This weekend

The Little Mermaid: Presented by Cape Fear Regional Theater now through Feb. 12. 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

Comedy pet theater: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is performing at the Crown Complex, Saturday. The show features a cast of housecats, dogs, parrots, even geese and mice. Critics describe it as a unique blend of comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of dozens of performing pets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Heritage Square Tours: Visit Heritage Square, Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. to see a selection of Fayetteville’s historic houses, including the Sandford House, the Oval Ballroom, and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House. Sites are open on the first Sunday of every month. Visit or call 483-6009 for more details.

Upcoming events

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. The next event is Valentine Story Time and Puppet Show for ages 3 to 5 years old, Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane). Listen to stories, sing songs and see a puppet show about Valentine’s Day. Registration is required by calling 483-7727 ext. 1351. Visit for more information.

Right Arm Night: The 44th Medical Brigade is hosting Right Arm Night, Feb. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Sports USA. The event is open to E-7 and above enlisted and officer leadership to foster esprit de corps and network among leadership in the XVIII Airborne Corps.

Nephew Tommy & Friends: Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles will perform

Feb. 10 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 Feb. 11, 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.

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.

Gary Sinise: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are making their way to Fort Bragg’s Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center, 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. More information about the concert will be released soon. Visit for updates.

Statewide Events

This weekend

Chocolate fest: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The event will feature samples of everything chocolate, lots of activities for the kids including movies, stories, cake walk, cup cake decoration and a chocolate dessert contest. To purchase sampling tickets in advance, register for the dessert contest or for more information, visit

37th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival: Tomorrow and Saturday, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., in Wilmington, North Carolina. Enjoy one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast and a Southeast Tourism Society “Top 20 Event.” This musical weekend will feature Kevin Bales, Rossano Sportiello, Nate Najar, Chuck Redd, Jim Fryer, Dion Tucker, Herman Burney, Randy Reinhart and Jonathan Russell with music director Adrian Cunningham. Tomorrow and Saturday nights feature all-star musicians in the traditional seven sets of six or seven players, each with a different leader. Admission is $60 for regular tickets, $25 fo active military, and $15 for students. Visit for more information.

Family Concert with Kyle Petty: Join race car driver Kyle Petty, son of Richard and Lynda Petty, for his first-ever performance with a symphony orchestra at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, Saturday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Other special performers with the orchestra for this concert are the Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus, members of the Rowan All- County Band and the Rowan Youth Orchestra. Admission is $19.25. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Events

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, Feb. 11, 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.

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: This 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 addmission, $20 for VIP (1st 6 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.