Jan. 10-12, Jan. 17-19

Theatre of Dare

A newlywed couple sets up two friends on a blind date.

And things go South from there in the dark comedy “Becky Shaw,” which Theatre of Dare is staging six times at the Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo.

“It disrupts every kind of relationship.” says Daniel Ziegler, 29, who's directing the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play for the local troupe.

“Not just romantic, but also friends and family.”

The five-character play revolves around the mysterious and quirky Shaw, who's the new wife's co-worker.

“It's a nice cross-section of people in today's society,” says Ziegler of the cast.

The play is full of sharp observations, rapid-fire, witty zingers (some with suggestive language) and adult situations.

“It's really funny,” says Ziegler of the play that ran Off-Broadway a few years ago. “But it's a think piece.”

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for students
  • Where: Dare County Arts Council (upstairs), 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo
  • Info: 252-462-1776, theatreofdareobx.com

Thursday, Jan. 30

Saliva, with Krunch

Decibel levels will go up in Kitty Hawk on Thursday, Jan. 30, when the Memphis, Tennessee-based band known as Saliva hits the stage at Paparazzi OBX.

It's a makeup date for a show that was canceled when Hurricane Dorian hit the Outer Banks in September.

Known for their heavy, hybrid sound (metal, alternative, post-grunge), the group's songs, including “Always,” “Your Disease” and “Raise Up,” are surprisingly melodic.

The band, which came on the scene in 2002, recently released a re-imagined version of Eminem's rap classic “Lose Yourself.”

Krunch is a Virginia Beach-based outfit that traffics in heavy-metal originals.

  • When: 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 to $40
  • Where: Paparazzi OBX, 3848 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk
  • Info: 252-715-1673, paparazziobx.com

Saturday, Feb. 1

Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

George Gershwin was the genius, utterly-American composer who was equally comfortable in pop, jazz, swing, gospel and opera.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the New York Metropolitan Opera will stage his “folk opera” masterpiece “Porgy and Bess,” which will be broadcast live in more than a thousand theaters in the U.S.

Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills is participating.

So, you don't have to get dressed up and pay big bucks.

The play follows the struggles of the residents of a black neighborhood in 1920s Charleston, South Carolina.

Porgy is a crippled beggar who tries to protect Bess, who he loves, from her abusive boyfriend and a violent drug dealer.

While the subject matter is somber, the music is gorgeous and uplifting.

Case in point: “Summertime,” which has been recorded by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Sublime and Janis Joplin, is on any list of the greatest songs of the 20th century.

  • When: 12:55 p.m.
  • Cost: $14-$21
  • Where: Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: fathomevents.com

Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

Open-Mic Night

The Jubilee Music Store in Kill Devil Hills has become a cool spot to hang out on Thursdays for musicians and music lovers.

It's the scene of free open-mic nights where quiet listening is encouraged.

Singer-songwriters can try out original material, and it's free.

Musicians should bring their own instruments, though some gear is available (it's a music store!).

Top-tier local players host the free sessions.

  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Jubilee Music Store, 3105 N. Croatan Hwy. (Seagate North Shopping Center), Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-261-7475, obxjubileemusicstore.com

Thursday, Feb. 9

50 Years of Broadway: from Hair to Hamilton

An ultra-rare video and audio clips at how musicals have both led the history of popular music throughout the last century and adopted every one of its greatest innovations. The event is presented by Christopher Palestrant, professor of visual and performing arts at Elizabeth City State University.

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15. Tickets available beginning Jan. 1 online and at Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Grays Dept. Store in Kitty Hawk, and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head
  • Where: Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: brownpapertickets.com/event/4474279

Wednesday, Feb. 12

The Doors — Break on Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek

More often than not, in any discussion of The Doors, the quartet's enigmatic, brooding lead singer Jim Morrison gets the lion's share of attention.

But keyboardist Ray Manzarek was, at least in this music writer's opinion, the most valuable player in the Los Angeles-based band known for their atmospheric, metaphysical music.

Think about two of the group's greatest records — “Light My Fire” and “Riders on the Storm.”

On the former, it's Manzarek's wildly inventive organ solos that take the tune to another dimension.

On “Riders,” he tickles the ivories (while providing the bassline on another keyboard), giving the song a moody, haunting quality.

Manzarek had the right sound (jazz, pop, bossa nova, blues, rock, funk) for any occasion.

“The Doors: Break on Thru” is a part concert, part documentary that puts the spotlight directly on the late keyboardist.

After seeing it, you should find yourself loving him madly.

It will be shown one-night-only at hundreds of theaters in the U.S., including Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15
  • Where: Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: fathomevents.com

Saturday, Feb. 22

Medicated Sunfish

“Maybe a heavier Police.”

That's Josh Boyd, the lead guitarist and spokesman for the Wilmington, N.C.-based Sunfish describing his band's sound.

The trio, which includes bassist Alex Lee and drummer-vocalist Isaac Clowers, plays Saturday, Feb. 22, at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

Merging ska, rock, reggae and jam-band, the group certainly uses similar elements of the Sting-led trio's music.

“Know My Name,” one of Sunfish's original songs, is a melodic ska-based tune that suggests the Police jamming with Sublime.

But “Maker” is built on heavy drums and guitar, bringing to mind Tool.

“Slow Speed,” another original, is all about hefty keyboards.

“We like to improvise on stage, especially on covers,” says Boyd of the band that's popular in the jam-band circle.

“We make everything our own.”

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-449-2739, obbrewing.com

Saturday, Feb. 29

Lee Ross

On his website, Ross describes his live show as “a musical adventure with lots of smiles, laughter and more.

The “more” must be dancing, a word that came up several times when talking with the Boston-based musician.

Ross, performing Saturday, Feb. 29, at Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint in Kill Devil Hills, is a one-man-band who traffics in New Orleans-style funk and soul, with hints of reggae and electronica.

“It's lively, very dance-oriented,” says Ross, 39, who's known for his serious skills on saxophone and flute, both of which he plays on stage.

He uses electronics and looping devices to add keyboards and percussion to his sound.

Originals include the straight-ahead funk jam “Sweggling,” and “Song #1,” which sounds like it's coming right from Bourbon St.

And Ross throws a few curveballs when performing.

For instance: America's “A Horse with No Name” gets the reggae treatment and Jethro Tull's “Locomotive Breath” is turned into an electronic dance number.

  • When: 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $10
  • Where: Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint, 800 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-715-3328, beardedfp.com

John Harper has been covering the local entertainment scene for The Coast and Virginian-Pilot since 1994. Harper also is longtime radio broadcaster and program director on the Outer Banks and can be heard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the local Triple A outlet WVOD-99.1-The Sound, where Harper serves as music director. In addition, Harper can be heard on Classic Rock 104.9 and 92.3 and is an award-winning wedding DJ.


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