Greek Festival, Rims on the River car show/rockabilly riot, "Sweet Charity" and more.

All weekend: St. Nicholas Greek Festival

This beloved, food-centric festival — it also features music, dance and more — shines a light on Wilmington's Greek community, which has contributed a lot to the Port City over the years (including our current mayor, Bill Saffo). In addition to the band Lazaros playing both traditional and popular Greek music, the festival features dancing and cooking demos, as well as tours of the lovely St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, where the festival is held. But let's be real, the main reason people go is the food. Not just such specialties as kabobs, moussaka (eggplant), spanikopita (spinach pie) and Greek-style chicken, but desserts that go well beyond baklava — like kataifi, shredded phyllo dough stuffed with nuts and covered in honey syrup. Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 18-19 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 608 S. College Road, Wilmington. $3 admission is good for all three days. Drive-through food pick-up service available. StNicholasGreekFest.com

All weekend: 'Sweet Charity'

This weekend, Thalian Association Community Theatre opens the 1960s-set musical comedy "Sweet Charity," about an aspiring dancer with an upbeat attitude despite a career that's going nowhere and a love life that's even worse. The show, which features such unforgettable songs as "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now," has a book by Neil Simon, songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and original choreography by Bob Fosse (who also directed the original Broadway production and the 1969 film). It's a classic. Charity is being played by Kendra Goehring-Garrett, a nine-time nominee and two-time winner of Best Actress in a Musical at the StarNews Wilmington Theater Awards. Judy Greenhut, an eight-time StarNews Wilmington Theater Awards nominee who received the Lela Thompson Award for Enduring Contribution to Wilmington Theater in 2016, directs. Greenhut is a longtime dance teacher who's a big fan of Fosse's signature style — turned-in feet, slumped shoulders, lots of hats and handwork. Details: 7:30 p.m. May 18-19 and 25-26 and 3 p.m. May 20 and 27 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington. Tickets are $15-$30, plus taxes and fees. 910-632-2285 or ThalianHall.org.

Friday: 'A Fantastic Woman'

This Chilean film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature in March. It's at Thalian Hall as part of the Cinematique film series. Directed by Sebastian Lelio, it stars transgender actress Daniela Vega as Marina, a transgender woman singer whose partner, Orlando (Francisco Reyes), dies abruptly. Orlando's death sets in motion a series of events that bring Marina into conflict with not only Orlando's family, who didn't know about his unconventional relationship, but also the authorities, who suspect Marina of causing Orlando's death. She only wants to grieve for her lover, though, a quest that's at the heart of the film. Details: 7 p.m. May 16-18, with an additional 4 p.m. matinee May 16 at Thalian Hall's Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington. $7, plus taxes and fees. 910-632-2285 or ThalianHall.org.

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Friday & Saturday: Joel Kim Booster

Stand-up comedian Joel Kim Booster returns to Wilmington for a two-night stand at the Dead Crow Comedy Room. Born in South Korea but raised in the Midwest by a very religious family, Booster, who is very gay and extremely happy about it, talks a lot about his upbringing in his act. But on a recent "Conan" appearance he also talked about being taken aback on a recent flight when a male flight attendant turned out to be both straight and rude. "You can't do that," Booster said. "If you're going to be a male flight attendant you can either be gay and rude or straight and good at your job. You can't have every option available to you." He's been seen on Comedy Central and elsewhere. Details: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. May 18-19 at the Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St., Wilmington. $16 on Friday, $18 on Saturday. 910-399-1492 or DeadCrowComedy.com

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Saturday: Rims on the River

This annual car show and music even scheduled for Saturday has been pushed back to June 9 due to weather. An associated concert at Reggie's 42nd Street Tavern, however, will go on as planned. It features a collection of psychobilly miscreants that includes Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles, punk act Rocket 77 and Wilmington rockabilly-surf duo The Ratchet Brothers (aka Hank Blanton and Jones Smith of The Phantom Playboys and several other bands). Details: Concert at Reggie's 42nd Street Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St., is 9 p.m. May 19. RimsOnTheRiver.com

Saturday: City Ballet

Wilmington's City Ballet presents a trio of original works based on classics of English literature. A matinee features "The Secret Garden," based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel about an orphaned child who makes amazing discoveries at her new home. An evening performance will be a doubleheader, starting with an interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland" and concluding with the world premiere of a ballet based on Oscar Wilde’s "The Picture of Dorian Gray," about a man granted immortal youth whose painted portrait gradually changes to reflect his wicked ways. Details: 3 p.m. ("The Secret Garden") and 7 p.m. ("Alice in Wonderland" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray") May 19 at CFCC Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St., Wilmington. $10-$25, plus taxes and fees. 910-962-3500 or CityBalletOfWilmington.org.

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Saturday: Pinky Verde

Triple bill of Wilmington acts provides a worthy excuse to check out the backroom stage at Gravity Records, especially if you haven't already. Formerly a trio of some local renown, Pinky Verde now consists of the talented singer-songwriter Heather Jensen, whose cool, low-key delivery and hypnotic grooves belie a depth of feeling expressed by lyrics that can be both direct and mysterious. With the croony alt-rockers Zeal and indie folk of Loomis Castagno. Details: 7 p.m. May 19 at Gravity Records, 612 Castle St., Wilmington. $5, BYOB. Facebook.com/GravityRecords

Sunday: 'Summertime' concert

It's not summer yet, but it feels like it, so to celebrate the impending season The Wilmington Symphonic Winds presents a concert it's calling "Summertime." Featuring classics by the likes of John Philip Sousa and George Gershwin, the hour-long concert will highlight work by contemporary composers as well, with guest soloist Joseph Bello, a retired technical sergeant and principal euphonium player with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band, in from Washington, D.C., to perform Philip Sparke’s "Pantomime." Details: 4:30 p.m. May 20 at Kenan Auditorium, UNCW campus. $12, $8 for seniors and students with ID, $25 "family pack." 910-962-3500.

Contact John Staton at 910-343-2343 or John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com.

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