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spring officially arrives! Over 60 years of antebellum-style celebrations, multicultural dances and parade floats overflowing with floral decor coincide for the 2012 North Carolina Azalea Festival. Kicking off with the queen’s coronation (see page 32 to meet our crowned beauty, Ericka Dunlap) on Wed., April 11th, the festival lasts all weekend long—until the final street fair vendor packs up. A time that celebrates the wonder of spring in the South, the Azalea Festival brings with it flying acrobatics in the Cole Bros. Circus, country crooner Scotty McCreery, and even visiting ships from the US Coast Guard (all details on pages 30 and 31). From an art show with flowers of all kinds (page 12) to a garden show of magnificent proportions (page 33), the Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s first true sign of the season. Painting by Bates Toone. Cover photo is ‘Azalea Burst’ by Dorian Hill.

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hIStORICal FICtIOn COntESt The 22nd annual Historical Short Fiction Contest, sponsored by the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear and encore, is now open. Writers are encouraged to submit works of fiction based upon the rich historical lore of the Cape Fear Region. Stories must be based on historical events or regional lore, and reflect the character, culture and history of the Cape Fear area (Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties). Any NC writer is eligible to submit one original, unpublished story, limited to 10 double-spaced pages. Entries will be judged based on literary merit, historical accuracy and suitability for a general audience. The top entry will win $100 in cash, and second and third place will win $50 each. Top entries will also be published in encore. Entrants should submit three copies of the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript; a separate cover page should give author’s name, address, phone number and the title of the work. Manuscripts will not be returned. The deadline is April 30th, 2012. The winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society on May 20th, 2012. An entry fee of $20 is required. Make checks payable to the LCFHS. Mail entries, marked Short Fiction Contest, to the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, 126 S. Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401. If you have questions, call 910-762-0492.


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artsy smartsy ................. 8-21 8-10 theatre: Kaitlin Willow learns who’s ‘God’s Favorite’ with Big Dawg Productions; Gwenyfar Rohler greets Guerilla Theatre with their production of Leonard Melfi’s ‘Raggedy Ann Says Hello.’

12 art: Alex Pompliano gives a look into this year’s Juried Spring Art Show and Sale, presented by the Wilmington Art Association.

13 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in area art galleries.

15 music: Bethany Turner learns a little more about Warren Haynes, a legendary musician who will play Greenfield Lake Amphitheater April 18th.

16-19 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

21 film: Anghus finds ‘Mirror Mirror’ amusing— if he were in kindergarten.

grub & guzzle ..............22-28 22-25 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through our dining guide!

26-28 grub: Rosa Bianca delights in the fresh eats of Catch; Shea Carver shares info on the Pleasure Island Chowder Cookoff.

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the promotion of small, locally owned businesses. In the lodging and accommodation industry, one can’t get much smaller and locally owned than bed and breakfasts. In the Wilmington area, our historic residential district saw incredible revitalization in the 1980s and 1990s due in no small part to the potential of the bed-and-breakfast business. Some of these beautiful old mansions are not really practical single-family dwellings in an era without servants. Consequently, many of them were chopped up and turned into apartments, and some were transformed into beautifully restored, cozy inns. The Verandas, which many locals will remember as a burned-out wreck in the early 90s, has been transformed into a breathtaking asset to its neighborhood and our tourism industry. The same can be said for the Murchison House, among others. As Margi Erickson, co-owner of the C. W. Worth House, points out, “We maintain these historic structures that would otherwise fall into disrepair.” Any citizen can request an amendment to the Land Use Code for the City of Wilmington. An amendment to the Bed and Breakfast Permit has been proposed and the Planning Commission heard initial responses last week. To give a quick summary of the situation: In the Historic District a bed and breakfast permit is tied to the property that holds it, which means that if a property is sold, the permit transfers with the property during the sale. For example, Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast is on its third owner. Current owner Jay Gartrell points out that all three owners moved to the Wilmington area to operate a B&B. “It’s brought good people

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here,” she notes. In the mid-90s, the B&B permits were amended to limit the number of guest rooms to three—existing B&B’s were grandfathered in on the clause. An amendment to the existing permits has been proposed and would require permit-holders to reapply every 18 months, each with a $200 fee. They also have to show 180 days of occupancy during that time. The initial reactions upon reading the proposed amendments included questions regarding the selection of 18 months as a number; it’s an odd amount to choose. Many things that require renewal run on an annual basis. So, why 18 months here? Christine Hughes, a senior planner for the city’s Planning Division, confirms the number originated with a council member who requested the changes. It was re-confirmed several times during the Planning Commission meeting last week. Furthermore, the 180 days of occupancy number raises several questions. If, for example, a B&B had three rooms that were all occupied on one night, does that count as three occupancies? “No,” Hughes responds, “It’s a period of time; it has nothing to do with a number of people.” However, at the meeting when the Planning Commission inquired if this meant the business was open and ready to serve breakfast 180 days—or if it required bookings for those 180 days—they were assured it only related to being an open, functioning B&B, with rooms ready and breakfast available 180 days—regardless of whether they had confirmed bookings. Despite verbal assurances, this is not what was on paper. Tom Mitchell, former Historic Preservation

Commission chair, pointed out small B&B’s that typically receive bookings on Friday and Saturday nights would be unable to meet this requirement even if they were booked every weekend for 18 months. The Planning Commission voted to defeat the amendment, which will send it to the city council. Hopefully, more information will come to light then, such as why this was proposed in the first place. What is really the objective of it? In the best of worlds, it will be defeated all together. The Planning Commission asked the city staff what sort of timeline would be needed to effectively garner stakeholder input—a reasonable question. The city staff did point out that right now they are trying to work through the Monkey Junction Annexation; consequently, they would need several months to thoroughly work with the stakeholders. Right now, this seems to be a waste of city employees’ time and our money. “Why is city council calling for staff time and re-regulating people and doing this outside of the sunshine laws of the state?” Gartrell asks. “It’s not going to raise enough money to pay for the bureaucracy to enforce it.” Questions swirl around this proposed amendment. At a time that we keep hearing we need more hotel rooms downtown, why would we make it more difficult for our small operators who are providing existing rooms to continue? “What is this pressing social problem supposed to address?” Steven Skavroneck of the Camellia Cottage asks. “This is a solution in search of a problem.” Due to the timely nature of this piece, events might have changed after press time.




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with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY Body Piercing: So Safe and Easy, Anyone Can Do It Like most states with active trade associations of barbers and beauticians, Iowa strictly regulates those professions, requiring 2,100 hours of training plus continuing education but also like many other states, Iowa does not regulate body piercers at all (though it forbids minors from getting tattoos). Thus, the puncturing of body parts and insertion of jewelry or other objects under the skin can be done by anyone, with or without formal training, under no one’s watchful eye except the customer’s. (A few cities’ ordinances require a minimum age to get pierced.) Said one professional piercer to the Des Moines Register for a March report, “The lack of education in this industry is scary.” Government in Action Controlling the Waters: A February bill in the Wyoming legislature to prepare the state for possible secession authorized a task force to consider establishing a state army, navy, marine corps and air force, and one amendment added the consideration of purchasing an aircraft carrier. Wyoming is, of course, landlocked, but it does have the 136-square-mile Yellowstone Lake, though that body of water is high up in the Teton mountains. (The aircraft- carrier amendment was defeated even though 27 representatives voted for it.) Texas announced in February that it would deploy six gunboats to patrol the Mexican border’s Rio Grande river. Said a state Department of Safety official, “It sends a message: Don’t mess with Texas.” With a National Institute of Justice grant, the Houston Police Department was able to learn precisely how embarrassingly bad it had been in investigating rape cases. In February it conceded that, as of December, it had on hand 6,663 untested rape kits (some from the 1980s) taken from rape victims at the time of the crime but then apparently ignored. (Not all are significant: In some rapes, a perpetrator has already confessed or been convicted, and still other victims recanted, and in still others, the statute of limitations has run out.) After every snowfall in recent years, Doug Rochow of Ottawa, Ontario, has routinely taken his shovel and cleared two paths in a park near his home (since the park is apparently a low priority for municipal snow-clearing), but in March, the city ordered him to stop. Rochow said his aim was to keep people from hurting themselves on uncleared paths (thus perhaps saving the city money on lawsuits). The city’s reverselogic position, according to a Toronto Star report, was that if Rochow cleared the paths, more people would be encouraged to use them, increasing the city’s exposure to lawsuits.

Great Art! It wasn’t on a scale with an infinite number of orangutans using an infinite number of iPads, but the conservation group Orangutan Outreach has begun to supply certain zoos with iPads, hoping to encourage apes’ creativity and social networking. At the Milwaukee Zoo, a handler holds the device while an orangutan operates a painting app with its fingers. (“Orangutans like to paint, and they’re capable of using this (tablet),” he said, adding the benefit that “there’s no paint to eat.”) At the Memphis Zoo recently, said an Outreach official, the apes seem happy when they recognize images of other apes on the iPad. The Toronto Zoo’s iPad is expected soon. In March came word from Taiwan that the prominent Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts had awarded a prize worth the equivalent of $13,500 to student Wong Tin Cheung for creating the face of a man by using the artist’s own urine. His piece, “Blood Urine Man,” presented to judges in a toilet bowl, used urine of different colors, supposedly to match the pigments of the Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man. Police Report Difficult Fact-Check: According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a one-car crash in February left the following injured in serious condition: Ms. Me Htwe and Mr. Hsar Kpaw Doh and Mr. W.T. Htoo, along with the driver, Mr. Tar Eh. (Ms. Mula Er, 14, died of her injuries.) All were from Heber City, Utah. “(E)very single cop in the state has done this. Chiefs on down.” That practice, referred to by the unidentified Minnesota law enforcement officer, is the personal use of the police database that is supposedly off-limits for all except official business. According to an imminent lawsuit (reported by the weekly City Pages in Minneapolis), former officer (and apparently still a “hottie”) Anne Marie Rasmusson, 37, learned that 104 officers in 18 different agencies in Minnesota had accessed her driver’s license record 425 times. Rasmusson’s lawyer said the reality is that officers tend to treat the confidential database more like a “Facebook for cops.” Hot Commodity in Pennsylvania In January, police in Bridgeville, Pa., investigated a series of vehicle break-ins, including one of a car belonging to Kathy Saunoras, who reported that only her dentures were taken. Two weeks later, health worker Marlene Dupert, 44, was charged with yanking dentures out of the mouth of one of her charges at a nursing home in Selinsgrove, Pa. Also in February, Evelyn Fuller, 49, was charged with robbing the First National Bank in Waynesburg, Pa. a crime necessitated, she told a police officer, because she needed money for new dentures.

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Dawg Productions chose Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite” as their spring play, Tony Moore seemed the obvious directorial choice. Moore already had experience leading the comedic genius’ work, as he directed last year’s production of “Rumors.” “Comedy’s kinda my niche as far as directing goes,” says Moore, who has been onstage in some form or fashion since his first drama classes in high school. Moore had never actually seen the play before taking on this project. However, he was eager as ever to begin production. “My first impression upon reading it was excitement,” he says. “It’s a totally different comedy than what I’m used to. It has a well-known story as its muse, and it really excels at making it relatable for the audience.” “God’s Favorite” is essentially a condensed version of the biblical “Book of Job.” It follows the same basic storyline: a man, Joe Benjamin (Bradley Coxe), appears to have everything—a wife, multiple children, a mansion, and an abundance of money. But he is warned by a messenger from God (Ron Hasson) that the Devil is going to test his faith. Joe Benjamin (get it—“Jo-B”enjamin?) endures physical ailments, his house and business gets destroyed, and his wife and children are anything but grateful for the life they lead. While the story remains true to its material source, the production does not lean on religion as a selling point. “It doesn’t push religious morals,” Moore clarifies. “Neil Simon ‘borrowed’ the story from the Bible and modernized it, putting a 8 encore | april 11-17, 2012 |

comedic spin on an old [tale].” Audiences will connect to the story because Simon is an expert at his work. “That’s why I’ve always admired him,” Moore says. “When I write plays, I emulate his style (as best I can anyway). Neil Simon uses cultural references that are hilarious and period-specific, and it really helps to set the mood of the time.” He also weaves in elements of light and dark with the good and evil to further illustrate the main theme of the play. “God’s Favorite” features an ensemble cast of eight across a spectrum of talent, from college students to “grown-ups.” When asked if any one performance will stand out above the rest, Moore replies, “Everybody! The characters are all so different, so they stand out on their own. The characters are all fully developed with great comedic timing.” Other standouts in the cast include Jordan Stallings as Ben Benjamin, Erika Hendrix as Sarah Benjamin, Elaine Nalee as Rose Benjamin, Nate Kistler as David Benjamin, Beth Raynor as Mady, and Chase Harrison as Morris. Making sure the pacing of the play is accurate was one of the most challenging parts of the planning and rehearsal stages. Moore’s dedication to seeing an equilibrium between comedy and drama was key. “We can make you laugh as much as we can make you cry,” he promises For anyone who has seen a rendition of the play, they will notice a change in the characters of Mady and Morris. “They are typically played by older actors,” Moore explains, “but we aged them down, and in doing so, added a new element to the show—one which I can’t give away, but one that I think will work in our comedic and symbolic favor.”

In addition to the material, the set design became a tricky endeavor for the Big Dawg crew. In the midst of all of his troubles, Joe Benjamin suffers from a lack of comfort while his house and possessions are all completely annihilated. “We have to destroy the set during intermission,” Moore says. It’s not as awful as it sounds, though. Rather than taking it apart and having to re-build the entire arrangement every time they put on a show, Moore and the crew have figured out a more efficient way to create the same effect. “We take parts away,” he says, “add on pieces that have already been destroyed. There’s going to be debris all over the floor—it’ll look like a wreck.” While the emotionally dramatic scenes are as equally fantastic, Moore’s personal favorite is a gut-buster, “when the messenger appears and tries to explain to Joe who he is. He’s eccentric, and you can never quite get a handle on who he is. Watching Joe try to figure it out—it’s hilarious.” Moore’s version of “God’s Favorite” will resonate, not only because of its strong acting and in-depth set changes, but because of the material in and of itself. “We have to treat it delicately because it’s an old story,” Moore says. An openminded audience will see its layers. “God’s Favorite” opens on April 12th at 8 p.m. at the Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle Street. Other performances will be held April 13th through 15th, 19th through 22nd, and 26th through 29th. All shows will start at 8 p.m., with the exception of 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $20 or $18 for students, seniors, and military. Thursday shows will be $15 for everyone. Call 910-3675237 for tickets or visit

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tough show, good show: Guerilla Theatre presents the final world premier from Leonard Melfi


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from the late playwright Leonard Melfi, the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre has opened “Raggedy Ann Says Hello.” It is the third and final round, entrusted to Guerilla Theatre’s care by Melfi’s brother, John. I was excited to have the opportunity to see another of Melfi’s shows. Coupled with a cast that I had not seen many times on stage, I was looking forward to an evening of new experiences. These three scripts were never produced, so they were, for all intents and purposes, unfinished—or as we say in the creative world, “works in progress.” “Raggedy Ann Says Hello” is much more realistic than “Son of Redhead” was, but that is not to say it is meant to be a realistic show. It still meets all the criteria for experimental theatre. The script revolves around two women sharing a subleased apartment in New York City in the 1970s. We meet the actual sublease holder: Olympia O’Leary (Elyse Rodriguez) in the early morning. Her long, flowing auburn tresses and slim body accentuated by her dancer-like movements immediately cue us to

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the doll comparisons that are essential to understanding the action of the show. Her best friend, Kim Dolphin (Anna Gamel) argues with her from the bedroom, finally deigning to rise in a beautiful moment of shadow puppetry that illuminates yet another doll metaphor. It unfolds that both women are recently separated from their husbands—though for different yet oddly similar reasons. The script is in the deft hands of Melissa Stanley—and certainly a better director could not have been found. It needs a female director, because this is a show that primarily explores societal perceptions of women and women’s

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RAGGED EDGES: (l. to r.) Anna Gamel, Brendan Carter and Elyse Rodriguez star in the final Melfi premiere from Guerilla Theatre. Courtesy photo

own struggles with such, through the fascinating mind of Melfi as he would express it in an experimental play. In other words: This is not “The Vagina Monologues” or “For Colored Girls.” It is, however, an interesting look at how we dress ourselves up and play house in real life. Stanley has taken the fourth wall (that invisible wall between the stage and the audience) and instead of breaking it in the traditional sense—having actors move in and out of the seating area—she has dissolved it. The stage is a doll-house rendition of a New York apartment, complete with wonderful skylights and huge picture windows to enjoy the view. Yet where the windows would be is where the cut-a-way wall from a little girl’s doll house is. We look in and watch the dolls play and rearrange the world and replay the same games. A tea party is still the main action but the undertones change and swirl. Enter Bobby Ruggero (Brendan Carter), the landlord’s handsome son, who is achingly living in the real world. Carter is very tall, and that physical presence allows him to become almost a beacon to bring the two women back to reality. He’s certainly an immovable object they cannot ignore. He tries to be a good sport and play tea party with them— but reality calls. Carter brings patience in spades to this role as well as a kindness and empathy for every character, both those onstage and those discussed offstage. He also walks in with an air of male authority and a “I work in property management in New York—there is nothing weird you can do that I haven’t seen before” attitude. It’s not aggressive; it’s just matter of fact. He is the most realistic character in the script, probably because Melfi could write for men better than women. (A common phe-

nomenon for male playwrights—Shakespeare was the same way.) In hands of a less experienced director this show could easily become tedious. But Stanley looks for each nuance and brings it forth. She expertly uses both actresses to accentuate her vision. Rodriguez plays most of the show straight to the front—even if she is talking to someone next to her, which really drives home the dollhouse metaphor. Gamel spins and spins like a top onstage, all the while exuding a sexuality and glamour that is some sort of cross between Barbie and Scarlett O’Hara. Oh! What messages we send little girls and what disturbing images we grapple with all our lives! Which doll are we today? Which game of tea party are we playing today? Just as we dress dolls, we costume ourselves and act out the games that are expected of us. Melfi does hit an incredibly powerful note with Olympia’s monologue about imagining her wedding and acting out her bridal procession hundreds of times. It’s the end of the fairy tale: You marry the handsome prince, and for many little girls (and big ones, too), it is the only day of their lives they will get to be a princess. From birth, it is the aspiration of every story. Gamel’s deep Georgia accent is quite beautiful to listen to, and she manages to carry it through the show remarkably well. The minor power struggles of each conversation between the two women do give and take— usually with Rodriguez winning, because she epitomizes the oldest sister who is used to bossing everyone around. The dialogue could easily descend into the frightening, abusive or scary, but Gamel and Rodriguez manage to keep the tension in line: enough to make us sit on the edge of our seats—but not so much that the real message gets lost in a cliché. I wish that Melfi was alive to work through this world premiere with Stanley. Two such talented artists would really take this work in progress and hone it until it gleamed. Add in an enthusiastic and hard-working cast and it would be magic. Since I can’t have that, I must be grateful to have all the other ingredients in the equation and even more grateful to have the opportunity as an audience member to reconnect once again with a playwright whose work I respect so much.

