Little Friday: Weird Al, ‘Newsies’, JJ Gray and Mofro

The cast of Opera House Theater Company’s “Newsies,” which opened this week. (Courtesy OHTC)

SOUTHEASTERN NC – Li’l Friday is a roundup of weekend events featuring things to do around the area in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and Moreover.

All featured events were launched 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 11

Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street • Tickets: 35$ and more

Opera House Theater Company presents “Newsies” – a Wilmington theatrical premiere based on the hit 1992 film.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein, “Newsies” is taken from the pages of Bob Tzudiker and Noni White’s screenplay, set in the summer of 1899. Orphan Newsboys and homeless people who are posting in a housing house in Lower Manhattan, protest the rising cost of paperwork and stage a strike.

The show features hit songs such as “Seize the Day”, “Santa Fe”, “Carrying the Banner” and “The World Will Know” and is led by Music Director Brian Whitted. It features local actors such as Paul Teal, Jakob Gruntfest and Emilia Torella, and is directed by Shane Fernand with choreography by Carson Hobbs.

The show will take place at Thalian Hall, from August 11 to 21, Wednesday to Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., and in the morning on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Remember Yesterday” – Local writer and director JR Rodriguez launches his first feature at the Pointe stone theaters on Thursday evening. “Remember Yesterday” is a love story about second chances and rekindling old flames and passion in life. Rodriguez worked for five years with the entire crew and local producers to bring the film to its premiere. “Remember Yesterday” also won Best Feature at the Florence International Romantic Film Festival earlier this summer. Tickets are $12 and there are two screenings at 7 and 9 p.m., followed by a Q&A. Read an interview with Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau and the local cast here.

Lunar taxi – Nashville indie-pop rockers will perform at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater at 6 p.m. The band is touring in support of new music, including 2021’s “Silver Dream.” Tickets are $30. Read an interview with the band here.

Weird Al Yankovic in New York on May 17, 2016. Accustomed to a career mix of recognition and indifference, the musical comedian says he can’t wait to give “Comedy Bang!” Bang! ”, his first regular televised concert in nearly 20 years, a whirlwind. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Friday August 12

Bizarre Al Yankovic
Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St. • Tickets: $38 and more

The musician best known for his parodies will return to the Wilson Center on Friday. Only this time it’s with his “Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent and Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” – a sequel to 2017’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent and Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.

The shows will feature only Weird Al and his band, no bells and whistles, “no costumes, no props, no video screens.” Also, no parodies. Instead, he gives full attention to original Yankovic songs that haven’t been as recognized in pop culture.

“The Vanity Tour is the most fun I’ve ever had on stage,” Yankovic said in a statement, “so I was dying to come back and torture everyone with it all over again!”

Opening the show will be comedian Emo Philips, who starred in Weird Al’s 1989 film “UHF.”

“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 will run through Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $32. Learn more about the show here.

Summer book sale The annual Summer Book Sale at the Northeast New Hanover County Library is a fundraiser featuring hundreds of thousands of items for sale, from adult and children’s books 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 takes place one last weekend: August 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and August 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday August 13

Ismael Loufti
Dead Crow Comedy Center, 511 N. 3rd St. • Tickets: $18-$28

The acerbic humor of Ismael Loufti – a Muslim raised in rural North Florida – will take over the Dead Crow stage for four shows this weekend. Loufti wrote for NPR “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

He has appeared in “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Please Understand Me” produced by Sarah Silverman and Comedy Central’s “Ahamed’s Ramadan Diary”. In March, a half-hour special, “Sound It Out”, aired on Comedy Central.

The comedian, writer and actor focuses on observational humor, often self-mockery, but also on current events.

Yoga on Masonboro Island — Terra Sol Sanctuary teams up with Wrightsville Beach for a boat cruise and 45-minute yoga session with Alexis Abbate. Yogis will need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. at the wildlife ramp under the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge in order to depart by 8:00 a.m. Bring a beach towel, sunscreen, water, snacks, and comfortable shoes. Cost is $50 and seating is limited, with reservations required.

