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Li’l Friday Roundup: Grace Potter, Fourth Friday, Orange St. Arts Fest

Grace Potter will perform Sunday night at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. (Courtesy photo)

Thursday, May 26

Trash’n Fash’n Show
New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr. • Tickets: $5 

The students at Isaac Bear accelerated high school and the Plastic Ocean Project are pairing up to present a fashion show featuring designs from repurposed materials.

The Trash’n Fash’n Show takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum gardens. Designers of all ages created looks made from old fabrics, vintage clothing from thrift stores, plastics, and other single-use materials like paper.

The two-hour event will also feature live music and Paella Fusion food truck will be parked on site. 

Tickets to the fashion show are $5 and can be purchased here.

Flipping the Barbershop
 — What really goes on in barbershops? Healing Your Almond brings the culture to life with a presentation featuring five local community leaders who tackle difficult topics with vulnerability. An audience Q&A will take place after at CFCC Union Station, 502 N. Front St. Tickets are $5.

Crafted Outpost One-Year Anniversary — Located in the Cargo District’s Queen Street courtyard, Crated Outpost is celebrating its first year in business with a sneak peak of new maker goodies. There also will be a candle and flower ritual, custom mantras, a fire performance, complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Three Little Birds Organic Kitchen and Homebody Field Goods plant-based elixirs. The event is free and takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1605 Queen St.

Leland Live at the Park — At 6:30 p.m. dance band Port City Shakedown will perform in Leland’s Founder’s Park for free. Blankets, chairs, food and drink are welcome. Food trucks are often parked on site.

Mixed media painting by Kirah Van Sickle. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, May 27

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights
Various locations downtown • Free

Almost 20 locations participate in the Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in downtown Wilmington, held the fourth Friday every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants host new exhibits, with artist meet and greets and refreshments.

On May 27, plenty of new exhibits will open, including “Primordial Lines” by Brian Evans and Kirah Van Sickle and “Visual INTROspection: Photography by WAZgriffin.” It will be Art in Bloom’s final exhibits at its Princess Street location, on display through July 9. The gallery will move to its new home in Mayfaire, 6866 Main St., by the end of July.

Also on display will be “A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That,” by Terri Moore, at Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens (224 Market St.). The exhibit features pastels of landscapes, animals and people. The art work will be on display through June 18.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum will showcase “Masters of Realism,” the works of 

Joe Seme and Robert Dance. An artist meet-and-greet will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Art by Sabine Baeckmann will highlight coastal paintings, including beach scenes and marine life. It is on display at Berkshire Hathaway, 21-B Market St.

At ACES Gallery (221 N. Front St.), the Art Council’s gallery space, “Luminous Color” by Ayumeg Art (Megan Mcguire) will be showcased from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More participants and openings can be found here.

Samantha Morris and Will Darrough, both Wilmington residents, watch the Thursday night fireworks show from the patio of the Olde Salty, 9:07 p.m. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)
Wilmington residents watch the fireworks show from the patio of the Olde Salty, 9:07 p.m., in Carolina Beach (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)

Hank Barbee — Guitarist and singer-songwriter Hank Barbee will perform at Watermans Brewing on Pavilion Place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Barbee plays indie roots and rock music. The show will be free, though tips accepted for the performer.

Blue Cactus + Chris Frisina — More roots rock will be performed downtown at Live at Ted’s from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Blue Cactus is a North Carolina-based duo blending Americana and psychedelia with country twang. Chris Frisina is a folk artist, whose singer-songwriter tales are rife with humor. Tickets are $15.

Boardwalk Blast — Carolina Beach officially starts summer with fireworks and free music. Normally hosted on Thursdays, Boardwalk Blast kicks off Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with the Roy Roberts Blues Band and wraps by 9:30 p.m. Fireworks go off over the boardwalk around 9 p.m.

Oak Island Bands By the Beach — Party band The Main Event will keep guests dancing at the Middleton Park Amphitheater, 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. Blankets and chairs are welcome. Concerts are free.

