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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Li’l Friday: The Record Company, 360 Allstars, Momedy Comedy

The Record Company return to Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Friday night. (MoonFrog Media/Tom Dorgan)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets, museum exhibits 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, May 9

The Record Company 
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheatre Drive • Tickets: $27 and up

Influenced by blues musician John Lee Hooker, Iggy Pop’s punk outfit The Stooges and rock icons like the Stones, Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals) started The Record company in 2011. They’ve released four albums since, including 2023’s “The Fourth Album.”

They will be performing at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. See photos from their show in 2022 here. Tickets start at $27 here.

Comedy Show — The Vault in Carolina Beach is hosting a comedy show, Night at The Vault: Laughing for a Cause. All donations will benefit Good Shepherd Center, which works to help the homeless population in the area. Comedians will include Peter Burrows, Wendy Warhsauer, Milton Young and Jeff Smith. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. and The Vault is located at 612 Lake Park Blvd.

Concert at CAM — Artist Rissi Palmer is a storyteller and country music artist who will be in concert with Charles Newkirk at Cameron Art Museum at 7 p.m. Palmer crosses other musical boundaries as well, from R&B to Southern soul. Palmer launched a radio show Color Me Country on Apple Music Country and was featured in the 2023 PBS special “The Making for American Masters.” She has performed at the The White House, Lincoln Center and the Grand Ole Opry, while touring worldwide and sharing stages with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Chris Young, and Charley Crockett. Tickets to her show are $25 to$30 here.

Cape Fear Swing Dance Society — Want to learn to Lindy Hop? Head to the Community Arts Center at 7 p.m. for a lesson; basics will be taught and then the floor opens for social dancing. No experience, nor partner is needed and it costs $10 each class or $20 for the full series of classes.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival — It’s the last day of the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival and the movie screening at Thalian Hall at 7 p.m. will be “The Monkey House.” The comedy is from Israeli director Avi Nesher and tackles the roles people choose in life — or what they think they have to. It centers on a novelist, who concocts a scam to revitalize his fading career. There will be a dessert reception after the film which starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 here.

Courtesy poster

Friday, May 10

Legacy of Latimer Fashion Showcase
Latimer House, S. Third St. • Tickets: $20

The fashion invite of the 21st century may have taken place at the Met Gala this week in New York, but in Wilmington a different, historic take in fashion is on deck for the weekend.

Taking place Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Latimer House invites the community to take a look back at Victorian fashion. There will be a collection of one-of-a-kind garments curated from Latimer’s archives that showcases how three generations of Latimer women dressed during their respective eras. 

Wedding gowns, hand-embroidered lingerie and more will be on display, showcasing intricacies of corsetry and the symbolic nature of mourning clothes; docents offer tourists insight into the world of fashion of the time.

There also will be an opportunity to also take photos in period-appropriate attire. 

Nirvani — Eagle’s Dare Free Concert Fridays kicked off last week with a Journey tribute act. This week the 90’s and its darling grunge rock era will be celebrated with Nirvani — a Nirvana cover band. Located at 420 N. Third St., gates open at 4 p.m. with openers School of Rock at 7 p.m. and headliners taking the stage at 8 p.m. The shows are free.

Cruise-In — Downtown Burgaw welcomes hot-rod lovers and classic car aficionados to its historic square every second Friday of the month. Parking will be along Fremont and Wright streets surrounding Courthouse Square; cars on display should use provided parking. Local breweries, restaurants and businesses are open in the vicinity. The car show takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Little Women the Musical‘ — “Little Women the Musical” from Acting Up Community Theater will run one final weekend at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the adventures of four sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth and May — the famed Civil War-era story will come alive, set to music. Tickets are $28, available here with shows on Friday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Clayton Mayo and the Durham Art Guild — Art in Bloom Gallery is hosting a show featuring cold wax, oil, and acrylic media. The show highlights Mayo’s inspiration from tribal icons and global cultural symbols, as seen in Africa and Central America. Along with Mayo’s work is a photographic series by Leland artists as well — showcasing works of Joe P. Wiegmann. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., in Mayfaire Town Center, 6866 Main St.

