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Li’l Friday Roundup: Jan. 27-30

‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’ a Broadway touring show, will have one final run at The Wilson Center on Thursday evening. (Courtesy photo)

Thursday, Jan. 27

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St. • Tickets: $55 and up

From a teenage songwriter to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame superstar, the music of Carole King has been hailed by musicians, singers, producers, and audiences alike.

The music of her career comes to life in “Beautiful,” featuring the story of the Tony- and Grammy Award-winning musician’s rise to stardom. From the days of writing songs with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to King’s relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, the pop singer-songwriter has maintained success across many platforms of music.

“You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman” all are featured in the jukebox musical, with book by Douglas McGrath.

Tickets are $55 and up and can be purchased here. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Center. Masks are required.

Kyle Grooms will perform four shows this weekend at Dead Crow. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Jan. 28

Kyle Grooms
The Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. 3rd St. • Tickets: $18-$28

Dead Crow will welcome back to its stage standup comedian Kyle Grooms. Audiences can catch one of his four shows Friday or Saturday, at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. 

Grooms has been touring for over a decade. He released a video, “Brain Humor,” in 2020, about his health scare, surviving brain surgery. His act addresses everyday life, from dealing with Covid-19 while living in Florida to being in a long-term relationship. 

He has appeared in his own half-hour comedy special, the Amy Schumer film “I Feel Pretty” and “Chappelle’s Show.” 

Tickets to his shows range from $18 to $28 and can be purchased here.

Common Roots: Many Branches — A new exhibit opens highlighting artists from the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Universities and Colleges. Over 100 works in a variety of media will be on display at Live Oak Bank’s CHANNEL (106 Market St.) and theArtWorks (200 Willard St.) through Apr. 30. The art was created by 18 art current and former faculty members and 29 HBCU alumni and current students. An artist’s reception will take place Mar. 25.

Great Gatsby Party — The Blind Elephant (21 N. Front St.) is bringing back its annual Great Gatsby Bash for the 8th year. Downtown’s speakeasy and craft cocktail lounge had to skip 2021’s event due to the pandemic. Its return will feature a red carpet, live music, drink promotions, as well as a photographer on site capturing the night’s fun and attendees in their best “Roaring ‘20s” attire — zoot suits and Flapper dresses alike. It’s free for members, and nonmembers have to pay the annual membership fee of $5.

Confluence — A new eco-based art exhibit is on display at Cameron Art Museum: “Confluence” explores the effects of algae on ecology through an experiential installation, featuring both indoor and outdoor components. The exhibit is hosted by UNCW arts professor Gene Felice and The Algae Society. It will be on display through May 2022, with numerous events and art talks hosted. Admission to the museum is $8-$10.

Black History Month Movies — To celebrate Black History Month, the Martin Luther King Center (401 S. 8th St.) will host free movies on Friday nights through Feb. 25. There will be complimentary popcorn and all ages are welcome; anyone 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All movies start at 5:30 p.m. The schedule: Jan. 28, “King Richard”; Feb. 4, “Black Panther”; Feb. 11, “Radio”; Feb. 18, “Corrina Corrina”; Feb. 25, “Ruby Bridges.” 

The Wilmington Coffee Fest takes place Saturday, but the time has been pushed to noon – 6 p.m. due to a cold snap that could bring a light dusting of snow Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Jan. 29

Wilmington Coffee Fest
Waterline, 721 Surry St., and Hi-Wire, 1020 Princess St. • Tickets: $25

Wilmington Coffee Fest returns Saturday, Jan. 29, noon – 6 p.m., after the pandemic put the event on hiatus in 2021. There will be tastings from over a dozen coffee vendors, seminars, coffee competitions, music, food trucks, and local arts vendors. Sweets also will be served from local bakeries and food vendors.

The festival will take place at two breweries. A time shift has taken place from the original plans as a cold snap could bring light snow Saturday morning. Attendees will head first to Hi-Wire from noon to 3 p.m. and then to Waterline from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 ($35 day of) for one location or $40 for both ($50 day of), and include a tote bag, limited edition WCF 2022 espresso mug, full access to vendors, lectures, and samples.

There is also a VIP admission for $60, which includes a kick-off party and early check in on Friday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Attendees can pick up their swag bag, meet and greet all the vendors, receive two complimentary drink tickets, and enjoy live music. VIP admission also allows early access to both sites as well.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Hatch Brothers and Wildwoods — The Wilmington rock trio, which just released its debut album “Twelve Bar Grievances” in the fall, will perform at Mad Katz (5216 Carolina Beach Rd.) with Americana group The Wildwoods, from Nebraska. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Go Go Goat Comedy Show — Tipsy Goat, a bottle shop located at 1930 Castle Hayne Rd., presents comedy nights with host Tym Griffin. Saturday night’s rundown will include sets from Steph Stigma, Billy Raim, and Cameron Smith. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

NC Azalea Festival Chef’s Showcase — A five-course plated luncheon will be thrown Saturday at Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as part of the Azalea Festival’s annual chef’s showcase. Wine pairings are served with each course and there is entertainment and a silent auction; tickets are $75. Table sponsorships are also available by calling 910-794-4650 and include a pre-luncheon social, meet-and-greets with the chefs, two Airlie Luncheon Garden Party tickets and a Festival print for the table host.

Studio 54 ‘70s Dance Party — Edward Teach presents its annual fundraiser to benefit Operation Pretty Things, a Studio 54 ‘70s Dance Party at Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.). Event is 21 and over, with cash prizes for best ‘70s attire and best dancers. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Food trucks will also be on site. 

A journaling and meditation session will get underway at Tera Sol Sanctuary on Sunday to help embrace positive self-talk. The class is two-and-a-half hours and cost $45. (Courtesy photo, Pexels)

Sunday, Jan. 30

When Our Words Come Alive
Tera Sol Sanctuary, 507 Castle St. • Tickets: $45

Tera Sol will host a Sunday workshop with light movement, breathing exercises, and powerful journaling with Jeff Hester. Titled “When Our Words Come Alive: The Art and Skill of Conscious Language,” the two-and-a-half hour class will cover ways to dispel the negative and embrace positive self-talk. 

Hester will help students unpack the power of words and how it affects everyday life. Participants should bring a journal and pen, and dress comfortably for light movement. Hester is trained in yoga and meditation and wrote “Jefe Living: Guide to Inner Wisdom,” a 30-day meditation journal.

Class is $45 and Tera Sol Sanctuary, a yoga and meditation studio, is located at 507 Castle St.

Chess and Coffee — Morning Glory Coffeehouse hosts “Chess and Coffee” every Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The family-friendly coffeehouse is located at 1415 Dawson St. Games are free.

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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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