Thirty Essential Events We’re Into This Weekend: December 2–December 4

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Every Thursday, the Raleigh Agenda will present our list of the top twenty (OK, maybe twenty-five) events happening in Raleigh (and OK, sometimes Cary and Durham and Chapel Hill, too) with “Out on the Weekend.” Did we miss something? Want to submit or suggest an item for next week’s edition? Tell us.

Friday, December 2

7 Stories: Before There Were Cell Phones, Kings: Join the Raleigh-based storytelling project 7Stories for, well, seven stories from seven different storytellers about that distant time before cell phones existed. All ticket sales go to help Little Raleigh Radio pay bills. ($7/7 p.m.)

Bach Festival: Advent in Leipzig, Christ Episcopal Church: The first in a series of three seasonal concerts, David Jernigan conducts the Raleigh Bach Soloists and the North Carolina Chamber Players in performances of Bach’s most well-known advent cantatas. The concert is part of the Edenton Street Church’s new Sacred Music on the Square Series. (Free/7 p.m.)

The Black Lillies, Lincoln Theatre: From Knoxville, The Black Lillies have turned a peppy mix of country lamentation, soul harmonies, and Southern rock radiance into a big regional reception. Think of the Alabama Shakes on a country furlough. Pay special attention to the way the electric and steel guitar tangle during the verses; it’s the real delight here. ($14.75/9 p.m.)

Caskey, Southland Ballroom: The Orlando rapper Caskey has risen to prominence with a low-key swagger, his verses suggesting he’s perpetually blunted and caffeinated, always on the verge of taking a nap or taking a drive. After a series of mixtapes, he is readying his debut LP, presumably out via Republic next year. He leads a dense bill here, which includes kindred Raleigh rapper Nance. ($20–$25/8 p.m.)

Cinderella: A Henrietta & Gertrude Fantasia, Raleigh Little Theater: Get the real story on Cinderella from the perspective of the stepsisters you’ve had the audacity to call ugly for far too long. The show opens tonight and runs through December 18; $10 of each ticket sold for tonight’s show benefits WRAL’s Coats for the Children, a Salvation Army of Wake County fundraiser. ($27–$33/7:30 p.m.)

Photo by Paul Meredith

Photo by Paul Meredith

Crushed Out, Slim’s: Frankie Sunswept and Moselle Spiller are Crushed Out, a long-running duo that only seems to get better with age. They add little bits of twang, surf flair, and lysergic accents to songs that straddle the divide between pop zeal and garage-rock aplomb. Their new album, Alien Ocean, is a lot of fun. ($5/9 p.m.)

First Friday Market, Runologie: Knock out some more holiday shopping at Runologie, Flourish Market, and Pitch & Primer. Bonus: Free beer and wine while you shop. (Free/6–8:30 p.m.)

Grubby Little Hands, Kings: Philadelphia’s Grubby Little Hands is a pleasant little pop band, with psychedelic touches washing over and around melodies that suggest The Zombies and early Of Montreal. The music is warm and wooing. The prolific and great songwriter Al Riggs opens, as does the shimmering Triad pop-rock band Estrangers. ($8–$10/9 p.m.)

Messiah Choruses and More, Meymandi Concert Hall: Conductor Timothy Myers and the North Carolina Symphony showcase seasonal works, including selections from Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Messiah. Come an hour early for a talk preceding each performance, including a Saturday evening performance that begins at 8 p.m. ($28–$76/Noon & 8 p.m.)


Person Street Holiday Shop Hop, 200 E. Franklin Street: All the great shops in the Person Street area will feature fun activities to encourage shoppers to hop from store to store. Stop by Edge of Urge for a trunk show and cozy fall cocktails, Gather Goods for a festive Maker Market, a meet-and-greet at Local Salon, crappy gift wrapping for a good cause at Oak City Cycling Project, and gingerbread decorating at Yellow Dog Bread Company. (Free/6:30 p.m.)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Fletcher Opera Theater: This Broadway Series South production brings the musical tale of everyone’s favorite glow-in-the-dark reindeer to life once again. If you can’t make today’s show, catch another, as it runs through December. ($15–$24/6:30 p.m.)

Smitty’s First Friday Comedy Show, TJ’s Night Life: Veteran comic Queen Aishah headlines with humorous stories of relatable situations told from her unique perspective. ($10/9 p.m.)

Saturday, December 3

2016 Jingle Bell Run, St. Mary’s School: Bring some good, endorphin-induced cheer to the start of your weekend at this holiday-themed 5K. Ugly sweaters, festive costumers, and jingly bells tied to your shoelaces are encouraged. The Jingle Bell Run raises money for the Arthritis Foundation. ($10–$35/9 a.m.)

Colonial Christmas Open House, Joel Lane House: Decorations of traditional greenery reflect the way colonists and early Americans celebrated Christmas. Costumed docents and re-enactors demonstrate scenes of eighteenth-century life. There will also be live music and, for the kids, colonial games and crafts. The open house is free, but donations are requested. (Free/11 a.m.–4 p.m.)


