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Li’l Friday: Mother’s Day events, David Bowie tribute act

David Brighton transforms into Britain’s famed glam rocker in The Ultimate David Bowie Experience, performing at Thalian Hall this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and more.

It’s wise to check in ahead of attending any one happening to ensure it’s scheduled as normal. Inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances may shift for organizers at the last minute.

Thursday, May 11

Taste of Home 
Riverlights, 955 Trisail Terrace • Tickets: $75

Postponed from last month due to weather, the Wilmington-Cape Fear Builders Association is hosting Taste of Home at Riverlights. It was originally scheduled to be  part of the Parade of Homes, the culinary event that pairs local craft beer and wine with carefully prepared dishes by area chefs.

The dinner will take place May 11, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with each menu item featured at a home along Riverlights’ Model Row; 10 of the homes were recognized during the Parade of Homes awards ceremony. 

There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Middle of the Island and craft beer from Wilmington Brewing Company. A wine tasting will be offered at every home as well. The menu will consist of:

  • Bourbon Boursin chicken, caprese skewers and American Amber Ale
  • Mini lump crab cakes and Bier Garden Kolsch
  • Prime rib and Tropical Lightning IPA
  • Mac-and-cheese bar and Tropical Lightning IPA
  • Asparagus Asiago in phyllo, crab-stuffed mushrooms and Taco Life Mexican Style Lager
  • Pulled pork sliders and Jalapeno Saison
  • Strawberry spinach salad and Jalapeno Saison
  • Shrimp and grits and Bier Garden Kolsch

Live music will be performed by Port City Shake Down at the nearby park after and the Chocolate and S’more food truck will be parked, serving salted caramel s’mores and strawberry cheesecake s’mores with strawberry preserves from local Lewis Nursery and Farms.

CarolinAloha — Blending acoustic surf and island sounds is a new three-piece outfit CarolinAloha. The trio will perform first in the lush beer garden at Dead Crow Comedy Room (511 N. Third St.) at 5 p.m. and following thereafter at the Sorrow Drowner (19 S 10th St.), which showcases tiki vibes and nautical culture in an immersive, adventure-themed bar. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Market — Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for mom? Local vendors will be set up Seagate Bottle Shop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. peddling local art and vintage wares. The market will be outside and there will be food trucks parked, including Tacos El Jefe, Coastal Craft Creamery and The Donut Bus. Beer and wine will be for sale inside Seagate; the event is family-friendly.

Soup to Nuts Live: Smokey Dunes A Wilmington-based bluegrass duo is coming to Soup to Nuts Live!, WHQR’s monthly concert hosted in its downtown gallery. Smokey Dunes will perform, comprising guitarists Drew Walker and Marshall Brown, whose acoustic fingerpicking and flat-picking is presented in homage to Appalachian folk music. The band, which plays originals and covers, will be set up at 254 N. Front St., with a suggested $10 donation.

“Fiddler on the Roof” — The classic musical about a Jewish family aiming to keep its traditions alive in pre-revolutionary Russia will be staged at the North Street Theater (21 N. Front St.). Acting Up Community Theater is presenting “Fiddler on the Roof” over the next two weekends. The story centers on father and milkman Tevye, who is rearing three daughters, all of whom wish to marry for love rather than allowing the village matchmaker to pair up the daughters with well-to-do husbands. Songs like “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker” and “Tradition” became popular from the show, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. Tickets to the evening shows are $20 and matinees are $15. 

David Brighton in The Ultimate David Bowie Experience.

Friday, May 12

Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience
Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. • Tickets: $64.20

David Brighton transforms into Ziggy Stardust and other iterations of Britain’s famed glam rocker in The Ultimate David Bowie Experience. The immersive experience moves through Bowie’s rock ‘n’ roll career as Brighton and his band deliver songs note-for-note — from the ‘70s “Rebel Rebel” and “Life on Mars” to the ‘80s “Modern Love” and “Let’s Dance.”

Like Bowie, the concert ups the theatrical ante, with Brighton transforming into his various personas and costumes. The musician formed his band in 2001; Brighton even performed with the Starman himself on the 2003 CD “Reality.” 

