Piola Opening Next Thursday

piola[1] International pizza chain Piola is slated to open in North Hills East on Thursday, April 8. The fast-casual restaurant features “rigorous Italian” fare.


Expanded Raleigh/Charlotte Train Service Begins in June.

midday_rls_schedule_Page_2 On June 5 a new train to Charlotte (.pdf) will begin daily service from downtown Raleigh. The third pair of trains between the cities will be focused on mid-day service. It will depart just before Noon while the train from Charlotte will arrive in Raleigh just after 3:30pm. The train trips will usually run just over 3 hours each way. For more details, see the accompanying schedule entitled “Now You (Have) Got More Options” (nice grammar).


John Mayer, Train Returning to TWC

johnmayer On July 17 John Mayer will return to Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Train will open.


Hopscotch Music Festival Announces Details

Hopscotch-sq-260x260 Yesterday the Independent Weekly announced the Hopscotch Music Festival, “the Triangle’s biggest music festival yet”. Scheduled for Sept. 9-11, 2010, in downtown Raleigh, with 120 bands in 10 venues over three days, Hopscotch offers fans high-quality local, national, and international options in just about every genre you can imagine—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 1, at and

The festival will be headlined by two nights in Raleigh City Plaza. Indie rock bands Panda Bear and Broken Social Scene will headline Friday, Sept. 10, with support from Triangle favorites The Rosebuds. Public Enemy will headline with a rare full-band set on Saturday, Sept. 11. Los Angeles trio No Age and Raleigh’s The Love Language will open. More than 110 bands will be spread between nine clubs throughout the festival’s three days.


Admission for Hopscotch Music Festival is designed to suit a wide range of fans. Individual tickets for the shows in Raleigh City Plaza—on Friday, Sept. 10, featuring Panda Bear, Broken Social Scene and The Rosebuds; on Saturday, Sept. 11, featuring Public Enemy, No Age and The Love Language—cost $30 each. For $45, fans can buy a wristband that allows entry into all nine festival clubs for all three days. A limited number of $85 wristbands gain fans admission to both City Plaza shows and all clubs, saving $20 off of face value. A very limited number of $120 VIP wristbands are available. Those wristbands include skip-the-line access to all shows and a VIP festival kickoff party on Thursday, Sept. 9.

In cooperation with cosponsor, Hopscotch Music Festival is offering wristbands and tickets to all fans with reduced service charges. To purchase tickets and wristbands, visit or


9th Wonder & Friends, Active Child, All Tiny Creatures, American Aquarium, Americans in France, Atlas Sound, Balmorhea, Bear in Heaven, Best Coast, Birds of Avalon, Black Congo NC, DJ George Brazil, Broken Social Scene, Brutal Knights, Richard Buckner, Burning Star Core, Cannabis Corpse, Caitlin Cary’s Small Ponds with Tres Chicas, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Cults, Greg Davis, Double Dagger, Double Negative, The Dynamite Brothers, EAR PWR, ExMonkeys, First Rate People, Followed by Static, Ben Frost, F&#$’d Up, Future Islands, Golden Boys, The Golden Filter, Goner, Gray Young, Ryan Gustafson, Hammer No More the Fingers, Harlem, Harvey Milk, Horseback, John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff, I Was Totally Destroying It, Javelin, Jeb Bishop Trio, Juan Huevos, Kill the Noise, The Kingsbury Manx, Kooley High, Kylesa, The Light Pines, Lonnie Walker, The Love Language, Lucero, Luego, Max Indian, Erin McKeown, Megafaun, Midtown Dickens, The Moaners, The Monologue Bombs, Motor Skills, Mountains, Jon Mueller, Marissa Nadler, No Age, Ocean, Old Bricks, Panda Bear, Pattern Is Movement, Pictureplane, Plague, Pontiak, Public Enemy, The Rosebuds, Schooner, Sightings, spcl gst, Spider Bags, Thien, Tigercity, Tortoise, Treasure Fingers, US Christmas, Sharon Van Etten, Veelee, Vincent Black Shadow, War on Drugs, Washed Out, Weedeater, Whatever Brains, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Yip-Yip. More artists will be announced in two weeks.


Hopscotch Music Festival is located entirely in downtown Raleigh, meaning all 10 venues are encompassed within a mere 8 block area. The participating venues include: The Berkeley Cafe, Deep South the Bar, Five Star, The Hive at Busy Bee, Kings, Lincoln Theatre, The Pour House, Raleigh City Plaza, Slim’s and Tir Na Nog.


Zoës Kitchen Opening Thursday at North Hills East

zoe1[1]The second area Zoës Kitchen opens Thursday at North Hills East. The restaurant features “a Southern take on Greek”, and has been a big hit with their Oberlin Road location. Zoës is located to the left of the upper level parking entrance, facing Six Forks Road.