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tech-savvy artistry: Wilmington Art Association takes to the Web in 30th annual show and sale


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Spring Art Show and Sale, a staple of the Azalea Festival which is free to the public. Hosted by the Wilmington Art Association (WAA), more than 100 artists will be showing paintings and photography at the show in 2012. WAA member and event co-chair Barbara Jamison says there will be 130 pieces, featuring photography and fine art. For photographers, there are two subcategories: traditional fine art photography and digital conceptualization. The latter of the subcategories is a first for the event, as it allows artists to submit works in which they incorporate a broader variety of computer techniques into their creative process. As for fine art, there is a spectrum of types that will be on display: mixed media, pastel, fiber, pencil, stained glass, oil, pastel and watercolor. All works will be available for sale as soon as the show opens.

“In addition to the fine work on display, there are bins full of reasonably priced originals by award-winning artists,” Jamison says. At the beginning of each year, the WAA puts out the call for all professional and amateur artists who are 18 and older to submit any two-dimensional artwork for the Spring Art Show. Once the works are selected, the artists set up shop at the St. James Episcopal Church to compete for combined monetary and merchandise awards worth

FLOWERING TALENT: ‘Soft Dahl,’ photographed and edited by Dorian Hill, is one of many images appearing in the show as part of the digital conceptualization category, a first-time distinction for the seasoned event. Photo courtesy of the artist.

more than $4,000. To determine who will win the awards, each artist much first upload photographs of their work onto the website to be evaluated by judges—another first for the event. “We are pleased to be able to have online entries this year,” Jamison details. “Many art shows in North Carolina and elsewhere are using this as a way to jury, and after researching how it worked, we thought it would be a good fit for [this] show.” Judging for the fine art category is acclaimed painter and art writer Lois Griffel. She has written two books on Impressionist painting and has had featured articles in The Boston Globe, American Art Review, and The New York Times. After both studying and directing at the Cape Cod

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School of Art, Griffel now lives in Arizona where she continues to paint, teach and write. The judge of the photography category is prolific photographer Brownie Harris. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Harris made a name for himself photographing corporate advertisements for clients like IBM, American Express and NASA. Brownie is probably best known for his portraits of such celebrities and politicians as Sophia Loren, Miles Davis, John Kerry and John F. Kennedy Jr. After 23 years of living in New York and Paris, Harris currently resides in Wilmington. Jamison explains that providing Griffel and Harris the opportunity to judge the art work online gave them much more time to mull over their decisions of which pieces to award. “We were able to allow the jurors a week to review the works rather than a few hours, and the process went smoothly,” Jamison says. “Because of the success of this show’s online entry format, we will be able to have smaller shows that are exclusively online in the future, highlighting our area’s depth of talent.” The judges will reveal their selections at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 pm on Thursday, April 12th (by invitation only). The very next day kicks off the first of the Spring Art Show and Sale, which is free and open to the public. The event will continue until the 15th at 4:30 p.m. Beginning in 1971, the WAA has exposed Wilmington to local art for decades, while also providing community outreach services. Their mission is to educate members and the public in the fine arts, provide scholarship assistance to deserving college students and provide an outlet for emerging and professional artists. The nonprofit organization currently has more than 200 members and encourages both artists and art lovers to join via their website.

galleryguide| 2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Artfuel’s 30th art show features Tuki Lucero, Jonas Mcluggage, Brian Mergenthaler, Stephen Bode, Nicole Nicole.

Artexposure! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302 / 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6 p.m. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to five working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. All work completed at the Paint Out will be exhibited at ArtExposure on April 13th at our regular 2nd Friday Opening Reception. No entry fee, but please call or e-mail to register your name if you want to participate. Along with our regular art classes and studio time, yoga classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.

fiGMents 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Figments is an art boutique brimming with unlimited creative vision and talent. The whimsical, mystical, magical world of the imagination lives here! We are a community of artists and artisans who are passionate

about the journey of artful creation. Figments is an unintimidating art boutique where you can find locally made artwork and accessories for your home. We also have a relaxed classroom workspace where students of all skill levels can learn and grow creatively. Come. Be inspired.

new eleMents GAllery 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (or by appt.) “New Beginnings” now hangs at New Elements Gallery in their new location at 201 Princess Street. Featured will be the paintings of local artists Janet Triplett and Owen Wexler. Janet’s work is reminiscent of the masters, evoking an old world elegance to everyday objects with which we are all familiar. Painting mostly still life, Janet enjoys the challenge of arranging everyday objects into a composition that is both pleasing to the eye and a study in color, composition, light and texture. Owen creates works that are simultaneously simple and complex, subtle and bold. Interpreting life, nature and mood, Owen’s pieces range from a calm day on the beach, to the intricate structure of a 19th century facade. One is reminded of times past and present, memories old and new. The exhibition will remain on display through April 21st.

orton’s underGround Art GAlleries 133 N. Front • (910) 859-8441 Everyday after 5 p.m. America’s oldest pool hall and Wilmington’s finest bar are also the home of Wilmington’s newest art galleries: Gallery North and Gallery South, both hanging local artists year-round, and 10 percent of all art sales goes to the Full Belly Project.

river to seA GAllery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380



new eleMents GAllery: Now showing “Coastal Cupcakes,” by Owen Wexler; oil, 30” x 34” Courtesy photo.

Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1p.m. - 4 p.m. 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 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!

sunset river MArketplAce 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Mon. in winter) This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the histor-



ic 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. The next featured show runs through Thursday, May 31. It’s titled “Feed Your Eclectic Soul: A showing of custom design, fine crafts and gently loved pieces from the past.” Sunset River will have a beautiful collection of unusual pillows, textural table runners and other fabric pieces by Beth Pethtal combined with gallery owner Ginny Lassiter’s eclectic eye for incorporating antiques, pottery and contemporary pieces into a warm and cohesive design.

wicked GAllery 205 Princess St. • (910) 960-7306 Tues. 12-5 p.m.; Wed.-Sat. 6:30-11:30 p.m. April 13 is another Wicked/Dr. Sketchy’s session at Cameron Art Museum. Bring dry media, easels, etc. to create tributes to the spectacular New York club Studio 54—where celebrities hobnobbed with ordinary folk. Photographers welcome! Prizes, wine and beer available; $5 entry. CAM will feature works at end of series! April 14 at Juggling Gypsy, Wicked presents the bands First Jason, Crushed Purple (psychedelic) and Decadent Fluorescent Essence Machine (indie/ psychedelic). Ari Lehman of First Jason played the role of Jason Voorhees in 1980’s “Friday the 13th.” Show starts at 10 p.m.; $5—in conjunction with Research Paranormal Battleship event.

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Warren Haynes’ talent is a product of divine intervention er by Bethany Turn Warren Haynes • 6 p.m. Wednesday, 4/18 Amphitheater Greenfield Lake $35 day of $30 in advance; www.warrenhay

have some of the same influences,” Haynes says. “I guess they’re just ingredients mixed up in different proportions. In each band I find myself thinking and performing differently. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Part of that is just responding to the other Satellite Laundro-Lounge musicians, but part of it is by design. It’s just 255 N. Front St. having the wonderful opportunity to express 4/13, 10 p.m. • $10-15 yourself differently, because we all have different sides of our musical personalities.” On Wednesday, April 18th, Haynes will make a stop in Wilmington at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater—the quintessential venue for any jam-band musician and a treat for locals to welcome such a caliber of talent. His current tour is in celebration of “Man in Motion,” Haynes’ third solo release but the first produced in 18 years. “The reason I decided ‘Man in Motion’ should be a solo record is because I’d written enough songs that all seemed to work together and all were kind of crying out for a more traditional treatment,” Haynes divulges, “that in my mind should sound a little more influenced by soul music and blues than Gov’t Mule.” Haynes’ writing isn’t a product of a selfish indulgence. He scribes with a particular song in mind, and in the end it could become Having rocked Bele Chere for six consecutive years, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band a product for any of his endeavors. Though is touring to promote its first album release many of his songs don’t find a home in any of since 2007. Composed of six unique musihis projects; he’s looking to create a solo recians utilizing everything from trombone to cord with an acoustic songwriter focus in the saxophone to flute, the groovy group offers future. “I’m happier in a band where I’m one up psychedelic funk and a real good time. of the singer/songwriters, but occasionally it is very rewarding to do something that’s just myself,” he notes. “Gov’t Mule is such an The Hufton Brothers open-ended laboratory, so to speak, for me The Whiskey to do whatever I want to do anyway.” 1 N. Front St. 4/15, 8 p.m. • $5 One could say that Haynes is a poetic, philosophical mad scientist. As his mind constructs lyrics, words attack in a quick onslaught and he takes advantage of the inspiration. In his age, the desire to test and probe his work comes forth. Where he grew up writing first and adding music later, he now intentionally performs the opposite, just so he doesn’t fall into a pattern. It’s a frolic in lyricism that likely keeps the musician young. “You have to know that you’re not gonna learn as quickly, later in life, as you did in the beginning,” he warns. “But there’s always something to be learned, and sometimes it comes from a very unlikely source. I may These Wilmington natives dish out an hear music that I wouldn’t expect to like and eclectic mix of an upbeat mandolin, a jazzy learn something from it. Keep your ears and rhythm section, and vocals that’ll remind one mind open, because musicians are students of The Kooks. Their energetic live shows for life. When I feel like I’m having a good perchannel the same infusion of twangy rock formance, it’s because I’m experimenting and right into the audience as they secure their trying stuff that I’ve never tried before. Improspot in the port city’s alt-country scene. visation is such an important part of my life as a musician. You just have to push yourself and hopefully the barriers will break down, All weekly music is listed on the soundboArd pAges. and you’ll discover something new.” encore | april 11-17, 2012 | 15

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Haynes, one might suspect he’d been assigned his own personal muse at birth. Perhaps Apollo, the god of music and poetry, ordered a guardian angel to watch after the young boy, to mold him as an apprentice in his trade. While other children were whisked away by stories of cowboys and crime fighters, Haynes was engrossed by an art that has never let him go. He was ranked number 23 by Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke’s list of 100 greatest guitar players of all time. He offered stability to a flaky Allman Brothers Band in the early 2000s, leading the group to multiple and consecutive Grammy nominations. He, along with Allen Woody, founded the Southern jam-band staple, Gov’t Mule. Having toured with The Dead and been the lead guitarist for Phil Lesh and Friends, Haynes’ list of collaborations is as large as the number of songs he’s written—they’re nearly incalculable. It encompasses an array of artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Coheed and Cambria, and David Allan Coe. Before Haynes was a guitar player, he was a singer. Engulfed by the power of song, his inspiration emerged from an unlikely source at a very unlikely age. “I think the first sound that made the hair on my arms stand up was black gospel music, regionally, coming over the radio on Sunday morning when I was really small,” he remembers. “Hearing that music, I thought, What is that and why is it changing the way I feel?” Shortly thereafter, he encountered the music of James Brown, instilling the same effect. Likewise, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and other mighty, soulful voices enthralled young Haynes. Still, there is one influence that truly resonates, someone who pushed him to be both a great singer and a great instrumentalist. “I remember hearing B.B. King’s voice and just being amazed at how powerful it was,” Haynes says. “I was more drawn to either guitar players who also sang, or guitar players who I felt were singing through their instrument and had that vocal quality while playing. I just always loved the sound of the human voice.”

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‘MAN IN MOTION’: Warren Haynes’ aptly titled third solo release describes the musician’s busy lifestyle, in which he believes he’s always learning. Photo by Stewart O’Shields

Haynes, at 7 or 8 years old, was already honing his craft. A legendary songwriter, he’s long held a pen in his hand. “I was enamored with poetry when I was a kid, and was already starting to write poems before I picked up the guitar,” he tells. “I just always loved the way people turn a phrase, and [when] a story is being told, and the words that are chosen to tell the story.” At the age of 12, he finally found an outlet for his adoration of words. Hearing Cream and Jimi Hendrix, Haynes was certain he’d be a guitarist for the rest of his life. “I didn’t get far; I never got into real poetry,” Haynes says, a laugh breaking his calm, introspective voice. “I was just kind of putting my toes in the water. Once I picked up the guitar, all my love for lyrics turned into songwriting. In music, the melody and the inflection and the performance enhances [the story]. It makes it larger than life.” Over 40 gritty, hard-working years of making music, Haynes has not only solidified himself in the art, but he’s become a mentor to those around him. His philosophy—though one might argue he was a child prodigy—is a wisdom developed through the ages. Citing the three acts he’s most known for, Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule and The Dead, he explains that he’s tapped into all of the separate elements of his work. “Each band is different even though they all

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS LIVE MUSIC What’s Thursdays this spring on up at the patio of Fat Tony’s on Fat Racine Tony’s? APRIL 12

Saturday, March 24 Brent LIVE MUSIC and more!

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a preview of tunes all over town this week —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

Gabby’s Lounge 7-10pm

Friday, April 13



dJ lord WalruS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

Saturday, April 14


BrEnt StimmEl, mark lynCh —Fat Tony’s, 250 Racine Dr, 910-343-8881 karaokE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

Friday, April 20


trivia With party graS dJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 lEgrEE —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

Saturday, April 21

It’s all good. 131 North Front St. • (910) 343-8881 • 250 Racine Dr. (910) 452-9000

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater 420, $10 Bud/ Bud lt Buckets, $4 Jack, Captain, and Even Williams Trivia From Hell at 7:30 TUESDAY $1 Tacos (4pm-close), $3 Dos XX Amber, $4 Cuervo, Lunazul, Bacardi, Jack and Jim Beam WEDNESDAY 1/2 price wine, $3 Pints, $4 Bombs, $5 Martinis THURSDAY Live Music (10pm-1am) 1/2 Price Wings (4pm-close), $2 Domestic Pints, $4 Jack, Jager, Fireball, Sailor Jerry, $5 Bombs FRIDAY & SATURDAY $4 Shooters, $5 Hell’s Cocktails $10 Party Pitchers SUNDAY Service Industry Night $2.50 Domestic Pints, $4 Jack, Jameson, Jager, and Crown $5 Bombs DUELING PIANOS Every Friday and Saturday Night @ 9:30 1/2 Price apps M-Th (4pm-7pm) Sunday (9pm-close)


trivia With dJ —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 livE aCouStiC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

1706 North Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231 877-330-5050• •910-256-2231 910-256-2231 877-330-5050

opEn miC night With tommy hutChinSon —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 tEam trivia With dutCh haWk —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

Nightly Food Specials starting at 5:00pm

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CollEgE night With dJ BattlE —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833

EVERY WEEKDAY 5:00-7:00!

NIGHTLY SPECIALS MONDAY Pulled Pork Nachos $5 $2 Draft - $3 Well Drinks TUESDAY Eat Spot Burger $7 Bottle Beer $2 Domestic - $3 Imports & Micros WEDNESDAY Tacos $5 $4 Margaritas THURSDAY Ribeye Special $12 1/2 price bottle of wine FRIDAY Draft Day- $2- $3-$4-$5 SATURDAY Carolina Brews $3 SUNDAY Steak & Eggs $8 (all day) Bloody Mary – Mimosa $4 34 North Front Street (corner of Front and Princess)


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karaokE —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 EndangErEd Blood —Squidco, 1003 North 4th St., 910-399-4847 SpongE CakE and thE FluFF ramBlErS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Wd-12 —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 karaokE With hEllz BEllE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 aCouStiC Jazz piano With JamES JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Wilmington iCon Singing ContESt With CaSh grand prizE

—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

—Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086

dJ Sir niCk Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

dJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

karaokE With dJ riCh dElux —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

dJBE ExtrEmE karaokE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

karaokE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

roB ronnEr —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

JoSh Solomon & Cary BEnJamin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 BEnny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 duB StEp

JErEmy norriS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 livE aCouStiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 gary allEn’S aCouStiC opEn miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 karaokE With dJ BrEWtal

opEn miC With JErEmy norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 koolEy high, t JonES, thE SpEakEaSy groovE proJECt, Fuzz Jaxx —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 SingEr/SongWritEr ShoWCaSE With Jim ElliS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 FirEdanCE & drumS at dark; apogEE livE aFtEr —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 FriEd lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Jahman Brahman, thE po Boyz —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 karaokE With dJ damon —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 LEGREE (9 P.M.-1 A.M.) —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 ToP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 MikE o’DonnELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

friday, aPriL 13 DuELinG PiAnos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 kARAokE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 HousE/TEcHno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 AcousTic JAzz PiAno wiTH JAMEs JARvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 JAzz JAM sEssion —S.W.A.C. Lounge, 723 N. 4th St.; (843) 276-8164 kARAokE wiTH MikE noRRis —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJBE ExTREME kARAokE —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 JAzz wiTH BEnny HiLL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 Ron DALLAs (AcousTic) —Barista Cafe, 225 S. Water St.; 399-3108 sTEPHEn Gossin —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 7630141 DEAD MAn’s HAnD, DJ DAnE BRiTT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 sofiA TALvik —Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785 THE METEoR MEn, THE fisH sTicks —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 BREnT AnD MikE —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 JAzz AGE: THE Music of THE 1920’s wiTH susAn sAviA AnD AL DiMARco —Bellamy Mansion; 503 Market St., 2513700 DiRTy DAkoTAs —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 foRTcH —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 MiGHTy McfLy —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 LoRD wALRus, DJ Gon —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow

Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086

PsEuDo BLuE, coLBy DoBBs —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 PoRT ciTy TRio —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. THE HufTon BRoTHERs, viLLA vERDE, AsTRonAuTs AnonyMous, ¡PRETEnD suRPRisE! (BEnEfiTs To wRiTE LovE on HER ARMs) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 yo MAMA’s BiG fAT BooTy BAnD, BuBonik funk —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 ovERTyME —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

Saturday, aPriL 14 DuELinG PiAnos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJBE ExTREME kARAokE —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ siR nick BLAnD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 kARAokE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 fiLTHy sATuRDAys wiTH DJ fiLTHy —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 GuiTARisT MARk LyncH (10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 wEs sAyER —Barista Cafe, 225 S. Water St.; 399-3108 JunkyARD MAMA —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 fiRsT JAson, cRusHED PuRPLE, DEcADEnT fLuoREscEnT EssEncE MAcHinE (PREsEnTED By wickED GALLERy) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 EnD of THE LinE, DJ DAnE BRiTT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 sEAn P. GREGoRy —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 MikE o’DonnELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DAvE MEyER, DAniEL PARRisH —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 noRTH ELEMEnTARy, THE oLD MiLwAukEE —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 BiBis ELLison BAnD —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

LEGREE (4-8 P.M.), BiG soMETHinG —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 sonGs of wATER, MikE BLAiR AnD THE sTonEwALLs —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 siMPLifiED —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 susAn sAviA —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS 100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

MONDAY 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.


