First Friday ~ March 2

Take a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting-edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown.

Photograph Exhibit: “A Touch of Nature” ~ March 2 – April 1

Photographer Norma Longo looks for beauty and shapes in the landscape, particularly in geologic landforms, and then captures images using a point-and-shoot technique. The photographs in her latest exhibition, “A Touch of Nature,” are favorites from her world travels and will be on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery

Islamic Association of Raleigh Annual Open House ~ March 3

The Islamic Association of Raleigh is hosting its annual Open House event featuring American Islamic Heritage, lunch, a guest appearance by Sean Maroney (Evening Anchor WNCN) and Q&A with Imam AbuTaleb.

Little Shop of Horrors ~ through March 4

In this Raleigh Little Theatre production, meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant that he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn, as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent toward global domination!awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower.

History Hunters: NC Women Making History ~ March 7

Women and girls have been part of our state’s story from the beginning, but their work and contributions are often overlooked. Find out about Cherokee leader Nancy Ward, boycott organizer Penelope Barker, and activist Ella Baker, among others, and make a paper house based on plans made by architect Harriet Irwin.(Ages 10–13)

Roundtable Discussion: Big Decisions That Shaped a City ~ March 8

During the “Big Decisions Forum,” panelists will discuss “hot topics” such as the city’s creation as a planned community in 1792; the construction of major centers like Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and North Hills; the merger of city and county schools and integration of the school system; and the Fayetteville Street renaissance. They’ll also talk about the “Big Decisions” we are grappling with today—including Dix Park, Union Station, the Wake Transit Plan—that will change the trajectory of the city in the future.