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Whats Happening: August 21-23

That famous walk down the yellow brick road comes to the stage in a blend of rock, soul and gospel in The Wiz, a musical adaptation of l. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is the last weekend it will be at Thalian Hall. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are fifteen dollars. It is a Big Fat Irish Wedding full of drinking, toasting, dancing and singing at Roudabush Cafe in downtown Wilmington. You can be a part of this interactive dinner theater Friday night. It includes appetizer, entree, salad and dessert. It begins at 7:00 p.m. The cost is 40 dollars per person. You also still have time to enjoy free music at Fort Fisher, as the free summer concert series plays on. Enjoy a weekend of sun, sand and the sounds of blues and jazz performed by El Jaye Johnson. The concert is Friday night from 6:00 until 8:00 at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach. And if you can't get enough, Saturday night there is another free concert on Pleasure Island. Jazz under the Stars is held on the beach stage in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Saturday, females are wanted to be a part of Women Build, a project where a Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity home is built entirely by women. The groundbreaking is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at the Cottages at Cornerstone, which is located at 505 Hope Springs Court. Women are needed for sponsorships, fundraising and of course building the home. Call 762-4744 extension 105 if you can help. You can learn about Civil War artillery this weekend at the Fort Fisher State Park. Re-enactors will also fire the 12 pound cannon at 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Tours are at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As a special treat, kids will be able watch an artillery drill that will allow them to experience the life of a Civil War soldier. You don't have to head to Charlotte to watch a race. Saturday, downtown Wilmington turns into the Riverfront Grand Prix. Cape Fear Community College is holding an autocross championship. It takes place in student parking lot number two. The first car takes the course at 11:00 a.m. Looking for some handcrafted art? Head to downtown Wilmington Saturday afternoon for Sunday Scene, the city's arts and crafts fair. It runs from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Riverfront Park. You can always find out what's happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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