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If laughter is your bag, don’t miss City Stage’s funniest comedy so far in 2013! “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” has it all, from roadkill to merker-sniffing, stripper poles to incarcerated husbands, gossipy neighbors to adulteress home-wreckers, and even a Jerry Springerstyle talk show to boot!. Great peformances, given by a cast of veterans who gel on every level, full-fleshed rock and especially a set indicative of only the best in mobile home parks, the show continues to run weekends through May 5th. Check out the five-star review on page 11. Cover and inside photos courtesy of City Stage.


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LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES “Do you believe Dennis Rodman is still talking about Kim Jong-un? It’s not a good sign when the friend who’s trying to explain that you’re not crazy is Dennis Rodman. That’s not the guy I would send out for my sanity test.” —Conan O’Brien “I want Kim Jong-un to test a missile because it’s always a spectacular disaster. He’s the only Asian in the world that doesn’t test well.” —Bill Maher “It was revealed that someone sent President Obama a suspicious letter containing the poison ricin. It’s a deadly poison made from beans. They said it’s the third worst substance you can send in the mail behind anthrax and packing peanuts. Federal law enforcement agencies say they believe it’s from the same person who sent ricin to a Republican senator recently. At least he’s bipartisan.” —Jimmy Kimmel “According to a new study, our views on immigration are changing. For example, when asked if they support a path to citizenship, 40 percent of the respondents said, ‘Si.’” —Jay Leno “Iran is gearing up for a big presidential election in June. Yeah, this year it’s gonna be a tight race between Ahmadinejad and the guy they picked to lose to Ahmadinejad.” —Jimmy Fallon “Happy birthday to Israel. The country of Israel turned 65. Now that it’s 65, Israel plans to retire and move to Florida.” —Conan O’Brien

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12-13 art: Sarah Richter talks with artists about ACME’s spring group show; Chelsea Pyne chats with Shea-Ra Nichi about her ‘Omni’ dance piece debuting at CAM this weekend.

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

16 music: Bethany gets spacey with Astronauts Anonymous.

18-20 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues across town.

21 film: Anghus sees his future in ‘The Croods.’

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ed I am to hear about an event centered around exclusively North Carolina-made products. It’s part of my conscientious buying power: to stick with local, regional and nationally made products in an effort to help strengthen our economy and job market. The Brooklyn Arts Center announced their “Made in NC” event last month to showcase NC artisans and foods. Held this weekend, April 28th, noon to 6 p.m., vendor booths will bet set up in Brooklyn Arts Center, off North Fourth Street. Similar in feel to their Art for All, rather than focusing on fine art. it will feature many home-goods and gardening products. Heather Thomson, events Coordinator with the BAC, was kind enough to share some insights with us about how it got started. encore (e): What triggered the Made in NC event? Heather Thomson (HT): Made in NC came about in response to our large and talented community of crafters and artisans in Wilmington. BAC holds many vendor events throughout the year to provide community members and business owners an opportunity to share their ideas with the public. Made in NC is an arts and crafts fair, featuring 50 vendors selling handmade goods. We had our first arts and crafts fair last spring and this year decided to call it “Made in NC” to give it more of an identity and local flair. So, this is the first of many more to come, with at least one taking place each year.

e: Are all the vendor slots full? What parameters did vendors have to meet to be local and regional? How handmade is handmade? HT: All the vendor slots are full, and I am working on the final bill of crafters this week. I ask for each interested vendor to fill out an online application and send me photos of their work. We strive to feature vendors selling unique, creative, and innovative 4 encore | april 24-30, 2013|

