Billed as a sort of Southern cousin to “Napoleon Dynamite” - the independent comedy “ Crackerjack - The Movie,” narrated and produced by you-might-be-a-redneck-if comedian Jeff Foxworthy, will make its world premiere Thursday at Grand 14 at The Market Common. Why Myrtle Beach? “When I think of Southern and entertainment, it’s hard not to think anything but Myrtle Beach,” says writer and director, Byran Coley in a press release. The film centers on “the comical missteps of a lovable loser, Bill “Crackerjack” Bailey IV (CJ). He and his live-in girlfriend Sherry share a single-wide and while CJ won’t put a diamond on Sherry’s finger, a softball diamond is certainly his drug of choice,” according to press materials. The screening is at 7 p.m., followed by a Q-and-A session with the filmmakers. As this is a hoity-toity première complete with Myrtle Beach brass, there are only a limited number of tickets available to the public. But to get a ticket, you must bring a baseball bat, mitt or softball which will be donated to the Grand Strand Strand Miracle League. The film is rated PG-13. Grand 14 is at 4002 Deville Street, The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Visit www.stonetheatres.com or call 282-0550.
You say you want a Rebelution, well you knowyou’re in luck. California-based reggae outfit Rebelution brings its weed-soaked good vibes to the House of Blues on Friday, promoting its latest album, “Peace of Mind,” which was released in three different forms - original, all-acoustic, and a dub remix. Like-minded acts Collie Buddz and Zion I are also on the bill. Tickets are $22.50, $27.50, $30 and $35. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach. For a conversation with Rebelution’s singer/guitarist Eric Rachmany, see page 17.
And if you haven’t gotten your fill of reggae-rock, another Rasta-fueled California outfit, Pepper, returns to the House of Blues on Saturday, in support of its brand-spanking-new eponymous album released Sept. 3. Grieves and RDGLDGRN are also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $19.50 day of show. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Attention all geeks: the rebranding of the former Corsair Comics shop becomes official Saturday with the Grand Opening of the recently renovated X-Con Comics in downtown Myrtle Beach and its companion lounge, the Nerd Bar, serving craft beers, sake and wine and soon to feature theme nights, live music and Nerd Trivia Nights. On Saturday, the Nerd Bar will host the Geek Dating Game and also have a live stream of “The Party of Epic Proportions” going down in St. Louis. Also, you can participate in a Sake Taste Test Challenge to help the Nerd Bar determine which of the Japanese rice wines it will carry (there’s a small fee to participate). X-Con Comics, rebranded to match the name of the local comic con (X-Con World) the owners of the shop launched several years ago, is running sales and activities throughout the day Saturday. Then the Grand Opening of Nerd Bar is at 8 p.m. Saturday. There is no cover charge, but donations to help fund the next X-Con World convention will be accepted. X-Con Comics/Nerd Bar is at 807 Main Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 839-4840.
Who will be crowned the next Mr. Myrtle Beach? Don’t wait for the ticker-tape parade, you can find out in-person as the 5th annual Mr. Myrtle Beach Contest is set for Saturday at Revolutions with 10 contestants squaring off for the 2013 crown. According to a press release, the contestants include: Tim Duffy, Villa Romana Assistant Manager; Shane Norris, WBTW Live Reporter; Andrew Ball, St. James Elementary Vice Principal; Dave Thomas, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament; Jason Claspell, Good Morning Carolinas Anchor WPDE News Channel 15; Will Whitson, WMBF News Reporter; Larry Frakes, President of Carolina Comedy Club, One Stop Party Shop, and Karma; and Stuart Gore, Wild by Nature Landscaping Owner. But according to the event’s Web site, Marvin Gerald, the security guard on TLC’s “Welcome to Myrtle Manor” and Michael Grossman, brewmaster at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants are also contestants. The man pageant, which is a fundraiser for Katie’s Project, will be emceed by “Welcome to Myrtle Manor’s” Gina, of Tangulls Salon, and features a performance by each contestant, fashion show and Q-and-A portion. Let’s hope they’re not asked any tacky questions. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday; the show begins at 6. Admission is $5; VIP admission is $20. Dressy/cocktail attire is recommended. Revolutions is at 1320 Celebrity Circle, Celebrity Square, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. For more information, visit www.katiesproject.org or call 282-0454.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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