SaltWorks Carnival of Delight
“The Hatter opened his eyes very wide . . . but all he said was, ‘Why is a raven like a writing desk?’” Yes, the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s thirtieth annual Literacy Gala will be slightly mad, but it’s a party you won’t want to miss. On Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m., there’s room enough at the table for you, your riddle-loving friends — perhaps even the March Hare — for a wonky but spectacular affair inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. High tea, fantasyinspired tastings, Wonderland garden games, silent and vocal auctions, and song and dance beneath the just-full moon with eclectic musical powerhouse Blivet. Black tie; creative en-theme costumes also encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council. Tickets: $125. Rabbit Hole is located at Audi Cape Fear. Don’t be late. Info: (910) 251-0911 or www.cfliteracy.org.
The Sixth Sense (Fashion)
Last month, Salt contributor Dana Sachs took style consultant T.J. Dunn out to lunch and learned, among other things, that owning your look is perhaps the secret to wearing, say, an Oxford-style button-down with a metallic elephant-print wraparound skirt. Get Dunn talking about Wilmington Fashion Week (April 1–4), however, and you’ll discover that his greatest passion has less do to with haute couture as it does with giving others the opportunity to shine. Local models, aspiring designers, and the youth of DREAMS, to name a few. On Tuesday, March 31, WFW’s Fashion Night Out will kick off the celebration that is Wilmington Fashion Week — runway shows, parties, you name it. Participating shops will extend their hours so you can find — and own — your look in time for the weekend festivities. Stay in the know: www.wilmingtonfashionweek.org; www.facebook.com/wilmingtonfashionweek. #WFW2015 12
Salt • March 2015
A Fine Line
As novelist Orson Scott Card put it, “metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” In the case of The Clothesline Muse, a multi-media production coming to Kenan Auditorium on March 28, 8 p.m., the metaphor is a piece of twine — a symbol of the grind and grace of domestic drudgery. Exploring the role of the clothesline in African-American culture, says the composer, this empowering performance fuses dance, percussive music, spoken word, interview text, video and interactive art, transforming the lowly task of washing clothes by hand into a breathtaking tribute to honor our ancestors. Maya Freelon Asante’s colorful tissue paper art hangs on the line like laundry drying in the sun; Kariamu Welsh’s choreographed movements — motions of washing, wringing, pressing, folding — haunt and liberate; six-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon is the Muse. Be inspired. Tickets: $20 (general public); $16 (faculty and staff); $8 (students and youth). Kenan Auditorium, UNCW, 515 Wagoner Drive, Wilmington. Info: (910) 962-3500 or www.uncw.edu/arts/clotheslinemuse.html.
There’s something undeniably powerful about the chemistry between musician-lovers. Think John and Yoko. Ike and Tina. Johnny and June Carter Cash. But in order to understand the magic between husband and wife fiddle duo Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster, you simply must experience it in person. Donnell Leahy first heard Cape Breton fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster on a cassette tape while touring in Germany with his eight-piece family band. “I decided I had to meet her,” he said, and drove to Cape Breton the day after he returned from Germany to ask her to dinner. “I don’t know what you look like,” he told Natalie. “Maybe if you brought your fiddle, I’d know who you were.” They went out for dinner, played some tunes, said Donnell, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, Donnell Leahy is, perhaps, the greatest fiddle player of our time. “I’m not the greatest with words, but on the fiddle, I can tell the whole story passionately,” says Donnell. Be witness to their wizardly ways and passionate musical narratives on Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, $29, $36. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington. Info: (910) 632-2285 or www. thalianhall.org.
The Art & Soul of Wilmington
The Art & Soul of Wilmington