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Despite the seemingly relentless chill of recent weeks, spring has finally arrived! How do we know? Well, April 10th kicks off the 66th annual NC Azalea Festival, and everyone in southeastern NC knows the celebration is the official welcome of warmer weather. On pages 32 through 33, we cover all of the festival goings-on, from the parade to the multicultural stage and more. Plus, on pages 14 through 15 readers can learn more about this year’s musical performances, including Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Avett Brothers (pictured). Get to know Elizabeth Singletary, the collage-creator of the official 2013 festival artwork (cover photo), as she’s interviewed by Linda Grattafiori on page 11. From Wednesday to Sunday, April 14th, there’s plenty to do—and you’ve come to the right publication to discover it all. Courtesy photo
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11-12 art: Linda Grattafiori talks to Elizabeth Singletary, the official artist for the 2013 Azalea Festival; Trent Williams discovers UNCW’s final Spring Art Show of the year, featuring graduating art majors.
13 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in area art galleries.
14-15 music: Bethany Turner reveals the inside scoop behind Squonk Opera; the Azalea Festival concerts move downtown this year for four days of entertainment.
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21 film: Anghus is impressed by The Rock’s performance in ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation.’
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he tends to follow union news with ready eagerness. From his early attempts to unionize the Canadian Navy, to failed organizing in Haiti and the Philippines, to his eventual success forming the Canadian Film Worker’s Union and serving as its first president, he carries the concerns of labor quite persistently. (Though it has long baffled me that someone with such a love for collective bargaining rights moved to a right-to-work state.) We both read with curiosity a recent New York Times story about the Freelancers Union. “I guess I could be considered a freelancer,” I mused. “I mean I certainly am a freelance writer. Is that the kind of freelance they are talking about?” The answer: yes and no. It seems the Freelancers Union, founded by Sara Horowitz, seeks to work with independent contractors of all stripes across America: hairdressers to consultants and everything in between. Or as they put it on their website: “Our membership is open to independent workers—freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees and the self-employed.” The idea is to reach out to anyone who is not currently fully employed but still working. “Fully employed” refers to full time, with benefits and deductions. So, yes, apparently writers are included but not bookstore owners. The Freelancers Union claims that currently a third of the American work force is considered to be “freelance” by those standards. Traditionally, trade unions have attempted to protect workers’ rights on pay scale, safety, medical leave time and so forth. We tend to think of unions striking against a particular company, like an auto worker or a coal miner’s strike, which does make one wonder how exactly a union for individuals who work 4 encore | april 10-16, 2013| www.encorepub.com
for different companies, many working on short-term contracts, would benefit. I can’t really see the Freelancers Union going to bat over a wrongful dismissal complaint for an individual. The answer seems to be that, for now at least, the Freelancers Union is functioning as a health-insurance provider for people who are not eligible for a company plan and cannot afford individual insurance. They currently offer insurance in 31 states in the U.S.; North Carolina isn’t one. Instead they recommend a “Golden Rule Plan” through United Healthcare. The New York area (where the union and Horowitz are based) offers a clinic that sounds more like the modern version of “friendly societies” or “benevolence organizations,” which were groups that flourished in the 19th century to help provide medical assistance, funeral expenses and sometimes widow’s pensions for members. Located in Brooklyn, they offer a nutritionist, acupuncturist and two doctors free to Freelancers Union members whose dues are current. Did I mention that according to the New York Times Ms. Horowitz is paid $272,000 for her work as head of the union? As far as Ms. Horowitz flexing political pressure to bring better representation to freelance workers: In the state of New York, she is working a payroll tax reform to benefit the self-employed. Also in New York, there is a bill in the state Senate to extend payment protection to freelancers, which will allow them more legal recourse if stiffed by a client. What it looks like they are doing is shopping for candidates to endorse and raising money for candidate’s sympathetic to their cause. Given that healthcare has been such a hot topic in the last few years in the U.S., it is not surprising that Horowitz and the Freelancers Union would
choose to focus on this need. But I think calling them a “union” is a misnomer; it’s an insurance scheme crossed with a private clinic. Still, the idea of some sort of political voice or pressure brought to bear on behalf of genuinely selfemployed or underemployed people is, I think, necessary and important. Perhaps the steps to focus on nationally would be changing tax breaks that make it more profitable to hire consulting workers than to hire real employees with benefits. If, in fact, one third of the U.S. workforce is flying without any kind of support, then there should be a groundswell of political pressure to address this issue. Though focused mainly on NY right now, Horowitz has raised a national issue. It also speaks, from a different angle, about the need to remind ourselves that our economy is supposed to serve the needs of the people in it. We should make things that fulfill needs, and in the course of that, we should create jobs to keep people employed so they have the means to fulfill their needs (shelter, food, clothing, health care, education). When we cover elections in the Live Local column, even though we don’t endorse candidates—and we certainly do not sell endorsements or fundraise for candidates—we try to ask questions that give candidates an opportunity to let the electorate know what their views are about supporting our local economy. Obviously, the need for the benevolence organizations has not disappeared as the middle class previously thought. Perhaps that’s the answer for us, because the answers and the help is not coming from on high. We are getting ignored. I would love to see a time where this is not necessary, but until then let’s try to keep our money here and find some candidates who are willing to take up the flag and fight for our economy, our jobs and a great economic security for all of us.
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Red Sox! It’s a Wednesday night in April 2013 (not 1513), and I’m watching ESPN, trying to think of some way not to write about establishing a state religion in North Carolina. Praise, Jesus! I’ve seen the light! I propose that since Texas already has high-school football, we follow the powerful preachings of Crash Davis and Annie Savoy to establish the Carolina Church of Baseball. Can I get witness? Can we at least eliminate the DH and get a minor-league team in the Port City? More on that later. For now, it’s on to more morally complex material. I watched Tim Hudson’s opening-day start for the Braves. Hudson didn’t last long, but the Braves whipped my Phils. The older you get, the less years are in a decade, but the Phils are still the Phils. It’s been a decade since my dad and I watched Tim Hudson pitch. Well, I watched. Dad mostly lain there in his Methodist Hospital bed, full of morphine and cancer, breathing about eight times a minute, not commenting about blown calls or reminding me the A’s were his team before they abandoned Philadelphia. April 6th, 2003. Jon Miller, Joe Morgan. Sunday Night Baseball. A’s-Angels. Hudson the A’s starter. After the game, Dad’s breathing slowed even more. At 6:19 a.m. April 7th, Dad drew his last breath and headed to the big bullpen in the sky where The Dude now abides. I had my last coherent conversation with Dad a few weeks earlier. Same hospital room. Dad and I watched President Bush take the country to war in Iraq. There’s got to be a better day than the first day of spring (my birthday) to launch a preemptive attack against a nasty regime we previously funded, knew didn’t have stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, nor was directly involved in the 9/11 attacks. Dad wished me a happy birthday
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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY Snail Mail: There’s an App for That Wait ... What? A startup company in Austin, Texas, also serving San Francisco, promises to take its customers’ incoming U.S. mail three times a week, photograph it and deliver it back to the customers via mobile phone app, for $4.99 a month. The company, Outbox, provides some value-added services, removing the customer from junk-mail lists and paying bills. Still, Outbox’s unorthodox business model assumes that a growing number of people absolutely hate opening, filing or discarding pieces of paper. Co-founder Will Davis told CNN in February that at least he does not fear competition: “No one is crazy enough to do what we’re doing.” Oops! College basketball player Shanteona Keys makes free throws at a 78 percent rate for her career, but on Feb. 16, she weakly shanked one of those 15-foot shots, causing it to thud to the floor about eight feet short of the rim the worst collegiate free-throw attempt of all time, according to several sports commentators who viewed the video. Keys explained to Deadspin.com that she always brings the ball close to her face when she shoots, “and my fingernail got caught on my nose, so I couldn’t follow through correctly.” Her Georgia College (Milledgeville, Ga.) team lost to rival Columbus State, 70-60. Research Hurts: Between 2002 and 2010, according to the March BJU International (formerly British Journal of Urology), an estimated 17,600 patients came to U.S. hospital emergency rooms reporting genital injuries from trouser zippers (presumably by accident, but researchers took no position on that). Seven authors (six from University of California, San Francisco) took credit for the report, funded by a National Institutes of Health grant, and found that “zip” wounds were only about one-fifth of emergency penile injuries. Family Values Rachel Hope and Parker Williams, both apparently intelligent and attractive, decided to procreate and fully raise a child together even though neither has romantic intentions toward the other. Their relationship is likened to a business one, according to a February New York Times profile, in which they do their respective biological duties, separately, and then each basically outsources half the subsequent child-rearing to the other. Said another parent in a similar relationship: “When you think about the concept of the village, and how the village was part of child-rearing for so many cultures ... it makes total sense.” Robert Burton, 34, got a 15-year prison sentence in February for forcing women into prostitution, with evidence including a police report quoting Burton’s 7-year-old son, who was in the car with Burton and two women
when Miami police stopped them. The kid had earnestly identified the women: “Those are my daddy’s hoes.” The Continuing Crisis Professor Peter Froehlich, who teaches computer science classes at the highly competitive Johns Hopkins University, contractually grades “on a curve,” automatically marking the highest grade an A, with other grades trailing based on their proximity to the class’s best. One clever student tried to organize the entire class for December’s final exam, to persuade everyone to do no work at all thus rendering the “highest” grade a zero, meaning an A for everyone. (Of course, if a single student broke ranks, everyone except that student would receive an absolute zero.) Fortunately for the students, according to InsideHigherEd.com, the class held together, and a shocked professor Froehlich nonetheless honored his contract, giving everyone an A (but subsequently closing the loophole). Thieves broke into the home of Earlie Johnson in Muskegon, Mich., in February and made off with several flat-screen TVs, but what really irked him was that they also stole his entire DVD pornography collection, consisting, he said, of the films of every African-American porn star since the 1970s. (“I’m not no scum bag guy, pervert, or nothing like that,” he told WZZM-TV. “I just thought it was cool to own my own porn collection. It keeps my relationship (with his fiance) fresh and tight.”) As soon as the news of Johnson’s misfortune spread, several adult video companies donated DVDs to help restore the collection. Sex Is Dangerous: Officers from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority reported in March that a lion had attacked a couple having sex in the bush, killing the woman and sending the man dashing down a road wearing nothing but his condom (which reduced his chances of receiving help from motorists). Near Daytona Beach, Fla., in February, Ms. Asia Walker, 30, driving her boyfriend around, could not resist his amorous advances and soon lost control of the car. It left the road and plowed completely through a vacant house. She was briefly hospitalized, but her boyfriend was not hurt. Fine Points of the Law Even though the British government refused to grant trademark protection to the Italian maker of “Jesus Jeans” because it would be “morally offensive to the public,” the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had no such qualms and approved the application in 2007. Since then, according to a February Wall Street Journal story, the company has prevented a dozen other companies from using such clothing names as “Jesus First,” “Sweet Jesus,” “Jesus Couture” and, most recently, “Jesus Surfed.”
People Different From Us A persevering Brooklyn, N.Y., high school teacher, Ronald Grassel, finally relented and submitted himself to a psychiatric evaluation that had originally been ordered in 1997 after he angrily and overenthusiastically dumped teachers’ union literature in his principal’s office. Grassel had refused the exam and been benched, and for 14 years was neither fired nor paid while he filed a series of unsuccessful legal actions to overturn the decision. According to a March New York Post report, when he finally submitted to an exam in 2011, he was declared fit (his world-class obstinacy apparently not counting against him) and in September 2012 was back on the job. Perspective Humans’ belief that fragrances improve their allure can seemingly never be overestimated. Dutch-based artists Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug told The New York Times in March that they recently created a concoction to call attention to our neediness for artificial scent. Noting the deluge of new industry creations in 2012, Engelberts explained, “Our point is, why do you need nearly 1,400 new scents in one year?” The pair created Everything, which they claim contains a bit of every one of the year’s fragrances they were able to obtain (including Fame by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend), dumped into one bottle and left to marinate and they offered it for sale for the equivalent of about $39,000.
Least Competent Criminals Not Ready for Prime Time: Paul Masters, 47, was charged with a roof-entry burglary of a Roses department store in Lexington, Ky., in March. Those burglaries are common, but almost always nighttime jobs, when no one else is on the premises. Masters, though, dropped in just after lunchtime. After police swarmed the store, Masters eventually fell through a drop ceiling and was arrested. Jarad Carr, 37, was arrested in Chippewa County, Wis., in March after he persisted in demanding a refund for the computer printer he said he had bought at a Wal-Mart (though he lacked a receipt). While examining the printer, the Wal-Mart employee noticed a sheet of paper still inside showing two counterfeit $100 bills and called police, who arrived while Carr was still haggling for a refund.
Readers Choice A judge in Racine, Wis., granted bail for Tyree Carter, 20, for his March arrest for “lewd and lascivious conduct” in the Racine Public Library, but among the conditions of his release was that, until trial, Carter “stay out of all the libraries on the face of the Earth.” In a ruling that lasted less than a week, England’s Mid Devon District Council had decreed in March that henceforth, no street name could contain an apostrophe, e.g., St. George’s would be St. Georges. Outraged punctuationists swung into action, causing the council to quickly reverse itself.
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UNCW’s ‘PROM’ examines romance, social inelegance and the rollercoaster of life
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an exploratory explosion of breaking boundaries in the UNCW Theatre Department. Students have challenged themselves outside the box and taken on performance art truly and wholly with the help of professional leaders who are invited to come for each performance and guide the show. For the final production of the year, Andy Belser, UNCW Theatre Deptartment chair, welcomes Whit MacLaughlin of New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) to produce his experimental play “PROM.” MacLaughlin has helped students not only deepen the construction of their characters, but focus on design, choreography and even script changes, providing an all-encompassing learning experience. “We have taken the first steps in building a robust new program of deep residencies,” Belser says of the Professional Partners Series. “The professionals have and will continue to nurture and inspire the young artists in our program, offering them entry into the finest graduate programs and the wider professional world of theatre and film.” Students have had the pleasure of introducing multi-media into productions, including an abstract recreation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” shown last month. “PROM” will continue extraditing students from their comfort zones and propelling a contemporary theatre experience on par with larger, more established companies. “We create these sort of pieces [that leave] space for the actors to create characters, stories and the way the characters interact,” Obie Award-winner MacLaughlin explains. “This material is inserted anew each time we reproduce ‘PROM.’ It gives students, in particular, a way to have an experience of ownership of the final product and encourages them in the creation of the performance.”
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A template play, “PROM” remains loose and gives actors leeway. MacLaughlin compares it to football, as the team remains the same but who plays during every quarter changes. “And the outcome of the game depends on the characters of the players,” he continues. “Our template plays achieve something similar.” MacLaughlin first directed the show as part of the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis in 2006, and once as a part of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The play has been hailed a perfect fit for young actors, especially teens. Yet, MacLaughlin is clear it’s a show with which everyone can connect, as it follows high-school rites of passage during a football game and adds a philosophical twist by taking place in eternity. “This play wowed audiences of all ages, from adolescents to adults, everywhere it’s been,” Belser says. “College students are still dealing with all the issues of adulthood that are at the heart of the ‘PROM’ experience,” MacLaughlin adds. The show injects themes of romance, social awkwardness and life’s strange twists and turns. It all revolves around loud music and sex, according to the director. Make no mistake, though: The show is not a musical. “We distinguish choreography for dancers from choreography for actors,” MacLaughlin says. “You have to see the piece to understand fully what that means!” Set on a football field, one end zone represents the future and the other the past. The characters are trying to penetrate what lies ahead despite the chaperones guarding it with heavy eyes on what lies behind them. “Everyone is on the timeline,” MacLaughlin tells. “Everyone is longing for something other than what they have in the present.”
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True to modern-day society, the characters build their identities in the play via Facebook. They correspond and communicate by updating their profiles and compelling friends to connect with fictional personas. “It helps the creative process ... the art of the piece functions as its own outreach,” MacLaughlin notes. The setup is part of NPL’s training process: to build actors as “blank slates” so they carry it after their educational career. “Our way of working treats actors as creative artists, in addition to being interpretive ones,” he admits. MacLaughlin and students, along with UNCW faculty and technicians, have overseen every aspect of the production from the ground up: sets, costumes, lighting, sound, etc. The comprehensive hands-on experience gives theater students a thorough study in their major. “It’s satisfying,” MacLaughlin says. “We’re building theatrical experiences of an experimental nature that work for audiences of all ages. This piece is pretty sophisticated in the way it works. The college students seem happy with its content.” Plus, it continues forward with NPL’s mission to create distinct theatrics, by being “immersive, hallucinatory, and extremely muscular.” “The kinetic qualities, as well as by its sound scoring, is really unusual and beautiful,” MacLaughlin continues. “The pieces have a superheated rock-and-roll sensibility.” “You can feel the growth and excitement of our students as they learn from Mr. MacLaughlin,” Belser confirms, “one of the most celebrated and visionary directors in contemporary professional theatre.” Prom runs April 10th through 14th and 18th through 21st. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for UNCW employees and $5 for students.
CAM wows with ‘On Being Miss Chant, Claude and Minnie’
series “On Being Miss Chant, Claude and Minnie” at the Cameron Art Museum, as part of the “From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell” exhibit, is, quite simply, an extraordinary experience. Part theatre, part living history, part art appreciation, it is all heart. For me, it was a roller coaster ride of emotions and connections. Limited to 20 audience members, “On Being Miss Chant, Claude and Minnie” is startlingly intimate. The sites consist of the winehouse on Cottage Lane that Elizabeth Chant lived and taught from during her time in Wilmington; Claude Howell’s apartment; and Minnie Evans’ gatehouse at Airlie Gardens, all of which were reproduced in the Cameron Art Museum during its 50th anniversary. The exhibit, which closes next week, is worth a trip out to the museum. The construction of three structures and the detailed recreation of their interiors is beautifully executed, and one can easily see how the installations would be inspiring for artists and performers. Moving in chronological order, the program begins in Chant’s winehouse cottage where the audience is greeted by actress Cynthia Rogers standing in front of a painting of Chant—one of which looks like she stepped out. Chestnut hair curled up in Princess Leiastyle buns at her ears, with a ribbon circling her forehead, and in a kimono, one can just imagine the stir Chant must have made stepping off the train at the station in the 1920s! Rogers projects a quiet other-worldliness that brings us Chant across time and space as not just an artist and a teacher but also a preoccupied mystic. It’s not over-the-top, it’s just a statement of facts that she leads a double life, with nightly astral travels to King Arthur’s court. It took a certain amount of backbone for her to break away from a family that had committed her to an asylum. Make no mistake, underneath Rogers’ kindness is a will of steel that one would not want to go up against. I bet she was not only an inspiring teacher but a demanding one as well. Even if she spends her nights with King Arthur, her daytime world centers around a wonderful group of people who keep her excited and engaged. She is a teacher with gifted students, one of whom she would like us to meet: a youngster named Claude Howell. Gliding like a shade from another plane, she leads the audience to Howell’s apartment door and knocks. It’s so simple and unpretentious, it just radiates loveliness. In spite of his credentials as a consum-
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mate performer, Tony Rivenbark chose not to actually portray Claude Howell, because, as he told the audience, “No one can produce Claude’s voice. No one can get that molasses…” Nonetheless, in a meticulously researched and prepared piece, he greets the audience in Howell’s apartment, dresses in Howell’s clothes, and talks about the experience of knowing Howell for most of his adult life. Rivenbark met the artist as a college student when Howell was on the faculty of the Art Department of UNCW. They remained close until Howell’s death in the mid 1990s. I could think of no one better to give voice to the icon. Besides discussing the salon that Howell created in his home, which was the incubator for much of the artistic and cultural growth in the area, Rivenbark points out extensive and meticulous journals that Howell kept about his life and the goings-on in our community. “Apparently I am mentioned over 200 times, at least!” Rivenbark noted with some pleasure. “When people die there is this response to say, ‘I wish I had spent more time.’ But looking through the journals, I realize I spent a lot of time with Claude.” He quotes several passages about Howell missing dinner because Rivenbark had shown up for drinks and stayed all night. Howell was well aware of Rivenbark’s obsession or “onetrack mind,” as he describes it in the journals, meaning Rivenbark would want to talk about Thalian Hall for hours. I personally consider it a privilege to have known Rivenbark most of my life, and it is not an aspersion to say he is married to Thalian Hall. We would not have it as the crown jewel of this city were it not for his personal drive and determination. But I have never seen him so excited and filled with such glee to talk about anything other than Thalian Hall until his performance as Howell. The true personal fulfillment he received by revisiting with his old friend for a few minutes with some strangers and some acquaintances is evident in every joyously animated cell of his being. It’s not a surprise. Claude
HOWELL’S LIFE: Tony Rivenbark in Claude Howell’s living space recreated in CAM’s latest exhibit. Courtesy photo
Howell stories abound, and most people who knew the artist light up at the chance to talk about him. That says a lot about the way he lived his life. Rivenbark ends with a look out the window before turning back to the audience. “Well, it’s spring,” he says. “I bet the azaleas are blooming at Airlie Gardens and Minnie Evans is waiting for you at the gatehouse.” With that, the audience is waved out of the apartment and around the corner. Joyce Grear’s portrayal of Minnie Evans is achingly beautiful. The pain, the confusion, the mystical madness that drove Evans all come pouring through with tears streaming down Grear’s cheeks. She recounts a life that few would believe—least of all, it seems, Evans herself. Living history performance is not new for Grear. Folks shouldn’t miss her performance of the life of Harriet Tubman, should they have a chance. With Chant, the challenge was to show the world of Wilmington in the 1920s. With Howell, it was to remind people of life here not that long ago. But with Evans, Grear has to take audiences into the life of African Americans in our area, and compress what spans from the late 19th century to the late 1980s. People know what a ship’s captain does (Chant’s father), but what’s a sounder? Evans was a sounder, one who sold shellfish from door to door, in the early 1900s. With a shy smile of wonderment, Grear recounts the mirror images of the rugs in the Pembroke Jones’ mansions, where Evans and her husband became employed: “With a line right down the middle and everything just alike on both sides!” It was a motif that Evans
would come back to repeatedly in her work. She greets the audience from inside the gatehouse, looking out the window and waving. When everyone is seated, she comes around to the side of the building. She makes close, personal contact, describing powerful experiences not only palpable, but the immediacy becomes real wiuth the overpowering nature of the experiences. Grear presents the real battle that Evans faced to her life’s work, and with a frankness and concern that touches on the family’s worry of Evans being crazy. It culminates when her husband tries to take away her art supplies. It takes a performer with great insight to touch on an issue of that magnitude, one that can be so terrifying and crippling for a family, all without getting lost in the enormity of it. With verve, power and passion, Grear presents an insight into one of Wilmington’s most famous artists as a person and a soul. The Cameron Art Museum was left more than 400 of Evans’ pictures when she passed. The gatehouse is the most unassuming and least complicated structure in the exhibit. Grear puts a strong emphasis on the garden as one of the ongoing inspirations of Evans’ work. Certainly the flowers, leaves and sunshine are re-occurring elements; I would have liked to have seen more of her work hung with the exhibit. Usually, a script is selected long before set design begins for a show, so it is an interesting experience to see a show that began with the design and construction of the set and then moved to the script and performance. As would be expected at an art museum, the emphasis is on the visual. But these performers really make the inspiration behind the artifacts come alive. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this show; readers must partake this Sunday, April 14th.