Crude Bitters Tippleversary, Crude Bitters and Sodas: Grab a tasting pass and join Craig Rudewicz and the Crude Bitters crew for cocktail samples, food trucks, and raffles to celebrate the cool shop’s fourth birthday, and its second year in its downtown storefront. Get there early for discounted Crude products or later for a North Carolina distillery tasting tour. Proceeds benefit the Polka Dot Mama Foundation. ($9/Noon–6 p.m.)

High School Reunion Dance Party, Ruby Deluxe: Party like it’s 1995 with like-minded Backstreet Boys and RuPaul fans. DJ Jenilla Ice brings the sounds of the ’90s through the early ’00s. ($10/10 p.m.)

Hot Nuts and Cider, Raleigh City Farm: Enjoy some good fall fun with a family-friendly nut-cracking competition, then stick around for the main event. Make your own spiked hot cider, crack and roast wild foraged nuts around a fire, snag some holiday breads and pastries from Yellow Dog, and make Christmas crafts and tree decorations with Ramble Supply Co. Don’t leave without a sustainably grown Christmas tree from High Country Firs. ($1–$15/4–8 p.m.)

Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest, Raleigh City Plaza: Bring the whole family for rides, an ice-skating rink, food trucks and a gingerbread house competition, plus music by Holy Ghost Tent Revival and others. The mayor’s tree lighting ceremony takes place at 7:15 p.m. (Free/Noon–8 p.m.)

Make a Holiday Swag, Dorothea Dix Park: Want to dream a little about the future of Raleigh’s Dix Park while getting ready for the holidays? This morning, in workshops at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Cary Florist guides guests through the process of making a vertical holiday swag. This freebie is sponsored by the Dix Park Conservancy. (Free/10 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.)

Patton Oswalt, Memorial Auditorium: Patton Oswalt is a familiar face thanks to both comedy specials and acting stints on shows such as Agents of Shield and Parks and Recreation. The comedian, actor, and writer released his sixth comedy special, Talking for Clapping, this spring, and he can be seen on Netflix’s new show Lady Dynamite and HBO’s Veep. ($35–$55/8 p.m.)

Laura Reed, The Pour House: For years, singer Laura Reed has seemed perpetually on the brink of stardom, what with her effervescent mix of soul and dub, pop and blues, all laced with progressive sociopolitical bait. Her latest, “Don’t Shoot,” is a call for solidarity in the face of police violence and social upheaval. ($12–$15/9 p.m.)

Scandinavian Christmas Fair, State Fairgrounds: Celebrate the Christmas traditions of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. The fair features artisans, performers, and authentic dishes. Just don’t overdo it on the spiced wine, OK? ($7/10 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Steven Hartsoe, Schoolkids Records: The Raleigh-based acoustic singer-songwriter performs songs from his new LP, The Big Fix. (Free/7 p.m.)

A transgender ally at a protest in Raleigh

A transgender ally at a protest in Raleigh/Photo by Diana Romaine

United for Change/NC Justice Unity Rally, Nash Square & Moore Square: Join like-minded folks who oppose racism, violence, and hateful rhetoric aimed at Muslims, minorities, LGBTQ people, women, and disabled people for peaceful demonstrations at both of downtown Raleigh’s squares. (Free/Noon)

Sunday, December 4

Beer and Carols, Tir Na Nog: Raleigh Beer and Hymns is back at Tir Na Nog, its original home. Spread the holiday cheer with beer, carols, and a catered dinner. ($12/6–8 p.m.)

Boylan Heights ArtWalk, Boylan Heights: Stroll through the historic Raleigh neighborhood for its twenty-fourth ArtWalk while perusing the works of more than 100 artists selling their pieces from porches, homes, and studios. (Free/Noon–5 p.m.)


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Cause for Paws featuring Bark, Trophy Maywood: Cause for Paws will bring some pups in need of foster homes, and Bark—Raleigh’s still-hypothetical first-ever dog bar/park—will bring a wintry photoshoot setup, perfect for some holiday pics with your pets. There will be food truck treats for you and your dog, and as always, plenty of Trophy beer. (Free, Noon–4 p.m.)

Hanukkah Handmade Market, Temple Beth Or: Almost three-dozen Jewish artisans will sell work including photography, jewelry, and pottery ranging from $1 to $200. (Free/10 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Lighting O’ the Grove, St. Mary’s School: The public is invited to join St. Mary’s for its annual lighting of the school’s historic oak grove, its way of giving back to the community. There will be caroling and Christmas music, refreshments, and luminaries. You’re encouraged to bring at least one canned item for donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. (Free/7:15 p.m.)

N.C. Poets In The Afternoon, Quail Ridge Books: For the venerable bookstore’s Sunday Poets program, three North Carolina poets share their work. Carrboro’s Sara Clayton reads from her newest collection, Memory Bones; Cedric Tillman shares Lillies in the Valley; and Winston-Salem’s Janet Joyner presents Waterborne, winner of the 2015 Holland prize. (Free, 2–3:15 p.m.)

(Curt Fields and Jane Porter contributed to this story.)

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Grayson Haver Currin
Editor in Chief of the Raleigh Agenda