products. Most vendors are from Wilmington and nearby places, such as Leland and Carolina Beach, but the event is not closed to Wilmington residents. For this event, we [also] have vendors from Jacksonville, Concord, Richlands and more. All the items vendors sell must be handmade and original. They don’t have to make the items and supplies for their products from scratch to be considered handmade, as long as they have created something from their own mind with unique creativity. Many vendors may use non-handmade supplies that are refurbished or upcycled into new, items (such as bags and clutches made out of leather scraps, jewelry made out of wine glasses, or redneck wine glasses made from mason jars). e: Can you tell us a little about the food options? HT: Lativa Coffee Company will be selling coffee and desserts on the stage, popcorn in the courtyard, and the BAC cash bar will have Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials in the lobby of the church. The Patty Wagon food truck will be out front at the entrance, plus there will be an all-day raffle with prizes donated by many of the vendors. Cool tunes will play throughout the day, as raffle winners are announced over the loud speaker. Everyone who walks in the doors receives a raffle ticket as part of their $5 admission; kids 12 and under will be admitted free. e: How is this different from your annual Art for All or The Flea at BAC? HT: The difference between Made in NC and other events is the types of vendors that will be here. Made in NC features vendors selling all sorts of handmade crafts, ranging from clothing and accessories, soaps and bath items, to home and garden décor. Where Art for All features fine art vendors— paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture. The Flea at BAC features vendors selling fabulous vintage and retro finds.

e: What is the price range that the public can expect to find at the event? HT: Unlike Art for All, there is no price range for Made in NC. It is up to the vendors to decide how they want to price their items. Typically, I would expect prices to be between $5 and $300 (with more items priced toward the lower end, and higher priced items being handmade lamps, jewelry, and art). e: Will this be an annual event? HT: Yes, we plan for Made in NC to take place every spring. If possible we would like to do this event at least twice a year, but for now it is just once a year. e: How does this benefit Wilmington and specifically the Brooklyn/North Fourth neighborhood? HT: Made in NC supports local vendors and gives local crafters the opportunity to present their work to the Wilmington community. The Brooklyn Arts Center is dedicated to providing local artists and small-business owners new outlets to share their ideas, talent and creations. By hosting a cool event in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, we hope to bring new visitors to the Brooklyn neighborhood and more fun things for people to do here, in support of our local community and vendors. We encourage guests that “if they see something they like, they should buy it,” because this is our community, and we need to support our wonderful vendors and artists to keep them here. e: Anything specific encore readers should keep their eyes peeled for? HT: In addition to some items I mentioned above, here are some specific vendors: Weatherwood Arts (; Casey Crespo (; Southern Roots (; Joanna Frye (; Guttersnipe Press (; Half United (necklace pictured;

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couldn’t have run a Boston Marathon, even when he was Neil Young. But if I hadn’t tore up my calf, I might have been in Boston with other runnners from clubs like Wilmington RoadRunners and Without Limits. I’m still grieving the victims and grateful for the helpers. But I’m not shocked, enraged, or blaming Obama or Bush. Nor am I preparing to be stripsearched at the starting line and run my next race in fear. I’m reading Neil Young’s “Waging Heavy Peace” to my daughter. Neil’s been writing songs about the social cancer of killing each other for decades. And my daughter enjoys my attempts to blend the voices of Garrison Keillor and Arlo Guthrie. She doesn’t mind when I editorialize Neil’s rambling style or drift off in mid-sentence to ask, “I wonder what my brother would write about the marathon.”  My brother wrote an article for Running Times in 2008. He’s probably a better writer than me; he’s definitely more organized. Sometimes, still, I wonder if he sees the forest for the trees. I tend to be more like Neil Young: rambling, struggling to organize thoughts, occasionally hitting a cool note. Neil hits more cool notes than I ever will, but we share the same basic process—or lack thereof. My brother’s piece was well-organized and made some excellent points. (Excellent points being those points we agree with.) What really got me was its title, “Total Aggression.” With respect to my brother’s point of view, I’ve never seen running, particularly distance-running as an act of “total aggression.” I’ve run into a lot of trouble, but even then running was hi-jacked into the “fight” part of the “fight-flight” system. The more we learn about ourselves, the more it seems we’re equipped with four basic in-

