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Go Guide, April 12


Country music artist Jimmie Allen will perform in concert today at the Town Common as part of PirateFest. Mikele Buck will open the free concert beginning at 5 p.m.


Friday, April 12, 2019



The annual PirateFest will be held today-Saturday in downtown Greenville. The event will include live music stages, art vendors, BMX, beer and wine garden, carnival rides sword fighting and a pirate encampment. The event will include free concert by country music star Jimmie Allen today on the Town Common. Mekele Buck will open at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Tone Loc and Biz Markie will perform. Visit www.piratefestnc.com.

Pigskin Pig-Out

ECU’s 36th annual Pigskin Pig-Out will be held today-Saturday. The event will feature a s pig cookin’ contest, tailgating, musical entertainment and the Purple and Gold Spring Game, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Other activities include the annual Pirate Club Golf Tournament, PeeDee’s birthday party and a meet and greet with Coach Mike Houston and the 2019 Pirates. Visit ecupirates.com.

Relay for Life

Pitt County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. today at South Central High School, 570 Forlines Road, Winterville. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Events continue until noon Saturday. Visit www.relayforlife.org/​pittnc for more information.

‘The Three


The ECU School of Theatre and Dance will perform “The Three Musketeers” at 8 p.m. today-Saturday in McGinnis Auditorium. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $15 for public and $10 for current ECU students and youth 18 and younger. Visit ecu.edu/​arts.

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Spring Games will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at J.H. Rose High School, 600W. Arlington Blvd. This is a track and field event of local competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Visit grdp.info or call 329-4541.

Billy Taylor

Jazz Festival

The Billy Taylor Jazz Music Festival continues this weekend in Greenville. The ECU Jazz Combos Concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. today Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St. At 8 p.m. Saturday, the ECU Billy Taylor Jazz Festival Gala will be held in Wright Auditorium. It will feature Grammy award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, producer, conductor and educator Michael Abene. All four concerts are free. Visit ecu.edu/​arts.

Shad Festival

The Grifton Shad Festival continues through Saturday in downtown Grifton. The 49th annual event will include games, amusement rides, a parade, car show, art show and musical entertainment. Visit griftonshadfestival.com.

‘Freaky Friday’

J.H. Rose High School’s Rampant Theatrical Company will perform Disney’s “Freaky Friday,​” a new musical, at 7 p.m. today and Monday-Tuesday at the school, 600 W. Arlington Blvd. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Visit our.show/​freakyfridayatrose for tickets.


Star party

Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St., Farmville, will host a star party, from 4-6 p.m. Saturday. The free event will include a chance to view the moon through telescopes and binoculars, as well as educational activities designed to teach participants about craters and the surface of the earth and the moon. Historical NASA footage of the moon, space flight and interviews will be available for screening. Call 753-3355.

Space Pirates

Whirligig Youth Academy will present the children’s musical “Space Pirates” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St. The play tells the story of tells the story of a group of kids who get beamed up into outer space during a class trip to a museum. Tickets are $14 for members and $16 for others. Visit whirligigstage.com.


ECU Chamber Singers

ECU chambers singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Presbyterian Church, 301 Guiness Drive, Winterville. Free. Call 328-6851.


Open Play Mondays

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Open Play Mondays weekly through Aug. 26. From 10 a.m.-noon each Monday, staff members will provide unstructured activities such as blocks, musical instruments and games in the Born Learning Trail play area. Free. Call 329-4560.


Earth Day Expo

The Biodiversity Initiative and Department of Biology at East Carolina University will host an Earth Day Expo from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the breezeway of Howell Science Complex. The North Carolina Science Festival event. will include interactive events and displays and activities available on topics related to biodiversity. There will be live animals and plants, lab activities and natural history story times. Visit www.ecu.edu/​biology/​ncbiodiversity or on Facebook. Contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at 328-9841 or vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu.

NewMusic Initiative

The North Carolina NewMusic Initiative will feature world premiere performances of works by ECU students at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. Free. Visit ecu.edu/​arts.


Falcon Festival

South Central High School, 570 Forlines Road, Winterville, will sponsor the second annual Falcon Arts and Culture Fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s media center. The event will feature music, dances and other activities to celebrate various cultures. There will be food from several local ethnic restaurants including Bahteeni, Cinnamon, Villa Verde, Zoe’s Kitchen and Mi Cabana.


Taste of Greenville

The seventh annual International Taste of Greenville charity event will be held from 5:30- 9 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. This culinary event will showcase food tastings from more than 30 area restaurants and beverage providers. Entertainment will be by Ruffin Keys Jr. Individual tickets are $100. Visit www.TasteGville.com. The event is fundraiser for the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network.

ECU baseball

The Pirates will play UConn at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and April 19 and noon April 20 at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Family Earth Sciences Night

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Family Sciences Night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Celebrate N.C. Science Fair and Earth week with an evening of family friendly science experiments and demonstrations with the theme of air, water, fire, and earth. Free Call 329-4560.


ECU’s School of Music will present “Bandorama” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Wright Auditorium. The event will feature ECU’s wind ensemble, concert band and symphonic band. Free. Visit ecu.edu/​arts.


Egg Scramble

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host its annual egg scramble at 1 p.m. April 20. Participants should bring baskets, but eggs will be provided. Participants will hunt for empty eggs that can be traded in for a prize at the end of the hunt. The fee is $1 for city residents or $2 for others. Preregistration is recommended. Call 329-4560.

ECU baseball

The Pirates will play the University of North Carolina at Wilmington at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Concert on the


Concert on the Common will be held from 5-8 p.m. April 23 at the Greenville, Town Common, 100 E. First St. Free. Visit www.greenvillenc.gov or call 329-4567.

Starry Night

A Time for Science Grifton Science and Nature Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Starry Night from 8-10 p.m. April 26. The event will include an evening planetarium show and a chance to look through a 16-inch telescope. Admission $5 per person. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.


ECU baseball

The Pirates will play Tulane at 6:30 p.m. April 26, 4 p.m. April 26 and noon April 28 at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Farmville Dogwood Festival

The 32nd annual Farmville Dogwood Festival will be held April 26-28. The event will include food, musical entertainment, amusement rides, arts and crafts and commercial vendors. The Dogwood Bash will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 27. It will feature Nashville recording artist Dylan Scott, along with Victor Hudson, Mikele Buck Band and Tenille Arts. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Visit farmvilledogwoodfest.


Jazz at Night

The Greenville Pitt Education Association will host Jazz at Night from 7 p.m.-midnight April 27 at the American Legion, 403 St. Andrews Drive. The event will include entertainment by the Kruz Band, games, door prizes, a fashion contest, 50/​50 raffle, photo booth, dining and dancing. Attire is formal with men in all black and women in all white. Cost is $30 by April 19 and $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Foundation of the Greenville PEA. Call 258-8675.

Portfolio show

Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., will host the Pitt Community College Graphic Design Student Portfolio Show from April 27-May 25. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Visit gmoa.org.

Senior choreography

ECU’s School of Theatre and Dance students will present Spring Senior Choreograph Dance Concerts at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 27 and noon and 4 p.m. April 28 in Burnette Studio Theater in the Messick Theater Arts Center. Tickets are $5. Call 328-4788 or visit ecu.edu/​arts.

Market on Main

May Museum, 3802 S. Main St., Farmville, will host Market on Main from 2-5 p.m. April 27. The even will include food, open-air vendors, artists, blacksmithing and weavers. Call 753-6725.