Thursday, April 30, 2009

well the fact that I’m still breathing

means that I must have survived, and that I live to go out with my friends again tonight…

In Downtown News:
A bit about the Garland Jones building?
Watch the world stop, tomorrow.
Get to know your DJ

In Raleigh News:
Man v. Food is coming back
May 31 – Bring your dog to a Bulls game
Business school in Dubai? Sign me up.

In Local-ish News:
Smoking Ban news
A local artist passed away (thanks Steele)
A toll bridge across Currituck Sound


In Irrelevant News:
Most embarrassing CNN story ever. (thanks Emily)
“Accidents happen, sometimes they happen to individuals committing crimes with loaded guns.”
They have debuted the world’s fastest camera

Events:
Beach Music in North Hills today
NC Beer Cask Party at Times tonight – just in time for Beer Fest!
Another great beer dinner tonight at Busy Bee
Local Beer Local Band tonight at Tir Na Nog

It’s First Friday!!
Dessert First is Friday too
Ascella Vega is at Deep South on Friday

AIDS Walk + Ride is Saturday
Festival of Hope is Saturday
Boots, Bands & Bulls is too
World Beer Festival!!
National Alliance on Mental Illness is having a walk on Sunday

What the Weather Holds:
Thurs: Mostly Cloudy 76° 55°
Fri: Partly Cloudy 82° 62°
Sat: Mostly Cloudy, chance of afternoon showers 83° 62°


Fun Stuff:
Illustrated FMyLife.com
25 funniest analogies
“A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.”

The future of the pizza box
8 people on a motorcycle
Magical Martial Arts (thanks Tom)

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
You owe me money – I will now cut off my finger.


Sorry for the delay! Happy Thursday!!


Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

this ain't no funky reggae party

five dollars at the door…

In Downtown News:
The charged someone in Sypk’s hit and run
Some Warehouse love
Ever wondered about Raleigh Denim?

In Raleigh News:
Lone Rider Brewing is doing a Home Brew Competition – Brew it Forward!
Great Outdoor in CV will be the only one
Vote for Raleigh!

In Local-ish News:
Progress Energy is going local for a solar plant
Ohhhh Asheville…
How many people does it take to change every light bulb in Grand Central Terminal?


In Irrelevant News:
Yes, Pilsners were made for sports
Sleeping makes kids less hyperactive…
Its 31 cent scoop night

Events:
Tequila Dinner at Dos Taquitos tonight
NC Beer Cask Party at Times Thursday – just in time for Beer Fest!
Another great beer dinner – this time Thursday at Busy Bee
Local Beer Local Band Thursday at Tir Na Nog

It’s First Friday!!
Dessert First is Friday too
Ascella Vega is at Deep South on Friday

AIDS Walk + Ride is Saturday
Festival of Hope is Saturday
Boots, Bands & Bulls is too
Oh – and World Beer Festival!!
National Alliance on Mental Illness is having a walk on Sunday

Mark your calendar:
An Aviator Beer dinner at Tir Na Nog May 7 4 courses, $25 and beer.

What the Weather Holds:
Wed: Mostly Cloudy, late rain 84° 61°
Thurs: Mostly Cloudy 76° 55°
Fri: Partly Cloudy 85° 60°


Fun Stuff:
SUPER cool old color photographs (thanks Sallie)
Beer Mapping – the greatest website I never knew existed…
The Beer Belt

SwineFighter.com
ShouldIBeWorriedAboutSwineFlu.com
Pick 3, Spend 50

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
“Tinker Bell [the Chihuahua] was standing on their platform trailer when she was swept away.” (thanks J.Ross)


Happy hump day folks!


Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

don't knock it, don't knock it

you’ve been here before…

In Downtown News:
Sad news in Downtown Raleigh. :( swing by tonight for a memorial fundraiser
Sort of the return of Alive After 5
Hillsborough Street Project meeting tonight
Remedy Diner will open on Sundays in May

In Raleigh News:
Another Art to Wear recap
Water rates are going up
A whole lot of sweet potatoes got burned up

In Local-ish News:
If Verizon gets the iPhone, does Alltel too??
You can still spank kids in school??
The Most Endangered Historic Sites list is released


In Irrelevant News:
Surely, you must have wondered what happens when you give bees cocaine…
Win a Mini Cooper!
Snoop Dogg says “The best way for the injuries not to have occurred was for him to stay in his seat and enjoy the show like the rest of the fans…”

Events:
Tequila Dinner at Dos Taquitos Wednesday
NC Beer Cask Party at Times Thursday – just in time for Beer Fest!
Another great beer dinner – this time Thursday at Busy Bee
Local Beer Local Band Thursday at Tir Na Nog

It’s First Friday!!
Dessert First is Friday too
Ascella Vega is at Deep South on Friday

AIDS Walk + Ride is Saturday
Festival of Hope is Saturday
Boots, Bands & Bulls is too
Oh – and World Beer Festival!!

