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Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm North Carolina History Center
According to James Gregory’s book The Southerner Diaspora, Black Migration picked up from the start of 1900s when 204,000 Black Americans left the south in the 1st decade. The pace accelerated with WWI and continued through the ‘20s; by 1930s there were 1.3 million former Black southerners living in other regions. The US Census Bureau shows 1.4 million Black southerners migrated north or west in 1940, another 1.1 million in 1956, and another 2.4 million in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Clear migratory patterns link states and cities in the South to corresponding destinations. 2019’s BLACK MIGRATION series features panel discussions, literary arts performances, music, storytelling, re-enactments, drama, and dance to examine and showcase migratory patterns during the Migration out of the south & Reverse Migration back in 1980s- early 1990s. Pulitzer Award Winner Isabel Wilkerson’s epic book The Warmth of Other Suns jumpstarts this Black Migration series. Wilkerson’s book covers migration from 1915-1970. Wilkerson interviewed hundreds of people in researching this book, which took 18 years to complete. “A seminal work of narrative nonfiction…you will never forget these people,” author Gay Talese declared. Hordesof readers have seconded that emotion. This 620-page gem is filled with quotes moving the story along,including those from Richard Wright, Mahalia Jackson, James Baldwin, Laura Arnold, Deuteronomy 26:6, Jeremiah 8:7, and John Steinbeck. PRESENTERS: Barry Saunders, author and columnist, and Dr. Dudley Flood, educator, historian, and activist, review parts of Wilkerson’s book, and will make this a lively and entertaining evening. Location: Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7:00 PM Showtime – There is No Cover Charge – Artist Donations Encouraged Table reservations are recommended. 252.631.5122 City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm City Stage
Simon Spalding performs at City Stage New Bern on Friday, January 18! Simon combines songs, tunes, and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure, and far-off lands and seas. The songs include singalong sea chanteys, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”; ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and songs of the sea and adventure. Instruments and tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program. The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Irish octave mandolin). At  8:00, Simon will be joined by his wife Sara, for a duo set as “Tuppence”. Simon and Sara perform folk music of the Old World and the New – a mix of Celtic balladry, ragtime, and contemporary folk music. The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety of food and drink available for purchase. The music will start 7:00, and will finish up at 10:00. There is no admission charge; a $1.00 membership fee is due the first time one visits. Call 252-631-5122 for more information. Reservations are available at www.citystagenewbern.com. For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com; for more on Tuppence, www.tuppencefolk.com.
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm Masonic Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank ​ by Francis Goodrich & Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ​Tickets $18.00 adult $10 for children/student Director: Bethany Bondurant Producer: Siobhan Brewer ​ January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm January 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm ​ Tickets are available in advance at rivertowneplayers.org/tickets Nautical Wheelers at 202A Craven Street ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – Mar 24 @ 5:00 am North Carolina History Center
In North Carolina, we love our tasty, regional, home-grown barbecue. From the earliest history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods, North Carolina has a proud barbecue tradition, featured at family and community gatherings across the state. Whether at a backyard grill, a community event, or a traditional wood fire pit at a local restaurant, delicious barbecue can be found in every North Carolina county and in every corner of our history. The Story of BBQ in North Carolina explores how growing and cultivating hogs emerged in North Carolina. The exhibit also fuels the east versus west debate about sauces and condiments, even as explains that the eastern vinegar base and the western tomato ketchup enhanced versions really are not that different. Visitors will leave hungry so be sure to have a list of local BBQ joints on hand! Accompanying educational materials will include play kitchens for the youngest visitors and will explore healthy eating options. The “The Story of BBQ in N.C.” Exhibit will be open to the public January 19, 2019 to March 2019 in the North Carolina History Center.
Jan 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am Tryon Palace
Fans of Outlander series may now travel in Claire Fraser’s literary footsteps in the Governor’s Palace, located in New Bern, the first permanent capital city of North Carolina. Meet with the servants who can offer enlightenment as to the facts regarding Claire’s place within the household, and other 18th century news. Ticket quantities are extremely limited. Tour will begin at the Palace Gates at 9:15 a.m. Tickets do not include additional tours or access to the Tryon Palace Grounds. Tickets will go on sale a month before the tour date and are non-refundable and cannot be altered or exchanged. There is now a different afternoon tour, “Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander Hearth and Home” at 3:15 p.m., featuring the Tryon Palace Kitchen Office and Garden and an option to purchase a DISCOUNTED BUNDLE for both tours. Learn more about the new tour and “Outlander Tour Bundles” HERE!