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Official Azalea Fest artist showcases colorful layers of iconic flower
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by her success as a collage artist. She also is extremely grateful to a large number of Wilmingtonians who have encouraged her artistic journey. These kindred spirits include Sam Rankin—who gave Singletary art lessons for a Christmas present before introducing her to Wilmington’s renowned watercolorist Deborah Cavenaugh. “Deborah recognized my affinity for paper,” Singletary said. “She put Fleetwood Mac in the CD player, and I was just groovin’ and gluing paper. She grabbed my hand, ‘You know that you’re an artist!’ But I said, ‘No, no, no, I’m just having fun.’ Deborah said, ‘Yes. You are an artist,’ with the most serious expression on her face. It choked me up.” An employee of the Successful Parenting Institute, Singletary’s boss encouraged her to take the Seaside Gestalt Institute 18-month program. At the beginning of the program, Singletary wrote, “I want to be an artist,” in small letters at the bottom corner of a poster board. At the end of the program, she wrote on a new poster, “I am an artist!” By that time, her colorful collages were on display at two Wilmington galleries: the Fisherman’s Wife Gallery and Checkered Cab. Likewise, her work had graced the walls of WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery in a show called “Outside.” Soon after, she bumped into fellow parishioner Donna Cameron. Singletary showed cellphone photos of her collage work, not knowing Cameron was president of the 2013 Azalea Festival. “That’s it! That’s what I’ve been looking for,” Cameron exclaimed. Singletary was amazed Cameron put her faith in someone who shreds up hundreds of pieces of little paper and covers them with glue. “I ran a few ideas by her,” Singletary says, “and she said, ‘Follow your heart; be true to yourself. You’ll know.’”
fiori by Linda Gratta : tary Elizabeth Single stival Ar tist 2013 Azalea Fe throughout the Work is for sale s, 4/10-14. week’ s festivitie ingletaryart.com www.elizabeths The end result is a collage of three beautiful azaleas, made from shredded pages of past Azalea Festival programs, and a large Easter Tiger Swallowtail, perched on a butterfly bush. The Swallowtail is the new state butterfly, making its home in all 100 counties of North Carolina. “To me the butterfly represents transformation,” Singletary said. “I am in a process of reinventing myself, as is our state and country. I have to be willing to put myself out there—to go beyond my comfort zone. It’s scary! Because if my art is rejected, so is a part of me.” Instead, the Azalea Festival committee has embraced both Singletary and her work. She will participate in all the upcoming festivities. “I love the surprise of azaleas,” she notes. “One week there are only green leaves; the next week, the whole city is lit up with a blaze of flowers.” Looking back, friends and family members—mother, brother, sister-in-law and son, Forrest—have encouraged Singletary to express herself through art. When she was nine, her father taught her calligraphy at their farm on rainy days. He died two years later, but left her a gift that’s been of use. In fact, Wilmington’s film industry has employed Singletary’s calligraphy for several productions, including Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” Nicholas Spark’s “Safe Haven,” Michael Weiss’
OFFICIAL AZALEA FEST ARTIST: Elizabeth Singletary had her artwork (cover photo) chosen as the official print for the 2013 NC Azalea Festival. Courtesy photo.
“Journey to the Center of the Earth” and the TV series “Revolution.” With all of this work available, Singletary continues to keep herself open to the inspiration of life. She made a grand canvas of an absolutely magnificent rooster, thanks to her
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friend Christina Gianoplus. This friend had four young children and fought cancer for several years. She and Singletary went to a Chinese restaurant and saw they were both born in the Year of the Rooster. They would give each other little rooster gifts and call each other “rooster friends.” “None of the meds worked for Christina anymore, and we knew she was close to the end,” Singletary remembers. “I was crying, ‘You’ve got to give me a sign: You’re in heaven, you’re not worried about these children, it’s fabulous there. You can have a truck drive by that has a picture of a rooster on it.’ We were laughing about all the ways she could let me know, but she said, ‘It’s going to be an actual rooster.’” Soon thereafter, Singletary took a kindergarten class to Old McFaye’s Farm in Castle Hayne. “We were looking at all the animals, and this beautiful rooster started following me,” she said. “There were other roosters, but nothing like this one—brilliant, crowing, following right behind me from place to place. I took a picture of him with my phone and sent it to Christina. Fifteen minutes later, her husband called me and said that she was gone. I asked him when she died and it [turned out the rooster began followng me] a few minutes after her death.” Singletary is learning and teaching that transformation comes from life’s experiences, both great and small. Moving her studio to The Art Factory in the old Jacobi Building at 721 Surry Street will certainly be one of those experiences. Joining with her this year in celebrating Azalea Festival 2013 may well be another.
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years, holding it every semester, and has been working with the faculty of jurors to pick from the large number of selections for the spring showcase. “The faculty jury selects from five to seven works submitted by each student,” Toll explains. “It’s around 120 works that the exhibition showcases.” With no particular bias toward any medium, what moves forward for the jury is the best of the best. The exhibition is important to seniors not only because it’s an invaluable opportunity to show their works, but it also helps them after graduation. “[After the exhibition], they have professional documents needed for applications to graduate school, exhibitions or jobs,” Toll says. Caharoula Katsikis, who designed the poster for the event, already has landed a job at a snowboarding magazine on the West Coast. “The intention of their work has been honed through their time working in the studio, as well as through the pressure of the jury process and the extensive writing required in the course,” Toll says. Previous to this event, students have also helped organize, install and publicize an exhibition themselves. Though they did not oversee their spring show, over 25 student-artists will be represented. “There’s a ton of good work at the event,” Toll says. “Laura Mead has a very beautiful sculpture of a large organic type of cube that stands on one corner. It’s very big.” In fact, a large amount of ceramics will be present at the show according to Toll. “Emily Andres has some beautiful work. Double walled pieces, some with lids on them, and gorgeous glazes.” Likewise, an interesting plexus glass painting will hang by Martha Griffin. Griffin’s installment displays two paintings placed inches apart to create a layered feel. “The main purpose is to show [the students] what it’s like to be a professional artist,” Toll notes. “Rebecca Haggist, one of our students that got to work at the Acme Arts Studio, has had major breakthroughs in her art.” Acme, a Wilmington institution for over 20 years locally, coddles the artist experience as it provides a workplace and gallery space for artists, photographers, fashion/ jewelry designers, filmmakers, and more. Haggist’s experience at Acme led her to move from a literal and narrative style of painting to broader expressions of more
personal subjects. She described in a paper she wrote for the Senior Exhibit course how she spent a large amount of time trying to decide what to paint on her 5x6 canvas of paper. “She kept erasing, adding forms, and finally started adding paint just to see what happened,” Toll notes. At first, Haggist noted how she saw birds and fish and just went for it, adding various figures to the work. In a selfdescribed “strange moment,” a breakthrough left her from being shy about working in the studio to changing her outlook altogether. “She told me, ‘I’m in a completely new place now,’” Toll tells of her exhcange with the student. “‘I can see myself moving on to different walls.’” Another artist, Gavin Meyer, will showcase photography of random and everyday items. “[They’re] interestingly stark, almost abstract photographs of very simple things like walls with graffiti and electrical boxes, yards with dogs,” Toll says. Meyer alludes to a sense of humor in his work, having submitted one photo of a yard with a large fence and a sign that read, “beware of dogs,” with seemingly tiny dogs in front. Abby Kriegsman, who’s been studying collage, submitted a piece with a girl in a prom dress. The skirt of the dress is made out of the ocean. “They are tiny, but so nicely designed,” Toll compliments. “She has a knack for collage. “ Many students move on to obtain careers in the arts. One alumnae of the program, Stephanie Hagens, works in costuming and set art for television now. She has worked on shows like “One Tree Hill,” “Cinderella” and “Revolution.” “She was going to go into sort of general retail but she had a real interest in clothing, took a course and ended up with these awesome jobs,” Toll says. “It’s like writing or anything else in the creative space—a lot of people set out to be in the creative working environment; not everyone can accomplish it. It’s a tough field.” Students will be at the opening event to orally defend their work in the gallery to the studio and art history faculty. The events and courses leading up to the exhibition are all apart of a model of applied and experiential learning for the art students. Though the gallery is open for an entire month, those who wish to attend are encouraged to join the opening ceremony on April 11th at 5 p.m.
galleryguide| photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory. The project considers how memories of the dead become rooted in everyday objects, and how objects convey those memories to the living. On Wed., April 10th, 2:30-3:30pm, the unveiling of the 2013 issue of Portals Literary and Arts Magazine will take place. Presenting first, second, and third place prizes for all writing and art categories, as well as the Louise McColl Literary Excellence Award and Faculty/Staff Award. The celebration will include readings, live music, cake and punch, and free copies of this year’s issue of Portals.
2165 Wrightsville Ave. (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. www.artfuelinc.com Artfuel.inc is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Volume 34 opens April 13th, featuring work by Sarah Collier, Becky Carey, Cornelius Riley, Bambie and Eli Thompson. An opening night reception with local live music, lots of food and artist meet-and-greets will get underway.
New Elements Gallery
22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) artexposure50.com Look for the big red barn and visit a unique space in the Hampstead area just 4 miles from beautiful Topsail Island. A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6pm. Check out our website to see the latest in new classes as well as our regular art classes and studio time. Yoga classes meet Saturday at 9am in the loft. Walkins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.
CAPE FEAR NATIVE
114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.capefearnative.com Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists inspired by nature, including art, jewelry, photography, pottery and wood crafts. All are original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers. Come by and support your local creative community.
1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-5094289 http://figmentsgallery.com Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Figments Gallery offers a fresh mix of eclectic work from local and international artists of all genres. Come by for an Open House Exhibit featuring new artists on the Second Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a great event to connect with the arts community! Join us April 12th for “Horizons” open house exhibit, featuring highly textured, Southwestern inspired paintings by Gail Henderson. Call to Artists! Figments Gallery is hosting a floral exhibit in June. We are looking for unique funky and classic representations of anything floral; 2- and 3-dimension and any medium
of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!
will be accepted. Send photos of your work to Info@figmentsgallery.com.
THE WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY
201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) newelementsgallery.com “Energy at Play” features the recent works of Wilmington artist Ann Parks McCray, with bold strokes and a colorful palette. McCray utilizes a layering technique to build texture and pattern into the surface of her paintings. This tactile quality offers an energy and vitality that ranges in intensity depending on her choice of colors and subject. Always aware of her natural surroundings, these influences are a continuous presence in Ann’s work. She often creates abstractions of water, trees, sky, and flowers. “Energy at Play” will remain on display through April 20th.
River to Sea Gallery
200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Tues. and Thurs., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. “Saved” is a collaborative project by Jody Servon and Lorene Delany-Ullman that will exhibit the month.“Saved” is an ongoing
225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-4pm. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection
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10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. sunsetrivermarketplace.com This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.
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120. S. Second St., USO Building Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. www.wilmington-art.org Guess where the very first Azalea Festival was held? It was in the Hannah Block USO building in 1948! And this year the 31st WAA Annual Spring Show will be held at the very same venue! The show runs from Friday, April 12th thru Sunday April 14th, 10am to 5:30 pm (4 pm on Sunday). This is a terrific Show every year, but this year we have even more new artists from around the Cape Fear area and the state. There is an amazing variety of original work art for you to enjoy. Sign up now for our three day workshop in “Painting People” with Todd Carignan. Todd is a well-known local artist with many awards to his credit. The dates are Wednesday, April 24th to Friday, April 26th . Space is , so go to the website to get the details and find out how to register. Or call Kirah Van Sickle at 910.395.5132. $275. for non-members and $250 for members.
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Squonk Opera perform free shows all weekend
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thriving 20 years after its inception is the mishmash of music, art and theater accessible in every sense of the word. It can be enjoyed by all ages in its true blend of many art forms. In “GO Roadshow: A Carnival of Calliope,” Squonk Opera takes their performance to the streets in a mobile 34foot flatbed truck! The group, which designs its own art and musical instruments, began in Pennsylvania with composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn. “We created our first show in a Pittsburgh junkyard, with choreographed cranes and roaring earthmovers and screaming machine shears,” O’Hearn tells. Post-industrial Pittsburgh played its part in the development of the opera, which now hosts an ensemble of 10 to 20 artists during any given performance. In “Mayhem and Majesty,” the sound of music is as visible as it is audible, in that giant projections of disembodied hands play a semi-circle of piano keys. In total, they’ve developed more than 10 original productions. “This is work that a 5-year-old can understand but has the invention and subtlety that
er by Bethany Turn ‘GO Roadshow’ ’s Squonk Opera fé ’s Street Fair Ca Azalea Festival reets st and Princess Corner of Water . & 9 p.m. Fri., 4/12: 7 p.m p.m., 4:30 p.m., Sat., 4/13: 2:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. & 8:15 m. m., 3 p.m., 5 p. Sun., 4/14: 1 p. onkopera.org Free! • www.squ an academic can enjoy,” O’Hearn explains. “It is not the insipid and manipulative product of the miltary-enterainment complex. In Pittsburgh we enjoy the carnage of sports and machines and the mystery of fireworks, but you won’t catch us spending a penny on ‘Comic Book Characters on Ice’—or whatever is playing Broadway. Nor is it the effete posturing of aristocrats from NYC or, worse, France. We create ... outside the rules of mass culture, fashion or academia. It has to do with creating transparency—you can see how [our] things are done.” From Friday, April 12th through Sunday,
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TRUCKING ALONG: Performers beat the drums in front of—and on—Squonk Opera’s ‘GO Roadshow’ flatbred-truck stage. Courtesy photo
April 14th, Squonk Opera will perform “GO Roadshow” nine times for free during Azalea Festival at the new Street Fair Café, located at the old Wachovia parking lot at the corner of Water and Princess streets. Set up will be tables and chairs so folks can indulge in food and drink while watching Squonk Opera perform for a second time in Wilmington this year; just a few months ago they did a showcase at UNCW. Their flatbed truck is fastened with a stage, lights and instruments, which allows them mobility with ease. They travel the U.S. with everything onboard, and they stop at parks, neighborhoods and festivals along the way. Reaching a place between highbrow art and garage bands, they allow everyday Americans performance art without stepping foot inside a stuffy venue. “We find that the behavioral and social constraints of theatre-going are loosened, and the audience can indulge in the group experience that gives us the festivals that define humanity,” O’Hearn continues. “Plus, we find the ‘artsy’ has generally aligned itself with ‘fartsy.’ It’s just not our cup of tea. We do not judge those who enjoy either of them.” On the “GO Roadshow” stage, audiences will find musical contraptions unlike another. And like their stage, everything moves. Upon the cab of the truck is what Squonk Opera calls its “Truckhorn Calliope” (or Gatling-gun trumpets). The silver trumpets play a different key each and wave up and down, one by one, like a mechanical flag. The “peacock trumpets” are a collection of horns affixed to a backpack, which fan out like the feathers of a majestic bird. “The beauty and magic is that it is played like Whac-A-Mole,” O’Hearn quips, “or like trying
to milk three goats at the same time. Beauty and grace are a by-product of the process.” A wall of spinning fans, which looks like a two-dimensional parade of stationary bubbles, acts as the backdrop, and Dempsey plays her own spinning instrument. Her silver, doublesided grand piano majestically flips while she keeps track of the ivories through the srotation. “No one besides Squonk’s Jackie Dempsey has been able to do it,” Hearn promises. “It has been said that Mozart attempted it as a young man and, upon failing, almost switched to saxophone.” The nearly operatic vocalist Anna Elder richly belts out lyrics with vibrato. Along with accordion, drums, bass, sousaphone, flutes, saxophone, electric guitar and glockenspiel, Squonk Opera brings music energentic enough to keep kids entertained but art intriguing enough to mesmerize adults. Even a giant floating blimp in the shape of a human head sings along, as the jaw is able to move with the pull of a string. “The blimp sings full-throated and joyous, like us, but it does not speak,” O’Hearn muses. “We are pre- or post-verbal. We have nothing to say—that would be like dancing about architecture.” There are plenty of options to catch “GO Roadshow” throughout the festival, however, every show will differ in the veil of night, as projections will be displayed upon the wall of fans (they spin fast enough to appear like a blank white canvas), and spotlights and such will shine on cue. “[Lighting and projection] can both give texture and emotion to the songs—one of the tools that you have in the theater that we only get at night when we play outside,” O’Hearn details. “It is generally subliminal, where people don’t notice how it literally colors their perception of the music or a scene.” To learn more, visit www.squonkopera.org.
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The 2013 Azalea Festival concerts boast variety of sounds er by Bethany Turn ed t assistan itor
Azalea Festival Riverfront Park Stage Shows
he azalea festival strives to
be recognized nationally as a true beacon of Wilmington’s Southern heritage and history. The annual celebration of springtime and culture promotes hospitality at its core, as beautiful belles act as ambassdors for the city during the week of activities. It comes as no surprise that when selecting musicians for the festival’s stage, names equating with Southern sounds ring forth. In 2013 Wilmington welcomes back The Avett Brothers, while Lynyrd Skynyrd and Colt Ford will make their festival debut. Beach-music bands, gospel choirs and local musicians alike will also pack the five-day event. However, most exciting for 2013 is the fact that its main concerts, once held in Trask Coliseum, now will move an outdoor venue at 411 N. Front Street on CFCC’s campus. The motivation comes from two recent soldout shows (The Avett Brothers in 2011 and Scotty McCreery in 2012). The downtown post will increase capacity by 3,500 and has the potential to grow to hold 10,000 people. Plus, beer can now be sold on site—and the Museum of the Marine, located in Jacksonville, will handle sales as a fund-raiser for the non-profit. Flaming Amy’s and Paddy Wagon will set up their food trucks to provide grub. Parking for the new venue is recommended at the Cape Fear Community College lots (for a donation of $10 to the CFCC student athletes) or at the city parking decks for $10 per day. Coolers and personal chairs won’t be allowed in, but chairs will be for sale at the venue for $10 each. Read ahead for details about the weekend’s shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org.
