An up-and-coming comic will come to UNC-Wilmington’s campus this weekend.
“Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. The appearance is sponsored by the college’s Association for Campus Entertainment.
The 27-year-old Virginia native joined the cast of “SNL” in 2010 for its 35th season. But he has been performing stand-up since the age of 15, eventually touring with the likes of Corey Holcomb and Charlie Murphy.
Pharoah is known for his celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Kanye West and Denzel Washington, among others.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show for the general public. Student tickets are $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show. Faculty and staff tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
There is lots of laughter to be found around town over the next few days, with a long lineup of comedic plays on the bill. There’s some drama, too, and a little good old-fashioned rock n’ roll thrown in the mix.
You can find it all in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup featured every Thursday. Most of the items listed below can be found on The Scene, our free community events calendar.
Country-punk band Lucero hits the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday. The Fighting Jamesons are the opening act. Tickets are $15 in advance at $20 at the door. VIP Suite and Gold Room rates are available. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. More information is on Ziggy’s website.
Jacob Stockton performs Johnny Cash covers and other tunes at Sweet n Savory Cafe at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Click here for details.
Wilmington’s own ASG returns to rock Ziggy’s on Saturday, with special guests Black Tusk, Predecessor and Distortion Troll. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert begins at 9. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show and can be purchased here.
Jazz pianist James Jarvis performs a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Old Books on Front Street.
Ted’s Fun on the River presents a variety show with Nicole Thompson at 7 p.m. Sunday. Thompson performs jazz standards mixed with Broadway tunes and nostalgic pop music. Admission is $1. More information is available here.
Country singer Tyler Farr performs at Ziggy’s on Sunday, along with Old Southern Moonshine Revival. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP Suite and Gold Room rates are available. Click here for details.
Thalian Association Children’s Theater presents “TACT Radio: Hits through the Ages,” at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and Friday at the Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center. Performances continue at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Under the direction of Michelle Reiff and Jonathan Barber, young performers will take a journey through the music of yesterday. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at the Hannah Block center or can purchased by calling (910) 341-7860.
“The Fantasticks,” the longest running production of any kind, comes to Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Supply tonight at 7:30 p.m. Performed by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the play is a timeless fable of love that is nostalgic and universal. Admission is $11 to $30. Click here for more information.
“Of Mice and Men” premieres at 8 p.m. tonight at Thalian Hall. This adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel explores themes of compassion, human fragility, racism and community. In Depression-era California, two displaced migrant ranch hands drift from place to place, chasing a dream of raising enough to stake themselves to their own homestead. George is the quick-witted, cynical protector of Lennie, a hard-working gentle giant of a man with the sensibility of a child. Lennie’s fixation on soft objects leads to an untenable situation in which George’s final act of protections is, by turn, shocking, heartbreaking and inevitable. The show continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 on opening night and $30 Friday through Sunday.
UNCW’s theater department performs “Some Girl(s)” at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the SRO Theater of the campus’ cultural arts building. “Some Girl(s)” is a play by contemporary playwright Neil LaBute that follows a man as he visits four of his ex-girlfriends before getting married. The play examines the ups and downs of re-visiting old relationships. Tickets are $5.
STAGE Company’s “The Write Stuff,” an original double feature entirely written, directed and produced by UNC-Wilmington students, continues tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and at 5 p.m. Sunday at Browncoat Pub and Theatre. 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. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students).
Kathy Snow Productions presentation of “Hairspray, Junior” gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Scottish Rite Temple. Additional performances are set for 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. More than 60 local actors, ages 12 and up, are featured in this musical about the spunky plus-sized teen with a big dream to dance on TV in 1960’s Baltimore. Tickets are $5 to $8. More information is available here.
TheatreNOW presents Celia Rivenbark’s “Rude Bitches Make Me Tired: Slightly Profane and Entirely Logical Answers to Modern Etiquette Dilemmas” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adapted from Rivenbark’s book of the same title by TheatreNOW Artistic Director Zach Hanner, this show takes you through how to cope with stingy check splitters, rude airline passengers, the odd dinner party faux pas, line jumpers and more. Tickets are $36 for dinner and the show ($20 show only).
Bourbon Street hosts a free variety show at 7: 30 p.m. Friday. Hosted by comedian Reid Clark, the performance features stand-up comedy, music and spoken word.
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.
The Enter/Exeunt reading series continues at Cameron Art Museum with a reading of “The Taming of the Shrew” at 7 p.m. Saturday. The series offers an up-close and personal experience of Shakespeare’s great theatrical works, read in an intimate setting by notable local actors and some special guests. this series will expose the audience to these texts in a way that will be bring these great plays to life. The ongoing series is held in collaboration with UNCW’s Department of Theatre. Admission is by donation.
“Like Father, Like Son,” screens at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday at Thalian Hall’s Studio Theater. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu, the movie tells the story of two Japanese families that are upended when they discover that their sons were switched at birth. Tickets are $8.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or email@example.com.