By David Fellerath


Markets and Fairs and Food

For reasons no one knew, we used to call them flea markets and trunk shows, but today’s pop-up markets represent something much livelier, more charming, and much craftier. In fact, these days in Raleigh, it’s hard to go anywhere without having a market pop up near you. Such are the numbers of crafters, and the demand for their wares. Here are several you should keep an eye out for during the clear, cool days of the fall: (view photo to the right).

flowers at sola coffee cafe by brittany murdock

flowers at sola coffee cafe by brittany murdock

Festivals and Spectacles

See Top Ten Events Unique To Raleigh on page 89 for the reasons you need to check out SPARKcon again this year. (Sept. 14-17,, various prices)

You don’t need to throw down for the VIP wristband to have fun this weekend. Feast on bluegrass with your ears at Wide Open Bluegrass. (Sept. 29-30, Red Hat Amphitheater and other downtown locations, various prices, including $470 VIP)

Football season started a few weeks ago, but this is the night that we find out if the NC State Wolfpack are good enough to beat preseason-ranked University of Louisville on national television. (Oct. 5, Carter-Finley Stadium, probably sold out, watch on ESPN)

Summer’s passed, but it’s not too late to pass the glass at Triangle Oktoberfest. (Oct. 6-7, Koka Booth Amphitheater, $15-$20)

Yes, Virginia, Raleigh has a professional hockey team, and unlike the past eight years, they might make the playoffs this year. Or they might not! The Carolina Hurricanes, possibly for the last season under the old ownership, play their season opener tonight. (Oct. 7, PNC Arena, $52-$265)


At press time, the North Carolina State Fair hadn’t announced the musical acts, but we hope they’ll continue the new policy of booking lots of Tar Heel bands.  (Oct. 12-22, NC State Fairgrounds, pricing varies)

photos of rennie harris puremovement courtesy of nc state live

photos of rennie harris puremovement courtesy of nc state live

Theater and Dance

Regina Taylor’s Crowns explores the complex uses and symbolism of hats among African-American women. It receives a late-summer mounting, which you’ll want to catch. (Raleigh Little Theatre, Aug. 25-Sept. 10, $15-$28)

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s latest is called Of Wings and Feet, but the words “paper” + “hand” + “intervention” are all we need to know. (NC Museum of Art, Sept. 8-10, $8.50-$17)

Somewhere in the world, it’s 1987 and the manufacturers of hairspray think the good times will never end. Theatre Raleigh keeps that dream alive with Rock of Ages, the hair-metal musical satire that keeps on and on and on. (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, through Sept. 10, $22.50-$35)

We all know what happened to The Ugly Duckling when she (he?) grew up, but do your children know? The Carolina Ballet wants to deliver an important life lesson, along with an introduction to dance. (Sept. 14-Oct. 1, Fletcher Opera Theater, $32-$72)

Wait, we thought Garrison Keillor retired? Ah, so he could spend more time with us, via Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour. (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Sept. 15, $45-$65)

Young comedians have to get their start somewhere, so why not at The Dangling Loafer: Standup Comedy, a monthly comedy showcase? (Kings, Sept. 15, $5)

Frankenstein and his monster hash out their differences in Playing With Fire. (Theater in the Park, Sept. 22-Oct. 8; $18-$24)

Before there was beatniks, jazz, and rap, there was Ring Lardner, whose stories of wise guys and dames were turned into the enduring musical Guys and Dolls. (Cary Arts Center, Sept. 29-Oct. 8, $18-$20)

A favorite annual guest at NC State, Aquila Theatre returns to give its unique artistic spin to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. (Stewart Theatre, Oct. 3, $26-$31)

We’ve all got our Pink Floyd side, don’t we? Even if we haven’t played “Dark Side of the Moon” in years, we’ll be ready for our heads to explode with the forebodings of Darkside, Tom Stoppard’s imaginative riff on the album, which gets a regional premiere from Burning Coal. (Murphey School Auditorium, Oct. 12-29, $5-$25)

The Carolina Ballet gets Halloween fever – wonder how the headless horseman will translate in its take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. (Fletcher Opera Theater, Oct. 12-29, $32-$72)