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Stanly Hall Ballroom
Join us for an afternoon of dancing, food, and fun with 10 of your favorite princesses! Two time slots available; 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm Ice Sisters, Sleeping Princess, Frog Princess, Midnight Princess, Mermaid Princess, Polyonesian Princess, Tower Princess, Princess Beauty, Snow White The royal guests will make a special entrance to the event and following everyone will have the chance to take photos with them and enjoy royal snacks, dances, and games. *Children over 12 may not dress to portray a princess *Adults must have a ticket to attend with their child or children Questions? Email us at: dreamfairytaleprincessevents@gmail.com Or message us on our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/DreamFairytalePrincessEvents/ Tickets are always non-refundable should the event takes place as planned. This event is subject to be post-poned or canceled due to inclement weather, low ticket sales, or any other unpredicted circumstances.
Jan 19 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Tryon Palace
Thinking of joining Jamie and Claire Fraser in 18th Century North Carolina? The Discovering Tryon Palace series presents “Outlander Home and Hearth.” This tour will give you the skills you need as you meet the Governor’s Cook for a few tips on seasonal fare, get advice from our local Apothecary or Surgeon, and learn about the fabrics best suited for this southern colony with one of our on-site weavers. Ticket quantities are extremely limited. Tour will begin at the Palace Gates at 3:15 p.m. Tickets do not include additional tours or access to the Tryon Palace Grounds. Tickets will go on sale a month before the tour date and are non-refundable and cannot be altered or exchanged. We are still offering the morning tour, “Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander in the Governor’s Palace” at 9:15 a.m., featuring the Governor’s Palace and an option to purchase a DISCOUNTED BUNDLE for both tours. Learn more about the morning tour and “Outlander Tour Bundles” HERE!
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm Masonic Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank ​ by Francis Goodrich & Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ​Tickets $18.00 adult $10 for children/student Director: Bethany Bondurant Producer: Siobhan Brewer ​ January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm January 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm ​ Tickets are available in advance at rivertowneplayers.org/tickets Nautical Wheelers at 202A Craven Street ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 1:00 am City Stage
Join Madame Z and the Pollock Street Diva’s for a winter Extravaganza! It’s a floor show and a dance party you won’t soon forget. The crowd is diverse and friendly and the mood sublime! Doors open at 5pm with a variety of cocktails, beers, wines, appetizers and meals available for purchase before, during and after the show! Show begins at 8pm(ish) until 1am $8.00 Cover charge Everyone is welcome! Limited table seating available.
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm Masonic Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank ​ By Francis Goodrich & Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ​ Tickets $18.00 adult $10 for children/student Director: Bethany Bondurant Producers: Siobhan Brewer ​ January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm January 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm ​ Tickets are available in advance at rivertowneplayers.org/tickets Nautical Wheelers at 202A Craven Street ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tryon Palace
Learn about the conservation work that is done to the artifacts on exhibit in the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina History Center and our historic house museums around Tryon Palace with Behind-the-Scenes tours of the Tryon Palace Conservation Lab. Observe the techniques and tools the conservation staff uses to preserve items from the past to be showcased in the present and for future generations. Also, guests can learn about techniques they can use to care for their own treasures at home. Space is limited on each tour and flash photography is prohibited. Tours may involve walking and climbing stairs. Location: Tour begins and ends at the Waystation
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Folks Journal and City Stage New Bern are pleased to announce their 2019 events partnership in bringing New Bern, NC an evening of Literature & Poetry every 3rd Tuesday from 7pm-9pm. Local poet and co-founder of FOLKS Journal Meg Wethington / Meg Wethington, Poet will be your host for the evening. Authors of all genres will be given 10 minutes to read on stage using a microphone from their works. Sign up begins at 6:30. Published authors will have the opportunity to have their books available for sale- authors, please bring your books and materials you will need to be responsible for the purchase/selling of any of your books. A table will be provided for display at the front of the stage where purchases can be made. The City Stage, located downtown New Bern on the corner of Fleet and Pollock Street serves as the host venue for this free FOLKS Journal event. Local food and libations are readily served at the City Stage, lending itself to a particularly special evening with the written arts in downtown New Bern, NC. The first meeting will be on Tuesday Jan 22, 2019 and then resume every 3rd Tuesday from 7-9. For questions, please contact (252)617-0939.
