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This weekend's Festival Latino features dancers like these, as well as cuisine and children's entertainment.
This weekend’s Festival Latino features dancers like these, as well as cuisine and children’s entertainment. Photo courtesy Festival Latino.

A cross-cultural extravaganza is on tap for this weekend during the 15th annual Festival Latino.

Held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ogden Park, the free, all-ages festival features authentic food, music and a fiesta just for kids.

According to organizers, the celebration gives residents the opportunity to share in the diverse Latino cultures of the Cape Fear region.

An increasingly popular event, they expect record high crowds of more than 25,000 this year to sample cuisine from Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Venezuela and Colombia, among other countries, and enjoy music and dance from performers across the state.

On Saturday only, children can enjoy pinatas, clowns, inflatable rides, story time and other activities. Arts and crafts will be on display and for sale, and exhibitors from area community agencies will be on hand to offer Hispanic residents an opportunity to learn more about their programs and services.

More music and cultural happenings in and around Wilmington are listed below. Most of the events come straight from The Scene, where it is always free to post and peruse community events.


The Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society present their monthly series, Jazz at the CAM, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the museum. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Barbara Martin is this month’s featured performer. Martin will be accompanied by jazz guitarist Vince Lewis. Tickets are $5 to $12. More information is available here.

Music icon BJ Thomas plays Odell Williamson Auditorium in Brunswick County tonight. Photo courtesy BJ Thomas.
Music icon BJ Thomas plays Odell Williamson Auditorium in Brunswick County tonight. Photo courtesy BJ Thomas.

Traditional music noteworthy Jeff Warner plays live at Ted’s Fun on the River tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

Legendary singer and songwriter BJ Thomas performs tonight at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College near Supply. Thomas is known for such hits as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling.”

The show gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $29 and can be purchased here.

Local musicians can take the stage during Open Mic night at 8 p.m. tonight with Dennis Brinson at Local’s Tavern. There is no cover charge. A P.A. system and equipment is provided.

New Orleans-based funk and jazz band Galactic takes the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP and Gold Room reservations are also available. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9 p.m.

Mac & Juice plays the rooftop bar at The Reel Cafe from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and complimentary appetizers are served while supplies last. More information can be found here.

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.


Thalian Association presents the award-winning play, “Other Desert Cities,” Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Red Barn Studio. “Other Desert Cities” won the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play before moving to Broadway, where it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The emotionally charged play centers around a family coming to terms with long-held secrets. Tickets are $25.

City Stage's 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' continues this weekend at Thalian Hall. Photo courtesy Thalian Hall.
City Stage’s ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ continues this weekend at Thalian Hall. Photo courtesy Thalian Hall.

An evening of stand-up comedy, original sketches, improv, poetry and live music is in store during Maxwell-Clark and Friends’ variety show at the Juggling Gypsy Friday. The free event starts at 8 p.m. Details are available here.

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.


A screening of the 1935 movie “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Thalian Hall. Admission is $8. More information is at Thalian Hall’s website.


Los Angeles-based choreographer Lionel Popkin presents “Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” a piece inspired by the career of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, Saturday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. The unique performance incorporates two other dancers, projections, video and even a leaf blower, with an original score by Guy Klucevsek performed live on accordion and violin. Tickets are $5 to $22. More information is available here.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or