Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Li’l Friday Roundup: Events taking place in the Cape Fear this weekend

Cape Fear Museum is hosting a Virtual Star Party on Friday as part of UNC Science Week Statewide Star Party. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Pexels, by Lucas Pezeta)

WILMINGTON — What’s the song? “Everybody’s working for the weekend”? 

Truer words have never been sung. 

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Around these parts, Li’l Friday (local speak for Thursday) is when we take a look at the upcoming Thursday-through-Sunday calendar to fit in extra doses of fun as the weekend descends upon us. Plenty is to be enjoyed over the coming four days, from film to comedy to stargazing and more. 

Cheers to the weekend!


Adore the Shore Art Opening
Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St. • Free

Flytrap Brewing has opened its taproom for the first time in a year since Covid-19. That means it’s also hosting art openings again. To celebrate, the brewery is kicking off with a show, “Adore the Shore,” from Kure Beach resident Sheila Amato.

“Living in this light-filled coastal area has nurtured my creative inspiration,” Amato said about her opening. 

She takes pictures of her surroundings, from seascapes to sunsets, and then paints them using bright acrylics. “I like to paint quickly with big, loose brush strokes and in an abstract-realism style,” Amato said in a release. 

Amato’s work will be on display and for sale in the brewery for two months. She will be onsite on Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for an artist meet-and-greet and to discuss her series of paintings.

California Taco will be serving from its food truck as well.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films
Virtual stream • $12 per category

As part of Cinematique, Thalian Hall annually showcases the Oscar-nominated shorts ahead of the Academy Awards, which is scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 25. Though Covid is preventing them from being projected on the historic theater’s big screen, folks can purchase them in blocks — animated, live-action, documentary — to stream from home up to 30 days after purchase. 

It’s $12 per category, and each block features 2021 nominees:

Best Animated Shorts (99 Minutes, Rated PG-13) —  “Burrow,” “Genius Loci,” “Opera,” “If Anything Happens I Love You,” “Yes-People”

Best Live Action Shorts (130 Minutes, Rated R) —  “The Present,” “Feeling Through,” “Two Distant Strangers,” “White Eye,” and “The Letter Room”

Best Documentary Shorts (136 Minutes, Rated R) —  “A Love Song for Latasha,” “Do Not Split,” “Hunger Ward,” “Colette,” and “A Concerto is a Conversation”


Virtual Star Party
Virtual stream • Free

Cape Fear Museum is teaming up with Moorehead Planetarium and Science Center for some virtual stargazing while also learning about astronomy from Dr. Sheila Kannappan. Kannappan studies the galaxies and their evolution, and will discuss them as she shows live video feeds from telescopes and other software that’s available to the planetarium.

Joining her will be NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Doug Lively and Mike Keefe. They will present live views of the moon, Mars, and more.

The virtual star party is hosted as part of UNC Science Week: Statewide Star Party; it’s free but participants should register here.


Port City Comedy Jam
Front St. Market and Produce, 604 S. Front St. • $10-$25

Well-known actor and Wilmingtonian Orlando Jones will be hosting Port City Comedy Jam at Front Street Market and Produce. The event — which is slated to take place monthly moving forward — will kick off this Saturday with a double bill.

Headliner Dallas Brown Jr. will perform both shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Though the first show is sold-out (featuring Ellie Coleman, Brian Granger, John Felts, Marlon Jackson, Siege Abraham and Jamal “Not Your Average Fat Boy” Carter), tickets are still available for the 10:30 p.m. slot. 

Ahead of the headlining act will be comedians Travis Stewart, Julian Scobar, Adell from KingStree, Janeen Slaughter, Hunter Sutton, and Tym Griffin. Each will take to the mic for 10 minutes. 

VIP tickets are $25, which include seating and a server, $15 for reserved seating (which includes a raffle ticket) and $10 at the door (while supplies last). On Thyme Catering food truck will be onsite and the bar will be open in Front. Street Market.

All shows will be filmed and later aired on King Network TV, powered by Amazon Fire TV and Roku TV.

Coastal Composting Council Expo
NHC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr. • Free

Earth Day is Thursday, Apr. 22, but no need to wait until then to learn about ways that can help sustain our planet.

Saturday the Coastal Composting Council Expo will kick off at 9 a.m., with a presentation given by Matt Collogan, who serves on the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Following will be the Ability Garden plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you can learn about vermicomposting at the “What Goes Where?” display. As part of the display, two events will be held: a Black Soldier Fly question-and-answer session at 10 a.m. and mask planting (where you learn about soil health) at noon.

Participants who bring their buckets or containers (5-gallon or less) can scoop up compost with a donation to the Ability Garden, which provides gardening opportunities to individuals with special needs.

Poor Piggy’s Food Truck will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Connections Campaign
MLK Center, 401 S 8th St. • Free

Incarcerated people can’t connect with friends and family currently, since the pandemic has prevented visitations.  Thus Community Connections Campaign is hosting a letter-writing event on Saturday, with correspondence sent to New Hanover County Detention Center inmates.

Letters should include words of encouragement and support, and will include a stamped envelope and blank sheet of paper for inmates to correspond with their own family and friends. Vaccine information also will be included to help inform of protections against Covid-19.

Mask-wearing and social distancing is required at the letter-writing event, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There also will be activities for kids and food.


N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Race for the Planet
In-person or virtual • $40 (includes race tee and bib)

Though Earth Day is a week away, to get ahead of celebrations, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is presenting a Race for the Planet. The race has two options of participation: in person at the aquarium on Sunday, Apr. 18, which will be conducted Covid-19 safe in multiple waves, or a virtual option for participants to race on their own time through Apr. 25.

The virtual option allows participants to choose their distance — 5K, 10K, or 13.1 miles — and check in on their chosen race day through RacyJoy App. The app will display all live leaderboards, offer instructions, and allows friends and family to show support.

All proceeds from the race support the conservation and sustainability efforts of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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