The Scene: Summer jazz series continues at Bellamy Mansion

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Local trio Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts play Bellamy Mansion's jazz series tonight. Photo courtesy Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts.
Local trio Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts play Bellamy Mansion’s jazz series tonight. Photo courtesy Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts.

Summer just got hep.

The Bellamy Mansion’s Jazz at the Museum series is in full swing, continuing tonight (Thursday) with the sounds of Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts, a local trio of young musicians playing saxophone, keyboard and drums.

Upcoming jazz concerts include Wilmington legend Benny Hill on Aug. 13 and Darryl Murril and Jazzpel on Sept. 10.

After a long day of work, you can catch an evening breeze on the Bellamy lawn (blankets or chairs welcomed). And there are plenty of adult beverages to keep you refreshed. Wine and craft beer–including Good Hops’ specially made small batch brew, Preservation Porter–will be available for sale onsite.

Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts–and all jazz series concerts–start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12 ($10 for members).

After you’ve kicked off the weekend a little early, keep the momentum going with more live concerts, theater performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.

We’ve got it all laid out for you in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup. You’ll find these items–and many more–in detail on The Scene, our free community events calendar.

Music

Ted’s Fun on the River presents “Songs at Sunset with Nicole Thompson” from 7 to 9 tonight. Thompson will perform songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, cool Broadway tunes and nostalgic pop music. Admission is $1.

Local indie rock band Museum Mouth plays Bourgie Nights this weekend. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Local indie rock band Museum Mouth plays Bourgie Nights this weekend. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

The free summer concert series at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the genre-blending sounds of The Mark Roberts Band.

Mike Blair of Mike Blair and the Stonewalls plays a free solo show at 8 p.m. Friday at Flytrap Brewing. Pepe’s Taco Truck will sell street food from 7 to 10. On Saturday, award-winning blues man Randy McQuay performs at 8 p.m., with the A&M Food Truck serving tacos and sliders from 7 to 10.

Coastal Collective brings its unique blend of jazz and hip hop to The Calico Room Friday. The show gets underway at 10 p.m., and admission is $5. Darryl Murrill and Jazzpel perform live jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission to that show is $10. Americana and folk musician Travis Shallow plays The Calico Room at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Local indie rock outfit Museum Mouth plays Bourgie Nights Saturday, with opening act The Color Exchange. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the show.

Theater/Comedy

Big Dawg Productions, in conjunction with the Cameron Art Museum, presents the play adaptation of N.C. Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson’s new play “Maytle’s World,” at 7 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday at CAM. Set at the farm at McGee’s Crossroads where Stephenson grew up, the play is a poetic memoir about the state’s agricultural heritage and the role of country music in family life. Tickets are $12 ($8 for CAM members and $5 for students with IDs).

Thalian Association’s production of the classic drama, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” continues at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday at Red Barn Theatre. Tickets are $25.

Comedian and CD recording artist JF Harris performs stand-up at Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Showtimes are 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13.

Film

Cucalorus artist in residence Jackie Olive presents a screening of her documentary, “Always in Season,” at 6:30 tonight as part of a music, poetry, film and discussion event on the second floor of the Cape Fear Museum. There will be a prescreening performance with music by Tanya Fermin and poetry and prose from Charlon Turner, Regina McLeod, Bryce and Trevor Wilson and Katrina Hargrave. “Always in Season” is a documentary feature film for public television that examines the lingering impact of a century of lynching African Americans and follows relatives of the perpetrators and victims in four communities seeking justice and reconciliation. One of those communities is Bladenboro, where Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging from a swing set last year. Olive has started an Indie Gogo campaign to raise funds for final production of the film.  A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Cinematique screens “The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday in Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the film tells the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides its not too late to start over by escaping a Swedish nursing home and going on an unexpected journey full of surprises. Admission is $8.

Art

Flytrap Brewing presents an opening reception for The Pepper Mill Shop, a “spicy, handcrafted art show” from local artist Kelly Sweitzer, at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Flytrap will tap a Special Release Kolsch for the event. Instrumental guitarist Sean Howard and the Funky Fresh Food Truck dish out tunes and local street food from 7-10. Sweitzer’s work will be on display through August 31. Admission to the opening reception is free.

Spectrum Gallery hosts a free opening reception for July’s artist in residence, Phil Mead, at 6 tonight. The exhibit, “An Artist’s View,” features Mead’s vibrant landscapes and still life paintings in a style he refers to as “realistic impressionism.” Brazilian guitarist, Raphael Name’ will perform live and refreshments will be served.

Spectrum Gallery hosts an opening reception tonight for the work of artist Phil Mead. Image courtesy Spectrum Gallery.
Spectrum Gallery hosts an opening reception tonight for the work of artist Phil Mead. Image courtesy Spectrum Gallery.

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