Friday Brief: Nate Bargazzi, Five to Fight, Book Sale in the Library

Five for Fighting and The Verve Pipe will perform at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday. (photo courtesy)

Li’l Friday’s weekly round of events will help plan a fun-filled weekend in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets, and more.

All events shown are scheduled as of Thursday; However, it is wise to check in before anyone attends. Stormy weather, changes in schedules and unexpected circumstances for organizers may change at the last minute.

Thursday August 4

Celebrating James Baldwin’s birthday
Cameron Museum of Art, 3201 South 17th Street. • Donations appreciated

James Baldwin, 1964.

The Cameron Museum of Art 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, gender, race, and class in the mid-20th century.

The Cameron Museum of Art celebrates its work from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with spoken word, films, and discussions hosted by area artists and historians, including Lettie Gore, Mahlanyee Nicole, Sweet T, Journey Bones, Alicia Ogundele, and Coya Poetie.

Last Thursday happens
Aden Village: Group Exhibition
The CFCC is holding an art fundraiser at the Wilma Daniels Gallery on the Hanover Parking Deck. Artists Ben Billingsley, Jeff Calabrese, Jennifer Mays, Sharon and Wozniak Spencer are showing their work through September 2. He lives, with work from CFCC Gallery artists, as well as others, including Catherine Ciaroca, Richard Kohn, Daisy Faith, Anne Hare, Charles Harlan, Barbara Bear Jamison, Lisa Lightfoot, Jennifer Mays, Alicia Mercer, Anne Parks McRae, and Donna Robertson, Elizabeth Sheets, Mark Webber and Stephen Wozniak. Auction ends during the duration of the exhibition, with a goal of raising $10,000; All proceeds go to Aden Village, a small home neighborhood of chronically homeless individuals, including patients of the local hospital.

make a move Mayfair’s newest gallery, Art in Bloom, features over 30 artists on “Make a Move”. Works by Debra Pucci, Bradley Carter, Karen Baden Crouch, Susan Fransi, Richard Banting, Roberto Vinguccia and others will be on display, featuring fine art, functional and decorative ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, blown glass, photography, mixed media art, limited edition prints and more. The exhibition runs until September 11th.

Hundreds of low-priced used selections will be available at the new Hanover County Library Friends Fair for upcoming sale. (Courtesy of Friends of the New Hanover County Library)

Friday August 5

summer book sale
New North East Hanover Library, 1241 Military Cut Rd. • Books cost 2 to 3 US dollars

The annual summer book sale is a fundraiser for the library and takes place over the next weekend. Hundreds of thousands of items will be sold, from adult and children’s books to audiobooks to DVDs.

Items are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost for solids and audio/video is $3 and $2 for paperbacks.

Friends of the Library members are invited to a special preview sale Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Membership is $20 per year, available at the door). Sale lasts all weekend on August 6, 10am-5pm, August 7, 1pm-5pm, and August 8, 3pm-7pm

It will also take place next weekend, August 12 and 13, 10am-5pm, and August 14th, 1pm-5pm

Other Friday events
a company Stephen Sondheim’s 50-year classic opens at Kennan Auditorium on the UNCW Campus this weekend. Presented by the Thalian Society’s Community Theater, the show follows Robert’s story on his thirty-fifth birthday. Robert, who is single, begins to reflect on his celibacy while his friends, all married, weigh the pros and cons of married life. The show starts on Friday and runs through Sunday, every weekend until August 14th. tickets From $22 to $32.

“drought” The homemade film, from Hannah Black and Megan Petersen, will be shown at Jengo’s Playhouse (815 Princess St.) at 7:30 p.m. In the early 1990s, a historic drought hit the Tar Heel State, prompting autistic teen Carl. – a weather-obsessed – to hit the road with his sister, Sam, by stealing their mother’s ice cream truck.

Nate Bargazzi will perform at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Saturday. (photo courtesy)

Saturday August 6

Nate Bargatz
Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan Street • Tickets: $20 and up

The 43-year-old comedian will perform at the 7,000-seat downtown amphitheater on the Riverfront at 7:30 p.m. Bargatze two decades ago began performing a stand-up in New York City in Boston and has gone on to create multiple albums and TV specials. She has appeared in “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

He has released two backup albums, “Yelled at By a Clown” and “Full Time Magic”. He appeared on Netflix in “The Standups” and in his hour-long specials, “The Tennessee Kid” and “The Greatest Average American”. The latter was nominated for the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Bargatze also hosts a “Nateland” podcast that welcomes colleagues and friends to talk about everyday life in the strange and mundane. Humor focuses on the subtleties of human interactions that everyone can relate to—from the silly arguments that marriage carries, like saying “one stroke,” to growing up with a father who was a clown, to the plot of a “sixth sense.”

