SOUTHEASTERN NC – Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events to fill your weekend with fun – in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and more.
All events featured were scheduled from Thursday; however, it is wise to register before attending one. Bad weather, schedule changes and unforeseen events can change for the organizers at the last minute.
Thursday August 18
Back to school
Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St. • Free
To kick off the official start of the 2022-2023 school year, a free event is taking place at 4 p.m. today at Halyburton Park. There will be games, refreshments and meetings with school board candidates on the ballot this coming election year.
The event is hosted by the New Hanover County Educators Association, part of the National Education Association union for public school workers. The party is organized for members to connect with each other, including those who work in different kitchens, bus parking lots, classrooms and schools in the district. The aim is to have an open discussion about the needs of students and staff in the coming year.
There will be Trolly Stop hot dogs available and raffle prizes; it’s open to the public. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
OTHER THURSDAY ACTIVITIES
Inauguration of art in bloom – A downtown art gallery packed up its old Princess Street space and moved to Mayfaire over the summer. It has reopened at 6866 Main St. and officially unveils its new digs from 5-8 p.m. A new exhibition, “Making A Move: New Art featuring artists from the Art in Bloom gallery”, features original works – fine art paintings, functional and decorative ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, blown glass, photography and more. Artists include Brad Carter, Debra Bucci, Karen Paden Crouch, Elizabeth Darrow and others; refreshments will be served and live music will be played.
Vinyl Party – Satellite (120 Greenfield St.) hosts Black Wax Mobile Records to create a curated mix of music from vinyl records. It’s free and starts at 6 p.m.
Friday August 19
“Suicide for Beginners”
Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess St. • Tickets: $10
A locally directed film by writers Craig Thieman and Ethan Hunter makes its local debut at Jengo’s Playhouse Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The black comedy stars local actor Nate Panning, as well as Wil Daniels and Sara Tomko; he’s also the last horror movie actor Sid Haig starred in before his death in 2019.
The story is about a man who wants to murder “the unrequited love of his life” and who somehow gets on the path to becoming a serial killer.
Tickets for the screening are $10 and can be purchased here; refreshments and cocktails from Jengo’s bar will be on sale.
chemistry research – Renato Abbate and Anne McCombie have an art exhibit at ACES Gallery, overseen by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County (221 N. Front St.). The art exhibit will feature handmade ceramics and sculptures by Abbate and McCombie. Brazilian-inspired refreshments will be served and music will be performed by Bossa Nova specialist Raphael Name.
Abbey Road Live! – Port City Marina’s free tribute shows at Pier 33 will celebrate the music of the Fab Four on Friday night with Abbey Road Live! Tim Conley (guitar, vocals), Dave Domizi (bass, vocals), Andrew Hanmer (drums, vocals) and Michael Wegner (keyboards, guitar, clarinet, vocals) interpret the Beatles and more “mature and complex” sounds. They are known for performing the albums “Abbey Road”, “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The concert is free and starts at 7 p.m.
mountain goats – The California-based and Durham-based indie rockers perform at the Brooklyn Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Consisting of John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Matt Douglas and Jon Wurster, the quartet are touring in support of a new rock album, ‘Bleeding’ (Merging the Records). It’s the number 20 record of the band’s three-decade career. , which toured the old Wilmington Soapbox in its heyday.Tickets are $40 and MJ Lenderman will open the show.
Dance under the sea – A New Hanover County Special Olympics Late Summer Dance will be held at 6 p.m. at Halyburton Park (4099 S. 17th St.). The event welcomes all abilities to dance, enjoy pizza, drinks and music. Pre-registration is required by calling 910-341-7253 or emailing [email protected]
phantom playboys — The Dubliner Irish Pub is home to the five rockabilly swingers known to party every time they take the stage. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday August 20
Justin Lacy album release party
Bourgie Nights, 123 Princess Street • Tickets: $10 to $15
One of Wilmington’s most creative artists – who can go from a boisterous swell of carnival and rock sounds to the quietness of soft lullabies – Justin Lacy will release his third album, “Carousel.”
