- Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
The Clayton Center—Even though Ricky Skaggs hails from (where else?) Kentucky, he'll always have a certain connection to Durham and the Triangle: His solo debut, Sweet Temptation, was the sixth record released by Durham-born Sugar Hill and put that fledgling label, and later roots-music giant, on the map as early as 1979. Skaggs had already packed a lot into his 25 years at that point—child prodigy, Clinch Mountain Boy at 15, member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band—but, as it turned out, the official ambassador of bluegrass and tradition-minded country was just getting rolling. Skaggs and the band are doing two shows, one at 4 p.m. ($25) and one at 8 p.m. ($29). To purchase tickets, visit www.theclaytoncenter.com. —Rick Cornell
LGBT Coming-Out Party
Moore Square—The LGBT Center of Raleigh hosts a coming-out party, but not just in the usual sense. The nonprofit wants everyone to know that it's here, and it's committed to providing facilities and services for Raleigh's LGBT community. Although there's a flourishing gay culture that includes such stalwarts as the Gay Men's Chorus of Raleigh and the Crape Myrtle Festival, the city lacks a proper facility to provide support for the various initiatives. According to board member Bobby Hilburn, the LGBT Center is envisioned, too, as a space "where people can go hang out, a teen room for kids in the GSA where they truly can be comfortable, a place for our senior members, an area where artists can share their works, writers can read their stories and playwrights and singers can reveal their talents."
The LGBT comes out from 5-9 p.m. in Moore Square, and invites you, too. There will be live entertainment, a DJ and food, wine and beer for sale. Visit www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com for details. —David Fellerath
Rock & Shop
The Cotton Room at Golden Belt—The adjective "vintage" can be used as a snarky euphemism for old and out-of-date, but in the discerning circles of fashion and alcohol, it's a high standard of tradition, taste and design. The first Rock & Shop Vintage Market, a celebration of Triangle talent with an eco-friendly twist, pulls together designers and boutiques with bands and a bar.
An eclectic mix of upcycled jewelry, furniture, paper goods and textiles will be on hand at the Cotton Room of the Golden Belt, a repurposed textile factory. Designers such as Lauren Smith, Caroline Sulatycki and Christy Michal will send models down the runway at a 2:30 p.m. fashion show, and local bands Mount Weather and Lonnie Walker take the stage at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., respectively.
The event is organized by local designers Michelle Smith and Regan Wood, who started Raleigh's original Rock & Shop Market concept in 2004 as a way to highlight emerging artists and support the buy-local movement. Its vintage counterpart is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $2 in advance online at www.rockandshopmarket.com and $3 at the door. —Karlie Justus