Other Saturday events
pop culture exhibition – At Elks Lodge (5102 Oleander Dr.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., event features picture books, Pokémon, 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 is hosting a fundraising social gathering for NourishNC, which helps fight child hunger in the area. The event will include an introductory Latin dance class at 9pm and social dance until 1am and donations will go to NourishNC’s Market on Market. tickets 10 bucks.

Whomparama – Gymnastics Competition 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. upon arrival at Hamlet Beach in Carolina Beach. All age groups are welcome, from Super Grom to Old As Dirt heat. The after-party and awards show will take place at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Suite at 6 p.m. There will be live music from Pleasure Island, Looking Madras, and Kickingbird. The event is free to viewers.

Latimer House Gaslight Tour – Historic 19th century house offers night tours as provided by the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. The tour showcases the history of technology, covering how gaslights work, and what it means to people who have lived and worked under its light. Tickets are $20 apiece by calling 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, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The music in both rooms will feature Paleo Sun reggae and Caribbean steel drum, as well as a Polynesian bamboo dance by Aloha Spirit . Appetizers will be served island-style and there’s a silent auction, as kicked off by New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon. tickets $40 and all to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in our community.

The Vivace International Music Festival will take place August 3-14 at various venues across the city, including the Wilson Center on Sunday. (photo courtesy)

Sunday 7 August

Vivaci: the main trio of our time
Wilson Center, 703 S. Third Street • Tickets: $25 and up

The Vivace Music Festival From August 3 to August 14 at various locations across the city. On Sunday, “The Master Trio of Our Time” features lead North Carolina Symphony cellist Bonnie Thron, Naumburg Prize winner for violin Axel Strauss, and talented Dmitri Vorobiev. They will perform Mendelssohn’s small piano trio C, which Robert Schumann once referred to as “the principal trio of our time.”

The program includes: Dmitriy Shostakovich (organized by Atovmian) “Five Pieces for Violin and Piano” by Axel Strauss, Jennifer Frauci-Onviolin and Dmitriy Vorobyev Onbiano. Next is Richard Strauss Violin Sonata in E Flat Grand, Op. 18, for Jason Munn on violin and Dmitriy Vorobyev on piano.

There is one intermission, followed by a piano trio No. 2 by Felix Mendelssohn in C minor, op. 66, played by Axel Strauss on violin, Bonnie Thrun on cello and Dmitry Vorobyev on piano.

The show is held downtown at the Wilson Center. tickets $25 and up.

Other events on Sunday
summer vintage sip and shop – At Flytrap Brewing (319 Walnut Street) from 4 pm to 7 pm there will be a vendors market featuring live music and food trucks. The event is hosted by Amanda Vinopal of Sun and Shine Vintage, which brings in threads that showcase the vibes of the 50s and 60s, Surfrock and Beach Boys. Six vendors will be created in addition to Sun and Shine Vintage, including Lilac Lawson, Bourbon Blossom Vintage, Thrift Hive Thread, Crybaby Vintage and Gravity Records. Food will be served by OG BBQ and Kohl’s Custard Cart from Mr.

mimosa festival – A variety of mimosas and brunch dishes will be served at Reggie’s 42nd Street on Sunday. Mimosa Fest is $15 up front for general admission, which includes a $5 gift card to use on food and drink, $35 upfront for VIPs, which includes early admission at 11 a.m. and includes two $5 gift cards to use for food and drink also as a Mimosa Fest tee . Day tickets cost an additional $5. It’s an event of 21 or older and also features live music.

Five to fight – American singer-songwriter and pianist John Ondrasek will perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday. Best known for his soft rock songs – “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”, “100 Years” and “The Riddle” – the 57-year-old artist released six studio albums and was nominated for a Grammy for “Superman”. The opening will be Verve Pipe. tickets Starting at $20.

Three 10 grilled oysters and one boiled shrimp National Oyster Day is August 5th. In celebration, the restaurant in the Brooklyn Arts District hosts roasting oysters and simmering shrimp. Oysters will be available in half a dozen and a dozen, and served with house cocktails and mignonettes. Pre-sale service is available for $10 to $18 discount, but purchases are available per day. The shrimp boil will include potatoes, corn, and sausage, which are sold in sizes for two ($25 to $30). More information over here.


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