Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place around the port city this weekend



Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein
Classic Film Series Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street • Tickets: $ 10

Jeepers creepers! The historic Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington brings in the ghosts this season with classic films including the 1948 humorous horror “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”.

The film draws on many horror clichés and tells the wacky tale of Wolf Man attempting to warn a stupid carrier that Dracula wants his brain – so it can be transplanted into Frankenstein’s body. The black and white feature film also includes Bela Lugosi’s only performance as Dracula outside of the classic 1931 original film.

The film will be screened Thursday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Liv CBD NC – Castle Street’s newest CBD store, Liv CBD (320 Castle St.), hosts an outdoor open mics in the backyard on Thursday night. Local talent is welcome, and beer, wine, and snacks, such as wraps, treats, and cold cuts, will be sold, in addition to CBD and Delta 8 products. The event is free, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Fourth Friday evening of the gallery
Various venues including Art in Bloom, 210 Princess St. • Birdsong and Full Circle exhibitions and weekend events

Downtown Wilmington celebrates the fourth Friday of every month with an after-hours artistic exploration 22 pitches, as presented by the Wilmington and New Hanover County Arts Council. One of the participants is Art in Bloom on Princess Street, which currently features paintings of birds in “Birdsong” by Helen Mirkil and photographs in “Full Circle” by Kelly Starbuck. The exhibitions will be open to the public from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Night.

However, the Art in Bloom will also host events over the next two weekends, specifically featuring Mirkil’s work.

“Helen uses layers, pigments, heavy impasto, collages and bold brushstrokes in her visual art, and her poetry also has a layered meaning and edginess,” gallery owner Amy Grant explained.

Mirkil will give a free talk on his exhibition on Saturday 23 October, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Also a poet, the artist returns next weekend to host a poetry reading, on October 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Birdsong” and “Full Circle” will remain on display until November 7th.

L-shaped bundle duo – Wilmington’s favorite Americana duo will be on stage at Waterline Brewing on Friday at 7 p.m. Enjoy free music in the brewery’s beer garden (721, rue Surry).

People of the village – The ’70s pop outfit will present their disco hits, “Macho Man,” “In the Navy” and “YMCA,” at the Wilson Center on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets from $ 40.

(Port City Daily / Photo by Chris Carbonaro)


Carolina Place / Ardmore Historic Streetcar District, Wrightsville and Pender avenues • Free

Each year, residents of historic downtown Carolina Place open their porches, lawns, and sidewalks for artists who set up stalls to sell their works to the public. From Wrightsville Avenue to Pender Street, Art-Oberfest will feature 27 artists – jewelers, painters, ceramists, glassblowers, and even food and recycled wood artisans – from noon to 4 p.m.

Groups will play from noon to 4 p.m. Cellist Hillary Flowers and her friends will be based on Pender Street, while the Paleo Bluegrass Band will be on Gibson Street and Wrightsville Avenue. The Chrome Gnome food truck will also be parked at the End of Days Distillery on Castle Street from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Find out more about the artists and consult the supplier map here.

Boz scaggs – American singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs has performed since the 1970s, producing hits like “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown”, the latter of which won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1977. Scaggs is on tour to support a new album, “Sortir du blues.” Tickets start at $ 40 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the downtown Wilson Center.

Ephemeral market of the Bodega – In the district of the southern front at the Bodega market (1222 S. 3rd St.), a pop-up market will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vendors will sell pottery, jewelry, macrame, candles, plants and vintage items. The market will be open and sell beer, wine, coffee, ice cream and other goodies.


Ronald Sachs International Music Competition Finals
UNCW Beckwith Recital Hall, 601 S. College Rd. • Free

The International Classical Music Competition, sponsored by Ronald Sachs Violins, invites local, international and national musicians to perform and compete early in their careers. The 2021 event takes place in the Cultural Arts building on the UNCW campus and welcomes players aged 13-16 in the junior division and 17-22 in the senior division on October 23-24. Led by competition director, violinist and UNCW faculty member Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi, the competition awards $ 5,000 to students to further their music education and further their careers.

Guest judges include violinist and violist Sinisa Ciric, cellist Kai-Wai Yu and pianist Ciro Fodere, as well as pianist Marina Lomazov and violinist Hye-Jin Kim. The accompanists of the competition are the pianists Paolo Gualdi and Elizabeth Lopartis.

The competition is free and starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday for the junior division and at 11 a.m. on Sunday for the senior division. There will also be recitals by guest artists, including performances by Lomazov and Kim on Saturday and previous competition winners on Sunday, both held at 7:30 p.m.

Click on here for more information and the full program.

Oktoberfest – Opera Wilmington will be hosting a pop-up concert at Wrightsville Beach Brewery on Sunday, in its Barrel Hall (6201 Oleander Dr.). Tickets are $ 30 and will include favorite songs and tunes. The show starts at 3 p.m.

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