Author: Matt Artz

Tom Hardy and Christian Bale star in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Weekend Movie Update – July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight returns this week, as the most anticipated film of 2012 takes over movie theaters nationwide starting at midnight tonight (Thursday). Here’s your Outer Banks Movie Update for the weekend of July 20,...

The Texaco Music Showcase comes to Kelly's August 25.

National Country Music Talent Search Coming to Kelly's [UPDATED]

[UPDATED 7/27/12] – Due to overwhelming response, this event has been rescheduled for Saturday, AUGUST 25, 2012. America’s largest country music talent search is coming to Nags Head this month! Currently in its 30th year, the...

Three-month-old Ozzie Artz of Kill Devil Hills starred as "Baby Virginia Dare" in the christening scene in 'The Lost Colony' on August 18, 2007. (photo: Artz Music & Photography)

'The Lost Colony' to Hold Baby Virginia Dare Auditions July 21

Born on August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare is the most celebrated child in the history of the Outer Banks, if not America, and local parents are invited to audition their newborns this weekend for a...

Badfish

Kelly's gets Sublime with Badfish

The ultimate tribute to Long Beach, California’s legendary punk-reggae trio Sublime will be live in concert at Kelly’s Tavern in Nags Head this weekend! The Sublime tribute band Badfish is set to hit the stage at...

Pen and Ink by Edwin Graves Champney. Image courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center.

Civil War Workboats and Watermen Exhibit Opens in Manteo

A new exhibit honoring local watermen, their workboats, and their place in Civil War history is showing this summer in Manteo. ‘Workboats and Watermen in the Civil War’ honors the State of North Carolina’s Sesquicentennial...

Rapunzel

'Rapunzel' Plays for Kids at Festival Park

Families are invited to take in the classic fairytale Rapunzel live on stage inside the (air conditioned) theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park this week, as AT&T State University returns for three morning performances...

Smokey Joe's Cafe

'Smokey Joe's Cafe' Rocks Festival Park

Fans of vintage American rock and the classic rhythm and blues are in for a treat at Roanoke Island Festival Park this week, as AT&T State University presents their production of the music revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe...

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Weekend Movie Update – July 13, 2012

It’s a relatively unscary Friday the 13th for movie fans this week, as the latest Ice Age family adventure drifts into theaters, while Rock rules at The Pioneer. Here’s your Outer Banks Movie Update for the weekend...

A&T State brings "Ain't Misbehavin' to Festival Park July 10-12.

AT&T State Brings Harlem Renaissance Tribute to Festival Park

AT&T State University presents a tribute to the Harelm Renaissance music of Fats Waller to the local stage for three nights this week at the Roanoke Island Festival Park Theatre in Manteo. Performances of Ain’t Misbehavin’ are...

H.A. Creef Jr. at The Pioneer Theatre on March 29, 2012.

Final Reel: Pioneer Theatre Owner H.A. Creef Jr. Dies at 82

We were saddened on Friday (July 6) to learn of the passing of another Outer Banks icon this week, as H.A. Creef Jr. – owner of the 94-year-old Pioneer Theatre in Manteo – died at age 82. While Creef’s name...

Southern Belles, Matt Farr, and Pseudo Blue will be live at The Pit on July 7.

The Southern Belles Headline The Pit July 7

The Pit Boardrider’s Grill in Kill Devil Hills hosts a triple bill of live music this weekend, headlined by the Outer Banks debut of The Southern Belles, from Richmond, VA. According to Pit owner Ben Sproul, “These...

The Amazing Spider-Man

Weekend Movie Update – July 6, 2012

Reigning pop music star Katy Perry and maverick director Oliver Stone try to take down The Amazing Spider-Man this week, while the wild things of Madagascar swing into The Pioneer. Here’s your Outer Banks Movie Update for the...

Southern Culture on the Skids was formed in 1983 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Southern Culture on the Skids Returns to Port O' Call

 North Carolina music legends Southern Culture on the Skids return to the Outer Banks this weekend for two nights live in concert at Port O’ Call in Kill Devil Hills. Formed in Chapel Hill, NC...

North Carolina legend Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor on 'The Andy Griffith Show'.

North Carolina Icon Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Born in Mount Airy and a longtime resident of Roanoke Island, actor Andy Griffith is one of the most respected and beloved entertainers to ever come from North Carolina, but in the end he...

July 4, 2006 at Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills (photo: Artz Music & Photography)

[July 4th] Independence Day on the Outer Banks

 Fireworks will light up the night sky this Fourth of July from four different locations, as various Independence Day celebrations are planned throughout the Outer Banks.  After dark in Dare County, professional fireworks displays will be...

