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A local cultural arts tradition is once again returning to the Port City.
The N.C. Black Film Festival, slated this year to run tonight (Thursday) through Sunday, features a host of independent films in a variety of genres at locations in and around downtown Wilmington.
The annual event, sponsored by the Black Arts Alliance, gets underway at 6 tonight with a free “cinemixer” and social at the Cameron Art Museum. At 7 p.m., the festival kicks off with the short film, “Dust” — in which a young poet’s final evening with his girlfriend sparks memories of an afternoon spent with his ailing grandfather–followed by opening film, “Things Never Said,” about an aspiring poetess plagued with relationship problems. Tickets to tonight’s screenings are $10.
The festival continues at 6 p.m. Friday with five films in two “blocks”–“Natural Hair Diaries,” “Red” and “Free Lunch” in the first and “Jump” and “The Takeover” in the second. Tickets are $5 per block throughout the festival. An after-party is set for 9:15 p.m. in Jengo’s backyard, with food from Jamaica’s Comfort Zone.
Saturday starts off with family cinema at 10 a.m., featuring two free movies–“KiriKou the Sorceress” and “It Takes a Village”–at the Community Arts Center’s Farrell Room. Blocks of films begin at 1 p.m.
In the Lavin Studio, movies start at noon and on the mainstage, the morning begins with a film makers’ brunch and workshop.
Everything wraps up Sunday back at CAM, with a presentation of “Fashion in Film: Celebration of Fashion and Film” at 3 p.m., followed by the N.C. Black Film Festival Honoree and Film Maker Awards. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a free screening of the movie, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.”
More information and a summary of each of the films can be found here.
There’s much more to see and do around town this weekend, as listed below in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup. Most of the items can be found on The Scene, where it is always free to post and peruse the latest happenings.
The Singleton Piano Trio plays a free recital at 7 p.m. tonight at the Union Station Auditorium on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. The evening features music by Joseph Haydn, Astor Piazzolla and Enrique Granados.
In time for St. Patrick’s Day, The Celtic Tenors performs on Thalian Hall’s main stage at 8 p.m. Friday. The trio of internationally renowned tenors ranges from classical roots to the more contemporary, with influences of folk, Irish music and pop. Admission is $18 to $35. More information is available here.
Local reggae band Signal Fire plays Sweet n Savory Pub at 8 p.m. Friday. In its first year together, Signal Fire has already played more than 75 shows and shared the stage with The Wailers, SOJA, The Movement and Fortunate Youth, among others. Admission is free. Click here for details.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Brightmore of Wilmington, presents Symphony POPS! “Broadway Then & Now” with Amy and Ben Wright from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at UNC-Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium. The Broadway veterans will showcase of a variety of selections from Broadway’s songbook. Amy Wright made her Broadway debut in 1996 in the Tony-nominated Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “State Fair” and can be heard on the original cast album. Ben Wright originated the role of “Jack” in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapin’s Tony and Grammy award-winning musical “Into the Woods.” Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students.
Rowdy Americana rock band Bootleg Dynasty performs a free show at Hell’s Kitchen at 9 p.m. Saturday. The band was named 2013 Carolina Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year.
TheatreNOW presents a Sunday Brunch featuring live music with Celtic trio The Blarney Brogues at noon Sunday. The group will play classic Irish songs, as well as a few originals about beer, pugilism and lovely ladies. Admission is $15 to $20. Details and a menu are available here.
Jazz pianist James Jarvis performs a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Old Books on Front Street.
Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings present their spring matinee concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. The groups are conducted by Steven Errante and Jane Tierney. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for youth under 17, and are available one hour before the concert.
STAGE Company’s “The Write Stuff,” an original double feature entirely written, directed and produced by UNC-Wilmington students, premieres tonight at 8 p.m. at UNCW’s Warwick Ballroom. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. All shows are free. In “YOLO,” a marine biology major who loses everything finds a very strange fortune cookie with very strange instructions. In “The Birthday Witch,” the most powerful witch in the world has a birthday coming up. Her son is throwing a birthday dinner, but runs into trouble when all the guests want to kill his mom.
TheatreNOW dinner theater presents “Charlie Murphy’s Fond Farewell,” a musical comedy featuring an Irish wake and authentic Irish characters, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets $18 to $28. More information and a dinner menu can be found here.
Cape Fear Theater Arts presents “Reefer Madness,” a musical comedy inspired by the 1936 film in which a group of clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana and travel a dark path to jazz, sex and violence, at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at City Stage. Admission is $16 to $20. Click here for details.
Super Saturday Fun Time Kids’ Variety Show continues this Saturday from 3 to 5 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.
Shakespeare Club presents a screening of “Julius Caesar” at 7 p.m. tonight at Thalian Hall. The 1953 movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s play stars Marlon Brando as Marc Antony and Louis Calhern in the title role. Tickets are $8.70 and can be purchased here.
Cameron Art Museum presents Kids at CAM at noon Saturday. Guest artist Steve Myott leads art projects and activities inspired by CAM’s exhibition, “Corrugated World: The Artwork of James Grashow.” Children will be able to create their own art to take home. All ages are welcome and there is no pre-registration. Parental supervision is required at all times. Admission is by donation.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.