Jan
27
Sat
Chinese New Year Celebration @ Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds
Jan 27 all-day
Chinese New Year Celebration @ Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival. Enjoy performances, authentic Chinese food & drink for purchase and family-friendly activities.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days. Special guest NASA Astronaut Lee Morin visits this year to discuss his work on the International Space Station as part of this year’s event theme: Space Telescopes and Missions.

During the STS-110 Space Shuttle mission in 2002, Capt. Lee Morin participated in two space walks to install the S-Zero Truss on the International Space Station; this was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking (and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock). He will recount highlights of this mission during his presentation — “Transforming Fantasy: Building a Space Station” — together with an overview of his work on the Orion Program, America’s new multipurpose spacecraft for manned deep-space exploration. Morin’s presentations take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m.

Additional presenters include Dr. Murthy Gudipati, Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission to comet 67P and the Europa Clipper mission to (you guessed it) Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati will discuss the exciting science and potential public impact surrounding these missions. Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Deputy Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, will talk about the science and technology goals of JWST, NASA’s premier observatory over the next decade. And Museum astronomers will discuss their current research in “Using the Keck Telescope to Study Young Stars” (Dr. Rachel Smith), and the amazing interstellar mission, Voyager, in “Voyager’s Trek to the Stars” (Dr. Patrick Treuthardt) during their presentations on Saturday.

New this year you can also discover the wonders of deep space as you learn about different telescopes, from Hubble to the new James Webb Space Telescope. You can even create and take home your very own mini Hubble! See what it is like to be on the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover in our Virtual Reality experience. Or discover the unknown universe along with PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson.

Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco). There will also be themed face painting (small fee) plus a visit from representatives of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and with additional support from NC Space Grant. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways.

17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration @ NC Museum of History
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration @ NC Museum of History | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join the statewide kickoff to Black History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 17th annual African American Cultural Celebration will feature more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more.

Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street” also known as Fayetteville Street. This half-mile long street has a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer a one hour, one mile walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up more than 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather.

Jan
28
Sun
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days. Special guest NASA Astronaut Lee Morin visits this year to discuss his work on the International Space Station as part of this year’s event theme: Space Telescopes and Missions.

During the STS-110 Space Shuttle mission in 2002, Capt. Lee Morin participated in two space walks to install the S-Zero Truss on the International Space Station; this was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking (and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock). He will recount highlights of this mission during his presentation — “Transforming Fantasy: Building a Space Station” — together with an overview of his work on the Orion Program, America’s new multipurpose spacecraft for manned deep-space exploration. Morin’s presentations take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m.

Additional presenters include Dr. Murthy Gudipati, Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission to comet 67P and the Europa Clipper mission to (you guessed it) Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati will discuss the exciting science and potential public impact surrounding these missions. Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Deputy Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, will talk about the science and technology goals of JWST, NASA’s premier observatory over the next decade. And Museum astronomers will discuss their current research in “Using the Keck Telescope to Study Young Stars” (Dr. Rachel Smith), and the amazing interstellar mission, Voyager, in “Voyager’s Trek to the Stars” (Dr. Patrick Treuthardt) during their presentations on Saturday.

New this year you can also discover the wonders of deep space as you learn about different telescopes, from Hubble to the new James Webb Space Telescope. You can even create and take home your very own mini Hubble! See what it is like to be on the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover in our Virtual Reality experience. Or discover the unknown universe along with PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson.

Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco). There will also be themed face painting (small fee) plus a visit from representatives of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and with additional support from NC Space Grant. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways.

Verdi – Rigoletto @ Memorial Auditorium
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm
Verdi - Rigoletto @ Memorial Auditorium | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

A fully-staged production sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

The court jester Rigoletto insults and humiliates all those around him for the amusement of his boss, the Duke of Mantua. But eventually those words come back to haunt him, setting him and his innocent, love-struck daughter Gilda on a course for disaster. You will immediately recognize the parade of hit tunes from Gilda’s “Caro nome” to the Duke’s “La donna è mobile” and to the thrilling final quartet. At the heart of the story though is Rigoletto himself, a tragic title character worthy of Shakespeare, a case study that proves that nothing good ever comes from hate and a never-ending thirst for revenge.

Jan
30
Tue
Learn It Up! @ ComedyWorx
Jan 30 @ 7:30 am
Learn It Up! @ ComedyWorx | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Learn about NC State’s Campus Capacity and Assessment Study and the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation’s first annual Retail Report on Tues. Jan. 30th at 7:30 AM at Comedyworx.

The Campus Capacity and Assessment Study is the University’s new guide for campus developments, land use, transit, gateways and campus edges.  If you are interested in the decision-making process and framework the university will be using in the future to make decisions about these kinds of projects, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about it and ask questions.

Dorothea Dix Park Community Roadshow @ McKimmon Center
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dorothea Dix Park Community Roadshow @ McKimmon Center | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join your neighbors in a discussion about the future of Dix Park. Help build a park for everyone!

In partnership with the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation · Hillsborough CAC · Central CAC · Wade CAC · Southwest CAC · West CAC and the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance

Open Mic at Goodnights @ Goodnights Comedy Club
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm
Open Mic at Goodnights @ Goodnights Comedy Club | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

See 20+ of the best local comedians Raleigh has to offer!

Feb
1
Thu
3rd Annual Tournées Film Festival @ Witherspoon Student Center
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
3rd Annual Tournées Film Festival @ Witherspoon Student Center | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Tournées Film Festival is a program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses. Showcasing established and emerging talents, the festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens.

NC State University will host the film festival from February 1-March 1, 2018 at the Campus Cinema at Witherspoon Student Center and the Hunt Library auditorium. All films will be free and open to the public.

The festival will feature the following films:

  • Avril et le monde truqué / April and the Extraordinary World (103 min): Thursday, February 1 at the Campus Cinema at Witherspoon Student Center
  • La Noire de… / Black Girl (59 min + 20 min short): Thursday, February 8 at the Campus Cinema at Witherspoon Student Center
  • Ma vie de courgette / My Life as a Zucchini (68 min): Monday, February 12 at the Hunt Library Auditorium
  • Frantz (113 min): Thursday, February 15 at the Campus Cinema at Witherspoon Student Center
  • Fatima (79 min): Thursday, February 22 at the Campus Cinema at Witherspoon Student Center
  • Mustang (97 min): Thursday, March 1 at the Campus Cinema at Witherspoon Student Center