Sunday, aPriL 15 TRAvis sHALLow —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 kARAokE wiTH HELLz BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 susAn sAviA —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 kARAokE konG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 REGGAE sunDAys wiTH DJ DR. JonEs —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 kARAokE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 BEnny HiLL AnD fRiEnDs —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 sATELLiTE BLuEGRAss BAnD —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 DJ TiMBo —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 konTRAs QuARTET —Church of the Servant, 4925 Oriole Dr.; 395-0616 THE wonDER yEARs, THE PoLAR BEAR cLuB, TRAnsiT, THE sToRy so fAR, A Loss foR woRDs —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 LEGREE (12-4 P.M.), THE HufTon BRoTHERs —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 PERRy sMiTH (BRuncH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 L sHAPE LoT (3 P.M.); cLAy cRoTTs (8 P.M.) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

monday, aPriL 16 kARAokE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 kARAokE wiTH DJ @-HoLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 3420872 sTEvEn coMPTon —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996

TUESDAY Sky Blue $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. WEDNESDAY 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. $

THURSDAY $ 3.00 Samuel Adams $ 4.00 Margaritas FRIDAY 3 Pint of the Day



SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

SUNDAY 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day


N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons $250 Corona/Corona Light THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Snow Day • $3 Kamikaze $5 Bombs SATURDAY DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona / Corona Light $350 Bloody Marys and Mimosas $4 Margaritas Clay Crotts inside at 9 p.m.


karaoke night with dj be!


trivia night 4.13 FRIDAY

mighty mcfly 4.14 SATURDAY

live music with the

bibus ellison band

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd




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LiVe MUsic Fridays & saturdays 7-10PM Outside on the back deck weather permitting APRIL 13 Fortch APRIL 14 Dave Meyer APRIL 20 Ian Hollingsworth MAY 4 Daniel Parrish MAY 5 Jesse Stockton MAY 11 Cosmic Groove Lizard Duo MAY 12 Jessica Coppla MAY 19 2 Cents Worth MAY 25 Jessica Coppola MAY 26 Dave Meyer MAY 27 Fortch

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feast for the eyes: Aside from visual appeal, ‘Mirror Mirror’ isn’t fully cooked

this week in film Albert Nobbs

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ever? Scientists say no, citing genocide, malaria, and Jewel’s poetry book “A Night Without Armor” more detrimental to society. I’m no fan of Julia Roberts. I find her remarkably insincere in every movie she’s appeared. The only time she managed to win me over was in Mike Nichols’ exceptional “Closer.” In other roles she’s universally unappealing. She opens her mouth and it’s like taking a cheese grater to a rock: All I hear is scrapes and scuffs, and all I see are a pair of expressionless eyes and hot white anamorphic teeth. Cinematic nails on a chalkboard. “Mirror Mirror” is an unpretentious piece of family fare—another one of these retooled fairy tales that takes a classic canvas and tries to apply some broader strokes. The source material in this case is the story of “Snow White”—a beautiful princess, a wicked stepmother, a bunch of dwarfs with personality types for names. It’s a world of magic mirrors and good triumphing evil— where it is perfectly fine to call someone Dopey and not feel as if it’s inflicting any long-term psychological damage. The setup for “Mirror Mirror” is very much the same. Hot princess, evil stepmother, seven dwarfs and a dashing prince (Armie Hammer). Things unfold a little differently. Snow White (Lily Collins) is transformed from a type-B coquette, in constant need of being saved, to a typeA empowered princess. After Snow White is expelled from the kingdom, she meets up with the dwarfs who have also gotten an upgrade. They’re not the bumbling comedic devices of Walt Disney’s version. Instead, they’re a bunch of weapon-wielding, stilt-riding highwaymen/revolutionaries. It’s not nearly as serious as it sounds. In fact, nothing about “Mirror Mirror” is serious. Every scene is played for chuckles. There’s an “aw shucks” mentality that drives the movie. There’s no genre-defining work happening here; it’s a simple family film that tries really hard to be something charming. There’s a lot of old-style filmmaking going on in “Mirror Mirror.” I can’t remember the last kids’ film that employed this

WHO’S THE FAIREST? Julia Roberts in “Mirror Mirror” isn’t horribly terrible as the wicked queen. Courtesy photo

much screwball comedy. There are a lot of laughs dependent on the audience’s love for physical humor and pugilism. If your idea of entertaining is watching dwarves punching people and/or being punched, “Mirror Mirror” may be your pornography. I have to mention the production design of the movie, which is stunning. Tarsem Singh (“Immortals”) is an interesting directorial choice; he brings a trademark visual style well-suited for a fairy-tale world. The costumes are lavish, and the sets are wonderfully rich and detailed. It’s a fantastic movie to look at, a sugary confection with nothing at the center—like a Twinkie without the cream filling. There were a lot of moments where I just sat awkwardly shifting, feeling kind of embarrassed about even watching something so ridiculous. It’s a movie that will be practically unwatchable to any child who has learned the meaning of irony or shame. It’s a film for a six-year-old who still wants to dress up like a princess. If your kid’s age is in the double digits, they’re going to find “Mirror Mirror” equally lame. But, the thing is, Julia Roberts actually isn’t terrible in this role. That might not surprise some, but this is coming from a guy who considers viewings of “America’s Sweethearts” and “I Love Trouble” to be more painful than waterboarding. She’s remarkably efficient playing a frigid, hate-filled, venomous hag. In this cartoony, over-the-top world, she has found her

niche, with overexaggerated acting. Here, Roberts isn’t completely awful. On the other side of the spectrum, kudos to Armie Hammer (“J. Edgar”) for giving 110 percent to a role that is so beneath his skill level. He’s likable, charming and damn good at comedy. It’d be nice if he was in a movie worthy of his talents instead of being “Most Likely to Succeed” in an undercooked family film. Reviewing a movie like “Mirror Mirror” feels almost disingenuous. What were the statistical odds that a guy in his late 30s, and with no kids, is going to enjoy a fairy tale designed to entertain the pre-K set? The film already had two strikes in from the minute the lights went down. Yet, I didn’t hate “Mirror Mirror.” I think that’s the best-case scenario. It’s a beautiful, ridiculous mess I’m sure will be adored by children whose brains haven’t fully developed.

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Starts April 20th Brooklyn Arts Center • 516 N. 4th Street Tickets: $20-$25 • 4/20, 6 p.m.: The third annual LunaFest, an international film festival featuring nine short films by, for and about women, is coming to Wilmington on the 20th. LunaFest is a unique traveling festival, organized in town entirely by local moms. All of the proceeds benefit two important causes: the Breast Cancer Fund on a national level and locally Women in the Center.

Cape Fear Film Festival

April 26-29 Passes on sale for $60 • Cape Fear Independent Film Network will present the 12th annual independent film fest, downtown Wilmington, screening films from around the globe, with many shot in NC. Additional activities will include seminars, panel discussions, social and networking events. Venues include Browncoat Pub and Theatre, Nutt St. Comedy Room and City Stage. Celebrity hosts include Julianna Guill (“One Tree Hill,” “Crazy. Stupid. Love”). Regional showcase will feature short films by local and regional filmmakers and Wilmington Film Awards, with trophies, prizes and cash in 10 different categories, including Best Local Film. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At

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Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee 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 & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


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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: Mon-Sat 11am2am and Sun 11am-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music every Friday and Saturday in the Summer ■ WEBSITE:


Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for dock ‘n’ dine. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to try downtown’s most expansive menu for Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING: Lunch: Tues. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Dinner: Tues. Thurs. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m. 9 p.m.; Brunch: Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Saturday and Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE:


“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,” num-

ber one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll Pine Valley understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other deli- munity for cious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide as- shop and b sortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. their talent And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a homemade glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a the freshes comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney Cheeseste fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Hal- ies, from th ligan’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, banana and you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. hood. Serv ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: palates. Ta 7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am are too he Thurs-Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 am to go with ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ SERVING ■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!, Mon.-Fri.10 $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ NEIGHB ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURI



A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively TROLLY bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at Trolly Stop its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early 1976 they for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine recent – a Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home cations). T to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out Sausage, F their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Ininclude Bra dependence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. are: 121 N ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. –Mon.11am-10pm; p.m. CLOS Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ville Beach ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Sunda ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. (910) 256■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm p.m. Mond ■ WEBSITE: Fri. 11 ‘til 457-7017. HOLIDAY INN RESORT Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful 520-5994. find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak ■ SERVING dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef ■ NEIGHB Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent ■ FEATURI setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. at Wrightsv ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. Wilmington ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach an extra for ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE ■ WEBSITE:

K’s Cafe

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. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95), and dinner. 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, crabcake sandwich, 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 which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, ■SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Open for dinner Wed. thru Sat. evenings ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch

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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: Tues.- Sun. 5 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Tues.; Ladies night on Wed.; Special 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: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:

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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. ‘til 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS. (910) 256-1421. 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 ‘til 3, Sat. 11 ‘til 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994.

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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 take-home 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.

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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


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 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:


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:

serving hearty food in generous portions at affordable prices. Simple is the atmosphere in the bistro, as plain white plates and tables dressed in white paper make up the decor. However, the food is far from simple, as a combination of fresh ingredients and innovative preparation delight the taste buds with a plethora of unique appetizers, entrées and desserts. The service is fast, efficient and non-intrusive, and the ambience is friendly and unpretentious. After dinner, be sure to venture upstairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an after-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always on display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire frequently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant”seven years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 815-0810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE:

now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers 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. 910392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 Open M-F 8:00am – 8:00pm, Sat. 8:30am-7:00pm, Sun. 11:00am – 6:00pm. ■ 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:



The Crêperie of Wilmington !Our Crêpes & More a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Open at 7 am Tuesday through Friday, and 8 am Saturday & Sunday, Our Crêpes & More offers a delicious variety of breakfast combos, quickly served or to take out. A must try: the Nutella Croissant! On the Savory side, the St-Malo, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, Mt-Blanc or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. With free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant and casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! ■ OPEN: TUESDAY – FRIDAY 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SATURDAY & SUNDAYS 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Monday Closed.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, 3810 Oleander Drive (at the corner of 39th Street) ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi. ■ WEBSITE:


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 16oz. 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. 11am – 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11am – 11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:


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:

Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE:

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.: 11:30am – 9:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am – 10:00pm; Sun.: 11:30am – 9:00pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE:

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: Tue-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE:

“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 highestquality 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) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30am3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:







Tues.- Fri. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm – 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm – 10pm for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s finest French cuisine can be found at Caprice Bistro, a small informal neighborhood restaurant,

The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running

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Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such

as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Re-■ NEIGHB public and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors■ FEATUR from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville■ WEBSIT Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! EAST ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11am-2:30pmThe Block and from 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. specials, c ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown plus a spe ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials is availabl lush garde ■ WEBSITE: fic and no fare night ORGANIC 256-2251

■ SERVIN SUNDAY B Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking■ NEIGHB for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements,■ FEATUR or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious■ MUSIC and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in■ WEBSI


the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection ofHIERO nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu.Hieronym The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selectionsers. In bu can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ ora name fo boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide varietyand the f of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits andplace to b vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours,mosphere beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has adishes inc great selection of Local produce and receives severalcials. Hie weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s alsocatering s carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats andMarket St poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in■ SERVIN stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian grocer-■ NEIGHB ies. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop■ FEATUR by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm;■ WEBSI Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall ShoppingOCEA Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” Voted bes vides oce ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the Beach, Oc time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; beach. Ch bination pl Sun., 10am-6pm steaks, ch ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery side. Ocea ding recep with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. more. Larg ■ WEBSITE: Family-sty Wrightsvill TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Co-op■ SERVIN Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill■ NEIGHB your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are pre-■ FEATUR pared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches,■ WEBSI like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; localSMALL wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea onTHE FO tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! TheThe Fortu Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone,plore the in an intim regardless of dietary demands. wines fro ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday - Friday approxima 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. some of ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. values tha ■ SALAD BAR: Mon - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. available f ■ SANDWICHES: Mon - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. serene am ■ BAKERY AND CAFE: Mon - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. beautiful ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown bar, castle ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi experienc ■ WEBSITE: Glass Wi tapas, glo serts to a SEAFOOD




Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers,■ NEIGHB you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar.■ FEATU But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a fullkling wine menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-Thurs. Mo $25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street.■ WEBSI You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able inSOUTH flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch andCASEY dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. In Wilmin ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:


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 eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. ■ WEBSITE:


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 attibutes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Sugnature 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; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


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:


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. 4pm-12am Fri. 4pm-2am; Sat. 2pm-2am; Sun. 2pm-12am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Sparkling wine specials and half-price select bottles: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. ■ WEBSITE


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,” coowner 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, barbecue, 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) 7982913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.


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 UNCW, this lively sports-themed 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, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector

TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:


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, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. 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. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:


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 reubens, 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, darts, and did we mention sports? Free lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Dueling pianos Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights.

and 1/2 priced select appetizers M-TH 4-7pm ■ WEBSITE:

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more than seafood: Catch does mostly everything well



been a fan of catch from Its

earliest days on Princess Street (now Phun Seafood Bar). I’ve even quipped that chef/ owner Keith Rhodes is just using the tiny space as his test kitchen, and once a restaurant becomes a hit, he’ll move it to a better location and start over downtown (we’ll see what he does with Phun). Such is the case with Catch, which now resides on Market Street in Ogden. Rhodes is now infamous for his early dismissal from Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Now, if anyone has a good joke to tell about his decision to buy cooked shrimp, I’m all ears. The next person to mention it for no obvious reason without anything clever to say is getting a fork in the eye, courtesy of Rosa Bianca. We all saw the show, people; let’s move on. Catch was conceived as a seafood restaurant (I imagine the name gives it away), but the menu is slightly more expansive. Known for remarkably fresh local seafood, prepared with Southern and Asian influences, the menu is always a delight for any foodie to peruse. Since I’ve long been a fan of the place, I’ve tried many of the seafood dishes available.

by Rosa Bianca ket Street Catch • 6623 Mar Price: $$-$$$ n’t afford Catch Bottom line: I ca hen I can, I know ever y day, but w ey’s wor th! I’ ll get my mon Thus, when I decided to use Catch for this review, I searched a new angle. I chose to avoid the seafood and focus on some of the other menu offerings. After all, we know that Catch can provide fantastic seafood, but what about the rest? Though, I couldn’t resist the crab cake, we ordered three appetizers and one entrée with no fish in them whatsoever. We opened with an appetizer special, a pulled-pork taco with sriracha aioli. Too many North Carolinians take a “more is better” approach to vinegar in their pulled pork. But Rhodes let the fatty, flavorful meat do the heavy lifting. With only traces of vinegar, the taste of slow-cooked pig meat was a real treat. Though I’m not a native North Carolinian, my

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RIB-STICKING CUISINE: Chef Keith Rhodes’ ribs delight, shown here with a cucumber margarita, complete with ancho chile-powder rim. Photo by Bethany Turner

guest was. She agreed the delicate flavoring was a tremendous improvement over some of the more tart styles we taste here. I could have used a bit more sriracha in the aioli. Then again, sometimes I want to drink a glass of sriracha alongside my meal, so I might not be the fairest judge on that subject. Next came the Korean BBQ ribs. I might have fallen in love. With meat sliding off the bone and a mildly spicy sauce, these ribs are amongst the best I’ve ever tasted. The salty, hand-cut fries served alongside them allowed me to soak up as much of the thick barbecue sauce as I could. Rich with hints of mesquite, the sauce reminded me why I’m so disgusted with watery sauces served by chain restaurants and lazy chefs. (Water doesn’t have flavor—so keep it the hell out of your sauces!) We split two entrees: a duck salad and the aforementioned crab cake. I find both of these dishes easy to judge at a glance. Duck is well-prepared if the fat is crispy; loose duck fat is rather unpleasant on the tongue. Crab cakes are well made when one can see substantial chunks of crab meat. Without seeing crab meat, it’s all breading, which means it’s a rip-off. Thankfully, Catch scored highly on both theses criteria. As with the pork, Rhodes let the unctuous duck meat take center stage, and avoided the temptation to over-season it. That temptation has sunk many a promising chef, but this salad is a testament to restraint. The earthy mushrooms, the bibb lettuce (so fresh I’d swear it came from their onsite hydroponic garden, though it is reserved for herbs) and the tangy

ginger-laced dressing all combined with the duck to make an elegant, light summer entrée. The crab cake, which looked to be every ounce of the quarter pound the menu promised, eschewed the heavy breading I loathe so much. The sweet crab meat made an immediate impression on the nose and the tongue. Served atop a bed of curried potato salad, the crab cake was true to its Southern roots. Catch doesn’t bother with deep-fried Maryland-style cakes, but instead opts for the more delicate Charleston preparation (possibly the only time in Southern cuisine we abandon vats of oil while cooking). By pan-searing the dish, the crab meat remains the most dominant flavor. While deep fried foods can be delicious, the grease doesn’t make for the best crab cake. The curried potato salad, while pleasant, lacked the impact I like to get from curry. I would have preferred a spicier side dish; however, since I’ve spent this entire review praising Rhodes for not over-seasoning, I can hardly criticize him too harshly now for keeping his understated style. Some people complain that Catch is too expensive. I will confess that five dishes and an iced tea cost me $65 (before I tipped our amazingly helpful and patient waitress). I’ve never objected to paying for quality, though. I can’t afford to eat Catch every day, but when I can, I know I’ll get my money’s worth. There are cheaper lunch spots in town, but there aren’t better ones. I love everything about Catch. From its minimalist décor, to its heavily lacquered table tops, to the soft blues in the paint on the walls evoking thoughts of the sea. Our waitress smiled brightly even though we came in toward the end of lunch service and stayed later than any polite restaurant-goers ever should. I recommend Catch unequivocally.