Organized on the castle – The Castle Street Outdoor Vintage Market takes place on the second Saturday from March to November, from 10 am to 2 pm. This weekend, it moves to the 6th and Castle street lot, across from Michael Moore Antiques and next to Luna Caffe. Sellers include Second Skin Vintage, Gravity Records and Jess James + Co., as well as up to 20 local independent vintage collectors selling clothing, records, home decor and more. Free participation, items at purchase price.

Summer Lovers Market – Casa Blanca is hosting a pop-up market at 7409 Market Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors – Villa Isla, KBSWIM, Edge of Urge, Nova Luna Jewelry, Carleigh Sion and Green Compass/Jessica Gibbs – will be set up on the floors.

Release of the book “Unrequited Versus” – Poet Crucial and Miss Story are hosting a book release and signing party for “Unrequited Versus: Honest Deception, Painful Growth,” at Funkshun at Junkshun (1604 Market St.) from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be on-site vendors and giveaways, as well as light refreshments. Tickets are $30; bring a book to sign for a discount. The event is hosted by Tim Shuford and will feature special appearances, as well as music from DJ Mike.

Battleship Bingo – The Buffet, located at 4107 Oleander Dr. in Anderson Square, hosts a mashup game name: Battleship Bingo. The first three players to have their ship sunk by Team Sideboard will walk away with prizes including food and drinks from the Sideboard Cafe. The game will go like this: each participant receives a free grid and a Sharpie to configure their fleet of ships; additional papers are given out for every $5 spent at Sideboard to increase the odds of winning. Staff announce coordination points at random; if they sink a ship, participants must let them know. Once all the ships have been sunk, the participants shout “Bingo!” » Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the battle begins at 7 p.m.

Wine bar and historic walk — A new tour has landed downtown, offering exploration and wine. For $30 per person, tourists travel a mile and a quarter to learn about Wilmington’s history, from its settlement to the present day. It includes stops at notable homes and places. Meetup is in the South Front area at The Fortunate Glass, then the tour travels to The Vine on 3rd Street and makes a final stop at the Wine Knot Sky Bar (all drinks are purchased separately at each stop). The Wine Bar and Historic Stroll takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. here; the visit is limited to 12 people.

Free school supplies – TRU Colors Taproom (715 Greenfield St.) is offering a free giveaway of school supplies, 1-4 p.m. Families of K-12 students are invited to pick up school supplies for the 2022-2023 school year, play water dodgeball, and enjoy snacks at a local food truck. The dining room will be open and selling adult beverages, including TRU Colors beer, sodas and more.

Sunday August 14

Filmmaker Series: “Radioland Murders”
Stone Theaters at Barclay Pointe, 2223 Blockbuster Rd. • Free

Filmed in Wilmington and directed by Mel Smith – although the brainchild of George Lucas – “Radioland Murders” will premiere as part of the NC Filmmaker series at the Barclay Pointe Cinema on Sunday at 4 p.m. The series features a screening of a locally produced film. film and welcomes the inhabitants who worked there to talk about its creation after the viewing.

A free program, Sunday’s event will feature the 1994 comedy thriller “Radioland Murders,” which is set in 1939. The film is a detective story in the era of old-time radio, with performances by Mary Stuart Masterson, Brian Benben, Rosemary Clooney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd and George Burns.

Nine Repeta (“The Black Phone,” “Dawson’s Creek”) from Wilmington also appeared in the film and will attend the screening for a Q&A after the film. Repeta will be joined by makeup artist Kelley Johnson who worked on “Radioland Murders”.

JJ Gray and Mofro – Known for their southern soul-rock, blues and funk, JJ Gray and Mofro will return to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Saturday. The group has released nine albums in 21 years and has gained a loyal following of fans in the jamband scene. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

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