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Go! Guide, April 13

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Plain White T’s will perform in concert at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Town Common.


Friday, April 13, 2018



The annual PirateFest will be held today through Saturday in downtown Greenville. The event will include live music stages, art vendors, BMX, beer and wine garden, sword fighting and a pirate encampment. Grammy-nominated Plain White T’s will perform in concert at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Town Common. A schedule of events appears on page D3. 

Broadway Backstage!

ECU’s S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series will present Broadway Backstage at 8 p.m. today in Wright Auditorium. The performance will feature half a dozen artists that have starred in a Broadway blockbuster. Tickets are $10-$45. Visit ecu.edu/​srapas or call 328-4788.

Pirates vs. Cancer

The second annual Pirates vs. Cancer fundraiser, will be held from 4-7 p.m. today at ECU Health Sciences Campus Student Center. Students, faculty and staff on the ECU Health Sciences Campus will shave their heads and cut their hair to help raise funds for national pediatric brain tumor research and child life programs at Vidant Medical Center. Visit https://​bit.ly/​2EDO1jV.

Bodega Baroque

The Music House, 408 W. Fifth St., will present “Bodega Boroque” at 7 p.m. today. The featured artist is California baroque flutist Kathleen Kraft. She is joined by Leah Peroutka, baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. Tickets are $20 per concert, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Contact themusichouse@suddenlink.net or 367-1892.

‘Easily Spoken’

A Place in the Heart Theatre Company and Foundation for Education Development will present “Easily Spoken” by Michelle Forbes at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Doug Mitchell Auditorium, 4354 Lee St., Ayden. There will be an additional matinee performance at noon Saturday. The story is about rural North Carolina in the 1920s-30s and the sharecroppers’ migration north.Free Visit www.apithtco.jimdo.com.

ECU baseball

ECU’s baseball team will play USF at 6:30 p.m. today at Clark-Leclair Stadium. Tickets are $7-$15 for adults and $4-$7 for youth. Visit ecupirates.com.

ECU Chamber Singers

ECU chambers singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Fourth St.  Free. Visit ecu.edu/​arts.


Purple Ribbon Gala

The Purple Ribbon Gala will be held from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The black-tie event, a benefit for Relay for Life of Pitt County, will include dinner and an auction and will feature live music from Trainwreck and DJ Dog. Tickets are $40 each or $60 per couple. Call 531-1025 or email laurenstarling11@gmail.com.

Down East walk

The ALS Association will hold its 2018 Down East Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, 100 Ficklen Drive. The two-mile walk will raise money for care programs, research and nationwide advocacy for people with ALS and their families. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Contact 919-390-0121 or stephanie@alsnc.org.

Contentnea paddle

A Time for Science-Grifton Nature and Science Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Paddle the Contentnea from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Sightings of bald eagles, blue herons and turtles are common along this 7-mile, downstream paddle. The cost is $35 per person. Shuttle from Greenville is available. Call 560-6875 or email sam@atimeforscience. 


The Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center, 1100 Ward St., will host its annual IGCC Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The block party-style event will include food, music, dancing, youth activities, health screenings, games, giveaways, vendors and information. Free. Call 328-5800.

Guest recital

ECU will host a  guest recital at 5 p.m. Saturday in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. The event will feature John Holiday, countertenor and winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award. Free. Call 328-6851.

Symphony Orchestra

The ECU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Wright Auditorium. The concert will feature “The Planets” by Gustav Holst and the world premiere of Matthew Ricketts’ new concerto for piano and orchestra. Free. 

ECU baseball

ECU’s baseball team will play USF at 4 p.m. Saturday at Clark-Leclair Stadium. Tickets are $7-$15 for adults and $4-$7 for youth. Visit ecupirates.com.


Hats Off to Horses

Rocking Horse Ranch will host Hats off to Horses from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Plantation at Greenville Country Club, 216 Country Club Drive. The event will include a hat contest and auction, a spring fashion show, entertainment and refreshments. Dress is “Sunday Best,” topped off with a hat of choice. Hat contest prizes include reservations to attend Rocking Horse Ranch’s Derby Dash Bash event in May. Both events are fundraisers for the therapeutic riding program. Reservations are $25 per adult and $15 for ages 17 and younger. Advance ticket purchase is required. Visit www.rhrnc.com or call 752-0153.


