This weekend is ripe for outdoor exploration.
Those with an interest in botany can get an up-close look at the weird, wild and wonderful world of carnivorous plants with the annual Flytrap Frolic.
The free event, sponsored by N.C. Coastal Land Trust, gets underway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, 3800 Canterbury Road, behind Alderman Elementary School.
In addition to exploring the garden’s Venus flytraps, Pitcher Plants and Sundews, the day’s list of family friendly activities include flytrap “feely boxes,” children’s crafts and facepainting, a scavenger hunt and displays.
Halyburton Park staff will be on hand with some live snakes, and the Cape Fear Raptor Center will bring birds of prey to observe.
For those with an urge for urban farming, this year’s Coastal Cluck Coop Tour is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Tour a diverse group of 16 backyard coops throughout town and around the county to get tips and ideas from chicken owners. Click here to see the tour map.
The event is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.
Looking for revelry of the indoor variety? We’ve got loads of arts and entertainment for you to choose from. You’ll find the items listed below in more detail on The Scene, our free community events calendar.
Local singer/songwriter Susan Savia performs “My Blue Skin: Songs for the Earth” in honor of Earth Day at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ted’s Fun on the River. Admission is $3 at the door.
The Juggling Gypsy hosts “Fire and Drums” at 8 p.m. each Thursday. The event is a meet-up of fire dancers and area drummers, with deejays spinning tunes beginning at 10 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their percussion instruments and fire and juggling toys. A Tarot card reader will be on hand between 6 and 10 p.m. Admission is free.
98.3 FM The Penguin presents Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine Friday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. The New York-based band, known for performing a diverse mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, focuses on creating an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 the day of the show.
Wilmington-based band Masonboro Sound performs acoustic bluegrass renditions of popular tunes at Sweet n’ Savory from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge. The band will play a second free show Sunday at Dockside near Wrightsville Beach.
The prodigal Muscle Shoals, Alabama guitarist known as Firekid plays Bourgie Nights Friday, with local blues great Randy McQuay. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9:30. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
William Seymour performs a free live show at Bombers Bev Co. from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday.
Eclipse, the Pink Floyd Experience returns to the area Saturday for a show at Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill in Carolina Beach. The free show gets underway at 7 p.m.
Spirited traditional jazz band The Hot Sardines play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thalian Hall. The group, which includes a tap dancers, performs standards from the 1920s to 1960s in a range of styles. Tickets are $20 to $36.
Brent Stimmel performs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Flytrap Brewing. Admission is free, and Vittles Food Truck will be onsite.
The Whiskey hosts local performers The Midatlantic, Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey and Ethan Driskill on Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Admission is $6. This show is 21 and older.
The Wilmington Symphony and the UNC-Wilmington Opera Outreach Program present a fully-staged performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera, “The Magic Flute,” at 8 p.m. Saturday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are $25-27 ($6 for students).
Following a string of acoustic solo albums, longtime Dillon Fence and Hobex frontman Greg Humphreys and his new band, Electric Trio, performs at Bourgie Nights Saturday, with opening act Sean Thomas Gerard. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents its annual free family concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. The concert features the Junior Division winner or the 38th annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition accompanied by the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.
UNC-Wilmington’s Department of Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on the Mainstage Theatre in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. A matinee performance is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. The play tells the tale of “Hamlet” through the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s work. Close on the heels of the theater department’s production of “Hamlet,” this show will utilize the same set and cast as the Bard’s classic tale. Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors, UNCW employees and alum and $5 for students).
TheaterNOW presents “Still Bitchin’: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired 2” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This comedic etiquette dinner theater features author Celia Rivenbark and is adapted for the stage by Zach Hanner. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18-$28.
Brunswick Little Theatre in Southport presents the romantic comedy, “Funny Little Thing Called Love,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. This is the theater’s first Director’s Challenge, featuring three directors collaborating on five vignettes. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students.
Port City’s Top Comic Competition gets underway Friday and Saturday at Dead Crow Comedy Room. The event features the best local and regional comedians vying to be voted by the crowd as the funniest in the bunch. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. both nights. Admission is $10.
One-act play “Lt. Flipper’s Trial” is held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the main branch of the New Hanover County Library. Written by Charlotte resident and retired Army Cpt. Bob Rogers, the play tells the story of Henry Flipper, the first African American to graduate from West Point. Flipper’s military career ended after only a few years in a dishonorable discharge based on highly questionable charges. This free program explores his role in American history.
The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival continues with a screening of Nancy Spielberg’s award-winning documentary, “Above and Beyond,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Thalian Hall. Spielberg, the sister of Steven Spielberg, will be at Thalian to introduce her film, which depicts the creation of the Israeli Air Force in 1948 through the vision and volunteer efforts of American Jewish fighter pilots. She will also lead a question-and-answer session after the film. A catered reception will follow. Tickets are $15.
Crescent Moon hosts its 4th Friday Fun event, featuring artist Michaele Rose Watson and musician Roger Davis, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday during the Downtown Gallery Walk. This free event includes food and “Punched Up Punch.”
ACME Art Studios opens its’ annual spring show in conjunction with Fourth Friday at 6 p.m. Friday. The show runs through May 17 and features the latest works by ACME artists. ACME has a full house of 20 artists and welcomes Harry Taylor as the newest to join the ranks. Admission is free.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.