One Man’s Trash
On Friday, August 21, save your breakfast scraps (tea bags, coffee grounds — even the morning paper) for later. From 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the New Hanover County Arboretum will host a “Compost 101” workshop to introduce gardeners and the eco-curious to multiple methods of composting. Includes hands-on demos, dos and don’ts, and insight into the countless benefits of turning your garbage into black gold. General public: $10; free for K–12 teachers. Register online. NHC Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. Info: (910) 798-7677 or arboretum.nhcgov.com.
Newgrass at Greenfield
The Infamous Stringdusters — Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists — bring their evolving sound to the Wilmington stage on Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. Together, Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) create what’s perhaps best described as an audible acoustic cocktail. “Roots can be traced but boundaries don’t exist,” they’ll tell you. And having dusted off their strings at festivals like Telluride, Grey Fox, Bonnaroo and High Sierra, they’ve developed an exquisite knack for improvisation and unpredictable live shows. Tickets: $20–25. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. Info: (910) 343-3614 or greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com.
All That Jazz
An Artsy Landfall
In North America, some species of gossamer-winged butterflies exist in their adult state for just a few short days. But the display is exquisite. Same goes for the annual Landfall Foundation Art Show and Sale, a three-day spectacle featuring 100 artists (many local) and work that runs the gamut: oil, watercolor, acrylic, photography, sculpture and ceramic. Supported by corporate and individual sponsors, this popular summer art show is held in collaboration with the Wilmington Art Association and is free and open to the public. Proceeds from sales benefit the Landfall Foundation in its efforts to support greater Wilmington area nonprofits. Blink and you’ll miss it, so save the dates. Thursday, August 20, through Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; cash bar open from 5–7 p.m. Country Club of Landfall, Dye Club House, 1550 Landfall Drive, Wilmington. Info: www.landfallfoundation.org. The Art & Soul of Wilmington
In the 1920s, as an answer to a class assignment at the Yale Drama School, an American journalist named Maurine Dallas Watkins wrote a satirical play based on two unrelated court cases she covered for the Chicago Tribune. It was the inspiration for the 1975 stage musical that spells Broadway sensation. This month, Opera House Theatre Company presents Chicago on Wednesday, August 5, through Sunday, August 9; Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16; and Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23. Showtimes: 8 p.m. (Wednesday through Saturday); 3 p.m. (Sunday). Expect one show-stopping song after another. Directed and choreographed by Ray Kennedy. Admission: $31. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington. Info: (910) 632-2285 or www.thalianhall.org.
Ever since the Wilmington Seacoast Railroad Company built its “Beach Car” track from Downtown Wilmington to the “Hammocks” (Harbor Island), Wrightsville Beach has been a major tourist attraction, drawing droves of summer visitors to its yacht clubs, vacation cottages and eventually, in 1905, the famed Lumina Pavilion, whose thousand-plus incandescent bulbs faded to memory in the 1970s. But the spirit of Wrightsville continues to burn bright. Exhibit A: Lumina Daze. On Sunday, August 30, from 5–9 p.m., celebrate Wrightsville Beach by swinging your hips to live music by Wilmington Big Band, the Dixieland All-Stars and The Imitations. Event includes live and silent auctions and history presentations; proceeds benefit Wrightsville Beach Museum. Admission: $15. Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach. Info: (910) 256-2569 or www.wbmuseum.com. August 2015 •
The Art & Soul of Wilmington