This weekend

The Little Mermaid: Presented by Cape Fear Regional Theater now through Feb. 19. Fall in love with The Little Mermaid all over again, featuring Ariel, Sebastian and more in this re-vamped live action retelling of one of Disney’s most popular movies. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Tickets range from $17 to $30, with both matinee and night shows available. For more information, visit

Nephew Tommy & Friends: Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles will perform Friday, at 8 p.m. at the Crown Theater. He has built a career that encompasses radio, television, film and more. His role as co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show puts him in front of a live radio audience of more than 8 million listeners daily. For ticket information, visit

Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides: Enjoy the best of downtown Fayetteville with your Valentine. The Downtown Alliance will once again team up with the wonderful professionals of S and S Carriage Rides to offer romantic, horse-drawn carriage rides Saturday, from 1 to 8 p.m. These leisurely, intimate tours through historic downtown Fayetteville, pulled by two dappled-grey Percherons, have become a tradition for sweethearts of all ages. Rides last just over 15 minutes, departing from the Downtown Alliance office at 222 Hay St., and accommodate four to six people. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for children under 10 years old. Private rides can be reserved for $60. Tickets can be purchased at the Downtown Alliance office on the afternoon of the event or advance reservations can be made by calling City Center Gallery & Books at 678-8899.

Upcoming events

Galentine’s Day Downtown: Celebrate your girl friends while enjoying downtown Fayetteville shopping and dining, Monday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Several downtown businesses will have specials for friends spending time together. Check businesses for their applicable hours and details. For more information, including specials, visit

Valentines Day Programs at the Library: Valentines Day is approaching and Cumberland County libraries have several programs where you can sing and learn about the holiday or cook and create a valentine for your special person. Whether you intend to gift the traditional valentine card or make a customized heart lantern, there are unique craft programs for children, teens and adults at a library near you. One featured event is DIY Valentines Day Cards for grades kindergarten through eighth, Monday, at 3:30 p.m., at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane). Craft Valentine’s Day cards for friends and Family. Supplies provided. Visit for more information on other upcoming events.

Comedy All Stars: Comedy All-Stars presents Donnell Rawlings, Cocoa Brown, and Big Sean Larkins, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Sports USA at Fort Bragg. Hosted by Christopher Petty. The show is for ages 18 years and over only and is open to the public. Tickets are available at Sports USA for $35, $45 or $60 for VIP seating. Call 907-0739 or 907-2373 for more information.

Brain Candy Live: Adam Savage and Michael Stevens bring you Brain Candy Live, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crown Theater — it’s what your mind is hungry for. Brain Candy Live has been described as “a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Savage and Stevens can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they’re inviting you and your friends and Family to join-in and get your minds messy. Adam and Michael’s Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein. For ticket information, visit

Gary Sinise: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are making their way to Fort Bragg’s Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center for a free concert, March 4. The band covers everything from Springsteen to Linkin Park, from Aretha to Hendrix. There is something for everyone and each show highlights the musical diversity of the band, as well as the passion and energy each member brings to the stage. Whether they are performing for troops overseas or a local club crowd, the goal is to have fun and rock the house. This event is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests. Although this is a free event, tickets are required and will be available at Leisure Travel Services in the Mini Mall starting on Feb. 15. Maximum of four tickets per DoD Family.

Statewide Events

This weekend

Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz: John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned, Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer, returns to the Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz stage in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m. But, this time, he’ll be bringing some new jazz arrangements of Paul McCartney tunes and some tunes especially for the Valentine’s Day weekend. Visit for more information.

A Walk on Broadway: On Saturday, Broadway stars Edward Watts and Marissa McGowan join David Michael Wolff and the Carolina Philharmonic for a walk through some of Broadway’s most beloved melodies, mixed in with unexpected treasures. Performances at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College. For tickets, call 687-0287 or visit

Upcoming Events

North Carolina International Auto Expo: The Diamond Anniversary is here. Thirty historic years of automotive history in the Triangle. The 2017 North Carolina International Auto Expo is Feb. 16 to 19 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. An enormous display of the latest cars, trucks and SUVs — over 150,000 square feet. For more information, visit

The 150th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson: Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Winnabow, North Carolina. Join Fort Anderson as they commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson with two days of historic entertainment, the “Plunging Shots and Screaming Shells.” Events include reenactments, activities and more. Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Raising the Roof fundraiser: Come out to a fundraiser for the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina is Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. This annual fundraiser has been one of the theater’s most popular and enduring events over the years. What began as a fundraiser to replace the roof 16 years ago has become a yearly tradition. As always, it will spotlight an array of local talent with acts that will appeal to people of all ages and tastes. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $20 for VIP (first six rows) and are available at the Sunrise Theater office, the box office during show times or online by visiting the event Facebook page at

Fearrington’s Folk Art Show: Mark your calendars for the 15th annual Folk Art Show at the Fearrington Barn, in Pittsboro, North Carolina, Feb. 25 to 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Barn will be filled with fantastic and thought-provoking folk art from all over the Southeast. The Folk Art show has garnered a reputation for bringing together an eclectic group of non-traditional artists who create whimsical paintings, fantastical robots, sculptures, pottery and more. All sales benefit the artists directly; Fearrington takes no commission from the artists, nor does Fearrington charge a booth fee to the artists selected for the show. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit for more information.