It’s a jam-packed Wilmington weekend, with theater, concerts, festivals and more

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I just got back from a trip to Washington, D.C., with my 12-year-old son last week, and one of the many, many things we did up there was seeing a production of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at historic Ford’s Theatre. (The one where Lincoln, you know …)

Aside from seeing a show in a historic theater (that’s five years younger than Wilmington’s Thalian Hall, by the way) that has a solar eclipse as a major plot point on the eve of an actual solar eclipse, what stood out to me was that Wilmington theater compares favorably, very favorably, to productions in a big city like D.C.

The Washington version of “Little Shop” was great, but trust me, the talent up there has nothing on the Port City. That said, let’s see what our esteemed Wilmington talent is up to this weekend …

Weekend weather outlook

It’s shaping up to be a glorious spring weekend, with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the lower 50s. Thursday’s rain and wind should clear out Friday, leaving behind clear skies and mild temps.

Go | See | Do

The play “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery” runs through April 14 at DREAMS Garage.

It’s a theater-heavy Wilmington weekend, with no fewer than four productions on the boards around the area. They include the Thalian Association’s surprisingly emotional staging of Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” at Thalian Hall, the coming-of-age drama “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery” at DREAMS Garage and Pulitzer Prize-winner “Proof” at Brunswick Little Theatre in Southport.

Plus, we’ve got comedy, a dance festival, touring shows, concerts, art shows and more. Peep the full list below.

Happenings: 14 things to do in Wilmington this weekend, from plays and comedy to art and festivals

The Dish with Port City Foodies

Wanna buy a brewery? A fully built (but never opened) spot in Brunswick County is for sale. Allison Ballard has the deets.

Speaking of Wilmington’s most illustrious food writer, AlBal has a column on how her travels inspire her coverage of the local food scene, and she reports on a popular Greek restaurant that has closed one of its locations.

Getting to know Ricki Nelson

Wilmington's Ricki Nelson was recently crowned 2024 Miss Black North Carolina.

Wilmington’s Ricki Nelson was recently crowned 2024 Miss Black North Carolina.

Meet this Wilmington woman who was recently crowed Miss Black North Carolina. She moves on to compete in the Miss Black USA pageant Aug. 4.

‘Stand Up, Be Seen, Be Kind’: Wilmington woman crowned 2024 Miss Black North Carolina

News you can use

Got school-age kids? New Hanover County Schools has restricted spending due to a budget shortfall; find out how it affects you. Plus, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site is closing temporarily, and the Carolina Pro-Am stand-up paddleboarding event descends on Wrightsville Beach this weekend.

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