Friday, May 27, 2022

Li’l Friday Roundup

Donna Summer musical, improv night and mechanical bull riding top the list of weekend events

Gaspard & Dancers will perform at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday after doing a residency at UNCW. (Courtesy photo)

[Ed Note: All events are subject to change due to Covid-19 and the weekend’s inclement weather forecast for Friday and Saturday.]

Thursday, Jan. 20

Paint Your Pet Pop Art
Wine & Design Wilmington, 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. • Cost: $47 

Wine and Design is hosting a Thursday night class, 6:30 p.m., in homage to your favorite furry friend. Taught by Kat Fairbank, the class is called “Pop Art Your Pet!” — a portrait of your pet created in a colorful pop-art style (think Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein). Only bright colors are used during the session. 

All materials are supplied and ages 18 and up are welcome. More information can be found here.

Zach Hanner — Wrightsville Beach Brewery will host musician Zach Hanner, who plays in local bands the Blarney Brogues and Da Howlies. Hanner will perform solo, acoustically, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music is free at the brewery, located at 6201 Oleander Dr.

Thursday Night Clay — Renoto Abbate is teaching a pottery class ($225-$275) at the Cameron Art Museum (3201 S. 17th St.). It’s open to all skill levels. Students will make custom plates, mugs or sculptures. Class meets Jan. 20 – Feb. 24 on Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with open studio hours Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Register here.

Jeremy Matthews — The local singer-songwriter will perform at Panacea Brewing Co. from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Music is free over dinner and drinks. Panacea is located at 4107 Oleander Dr.

Friday, Jan. 21

Update Jan. 20, 1:55 p.m.: The weekend musical has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will take place Jun. 1-2, 7:30 p.m. 

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical
Wilson Center, 703 Third St. • Tickets: $25 and up

One of America’s disco queens, Donna Summer, has a Broadway touring musical about her life. And it’s headed to downtown Wilmington’s Wilson Center this weekend, both Friday, Jan. 21, and Sat., Jan. 22. 

The show includes Summer’s most notable hits, “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff,” and follows her rise from a gospel choir girl in Boston to her move to Germany to perform in “Hair” in 1967, where she continued to live even after she became a worldwide pop star by the ’70s. 

The musical shows the highs and lows of Summer’s life and will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Saturday, there will be a matinee at 2 p.m. and a night show at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available here.

Improv Night — Harvard’s improv troupe, Immediate Gratification Players, will take over Dead Crow Comedy Room (511 N 3rd St.) Friday Night. Also performing will be Wilmington’s DareDevil Improv. There will be two shows, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., to keep audiences laughing. Tickets are $15.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Gaspard & Dancers
Kenan Auditorium, 515 Wagoner Dr. • Tickets: $25

From Durham, N.C., Gaspard & Dancers have become known for their inventive, playful movements and lyrical style of choreography. Founded in 2009 by former Pilobolus dancer Gaspard Louis, the troupe is diverse and brings together dancers of all ages and backgrounds.

They will perform at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. They have done a residency on campus since Jan. 17 ahead of traveling overseas to Russia next month. Critics have praised their performances as “exuberant,” “organic,” “buoyant,” and “floating with natural ease.” 

Audiences are required to wear masks indoors at Kenan due to the rising cases in Covid-19.

Neon Cowboy Night — The Lookout at Iron Front, a new venue and event space in downtown Wilmington at 23 North Front St., will bust out the mechanical bull Saturday night. Full bar will be open and there will be a DJ spinning a mix of pop, country, Top 40 and dance. Party takes place from 8 p.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, which also covers entry into Coglin’s for the afterparty. 

Jacknife + Jumble, Jumble — Hitting the Barzarre (1610 Castle St.) stage Saturday will be cover band Jacknife performing a variety of music, from dance to rock. Thereafter, Raleigh’s Jumble, Jumble will pay tribute to indie garage rockers The White Stripes, performing hits from the band’s six albums, as well as deep cuts. Cover is $5 and the show gets underway at 9 p.m.

Jason Mott will do a signing and reading at Cameron Art Museum on Sunday. Mott is the 2021 National Book Award winner in fiction. (Courtesy photos)

Sunday, Jan. 23

2021 National Book Award winner Jason Mott
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St. • Admission: $10

At 2 p.m. at Cameron Art Museum, local writer and UNCW writer-in-residence Jason Mott will be hosting a book signing and reading for “Hell of a Book.” The 2021 fiction novel took the National Book Award in November. The story of an unnamed author embarking on his first book tour is a fast-paced, oftentimes humorous and other times heart-wrenching look at racism in America.

Mott graduated from UNCW and had his first book, “The Returned,” optioned as the TV series “Resurrection” which ran for two seasons on ABC. Mott has also released two poetry collections, “We Call This Thing Between Us Love” and “…hide behind me…,” as well as the novels “The Wonder of All Things” and “The Crossing.”

Read Port City Daily’s interview with Mott here.

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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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