SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — And we’re approaching the end of another week — one that is bringing full-on springtime vibes, with warm temps and sunny skies. If you’re looking to do more than head to the beach and catch the rays, you’ve landed in the right place.
The 74th annual Azalea Festival has returned in some form this week, which you can catch up on here. Still, so much more is taking place this weekend to keep you active in the local land of arts and entertainment. Music, art, museums, supporting local vendors — we have you covered.
Cheers to L’il Friday!
THURSDAY, APR. 8
Women’s Equality Exhibit
Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. • $5-$8
The Cape Fear Museum has opened a new exhibit celebrating women: “One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women” opened last weekend and will be on display through May 25.
It covers the expanse of women’s history and rights in the U.S., from political to public life. It’s hosted by the National Archives, and is sectioned off into three areas:
Securing the Vote — Follows the suffragists and what they went through to allow women the right to vote
Beyond the Vote — What happened after the 19th Amendment was ratified, including coverage of the Equal Rights Amendment, put forth in 1923 but wasn’t passed in Congress until 1972. It wasn’t until January 2020 that Virginia became the 38 state to ratify the amendment, which was needed for it to be included as part of the Constitution. However, it awaits Senate approval, as the ratification happened past the ERA deadline in 1982.
Redefining Roles — The exhibit explores the contributions of women like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Willa Brown, Sandra Day O’Connor, and others.
Student Art Exhibition
CFCC’s Wilma Daniels Gallery, 200 Hanover St. • Free
Every year, Wilma Daniels hosts its student art exhibit in the spring semester to showcase the scope of talent coming out of the classrooms. The juried exhibit — judged by Art in Bloom owner Amy Grant — highlights the Best in Show winner, Bella Sollosi’s “Sunbathing,” as well as other works in a variety of mediums, including photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media and other genres.
Grant said she judged student works — see all winners below — on composition, form, creativity, originality, technique, and presentation.
- Best In Show: Bella Sollosi, “Sunbathing”
- Photography: Karen Moody, “The Shack”
- Ceramics: Maggie Connelly, “Bubble Pot”
- Painting: Amy Covington, “Float”
- Drawing: Marvin Mejia, “Pop Culture”
- Printmaking: Joseph Parks, “Balance”
- Mixed Media: Sterling Powers, “The Heir” (triptych)
- Sculpture: Sterling Powers, “Let’s Get Loud”
- Design: Polina Sladkova, “Cycle of Life”
- Digital Media: Ray Starling, “Gulls, Gulls, Gulls”
The Student Art Show will run through Friday, Apr. 30, 2021; the gallery is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
FRIDAY, APR. 9
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 111 Grace St. • Free
Roth is one of Wilmington’s singer-songwriters whose vocals and guitar playing are rich with warmth. The 24-year-old is planning a move to Nashville this summer, but folks can still catch her live around town, including Friday night at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Admission is free and Roth will take the stage from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
SATURDAY, APR. 10
Puppy Yoga Pop-Up
5000 Lambs Path Way, Castle Hayne • $10
Looking to center yourself while helping our furry four-legged friends? Puppy Yoga Pop-Up is happening, as sponsored by the local nonprofit paws4people, along with businesses O2 Fitness and The Farmacist.
It costs $10 and participants should head to 5000 Lambs Path Way in Castle Hayne, yoga mat and water bottle in hand. There will be two sessions — one from 8 a.m. 9 a.m. and another from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Classes will be led by an O2 trainer and The Farmacist will have juice samples on hand.
Proceeds benefit paws4people, which trains and places assistance dogs with people with disabilities.
Fermental, 7250 Market St. • Free
Fermental’s beer garden in Ogden brings in live music every weekend, as folks picnic with friends and family and enjoy a sip or two form the bottle shop’s large inventory of beer and wine.
On Saturday the swanky, cool, lowbrow Southern sounds of Starlight Speedway will be center stage from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The band — made up of Jason Delamar (guitar, banjo), Steviemack Harrington (percussion), Kevin Graham Wilson (bass), Callan Trippe and Sam Carradori (vocals)— blends Americana, funk, blues, soul, garage rock, jazz, vintage country, and surf.
Fermental also will have The First Bite food truck on site at 5 p.m.
Coglin’s Misfits Garden Party 2021
Cognlin’s 206 Market St., Free
The annual Azalea Festival may have been truncated this year with some modified events, some virtual events and some canceled events, including Friday’s famed garden party, but Coglin’s in downtown Wilmington isn’t let it stop them from putting on their best seersuckers and fascinators.
Coglin’s is hosting its own Misfits Garden Party and asks folks to don their best garden-party duds. A DJ will be set up on the back patio from noon to midnight. Admission is free!
SUNDAY, APR. 11
SoFro Second Sunday Market
Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St. • Free
On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Satellite Bar and Lounge will be hosting various local vendors in their second Sunday vintage market in the South Front District. Handmade items, vintage clothes, flowers and foliage, skin care and personal wellness items, among other goods and wares will be for sale.
Vendors include Jess James and Co., Homebody Field Goods, Changin’ Ways Farms, Wholesome Greens, Alchemy Ranch, The Kitchen Sink ILM, After the Bloom, The Wilmington Mushroom Company, and others.
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