Here’s your weekly roundup of events, be sure to keep your weekend busy with fun – in art, music, theatre, comedy, pop-up markets and more.
All events featured were scheduled from Thursday; however, it is wise to register before attending one. Bad weather, schedule changes and unforeseen events can change for the organizers at the last minute.
Thursday July 28
Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour
Wilson Center, 703 North Third St. • Tickets start at $45
Best known for his stint on “Jackass,” Steve-O’s current tour will stop at the Wilson Center on Thursday night, bringing with it his most sweeping stunts to date.
Billed as an XXX rated multimedia comedy show, Stephen Gilchrist Glover aka Steve-O features self-inflicted violence, drug use, sexually explicit content and other graphic acts.
“Every idea on Steve-O’s to-do list was so misguided that he never expected to see one. Until it was time to get ready for this tour,” noted his publicity team.
The show consists of Steve-O’s stand-up comedy – which he started doing over a decade ago. It is combined with images of stunts he has endured. For example, a camera follows him through the operating room as he undergoes a vasectomy, then as he rides a horse, bareback, back from the hospital to his home.
The show, which begins at 7 p.m., is not suitable for children or the faint of heart.
OTHER THURSDAY ACTIVITIES
Preservation analysis – The Wilmington Historic Foundation presents an evening of friendly, soaked competition between some of the best downtown bars and breweries. It hosts Castle Crawl on July 28 and Brooklyn Brews on August 11. Six entrants include Dram & Draft, End of Days, KGB, Sauce’d, Seabird and Starling Whiskey Bar. Drinks from each bar are served at Castle Street businesses including Fire Station No. 2, Terra Sol Sanctuary, Jess James + Co., CraftGrown Farms, Gravity Records, Second Skin Vintage and Castle Street Kitchen.
The Brooklyn Brew will offer drinks from Edward Teach, Southern Pines Brewing, New Anthem, Waterline Brewing Co. and Ponysaurus Brewing Co. at Edward Teach, The Kitchen Sink, Lighthouse Film Co., Boombalatti’s and Three10. Tickets are $45 for each crawl ($80 for both).
Beckwith Summer Music Festival — Cypress Duo, Robert Nathanson and Laurent Estoppey will perform at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building (5270 Randall Drive). Cypress Duo is made up of guitarist Justin Hoke and flautist Amanda Hoke, while Laurent Estoppey plays saxophone and Rob Nathanson plays guitar. Music by George Gershwin, Tom Waits, Andrew York, David Kechley and many more will be performed. The show and parking are free.
friday july 29
The magic flute
Kenan Auditorium, 515 Wagoner Drive • Tickets: $25 and up
Opera Wilmington has opened its summer performance of “The Magic Flute” – a Mozart favorite for 230 years.
Considered a “singspeil” – sung in German with English subtitles, although the dialogue is in English – the story features star-crossed lovers, the Queen of the Night (played by Diana Thompson-Brewer), a mysterious mage and two eccentric feathered friends.
The cast also includes John Dooley, Shannon Kessler Dooley and Beth Stovall.
Tickets cost between $25 and $60 and the show has additional performances on July 29 at 7:30 p.m. and July 31 at noon at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium.
Mariposa after dark — The cozy Spanish Cottage in the South Front district will host an Active Entertainment DJ to play music during the Friday night dance party. The shindig is in progress from 9 p.m. to midnight and drinks and tapas will be served.
“The curious incident of the dog during the night » – Big Dawg Productions, a local nonprofit theater company, opened the award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.” Adapted by Simon Stephens and based on the novel by Mark Haddon, the story revolves around 15-year-old Christopher, a young man with autism, who is determined to find out how a neighbor’s dog ended up dead. The show will run at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater from July 28-31, under the direction of Gina Gambony. Tickets are $34.
“Lost in Transition” – An art exhibit focusing on black educators who taught in Wilmington before and after desegregation is on display at 210 Princess St. Open 6-8 p.m., featuring 10 charcoal portraits of Alexandria Clay. Also included will be a film featuring performances by UNCW students featuring the oral histories of local educators and their students, which were used as research for the exhibit. Learn more about this from PCD here.
Saturday July 30
Book Buzz with Luc Travers
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St. • Tickets: $20 to $25
Author Luc Travers will celebrate the release of his new book, “Stories in Paint: 50 Moving Artworks from American Museums,” this weekend at the Cameron Art Museum.
Travers will host a 30-minute slideshow to share some of his favorite works featured on the coffee table book pages and talk about the background and stories behind them. Afterwards, there will be a question-and-answer session, a discussion and a signing session.
Tickets are $20 and up and include a free glass of wine, beer, or sparkling water.
OTHER SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
Artistic opening B*S*B*S — The Beale Street Barber Shop (710 S. 17th St.) is hosting an art exhibit featuring works by Stephen Luther and Bart Gelesh. The free event features live music by three local bands: Soul-R Fusion (7:00 p.m.), Mark Sinnis (8:00 p.m.) and Temp Agency (9:00 p.m.) Beer and wine available for donation or BYOB. The event is free, but there will be a hat pass for groups.
Poetry is my protest — Writers, artists, poets and spoken word artists are welcome at the Sokoto House (1219 Dawson Street) to express themselves on issues that are important to them and that affect them on a micro and macro level. The event is free and takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
counter dance – No experience or partner is necessary to enjoy a night of Contra Dance at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way. There will be live music from George Paul and David DiGuiseppe; the dances will be called by Rebecca Vickers. A beginner’s class starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Learn more about Cape Fear Contra Dancers here.
Sunday July 31
Luna Bloom Gin launch party
End of Days Distillery, 1815 Castle St. • Tickets: $65
End of Days is launching a new gin, Luna Bloom, created using the newly approved Food and Drug Administration butterfly pea flower. A plant native to the South Pacific and well known for imparting a natural blue coloring, it has been used for years in foods and beverages from other countries, especially teas. However, the FDA has just approved it in the United States in the fall of 2021.
EOD used pea flower to create a sweeter spirit, flavored with spices, citrus fruits and juniper. The distillery has 600 bottles for distribution at ABC stores statewide and 360 bottles for sale at its Castle Street Distillery retail facility.
Its natural blue tint changes color when other ingredients are combined, altering the pH balance. For example, when adding citrus, it turns purple or magenta.
A party will be held at the distillery on July 31 to celebrate the new gin. It will feature live music, Luna Bloom cocktails and hearty appetizers from a menu created by Pine Valley Market. Tickets cost $65 and are available here.
OTHER SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
Deadtown Cosmonauts – It’s a celebration of Jerry Garcia’s 80th birthday at Katy’s Bar and Grill (1054 S. College Rd.). Local jam and funk band Dubtown Cosmonauts morph into Deadtown Cosmonauts, featuring Colby Elswick on guitar, Justin Heter Pan on drums, Riley Kearns on bass and Wolf Lampke on keyboards. As a tribute to the Grateful Dead, “Dead on the Deck” runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is free; other special guests are also expected on stage.
Public announcement about the cervix — A pop-up market and fundraiser for live music is taking place at Hi-Wire Brewing (1020 Princess St.). Artists and creators will be installed from noon to 4 p.m. and there will be a community garage sale. Vendors donate 20% of profits and all garage sale proceeds to Cape Fear Planned Parenthood. Hi-Wire will donate $1 from each flagship pint. Live music starts at 5 p.m., with three local bands performing until 8 p.m. Free.
Truckers driving – Americana rockers from Athens, Georgia will take over the stage at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday. He released his 14th studio album, “Welcome 2 Club XIII”, last month. Tickets for the show cost $30 and are available here.
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