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Today's Features

  • Based in Chapel Hill, The BackBeat pleases crowds of all ages with hits from The Beatles, along with timeless classics of the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, et al.

    They’ll be bringing their Beatles-n-more sound to Sunset Beach’s summer concert stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street.

  • What happens when an unlikely hero who happens to be an ogre falls in love with a princess, who also happens to be an ogre? It’s “Shrek the Musical,” Brunswick Little Theatre’s summer show.

  • Since its 2011 debut in the rural reaches of Brunswick County, Greenlands Farm has cultivated a sense of community in addition to country commerce.

    The latest seasonal, creative endeavor of the Bolivia-based farm and store is coming up the first day of August this Saturday as the Half Hell Folk Music Festival and “tap takeover” unfold from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the family-owned farm at 668 Midway Road.

  • Summer concert stages will warm up in coming days as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at two locales.

    The renowned beach music entities will perform in tandem at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  •  “But Rebel was fine. Why should I give him the pills once he’s better? I don’t understand why he’s sick again.”

    If I’ve heard that excuse once, I’ve heard it a thousand times during the past 21 years of veterinary practice. And I still don’t get it.

    Don’t get me wrong; I don’t believe my clients mean any harm. I understand that administering a pet pills and potions can be challenging at times. The sooner you can stop, the better for everyone. But don’t stop before you’re supposed to.

  •  By John Nelson

    Summer has set in with its usual severity –– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1826

     

  •  Take a second chance

    On composing poetry

    In latest contest

    The second round of Poetry Opens Doors has been extended.

    The local poetry contest and writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.

  • By John Nelson

    We had avocado as a mystery plant a few weeks ago, as every now and then our subject matter comes to us from the produce section of the grocery store. This week’s mystery plant is not from the grocery store, but it is related to avocado.

  •  My progression into a card-carrying curmudgeon is coming along nicely. You can watch those inane situation comedies with their laugh tracks, reality shows featuring fake people with fake body parts and talent competitions (shouldn’t it just be “America Has Talent?”) when you pry the remote from my cold, dead fingers. No, give me a show about history, war, how something is made or figuring out if something is fact or widely believed fiction any day.