What We’re Up Against ~ Starts Jan. 12

Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, this play is an explosive and hilarious look at the complicated battle of the sexes raging across Cubicle Land. A funny, yet insightful, view of what it means to be female in a male-dominated career and one woman’s response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling.

Fayetteville Street Tour ~ Jan. 13

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.

Shen Yun ~ Jan. 16, 17

Shen Yun brings 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to life through classical Chinese dance and music. Capturing the spirit of a culture long lost, the show moves through regions, dynasties, and legends. Athleticism, battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.The grand production features nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes, and the only orchestra in the world featuring both classical Western and Chinese instruments.

Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Winter in the Wild (for kids 2-6) ~ Jan. 17

Engaging activities will allow little ones to understand how animals in the wild survive the cold months of winter. Live creatures to see and touch will create a memorable experience for all.

And Then the Sun Swallowed Me ~ Through Feb. 4 

There are two main components of this installation at the Contemporary Art Museum. First, a black tape installation around the entirety of the wall space in the Main Gallery derived from the atomic radii of the elements produced in suns that are large enough to complete their life cycles as supernovas. In the center of the space is a video projection of a swimmer in water. Imagine a swimming lane, long and linear through the center of the space with a single, solitary moving human body, slow and methodical, viewed from below and visible as a silhouette. It is us, swimming through this condition we find ourselves, helpless to do anything but compelled to continue moving.