NewMusic Initiative

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

ECU baseball

ECU’s baseball team will play USF at noon Monday at Clark-Leclair Stadium. Tickets are $7-$15 for adults and $4-$7 for youth. Visit ecupirates.com.


Agri-Cultural Market

The 2018 Agri-Cultural Markets will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the DeVisconti Gardens, 3732-A West Wilson St. Local artisans and farmers will sell local crafts and produce. There will be local beer, food trucks and live music. Free.

Kayak, fishing demo

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host evening kayaking and fishing demonstrations from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Ages 5 and older (with an adult) can test paddle kayaks or cast a line for free. Bait will be provided. State fishing licenses are required for ages 16 and older. Call 329-4560.


Billy Taylor Jazz Festival

The Billy Taylor Jazz Music Festival will be held Wednesday-April 21. An opening concert is scheduled for 8 p.m Wednesday at A.J. Fletcher Music Center at ECU. At 6 p.m. April 20, a concert at Emerge Gallery, 404 S. Evans St., will feature ECU Jazz Combos, Carroll V. Dashiell Jr., director, and special guests, the CVD Ensemble featuring Jeff Bair, Christie Dashiell, Allyn Johnson, C.V. Dashiell and Carroll Dashiell Jr.  An 8 p.m. April 21 concert in Wright Auditorium will feature Vanessa Rubin and Allyn Johnson. After Concert Jam events will be held at 10 p.m. April 20 and 21 at Starlight Cafe, 104 W. Fifth St. Most events are free. Visit ecu.edu/​arts for more information.


Scholarship benefit

The TomTheJazzMan Scholarship benefit concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Martinsborough, 330 Evans St. The event will feature the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Combo; special guests Maurice Hines and Sherrie Maricle accompanied by Carroll V. Dashiell Jr., Jeff Bair and assisted by the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Combo. This is a ticketed event. Call 328-1268.

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

The ECU/Loessin Playhouse will present  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Thursday-April 24 in McGinnis Auditorium. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday-April 21 and April 23-24. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee April 22. Tickets are $15 for public and $10 for current ECU students and youth. Visit ecuarts.com.

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.

Brewery benefit

The Friends of the Ronald McDonald House will host a special “Friends Night Out” event from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Uptown Brewery, 418 Evans St. Tickets are $25 per person and include a guest’s first beer or wine, along with appetizers and desserts. Tickets may be purchased at the Ronald McDonald House, 529 Moye Blvd. Contact Laurie Josell at 410-218-1893 or visit rmhenc.org/​friends-night-out/.


Community Pops concert

The Community Pops Singers will present “FUN, FUN, FUN With the Pops” at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at John Paul II Catholic High School at 2725 E. 14th St. The performance will feature a mix of rock, easy listening and Broadway, including songs such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Unchained Melody,” “Blue Moon” and “Theme from New York, New York.” Free.

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Spring Games will be held April 20 at J.H. Rose High School, 600 W. Arlington Blvd. The opening ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m.

‘Really Rosie’

East Carolina University’s Family Fare Series will present “Really Rosie” at 7 p.m. April 20 at Wright Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for youth and students, $11 for public. Contact 328-4788 or visit ecu.edu/​arts.

Salsa dance

The Folk Arts Society of Greenville will host a salsa dance from 7-9 p.m. April 20 at Crave, 409 Evans St. Admission is $5. Visit fasgnc.org.

Festival of Flight

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Festival of Flight from 2-3:30 p.m. April 21. Explore the biology and physics of flight through activities such as arts and crafts, games, story time Free. Kites will be available for sale at the Nature Center. Call 329-4560.

Earth Day

A Time for Science-Grifton Nature & Science Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Earth Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21. The event will include live music by Timescales, yoga, kayaking, earth-friendly crafting, and lunch. Cost is $5 per person. Call 364-2862 or email sam@atimeforscience.org.

