At Raleighwood Cinema Grill, mid- and second-run movies flicker across a full-size screen with HD Digital Projection, brought to life with enhanced Dolby Digital surround sound. Yet what sets the theater apart is the experience off the screen. Instead of stacking seats into rows or demanding patrons stack into human pyramids to cram as many bodies in as possible, Raleighwood cultivates a relaxed atmosphere. Patrons lounge on cushioned, swiveling chairs at cabaret-style tables with a beer or glass of wine while servers lay out a menu of burgers, pizzas, and appetizers. Comedies, dramas, and family films enhance the flavor of dishes and the calendar of special events and food specials.
Though a perfect row looks like one smooth motion, it is actually built from four component movements—you start with dropping the oars into the water during the catch, and then move the oars toward the stern during recovery. Such precision of form is vital in team rowing, where a single asynchronous stroke could cost the shell its momentum and, ultimately, a win for its team. Thus, Triangle Rowing Club strives for synchronicity amongst its students, building within them the balance, endurance, and hand webbing needed to propel teams of two, four, or eight to victory. The club often competes in regional regattas, traveling to nearby states to demonstrate their teamwork.
When each of Learn To Shoot North Carolina's NRA-certified instructors held his first gun, he was also embracing an inherent part of who he is. Instructors spent their childhoods shooting sporting clays and hunting before transferring their marksmanship skills to careers in law enforcement or the armed forces. Through Learn To Shoot North Carolina's assemblage of courses, instructors help pupils familiarize themselves with various firearms and earn NRA certification. Their shooting range hones marksmen's skills as they practice with their own handguns or rented pieces. Learn to Shoot also offers recreational activities, such as Zombie Smash, where hunters step into the surrounding forest, firing at cutouts of zombies while trying to forget about the pet zombie they helped raise on their uncle's farm.
After capturing the first-ever regular-season title for the North American Soccer League in 2011, the Carolina RailHawks retake the pitch with an April 14th home opener to continue their reign under WakeMed Soccer Park's bright lights. Returning players include captain Kupono Low, the first RailHawk ever to score a goal and one of the NASL's current top 11 players. Before the game, more than 50 food and craft-beer vendors from throughout the Triangle will set up outside the stadium to hand out free tastings of their culinary offerings while keeping them away from Appalachian bears disguised in hikers' half-mauled hats.
The clucks of more than 250 chickens harmonize with the braying of goats and the snorts of pigs, composing a pastoral symphony that resounds across 30 acres of lush, sustainable farmland. Lofty woods outline the acreage as the leaves of pumpkins, squash, and flowers dapple the pastures. Brier Creek Family Farm's resident staff patrols these scenic grounds, carefully tending to the ever-changing flocks of livestock that have included sheep, rabbits, cattle, and ducks.
The team bestows its passion for agriculture upon budding farmhands during camps, teaching pupils to intermingle with the animals, till an organic garden, and communicate through subtle pitchfork motions. The farmers further enlighten visitors at an onsite store brimming with eggs, seeds, crafts, and antiques.
The fitness staff and certified personal trainers at O2 Fitness propel bodies through fitness classes and personal training in an upscale facility with more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment, brigades of strength machines, free weights, and an outdoor turf training area. Engaging instructors lead more than 50 group classes per week, such as BodyPump, yoga, and cycling, motivating students to shed calories and tone muscle. During two sessions, certified personal trainers impart exercisers efficient techniques that help to maximize workouts—such as staying awake—and tips on managing a proper diet. Slap soles against treadmills while watching the ceiling-mounted LED flat-panel televisions, and pamper muscles in the showers or saunas. For the duration of the 10 days, onsite childcare providers will watch over little ones, keeping them safe from flying free weights, clanging kettlebells, and yoga mats that swear loudly when stepped on.
The Bud Light CityFest concert series showers the open air of the recently constructed Raleigh Amphitheater with five of rock 'n' roll’s most venerable and beloved acts. Hard-rock heartthrob and Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach kick-starts the fest on September 10, rousing crowds with his cast-iron voice and mythical lion’s mane. Better Than Ezra, the New Orleans trio behind the hit song “Good,” belts out parcels of pop on September 17, and jam collective Rusted Root colors the night in upbeat melodies on October 1. Ed Kowalczyk, ringleader of the seminal band LIVE, challenges oxygen to a wrestling match as he belts out hits on October 8. Concluding the raucous series with concentrated testosterone, troubadour Vince Neil, from Mötley Crue, sings time-honored railroad anthems about girls, girls, and girls.