Thursday, April 11th • 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. $40 • www.lynyrdskynyrd.com During the 1960s in Jacksonville, Florida, five teenage friends got together to create a little rock on the side of their high-school careers. By 1973 Lynyrd Skynyrd had set the world of Southern hard rock ablaze with “Free Bird,” and other hits such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “What’s Your Name” followed suit. In a tragic plane crash in October 1977, members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines were killed on impact along with the assistant road manager and both pilots. The other members of the band were all seriously injured, and they took a
Friday, April 12th • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free • 5 N. Water St. Local praise and worship bands 6 p.m. Myrtle Grove Baptist 6:40 p.m. Refuge City Church
CAROLINA CROONERS: The Avett Brothers,
hailing from Concord, NC, will perform during the 2013 Azalea Festival. Courtesy photo
haitus until 1987. The current line-up includes the original members Gary Rossington (guitar) and Johnny Van Zant (lead vocals). Of the band’s 14 records, three have reached double-platinum status, while two others produced platinum and gold. Rolling Stone and VH1 named Lynyrd Skynyrd among the 100 greatest artists of all time, While “Free Bird” earned the title of “Third Greatest Guitar Solo” by Guitar World. In 2006 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
THE AVETT BROTHERS
Friday, April 12th • 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. $45 • www.theavettbrothers.com Hailing from Concord, North Carolina, our home-state darlings The Avett Brothers rake in Grammy nominations with their brand of indie folk rock. Guitar, cello, bass, banjo and violion mix with other beautifully played instruments to create an enthralling modern-day verison of ragtime and bluegrass tunes. Brothers Seth and Scott Avett lead the helm with main vocals, and they are joined by Bob Crawford (backup vocals, upright bass, electric bass, trumpet, violin), Joe Kwon (cello), Mike Marsh (drums) and Paul DeFiglia (piano). Their sixth and most recent album, “The Carpenter,” debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200 chart. It was nominated for Best Americana Album in the 55th annual Grammy Awards. In 2007 The Avett Brothers received the honors of Group of the Year and New/Emerging Artist of the Year from the
Americana Music Association.
COLT FORD, THE LACS
Saturday, April 13th • 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. $25-50 • www.coltford.com Colt Ford is recognized for bringing hip-hop stylings to the country music genre, namely for songs like “Chicken and Biscuits.” His greatest success, however, comes from songwriting for other artists, such as Jason Aldean’s 2011 award-winning hit “Dirt Road Anthem,” which Ford co-wrote with Brantley Gilbert. He’ll be joined on Saturday night with newcomers The Lacs, a country-rap duo comprising Clay Sharpe and Brian King. Their second album, “190 Proof,” appeared on the US and US Country Billboard charts for 2012, and they’ve collaborated with acts like Big and Rich and Bubba Sparxxx.
MAIN STAGE BANDS
Sun., April 14th • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Free Sunday’s Main Stage show will kick off at 1 p.m. with the blues-influenced rock of The Mark Roberts Band, whose original tunes will be mixed with classic covers from Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and more. The Craig Woolard Band will take the stage at 2:30 p.m. This beach-music group took home five awards from the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year. Woolard was the lead singer for The Embers for 27 years. At 4 p.m., Jim Quick and Coastline will perform as the final act of the day. Quick, a Southeastern NC native, has been touring nationally for over 15 years. He’s won Entertainer of the Year nine times from the Carolina Beach Music Awards.
7:20 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:40 p.m. 9:20 p.m. 10:15 p.m.
Seventh Vessel Life Community Winter Park Presbyterian 180 Praise Band, South Side Baptist Church Awards ceremony
Regional Bands and Talent Saturday, April 13th 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free • 5 N. Water St. 12 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
Cold Steel, NC A&T Drum Line (pictured) Wilmington Talent Showcase, feat. area queens and princesses
4 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m.
Trash Can Therapy, Roland Grise Middle School Shoreline Strolling Brass Band, Myrtle Beach Pantastic Steel Drum
All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages.
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a preview of tunes all over town this week
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ALL WE NEED IS LOVE: Raleigh-based Indie-rock act The Love Language will play Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Sat., April 13th. Courtesy photo
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Open Mic with Sean Thomas Gerard —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm
MONDAY 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.
TUESDAY Sweetwater $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.
—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Piano 7pm - 10pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Alan Glaser Project
341-0001 Dutch’s Thursday Night Trivia 7-9pm
—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. Bag of Toys, Long Miles
Ave., 399-6977 DJ Milk and Matt Evans
—Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910-228-5952 Jazz night with Marc Siegel 6pm-8pm
—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Karaoke
—Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. Traditional Irish Music 9pm
—Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 Open Mic 7-10pm
—Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 Rockin’ Trivia with Party Gras DJ (9 p.m.)
—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Tom Noonan, Jane Houseal
—Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 Open Mic
—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 Jon Carroll
—Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Trivia with Steve (8:30pm)
—Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 Isaac Clowers
—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Jeremy Norris
—The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282
WEDNESDAY 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.
—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas
thursDAY, APRIL 11
—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 The Royal Tinfoil
Discotheque Thurs. with DJ’s DST and Matt Evans
—Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 Fire dancing and drum circle
FRIDAY $ 3 Pint of the Day
—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington Fried Lot
SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s
—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Open Mic Night (8pm)
SUNDAY 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day
N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354
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—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.;
—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 CJ Poythress —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Jim Quick and Coastline —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 Eddie Elliott (7-9pm)
friday, APRIL 12 Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ DST and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington DJ Battle
—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Liz Uhlman —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Onward, Soldiers; Jack the Radio —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJ Dane Britt (10pm-2am inside); Blind Lemon Pledge (8pm-12am tiki stage) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 Singlefin —The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282 Bootleg Dynasty
—Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Karaoke
—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 Gloria Spillars
—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm
—Holy Grounds Coffee House, 2841 Carolina Beach Rd.; 791-7366 Chris Edwards, Right?, Dirty Dakotas
—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville
—Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.;
343-8878 Bullfrog —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Ron Wilson and Raphael —Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 The Mantras —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Port City Trio (7-9pm) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. Bootleg Dynasty —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 L Shape Lot, Big Daddy Love —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BLP —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219
Saturday, APRIL 13 Piano —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 Songwriter Open Mic with Jeff Ecker (10pm-2am) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 Guitarist Mark Lynch (10:30am1:30pm) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 Karaoke (10pm) —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Piano —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251 DJ Milk and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington DJ DST and Matt Evans —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. Karaoke w/ Jeremy Norris —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 DjBe Extreme Karaoke (9pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 No Dollar $hoes —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Opera Outreach Program —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584 Bootleg Dynasty —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Tim Black, Jenny Pearson —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 DJ Dane Britt (10pm-2am inside); Jam Sandwich (8pm-12am tiki stage)
—Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 Quilted Sky —Hurricane Alley’s, 5 Boardwalk Way, Carolina Beach, 707-0766 Chowder Festival: Mark Roberts Band —Carolina Beach Lake Park, S. Lake Park Blvd. Bibis Ellison Band —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 Drunken Prayer —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 40 East —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 The Mantras —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 The Love Language, Jenny Besetzt, The Lollipops —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Michael Wolfe (7-9pm) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. Jam Sandwich —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219
Sunday, APRIL 14 Ben Morrow —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 Chris Luther (jazz) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 Open Electric Jam (amps and drums provided)@4:00pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Satellite Bluegrass Band —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 Skyfoot, Catalyst —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Raphael Name (7-9pm) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. Karaoke with Damon —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 Overtyme —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500
MONDAY, april 15 Electric Mondays w/ Pruitt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Josh Solomon Duo —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Irata, Virgin Lung, Lazer/Wulf, Manray —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500
Ramble Jacks —Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 7037253 Pengo with Beau Gunn
—Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773
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Jesse Stockton and Tom Shaw —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 DJBE Extreme Open Mic/Karaoke —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Karaoke with DJ Party Gras (9pm) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 World Tavern Trivia hosted by Mud —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 James Haff (piano) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Ectoplasm, No Tomorrow, Half Mast —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500
wednesday, april 17 Open Mic with Sean Thomas Gerard —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm
2 22MONDAY oz. Domestic Draft $ 5 Pizzas 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $
tuesday, april 16 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4 p.m. -7 p.m. & Sun 9 p.m.-close MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30 TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close) WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC • NO Cover 4/12 Jeremy Norris | 4/13 Switch 4/19 Plan B | 4/20 Shameless Prophets SUNDAY $2.75 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas Brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
$5 Pizzas Tuesday Live Music in the Bar TUESDAY 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine $ LIVE JAzz INDreams THE BAR 5 Absolut 50 Half$2Price Bottles of Wine Pacifico Bottles
Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $250 Wednesday $ WEDNESDAY 4 Margaritas $ $ 50 4 Peach Miller Light PintsMargaritas 1 Coronoa/ $ 50 $ 50 1 Miller Lite Pints 2 Corona Lite Bottles $ 50 $ 2 Corona and Margaritas/Peach Margaritas 4 Corona Light Bottles THURSDAY Thursday $ $ Appletinis 4, RJ’s Painkiller All Red Wine Glasses 1/2 Price5 $ 50 $Red Stripe Bottles 2 5 Skinny Girl Margaritas $ 50 $ 50 2 Fat 2 Tire FatBottles Tire Bottles $ 2 22oz Domestic FRIDAY Draft $ Cosmos 4, 007 $350 Friday $ 4 Cosmopolitan Guinness Cans $3 $ 50 $ 3Island OO7Sunsets • $3 Guinness 5 Saturday SATURDAY $ 4 Baybreeze $4 Baybreeze/Seabreeze $ 4 Seabreeze 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 $ 3 22oz Blue Moon Draft$ Select Domestic Bottles $ 2 Select Domestic Bottles2 SUNDAY Sunday $ Bloody$4Marys Domestic Bloody4,Marys $ 50 Pints $150 1 Domestic Pints $ Hurricanes 5 Find us on Twitter @RuckerJohns 5564 Carolina Beach Road, 5564 Carolina Beach Road (910) 452-1212 (910)-452-1212
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Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Well Vodka • $3 Surfer on Acid
Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Yuenglings • $2 Coors Light $4 Bloody Marys • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard @ 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 11 pm
—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Piano 7pm - 10pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Chanticleer —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584 Josiah Carr —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 TD MacDonald (rockin blues, 9pm12am) —The Trailer Bar, 1701 N. River Dr., Surf City; 541-0777 The Supervillains, Redemption —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 TD MacDonald (rockin blues, 9pm12am) —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 All entertainment must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.
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Saturday, April 20th 920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805
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DIRTY, SHINY ROCK: The Dirty Heads (known for hits like ‘Lay Me Down’ and ‘Dance All Night’) will play Ziggy’s on Wed., April 17th with Shiny Toy Guns (‘You Are the One’, ‘Stripped’).
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MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., durham, NC (919) 901-0875 4/10: The Supervillains 4/12-13: Gretchen Parlato Quartet 4/14: Esben and The Witch, Heliotropes 4/15: Gangstagrass, Gabe Smiley
THE ORANGE PEEL 101 Biltmore Avenue, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 4/11: Son Volt, Colonel Ford 4/12: They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch 4/13: BoomBox 4/17: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9th st., winston-salem, nc (336) 722-5000 4/13: Big Daddy Love 4/16: Shooter Jennings; Gangstagrass 4/17: The Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns
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‘GI Joe’ deux manages some inoffensive enthusiasm
this week in film
by Anghus on GI Joe: Retaliati
Ginger and Rosa
★ ★ 1/2 ★ ★ ★ is, The Rock,
Cinematique • Thalian Hall Studio Theatre Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St.
ill Starring Bruce W Adianne Palicki
7:30 p.m. • $8 Apr. 22-26: London, 1962: Two teenage girls are
othing like another attempt
at strip-mining my childhood to try and pry another $10 out of my wallet. I’m starting to feel like Hollywood is making obscene overtures toward me, or at least my demographic. Every goddamned movie coming out today seems like an attempt to capture a facet of my youth and adapt it into a new medium, like a creepy stranger trying to get me into the back of a van with promises of toys and candy. The latest nostalgic cash-grab comes in the form of “GI Joe: Retaliation.” “Retaliation” is an interesting choice for a suffix, seeing as that word aptly describes my feeling after seeing the original “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra” a few years back. It was one of those pointless, soulless cartoons with so many special effects that I half expected to end up with a seizure by the time the final credits rolled. It was a well-intended disappointment that made just enough money to warrant a sequel. It’s interesting to witness a sequel that seems to have made adjustments based on general consensus. I don’t think anyone was particularly offended by the first “GI Joe,” but there was a lot of snipping about the inclusion of Marlon Wayans and whether Channing Tatum had the acting chops to be a leading man. So what do the producers do? Get rid of Wayans and kill off Tatum in the first 10 minutes of the film. I was a little surprised by this course of action. First, because it’s rare to see a Hollywood studio completely reconfigure a franchise with the second film. “GI Joe: Retaliation” feels like a reboot. There is very little connective tissue between the first and second film. Director John Chu has streamlined the whole concept to make a more meat-and-potatoes-style action spectacle. They abandoned the silly science of the original—no more Ironman-inspired robot suits or epic undersea battles with 100 futuristic vehicles. There’s still over-the-top elements to it all, but the entire movie seems hellbent on stripping the most basic story elements from the first and getting on with a new story that features new characters. Like the “Fast and the Furious,” the producers reached out to The Rock to bring life to a
JOES IN ACTION: The Rock and Bruce Willis tagteam the action-packed ‘GI Joe: Retalition,’ appealing to nostalgia and the days of playing with plastic figurines. Courtesy photo
franchise in need of a jumpstart. Again, this seems weird for a series that is just now getting to the second film. The evil organization Cobra has secretly taken over the U.S.A. Shape-changer Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) has assumed the role of POTUS and is making moves to have the GI Joe’s framed for treason and butchered. Cobra Commander is freed from his underground prison and hatches a plan to rid the entire world of their nuclear weapons, thus giving them no ability to retaliate against his city-destroying super satellite. The only thing that stands in his way are a handful of remaining Joes, including Roadblock (The Rock), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and the silent ninja assassin Snake Eyes (Ray Park). While more rooted in “reality,” a word I use here loosely, the film pits a couple of really good soldiers against an entire army of high-tech terrorists. They have few resources and their backs are to the wall, but they do have one thing on their side that tips the odds in their favor: Bruce Willis. Everyone’s favorite senior soldier shows up as a franchise freshener playing the original GI Joe, General Joe Colton. With his help they put together a plan to defeat Cobra and save the world from being conquered. “GI Joe: Retaliation” is not without its charms. There’s a lot of corrections that make this film far more tolerable than the original—mainly the addition of The Rock who really has become the most charismatic and entertaining action hero of this era. He’s a likable guy and is capable of carrying really
mediocre material into watchable fare. The rest of the cast isn’t nearly as game. Bruce Willis phones it in harder than your old rotary dial landline. Only Jonathan Pryce manages to match The Rock in terms of enthusiasm for the material, playing the part of the presidential doppelganger, having a little too much fun as the Commander in Chief. No one is particularly bad in this movie, but so few seem really revved up about playing a personified piece of plastic. The movie isn’t awful by any stretch. It’s dumb fun. There’s some excellent action beats, mostly featuring ninjas. As far as bigbudget blockbusters go, it’s inoffensive and tries hard enough to be forgiven for much of its stupidity. This film did nothing to generate enthusiasm for further installments, but it could have been so much worse. I’d be hard-pressed to call “GI Joe: Retaliation” anything other than average, but for a live-action movie based on a cartoon, based on some action figures, it’s pretty lively.
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inseparable, skipping school together, talking about love, religion and politics, and dreaming of lives bigger than their mothers’ domesticity. The growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over Ginger (Elle Fanning), who is drawn to poetry and protest, and Rosa (Alice Englert), who shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. As the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls falls in danger. Ginger clutches to one hope: If she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she can survive her own personal devastation as well. PG-13, 90 min.
Gasland New Hanover Public Library Unitarian Universalist Fellowship • 4313 Lake Ave. 4/12, 7:15 p.m. • Free! Filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to uncover how gas drilling such as “fracking” or fracturing is impacting the environment and health of the people who lease their land or live in the vacinity of the gas drilling. He speaks with residents who have experienced a variety of chronic health problems directly traceable to contamination of their air, their water wells or of surface water. After, film discussion with a representative from the environmental community to focus on NC legislation intended to bring Fracking to the state. 107 min.
Books to Movies New Hanover Public Library • 201 Chestnut Street 4/14, 6 p.m. • Free! Leave the kids with a sitter and enjoy a movie based on a book, on the second Sunday afternoon of each month at Northeast Library! April 14th film is based a historical novel by Philippa Gregory, and that only adults will be admitted. 798-6371 for more information. The movie is free, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, no registration is needed. You may bring your own refreshments. All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at encorepub.com.
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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their awardwinning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer WEBSITE: www.bluewaterdining.com
Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFriday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List
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BUFFALO WILD WINGS
If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the Summer WEBSITE: www.buffalowildwings.com
HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE
“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s....you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week MondayWednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com
A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to
be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.
Holiday Inn Resort
Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com
Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try...you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! WEBSITE: www.ks-cafe.net
THE LITTLE DIPPER
Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com
north end bistro
We invite you to experience dining in Wrightsville Beach’s—North End Bistro located inside the Shell Island Resort. The breathtaking panoramic ocean views are complemented with menu items that will invigorate your appetite. Whether you are in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, our specialized menus feature the freshest ingredients prepared and presented by our dedicated service staff. Here is a reason to visit everyday—Weekday drink specials are offered both at the inside lounge or the poolside bar. If a refreshing beverage is what you desire, the only question is: Inside or out? So try North End Bistro for fun in the sun and a view second to none. You can observe the true island scene and absorb the true island dining experience. 2700 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Bch, NC 28480. (910) 256-8696 SERVING: Lunch: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Dinner: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. NEIGHBORHOODS: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Live local music 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday starting in May.
PINE VALLEY MARKET
Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their takehome frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.
until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 2561421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City FEATURING: Dog friendly locations
at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com
ASIAN BIG THAI II
From the minute you walk through the door to the wonderful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II offers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588 Serving Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m. Serving Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m. Neighboorhood: Mayfaire Featuring: Authentic Thai Cuisine
Website: www.bigthainc.com SZECHUAN 132
Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Lunch Specials
HIRO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE
What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and halfpriced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. WEBSITE: hirojapanesesteakhouse.com/hibachi
INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com
Tamashii Sushi and Spoons
The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. WEBSITE: www.sushiandspoons.com
From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South WEBSITE: www.ThaiSpiceWilmington.com
INDIAN TANDOORI BITES
Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.
IRISH THE HARP
The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER TuesThurs- day 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Breakfast at 5 a.m. daily. NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. WEBSITE www.harpwilmington.com
CAJUN BOURBON ST
as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laid-back American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.
A TASTE OF ITALY
At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar,
The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to broth-
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ers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly.com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! WEBSITE: www.ncatasteofitaly.com
WEBSITE: www.fatpub.com FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late
night menu from 11pm until closing.
is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. FEATURING: Weekly Specials WEBSITE: www.RomanellisRestaurant.com.
Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional—— specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-inyour-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! WEBSITE: www.pizzettas.net
A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 10am-Midnight every day NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). WEBSITE: www.epwilmington.com FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.
Fat Tony’s Italian Pub
Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique familyfriendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-and-match pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00 am - Midnight; Fri. & Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am. Sun. 12:00pm - Midnight NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown
Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays WEBSITE: www.sienawilmington.com
SLICE OF LIFE
“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 2562229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington WEBSITE: www.grabslice.com
JAMAICAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE
Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles.
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From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net
LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE
Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Nightly specials WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com
MEXICAN LOS PRIMOS
open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.
TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN
Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Coop Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-toorder sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi WEBSITE: www.tidalcreek.coop
Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Restaurantprimos
DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR
The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251.
Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar
Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “BohemianChic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. WEBSITE: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net
SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. WEBSITE: www.blockade-runner.com
Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; hieronymusseafood.com SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. WEBSITE: www.hieronymusseafood.net
Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. WEBSITE: www.OceanicRestaurant.com
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online WEBSITE: www.pleasureislandoysterbar.com
The Fortunate Glass
The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-2.a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Bubble and wine specials: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. WEBSITE www.fortunateglasswinebar.com
SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET
In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbe-
cue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.
SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE
Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sportsthemed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projec-
tor TVs in Wilmington. WEBSITE: www.CarolinaAleHouse.com
FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE
Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the
mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm WEBSITE: www.foxandhound.com
This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday -
Thursday 4-7 p.m. WEBSITE: www.hellskitchenbar.com
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tered with words like “Alfredo” and “beurre blanc.” One might draw the reasonable conclusion I’m not exactly dedicated to a low-fat diet. While I’m not giving up on bacon or butter, I must say I’m rethinking my belief that the only genuine treats one can bring to the dinner table involve a gargantuan caloric intake. Clean Eatz makes a compelling argument for flavor coupled with healthy living. Tucked away from street view on Racine Drive, sharing a parking lot with Blue Moon Gift Shop and The Gallery at Racine, Clean Eatz promotes the radical notion that food can taste good without forcing diners to use up a week’s worth of calories in a sitting. It may be an uphill battle in a country where “extra cheese” could be considered the 51st star and the 14th stripe on the flag. But I think they’re off to a good start. The concept is simple: No meal goes on the Clean Eatz menu with more than 500 calories or 10 grams of fat. Don’t look for an allyou-can-eat rib night any time soon. Even the desserts meet those strict criteria. Founded by Evonne White and Dan Varady, both fitness buffs who had their own struggles with nutrition, Clean Eatz offers café-style meals and meal plans to extend healthy eating habits throughout the week. Part of the fun of the place is the “local diner” feel of the interior. It isn’t elegant by any stretch of the imagination, but in place of ham-loaded omelets and triple-cheese burgers get healthful meals with accurate calorie counts printed on the menu. The walls are adorned with posters, offering inspirational gym slogans. For example, one suggests that if Columbus could sail the Atlantic aided only by the wind, then surely we could find our way to a workout. Though somewhat trite, I am sure they work for someone. I opened with the teriyaki turkey burger. Served on oat bread with pineapple and green pepper, the turkey patty proved surprisingly juicy. Very surprisingly. My main objection to ground turkey is its limited ability to hold moisture. I’ve never been served a turkey burger so moist. Add to it the salty teriyaki sauce and sweet pineapple, and the Pacific treat clocks in at only 390 calories. I couldn’t have been happier. My side dish also warrants mention. The fruit parfait, which admittedly might have been a bit heavier on yogurt than fruit, made an enormous impression. The key difference was a healthy dose of cinnamon to add calorie neutral flavor, which was as vibrant as it was healthful. The freshness
by Rosa Bianca Clean Eatz 203 Racine Drive (910) 452-3733 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mon. - Fri., 11 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m. - 3 ore than a good Bottom line: M tz aurant, Clean Ea health-food rest rant ... period. is a good restau of the apples and oranges burst through as well, making this a favorite side dish in my recent memory. I moved on to the BBQ chicken flatbread. Any diet-conscious restaurant which still allows a bit of mozzarella is OK in my book. Though the barbecue sauce was a little more watery than my preference, the smoky-sweet flavor proved spoton. Onions and peppers rounded out the sandwich and added nice texture. Again, at 360 calories, what’s not to love? One of my guests chose the “Build Your Own Bowl” option. By my calculations there are 174,720 permutations of bowls— and that’s assuming one doesn’t pay to add additional veggies or proteins. My friend had little to say about the quinoa, but he raved over the lightly seasoned chicken and fresh broccoli. The table also appreciated the eggplant portobello sandwich, the only vegetarian choice we sampled. Grilling the mushroom and eggplant lent a nice charred flavor to the dish, and red onion spiked it to a new level. And, well, you already know my feelings on the mozzarella. It was definitely a find for only 280 calories. Finally, the chicken honey-mustard pa-
JUICY AND HEALTHY: The Clean Eatz turkey burger contains lots of moisture to made with such a lean meat. Photo by Trent Williams
nini won acclaim, making the afternoon a clean sweep for Clean Eatz. Juicy bites of chicken co-mingled with a light honey mustard sauce. Turkey bacon lent a salty facet while crisp onions and spinach rounded out the texture. I found the honey mustard a bit offputting, but those who enjoy it will love this sandwich. Even the drink menu, though more limited than most eateries’, keeps to the healthy theme. Diners may pour themselves as much as they want from spigots offering cucumber-infused water, unsweetened tea or Crystal Light. I admire a beverage bar,
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17 years the pleasure island
Chowder Cookoff has cast its culinary tentacles into southeastern NC’s most creative chefs, in hopes of presenting hungry fans the best seafood-soup concoction possible. With magic dished out in every bite, the fund-raiser for the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce showcases all that’s great on the island, with Carolina Beach Lake Park as its backdrop, live music permeating the grounds, vendors selling food and beverages, and folks sampling and judging on the best from a host of competing restaurants. “This family-fun event is our kick-off for the season,” Greg Reynolds, assistant director of the chamber, says. “We purposely leave the definition of chowder as ‘loose’ as possible to encourage culinary creativity and to allow the respective chefs to be inventive and cuttingedge with their creations.” In the past, fans have indulged in creambased and tomato-based creations. Returning champions have proven their chops and have even gone on to win elsewhere in other competitions. “In recent years, we have had a run of Michael’s Seafood and then Havana’s winning the coveted People’s Choice, which both were a cream-based chowder heaped with plenty of seafood and other magic ingredients,” Reynolds notes. “Michael McGowan of Michael’s won this festival three years running and then went on to win the Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, Rhode Island, where he took 1st place honors for three years running and then retired the recipe from competition.” Last October, McGowan lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis. However, his wife, Shelly, will represent his legacy not only by judging the event but establishing a scholarship for a student joining the Cape Fear Community College Culinary Arts program. “We will have a booth set up for information, fund-raising and a tribute to Michael at the festival this year,” Reynolds notes. Other judges will include WWAY’s anchor, Chris Phillips, along with Wrightsville Beach Mayor Pro Tem Bill Sisson, radio personality Jim Whitmeyer, Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis, Carolina Beach Fire Department Chief Alan Griffin, New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Kure Beach Police Chief Dennis Cooper and Dr. Harrison Frank. Contestants come from across the tricounty area and include The Bistro in Carolina Beach’s Marriott, Shuckers Oyster Bar and Restaurant, The Sawmill Restaurant, Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant (2011 and 2012 People’s Choice winner), Shallotte’s The Grille, The Landing Bar and Grile and The Twisted Lime. The provide 35 gallons of
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chowder to serve to the masses. “With this selection of contestants, we are hoping for the chefs to think ‘outside the box’ and let their creativity run wild,” Reynolds says. “After all, this is a festival to win over a new audience and create a new masterpiece for the world to enjoy.” Any restaurant can compete as long as they apply through the chamber’s process, held each January. While focusing on chowder, the festival also hosts numerous food vendors for folks who wish to try a different taste. Onsite will be Shuckin’ Shack, Flaming Amy’s Burrito Bus, The Hot Dog King, Island Ice, CROWDED HOUSE: 3,500 people showed up to last year’s PI Chowder Cookoff, turning out record Funnel Cakes, Firehouse Kettle Korn, Silver numbers for the chamber’s seasonal kickoff event. Courtesy photo Coast Winery, Bannerman Winery and beer from R.A, Jeffreys. Bring some extra cash to purchase items outside of the $5 entry fee, which allots a sample from every competitor on a first-come, first-served basis (kids 12 and under enter for free). Also, there will be nonprofits represented at the chowder cookoff, such as the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, Step-Up for Soldiers and CB Fire Department. “The mission of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is to promote member businesses and to bring people across Snow’s Cut Bridge to vacation, shop, eat and enjoy all that Pleasure Island has to offer,” Reynolds says. “The monies raised will firstly defer the costs of the festival, as well as allow the chamber to continue with its mission of promoting the island and its member businesses.” Last year provided the most participants A small boutique wine shop ever, as the festival maxed out at 3,500 peospecializing in hand-picked wines from ple in attendance. For 2013, such crowds will around the world! enjoy live blues-influenced rock by The Mark Roberts Band. “Mark has played thie festival for us before,” Reynolds notes. “He consistently provides quality entertainment in his song selection and professional presentation.” • Craft Beer The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to • Specialty Mixers 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13th, with people’s • Wine Education Classes judging taking place from noon until 4 p.m. • Bar & Giftware Children will enjoy the park’s playground and • Wedding & Event Planning a Kidz Zone, featuring face-painting, a giant • Free Local Delivery inflatable slide and more. For an additional 605 Castle St., Downtown Wilmington fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the (910) 202-4749 entire family. www.WilmingtonWineShop.com
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weeks a year, but in doing so Wilmington, NC, welcomes upward of 300,000 people over five days in honor of the blooms. Since 1948, the NC Azalea Festival has opened the warm season on our coastline, not to mention provided quite a boost to the local economy to the tune of $51 million. Multiple celebrities and princesses, tons of parties and activities, along with home and garden tours to boot, pack the long weekend as downtown streets are closed off to foot traffic and entertainment. The 66th year of celebration encourages a host of civic and philanthropic happenings, as volunteers help host art shows, educational and family activities, and more. But before undergoing the hoards of people which flock our streets, keep in mind traffic patterns will provide a bit more congestion. Throughout the weekend, all city and county decks will be $10 a day to park (cash only). Naturally, during Saturday’s parade, access to the decks will be unavailable between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. On April 12th through 15th, from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m., downtown streets will be closed, including Water from Walnut to Market; Market from Water to Front; and Front from Red Cross. The city parking deck entrance on Market Street will remain accessible throughout the street fair, except during the parade on Saturday, April 13th, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second Street will stay open throughout the street fair, except during the parade hours on Saturday. The Water Street Parking Deck will remain open to monthly patrons until Friday at 6 p.m., and the Cotton Exchange lot will remain open until Friday at 6 p.m. For ongoing information throughout the festival,
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booths are located downtown during street-fair hours, or folks can log on to www.ncazaleafestival.org. The official offices are at 5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B-7.
Williston Middle School • 401 S. 10th Street April 13-14, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free Admission The annual boxing tournament will feature national and international competitors, including those from military branches. Sponsored by the NC Azalea Festival, Friends of Boxing and NC Amateur Boxing Association, the tournament will showcase boxers from all states, ages 8 to 16 and 17 to 34, including master boxers, ages 35 and up. Six divisions are set up from 55 to 220 pounds.
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
Various gardens around Wilmington April 12th - 14th, 10 a.m. - 6p.m. Tickets $20 Featured in Southern Living, the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour is one of the longest running and most popular tours in the South. Profits are distributed throughout the community as horticulture grants, as well as scholarships and conservative efforts. Over $83,000 was raised from the 2011 tour. The official ribbon cutting will take place Friday at the home of Lance and Meredith Lewis, located at 708 Forest Hills Drive. Folks are asked to park and use the free roundtrip bus service starting 8:30 a.m. at Stein Mart in Hanover Center. Buses will run until noon. For a list of all the gardens, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org
Cole Bros. Circus
Wilmington International Airport Thurs., Sat., and Sun., April 11th - 14th Enjoy chills, thrills and laughter at The World’s Largest Circus under the Big Top this year at Cole Bros. Circus. In 2013 the performances feature a trio of elephants, fearless flyers, camels, clowns, motorcycle maniacs, acrobats and much more. Brand new also is a white-tiger act and a high-wire troupe. The circus takes place at the Wilmington International Airport, with shows on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and an additional showing on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for VIP; $25 for reserved adult or $20 for reserved seniors and children. Tickets must be purchased at the circus during performance times.
American Legion • 702 Pine Grove Drive April 13th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 14th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $1 donation An event that’s fun for the whole family, the Coin Show gives kids free foreign coins to learn about currency from other countries. Over 30 dealers from surrounding states will be on site to buy, sell, and trade coins and currency. A $1 donation at the door earns you a raffle to win coin prizes. The event takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday until 3 p.m.
Historic Home Tour
April 13th and 14th, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets: $25, Children under 10 free
will be signing autographs in the Cotton Exchange alcove next to the Children’s Area. Performances throughout Saturday include: Dance Arts Conservatory, Performance Club, Techniques in Motion, Dynamic Footwork, DanZQuest, Carolina Gymnastics Academy, South East Dance Academy, Inspiration Dance Center Cloggers and NC Science Fair Live Demonstrations. Sunday’s performances include: NC Science Fair Live Demonstrations with Cape Fear Children’s Museum, South East Dance Academy, A Leap Above, American Step Dance, Encore Dance Center, Dance Express and Dance Express Cloggers, as well as as students from Holly Shelter Middle School.
An annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation, the Historic Home Tour shows off the architectural past of our community alongside its incredible history. It also serves to help protect and preserve the irreplaceable buildings across Wilmington by using proceeds to save properties from demolition. Since 1966, the foundation has successfully saved more than 200 historic properties. Tickets to the event are only $25. To see all 10 homes being toured, go to www.ncazaleafestival.org
WAA Juried Art Show and Sale
Children’s Art Contest and Show Hannah Block Center, 120. S. 2nd St. April 12th - 14th Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission Fine paintings from over 100 North Carolina and national artists are presented at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale, held annually by the Wilmington Art Association (WAA). The show will be hung at the home location of WAA, Hannah Block USO on 2nd Street in the Community Arts Center, and folks can drop by to see over 150 pieces of 2D and photographic artwork throughout the weekend. Proceeds from sales of the works benefit scholarship funds for one CFCC and UNCW student. Also hanging at the arts center throughout the weekend will be 16 chosen works from the annual Children’s Art Contest. Margaret Dill and Maddie Porter, both students at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, took the top honors in the elementary and middle school divisions. Dill won for her depiction of the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Belles, while Porter showcased a montage of her favorite Azalea Fest pasttimes. Over 286 entries from six public and private elementary and middle schools were considered. Each winner presented her work to Gov. Pat McCrory at the annual Azalea Fest Governor’s Press Conference.
NC Azalea Fest Parade
3rd St, Downtown April 13th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Led by Parade Marshal Gov. Pat McCrory, the annual NC Azalea Festival Parade is viewed by over 100,000 people. It showcases floats, marching bands, community organizations, horses, clowns and more. Celebrities, the Azalea Queen and her court, as well as the Azalea Princess, trek along downtown routes, waving to fans. It’s free to attend, but generaladmission bleacher seating is $5 and $8. Traffic and parking will be congested on Saturday, so keep in mind the decks with entry on 2nd Street will be open until 7:30 a.m. only on Saturday. Access to 2nd Street for these decks will be via Chestnut Street from 5th Avenue. Traffic from MLK will be directed off of 3rd Street via Davis Street, to 4th, and then to Chestnut Street. The WAVE Transit is providing shuttle services on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with pickup at Independence Mall, in the parking lot behind Firehouse Subs. They
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EARLY ARTISTRY: Margaret Dill (left) and Maddie Porter (right) of Cape Fear Academy showcase their winning artwork from the Azalea Fest Children’s Art Contest to Parade Marshal Gov. Pat McCrory during the festival’s Governor’s Press Conference last month. Courtesy photo
drop off at Dock and Front streets, and run every 15 minutes with a $2 each way ($1 for military and disabled patrons and free for students with ID); children under 5 years ride free with a paying adult.
Queen’s Coronation/ Celebrity Visits
Riverfront Park, Downtown April 10th, 3p.m. Free, Standing Event The 2013 Queen, Jennifer Wayne (granddaughter of John Wayne), will be inducted and crowned on Wednesday, April 10th at 3 p.m. at Riverfront Park, downtown. Arriving on the Henrietta III with her court, Wayne is best known as one of three from the singing group Stealing Angels. She also is a nationally ranked tennis player and currently is a part of “The Amazing Race.” Open to the public for free, folks will be introduced not only to the Queen Wayne but numerous celebrity guests attending the festival, such as “Bachelorette” Emily Maynard, young actress Peyton List, NC State basketball champion Chris Corchiani, Miss North Carolina 2012 Arlie Honeycutt, actress Alexa Alemanni (“Mad Men”), journalist and on-air host Win McMurry, Colonel Joe Kittinger, surfer Benjamin Bourgeois, as well as Azalea Fest board members and Azalea Belles!
NC Azalea Fest Street Fair
April 12th - 14th Friday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (fireworks, 9 p.m.) Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free • Downtown Wilmington The NC Azalea Fest Street Fair is a familyfriendly event, hosting over 200 arts and craft
vendors, 40 food vendors, four stages of live entertainment and a children’s area. Facepainting, jewelry, T-shirts, photography ... it’s all covered. New booths this year will offer wine, hot sauces, candles and local honey. Food vendors will be filling the air with classic carnival smells, like cotton candy, funnel cakes and, yes, even giant turkey legs. Fireworks will be shot off at 9 p.m. on Saturday night; come early to secure parking! For the first time the Street Fair will host the Street Fair Café where guests will have a place to sit and eat while enjoying a variety of entertainment (see page 14). The café will be located at the corner of Princess and Water streets. There will be an RV and Car Show on Front Street. In Bailey Park on Saturday and Sunday, the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association will provide classes and technique demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. The Street Fair will have information booths in four locations with daily sheets of all performance schedules available. Also, please, don’t miss out on the downtown merchants, all of whom are open for business during Azalea Fest. Whether stopping in at a local watering hole for an adult beverage, a restaurant for a quick bite or a retail spot to score a unique and personalized item representative of arts and culture in Wilmington, be sure to scoop up downtown merchant coupons at the information booths.
Children’s Area Street Fair
April 13th - 14th, noon - 6 p.m. Cotton Exchange Parking Lot On the 13th and 14th, from noon to 6 p.m., a children’s area at the Cotton Exchange will feature fun and entertainment for the young ones. There will be bouncy inflatables, and even a stage with children’s dance troupes and other performancers. Home Depot will feature plants for kids and the NC Science Fair will be provide demonstrations at their booth. On Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Peyton List
April 13th - 14th, noon - 6 p.m. Corner of Walnut/Front Street A multicultural stage will showcase ethnic performers dressed in authentic traditional costumes, doing everything from Irish to belly dancing and even exploring the moves in Mexican folklore. The shows take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A “Children’s Multicultural March” takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Stage performances by the cast from the award-winning musical “The Color Purple” will happen on Saturday, and local theatre troupe Techmoja will do a number from their musical “Dreamgirls” both days. See the full performance schedule at www. azaleafestival.org.
Visiting Ships Docking on Water Street April 12th through 14th Every year the NC Azalea Festival invites different visiting ships to join in celebration. Docked along the Cape Fear River, folks will be able to tour the ships and meet its crew, while seeing what life aboard the vessels is like.
Concerts See pages 14-15.
Official Artist/Artwork See page 11.
Pop-Up Shop 105 Market Street April 11th-15th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Though not an official Azalea Fest event, at 105 Market Street, in the heart of the festival, a Pop-Up Shop will be set up showcasing TAY HAM greeting cards, along with other art work. Endorsed by up-and-coming rap sensation Kitty, as well as sold at Edge of Urge, the cards won’t be the only attraction. Music videos will be streaming, and they’ll be giving away free posters of Wrightsville Beach by Logan Mock-Bunting with every purchase. Oh, and did we mention they’ll also be serving up ham biscuits and lemonade? Yeah, get there!
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other experience altogether. Of course, it was one of my favorite houses in Forest Hills, the lovely one with the yellow brick on the corner of Columbia and Colonial. I always wanted to see the inside, and now I was given the chance. The door opened and a sweet-faced 45-year-old brunette smiled, holding a little girl on her hip. “This is a lovely house,” I said, smiling back and looking around at all the tasteful, understated décor, primarily in blues and grays. “Thank you,” she gave a wan and strained smile. “This is Emilie.” She moved a stray strawberry curl out of the girl’s face. “Do you want to say hello to our guest?” Emilie gave for the adults and mint tea for the kids. I never me one of the wide-eyed appraising looks once saw Emilie go up to her brother. It may that children frequently give strange adults sound strange, but, dear Judith, have you ever and said nothing. known a small child not to be fascinated by an “It’s OK, you can be shy,” Mom said. “She older sibling? Especially one so much older and just came home from the hospital; this week therefore even more alluring? has been a little overwhelming for her.” It wasn’t only the fact that there appeared to Before I could respond, they moved ahead of be no expectation he would have any responsime down the passage way and into an immacubilities to care for her, but she never once aplate fenced backyard with a small putting green, proached him. But she was fascinated by my tree house and hot tub. notebook and pen, and spent the last hour very Now this is living. studiously mimicking me with a pen and some As it turned out, Barbara was a veterinarian, paper of her own, which she showed to her not the usual stay-at-home mother one expects mother, rather loudly demanding more attention in a neighborhood of high society’s school-aged as nap time got closer. children. I was shocked by this vet’s home. I had After you published “The Family that Golfs several vet friends throughout the years, and in Together,”Judith, I meditated on how to stay in each case the animals out-numbered the peotouch with Mac Cooke. I decided to go through ple living in the home by a factor of 10, at least. with using my New Year’s Eve curse—to accept “We have a pet cemetery,” Mac respondthe contract killer challenge despite my claim to ed when I asked if they had pets. He aimed a avoid victims 16 and under. Which brought me frightening and knowing smile at his mother. My to my next quandary: How can an adult woman stomach dropped. hang out with a 16-year-old boy on December “Over here,” he pointed, walking me over to 31st without raising eyebrows? a corner of the yard. There were paving stones, Something must have been in the cards for like the kind made from craft-store kits. Each Mac’s death. In an effort to boost membership, stone had a heart drawn on it; I counted eight Pine Valley Country Club announced it was large ones and four smaller ones. beginning “a new tradition” with a New Year’s “You have a high mortality rate around here.” Invitational. Besides the round of second-string The words came out in a whisper, my throat pros they managed to attract, they invited our tightening as my mind played back those horstate championship golf team from New Harific images form the pictures in the envelope. nover High School. Press releases went out. “Yeah, well, mom gave a bunch away as Once again, bingo! I covered the event for the well. We used to have...” he paused and sports column. looked heavenward, counting in his head while Mac’s dad was in high good humor, wanderhis fingers moved notching up totals, “about ing around, slapping all the boys on the back 12 cats altogether. We’ve had six dogs, four and dominating the room during the invitational. rabbits, five ferrets, two turtles. We still have I was happy to see Barbara, but she looked like 10 goldfish.” she was about to snap. Honestly, I had a nice afternoon. Barbara put “How nice of you to come,” she said, shakout a spread of chips and dips, with cocktails 36 encore | april 10-16, 2013| www.encorepub.com
ing my hand. “We really appreciated the first story; it meant so much to my husband. And me. Us both.” “It’s nice to see you again,” I responded. “I guess this is too late a night for Emilie? She was so cute.” “Thank you; I think so,” Barbara responded, casting her eyes around the room. “She has gone to spend time with grandma. We were up there for the holidays, and my mother is a bit lonely now, since my dad passed. They get on so well those two. We thought maybe she could brighten up the New Year for Grandma.” “You must miss her.” “I do, but you know we both work long hours, and my mother is home all day,” she retorted. “It seemed like a good idea.” She gulped her wine. “Just for a week or two. I really miss her.” She gave a half smile. “I’m sure you do.” “Do you have children of your own?” I shook my head. “I haven’t had a life conducive to that yet.” I sighed. “I’ve made some choices ... that haven’t made that work out. I guess my lifestyle wouldn’t be fair to a child.” “Do you want kids?” she asked, grabbing another glass of wine from the tray of a passing waiter. “I don’t know,” I smiled. “Sometimes when I realize I am at the end of the line and I look at things, like, I know this sounds crazy, but things like my parent’s books or the Christmas decorations that have been passed along for several generations, I know then that no one else will ever know the stories behind them. No one will care whether they end up in the trash or at a junk shop. It will all mean nothing after I am gone—it is then that I wish for children. But when I look at what that means for day-to-day life, I don’t know. I don’t know if I could do it. I don’t know if I could love someone that much and let my heart be hurt that much. It looks pretty scary to me.” I took a sip of wine. “I’m sorry, that’s probably more than you wanted to hear.” “No, it makes perfect sense.” She patted my arm. After a reflective pause, I continued. “But I am here for professional reasons, so I should go spend some time with the celebrities.” I squeezed her hand. “It’s nice to see you, and thanks for listening to me.” I interviewed the team again. The manger and president of the club both fawned on me, trying to get a good story. “So what do you think of the course here?” I asked Mac.
