The Scene: Local film screening, art exhibit tackle the issue of fracking

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A photo from the multi-media exhibit, Water Warriors. Photo courtesy Michael Premo.
A photo from the upcoming multi-media exhibit, ‘Water Warriors.’ Photo courtesy Michael Premo.

Set your sights on social consciousness this weekend.

Working Films and Cucalorus Film Festival, along with a host of state and local nonprofit advocacy partners, host a screening of “Fracking Stories,” a compilation of short documentaries, at 7 p.m. Friday at Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess St.

Part of a series of screenings across the state this summer, the local showing offers a look at the politically charged and heavily debated issue of hydraulic fracturing, potential public health and environmental consequences and the ways in which communities are responding.

After the 36-minute compilation, a reception for the multi-media installation, “Water Warriors,” will be held across the street at Wabi Sabi warehouse, 19 N. Ninth St.

A collaboration between artists Michael Premo and Andrew Stern, the photography and film-based installation shows a variety of residents–an elderly lumberjack and a “hockey mom,” among them–who join together to fight drilling for natural gas in their community. Premo will be in attendance at the exhibit.

Both the screening and reception are free and open to the public. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception, which will also feature live music from Brazilian guitarist and vocalist Raphael Namé.

The event is presented in local partnership with the Black Arts Alliance, the Cape Fear Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the New Hanover County NAACP. Additional statewide partners include Appalachian Voices, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Clean Water for North Carolina.

After you’ve gotten your fill of informative art, there’s more entertainment to be had this weekend. Whether it’s an outdoor concert or a classic musical you’re seeking, we’ve got you covered–and then some–in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.

You’ll find the items listed below, and many others, in more depth on The Scene, our free community events calendar.

Music

Bellamy Mansion Museum’s jazz concert series continues with live music from Stardust at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $10 for Cape Fear Jazz Society members and $12 for non-members.

Rivermist performs tonight as part of Kure Beach's summer concert series. Photo courtesy Kure Beach Parks and Recreation Department.
Rivermist performs tonight as part of Kure Beach’s summer concert series. Photo courtesy Kure Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

The Town of Leland hosts its Concert on the Coast series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a free outdoor concert from EastBound at Leland Municipal Park. Those attending can bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics, but no pets or outside alcohol are allowed. The concert is family friendly. Chick-fil-a will sell concessions onsite.

Singer Nicole Thompson performs a mix of nostalgic pop and jazz standards and more at Ted’s Fun on the River from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. Admission is $2.

Classic rock and 80s cover band Rivermist plays at 6:30 tonight as part of Kure Beach’s free summer concert series at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.

Singer/songwriter Evan Baker performs a free set at Flytrap Brewing Friday. Soulful Twist food truck will be onsite from 7-10 p.m. and Baker will bring the music beginning at 8. On Saturday, Fred Flynn and Wes Sayer pair up for a free live show at 8 p.m., with the Funky Fresh Food Truck serving up local street food from 7-10.

Raleigh-based Americana band American Aquarium takes the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. VIP Suite and Platinum Table reservations are available.

Whiskey-tinged country singer Cale Tyson plays Bourgie Nights Saturday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Whiskey-tinged country singer Cale Tyson plays Bourgie Nights Saturday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

Wilmington folk and blues cello-guitar duo Upstarts & Rogues plays Fermental’s beer garden this Friday. The free, family friendly show will include a solo performance from Jude Eden at 7 p.m., followed by Upstarts & Rogues at 8.

Avant-garde improvisational group In Sonitus Lux brings its ever-evolving ensemble of musicians to The Juggling Gypsy at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is by donation.

Local group Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey kick off its summer tour with a free show Friday at Satellite Bar and Lounge. Matt Phillips plays at 9 p.m., followed by Driskill at 10 and Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey at 11.

Nashville singer-songwriter Cale Tyson brings his whiskey-soaked brand of country to Bourgie Nights Saturday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the night of the show. Bourgie Nights pass holders get in, with a guest, for $10.

Jim Ashley plays live country, bluegrass, gospel, and blues from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bombers Bev Co. Admission is free.

Hard rock band Dysfunction performs an acoustic set at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at The Juggling Gypsy. Admission is by donation.

Theater/Comedy

Thalian Hall presents Opera House Theater Company’s production of the musical, “Mary Poppins,” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Based on the books P.L. Travers and the classic Disney movie of the same name, the play features new music alongside some of the well-known classics, such as “Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Tickets are $31.

Spectrum Gallery hosts an opening reception for Gale Smiths colorful ink on copper artwork tonight. Photo courtesy Spectrum.
Spectrum Gallery hosts an opening reception for Gale Smith’s colorful ink on copper artwork tonight. Photo courtesy Spectrum.

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green presents the Bard’s bawdy comedy, “All’s Well That Ends Well,” Friday through Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each night and the play begins at 8. Admission is free.

Nate Bargatze, winner of the Boston and New York comedy festivals, comes to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. He will do two shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15.

Film

Cinematique presents “Iris,” a documentary about legendary fashion icon Iris Apfel, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater. The film is directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. Tickets are $8.

Art
Spectrum Gallery hosts an opening reception for Gale Smith’s exhibit, “Life Is a Kaleidoscope,” from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Smith creates vibrant paintings with ink on copper to create a dimensional piece of art. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and Mark Teachey will perform live.

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