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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY Electric Chastity Belt To counter the now-well-publicized culture of rape in India, three engineers in Chennai said in March that they are about to send to the market women’s anti-rape lingerie, which will provide both a stun-gun-sized blast of electricity against an aggressor and a messaging system sending GPS location to family members and the police about an attack in progress. After the wearer engages a switch, anyone touching the fitted garment will, said one developer, get “the shock of his life” (even though the garment’s skin side would be insulated). The only marketing holdup, according to a March report in The Indian Express, is finding a washable fabric. Compelling Explanations In March, Washington state Rep. Ed Orcutt, apparently upset that bicyclists use the state’s roads without paying the state gasoline tax for highway maintenance, proposed a 5 percent tax on bicycles that cost more than $500, pointing out that bicyclists impose environmental costs as well. Since carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, he wrote one constituent (and reported in the Huffington Post in March), bike riders’ “increased heart rate and respiration” over car drivers creates additional pollution. (Days later, he apologized for the suggestion that bicyclists actually were worse for the environment than cars.)


Ironies So, For a While There, It Actually Worked: The maker of the “all-natural herbal extract” Super Power (which promises “powerful erections”) issued a voluntary recall in January after “independent” lab tests revealed that the supplement mistakenly contained a small amount of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. Such unregulated dietary supplements cannot legally contain drugs without Food and Drug Administration approval. (Also, in March, the Federal Trade Commission ordered three retailers, includ-


ing Neiman Marcus, to re-label some fakefur garments because they, mistakenly or intentionally, contained real fur.) A Boston Herald reporter said in March that he had been kicked out of a State Ethics Commission training session (which might not be unreasonable, as the meeting was for Massachusetts House members only). However, at least two people in attendance refused to give their real names to the reporter as they left. Rep. Tim Toomey insisted he was not a member (though he is) but was “just passing through,” and Commission chairman Charles Swartwood III (a former federal judge magistrate) refused to give his name at all, telling the reporter, “I’m not saying because that’s a private matter.” The Litigious Society Aspiring rap music bigshot Bernard Bey, 32, filed a $200,000 lawsuit in February in New York City against his parents, alleging that they owe him because they have been unloving and “indifferent” to his homelessness and refuse even to take him back in to get a shower. Bey, who raps as “Brooklyn Streets,” said everything would be forgiven if they would just buy him two Domino’s Pizza franchises so that he could eventually earn enough to become “a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop industry.” (His mother’s solution, as told to a New York Daily News reporter: “[G]o get a job. He’s never had job a day in his life.”)

In Bristol, England, Anthony Gerrard, 59, had been arrested for possessing child pornography, but after an inventory, police found only 11 images of his massive 890GB porn stash were of children (which Gerrard said he unknowingly downloaded in his quest for legal, adult pornography), and he went to court in January to demand his collection back (minus the child porn). So far, police have said that it is “impractical” to cull the child porn images. Fine Points of the Law U.S. companies large and small legally deduct the expenses of doing business from their gross profits before paying income tax, but purveyors of marijuana (in states where possession is legal and where prescription marijuana is dispensed) cannot deduct those expenses and thus wind up paying a much higher federal income tax than other businesses. As NPR reported in April, “Section 280E” of the tax code (enacted in 1982 to trap illegal drug traffickers into tax violations) has not been changed to reflect state legalizations. The effect, experts told NPR, is that legal dispensaries in essence wind up paying tax on their gross receipts while all other legal businesses are taxed only on their net receipts. (The federal government, of course, continues to regard marijuana as illegal.) Life Imitates Art Ferris Bueller caused lots of mischief on his cinematic “Day Off” in the 1986 movie starring Matthew Broderick, but he never

