// Freakin’ Weekend //

It’s almost upon us!

Before I give some recommendations for the upcoming weekend, I need to recap some cool stuff I checked out last weekend. Zach headed to Pinehurst for the weekend to golf with his Dad. (Shoutout to Pinehurst for making them feel like total celebrities. They had a perfect weekend.) While the boys were golfing, Zach’s Mom, Melissa, and I hung out in Raleigh. I took her around to some of our favorite spots and we got to try some new things together.

// So & So Books //

Melissa and I both love to read, so we spent Saturday afternoon poking around some bookstores. One of my favorite places to load up on used books is Edward McKay off of Capital Blvd. New releases? Check. Huge fiction section? Check. Records? Check.

After buying some used books (I have a problem… someone please send help), we went to check out some brand spankin’ new books. We headed over to So & So Books on Person Street. Check out there Facebook page here.

Check it.

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Let’s face it, I love all things books and reading, but there’s something about a perfectly curated selection of books that makes me incredibly happy. So & So has a great selection. I found so many books on my “to read” list.

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Okay Cabin Porn isn’t on my reading list…yet.

Next time you need a new read I highly recommend stopping by. The owners are warm (in personality, not body temperature…that I can confirm), friendly, and willing to help. The co-owner, Chris, said he would order books by customer request.

Even better, they have a lot of events, including children’s readings, poetry readings, and book club. I love a good book club. This month’s book is Mislaid by Nell Zink. Looks like a great read. I, of course, purchased the book and am planning to head to book club at the end of the month. Follow their Facebook page or sign-up for e-mail alerts to get more details on upcoming events.

Speaking of upcoming events, this would be a perfect spot to pop into on First Friday (tomorrow night).

If you also love to read, follow me on Goodreads under Lindsay Underwood (very original user name).

 

// Iris //

On Sunday, we decided to take a break from spending copious amounts of money on literature and clothing and wander around the art museum.  I know what you’re thinking, “Wow Lindsay, books and art? You are so cultured.” Well it certainly appears that way…all part of the illusion.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is fantastic and free. All the makings of a good weekend activity. I can’t stress how lucky we are to have this gem right outside of downtown Raleigh. The permanent collection at the museum is really solid. I particularly enjoy the Contemporary and Judaic sections.  I snapped some pics from your viewing pleasure.

If I take pictures of art and throw a filter on it, am I creating new art? Maybe?? Who knows?? Artception!

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Sunday was gorgeous and gave us the best lighting for the museum. If you’ve never been, the museum relies on a lot of natural light, with high windows and flowy curtains. Love it.

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After checking out the exhibits and greenway we headed to the museum restaurant, Iris. I’ve always heard great things about Iris, but had never been. It was fantastic. Complete with art.

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Art in Iris 
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No matter how much I edited this picture I couldn’t get the “Iris” sign to be clear. Just trust me, okay? It’s Iris. 

Can’t wait to check out Iris for dinner. I’m particularly interested in the “Art in the Evening” events, where you can head to the museum on Friday nights after close. There is usually a local band playing and Iris serves small plates, beer, and wine. Get more info here. I’m a fool for being in a museum after a dark. Night of the Museum style.

I’ll be heading back to the museum in a few weeks for a preview of their new exhibits: American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals and  Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Blog post to come on that!

// Freakin’ Weekend // 

Now for events you can incorporate into your own life.

/ Friday /

Friday night is First Friday. As always, head downtown to check out some cool artwork, enjoy local beer, and support the many fabulous restaurants and food trucks of downtown Raleigh.

One particularly cool event is the Urban Vintage Market happening in City Market. It runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night and features vintage clothing, jewelry, and furniture. Get more information here.

Another cool Friday night event is happening over at The Green Monkey on Hillsborough Street. Green Monkey is a local gift shop with a built-in craft beer bar. Tomorrow night they are hosting the Pass the Gravy t-shirt line launch party. Check out some of Pass the Gravy’s clothing here. Click here for more info on The Green Monkey.

/ Saturday /

Head over to Raleigh Brewing Company for their Third Anniversary Party. The party runs from open to close. Featuring: food trucks, rare beer releases, and music. Details here.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. It’s supposed to be sunny and beautiful.  Perfect weather for Raleighing (yea, it’s a verb. Deal with it).

Cheers!

 

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