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Candlebox with Iamdynamite & Acidic Steel Pulse & SOJA w/ Treehouse! GWAR w/ Kyelsa, Legacy of Disorder & Ghoul

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match of the catch: Pleasure Island Chowder Cookoff takes place Saturday


orth caroliNa’s coast has

many flavors to savor. The rich land surrounding the beach is rife with home-grown vegetables and fruits, cattle for pork and beef, not to mention homemade goat’s cheese and milk. But what most folks envy of our region comes from the mighty Atlantic. Mounds of seafood carefully caught by local fishermen make our eateries quite popular. Pleasure Island captures the essence of such culinary adoration every year, thanks to two pivotal festivals marking the change of seasons: the Seafood, Blues and Jazz festival in the fall and the annual Chowder Cookoff each spring. Lucky for Wilmingtonians, the latter gets underway come Saturday the 14th at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Eight contestants—including Cape Fear Seafood Company, Havana’s, Lazy Pirate, O’Charley’s, Seaside Grill of the Marriott Carolina Beach, SeaWitch Cafe, The Grille and Veggie Wagon—will compete for the best chowder. Filled to the brim with fish, crustaceans and other sea-filled wonders, folks will

by Shea Carver f Chowder Cookof Pleasure Island . m p. 0 a.m.-5 Sat., 4/14, 11:3 Lake Park Carolina Beach ee) ren under 12 fr Entr y: $5 (child be able to meander and sample a taste of our coast while judging their own favorites. “Our typical application process is to always invite the previous year’s contestants back, especially the ones that seemed to have had a good time, and see the value in the exposure and the experience,” says Greg Reynolds, assistant director of the Pleasure Island Chamber, which has been planning the 16-year event since 2005. “We always like to get new restaurants in the mix to keep the audience’s experience ever-changing.” This year they have asked The Grille out of Shallotte, NC, to join the competition after their popularity soared during the Seafood, Blues and Jazz Fest. “So, now we have an out-of-towner this year to add a whole new

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CHOWDAH, CHOWDAH! Tangerine’s participated in the 14th annual Chowder Cookoff in 2010, with the help of numerous folks including Whitney Blackburn (in pink shirt) and Joe Walsh (back row). Courtesy of Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

aspect to our festival,” Reynolds notes. Bringing in 3,000 people to the island, restaurateurs will prepare at least 30 gallons of any soup made with seafood. The more they make, the more they have to dish out, which increases their chances of winning. Serving samples in two-ounce increments, restaurants have carte blanche in creating the best concoction. Of course, the most popular always remains cream-based. “Occasionally we will have a Manhattanstyle (tomato) base, which always brings a nice twist to the competition,” Reynolds says. “A few years back, we had an excellent crab and tomato bisque chowder, which was well-received and placed very high in the voting.” Judges consist of a plethora of local media personalities and politicos, like the mayor of Wrightsville Beach, town manager of Carolina Beach and even Mike McIntyre, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Four winners will be recognized, all receiving cash prizes from $100 to $500, in categories from People’s and Judge’s Choice to Best Decorated and Most Enthusiastic Tent. “And, yes, one contestant could win all four,” Reynolds informs. Other eateries will be onsite vending more food for the masses. Ms. Cheesy food truck will roll in with grilled cheeses, as Shuckin’ Shack, Greek Boys Catering, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Italian Ice and more offer up other

food and drink options. Anheuser Busch products will be for sale, and wine vendors will be providing select vino. Sold through the chamber, proceeds from the event spread across the island, and the cookoff entry fees help reach their goal as a destination center and event planner. They bring numerous happenings to Pleasure Island throughout the year, including a free summer concert series and multiple festivals like Bluegrass by the River coming in May. “The funds we raise allow us to present the caliber of programming that Pleasure Island has become known for at an affordable rate (or free),” Reynolds shares. “It also helps keep membership fees as low as possible.” The chamber also donates monies to numerous charities and nonprofits throughout the year. Their funds help organizations like Got-em On Live Bait Club, Pleasure Island Parrot Heads, NourishNC and the Steve Haydu Lo-Tide Run. While chowder is the centerpiece of the afternoon, folks will enjoy live entertainment with The Mark Roberts Band (previously known as Mark Roberts and Breeze). Their brand of funk, blues, beach, Motown and rock and roll will please many a dancing shoe. The event is for kids, too, as the Kidz Zone will offer face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and more. For an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family. Entry is only $5 for adults, and children 12 and under get in for free. The gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the tasting begins at noon, with awards announced at 5 p.m. No coolers or pets are allowed on the premises.

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Persimmons Chef Gerry Fong My cooking style is: An intricate twist of my Chinese ancestry and Southern NC upbringing. I use classical French technique to bring flavors together. The NC ingredients I use are: Every dish we make has a piece of NC in it, and that allows us to showcase our unique take on “Southern Fusion.” Keep up with all the action! Follow us on Twitter to see pictures of each course as it’s being served. Get a recap after every battle on our Facebook page. See the full menu and voting results the next day on our website.

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spring officially arrives! 65th Azalea Festival kicks off Wed., April 11th


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a requirement to welcome the new spring season every year in Wilmington: Ah! Zal! Yay! The excitement brims on our coast as temps warm and azaleas bloom. It’s an indication to the beauty of our area, in and of itself offering much to celebrate (aside from the $50 million impact it has on our local economy, according to a report held by UNCW faculty last year). The 65th annual Azalea Festival is the official springtime event in North Carolina, crowding our town with arts and crafts vendors, queens and princesses, celebrities and performers out the wazoo. The festival’s heavily red-pinned calendar has more events than we could possibly attend from Wednesday, April 11th through Sunday the 14th. Folks will revel in garden and home tours, a parade and street festival, live music and boxing matches, an art show and sale, along with a circus, coin show and more! Here are what the next five days in Wilmington will look like!


Kenny Loggins: 4/12, $38-$48 Scotty McCreery: 4/13—sold out! Trask Coliseum • UNCW, 8 p.m. The headliners of the annual Azalea Festival concerts feature a current idol and a previous pop icon onstage to appeal to youth young and younger. Scotty McCreery, from Garner, NC, took over “American Idol” last year as fans threw over 120 million votes his way during the finale episode, leading him to the win. And that would only be the tip of his success, as the 18-year-old country crooner has impressed the industry since, securing Best New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas a few short weeks ago. While his voice has him at the top of his game, along with a platinum album, “Clear as Day,” it isn’t without familial support and a good head on his shoulders. In the fall, the youngster will be attending NC State, as his dad once did, making him head of the Wolfpack among a sea of swarming UNC fans attending his 30 encore | april 11-17, 2012 |

show Friday evening at UNCW; if you don’t have a ticket, good luck scouting one! Tickets are still available (as of press) to see the man who made “everybody cut, everybody cut” in the ‘80s to no avail. Kenny Loggins will be “Footloose” and fancy-free on Thursday evening at Trask, bringing hits over a dozen albums—12 of which actually have gone platinum—to the forefront of one mega dance-a-thon. Though known as a movie master of soundtracks from the ‘80s—“I’m Alright” (“Caddyshack”) and “Danger Zone” (“Top Gun”) among them—he has continued slinging his guitar during performances over the past 20 years, and recording an extraordinary discography of sound from jazz to rock, country to pop. Tickets are $37.50 or $47.50 and can be purchased at

SWING, BALANCE, ROAR Cole Bros. Big Top 4/12-15, $17-$22 Wilmington International Airport The circus is coming to town! The big top will be set up at the Wilmington International Airport, ready to excite audiences with awe-inspiring performances, including motorcyclists, aerialists, hand-balancing acts, clowns, tigers, elephants and more. The Cole Bros. Circus is a time-honored American tradition, which started in the 1800s and still traverses the country today in the same magical fashion. Ringmaster Chris Conners and his crew of mind-blowing talent will bring wholesome entertainment to families in the southeast. Tickets are $17 to $22 and can be purchased for a variety of shows: Thursday and Friday, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets available at


Coast Guard Cutter Staten Island Coast Guard Cutter Bayberry

by Shea Carver

Each year, ships dock along the Cape Fear River downtown so folks can tour them throughout the festival weekend. This year will be no different as Coast Guard Cutter Staten Island and the Coast Guard Cutter Bayberry will be open for tours. USCGC Staten Island originally was built as a law enforcement platform. However, it often has multi-functionality, helping in search and rescue, national defense and even marine environmental protection. The 110-foot patrol boat recently returned from participating in Operation Bold Alligator 2012 with other vessels of the Canadian, French, and United States navies. The 65-foot Bayberry was built in 1954 and serves to aid navigation. It evaluates, establishes, maintains and discontinues structures throughout US and Canadian waters to help guide vessels.


Coin Show 4/14-15, $1 donation American Legion • 702 Pine Grove Drive A tisket, a tasket, a coin-filled, sparkly basket! How delightful spring is with the addition of shiny new coins to a collector’s coveted agglomeration of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, as well as international currency. An ongoing addition to every Azalea Festival, the Coin Show is held at American Legion off Pine Grove Drive and features over 30 vendors ready to buy, sell, trade and appraise the goods. The entry fee is only a buck, too, with Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Boxing Tournaments 4/13-15 • Free! Williston Middle School 401 S. 10th Street It’s been around since 1978, with folks from all walks of life clamoring for a final punch in the ring. The NC Azalea Boxing Tournament takes place throughout the weekend, with Friday-night weigh-

ins from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Folks from as far north as Jersey to south Florida participate in 8-16, 17-34 and Master Boxer 35-up six division from 55 pounds to 201 or more. Sponsored by Friends of Boxing and NC Amateur Boxing Association, the competition showcases national and international levels, as well as from military branches. The tournament lasts from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public.


Historic Home Tour 4/14-15 • $25-$30 Various homes Held in conjunction with the Historic Wilmington Foundation, one of the Azalea Festival’s most revered events is the annual historic home tour. It features 11 homes across downtown’s historic district, showcasing the most beautiful architecture and historic preservation of the city. The ribbon ceremony of the tour takes place on the 14th with local politicians, including Mayor Bill Saffo and City Council Member Kevin O’Grady, opening the event at 12:30 p.m. at the Parsley House on 224 S. 3rd Street. Folks who attend the ceremony can enjoy free Dairy Queen ice cream. The self-guided tour takes place Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at various homes as listed with ticket purchase ($25 beforehand or $30 day of at Azalea Festival office and all Harris Teeter locations; $2 off with VIC card). Children 12 and under get in free with paid adult.


NC Azalea Fest Parade 4/14 • Free! Downtown Wilmington Everyone loves a parade! And if not, they should. What’s better than watching folks show pride for their community? Seeing marching bands dance and wiggle, or stoically play their way through a cacophony of brass, strings and bass! Rushing kids in cute costumes while they toss candy at onlookers! Laughing at clowns racing around in small cars! Waving at the Azalea Queen and her court, and at all the celebrities and the grand marshal! The annual parade welcomes over 500,000 people to the streets of downtown Wilmington. Folks are wise to arrive early for a seat, as the parade begins at 9:30 a.m., meaning streets from 5th Avenue down, and out toward Hanover and Dock streets, likely will be closed. A parade shuttle will be open at Independence Mall, dropping off and picking up folks at Dock and 2nd streets for $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for children and seniors. Those who wish to battle the traffic should anticipate delays! Decks will be open for a $7 fee, and vehicles will have limited entrance and exit, all guided by police officers. Visit for the street closings.


Street Fair Entertainment across the stages 4/13-15, all day Hunk of turkey leg in hand, bag of artwork in tow and children begging for funnel cakes! Welcome to the Azalea Festival Street Fair, where vendors of all varieties align downtown Wilmington streets (Water, Market and Front, to be exact). They sell food, drinks, sweets, art, clothes, knick knacks and so much more—yes, all 240 of them! Four stages will be set up throughout downtown as well, including a children’s area for the kiddies. The fun kicks off Friday evening, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and lasts from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Main Stage at 101 Water Street will have beer for sale for 21-and-older folks, while showcasing music of all genres, local acts and beyond. (See poster this page.) The Riverfront Park stage kicks off Friday evening with praise and worship bands, while Saturday will feature a hodgepodge of

sound from local music students to masterful bluesmen like El Jaye Johnson (4:30 p.m.). The night will end with a street dance featuring Pamoja! (8:30 p.m.). And folks will be in a prime spot to catch the riverfront fireworks display at 9:05 p.m. On Sunday, more Christian music, including reggae, can be enjoyed. The dance stage will be in the Cotton Exchange parking lot, which will showcase tons of moves and grooves throughout the weekend, including Zumba! Also located in the Cotton Exchange lot will be the children’s area, featuring inflatable rides. The Festival of Cultures stage will be located in Bailey Park featuring music from across the globe. Dancers, singers, and musicians will colorfully bring to life traditional customs from various cultures, showcasing costumes, pageantry and immense talent. No pets are allowed, and the street fair is free! Attendees should bring cash for vendor purchases and good walking shoes; parking likely won’t be available 10 or more blocks away from downtown. BELLE FOR A DAY: The NC Azalea Belles sashay throughout the community at one of many Azalea Festival events, including the ribbon cuttings for the home and garden tours. Courtesy photo

See art show on page 12, queen’s coronation on 32 and garden tour info on 33.

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fit for a queen: Ericka Dunlap wears the official Azalea crown in 2012


to the spotlight; her titles as Miss Florida and Miss America have cemented her regal status. Now, she’s set to receive one of Wilmington’s highest honors: Queen Azalea. Dunlap began competing in pageants when she was 19 years old, but her fascination with them started much earlier. “I watched ‘Miss America’ growing up and dreamed of one day participating and competing on that big stage in Atlantic City,” she explains. Those dreams would come true in 2004, as she was crowned Miss America. “Having that chance was by far the most exciting time of my life,” Dunlap admits. Her Miss America win wasn’t the first time she made headlines. Just mere months before, she made history when she was crowned Miss Florida in 2003. Dunlap was the first African American to secure the title. To this day she remains aware of how pivotal that accomplishment was. “I stood for the generations of women who were never able to have that distinc-


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tion,” she says. “Personally, I represented my grandmother, my mother and aunts who came from a generation that was not allowed to be in the competition.” Dunlap remembers her year of service as Miss America fondly. Throughout the year she traveled around the country, making appearances and speaking at corporations, universities, elementary schools and other various organizations related to her platform, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall Behind: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion.” “Essentially you’re on tour for an entire 12 months,” she details. “You are plucked out of college and it’s definitely a whirlwind change of pace.” One of her favorite duties as Miss America was visiting with troops overseas, wherein during Thanksgiving she dined with the

CROWNED PINK: Ericka Dunlap will be honored as the Azalea Queen at the 64th annual Azalea Festival. Courtesy photo





