Sunday, March 26, 2023

Li’l Friday Roundup: NC Rice Festival, Wilmington Record Show

Thursday, Mar. 3

Jazz at the CAM: Ti Harmon and Thrio
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St. • Tickets: $15-$30

The Cape Fear Jazz Society will present performances by vocalist Ti Harmon, the band Thrio, and Andrew Berinson at the Cameron Art Museum Thursday night. The concert takes place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Harmon is a jazz musician, composer and bandleader from Philadelphia, who began singing at the age of 5. At the 2011 Crest Jazz Festival, the Ti Harmon Project won the “Prix du Public” — decided upon by the public.

Harmon has released two albums to date and since 2011 has toured the globe. She recently completed her masters in jazz studies at NC Central University.

Tickets to the show start at $15 and can be purchased here

Guitar virtuoso, vocalist and composer Pierre Bensusa will perform at Hannah Block Community Arts Center and USO at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in collaboration with Forward Motion Dance Company. (Courtesy photo)

French Guitarist Pierre Bensusan — Guitar virtuoso, vocalist and composer Pierre Bensusa will perform at Hannah Block Community Arts Center and USO at 7:30 p.m. A French-Algerian musician, Bensusan is embarking on the first leg of his 100-date tour. His Wilmington show is a collaboration with Forward Motion Dance Company. Choreographed by Forward Motion’s Tracey Varga, dancers will perform to Bensusan’s acoustic sounds. Tickets are $25.

Global River Church Food Pantry – The Global River Church (4702 S. College Rd.) will host its first weekly Thursday food pantry event of March from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in its administration building. Due to Covid precautions, the event is drive-up and drop-off only. The donated nonperishable items are given to those in need throughout the community.

Wellness Walks at Cape Fear Heart Associates – The public is welcome to join a free walk with local healthcare providers and learn ways to improve heart health. The event takes place from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and is located at the NHRMC Physician Group on 1415 Physicians Dr. The walk takes place the first Thursday of every month; registration is here.

Thursday Night Trivia at Seven Mile Post – Adults 21 and up are welcome to attend a free weekly trivia event at Seven Mile Post (7219 Market St.), starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is hosted by The Dude radio station (full disclosure: The Dude is owned by Local Daily Media, which also owns Port City Daily). Rude Bwoys Jerk BBQ Grill will provide Caribbean-inspired meals, wings, burgers, smoked ribs, empanadas, and tacos. Beer specials include Sierra Nevada Summer Break for $5 a pint. Prizes will include Sierra Nevada merchandise, local gift certificates, CDs, concert tickets and other items.

Friday, Mar. 4

Mike Stanley
Dead Crow Comedy Club, 511 N. Third St. • Tickets: $16-$26

Brutal honesty is the name of the game for comic Mike Stanley. His jokes include observations on his surroundings, popular culture, life on the road, current events and some politics. 

The Detroit native sharpened his chops in Chicago and has been doing standup for over a decade, winning best comedian in both cities. He’s performed with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Jim Gaffigan, and appeared on “The Adam Carolla Show” and participated in the Just For Laughs comedy festival and Funny or Die’s Odd Ball Comedy and Curiosity Festival.

Stanley will perform four shows this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets can be purchased here.

68th Bargain Sale Sip and Shop — The Junior League of Wilmington has been hosting its bargain sale for 68 years; it opens to the public at the Elks Lodge (5102 Oleander Dr.) this weekend. The Sip and Shop portion will take place Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Guests will have a first look at items for sale and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer; tickets are $15, available at the door. The bargain sale opens on Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and is free to the public. Remaining items will be 50% off. Participants will find new and pre-owned home decor/furniture, clothes, books, sporting goods, and more. Cash and credit accepted.

Burgwin-Wright Diaper Drive — Throughout March, downtown’s historic museum (224 Market St.) is accepting diapers to give back to families in need. The drive benefits the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, which helps families and caregivers procure necessary items — diapers, diaper cream, wipes, adult diapers and pullups — without having to forego paying monthly bills or putting food on the table. Burgwin-Wright held its first drive last March and collected 7,319 baby diapers, 9,578 wipes, 1,767 adult diapers/pull-ups/pads, and 14 tubes of diaper cream and formula. The drive accepts opened and unopened packs of diapers and pull-ups for children and adults, baby wipes, diaper cream and formula. Donations can be dropped off in the Burgwin-Wright House visitor center Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Family Retreat: A Dance Party – Professor Dub will host a family dance event starting at 5:30 p.m. at Belle Vue Wilmington (20 Princess St.). Tickets are $20 per person and include multiple performances by DJ Swayed, DJ T-Panda, Professor Dub, and DJ Sir Charles. Palate is servingbeer and wine, and Casey’s BBQ is catering dinner. The event will end by 10:30 p.m. 

