Area Events for February 2014
Nov. 21-Mar. 10
Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Nano is a mini, interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on interactives present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Explore progressively smaller magnetic materials-magnetite sand, iron powder, and ferrofluid or build a giant model of a carbon nanotube! Spin disks containing small and large plastic beads, comparing the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different size beads. Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network with support from the National Science Foundation. Admission charge. (910)798-4350; Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.capefearmuseum.com/index.php?flag=exhibit_nano
“Art Among Friends” Exhibit
Dec. 23-Feb. 16
Art Among Friends brings together artwork drawn entirely from four private North Carolina collections. Spanning one of the most dynamic periods of art in America, these paintings and works on paper (along with one sculpture) were all created between approximately 1880 and 1940. Collectively, they trace the rise and fall of such important artistic movements as Impressionism and Urban Realism, explore activity at important sites in both the United States and Europe, and demonstrate the remarkable talents of some of the country’s finest artists. Admission charge. (910)395-5999; Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St, Wilmington.
“Check Please!” Theatre
Feb. 7-8, 14-15
Dating can be hard, especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse-until they do. Enjoy this hilarious selection of nightmare first dates with a delicious three-course dinner. If you’re looking for something unique to do on Valentine’s Day, there will be a tailored menu and two seatings available for you and your special someone! Tickets required. (910)399-3669; TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St, Wilmington.
Fire on the Dock Competition Dining Series
Feb. 3, 4, 5,10 11, 17
Each evening, two restaurants will battle it out side by side in a single elimination, blind dinner format. As a guest, you get to savor a six-course menu (three courses from each chef without knowing whose food you’re tasting) created around a “Mystery” North Carolina ingredient. The ingredient is revealed to the chefs at noon the day of their battle and it must be used in each of their three courses. Diners will rate each dish and determine who moves to the next round and who goes home. At stake in each series is a grand prize of $2,000 and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket.” Each regional champion will move on to the Final Fire-Battle of Champions in November. Pick your battles and join us for as many dinners as you like! Admission charge. (910)256-8500; Bluewater Waterfront Grill,
“Big River” Theatre
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 & Feb. 6-Feb. 9
Celebrate Black History Month at Thalian Hall with this beautiful, seven-time Tony Award-winning musical. Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the Mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend, Jim, a slave, reach freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Propelled by an award-winning score by country legend Roger Miller, their raucous adventures provide suspense, hilarity, and heartbreak in a journey that’s brilliantly theatrical! Admission charge. (910)632-2241; Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington.
East Coast Shag Classic
Jan. 30-Feb. 2
This annual weekend event is for beach music lovers along the east coast to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of shagging at Wrightsville Beach. Thursday, enjoy The Craig Woolard Band while Friday jam to the tunes of Jim Quick & Coastline. Saturday listen and dance with the exciting Joey Warren Show with the Band of Oz and compete in the ECSC Shag Competition at noon. Sunday join in The Big Kahuna’s Beach Party! Tickets required. (910)297-7688; Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach.
Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival
Jan. 31-Feb. 02
Friday Night: Grand Tasting – Pick your pleasure as participating regional vintners and chocolatiers offer their best for sampling and sale! Indulge yourself in the delicious abundance of hors d’oevres and relax to live music performed by The Schoolboys while shopping artisan exhibits. Saturday & Sunday: Marketplace – Sip, Nibble & Sigh! Enjoy this European style marketplace with a tasting tour of the best Carolina wineries, sample sweet sensations from the region’s signature chocolatiers and revel in the good things in life with specialty foods and fine artisan products. Enjoy entertainment, food demonstrations, raffles and of course more chocolate all overlooking the gorgeous Cape Fear Riverfront! Admission charge. (910)742-0120 or (910)512-9948; Coastline Event Center, 503 Nutt St, Wilmington.http://wilmingtonwineandchocolatefestival.com/index.html
NC Jazz Festival, 34th Annual
This is one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast. We will kick off Thursday night featuring 3 hours of different styles of jazz which will open with Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet and a Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. The second set of the evening will feature Wilmington’s own singer/piano-man/entertainer Grenoldo Frazier and his tribute to Louis Armstrong. Friday and Saturday nights we will present our thirteen All-Star musicians in the traditional seven sets of six or seven players, each set with a different leader. These concerts will be 4½ hours of beautiful jazz by the most talented musicians. To see a full list of musicians and activities please see the website. Admission charge. (910)793-1111; Hilton Riverside Hotel, 301 Water St, Wilmington.