Brighton also performed as Bowie in the 2009 Warner Brothers movie “The Watchmen.”

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bowie died of lung cancer in 2016 only two days after the release of his final album, “Blackstar.”

Port City Blitz — 42nd Street Tavern is turning up the punk this weekend with two days of a hard rock spectacle, showcasing more than a dozen bands. Doors open Friday at 6 p.m., featuring Audiomelt, Hyperloops, Gulp, Crooked Cult and Strangers in Public, among others. Saturday’s soiree includes a Punk Flea and Swap from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring “dark arts and crafts,” a musical gear swap meet, funky goods and other items. Bands will take the stage around 6 p.m., featuring Commonwealth, Safeword Scouts Honor, Monkeyknifefight, Rocket 77, Temp Agency Abrevity, Reason to Ignite and more. Tickets start at $12.

Free Concert Friday — Eagle’s Dare continues its Free Concert Friday series at the corner of Red Cross and Third streets. This week features the pop-rock music of The Graes and Americana sounds of the Midatlantic. Food trucks will be onsite; the concert is free and family-friendly. Read more here.

USCT in the Civil War — A free event at the Wilmington National Cemetery (2011 Market St.), 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will highlight the role of the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War, particularly in the Lower Cape Fear. Hosted by the Cape Fear Civil War Round Table, Capt. Edward Gantt, USN (retired) will discuss the 200,000 Black Americans that served the USCT during the war and fought for their own freedoms, which impacted the nation overall. It’s free to attend.

Saturday will be rife with offerings for area markets covering gifts for Mother’s Day, kids and vintage finds, such as Curated on Castle Street Vintage Market, as seen above. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, May 13

Multiple Outdoor Markets
Various locations • Free

Saturday will be rife with offerings for area markets covering gifts for Mother’s Day, kids and vintage finds.

Hi-Wire Brewing is hosting a Port City Young Creatives Market, also to feature a concert. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring unique youth vendors, chalk drawings, bubbles and a kids band from Revolver Music Productions.

At Watermans, near Wrightsville Beach 1610 Pavilion Place, around 30 vendors will be featured at its Mother’s Day Market. They’ll sell handmade candles, jewelry, beauty products and more. Live music will be featured on the patio as well.

Back downtown on Castle Street, Curated on Castle Vintage Market takes place the second Saturday of each month through November, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s set up in the lot at Sixth and Castle streets, across from Michael Moore Antiques. Vendors include Second Skin Vintage, Gravity Records and Jess James + Co., as well as up to 20 local independent vintage collectors selling clothing, records, home decor and more. Free to attend; items priced to purchase.

Around the corner in the South Front District, ArtWorks is also hosting a Mother’s Day Market inside its gallery and studio space at 200 Willard St. The event takes place both Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 40 local arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, live music, beer and wine, face-painting and fairy hair. It’s free to attend.

Cape Fear Conversations — WHQR is hosting a chat called “Queer in the Cape Fear,” with a roundtable of panelists from area organizations. The goal is to give space for many voices to discuss the state of the LGBTQ+ community and what people and advocates face. Panelists include: Erin Jones, co-owner, The Roasted Bookery; Brooke Lamberth, director, UNCW LGBTQ center; Caroline Morin, director, LGBTQ Center of the Lower Cape Fear Coast; TR Nunley, program director of Wilmington Transgender Community; Qailinn Bowen, co-host of As Told By Us podcast; and Takeshia McIntyre, author, business owner and photographer. It is free and open to the public at Waterline Brewing (721 Surry St.).

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra — The final concert of the WSO season takes place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and the show features the orchestra performing Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Joining WSO will be bassist Kebra-Seyoun Charles, who is performing Andrés Martín’s Concerto No. 1 for Bass. Charles, who was exposed in youth to jazz, gospel and traditional African music, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and Juilliard. The performance takes place at Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St.

