The Scene: ‘Ping Pong Throwdown’ returns to the Port City

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Ping pong players of all skill levels and ages can compete in Friday's competition. Photo courtesy Wilmington Table Tennis Club.
Ping pong players of all skill levels and ages can compete in Friday’s competition. Photo courtesy Wilmington Table Tennis Club.

Basement athletes, get ready to bring your game out to the Brooklyn Arts Center.

The downtown venue is once again hosting the Port City Ping Pong Throwdown this Friday.

The sixth competition, presented by Wilmington Table Tennis Club, brings together players of all skill levels and ages for a little friendly competition. Serious players can sign up for the A Bracket to face off against like-minded paddle swingers. The B Bracket is aimed at the more casual player just looking for a fun match.

The competition is best of three and double elimination, so there’s plenty of chances to show off that backspin and smash technique.

And if you advance to the top, you’ll have a chance to win cash. Prize money goes to those who earn first, second and third places.

Registration gets underway at 4:30 p.m. and matches start up at 6:15. The cost to enter is $10. If you’re a fan of the indoor sport but don’t feel like playing, you can check out the scene for $5.

Everyone who attends will get a free raffle ticket, and there’s plenty of free parking around the Brooklyn Art Center. The performance hall will also open up its cash bar, and there is an ATM machine onsite.

If you’re looking more action, there’s plenty more to see and do around the Port City this weekend, including solo shows from members of legendary indie rock bands and performances of some beloved books adapted for the stage.

Below you’ll find our top picks of arts and entertainment happenings in the area. You’ll find these items—and many more—on The Scene, where it’s always free to post and peruse the latest events.

Music

Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers fame performs at Bourgie Nights tonight (Thursday). Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9:30. Tickets are $15.

Ziggy’s By The Sea presents “Hometown Throwdown 3” on Friday, with local acts Signal Fire, Groove Fetish, Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey, Treehouse!, The Give Thanks Band and DJ Heights. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.

Supersuckers alum Eddie Spaghetti plays Bourgie Nights tonight. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Supersuckers alum Eddie Spaghetti plays Bourgie Nights tonight. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

98.3 The Penguin and Huka Entertainment bring funk and soul group Robert Randolph and the Family Band to Ziggy’s By the Sea Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. VIP Suite and Platinum Table reservations are available.

Local musician Susan Savia will play a free show from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Flytrap Brewing. Vittles Food Truck will be onsite.

Indie favorite The Love Language returns to Bourgie Nights Saturday, with Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Portastatic) and Flesh Wounds. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 at the door.

Theater/Comedy

Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Love Letters” returns to Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. The local production, starring veteran Port City actors Tony Rivenbark and Suellen Yates, follows two characters retelling their 50-year relationship through the reading of letters.

Jesse Joyce, writer for @Midnight and Comedy Central Roasts, takes the mic at Dead Crow Comedy Club this weekend. Joyce will perform at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13.

Magician James Galea brings his “I Hate Rabbits” performance to Thalian Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Galea’s cutting edge style melds a mischievous sense of theatrics, humor and award-winning slight-of-hand. Tickets are $20 to $36.

98.3 The Penguin and Huka Entertainment present funk and soul legend Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Ziggy's By The Sea Saturday. Photo courtesy Ziggy's.
98.3 The Penguin and Huka Entertainment present funk and soul legend Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Ziggy’s By The Sea Saturday. Photo courtesy Ziggy’s.

The Wilmington Ballet stages its “Princess Tea Party and Storybook Ballet” at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Scottish Rite Auditorium. The performance—aimed at engaging young audiences in theater– features a sing-a-long with princesses Elsa and Anna, a storybook ballet performance and a royal tea party with the princesses and ballet characters. Tickets are $10 for the show and $15 for the show and tea party.

Big Dawg Productions’ “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” premieres at 8 p.m. tonight at Cape Fear Playhouse. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Based on the classic novel by Ken Kesey, the play tells the story of a charming rogue who serves a short sentence in a mental institution rather than prison and the antics, drama and friendships that ensue. Opening night is pay-what-you-can (cash only). Admission is $16 to $22 Friday-Sunday.

TheatreNOW hosts the dinner theater show, “Raney,” at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The play, adapted from the novel of the same name by Clyde Edgerton, follows the marriage of Raney, a Southern Baptist, to Charles, a liberal missionary. Tickets are $22 (show only) and $38 for dinner and the show.

Art

Jazzcars Gallery exhibits the works of Christopher Reid during the gallery’s grand opening from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Reid is an award winning local artist specializing in original pastel and watercolor paintings. There will be live music and refreshments. Admission is free. Over 100 artworks will be for sale, with a portion of sales benefiting Habitat For Humanity.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.