Wilmington’s great summer 2021 continues to intensify.
Tons of things to see and do this weekend, from the full return of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights and two (!) Opera House Theater Co. productions to cool concerts (rock, jazz) and even a new movie.
A note: I made a separate story about all of the LGBTQ pride month events this weekend, so I haven’t listed them here. Learn more about Chalk Full of Pride, Pride Pinic, and the Here and Queer Fest in the link below.
Opera House Theater Co. continues its summer season of musicals at the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College with a musical tribute to one of the greatest crooners of all time. “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”, features indelible hits such as “Fly Me to the Moon”, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “New York, New York” and Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way.”
Opera House has brought to town a powerful cast of Broadway talent for the show.
Jeremy Benton and Jennifer Johns have each toured nationally for Broadway shows and may be familiar to audiences in Wilmington who saw The Opera production of “Uptown at the Cotton Club” at the Wilson Center in April, the first theatrical production on the site for over a year.
Dave Schoonover also has several national tours under his belt, and Linda Moshier is a seasoned performer who has performed in shows all over the world, including a tour with the USO vocal group Liberty Belles.
Details: 7:30 p.m. June 25-26 and 3 p.m. June 27 at CFCC Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St., Wilmington. $ 23.75 to $ 43.25. VIP cabaret seats and opera box seats are $ 75 to $ 100. 910-362-7999 or WilsonCenterTickets.com.
Following its return from the pandemic in a limited fashion last month, the beloved and long-running downtown Wilmington art gallery tour will feature more than a dozen galleries this weekend. From the Wilma Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College on Wilmington’s Northside to the ArtWorks on South Front Street near Greenfield Lake, with many stops in the heart of downtown, this will be a fourth Friday that should be familiar to fans of the event. .
Highlights include the ‘Another Wonderful Day’ exhibition at the New Elements Gallery, 271 N. Front St., showcasing the work of North Carolina artist Kyle Highsmith, whose impressionistic renderings of coastal scenes have long been made him a gallery favorite.
The first public opening of Art in Bloom since the start of the pandemic will be the group exhibition “Harmonious Relationships: Art Inspired by Musicat the gallery location 210 Princess Street. In addition to the work of artists such as Debra Bucci, Bradley Carter, Elizabeth Darrow, Traudi Thornton and Pam Toll, violinist Shirley Lebo will provide live music for the A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Wilmington Opera House.
At Wilmington Acme Art’s long-standing studio complex, 711 N. Fifth Ave., a group exhibition will showcase the work of artists there, including abstract painter Dick Roberts.
And in the historic Burgwin-Wright House, 224 Market St., the mixed media works of Todd Lengyeltoti will be featured on the “Color Splash” show.
Details: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 25 at galleries in and around downtown Wilmington. Check ArtsCouncilOfWilmington.org for the full list of galleries.
Brought to you by the Modern Legend vinyl and gift shop, this is a great music double list to start your weekend.
the Wilmington-based Fort Lowell Records singer, songwriter and artist Tracy Shedd will make his first local appearance since 2019 with this show. Shedd, whose career spans over 20 years, is a deeply groovy indie pop master who sounds supremely sweet but often hints at obscurity. Shedd’s group will feature a special appearance by longtime Wilmington musician Brian Weeks (De La Noche, Summer Set) on the keys.
Also on view are Wilmington garage rock band Kicking Bird, which put on an incendiary outdoor show at Palate Restaurant and Bar in April. Some songs have a grungy girl group vibe, while others are rockers in their own right.
Both acts have songs about the release of Fort Lowell “GROW: A solidarity compilation with Black Lives Matter,which is a large collection of Wilmington past and present acts. Sales of the record benefit the NAACP in New Hanover County, North Carolina.
Details: 9 p.m. June 25 at the Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St., Wilmington.
UNCW music teacher Jerald Shynett has been a force in Wilmington jazz since the 1990s, whether playing the trombone in various combos, leading his own bands, or teaching the next one. generation of musicians. During the pandemic, Shynett did not rest on his considerable laurels – which include writing music for the Wilmington-filmed “One Tree Hill” television series or performing with the large contemporary Grammy-nominated band Jazz. Surge. Rather, he used “downtime” to write four new jazz compositions.
Shynett, along with the 16-piece Hwy 17 Big Band, will debut at 2 pm on June 27 in a concert at the Kenan Auditorium titled “Lines of Sight”. Shynett will lead the group, which includes professional jazz musicians from North and South Carolina; members of the jazz faculty of UNCW and other regional institutions; and alumni of the UNCW Music Department and the UNCW Jazz Summer Workshop.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Sunday June 27 at the Kenan Auditorium, 515 Wagoner Drive, UNCW Campus, Wilmington. $ 15; free for UNCW students. Tickets available on UNCWarts.universitytickets.com.
The Opera House Theater Company Apprentice Program for Young Performers features a musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Wilker Ballantine directs the show, which took place on Broadway in 2005 and has music by Jason Howland, a book by Allan Knee and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.
The coming of age story delves into the very different lives of the four March sisters in the years following the Civil War.
“Little Women” will be the first production of a musical at the historic North Front Theater, formerly known as City Stage, since February 2020.
Details: 7:30 p.m. June 24-26, with mornings at 3 p.m. June 26 and 4 p.m. June 27 at the North Front Theater, Wilmington. $ 20, $ 15 for students and seniors. OperaHouseTheatreCompany.org.
Cammeron Batanides has long been a part of Wilmington’s art scene. A staple at concerts, she is known as an “action painter” who composes paintings by various groups as they perform.
This weekend, a short documentary on the Batanids, “The Art of Music”, makes its debut. Produced by Mike Raab and edited by Patrick Ogelvie, it is screened on Saturday evening, and rightly so, at Bottega, a place that has long supported both music and art.
Details: Hillary Flowers cello music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., screening at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Bottega, 723 N. Fourth St., Wilmington. Release.
Contact John Staton at 910-343-2343 or [email protected]