The Myrtle Beach Pelicans top-off a four-game set with the Wilmington Blue Rocks at TicketReturn.com Field on Thursday and you can top-off $1 frothy cold brews. Yeppers, it’s Thirsty Thursday again, featuring draft Budweiser and Bud Light from 6-8 p.m. for a measly buck. It’s also Superhero Knight – where the players will wear Batman/Dark Knight-inspired Pelicans jerseys, which will be bid on and auctioned off for charity. The Pelicans are high Class A affiliates of the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers and the Blue Rocks (of Delaware not North Cackilacky) are affiliated with the Kansas City Royals. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $8, $11 and $13, 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.
Following closely on the heels of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the next anticipated super hero/comic book blockbuster spreads its wings as “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s reboot of D.C.’s Batman series, hits local theaters at a hair past midnight Thursday. The film – with Christian Bale reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman – officially opens Friday, but as is the case with many flicks with a high-anticipation factor, theaters will serve up a late-night debut for the hardcore fans. Oh yeah, and Anne Hathaway is Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Meow! For ticket prices and movie times, go to www.fandango.com, www.cinemark.com, and www.stonetheatres.com.
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The B52s, with an impressive string of party-rock classics from “Rock Lobster” to “Love Shack,” brings its Summer Dance Party Tour to the House of Blues on Friday night, a show that’s sure to also include pop nuggets such as “Roam,” “Private Idaho,” “Whammy Kiss” and “Planet Claire.” Four original members of the Athens, Ga. kitsch legends – vocalist Fred Schneider, vocalist Cindy Wilson, vocalist/keyboardist Kate Pierson and guitarist Keith Strickland – are augmented on stage by drummer Sterling Campbell, keyboardist/guitarist Paul Gordon and bassist Tracy Wormworth. Bonus: North Carolina’s IAMDYNAMITE, a two-man outfit that’s scored the rollicking hit single “Stereo” on alt-rock radio, is also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $37.50-$82.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
To our knowledge, the Grand Strand’s ongoing Craft Beer Revolution (we coined that phrase, thank-you-very-much) hasn’t included a large gathering of devotees paying homage to barley and hops on the North end of our beloved beachside burg – but that’s about to change. On Saturday, get geared up for the inaugural Brews-A-Palooza, hosted by the organizers of Myrtle Beach Beerfest, at The Deck at the House of Blues, featuring more than 50 varieties of craft brews, food, and live music. It’s set up similar to Beerfest in that you buy $1 tickets to get 4-ounce beer samples, and most beers are 1-4 tickets.
For a list of featured brewksis, go to http://myrtlebeachbeerfest.com/files/53977196.pdf.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday and the event lasts until 11:30 p.m. There’s a complimentary buffet from 5-6 p.m. Australian rock band Longreef starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes tasting mug. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Slide, slide, slippity slide
Coolio’s “Fantastic Voyage” may be on the slippery slope after the height of the ‘90s, but the rapper with his signature sprigs of corn-rowed, spiked locks will slide into The Boathouse for a gig Sunday at the venue’s outdoor stage overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. You’re sure to hear the mid-‘90s mega-smash “Gangsta’s Paradise,” from the Michelle Pfeiffer flick “Dangerous Minds.” It’s the latest installment of the Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series, and that means it’s freeas in no cover/admission charge. The party gets started at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with hip-hop artist B-Walk hitting the stage at 5 p.m., followed by local hip-hop duo Shamroc & DJ QP. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach.
Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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