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military. Even after her year of service, such an experience inspired her to continue being active in supporting our nation’s best. In 2009 she traveled to Afghanistan for a tour to boost troop morale. “It’s a major honor to be with our servicemen and women because I’m so grateful for them sacrificing their time and lives to fight for our liberties,” she says. “It’s my pleasure to bring a little piece of home to them.” Dunlap became a household name worldwide when she appeared on season 15 of “The Amazing Race.” At the time, she and her husband traveled to eight different countries in only 21 days and covered over 25,000 miles. While she loved the experience of visiting exotic destinations like Dubai and Cambodia, she didn’t really feel she was able to thoroughly enjoy the sights. “Your focus is completely on winning that particular exercise of the day,” she notes. “You’re not really able to enjoy the experience completely.” Dunlap continues speaking at engagements across the country and has dabbled

in a career as a country singer. Though she has significant musical talent, her main focus now is her Crown Jewel Foundation. Thethe 59th group hosts events for girls be-April 13t tween the ages of 6 to 16 to teachthese wo them social etiquette skills, rangingistry vary from learning to walk with poiseall aim at and confidence to discussing bodyGarden C outstand image issues. “These are some things that par-is receivi ents don’t necessarily teach chil-California dren anymore,” Dunlap explains.has alrea “We have a generation of young The th women being influenced by theday durin media and celebrities who do notnie and uphold decent standards, so it’swhich is important we find ways to engageoverlook young women and show them howestablish by a ban to be more ladylike.” The port city’s 59th AzaleaGarden C Queen is anxiously awaiting herthan 100 first trip to Wilmington. She’s look-lum gow ing forward to all the festivities, butby the C particularly the Cape Fear GardenFestival Q Club Azalea Garden Tour (seebon, enc next page). The tour is one of theenjoy ref longest running in the South, andStevenso helps raise funds for beautificationplore the and horticulture grants in our com- Each munity, scholarships for UNCWgardens and Cape Fear Community College. Theysays the also assist with conservation efforts at Bat-whimsica tery Island, a National Audubon Society birdfeature a ing spac sanctuary. “I am extremely excited to be honored as Phyllis Queen of the Azalea Festival,” Dunlap con-heaven o tinues, “and I look forward to meeting all myquired fr Buie’s h new Wilmington family.” Welcome Azalea Queen Ericka Dunlap tofoot stru Wilmington on April 11th at 3 p.m. at Riv-used his erfront Park. Entry is free and there will beroom for opportunities to meet Ericka, the Cape Fearwrought Garden Club Azalea Belles and other special guests. Dunlap and her court will be attending Azalea events throughout the weekend, including the famed garden tour ribbon-cutting and party following. They also will have their own float in the parade on Saturday morning. The Queen’s Court consists of: Alexandria Freeman, Miss Gaston County; Anna Seagroves, Miss Rowan County; Ashlea Arizaga, Miss Asheville; Bindhu Pamarthi, Miss Johnston County; Brooklyne Williamson, Miss Central Carolina; Katy Locklear, Miss Metrolina; Kaycey Hall, Miss Fayetteville; Kensley Leonard, Miss Greater Sandhills; and special guest, Alexis Gonzalez, Miss Greater Wilmington.


admire the blooms: 59th annual Azalea Garden Tour takes off


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will be thousands of blooms in 13 luscious landscapes to visit on the 59th Azalea Garden Tour, kicking off on April 13th. The passionate designs behind these wonderlands of color, texture and artistry vary widely from garden to garden, but all aim at pleasing the public eye. Cape Fear Garden Club Chair Karen Smith has done an outstanding job in the selection process and is receiving calls as far away as Michigan and California. One garden club from Wisconsin has already booked their flight, van and hotel. The three-day tour makes its debut on Friday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill’s antebellum home, which is secluded on Greenville Sound and overlooks the inland waterway. Its wellestablished Formosa azaleas are protected by a bank of large oak trees. The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles, numbering more than 100 and dressed in handmade antebellum gowns, will grace the lawn, escorted by the Citadel’s Summerall Guards. Azalea Festival Queen Ericka Dunlap will cut the ribbon, encouraging tour guests and visitors to enjoy refreshments and entertainment of the Stevenson/Stohl Suzuki Studio, and to explore the magnificent grounds. Each of the 11 private and two public gardens will offer different delights. Smith says the landscapes run the gamut from whimsical cottage to formal design, and feature a wide range of unique outdoor living spaces. Phyllis Buie (Garden #10) has made “a heaven on earth” from a potting shed acquired from Cape Fear Community College. Buie’s husband Donald had the 12x12foot structure placed in their backyard and used his carpentry skills to turn it into a tea room for his wife. He installed a ceiling fan, wrought iron fixtures and a front porch com-

fiori by Linda Gratta Tour • $20 Azalea Garden ss town ple gardens acro 4/13-15; multi 4/13, 10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting: e, i McNeill’ s hous Ronnie and Cynd Hewlett’s Creek www.capefearg plete with pansy-laden window boxes. The shed matches the Buie residence at 724 Wilderness Road and is painted creamy yellow with deep red shutters. The Buies enjoy the view of the shed from their sunroom, which also looks out on a lovely water feature. The pond is surrounded by rhododendron, George Tabor azaleas, King Sago palms, reblooming hydrangeas, camellias and more. A Yoshino cherry flanks a glass dollhouse made of old windowpanes, which houses a delightful garden angel. Large beds of KnockOut roses, yellow in the front and pink and red in the back, are maintained by the Buies. This year they spread 220 bags of mulch to decrease weeds and enhance moisture for the flower beds. “We have painted or mulched everything that does not move,” Buie says. Airlie Gardens and the NHC Arboretum, the two public gardens on the tour, are also deep in the dirt sprucing up their respective grounds. Both gardens have benefitted from grants given by Cape Fear Garden Club, the oldest and largest garden club in NC. Airlie, the quintessential southern garden, features 100,000 azaleas, statuary and camellias, the 464-year-old Airlie Oak and 10 acres of freshwater lakes. Airlie will be open Saturday, April 14th only. The Arboretum showcases six landscapes, including the Japanese garden,

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which will be rededicated from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, but is open all three days of the tour. This landscape has a redesigned water feature funded by the Cape Fear Garden Club. Fortune’s Osmanthus shrubs represents mountains. The teahouse, overlooking seven waterfalls, sits on the inside curve of a stream for good luck. After the tour, lucky applicants who have applied online may receive one of the Cape Fear Garden Club’s grants for horticulture

and beautification. Last year, $83,000 collected from the tour was given in grants, scholarships to UNCW and CFCC students, and conservation efforts at Battery Island, a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary. Tickets are available online at and at the NC Azalea Festival Office, 5725 Oleander Drive. Or folks can purchase them through Ace Hardware, Dragonflies, The Sterling House, NHC Arboretum and local garden centers. During the tour, tickets are available for purchase at each garden. Gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during all three days, but may only be visited one time per ticket punch. Children under 12 are admitted free.

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my career suicide note


Chapter 8: Straight Outta Tacos by Anghus

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ame is Fleeting. this seems pain-

fully obvious when at a Taco Bell drivethrough at 3 a.m., watching a grown man beg for a chalupa. My first few jobs in the film industry were a strange mix of the difficult and the degrading—mostly referred to as “paying your dues.” Sometimes it feels like a debt that will never be paid. This was one of those nights. I had managed to get hired on a low-budget film as a production assistant. On a legitimate film, a production assistant performs menial tasks; it’s probably the least glamorous job on any set. On a low-budget film, replace the words “least glamorous” with “most humiliating.” Real films have order and structure; there are experienced professionals in every department being paid very well to do their respective jobs. Low-budget films have a fraction of the crew and are often stocked with people who are barely qualified to do the job they’ve been hired for, much less the four or five they end up inevitably being handed. This production was no different. I had been hired as a simple production assistant and ended up doing everything from picking up food for the crew to collecting and disposing garbage. At one point I was handed a phone and told to negotiate a deal for portable toilets. It didn’t seem to bother anyone that I didn’t know the first thing about negotiations, much less the appropriate price for toilet rentals. It’s irrelevant. In the world of low-budget filmmaking, I only needed to be willing to say “yes” to everything and act like I knew what I was doing. Take toilet negotiation:


“What are you charging?” “It’s the standard rate.” “Can you do it for 25 percent less?” “Fine.” I didn’t know the standard fee, much less what 25 percent off of it would be. I might have saved the production $200 or $2,000; it didn’t matter. Whatever they were asking, I would ask for 25 percent less. That was my only tactic. I’m still amazed how often it works. Once the production started, I was moved into a number of different tasks. The one that took most of my time was handling the talent. Just like my stand-in job, I was quickly identified as someone who had no interest in fame or celebrity— exactly the kind of person a filmmaker wants when dealing with actors. Star-struck crew members tend not to last very long in this business. I was told I would be tending to one of the leads. At one point he was one of the most recognizable faces in music: a gritty hip-hop phenomenon who topped every chart, won every award, and adorned the cover of every magazine. Eventually, he transcended his own humanity and became a brand: clothing lines, premium top-shelf liquor and a department store fragrance. But that was five years ago—before the collapse of the music industry. Before the failed marriage that split his assets right down the middle. Before he lost his credibility. Before the embarrassing reality show. With few prospects available, he turned to the only thing that had any worth: his name. This meant picking up checks for appearing in low-budget films where his face could be slapped onto the poster. “Face value” was how I often heard it referred. This value seemed meaningless at the Taco Bell drivethrough at 3 a.m., as I listened to a grown man shouting through a window, demanding fast food from a closed restaurant. The conversation preceding this adventure was free of logic, reason or understanding. “Take me by Taco Bell,” he said. “They’re closed.”

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“They’re not closed,” he insisted. “Trust me, they’re closed,” I replied. With the hours I worked, and the dietary habits of a morbidly obese teenager, I knew the hours of every fast-food chain in the rural hellhole where this godforsaken film was shooting. “Take me anyway,” he said, not bothering to look up from his Blackberry. The empty parking lot and darkened signs were dead giveaways. I even went so far as to drive up to the darkened take-out sign so he could clearly see that his dreams of late night tacos were unable to be fulfilled. “Pull up to the window,” he said. “You mean the closed window where no one will be?” I replied. Either the sarcasm didn’t register or he wasn’t listening. Through the drive-through window I could see a lone employee mopping the floor. I waited a few moments for reality to set in. Then, he proceeded to lean out of the car and start pounding his fist against the drive-through window, and uttered a sentence that, to this day, has been unrivaled in its insanity and audacity. “Yo! Mother fucker! I need a chalupa! Holla!” I wasn’t sure what his plan was. How likely was the third-shift minimum-wage mop-jockey

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to actually respond. Was calling him a “mother fucker” helping his cause? The rapper continued to pound his fist against the window, his garish gold rings creating quite a ruckus. “Come on, man! Hook a brother up! Chalupa!” Finally, out of some kind of morbid curiosity, the employee put down the mop and walked up to the window. “We’re closed!” he yelled in order to be heard through the glass. The rapper saw his opportunity. Now, that he had his attention, he started to sing the chorus to one of his songs. “I’m the one you want to be with/Ain’t no other man like me…” This poor guy. It wasn’t bad enough he worked at Taco Bell, much less the graveyard shift. God only knows the horrors he regularly sees while cleaning the men’s room and going home every day smelling like grease and fried meat. Day-old pico de gallo underneath his fingernails. Fire sauce seeping from every clogged pore. And, now, he has to suffer the indignity of being serenaded by a middle-age performer who couldn’t face a reality where his stardom did not transcend the normal operating hours of a neighborhood Taco Bell. I just kept looking back and forth. First to the middle-aged man singing a cappella in the back of a Ford Explorer, then to the Taco Bell employee who just stood confused—yet, he wouldn’t leave. He just watched, trying hard to apply logic to this situation. Then, it clicked. I could see it in his eyes: recognition. He finally realized who was on the other side of the glass. Then he smiled, nodded and slid a sign in front of the glass that read “Estados Cerrados” before returning to his mop. This defeat could have been epic. For a moment I though this might be a lethal dose of reality. The proverbial chalupa that broke the camel’s back. And to his credit, he rolled his window up, returned to texting from his Blackberry and gave me one final order. “Call those assholes at Dominoes and tell them to have a meat lover’s at my hotel room in 20 minutes.” To this day, I have no idea why every member of the food service industry was an asshole according to the rapper. But I know that the power of fame is fleeting, and I know that the Taco Bell drive through is only open until 2 a.m. on weekdays.

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Audubon NC annual meeting will feature fun field trips This is not going to be your typical snoozer annual meeting. Audubon North Carolina is coming to Wilmington June 1-3 for their annual gathering, but they won’t be sitting much. During the threeday weekend event, they will be hosting a number of field trips to areas in our region that offer special habitats for bird sightings. Members, bird enthusiasts and nature-lovers – all are invited to come and participate in these unique field experiences and learn about Audubon’s work to protect our coastal environment. The event is headquartered at the Hampton Inn Medical Park Hotel, where all the field trips originate. You can choose from 17 different trips over the course of the weekend, with morning, mid-day and afternoon outing options. It’s going to be a tough choice. Close to home, there’s the familiar - Airlie Gardens, Greenfield Lake, Oakdale Cemetery, Carolina Beach State Park, Fort Fisher, the Aquarium - and the less well-known, such as Wade Park, an artificial wetland that has become a hotspot for dragonflies and wading birds. Trips venturing a little further away include Orton Pond at Brunswick Town, Moore’s Creek Battlefield and the Green Swamp, a favorite of Charley Winterbauer, President of the Cape Fear Audubon chapter. “It’s such an interesting place,” he says. “It has the history in tar-making and an ever-changing landscape. You always see something new when you go there.” Other sites include the Holly Shelter Game Land, making a strong comeback with native plants and wildlife after the burns last year. Nearby, the Holly Shelter Greentree Impoundment offers a walking trail along the Cape Fear River where an array of birds such as cuckoos, owls and herons thrive.

Coming up soon:

Taking Nature’s Course

Wed Apr 11 Lecture: Lessons from the Gulf oil spill for the Cape Fear Region Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action 7 - 9 PM, Lumina Theatre, UNCW Panel discussion wih local experts

local programs, activities and people celebrating and protecting our coastal environment by Kass Fincher Several interesting speakers will round out the weekend’s activities. Camilla Herlevich of the Coastal Land Trust and Ruth Haas of the Cape Fear Museum will share updates on their organizations’ education and preservation work. Nature photographer Mark Buckler will provide a workshop in the field on how to improve your own camera techniques. And Heather Starck, Executive Director of Audubon NC, will highlight the year’s achievements at the awards banquet. Early registration deadline is May 4, cost is $60. For more information and registration materials, visit Photos by Richard Pape

The Southport Sampler trip will include stops at the Old Smithville Burying Grounds, the marina and the Riverwalk NC Birding trail site, where a walk along the boardwalk can reveal many wader birds, including Ibis and other salt marsh-loving species. A side trip to the Audubon award-winning Wyte House, the residence of Larry and Diane Wyte, will show you how you can create a native plant and bird-friendly habitat at your own home. A Bald Head Island trip option on Sunday will reveal the wonders of this varied subtropical habitat, with forests, dunes, and marshes hosting a multitude of bird life ... not to mention turtle nests.

Can’t find your way home? Wear a Wilmington City Map tee and you’ll never get lost again. Or at least you can get to the river.

Fri Apr 13 - Sun Apr 15 Azalea Festival Garden Tour Various locations, beautiful gardens Sat Apr 14 Second Saturday cleanup Cape Fear River Watch 9 AM, Greenfield Lake Join in this community effort Mon Apr 16 Comprehensive Greenway Public Workshop 4-7 PM, Wilmington City Council chambers

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ter Wed., April 18Smithsonian Native American Museum Curator Visit - Free Beading Workshop9-12 and 1-3S-002 - Galehouse BuildingWilmington Campus Tuesday, April 24David Hardin’s Birthday -  All news media get the day off :) Friday & Saturday -  April  27  and  28thN.C.  Mission  of  Mercy  Dental  Clinic7 a.m. - 5 p.m.Schwartz Center

NC SCIENCE FESTIVAL NC Maritime Museums uncover the science behind  coastal history by offering events in the upcoming North  Carolina  Science  Festival,  4/13-29,  at  theNorth Carolina Maritime Museums in Beaufort, Hatteras and Southport. Spy a different kind of science with the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport with “Up, Periscope!”—the newest, hands-on  addition in the exhibits – a U.S. Navy periscope.  On Sat., 4/21, 10am-2pm. Kids of all ages are invited to build their own periscope, and learn the engineering and physics used with them. Free. (910) 457-0003. www.ncmaritimemuseJust in time for the 64th annual Azalea Festival, our

NC AZALEA FESTIVAL See pages 12, 30-33. AIRLIE GARDENS Airlie Gardens’ Spring Bloom is an annual event where the public garden has extended hours so visitors can revel in the new growth and colors of the season. Through 5/19 visitors may explore and enjoy Airlie Thurs-Sat. for two additional hours, until 7pm. Airlie showcases approximately 100,000 bulbs in all stages of bloom throughout the spring season—azaleas, tulips, daffodils, spring blooming trees, camellias and more. Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for children, 6-12. Airlie Gardens’ 2012 concert series starts May 4, w/performances held on the first and third Fridays, 6-8pm, May-September, w/ a variety of musical genres, from folk to dance to soft rock. Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for children and free for Airlie members. 910-798-7700 or CFCC EVENTS All events take place at Cape Fear Community College, downtown or north campus, unless otherwise noted. Wed., 4/11, 11am-2om, Spring Fling, Tabitha’s Courtyard. Wilmington Campus • Thurs.,  4/12,  “In  Cahoots”—program  featuring  Jeremy  Vest—from  MTV’s  “How’s  Your  News”  reality series featuring journalists with disabilities. CFCC’s program is meant to raise awareness of the challenges and perceptions of people living with disabilities, 2pm-3pm, Room S-002, Galehouse Building, Wilmington Campus • Mon., 4/16, 6pm,  Student Recognition Ceremony, Schwartz Cen-

Through 5/19: SPRING BLOOM

very own historic Airlie Gardens will remain open two extended hours, Thursday through Saturday for folks to enjoy the once-a-year-blooms that so beautifully decorate these lush grounds. Open until 7 p.m., folks will see 100,000 bulbs in all stages of color and glory throughout the season, from tulips to azaleas, daffodils to camellias and more! Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. HOBBY GREENHOUSE 4/13, 9am: 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. Free. Fri. and Sat. 9am-6 pm;  Sun.12-5pm.  2318  Metts  Ave. Jennifer Keeling:

YOUR COMPUTER FRIENDS 4/14-20, 8:30am-6pm: Your Computer Friends  and PODS Moving Storage’s electronics recycling  rally.  Accepting  PCs,  Laptops,  printers,  flat panel monitors, stereo equipment, speakers, DVD/CD players, phones and cables. $10 fee for old big CRT monitors and old TVs with tubes. No appliances, no microwaves or  toaster ovens or items that have had food in them. Bring working computers inside – working equipment can be repurposed to one of our non-profits in need. Your Computer Friends, 3816  Oleander Dr.

