February Events and Things to Do in Ralegh, Durham and Chapel HIll

Top Picks of February Events in the Triangle

FEBRUARY EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR RALEIGH, DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL

February 2-20 - North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival - The 11th annual NC Comedy Arts Festival, is the largest of its kind in the southern United States. Featuring sketch comedy, standup, improv, and film & video; the festival is hosted at seven venues in both Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Acts from New York, LA, Chicago, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and every city in between flock here to perform, network and develop as the next generation of comedy talent.

And 10% of proceeds support YMCA Scholarships. Chapel Hill.

February 4 - BULL CITY METAL FEST Featuring Caltrop, Lurch, Hog, US Christmas, Graves of Valor, Royal Thunder, Colossus, Gollum, MAKE, Torch Runner, Systems, Mortal Man, Unholy Tongues, In the Year of the Pig, Music Hates You, Horseback, Sons of Tonatiuh, Monsonia. Runs February 4-5. F 6pm-12am; Sa 2pm-12am. Tickets $15, $12 in advance (with $5 membership) each day, or $24/$20 for both days. Casbah. Durham.

February 9-13 - The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings its “Big Top” magic back to the RBC Center for a mind-blowing, thrill-filled circus spectacular. RBC Center. Raleigh.

Angels In America at PlayMakers

PlayMakers brings Tony Kushner's Angels in America, a two part performance in rotating rep from January 29 to March 6. A true American epic. During the Reagan Presidency, as the first wave of the AIDS tsunami sweeps across the nation, two couples, one gay and the other straight (perhaps), are battered and tossed in the storm.

With a parade of characters from Roy Cohn to Ethel Rosenberg, a Hassidic rabbi to a Mormon mother, and a visitation by an angelic messenger, this is a feast for the senses by a visionary playwright. Playmakers Theater. Chapel Hill.

VALENTINES DAY ACTIVITIES For more Valentine's Day info like restaurants and chocolate shops, check out our exclusive Valentine's Day guide to the Triangle.

Capital Area Transit invites you to the "Love Bus" event on Valentine's Day to celebrate the R-LINE's second anniversary. Take your date around downtown on the R-LINE to receive free gifts such as candy and flowers and coupons to local restaurants. Riders will also enjoy the tunes of local singing groups serenading them along the way. All attendees will be entered to win gift cards from local businesses that will be raffled off throughout the night! February 14, 4-8 p.m. Downtown Raleigh.

The Varsity Theatre will once again be hosting a special showing of Gone with the Wind on February 11, 12, 13 & 14 for Valentine's Day weekend. Ticket price includes popcorn and fountain drinks throughout the entire movie and a small plates buffet during intermission. Chapagne, wine and beer avilable for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on-Sale through Feb 10 at the Box Office or call 967-8665. $20. Chapel Hill.

Cary Players presents Love Bits & Bites: The Sixth Sense. Bring your sweetheart or best friend to the Page-Walker Arts & History Center for a generous serving of delicious entertainment and sweet treats at intermission. Friday & Saturday, February 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 13 & 20 at 4 p.m. Tickets $17.

Page Walker Arts and History Center. Cary.

Send your sweetheart a singing valentine. The General Assembly Chorus will be delivering singing valentines on February 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The package includes 2 love songs performed by a quartet in tuxedos, a valentine card with a personalized message, and a fresh, wrapped long-stemmed red rose (optional). Prices range from $55 to $85, depending on time of day. Roses are optional and vary in price from 2 roses @ $25 to $90 for a dozen. Call (919) 741-6582 or go online to order.

MORE FEBRUARY EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH, DURHAM and CHAPEL HILL

Tuesday, February 1

The Ultimate Wave 3D Opens in IMAX

Featuring 10-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. The film’s action focuses on Tahiti and the volcanic islands of French Polynesia, home to some of the world’s most challenging surfing and to astounding coral reef ecosystems at the turbulent interface between island and ocean.

Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theater. Raleigh.

Thursday, February 3

"NIGHTWORK" PLAY - WORLD PREMIERE

It's late night in the lab and careers are on the line for five high-strung grad students trying to survive a harrowing and hilarious academic purgatory. What's the worst that could happen? Play by Durham playwright Monica Byrne.Tickets $17 F-Su; $12 W-Th ($2 discount for senior (62+), military, and students with i.d.). Runs Februay 3-6. 8:15pm W-Sa, 3:15pm Su. Manbites Dog Theater. Durham.

Friday, February 4

First Friday in Raleigh

Marbles Kids Museum Kids Camp - a unique experience that includes museum play time and making new friends while exploring a different theme each month. (February theme: The Wild World of Maurice Sendak, ages 3-5; The Great Marble Mystery, ages 6-10) Parents are free to experience Raleigh's First Friday festivities, see an IMAX movie, or simply enjoy downtown while kids embark on their own adventure.

THE MAX WEINBERG BIG BAND

Bruce Springsteen's longtime drummer and Conan O'Brien's Late Night bandleader hits the road with a swinging repertoire drawing on Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and even the Beatles and The Boss himself. Tickets $28-$48. Carolina Theater. Durham.

