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A regular feature with guest curators -- subscribers like you -- who share their perfect day in the Raleigh area. 

This week's guest curator: 
Leo Suarez
About Leo: I’m a municipal geek (munigeek?) living near downtown Raleigh. I’ve been following local issues like politics, transit, development, and other urban growth issues in Raleigh for over 13 years through my websites at DTRaleigh.
Leo's perfect day in Raleigh:

My perfect day involves lots of downtown Raleigh and no driving. Getting around by walking or biking enhances it all. ‘The journey is part of the experience’ as they say.

In the morning, getting over to Boulted Bread for a croissant is a must. Eating it there, inside so I can smell the other fresh-baked goods, only makes it better.
There’s plenty to do online so I like to go to Sir Walter Coffee for a beverage and internet. Here, I can get some online reading and writing done. I just might run into someone I know there too.
For lunch, I’m a big fan of the pork belly bowl or the fish tacos at Mofu Shoppe. I add some dumplings if I’m with a friend or extra hungry.

During the afternoon, I would probably catch a bus over to the Alamo Drafthouse for a movie. That place is my favorite movie theater in town for seeing new and old movies. They are missing a good arcade though so afterwards, a bus back downtown for some games (and beer) at the Boxcar Arcade would round out the afternoon.

For dinner, it is INCREDIBLY difficult to pick a favorite spot for my perfect day. Who knows what I’m craving that day. That’s why I’d probably wander to the Transfer Co. food hall to see what looks good to that day. The fact that Burial Beer Company is there too most likely played a factor.

The rest of evening would probably involve walking off all those tasty bites of the day by doing some people-watching at Moore Square and Nash Square. I’d call it quits after one more cocktail at Foundation.

Follow Leo: @dtraleigh

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Ways to celebrate local ideas, arts, communities and events this week:
SATURDAY: Shred415 Grand Opening. Shred415, a HIIT studio now open at The Dillion, is celebrating with free classes 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., topped off with a DJ on the ninth floor. [info

SUNDAY: Weddings + Warehouses: A Downtown Raleigh Trolley Venue Experience. Planning your wedding? This trolley tour will take you to five hot Downtown Raleigh locations, where vendors and cocktails await, including The Stockroom at 230, All Saints Chapel, Market Hall, Traine and Melrose Knitting Mill. 12-4 p.m., $25-$35. [tickets]

SUNDAY: Holt Brothers Foundation Playoff Party. Watching the playoff game (Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans) at Reynolds Coliseum at N.C. State is just the beginning. The party also includes big names in sports, NFL cheerleaders, live music, food and drink. 2-6 p.m., $150/adults, $25/kids ages 2-16, which benefits kids who have a parent with cancer. [tickets]

THURSDAY: Thirst 4 Architecture. Explore the free monthly series from NCModernist and enjoy the tradition of great architecture in Raleigh. 6 to 8 p.m. at The Lucy Daniels Building, 629 Oberlin Road, designed by Frank Harmon. [info]
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Plan on these events coming up later in the month.

ONGOING-SUNDAY: Chinese Lantern Festival. [info]

 'Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism' exhibit. [info] + [previously]

JAN. 17-20: Raleigh Martin Luther King, Jr., events. [info]

JAN. 18: Raleigh Roasts 2020. [tickets]

JAN. 19: Jesus, Jazz & Dessert Wine: A night of faith and adult-storytelling. [info]

JAN. 20-26: Triangle Restaurant Week. [info]

JAN. 25: 19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration. [info]

JAN. 26: Showing of 'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers' at NCMA. [info]

JAN. 30: Triangle Wine & Food Experience. [tickets]

JAN. 31: Vivian Howard at Creative Mornings [info]

FEB. 10: Converging Stories: The First Love, from Raleigh Convergence x Transfer Company. [info]

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