“Well, we’ve played here before,” he commented. “A couple of my friends are members at the New Club.” Founded in 1955, Pine Valley Country Club was still called the ‘New Club’ by a certain group of members of the Cape Fear Country Club—which had been around since 1896 when Mac’s father’s family had been founding members. “Well, it looks like you’ve got quite the rising star,” I commented to Mac as I gulped down a gin and tonic. “What are you going to do this year?” “I don’t know. Keep playing golf, I guess, and I have to take the SAT.” “Where are you planning to apply to college?” “I’m going to Carolina.” A certain and emphatic response. “Have you already been accepted? I thought you were only a junior?” “No I haven’t applied yet,” he said, “but that’s where I am going.” I remember college applications and choices as being fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. So Mac’s calm certainty surprised me until he began laying out the plan I recognized only too well: attending his father’s school, rushing his father’s frat, going to his father’s law school. Without him saying it I knew he would return here to work in his father’s law firm after a few years of partying and travel. Did the world really need one more Carolina fraternity boy? I asked myself. Would it notice if one less were here? Or did it even matter; would his subtraction really make that big a difference? It certainly wouldn’t change all of this, I thought, looking around the room. But it might make a difference to a scared little girl who didn’t seem to be living at home right now. Maybe a neighborhood full of animals, too. If he has already moved up from hurting animals to small children, where is this going to lead? At midnight I toasted the New Year with Mac: me with champagne, he with sparkling cider. “At home dad would let me have a beer,” he confided. It was October before the story appeared in the paper about a high-school senior killed in a fireworks accident. Do you remember, Jude, when you assigned me to write the “obituary/ fireworks are not toys” piece? When I went to visit the Cooke home, I was surprised at how composed and resigned I found Barbara. Mac had been gone for two weeks, but Emilie, with her strawberry curls, was home this time. She held on her lap a fluffy white kitten. “She’s my hope now,” Barbara murmured, mesmerized by her daughter. “Animals have always comforted me in times of pain, and how can you help but smile when you see that?” She indicated toward the kitten, licking the giggling, little girl’s face.
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EARTH DAY 2013 Earth day alliance returns to its roots and embraces parade! The Nature Brigade Parade will be lead by Mr. Mark’s Music (Futureshine Entertainment) Sat., 4/20, 1:30-2:15pm at Hugh McCrae Park in support of the Earth Day Alliance festivities. Mask/puppet making and recycled instruments workshops to prepare for the parade including one at the Children’s Museum of ILM, 4/13, 11am; another on 4/14, 2pm at Tidal Creey Co-op, and preceding the parade at the Kids Eco Zone, 11am-1pm, during Earth Day celebration. We will start the parade at the kids tent , 1:30pm, and walk a short path around the perimeter of the festivities and end up with a drum session in front of the main stage and then a eco jam with the Rapping Red Oak and the Nature Brigade (including members of Cosmic Groove Lizards & Broccoli Brothers). Calling all drummers and people who want to dress up as your favorite flora or fauna creature. www.Futureshine.com
CFCC BOAT SHOW 14th annual Cape Fear Community College Boat Show, 4/20. Presented by the CFCC Boat Building programs, the show serves as an annual celebration of the craft of boat building. Held on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown ILM, CFCC’s boat show attracts thousands of visitors every year. Feature over a wide variety of wooden boats, including kayaks, skiffs, and boats from the Simmons Sea Skiff Club. Fiberglass boats from professional boat dealers and boat building material suppliers from around the region will participate as well. Students in CFCC’s two boat building programs will exhibit their own work in wooden and fiberglass boat building. CFCC’s boat building shops will be open for self-guided tours. Kids can even build their own boat. A special tent will be set up for children to put together their own toy sailboat with kits donated fromHome Depot. The event starts at 9:30 and runs through 4:30pm. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit student scholarships.
JOB FAIR 4/23, noon-3pm. Miller Motte College will hold annual “Job Fair” April 23rd. All employers looking to hire, needing an intern or volunteers are encouraged to attend. This event will be open to the public. Entry fee for employers will be to bring a door prize (under $20). If you are interested in having a booth, please RSVP for this event at: Shannon.email@example.com. 5000 Market St.
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PORTALS LITERARY AND ARTS MAG Join us at the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery (CFCC’s Downtown Campus) on Wed., 4/10, 2:30-3:30pm, unveiling of the 2013 issue of Portals Literary and Arts Magazine! Presenting first, second, and third place prizes for all writing and art categories, as well as the Louise McColl Literary Excellence Award and Faculty/ Staff Award. The celebration will include readings, live music, cake and punch, and free copies of this year’s issue of Portals. We hope to see you there! PUB TRIVIA AT COPPER PENNY Pub Trivia at Copper Penny, Wed., 4/10, 8-10pm. Copper Penny, 109 Chestnut St., downtown Wilmington. Calling all science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers! Bring your friends to Copper Penny and test your knowledge of the Cape Fear Region as we celebrate the North Carolina Science Festival. Expect questions drawn from museum exhibits and our science programs. Join us for some cold beer and cool science! www.capefearmuseum.com. APRIL CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH April is National Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month. Locally, many events are planned to allow the community to demonstrate support of children, families and the agencies that work
hind Alderman Elementary School. Free, family environmental education event with a focus on carnivorous plants and conservation. Special activities include walking tours of the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden behind Alderman Elementary School; “flytrap” kids’ craft; live snakes from Halyburton Park; geo-caching plant scavenger hunt; presentations by retired biologist Richard Leblond and Dr. Phil Garwood (“Dr. Rocks”), geology instructor at Cape Fear Community College. 910 790-4524 ext. 200
2013 AZALEA FEST HOME TOUR The Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) announces the nine homes and one historic synagogue for the 2013 Azalea Festival Home Tour, Sat., 4/13, 1-6pm; 4/14, 1-5pm. The tour this year is a great reflection of the variety of architectural styles of the homes and religious buildings in four of Wilmington’s OK, so this won’t just be some regular ol’ pub trivia Register Districts. Ribbon-cutting night, with random questions chosen from random cat- National ceremony with local politicians, Sat., 4/13, egories. On the 10th at the Copper Penny in downtown 12:30 p.m. at TJ and Judy Porter’s Home, the Alexander Sprunt House at 1615 ChestWilmington, Cape Fear Museum will host Pub Trivia nut Street. Tickets: $25 and on sale at the from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. focusing only on the Cape Fear Azalea Festival Office, 5725 Oleander Dr, region of NC. In celebration of the NC Science Festival, and at the Historic Wilmington Foundation they’ll be extracting questions from the museum’s office at 2011 Market St Tickets available at all local Harris Teeter ($2 off with a VIC exhibits and science programs. Of course, lots of cold card), and at The Sterling House, The Ivy beverages will be served, too! Find out more by logCottage, The Fisherman’s Wife, The Transging onto www.capefearmuseum.com. planted Garden and The Proper Garden. Tickets can also be purchased both days of the event for $30 at any of the homes on the tour. HWF Members can purchase tickets for Walk between dock and Orange Streets. 9th $15. www.historicwilmington.org Annual Flower Launch to commemorate that “Children Blossom in Caring Communities.” RIMS ON THE RIVER Guest speaker, Chief District Court Judge, Rims on the River is an annual event that takes Jay Corpening. Musical accompaniment by place this year, 4/19-21, downtown Wilmington. Adelaide Brooks; the Trash Can Band. • 4/12, Cars and motorcycles dating 1980 and older 9am-4:30pm: Northeast Regional Library, free. line the streets of the historic downtown area, Community Forum “The Multi-Disciplinary Team with the Cape Fear River and the diverse colApproach to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect” lection of retail stores as their backdrop. This led by Jim Holler, national speaker, child advoevent has grown into a premier show, drawing cate and retired police chief and firefighter. Box a wide array of cars from the entire southeast lunch provided. CEUs available. Register: Jenregion of the state, as well as a few neighboring nifer Whitley at 791-1057 x15. states! Trophies for various classes of cars and motorcycles. Admission charge for vehicles is only a low $10, which covers the expenses of producing event. Event held on North and South Front St. all the way from Orange St., heading North to Red Cross St., near Cape Fear Community College. Free concert 4/20, with The Detroit Cobras; specials guests, The Phantom Playboys, The Mad Hatters and Andrew Kane and the Alibis. daily to ensure that children have safe, nurturing childhoods. 4/11, 4:30-5:30pm, on the Henrietta Riverboat Dock at the Cape Fear River
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THIRD ANNUAL FLYTRAP FROLIC Third Annual Flytrap Frolic Sat., 4/20, 9-noon, Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden be-
EARTH DAY 2013 KAYAK KLEAN-UP Sun., 4/21, 12:30-4pm, Moores Creek National Battlefield, 40 Patriots Hall Dr. Currie (Pender County), NC. Hosting a Kayak (and Canoe) Klean-Up of Moores Creek. Welcome individuals, groups, families, and students out to this unique experience. We will provide gloves, bags, water, and guidance on what to look for. All you need to bring is your canoe or kayak and your community spirit. Begins in the park at Patriots Hall with a brief safety message as well as a word from the chair of the Moores Creek Conservation Alliance, Nancy Keith. Afterward, 3pm picnic shelter for hot dogs, chips, and cold water, prizes for most trash collected/unique piece of trash collected. Matthew Woods, 910283-559. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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27TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association Parade of Homes: 4/27-28 and 5/4-5, noon to 5 p.m. www.wilmingtonparadeofhomes.com. Free to general public! MADE IN NC ARTS/CRAFT FAIR 4/28, noon-6pm: Made in NC: Brooklyn Arts & Crafts Fair, Wilmington’s modern art & crafts show, at the BAC, 516 North 4th Street. Celebration of local, original craftsmen and artisans at the Brooklyn Arts Center. Feat. 50-plus of the region’s finest, unique and fabulous artisans showcasing art, jewelry, clothing and accessories, household and garden items, and more! Local food trucks will provide nourishment, and the BAC cash bar will serve liquid refreshments. Admission: $5. Sign up as a vendor: Heather Thomson at 910-616-9882 or at heather@ brooklynartsnc.com. DOWNTOWN ILM FASHION WALK Downtown ILM’s Fashion Walk feat. nine boutiques, offering exclusive deals and first dibs on new styles, first Thurs. every month through Sept. 5/2, 6/6, 7/4, 8/1 and 9/5, 5-9pm. Incl. Aqua Fedora, The Wonder Shop, Island Passage, Return Passage, Luxe, aMuse, Edge of Urge, GLAM and Momentum Surf & Skate Shop. PENDER COUNTY SPRING FEST Join us in the Courthouse Square for a homegrown, handmade festival, featuring Pender County vendors, churches and non-profits that will provide a variety of foods and baked goods. The night before, you can kick up your heels at the street dance. 5/3, 6-10pm; 5/4, 9am-4pm. Pender County Courthouse Square, Burgaw, NC. 910-259-4844 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY The shops and restaurants in The Cotton Exchange will participate in a Free Comic Book Day event on Sat., 5/4. The “Superhero Circus” will offer fun and freebies for all visitors. Free comic books will be available in each of shops and restaurants in The Cotton Exchange. Many different titles will be available, and thousands are available, while supplies last that day. Activities, including two costume contests-one for the children and one for the adults. Visitors can dress as their favorite comic book characters for a chance to win prizes from the merchants in The Cotton Exchange.
charity/fund-raisers CF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity upcoming volunteer opportunities. Sign up: email@example.com. Schedule: 4/13, 8am-3pm, Porches & hardware (16 yrs & up); bring your own lunch; or Azalea Festival Parade. Walk with CF Habitat! • 4/20, noon-6pm, Earth Day Festival set up, day time & break down shifts available) • Ongoing: Become a ‘Lunch Bunch’ donor! Help edicated, hardworking construction volunteers by providing them with lunch; appx 35-40 construction volunteers.You can provide physical lunches (which Habitat can pick up) or you can donate funds for us to purchase lunch. LPHOH RETREAT WEEK Little Pink Houses of Hope Retreat Week provides a week of relaxation, fun and hope for breast cancer survivors and their familues free of charge, with meals, programs and activities for family. Folks who wish to donate a house, meal or activity—anything to make a family’s stay on Pleausre Island more enjoyable should
call Kate: 910-547-6470. CFLC YARD SALE Please join Cape Fear Literacy Council volunteers, students, and board members for our very popular annual yard sale! A variety of items will be up for sale on Sat., 4/13, 1012 S. 17th St., 7am-noon, including books, household items, small appliances, children’s clothing and gently-used baby items and toys. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchases. RED DRESS GALA Alpha Phi will be holding it’s 3rd annual Red Dress Gala on Sat., 4/13, 6:30pm, in UNCW’s Warwick Center. This philanthropic event is a silent auction to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation’s cause, which is women’s cardiac care. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets will be on sale until April 12th and are $20 for UNCW students and Faculty and $25 for the general public. Cocktail attire is encouraged! www.etaxialphaphirdg.eventbrite. com LELAND AREA ROTARY CLUB The Leland Area Rotary Club is hosting the L.A. Classic, an annual charity golf tournament, currently on its 3rd year, Thurs., 4/18, noon. Tournament will start with a shotgun start at 1pm, Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest. Proceeds from this event will benefit the many programs supported by the Leland Area Rotary Club in northern Brunswick County. Club meets weekly on Thursday mornings at 7:30 am at the Magnolia Greens Clubhouse, located in Leland, North Carolina. Welcomes guests and potential new members to their meetings. www.lelandarearotary.com DIRTY MARTINI FUND-RAISER Bring your best salsa shoes and moves to the Dirty Martini, located at 1904 Eastwood Rd., Suite 109, on 4/19, 6-11pm! We are celebrating the non-profit organization Voces Latinas and the community that we serve, with food catered by local Latino restaurants. DJ Millano will be attending and a Salsa/Bachata instructor will be instructing a short lesson. $2, $3 and $5 drink specials . Tickets are $10 with student id, $20/ adv or $25/door. Must be 21+ . (910)762-1870. WORK ON WILMINGTON Work On Wilmington, a project of the Leadership Wilmington Class of 2013, will demonstrate just how much can be accomplished in four hours when community members work together. Our sixth annual Work On Wilmington service day will take place 4/20, rain or shine. CAPE FEAR FAMILY DAY Cape Fear Family Day, 4/20, Wilmington Convention Ctr. Cape Fear Family Day began with the sole purpose of giving back to our local community through fundraising events and expos with the support of local small businesses. With a membership of over 40 small businesses they have already sponsored 2 events that has raised over $ 2,000. “Cornhole for Cancer,” Wilmington’s largest Cornhole tourney w/proceeds helping Chere Rice in her fight against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Free but donations accepted. Free Zumba Class, Bouncy House for the children, Dog Bone Toss for the younger kids and plenty more! To participate in the tourney: $20/team. www.capefearfamilyday.com/ events/cornhole-for-cancer. 910-524-6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 3K/5K TO END VIOLENCE 4/21, noon: Annual 3K/5K Walk/Run to raise awareness against gender-based violence. Funds raised from the annual walks go to the UN Trust Fund which provides grants to support
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local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls. Have fun and become educated before and after the walk/run. There will be zumba, giveaways, free blood pressure checks, blood glucose screening, Granny Neice’s ice cream, information from community organizations making the world a better, safer place to live in, and much more! email@example.com
Dash.” Registration 7am with the 5K beginning at 8am. The 1 mile run/walk and the Kids Dash will follow. $25 and early packet pick-up and registration is scheduled for 4/26, 4-7pm at TrySports. Proceeds support the programs, services and activities of the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. www.coastalncrunwalkforautism.com
CAPE FEAR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 4/24, noon: Presented by Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity with fashions from Drift Mobile Boutique. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required. There will only be one show this year so act fast, seats are limited! Carrabba’s Italian Grill Market Street, Wilmington Doors open at noon, show begins at 12:30
3RD ANNUAL BLUE JEAN BALL Blue Jean Ball, Bling At The Beach Shake the sand from your flip-flops and polish your bling. Assistance League of Greater Wilmington is going beachy this year with its 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball dinner-dance fundraiser. Frances Weller of WECT will emcee this casual event and guests can enjoy the sounds of The Imitations and dance to beach music, rock ‘n roll or soul. A silent auction with many exciting items will take place throughout the evening, 5/3, 6-10:30pm, Wilmington Convention Center. 686-9507. Tickets are $65/per person. Assistance League is a national all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose fundraisers have benefited more than 4,000 children, seniors, and families in need, in the greater Wilmington area. www.assistanceleaguegreaterwilmington.org.
HARRELSON CENTER Join the Harrelson Center for some frozen yogurt at the Fuzzy Peach in Porter’s Neck on 4/24, 3-6pm. The Fuzzy Peach will donate a portion of your frozen yogurt purchase to the Harrelson Center! Raffle prizes given. The Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center is a nonprofit center that provides collaboration for organizations that offer services to those in need. Partners: Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Cape Fear Resource Conservation and Development, Phillipians 3 Ministries, Phoenix Employment Ministry, Communities in Schools, Cape Fear Housing Land Trust, Drug Court, Chamber Music Wilmington and Centre of Redemption. 910-343-8212 NC RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM The 3nd annual Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism, 4/27, at the TrySports Field at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. 5K competitive race, a 1 mile run/walk along with a “Kids
CYSTIC FIBROSIS 5K WALK/RUN Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk & 5K Run on 5/4 at Mayfaire Town Center. Register: www. greatstridesnc.org TEAMS NEEDED: GOLF CLASSIC The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking golfers to play in this annual Southport-Oak Island Golf Classic. The Golf Classic will be held on Sat., 5/4, at the Oak Island Golf & Country Club. Format is 4-person captain’s choice with a shot-gun start at 8:30am.