“Requiem in Glass: Brady’s Greenhouse” Exhibit
Feb 8-June 1
Mathew Brady (American, c. 1822-1896) is considered to be the father of photojournalism and was responsible for most of the photographic documentation of the American Civil War. When the war was over, Brady was forced to sell most of his glass plate negatives to settle his debts. These glass negatives then were recycled to build greenhouses, but as the years went by, the sun’s rays burned the imagery from the glass and the images were lost. In this installation Wilmington photographer Harry Taylor re-imagines these fabled greenhouses, inspired by how these structures may have appeared during Reconstruction. The greenhouse features 300 of Taylor’s glass plate images which invoke Brady’s Civil War photography and the history of the Cape Fear region. Admission charge.
910)395-5999; Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St, Wilmington.http://www.cameronartmuseum.org/index.php?c=future_exhibitions
Battle of Forks Road Civil War Living History Weekend
Cameron Art Museum commemorates the 149th Anniversary of Battle of Forks Road on the museum’s historic site with family fun interacting with Confederate, Union and U.S. Colored troops living history actors. Enjoy the battle skirmish, sutlers, period music, family art activities, guest speakers, presentations, tours and more! Check website for event fees. (910)395-5999; Battleground of Forks Rd, Located right off the Cameron Art Museum Parking Lot, 3201 S.17th St, Wilmington.
“A Change is Gonna Come” Concert
Explore the history of the Civil Rights era through the music and songs of the era with readings from Dr. Martin Luther King’s work. Joining the Wilmington Symphony for this 50th Anniversary musical celebration of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights bill is the Williston Alumni Community Choir, directed by Marva Robinson. Also sharing their youthful energy will be the winners of the 37th Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. Admission charge. (910)962-3500; Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 601 S. College Rd, Wilmington.
Romantic Valentine Carriage Ride
Treat your sweetheart to a moonlight carriage ride for two. Surprise him or her with a red rose, a box of chocolates,
and your private French evening coach! Reservations required. (910)251-8889; Downtown Wilmington, Water & Market Sts, Wilmington. http://www.horsedrawntours.com
Hold Your Honey Tight Fright-Night Massacre- Tours
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington and Haunted Pub Crawl? Both tours include true stories of Wilmington and LOVE GONE WRONG! There’s also a special gift for all couples. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you’re a bit tired of the same old “flowers & a box of candy” Valentine’s. Space is limited and the Pub Crawl usually sells out so make sure to get your tickets early! First 30 couples receive a special treat! Tickets required. (910)794-1866; Downtown Wilmington, 1 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.hollywoodnc.com/valentine_tour.html
“Romantic Comedy” Theatre
Feb. 13-16, Feb. 20-23, Feb. 27-Mar. 02
Arrogant, self centered and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael is facing two monumental events: he is about the marry a society belle and his collaborator is retiring. Enter Phoebe Craddock, Vermont school teacher and budding playwright. Quicker than a flash, Jason acquires a talented and adoring collaborator in mousy Phoebe. Fame and success are theirs for 10 years and then Jason’s world falls apart. His wife divorces him to go into politics and Phoebe, her love for Jason unrequited, marries a breezy journalist and moves to Paris. Jason goes into professional, financial and physical decline as a newly chic Phoebe returns, solo and successful, igniting the long delayed romance between them. Admission charge. (910)367-5237; Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St, Wilmington.
Jazz at the CAM with Stardust
The fourth season of the popular seven concert series offers a mixture of new and familiar musicians in a variety of combinations performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure. A prelude treat to Valentine Day’s with the jazzy romantic sounds of Stardust, a sensational jazz sextet comprised of some of the area’s most talented musicians, Laura McFayden (vocals), Jim McFayden (bass), Jack Krupicka (piano and vocals), Dave DiMuro (drums), David Tyson (guitar, trumpet and vocals), and Rich Zimmerman (saxophone). Admission charge. (910)395-5999; Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall, Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St, Wilmington.
