A letdown is almost inevitable.
After the rush of the holidays, there’s a tendency to chill out, to put off plans, to just relax for a while. And don’t get us wrong, you deserve it.
But ready or not, a new year is here. And with it comes a whole new slate of possibilities – concerts, plays, art exhibits and more.
With that in mind, here’s a list of entertainment options over the next month or so to get your mind off the winter chill and the post-holidays blahs.
Because let’s face it, you can’t stay in the house forever.
Start with art
Nothing like the beauty of art to warm the soul. Area galleries are offering several opportunities and best of all, admission is free.
The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery at 113 Gillespie St. is wrapping up its drawing exhibition Saturday. The national juried exhibit features the work of Charles W. White, James Barnhill, Dwight Smith, Soni Martin and others. Call 483-1388 or go to ellington-white.com.
Cape Fear Studio’s “Cabin Fever” exhibit, featuring the works of local artists, continues through Feb. 21. All entries in the show are for sale. The studio is at 148 Maxwell St.; call 433-2986 or go to capefearstudios.com.
Fayetteville State University’s “The Body as a Photographic Narrative” exhibit featuring the work of photographer Gray Lyon continues through Feb. 10 in the Rosenthal Gallery. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 672-1571 or go to fsuarts.com.
Every Sunday and Monday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Coffee Scene hosts “Java Expressions Live.” The coffee house and gelato bar invites spoken-word artists, singer-songwriters and others to share their talents. Admission is free; call 864-0555 for details.
Enter, stage right
After a Christmas lull, area theaters are in full swing again.
Cape Fear Regional Theatre is presenting Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Thursday through Feb. 12. A team of aerialists will bring the “Under the Sea” world to life. Shows are Wednesdays through Sundays; tickets range from $17 to $30. The theater is at 1209 Hay St. Call 323-4233 or go to cfrt.org.
Sweet Tea Shakespeare continues its production of “Antony and Cleopatra” through Jan. 21 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road. Shows are Thursday through Saturday; general admission tickets are $15. Call 420-4383 or go to sweetteashakespeare.com.
To finish the month, Gilbert Theatre is presenting the dark comedy “August: Osage County” Jan. 27 through Feb. 12. Shows are Fridays through Sundays; general admission tickets are $16. The theater is at 116 Green St.; call 678-7186 or go to gilberttheater.com.
January typically isn’t the best month for movies – the Oscar contenders have already been released and the blockbusters are still a few months off.
But given the number of screens in the area, you can surely find something to your taste.
For horror fans, there’s “The Bye Bye Man,” scheduled for release today. This tale of a supernatural entity that comes into being when its name is uttered sounds like a good antidote for all the holiday sentimentality.
At the Cameo Art House Theatre in downtown Fayetteville, the Golden Globe winner “Elle” is opening. Starring Isabelle Huppert, the movie tells the story of a successful businesswoman who re-examines her life and priorities after she is attacked. Another Golden Globe winner, “Moonlight,” returns for encore screenings.
The theater is at 225 Hay. Check cameoarthouse.com or call 486-6633 for showtimes and additional screenings.
Music for the soul
January is jamming at the Drunk Horse Pub, 106 S. Eastern Blvd.
Saturday, the club will feature Kiss the Curse. Wednesday, Earth Groans and Blight on Society are the featured bands.
On Jan. 22, Elisium will perform and on Jan. 25, Regions, Lowpoints, Desolate and From Wrath To Ruins are on the bill. The month wraps up Jan. 28 with Seasons After.
Doors open at 7 p.m. More information is available on the Drunk Horse Pub Facebook page.
On a sunnier note, the Beach Boys will end the month with a Jan. 30 performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Crown Theatre, part of Community Concerts lineup.
Now led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, the Beach Boys are famed for summer hits such as “California Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.” Is there a better way to chase the winter blues away?
Tickets range from $42.50 to $72.50. Call 438-4100 or go to crowncomplexnc.com.
Staff writer Rodger Mullen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-3561.