Mazes & Brain Games ~ ongoing

“Mazes & Brain Games” is a new exhibition at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, where visitors maneuver their way through a mind-boggling collection of mind-bending adventures, 3D puzzles and full-body games. Mazes winds its way over 6,500 square feet with more than 60 puzzling experiences that inspire exploration and ingenuity.

Test your perceptions, laugh your way through the maze of illusions, run a marathon with your fingers on the Finger Mazes, or become a “webmaster” by climbing through an intricate web of ropes without getting tangled in the Web Maze. Readjust your senses and experiment with light, shadow, fluorescence and a music interactive in the black-lit Cosmic Games room. Conquer puzzling challenges and discover new ways of problem-solving around every corner.

Krispy Kreme Challenge ~ Feb. 3

What started as a challenge among ten friends has transformed into a nationally publicized charity race, and the number one tradition to complete before graduating from North Carolina State University (NCSU). All proceeds from the Krispy Kreme Challenge are donated to the NC Children’s Hospital so that its staff can continue to provide the best care and facilities for their patients.

Participants begin the Challenge at the Memorial Belltower on the campus of NCSU in Raleigh. Runners then travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person St., where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower.

Black History Symposium ~ Feb. 3

the City of Raleigh Museum will feature a celebration of African American history in Raleigh. This free event features speakers, exhibits, and demonstrations that reveal Raleigh’s deep African American history.

The event will also feature rare historic photos of African American life in Raleigh from the museum’s collection.


The Birdland All-Stars ~ Feb. 3

Remember when jazz clubs were smoky places you stumbled upon by following your ears down a dim staircase? Birdland, known as “The Jazz Corner of the World,” is one of those clubs. And the Birdland All-Stars have been thrilling audiences for a decade from their New York haunt. Returning to the road for the first time in five years, they have created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

Our Passage to the Stars ~ Feb. 4 

In a non-traditional recital performance, pianist and music professor Olga Kleiankina brings together galaxy-inspired music, computer graphics and modern dance – all created by NC State faculty members in Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, Music, and the Dance Program. The program includes commissioned piano works by Peter Askim and Rodney Waschka, computer-generated animations designed in real-time by new media artist Emil Polyak (using acoustic waves produced by the piano), and space-inspired dance created by Tara Mullins and students in the NCSU Dance Company.

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