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"All Laughs Matter" Comedy Concert 

Presented by The Blackpack
Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Saturday, April 1   I   7:30 pm

Vince Morris, BT and Billy D. Washington. Three headliners. One stage.

Celebrating our differences one joke at a time. Why this title? Because at some point in our career…each of us has been accused of not being true to our heritage…our culture…and our profession.

Too Black for one venue. Not Black enough for another.  But, funny is funny. Right? We are here to celebrate our individualism. Our motto: Be Yourself. Because Everybody Else Is Already Taken.

This show is rated PG due to possible mature content.


Tickets

  • Adults - $15 plus tax

  • Seniors - $13 plus tax


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Wake Up Wake Forest 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Tuesday, April 4   I   7:30 am

The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present a new information series called "Wake Up Wake Forest."

Wake Up Wake Forest is designed to keep area residents up to date on current topics, while also connecting them with influential political, business, and civic leaders across our region and state.

The 2016-17 seminar dates and topics are provided below:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 - Trends Impacting the Economy

  • Tuesday, April 4 - Managing Growth in Wake Forest

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Transit's Impact on the Business Community

Each session will begin at 7:30 a.m. and take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

The entire community is invited to attend and breakfast will be served.


2016-17 Series Schedule & Topics

Trends Impacting the Economy - Mark Vitner
Tuesday, Dec. 6; 7:30 a.m.

Presenter Mark Vitner, Managing Director, Senior Economist for Wells Fargo, is a renowned economist whose expertise is explaining current economic trends and making them meaningful on a local level.

Mark will provide his yearly analysis and predictions on global, national, regional, and local trends impacting the economy. 

The community is invited to attend and breakfast will be served.

 


Managing Growth in Wake Forest - Chip Russell
Tuesday, April 4; 7:30 am

Wake Forest Planning Director Chip Russell will discuss managing growth, the town's Unified Development Ordinance, impact fees, and the town's Community Plan. 

The community is invited to attend and breakfast will be served.

 


Transit's Impact on the Business Community - Joe Milazzo
Tuesday, Sept. 12; 7:30 a.m.

Joe Milazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance, will discuss the Wake Transit Plan.

He will specifically address the plan's impact from a regional business community perspective.

The community is invited to attend and breakfast will be served.

 


Tickets

The cost for each session is $10 (plus tax) or $25 (plus tax) for all three.

First Friday Flix 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Destiny Road - Special Movie Screening
Friday, April 7   I   7:30 pm  

 

The April installment of First Friday Flix will feature a special screening of Wake Forest's own Uptone Pictures' production of Destiny Road.

Based on the book "Three Lives One Destiny" by R.R. Soares, the film follows three people as they journey through the challenges that life throws at them. In the end, they learn about forgiveness, redemption and faith. 

The film was shot in various locations in Wake Forest and Raleigh.

 

Cocktail Reception

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Free appetizers will be served and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The movie begins at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets

  • $10 (plus tax) - includes cocktail reception

 

First Friday Flix

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts "First Friday Flix" at 7 p.m. on the first Friday evening of each month.

Free and open to the public, these monthly movie screenings feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers and more, often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to announce the title of each month’s film to the general public. However, the Renaissance Centre may publicize movie titles through its email subscription service and the Special Events Hotline. To obtain the title of each month's featured film, sign up for E-Notifier or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

 

Special Events Hotline  

For information about upcoming events scheduled at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, call our Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

flix4kidz 

Monday, February 20, 2017 1:29:00 PM

Monday, April 10   I   10:30 am

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts free family-friendly movie showings on the second Monday morning of each month.

‘Flix4kidz’ shows only G or PG rated children’s and family films.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to announce the title of each month’s film to the general public. However, the Renaissance Centre may publicize movie titles through its email subscription service and the Special Events Hotline. To obtain the title of each month's featured film, sign up to receive Renaissance Centre updates or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

Flix4kidz movie screenings are free and open to the public.

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Free at 3 

Sunday, February 19, 2017 11:14:00 AM

Monday, April 10   I   3 pm

 

Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.

Free at 3 movie screenings are free and open to the public.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to announce the title of each month’s film to the general public. However, the Renaissance Centre may publicize movie titles through its email subscription service and the Special Events Hotline. To obtain the title of each month's featured film, sign up for E-News or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

 

Happy Dan the Magic Man 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:37:00 AM

Wednesday, April 19   I   11 am

Everyone laughs louder when Happy Dan the Magic Man is in the house! Happy Dan has traveled the world entertaining families just like yours for more than 30 years. 

He is more than an entertainer. He's that slightly silly, can't-wait-to-see-him loving uncle that every child loves.  

Children are quickly drawn into his tale of magical fantasy as they perform various feats of magic and more. The laughter never stops as Happy Dan struggles with his misbehaving props and the children fly to his rescue.

Happy Dan weaves Mister Rogers style lessons on confidence, safety, reading, and more into magic bits throughout the show. Children walk away feeling better about themselves and their vibrant imaginations.

He is fully at ease with preschool and middle school aged children as he is with golden age adults.


Tickets

  • $5 plus tax


Future Performances

  • May 17

 

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue 

The Soul of America Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:22:00 AM

Friday, April 21   I   7:30 pm

For our first venture into the realm of R&B, we felt nothing but the best would do! Join us as 2015 Grammy Winner Mike Farris sings the Soul of America.

A true musical renaissance man, Mike’s southern heritage and rich talent allow him to offer a unique blend of music and soul that include blues, rock, jazz and R&B.

Songwriter Mary Gauthier states that “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap... He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.”

For his efforts, Farris also won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.

For more information, visit www.mikefarrismusic.com/.


Tickets

  • $15 plus tax


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Neck of the Woods 

Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:39:00 AM

Friday, July 21   I   7:30 pm

Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series that features emerging local artists. An evening may consist of several performance arts acts. Each show is different and may include actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists.

Come out and enjoy a truly unique and entertaining event and support your local artists!

Cash bar for wine, beer and other refreshments.

This event is presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS!


Tickets

  • $5
     

Call For Artists  

We are seeking actors, dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, poets, magicians, mimes, and spoken word artist. If you are an interested artist, please send an email with your contact information and a link to a video of your performance to president@wakeforestartist.org. If you do not have a video please get in touch with us anyway! We look forward to hearing from you.

Rockin' the Forest Music Series 

Thursday, November 10, 2016 10:01:00 AM

Saturday, Oct. 7   I   8 pm

 

The “Rockin’ the Forest” music series resumes at the Renaissance Centre Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m.


Rockin' the Forest

Assembling some of the top musical acts in the country, the Rockin’ the Forest music series features an incredible variety of genres, including rock, Americana and power pop.

Designed to offer local audiences first rate performances that in the past required travel to downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Carrboro, Rockin’ the Forest takes place inside the intimate comfort of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.

So here’s your chance to stay close to home, discover exciting artists, both established and emerging, and experience the joy of live music in northern Wake County’s newest performing arts venue.

 

Tickets

Tickets for each concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. 

Please note: This performance may include explicit language. Recommended for mature audiences only.


2016-17 Rockin’ the Forest Music Series Schedule

  • Oct. 7 - TBA

  • Nov. 11 - TBA