THALIAN HALL MAIN ATTRACTIONS SERIES Thalian Hall  Main  Attractions  Series.  Schedule:   4/19, 8pm. The Adam Growe Quiz Show: The host of Canada’s hit TV series “Cash Cab” on Discovery  brings his comic trivia, mayhem and even cash prizes to our live audience in a certain historic theatre very  near  you.  •  4/20-21,  8pm: Igudesman and Joo: A Little Nightmare Music reprises an evening that may just be the wildest night of piano & violin in this universe. Now with  more 20 million hits on YouTube, the duo of Aleksey  Igudesman  and  Hyung-ki  Joo  have  sold  out  New  York, Toronto, European capitals, and performed in  stadiums for 18,000 screaming fans.  Box  Office  910-632-2285;  800-523-2820.  Thalian  Hall,  310  Chestnut  St.  Events  subject  to  change. All tickets subject to $1 historic restoration fee added at time of purchase. RIMS ON THE RIVER Cars and motorcycles dating 1980 and older line the streets of the historic downtown area, with the Cape Fear River and the diverse collection of retail stores as their backdrop. This event has grown into a premier show, drawing a wide array of cars from the entire southeast region of the state, as well as a few neighboring  states!  Admission  charge  for  vehicles  is only a low $10 to cover expenses of producing event. Southern Culture on the Skids performs in Riverfront  Park  for  free  on  Sat.  night.  Live  music  across downtown bars/supporters. UNCW INSTALLATION CEREMONY 4/20:  The  official  installation  of  Gary  L.  Miller,  the  fourth chancellor and seventh leader of  UNCW. A  month-long celebration will feature a diverse array of events, as the installation of a chancellor represents the continuation of centuries of academic tradition observed by colleges and universities around the world. Miller will take the oath of office at 10:30am on the lawn of Hoggard Hall. The  theme of the installation, Dare to Soar, builds upon the university’s traditional motto of Discere Aude, or

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Dare to Learn, while embracing the challenges and  opportunities unique to our current time and place. Campus-wide celebration picnic to follow. Schedule of events—Through 4/20: Face Age Project, Multimedia exhibit using facial aging technology, Warwick Center Lobby • 4/10, 7:30pm: Carolina Brass Concert,  Beckwith  Recital  Hall,  Cultural  Arts  Building  •  4/12,  7:pm:  Opening  Reception,  Spring  Senior  Art Exhibition (continues through April), Cultural Arts  Building  Gallery  •  4/12,  5:30-7:30pm:  Cape  Fear  Chapter Alumni After Work, Dockside Restaurant •  4/15,  7:30pm:  Author  Reading,  Lookout  Books  and Ecotone, including Edith Pearlman, 2012 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction for her short story collection Binocular Vision, and poet John Rybicki, whose collection When All the  World  Is  Old  was  just  released.  Azalea  Coast  Room • 4/18, 2-7pm: WITX: Wilmington Information  Technology eXchange and Conference,  Computer  Information Systems (CIS) Building • 4/19, 7:30pm:  Department of Music Honors Recital, Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building • Department of Theatre Production: Margo Veil, 4/19-22, 26-29, 8pm,  Thurs., Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Mainstage Theatre, Cultural Arts Building. www.uncw.ed AZALEA OPEN 4/20-22: Azalea Open, Buccaneer Gun Club, lunch available. Members, board of directors and executive committee will welcome competitors to the Buccaneer Gun Club and our signature shoot of the year and to enjoy the fruits of our continuing commitment to build one of the great gun clubs in North Carolina.  We know you will appreciate a  weekend of good fellowship, great food and good targets. Friday night catered dinner. Saturday night Southern Style BBQ pig and Fried Chicken. www. buccaneergunclub.orgJohn Scott at 910 470 8457 anytime before 11pm. CAPE FEAR REGION FARM TOUR 4/21, 9am: In benefit of Coastal Therapeutic Riding  program various barns in the Cape Fear are hosting demonstrations ranging from hunter jumping to mounted shooting! Tickets are $15 for Adults and  $10 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at any farm on the tour. To see the farms on tour visit our website. WATSON SPRING DINNER MEETING 4/24,  5:30pm:  UNCW  Watson  School  of  Education Spring Dinner Meeting. Alumni and friends are invited  to  dinner  at  the  Wise  Alumni  House,  while  hearing UNCW Provost, Dr. Cathy Barlow, present  on “Providing a Quality Education during Challenging  Economic  Times.”  RSVP  by  4/19  to  alumni@ ALL-AMERICAN PAGEANT 4/29, Miss All American Coastal Carolina Pageant  at the Marriot Ballroom at Carolina Beach. Open title, natural pageant for all girls ages 0-100. Deadline to enter: 4/14. Jennifer Britt: 910-385-5668,  Prelim  for  Miss  All  American  NC state pageant. 

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BLACK RIVER Saturday April 21st 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $45 Join us on an adventure up to the Black River where you will be treated to a variety of wildlife. Captain Doug will be your guide and will narrate this cruise.

Bring your camera as this is truly a photographers dream

2012 AZALEA FESTIVAL Saturday, April 14th FiReCRACKeR CRuise Start off the night with a Captain’s Reception on the dock @ 6:30 p.m., with a complimentary drink. Cruise the Cape Fear for 1 hour 15 minute while enjoying our Captains Buffet Then once back at our dock sit back and enjoy the firework display, $50

Nails The Right Way Where the ONLY way is the RIGHT way! Maria Chicchetti Owner/Operator 21 South 2nd Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 399-4880 (910) 338-6981


JAZZ BRUNCH Sun. April 22nd 2 p.m. - $35 Join us on board for a delicious brunch catered by Front Street Brewery with music by

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50 minute narrated tours of downtown Riverfront, Battleship and the State Ports 1,2,3 & 4 p.m. $10 $5 kids

Mark Lynch & Hamilton A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon

Forget a boring, fixed venue for your next party and enjoy a cruise on the Cape Fear River with all the trimmings. From your favorite libations, heavy hors d’ouvers and even Live Music. All Customized specially for you ! Complimentary Shuttle Now available for parties of 10 or more for our Black Water Adventure & Sunset Cruise & our Sunday Captains Lazy Day ... pick up & drop off @ 1 location. Call for details!

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and 27. All money collected will be donated to the Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick. Each business/organization that participates will be given a poster to display demonstrating their support for the cause. Deanna Stoker: 910-754-7949 or BARGAIN BOX Join Bargain Box of Wilmington for an evening of fun and hilarity, as local author and sometime musician Clyde Edgerton takes the stage at the Church of the Servant, Episcopal, Wilmington, on 4/20, 7pm. An Evening with Clyde Edgerton and Friends promises to be a fine way to end your work week. Kick-back as Clyde entertains everyone with his very droll sense of humor, makes music with his friends and reads from his novels, including his most recent novel, The Night Train, and a forthcoming nonfiction book on fatherhood. Light refreshments and a silent auction of items from Bargain Box and its new upscale section, The Box Office. 4925 Oriole Dr. Tickets: $12 and go on sale Tues., 4/3 at Bargain Box, 4213 Princess Place D, (910) 362-0603; or Old Books on Front Street, 22 North Front St., 910) 762-6657. Also available at the door.

charity/fund-raisers CAPE FEAR LITERACY TRAINING Cape Fear Literacy Council offers free monthly orientation sessions this spring, 4/11, 5:30-7:30pm. All sessions held at 1012 S. 17th St. in Wilmington. The “CFLC 101” orientation is open to anyone who is interested in volunteering at CFLC in any capacity: volunteer as tutors or instructors, assist with fundraising events, serve on the Board of Directors, or provide administrative assistance. • Tutor Training Workshopsat 1012 S. 17th St. Pre-reg. recommended. Adult Basic Literacy: Volunteers attend 12 hours of instruction, with two workshops from which to choose this spring. Workshop #1: 3/19, 21, 26, and 28 from 10am-1pm. • Workshop #2: 4/30, 5/2, 7, and 9 from 6:30-9:30pm. Fee is $20 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. Volunteers must attend the workshop’s four sessions to be certified. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Volunteers attend 9 hours of instruction, with two workshops from which to choose this spring. Workshop: 5/22, 23 and 24, 6:30-9:30pm. Volunteers must attend the workshop’s three sessions to be certified. Fee is $30 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. (910) 251-0911 or e-mail

VAN DRIVERS NEEDED New Hanover Regional Medical Center is looking for volunteers to drive the hospital’s courtesy van, which travels to various sites surrounding the main campus on 17th Street. Individuals can volunteer weekly or as a substitute driver, providing coverage for a 4-hour shift. Volunteers will attend general orientation, plus the Defensive Driving course. Applicants must have a NC driver’s license, with no current moving violations. This position does not require a commercial license, so any driver may apply. Nancy Applewhite: 815-5312 or nancy.applewhite@ SEXUAL ASSAULT ACTIVISM MONTH The Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. will be hosting its 3rd Annual Jeans for Justice Campaign, “Ask Me About My Jeans,” in honor of Sexual Assault Activism Month. Campaign will begin on Fri., 4/13 and will be held every Friday throughout the month. Jeans for Justice began in 1999, when a judge in Italy overturned the 1998 rape conviction of a 45-year old driving instructor who had been convicted of raping his 18-year-old student. If you are a business owner, manager and/or supervisor you can ask each of your employees to pay $5 to wear a button, to bring awareness to sexual assault in our community, along with wearing jeans on Fri., 4/13, 20

WILMINGTON INLINE HOCKEY ASSOC. 4/20, 11am-2pm: The Spaghetti Lunch at Jellybeans Family Skate Center enefits Wilmington Inline Hockey Association (WIHA). $6.50 includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, roll and cake. Take-out only. Tickets available in advance at JellyBeans Skate Center or they can be purchased at the event. wilmingtoninlinehockey@ • 5/9, 6:30pm: Come out and experience inline hockey! No prior experience or equipment needed. Learn about and experience what Wilmington Inline Hockey Association has to offer! WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS WEEKEND 4/20-22: Wrightsville Beach hosts 3rd annual World Autism Awareness Weekend. Games and special meals on Friday; Saturday’s 2nd Annual Coastal N.C. Run/Walk at Mayfaire Town Center includes three events: a 5k race, 1 mile fun-run and kid’s dash. Proceeds support autism services, 830am; Surfers Healing presents Family Day in Wrightsville Beach Park, 11am-4pm, with hands-on kids’ activities, networking and resource sharing, miniature skate park, and Indo Jax Surf Charity will sponsor the bounce house and Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards will lead special water safety instruction; Sun, 4/22, water and skating activities at the Blockade Runner, 10am. Kayaks and equipment provided by Hook, Line and Paddle for those who wish to paddle scenic Banks Channel.Captain Joe Abbate, the Cape Fear Naturalist, will offer scenic and comfortable water cruises aboard The Shamrock. A.skate is sponsoring a clinic at the Double Wide Skate Barn in Hampstead, 9am-11am. John Pike: (910) 471-7453 or surfershealingnc@yahoo.

com. MS WALK The annual MS Walk in Wilmington: 4/24, 9am check-in, Greenfield Lake Park. 4-mile walk is free, but tax deductible contributions are encouraged. Register towalk as part of a group, individually, or as a virtual walker. Walk is open to the public; with families, organizations and community groups invited to participate. Volunteers are also needed to support the event. Free drinks, food and entertainment provided. Register: or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867). COASTAL NC RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM 2nd annual Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism, Sat., 4/21, at the TrySports Field at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. 5K competitive and non-competitive divisions, 1 mile run/walk and Kids Dash. Registration at 7am, with the 5K beginning at 8:30am. The 1 mile run/walk and the Kids Dash will follow. Fee is $25 and early packet pick-up and registration is scheduled for Fri., 4/20, 4-7pm, 4TrySports.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 JEANS AND JEWELS BLUE JEAN BALL 4/21: Jeans & Jewels Blue Jean Ball, 6-10:30pm, at the Wilmington Convention Center. A fun cowboythemed evening of buffet dining, dancing to The Schoolboys, silent auction and cash bar. Frances Weller of WECT, mistress of ceremonies. $60/ ticket. Benefits Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, a nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through its community-based philanthropic programs serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. UN WOMEN WALK TO END VIOLENCE 3K/5K Walk/Fun Run in Wilmington, NC will be on Sun., 4/22, 1:30 pm, rain or shine. The Walk/Run will start at Shelter#4 in Hugh MacRae Park. The advance registration fee for those 12+ years of age is $15/walker. There is no registration fee for children under age 12. Students registration fee is $5/ advance. The on-site registration fee will be $20/ walker 12+ years of age and $10/students. On-site registration at 1pm. Walkers 12+ years of age will receive a tee-shirt as a token of appreciation for participating in the event if they register by 4/18. 8TH ANNUAL FLOWER LAUNCH 8th annual Flower Launch, 4/25. In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, New Hanover County Community Child Protection Team will be commemorating the 8th annual Flower

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Launch, 4/25, 4:30pm, Henrietta dock, Cape Fear Riverside. Beautiful and touching tribute is an observance of our appreciation for community members and professionals who are dedicated to promoting child wellbeing. Each flower that is launched into the Cape Fear River represents an individual or agency that has positively impacted the lives of local children. We welcome all local educators, social workers, counselors, health care professionals, childcare providers, legal professionals, law enforcement agents, churches, parents, foster parents, and neighbors to participate. This free event includes music, entertainment, and active participation from the audience in launching flowers. Flowers provided. Event held rain or shine. Shanta Nowell: (910) 343-0703 MINT JULEP JUBILEE A Kentucky Derby celebration. Mint Julep Jubilee from the Jr. League of Wilmington. 5/5, 3pm-8pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. Live race coverage and raffle for fabulous prizes. Mint Julep station, Southern fare buffet, live music, best hat contest and garden party attire. Tickets: $50/person. Ticket includes food and beverages. by 4/17. Tickets are $60 after and will not be sold at door. 910-799-7405.

theatre/auditions CITY STAGE Next to Normal, 4/13-15. A rock musical about a mother’s struggle with bipolar and how it affects her family. Tickets: $18-$24. City Stage: (910) 2620490 or BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE See page 10. BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS See page 8.

NUNSENSE 2: THE SECOND COMING 4/13-15 and 20-22, 7:30pm or Sun matinees at 3pm. Brunswick Little Theatre presents “Nunsense 2: The Second Coming” at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. The book, music, and lyrics are by Dan Goggin, w/special arrangements with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Tickets: $6-$17, www.bccowa. com/ or 1-800-754-1050, ext 7416. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Award-winning Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) presents the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress 4/13-22, Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage, 120 S. 2nd St. Performances are Fri/Sat, 7pm; Sun, 3pm. $10 general admission. 910-2511788. The production, featuring 40 of Wilmington’s brightest young talents, is directed by Mike Thompson with music direction by Denice Hopper and choreography by Kevin Lee-y Green. Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, melodic and romantic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of “The Princess and the Pea,” a royal courtship and comeuppance provides some side-splitting shenanigans. Music by Mary Rodgers; lyrics by Marshall Barer; book by Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller. THE PARCHMAN UNCW Office of Cultural Arts and Upperman African American Cultural Center and Africana Studies, presents The Parchman Hour, a gripping new drama from Mike Wiley Productions, at 7pm, 4/13, Kenan Auditorium. Conceived and written by actor/playwright Mike Wiley and acclaimed author Timothy B. Tyson (Blood Done Sign My Name). Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders movement, one of the most dramatic and compelling components of the American civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Free and open to the public. Advance tickets needed: 910-962-3500.

UNCW THEATRE DEPT 4/19-22, 26-29: Margo Veil by Len Jenkin. Directed by Paul Castagno. Mainstage Theatre. Indv. tickets for all 2011-12 performances are $12 general public, $10 UNCW employee/alumni or senior citizens, and $5 students. 910-962-3500. LEND ME A TENOR 4/25-29, 5/4-6: Opera House Theatre Company presents Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor.” It’s September 8, 1934, during opening night for Otello, the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s gala season opener. The tickets are sold, the stage is set, and the orchestra is ready, but Tito Morelli —the greatest tenor in the world—is late! A chain reaction of mistaken identities, double entrendres, slamming doors, backstage shenanigans, misguided seductions, and love triangles ensues as this uproariously funny story spins out of control. (910) 632-2285, Season tickets and gift certificates are ordered through our office, (910) 7624234. All shows at Thalian Hall. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AUDITIONS Mill Creek Players Performing Arts is holding auditions for the world premiere staged read through workshop of Follow Your Dreams the Musical on Sat., 4/21 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity UMC Family Life Center (4008 S. College Road). The show features music and lyrics by local artists Christopher Dayett and Barbara Gallagher. Roles available for adults, high schoolers, and 1 boy (age 8-10). Come prepared to learn a song from the show. Rehearsals will be on Saturdays in May and June, with the public performance in late June.910.379.7ACT or www. NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8 and up. Schedule: 4/13-14, Andy Woodhull (Comedy Central) 4/20-21, Joe Clair

(Showtime at Apollo) 4/27-28, Andy Hendrickson (Comedy Central). • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thurs. Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover. • Nutt St Comedy Room announces the opening of The Studio at Nutt St. We provide a community workshop program for actors, comedians, improv, and public speaking. Workshop provides actors and comedians the ability to develop their skill levels and participate in multiple workshops. Beginners workshops available. All ages are welcome. Timmy Sherrill: 910-5205520. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www. 910-520-5520

music/concerts ROCK ORCHESTRA 4/11, 7pm: Rock orchestra comes to Murray Middle School, feat. electric violinist Bridgid Bibbens (of groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! ) to perform with students. Bridgid will perform on her handcrafted seven-string fretted hot pink electric Viper violin as part of the 2012 Electrify Your Strings! “Fire & Ice - Ignite The Passion Tour.” To prepare for the upcoming concert, Bridgid will be teaching students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses. Open to the public and advanced tickets are $3 and $5 at the door. All ticket proceeds will benefit Murray Middle School music programs. Minnie Evans Arts Center605 Halyburton Memorial Parkwy. Laura Black: (910) 790-2363, ext. 605, or ACOUSTIC SPOTLIGHT ON THE RIVER Wilmington Water Tours’ cruise down the Cape Fear

