December 6, 2013 | Raleigh, NC
Mark Nizer to Juggle Bowling Balls, Fiery Torches and Flying Lazers at First Night Raleigh
The phrase “Nothing Less Than Brilliant” (Performance Magazine) has been used to describe the outrageous comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats of Mark Nizer.
He is scheduled to perform in Memorial Auditorium of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on New Year’s Eve at 5:30, 8:00 and 10:00pm.
Mark Nizer is one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today. His wild exploits have landed him on MTV, HBO’s Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians, Comic Strip Live and LA Law. He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, George Burns, John Byner, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, and Barry Manilow. The late Bob Hope said, “He just keeps getting better and I didn’t think that was possible.”
Making the impossible possible and the improbable probable, Mark Nizer has taken his one- man show to a variety of venues around the world, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, Walt Disney World, numerous college campuses, and all major cruise lines. He has also performed in thousands of opera houses, civic centers, festivals and performing arts centers including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (three times). Entertainment Magazine states, “Without a doubt the hottest juggler on the entertainment market, Mark Nizer is simply incredible.”
Don’t miss the combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening. Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms, or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or even juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, you’ll discover for yourself that Mark Nizer is truly “the juggler your mother warned you about.” Or if she didn’t, she should have.
The Raleigh Acorn is lowered to ring in the New Year. While the acorn has become synonymous with First Night Raleigh, the festival is much more than the countdown to midnight. Your admission pass grants you access to every performance and every venue throughout the day. That’s nearly 100 performances in over three dozen locations across downtown Raleigh. What a bargain for just $10!
Buy your 2014 First Night Raleigh All Day Pass in advance and SAVE!
Your “All Day Pass” grants you access to every performance venue and interactive activity all day and all night. Please note: Food or novelty items from festival vendors are not included in the admission price.
Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult with an admission pass.
You can also buy at the following locations beginning December 1, 2013:
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at Crabtree Valley Mall
City of Raleigh Museum
Logan Trading Company
Marbles Kids Museum Corner Store
The Meat House of Raleigh & Cary
NC Museum of Art
NC Museum of History Shop
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Museum Store & Center Store
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Your All Day Pass can earn you discounts at area arts presenters on December 31 and well into the New Year! Visit the Button Bonuses page to learn more. You could save over $100!
Purchase your First Night admission vouchers from the comfort of home! Print the Etix voucher, and exchange the voucher for an All Day Pass admission wristband at one of the Information and Merchandise Sales Tents on site at First Night Raleigh on December 31!
ON SITE ON DECEMBER 31
Children (ages 6-12) $10
(Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a button or wristband-wearing adult.)
All Day Pass admission wristbands and First Night Souvenir T-Shirts will be available on site at several Information and Merchandise Sales Tents located throughout the festival – On Bicentennial Plaza, near the giant Ferris wheel, in several locations along Fayetteville Street, and at City Plaza near the Main Stage.
Artsplosure is thrilled to announce the release of the FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH 2013 MOBILE APPLICATION — the very first mobile app for an Artsplosure festival!
The First Night Raleigh mobile app is available NOW for free and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and Android smartphone devices. Use the links below to download the version appropriate for your device, or search “First Night Raleigh” on the App Store or Play Store.
The First Night Raleigh mobile app was developed by Blue Pane Studio, a Durham-based mobile and web design firm, through a generous grant from Fidelity Investments, a First Night Raleigh 2013 Presenting Sponsor.
The application has been designed to help the thousands of revelers who attend First Night Raleigh 2013 make the very most out of their evening. Use the Map, to find the venues nearest your location. View a complete interactive list of performances, activities, and attractions for both the First Night Raleigh Children’s Celebration and evening performances. On New Year’s Eve an “Upcoming” feature will display the performances or activities that are currently ongoing or will be starting soon — a perfect tool to help you determine your next stop on the way to the New Year! Plus, find helpful hints and background information about the festival.