mooned a wedding party from an adjacent hotel window by pressing his nude buttocks, and then his genitals, against the glass in full view of astonished guests. In March, though, a young Matthew Broderick-lookalike (, Samuel Dengel, 20, was arrested in Charleston, S.C., and charged with the crime. (Another Bueller-like touch was Dengel’s tattoo reading, in Latin, “By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.”) Perspective Transportation Security Administration rules protect passengers against previously employed terrorist strategies, such as shoe bombs, but as Congressional testimony has noted over the past several years, the perimeter security at airports is shockingly weak. “For all the money and attention that inairport screening gets,” wrote in February, “the back doors to airports are, comparatively, wide open and people go through them all the time.” Perimeter breaches in recent years astonished officials at major airports in Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia; Atlanta; and New York City (mentioned in News of the Weird last year, recounting how a dripping-wet jetskiier who broke down next to JFK airport climbed the perimeter fence and made his way past its brand-new “detection” system, and was inside the Delta terminal before he was finally noticed).

Latest Human Rights Police in Knoxville, Tenn., confiscated five venomous snakes during a February traffic stop, and Pastor Jamie Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name (of Middlesboro, Ky.) is demanding them back. Coots said he possesses them openly during his services in Kentucky, but Knoxville police said they are illegal to own in Tennessee. Said Coots, “If I don’t have them, then I’m not obeying the word of God.”

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Port City this year, and Shakespeare on the Green hasn’t even started rehearsal yet. UNCW presented “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” a few months ago. The Browncoat Pub and Theatre just closed “Rosaline and Baldasar,” an original script featuring the exploration of two minor characters in “Romeo and Juliet.” Now, Browncoat will open Cody Daigle’s “William and Judith,” another original take on the what-ifs of Shakespeare. Daigle explores the possibility that the authorship of “The Tempest,” one of Shakespeare’s greatest works and considered by many scholars to be his swan song, was written by his sister, Judith. The Shakespeare authorship conspiracy theories continue to swirl, and probably like the Kennedy assassination theories, will only grow with time rather than fade. Daigle’s take on the controversy is fascinating. He has taken a passage from Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” speculating on the anonymity of women in the face of talent and ability. From that passage, combined with the known facts of Shakespeare’s life and the pieced-together assumptions of scholars, Daigle has written a show for fans of the Bard worthy of Stoppard—if Stoppard weren’t so chauvinistic. The script is mesmerizing. It opens in London in 1609, the early years of King James’ reign, and the later years of the Bard’s career. Master William Shakespeare (Charles Auten) is collaborating unsuccessfully with John Fletcher (Stephen Raeburn). Fletcher is clearly not as gifted, and he knows it. (Though, historically he sort of got the last laugh, completing the manuscripts of “The Two Noble Kinsmen” and “Henry VIII”—some scholars say by default, others by Court Censor’s decree.) They are working under enormous pressure from Richard Burbage (Terry Linehan), originator of the roles Hamlet and Othello, who is desperate for the next hit play by Shakespeare with a fat, juicy lead role. Life is turned upside-down for Shakespeare by the appearance of his sister, Judith (Christy Grantham); his wife, Anne (Katie Sawhill); and his daughter, Jude (Katelyn Farrugia). As if a potentially career-ending crisis of writer’s block wasn’t bad enough, all his domestic problems have traveled from Stratford-upon-Avon to London in search of him. Life was supposed to get simpler when James came to the throne, but somehow that hasn’t happened. All apropos for director Nicole Farmer, who will also direct Shakespeare on the Green’s “Measure for Measure,” one 8 encore | april 24-30, 2013|