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River, feat. a different local musician on board for your listening pleasure. Full bar will be open and we will have some light snacks to enjoy. Thursday and Fridays, 6pm $27/p. 4/12 Zach Hanner; 4/13 Kyle Lindley; 4/19 Brent Stimmel; 4/20 Robby Berry; 4/26 Mark Daffer; 4/27 Duo Lumina. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 Water St. (910) 338-3134. www. CHAMBER MUSIC Chamber Music Wilmington presents it’s final subscription concert, the Chicago “Kontras Quartet,” one of the most promising young quartets— technically excellent and musically compelling, bringing music from Beethoven, Ravel, Schubert and Piazzola at the Church of the Servant, Oriole Dr., 7:30pm, 4/15. Tickets, $25, available through Kenan Box Office 910-962-3500 and at the door. New subscriptions for the 2012-13 season will be available at the concert. NC SYMPHONY All Wilmington concerts at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Schedule: 4/19: Grant Llewellyn, Music Director. Catrin Finch, harp. Ceiri Torjussen: Momentum. Karl Jenkins: Over the Stone. Pwyll ap Sion: Gwales. Mathias: Symphony No. 3 KARRIN ALLYSON New York jazz artist and Grammy-nomintated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson and the UNCW Big Band will perform at Kenan Auditorium located on the campus of UNCW, 8pm, 4/20. presents. $24 general public, $20 faculty and staff and $6 students. Kenan Box Office 910.962.3500 ROCK AGAINST RAPE BENEFIT CONCERT 4/21: Capt’n Bills located at 4240 Market St. 10th Annual Port City RockAgainst Rape Benefit Concert. Live music, raffle prizes, volleyball and cornhole tournaments, RAR Olympics, and much more! Proceeds from the event help to maintain the services offered by the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center here in Wilmington. The Rape Crisis Center offers free and confidential 24-hour crisis intervention services, hospital response, follow-up counseling and court accompaniment to victims of sexual violence and prevention education to our community. Rape Crisis Center at (910) 392-6936. CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, will present its Spring concert on Sun., 4/22, 4pm, at Grace Methodist Church, Grace and 4th St. A Choral Potpourri, will include selections from numerous style periods by various arrangers and composers including Batten, Billings, Christiansen, Daugherty, Ferguson, Flummerfelt, Gilkyson, Gilpin, Handel, Hanson, Manuel, Rheinberger, Ticheli,

Victoria, Whitacre, and Wilberg. The all-volunteer Chorale is now in its 13th year and presents two concerts annually, free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. www.capefearchorale. org.

dance SINGLE’S DANCES All dances at the Am. Legion Post 10 unless noted otherwise. No shorts, miniskirts or jeans. Music from 9-11pm; cost w/DJ, $10; w/band, $10-$12. 4/13 : No Dance • 4/20: Family Jams Band • 4/27:   DJ Buddy Langley. Dale Thompson (910)619-1054. BELLY DANCE SHOWCASE Diverse mixture of belly dance styles and skill levels ea. mo. This show case features Wildfire Theatrics, but also presents other talented belly dancers, which includes students from area classes and visiting artists. Hauntingly beautiful belly dancing Friday the 13th, 9:30pm; $5. Please reserve early as the show usually sells out. The Juggling Gypsy Café, 1612 Castle Street on Wilmington’s downtown fringe. BALLROOM DANCESPORT LESSONS Beginner Ballroom starts 4/15; no partner needed. Other classes: Swing II, Ballroom II & III, Wedding Prep. Singles/couples or group/private. Ballroom DanceSport, 4523 Franklin Ave. Less than 1 mile from UNCW, Across from Cinema Dr., Corner of Kerr & Franklin. (910) 799-2001. SHAG LESSONS Shag lessons with instructor Ken Jones: Thursdays, 4/19. No partner is needed. Beginner 6:45-7:45pm. Intermediate 7:45-8:45pm. Fees: WB Residents $35, Non-residents $45. Fran Russ Recreation Center. Pre-reg. requested. 910-256-7925. BABS MCDANCE 4/13, 8-11pm: Roaring 20’s party! Come as a flapper or come as you are—a Gangster or a Silent Screen star. Costume optional! • Weekend of 4/20:  Workshops with Christian McCullen on Saturday as well as private lessons throughout the weekend! •  4/21:  Workshops  in  LA  Salsa,  11am,  Bachata  Musicality, noon, NY Salsa, 1:30pm, Urbanelectro, 2:30pm, and Hot Pants Party, 8pm-midnight! • Free  dance classes for Parkinson’s, Lewy Body, and Caregivers, every Wed, 2-3:30pm. Babs McDance Social Dance Studios. 6782 Market St. (910) 3955090. SWING AND BALLROOM Wed. through 4/25 Classes 12:30:Beginner Ballroom, 1:30:Intermediate Ballroom, 2:30 Swing, Singles/Couples. New Hanover County Resource

Center, 2222 College Rd, Advance. 910 799-2001 TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • 4/21:  Cecil & Iryna, 4-5.30pm, and 9pm-1am, Verna’s Ballroom  Dancesport  •  4/28:  Jae,  4-5.30pm,  and  9pm-1am: TBA, Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport:4523 Franklin Ave, Cost: $10/class. Ellen Bethune: 910352-1219. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina

4/13: SPECTRUM ART GALLERY Don’t miss the open house of Spectrum Art Gallery on the 13th, located in the Forum off Military Cutoff Road. The gallery is celebrating 15 years in Wilmington, showcasing gorgeous, hand-made jewelry and fine art of all mediums. They’ll have refreshments, art, contests to win a shopping spree and live music with Lisa and Galen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, on the 28th, they’ll throw an official birthday bash with lots more fun in store! Beach, NC 620-4025 SURFER TANGO Salsa on 2 NYC style, Thurs, 8pm, $5/person at Orton’s Pool Hall. Lesson at 7pm; all welcome and no partner needed. www. CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night, 5th Ave United Methodist Church, S. 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm.Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.

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SPECTRUM ART GALLERY Spectrum Art Gallery open house, celebrating 15 years, 4/13, 5-7pm. Refreshments, art, contests and live music by Lisa and Galen. • 4/28: Birthday  Bash! noon-4pm, with balloons, cake and more special surprises! The $1500 shopping spree winner will be announced at 4pm! Every customer will receive a $15 Spectrum gift certificate for every minimum $25 purchase made in April. One per day, accumulate as many as you want! In addition to the $15 gift certificates the customers name will be entered into a drawing for a $1500 Spectrum shopping spree! The winner must be present when their name is drawn. 910256-2323, 1125-H Military Cutoff Rd. FIGMENTS GALLERY April-June: Figments Art Boutique will have poetry classes with Michelle Hicks every Tues in April, May and June, 7pm. Students will encounter guided poem starters and free writing, instruction on poetic form, exploration of contemporary poets, and supportive workshop. Advanced poets can polish manuscripts and receive guidance in seeking publication. Materials: Journal, pen/pencil, folder.  $25/class • 4/15 and 17, 11am-2pm: Light  and Loose ; Acrylic Painting class at figments art gallery. From beginners to advanced students, instructor Alice Houston will teach and demonstrate the techniques of creating light in a painting. From dappled light, to light on a wall, she will demonstrate step by step how to create these effects in a loose, impressionistic style. $75 covers everything except the canvas.  • 4/21-22, 10am-4pm: Some Assembly Required; Metal Jewelry Worksop—Using collage as the trigger, we’ll use some nifty tools and cold connections to create colorful and personal assemblage jewelry that showcases your unique touch. Ken will also demonstrate a variety of techniques including bending, folding, riveting, bolting, tying, stitching, linking, pinning and setting mechanics to assemble your personal one-of-a-kind jewelry. Instructor Ken Bova; $250. Figments Gallery, 1319 Military

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UNCW ART GALLERY 4/12, 5:30-7pm: UNCW senior art exhibit will open with a free reception in the main gallery of the Cultural Arts Building. Showcases the works of the graduating studio art majors,demonstrating their artistic thought andexpression and talent in a wide range of work. Exhibit will close with agraduation reception at 3:30pm, Sat., May 12. Randall Pkwy & Reynolds DrM-F, 12-4pm. UNCWartgallery@gmail. com or 910-962-7958



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Cutoff Rd, Landfall Center. 910-509-4289 621N4TH Michelle Connolly and Colleen Ringrose will showcase their latest works at 621N4TH Gallery, with artist reception on 4/13, 6-9pm. On display through May, in the new body of work by Michelle Connolly, encouraged by Colleen Ringrose, she has explored a different medium: encaustic—just another way to express the potential she sees in the discarded material she salvages and makes into paintings. Watermarks and wallpaper from the 1930’s have influenced Ringrose’s new body of work. Like Connolly she is a “digger” finding her images in old and discarded books; inspiration for these new paintings comes from an unlikely source, a book for stamp collectors from 1936. 621 North Fourth St. ART WORKSHOP 4/16-20, 9am: Wilmington Art Association is pleased to have Lois Griffel lead a premier, five-day plein air workshop. For more information on the workshop and registration go to, or Kirah Van Sickle or 910-395-5132. CHECKER CAB PRODUCTIONS “Naked Truth” by Francisca Dekker featuring original figurative drawings and pastels. Known for her more colorful and expressive pieces, Dekker will be presenting an extension of that work. Abstract, freeform style of drawing in pencil, ink, and oil pastels, tells a story expressing the humor as well as the seriousness that she sees in the human form. “Meet the Artist” reception during Fourth Friday Art Walk. Exhibit runs through April 20th. Checker Cab Gallery, 130 N, Front St., 910-352-1575. BRASS, STRINGS AND KEYS Brass, Strings and Keys, an original series by national artist, Cammeron Alekzandra Batanides, opens 4/20 at Groove Jet Salon, 112 Princess St., 6-8pm. Batanides works predominantly in watercolors, acrylics and charcoal, on paper, canvas and wood. “Brass, Strings and Keys” is scheduled for multiple exhibitions on the East Coast in 2012 and the West Coast in 2013. This series is a body of work based upon music, intended to evoke emotion and thought using lines, color and simplicity. www. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT Fourth Friday Gallery Nights 2012 are free monthly events where local galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Self-guided tours feature exhibitions of various artistic genres, as well as opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other traditional and nontraditional art-related activities. Dates: 4/27. EMERGENCE Graduate students in UNCW’s Creative Writing MFA program exhibit paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media work exploring the theme of “Emergence.” Art remains on display through Tues., 5/1. Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess St. (910) 362-9666. Free. SUNSET RIVER MARKETPLACE Runs through 5/31, 10am - 5pm, Mon. - Sat. Feed Your Eclectic Soul: A showing of custom design, fine crafts and gently loved pieces from the past. Includes unusual pillows, textural table runners and other fabric pieces by Beth Pethtal combined with gallery owner Ginny Lassiter’s eclectic eye for incorporating antiques, pottery and contemporary pieces into a warm and cohesive design. 10283 Beach Dr. SW, Calabash, NC. 910-575-5999 ART FOR THE MASSES AFTM 2012, 10th anniversary, will take place 10-5, Sat., 11/17, Burney and Warwick centers on the UNCW campus. All-original fine art priced at $250 or less, with UNCW student art also available for purchase. AFTM is free and open to the public, with a requested $3 door donation to help fund public arts projects at the university. Artists exhibiting at AFTM will retain 100 percent of the proceeds; register starting in July. Info/ reg. materials: Artists’ fees will be used to fund the event the following year. BOTTEGA EVENTS Now on display: Work by Gabriel Lehman. Mon: Closed through winter • Tues (4pm-midnight): Starving artist night and open paint. • Wed (4pm-mid.): Weekly wine tastings, 7pm. bottegaartbar@gmail. com. • 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737, PROJEKTE Projekte Gallery & Lounge presents its grand opening after changing ownership with “Uncomfortable Satisfaction,” an exhibit showcasing provocative oil on canvas art along abstract and functional ironworks by artists Sullivan Dunn and Jeff Bridgers. Hangs through 5/5. 523 South 3rd St. 910-5088982.

museums CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 7/15: Cape Fear Treasures: “Shoes” takes a glimpse into a selection of footwear from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries featuring spectator oxford pumps, lace-up boots, satin slippers, Air

Jordans and more! • Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collec-

“first hand” drawings depicting colorful aspects of life and action during the Civil War era. Original drawings by artist-reporters for the Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, were used to inform a reading public consumed by the need to know what was happening throughout America as it struggled to establish its national identity. • Exhibition tours every Wed. at 12:30pm Sun. at 2:30pm. • Wicked & The CAM Present “54” a Dr. Sketchy’s Event4/13, 8-10pm, $5. 18 and up. The second installment of Dr. Sketchy’s at CAM will be a tribute to the New York heyday club STUDIO 54. This Dr. Sketchy’s will be dedicated to the nightIt’s offical! Art for the Masses has found a new home club that could dump four inches of glitter on at UNCW’s Burney and Warwick centers, taking place in 1,550 patrons a night retaining the title of the most epic club in the United States. Bring dry November. Housing numerous artists of all genres, the media tools for sketching, easels and anything annual sale allows art lovers and collectors to purchase that will make your sketching environment works under $250, with all monies going directly to comfortable for you! 16 models for you to the artists! It’s free (with $3 suggested donation) and draw and photograph. DJ’s bringin’ the “54” vibe include: “Cooney” Soul Beat Boutique open to the public. Artists who wish to participate in Myrtle Beach, NC and Randy of Hypersonic the event need to head over to, NC. Prizes and gifts will be given forthemasses to download info and find out about fees. out to lucky participants in Dr. Sketchy’s by our sponsors: Maliciously Yours, What Katie Did, Baby Tattoo Books and Artfuel Inc. Tattoo. • CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide tion, and as an education docent. • New Hanover own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/6County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free wks. • Museum School schedule now online! www. first Sun. ea. mo. • Learning Center: Wonders of • Hand and Light, 4/14, 21, 28, 1-4pm, for all ages w/admisWheel Pottery Techniques: Mon/Wd, 5/30-7/29, sion. Discover the colors of light and see what hap9am-noon, or Tues/Thurs, 5/29-7/26, 5:30-8:30pm. pens when you mix them. • Cape Fear Skies: A CAM Members: $250; Non-members: $300. Hirorealistic planetarium experience the third Sunday shi Sueyoshi teaches handbuilding, wheel throwing, of each month—4/15, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30, Spring glazing and finishing techniques. Class size is limited. Constellations, w/admission. Venture into outer Open to all skill levels, ages 16+. • Museum School: space as you hear mythical tales and explore stars, New classes. 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024).• planets, and more. Identify patterns of stars found in Call for Yoga, Rumba and Tai Chi class schedules. the spring sky. • Community Conversations on “ReCorner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. construction,” adults. 4/17, 6:30-8:30pm. $5/memTues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum bers; $7/non-members; students free (limited to 25 members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with pre-reg). Call 910-798-4362 for tickets/to register. valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www.cameronartmuDuke University’s Dr. Laura Edwards and Dr. Karin or 910-395-5999. Zipf of East Carolina University discuss political and gender issues of Reconstruction. How did the end CHILDREN’S MUSEUM of the war impact the people of Southeastern North Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Carolina - returning soldiers, freed slaves, families; Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Leading to Readmerchants, farmers, tradesmen, and professionals? ing Literacy Class , 9am, and Kids Cooking Club, • Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discov1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid er Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures children under 3. Museum members admitted free. in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. www.capefearmuActing Club 2pm. • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay CAMERON ART MUSEUM Books uses book collection locations to help proEXHIBITS: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker mote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. Collection, Brown Wing, through 5/6. Features 127


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Paintings Prints Sculpture Ceramics Glass Fiber Located in the heart of historic Jewelry Wood downtown Wilmington, New Elements Gallery has been offering the best of regional and national art and craft since 1985. Exhibitions change monthly for Fourth Friday Gallery Night, a selfguided tour of the area’s art scene.

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. (910)256-2569 WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. • Story Times designed for younger visitors first and third Mon, 10:30am. $4 per family is charged to cover program costs and includes access to the rest of the Museum. Museum admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • 4/13, 6:30pm, Listening room concert: “Jazz Age: The Music of the 1920s,” featuring the smooth and sophisticated vocals of Susan Savia, accompanied by the amazing and talented Al DiMarco on piano and accordion. $20, seating limited. RSVP: 910-251-3700. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, and tasty desserts during the break. All proceeds go to the historic Bellamy Mansion Museum. • Thomas Day, Cabinet Maker: Man in the Middle with Laurel Sneed. Laurel Sneed will discuss her research, including interesting Wilmington connections, on master cabinet maker Thomas Day. The photography exhibit: Thomas Day, Free Man of Color, based on the book of the same name, is currently in the Bellamy Mansion’s exhibit space. www. 503 Market St BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570.