What the Weather Holds:
Tues: Sunny 88° 59°
Wed: Mostly Cloudy, late rain 84° 61°
Thurs: Mostly Cloudy 82° 61°


Fun Stuff:
Dinner on a Dime
Stuff I Like Right Now
Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins
Track and graph your internet time
Leningrad photos then and now

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
Creed is coming to Raleigh


Hope everyone has a good Tuesday!



Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Monday, April 27, 2009

that's me in the corner

that’s me in the spotlight…


happy monday folks!

In Downtown News:
Yay for 18 Seaboard!
Cool fun old postcards
It’s almost Beer Fest time!!! [Stone AND Sweetwater!]

In Raleigh News:
It looks like the Wilmont is going away and a bit more
Could Raleigh host World Cup matches?
An Art to Wear Re-Cap

In Local-ish News:
IBM is taking on Jeopardy
The galaxy tastes like rum…
Don’t play with pigs – sorry Scrapple.


In Irrelevant News:
I wish, one day, I could get Stone IPA on a plane...
Rihanna wants her rocks back
Free Aerosmith in Hawaii?

Events:
Tomorrow is Open Mic Night at Deep South
Tequila Dinner at Dos Taquitos Wednesday
NC Beer Cask Party at Times Thursday – just in time for Beer Fest!
Brooks Wood is at Blue Martini on Thursday
Local Beer Local Band Thursday at Tir Na Nog

It’s First Friday!!
Dessert First is Friday too
Ascella Vega is at Deep South on Friday

AIDS Walk + Ride is Saturday
Festival of Hope is Saturday
Boots, Bands & Bulls is too
Oh – and World Beer Festival!!

Mark your calendar:
There is a bunch of stuff coming up in May [restaurant week, fashion week, artsplosure, and downtown raleigh home tour]

What the Weather Holds:
Mon: Sunny 90° 63°
Tues: Sunny 88° 59°
Wed: Mostly Sunny 84° 61°


Fun Stuff:
Bad News over Banana Phones (thanks Meagan)
The car you drive says a lot about you as a person…
Hooray Beer!
Thanks Wikipedia!
Bakon Vodka?

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
People want to hike the Alps naked??


Hope everyone had a great weekend!




Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

oh, theres a thin line

between saturday night and sunday morning…

not a whole lot in actual news today – but that means more fun things!

In Downtown News:
What you missed at the Pine Car Classic
It’s time to start thinking about Band Together! (thanks Antoine) and some more
Tuesday history

In Raleigh News:
Hillsborough Street planning
Aerosmith and ZZ top are coming
Brier Creek will get its Best Buy

In Local-ish News:
The Mudcats opened last night
Changes to searching Google??
The Great Wall of China is longer than we thought


In Irrelevant News:
Beer goggles don’t make you look older
In news you don’t care about: free lemonade at o’charleys
“If Justin Timberlake calls, think twice before answering.”

Events:
Whiskey tasting at Tir Na Nog on Wednesday
Old Habits is at the Hive on Wednesday
Tim Reynolds is at Pour House in Wednesday
BUFFFFFFFFETTTTTTTTT is Thursday!
Downtown Derby party on Thursday
Black and White Bash is Thursday too
If you haven’t seen ‘1960’ yet – go see it.
Slim’s is celebrating 10 years this weekend
A 5k on Saturday
And another on Sunday

What the Weather Holds:
Tues: Mostly Cloudy 71° 54°
Wed: Cloudy 64° 46°
BUFFETT DAY!: Sunny 71° 49°


Fun Stuff:
Basically the most fun thing I’ve seen in a while (thanks Meagan)
Things Meagan likes right now
PassiveAgressiveNotes.com

Bubble wrap!!
A modern chariot race
Old pictures of China

Flashback:
This time last year: We were planning Raleigh old school – at a bar, The Mint started selling absinthe, 101 Lounge had their grand opening, Iatria and Cody’s closed, we got a Maserati dealership, this baby was born with 2 faces, another baby was ripping up paper and it was hilarious, Germany debuted a crazy restaurant,

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
“…one local industry is thriving by producing handmade paper out of a material no-one else wants - wombat poo…”


Happy Tuesday!!



Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Monday, April 20, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

we left superstition on the roadside a few cities ago

they spent our souls, maybe, but they didn't take our smiles… (thanks Dan)


In Downtown News:
The Pit is one of the top 50 new restaurants (thanks Ben) and a bit more
American Pita is closing
More history for you today

In Raleigh News:
Zoe’s Kitchen is coming to Oberlin Court
Midtown Music Series starts today – hey look! The Embers are playing!!
Can you justify going to Louisiana to teach 4th graders about caterpillars?

In Local-ish News:
NC may legalize marijuana? – I bet we ban smoking first.
Today’s lesson: Don’t tape yourself doing dumb things. [or, don’t eat at Dominos]
State tax returns in May?


In Irrelevant News:
Enter ‘snakes on a plane’ jokes
A YouTube orchestra
“Spam 'produces 17m tons of CO2'“ – no, they mean the email kind…

Events:
Smart Commute Challenge starts today
Check out ‘1960’ tonight
Bickett Spelling Bee at Humble Pie is tonight

Relay for Life starts Friday
Earth Day Celebrations this weekend too
SPCA K9-3K is Saturday and then head over to 101 Lounge for Dog Dayz

Grab Brunch on Sunday
Head to Woody’s for a cornhole tournament
And Pat Green is at Lincoln

12 cheap things to do in Downtown this weekend

Mark your calendar:
Josh Kelley and Ryan Cabrera are coming in May
David Cook is coming in May
Michael Feinstein is coming in June


What the Weather Holds:
Thurs: Mostly sunny 63° 44°
Fri: Sunny 69° 38°
Sat: Sunny 77° 43°

Fun Stuff:
Downtown and trivia!
What’s your Zombie contingency plan (thanks Katie)
PassiveAgressiveNotes.com
Star Wars meets MacGyver
Cool pictures of lava – yeah, I wrote that.

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
“Meet the man who lived, slept and ate with pigs”



Ashton Mae Smith
http://www.beraleighblog.com/
http://www.glenwoodagency.com/

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

since the return from her stay on the moon

she listens like spring and she talks like june…

In Downtown News:
The Garland Jones Building is coming down
Yes – let’s paint another parking deck in this town.
Farm to Market – Raleigh Locavore Pathways

In Raleigh News:
More on the Museum of Art and a little bit more
The Rosebuds are playing in Durham
$9 Durham Bulls box tickets – baseball anyone?

In Local-ish News:
Cooking in a cardboard box?
Pittsboro is making its own currency and another small town is doing their own thing too (thanks J.Ross)
New development in Hillsborough


In Irrelevant News:
What is this ‘Beer Wars’ movie?
What if NC hosted the World Cup?
Drama in Portland

Events:
‘1960’ starts today
There is a trunk show at Seaboard Imports
Kevin O’Barr and Greg Moore are at 101 tonight
1st Annual Pine Car Classic on Saturday
Moore Square Easter Egg hunt on Saturday
Urban Sophisticates is at Lincoln on Saturday

What the Weather Holds:
Thurs: Sunny 72° 42°
Fri: Rainy 73° 53°
Sat: Cloudy, rain? 71° 56°


Fun Stuff:
97bottles.com
Who doesn’t like cuddling animals?? (thanks Mike)
PassiveAgressiveNotes.com

A REALLY awesome photo series
ThePizzaCalculator.com
YardSaleMap.com

Flashback:
This time last year: Felsons was opening, Bret Michaels was coming to town, Austin found us the scariest picture of Amy Winehouse ever, someone found a message in a bottle, Oreo’s were causing mayhem, folks were stealing crocodiles, and the best job ever got advertised.

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
What if you lost a political race to a dead guy?


Happy Thursday folks!



Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

and who's to say it's wrong

and who’s to say it’s not right where we should be for now…


In Downtown News:
Fayetteville Street Tavern really did close – I was so hoping someone was lying to me last night…
Biscuit Station has lunch now
Missed the pillow fight this weekend? Watch some video

In Raleigh News:
Style in Bloom in back in Cameron Village
Beach music is back in North Hills
3 Wolf Camera stores are closing

In Basketball News:
Behind the scenes of the Guitar Hero ad (thanks Sallie)
A fun rivalry tale (thanks Lisa)
What it means to both coaches


In Local-ish News:
Vote for a local fire department!
Another reason to like Radiohead
10 years in jail for insulting the monarchy…

In Irrelevant News:
A new James Bond museum
Indoor surfing?
Google wants you to search by voice

Events:
It’s 80’s night at Deep South
Learn to brew beer at Tir na nOg on Tuesday
‘1960’ starts on Thursday
Kevin O’Barr and Greg Moore are at 101 on Thursday
1st Annual Pine Car Classic on Saturday
Moore Square Easter Egg hunt on Saturday
Urban Sophisticates is at Lincoln on Saturday

Mark your calendars:
Bickett Spelling Bee [who doesn’t like spelling and drinking??]