of the first Shakespeare plays performed for the newly crowned King James. Farmer’s eye for casting is sharp. Auten as Shakespeare is an interesting choice on many levels. Naturally a charismatic man with height, beauty and charm on his side, it is not difficult to see him as the larger than life, mythic Bard in the flesh. We see him as a man who grapples with, and at times believes, his own publicity—possibly a bit too much. There are moments on stage when Auten turns his head and the profile is strikingly like one of the portraits believed to have been Shakespeare. It gave me chills. Tall men on stage present interesting visual opportunities. It is not difficult to make the leap that it really is him holding all this up: The theatre company, the writing collaboration, the family finances—all of it rests on his shoulders. Thank the gods his shoulders are so broad. When he thunders, he floods the stage with his body and his energy. When he must plead, as we all must at some point, then to see him bowed really brings home how difficult that act is for him. His real tension and fear—that his only purpose on this planet, to be the greatest playwright, might be at an end—comes through in every line. So does Sawhill’s disappointment in that he can’t see life with her in Stratford as having a purpose and a meaning. With James’ rise to the throne, Shakespeare’s career wound down, leading to his eventual retirement to Stratford. Much speculation has been placed upon what that must have been like for him, after the excitement and success of London, to retire to the country and never write another play. I would think it would have been hell. In spite of 45 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, the English world of that time had little use for women beyond childbearing and rearing. The ideology of separate spheres was enshrined in law. A father could legally bind his daughter’s hand in marriage without her consent. Grantham’s Judith is unwilling to enter into a marriage with a man she does not love or respect. She is certainly the bur in the side of the Shakespeare family—and happily so. For all the artful finesse that her brother has in navigating a world that loves him, she has a refusal to go quietly through the world that wants to deny and ignore her. Grantham brings us a fully developed, wellrounded character who revels at the beauty of creation and bristles at the chauvinism of London. Is it just because I share her love and dreams of creation that she hooked me with her joy at her work and

her anger at its betrayal? No, I think anyone could be swept up in the intensity of the emotions Grantham fills in this role. She takes Auten toe-for-toe, and they are believable siblings: not too kind, not too rough, completely ready to throw down ultimatums and retract them the next minute. They exhaust each other and the audience, but keep everything moving at a pace that is pitch-perfect. It lays the groundwork for her brief appearance as Prospera at the end (nice nod to Taymor’s “Tempest”) that left me wanting to see Grantham play the part at Greenfield Lake. Judith is a strong-enough character that she needs two foils in the shapes of her sister-in-law and niece. For all of Judith’s refusal to conform, there is Anne who has bowed to convention and worked within the system her whole life. Now, she will see her daughter off to make an unsuitable marriage—and she’s unable to stop it. Jude, the beautiful, petted, surviving Shakespeare twin, is illiterate and naïve to all ideas that the world could ever be different than it is. May the gods protect her for what is in store. The women can see it; even Will, in his heart of hearts, knows it’s bad but sees no other choice. Sawhill and Farrugia are an interesting pair to watch on stage, remarkably close in age, they admirably portray a mother and daughter well. I like that Farrugia doesn’t resort to the pouting and stylized whining frequently used to portray teenagers. For one so young, Sawhill plays a disappointed, middle-aged woman all too well. Her every look has anger and pain in her eyes. Part of it is her own life, but part is knowing that her only male child is dead, and her female children stand to inherit a world that does not want them. She is powerless to change or remove this pain. A life spent with a mostly absent husband makes her all the more concerned about the forthcoming nuptials for Jude and determined to not have her daughter suffer a loveless marriage. I wanted to hug each of them and hold them close, it looked so inevitable. The historical evidence surrounding Jude’s marriage indicates that things did not go well, at least from the Shakespeare side of the family’s perspective. To put it simply, a very complicated trust was set up to keep her husband from spending any of her inheritance—which was a bit of trick in England at that time. It indicates to many scholars and the playwright that the match was doomed from the beginning. The pregnant mistress may have been an indication that things were not destined for harmony. Farmer is herself a scholar and accomplished performer. Both of these passions come through in this staging, which has an almost reverential feel. The casting is great, the performances are captivating, and the material is phenomenal. If you like Shakespeare, history, word play, and enjoy good theatre, this is a show to catch!

