October’s here: 10 cool (and creepy) things to do in the Wilmington area this weekend – StarNewsOnline.com

Posted By on October 2, 2021

It's October all weekend long, which means that some Halloween-related events have begun popping up. There's plenty of other stuff to see and do in the Wilmington area as well, including theater, comedy, live music, family-friendly events and more.

Last summer, during the screening of a video by Dead Cool at the Wilmington Underground Film Festival, which was held at the Satellite Bar & Lounge, a friend of mine remarked that the band's dark, groovy music reminded her of the classic goth stuff she'd listened to back in high school. I can only assume that Dead Cool -- a duo consisting of married couple Johnny and Angela Yeagher, whose considerable contributions to the annals of Wilmington music include the garage rock act Zodiac Panthers, punk rockers The Luvrs and metal band Ironhead -- would consider that comment the highest of praise.

Dead Cool might be the Yeaghers' most ambitious project yet, and that's saying something. A blend of moody keyboards, electronic drums and spooky vocals singing about various kinds of death and decay, it's a vibe, as the kids say. Perfect for your Halloween playlist.

On Oct. 8, Dead Cool will travel to Florida to play the post-punk / darkwave / Goth music Absolution Festival.

Details: 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Reggie's 42nd Street Tavern, 1415 42nd St., Wilmington. Free.

"The clowns are back. This time, it's personal." OK, so that sounds terrifying, but if fear is your thing, a tramp through the forest near Leland in the middle of the night for "CarnEvil: In the Woods" sounds promising. (It's located off Maco Road, near where old Joe Baldwin lost his head to a train so many years ago; I kind of wonder if that old Wilmington-area legend makes an appearance.) Starts Friday night and continues through early November, so you've got plenty of opportunities for fright.

Details: 8 p.m. every Friday-Sunday, Oct. 1-Nov. 6, 2859 Maco Road NE, Leland. Tickets start at $17.

After having the show pushed back twice due to the pandemic, Thalian Association Community Theatre will finally open its long-planned production of Alfred Uhry's 1987 play "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by Debra Gillingham, on the main stage of historic Thalian Hall.

Set in Atlanta and spanning the years 1948 to 1972, the three-character play stars Elizabeth Michaels as Daisy Werthan, an aging, well-to-do Southern Jewish woman, and Frascaswell Hyman (winner of Best Actor in a Play at the past two Wilmington Theater Awards) as Hoke Colburn, Daisy's Black chauffeur who, over the course of two-plus decades, becomes her closest friend. Woody Stefl plays Daisy's son, Boolie, who, over his mother's objections, hires Hoke to drive Daisy around after she has a car accident.

The dramatic comedy, which inspired the 1989 movie starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, looks at both the racism endemic to the South and at the human connections that endure despite it.

More: Twice delayed by pandemic, 'Driving Miss Daisy' finally ready for Thalian Hall stage

Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and 8-9, 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St., downtown Wilmington. Tickets are $32, $27 for seniors on Sundays. Masks required. 910-632-2285 or ThalianHall.org

If you've not yet been to the new and expanded version of Wilmington's Dead Crow Comedy Room, well, what are you waiting for? Not only are they bringing in some of the top touring comics in the country, but they've got one of the best outdoor courtyards in all of downtown part of the venue's bar, Lush, that's open seven nights a week perfect for drinking and socializing in the cool autumn air.

Weekends are usually for touring comics at the Dead Crowd, but Saturday night's a bit of a special occasion as four of the top comics from the Wilmington scene take the stage. The local scene has been very active even during the pandemic, thanks in part to the incubating effect of the original Dead Crow, and Jack Nelson, Ellie Coleman (who books a fair number of comedy nights around town), Julia Desmond and Tyler Deese have lots of fresh, edgy new material they've been working out.

More: Wilmington comedy scene springs to life as comics, fans wait for Dead Crow club to return

Details: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. Third St., Wilmington. $12-$22. 910-399-1750 or DeadCrowComedy.com

This guitar duo, which won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Album in 2019 for their record "METTAVOLUTION," comes back to Wilmington for a show at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this weekend just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends Oct. 15. Playing a blend of rock, classical, flamenco and even heavy metal, the Mexican-born duo of Rodrigo Snchez and Gabriela Quintero have carved out a niche as one of the best guitar bands in the world.

Opening act is the estimable Mexican singer Silvana Estrada.

Details: 5 p.m. gates, 6 p.m. show Oct. 3 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. $50 in advance, $60 day of show. GreenfieldLakeAmphitheater.com

After losing a year to the pandemic, the 27th annual Bark in the Park event is back. Crowds will gather at Wrightsville Beach Park to see the area's top canine athletes compete at the art of catching flying discs, with the winner being the dog who scores the most points for distance, accuracy and air catches. It's free to watch, and spectators can vote for best-dressed dog, best-dressed team and best personality.

Details: 11 a.m. Oct. 2 at Wrightsville Beach Park. Free to watch. 910-256-7925 or TownOfWrightsvilleBeach.com

It won't be quite as big as in years past, but there will still be plenty of boats to check out this year during the Wilmington Boat Show downtown at the Wilmington Convention Center.

"The boating industry has had an unprecedented sales year," show founder Jacqui McGuinness said in a news release. Although we wont have the same number of boats as years past, there will still be a solid representation and people will be able to get a head start for next years boating season."

In addition to all the boats on display, there will be a a catch-and-release fishing pond in the parking lot behind Cape Fear Community College's Wilson Center.

Details: Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3 in and around the Wilmington Convention Center, 10 Convention Center Drive, Wilmington. $10, $15 for a two-day pass, $8 for seniors and military, $5 for children 4-12. WilmingtonBoatShow.com

Grab a few steins of suds and enjoy the polkas and blaskapelles of longtime Wilmington group Harbour Town Fest Band during this beloved annual event at Waterline Brewing under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. They'll have pretzels and brats for sustenance, and you might even see some lederhosen and a dirndl or two.

Details: Noon-8 p.m. at Waterline Brewing, 721 Surry St., Wilmington.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, at one of the most beautiful places in the Wilmington area: the New Hanover County Arboretum. The free, family-friendly festival of Latino and Hispanic culture will feature music by DJ Sammy Figgs, dancing, children's games and activities, food trucks, a scavenger hunt and more.

Details: 1-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. Free. 910-798-7660

All weekend: 'A Taste of Honey at UNCW'

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Theatre presents its first play of the fall semester, 1958's "A Taste of Honey" by British playwright Shelagh Delaney.

Theater professor Ed Wagenseller directs an all-student cast in the gritty, true-to-life story of class, gender and race in 1950s England. Delaney's story centers on the working-class fortunes of Helen (Meghan McDonald) and her daughter, Jo (British exchange student Nanouri Winchester), an aspiring artist.

Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building, UNCW campus. $15; $12 for seniors, UNCW employees and alumni; $6 for students. 910-962-3500 or uncwarts.universitytickets.com.

Contact John Staton at 910-343-2343 or john.staton@starnewsonline.com.

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