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Swimsuit season: so not what it used to be. Thursday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m., Elaine Henson will present “Bathing Beauties in Vintage Postcards,” an informative and entertaining lecture that examines the evolution of swimwear from the mid-1880s to the 1940s. One wonders what Charles Darwin might have said about it. Admission: $5 (includes light refreshments); free for Lower Cape Fear Historical Society members. Latimer House Museum, 126 South Third Street, Wilmington. Info: (910) 762-0492 or www. lcfhs.org.
5 o’clock, Somewhere
Want to be among the first to get your hands on a copy of next month’s Salt? Join us at 5 p.m. — somewhere — on Tuesday, September 1. Fresh-off-the-press copies of our Home & Garden issue will be available and you can sip wine and craft brew alongside a few of our regular contributors. Check our Facebook page for location and details toward the end of the month. Info: www.facebook.com/ saltmagazineofwilmington.
At Old Books on Front Street, home of “over two miles of books,” it’s not hard to spend hours poring over the titles and merchandise — coffee mugs, tote bags, bottle openers — all custom-made for the literati. An added bonus if you meet there on a Saturday afternoon, when you can explore over 400 years of Wilmington’s literary history on a two-mile, ninety-minute walking tour of downtown that introduces you to the motley cast of characters who have helped shape Wilmington’s narrative. Along the way, meet America’s first playwright,
Salt • August 2015
Crane Your Neck
Last August, Salt’s Front Street Spy witnessed an androgynous geisha in a green kimono shuffle along the sidewalks of Downtown Wilmington, silently offering paper cranes to people too afraid to make eye contact. As it turned out, the performer was an international artist named Richard Breuil, his performance part of the 2014 Sarus Festival for site-specific and experimental art. This month, the festival returns. August 15–23, local, regional and international artists will enrich our cultural landscape by bringing stimulating, often downright visceral works to natural and urban spaces in the greater Wilmington area. The space informs the work, but the outcome might be an installation, performance, concert, sculpture, dance, film, lecture or something none of us saw coming. Sites include the Community Arts Center (Sarus homebase), Bellamy Mansion, Downtown Wilmington, Jengo’s & Wabi Sabi, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, The Front Room and Old Books on Front Street. See website for complete schedule and tickets. Info: sarusfestival.org.
As the Plot Twists
Hankering for a little summer romance and drama? August 6–23, Thalian Association presents Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Charlotte is the lead actress in a play written by her husband, Henry. Max, the lead actor, is married to Annie, also an actress. The plot is thick as mango gazpacho. Henry and Annie are having an affair, and the whole theatrical journey is equal parts passion and pain — real as it gets. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. (Thursday – Saturday); 3 p.m. (Sunday). Admission: $25. Red Barn Studio Theatre, 1122 South Third Street, Wilmington. Info: (910) 254-1788 or www.thalian.org.
delight in exquisite details from the filming of Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, visit “The Two Libraries” and jot down summer reading suggestions (Inglis Fletcher’s Carolina Chronicles series), all while taking a closer look at the landmarks and landscapes that have and continue to set the scene. The past isn’t always pretty, but it’s all part of our unique story. The Literary History Walking Tour takes place every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $8. Meet at Old Books on Front Street, 249 North Front Street, Wilmington. Info: (910) 762-6657 or oldbooksonfrontst.com.
The Art & Soul of Wilmington
The Art & Soul of Wilmington