Artist or Not, There Are So Many Reasons to Check Out Raleigh's Coolest Creative Hub
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Artist or Not, There Are So Many Reasons to Check Out Raleigh's Coolest Creative Hub

By Erin Greenawald
Sunday, Sep 30 2018

Looking to mix up your standard going out routine with something a little more inspiring? With events ranging from weekly "no-stakes" art making parties and Latin dance nights to comedy and burlesque shows, Imurj might be just the ticket.

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Tucked away in the space underneath Whiskey Kitchen and covered in a multitude of murals, Imurj is a collaborative music and art community space dedicated to helping North Carolina-based artists succeed and giving professionals and hobbyists alike a place to come together and get creative. 

No matter when you walk into Imurj (they're open from 11a until late night most days, and 5p onward on the weekends), you'll get a creative experience. With regularly-rotating local art lining the walls, a shopping area at the front selling work from local makers, and even production studios in house that artists can rent out, the inspired energy is palpable. Imurj also has a bar if you need something to loosen up your mind, and a new menu of sandwiches and snacks to keep you sustained. Even if you don't come by for one of their official events, Imurj is a great place (with plenty of space) to sit and get some work done or grab an after-work drink in a funky setting.

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Some of our favorite regular events are highlighted below, and keep an eye on their calendar (and ours!) for special events coming down the line (we're super excited for their Nashbash block party with Whiskey Kitchen). Or just swing by sometime, check it out, and see if you leave a little more inspired than before.

[Psst! Imurj is one of Offline Premium’s featured October partners, offering all Premium members $25 to spend at in the cafe and bar while you're enjoying one of their awesome events. Not Premium yet? Join the waitlist or ask one of your cool friends for an invite.]

Regular Events at Imurj to Get On Your Calendar ASAP

Poetically Speaking Poetry Night at Imurj
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Poetically Speaking Poetry Night

Show off your poetic side with poetry readings every other Sunday at Imurj. The evening starts with half an hour of activities to help break through writers block, before the mic opens up!

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Poetically Speaking Poetry Night
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Drink & Draw Figure Drawing at Imurj
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Drink & Draw Figure Drawing

Flex your artistic muscles every Tuesday night with weekly drawing sessions with a live model. All skill levels welcome—bring your sketch pad, grab a drink, and get ready for an inspirational time!

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Drink & Draw Figure Drawing
$8+   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making at Imurj
Photo by @kayles_martin

Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making

Worried your skills aren't good enough for the Drink & Draw? Directly following it every Tuesday night is a much more free-flowing creative evening. Whether music or visual art is more your thing, there's a space to play around and explore your artistic side. Jam out on instruments, or use the provided art supplies to create with others. 

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Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Music Open Mic Night at Imurj
Photo by @colbyjd3

Music Open Mic Night

Watch local musicians showcase their talent or hop on the stage yourself to share what you've got at this weekly open mic night at Imurj on Wednesdays. Free to play and to watch!

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Music Open Mic Night
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night at Imurj
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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night

Just want to party? Dance all night with a live DJ set with Imurj's resident DJ, Oak City Slums, every Saturday night. No cover to get in, just your best moves. 

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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

La Cueva Underground Dance Night at Imurj
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La Cueva Underground Dance Night

This Latin themed dance night happens the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, featuring a perfect mix of Kizomba, Bachata, and Salsa. You'll spend the first half hour learning the moves before they open up the floor for you to dance all night long.

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La Cueva Underground Dance Night
$8   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
Artist or Not, There Are So Many Reasons to Check Out Raleigh's Coolest Creative Hub
Artist or Not, There Are So Many Reasons to Check Out Raleigh's Coolest Creative Hub