*All events are subject to change due to Covid-19.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Donald Furst’s “Ways”
UNCW Cultural Arts Building, 5270 Randall Dr. • Free
The art opening for Donald Furst’s “Ways” will take place on UNCW’s campus, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Furst works in large-scale pastel paintings and has taught the medium along with printmaking and drawing in UNCW’s Department of Art and Art History since 1985.
Subject matter of Furst’s painting focuses on local outdoor spaces, such as Carolina Beach State Park, Halyburton Park and the Gary Shell Cross City Trail. Traversing into nature became refuge for the artist after he broke his back in an accidental tumble. During recovery, Furst often would stroll through area woods, becoming inspired for his new series of works.
Furst’s paintings will be on exhibit through Friday, Feb. 18, at the gallery, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Leland Cultural Arts Student Showcase Reception — In other arts news, another exhibit will get underway across the bridge at the Leland Arts Center. The works will include paintings, fiber arts, pottery, stained glass and more. It will be on display through Jan. 28, but a meet-and-greet with the artist will take place 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Light refreshments served, free.
Friday, Jan. 14
Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. Third St. • Tickets: $20-$30
National touring comedian and actress Rachel Feinstein (“Crashing,” “Red Oaks,” “Trainwreck”) will be heading to downtown’s Dead Crow Comedy Room for four shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Feinstein’s character-driven comedy can be seen in the recent Comedy Central special “Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple.” She brings to life a bevy of personalities, from her grandmother to porn star Jenna Jameson.
Feinstein was a finalist on season 7 of “Last Comic Standing” and has appeared on Netflix’s “The Standups.” She has helped host “The View” and “Upload with Shaquille O’Neil.”
Tickets can be purchased here.
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Martha’s Soup Kitchen Fundraiser — Stoked Restaurant (313 Canal Dr.) is hosting a cocktail party to benefit Martha’s Soup Kitchen in Carolina Beach on Friday, Jan. 14, 4 pm. – 7 p.m. There will be free hors d’oeuvre, music, a cash bar, and a silent auction and raffle, the latter of which remains open through Jan. 15. The fundraising continues Jan. 15 at the restaurant with a BBQ. Food items for sale include a half chicken plate ($15), BBQ plate ($15), or combo ($20); desserts and drinks also available for upcharge. Silent auction and raffle ends at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 910-617-6501.
Live music at Bourgie Nights — The downtown music venue (127 Princess St.) will be hosting a triple rock bill, starting at 9 p.m. Richmond, Virginia’s Gnawing — described as “twang fuzz band” — will perform, with local rockers Billy Heathen and Rita Cascia also taking the stage. Tickets are $7 or $10 the day of and can be purchased here.
Saturday, Jan. 15
‘I Have A Dream’ Peace Flag
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St. • $10
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17, the local art museum is hosting a weekend of collaborating, calling on the community to create peace flags representative of the civil rights activist’s monumental “I Have a Dream” speech. Participants can stop by CAM Saturday or Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., to create a flag, which will be strewn around the museum pond by Monday.
The “I Have a Dream” Peace Flag Project encourages participants to consider their own dreams and hopes, as well as desires and wishes for their cities, nations and globally. Participants will embed their messages on squares of cloth inspired by Tibetan peace prayer flags.
“Together, these flags represent our collective desire for racial unity, community healing, and peace,” CAM’s website noted.
The flag kit is $10 ($5 for CAM members) and includes a reusable CAM tote, two dream flags (one for the installation, one to keep), a black permanent marker, five colorful markers, two fabric crayons, a list of writing prompts, and a free pass to CAM.
More information can be found here.
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Ping Pong Throwdown — Over 60 players from Wilmington Table Tennis Club have signed up for the annual ping pong tournament, hosted at Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) Saturday. There are two competition categories: best of the best and casual players, with prize money awarded to each. Up to 128 players can register ($10 each) to play on eight tables. There will be free practice Friday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., and the tournament — a double elimination event playing up to 11 points, best of three games — will get underway at 4 p.m. Saturday, with registration opening at 2 p.m. Edward Teach will be serving beer at the tourney and food trucks will be parked on site. More information can be found by calling 910-515-3622.
DRUMLine Live — Kenan Auditorium is celebrating marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities with DRUMLine Live, as featured on Netflix’s “Homecoming,” a documentary about Beyonce playing Coachella. The synchronized show features original compositions as well as soulful Top 40 hits. Tickets are $35-$100; the show begins at 3 p.m.
Hi-Wire Brewing Anniversary Party — Hi-Wire Brewing (1020 Princess St.) is celebrating its first year in Wilmington’s Soda Pop District with a party from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15. There will be rare tappings of 10W-40 stout, live music from Massive Grass (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and Mac and Juice (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.), as well as food trucks and local makers and vendors. Most activities are outdoors and families are welcome; the venue asks to leave furry friends at home during this event.
LIB Chili Cookoff — Bill’s Brewing Co. (4238 Market St.) is hosting the annual Love Is Bald Chili Cookoff on Saturday. Participants must check in with their stew at noon, and tasting and judging begins at 1 p.m. It’s $20 for entry and judging and tasting is $10. A beer tasting will be available for $5. Tickets are available through Venmo @LoveIsBald, the website or at the door and canned goods are encouraged to enter an LIB giveaway.
MLK Fun Day — At the MLK Center in downtown Wilmington, a free event will get underway all day to celebrate civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. There will be games and activities, arts and crafts, bounce houses, refreshments and more. It takes place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 401 S. 8th St. More information can be found here.
Sunday, Jan. 16
School of Rock Showcase
Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St. • Tickets: $10
The School of Rock in Mayfaire teaches people, especially kids, how to play music on all instruments through various classes and workshops. This weekend at Brooklyn Arts Center, School of Rock students will showcase their performance chops on stage in the renovated church and event center.
The lineup includes funk and R&B (1 p.m.), Rock 101 (2:30 p.m.), Best of the ‘80s (3:15 p.m.), Rock 101 (4:45 p.m.) and Led Zeppelin (5:30 p.m.). Cash bar will be open and the Chrome Gnome food truck will be on site.
Tickets are available here.
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Beethoven’s Triple Concerto — The state symphony will present Beethoven’s Triple Concerto on Sunday at the Wilson Center. Conducted by Christoph König, performers include cellist Bonnie Thron and pianist Solomon Eichner. Tickets are $20 and all audience members are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
New Hanover County Book Sale — The annual book sale at the northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library (1241 Military Cutoff Rd.) gets underway Saturday and continues each weekend through Sunday, Jan. 23. Friends of the Library will be able to preview the sale on Friday, Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. It’s free and open to the public, featuring over 100,000 items, from fiction to nonfiction books for adults and children to audio books and even DVDs. Prices will reduce every two days. The sale is open Jan. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Jan. 16, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Jan. 17, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Jan. 21-22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Jan. 23, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 17: MLK Parade
N Third Street from Hanover to Princess streets • Free
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the annual MLK Parade will take place in downtown Wilmington, trekking on North Third from Hanover to Princess streets. The event will welcome local organizations, government officials as well as marching bands.
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