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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Scene: From Sugar Plum Fairy to ‘Ladies’ Man’ Tim Meadows this weekend

dataHe’ll probably start off with a “very classy first line.”

And while he might not buy you a fish sandwich, the man behind the lisping and smooth comedic character Leon Phelps–actor and comedian Tim Meadows–is sure to provide the laughs when he performs in the Port City this weekend.

Meadows, longtime “Saturday Night Live” cast member and star of “The Ladies Man,” brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again at 7 p.m. Sunday.

He got his start alongside Chris Farley with The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago before landing a coveted spot on “SNL” in 1991, staying on the show for 10 seasons. While there, he became known for his impersonations of stars like Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods and created original characters, Leon Phelps among them.

In addition to “The Ladies Man,” he has starred in “Mean Girls” with fellow “SNL” alum Tina Fey and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”

Advance tickets are sold out, but there is still a chance to get in the door each night. Dead Crow will be offering limited admission at the door. Click here to find out more.

There’s much more merriment to be found around town this weekend, from a live music showcase to lots of holiday-themed plays. You’ll find a sampling below in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.

For more on these items–and lots of others–visit The Scene, our always-free, always-easy community events calendar.


Kim Dicso performs live at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) during Flytrap Brewing’s “ILMBeer X’Mas Pint Nite.” A portion of proceeds from beer purchases will be used to purchase Christmas presents for local children in need. Keeping the giving spirit going, Funky Fresh Food Truck will hold a toy drive and serve up gourmet street food from 7 to 10. Admission is free. On Friday, local singer/songwriter Kyle Lindley performs at 8 p.m., with Pepe’s Taco Truck serving up Mexican food from 7 to 11. The Justin Cody Fox Duo plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 Bros. Coastal Cuisine will be onsite from 7 to 10.

The Juggling Gypsy hosts “Fire and Drums” at 8 p.m. each Thursday night. The event is a meet-up of fire dancers and area drummers, with deejays spinning tunes beginning at 10 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their percussion instruments and fire and juggling toys. A Tarot card reader will be on hand between 6 and 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Singer/songwriter plays a free show tonight at Flytrap Brewing.
Singer/songwriter plays a free show tonight at Flytrap Brewing.

Wilmington Unplugged holds its holiday showcase Friday at Bourgie Nights. The event includes performances from: Rebekah Todd; Chris Frisina; Travis Shallow; Ethan Driskill; Justin Lacy; Vanessa Lynch; Shaun Paul and Shaylah Paul; Jason Andre; Mike Blair; Tres Altman; Evan Baker; Jim Ashley; Michael Buckley. Comedian Johnny Gray will also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. There is no cover charge.

Roots reggae artist Kana Kiehm plays a free show from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday at Bombers Bev Co.

The Clams celebrates the release of its first CD with a party at the Art Factory and Waterline Brewing Company from 5 to 11  p.m. Saturday. There will be art, music, beer, the Vittles food truck, dancing girls, festoons and contests. Admission is free.

Rusty Nail holds its First Saturday Blues Jam at 8 p.m. Saturday. The open-mic event provides all professional sound equipment; just bring your instrument. Admission is free.

Cape Fear Jazz Society hosts its annual holiday party at 6 p.m. Sunday at Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The event features a buffet dinner, live music, dancing and prizes. Tickets are $40 for society members and $45 for non-members.


Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the holiday classic, “Babes in Toyland,” at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday at Hannah Block Community Arts Center. A matinee performance is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12.

Big Dawg Productions’ “Christmas Belles” hits the Cape Fear Playhouse stage at 8 p.m. tonight. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The holiday comedy tells the story of the Futrelle sisters in the small town of Faryo, Texas, who aren’t in the most festive of moods and the hijinks that ensue. Tickets to tonight’s performance are $16. General admission Friday-Sunday is $22 ($20 for students, seniors and military).

'A Carolina Nutcracker' brings the holiday classic--with a local twist--to downtown Wilmington.
‘A Carolina Nutcracker’ brings the holiday classic–with a local twist–to downtown Wilmington.

A Carolina Nutcracker” returns to the Port City at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center. A matinee will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. The area’s only full-length ballet staging of the holiday favorite is set in Wilmington at the Bellamy Mansion exactly 150 years ago, and features historical characters from the period along with all the beloved traditions of the original ballet. Performances feature a live professional orchestra and children’s chorus. Tickets are $15-$30.

TheatreNOW dinner theater presents “Murder at the Country Club” at 6 p.m. Saturday at Leland Cultural Arts Center. The interactive comedy pokes a little fun at southern festivals and challenges audience members to guess the killer before the show’s end. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $22.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at

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