Play ball! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick off another season with the team’s 2014 home opener Thursday against the Salem Red Sox at TicketReturn.com Field, and it’s also the return of Thirsty Thursday featuring $1 select draft beer. The Pelicans are a High Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Salem squad is an internship program for the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The cheap suds won’t flow all game, so if you want to take advantage of 12-ounce Budweiser or Bud Light for $1, they’ll be on sale from 6-8 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the game. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 tonight. 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. See page 8 for a preview of the Pelicans’ 2014 season.
Billed as “the World’s Largest Black Light Party,” the Barstool Blackout Tour returns to the House of Blues on Saturday, aimed directly at the Coastal Carolina University crowd. The dance party is basically a rave, featuring lasers, fog, black lights, thumping EDM (electronic dance music), and scantily-clad chicks and buffed up bros. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of the event. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Ripped from the pages and storyboards of “Harry Potter” novels and movies, the International Quidditch Association will host its championship, World Cup VII, at the spanking new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex on Saturday and Sunday. More than 80 teams will compete, including squads from national athletic powerhouses such as LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M, and schools you’d expect to play Quidditch, including the Ivy League’s Harvard and Pennsylvania, but sadly Coastal Carolina University’s Quidditch team did not qualify. No, no one will actually be flying on brooms and the Golden Snitch can’t defy gravity as depicted in the movies. According to a press release issued by the city of North Myrtle Beach, “Quidditch is played with seven players to a side, all mounted on brooms. Three chasers score goals by putting the quaffle, which is similar to a volleyball, through any of three hoops at the opposite end of the field. Meanwhile, each team’s seeker tries to catch the snitch, an autonomous fifteenth, yellow-clad athlete who has a custom-made Velcro tail hanging from the back of their shorts, similar to flag football.” The tournament is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $19 for adult day passes to $155 VIP weekend packages; tykes aged 2 and younger get in free. North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is at 150 Citizens Circle, Little River. For more information, go to www.iqaworldcup.com or call 281-3800. See page 8 for a preview of the IQA’s World Cup VII.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
It’s that time again when artisans, hipsters, families and colorful displays outnumber panhandlers, bums and homeless dudes at Chapin Park as Art in the Park, celebrating its 42nd year, invades the downtown Myrtle Beach public space on Saturday and Sunday. The mini-arts festival features the handiwork of more than 60 East Coast artists, including roughly a quarter of them from the Grand Strand area, representing a variety of mediums that include “Paintings, Woodworking, Photography, Jewelry, Fabric, Glass, Metal, Pottery and Stone” according to a press release. Art in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge, but bring your wallet in case you want to go home with a new piece of artwork. This event is child and pet-friendly. Chapin Park is at 1400 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, go to www.artsyparksy.com.
Sunday Funday is back... The Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series kicks off Sunday with a performance by collegiate-baseball-player-turned-rapper Mike Stud, who created a buzz with his viral video “College Humor.” Stud, whose real name is Michael Frances Seander, Jr. was a relief pitcher who played for Duke and Georgetown before arm injuries derailed his hardball career. Local and regional hip-hoppers Brian “B-Walk” Walker, Brandon Banks and Phil “DJ QP” Jackson are also on the bill. The show starts at 5 p.m. Sunday. There is no cover charge. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
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