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Li’l Friday Roundup: Juneteenth, Blueberry Festival, Movies in the Park, Pride Prom

Adult Pride Prom fundraiser takes place Thursday night. (Courtesy Pexels)

Thursday, June 16

Adult Pride Prom Fundraiser
Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St. • Tickets: $30

Dancing, drinks, prom royalty!

In honor of Pride Month, an adult prom and fundraiser is taking place at the Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

In support of the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast, there will be a silent auction, as well a genderless prom court, made up of the best dressed. DJ Professor Dub will spin the tunes, and there will be swag. 

A cash bar will be open, with a special Pride cocktail available. Tickets are $30 and the event is only for ages 21 and up.

The LGBTQ Center serves a diverse group of people, including elders and youth, and advocates for cultural diversity and social justice. 

Port City Shakedown — WECT’s Summer Concert Series continues with dance band Port City Shakedown taking the stage at Wrightsville Beach Park. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome. It’s free to attend, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Randy McQuay — Randy McQuay will perform at Ogden Tap Room at 7 p.m. The North Carolina musician is known for his bluesy roots music. His soulful performances are backed by an acoustic guitar and harmonica. The show is free.

John Hastings will perform at Dead Crow Comedy Club both Friday and Saturday nights. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, June 17

John Hastings
Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. Third St. • Tickets: $18-$28

Remember that time John Hastings and Dennis Rodman heckled each other in Los Angeles? 

Well, don’t expect that to happen in Wilmington, but Hastings will still bring his sharp-witted tongue and casual gags to Dead Crow Comedy Room for two shows each Friday and Saturday nights.

Hastings recently was spotted on “America’s Got Talent” where he got a standing ovation  — ”even though there was no audience, thanks to Covid!” he said in a release. He has appeared at every major comedy festival worldwide, scored accolades like COCA Comedian of the Year, a Martin Sims Award nomination and Amused Moose Comedy Award.

Tickets to his shows are $18 to $28 and take place in one of two slots, 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.

10-Minute Miscellany — Port City Playwrights hosts an annual performance of their member group’s original shows at The Lookout at Iron Front (23 N. Front St.). The short productions, 10 minutes each, are performed live on stage, with doors open at 7 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested and there is a cash bar open. Parking is available in the downtown decks.

Maren Morris — Country-pop artist Maren Morris will perform at Live Oak Bank Pavilion as part of her first headlining tour, in support of her new album “Humble Quest.” Morris scored top numbers on the country charts (“My Church,” “I Could Use a Love Song”).She has been nominated for 90 awards, including receipt of five Academy of Country Music awards, one Grammy and one American Music Award. Read an interview with the artist and learn more about tickets here.

Juneteenth Celebration — The Leland Cultural Arts Center is celebrating Juneteenth with the African American Heritage Foundation of southeastern N.C. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth celebrates the actual day, June 19, 1865, wherein slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln. The traveling “Bunce Island Exhibit” will be on display for free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It explores the story of the Atlantic slave trade and its history between Bunce Island in Sierra Leone and the South. Twenty panels consist of text and imagery from 1805 through today, including the story of Thomalind Polite, a young school teacher from South Carolina, whose ancestor, Priscilla, was a 10-year-old girl taken from Bunce Island to Charleston in 1756.

Matilda the Musical — Based on the famed Roald Dahl book, “Matilda the Musical” follows the story of a precocious 5-year-old with telekinetic powers and a penchant for books. Though treated poorly by her parents, Matilda finds the uplifting spirit of her teacher, Miss Honey, an encouraging role model as she battles a less-than-stellar school life as well. The Tony Award-winning production features 25 musical numbers in two acts, all performed by local talent in Thalian Association Community Theater. The show takes place June 17 at 7:30 p.m., June 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and June 19 at 2 p.m. all at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are $32.

Burgaw Blueberry Festival takes place Friday and Saturday. (Port City Daily/File)

Saturday, June 18

19th Annual Blueberry Festival
Downtown Burgaw • Free

The state is prepared to celebrate blueberry season at its finest!

Downtown Burgaw will be open to festival goers on Friday and Saturday nights for the annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival. Friday kicks off festivities with a BBQ cookoff. There is a recipe judging contest for the best blueberry items. Sales of BBQ and berries will be in the Family Dollar parking lot. Live music takes place on the main stage starting at 5 p.m. with Shack Humphrey and Co., followed by Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 7 p.m.

Starting early morning Saturday, 7 a.m., a 5K run and 1-mile walk will take place, followed by a truck and car show and a noncompetitive bike ride. Multiple events take place through 10 p.m., including kid’s amusements, a model train show, a magic show, as well as a pie-eating contest, BMX shows, and martial arts demonstrations.

Music begins at 10 a.m. with Band of Brothers, followed by Blackwater Band at 1 p.m., The Tams at 4 p.m., and Chairman of the Board at 7 p.m.

A full schedule can be found here.