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Big Dawg peers into the spectacle that is married life by Shea Carver e to a American’s Guid ry ra po em nt Co A age ©1959 Successful Marri ay 2-5, 9-12 April 25th-28; M St. use • 613 Castle Cape Fear Playho 0 Tickets: $15-$2 ro www.bigdawgp


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director Steve Vernon, Big Dawg Productions has had a stellar year. Really great decisions have been made in putting on successful theatrical shows with magnificent talent, such as Mike O’Neil’s wonderful performance in “Harvey,” and transformative sets enlivening the intimate space with ever greater impression. Vernon’s artistic mind and prolific talent will be shown even further as he directs Big Dawg’s “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959,” written by Robert Bastron. The show follows couples at the onset of meeting through their courtship, and into mar-

riage and thereafter, cataloguing the sweet beginnings to the not-so lovey-dovey hardships they undergo. Add to it the period in which the show takes on challenging social mores of women’s and men’s roles, and it maintains itself an interesting dichotomy of humanity’s expectations on life, love and happiness. Vernon, who last directed Big Dawg’s “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” in Brunswick County, is leading the way with a host of talent, some of whom are newbies, like Skyler Randolf and Liz Bernardo. The two play highschool sweethearts Mason and Abby. “They represent the innocence of the times,” Vernon says. “Like a good deal of the cast, this is my first time directing them, and it has been a great experience.” The other couple, Danny and Ruth, will come to life by Kenneth Rosander and Susan Auten. “They illustrate the burgeoning of the sexual revolution, as well the questioning of a woman’s role in society and what was expected of women,” Vernon explains. With period costumes and a minimalistic, multi-functional set, exacted by Audrey McCrummen, Aaron Willings and Ron Hasson

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e: This follows couples from midwest America. What do you find most interesting about the characters and their relationships? SV: These characters are caught in a time in our history where the values of previous generations were at odds with realities that were unfolding for the younger generation. As you watch the characters struggle to keep one foot in the past while negotiating the present, you get a real sense of the tension of the expectations that were placed on young people starting families. A lot of those tensions are still present today.

e: Does the show poke fun of traditional marriage? SV: The show doesn’t necessarily poke fun of traditional marriage as much as it does the unrealistic expectations that we place on marriage, and the aftermath that follows when those expectations become so rigid that we feel trapped or when those expectations fail us.

and Heather Dodd, the most exciting aspect of the show comes in the sense of its sound. The story is told be a narrator and approached like the old-school educational videos shown in classrooms across the nation. “The narrator not only describes the action, but interacts with the characters directly,” Vernon says. We spoke more with Vernon on why it’s as exciting to see “...Guide to a Successful Marriage” in 2013 as when it was written almost 60 years ago. encore (e): From what I understand you based the season around the theme of family. Tell me about that decision and why you chose this show as part of the lineup. Steve Vernon (SV): Instead of just choosing a slate of shows for our season based soley on their merit, I wanted to choose shows that were not only good but held a thematic quality in common. I chose the theme of “family” because I wanted to illustrate that Big Dawg was not just a community theater but also a member of our community, and communities are built on the families that live in them. I wanted a season of shows that our audiences could be not just entertained by but recognize elements of themselves in. Though not chronological, each show portrays the stresses that families go through (sometimes humorously, sometimes dramatically) during a different period of history. This show is about two families with very different yet similar circumstances in the late 1950s.

e: Do you find the writing timeless, especially since the modern-day roles of women and men and the concept of marriage has changed significantly over five decades? SV: The writing relies heavily on the conventions of the period, and the “voice” of the show reflects that. The dialogue and narrative are rooted in the period, but the characters and situations are universal in a temporal sense.

e: How are you approaching the direction? Anything standing out to you most per themes and what you’d like to see executed? SV: I just wanted to approach the show in a way that would highlight the humor and also the moments where the connections between characters override the comedy in the script. There are so many themes in the show, and I don’t want to give too much away by going through them, but suffice to say, the script is incredibly rich. It is also very graphic at times. The play has some (brief) sexual content (a scene where the narrator has to explain what happens on the night of the honeymoon for the couples is priceless but fairly...involved). There are some moments of strong language as well, but there is not a single thing in the script that does not belong there.

e: What’s the hardest part in directing comedy and how is your cast making it easier? SV: Letting the actors find the humor in the script instead of rushing things and pointing it out to them before they can discover it for themselves. The actors in this show not only have had an excellent reaction to the existing comedic elements but have brought so much of their own sense of humor to the script.