Saturday, February 5 ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN POWWOW Full day of traditional Native American dancing, singing, crafts, food and socializing. The general public is welcome to learn about the culture of the first Americans. Admission $5 FREE for kids 5 and under. 1-5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Durham. Saturday, February 12 A Festive Anniversary: Ten Years at Meymandi Concert Hall The NC Symphony celebrates 10 years at Meymandi Concert Hall. Hear Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto and both sides of Shostakovich: the triumphant Festive Overture and hard-hitting Tenth Symphony. 8-10 p.m. $30-$45; Students $10. Raleigh. Carolina Brewery's 16th Anniversary

Celebrate Carolina Brewery's 16th Anniversary in Downtown Chapel Hill! Enjoy fun and festivities all day, and a great live performance by Big Fat Gap at 9:30 p.m. Chapel Hill.

Celebrity Dairy Open Barn Celebration

Celebrity Dairy hosts two Open Barn celebrations annually at the beginning and end of their cheese-making season (February and November). During this time, visitors have a standing invitation to stop by, rain or shine. Simple comfort food (Soups, JohnnyCake, Brownies, hot drinks, etc.) for the hungry will be on sale in the Inn, and some of the first goat cheese of the new year! February 12-13. Siler City.

Wednesday, February 16

"So You're Not A Geek: Computer Skills for the Rest of Us"

How frustrating is it to have some little niggly issue on your computer interrupt your work day? Have you ever had your computer act up in the middle of a big project? Even worse, how can you trouble shoot when it's midnight, and you need the problem fixed immediately? Fear not, for the experts at The Computer Cellar on 9th Street are offering free monthly seminars. Seminars are free, and will be offered once a month focusing on a specific issue. In February, come learn about data/computer backups. 12-1 p.m. The Regulator Bookshop. Durham.

Friday, February 18

2011 NC K-12 and Collegiate Chess Championship

Largest chess tournament in North Carolina. February 18-20. 5-7 p.m. Raleigh Convention Center.

Home Show

The Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Each event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, sample interior and exterior vignettes, and product demonstrations. With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, the Home Show inspires homeowners with countless ideas on enhancing their home's comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value. February 18-20. Fri (11 am-9 pm); Sat (10 am-8 pm); Sun (10 am-6 pm). Adults: $9 Children Under 16: Free. Raleigh Convention Center.

Thursday, February 17

The Ugly Duckling

The Carolina Ballet presents the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Ugly Duckling. Februay 17-March 6. Raleigh.

Saturday, February 19

Art in a Glass

The N.C. Museum of Art presents Go West with American Beers – Art in a Glass: Pairings of Beer, Food and Culture that loosely pairs works of art from the American West with a dinner featuring ales from that region. Raleigh.

Really Rosie! with Raleigh Little Theatre

Join Raleigh Little Theatre for two special sneak previews of their production of Really Rosie, based on the story by Maurice Sendak and featuring music written by Carole King! Performances at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum. Raleigh.

13th Annual African-American Celebration FREE

The celebration includes live entertainment and a cultural program appropriate for the entire family! This event includes a vendor market, ethnic foods and activities for children. 11 a.m. Herbert C. Young Community Center. Cary.

Sunday, February 20

Get REAL & HEEL

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill program for breast cancer patients is hosting free awareness fair at the women's gymnastics meet. Participants will learn strength-building exercises and techniques to foster positive emotions and monitor negative ones. Information on nutrition and weight management also will be provided. Children's events, arts and crafts and food will be available. Admission to the fair and the UNC vs. Pittsburgh competition at 2 p.m is free. 12:30 p.m. Carmichael Auditorium. UNC Campus. Chapel Hill.

Monday, February 21

Ski Sugar (age 11-18)

Teen Scene invites you to come and experience skiing at Sugar Mountain! Tell your BFF and join us for a great day on the slopes! Trip includes transportation and lift ticket. 5 a..m.- 9:30 p.m. Deadline to register Monday, February 14. Fees: $80(R) $101(N) Additional Fees: Ski Rental $17; Snow Board Rental $26; Beginner Lesson $11. Sponsored by the Town of Cary.

Thursday, February 24

African-American Literary Tea

Join local and regional African-American authors for an evening of conversation and tea. Authors include Antonio Carver, Gayle Graves, Dana Sanders-Hill, JazzthePoet and Lisa Watson. To RSVP call the Cary Public Library at (919) 460-3350. 7 p.m. Page-Walker Arts & History Center. Cary.

Sunday, February 27

Cooking Demonstration: A Southern Jewish Passover

Join Chef Penny Rich, personal chef and caterer as she puts a deliciously southern spin on the Passover meal. Sample such dishes as dirty matzoh and Mississippi praline macaroons, then share stories and swap recipes. This program is sponsored by the Southern Jewish Historical Society. 1-3 p.m. To register for this program, call 919-807-7992 by February 23rd. NC Museum of History.