The Scene: Mind-blowing magic hits TheatreNOW this weekend

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Mentalist Erik Dobell is one half of the duo that brings three nights of 'impossibilities' to TheatreNOW this week. Photo courtesy Dobell.
Mentalist Erik Dobell is one half of the duo that brings three nights of ‘impossibilities’ to TheatreNOW this week. Photo courtesy Dobell.

Get ready to have your mind blown and your thoughts read.

Two nationally known acts are teaming up and headed to the Port City for three nights of astonishing believe-it-or-not hilarity and raucous entertainment.

“Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem” hits the TheatreNOW dinner theater stage tonight (Thursday), with additional shows Friday and Saturday.

The performance is a collaboration between magical comedian Chris Collins and mentalist Erik Dobell, who have more than four decades of combined performing experience—spanning from South Dakota to South Korea–under the belts.

Magical comedian Chris Collins will perform on stage with Dobell. Photo courtesy Dobell.
Magical comedian Chris Collins will perform on stage with Dobell. Photo courtesy Dobell.

The new project came about when the two wondered what would happen if a magician and a mind reader worked together.

“It was Chris’ idea originally,” Dobell said. “I was hesitant at first, but the more I thought about it the more I realized it was a great idea.”

For Collins, the concept was clear.

“What we’ll be bringing to the stage is a show that literally has something for everybody. There’s comedy and drama, magic and mind reading and everything in between,” he said. “Everyone will walk away with a favorite different part that they can tell their friends and family about.”

“Impossibilities” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday. TheatreNOW will host two shows at 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $32 for dinner and a show ($12 for show only).

We’ve got more mind-blowing action–like a free show from a well-known indie rock band and some top-notch comedy–on the calendar for this weekend.

You’ll find those items and many others listed below in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup. And check for more to do around town on The Scene, where it’s always fast, easy and free to post and peruse the latest happenings.

Music

Indie rock darlings—and former Wilmington-based band—The Love Language plays a free show on the pier at the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Headed by Stuart McLamb, indie outfit The Love Language plays a free show tonight in Carolina Beach. Photo courtesy Merge Records.
Headed by Stuart McLamb, indie outfit The Love Language plays a free show tonight in Carolina Beach. Photo courtesy Merge Records.

Flytrap Brewing hosts free live music from Jim Ashley at 8 tonight. Funky Fresh Food Truck will serve up gourmet local street food from 7-10. On Friday, Tyler McKaig performs a free show at 8 p.m. Friday. Pepe’s Taco Truck will be onsite from 7-10 p.m. Americana singer/songwriter John Fonvielle goes on at 8 p.m. Saturday, and A &M’s Red Food Truck will offer up tacos and sliders from 7-10 p.m.

The Half Hell Folk Festival comes to Greenlands Farm in Bolivia on Saturday. The all-day festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features live music and a tap takeover by Check 6, Southport’s only brewery. Tickets are $5.

The Possums pay tribute to the 50-year anniversary of the Grateful Dead with four hours of favorite tunes beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Reel Cafe. The date of the show coincides with the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia. Admission is $5.

The Boogie in the Park free concert series continues with the Overtyme Band, playing some rock n’ roll favorites from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach.

Theater/Comedy

Big Dawg Productions presents “Miss Firecracker Contest” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cape Fear Playhouse. The play tells the story of former Miss Hot Tamale, Carnelle Scott, and her quest to salvage her tarnished reputation in the the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven. Tickets are $16 tonight and $22 Friday-Sunday ($20 for military, seniors and students).

Ebin Mastin plays the lead in the return of Big Dawg Production's 'The Hermit of Fort Fisher.' Photo courtesy Big Dawg.
Ebin Mastin plays the lead in the return of Big Dawg Production’s ‘The Hermit of Fort Fisher.’ Photo courtesy Big Dawg.

The Hermit of Fort Fisher” returns, this time as an outdoor drama, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Presented by Big Dawg Productions, the play is based on the true life story of the Fort Fisher hermit, Robert E. Harrell, who left his home in Shelby in 1955 at the age of 62 and eventually took up residence in an abandoned ammunition bunker, without utilities, income or a regular source of food. Admission is $20 (children six and under are free).

BET alumni Charles Walden and Dante Carter bring the laughter to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Show times are set for 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13.

Brunswick Little Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A matinee performance is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. All shows are at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. Tickets are $19.25 for adults, $13 for students and $6.50 for children.

Film

Detour Deli and Café hosts Film Noir Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. each week. Tonight’s film is “The Asphalt Jungle.” Admission is free.

Cucalorus Film Festival presents “Kidsalorus” at 2 p.m. Friday at the New Hanover County Library’s main branch in downtown Wilmington. The hourlong event showcases the best recent short children’s films from around the world. All films are rated PG. Kidsalorus is free and reservations are not required. You may bring your own snacks and covered drinks.

Art

An opening reception for “DREAM Builders: Artists Who Guide” is set for 6 p.m. Saturday. The visual art exhibit features work by the teaching artists at DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to serving youth in need through the arts. The reception is free, open to the public and appropriate for an all-ages audience. A live performance (ages 13 and up) will begin at 7 p.m. The performance is free, but seating is limited and must be reserved in advance.

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