Port City Rip the Runway Juneteenth Garden Show — Everyday community members will be walking the runway at a fashion show to benefit Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Fund. Heggins was a retired school teacher that advocated for students and teachers for 40 years. It’s the 10th year the show has been held, as hosted by Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman and his wife, Suprena, through the nonprofit Better Is Possible CDC. It will take place at 6 p.m. in the covered garden at The Harrelson Center, 20 N. 4th St. Tickets are $40-$100, with VIP entrance including hors d’oeuvres, one beverage of choice, priority seating, swag bag, meet-and-greet and first dibs on raffle items. 

Big Dawg Productions presents “School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play,” opening this weekend. (Photo by James Bowling)

School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play – Big Dawg Productions is opening its latest production at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Studio Theatre — and right in time for a Juneteenth celebration. Written by African American playwright Jocelyn Bioh, the play takes place at a Ghana boarding school in 1986. Paulina, eager to win the Miss Global Universe pageant, takes notice of the new competition: the beautiful and talented Ericka. She and her hive-mind friends begin the hazing. The comedy addresses similarities and differences seen in teenage girls all over the world and tackles internalized racism. Tickets to the show are $34 and take place June 16-19, and June 23-26. 

Highway Robbery/Pinky Verde/Slow Teeth/Tercel — Ready for a rock show? Reggie’s 42nd Street has your Saturday covered. Three local bands joined by one Carrboro act are taking the stage. Slow Teeth out of the Triangle play folky, dark, heavy, electronic sounds, with lots of guitars and synthesizers. The band will be joined by the hazy rock of Pinky Verde and the underground fuzz rock of Tercel. The Highway Robbery will cap the night off with rockin’ covers from their fave bands. Cover is $10.

Juneteenth Freedom Day — The county arboretum (6206 Oleander Dr.) is hosting festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 18. There will be music by DJ Brian Green, with performances by St. James AME Choir, as well as prayer led by pastors Cedric and Latoya Barrett of Purpose Church. Blankets and chairs are welcome to lay out on the garden lawn to hear a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and poets and spoken-word artists participate in Speak Ya Peace. Vendor booths will be open and food trucks will also be on site. It’s free to attend.

The Groove Market — Riverlights is hosting a market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring 30 vendors. Live music will play beneath the live oaks, and local shops and food trucks will be on site. It’s family- and pet-friendly.

The Black Crowes — The brothers Robinson are touring once again in honor of the 30th anniversary of their iconic debut “Shake Your Money Maker.” Brothers Rich and Chris were estranged for seven years until a recent reunion, which has taken them on the road and propelled the release of their recent album, “1972,” featuring their favorite rocks covers released that year by artists like T-Rex, David Bowie and the Stones. Read an interview with Rich Robinson and learn more about tickets to the Live Oak Pavilion show here.

Movies in the Park — Leland is hosting free cinema for families to enjoy in Founder’s Park beginning at 9 p.m. It will screen “Sing 2” and have Donut Bus food truck parked on the premises. Attendees are welcome to bring a blanket or chairs, picnic, and pet or alcohol. 

Pick-Up Dodgeball Game — Take a trip back to elementary recess. Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill (4240 Market St.) is hosting a pickup dodgeball game at 6 p.m.  Show up ready to engage in the action — free.

Summer Live Music Series — The Cotton Exchange is hosting live music Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Matt Booth. The downtown shopping plaza has multiple shops, restaurants and bar and distillery, plus an outdoor courtyard. The exchange is located at Front and Grace streets.

Juneteenth celebrations are taking place across the region this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth Celebrations
Various locations • Free

Taking place at the Harrelson Center (20 N. 4th St.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in celebration of Father’s Day and Juneteenth, Bigg B’s Gospel Brunch is free and open to everyone. There will be gospel hits, food trucks, local vendors, and special guest appearances. 

The Cameron Art Museum (3201 S. 17th St.)  is also celebrating Juneteenth with a Speak Ya Peace, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Poets Mama Makeda, ScaleHamHawk da Poet, and Yolanda Hernandez will perform, along with music by Soltree Reign. Food trucks will also be parked on site. 

Though not taking place Sunday, on Monday, June 20, a performance in WHQR’s studios will get underway with storyteller Mitch Capel, aka Gran’daddy Junebug. Tickets are free but must be RSVP’ed by emailing

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green — Its adult company opened “The Winter’s Tale” a few weekends ago, which continues through June 23. The youth company also is performing “As You Like It,” featuring many of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases — “all the world’s a stage” and “too much of a good thing,” for example. The show covers romance in a tale of mistaken identity. Play dates are June 15-16 and 20-21 at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for folks to bring picnics. Concessions sold at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater as well. All shows are free.

Dad Fest — It’s Father’s Day weekend and there will be a special celebration of all dads at Renovation Church (245 N. St. Johns Church Rd.) in Hampstead. A noon lunch will take place with catering from Smithfields, plus games and freebies for the family.

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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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