Weekend: Stand-up Comedy & MLK Dreamfest


Cary, NC — The calendar is full this weekend, and Cary is the right place to be if you want to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., experience family-friendly stand-up comedy, or cheer on our hometown professional basketball team.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Business of Women Luncheon will be held by the Cary Chamber of Commerce at Prestonwood Country Club on Thursday at 12 pm. This lunch, which includes an inspirational speaker, is welcome to members for $15 and non-members for $20.

Looking for a job? Learn how to be a more effective job seeker by taking a Mind Mapping Class at West Regional Library at 7 pm. At this class, you’ll learn how to map out thoughts visually and provide an overview of concepts and connections.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Abbey Road has been staking out new ground in the Cary music scene with acoustic duos during happy hour on Fridays. This week, it’s the Lounge Doctors from 5-8 PM.

Guest of honor Naomi King, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister-in-law, will be at Barnes & Noble in Cary for a book signing and discussion on her novel, “Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream.” The event starts at 6:30 pm on Friday evening.

At 7 pm, another guest speaker will be at Page-Walker in Downtown Cary. Join Mrs. Evelyn Morgan-Mahon for an inspirational speech on empowering women and a Dress for Success fashion show. This event is part of Cary’s Dreamfest series to honor Dr. King.

Have your choice of two performances at the Cary Arts Center on Friday evening–at the Cary Arts Center, watch as Owl Tree Theater presents the deeply emotional play, “Sorrow’s End,” at 7:30 pm. This show repeats at the same time on Saturday night as well.

Also at 7:30 pm, James Gregory, “America’s Funniest Man,” will be performing a family-friendly stand-up comedy show at the Cary Arts Center. Tickets are available through etix or at the Arts Center.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

To continue the MLK Dreamfest series in Cary, Mrs. Naomi King will make another appearance at the Cary Theater on Saturday at 12 pm. There, she will share facts on how she worked to support Dr. King, her brother-in-law, with his efforts to build a better community. A documentary, A.D. King, Brother to the Dreamer, will also be shown.

Citizens can also watch the Cary Invasion play the Raleigh Revolt at 7 pm at Herb Young Community Center. Tickets for the basketball game are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

An Arts Tribute to Martin will be held at Page-Walker from 3-4 pm on Sunday afternoon. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., introspective monologues, dances, and songs will be performed.

Also at 3 pm, Dr. Anatoly Larkin will present Piano Music of the Russian Romantics at the Cary Arts Center. This free event exposes listeners to a history of successful composers.

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Across the Triangle

All this weekend, Friday-Sunday, Durham will host its 16th Annual Scooter Rally. All two-wheeled vehicles are welcome–mopeds, classic and modern scooters, motorcycles, etc. Find more information online through Yelp.

The World’s Toughest Rodeo will be held at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Thirty professional cowboys will battle it out against the rankest Bulls and Broncs in North Carolina. Doors open at 6:30 and tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.

Also on Saturday, a Carolina Sports Leadership Summit will take place in Chapel Hill from 9 am-noon. At UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium, middle school-aged youth interested in sports can take part in a leadership development camp taught by UNC Varsity athletes. This event is free.


The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photos from Anatoly Larkin and A.D. King Foundation.