SPARK afterDARK: Burlesque & Erotic Poetry Show
Oct
18
to Oct 19

SPARK afterDARK: Burlesque & Erotic Poetry Show

The event that starts all the fun of sparkCON...except leave the kids at home! Turn the lights off, and let's get a little more intimate ;) This 18+ show is a mix of burlesque, comedy, dance, aerials, and erotic poetry sure to please and make you tingle! All proceeds go towards funding circusSPARK events, so feel free to donate!
Featuring:
Lady Gatita...and more!

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Memory Map
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Memory Map

Make your mark on Wake County…

Participate in our interactive map of Raleigh and surrounding areas where we ask you to consider issues related to urban design.

Tell us about your favorite park and what makes it so great.  Then tell us where you see opportunity for more green spaces and parks.

Help us imagine what the future of Wake County parks looks like.

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AcroYoga Jam hosted by Victoria
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

AcroYoga Jam hosted by Victoria

Join us for a free, all-levels (including first-timers) acro yoga jam at SPARKcon! Acro yoga is a fun exercise that involves working with one or more partners to create fantastic shapes and poses. People of all fitness and strength levels can enjoy the community and get a great workout at the same time. You don't have to join the circus to try your hand (and feet!) at some acrobatics.

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Tongue and Grove Open Mic
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Tongue and Grove Open Mic

Hosted by Tongue & Groove, liSPARK’s annual open mic welcomes poetry, spoken word, storytelling, flash fiction, rants—any form of performance literature.

By popular demand, DJ David B. Applegate will be recording and remixing the performers throughout.

Local writers, add your voice to Raleigh’s premiere festival of arts and creativity! List opens at 7. Show starts at 7:30. Slots are 7 minutes.

Covers welcome. Originals encouraged!

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Fantasy Fire Conclave & Drum Circle
Oct
19
10:00 PM22:00

Fantasy Fire Conclave & Drum Circle

A fire conclave is a free flow form of artistry talent and expression. This years drum circle driven fire show will be a medieval fantasy drama, overseen by the regal Flame King and his court. The show will be full of intrigue passion and of course, its fair share of magic. Come out and enjoy this spectacle of knights, wizards, elf’s and dwarfs as they perform fiery feats of danger for your amusement. Who knows what will happen once the court is in session!

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InstaPoetry
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

InstaPoetry

Members of the public will be able to submit a written response to a chalk art entry of their choice - to enter participants will snap a picture of the chalk art with a written word response caption and tag for contest by using #litspark #odetochalkart1(with number corresponding to visual chosen). No winners - all entries will be streamed/shared on digital media.

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Memory Map
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Memory Map

  • Davie St. & Fayetteville St. Jct (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Make your mark on Wake County…

Participate in our interactive map of Raleigh and surrounding areas where we ask you to consider issues related to urban design.

Tell us about your favorite park and what makes it so great.  Then tell us where you see opportunity for more green spaces and parks.

Help us imagine what the future of Wake County parks looks like.

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Architecture Tours
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Architecture Tours

  • Davie St. & Fayetteville St. Jct (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether you have lived in Raleigh for your entire life or are only visiting for the first time - there is so much to discover in downtown. Themed walking tours will highlight the parks, murals, historical landmarks, interesting architecture, and restaurants of downtown.

11:00 AM / 1:30 PM / 3:00 PM (Times may change) - Walking (maybe segway) tours of architecture and other interesting places in downtown Raleigh

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Poem Bot
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Poem Bot

"My Poet, My Poem & I" poem dispenser is putting poems by great American poets—as well as the NCSU Libraries’ own bookBot—into the hands of passersby. After selecting whether you want a poem by a human or the bookBot, the dispenser prints out a poem on a pocket-sized piece of paper, and even adds photographs of you and the poet.

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5 Minute Logo
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

5 Minute Logo

  • South of Davie St. & Fayetteville St. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Graphic designers will sit down with you for 5 minutes to consult on your logo design idea and help you create a quick sketch... OR you can create your own entry for our logo challenge prompts - like a new logo for a dinosaur ice-cream shop.

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Make Yourself at Home
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Make Yourself at Home

  • Davie St. & Fayetteville St. Jct (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come have a seat at the table and take part in a conversation about important urban design issues in Wake County. Use interactive tables created by students from NCSU in this cozy home setup to add your ideas and participate in a survey by the Wake County Community Planning Department.

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Workshop: Hip-POP!
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Hip-POP!

Ever watch music videos and think "wow, I wish I could move like that?" Fear not! Hip-POP is here to teach you moves inspired by some of your favorite pop artists, from Britney to JoJo Siwa, BSB to BTS. All ages and levels welcome (ages 8+ without parental supervision, any age with supervision).

