Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place in the Port City this weekend

Local award-winning blues man Randy McQuay is one of 28 performers on the schedule for the three-day fest.

SOUTHEASTERN NC — It’s Li’l Friday, which means it’s time to start hashing out plans on where to go and what to do.

Plus, it’s a holiday weekend: Juneteenth is here on Saturday and has quite a few offerings around the Port City. Father’s Day on Sunday comes with its own brunch downtown at the Harrelson Center.

Music from Randy McQuay, The Smoky Dunes and others are on the docket. Plus, there are arts markets up and down the coast to attend and help support local makers.


Cheers to Li’l Friday! We’re here for it and all the fun in store!

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Thursday, June 17

Randy McQuay
Edward Teach Brewing, 604 N 4th St. • Free
Randy McQuay will be performing live at Edward Teach Brewing tonight from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. His sultry blues voice, guitar picking and harmonic playing covers everything from Dylan to Prine. He also plays his own originals.

Big Dawg Productions will show “The Lifespan of a Fact” for one last weekend at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. (Port City Daily/Courtesy of Big Dawn Productions)

Friday, June 18

The Lifespan of a Fact
Thalian Hall Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater, 310 Chestnut St. • $22-$25

Big Dawg Productions will wrap the final weekend of Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell’s “The Lifespan of a Fact.” Based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, the play will take place June 17-19 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, June 20, 3 p.m. 

The story follows a fact-checker who is employed by one of the best magazines countrywide. Yet, the entity faces peril, and a story about a teenager’s suicide could be its saving grace. After being assigned the story, a fact-checker finds out the writer, though gifted with the craft of forming “literary beauty,” has falsified a lot of the information.

Tickets can be purchased here.

MORE FRIDAY HAPPENINGS
Physics of Surfing —  The Cape Fear Museum will present a Zoom discussion with UNCW’s Dr. Dylan McNamara to talk about the physics of surfing. The physics department chair will discuss basic principles engaged upon when surfing, starting with the waves forming to breaking and the surfers’ journeys riding them. The talk is free and can be watched here.

Showcase: a live outdoor performance — A dance installation will take place on the grounds of Tidal Creek (5329 Oleander Dr.) at 6:30 p.m. Choreographed by Jheri Osoneko, local dancers will come together, including Mirla Criste and Cedric Turner-Kopa who have collaborated on a piece called “SKIN” — meant to “engage in a physical exploration of their personal, visceral responses to events of the last pandemic year.” Bring a chair or blanket to the free show, hosted outdoors.

A Juneteenth parade float from 1906, celebrated in Texas. (Port City Daily/Courtesy of the Houston Public Library)

Saturday, June 19

Juneteenth Events
Various locations across town • Free

June 19, 2021 is monumental as it will mark Juneteenth as an official U.S. federal holiday, after Congress passed it on Wednesday, June 16, and President Biden signed it into law Thursday. African-Americans have been celebrating it as their own Independence Day for years. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform slaves that the Civil War was over and the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed — two years after President Lincoln gave it his John Hancock.

Locally, events are taking place in its honor, including a Juneteenth fair at the Arboretum from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Black makers and vendors will be lined up on the Arboretum grounds selling their wares, with music and performances planned. A reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will take place.

Portia Hines Park will be centered around family fun and activities, starting with a 9 a.m. Freedom Fitness experience, followed by a 10 a.m. Jerusalema Dance Challenge, and more throughout the rest of the day. A screening will take place at 8 p.m. curated by the Black Film Festival and Cucalorus Film Festival.

Learn more here.

MORE SATURDAY HAPPENINGS
NAACP Vaccine Event — The New Hanover County NAACP is also hosting a Juneteenth Vaccine Event at 2929 Princess Place. Folks can receive a free Covid-19 vaccine, as well as tests. there will be food and music, too, from noon to 4 p.m.

Summer Craft Market at Burgwin-Wright House — More than 25 local artists, crafters and makers will be set up in the garden at the historical house downtown at 224 Market St. from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Also open will be the Burgwin-Wright jail, visitor center and art gallery, displaying the latest works by Anne Trombetta.  

Bigg B will host a Father’s Day Gospel Brunch at Harrelson Center in downtown Wilmington, which also will welcome community organizations. (Port City Daily/Courtesy The Harrelson Center)

Sunday, June 20

Bigg B’s Father’s Day Gospel Brunch
The Harrelson Center, 20 N 4th St Suite 214 • Free

It’s Father’s Day and local radio personality Bigg B will be hosting a gospel brunch at the Harrelson Center. There will be food trucks, vendors and entertainment from the Macedonia Mime Ministry. Host Bigg B will curate an hour of inspirational songs and singalongs. 

The Harrelson Center’s nonprofits will also be onsite, as will the Wilmington Police Department’s community engagement team, and Novant Health-NHRMC public-health outreach providing Covid vaccines and tests for A1C and blood pressure. 

Audiences are encouraged to bring chairs to the event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; it also will be livestreamed here

MORE SUNDAY HAPPENINGS
Smoky Dunes at Palate — Over in the Brooklyn Arts District at Palate, The Smoky Dunes will offer up a Father’s Day concert full of bluegrass and fingerpickin’. It’s free, and the band will play from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Kitchen at Palate will be open as well.

Drag BBQ PRIDE Edition — At Coglin’s in downtown Wilmington, PRIDE celebrations continue with a Drag BBQ at 3 p.m. There will be performances by Ebony Adams, Skylar Michel Monet, Tara Brooks and others, as DJ Brewtal takes over the DJ booth. Burgers and dogs will be served hot from the grill. Tickets sold at the door only.


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