Thursday, December 7, 2023

Li’l Friday Roundup: 12 events taking place in the Port City this weekend

Mike Blair of the Stonewalls will play and talk about the art of songwriting tonight at Ghost Hill Press in the Cargo District. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN NC — It’s the official kickoff of Riverfront Park’s first national touring act coming through downtown this weekend with Widespread Panic playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Aside from the obvious music opportunities that likely will have people crowding downtown’s Riverwalk, it also means afterparties are taking off across town.

We have listed quite a few below for you jamband fans who don’t want the groove to stop after Panic performs their final encores each night.

However, other opportunities are available too for folks who wish to enjoy live theater and movies, even a beer release party that gets underway tonight!

Whatever you choose to do, cheers to Li’l Friday and all the fun in store!

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Sundown Sessions: Beyond the Page with Singer-Songwriter Mike Blair
Ghost Hill Press, 1609 Queen St., Container 1 • Free

The new bookstore in the Cargo District is welcoming Mike Blair at 7 p.m. to its container to discuss how songs are written and the cadence and rhythm of poetry and prose. The event is open to the public and Blair, who plays with local band Mike Blair and the Stonewalls, will perform some of his classic tunes, while discussing his own favorite books.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to join the program, which will take place outside. A Q&A session with Blair will follow. 

The Penguin 98.3 (Port City Daily’s sister station) will release a collaboration beer Thursday night at New Anthem on Greenfield Street, with partial proceeds benefitting Dreams of Wilmington. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

Penguin Beer Release — Port City Daily’s sister media company, Penguin 98.3, will unveil a beer collaboration with New Anthem on Greenfield Street at 6 p.m. this evening. The American IPA beer release — named “Parental Advisory: Exquisite Content” — will include partial proceeds donated to Dreams of Wilmington. Live music will be played from L Shape Lot. 

Downtown ILM Market — A night market is held downtown once a month as part of Downtown ILM Market, with 10% of proceeds from vendors going to Temple Baptist Church’s Helping Hands Ministry. The market takes place at 1801 Market St., 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and will feature locally made arts, crafts, jewelry, clothes, and more. 

Beehive: The ’60s Musical features music from Aretha, Janis Joplin, Carole King and others. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Beehive: The ‘60s Musical
Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. • Tickets: $45

Thalian Association is celebrating the sounds and women of the ‘60s in its latest musical revue, “Beehive: The ‘60s Musical.” The show covers music from artists such as Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. Songs, including “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Respect” and “Downtown,” will be played.

The show is being directed by Cathy Street and choreographed by Timothy A. Mills.

Shows take place Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., as well as Sunday July 18, 2 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be found online or by calling 910-632-2285.

Widespread Panic Afterparty — The well-known jamband Widespread Panic is christening Riverfront Park this weekend over three nights and many businesses are hosting pre- and post-parties in its honor. One is The Artworks at 200 Willard Street. The party takes place from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. and will feature a Talking Heads tribute band, Same As It Ever Was. Tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels. Flying Machine Brewing Co. will be on hand serving up suds.

Latin Social Dance — It’s back! Social dancing the salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha and other Latin dances. The Wilmington Latin Dance group meets at Brunches on Randall Parkway and encourages folks to dress in their tropical best Friday night! It’s $12 admission beforehand or $15 at the door, with lessons beginning at 9 p.m. and social dancing starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are here.

Thursday Night Bridge Circle — It’s also the final weekend run of Opera House Theater Company’s original production, “Thursday Night Bridge Circle.” Tickets are $30 and still available. The original production was written by local director Ray Kennedy and covers the integration of schools in a small NC town in August 1970 and how a group of females in the local Bridge club react to it.

Yoga in the Arboretum will get underway on Saturday morning with a choose-your-donation pay to practice; donations go to local nonprofits. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Yoga at the Arboretum
New Hanover County Center and Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr. • Donations welcome!

Namaste, friends! 

Start your Saturday off at 8:30 a.m. with a little peace and tranquility outdoors at the New Hanover County Arboretum. The class is open to all levels of practice. 

Bring your mat (and a towel to go under it). Choose your donation to join and half of it will be given to a nonprofit organization. Should it rain, classes will be canceled and all proceeds will be given to the nonprofit

Each week the organization changes; the Arboretum hosts yoga classes every Saturday through mid-August. Refunds are not available. Donations accepted on site, though all folks welcome with or without payment.

The Male Men — Reggie’s will serve up all your rock ‘n’ roll needs this Saturday night with a triple bill, with Wilmington’s own The Male Men, featuring Reggie’s owner Charles Krueger. AZZA and Exercise will also play. There’s a cover charge. Reggie’s is located at 1415 S 42nd St.

Widespread Panic Afterparty — Local jamband Medicated Sunfish is playing at downtown’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot after Widespread Panic plays Riverfront Park on Saturday evening, 10 p.m. WTF is located at 111 Grace St.

Movies at the Lake at Carolina Beach takes place throughout the summer at dusk. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Movies at the Lake
Carolina Beach Lake, 400 S Lake Park Blvd. • Free

Every Sunday at dusk, the town of Carolina Beach screens free movies at the lake. On July 18, they’ll be screening the family-friendly “Tom and Jerry,” based on the famed Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, among others, the story follows a run-of-the-mill battle between Jerry Mouse and Tom Cat. Picnics, blankets and chairs welcome. Concessions are also sold onsite.

Check in with Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Facebook page for weather updates.

Widespread Panic Afterparty — As Panic wraps up its final show in Wilmington, The Dubliner will be hosting its final afterparty with local jamband Medicated Sunfish on Sunday. It’s also throwing afterparties all weekend after each Riverfront Park show, including The Possums Duo Playing Dead on Friday and Sean Mills of Machine Funk on Saturday. The Dubliner is located at 1756 Carolina Beach Rd.

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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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