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The 2nd Row
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

The 2nd Row

The 2nd Row will be playing at SPARKcon XIII this year! Come see one of our first shows ever!! We'll be playing on the Hargett St. Stage on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1-2 p.m.

Come rock out with us as we take you back to the 90s and 00s with some of your favorite punk/alt rock covers from bands like The Killers, Green Day, Fountains of Wayne, All American Rejects, Foo Fighters, and more!

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The Lifecycle of Denim w/ Redress Raleigh
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

The Lifecycle of Denim w/ Redress Raleigh

Redress Raleigh and fashionSPARK are teaming up to host an expert Q&A panel discussing the denim life cycle – from fabric creation and apparel development, to denim repurposing and ways to extend your garments’ longevity.

Speakers on our expert panel will include:

Emily Neville, Founder and CEO at Reborn Clothing Co.
Jesse Daystar, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Cotton Inc.
Reid Miller, Founder of Reid Miller Apparel

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Workshop: Latin Jazz
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Latin Jazz

Lianne Solina hosts a caliente class that will get everybody moving in the latin groove, blending the styles of Salsa, Cha Cha, Mambo, Samba, and Jazz! Upbeat tempos will challenge dancers to develop speed in executing clean lines all while having fun in this unforgettable cultural experience! Ages 8+, all dance levels welcome.

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LadyBits Open Mic
Oct
20
5:30 PM17:30

LadyBits Open Mic

Eyes Up Here Comedy presents a stand-up comedy open mic featuring female identifying comics only! This is their chance to work out their LadyBits. Bring your 5 minute set and a crew to laugh with you - it's gonna be a lot of fun! 5:30-6 for sign ups - show from 6:00-7:30. FREE!

Hosted by Erin Terry.

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Memory Map
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Memory Map

Make your mark on Wake County…

Participate in our interactive map of Raleigh and surrounding areas where we ask you to consider issues related to urban design.

Tell us about your favorite park and what makes it so great.  Then tell us where you see opportunity for more green spaces and parks.

Help us imagine what the future of Wake County parks looks like.

View Event →
Architecture Tours
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Architecture Tours

Whether you have lived in Raleigh for your entire life or are only visiting for the first time - there is so much to discover in downtown. Themed walking tours will highlight the parks, murals, historical landmarks, interesting architecture, and restaurants of downtown.

11:00 AM / 1:30 PM / 3:00 PM (Times may change) - Walking (maybe segway) tours of architecture and other interesting places in downtown Raleigh

View Event →
Make Yourself at Home
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Make Yourself at Home

Come have a seat at the table and take part in a conversation about important urban design issues in Wake County. Use interactive tables created by students from NCSU in this cozy home setup to add your ideas and participate in a survey by the Wake County Community Planning Department.

View Event →
5 Minute Logo
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

5 Minute Logo

  • South of Davie St. and Fayetteville St. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Graphic designers will sit down with you for 5 minutes to consult on your logo design idea and help you create a quick sketch... OR you can create your own entry for our logo challenge prompts - like a new logo for a dinosaur ice-cream shop.

View Event →
Poem Bot
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Poem Bot

"My Poet, My Poem & I" poem dispenser is putting poems by great American poets—as well as the NCSU Libraries’ own bookBot—into the hands of passersby. After selecting whether you want a poem by a human or the bookBot, the dispenser prints out a poem on a pocket-sized piece of paper, and even adds photographs of you and the poet.

View Event →
InstaPoetry
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

InstaPoetry

Members of the public will be able to submit a written response to a chalk art entry of their choice - to enter participants will snap a picture of the chalk art with a written word response caption and tag for contest by using #litspark #odetochalkart1(with number corresponding to visual chosen). No winners - all entries will be streamed/shared on digital media.

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Workshop: Nia
Oct
21
12:30 PM12:30

Workshop: Nia

Nia is fusion fitness for the body, mind, emotions and spirit that integrates movements from dance, martial arts, and healing arts. Laura Ghantous will lead you in this fun, expressive workout thats adaptable for all fitness levels. Bare feet suggested but comfortable shoes welcome.

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Workshop: Kizomba
Oct
21
1:30 PM13:30

Workshop: Kizomba

Kizomba means “party" in Kimbundu, an Angolan language, and thats what we intend to do! Kimberly Nicole will lead you and your partner in the basics of Kizomba, focusing on grounded steps and the connection between you, your partner and the music. Men, women, and children of all ages and dance levels welcome! Come with a partner or come alone - this dance is for everyone!

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