Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
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fashionSPARK: Local coture takes center stage with the 8th installation of fashionSPARKs annual Wear What You Are fashion showthe largest fashion event in the Triangle, featuring 10 up-and-coming fashion, accessory and eco designers. Admission to the show is free and open to the public. Designers include such names as Keely Lauren Cansler and Jfaith by Jessica Palmer (both featured designers), Little Grey Line by Jessica Johnson Moore, Tyger Alexis by Kristin Robbins and more! This year, fashionSPARK will also include a Jewelry Trunk Show, featuring fine works by the likes of Emily Claire LLC by Claire Jacobs, Good Girls Studio by Johanna Ely, LinkedNC.com by Jennifer Partridge and other top area designers. Where: City Plaza, Raleigh. When: jewelrySPARK trunk show, Fri., 8 to 10 p.m. @ VAE; fashionSPARK Wear What You Are show, Sat., 8 p.m. @ City Plaza. | More info on fashionSPARK
geekSPARK: Geekery is so glam in the tech age and geekSPARK showcases creative and interactive media and tech. Large video game studio, anyone? Thumbs up. Digital Motion Showcase will feat interactive video, projection mapping, video art, audio and creative apps of electronic sensors. The Triangle Game Showcase lets attendees play locally designed games, while celebrating indy game developers in showcasing their work. Ten-feet tall robots are all the rage at Sockem Robots, and Raleigh Rampage models downtown with cardboard boxesyou dress like monster and crash the course. Literally. And thats just a glimpse of the geeky fun ... learn to code, SPARKwars and much more are on deck. | More info on geekSPARK
danceSPARK: Get your ghoul on at the interactive Beetlejuice experience in CAM to kick off this years danceSPARK. Then, shake what mama gave ya at a giant Zumba party in City Plaza; tap into your dancin dreams with six hours of dance classes; or enjoy a range of fancy footwork with 25 dance companies, hundreds of dancers and hours of performances. All free. | More info on danceSPARK
musicSPARK: On the heels of Hopscotch, SPARKcon carries on the tunes with an all local, all free fest with over 50 acts across four stages and three days this year focused on festival footprint music plus collabs with other sparks and two events in downtown venues. The main event, sponsored by Designbox, will kick off at Kings Barcade Friday night with four cant-miss acts. Ska fans can spend Saturday hours at The Pour House NC Ska Stage; while jazz and rock fans can saddle up for some blossoming talent at the Young Guns event on Sunday. All musicSPARK events are free and open to the public. | More info on musicSPARK
comedySPARK: Laughter is the best medicine and so for whatever ails you, theres plenty of remedy at this years comedySPARK. The hilarity kicks off with the Man v. Liver book release party at Mahler Fine Art on Friday (6 to 9 p.m.), toasting the global release of the funny new tome by locals Neil Hinson and Paul Friedrich with cocktails, music, original MvL paintings and book-signing opps (obv). Down the street, the improv group Bonecracker performs at 9:30 (followed by an hour of stand-up) at COR (9:30 to 11:30 p.m.) featuring Shane Smith, Caroline Monday, Kevin Kinner, Trent Bowles, Adam Cohen, Thomas Dixon, Ryan Higgs and Mello Mike. Or take a riotous ride on the R Line with Clean Standup Comedy family-friendly stand-up from the Triangles best funnies (Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m.). Not laughed out? swearSPARK competes 64 filthy words in NCAA-bracket style (so you decide the dirtiest word) at London Bridge (Saturday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and The Dangling Loafer take stage at Kings (Saturday 7:30 to 9 p.m.). | More info on comedySPARK