We hope that you will use First Night Raleigh 2013 mobile app to plan your First Night in advance, and use it while at the festival on December 31st to navigate your way through the nearly 100 performances and activities happening in over three dozen locations across 24 blocks of downtown Raleigh.
November 26, 2012 | Raleigh, NC – Artsplosure announced today that Delta Rae will headline First Night Raleigh 2013, the capital city’s annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts. The group will perform on the festival’s Main Stage on City Plaza, leading up to the Countdown to Midnight.
Delta Rae is a 6-member band, hailing from Durham. Their unique approach to music produces songs that are a true Americana blend of soul-stirring gospel, bluegrass, and blues with haunting stories and catchy 4-part pop harmonies. The group’s debut album Carry the Fire, released in June 2012, has led to resounding critical acclaim, nationwide airplay, and performances across the United States – including a June 2012 appearance on The Tonight Show, with an encore performance on Jay Leno’s show scheduled for tonight, November 26.
The band – comprised of siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson – was signed to Warner Bros. Records by legendary producer Seymour Stein in the summer of 2011. Stein says of the group, “Their music touches on all aspects of Americana – Gospel, Country, Blue Grass, and Blues. That said, the songs are strong pop and have wide appeal. There are a lot of bands in the UK right now, most notably Mumford & Sons, reviving Americana and feeding it back to us here in the US, but Delta Rae is more of a homegrown variety.”
Delta Rae will perform beginning at 10:45 PM on Monday, December 31 in downtown Raleigh, as the closing act of Artsplosure’s 22nd annual First Night Raleigh celebration. First Night Raleigh 2013 begins at 2:00 PM on New Year’s Eve with the Children’s Celebration at the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences, in the new Nature Research Center and on Bicentennial Plaza. The People’s Procession at 6:00 and Early Countdown hosted by Chuck Davis, with fireworks at 7:00, will kick off the evening entertainment. Performances and activities featuring music, dance, comedy, and other art forms will take place in over three-dozen venues throughout downtown Raleigh. First Night Raleigh concludes with the Countdown to Midnight hosted by Ira David Wood III, the descent of the Raleigh Acorn, and fireworks at Midnight.
November 13, 2012 | Raleigh, NC – Tom Hester, president of the Artsplosure Board of Directors, announced today that former Mayor Charles Meeker and Dr. Anne McLaurin will serve as the Honorary Chairs of First Night Raleigh 2013. The 22nd annual New Year’s Eve arts festival will take place on Monday, December 31, 2012, in venues spanning 24 blocks of downtown Raleigh.
Hester expressed the Artsplosure Board’s appreciation for the work that Meeker and McLaurin have done to champion Raleigh’s vibrant and growing arts community and the development of a revitalized city center. In making the announcement, Hester noted that Artsplosure is honored that they have chosen to lend their leadership to this year’s festival.
Charles Meeker has served the Raleigh community in various capacities for nearly four decades, most recently as the city’s mayor from 2001 to 2011. Prior to his five terms at the city’s helm, Meeker served two different times as a member of the Raleigh City Council in the 1980s and 90s, as a member of the Raleigh Parks and Greenway Commission, and as President of the Boylan Heights Association. He is a Partner with the law firm of Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein. Dr. Anne McLaurin, is a former member of the Wake County Board of Education and a physician with Alliance Healthcare. Together, the couple has two adult children.
First Night Raleigh 2013 begins at 2:00 PM on New Year’s Eve with the Children’s Celebration at the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences, in the new Nature Research Center and on Bicentennial Plaza. The People’s Procession at 6:00 and Early Countdown with fireworks at 7:00 will kick off the evening entertainment. Performances and activities featuring music, dance, comedy, and other art forms will take place in over three-dozen venues throughout downtown Raleigh. First Night Raleigh concludes with the Countdown to Midnight, the descent of the Raleigh Acorn, and fireworks at Midnight.
A complete list of artists and performers will be announced in the coming days. Admission passes will go on sale December 1 for $9 in advance and will provide access to all First Night activities. For more information about First Night Raleigh, visit www.firstnightraleigh.com or facebook.com/firstnightraleigh.