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Friday, May 20, 2011

What to do in the Triangle this weekend....

So it is Friday.... besides celebrating the end of the world this weekend, what are your plans? Here are three ideas to keep you entertained.....

See a movie!



Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger TidesPirates, Pirate Ships, Ponce de Leon and Mermaids.

Tuesday I saw a special premiere of the 4th installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I really was not sure if I would enjoy it or not - I loved both the first and the second Pirates movies, but the 3rd did not hold my interest at all and I have heard similar sentiments from other Pirates fans.

Disney has redeemed itself with Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides! Back are favorites Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and Gibbs, but be prepared for an entirely new cast of characters. People are already talking of wanting to see Sparrow's next adventure.

Synoposis:The main treasure in this version is the fountain of youth - with a map that has exchanged many hands, many are on the quest to get there first. The Spanish, the English and of course, the pirates! Not just any pirates mind you.... in addition to our favorite Captain Jack Sparrow, we also have the most well known pirate of all - the infamous Blackbeard. Some of the plot was quite predictable, but there were just as many unpredictable parts, keeping it interesting. Ther is one bit I am still not 100% clear on and will be interested to see other viewer's take on the incident.


Characters:
Depp gives us another solid performance portraying Captain Jack Sparrow. Sparrow is just as quirky, crazy and uncommitted as ever. A magnet for trouble, he is simply along for the ride, navigating himself out of one sticky situation after another. Although sneaky, conniving and unreliable, he can always be trusted when it truly counts to do the right thing..


In a seemingly endless line of love interests, Penelope Cruz plays another of Captain Jack Sparrows' ladies in waiting - a feisty Spaniard that Sparrow "ruined" when luring her away from the convent with professions of love, only to leave her broken hearted. She wants revenge - on Sparrow.

Barbossa is back, stealing the show with a quirky sense of humor. He is also broken hearted after having the Black Pearl cruelly stolen away - he is also seeking revenge against the one who wronged him.

Gibbs is also back, one of the few faithful to Sparrow who for the most part returns the favor, just not at quite the same level of commitment.

There are also a couple other newer characters introduced - primarily the missionary Phillip and betwitching mermaid Syrena amoungst others soldiers, pirates and mermaids.

Picture Quality:
The 3D special effects were incredible! I have only seen a few 3D movies but this was by far the best in terms of realism.

Review:
Overall I really did love the movie - much more so than I expected to. This film is definitely not for younger children - It is better suited for older kids and adults. There is quite a bit of adult humor, with more than one sexual innuendo thrown in. For the moviegoer that loves adventure, this will not disappoint.
(disclosure, I was provided with free admission to see the movie for review purposes; I was not required to write a positive review.)







Get Artsy

Triangle residents can experience art, good food and fun at the annual Art Festival, Artplosure. Details can be found HERE.

Art Market
Saturday, May 21: 11am - 7pm
Sunday, May 22: 10am - 5pm

Music in the Park
Saturday, May 21: 12pm - 10pm

Sunday, May 22: 11am - 6pm



Kidsplosure
Saturday, May 21: 11am - 6pm
Sunday, May 22: 11am - 6pm

Amococo on City Plaza
Thursday, May 19 & Friday May 20: 1pm - 7pm

Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22: 11am - 7pm


Celebrate where you live!




Got to Be NC Fest! Not just food and games - fiber arts, roller derby, and more


Carnival Hours

Friday: 12 noon - 12 mid.
Saturday: 10am - 12 mid.
Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Building and Exhibits Hours
Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm

MUSIC
Saturday Schedule


11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluegrass Band Competition, Dorton Triangle Stage
5 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southbound 85
7 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southbound 85
9 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southbound 85
Sunday Schedule
11 a.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southeast Express
1 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southeast Express
3 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Chuck Champion & Big Head Dog
5 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Chuck Champion & Big Head Dog
7 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Chuck Champion & Big Head Dog

Saturday, May 21st 2011 - North Carolina State Fairgrounds

9 a.m. Gates open
9 a.m - Noon Lineman's Rodeo
10 a.m. Graham and Expo Buildings Open
10 a.m. Carnival Midway Opens
10 a.m. Rocky The Trick Mule -- near Holshouser Bldg.
10 a.m. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show -- Grandstand pad
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Smurfs wander the fairgrounds
11 a.m. Clogging-- Graham Building Community Stage
11 a.m. Antique Tractor Parade
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluegrass Band Competition, Longbranch Triangle Stage
Noon Clogging -- Graham Building Community Stage
Noon - 9 p.m. Carolina Roller Girls Regional Tournament -- Dorton Arena $5
1 p.m. Ray Price Harley Davidson Ride-in arrives
2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Antique tractor Pull -- Grandstand
2 p.m. Rocky The Trick Mule -- near Holshouser Bldg.
2 p.m. Flying Tiger Martial Arts -- Graham Bldg. Community Stage
4 p.m. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show -- Grandstand pad
4 p.m. Flying Tiger Martial Arts -- Graham Bldg. Community Stage
5 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southbound 85
7 p.m. Rocky The Trick Mule -- near Holshouser Bldg.
7 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southbound 85
8 p.m. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show -- Grandstand pad
8 p.m. Buildings Close
9 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southbound 85
Midnight Carnival and Festival Gates Close


Sunday, May 22nd 2011 - North Carolina State Fairgrounds 9 a.m. Gates open
10 a.m. Graham and Expo Buildings Open
10 a.m. Carnival Midway Opens
10 a.m. Rocky The Trick Mule--near Holshouser Bldg.
10 a.m. Border Collie Sheepherding Demonstration -- Grandstand
11 a.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southeast Express
11 a.m. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show -- Grandstand pad
Noon. Antique Tractor Parade
1 p.m. Border Collie Sheepherding -- Grandstand
1 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Southeast Express
2 p.m. Raleigh Concert Band -- Graham Bldg. Community Stage
2 p.m. Rocky The Trick Mule -- near Holshouser Bldg.
3 p.m. Raleigh Concert Band -- Graham Bldg. Community Stage
3 p.m. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show -- Grandstand pad
3 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Chuck Champion & Big Head Dog
3:10 p.m. Raleigh Concert Band
4 p.m. Border Collie Sheepherding -- Grandstand
5 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Chuck Champion & Big Head Dog
6 p.m. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show -- Grandstand pad
6 p.m. Buildings Close
7 p.m. Rocky The Trick Mule -- near Holshouser Bldg.
7 p.m. Longbranch Triangle Stage -- Chuck Champion & Big Head Dog
10 p.m. Carnival and Festival Gates Close


Indoors or out, there are plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!

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