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April 26

What’s Brewing in Science: Artificial Intelligence

Cape Fear Museum presents What’s Brewing in Science: Artificial Intelligence at Waterline Brewing in Wilmington, a discussion about the consequences of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Will there be massive job loss? Or will we all work in new productive ways that give us a better quality of life? Admission is FREE! Event starts at 7pm.

Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market

The Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market in Wilmington, NC, meets Wednesdays through Oct. 25, and features fresh local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats and seafood, baked goods, and sweets, plus arts & crafts, cut flowers, wine, and more. Admission is FREE! Market starts at 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Jamestown Revival in Concert

Appearing at The Throne Theater in downtown Wilmington, NC, Jamestown Revival was named iTunes “Best of 2014: Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year” with their CD Utah. Opening is Ghost of Paul Revere. Admission is $18.00 to $35.00. Concert starts at 7pm.

April 27

Bluegrass Bash

Bluegrass Bash at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC, features performances by local bands Massive Grass and the Folkstone Stringband. Both mix the roots of bluegrass with a unique mix of rock and roll. Admission is $10.00 to $20.00. Event starts at 7:30pm.

Kids Making It Breakfast Fundraiser: Building Brighter Futures

The Kids Making It Breakfast Fundraiser: Building Brighter Futures takes place at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. Guests will be invited to make a donation at the event. Proceeds benefit the organization’s Skilled Trades Program, and helps lead more students toward sustainable careers and financial self-sufficiency. Admission is FREE! Breakfast starts at 7:30am.

Volunteer Open House

Bellamy Mansion Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents a Volunteer Open House. Admission is FREE! Open house starts at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

April 28

Little Explorers

Little Explorers at Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, is for ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers, and features hands-on activities, interactive story time, exploration stations, and experiments in Museum Park. If the weather interferes, the program is moved inside. Adult participation required. Admission is FREE! Program starts at 10am.

4th Friday Gallery Night

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County presents 4th Friday Gallery Night, a monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more. 4th Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other art-related activities. HOURS: 6-9pm. Participating venues include Aces Gallery, Acme Art Studios, The Art Factory, Art in Bloom Gallery, The Golden Gallery, The ArtWorks, New Elements Gallery, Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, Expo  216, Flytrap Brewery, River to Sea Gallery, The WHQR Gallery, Crescent Moon, and The Daniels Gallery. Admission is FREE! Event starts at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Live Music: The Sean Meade Trio

Waterline Brewing presents live music with the jazz jamming Sean Meade Trio. Admission is FREE! Concert starts at 7pm.

April 29

Healthy Kids Day

The City of Wilmington and the YMCA present the 6th Annual Healthy Kids Day  at Empie Park featuring a variety of activities including tennis, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and lacrosse sports stations; face painting and bounce houses; jump rope and hula-hoop contests; information booths and vendors; and games and prizes. Local food trucks on premises. Admission is FREE! Event starts at 9:30am.

Spring Fling

The Spring Fling at Parents’ Community Preschool in Wilmington, NC, features live music, games, silent auction, refreshments, and more. Admission is $5.00. Event starts at 10:00 AM.

The Myrtle Grove Market

The Myrtle Grove Market features more than 30 local vendors with handmade, vintage, antique and repurposed items. Admission is one canned good or a $1 donation. All canned goods and donations go to The Mission in downtown Wilmington, NC. Market starts at 9am.

April 30

King Kirby

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps presents King Kirby  at the Red Barn Studio Theatre in downtown Wilmington, NC. The production, directed by Blake Howard and written by Crystal Skillman and comic book author Fred Van Lente, follows legendary artist and storyteller, Jack Kirby, including his humble beginnings in a New York street gang, his success with Captain America  and Silver Surfer, and ultimately his reign as the “King of Comics.” Please note: The Sunday show is a matinee beginning at 3pm. Show starts at 8pm. Admission is $18.00 to $20.00.

History Up-Close: Hats

History Up-Close: Hats at the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, features a chance to take an in-depth look at a collection of stylish and not-so-stylish hats, plus learn how hats can help us understand the past with Historian Jan Davidson. Then, go behind-the-scenes with Curator Heather Yenco in collections storage. Registration limited to 15. Must be 12 or older. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $8.00 to $12.00. Event starts at 2pm.

A Chorus Line

Thalian Association Youth Theatre presents A Chorus Line  at the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage in downtown Wilmington, NC. The musical explores ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. The unforgettable score includes I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation), and I Hope I Get ItPlease note: The Sunday show begins at 3pm. Admission is $12.75. Show starts at 7:30pm.


May 1

FUNDRAISER: Bidding Fore Change

The Wells Fargo Championship presents Bidding Fore Change at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, featuring live music with Two Cents Worth, dinner, beer & wine, cash bar, and silent auction. The event benefits A Safe Place, an empowerment organization focusing on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic minor sex trafficking. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. Admission is $45.00. Event starts at 5pm.

Wilmington Railroad Museum Story Time

The Wilmington Railroad Museum Story Time features a story or two, songs, creative activities, and time in the Children’s Hall. Admission fee is per family. Admission is $5.00. Program starts at 10:30am.

Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament

The Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC, features the top touring professional golfers in the world in a PGA Tour event. The schedule includes a Pro-Am and a four-day tournament. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.  Admission is $30.00 to $165.00. 

May 2

Dawes in Concert

The Penguin and Huka Entertainment present LA-based folk rock band Dawes in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC. Doors open at 6pm. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. Admission is $27.00 to $32.00. Concert starts at 7pm.

FUNDRAISER: 16th Annual Golden Hammer Breakfast

The 16th Annual Golden Hammer Breakfast at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington marks Cape Fear Habitat’s 30th Anniversary, and helps raise funds for building homes, hope and community. The event features Habitat Homeowners, Board Members, the Executive Director, and special Guest Kendall Alley, Regional President of Wells Fargo and Executive Host for the Wells Fargo PGA Championship. REGISTER ONLINE. Fundraiser starts at 7:30am.

4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

The 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival takes place at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. SCHEDULE OF FILMS: Tuesday, May 2 at 7pmFever at Dawn — The story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the hell that was the Holocaust. Set in the Swedish rehabilitation camps during the autumn and winter of 1945. Dessert reception follows; Wednesday, May 3 at 7pmRemember — With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. Dessert reception follows; Thursday, May 4 at 7pm, The Women’s Balcony — An accident during a bar mitzvah leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in a tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. Dessert reception follows. Admission is $17.00.

May 3