The Scene: Awaken your inner spirit with area yoga sessions

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Tamara Yoga offers an early morning beach yoga session this Friday. Photo courtesy Tamara Yoga.
Tamara Yoga offers an early morning beach yoga session this Friday. Photo courtesy Tamara Yoga.

In need of a little relaxation or spiritual recharge? Physical activity or just some renewed mental focus?

No matter your purpose or skill level, area yoga studios are offering up a few things that will make you go “om” this weekend.

Instructors Eddy Nataraj and Mary Glackmeyer bring the ancient call-and-response chanting known as Kirtan to Longwave Yoga, 203 Racine Drive, Suite 200, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to the practice, each syllable and vowel has a vibration, and when you string them together to form chants, or mantras, they can help purify the mind and “subtle body” (the space between the atoms).

No previous knowledge of yoga, meditation or Kirtan is required. Nataraj and Glackmeyer offer up a fresh take on Kirtan with a fusion of traditional harmonium and the dynamic sounds of Spanish flamenco guitar.

The class is open to all ages with a suggested donation of $15.

Get your weekend started out mindfully with an oceanfront session, hosted by Tamara Yoga, at 7 a.m. Friday at the new Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Tamara Yoga holds the morning sessions each Tuesday and Friday throughout the summer at various outdoor locations. Classes are $10, with an extra $2 charge if you need to rent a mat.

And on Sunday, Harmony Yoga, 4320 Wrightsville Ave., Unit B, hosts a two-hour Yoga Nidra experience with instructor Brandon Lee. Yoga Nidra, or “yoga sleep,” is an ancient practice of deep meditation and relaxation.

It’s open to all ages and skill levels. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

After you’ve awakened your true inner spirit, find out what else it wants to do this weekend in our roundup of area arts and entertainment happenings.

You’ll find the items listed below in more detail–plus, lots of other events–on The Scene, our free community calendar.

Music

Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen of bluegrass and Americana band Stray Local perform a free show at 8 p.m. Thursday at Flytrap Brewing. Funky Fresh Food Truck serves up local street food from 7 to 10 p.m. On Friday, Pepe’s Taco Truck will be onsite from 7 to 10 p.m., with live music from Justin Lacy and Michael Buckley starting at 8. John Fonvielle’s band, End of the Line, goes on at 8 p.m. Saturday, with A & M’s Red Food Truck serving up tacos and sliders from 7 to 10.

Local duo Milestone performs live beach music and covers of Steely Dan, Motown hits and more from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Two Kousins in Carolina Beach. There is no cover charge.

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Nikki Talley performs at Bourgie Nights Friday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Bluegrass singer/songwriter Nikki Talley performs at Bourgie Nights Friday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

Pleasure Island’s free summer concert series continues with an outdoor performance by CoCo LoCo Party Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Ft. Fisher Recreation Area.

Sublime tribute band Badfish takes the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday, with opening act Beebs and Her Money Makers. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.

Bourgie Nights presents an evening with Asheville-based bluegrass phenom Nikki Talley on Friday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.

Local indie rock outfit Onward, Soldiers plays an album fundraiser show with The Coastal Collective Saturday at Bourgie Nights. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show ($20 gets you admission to the concert and a copy of Onward, Soldiers’ new CD).

Recently off a sold-out headlining gig at the Ma Rainey Museum in Columbus, Georgia, Florida blues duo Belmont & Jones comes to The Juggling Gypsy at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.

Theater

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Red Barn Theatre. The one-woman show tells the story of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday and features some well-known and not-so-familiar tunes. Tickets are $25.

Thalian Hall presents Opera House Theater Company’s production of the musical, “Mary Poppins,” at 8 p.m. tonight 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.

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

Art

Crescent Moon hosts a free Fourth Friday gallery event, featuring the work of sequential visual artist Jeffrey Vossler, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Eric Miller from L Shape Lot performs live. Refreshments will be served.

The opening reception for the 2015 Coastal Clay Guild Exhibition is Friday at Wilma W. Daniels Gallery. Photo courtesy Wilma W. Daniels Gallery.
The opening reception for the 2015 Coastal Clay Guild Exhibition is Friday at Wilma W. Daniels Gallery. Photo courtesy Wilma W. Daniels Gallery.

Cape Fear Community College’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery presents an opening reception for the 2015 Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Exhibition at 6 p.m. Friday. Founded in 2007 in Wilmington, the nonprofit guild aims to promote and exchange knowledge and information about ceramic arts. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments are provided.

Award-winning, international artist Ken Withrow leads a watercolor painting workshop at Kure Beach’s Ocean Front Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The class is open to aspiring artists of all skill levels. Begin the day sketching ocean views and spend the afternoon turning your vision into art. The cost to participate is $30.

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