Port City Shakedown — Marina Grill (18 Harnett St.) is hosting a concert Saturday, 6 p.m., with Wilmington’s favorite seven-piece party band, Port City Shakedown. The music — featuring dance tunes from the ‘70s through today, including rock, hip-hop, Motown and soul — will be enjoyed overlooking the Cape Fear River at the marina and it’s free to attend.

Oysters on the half shell will be served as part of Steam’s Mother’s Day buffet. (Courtesy Steam)

Sunday, May 14

Mother’s Day Brunches and Celebrations
Various locations 

Celebrating mom is priority number one this Sunday. 

Multiple venues are offering brunch specials, such as Fermental in the Cargo District featuring Fusion Blue Zones Food Truck. Founder and chef Christopher Gates has created a menu where guests can “travel” to the world’s Blue Zones, where people tend to live longer — areas of Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, and California. There will be wine and mimosas also on special, including non-alcoholic versions. The event is family- and pet-friendly and takes place from noon to 4 p.m. 

Oceanic at Wrightsville Beach is also hosting a special brunch at 10 a.m. with music starting on the pier from noon to 3 p.m. Specials include prosciutto-avocado toast and lobster Florentine Benedict. The seafood restaurant, located on shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Wrightsville Beach, will also serve its regular menu.

Oceanic’s sister restaurant, Bluewater Grill, located on the Intracoastal Waterway, will offer brunch beginning at 9 a.m. Featured will be homemade quiche, chicken Ballotine, and mahi-mahi, priced $15 to $36. Brunch ends at 3 p.m. but live music starts on the deck overlooking the waterway at 4 p.m.

Downtown’s Steam Restaurant and Bar is offering a brunch buffet for $48 for adults and $24 for kids. There will be various stations, including starters (oysters, shrimp, cheeses), soup and salad (Caesar, blue crab and corn chowder), main entrees (omelets, carved prime rib, roasted salmon), sides (whipped potatoes, green beans, vegetables) and desserts (chef’s selection).

A few blocks over at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar downtown, there will be mimosas and seafood on special, accompanied by Beth Manning from noon to 3 p.m. The Leland location will also have music with Tom Graney from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., as well as crab cake Benedicts and ‘Mom-mosas’ on special. 

For moms who love fondue, The Little Dipper is offering a $39 three-course brunch that includes cheesy items, creative cocktails and complimentary champagne. Seatings are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Across Snow’s Cut Bridge in Carolina Beach, Lazy Pirate (701 N. Lake Park Blvd.) will host live music by Ashley Hill from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Brunch will also be served beginning at 9 a.m.

Nearby at Island Beverage (1206 N. Lake Park Blvd.), the Southerly — known for its biscuits and pie — is catering brunch with an “around the world” bubbles tasting (reservations required for the private event, 910-707-1423).

Families looking to work off brunch can grab their skates. Scooters Family Skate Center is welcoming families to its skate day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Moms are admitted free to the 341 Shipyard Blvd. rink. 

For those who wish to express their artistic abilities, Oleander Drive’s Wine & Design is hosting a paint event at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $37 and include all materials with instruction in a step-by-step process for guests to create a floral painting of peonies. Wine, beer, soda or other beverages are BYOB; learn more here.

And anyone dealing with the loss of their matriarch this Mother’s Day can join in a memorial service at Burgaw baseball park (601 S. Smith St.). A balloon release to honor moms no longer on the earthly planet will take place at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Randy McQuay — Wilmington’s bluesman will perform his soulful, sultry sounds at 4 p.m. at Waterline (721 Surry St.). The show is free and features McQuay on acoustic guitar — with his signature claw-hammer picking and percussion — and harmonica. He covers songs from songwriting troubadours like Bob Dylan, guitar virtuosos like Stevie Ray Vaughn and speckles in original tunes as well.

DREAMS Come True Benefit — A fundraiser for DREAMS of Wilmington will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. It will feature a concert from local musicians including The Graes (pop-rock), Striking Copper (rock) and Courtney Lynn and Quinn (singer-songwriter). Tickets are $20 to $35, and wine and beer will be available for purchase as well as snacks from Waterline Brewing; merch will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit DREAMS, which provides equitable arts education to at-risk youth. The event takes place at 901 Fanning St.

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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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