It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, fanboys and RDJ-droolers. The further exploits of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) officially hits the silver screen on Friday, but sneak peeks of “Iron Man 3” are on the docket Thursday. In addition to the traditional one-minute-after-midnight screening for highly-anticipated flicks, there’s an Iron Man Marathon on tap at Inlet Square 11 on Thursday leading up to the premier of “Iron Man 3.” It starts at 1 p.m. with “Iron Man,” followed by “Iron Man 2,” and “The Avengers,” with “Iron Man 3” set for 9 p.m. Ticket prices were not available at press time. We’re not going to give any spoilers, so for all you need to know, go to: http://marvel.com/ironman3. For show times and ticket prices go to www.fandango.com.
THURSDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
It’s quite an eclectic weekend at the House of Blues as the North Myrtle Beach venue hosts a variety of notable acts representing hip-hop, mainstream rock and indie rock. First up, tonight is the “Life Is So Exciting” tour featuring rappers Fabolous and Pusha-T. Doors open at 7:30 Thursday; the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $22 to $62.50.
On Saturday heavy rock is the game and South Africa’s Seether (“Broken”) and Atlanta’s hard-hitting Sevendust are the names. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the rawk starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $29 to $70.50.
And the weekend comes to a close Sunday with a performance by South Carolina’s Grammy-nominated country-ish, lush-sounding indie rock act Band of Horses (“Laredo,” “Is There a Ghost”), and opening act Futurebirds. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $25-$38. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
You might be a local if you know how to pronounce Belin...And since Saturday is the first Saturday of May, it’s time for the 17th annual Blessing of the Inlet on the grounds of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. The festival features more than 80 arts and crafters, food from local restaurants a bevy of children’s activities, live entertainment and the festival’s centerpiece, the blessing ceremony, set for 11:30 a.m. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge. Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is at 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-5099 or visit www.belinumc.org.
It’s the Lord’s Day, but there’s going to be some señors and senoritas sinning on Sunday as Fiesta Del Burro Loco hosts its 16th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration known as Burro Fest on Sunday featuring a full slate of live music, cerveza-swilling, and Mexican food galore. A free shuttle begins at 3 p.m. from Coastal Carolina University’s Brooks Stadium in Conway to Burro Loco. It will depart at the top of each hour from the stadium and return trips from Burro Loco to the stadium will run every half-hour. The party gets started at 11 a.m. and live music starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. featuring performances by local acts Tastes Like Chicken, Sushi For Breakfast, Tru Sol and the Mullets. There is no admission charge, but bring your dinero hombres, the food and drinks ain’t free. Fiesta Del Burro Loco is at 960 Jason Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 626-1756 for more info, or visit www.fiestadelburroloco.com.
The beach’s baseball past meets the present as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans return from a roadtrip to take on the Lynchburg Hillcats in a three-game series that begins Tuesday at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans, now a high Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, were formerly the Atlanta Braves’ high Class A affiliate, but Lynchburg is now the reppin’ the ATL in the Carolina League. Got that? Anyhow, the first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $8, $9 and $11 in advance, available at the stadium box office, online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
Again, there’s so much going on along the Grand Strand this weekend, On the Fly is over-buzzed and out of space, but here are a few more noteworthy events:
- The Sons of Italy’s Italian Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach; www.sonsofitalymb.com.
- The Rivertown Music & Arts Festival is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Conway; www.conwayalive.com.
- Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and exactly as it sounds, you can pick up free specialty comics produced for the event by Marvel, DC and other publishers, including at X-Con Comics (formerly Corsair Comics) in downtown Myrtle Beach starting at 10 a.m.; www.freecomicbookday.com.
- The Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series, aka Sunday Funday, continues Sunday afternoon/evening with headliner LoCash Cowboys (“Here Comes Summer”); www.boathousemb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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