If spirits are what you’re seeking this weekend, there are several beer- and wine-themed happenings in the area.
Learn all about the rich history of grown-up refreshments and what goes into making your favorite libations–all while sipping on a selection of wine and craft beers from Wilmington Wine–at Cape Fear Museum’s “Adult Night Out: History and Science of Alcohol” this Friday at 7 p.m.
The event features an exploration of early 20th century Prohibition in North Carolina. A still smashed by federal agents will be available for viewing. Wilmington Home Brew and Supply will be on hand to lead a little fermentation science experiment and answer hobbyists’ questions.
Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
And if you’re looking to relax after a long week, two free Friday night wine tastings are on the table. Wilmington Wine hosts one, featuring five new wines to sample, from 5 to 8 p.m. And four wines are up for sipping from 6 to 8 p.m. at Taste the Olive. Three tasty beers will be on tap at Wilmington Wine Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. for micro-brew enthusiasts.
That’s just a taste of what’s going on around town this weekend in our new entertainment roundup, featured every Thursday.
Most of the events come straight from The Scene, our online community calendar, where it is free to peruse and post the latest goings-on in and around the Cape Fear.
Performance Club Studio Theater presents the musical, “13,“ at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Thalian Hall’s Studio Theater. The play is a funny and dramatic coming-of-age story set to a rock n’ roll score. Tickets are $15.
The off-Broadway smash “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” continues at City Stage this weekend. Shows run at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $18 to $22.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” runs again this Friday through Sunday. Presented by the Thalian Association Children’s Theater, performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center downtown. Tickets are $12.
Super Saturday Fun Time Kids Variety Show continues this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at TheatreNOW. The ongoing series features Captain Plunkett, Dock the Dog and the Dock Street Kids as they unravel mysteries tied to Wilmington’s history and local attractions in Scooby Doo-style. A new “episode” happens each week. Tickets are $8.
The Lacs bring their unique, Georgia-bred blend of “hick hop” and southern rock to Ziggy’s By The Sea tonight (Thursday). Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show gets underway at 9. Tickets are $15.
Dinner, drinks and a concert from the Wilmington Big Band are on the agenda for Save the Cape’s fundraiser, Jazz at the Cape Fear. The event, which also includes an auction of artwork and wares from local merchants, is Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the St. James Community Center in Southport. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds benefit Save the Cape’s efforts create a state recreational park at the megaport site in Southport.
Massive Grass plays its mix of bluegrass at Locals Tavern Friday at 9 p.m. Performances at Locals are always free of charge.
The Wilmington Symphony kicks off its 43rd season with “Sleeping Beauty,” featuring soprano Nancy King, Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Opening Night begins with brass from Hector Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire Overture.” Nancy King performs Richard Strauss’s autumnal “Four Last Songs,” and a selection of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” follows. Tickets are $25 to $27 for adults and $6 for students.
Reggae artist Edge Michael performs at Ziggy’s at 8 p.m. Saturday. Michael, nephew of the late Peter Tosh, is known for such songs as “Deep River Woman,” “Delilah,” “Killsome City,” “Rebel With Cause,” “If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another” and “Hazel Eyes,” among others. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.
The Jam Sandwich Band plays classic and southern rock and blues at Locals Tavern at 9 p.m. Saturday. Performances at Locals are always free of charge.
Local Reggae and rock band Signal Fire comes to the Palm Room Saturday at 10 p.m.
Area musicians are invited to join the stage at Locals Tavern for its Open Jam and Hot Dog Extravaganza Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is hosted by Randy O & The Mango Band. A P.A. system, lights, drums, keys and backline are provided.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.