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy! 7:00pm – 9:00pm There is No Cover Charge City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7:00 PM Showtime – There is No Cover Charge – Artist Donations Encouraged Table reservations are recommended. 252.631.5122 City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm North Carolina History Center
Shuck your winter shell as Tryon Palace’s WinterFeast oyster roast returns to the North Carolina History Center in 2019! Dive into a table full of fresh, local, steamed oysters, sample classic winter favorites like chowders, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya prepared by your favorite local chefs, and wash it down with a selection of delicious brews while enjoying a night out with friends and neighbors. This indoor/outdoor event includes a cash bar and will be held at the North Carolina History Center (529 South Front St., New Bern, NC), where you can dance along to the DJ’s music, play a game of cornhole, or simply enjoy the view.
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Music for the People out on the deck hosted by Joe Brown & The Band and Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant! Good music, good drinks and good people, having a good time! Don’t miss out!!
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm Masonic Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank ​ by Francis Goodrich & Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ​Tickets $18.00 adult $10 for children/student Director: Bethany Bondurant Producer: Siobhan Brewer ​ January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm January 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm ​ Tickets are available in advance at rivertowneplayers.org/tickets Nautical Wheelers at 202A Craven Street ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Bruin Craft Beer & Wine
Come celebrate the birthday of One Million Goals founder, Garret Biss, and enjoy an awesome evening of live music, craft beer & wine, and a chance to make a difference. Bring your friends and have a great time! – Live music by four of New Bern’s favorite performers – New Bern’s largest selection of craft beer & wine – 50/50 raffle – Great gifts being auctioned – A chance to be a part of something that is making the world a better place. During the event, learn more about the work of One Million Goal and how they are helping solve the world’s most severe issue – the global water crisis. An estimated 700 million people don’t have access to clean water and as a result, nearly 30,000 people die each week. One Million Goal is helping change that! They need your help. Can’t stay long? No problem, pop in to show your support, listen to a few songs by a local favorite band, and have a chance to win some great prizes.
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bank of the Arts
At the Gallery: Randy Newman ​January 26, 2019 The nephew of 3 Hollywood film score composers, Randy Newman is widely known for his film scores and compositions, as well as his distinctive voice and satirical songwriting. His 1968 self titled debut album received critical acclaim and praise from other musicians, but never achieved Billboard success.  Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations, and twice won the “Best Original Song.” He composed the scores for “Toy Story,” “Ragtime,” “Cats Don’t Dance,” and numerous other live action and animated movies. Hits include “You’ve got a Friend in Me,” “Short People,” and “Feels Like Home.” The Heather Pierson Trio burst onto the national folk scene in 2015 with their debut EP, “Still She Will Fly.”  It features the multi‐genre songwriting, instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies.  The title track was the #2 single on Folk radio in 2015. Heather Pierson (lead vocals, piano) is an award-winning singer/songwriter and performer.  With eight previous solo recordings, Heather’s wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, angelic voice and world-class chops have catapulted her into the spotlight. Davy Sturtevant (cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals) is a veteran touring artist, songwriter, and performer.  Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful and engaging musical presence. Shawn Nadeau (bass, harmony vocals) brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz. ​Returning to our “At the Gallery” series...