Live music at Reggies — The funk-rock Raleigh band Who I Are will be performing Friday 8 p.m. alongside Wilmington bands such as Hyperloops (alternative garage-rock), Vestige of Mora (pop-metal), and Terrestrial Animal (experimental rock) at Reggie’s 42nd St. (1415 42nd St.). Doors will open at 7 p.m., and attendees must be 18 or older with a valid ID. Cover is $7.

Saturday, Mar. 5

North Carolina Rice Festival
Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way • Free

The NC Rice Festival is a nonprofit out of Leland that focuses on educating families and residents on the community’s rice-growing history and culture. The event celebrates the Gullah-Geechee people, who once cultivated rice farms along the southeastern coast.

Activities begin Saturday, 8:30 a.m., with a vendor market, presentations and films, live entertainment and more.

Live music takes place on an outdoor stage at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, featuring performers such as Blues DeVille, Ian Daviz, Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, among others from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The film “Gullah Roots” will be screened 10:20 a.m. It will be followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session. The documentary follows Gullah-Geechee leaders in South Carolina and Georgia as they journey to Sierra Leone, to trace the heritage roots.

Vendors will be set up as part of the festival, including Queen Esther Herbal Teas, Ginger Lily Shoppe, Lowcountry Gullah, Sfraga Saga Earth Art, Gullah Baskets By Michael Smalls, and Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets. Artwork and crafts will be for sale at the outdoor exhibit area, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A full list of events for this year’s festival can be found here. The event is free to attend.

Wilmington Record Show — Fifteen vendors will be coming together to sell vinyl galore at Waterline Brewing Co. The Wilmington Record Show will feature selections from Gravity Records, Squidco Sales, Rodney’s Rewind Records, Anarchy Vinyl, TCB Vinyl, Mark Parsons, Double Cheese Records, Rabid Stag Records, Troy French, The Fuzzy Needle, Country Feedback, School Kids Records, Decades of Decor, Cisco Kid Records and Fort Lowell Records. The inaugural event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 721 Surry St. Food trucks will be on site. Free to attend, records individually priced.

Wintergrass Festival — At Waterman’s Brewing (1610 Pavilion Pl.) four bands will perform their brand of bluegrass throughout the day, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Taking the stage in the beer garden will be Into the Fog, Folkstone Stringband, Massive Grass, The Brewer Bros, and Nick Black. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, a beach chair, plus their kids and dogs. BBQ, chili and beer will be served. Tickets are $15-$20.

Hobby Greenhouse Tour — Taking place across New Hanover and Brunswick counties, the annual Hobby Greenhouse tour is free and self-guided from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Participants will see hobby and commercial greenhouses. The tour starts at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Descriptions of greenhouses and driving instructions can be found here.

Paws for a Cause — In the South Front District at Satellite Bar and Lounge (120 Greenfield St.), Paws Place Dog Rescue is hosting an adoption and vendor fair. Paws Place will have pups there for adoption and 15 makers will be set up selling pet-friendly goods. Leashed and friendly pets are welcome. The free event takes place from noon to 3 p.m.

Biological Wonderland Hike — From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., hikers can learn about different habitats at Carolina Beach State Park and the effects it has on area wildlife for free. A park ranger will meet participants at the Flytrap Trail — in the parking lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane — to talk about the plants and animals in the park. The trail is handicap accessible and the program is limited to 25 people.

The Azalea Triathlon will get underway on UNCW’s campus Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, Mar. 6

Azalea Triathlon
UNCW, 720 Hamilton Dr. • Registration: $65-$150

From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. the 26th annual Azalea Triathlon will begin on UNCW’s campus. The race includes a 300-yard swim course, a 12-mile bike course and a 5K run.

The swimming portion will take place in a pool on UNCW’s campus. The 5K also takes place on UNCW’s sidewalks and is primarily flat and shaded. 

The bike course takes participants around UNCW, as well as off campus in surrounding campus neighborhoods. Bikers will be utilizing Reigel Road, Rose Avenue, Wrightsville Avenue, McMillan Avenue and Hamilton Drive.

Though roads won’t be closed for the event, motorists should be aware of traffic delays. More information can be found here.

Crafted Outpost Market — The Cargo District’s Crafted Outpost (1605 Queen St.) is hosting its first Sunday market to benefit Wilmington School of the Arts. There will be DIY stations, interactive booths, live music, and over 30 vendors, selling local goods and wares. Food trucks also will be on site, and the event lasts from noon – 4 p.m.

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Shea Carver
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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