Hugs & Fishes Valentine’s Day Lock-In
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites children, ages 5 to 12, to a Valentine’s sleepover. Hug them at the door and know the fish fun lasts all night. They will play games, make crafts and enjoy animal programs with our qualified and trained staff. Dinner, snacks and breakfast will be provided so make plans to go out this Valentine’s Day without the kids! Please note that children must be comfortable staying away from parents all night. Reservations required. (910)458-8257; NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach.http://reservations.ncaquariums.com/fortfisher/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2/14/2014
Valentine’s Day Cruise from Wrightsville Beach
The loveboat is here again for a romantic tour at Wrightsville Beach! The tickets include a romantic cruise, select beverages, chocolate, and a goodie bag. Aboard the M/V Shamrock make this Valentine’s Day memorable as you explore the scenery of Masonboro Island and the Wrightsville Beach Harbor. Please see website for more details. Pre-registration required. (910)200-4002; Banks Channel across from the Blockade Runner Hotel, 4166 Spirea Dr, Wilmington. http://www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com/
“Seussical Jr.” Theatre
Feb. 14-16, Feb. 21-23
This play is a journey into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, which melds many of his most famous characters into an original work about loyalty, friendship, and the power of the imagination. A fantastical conglomeration of the best-loved Seuss story lines and characters, this magical show hones down the full-length Broadway production into a fast-paced, neon extravaganza. Admission charge. (910)341-7860; Hannah Block Historic USO & Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St, Wilmington. http://www.thalian.org./
Valentine’s Day Cruise
This year, treat your special someone to this wonderful dinner & dance cruise on the scenic Cape Fear River. Enjoy an appetizing buffet, entertainment, and a cash bar with full ABC permits aboard North Carolina’s Largest Riverboat for your romantic Valentine’s Dinner! Pre-registration recommended. (910)343-1611; Cape Fear Riverboats, 101 S. Water St, Wilmington. http://www.cfrboats.com/proddetail.php?prod=1084
Lover’s Moon Valentine’s Day Cruise
Cruise under the romantic night sky with your special someone for an unforgettable Valentine’s evening and let the troubles of the day melt away as you enjoy a night out with the one you love. With this cruise enjoy a Captain’s Reception with complimentary champagne at the dock before departure. Then enjoy the hour and a half long romantic cruise under stars complete with live music, heavy hors d’oeurves and a beautiful night view of Historic Downtown Wilmington. Pre-registration recommended. (910)338-3134; Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St, Wilmington. http://www.zerve.com/amp/view_activity.php?activity_id=6015&event_id=1896731
The Navy Way: Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson
Visit one of the most extensive exhibits of Civil War torpedoes in the Southeast! Visitors will be able to experience the life of the Civil War Sailor this year at the 149th Anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson. Enjoy a day of torpedo demonstrations, living history actors, live artillery demonstrations and fun all while learning about the events leading to the fall of the fort. Free. (910)371-6613; Fort Anderson, 8884 St.Philips Road SE, Winnabow.
Learn about and explore the Battleship’s 16-inch & 5-inch guns from the gun houses to the ammunition loading compartments. Presenters will discuss the various types of fire control equipment and how main and secondary battery plotting rooms & the combat info center operated. Participants will enjoy a lively, engaging, in-depth program with presentations, hands-on experience, and serious exploration. Program includes a box lunch and is for participants age 16 & up- Physical restrictions apply, please see website below for more details. Admission charge. Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, #1 Battleship Rd, Wilmington.http://www.battleshipnc.com/Events/EventCalendar
Sweetheart Saturday Cruise
Invite your special someone to cruise on the scenic Cape Fear River. Enjoy an appetizing Buffet, Entertainment and a cash bar will full ABC permits aboard North Carolina’s Largest Riverboat! Pre-registration recommended. (910)343-1611; Cape Fear Riverboats, 101 S. Water St, Wilmington. http://www.cfrboats.com/proddetail.php?prod=1084
Going Greener at the Bellamy Mansion Museum
Join us in educational games and fun activities in order to spread the word of going green! A new tour focusing on the green activity in the Bellamy will also be held throughout the day. Also, musical performances by Catesby Jones and Susan Savia. This event is held on the grounds of the Bellamy Mansion Museum and is fun for all ages! This event is “free of charge” due to a generous grant from International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill. (910)251-3700; Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.bellamymansion.org
UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival: 21st Annual
Feb. 17-22(1Week); Feb. 22(Festival)
Lectures, films, dance, exhibits, theater, music, performances, and food provide opportunities for all ages to get involved throughout the week. Events are free unless otherwise noted. The week concludes on Saturday with the Intercultural Festival. Music, dance, traditional clothing, and cultural displays representing countries from around the world will be on display from 10am-2pm in the Burney Center. (910)962-3685; UNCW Burney Center, 601 S College Rd, Wilmington. http://www.uncw.edu/international/iweek2013.html
Feb. 19-23, Feb. 28-Mar. 2
Enjoy this beautiful production about one of the most influential leaders in Argentina’s past. This hit musical is based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. The story will take you from Evita’s early life through her rise of power, charity work and eventual death. Tickets required. (910)632-2241; Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington. http://www.thalianhall.org/thalian-hall/events?mon=2014-02
ACS Spring Home Show
Each show includes hundreds of home improvement and landscaping exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, the Home Show inspires homeowners with countless ideas on enhancing their home’s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value. Parking is available at the attached Wilmington Convention Center parking deck. Admission charge. (910)251-5101; Wilmington Convention Center, 10 Convention Center Dr, Wilmington. http://www.ACShomeshow.com
238th Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
Saturday and Sunday enjoy a variety of activities including lectures from local historians on a variety of topics from colonial living and warfare. Living historians will be on the battlefield demonstrating the day-to-day life of the colonists. Militia will also be on hand for firing demonstrations throughout the celebrations. Free. (910)283-5591; Moores Creek National Battlefield, 40 Patriots Hall Dr, Currie. http://www.nps.gov/mocr/index.htm
Special Olympics Polar Plunge, 10th Annual
The 10th Annual Polar Plunge along with the year old 5K Run-N-Plunge will be held on Feb. 22 so start to get that costume ready and a dance or skit prepared! Last year 122 runners dressed up as superheroes and participated in the 1st annual 5K Run-N-Plunge and 296 shivering plungers braved cold, rainy conditions to dive in a chilly Atlantic Ocean! The day begins at 11am with live music. The 5K Run/Walk is at 2pm followed by the costume contest for all 5K and Polar Plunge participants. At 3pm, the Polar Plunge begins as hundreds of people plunge into the cold ocean at Carolina Beach. Please check out the Run-N-Plunge page for more information and register for the 5K Run, the Polar Plunge or both. Free for spectators. (910)341-7253; Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Harper Ave. and Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach. http://www.plungenhc.com
Tidewater Camellia Club 64th Annual Camellia Show & Sale
Each year this historic show has grown with exhibitors and judges from many southeastern states. Today, it is one of the largest and best attended shows in the United States. Camellia experts will display over 1,000 blooms for evaluation by American Camellia Society judges. An excellent selection of camellias will be available for purchase. For a detailed list of the day’s event schedule please see the website. Free. Walter L. Parsley Elementary School, 3518 Masonboro Loop Rd, Wilmington. http://www.tidewatercamelliaclub.org/
Wilmington Winter Wine & Beer Walk
This self-guided bi-annual tasting tour of downtown Wilmington’s finest popular restaurants and drinking establishments is a blast! Discover new and different beers and wines available at these local spots while you also discover your new favorite downtown hangout, bar, or restaurant. To make it even better, receive two free samples at each location! This event always sells out as tickets are limited, so please don’t hesitate to purchase your tickets in advance. (216)374-8884; Begins at “Wine Walk Headquarters” -location TBA and various establishments in Downtown Wilmington, Front Street, Wilmington.http://www.wineandbeerwalk.com/info_wilmington.html
Carolina Chocolate Drops with L Shaped Lot Duo-Concert
For one night only, come see the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops! Their roots and style are unique, gathering inspiration from the 1920 African-American Southern lifestyle and musical instruments. “An end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.” – The New York Times. Admission charge. (910)538-2939; Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. Fourth St, Wilmington.
Jimmy Webb in Concert
Jimmy Webb is one of the most accomplished songwriter’s and composers of his generation. Best known for the instant classics he provided for such artists as Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, the Fifth Dimension, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt and more. Tickets required. (910)632-2241; Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington.