Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Break Outing to NC Art Museum: 0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art

The newest exhibition at the NC Museum of Art is the 0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art Exhibit that opened this past Sunday and stays open to the public through August 11. This incredible exhibit features 60 diverse works by 32 artists that fall into six categories of time - real time, virtual time, historical time, recorded time, manipulated time and the passage of time.  The museum has partnered with Penland School of Crafts and feature artist works both inside and outside the museum. The exhibit is interactive, allowing you to participate or influence the art as you view it. There are some fascinating items that will engage you and make you wonder "how did they do that?"

It's well worth the walk through, with some of the exhibits involving unbelievably detailed processes or periods of time to get to where they are now.  Some of the exhibits will be unique only to you, the viewer. I love how incredibly contemporary this exhibit is, making it all the more reason to take your "actively-engaged-with-technology" kids.  (They might even look up for a moment from their phones.) Note: no picture-taking is allowed in the exhibit.

The NY Times have included it in their list of Spring exhibits to see in the country. Since it's Spring Break, this is a great thing to get out and enjoy both indoors and out at the museum with your kids (probably ages 8 and up is recommended).

Just for fun check out the NCMA 0 to 60 Tumbler page, fascinating stuff.

For more info on the times and ticket info to the exhibit click here.

Face tracking coolness. The Year's Midnight, 2011.

You'll never guess what these images are!

Digital Watch, 1991 by Jim Campbell. Come and see yourself in the art!

A Century of Hair. Anne Lemanski.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Raleigh St Paddy's Day Events


No lack of events this weekend to ring in St. Paddy's day in Raleigh! I've put together a few things that are happening either in Downtown Raleigh or North Raleigh. Weather is looking perfect! It's shaping up to be a great weekend!!

St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - Downtown Raleigh @noon

St. Patrick's Day wearing o'the green in Moore Square
- starts @10am. All day.

Tir Na nOg - All weekend celebration. 

Lafeyette Village Irish Festival Noon - 5pm on Saturday March 16th.
St. Paddy's Day Celebration & Blatherskite Scottish Ale Release - Raleigh Brewing Company on Saturday the 16th, 2pm!

- Triangle Brewing Company Taps a Cask! Saturday from 1-6pm

World of Beer Block Party, Sunday the 17th Napper Tandy's Weekend Party

Marbles Museum (kids celebration)
both Saturday and Sunday 9-5pm

Trali in Brier Creek all day activities starting at 10am. 


I am quoting the Hibernian Pub website:

"St. Paddy’s Day Block Party in DT Raleigh!

Saturday, March 16, 2013
From 11 am to 11 pm, we’re closing down North Street beside the pub to host our annual St. Paddy’s Day block party! The pub’s not gone just temporarily out of commission. Help us celebrate our favorite day and cheer on the rebuild! There will be food trucks (Baguettaboutit, Chirba Chirba, and American Meltdown!), live music, and beer all day!"

Definitely try and get down to the Hibernian and cheer them on as they continue to host a St Paddy's Day block party fire or no fire!! 


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Instawalk Raleigh at Hunt Library

When I found out that the InstaWalk Raleigh group meetup was at the James B. Hunt Library on NC State's Centennial Campus we made a plan to be there. I LOVE libraries and this new library is a glance into the future and a new Raleigh must see! It's like visiting a museum. Having just opened in January, the space is beautiful, with lots of natural light, vibrantly painted walls and modern design. The $115 million library is state of the art with video walls and a robot that retrieves books! The video walls are mesmerizing and the library is filled with architecturally stunning chairs of all styles and smart work spaces. Most of the study spaces have white board walls for group collaboration. They are even working on a video gaming space for study breaks and game development! (where was all this when I was in college??) There are lots of great scenic and quiet spaces to work alone or in a group. On the top floor, there is a beautiful outside deck for relaxing in the sun and gazing out at the nearby lake.

One of the coolest things about the library is that almost all of the books (more than 1.3 million!) are stored in stacks and use a system called a bookBot that retrieves them, saving bookshelf space. The touchscreens in the library, your phone, computer or tablet will allow the books to be retrieved by the robot within five minutes and you can simply go to the main desk to pick it up. (I don't think the public can join as members).

Take the kids or take your camera and make a point to stop by the library and get a taste of what libraries of the future will be like. 

Check out our pictures streaming on the Hunt Library instagram page!
Instawalk Raleigh is a group of Raleigh/Triangle people that meet up regularly at different locations around the city to take pictures and share on Instagram. This was a great opportunity for the family to get out and take pictures and use their creative skills!! We take pictures with our phones, Itouches or cameras and hashtag the photos with #instawalkraleigh. You can then see on Instagram all the pictures that were taken by the group that day. We also enjoyed meeting and connecting with some nice Raleigh folks who share a common interest in photography. Looking forward to the next Instawalk Raleigh destination!!

You can glance through glass to see the robot retrieving books from the stacks.

Interactive video screens providing NC history.

Entrance lobby.

Stunning and dynamic  video walls.

View from the rooftop of the lake.