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Li’l Friday Roundup: Over 20 events to enjoy in the Port City this weekend

Carlos Miguel Prieto will conduct the NC Symphony on Thursday evening at the Wilson Center. (Courtesy photo)

Thursday, Nov. 18

N.C. Symphony featuring conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St. • Tickets start at $20

Conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, the North Carolina Symphony will perform at the Wilson Center, 7:30 p.m. The symphony will perform Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 as well as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, also known as “Pathétique.”

Prieto is considered one of the leading Mexican conductors of his generation and has led over 100 world premieres. A graduate of both Princeton and Harvard, Prieto has served as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México and Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico, as well as Orchestra of the Americas.

Wilson Center requires audience members to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test completed within 72 hours prior to entering the venue.

Art Explorers — “Giving Thanks” will be the theme of Cameron Art Museum’s Art Explorers event, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Cost is $3 per child or $6 for nonmembers and will include a turkey craft. The program is geared toward toddlers, preschoolers, as well as big brothers and sisters. Registration required; space is limited.

“These Shining Lives” — Cape Fear Community College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is hosting the play “These Shining Lives,” through Nov. 20, 8 p.m., at the Wilson Center (703 S. 3rd St.). Based on a true story, the play follows the story of Catherine and her friends, who have been exposed to radium poisoning from the watch company for whom they work. The company is complicit, having knowingly exposed their employees. Tickets are $5-$12.

Virtual: An Evening with Natasha Tretheway — Cameron Art Museum erected “Boundless,” the United States Colored Troops sculpture on the museum’s historic grounds, which housed the Battle at Forks Road during the Civil War. As part of its outreach programming, CAM deputy director Heather Wilson will host a virtual discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Natasha Tretheway, whose book of poetry, Native Guard, explores the racial legacy of the U.S. and delves into experiences of USCT soldiers. Admission is $12-$20.

“The Christians” — It’s the last weekend to catch the UNCW Department of Theatre production, directed by Chris Marino. Playwright Lucas Hinath’s “The Christians” challenges notions of faith in America, as it follows the story of Pastor Paul who begins to cast his religious doubts to a diverse congregation. A gospel choir is part of the show, which is staged, produced and performed by UNCW theater students. The show runs at 8 p.m. Nov. 18-20, and at 2 p.m. on the 21st. Tickets are $6 for students, $12 for seniors and UNCW faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public.

Nick MiJak painting a watercolor of the sun setting over the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. His works will be for sale at Cheese Board during an art opening Friday evening. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Nov. 19

Cammeron Batanides and Nick MiJak Art Opening 
The Cheese Board, 119 S. Water St. • Free

Local watercolor artists Cammeron Batanides and Nick MiJak will be showcasing their latest works on the walls of The Cheese Board, located at City Market, Friday evening. Batanides’ featureless “Living Local” series showcases people known to the Wilmington scene. Batanides paints live at local events, fundraisers and concerts around town. 

MiJak’s work often consists of scenery from famed Wilmington spots and the bustling life of the historic district.

As part of the art show, a wine tasting will be hosted by Callan Trippe and live music will be performed by Tyler McKaig. The event is free and takes place from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Artisan Holiday Market — For the fourth year now, Going Local in Bayshore Commons (140 Hays Ln.) will host a holiday market featuring works from 60 local artists. The market provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for people to get their holiday gifts for family and friends. There will be fiber artists, jewelry makers, woodworkers, metalsmiths, soapmakers and others selling wares and handmade items, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Smoky Dunes Quintet — The Palm Room in Wrightsville Beach (11 E. Salisbury St.) will welcome the bluegrass fingerpickin’ of Smoky Dunes Quintet, 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The duo will be joined by mandolin player Zeb Gambill, fiddler Julie Chiles, and bassist Sean Newman; there is an admission charge.

7 Vibrations: Candlelight Sound Healing Workshop — Longwave Yoga (203 Racine Dr., Ste 200) is hosting a calming workshop that soaks participants in frequencies of musical notes and sound instruments, like Therapeutic Tibetan singing bowls, which help balance the chakras. Led by Mihika Paranjpe, who composes meditative music with her calming voice and instruments, the holistic session will help decrease stress and anxiety. Cost is $25.

Autumn Gatherings — The New Hanover Garden Club and Harbor Island Garden Club will present a free flower show, Autumn Gatherings, at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort both Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The hotel is located on Wrightsville Beach at 275 Waynick Blvd.

ZZ Top will perform at Wilson Center on Saturday night. The band lost its bassist Dusty Hill, who passed in August, but is continuing to tour in honor of their 50th anniversary. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 20

ZZ Top
Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St. • Tickets almost sold out

There are very few tickets left for what’s sure to be the Wilson Center’s most rocking show of the year. Texas guitar-shredders ZZ Top are stopping over in downtown Wilmington on their first tour since bassist Dusty Hill passed away in August. 

Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard are carrying on the legacy after 50 years of performing. Fans are likely to hear early hits, including “La Grange,” “Tush” and “Cheap Sunglasses,” as well as ‘80s classics, “Legs,” Gimme All your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

A few tickets were available as of press Thursday.

Kure Beach Holiday Market — Kure Beach will be hosting a holiday market the next two Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shoppers can browse handmade items from local artisans and makers, and enjoy the ocean view as the market is set up in a section of Atlantic Avenue, between K and L avenues. The Town of Kure Beach is accepting unwrapped toys and donations (a recommended minimum of $5) at its booth to help provide Christmas gifts for local children.

Freedom Bridge Animal Rescue Pre-Adoption — Looking to add a furry pal to your brood? Wrightsville Beach Brewery is hosting a pre-adoption fair in the beer garden from noon – 2:30 p.m. 

Neon Bike Brigade Ocean Cure Fundraiser — A fundraiser is being held in Carolina Beach in support of Ocean Cure, which gives surf lessons to people who face challenges or disabilities. The Neon Bike Brigade costs $40-$125 and welcomes riders to gather at sunset for a cruise around Carolina Beach, lighting up the island with their glowing wheels. Before the event, everyone will meet at Carolina Beach Lake at 3 p.m. to enjoy food vendors, wine and beer, plus live music from Chris Pearson. After the ride takes place around 6 p.m., there will be an afterparty at SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar, featuring ‘90s music from the Conspiracy. All proceeds benefit Ocean Cure.

German Christmas Market — At St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (612 S. College Rd.), the fourth annual German Christmas Market will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $3. Expect live music from Harbour Towne Fest, plus German food and beverages, gifts for purchase, and a silent auction. There is free offsite parking at UNCW behind Taco Bell. Kids 13 and under are admitted free.

Tidewater Camellia Club Fall Sale — At the New Hanover County Arboretum (6206 Oleander Dr.), a fall sale featuring blooms from the local Tidewater Camellia Club will get underway. Also featured will be educational exhibits, experts Q&As and seminars, to expand your knowledge on planting and care of camellias. Plus, there will be a guided tour of the Arboretum Camellia Garden.

Greensky and Red Beard farms will host goat yoga before the Sunday Funday Market at Hi-Wire Brewing on Nov. 21. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)

Sunday, Nov. 21

Sunday Funday Market and Goat Yoga
Hi-Wire Brewing, 1020 Princess St. • Market is free; goat yoga is $20-$30

Once a month, Hi-Wire hosts its Sunday Funday Market, from noon to 4 p.m. This weekend will welcome Wilmington creatives to showcase and sell their wares. Plus, there will be axe-throwing, live music and Wheelz Pizza parked on site. It’s free to attend.

Before the market, the brewery will host goat yoga from Greensky Farms and Red Beard Farms, 11 a.m. – noon. Early arrivals at 10:30 a.m. will be able to pet and hang out with the animals before class. It’s $30 per person and includes a flagship pint for 21-and-older participants; kids are welcome, and those under 12 can join for just $20. Sign up:

Game of Squids — Loving Netflix’s latest Korean thriller series “Squid Games”? Ready to test your skills with a localized version? Escape Rooms is hosting their own live-action game show, “Game of Squids,” at 2 p.m. at Long Leaf Park on Sunday. All 15 contestants will partake in five survivor games — the contest will last two hours. There is a $30 entry fee and the contestant with the most points will take home $300. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. or book now. Costumes are encouraged. The event takes place at Long Leaf Park, 314 Pine Grove Dr.

ArtWorks Holiday Cheer Market — The ArtWorks, a gallery and studio space featuring local artists, will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for its annual Holiday Cheer Market. There will be 40 craft and artisan vendors, plus food trucks, live music, and a beer and wine bar. ArtWorks is located in the South Front District at 200 Willard St. 

Thalian Hall Reggae Jam — The second annual Reggae Jam will return to the Thalian Hall stage at 4 p.m. But ahead of the show, starting at 2:30 p.m., Tasty Tees Food Truck will be parked in the lot on Chestnut Street, plus there will be beer tastings from Waterline Brewing Company, and music by OMNI Percussion Ensemble will be enjoyed. At 4pm on the main stage will be sets by Amani Smith and the Give Thanks Band, D.H.I.M. Reggae Roots Band, and Paleo Sun. The evening will culminate in a jam session featuring all three. There also will live painting by local artist Cammeron Batanides, and Kimberly McSmith (a.k.a. “The Night Nurse” from Reggae Redemption Radio on Coastal Carolina’s Modern Rock 98.7) will emcee.

“Charlotte’s Web” — It’s also the last chance to catch Thalian Association Youth Theatre’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” at the community arts center, Hannah Block USO, at the corner of Orange and 2nd streets this weekend. Adapted by Joseph Robinette and based on the 1952 book by E.B. White, the story follows the friendship of Wilbur, a livestock pig, and Charlotte, a spider. Tickets are $15, and the show will be staged Friday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. 

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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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