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Moore Square—As it approaches its third decade, Artsplosure remains one of Raleigh's top events for showcasing the arts. The 29th annual festival, which runs at Moore Square from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, features more than 170 juried visual artists, two stages of performers and many events. The music lineup is particularly impressive, featuring such nationally-recognized artists as Janiva Magness and the John Brown Quintet.

Parents can look at artwork from students at local middle and high schools at Marbles Kids Museum or the museum's "Kids Rock Artsplosure," which features both kid-friendly artists and such activities as letting kids design their own CD covers. There's also the kid-themed Kidsplosure, featuring a variety of environmentally-educational activities, such as the sure-to-be-messy "Pocket-sized Piece of Earth." The Marbles events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

If that's not enough, there are pieces from artists in almost every medium imaginable, ranging from photography to jewelry to ceramics. Some of these pieces will be featured at the Pour House for its second annual Insplosure event, offering attendees the chance to both observe local artists and get a cold beer. What more could you ask for? Visit for more info. —Zack Smith

Lilyan Vigo and Margaret Severin-Hansen alternate the roles of the princess Aurora; their princes are Timour Bourtasenkov and Alain Molina. Either pair will be lovely to watch. The angry, sleeping-spell casting fairy is danced by Melissa Podcasy, while pretty Hong Yang dances the beneficent Lilac Fairy. With design by Jeff A.R. Jones, lighting by Ross Kolman and costumes by the talented David Heuvel, it should be a gorgeous production. The show also features a new puppet commissioned from Paperhand Puppet Intervention. If you want to see Miss North Carolina, as well, choose the Sunday matinee. She'll be there signing autographs, and if you bring your own camera, you can have your picture taken with her. —Kate Dobbs Ariail

For the full schedule, visit Tickets are available by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 719-0900 or Ticketmaster at 834-4000 or

Béla Fleck & Tony Trischka
Meymandi Hall—If you think you might like banjoes, see this: Béla Fleck and his one-time teacher, Tony Trischka, explore the possibilities of two-banjo bluegrass, moving from that native form to classical, jazz and pop-graced excursions. This should be the best night of banjo music you hear for a good while. With backing support from Michael Davies (guitar), Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Skip Ward (bass). Pay $29-$39 for the 8 p.m., PineCone-presented show. —Andrew Ritchey

Bimbé Festival
Durham Athletic Park—It's the second-best Bull City music fest, and it's 39 years old. Tonight's highlight is the R&B/ funk combo Bull City Syndicate at 7 p.m., while on Sunday, we suggest catching gospel singer Cynthia Jones at 4:20 p.m. and jazzman Bobby Hinton at 5:10 p.m. Visit for info. —David Fellerath


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