SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and more.
All events featured were scheduled as of Thursday; however, it’s wise to check in ahead of attending any one. Inclement weather, changes in schedules and unforeseen circumstances may shift for organizers at the last minute.
Thursday, Sept. 22
I Love Walking and Solstice Cycles Interactive Performance Art
Various locations • Free – $15
Alban Elved Dance Company — the organization behind the annual SARUS Festival, celebrating dance, theater, film and more — is known for challenging performance art and the environments in which it’s experienced. Founded by Karola Luettringhaus, Alban Elved works with other modern dancers and companies to collaborate in open-air spaces — downtown’s Riverwalk or the Wrightsville Beach coastline — to educate the public and break down barriers of art between economic and cultural differences.
At 3 p.m. the company will host an “I Love Walking” workshop at the Historic USO and Community Arts Center (120 S. 2nd St.) in preparation for nightfall’s “Solstice Cycles” held at Greenfield Lake. The event celebrates movement and the fall solstice.
“I Love Walking” is an educational event that takes a closer examination of how the foot and joints function as a sensory organ to “playfully” explore and react to the world at large (children should be accompanied by an adult). There is a suggested $15 donation to attend.
At 6 p.m., Slow Ear Ensemble will join Alban Elved at Greenfield Lake for a walking performance. The dance companies encourage the public to join the experience as they move one full, clockwise rotation around the 4-mile lake. It will take approximately two hours.
“Solstice Cycles” is ongoing and takes place every seasonal change, open to all ages for free.
Learn more about the events here.
OTHER THURSDAY HAPPENINGS
Carolina Soul Band — Leland is hosting three free concerts this fall in Founders Park and Friday night kicks off the first with the Carolina Soul Band. The eight-piece brings high energy through the sounds of Motown and R&B. Blankets, chairs and coolers are welcome, and food trucks will be parked onsite. The concert takes place at 113 Town Hall Dr.
Succulent Wine Bottle Planter Workshop — Catawba Brewing is hosting a craft night with Rock n’ Roots Plant Company. Participants will arrange succulents in upcycled wine bottles cut by a local glass artisan. All materials will be provided, but pre-registration is required; cost is $40.
Oasis at Riverlights — A night market is taking place at Riverlights, featuring 15 vendors selling handmade wares, art and more. There will be Wheelz Pizza and Sweet Cleo’s popsicles on site. Event is free to attend and takes place at 4027 Watercraft Ferry Ave.
Friday, Sept. 23
Dead Crow Comedy, 511 N. Third St. • Tickets: $18-$28
A Kalamazoo, Michigan, comedian, actor and writer, Moses Storm got his start by moving to L.A. after dropping out of community college, with hopes of becoming a performer. He has been seen on shows such as Netflix’s “Arrested Development” and NBC’s “This Is Us.”
Storm released his debut comedy special, “Trash White,” on HBOMax in January. The one-hour standup covers his life growing up poor and what it means to be evil rich. He pokes fun at the trending phrase “food insecure” to describe the poor class of America, noting it takes something serious and “makes it sound adorable.”
The comedian has appeared on “CONAN” and even joined the iconic comedian on his 2018 multi-city tour “Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-up and Investment Tips.”
He will perform four shows at Dead Crow on his current comedy club tour. There will be two shows each on Friday and Saturday, with time slots at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
OTHER FRIDAY HAPPENINGS
UPDATE: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats postponed Friday’s show — as well as Saturday’s Farm Aid show in Raleigh — due to Covid-19.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats — The band will hit the riverfront venue with North Carolina’s own Hiss Golden Messenger, a Durham-based folk band, opening the show. Concertgoers will hear songs from the Night Sweat’s latest and third studio album “The Future,” released in November following Rateliff’s solo album “And It’s Still Alright” in 2020. Formed in 2013, the Denver, Colorado-based musicians are known for their mix of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country influences. Earlier in the summer, the group performed at Newport Folk Jazz Festival and brought out Paul Simon to perform a handful of songs. Perhaps best known for the song “S.O.B.,” the eight members of the Night Sweats perform on keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, with Rateliff’s soulful energy rounding out the vintage sound.
Nature Observed: Work by Abby Spangel Perry and Andy Wood — A new art show will open at the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR (254 N. Front St.). The exhibit highlights the Long Pine State’s natural landscape, including plants, wildlife and habitats via interpretive paintings by Abby Spangel Perry and photographs by Andy Wood. Refreshments will be served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Grand Funk Railroad
Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St. • Tickets start at $42
The ‘70s rockers are headed to the Wilson Center after the spring show was postponed.
Marking 50-plus years on the road, Grand Funk Railroad blends soul and rock, complete with “muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies” in songs like “The Loco-Motion,” “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)” and “We’re an American Band.”
The band features Don Brewer (vocals, drums, songwriter), bassist Mel Schacher, Max Carl (.38 Special), lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS, Meatloaf, Billy Squier), and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Robert Palmer). Watch them perform at Shea Stadium in 1971 here.
