Li’l Friday Roundup: Nate Bargatze, Five for Fighting, Library Book Sale
Li’l Friday’s weekly roundup of events will help plan a fun-packed weekend of 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 August 4
Celebrating James Baldwin’s birthday
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St. • Donations are appreciated
The Cameron Art Museum celebrates black writer and activist James Baldwin in honor of his birthday on August 2. The poet, novelist, and playwright framed the black experience in America, challenging masculinity, sexuality, race, and class in the mid-20th century.
The Cameron Art Museum celebrates its work from 7 to 9 p.m. with spoken word, films, and discussions led by local artists and historians, including Lettie Gore, Mahlanyee Nicole, Sweet T, Journey Bones, Alicia Ogundele, and Coya Poetry.
OTHER THURSDAY ACTIVITIES
Eden Village: a collective exhibition – CFCC is hosting an art fundraiser at its Wilma Daniels Gallery in the Hanover Parking Deck. Artists Ben Billingsley, Geoff Calabrese, Jennifer Mace and Sharon Wozniak-Spencer have works on display until September 2. As part of the show, a silent auction is live, featuring works from the artists in the CFCC exhibit, plus others including Kathryn Ciarroca, Richard Conn, Daisey Faith, Ann Hair, Charles Harlan, Barbara Bear Jamison, Lisa Lightfoot, Jennifer Mace, Alicia Mercer, Ann Parks McCray, Donna Robertson, Elizabeth Sheets, Mark Weber and Stephen Wozniak. The auction runs for the duration of the exhibition, with the goal of raising $10,000; all proceeds go to Eden Village, a small family neighborhood that is home to the chronically homeless, including patients from the local hospital.
Make a gesture – Mayfaire’s newest gallery, Art in Bloom, features over 30 artists in ‘Making a Move’. Works by Debra Bucci, Bradley Carter, Karen Paden Crouch, Susan Francy, Richard Bunting, Roberto Vengoechea and others will be on sale, along with fine art paintings, functional and decorative ceramics, jewelry, art from fiber, blown glass, photography, mixed media art, limited edition prints and more. The exhibition runs until September 11.
Friday August 5
Summer book sale
New Hanover Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. • Books priced at $2-$3
The annual summer book sale is a fundraiser for the library and takes place over the next two weekends. Hundreds of thousands of items will be on sale, from books for adults and children to audiobooks and DVDs.
Items are sold on a first come, first served basis. Hardcover and audio/video books are $3 and paperbacks are $2.
Members of the Friends of the Library are invited to a private preview sale on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (membership costs $20 per year, available at the door). The sale continues throughout the weekend of August 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and August 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It will also take place next weekend, August 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and August 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Company — Stephen Sondheim’s 50-year-old classic opens this weekend at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus. Presented by Thalian Association Community Theatre, the show follows Robert’s story on his 35th birthday. Single, Robert begins to contemplate his celibacy while his friends, all married, weigh the pros and cons of married life. The show opens Friday and runs through Sunday, every weekend through August 14. Tickets cost between $22 and $32.
“Drought” – The locally made film, by Hannah Black and Megan Petersen, will screen at Jengo’s Playhouse (815 Princess St.) at 7:30 p.m. In the early ’90s, a historic drought hits the Tar Heel State, convincing autistic teen Carl—obsessed with the weather—to hit the road with his sister, Sam, by stealing their mother’s ice cream truck.
Saturday August 6
Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan St. • Tickets: $20 and up
The 43-year-old comedian will perform at the 7,000-seat Downtown Amphitheater on the Riverfront at 7.30pm. and appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.
He released two stand-up albums, “Yelled at By a Clown” and “Full Time Magic”. He’s been featured on Netflix’s “The Standups” and his own hour-long specials, “The Tennessee Kid” and “The Greatest Average American.” The latter was nominated for the 2022 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Bargatze also does a podcast, “Nateland,” inviting colleagues and friends to talk about the weird and mundane in everyday life. His dry humor focuses on the minutiae of human interactions that everyone can relate to – from the silly arguments endured in marriage, as on the saying “one shot”, to growing up with a father who was a clown, to the plot of “Sixth Sense.”
