, 500 Glenwood, is about to be put into place. Triangle Business Journal is reporting today that Lou Moshakos, owner of the Carolina Ale House , Taverna Agora , Bentley’s , and others, will convert the former Pine State Creamery office building into a three-story restaurant complex.

A Carolina Ale House will occupy the third floor, which must be constructed above the existing two story structure. The third floor concept is not new, however, as it was a key component of a previous design for the property by New City Design . “The Wave” has since disappeared from the New City website, but it looked similar to Solas in form. The east side of the building, hidden from Glenwood Avenue, was a stack of decks and external stairways. Perhaps the new design will keep some of the strengths New City saw in the site previously.

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