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The 4-person team entry fee is $380 and includes green fees, golf cart, breakfast biscuit, coffee, juice, hospitality cart, lunch and two mulligan per player. Megan: 910-457-6964 or stop in at 4433 Long Beach Rd. GAME DAY AND SILENT AUCTION The GFWC North Carolina Sorosis Club is sponsoring a Game Day and Silent Auction fundraiser to benefit the College Park Elementary School Backpack Program on Sat., 5/4, 10am4pm, at 20 south Cardinal Dr. Prizes will be auctioned during the fundraiser with proceeds also benefiting the Backpack Program at College Park Elementary School. The fee for the Game Day is $100/table of four ($25/person). Becky Hart at 910-350-8040 or Brigitte Harris at 910-799-3812.
theatre/auditions PROM: THE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE 4/1-14 & 18-21: Originally commissioned by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis for its young adult programming, “Prom” is a template play, w/characters invented anew, and given Facebook identities, for every production. UNCW students will collaborate with visionary director Whit McLaughlin of New Paradise Laboratories Theatre. Every production of this piece is unique, featuring characters created by the actors. A mash up of the common end of high school initiation rite and a football game in eternity, PROM is a depiction in theater and dance of the famous high school ritual- the last party of your childhood. Students wear athletic uniforms under their formal wear and are penalized for excessive celebration on a dance floor covered in Astroturf. Kenan Box Office: 910) 962-3500 or www.uncw.edu/arts/boxoffice.html. GA $12; UNCW Employees $10; and UNCW Students $5. TOTALLY ‘80S MUSICAL REVUE Join us as we celebrate the totally awesome decade of the 80’s with a celebration of wonderful music presented by a fantastic cast of young performers. You’ll be transported back to the days of teased hair and stone-washed denim. Check us out at the Hannah Block Historic
USO/Community Arts Center 4/12-14, 7pm. ONE UP Auditions for “One Up,’ written by Ron Hasson and directed by Nick Smith, 4/15-16, 7-10pm. Hannah Block Community Arts Center. All ages/ genders/types welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org. ON BEING MISS CHANT, CLAUDE & MINNIE See page 9. THEATRE ON THE COMMONS 4/13, 11:30am, 1pm; 4/14, 3pm, 6pm: Free annual Theatre on the Commons, UNCW Amphitheatre, feat. “Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars,” presented by Stage Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. What happens when the strongest bunch of both of these groups band together and clash? Gear up for the greatest Battle of the Sexes you’ve ever seen filled with music, dancing, seduction, and, of course, Shakespeare’s words! Come on out for WILLIAM AND JUDITH 4/19-21, 26-28, 5/3-5, Fri/Sat, 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Browncoat Pub and Theatre presents a new play by Cody Diagle, “William and Judith.” It’s 1610 London and the Shakespeares,William, his wife, Anne Hathaway, daughter, Jude, and his sister, Judith., and his best friend, Richard Burbage, the famous actor, needs a play to reopen The Globe Theatre after the plague, and will take the first script ready. Directed by Nicole Farmer. $20 general admission, $10 students.111 Grace St. BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATER Thursday Night Live Improv with the Fruity Oaty Bars this and every Thursday. Free show where you find out what the actors are going to do at the same time as the actors! Doors, 7:30; hilarity, 8pm. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001 BROADWAY’S NEXT HIT MUSICAL Sat., 4/20, 8pm: If you enjoy comedy, music, theatre, laughter, giggles, onstage mayhem, jaw-dropping dexterity and lightning-fast creativity -- this show’s for you. It’s the improvised musical that’s created a slide-splitting legacy from coast to coast. The first act is a red carpet awards ceremony spotlighting four “Best Musical” nominees chosen from the audience’s suggested song titles... The second act pushes the envelope of possibility – an entire musical
-- created right on the spot. $16-$37, Thalian Hall, downtown. thalianhall.com or www.broadwaysnexthitmusical.com. THEATRE, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY Theatre, Culture, and Community, Thurs., 4/25, 7pm. CAM Members and Students: $5; nonmembers: $10. This performance reflects the work of students in the UNCW theatre department who are studying the practice of devising theatre; building from scratch an original piece of theatre. Choosing a theme that reflects an important problem in the world with powerful consequences on students’ lives and those of many others, they investigate the topic and create short performance pieces that are woven together into an artistically engaging “performance text” with music, dance, and drama. The struggle for human rights in personal, national, and international contexts will be the focus of each piece, exploring human rights through theatre work in the spirit of discovery and understanding. TACT TALENT SHOW Thalian Association announces the first annual TACT Talent Show, 4/26, 7:30pm at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Proceeds from this exciting event will benefit Thalian Association Children’s Theater and the HBHUSO/CAC, a major cultural resource for the Wilmington and the Cape Fear region. TACT Talent Show is open to children ages 8-18, with individual or group acts. Our goal is to raise money to fund our projects and encourage the creativity and development of area children with this fun family oriented event. Tickets are $12 with a $.75 preservation fee, available in advance at 910-341-7860 or at the door. For complete information about TACT Talent Show or to register online: tactshowcase.org. SHEA-RA-NICHI’S OMNI Shea-Ra Nichi “Omni,” a new work, Sun., 4/28, 3pm. Cameron Art Museum, Brown Wing Film Room. “Omni” is a dance piece in which dancer/ choreographer Shea-Ra Nichi attempts to express the idea of unconditional love. Omni is a prefix which means “All”, for the artist OMNI expresses our connection to all life. It is Shea-Ra’s attempt to define what love truly is through dance using her unique dance style the “Nichi Technique”. Nichi’s view is that love is selfless, that love is an energy that finds and calls on us to give of ourselves to something or someone completely with joy and compassion, the way earth and nature gives to all of us freely and ceaselessly. Nichi’s dance style is a blend of Brazilian, Haitian, Cuban traditional dance with other modern dance influences. The performance will conclude with Q&A. Seating is limited to 30; $5 members; $10 non. www.cameronartmuseum.com.
comedy CAPE FEAR COMEDY FESTIVAL The Cape Fear Comedy Festival kicks off it’s 4th year in the Port City. This year we will be using 4 venues for 22 comedy shows in four days. Nutt St Comedy Room, Soapbox Laundrolounge, Theatre Now, and Front Street Brewery will host 65 of the best young comedians in the country that have been invited to participate. Featuring Headliner Sean Patton (Comedy Central) and film screening of “I am Comic”, with Jordan Brady on hand to film for his new Film. visit www.capefearcomedyfestival.com for all great festival information. Tickets @ www.nuttstreet. com. Week long festival pass to all shows, $40 (or $30 at encoredeals.com).
JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE Every first Monday of the month will feature a stand-up comedy showcase. Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Cordero Wilson and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar.9pm; free. SATURDAY NUTT LIVE Saturday Nutt Live is a new sketch comedy show premiering at Nutt Street Comedy Room on March 30th at 11:30 p.m. We’re on the search for the best comedic actors available. If you have a head shot and resume great, if not, we’ll deal with it. If you have characters that you’ve created be prepared to perform those. If you write sketches, please bring a sample of such.Auditions will be held on Sat., 3/16, 2 p.m. Nutt Street Comedy Room (the basement of the Soapbox) 255 N. Front St. johnnyaction80@ gmail.com or John Gray 910-297-8709 NUTT STREET COMEDY ROOM Tuesday Improv, 9pm (no cover) • Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2) • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm (see website for schedule) • Saturdays, 11pm - SNL televised @ Nutt St. • Port City’s Top Comic Competition, 5/5-6, Nutt St Comedy Room, basement of Soapbox. Get tickets, www.nuttstreet.com. PORT CITY’S TOP COMIC Finals will face off the top 8 comedians that advanced from the preliminary rounds, 4/27, TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The local comedy scene has grown and Wilmington comics are eager to bring the trophy back home this year after a crushing defeat by Greenville, North Carolina’s Matt White in 2012. 9pm doors 9:30 showtime; $10 in advance $12 at the door. www.portcitystopcomic.com. 255 N. Front St.
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CHAMBER MUSIC ILM Chamber Music Wilmington’s 18th season offers four classical subscription concerts and two classical house concerts. Subscribe and save to receive: program notes in advance, first priority to the salon concerts and special notifications to “Meet the Artist” opportunities and pre-concert conversations, www.chambermusicwilmington.org. Single tickets, $25. Student & Military discounts available. Kenan Box Office: 910-962-3500. • 4/21: Aaron Diehl Concert, recent winner of the prestigious Cole Porter Prize from the American Pianists Association. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times as a promising discovery with a distinctive style and slow, gorgeous blues. Joined by long time trio partners David Wong (bass) and Quincy Davis (drums) for this exciting NC performance. 7:30pm, Kenan Auditorium. www.etix.com CAPE FEAR CHORALE Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, will present “Requiem” by Franz von Suppè in concert with orchestra at 4pm, 4/21, Roland Grise Middle School Auditorium, 4412 Lake Ave. Soloists are Nancy King, soprano; Sheila Bron, alto; Ryan Southerland, tenor and Johannes Bron, bass. The non-profit Chorale presents two free public concerts each year. Donations gratefully accepted. Chorale and future programs; www.capefearchorale.org. SPRING CONCERT UNCW Wind Symphony and OLLI New Horizons Band will present a springconcert at Ke-
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OLLI: THE MET WILMINGTON SYMPHONY The Met: Live in HD feat. by The Osher Life4/24, 4pm: UNCW Kenan Auditorium. Bring the kids and introduce them to the joy and excitement of an orchestra concert featuring the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, along with the Wilmington The Azalea Coast USA Dance group will be meetSymphony Junior Strings and Student Concerto Competition Junior Division ing on Saturday, April 13th, for their monthly Winner. Free tickets at the door. • St. dance at the NHC Senior Center at 2222 S. College Petersburg Sojourn, 4/27, 8pm, UNCW Road. There will be a group lesson from 6:45 p.m. Kenan Auditorium, Paolo Andre Gualdi, piano. Tchiakovsky’s passionate Piano to 7:30 p.m. A partner is not necessary to attend, Concerto No. 1 recevied its Russian and their will be a mix of ballroom and Latin premiere in this cultural heart of modern music playing. Admission is only $8 for members day Russia, as did Shostakovich’s Symor $10 for nonmembers ($5 for military or $3 phony No. 9, a work of Mozartian lightness the composer described as “a joyfor students with ID). The dance takes place from ful little piece” in which “a bright mood 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 910-799-1694. predominates.” • Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates10th anniversary season. Free Family Concert, 4/28, 4pm. long Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW; all The concert will feature young pianist Daniel shows Sat.,12:55pm. Schedule: 4/27 (noon) Cheng, the Junior Division winner of the Annual Giulio Cesare, w/countertenor David Daniels Student Concerto Competition. This season and Natalie Dessay; baroque specialist Harry finale celebrates the 10 Year Anniversary of the Bicket conducts. Season: $235 or indv. $30/ Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. Alumea; $20 for OLLI members. www.uncw.edu/ ni musicians are encouraged to attend. Kenan metopera or 910-962-3195 Auditorium. Tickets are by general admission, and available at the Kenan Auditorium box ofMUSIC AT FIRST Piano concerts from Domonique Launey will be performed as part of the Music at First program from First Presbyterian. 4/28, 5pm: Solo recital performing Debussy, Back, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. Concerts at First Presbyterian are free, but donations welcome. Concert at Kenan Chapel requires seats 3 weeks in adv (only 150 available).
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SPRING RELIGIOUS ART WALK Wilmington Faith & Values will host its Spring Religious Art Walking Tour, 4/21 and 28, 3-5pm, of the art inside six downtown worship spaces. Each tour will begin at St. Mary Catholic Church at 412 Ann St. and continue to First Presbyterian Church, St. James Episcopal Church, Temple of Israel, First Baptist Church and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. $10/person suggested donation. Tours are a benefit for the news nonprofit Wilmington Faith andValues, http://wilmingtonfavs.com. 910-520-3958.
FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture,
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IVEY HAYES RETROSPECTIVE The Bellamy Mansion Museum Art students from Roger Bacon Academy will be showpresents”Ivey Hayes: A Retrospective casing works under the direction of Ms. Brianna Cox A Special Exhibit” through 5/17. Ivey in “From Our Perspective” downtown Wilmington, S. Hayes was born August 15, 1948 in Rocky Point, North Carolina, and has Water Street. In conjunction with River to Sea Gallery, a strong connection to the area he 19 works will be on display showcasing the basics of grew up in. He was one of few painters art and design in landscape, color balance and the use from the area to be so involved with of various mediums. Subject matter contains circus anithe land and its people. Hayes used acrylic paintings and water colors to mals, floral studies and more. Meet the students durdepict rural scenes familiar to him. On ing the opening reception on the 11th at 6 p.m. in the display will be original pieces, and reChandler’s Wharf Atrium. productions will be accessible for purchase. Suggested donation or as part of our regular tours. 503 Market St. (910) 251-3700 from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 4/26, 5/24 Rhonda BelTHE BROWN WIDOW ART COLLECTIVE lamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 4/19: The Juggling Gypsy. This is the ribbon101. www.artscouncilofwilmington.org cutting event for The Brown Widow Art Collective. Music and Arts Fest to help artists reach PORT CITY POTTERY AND FINE CRAFTS out to their local community to share ideas, Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts will be celebratmake contacts, and flourish together as one. It ing it’s 6th Anniversary on Fri., 4/26, 6-9pm is a free event, however donations are accepted during 4th Friday Gallery Walk. We are a coand all money will be divided equally among the operative gallery dedicated to local hand-made, performers. There will also be a canned food one-of-a-kind three-dimensional art. Join us drive for the Disciple #2 Food Bank and Thrift for our celebration with door prizes of artwork Store. Brown Widow Collective: evbot93@yaevery 15 minutes! Refreshments served. The hoo.com Cotton Exchange, 309 North Front Street, 910763-7111. Free parking behind The Cotton ExCHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER change. www.portcitypottery.com Christopher Alexander presents “Lacquer Paintings Hue, Vietnam,” through 4/20. Prior to BAIT the establishment of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Acme Studios opens ‘Bait’ on 4/26, 6-9pm, with de l’Indochine in the early 20th century, lacquer artist reception. Show feat. variety of works by techniques were used exclusively as decorative Acme artists as part of their spring group show. handicraft for household items. French profes711 N. 5th Ave. sors at the Hanoi school of art encouraged stuCONTRAST dents to use the traditional lacquer medium in Paintings, drawings, and prints by E. Francisca more contemporary western methods, creating Dekker and Benjamin Billingsley, opening recepa new visual language unique to Vietnam. Altion 4/26, 6-9pm. Two different people, two difexander was inspired after visiting Vietnam in ferent cultures, two different styles—a perfect 2004 and eventually living there for three. His contrast! Guests are invited to meet the artists show tells stories about living in Hue, the food, and WHQR staff while enjoying great food and the people, and his 50cc motorbike. Bottega wine. Opening night will feature a fantastic perArt and Wine Gallery: 208 North Front St. Tues/ formance by local jazz pianist Julia Walker JewWed, 4pm- 1am; Thurs- Sat,2pm-1am. ell and live illustration by E. Francisca Dekker. ENERGY AT PLAY WHQR MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front St. Ste Energy at Play featuring the recent works of 300. 910-343-1640. A portion of the proceeds Wilmington artist Ann Parks McCray at New from any sale of art benefits WHQR. Additional Elements Gallery. With bold strokes and a colorreception: 5/24 Regular Gallery Hours: Monful palette, Ann Parks McCray utilizes a layering day-Friday, 10-4 pm. technique to build texture and pattern into the WILMA DANIELS ART GALLERY surface of her paintings. This tactile quality of“Saved” is a collaborative project by Jody fers an energy and vitality that ranges in intenServon and Lorene Delany-Ullman that will exsity depending on her choice of colors and subhibit the month. Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery. ject. On display through April 20th.201 Princess “Saved” is an ongoing photographic and po-
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WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION Wilmington Art Association is pleased to have Todd Carignan lead a three-day The USS NC Battleship Association Crew will repainting workshop in conjunction with the unite and share stories while visiting old pals dur31th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and ing the association’s annual meetup on the 17th. Sale. Spend three days learning how to see the human figure and interpret what Helping found Friends of the Battleship, the crew you see. This workshop is suitable for volunteers hours and has donated artifacts to the all skill levels and any medium. $250 for NUDES, NAKED LANDSCAPES, DEADLY SINS museum. On the 20th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the members; $275 for non-members. Reg. Artist Janette K. Hopper presents “XXX: Nudes, public can attend Battleship Alive and see how life www.wilmingtonart.org or 910-620-0955 Naked Landscapes and the Seven Deadly Sins” • The Hannah Block Historic USO and was on the ship during wartime. Demonstrations at 621N4TH Gallery. With MFA from the UniverCommunity Arts Center will also host the and interpreters will be on site to showcase and sity of Oregon, Hopper has taught in Denmark, Wilmington Art Association Azalea FestiGermany and in the United States at Columbia explain crew duties; free with admission! val Juried Art Show, 4/12-14. The historic Basin College WA, Central Michigan University building was the home of the opening cerand, as the Art Department Chair, at the Univeremony for the first North Carolina Azalea Fessity of North Carolina Pembroke. Her work has tival in 1948. Come and view all the NC Azalea been shown and collected extensively in museFestival art in the place where tradition began, ums, public venues, colleges and universities MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM corner of Second and Orange streets. and in private galleries nationally and internaTopsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum tionally in Canada, Germany, France, Bulgaria, PROJEKTE features the rich history and artifacts of this Holland, Italy and Denmark. Work is on display “Dream a lil Dream”—creation of images, area from prehistoric to present time. Exhibits: through May. 621 North 4th St., downtown ideas, sensations and emotions that occur in Operation Bumblebee, missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II; Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island; WASPS, group of young, daring women who were the first female pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII; Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of 10 pirates in the Carolinas including the infamous Blackbeard; Shell Exhibits, and intricate seashells from all over the world as well as Topsail; and more! 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; after Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488. topsailmissilesmuseum.org. UNCW JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT CONCERT
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CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Exhibits: Fragments of War ( through 5/5): Explore the local experiences of the Civil War through the artifacts and documents that have survived to help us imagine what life was like during the conflict. • Collection Selections: Breakfast (through 7/14): View a selection of artifacts that document how Wilmingtonians made breakfast at home and also represent the Port City’s breakfast eateries of the past and present. See how breakfast preparation has changed yet remained the same over the last two centuries. • Impressions of the Lower Cape Fear (4/10-10/27): Take a photographic journey of southeastern North Carolina...a region rich with diverse habitats, wildlife, culture, and history. Featuring more than 100 printed and digital works by Cape Fear Camera Club members.. Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. capefearmuseum.com.
CAMERON ART MUSEUM Through 4/14: From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell. • “Here & Now: A Decade of Contemporary Acquisitions” through 7/21. Focuses on an exploration of contemporary acquisitions to the permanent collection since the establishment of the Cameron Art Museum in 2002. Some of the most famous artists in the exhibition are Romare Bearden, Sam Francis, Donald Sultan, Mark Flood, Viola Frey, Leonard Baskin, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Jim Dine and the newest acquisition by Shahzia Sikander. • Pancoe Art Education Center’s Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the Exhibition Cases Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. TuesSun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum
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BATTLESHIP 4/17-20: USS NC Battleship Association Crew Reunion to share stories, visit old friends and make new ones. Assoc. has given thousands of artifacts, recorded oral histories, donated funds, helped found the Friends of the Battle-
ship, volunteered countless hours, and served on the USS NC Battleship Commission. • 4/20, 8am-5pm: Battleship Alive w/paid admission. “Living History” weekends bring historical events, places and persons “alive” for the public by demonstrating various aspects of the past and allowing interaction with the interpreters. See daily life and routine of the crew aboard, explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrating activities that occurred aboard the ship. WAVES/ Home Front interprets the lives of women who served in the Navy and of the d women on the home front during the war. Junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. www.battleshipnc.com.
members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www.cameronartmuseum.com or 910-395-5999. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • Thurs., 4/25, 6:30-9pm, the Bellamy Mansion Museum is pleased to announce John Golden and a host of celebrated local musicians will be performing. It will be an evening of great music on the lawns at the Bellamy Museum. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for students. We hope to see you there! 910-251-3700 or email email@example.com. Reservations accepted but not necessary, hours run 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday 1pm-5pm. www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Young Writer’s Club 2pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause.
Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. www. playwilmington.org WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. wbmuseum.com. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. Housed in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4/family and includes access to entire Museum. Admission for 2012 only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St.910-763-2634, on 10/13-14, 10am: Fun for all ages! Drive trains, learn how to build models, check out merchandise, free whistles for kids, enter-
tainment, refreshments, and more! Great family event benefits the Wilmington Railroad Museum. Only $5 per person, kids under age 5 free!
CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy.” and “Sheena”, a 23ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St, across from the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Front and Water Street. (910) 7621669 or www.capefearserpentarium.com.
SMITH CREEK KAYAK AND BIRD WATCH New Hanover County Parks & Gardens for a day of fun and discovery on Sat., 4/13, 8am2pm, Smith Creek Park (633 Shenandoah St.). Free, held in partnership with Hook, Line & Paddle, Wild Bird & Garden and Cape Fear Audubon Society. 8-9:30am, Environmental Educators will lead participants on a walking trip around Smith Creek Park to discover the many bird species that inhabit the freshwater lake and surrounding area. Participants should For individual, season, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars you have tickets them. Kayakcall demo will take orifgroup place from 10:30am-2pm and will give participants the opportunity to try out a variety (910) 777-2111 ext. 15 of nonmotorized water craft including kayaks, canoes www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com and stand up paddleboards under the supervision of certified instructors. All ages and skill
BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum Upcoming Home Matches in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum houseBarracuda in NC, restored April 19 vs Antigua FCwith 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. CoMay 3 vs Richmond Kickers lonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd May 10 vs Rochester Rhinos and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, May 18 vs Los Angeles Blues 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www. burgwinwrighthouse.com. June 1 vs Phoenix FC Wolves
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RUNS AND 5KS 4/13: Son Run 5k. 8:30am. Wrightsville Beach Park. http://wilmingtonroadrunners.org/events • 4/21: 5k Race for the Planet. 7am register; 8am race. Earth Day event. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. 910-458-7468; www. ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher/5k-race-for-theplanet-2 • 4/27: Coastal NC Run for Autism. 8am. Mayfaire Town Center, Wilmington. http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default. asp?ievent=1052901 • 4/27: The Great Glow Run 5k. 8pm. Hugh MacRae Park, Wilmington. http://www.greatglowrun.com • 4/27: Step Up For Soldiers Combat Mud Run. 8am. National Guard Armory, Wilmington. http:// its-go-time.com/event-registration?regevent_ action=register&event_id=67
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COASTAL CAROLINA CURLING CLUB The Coastal Carolina Curling Club is hosting a ‘Learn-To-Curl’ event at the Wilmington Ice CAPE FEAR INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 5/9-12, CFI Film Fest feat. fantastic films, semiHouse on Sat., 4/20, 5pm. Open to the public nars and special guests at the Wilmington Conand the cost is $20/person. Pre-reg. advised. Participants will meet club members and learn about the club. There will be an introduction to curling, on-ice instruction, and the chance to deliver some stones, sweep, discuss game strategy, and learn Thalian Hall will welcome a special, interactive onemore about the Winter Olympic sport of hour musical to help children learn the value of curling. firstname.lastname@example.org or call proper nutrition! At 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on 910-520-2670. www.coastalcurling.com.
