Jerry Seinfeld Coming to DPAC

Jerry Seinfeld is returning to the Triangle. This time he’ll be performing at the DPAC on Saturday, February 12. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (10/29) at 10am.


Mickelthwate To Lead Symphony with “Eroica”

In November guest conductor Alexander Mickelthwate joins the North Carolina Symphony with a program highlighting one of the great, transformative works in all of music, Beethoven’s magnificent “Eroica” Symphony. The concerts will take place in Meymandi Concert Hall  on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

Recognized as one of the most exciting young conductors of his generation, Alexander Mickelthwate is currently the music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra following a lauded tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also co-founded the new music ensemble Bent Frequency, hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the brightest ensembles on the scene.”

He takes the stage in the Triangle with a program specifically designed to stretch the North Carolina Symphony to its limits. Strauss’s sweeping emotional masterwork Don Juan paves the way for Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, showcasing the breathtaking skill of Brian Reagin, now in his 22nd season as concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony. The evening concludes with all the passion and majesty of Beethoven’s “Eroica,” a revolutionary composition that is always a profound experience to hear live.

The concert is the first of the season’s three “Orchestra Showcases,” in which the Symphony welcomes world-class guest conductors to the podium for programs that challenge the orchestra and offer audiences an expansive demonstration of sound and virtuosity. Andrea Quinn conducts selections by Wagner, Haydn and Elgar, Jan. 13-15, 2011, and Carlos Miguel Prieto presents Ginastera, Copland and Rachmaninoff, Feb. 10-12, 2011.

Special ticket packages to all three Orchestra Showcases are available. Learn more at the “Explore the Score” page at the Symphony’s Web site: www.ncsymphony.org/explorethescore.

A pre-concert talk will be held with Dr. Tom Koch in the lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall on Nov. 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m.


Traffic Alert: NCSU vs. FSU

strutwolf[1] Tonight’s ESPN College Football Primetime Served by Applebee’s comes live, in stunning HD, from Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium where the North Carolina State Wolfpack play host to the 16th-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Both schools sport printable game notes in PDF format (FSU, NCSU) for tonight’s matchup. It’s a matchup that could have a major impact on the ACC’s title hunt. With one conference loss, NCSU can pretty much toss aside championship hopes with a loss tonight. However with a win, the Pack is squarely in the conversation for the Atlantic Division title.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm, and all traffic in the western half of Wake County will be extremely heavy. If at all possible, avoid I-40 and the Starplex (Stadium/Arena Complex) area if you are not attending the game!


Raleigh, Chapel Hill to Host Women’s 2012 Action

Congratulations to N.C. State and UNC as basketball venues were selected to host 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament action. Early round games will take place at UNC, while the RBC Center will be one of the four regional sites for the tournament. The Final Four for that season will be staged in Denver.


Winterfest Sets Opening Event

winterfest10 The Downtown Raleigh Alliance today announced two headliners for the upcoming Raleigh Winterfest opening celebration on December 4: Jaron and the Long Road to Love and Christian Kane along with a special holiday performance by The Embers. These performances along with many local acts will be featured in a half-hour long holiday special on ABC11 that will air live 7:30 pm.

“We are pleased to bring a larger ice skating rink to downtown Raleigh this year.  We know this will be a huge draw for area residents, employees and visitors and we plan on making the kickoff event a truly celebratory evening,” says David Diaz, President and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. The ice rink will be open six days a week from December 4-January 30, and admission is $8 (includes skate rental).


Chevy Volt Ride and Drive Coming to Raleigh

volt On Monday (November 1) the Chevy Volt 12-city Unplugged Tour will roll into Raleigh’s City Plaza. From 8:30am to 10:00am residents will get the chance to ride and drive the Volt, the world’s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability. In order to test drive, one must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

On a fully charged battery and tank of gas, the Volt has a driving range of hundreds of miles. Because the Volt can use gas to create its own electricity in extended-range mode, long trips are possible. However, the Volt is primarily powered from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery which is typically offers a range of 25 to 50 miles (depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age). When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas engine-generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range.

Note: Drives are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

(What I’d like to know is why Raleigh only gets this tour for 1.5hrs when other cities on the tour get at least a half day. The following city on the tour is New York, but their event doesn’t begin until the 5th. Perhaps the tour has some private engagements during the week in a city that lies between Raleigh and New York?? While I’m glad we got a tour date, likely buyers of this car in this market, who are not real estate agents, are extremely unlikely to be able to get away from work first-thing Monday morning.)


Gogo’s Guide to the NBA

NBA_pass The NBA regular season tips off tomorrow night with three games on the schedule. It also begins a two week preview of the NBA League Pass package on Time Warner Cable. The preview, showing thru November 2, is our chance to see some of our favorite former college players whose teams never get national TV coverage. Teams like Indiana and Cleveland have tons of area players, and this is our chance to watch them. The Pass is on channels 571-581 (SD) and 1581 (HD).

The NBA rosters are an interesting read every year. There are so many surprises in the rolls, including the coaching staffs, I put together a master spreadsheet of all NBA players for readers to enjoy. In order to best utilize the data, log in to your Google account, and then select File | Make a Copy…, and save the spreadsheet into your own nbasheetaccount. Users can then sort the list by Team, Salary, Age, etc. to best comprehend the current rosters.