Back to the Final Four

NCAA-Final-Four-2010-logo On Sunday night the Duke Blue Devils Earned another trip to the Final Four. The win gives the school its 11th Final Four Trip. The Final Four is a national event, however it is so frequent that a team from the Triangle makes it, the event has become one of the Triangle’s most beloved cultural events. In the "Modern Era", the Triangle has had a team in 22 of the last 30 Final Fours. Going back further, the Triangle has placed a team in 32 of the last 48 Final Fours.

The Triangle area is not short on national championships, either. In the last 28 years, 8 have come from the Triangle. Remarkable runs have occurred during that time, too. From 1986 to 1992, Duke only missed the Final Four 1 time (including 5 straight appearances). UNC went 6 times in a 10 year period from 1991 to 2000. No other state, much less metropolitan, can boast such experience at such a high level in any sport.

Year Team Year Team
1963 Duke 1990 Duke
1964 Duke 1991 Duke & UNC
1966 Duke 1992 Duke
1967 UNC 1993 UNC
1968 UNC 1994 Duke
1969 UNC 1995 UNC
1972 UNC 1997 UNC
1974 NCSU 1998 UNC
1977 UNC 1999 Duke
1978 Duke 2000 UNC
1981 UNC 2001 Duke
1982 UNC 2004 Duke
1983 NCSU 2005 UNC
1986 Duke 2008 UNC
1988 Duke 2009 UNC
1989 Duke 2010 Duke

Bold indicates National Champion


National Art Interiors Closing Showroom

National Art Interior + Design, the design firm that used to be located in downtown Raleigh at the corner of Hillsborough St. and Glenwood, is closing its doors. The firm, which moved to North Raleigh a couple of years ago, is having a huge showroom closing sale where you can get some big name furniture (Henkel Harris, Baker Furniture, Hickory Chair) at great prices.

The sale is taking place at Sutton Square Shopping Center (on the corner of Falls of Neuse and Spring Forest Roads). Look for the National Art Interior+Design banner. Sale hours are Wednesday – Friday 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday 10 – 6 pm through mid-June or until everything is gone.

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Drivin’ N Cryin’ Returning to Pour House

On Friday, May 14, Drivin’ N Cryin’ will return to the Pour House in downtown Raleigh. Opening will be the Dex Romweber Duo.


Bruegger’s Now Open in North Hills East

brueggers[1] The wait for Bruegger’s return to North Hills is over. The bagel chain opened last week in the North Hills East development, in the free-standing building next to the CapTrust Tower. The store has the chain’s usual selection of bagels and sandwiches. This site, unfortunately, sports just two soups, but has a fantastic patio seating area. The store is also touting its coffee, but I was not able to discern any differences in that department versus the selection at other Bruegger’s sites.


Midwest Airlines Coming to RDU

Midwest_e-card-up Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines is coming to RDU on Thursday, April 1. The airline will commence with two daily non-stop flights to Milwaukee using a 76-seat Embraer-170. The flights will utilize “Gate C-24” at Terminal 2 (now, why are gates in Terminal 2 still carrying the “C” moniker – [/headbanging]?). The airlines previously ran flights into RDU in 1998-2001 and 2007-2008.


O.A.R. Coming to The Boutique

OAR O.A.R. is returning to Raleigh. This time the band will be playing the new boutique amphitheatre on Tuesday, August 10. Presale tickets go on sale on 3/31.


Wanna Watch the Final Four in 3D? Better Have Wheels

This year the Final Four is being brought to cinemas across America in 3D. Before you cry “gimmick!”, let me just tell you that the Panasonic 3D demo showing off their active shutter technology included some 3D basketball, and it was phenomenal. It wasn’t about balls coming out of the stands at you. It was about appreciating the depth of what was on the court. Yes, I would pay to see this.

Unfortunately the only theaters in North Carolina (so far) signed up to show this great event are:

  • Carmike 10 Asheville, Asheville
  • Carmike Market Fair 15, Fayetteville
  • Carmike 14, Hickory
  • Carmike 16, Jacksonville
  • Carmike Wynnsong 12, Winston-Salem

Hopefully some more theaters close by will be added. It is promising that no theaters are included in Charlotte, the Triad, or the Triangle; the metro areas that comprise roughly half of the USA’s 10th largest state’s population. We’ll see…


Time Warner Cable Remapping Coming in June

Last week your favorite site broke the story to Raleigh about Time Warner Cable remapping all of its digital channels in Charlotte. Now Time Warner has posted that these changes will be coming to the Triangle area in June. The rollout dates are as such:

  • 4/20: Lumberton
  • 6/2: Fayetteville, Dunn, Fort Bragg, Wilson, Southern Pines
  • 6/8: Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngsville, Garner, East Wake Co., Farmville, Selma, Goldsboro, Seymour Johnson.
  • 6/16: Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Henderson, Bunn.

The exciting improvements will remap all SD channels over 100 into categorized groups, and puts HD versions of those channels at a position 1000 channels higher. Finally, the 1- and 2-digit channels you currently know and love will not change (but will be removed in not so many years). TWC has not released specific channel lineups, so we don’t know yet whether or not Time Warner Raleigh will allocate cable networks to the exact same channel numbers as they will in Charlotte.

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