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Wednesday the 17th, Kid Power: Operation Lunch SURF COMPETITIONS Line 3D will showcase visual effects as kids learn 4/25-28: Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard Event. A national qualifier race for about Max, whose eating habits leave him lethargic the World SUP Championships. Feat. pro and unhealthy. Audience participation will ensure athletes like Danny Ching, Eric Terrien and students educate and motivate max to learn to balCandice Appleby. All ages and ski levels. ance nutritious eating and exercise. Tickets are only 13-mile Graveyard Elite race, the 6.5-mile $6 at www.thalianhall.com. Money Island race, the 3.5-mile Harbor Island race and the Kids Turtle race. Fees vary. Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach.http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/ vention Center. The festival has teamed up with about-the-carolina-cup the Port City Pop Con to maximize entertainPAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN YOGA Pay-What-You-Can Yoga Downtown Mon and Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm 128 South Front Street inside or on the Riverdeck at 128 South Events. 910-508-1621 NABERDODGE.COM 5K 4/27, 8am. OIB Community Center. Reg: $25 now until 4/9; $30, 4/10-26, and $35 on race day! www.SPORToften.com/keyword: Naber. Packet Pick Pick-Up: Fri., 4/26, 4-6pm, Naber Chyrsler Dodge Jeep Ram in Shallotte or race day from 6:30-7:30am. Benefits Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs of Brunswick County.
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HALYBURTON PROGRAMS Bird Hike Trip: Lake Waccamaw, 4/28, 8am3pm, $10. The NC Birding Trail is a driving trail to link birders w/great sites across the state and local communities. Ea. month the park explores a different one along the Coastal Plain Trail. Prereg. rqd: 910-341-0075. 910-341-0075. PING PONG THROWDOWN The Brooklyn Arts Center is excited to announce the “Port City Ping Pong Throwdown,” 516 North 4th St., Fri., 5/3, 4pm. Open play after the tournament. Wilmington Table Tennis Club presents event and all players are welcome: playing for fun, playing for keeps. Eight tables, cool tunes, cash prizes for top finishers, and lots of room for cheering fans.Food truck parked to feed the crowd and BAC cash bar open. Player registration fee is $10; non-player admission is $5 and includes a beer and a raffle ticket. Raffle is sponsored by Omega Sports, so expect some excellent Ping Pong gear, concert tickets for shows at BAC, t-shirts, tote bags, koozies, and more. Player registration is at brooklynartsnc.com. MEN’S 4-ON-4 OUTDOOR B-BALL LEAGUE The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department presents the Summer 2013 Wrightsville Beach 4-on-4 Outdoor Men’s Adult Basketball League. Games are played Mon.-Thurs., 6-7pm, beginning 5/28. Reg. begins Mon., 5/6, at the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation office located at 1 Bob Sawyer Dr. www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS Through 8/17: Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer Season. Home games at Legion Stadium,
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ment value.Films and celebrities can both be found at Wilmington Convention Center on Fri/ Sat. In addition to two days of screenings at the Wilmington Convention Center, the festival will return to the Browncoat Theater for a number of screenings and events. Promotes works from filmmakers both regionally, nationally and internationally, to help connect filmmakers with cinema enthusiasts and celebrate unique films from exciting new voices. Invitational feat., “Heart of the Country,” starring Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”), w/ other highlights: world premiere of “Cannon Fodder,” “Basilisk,” “How to Make a Superhero,” and more! Kicks off 5/9 w/regional showcase, fantastic shorts, and ends with gala celebration at the Wilmington Film Awards. http://cfifn.org.
THEATRE NOW MOVIE NIGHTS Movie Night, Sundays at 6:30pm (check website for weekly listings): Big screen movies, w/ kitchen open for some tasty treats, feat. fresh food options. Home to the non-profit organization, Theatre Network of Wilmington, Inc., whose mission includes theatre arts education to school aged children. Theatre NOW: 10th and Dock streets. www.theatrewilmington.com.
kids’ stuff DAR HE: THE STORY OF EMMETT TILL Fri., Apr. 19, 8pm. Student performance at 10:45am, grades 8-12. In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to Mississippi with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He stepped off the train into a world of thick color lines, hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. This riveting play, brought to life by acclaimed actor & playwright Mike Wiley, chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. $14-$25. Thalian Hall, downtown. thalianhall.com. www.mikewileyproductions.com KIDS AT CAM Kids @ CAM, 4/20, noon-3pm. Members, $3/ child; or non-members, $5/child, adults free. Come enjoy an afternoon of creativity and imagi-
nation! Make art you can take home, explore our new exhibition of Contemporary art, fun for the whole family. We will be celebrating the young artists who participated in our Children’s Studio project made possible through a generous grant from the Landfall Foundation. All ages; no prereg. necessary. Parental supervision required. www.cameronartmuseum.coml
LEARNING CENTER CF MUSEUM “Fun and Fungus,” 4/20, 27, 1-4pm. Enter the intriguing world of fungi! Learn to identify the mushrooms in your neighborhood. Make a model of your own mushroom and see how you can collect mushroom spores. Use nature’s recyclers to grow your own edible mushrooms and harness the power of fungus to put fizz in your soda! Parental participation rqd. Free for members or with admission. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. www.capefearmuseum.com.
KID POWER: OPERATION LUNCH LINE 3D Wed., 4/17, 9:15 & 10:45am. Recommended for grades K-6; study guide available. Operation Lunch Line is a highly interactive, one-hour musical designed to help children learn the value of good nutrition and exercise. Using spectacular visual effects in 3-D, the audience joins Kid Power on an amazing journey inside the human body of a boy named Max, who feels lousy because he doesn’t eat or move properly. Through audience participation, students educate and motivate Max, and learn that they, too, are filled with all the “Kid Power” needed to feel great by balancing food and exercise. Thalian Hall, downtown. www.kidpowerprograms.com. www. thalianhall.com.
SPRING CONSTELLATIONS Cape Fear Skies: Spring Constellations, 4/21, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm.Venture into our portable planetarium to identify patterns of stars found in the spring sky. Learn to recognize seasonal constellations. Parental participation rqd. Free for members or with admission, Cape Fear Museum. 814 Market St. www.capefearmuseum.com
SMART START NHC What does Chutes & Ladders have to do with New Hanover County’s kids? MomsRising, The First 2000 Days Campaign, and Smart Start are coming together to host a giant community game. We’ve created a huge Chutes and Ladders board that highlights the investments that move NC’s children ahead or set them back-investments like early learning, education, child care, infant mortality prevention, and health care. It’s a fun, powerful way to remind our communities and leaders that investing in kids means investing in NC’s future. The board is headed your way. Mark your calendar and plan to bring thewhole family out to play, 4/26, 10am-noon. 3534 S College Rd. email@example.com
HEALTHY KIDS DAY Empie Park, 3405 Park Ave. A free family event, ages 2 and up. Sat., 4/27, 9:30am-1pm. Animal adoption fair, face painting, games, bouncy houses, vendors, open fire station w/kids activities, sports stations (tennis, b-ball, golf, etc.), prizes and giveaways! Info for a booth and/or sponsorship opportunities: Tari Ann Toro at tari. firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-341-4631.
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lectures/readings BEN MILLER Lookout Books celebrates author Ben Miller, and the release of his debut memoir, “River Bend Chronicle: the Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa.”Ben will give a reading in the newly renovated Kenan Hall courtyard on the UNCW campus at 7pm on Sun., 4/14., ollowed by a reception and signing in Kenan Hall. Robert Campagna’s documentary photographs, featured in River Bend Chronicle, will also be on display for the event. Free. TEXTILE TALK 4/18, 7pm: Learn more about how professional conservator Patricia Ewer of Textile Objects Conservation in Mound, Minnesota spent almost 300 hours conserving three Civil War-era artifacts for the Museum. From vacuuming and wet cleaning to backing and patching, Ewer will highlight how these methods preserve artifacts for future generations. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 910798-4362. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market
St. www.capefearmuseum.com; $5-$7. WHAT MAKES COMMUNITIES GREAT Area business leaders will gather on Fri., 4/19, at the 146th Annual Meeting of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, to hear from Jay Garner, a leader and innovator in economic development. He will discuss the characteristics that successful communities in North America have in common as they work to advance their economic vitality. According to Garner, communities and regions that are adaptable, flexible, have an excellent product to present and understand the value of quality public and private leadership are those that consistently win in the economic development arena, whether it’s in business recruitment, entrepreneurial development or business retention and expansion. $45 per person. Nikki : 910-762-2611 ext. 203 or email@example.com. WOMEN OF HOPE PHYSICIAN’S FORUM 4/23, 6-8:30pm: Women of Hope present Physician’s Forum, moderated by Bob Townsend from WECT. Survivors reception, 6-6:45pm; forum, 7-8:30pm. Executive Development Center, NE Public Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Trail. 910367-3281. womenofhopenc.org. A HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH 4/25, 7pm at Latimer House: New Hanover County Health Director David Rice gives a talk on the history of public health in New Hanover County, discussing the work of doctors and public officials in maintaining and improving Wilmington’s health from the 1700s to the present day. Tickets are $5; 910-762-0492. Seating is limited. Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear, 126 South 3rd St. 910-762-0492 ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB Cape Fear’s Going Green Environmental Book
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classes/workshops 2013 B. FRANK HALL-MEGIVERN INTERFAITH 2013 B. Frank Hall-Megivern Interfaith Conference at UNCW: 4/11: 7:30-9pm: “Scripturalization as Violence” by Dr. Vincent Wimbush, Professor of Religion, Director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures Claremont Graduate University. Book signing following the lecture. Kenan Auditorium. Book signing following the lecture. Tickets: • 4/12, 1-4pm: “Abraham: One Man, Two Sons, Three Religions,” A Call to Attention: The Legacy of Compassionate Biblical Faith Plenary Address w/Dr. Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Bible, Louisville Presbyterian Theological SeminaryModerator: Professor Jarrod Tanny, UNCW. Panelists: Rabbi Paul Sidlofsky, Temple of Israel; Imam Shareef, Tauheed Islamic Center; Dr. Mark Siljander, Former Congressman and Deputy U.N. Ambassador; The Reverend Gerry Blackburn, Retired Navy Chaplian & Episcopal PriestBook signing following the forum. Warwick Center Ballroom 5 • 4/12, 6:30-8:30pm: Interfaith Peace Reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres)Between Faiths: Exploration of the Disposition toward the “Other”Guest Speaker: Dr. Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Bible, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Rev. Keith A. Grogg, Host. Music/entertainment: Kent Knorr & Clara Hare-Grogg. Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 North Lake Park Blvd. Rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-458-5417. $10 donation appreciated. • 4/13, 10-11:30am: “A Deadly Misunderstanding,” w/guest speaker: Dr. Mark D. Siljander, Former Congressman and Deputy U.N. Ambassador. The Very Reverend Catherine R. Powell, Host. The Church of the Servant Episcopal 4925 Oriole Dr. • 4/13, 7:30-9pm: Sundown Interfaith Celebration, w/guest speaker Dr. Mark Siljander and Rabbi Robert Waxman (Host). Music by B’nai Israel Kavanotes. B’nai Israel Synagogue, 2601 Chestnut St. LAURA MCLEAN GUITAR CLINIC Guitar Guru Laura McLean hosts an informative guitar clinic for girls/women at Pomegranate Books Thurs., 4/11, 7pm. $10. Bring guitars, questions, friends! All styles, levels and ages welcome. 910-228-9944. email@example.com. LINOLEUM-CUT PRINTMAKING
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NATIONAL NANNY TRAINING DAY 4/20, 9:45am: Carolina Nanny is excited to be organizing National Nanny Training Day in Wilmington, NC. We are excited to bring nannies and local educators together to participate in this event. It’ll be the last day of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child. Join us for a day of workshops and networking with other nannies and childcare organizations/agencies in Wilmington. Attendees will receive local and national resources, welcome bags and door prizes. Register today, space is limited and advance registration is rqd. Refreshments provided at the event. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch or grab a quick lunch at one of the eateries nearby. Register: http://nationalnannytrainingwilmington2013. eventbrite.com WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM Wilmington Women in Leadership Symposium, Tues., 4/23. Panel discussion on topics pertinent to today’s women leaders. Our participants will represent a collage of professionals of diverse ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences. Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. Theme: “Women in Academia and Healthcare,” w/panelists Dr. Michelle Scatton-Tessier; Aline Lasseter; Dr. Christina Lanier; Mitzi Kincaid; Barbra Burke. Registration, breakfast, and networking will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the symposium beginning at 8:30am; $47. Online registration: https://nationaldiversitycouncilregistration.org/cl/wil. BRIDGE WORKSHOPS The WB Parks & Recreation Dept. is offering the following Bridge Workshops, 10am-noon, with Marie Killoran. “Balancing,” 4/25; “Overcalls,” 5/2; “Weak 2 Bids,” 5/9; “Big Hand Bidding,” 5/16. Pre-reg. rqd. 256-7925 or www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com. MOTORCYCLE BOOT CAMP Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Boot Camp, 4/26, 6-9pm. Our Motorcycle Boot Camp is an event to introduce guys to motorcycles and the lifestyle that goes with it! The event includes interactive seminars on bikes, riding gear, parts and more. The night’s free and includes food, and drinks. Feel the Dream of Personal Freedom! 6620 Market St, 910-7919997 or cchd.com.
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STRESS REDUCTION RETREAT Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 3-Day Retreat , 4/26-28. An opportunity for intensive training in the foundational attitudes and practice of MBSR. You will learn about the physiology of stress and how to reduce your stress based on the latest findings in neuroscience research. We will explore the foundational attitudes of mindfulness practice, formal mindfulness meditation practice, gentle yoga, and informal mindfulness practices that you can incorporate into your daily life. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, chronic pain, immunological disorders, high blood pressure, and a number of other medical conditions. Instructor: Jen Johnson, MS, LPC, CRC, psychotherapist. Register: www.everydaymindful.com or 910-208-0518.
ART CLASSES Four weekly sessions, $80 ea. Pre-reg: firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-547-8115. Mondays, 11-1pm: Watercolor, Mon., 10-noon; Drawing With Colored Pencils, Mon., 2-4pm; Acrylic Stencil Painting, Sat., 10am-noon . Lois DeWitt: 910-458-7822. artfullivinggroup.com CAM CLASSES Museum School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024). • Tai Chi, Wed/Thurs, and Yoga, Thurs-Sat. Beginners are always welcome; see schedule online. Cameron Art Museum, corner of 17th and Independence. www.cameronartmuseum.com
clubs/notices HWF PRESERVATION AWARDS Historic Wilmington Foundation celebrates National Preservation Month annually each May, alongside thousands of preservation organizations across America. The Foundation’s Preservation Awards recognize and honor the businesses and individuals who make preservation a reality in our historic region. We are now accepting nominations for current preservation excellence and leadership to help recognize, celebrate and educate the residents of the Lower
MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE Pender County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale, 4/11, 2pm. Anyone interested in improving their home’s landscaping or planting a vegetable garden should plan to attend the Pender County Ext. Master Gardener Association’s Spring Plant Sale. Three-day event will offer a full palate of annuals, perennials, vegetables, ornamental trees, herbs, shrubs, and more. Expert advice from Pender County Volunteer Master Gardeners, demos on 4/12, 9:30am with ‘Wacky Containers’; propagation at 10:45am; Japanese maples, featuring Nancy Para-Ash from Ash Nursery, at 12pm; learn to put together container gardens with style at 1:15pm; and easy-to-do string gardening at 2:30pm. A free composting class will be taught Sat., 4/13, 10am. Proceeds benefit Pender County Cooperative Extension’s educational programs and teaching gardens. Cash, check, credit/debit cards accepted. 259-1235. HOBBY GREENHOUSE TOUR 4/12-14: Hobby Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free. Fri. and Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 12-5pm. • 5/31: Hobby Greenhouse Summer Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free, 9am-6pm. www. hobbygreenhouseclub.org. YARD AND BAKE SALE The 6th annual Yard and Bake Sale, 4/13, 911 N. Lake Park Blvd. (at Bowman’s), Carolina Beach. Proceeds benefit making life better on Pleasure Island. 6:30-11am, rain or shine. Accepting donations at Bames’ Ace Hardware Mini Storage, Unit 242, 1021 Lake Park Blvd on 3/30 and 4/3, 8-11am—furniture, linens, books, appliances, household items, but no electronics. FRIENDS OF LELAND LIBRARY BOOK SALE Friends of the Leland Library are holding their monthly Second Saturday Book Sale on Sat., 4/13, 10am-2pm, at the Magnolia House, 485 Village Rd, adjacent to the Leland Library. This month we are highlighting Humor, everything from cartoon books such as The Far Side to books by Bill Cosby and Dave Barry, and everything in between. 2 for $1 hard backs and 4 for $1 paperbacks. Regular priced books are $0.50 for paperbacks and $1 for hard cover with all book sale proceeds benefitting the Leland Library. Ellie Edwards, 910-383-3098; Arlene White at 910-617-2538. LIGHTS OF REMEMBRANCE SERVICE On Tuesday, 4/16, 7:30pm, the 9th Annual Lights of Remembrance Service will be held at the Jacksonville Commons Fountain Area in Jacksonville. Free memorial candlelight service is for anyone in the community who has lost a family member or friend to death. Celebration of hope and healing w/special musical presentations plus words of encouragement and a special reflection video presentation. Refreshments served. Luminaries may be purchased in memory of a loved for only $5. Photos needed to be displayed of those who have passed. All photos will be returned. Deadline for submitting photos and purchasing luminaries: 4/12. All proceeds will go to the Foundation for Hospice which provides financial assistance to terminally ill individuals and grief support services. Iris at (910) 455-3925 or (910) 989-2682. Raindate is
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CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S JOB CORPS Christian Women’s Job Corps, a hand-up outreach program geared to educating impoverished women with life skills and job skills, will be hosting a Parade of Tables fundraiser on 4/27, 11am-1:30pm, Winter Park Baptist Church (4700 Wrightsville Ave., Family Life Center). Parade of Tables is a luncheon event where table sponsors decorate tables to a theme. 3 pieces of art by local artists available through silent auction. Entertainment is provided. This year’s theme is Vacation Destinations. Table sponsors are currently being recruited, businesses and individuals are welcome. Bonny Burns: email@example.com or 910-796-0554. www. cwjchope.com.
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ULTIMATE FAITH CHURCH First children and family event, ‘Ignite.” Do your children sometimes seem bored or uninterested in church? Or do they lack zeal and enthusiasm concerning the things of the Kingdom? David Walters is leading a Generation of Anointed Children and Youth into Revival. He ministers worldwide to families, pastors, youth pastors, children’s pastors, parents, children and teens. Attended platforms with such names as Benny Hinn, Dr. Myles Munroe, T.D. Jakes, and many others. 4/26, 7pm; 4/27, 9am and 6pm. Ultimate Faith Church. (910) 799-1263 or www. ultimatefaithchurch.com.
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tion is seeking volunteers to clean up and restore rain gardens at Bradley Creek Elementary School in Wilmington from 8am-noon. Project equipment and refreshments will be provided. Open to the public and suitable for ages 8 and up. Register: www.nccoast.org.
Thursday, 4/18. SOUTHPORT-OAK ISLAND BIZ NETWORKING Members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will networkwith each other during Business Networking After Hours, held on Wednesday, April 17th, at EZ Wireless U.S. Cellular store in Southport. TOPSAIL TURTLE PROJECT Looking for dependable beach walkers to help locate sea turtle nests on Topsail Island Informational meeting, 4/17, 6:30-8:30pm. Surf City Welcome Center,102 N Shore Dr. Terry at 910-470-2880. TOPSAIL CHAMBER LUNCH Join us at the Topsail Chamber, Thurs., 4/18, 11:30am-1pm. Speaker: Dallas Romanowski, Author of Performance Culture: Drive Profits & Create A Great Workplace. Lunch and learn! RSVP: TC, 910-239-4446.