There are several players from the area in the league. Quin Snyder, Bob Bender, Gene Banks, Chip Engelland, Phil Weber, Nate McMillan, Vinnie Del Negro, Joe Wolf, Bob McAdoo, Pat Sullivan, John Kuester, George Karl, Larry Brown, Dave Hanners, and Phil Ford are all among the coaching ranks. Raleigh natives Chris Wilcox and John Wall are preparing for big seasons as players in the league. Additionally there are also several former local college players in the league, and Duke currently holds the lead. Those players are:

Duke (13)

  • Shane Battier (Houston)
  • Carlos Boozer (Chicago)
  • Elton Brand (Philadelphia)
  • Luol Deng (Chicago)
  • Chris Duhon (Orlando)
  • Mike Dunleavy (Indiana)
  • Gerald Henderson (Charlotte)
  • Grant Hill (Phoenix)
  • Dahntay Jones (Indiana)
  • Corey Maggette (Milwaukee)
  • Josh McRoberts (Indiana)
  • J.J. Redick (Orlando)
  • Shelden Williams (Denver)

UNC (11)

  • Vince Carter (Orlando)
  • Wayne Ellington (Minnesota)
  • Raymond Felton (New York)
  • Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana)
  • Brendan Haywood (Dallas)
  • Antawn Jamison (Cleveland)
  • Ty Lawson (Denver)
  • Jerry Stackhouse (Miami)
  • Jawad Williams (Cleveland)
  • Marvin Williams (Atlanta)
  • Brandan Wright (Golden State)

NCSU (2)

  • J.J. Hickson (Cleveland)
  • Josh Powell (Atlanta)

Wake Forest (8)

  • Al-Farouq Aminu (LA Clippers)
  • Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
  • Josh Howard (Washington)
  • James Johnson (Chicago)
  • Chris Paul (New Orleans)
  • Ishmael Smith (Houston)
  • Darius Songaila (Philadelphia)
  • Jeff Teague (Atlanta)

We’ll see if others such as Rashad McCants, Sean May, John Scheyer, and Danny Green can find there ways onto the list…


Hamilton Named Sporting News POY

Raleigh’s Josh Hamilton was named today by The Sporting News as their baseball Player of the Year. The 6-4 lefty led Major League Baseball hitting .359 this season.



2012 Downloadable Wake County School Calendars Available

calendar Recently the Wake County School System released their official calendars for the 2011-2012 school years in PDF format. In fine fashion gogoraleigh has converted these calendars into numerous downloadable formats. Now readers can easily import their favorite school calendars into Outlook, iPhones, Blackberrys, Android phones and more.

Even better, though, is the addition of all of these dates to the existing Google Calendars that gogoraleigh sponsors. If you subscribe to these, then all of the dates have been automatically added to your calendars.

For more information see the Calendars tab at gogoraleigh.


Ford Explorer Coming to City Plaza

At Noon on Tuesday (10/26) Craig Patterson, Explorer Marketing Manager for Ford will be in Raleigh’s City Plaza to unveil the 2011 Ford Explorer. The reinvented car no longer sits on a truck chassis, and features the world’s first inflatable seatbealts and 30% better fuel efficiency.

All of that is nice, but what is really worth checking out is the latest generation of the phenomenal Ford Sync system, called MyFord Touch. The new version continues Sync’s fantastic bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and expands the abilities of navigation and climate control. Two new features include turning the car into a WiFi hotspot and iTunes tagging support from the HD radio. There is also support for USB keyboards, RSS feeds, an additional USB socket, an SD Card slot, enhanced podcast support, and more. For more information, see Mashable’s excellent writeup of MyFord Touch, as did Joelfeder.com.

Clearly the next battleground for car makers is on the dashboard, and Ford has the early lead here. Be sure to take this opportunity to see what is going on in this space.


ESPN3.com Coming to TWC

On October 25 Time Warner Cable customers will finally get access to ESPN3.com. I have to say that while the announcers are terrible and the production quality is not first rate, the lack of commercials in these games is really appealing. Some of the raw feed commentary during the “commercial” breaks is more interesting than the game itself.

In the meantime you can login by picking “Comcast” from the pulldown menu, then use footballboard as the username and warchant as the password.


Shen Yun Coming to Memorial Auditorium

ShenYun On January 22, 2011, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts will come to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. There will be two shows: 2:00pm and 7:30pm. The group has received critical acclaim around the world, performing in over 80 cities worldwide.

Shen Yun Performing Arts presents classical Chinese dance and music in colorful and exhilarating shows. An art form several millennia old, Chinese dance is refreshingly dynamic and expressive. Ancient legends and heroic figures come to life through its leaps, spins, and delicate gestures, accompany with live orchestra




Shred-a-Thon Coming Saturday

On Saturday (October 23) there will be a shredding event for the general public. The event takes place at Coastal Federal Credit Union, 1000 St. Albans Drive, Raleigh (just behind the North Raleigh Hilton).

Bring pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date account statements, and other documents that include personal information to shred. It is not necessary to remove staples.

This is a free event sponsored by the Better Business Bureau and the National Foundation of Credit Counseling. It is also listed on the North Carolina Department of Justice’s website.

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