360 Allstars is basically an urban circus, featuring BMX riding, basketball freestyling and breakdancing. It will be at Wilson Center Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, May 11

360 Allstars
Wilson Center, 711 N. Third St. • Tickets: $27 and up

At 7:30 p.m. Wilson Center will welcome a bevy of talent, from breakdancers to beatboxers, DJs to acrobats, artists, athletes and more.

360 Allstars is billed as an urban circus, with participants who test the boundaries of endurance. There are choreographed basketball players, BMX bike riders and junk drummers performing to the height of talent, also including a few surprises along the way.

The show has toured more than 2,000 performances worldwide and includes the creme de la creme in talent, including master percussionist Gene Peterson and New Zealand’s “X Factor” winning vocalist Beau Monga, international breakdance winners Bboy Sette and Bboy Leerok, as well as Bavo Delbeke — one of the world’s top-notch basketball freestylers. 

Curated on Castle Street Vintage Market  The Curated on Castle Street outdoor vintage market takes place the second Saturday every March through November, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s set up at Sixth and Castle streets, and features 20 independent vendors and nearby businesses like Gravity Records, and Jess James + Co.

Kiwanis Landscape Plants and Rummage Sale   We are going into the height of growing season and Kiwanis Club is hosting a plant sale at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, 2759 Vance St., 8 a.m. There will also be a rummage sale taking place for folks to procure toys, clothes, tools, equipment, electronics and more. It’s free and open to the public, with items individually priced. Proceeds help support the many Kiwanis service projects for the children of Wilmington.

5 Local Bands at Greenfield Lake — Though the stage is normally welcoming national touring acts this time of year, GLA is hosting five local bands Saturday to perform to the masses. Loud Music Company, best known for performing rock, blues and pop, is headlining the show. They will be joined by blues-rockers The Queen’s Giant, Loud Kids (performers who are 10 to 12 years old), teen band Minor Issues and the all-female act The Hot Flashes, known for pop covers. Tickets are $38 here and doors open at 7 p.m.

Family Farm Day — The Children’s Art Museum is hosting a day for families to enjoy the museum’s exhibits and interactive learning opportunities geared toward gardening. It takes place 9 a.m. to noon, and includes hands-on learning, crafts, and activities, all of which center on sustainability, and healthy eating. Real barnyard animals — bunnies, a donkey, baby goats — will be at the museum for the event. Tickets are $5 to $15 here.

Opey Olagbaju — Dead Crow Comedy Room is hosting a Nigerian-American standup comedian for four shows this weekend (Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Olagbaju is best known for his writing talents, as executed on shows like Hulu’s “I Love You America, with Sarah Silverman,” as well as Comedy Central’s “The New Negroes” and starred and wrote “Bammas” a half-hour pilot shot for Hulu. He scored “New Face” at Just For Laughs in Montreal last year. His bits focus on modern-day events, such as colluding governments: “That’s not a real scandal where I’m from,” he said in a 2020 bit. “Right now in Nigeria, the biggest scandal is whether or not our president is a clone … clones beat colluding. You guys are like, ‘Trump ain’t my president’ and Nigerians are like, ‘Man, the president ain’t the president.’” Tickets are $18 to $28.

Mom and daughter Nancy and Annie Witter will bring the laughs to Smoke on the Water for Mother’s Day this Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, May 12

Momedy Comedy: Mother’s Day Edition
Smoke on the Water, 3704 Watercraft Ferry Ave.  • Tickets: $40

Mother’s Day is about celebrating the matriarch of the family, so why not do so with a little laughter?

Momedy Comedy is hosting a Mother’s Day Matinee at the newly opened Smoke on the Water. Acts include Nancy Witter, who has appeared on the Mom’s Night Out nationwide comedy tour. She will be joined onstage by her daughter, Annie. The two quip on everyday family life and other relatable observations.

Also joining will be Amanda Goodyear, with host Shannon Perez. 

A vendor village will be open featuring local artisans and makers, plus swag bags are included in the ticket price of $40, along with a ‘Mom’asa and appetizer. It takes place at 3 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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