• ABBA fans can catch ABBA-Mania Thursday night.

    That’s when “ABBA-Mania” is coming to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The live rock musical is designed to take the audience back to the popular era of the Swedish pop band, renowned for hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “Waterloo” and “Fernando.”

  • Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

    By Kate Farmer
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Wear green and celebrate the release of Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

    That’s what Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte invites everyone to do with festivities that started last week and continue this week.

    The film, telling the story of how Oscar Diggs transforms from a selfish flim-flam artist to the great and powerful man who helps inhabitants of the Land of Oz, opens Friday, March 8.

    Planned events include local magician Mark Vann performing at the movie theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is launching its 30th and most ambitious year ever.

    BLT’s first production of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” opens March 8 and continues through March 17 at Playhouse 211 at 1320 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Directed by George Shafer, this hilarious and touching comedy is about five Southern women who meet every year at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to renew friendships and recharge their lives.

  • This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.
    By Dasia Robinson
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Born on July 10, 1907, in Wadesboro, Fulton “Blind Boy Fuller” Allen became one of the most influential blues musicians of his era.

  • Local author Tom Rieber will speak at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

    Rieber is featured speaker at the facility’s Friends of the Library annual meeting.

    Rieber loves a good mystery, especially when it involves his protagonist, Nick Thomas.

    The Brunswick County writer has penned mysteries, “Nine Irony” and “Devil’s Parody,” centered around Rieber’s main character, Thomas, as he goes face-to-face with a reclusive sociopath in the remote Vermont woods.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest workshop, Let’s Play, has begun drawing an appreciative crowd of pint-sized participants.

    The new Children’s Theater Workshop is described as a fun, active experience for young theater enthusiasts in the 4-to-12-year-old age bracket who are “ready to explore and excel in the theatrical arts in a low-key, relaxed environment.”

  • By Ellen Werner
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Woody Durham was sitting with friends at a restaurant several years ago, when he felt a tap on his shoulder.
    “Excuse me for interrupting your dinner, but I recognized your voice,” a man from a nearby table said.
    Known as the “Voice of the Tar Heels” for the 40 years he spent doing radio broadcasts for UNC-Chapel Hill basketball and football, Durham is no stranger to Carolina sports fans, even those who have never seen his wrinkled, friendly face.

  • Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital.

    During Lent, it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    The Post has once again fired up its annual Friday-night Lenten fish fries.

    Dinners consisting of fried and breaded fresh haddock with all the trimmings will be served 5-7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday, March 29.

    Dinners this year are still $9 per plate. An extra cup of clam chowder is just $1.

  • Get ready for free, professional health screenings, chair massages, updated information—and lots of fabulous door prizes.

    All of this and more will be showcased at Health Expo 2013, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 23, at West Brunswick High School. Admission is free.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the seventh annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging in the school gymnasium and elsewhere at the school on N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road), according to Christy Williamson, expo representative for the Beacon.

  • What could be more apropos for the valentine season than artist Liz Roberts’ color-laden heart motif paintings?

    The Sunset Beach artist’s work is the latest featured exhibit at Sunset River Marketplace gallery in Calabash.

    The exhibit, “What the World Needs Now,” is a series of Roberts’ vivid acrylic work bringing her artistic passion to life.

    It’s not just all about hearts, she explains—it’s about love—what the world needs now.

  • CALABASH—Don’t call Joyce Davis a matchmaker.

    Would fixer-upper be OK?

    The Calabash resident says she used to introduce people who later got married.

    This Valentine’s Day, she is remembering one of her longest-lasting couples, Chuck and Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. They were introduced to each other by Davis in 1998.

    A year later, in December 1999, they were married.

    More than 14 years after their introduction, the Schreibers, along with their dog Squeaks, are still blissfully together.

  • Art coupled with wine-and-chocolate pairings will celebrate the season with the launching Feb. 16 of the Sweetheart Girls’ Art Show at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Valentine’s-flavored show debuts 2-5 p.m. in the winery gallery and showcases the work of five area artists—Maria del Carmen, Sandra Dee Nicholson, Anne Rhodes, Cherylyn Berrio and Gabriella Lynch.

    Wine-and-chocolate pairings are at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    Carmen is an award-winning photographer specializing in landscapes and nature.

  • What better way to warm up the wintry cold in Brunswick County than with Brunswick stew?

    That’s what members of Soldier Bay Baptist Church in Ash are doing at their second annual Brunswick stew fundraiser from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9.

    Oren Knicely, a previous winner at Brunswick stew cook-offs in Shallotte, will prepare four recipes for the church-building fundraiser.

    Stew will be sold by the quart to go or by the bowl with hushpuppies and a drink. Desserts will also be available.

  • Internationally renowned drummer Tommy Igoe and his Birdland Big Band are bringing “Live at Birdland” to Brunswick County on Monday, Feb. 11.

    Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The show, directed by Igoe, is in a setting designed to recreate the “ambience and experience” of a night at New York City jazz mecca Birdland.

  • By Elise Young
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • SUPPLY—Bright and early Sunday morning, four generations of the Chestnut family are usually busy making music.

    Great-grandmother and octogenarian Connie Chestnut, the church’s oldest member, sings alto with the choir inside the sanctuary of Concord United Methodist Church on Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Her daughter, Laila Holden, is at the piano, granddaughter Laura Royal directs the choir, and great-granddaughter “choir member in training” Olivia Royal is singing, too.

  • Christy Nesbitt got the proposal of a lifetime Jan. 17 from fiancé Terry Chavis.

    That’s the day Chavis’ proposal, “Marry me, Christy,” was inscribed in the Holden Beach sand.

    Then the Laurinburg couple took flight over the coast so Christy, a nursing student, could see the proposal for herself.

    The popping of the big sand-question was originally supposed to take place a day earlier, on Nesbitt’s birthday.

  • Wine and chocolate—what better combination does one need to celebrate the month of valentines?

    That’s the way organizers of the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival feel about their most delicious fundraiser.

    This year’s “sweet affair” kicks off Friday night, Feb. 1, with a grand tasting from 7-10 p.m. at the Coastline Conference & Event Center, 503 Nutt St. in Wilmington. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.

  • Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band of St. James Plantation will perform at a fundraiser Saturday for the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    The Feb. 2 event starts at 6 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores.

    The south-end campus facility is off U.S. 17 at mile marker 3 in Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include a cash bar with wine and beer and snacks.