Tickets to the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., begin at $42 and can be purchased here.
OTHER SATURDAY HAPPENINGS
Arts and Drafts — Taking place in the Cargo District’s Fermental from noon to 8 p.m., Arts and Drafts features local artisans selling sculpture, woodwork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics and pottery, along with Fermental’s bottles and cans, plus seasonal wine slushies and featured beers by the pint or growler. Live music will be performed by Justin Lacy (2 p.m.), Kyle Lindley (4 p.m.), and Blarney Brogues (6 p.m.). Food trucks Poor Piggy’s (1 p.m.) and Bad Eatz (4 p.m.) will be parked as well.
The Wilmington Record Show — Love vinyl? And beer? Waterline is the one-stop shop for both come Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be 22 record vendors — School Kids, Gravity, Decades of Decor, Black Wax, Squidco, Fuzzy Needle, Fort Lowell and others — set up at the brewery below the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Live music from Jive Mother Mary starts at 3 p.m. Free to attend.
Movies in the Park — Leland’s Founders Park is hosting free movies this fall, including “Luca” at 8 p.m. Blankets or chairs, a picnic, and coolers are welcome (no alcohol or pets allowed). There will be a food truck set up onsite as well. “Luca” is a 2021 Pixar animation film that explores a summer adventure on the Italian Riviera with a young sea monster boy and his friends.
Carnivorous Plant Hike — A guided tour will be given from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Carolina Beach State Park regarding the indigenous carnivorous plants in the area, including the Venus fly trap. Hikers will learn about various carnivorous plants, how they trap prey and pollinate, and survive amid a changing environment, and how habitats affect the park as a whole. Interested parties should meet at the Flytrap Trail parking area at the end of Nature Trail Lane.
Gaspard & Dancers — From Durham, 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 UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $30-$40.
Port City Community Fish Fry and Oyster Roast — Taking place at the Martin Luther King Center, there will be a fish fry and oyster roast taking place at 401 S. 8th St. There will be free food, a live DJ, children’s activities and the playground will be open. It also is a voter registration and information drive hosted by area nonprofit organizations and takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ruben Studdard — The “American Idol” season two winner is performing in Wilmington on Sunday as part of The White Lotus Leadership Awards Dinner. Studdard has released seven studio albums since winning the singing competition two decades ago, including 2018’s covers album featuring all Luther Vandross songs. Sponsored by N.C. Lead, the dinner is focused on honoring people in the community, as well as regionally and nationally, whothat help mitigate social-economic and political determinants of health. Around 20 people will be recognized. Tickets are $140; the dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the concert is at 7:45 p.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center.
Feather — Wilmington’s favorite yacht-rock cover band will be taking over the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in a proper farewell to summer. The local musicians cover songs like “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty, “Tin Man” by America, “Operator” by Jim Croce, and “I Can’t Tell You Why” by The Eagles. The show is free and can also be heard from the shore near the tiki bar at 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Oktoberfest — ‘Tis the season for beer chugging and lederhosen. Oktoberfest will arrived at Hi-Wire Brewing in the Soda Pop District (1020 Princess St.) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The brewery’s Zirkusfest beer will be served and music by Raleigh’s Little German Band and Dancers will be performed. Games, including a stein-holding contest, will also be held throughout the free family-friendly event. (Sunday’s standing yoga session is canceled.
Circle the Wagens Cruise — VW enthusiasts convene! The local club Circle the Wagens will host a drive cruise with lineup beginning at noon at Waterline Brewing. The ride will depart at 12:30 p.m. and will make a trip around Greenfield Lake and through downtown Wilmington. Raffle prizes and refreshments will be served at the brewery after. Registration is not required — just show up.!
Raptor Rendezvous — The Cape Fear Raptor Center and SkyWatch Bird Rescue are coming together for an awareness day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids under 3 to visit with resident birds, emus, donkeys and piggies at 3600 Lyon Ave. in Castle Hayne. There will be demonstrations, ecological and conservational information, as well as refreshments.
Yoga at Coworx — Looking to stretch the muscles and start Sunday with a clear mind? Let Yulia-Panina guide you through a one-hour vinyasa flow practice at Coworx at Honey HQ. The practice focuses on seamlessly flowing between asanas:, synchronizsing movement with breath. Cost is $15 and all levels are welcomelevels welcome!
Hounds of Hoplite Fundraiser — Carolina Beach’s favorite Irish pub is hosting its second annual fundraiser to benefit Paws Place Dog Rescue. From noon to 4 p.m. there will be D.J. Erin Jernigan will be spinning tunes. There is a Rockabilly 1950s and 1960s theme, with a best dressed contest on deck. Hounds of Hoplite calendars are for sale, as are tickets for raffle baskets, with drawing at 3 p.m.
[Ed. Note: Grand Funk Railroad will take place Saturday, not Sunday as originally published. PCD regrets the error]
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