The alternative folk-rock songwriter was inspired by the last album of the folk of the 70s and its southern environment. “Carousel” features orchestral arrangements that are backed by the “swampy muck of supple banjos, drunken accordions and sprawling pedal steel guitars,” Lacy described in a press release.
In addition to his expert guitar playing, Lacy presents on “Carousel” enriching sound layers with mandolins, violins, clarinets, cellos, trumpet and bells played by a group of musicians: David Canning, Bryan Daste , Christa Faison, Hillary Flowers, Billy Heathen. , Thaddaeus Freidline, Carlos Garcia, Jon Hill, Annie Jewell, Aaron Lane, Kari Loeber, Nick Loeber and Laura York. Singers Julia Rothenberger and Sarah Royal are also featured.
(Among many standout tracks is the avant-garde “False Hemlock,” which sounds a lot like Lacy’s response to Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building.”)
Lacy will be joined by Lady Die, local singer Julia Rothenberger’s full band, as well as Charlotte pop group Oceanic and New Mexico cellist Circle Verse.
“Carousel” is available on bandcamp.
OTHER SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
Port City Jerry Day – The United Way’s fourth annual Port City Jerry Day will take place at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater at 6 p.m., hosting music from The Garcia Project and The Possums, in honor of the Grateful Dead and their frontman Jerry Garcia. The event welcomes local art vendors and will have beer and concessions for sale. Tickets are $7, with all proceeds going to United Way.
Beatles concert in the square – Riverlights also hosts an outdoor Beatles tribute band, Beatlesque, on its Live Oak Commons from 5-8 p.m. Garden chairs and blankets are welcome; the concert is free. Area stores will be open and the Groove Market will take place, featuring over 30 vendors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A coffee and ice cream truck will be parked on site at 4311 River Road.
State of the art for children – The Cameron Art Museum hosted such a successful State of the Art / Art of the State 2022 exhibition – welcoming artists 18 and older to bring a piece of art to hang in the museum’s community exhibit – that it extended its exhibition until October 1st. 9. It also launches a youth-friendly version, Kids State of the Art. He selected more than 300 works earlier in the month and will exhibit them until September 25. The exhibit opens on Saturday as part of the Free Community Day, where there is no admission charge and live entertainment programming will take place all day, starting at 10 a.m. with Music Bird Studios, and performances continuing until 4 p.m. from the Dance Theater of Dreams, Carolina Beach Elementary Ukulele Club, School of Rock performances and more.
Support the Port Fundraiser Comedy Show – Taking place at Dead Crow Comedy Room (511 N. 3rd St.), a fundraiser for Support the Port will kick off throughout the day. There will be a family comedy show, Ready, Set, GO, at 1 p.m., followed by Daredevil Improv Comedy Troupe at 3 p.m. There will also be music in the beer garden. Tickets are $15, with proceeds going to Support the Port, dedicated to increasing self-reliance and fostering a nonviolent environment in underserved areas of Wilmington.
Sunday August 21
Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street • Tickets: 35$ and more
Opera House Theater Company presents “Newsies” – a Wilmington theatrical premiere based on the hit 1992 film.
With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein, “Newsies” is taken from the pages of Bob Tzudiker and Noni White’s screenplay, set in the summer of 1899. Orphan Newsboys and homeless people who post in a housing house in Lower Manhattan, protest the rising cost of papers and organize a strike.
The show features hit songs such as “Seize the Day”, “Santa Fe”, “Carrying the Banner” and “The World Will Know” and is led by Music Director Brian Whitted. It features local actors such as Paul Teal, Jakob Gruntfest and Emilia Torella, and is directed by Shane Fernand with choreography by Carson Hobbs.
The show will run all weekend at Thalian Hall; times and dates are here.
OTHER SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
Marie Chapin Charpentier – Country singer and five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday. Known for hits like “I Feel Lucky” and “Passionate Kisses” (a Lucinda Williams original), Carpenter is touring in support of 2020 release, “The Dirt and the Stars,” though her discography is 19 years old. depth. Tickets start at $49.
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