Li’l Friday: 8 events taking place in the Port City this weekend

British psychedelic pop group The Glass Animals will perform at Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Sunday. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

A Time Capsule in Jazz: Photography by Maurice Martinez 
Genesis Block, 20 Wrights Alley • Free

UNCW professor emeritus and award-winning artist Maurice Martinez has put on display rare and never-before-seen photos in the exhibit “A Time Capsule in Jazz.”

Martinez told WHQR he found the photos he had taken between 1954 and modern-day in four bins stored in New Orleans, his native hometown. The artist was known as the city’s first Beat poet and even put in print the term “Big Easy” before anyone else.


Martinez met stalwart musicians, such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane, throughout the years and captured images now on display at Genesis Block through Oct. 20. Visitors should call ahead, (910) 343-1640, to find out the hours of Genesis Block in order to view the exhibit.

A reception will take place toward the end of the month on Sept. 24 as part of Fourth Friday Gallery Night. 

Alonzo Bodden will christen the new Dead Crow Comedy Room location on Third Street for two shows on each Friday and Saturday nights. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Alonzo Bodden 
Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. Third St. • $22-$32

Once located in a basement on Front Street, Dead Crow Comedy has officially relocated to 511 N. Third St. and will reopen to the public with its first show Friday. National comedian Alonzo Bodden will break in the new venue for a two-night run, Friday and Saturday. Two shows are running each night, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Bodden was the runnerup in the second season of “Last Comic Standing” but has gone on to become a regular on NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” as well as late-night shows with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. He’s also appeared in films with Steve Martin, Leslie Nielsen and Queen Latifah, including “Bringing Down The House” and “Scary Movie 4.” 

MORE FRIDAY HAPPENINGS
Heist Brewing Tap Takeover — HopYard, downtown Grace Street’s bottle shop, will have a tap takeover from Heist Brewing out of Charlotte, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Swag also available; HopYard is at 108 Grace St.

‘Resilience’ screening — Cameron Art Museum (3201 17th St. Ext.) will show the award-winning documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” from noon – 1 p.m. in its reception hall. It will be followed by a discussion with the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force; screenings that deal with resilience — ways and resources in which people rise above adversity — are hosted for free the first Friday every month.

’90s rock, hip-hop group 311 will bring the color of their energy to Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 4. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

311: Live From the Ride Tour 
Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan St. • Tickets: $25

311 will bring the color of their energy to Live Oak Pavilion in downtown Wilmington Saturday. The Omaha hip-hop-rap-rock band got its rise in ‘90s and since has released a 13-deep discography.

The band is most well-known for tracks like “Down” and “Amber.” Nick Hexum, Aaron “P-Nut” Wills, Tim Mahoney and Dough “SA” Martinez hit platinum with the release of “Transistor” in 1997, and gold with 1999’s “Soundsystem” and 2001’s “From Chaos.” 

Tickets are $25.  

MORE SATURDAY HAPPENINGS
Smokin’ Car Cruise-In — Have a passion for hot rods or vintage cars? Head over to Mac’s Speed Shop at 4126 Oleander Dr. The wheels will be lined up for admirers to chat about and share secrets about restoration. The cruise-in lasts from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Orange Street ArtsFest will return to downtown Wilmington Memorial Day weekend. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Thalian Association Community Theatre)
The Orange Street ArtsFest will return to downtown Wilmington Labor Day weekend. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Thalian Association Community Theatre)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Orange St. Arts Festival
Hannah Block USO/Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. • Free, donations welcome

North Carolina’s official community theater company, Thalian Association, will be hosting its annual Orange St. Arts Festival both Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., this Labor Day weekend. Vendors selling various arts and crafts will be set up on Orange Street, between Front and 2nd; on 2nd Street, between Orange and Dock; and inside the Hannah Block parking lot on 2nd Street.

Various works will be on display and for sale, including acrylics, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable art, leather, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work, or mixed media. The show is also juried and artists will be awarded cash prizes for 1st through 3rd place. 

MORE SUNDAY HAPPENINGS
Glass Animals — Live Oak Pavilion (10 Cowan St.) will also host the British psychedelic pop outfit Glass Animals on Sunday. The band has released a multitude of EPs and three albums to date, including 2020’s “Dreamland,” which they’re touring in support of. Tickets are $35-$75.


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