Civic’s new show:
New Bern Civic Theatre, 414 Pollock St., opens production of “Around the World in 80 Days” on Friday.
Show dates are Friday, Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm. There will be 2 p.m. Sunday matinees this week and again on Sept. 17.
Admission: Orchestra: $18 advance, $20 door, $12 students and active duty military. Balcony: $17 advance, $19 door, $10 students and active duty military.
The cast includes Patrick Gaskins as Phileas Fogg, with Neil Oliver as understudy for Phileas Fogg; Austin Arrington, George Oliver, Wesley Gerard and Kelly Rogers.
Civic gave this overview:
“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.
“Jules Verne’s classic tale springs to life in this clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family. “Proper gentleman Phileas Fogg strikes a wager and sets off on a race that puts his fortune and life at risk. With his faithful servant at his side, he has just 80 days to circle the globe - an inconceivable feat in the year 1872.
“Fierce natives, furious typhoons, runaway trains, a damsel in distress and a dogged detective threaten to delay him at every step in this delightful, whirlwind odyssey.”
It is adapted by Mark Brown from the Jules Verne novel
The local show is directed by Jordan Daughety and produced by Abeer Askar.
Palace Pours: Oktoberfest
The September Tryon Palace Pours on Sept. 13 will feature a lecture on Oktoberfest and its beginnings in Germany.
While attendees at the 5:30 p.m. event enjoy a selection of German beers, a presenter will lead a discussion about the development and transition of Oktoberfest in Germany and what it means in today’s culture.
The German beers featured during this Palace Pours are Franziskaner Hefe-Weiß, Bitburger Pilsner, and Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen.
Reservations are recommended. Select "Purchase Tickets" on the web: tryonpalace.org, to make reservation.
The event is in the Palace Commission House.
Tickets are $12. Participants must be age 21. It is limited to 50 guests.
Live music this week:
The City Laundry features Smooth Jazz with David Robinson on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Saxophonist Robinson plays from the Great American Songbook. There is no cover charge.
The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, brings rising alternative/pop artist Salina Solomon back to town for a two-night showcase on Friday and Saturday.
The sound of Casablanca is an exotic mix, a sound that comes to the City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., on Friday night.
Pete Pawsey, a devotee of Tom Waits and Randy Newman, performs Saturday night at the City Laundry.
Circa 1810, the outdoor musical venue for The Harvey Mansion, 221 S. Front St., has Steel Shot from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday night.
Saturday night brings Feral Cats, who have played locally.
Sunday afternoon performances are from 5 to 8 p.m. and this week’s entertainment will be Steel County Duo.
Down East Folk event:
The Down East Folk Arts Society presents southern folk artist Jefferson Ross at Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern on Sept. 15 and again on Sept. 16 at Joslyn Hall on the campus of Carteret Community College in Morehead City.
General admission is $16 Active duty military and Down East FolkArts Society members pay $13 and admission for full-time students is $10.
Ticket on the web: downeastfolkarts.org
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows are an hour later.
Call or text 646-4657 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter, weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. His art is inspired by the sights, sounds, flavors and texture of the American South.
Jones County festival:
The Jones County Heritage Festival 2017 is scheduled for Sept. 16 at the Jones County Civic Center, 832 N.C. 58, Trenton.
It is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Smokehouse will be preforming an acoustic set starting at noon and ending at 3 p.m. pm on the lawn of the civic center.
There will also be all types of displays and historical re-enactments from the 1800s throughout the downtown area.
There will also be activities at Brock's Mill and The Jones County Convention Center.
The festivities begin with a parade at 9 a.m. in downtown Trenton, followed by the festival opening at 10 a.m.
At 7 p.m., the Down Home Country variety show will take the stage and offer a 90-minute performance for families. Tickets are available in advance and at the door.
According to organizers, the festival is a celebration of rural agricultural life in southeastern North Carolina.
The festival features hands-on heritage skills and activities including looping tobacco, basket making, taxidermy, hand shelling corn, making butter, milking a cow, spinning yarn, quilting, farm animal petting zoo, trapping, and grinding corn. A highlight of the day is the “Heritage Interviewees.”
These are the most seasoned Jones County citizens - 80 years or older - whom John Moore, TACC 9 Downeast Today TV, interviews about life in Jones County in the “good ole days.”
The day is filled with family activities and locally prepared foods.
The Brock Mill, which was originally built in the mid-1700s, is open for tours as well as the mill pond - open for canoeing and kayaking.
A vintage car show will feature early models of cars, trucks and tractors.
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