OTHER SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
Pop Culture Fair — At the Elks Lodge (5102 Oleander Dr.), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event features comics, Pokemon, toys, graphic novels, Funko, video games and other collectors. Admission is $3 and children 12 and under are admitted free.
Dance for good! – Wilmington Latin Dance organizes a fundraising activity for NourishNC, which helps fight childhood hunger in the area. The event will include an introductory Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and a social dance will take place until 1 a.m. Donations will go to the NourishNC market in the market. Tickets are $10.
Quiparama — A bodysurf contest will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hamlet Beach entrance to Carolina Beach. All age categories are welcome, from Super Grom to the Old As Dirt heat. An afterparty and awards ceremony will be held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Pavilion at 6 p.m. There will be live music from Pleasure Island, Seeking Madras and Kickingbird. The event is free for spectators.
Latimer Gaslight House Tour – The 19th century historic house offers night tours as presented by the Lower Cape Fear Historic Society. The tour presents the history of the technology, covering how the gas lamp worked and what it meant to the people who lived and worked under its glow. Tickets are $20 each by contacting 910-762-0492.
Bow Wow Luau and Cat’s Meow – An annual fundraising event for Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals will be held at Shell Island Resort, 7-10 p.m. There will be music in both ballrooms by the reggae band Paleo Sun and the Caribbean steel drum of Sea Pans, as well as a Polynesian bamboo dance. by AlohaSpirit. Island-style appetizers will be served and there will be a silent auction, hosted by New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon. Tickets are $40 and all to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in our community.
Sunday August 7
Vivace: the master trio of our time
Wilson Center, 703 S. Third St. • Tickets: $25 and up
The Vivace Music Festival takes place from August 3 to 14 at various venues around the city. On Sunday, “The Master Trio of Our Time” will feature North Carolina Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Bonnie Thron, Naumburg Violin Prize winner Axel Strauss and virtuoso Dmitri Vorobiev. They will perform the piano trio in C minor by Mendelssohn, once described by Robert Schumann as “the master trio of our time”.
The program includes: “Five pieces for two violins and piano” by Dmitri Shostakovich (arranged by Atovmyan) by Axel Strauss, Jennifer Frautschi on violin and Dmitri Vorobiev on piano. This is Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18, by Jason Moon on violin and Dmitri Vorobiev on piano.
There is an intermission, followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66, played by Axel Strauss on violin, Bonnie Thron on cello and Dmitri Vorobiev on piano.
The show takes place downtown at the Wilson Center. Tickets are $25 and up.
OTHER SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
Sip and shop the summer vintage — At Flytrap Brewing (319 Walnut St.) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., a vendors market will be held with live music and food trucks. The event is hosted by Amanda Vinopal of Sun and Shine Vintage, which features topics that showcase 50s, 60s, Surfrock and Beach Boys vibes. Six vendors will be set up in addition to Sun and Shine Vintage, including Lilac Lawson, Bourbon Blossom Vintage, Thrift Hive Threads, Crybaby Vintage and Gravity Records. Food will be served by Mr. Mac Salad’s OG BBQ and Kohl’s Custard Cart.
Mimosa Festival — A variety of mimosas and brunch items will be served at Reggie’s 42nd Street on Sunday. Mimosa Fest is $15 in advance for general admission, which includes a $5 gift card to be used for food and beverages, and $35 in advance for VIP, which includes early entry to 11 a.m. and includes two $5 gift cards to be used for food and beverages as well. like Mimosa Fest tee. Day tickets are $5 more. It’s a 21+ event, also featuring live music.
five for the fight – American singer-songwriter and pianist John Ondrasik will be installed at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday. Known for his soft-rock ballads – ‘Superman (It’s Not Easy)’, ‘100 Years’ and ‘The Riddle’ – the 57-year-old has released six studio albums and was nominated for a Grammy for ‘Superman’. The opening will be The Verve Pipe. Tickets start at $20.
three10 Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil – National Oyster Day is August 5th. To celebrate, the restaurant in Brooklyn’s Arts District is hosting an oyster roast and shrimp boil. Oysters will be available by half-dozen and dozen, served with house cocktail and reseda. Presales are available for a $10-$18 discount, but purchases are available same day. The shrimp boil will include potatoes, corn and sausage, sold in servings for two ($25 to $30). More info here.
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