The Scene: Shake off those Sunday blues

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Chicken and waffles, anyone? Taste the Olive serves them up--and then some--at its weekly Sunday jazz brunch. Photo courtesy Taste the Olive.
Chicken and waffles, anyone? Taste the Olive serves them up–and then some–at its weekly Sunday jazz brunch. Photo courtesy Taste the Olive.

Sunday morning got you down?

Rather than lament the impending return to work, get out and enjoy the last day of your weekend with a variety of local outings and events.

A good place to start is, of course, with Sunday brunch. But you’ll find much more than just your typical bacon-and-eggs routine at some of Wilmington’s area eateries.

Both Rx, 421 Castle St., and Pembroke’s, 1125-A Military Cutoff Road, serve up brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday. Pembroke’s puts a signature Southern spin on the traditional Sunday fare, while Rx serves up DIY mimosas alongside its ever-changing menu.

The Historic Downtown Marketplace features local arts and crafts vendors and live music every Sunday. Photo courtesy Historic Downtown Marketplace.
The Historic Downtown Marketplace features local arts and crafts vendors and live music every Sunday. Photo courtesy Historic Downtown Marketplace.

And Taste the Olive, 1125 E. Military Cutoff Road, adds a little bebop to its brunch offerings with live jazz from the legendary local talent Benny Hill each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While you nosh, you can also heartily sip on bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and Bellinis.

After you’ve enjoyed some good local food and a drink—or two—stroll off your meal at the weekly Historic Downtown Marketplace, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.

The street fair—on Front Street near the intersection with Market—includes a variety of handmade goods from Cape Fear area artisans and craftsman, as well as live music on a rotating basis.

Now that your Sunday agenda set, check out what else is going on this weekend in our arts and entertainment roundup.

You’ll find the items below—and many more happenings—in depth on The Scene, our always-free, always-easy online community events calendar.

Music

The Goat and Compass hosts “Live After 5,” with musical guest Steve Laret, at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Admission is free.

Amuzu Theatre in Southport presents its sixth annual rock n’ roll show, “Come Rock With Me,” at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. The show features a six-piece live band and 17 vocalists recreating music from the late 50s and early 60s. Tickets are $18. Proceeds will benefit the restoration and renovation of the 100-year-old theater.

Indie icon Benji Hughes returns to the Port City Saturday for a show at Bourgie Nights. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Indie icon Benji Hughes returns to the Port City Saturday for a show at Bourgie Nights. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

Flytrap Brewing presents a free live show from acoustic singer and instrumentalist Susan Savia at 8 p.m. tonight. Funky Fresh Food Truck will serve up gourmet local street food from 7 to 10. On Friday, acoustic indie folk duo Chasing Opal plays at 8 p.m. and Pepe’s Taco Truck will be onsite from 7 to 10. Kyle Lindley performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, with A&M’s Red Food Truck serving up tacos and sliders from 7 to 10.

Wilmington’s own No Dollar $hoes performs at 10 p.m. Friday at the Goat and Compass, with special guests Turkey Buzzards from California. Admission is free.

Prolific indie pop artist Benji Hughes comes to Bourgie Nights on Saturday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

Local favorite L Shape Lot Duo plays a free show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Goat and Compass.

Prog-metal band Between the Buried and Me takes the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Sunday, with opening acts Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

Theater/Comedy

Big Dawg Productions presents “Miss Firecracker Contest” at 8 p.m. tonight 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 small Mississippi town of Brookhaven. Tickets are $16 tonight and $22 Friday-Sunday ($20 for military, seniors and students).

Dead Crow Comedy Room welcomes the stand-up of Charlotte native Paul Hooper this weekend. Photo courtesy Dead Crow.
Dead Crow Comedy Room welcomes the stand-up of Charlotte native Paul Hooper this weekend. Photo courtesy Dead Crow.

Charlotte native Paul Hooper performs stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Hooper has appeared on Comedy Central and “Red Eye” on Fox, as well as in the Boston Comedy Festival. He will perform at 7 and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6 and dinner is available. Tickets are $13-$16.

Kathy Snow Productions’ “Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr.” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Scottish Rite Temple. Performances continue at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children three to 17.

Film

Cinematique screens “Testament of Youth,” based on the World War I memoir by Vera Brittain, at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday in Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. Tickets are $8.

Detour Deli and Café hosts Film Noir Thursdays at 8 p.m. each week. Tonight’s movie is the 1947 thriller, “Out of the Past.” Admission is free.

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