EASTER DINING. Perry’s Steakhouse in Raleigh will offer a three-course Easter Sunday dinner served from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. The meal includes a choice of double-smoked, triple-glazed ham ($49) or caramelized prime rib ($69). Each is served with whipped potatoes and green beans almondine, along with white chocolate cheesecake. Reservations are available online.
LOCAL TIES. Longleaf Film Festival, which recognizes the best of independent films with a Tar Heel State connection, will announce its selections on a livestream Friday, April 14 at 5 p.m. The films will screen at the North Carolina Museum of History and are free to attend. The festival takes place on Friday, May 12 (5-10 p.m.) and Saturday, May 13 (11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.).
FINE ARTS. Burning Coal Theatre Company presents Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” at the Murphey School, located at 224 Polk Street in Raleigh, April 6–23. Performances are Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online for $30 with a variety of discounts available. Guests 18-and-under can purchase tickets for $5 for any weekday evening performance.
NEW IN TOWN. Raleigh’s Seaboard Station will welcome several new retailers in the coming months. Biscuit Belly, The Yard Milkshake Bar and The Eye Institute will be situated along the neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendly retail corridor, which connects more than 38,000 square feet of restaurants and shops to The Signal and other residential offerings across the neighborhood.
DINOSAUR EGGS. Bring your junior paleontologist to the Museum of Life and Science April 4–9 for a Dino Egg Hunt. Kids can hunt for colorful dinosaur eggs in exchange for a special “Dino-prize” and explore the museum’s Dinosaur Trail. Additional activities include excavating fossils, putting giant dinosaur skeleton puzzles together and taking selfies with the museum’s resident Maiasaura. All guests ages 3 and older are required to purchase a ticket, which costs $7/person.
TAKE IN A SHOW. Single tickets are available for Theatre Raleigh’s production of the Tony Award–winning musical “Jersey Boys” through Sunday, April 23. The musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on their rise from the streets of New Jersey to the top of the musical charts. Performances are Wednesday–Saturday at 8 p.m., plus Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $30–$45. By the way, get to know Theatre Raleigh’s Producing Artistic Director Lauren Kennedy Brady in the latest “Talk of the Triangle” podcast episode, which just dropped Tuesday. Also, just in time for the opening night of “Jersey Boys” and the start of Theatre Raleigh’s 2023 Main Stage Season, Theatre Raleigh and Trophy Brewing Co. collaborated on a new beer called Take a Bow, a vibrant, well-balanced American IPA built on a base of North Carolina malt and hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Take a Bow is available at all four Trophy locations (Trophy Maywood, Trophy Morgan, Young Hearts Distilling and State of Beer), as well as Theatre Raleigh. Purchase a four-pack for $15.99.
SCIENCE FUN. The NC Science Trail, a year-round digital guidebook to North Carolina’s science adventures, will be celebrated at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Prairie Ridge Ecostation, located at 1671 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh, on Tuesday, April 4, 10 a.m.–noon. The public is invited to attend the launch and participate in a series of hands-on science activities throughout the morning.
CLOTHING SWAP. Speaking of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, its first Kids’ Outdoor Clothing/Gear Swap kicked off April 1. To participate, drop new or lightly used kids’ outdoor clothing or gear into a collection bin at the entrance kiosk of Prairie Ridge Ecostation. The swap comes full circle on April 22, when participants can come to the museum between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up items for their famlies to use.
LAST CHANCE. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pleasant Valley Promenade in Raleigh ends on Sunday, April 30. The exhibition includes 360-degree digital projections of the artist’s works. Additional events connected to the show include a yoga class on Saturday, April 15 at 7 a.m. and an art class the same day from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
ALL A-BOARD. Skate Raleigh will host a fundraiser for The Conlon Family Skatepark at Union Station (510 West Martin Street) on Sunday, April 16, 6–9:30 p.m. The evening will include food, music, BMX performances and an auction of unique skate decks from local artists. Tickets begin at $40 and sponsorships are available.
INSIDE LOOK. Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for the Museum Untold Tour this Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.–noon. Experience exhibits like an insider. Listen to stories only the museum’s staff members know. (What’s buried under the floor in the dinosaur exhibit, for example?) Discover hidden details among the dioramas. The walking portion lasts two hours. Guests younger than 18 are not permitted on this tour and groups are limited to 10 participants. Purchase tickets here.
BROADWAY CLASSICS. The North Carolina Master Chorale and chamber orchestra will present two performances of “Barons of Broadway.” The chorale performs at Wake Forest Renaissance Center on Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m., followed by an engagement at the Cary Arts Center on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include music from shows such as “Camelot,” “My Fair Lady” and “Brigadoon,” along with a medley by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
FOR BOURBON LOVERS. Olde Raleigh Distillery will release its new Old Stogie bourbon Saturday, April 15, noon–1 p.m. Enjoy lunch from Southland Steakhouse, two Amendola cigars and the first pour of the new bourbon. Bottles will be available for purchase. Tickets are $75 and available online.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Registration is open for the 10th annual Sola Hot Mini 5K on Saturday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m. The ALS fundraiser, which raised $180,000 last year, begins and finishes at Sola Coffee Café (7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh) and makes its way through the North Raleigh neighborhood behind the shop. The event is in memory of Sola owner Jeanne Luther, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2018.
FASHION AND STYLE. Designed For Joy’s Classic Collection handbag line will be featured on the Home Shopping Network in early October. The initial order of 1,650 handbags will support Designed For Joy’s mission to provide support for women in crisis through employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability.
ART EXHIBIT. The Artist Lounge Raleigh (1011 South Person Street, Raleigh) will host a group art exhibition called “The Collage” on Saturday, April 29, 6–11 p.m. The event features 11 artists in a variety of disciplines. Tickets are $40 and include food and a cash bar.
CHILDREN’S THEATER. Tickets to the Carolina Theatre of Durham’s Family Saturday Series are $5! The Family Saturday Series offers live events for children one Saturday a month, and provides affordable arts experiences to young audiences—including music, dance, storytelling, magic and more! Don’t miss upcoming shows from Gypsy Kathaa and Slippery Hill Bluegrass. Also at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, check out the 2023 Disney-Quest Film Series on select Wednesdays (7 p.m.) and Saturdays (11:30 a.m.) through June. The series kicks off with “Beauty and the Beast” Wednesday, April 19 and Saturday, April 22. Tickets cost $8.84 per person. Purchase of a star membership includes discounted tickets.
COMMUNITY CONCERT. The Raleigh nonprofit Community Music School will host a musical celebration event at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 10, 6–8 p.m. Pianist Vienna Tang will be the guest artist at the event honoring the late philanthropist Tom McGuire. CMS charges just $1 per music lesson for professional, personalized instruction in multiple genres to students who otherwise could not afford lessons.