Parents, make sure your children know that anyone can become president. Anyone! Here, Raleigh Little Theatre presents the children’s inspirational piece Grace for President. (North Carolina Museum of History, Oct. 14-22, $10-$15)

Hip urban dance comes to the NC State campus courtesy of Philadanco! and Rennie Harris Puremovement. It’s called Straight Outta’ Philly. (Stewart Theatre, Oct. 18, $28-$33)

It’s Halloween, and here she comes, Ms. 40 Whacks! She’s also known as Lizzie Borden of Fall River. (Cary Arts Center, Oct. 20-22, $5-$10)

Live Music

In a Mondays-in-September residency, Atomic Rhythm All-Stars keep the spirit of early jazz flying. (Neptunes Parlour, Mondays in September, $5)

photo of superchunk (hopscotch lineup) by jason arthurs

photo of superchunk (hopscotch lineup) by jason arthurs

The Hopscotch Music Festival needs no introduction, but be sure to put down the dates. City Plaza headliners include Big Boi and Future Islands, with local openers including Skylar Gudasz and Birds of Avalon. (City Plaza, Red Hat Amphitheater, various other clubs and theaters, Sept. 7-10, $199-$349)

He’s going to be with us for the rest of our lives, in one form or another, including the concert hall: Three chances to catch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert with the NC Symphony. (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Sept. 15-17, $45-$86)

future islands photo by tom hines

future islands photo by tom hines

He’s just got a bit part in The Big Lebowski, but it’s hilarious because he’s Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Tell him how much you love him at the 5th Annual The Dude Abides party with Special Guest Jimmie Dale Gilmore. And ask him to play Dallas. (NC Museum of Art, Sept. 16, $10-$15)

Veteran rocker Boz Scaggs takes the stage. (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Sept. 18, $37-$178)

mount moriah photo by lissa gotwals

mount moriah photo by lissa gotwals

Lauryn Hill’s reputation has suffered since 1998, the rapturous year of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, but she’s sharing a bill with Nas to prove that her only album to date was no fluke. (Red Hat Amphitheater, Sept. 20, $71-$424)

Bluegrass is coming to town. Kick it off with an Evening with Alison Krauss & David Gray. (Sept. 24, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, $49.50-$75)

Never mind the bluegrass, bluesman Buddy Guy brings his axe to Raleigh. (Sept. 25, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, $37-$78)

Hosted by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the IBMA Awards launch the weekend of bluegrass. (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Sept. 28, $45-$110)

Jack Johnson fans the flames for those who want to stay outside downtown this weekend. (Sept. 29, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, $35-$89)
Canadian guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook takes the stage. (Fletcher Opera Theater, Sept. 29, $40-$50)

Kesha Sebert’s had a rough few years since she arrived on the scene as the badder but smarter Britney. But after just one release in four years, Kesha is back from the wilderness. (The Ritz, Oct. 2, $90-$125)

After you see the film (see below), you’ll want to catch the Nigerien whiz Mdou Moctar in person. (Kings, Oct. 3, $10-$12)

Ethiopian virtuoso Hailu Mergia takes the stage. (Kings, Oct. 27, $12-$15)


Skip Elsheimer’s at it again (see Top Ten Events Unique To Raleigh) with Women Make Educational Films. (Sept. 17, Kings, donation)

The title “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai” translates as “Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In iIt.” It’s about a purple-clad musician on a motorcycle. Do you get where this is going? Come check out this Nigerien curiosity tonight, then come back for the real thing when Mdou Moctar plays the club. (Sept. 21, Kings, donation)

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s film program, long curated by Laura Boyes, is trying out a new wrinkle called NCMA Arthouse, in which John Munson, owner and programmer of the venerable Rialto, introduces recent arthouse gems. Tonight it’s Kedi, a Turkish film about alley cats. Seven special Turkish alley cats, using drones and cat-cams. (Sept. 29, NC Museum of Art, $14-$17)

Also at NCMA, live music accompanies the German Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, music courtesy of the Mallarmé Chamber Players. (Oct. 13, NC Museum of Art, $14-$17)