Balloonacy

The Lost Colony Presents 'Balloonacy' for Kids

The 75th anniversary cast of The Lost Colony continues the production’s annual tradition of a weekday kids show this summer, and both performances this week are free for kids. Showtime is at 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday inside the College of...

Eric Lindell is currently on tour in support of his newest album, 'I Still Love You'.

[July 4th] Eric Lindell Brings Funk to Port O' Call

 After the fireworks this July 4th, national recording artist Eric Lindell will crank up the funk live in concert at Port O’ Call in Kill Devil Hills. Lindell grew up in the San Fancisco...

The 440th U.S. Army Band

[July 4th] Army Band to Play Free Independence Day Concert

The 440th United States Army Band of the North Carolina Army National Guard will perform a free concert live at Roanoke Island Festival Park in celebration of America’s birthday this Wednesday, July 4th. With the traditional...

The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3, 2012

[Special Feature] Spider-Man Returns to Theaters

One of the most beloved icons of American popular culture returns to movie screens everywhere this week when The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters as one of the most anticipated movies of the year with...

'Ted' stars Seth Macfarlane, March Wahlberg, and Mila Kunis.

Weekend Movie Update – June 29, 2012

Hot male strippers and a foulmouthed talking bear top this week of decidedly R-rated new releases, while the fairest one of all arrives at The Pioneer. Here’s your Outer Banks Movie Update for the weekend of June 29,...

Tom Hanks recently toured Naval Station Norfolk while filming 'Captain Phillips' in the area. (photo: Naval Station Norfolk)

[Now Filming] 'Captain Phillips' Star Tom Hanks Tours Naval Station Norfolk

New photos of Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks touring Naval Station Norfolk were released on the base’s official Facebook page this past weekend. You can scroll down to see two of the photos below, then click here to...

Moody McCarthy

Hot Off Letterman, See Comedian Moody McCarthy Live in KDH

 The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks presents Moody McCarthy live this week, hot off his upcoming appearance this Wednesday on the longrunning CBS late night series The Late Show with David Letterman. The comedian is...

Carbon Leaf

Carbon Leaf Returns to Nags Head

Richmond, VA’s Carbon Leaf returns to Kelly’s Tavern in Nags Head live in concert this week. The show is set for this Thursday, June 28, starting at 10pm. Perhaps Carbon Leaf’s best known song is the radio hit ‘Life...

See ECU's 'Our Town' live on stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park June 26-28.

ECU Brings 'Our Town' to Festival Park

This week, the Roanoke Island Festival Park 2012 Performance Series presents East Carolina University’s production of the classic Our Town.  The play will run for three nights – starting Tuesday, June 26 through Thursday, June 28 – in...

Jaime Trent

Listen to VA Songwriter's New 'Hatteras' Song [OBXE Interview]

Virginia songwriter Jamie Trent recently sent us his new original song, written about his love of and longing for a return to Hatteras Island. Trent lives in Lynchburg, VA with his wife Tammy and three dogs, where...

Day 2 of the Bud Light Lime Surf Series 2012 Oceanside Invitational in Oceanside, CA.

Jennette's Pier to Host Bud Surf Series Labor Day Cup

 The Bud Light Lime Surf Series is coming to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head this Labor Day weekend, featuring some of the world’s best surfers competing for more than $125,000. The second stop on...

Benjamin Walker stars as 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'.

Weekend Movie Update – June 22, 2012

Abraham Lincoln grabs his axe and slays some vampires, while Disney gets Brave, Steve Carell prepares for the apocalypse, and aliens attack The Pioneer this week. Here’s your Outer Banks Movie Update for the...

Rocky Mount, NC native Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'.

NC's Mary Elizabeth Winstead Slays in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

 Rocky Mount, North Carolina native Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Mary Todd Lincoln in the new action horror epic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – opening in theaters this weekend. The R-rated adaptation of author Seth...

Comedian Greg Lausch

Laugh with Greg Lausch at the OBX Comedy Club This Week

 The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks presents comedians Greg Lausch with Josh Copen for three nights this week in Kill Devil Hills. Lausch has been making audiences laugh all across the United States with his unique brand...

Pirates of Penzance

'Pirates of Penzance' Invade Festival Park

Pirates for all ages are invading Roanoke Island Festival Park this week for six shows over the next three days, as part of this summer’s ongoing Performance Series. UNC Greensboro brings The Pirates of Penzance to the...