Shipwreck lab

The fourth annual Queen Anne’s Revenge Lab Open House will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21 at the ECU West Research Campus, 1157 VOA Site C Road. Celebrate the intersection of science and North Carolina history during the 300th anniversary of the ship’s grounding and the death of Blackbeard. The event includes activities and behind-the-scenes demonstrations. Free.

FCA banquet

Eastern North Carolina Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its annual fundraising banquet at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. 43 North. The featured speaker will be Greenville native Brian Blick, a former high school football state champion who is now director of football operations for the Naval Academy Midshipmen. Individual tickets are $75. Call 327-6341 or email dwall@fca.org.

Teed Off at Cancer

The sixth annual Teed Off at Cancer Charity Golf Tournament, a benefit for Riley’s Army, will be held at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 26 at the Greenville Country Club. The event includes The Teed off at Cancer Dinner at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Murphy Center on the ECU campus. Guest speaker will be ECU Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin. The evening will include dinner, musical entertainment and a silent auction. Advanced tickets for the dinner for nongolfers for $30 each at www.eventbrite.com, at 692 Olive in Arlington Village, or at Delcor, 1905 Turnbury Drive. Tickets at the door will be $35. Visit www.teedoffatcancer.com.



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


April 22, 2018

I’m stuck with a hoarder’s memory.

My brain — my attic, if you will — is entirely too full of random stuff. Entire passages of books I’ve read. Minor details of geography. Lyrics of Broadway show tunes. Odd bits of trivia with little apparent use or connectivity.


Bob Garner

April 22, 2018


Dear Short Answers: My girlfriend has become obsessed about the way she looks, and I think it might be the end of our relationship. Every day she asks me questions about her hair and her dress and her makeup, and honestly, I don’t know and I don’t care.…

Short Answers

April 20, 2018

The 14th Community Youth Arts Festival will bring 150 visual and performing artists to Greenville on Sunday, leaving some people to wonder how on earth they had never heard of this before.

The newly named festival is actually two celebrations in one. The event combines the ECU Youth Arts Festival…


April 20, 2018

“I Feel Pretty” suffers from a fatal flaw: its premise. Built around the notion that there’s something inherently hilarious — even crazy — about a woman not supermodel-thin or -gorgeous behaving with the confidence of one who is, the comedy treats its star, Amy Schumer,…


April 20, 2018

Capsules of movies playing locally. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

BLOCKERS — Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night. (1 hour, 42 minutes) Rated R.

BLUMHOUSE’S TRUTH OR DARE — A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends…


April 20, 2018

The Grifton Shad Festival, Pitt County’s oldest festival, celebrates its 48th year with events this weekend. For a complete schedule, visit griftonshadfestival.com. Here are some highlights:


5-11 p.m.: Carnival rides open (also 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday)

4-11 p.m.: “Be Mo…


April 20, 2018

Gray Gallery

A bachelor of fine arts senior group exhibition will open Tuesday. The exhibit will feature the work of Timothy Bada, Brittnee Bade, Tristan Freitag, Lyndsay Hutchins, Hillary Lehman, Elysia Netter, Michael Richardson, Jordan Scurlock, John Sommer and Clinton Todd. A reception will be…


April 18, 2018

Dear readers: the local markets are reopening. The Leroy James Farmers Market on County Home Road is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. The Town of Winterville opened its Thursday night “make it, bake it, craft it or grow it” Market on the Square again. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Support our…


April 18, 2018

Last year, I introduced you to the widely popular restaurant Dickinson Avenue Public House (DAP House). It offers a rotating menu of inventive dishes to take you from season to season utilizing fresh produce, meats, cheeses, bread, honey, wine and other North Carolina produced items.

Head Chef…


April 18, 2018

If you like spring rolls, then you will love this salad. All of the goodness typically stuffed into a rice paper-wrapped Thai or Vietnamese roll — rice noodles, shrimp, crisp veggies, fresh herbs and peppers — is jumbled together in a big bowl of salad. The result? You might be tempted…

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