What the Weather Holds:
Mon: Rainy 70° 65°
Tues: Mostly Cloudy 49° 39°
Wed: Sunny 58° 30°

Fun Stuff:
How to use bacon to make your life incredible and amazing
Art. Adventure. Enviroment. A few of my favorite things…
5 Questions with Gary Hustwit
PassiveAgressiveNotes.com
Pirate/Ninja mobile

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
Detroit didn’t get to have a pillow fight…


Happy Monday folks…



Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

no, there ain't no rest for the wicked

until we close our eyes for good…

Boring in the news today…

In Downtown News:
European Espresso and Wine has closed
The tractor on Hillsborough St is getting cleaned up
A couple of things coming up

In Raleigh News:
Bonded Llama is having an open house on Sunday
Orlando Bloom will be in Durham (thanks Sallie)
Bad Company is coming

In Basketball News: (since, for many of us, March is the most wonderful time of the year)
Final Four trivia!
If the Final Four was a mascot fight
Who has the best alumni?


In Local-ish News:
What if Google bought Twitter?
A Miley Cyrus movie too??
Girls rule, boys drool.

In Irrelevant News:
A second Sex in the City movie and a third Ghostbusters?
Incase you had any question why urban exploration is so cool…
Apparently this is old news, but the Sham Wow guy beats women up (thanks Ben)

Events:
It’s First Friday!! And there’s a Scavenger Hunt!
Free music in City Market for First Friday (thanks Christina)

Full Frame in Durham starts today
Capital City Gala on Saturday
Cue Grass festival on Saturday
Spring Music Festival starts right after!
Saturday is World Pillow Fight Day in Moore Square


What the Weather Holds:
Fri: Mostly Cloudy 74° 65°
Sat: Sunny 70° 44°
Sun: Sunny 74° 46°

Fun Stuff:
A panoramic view of the new Yankees stadium
Badpaintingsofbarackobama.com
Really cool pictures

The worst homemade Star Trek costumes ever
Camouflaged animals
Art 101 2.0

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
This made me laugh out loud. A classic from the ‘you can’t be serious’ category… (thanks Merritt)

Happy Friday folks!!



Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com

Thursday, April 2, 2009

i could use another cigarette

but don’t worry daddy, im not addicted yet… [rainy days need pianos…]


On this day a bunch of years ago Ponce de Leon touched down on Florida – and my Mom was born. But not in the same year… :) Happy Birthday!!


A noteworthy warning about chewing gum and your dog (thanks Michael – I hope Jake gets better soon!)


In Downtown News:
Champa Thai closed their Downtown location
Who doesn’t LOVE a police blotter?
Disclaimer: This goes against my better judgment to send out – I hate perpetuating stupidity. But the hilarity of the article and much more so, the EXTENDED conversation that follows is too much for me to let you guys miss out on. Dear Raleigh Everyman.

In Raleigh News:
It’s Poetry Month in Raleigh
A little love for Enterprise Street
Could North Carolina reallllly ban public smoking??

In Basketball News: (since, for many of us, March is the most wonderful time of the year)
There is a new Sports Center look
History of the March Madness phrase
Another Final Four breakdown


In Local-ish News:
Carolina is offering an online business certificate
Duke is taking wind energy to Wyoming
Blackberry has an App store now

In Irrelevant News:
NYC is getting at Topshop
Anyone up for a Rental Car Rally? (thanks Tom)
No more Guiding Light

Events:
Give and Take at Artspace tonight
It’s First Friday!! And there’s a Scavenger Hunt!
Free music in City Market for First Friday (thanks Christina)

Full Frame in Durham starts Friday
Capital City Gala on Saturday
Cue Grass festival on Saturday
Spring Music Festival starts right after!
Saturday is World Pillow Fight Day in Moore Square


What the Weather Holds:
More tornadoes?
Thurs: Rainy 67° 58°
Fri: Mostly Cloudy 74° 56°
Sat: Sunny 68° 44°

Fun Stuff:
A fantastic comic. (thanks Devin)
PassiveAgressiveNotes.com
Guitar Hero cufflinks
ThisIsWhyYourPetIsFat.com
Peoplewhositinthedisabilityseatswhenimstandingonmycrutches.com

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
Yet another reason to enjoy vodka.


Happy Thursday folks!!




Ashton Mae Smith
www.beraleighblog.com
www.glenwoodagency.com