Thursday, July 25, 2024

The Scene: Celebrate the art of ‘Arrested Development’

Artist David Mercer showcases his interpretations of 'Arrested Development' characters tonight at Flytrap Brewing. Courtesy photos.
Artist David Mercer showcases his interpretations of ‘Arrested Development’ characters tonight at Flytrap Brewing. Courtesy photos.

If you’re a fan of the Bluth Banana Stand and its zany clan, plan to head out to Flytrap Brewing Thursday for a unique homage to the dysfunctional fictional brood.

The Brooklyn Arts brew house, 319 Walnut St., hosts the opening reception for “Arrested Development (the Art Show)” beginning at 6 p.m. tonight.

Self-taught Surf City artist David Mercer will unveil his works inspired by Gob, Buster, George Michael and the rest of the Bluths. Mercer’s work will be on display through Feb. 29.

Come dressed in your best Blue Man get-up, a la Tobias, or don a hook hand and glasses–Flytrap will award prizes for the best “Arrested Development” costume.

Instrumental guitarist Sean Howard will bring the live music, and 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine will dish out local street food from 7 to 10.

Admission is free.

And that’s just for starters. This weekend’s happenings include lots more zany fun–from a 80s-style prom party to stand-up comedy–you’ll find more than enough ways to stay entertained in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.

Most of the items listed below can be found on The Scene, our free community events calendar.


Morning Glory Coffee House holds an open mic night from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Local musicians are invited to play on a fully equipped sound stage in Wilmington’s largest cafe setting. Admission is free.

Best Bars in America host Sean Patton performs stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room.
Best Bars in America host Sean Patton performs stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room.

Flytrap Brewing presents a free live show from South Carolina folk/Americana band Sweet Sweet at 8 p.m. Friday. Pepe’s Taco Truck will be onsite from 7 to 11. Folk and blues group The Tim Koehler Project performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, with Catch the Food Truck serving up street food from 7 to 9.

Listen Up Brunswick County presents the return of Americana duo The Kennedys at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Brunswick Community College’s events center in Supply. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door.

The Lanier Property Group hosts its Throwback Prom at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bakery 105. The event features live music from Sonic Spectrum, an open bar, prom pictures and the crowning of king and queen. All proceeds benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Ages 21 and up only. Tickets are $50.

Taste the Olive holds its weekly live jazz brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, featuring the music of Benny Hill and bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis.


TheatreNOW dinner theater presents “The Lambda” Friday and Saturday. The play, written by former local resident Steve Cooper, with music from former Wilmingtonian Brad Moranz, takes place at a gay bar in on the Carolina Beach boardwalk in the 1970s. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $34 for dinner and a show ($20 for show only).

Sean Patton brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Patton, who has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer,” is the host of “Best Bars in America.” He will perform at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$21.


Cape Fear Museum and New Hanover County Library host a screening and discussion of the documentary, “Slavery By Another Name,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the downtown library. Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, the PBS film tells how the use of unpaid convict labor perpetuated slavery throughout the American South in the years following the Civil War. This is the first in a series of three free film screenings on civil rights issues offered by the museum and library. The purpose is to continue discussions sparked by the national touring exhibit, “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” that was recently on view at Cape Fear Museum. The program is free and preregistration is not required.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at

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