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm Masonic Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank ​ by Francis Goodrich & Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ​Tickets $18.00 adult $10 for children/student Director: Bethany Bondurant Producer: Siobhan Brewer ​ January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm January 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm ​ Tickets are available in advance at rivertowneplayers.org/tickets Nautical Wheelers at 202A Craven Street ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm Masonic Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank ​ By Francis Goodrich & Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ​ Tickets $18.00 adult $10 for children/student Director: Bethany Bondurant Producers: Siobhan Brewer ​ January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm January 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm ​ Tickets are available in advance at rivertowneplayers.org/tickets Nautical Wheelers at 202A Craven Street ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm North Carolina History Center
So many folks wanted to hear John Leys The Story of Ghent that the Historical Society event sold out back in December! Don’t worry, though, John has been prevailed upon to give an encore of this popular presentation on Tuesday, January 29th at 6pm at the North Carolina History Center in partnership with Tryon Palace. Doors will open at 5pm. Reserve your seat with a suggested $10 donation; all proceeds go to Historical Society’s educational programs. Call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. This event is open to the public. No wonder people are interested! The Ghent neighborhood has a lively and vibrant past. This is the story that John Leys will share. Leys explains “The Story of Ghent will take us back to the days when Ghent was developed from the Rhem family plantation and explain how the neighborhood grew with the introduction of the trolley. We’ll remember all the fun the children had with the coming of the circus. Let’s not forget the Casino with sports events, dances, rides and concessions. Who remembers that the famous Gorgeous George had a wrestling match there?! We’ll talk about architecture and a few notable residents. Over the years Ghent has had a significant influence on New Bern, and we hope will continue to far into the future.” Ghent resident John Leys came to New Bern after finishing his graduate degree at East Carolina University in 1975 and taught French, History and English in the New Bern school system. After retiring...
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy! 7:00pm – 9:00pm There is No Cover Charge City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7:00 PM Showtime – There is No Cover Charge – Artist Donations Encouraged Table reservations are recommended. 252.631.5122 City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm North Carolina History Center
Join Living History Program Coordinator Matt Arthur for a look at the research that goes into developing a character (whether historical or composite), how we use characters to teach about individuals and groups of peoples (i.e. Gov. Martin and wig makers in general), and then the finer point of character development, like 18th century language that helps sell a person as the real deal. Location: Cullman Performance Hall in North Carolina History Center
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm New Bern Civic Theater
Expect the unexpected as Walk-In Bathtub returns to the New Bern Civic Theater with their unique style of improv comedy. Using your suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub will create ridiculous riffs, wacky worlds and silly situations (alliteration may vary). Similar to the games played by the show “Whose line is it anyway?”, Walk-In Bathtub promises a night you won’t be able to forget … no matter how hard you try. Beer and wine available for purchase. This show is Rated R. Featuring: Austin Arrington, Abigail Leffler, George Oliver, Neil Oliver, Craig Ramey, Bethany Shae, and Tim Webb.
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm North Carolina History Center`
On Monday, February 4, join the USAF Heritage of America Band as they present “Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble” in Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center. From the swingin’ sounds of Major Glenn Miller to the best of contemporary big band jazz, the USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble plays with style and sophistication. Made up of outstanding Airman-musicians from around the country, Rhythm in Blue takes great pride in preserving America’s true art form, developing a new generation of listeners, and representing all Airmen. One of the few traveling big bands still in existence, Rhythm in Blue regularly performs for audiences across the eastern seaboard from Maine to South Carolina. Paying homage to the great big bands of Basie, Ellington, Kenton and Goodman, Rhythm in Blue also spotlights the works of modern bands and composers such as the Mingus Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and John Fedchock’s New York Big Band. With music dedicated to our veterans and all Airmen serving worldwide, Rhythm in Blue honors our American military heroes for their selfless sacrifice at every performance. Whether presenting the sounds of the great big band era the new sounds of today, Rhythm in Blue has something for audiences of all ages. Location: Cullman Performance Hall in North Carolina History Center Event Price Free Admission Contact Email: info@tryonpalace.org Contact Phone: 252-639-3500
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Irish Music Session moves to City Stage in New Bern The session tradition is a vital part of the Irish musical tradition. You never know exactly who will be there, or which tunes will be played, on a given evening. The New Bern Irish Music Session has been held monthly since 1998. The session includes such instruments as fiddle, guitar, mandolin, button accordion, and flute, playing Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes, and songs. Audience members are welcome to sing along and sit in. The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety cocktails, beers, wines, appetizers and meals are available for purchase. The music will start 7:00, and will finish up around 9:00. There is no door charge, though donations for the musicians are always welcome.
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy! 7:00pm – 9:00pm There is No Cover Charge City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.


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