The Flytrap Frolic is a family-friendly annual event held at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden, behind Alderman Elementary School. (Port City Daily photo /COURTESY STUART R. BORRETT)
Good Hops in Carolina Beach will feature an educational program on carnivorous plants on Saturday. (Courtesy Stuart R. Borrett)

Saturday, May 28

Carnivorous Bog Planting Workshop
Good Hops Brewing, 811 Harper Ave, Carolina Beach • Tickets: $10

Island Wildlife will host an educational workshop in Carolina Beach about the carnivorous plants indigenous to the area. Participants will also learn more about the area’s wetlands and the biodiversity of the Cape Fear region.

Individuals are instructed to bring a glazed mug or small soup-bowl-sized container without a drainage hole; some will also be available for purchase at the event. Each person will take home a small bog garden of hothouse carnivores, plus proper care instructions. 

There are two workshops at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Children are welcome, though the class is limited to 12 people a session. It is $10 a person; however, scholarships are available upon request, no questions asked.

Registration is required: Email islandwildlifenc@gmail.com and include “WORKSHOP” in the subject line. Include the time slot desired and organizers will respond with pre-payment information. Workshop takes place rain or shine.

Saturday Sunset Series
— Free music will get underway on the Cape Fear River this Saturday. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hair Trigger will take over the Pier 33 stage (18 Harnett St.). The band plays all of the hair metal singalong anthems, decked out in leopard, spandex, neon and of course big hair.

Orange Street Arts Fest — Thalian Association Community Theatre will host its 26th annual Orange St. Arts Festival at 2nd and Dock streets Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free, though donations are welcome to benefit TACT. The event features hundreds of vendors selling original artwork, including paintings, pottery, leather, jewelry, fiber, glass, metal, and mixed-media. The show is juried and awards are given to first, second and third places.

“Sleuth: A Mystery” — It’s the last weekend to catch Thalian Association Community Theatre’s show. Taking place in the English countryside, mystery writer Andrew Wyk invites his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, to visit. Tindle shares Wyke’s love for games, which sets off a chain of events leaving the audience in the throes of Wyke’s imagination. Revenge and power thread the show. Tickets go for $39, at Thalian’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater. Based on the 1970’s Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine film, the play runs Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.

The 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest will take place this weekend on Orange Street between Front and 3rd Streets in downtown Wilmington. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Thalian Association Community Theatre)
The 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest will take place this weekend on Orange Street between Front and 3rd Streets in downtown Wilmington. (Courtesy Thalian Association Community Theatre)

Sunday, May 29

Grace Potter
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Dr. 

Known for her powerful, bluesy vocals and high-rock energy, Potter first performed to local audiences in 2009 with her band the Nocturnals, which broke up over the last decade. She last played to a packed house at the Wilson Center five or so years ago.

Potter has put out four albums since 2002 — her last, “Daylight,” released in 2019. She was on tour in support of the record when the pandemic hit and, instead, reverted to performing livestreams called “Monday Night Twilight.”

Potter is well-known for collaborations with numerous performers and bands across all genres of music, including country artist Kenny Chesney, psychedelic pop-rockers The Flaming Lips, and even rock-blues icons The Rolling Stones.

The show takes place at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

Tea Dance
— The Memorial Day Tea Dance welcomes LGBT women to the Rooftop bar at N. Front Theatre. Musician Sayer McShane will perform. It’s $10 admission and will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Jeremey Matthews — Live music with singer-songwriter Jeremy Matthews will take place in the beer garden at Rooster and The Crow from noon to 3 p.m. Free, though brunch and cocktails will be available for purchase.

A Trip to the Moon Music and Film Festival — Opera Room will feature a hybrid festival for artists and the community at large at 5 p.m. Films will be screened by George Koszulinski, Kim Carr, Zane Bernard, Jack Shevock, Hayden Ott and others. Music starts at 6 p.m. with Spider Bucket, Vestige of Mora, and Hyperloops, with visual accompaniments screening simultaneously while the bands play from filmmakers Ryan Healy, Jack Deal and Holden Treadway. 

Bluegrass Brunch — Flying Machine in Wrightsville Beach will be serving brunch favorites, mimosas and Bloody Marys from noon to 2 p.m. Also performing will be The Smoky Dunes, local bluegrass duo consisting of guitarists Drew Walker and Marshall Brown.

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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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