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5/9: WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The YWCA will be hosting their signature fundraiser on May 9th at the Wilmington Convention Center, 5 p.m. The annual Women of Achievement Awards gala will showcase 66 nominees and their impact on our local communities, from media to business personnel to young women who will vie for scholarships. The funds raised go toward YWCA’s ongoing programs to support women and their families in southeastern NC. $60, www.wilmingtonwoa.com
CF BONSAI SOCIETY 4/19, 7pm: the Cape Fear Bonsai Society will host a bonsai demonstration which is free and open to the public. Arthur Joura, curator of the NC State Bonsai Collection at The NC State Arboretum, Asheville, NC, will style and pot an azalea and rock landscape as a Bonsai specimen. The landscape will be raffled at the end of the evening. The demonstration will be held in the New Hanover Co. Arboretum Auditorium, 6206 Oleander Dr. 910-794-3135 or www. capefearbonsaisociety.org .
N. BRUNSWICK NEWCOMERS CLUB The North Brunswick Newcomers Club will hold their monthly meeting on Fri., 4/19, 9:30am at Brunswick Community College, Leland Campus, 2050 Enterprise Blvd. in Leland. Refreshments and social time begins at 9:30am followed by the program and general meeting at 10am. Feat. speaker Jeanne Singley, assistant director Dinah E.Gore Fitness and Aquatic Center at Brunswick Community College who will speak about programs currently available to BC residents; also, Dr.Jeffrey Toth, co-director of ACT[ Aging and Cognitive Training] at UNCW and founder of “Minds Refined.” The discussion will include: What happens to our brain as we age; a summary of the most recent research in this field; and a possible demo from “Minds Refined”. Don’t miss this exciting speaker. Sign up to participate in this month’s optional luncheon following the meeting. Cathy Boettcher: 910371-595. www.nbnewcomers.wordpress.com COASTAL FEDERATION 4/20: Bradley Creek Volunteer Rain Garden Maintenance: Celebrate Earth Day! Federa-
ers, desktop/laptop computers, cables, fax machines, copiers, stereos and speakers. 10$ recycle fee for CRT monitors (the big bulky ones); $10 (and up) recycle fee for TVs. No appliances. Re-purpose working computers to one of our non-profits in need. Bring working Vista or better machines inside. Drop-off hours: 4/2226, 9am-5pm; no staff is available for unloading. Please bring a friend. 3816 Oleander Dr., 39th and Oleander or right behind the new Whole Foods. NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT ACTIVISM MO. April is National Sexual Assault Activism Month to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center will host a Volleyball Tournament on Sat., 4/27, at 11am at Capt’N Bills Backyard Grill. The cost to participate is $100 (per co-ed 4 person team) in advance and $120 the day of the tournament. (910) 762-0173 to register a team. Several organizations within the community will also be participating in Sexual Assault Activism Month including; UNCW, Fuzzy Peach, TCBY, Cape Fear Roller Girls. It all starts with the community deciding to be a part of the solution, to take action, and to offer a voice to the cause. For more
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SOUTHPORT SMALL BIZ NOMINATIONS The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Small Business Person of the Year and Golden Pineapple Customer Service Awards. Small businesses represent 98% of the businesses in Brunswick County, create three of every four new jobs, and generate a majority of American innovations. The Chamber encourages customers and fellow business owners to nominate an individual or partners (a team) who you feel deserve to hold the title of Small Business Person of the Year or a business that has provided you excellent customer service for the Golden Pineapple Customer Service Award. Nominations forms are available at The Chamber at 4433 Long Beach Road or online at www.southport-oakisland.com. Deadline is Tues., 4/30. YWCA WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women and provides scholarships to young leaders in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties. Since 1985, the event has served as the YWCA’s signature event to support programs that help women and their families in southeastern NC. 5 / 9 ; networking at 5pm and program at 6pm. Wilmington Convention Center: Tickets cost $60/person or $600/table of 10. TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910-343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS MEETING Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting of Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Ogden Baptist Church: 7121 Market St. 12-step meeting for people that have or think they may have a compulsive gambling problem. Contact: Casey 910-599-1407 CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Club meets third Tues. each month, Sept thru June, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College, McCloud Bldg, room S002. www.capefearcameraclub.org CAPE FEAR KNITTERS Cape Fear Knitters, the Wilmington chapter of The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA) meets the third Sat. ea. month, 10am-noon. Gerri: 3713556. Judy: 383-0374.
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AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Support Group: Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B. Free support group is open to anyone affected by ADHD. For more information, go to www.WilmingtonCHADD.org. PSORIASIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd Sat. of month at Port City Java in Harris Teeter on College and Wilshire, 5pm. Christopher: (910) 232-6744 or cvp@yahoo. com. Free; meet others with psoriasis and get educated on resources and program assistance. CAPE FEAR WEDDING ASSOCIATION Meet and greets the third Wed. ea. month. $25, members free. capefearweddingassociation. com YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF NHC Meet the 1st and 3rd Tues. ea. month at the downtown public library, third floor, 6:30pm. Ages 18-35. COUPON CLUB Wilmington Coupon Club meets monthly, second Monday, at 6pm Come exchange coupons and learn how to save money. www.wilmingtoncouponclub.com WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB The Wilmington Newcomers Club meets monthly at 9:30am on the 2nd Thurs ea. month at the Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. Sign up for our satellite groups, where members can follow their particular interest and make new friends along the way—bridge clubs, dinner groups, business networking groups, etc. 910632-8315, www.wilmingtonncnewcomers.com. WILMINGTON MS SELF HELP GROUP MEET MS Selp Help Group meets 2nd Thurs, ea. month, 7-8pm. New Hanover Regional Hospital Business Center. 3151 South 17th St. Lisa Burns: email@example.com PFLAG PFLAG Meeting is first Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.
tours OAKDALE CEMETERY TOURS 4/27, 7-9am– Bird TourEnjoy a morning of birding at Oakdale with Dr. James Parnell, noted ornithologist and author of numerous books and articles about birds. Dr. Parnell is a retired professor of biology at UNC-W. Tour cancelled in event of inclement weather. $10 for non-members; free for members.Tour cancelled in event of inclement weather.
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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): German theologian Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a central figure in the rebellion against the Catholic Church that led to the Protestant Reformation. You’ll never guess where he was when he was struck by the epiphany that became the core axiom of his new religion. I’ll tell you: He was sitting on the toilet in the Wittenberg Monastery. The Holy Spirit gave him the crucial knowledge then and there, or so he testified. In this spirit, Aries, keep a very open mind about where you will be and what you will be doing when your illuminations arrive this week.
HENRIETTA III CRUISES An elegant, 3 tiered boat offering sight-seeing, lunch and dinner cruises, site seeing tours and a Sunset Dinner Cruise June-Aug. On the riverfront. April-Oct: Narrated sightseeing cruises 2:30pm 1-1/2 hours Tuesday-Sunday, Narrated lunch cruises 12:00 noon 1-1/2 hours TuesdaySaturday. May-Oct: Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises, Tuesday & Thursday evening 2 hours 6:30 pm; Apr-Dec: Friday evening dinner cruises 2-1/2 hours 7:30 pm, Saturday evening dinner cruises 3 hours 6:30 pm. 343-1611. www.cfrboats.com
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your task is to uncover the semi-happy ending that was hidden back in the story’s beginning. Once you do that, you may be able to create a graceful and honorable climax. In fact, I don’t think you will be able to bring about the semi-happy ending any other way. It’s crucial that you return to the original flash of inspiration—the time when all the plot lines that eventually developed were first germinating. You need to remember fate’s primal promise. You’ve got to read the signs you missed in the early going.
TOURS OF WWII SITES Wilmington author and military historian Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., now leads customized, personalized guided tours of World War II sites in Southeastern North Carolina. 793-6393. History@ wilburjones.com
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you play poker, the odds are one in 649,740 that you will get a royal flush. That’s an ace, king, queen, jack and ten of one suit. As for drawing a straight flush—any five consecutive cards of one suit—the odds are one in 72,192. Judging from the current astrological omens, Gemini, I’d say your chance of getting one of those hands is far better than usual—maybe one in 88,000 for the royal flush and one in 8,888 for the straight flush. But those still aren’t great odds. On the other hand, getting a flush—all five cards of the same suit—is normally one in 509, but these days it’s pretty likely for you. The moral of the story, not just for when you’re playing cards, but in whatever you do: Expect really good luck, but not miraculous, out-of-this-world luck.
TOURS OF OLD WILMINGTON Walking tours start at the end of Market and Water streets on the Cape Fear River. Times: 9am, 11am and 1pm, Wed-Sat., or Sun/Mon/ Tues by appt. $12 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Seniors are $10. Provide stepon tours for bus tours and group-walking tours. Due to weather, call to check on times etc: 910409-4300. touroldwilmington.blogspot.com
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CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place,” wrote the poet Rumi. This is excellent advice for you right now, Cancerian. You are nearing the peak of your power to express yourself with beautiful accuracy. You have more skill than usual at understanding and conveying the interesting truth. As a result, you’re in a position to wield extra influence. People are receptive to being moved by your heart-felt intelligence. So, please, do more than simply push for greater efficiency, order and discipline. Those things are good, but I hope you will also be a radiant role model who exemplifies what it means to be soulful.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Golden Rock is a Buddhist holy site in Burma. It’s a small pagoda built on top of a giant boulder that, in turn, seems to be precariously balanced at the edge of a down-sloping bed of rock. How does the boulder remain stationary? Why doesn’t it roll off the edge? It appears to defy gravity. Legend says that it’s held in place by a single strand of hair from the Buddha’s head. I suspect many of you Leos will soon have access to a tricky asset with resemblances to that magic strand. True, it might be merely metaphorical, but if used correctly, it could become a key element in a future foundation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s Soul-Searching Season: a good time to go in search of your soul. To aid your quest, I’ll offer a few lines from “A Few Words on the Soul,” a poem by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. “We have a soul at times,” she says. “No one’s got it non-stop, for keeps. Day after day, year after year may pass without it. For every thousand conversations, it participates in one, if even that, since it prefers silence. It’s picky: our hustling for a dubious advantage and creaky machinations make it sick. Joy and sorrow aren’t two different feelings for it. It attends us only when the two are joined. We can count on it when we’re sure of nothing and curious about everything. It won’t say where it comes from or when it’s taking off again, though it’s clearly expecting such questions. We need it but apparently it needs us for some reason too.” (Translation by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh. Read the whole poem here: http://tinyurl. com/SearchSoul.) LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I do not believe in God,” Mexican painter Diego Rivera said, “but I believe in Picasso.” My poet-musician friend Tanya has a similar philosophy. “I don’t believe in God, or even Goddess, for that matter,” she says, “but I do believe in Patti Smith.” Do you have a God-substitute, Libra? Or, if you do have faith in a Cosmic Wow, is there also a more approachable, second-tier source of divinity you love? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you would really benefit from feeling an intimate kind of reverence right now—a tender devotion for something higher and brighter that awakens the sleeping part of your lust for life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This would be an excellent time to stage staring contests with yourself in the mirror. There’s a high likelihood that you will win every time. I think you’ll also have great success whenever you try to read your own mind. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’ve got an uncanny knack for plucking buried se-
crets and self-deceptions out of their hiding places. One more thing, Scorpio: Have you ever considered how fun it might be to wash your own brain and kick your own butt? Now would be an excellent time to [Editor: Here’s week’s homework:] experiment withthis those radical acts of healing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember Homework: I’m guessing that many of you will soon sweetness,” novelist Chuck Palahniuk writes. “We be discovering secrets about where you came from. have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so Report results to Freewillastrology.com. little from peace.” Your assignment in the coming days, Sagittarius, is to prove Palahniuk wrong. As the surges of sweetness flow through you, as your secret joy ripens into bright blooming bliss, imprint the sensations on your memory. Vow to remember ---------------------------------------them for the rest of your life. Make these breakthrough moments into talismans to serve as magical spells whenever you need rejuvenation in the future. Rob Brezsny CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Philosopher Free Will Astrology Ludwig Wittgenstein had his priorities straight. This is what he said about his profession: “In philosophy firstname.lastname@example.org the race is won by the one who can run slowest— 415.459.7209 the one who crosses the finish line last.” It’s my belief, P.O.Capricorn, Box 4400 that a similar rule should apply to you in the coming days, no matter what project you’re San Rafael, CA 94913 working on or goal you’re trying to accomplish. Proceed slowly enough to be absolutely thorough, meticulous and conscientious. As you make your way to the finish line, be as deep as you dare. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In Samuel Beckett’s novel “Molloy,” the main character talks about a long overland journey he took on foot and by bicycle. Before the trip, he read somewhere that when people are lost in a forest, they often imagine they’re moving in a straight line when, in fact, they’re going in a circle. That’s why, during his own travels, he intentionally walked in a circle, hoping thereby to go straight. Although this might sound like a loopy strategy, Aquarius, I think it will make sense for you to adopt in the coming week. Your apparent path may be very different, maybe even opposite, to your actual path. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you in competition with someone who is doing mediocre work? Do you find it incomprehensible that anyone would pay attention to that weak expression instead of flocking to your beautiful vibe? If so, here’s my advice: Withdraw your attention from your inferior opponent. Don’t waste a minute feeling jealous or resentful or incredulous. Instead, concentrate your energy on making your production so strong, smart and irresistible, you simply overshadow and overwhelm your rival’s.
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self-guided tours of the theater are offered Mon-Fri, 12-6pm, Sat 2-6pm. Guided tours by appt. 343-3664.
take place at Freeman Elementary, located at 2601 Princess Place Dr., Thurs, 4/11, 3-7pm. Teachers, students, staff, parents and community volunteers will team together to create a garden that will enrich every students’ learning experience. FoodCorps is a national non-profit with the overarching goal of helping children grow up healthier through teaching hands on food education, engaging students in the garden, and improving access to fresh produce in school cafeterias. Jane Steigerwald at email@example.com or Casey Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILMINGTON TROLLEY Eight mile, 45 minute narrated tour aboard a nostalgic, motorized trolley. Downtown. 763-4483. GHOST WALK 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910794-1866; www.hauntedwilmington.com ORTON PLANTATION Live oaks bordering garden walks, sculptured shrubs and seasonal flowers. Grounds open 8 am - 6 pm. daily. Fees: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 ages 6-16, under 6 free. 15 miles south of Wilmington. 371-6851. www.orton plantation.com HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions.Market and Water streets. $12 for adults, $5 per child. (910) 251-8889 or www. horsedrawntours.com HAUNTED COTTON EXCHANGE TOURS Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours: Open 7 days a week, year-round, w/multiple tour guides leading the way, 10am-10pm. Call for specific tour times: 910-409-4300 TOUR OLD WILMINGTON Tour Old Wilmington’s history walking tours. Open 7 days a week, year-round, with multiply tour guides leading the way, 10am-10pm. Call for specific tour times. 910-409-4300
culinary BEER DINNER 4/11: From our state to your plate beer dinner at Front Street Brewery, feat. beer, music and food. Five courses of NC-grown meats, fish and produce and locally crafted beers, hosted by brewmaster Kevin Kozak. $39, available at FSB bar. 9 N. Front St. 910-251-1935. SCHOOL GARDEN LAUNCH Local non-profit Feast Down East is partnering with Rachel Freeman Elementary and FoodCorps to break ground on a newly designed school garden. The garden build will
PLEASURE ISLAND CHOWDER COOKOFF See page 29. DUPLIN WINERY 4/20, 10am-7pm: A day at Dupline Winery, off I-40, filled with music, wine, specialty vendors and fun. Military tickets will be free for the first 2,000 people who call in or order online. We will have live entertainment from Spare Change, The Classic Collection and the one and only Tams! Various vendors and food options available on-site. $10-$15. www.duplinwinery.com FERMENTAL GRAND OPENING Fermental are hosting an official welcoming celebration on Sat., 4/20, to take place throughout the day and features a variety of fermented festivities including wine tastings, beer sampling, giveaways, games and more. Live music from local worldly wonders Axiom as well as the bossa nova stylings of Raphael Name’, the banjo plucking of Craig Thompson and the acoustic alchemy of other fine musical performers will entertain the crowd from the outdoor beer garden stage. Brewing demonstrations, bocce ball antics and a visit from a local food trucks. 250 Market Street in the Ogden area. NC BEER MONTH: APRIL NC Beer Month is in April featuring craft breweries from around the state! Front Street Brewery will have $7.99 Jugs, $5 Flagship Flights throughout the month, a NoDa Brewing Co. collaboration Oyster Stout on tap, and a beer dinner featuring all-NC products! Celebrate NC Beer Month this April with Front Street Brewery! www.NCBeerMonth.com HOPS OF SPRING BEER FEST 4/27, noon-6:30pm: Join us at the 3rd Annual HOPS of Spring Beer Festival on Topsail Island, feat. 12 craft breweries, incl. Natty Greene’s, Triangle Brewing and more, with three live bands, like Plan B, Annandale Heights and Dangers of Stereo. $25 per person. Purchase your ticket
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ed walking tours. $25, www.tastinghistorytours.com. Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910-622-6046.
CFCC GIFT OF EDUCATION LUNCHEON The Cape Fear Community College Foundation will host its annual Gift of Education Luncheon on Thurs., 5/16,11:30am-1pm, at the Schwartz Center on CFCC’s downtown Campus. The focus of the luncheon is to raise funds for students scholarships at Cape Fear Community College. Featured speakers will include NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and inspiring CFCC student scholarship recipients. To provide the gift of education to deserving local students, call 910-362-7207 or email rsvp@ cfcc.edu today to reserve your seat!
FARMERS’ MARKETS Fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey and more! Schedule: Poplar Grove, Wed, 8-1. Aso features fresh baked goods, pickled okra, peanuts and handcrafted one-of-a-kind gifts such as jewelry, woodcrafts and pottery. Poplar Grove Plantation, 910-686-9518. email@example.com. www.poplargrove. com • Riverfront Farmers’ Market open on Water St., downtown, every Sat., 8am-1pm. Food, arts & craft vendors and live music. www.wilmingtondowntown.com/farmersmarket
THE GREEK FESTIVAL This 21st Annual Greek Festival at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington NC is an event that attracts thousands from around the region and features food, music, dancing, a marketplace, cooking demonstrations, and church tours. Proceeds benefit the church and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Kids 12 and under admitted free. Closing times: Friday and Saturday, 10pm; Sunday, 8pm. 910-392-4444 FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at www.FeastDownEast.org and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot. CANAPE Chef Matthew Gould’s pop-up restaurant features its once-monthly dinner on 4/14. 3-course prix-fixe for $35 or 8 courses for $50. Full menu: canapeilm.com. Must buy tickets online and make reservation between 5pm and 10pm. San Juan Cafe, 3314 Wrightsville Ave. CIRCA 1922 Now serving brunch on Sundays from 11am3pm. 8 N. Front St, downtown. 910-762-1922. www.circa1922.com TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guid-
CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! www.lizbiro.com. 910-545-8055 THE WINE SAMPLER Every week we have five wines available to taste during sampling hours, Thurs., 3-8 pm, Fri., 3-9 pm, and Sat., 11 am-7 pm. Each week we arrange a set of five wines, which we offer a 10% discount as well toward purchase. 4107-C Oleander Dr. (910) 796-WINE (9463). thewinesampler.com PORT CITY RIB FEST 2013 8/9-11: AKA Entertainment and Good Vibes Brewery present Port City RibFest on the banks of the Cape Fear River, downtown. National barbecue and music festival will join sister events, the Texas Pete Twin RibFest in Winston-Salem and the East West BBQ Fest in Greensboro, in competition. National BBQ teams, from TX to TN, including locals Poor Piggy’s, will sell their BBQ and compete against each other for bragging rights. Many of these “Ribbers” have been featured on several national TV networks including the Food Channel and TLC and Discovery Channel’s “Pitmaster”s. 700 N. Front St. $7 adult, $5 seniors, children free. Lunch admission Friday, 11am-3pm only, $1. Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun, noon-5pm. No pets, weapons, coolers or outside food; lawn chairs welcome. www. portcityribfest.com
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Azalea Festival Ask anyone in town where the Southern food tastes the best — the answer is always Casey’s Buffet! BBQ Pork • Pig Feet • Fried Chicken • Baked Chicken Chicken & Pastry • Catfish • Whiting • Clam Strips Fat Back • Fries • Chitlins • Rutabagas Green Beans • Mac-N-Cheese • Sweet Potato Casserole Cabbage • Boiled Potatoes • Corn • Field Peas Turnips • Collards • Baked Beans • Green Peas Lima Beans • Rice • Chicken Salad • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy • Coleslaw • Potato Salad • Pan Fried Okra Rolls • Hushpuppies • Cheese Biscuits • Apple, Blueberry & Peach Cobbler • Cherry Cheesecake Bread Pudding • Banana Pudding • Ice Cream
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