Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and the general public are talking about this week!

Barbenheimer Weekend is Finally Here!

Two of the most anticipated (and hyped) movies of the year open tonight and tickets are already going fast.  People across the country are planning to make it a double feature with Barbie and Oppenheimer.  Theaters are selling tickets in pairs and saying this may be the biggest box office weekend in decades.  It is what everyone will be talking about on Monday, so get your tickets now!

Will It Be A Three-Peat?  The US Women’s National Team Aims to Make History!

The ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway in Auckland, New Zealand. Between July 20 and August 20, 32 teams will compete across 64 matches at 10 different venues, making this year’s tournament the biggest to date.  A powerhouse team from the US is looking for a place in the history books.  The USWNT are the +225 favorites to win it all in the latest 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup odds from Caesars Sportsbook. They’re followed by England, Germany, Spain, and France. The latest from the pitch and where to watch is here.

The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool is Underway

The Open Championship, often referred to as The Open or the British Open, is the oldest golf tournament in the world, and one of the most prestigious. The Open is hosted by Royal Liverpool for the first time in nine years, with 156 men looking to add their name to the list of champions.  Rory McIlroy enters this week as a significant favorite to repeat his 2014 Open victory at this venue.  For the latest updates click here. 

Hot Concert Summer Continues

A crowded concert hall with scene stage in red lights, rock show performance, with people silhouette, colourful confetti explosion fired on dance floor during a concert festival


  • Darius Rucker, Live Oak Pavilion, Wilmington
  • John Anderson & Kentucky Headhunters, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Winston-Salem
  • Giant Rooks, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • Fall Out Boy, PNCM Music Pavilion, Charlotte


  • Travis Tritt, Wilson Center, Wilmington
  • Jake Owen, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo
  • Sam Hunt, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
  • Three Dog Night, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee
  • Flo Rida, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA


  • Dominic Fike, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • Mudvayne, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
  • Tommy Emmanuel, Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard


Symphony By The Lake at Chetola

Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.  Tickets and more information available here.

If you have an event you would like added to On The Lighter Side, email Randy Aldridge at [email protected].