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TURTLES OF MASONBORO 4/12, 6pm: Learn about the turtles that live and nest at Masonboro Island, including sea turtles and diamondback terrapins. Find out how you can be involved in efforts to monitor and protect these amazing creatures. Held at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science at 5600 Marvin Moss Lane. Hosted by Friends of the Reserve. 962-2998. NC Coastal Reserve:

HALYBURTON PARK NC Birding Trail Hikes, a driving trail to link birders with great birding sites across the state and local communities. Ea. mo. explore different site along Coastal Plain Trail in Southeastern NC. Appx 2 mil. hikes; transportation from Halyburton included. Lake Waccamaw, 4/19, 8am-noon, $10. 4099 S. 17th St. 341-0075 OAK ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE RUN 4/21: Oak Island Lighthouse Run, 10k run/walk, 5k and new this year, 1/2 marathon! All runs will now begin and end at the N.C. Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell. 910-457-6964. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARKS & REC Tennis lessons for youth & adults, cape fear cotillion, performance club, bridge workshops, line dancing, shag lessons, traffic skills 101, youth art & jewelry camp, youth tennis camp, youth lacrosse camp, youth soccer camp, adult basketball league, kayaking & SUP workshop, NC Coastal Shorebird workshop, yoga, pilates, boot camp, tone & stretch, and low impact aerobic classes. 910-2567925.

kids stuff HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS Now in Leland! Sing, dance and play with your little one! Early childhood music and movement for 6 mo. to 6 yrs. Leland Parks and Recreation Classroom Building, Thursday 9:30am. Also, Downtown Community Arts Center, Tuesday 9:15am and Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Building Tuesday at 11:30am $10 per family. Drop ins welcome. www. or 910-777-8889. HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS AND CAMP Shady Paddock Stables at 1336 Lt. Congleton Rd. at Big Cypress Farm in Monkey Junction offers riding lessons and summer camps for ages 3 years and up. Become a regular student by May 1 and receive a huge discount on camp. Visit us on Facebook or the web. Sharon Rooks: 910-520-4150 for more YOUTH TENNIS CAMPS The Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department is offering several tennis programs for youth at the Wrightsville Beach Park Tennis Courts. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins will instruct the various programs. Fees/times vary: (910) 256-7925 or

lectures/readings UNCW STORYBOARD AT RANDALL 4/11, 6-8pm: Storytellers from UNCW and Wilmington community come together for an entertaining performance of adult storytelling. An evening of funny, sad, serious, and downright ridiculous, true stores. Refreshments served! Special guest Nan Graham, NC writer and public radio commentator. UNCW’s Randall Library, first floor (near Java City) NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK National Library Week at UNCW for the Wilmington community. 4/11, 6-8pm: Storyboard, Java City adjacent, First floor, Randall Library • Future of the Book, 4/12, 5:15-6:15pm, Azalea Coast Room, Fisher Student Union • Flash Fiction, 4/17, 6-8 pm Sherman Hayes Gallery, First floor, Randall Library. 601 S. College Road. PANEL DISCUSSION Newly developed series on the Future of the Book. Community members are welcome to join

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4/14: BOOK SALE The monthly book sale from the Friends of Leland Library takes place Saturday the 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All soft covers will go for $0.50 while hard backs cash in at a mere buck! Folks will find all sorts of fiction reads, non-fiction, art books and more, including CDs and DVDs for sale. Proceeds support the Leland Library, and sales take place the second Saturday of every month! 485 Village Road, Leland. 4/12, 5:15-6:15pm, in the Azalea Coast Room at the Fisher Student Union, UNCW campus. Panel consists of Josh Hockensmith from Blue Bluer Books; Fritzi Huber, a local artist, teacher, and book maker; and a representative from the senior editorial staff at Algonquin Books. Moderated by publishing lab graduate assistant Lee Canon. Precedes the opening receiption for “In a Bind, Books Designed by UNCW Students,” at Boseman Gallery. http://

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POMEGRANATE BOOKS A Celebration of Lookout Books, featuring readings by 2012’s National Book Critics Circle awardwinner, Edith Pearlman, and John Rybicki, part of Chancellor Miller’s Installation Month, 7:30pm, Sun., 4/15, 7:30pm, Azalea Coast Room, Fisher Student Union. All events are free and open to the public. Receptions sponsored by the department and book signings will follow. 910-962-7063. ATLANTIS 4/19, 9pm: UNCW’s creative magazine, Atlantis, is debuing its spring issue. Come out to the Soapbox Laundro-Lounge for live music, readings, and free copies of Atlantis. The event is open to the public and is free for those 21 and older and only $3 for those under 21. Please come out and support UNCW’s creative magazine Atlantis. BARNES AND NOBLE All events are free and open to the public and Barnes and Noble in Mayfaire Town Center. Schedule: 4/21, 1-5pm meet and greet with Christian writer Tim Owens, The Search Committee. Southern Baptist preacher, he has lived in Southport, Granite Falls, Shallotte, and Holden Beach N.C., w/degrees from The Citadel and Clemson University and has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. • 4/29, 1-5pm, meet and greet w/James Kaufman,The Collectibles. Attorney, businessman and former judge, he’s published several works of non-fiction and debuts a novel drawing heavily from his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. NEW HANOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY New Hanover County Public Library is now accepting performer applications for Story Extravaganza 2012! This 2nd annual storytelling festival is scheduled for Sat., 5/12, 10am-1pm, at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. 20 performances by local artists or groups will be featured at Story Extravaganza. Performances will each be five minutes long and based on the children’s book of the performer’s

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choice. Performers are not paid but may register for a free table in the vendor area where they may promote services and sell products. Interested local artists are invited to submit an application by 3/1. Questions to Scooter Hayes ( / 910-798-6367) . DETOX DETAILS SEMINAR 4/20, noon: College of Wilmington at Independence Mall to will lead a seminar on how to manage your own health. $10. Presented by: Dr Karen Harum, Juul Bruin and Grace Swartz. or 910208-3067 to reserve your seat. BOOK SALE 4/14, 10am-2pm: The Friends of the Leland Library Book Sale will be featuring fiction authors of the renowned Kellerman family—Jonathan, Faye and son, Jesse. Also featured are books by Patricia Cornwell. In the non-fiction category, art books and other oversized books will be highlighted. Featured books will be offered at half price. CDs and DVDs available for sale with all proceeds going to support the Leland Library. Soft covers 50 cents and hardcovers, $1. Second Saturday of every month at the Magnolia House, 485 Village Road in Leland. Ellie Edwards: (910) 383-3098

BUILD A BOG WITH CARNIVOROUS PLANTS Coastal Carolina Community College Natural Science faculty and eXtreme Science Club students will present “Build a Bog with Carnivorous Plants” on Sat., 4/21, 9am-noon, the Coastal campus in Jacksonville. Sponsored with the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF), 4/13-29, featuring science events across the State of NC. Participants should be prepared to get their hands dirty as they learn how to grow carnivorous plants native to the area, including the Venus Flytrap. 25 participants will have an opportunity to construct their own minibogs with these cultured Venus Flytraps to take home.Dr. Mark Shields, 910-938-6283.

clubs/notices WILM. FILM COMMISSION The Wilmington Regional Film Commission (WRFC) announces partnership with the Queensboro Shirt Company, allowing general public to buy official WRFC apparel and show support for the local film industry. Anyone can go to www.wilmingtonfilm. com/onlinestore and purchase items ranging from hats and t-shirts to jackets and polo shirts with the WRFC logo. CAPE FEAR CHAPTER ALUMNI Alumni from across the region are invited to enjoy the sea breeze and reunite with friends at the UNCW’s Cape Fear Chapter Alumni After Work social, 5:30-7:30pm. Thurs., 4/12 at Dockside Restaurant & Marina. More than 100 people are expected to attend. Alumni of all ages will enjoy complimentary appetizers provided by Dockside and a chance to win door prizes while relaxing by the sea. Great networking opportunity. Installation events showcase the diverse extent of teaching, research and service underway at UNCW, with involvement by numerous students, alumni, faculty and staff members. WOODTURNERS ASSOC. APRIL MEETING 4/14, 10am-4pm: Barbara Dill will have demonstration and instruction at Wilmington Area Woodturners Association April Meeting at the Leland VFW Post 9408 at 1211 Village Rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 14th. Dill, a nationally known professional woodturner, from Rockville, VA. Barbara first studied woodturning in 1990 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlin-

burg, TN, was distinguished as an Emerging Artist at the 2011 American Association of Wood-turners (AAW) National Symposium and will be a featured demonstrator at the 2012 AAW symposium. $20 for class and demo. David Borchert: 910-240-0276 DEVELOPMENT THROUGH LEISURE 4/16, 7:30pm: Federal Point Historic Preservation Society presents the opening of new exhibit featuring the history of Carolina Beach as a resort and tourist destination. Federal Point Historic Preservation Society1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, REVIVAL 4/18-20, 7:30pm: New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender & surrounding areas Come join us at Inspirational House of Praise located at 9871 Wqayne St NE Leland NC 28451 for a prophetic revival you dont want to miss. Dr Chief Aposlte William Lee will be the speaker. For more information contact Howard Harris at 910-262-8408 or Nichole at 910-540-2955 WORLD WAR II Why the World War II Allies refused to bomb the Nazi concentration death camps in Europe is the subject of 4/20 meeting of WWII Remembered Group. New Hanover County Senior Center, 2222 South College Rd. Admission, free; public is invited. Space limitations, the first session begins at 9:30am for persons with last names starting A-K. The repeat session for L-Z begins at 11am. “They Looked Away,” a video about the allied decision despite overwhelming evidence of the horrible conditions in Dachau, Auschwitz and other camps. John Nelson: 399-7020; CAPE FEAR PARROT CLUB Cape Fear Parrot Club meets monthly. Schedule: 4/21 Chop party. Ces Erdman: 910-386-6507 or BCCF COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Brunswick Community College Foundation Community Breakfast, 8am, 4/24, Dinah Gore Fitness Center at BCC. The guest speaker is Bobby Richardson (retired NY Yankee player). Free; great networking opportunity. More than 500 people attended last year’s event. Also a fund-aiser, so if you feel so inclined, your donation to the school’s foundation will be gratefully accepted. RSVP by 4/20, Teresa McLamb, 910-520-9035. OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET The Going Green Book Club Selections for the next few months are: 5/1: “Walden; or Life in the Woods” by Henry David Thoreau (1854); 6/5, “World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse” by Lester R. Brown (2011); 7/3: “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,” by William A. McDonough & Michael Braungart (2002). Books available and members receive a 15% off. • 4/18, 7pm: Local Author’s Book Club Book feat. “All Will Be Revealed” by Robert Anthony Siegel (debut novel, “All The Money in The World,”). Thoughtful, insightful reading and author signing. • April is Script Frenzy Month—the script version of National Novel Writing Month. We will have write-ins and support groups going all month! (910) 76-BOOKS (26657) •


NC 4TH OF JULY ENTERTAINMENT NEEDED The N.C. 4th of July Festival is pleased to announce its headliner bands for the 2012 festival, 6/30: North Tower Band will entertain at Beach Day in Middleton Park Ext Soccer Field from 6pm-9pm; Mon., 7/2: 40 East Band will play 7-9pm; Street Dance on Tues., 7/3, will have us shagging and beach music by The Craig Woolard Band, 7-10pm; festival will end on 7/4, with the funk & dance classics by Peace & Love Band, 6-9pm. Festival is now seeking Community Entertainment for the main stage from 1-4pm daily 7/2nd – 4th. Contact 910-457-5578. Community

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culinary 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. 910-545-8055 WEEKLY FARMERS’ MARKETS Riverfront Farmer’s Market Saturdays, Downtown Wilmington (Through Dec.;; Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market Saturdays, Carolina Beach Lake (5/12-9/15; 910431-8122); Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market Mondays, Causeway Dr. (5/7-9/3; 910-256-7925; Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wednesdays, 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington (4/4-11/22; Feat. over 36 food, arts and crafts vendors. Opening day, 4/4, the Wool and Wood Show takes place in the barn, 8am-1pm. Also featuring exhibits and demonstrations by the Cape Fear Rug Hookers and the Cape Fear Woodcarvers. Hayrides through the nature preserved, 10am-noon, $5/person.Music feat. every week with Cindy Rhodes on hammered dulcimer.Cooking classes: 4/11—Lesson and Lunch, feat. English peas and cream cold soup, risotto w/seared scallops and drunken strawberries in puff pastry. GIVEIT4WARD The Circa 1922 and Giveit4ward test project allows everyone an opportunity to give back. Circa 1922 will donate 4 percent of gross revenues through April 30th to Giveit4ward, Inc. (G4). Folks choose where they would like their monies to go from their tab by leaving a G4/Circa 1922 card with their server; thus, diners direct their donations/4 percent of their tab to nonprofits they fill most passionate about. PLEASURE ISLAND CHOWDER COOKOFF See page 26. FIRE ON THE DOCK 4/17-18; 24-25; 5/1-2; 8-9; 15-16; 5/22: A new “Got To Be NC” dining competition sponsored by the NC Dept of Agriculture features an Iron Chef-style cook-off. Two coastal chefs create three courses each, based on a secret ingredient revealed to them that day. Diners taste each course blind and select winner alongside a team of culinary and celebrity judges. Winners advance to the next bracket, and one chef earns cash prize and bragging rights. Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Tickets: $49 or $59 for finals.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) Please, study this testimony: “Born in a rancid, bat-infested cave at the base of the smoldering Sangay Volcano, I was raised by the half-bear demon-princess, Arcastia. At the age of four, my training as a ninja shaman began when I was left naked and alone next to a stream of burning lava with only two safety pins, a package of dental floss, and a plastic bag full of Cheerios. My mission: to find my way to my spiritual home.” Now, Aries, I’d like you to compose your own version of this declaration: a playful, over-the-top myth about your origins that gives you a greater appreciation for the heroic journey you’ve been on all these years. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) Our ancestors owned slaves and denied education to girls. What were they thinking? Time magazine asked renowned historian David McCullough if there was anything we do today that our descendants will regard as equally insane and inexcusable. His reply: “How we could have spent so much time watching TV.” I’ll ask you, Taurus, to apply this same exercise on a personal level. Think of some things you did when you were younger that now seem incomprehensible or ignorant. Then, explore the possibility that you will look back with incredulity at some weird habit or tweaked form of self-indulgence you’re pursuing today. (P.S. It’s an excellent time to phase out that habit or self-indulgence.) GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) “I can’t tell if I’m dealing well with life these days or if I just don’t give a shit any more.” I stumbled upon that comment at, and I decided to pass it along for your consideration. You may be pondering the same riddle: feeling suspicious about why you seem more relaxed and tolerant than usual in the face of plain, old everyday chaos. I’m here to tell you my opinion, which is that your recent equanimity is not rooted in jaded numbness. Rather, it’s the result of some hard work you did on yourself during the last six months. Congrats and enjoy!

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) What excites you, Cancerian? What mobilizes your self-discipline and inspires you to see the big picture? I encourage you to identify those sources of high-octane fuel, and then take extraordinary measures to make them a strong presence in your life. There has rarely been a better time than now for you to do this. It could create effects that will last for years. (P.S. Here’s a further nudge from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.”).

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LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) While browsing in a bookstore, I came across a book and deck of cards that were collectively called “Tarot Secrets.” The subtitle of the kit was “A Fast and Easy Way to Learn a Powerful Ancient Art.” I snorted derisively to read that claim, since I myself have studied Tarot intensively for years and am nowhere near mastery. Later, though, when I was back home meditating on your horoscope, I softened my attitude a bit. The astrological omens do indeed suggest that in the upcoming weeks and months, you just might be able to learn a rather substantial skill in a relatively short time. VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) Writing in “The New Yorker,” Joanna Ravenna paraphrased German philosopher Nietzsche: “The best way to enrage people is to force them to change their mind about you.” I’d like to see you mutate this theory in the coming weeks, Virgo. If possible, see if you can “amuse and entertain” people—not enrage them by compelling them to change their minds about you. I realize that’s a tricky proposition, but given the current astrological omens, I have faith you can pull it off. LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) In 1892 when Wrigley was just starting out as a company, its main product was baking powder. Free chewing gum was included in each package as a promotional gimmick. Soon, the freebie became so popular that Wrigley rearranged its entire business. Now, it’s a multi-billion-dollar company which sells gum in 140 different countries—and no baking powder. Maybe there’s something like that on the verge of happening in your own life, Libra: What seemed like the main event could turn out to be secondary, or what seemed incidental might become a centerpiece. Is there something you are overvaluing at the cost of something you are undervaluing? SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) People in intimate relationships are hypersensitive to negative comments from their partners. Psychologists say it takes five compliments to outweigh the effects of a single dash of derogatory criticism. I’m sure the ratio is similar even for relationships that aren’t as close as lovers and spouses. With this in mind, I urge you to be extra careful not to dispense barbs. They would be especially damaging during this phase of your astrological cycle—both to you and to those at whom you direct them. Instead, Scorpio, why not dole out an abundance of compliments? They will build up a reservoir of goodwill you’ll be able to draw on for a long time. SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) Researchers report that the typical man falls in love 5.4 times over the course of his life, while the average woman basks in the glow of this great mys

tery on 4.6 occasions. I suspect you may be close to having a .4 or .6 type of experience, Sagittarius: sort of like infatuation but without the crazed mania. That could actually be a good thing. The challenging spiritual project that relationship offers may be most viable when the two people involved are not electrifyingly interwoven with every last one of their karmic threads. Maybe we have more slack in our quest for intimacy if we love but are not obsessed. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) “I couldn’t wait for success,” said rich and famous comedian Jonathan Winters, “so I went ahead without it.” I love that approach, and I suggest you try it out. Is there any area of your life that is held captive by an image of perfection? Consider the possibility that shiny concepts of victory and progress might be distracting you from doing the work that will bring you meaning and fulfillment. If you’re too busy dreaming of someday attaining the ideal mate, weight, job, pleasure and community, you may miss out on the imperfect but amazing opportunities that are available right now. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) On, Kaushalp88 asked the question, “What is the most badass thing you have ever done but that other people weren’t impressed by?” Here’s his own story: “I was at an ice-cream shop. At the exit, there was a small raised step I didn’t see. I tripped over it with my ice cream cone in my right hand. The ice cream ball sprung out of the cone. I instinctively lurched my left hand forward and grabbed it, but at the same time I was already falling toward the pavement. I tucked my head into my chest and made a perfect somersault, rising to my feet and plopping the ice cream back in the cone.” I suspect you will soon have comparable experiences, Aquarius—unusual triumphs and unexpected accomplishments. But you may have to be content with provoking awe in no one else beside yourself. PISCES (20 Feb. – 20 Mar.) “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow” — so says a Swedish proverb. Can we talk about this, please, Pisces? Of course, there are real hazards and difficulties in life, and they deserve your ingenious problem-solving. Why devote any of your precious energy to becoming embroiled in merely hyped-up hazards and hypothetical difficulties? Based on my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a propitious time to cut shadows down to their proper size. It’s also a perfect moment to liberate yourself from needless anxiety. I think you’ll be amazed at how much more accurate your perceptions will be as a result

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