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thing but boring. Or peaceful. The Florida trailer park is a place far from the namaste minds of serenity ... far from the hippie-dippy values of being one with the earth ... far from monk chants or classical sounds to bring a sense of peace to self. In fact, Armadillo Acres is the exact opposite: loud, raunchy and crass. And thank goodness for it! Because without its redneck, hillbilly soap-opera antics, there would be no laughter emitting from a frolicsome show written by Betsy Kelso and David Nehls, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” City Stage is reprising the 2008 production weekends through May 5th, and to anyone looking for a hilarious romp (especially one to cap off a rather stressful week), this is the show not to miss. It’s an over-the-top tale of a stripper named Pippi (Amy Tipton), who’s on the run from her crazy boyfriend, Duke (Patrick Basquill). Pip lands in Armadillo Acres and falls for her neighbor, Norbert (Justin Smith), a toll-booth collector, who’s wife, Jeannie (Kendra Goehring-Garrett), won’t leave her trailer from an extreme case of agoraphobia. Add in a Greek chorus of neighbors—or as I prefer to call ‘em, the hens—who narrate the show, and the outcome makes for a bonafide comedic cast, who never misses a cue to pack on punchlines and bits. Starting off the show are our resident busy-body hens, Lin (Heather Setzler), Pickles (Madison Moss) and Betty (Michelle Reiff). Hands down, these three ladies mastermind and guide the show through raucous amusement. Setzler as Lin—short for “Linoleum,” because she was born on a floor—is the resident smartass. She delivers with at-ease sensibility to make every caustic line and eye-roll follow through with zing. With hubby Earl in prison, she’s trying her best to divert his electric-chair sentence by encouraging everyone in the park to keep their electricity running high as to zap the grid. Throughout the show, her ‘tude comes with a bowed-up sense of hardass. Her fight scene with Tipton during “The Great American TV Show”—my favorite scene—puts my money on Lin for the win. Yet, to be clear, she’s a hardass with a

heart; without a doubt, she goes to bat for everyone she loves. Always the peanut gallery, I suggest audiences pay close attention to her exiting and entering the stage. Lots of funny moments await from Setzler’s underhanded comments. Michelle Reiff as Betty is the lead hen, so to speak—the trailer park’s landlord buried her husband underneath Norbert and Jeannie’s house. Everyone has secrets in the trailer park; as Pippi says, it’s a place “where people have enough problems of their own not to notice mine.” Reiff, a ball-breaker and home-maker, guides the story nonjudgementally. She breaks the fourth wall to allow audiences into the scenes, so it feels as if we are laughing with the characters rather than at them. Reiff’s voice is rich in raspy affection in songs like “This Side of the Tracks.” She naturally oversees the other hens and the story’s narration, which envelops quick movement, packed with insanity. She’s like the rock of Armadillo Acres and with rock-ass pipes as heard in the disco-heavy “Storm’s A-Brewin’” (her wig alone carries many laughs). Madison Moss is a dead-ringer for ditzy class. She has a “fancy husband who likes foreign beer and cheese that smells like urine.” Known as “Pickles”—based on insane cravings from her condition of hysterical (false) pregnancies—she brings deadpan humor to life with simple execution. Her eyes often remain vacant as her twangy and hard accent (“stew-pid” for stupid and “kilt” for killed) showcase a sound many Southerners will recognize as normal dialect. I adore every move she makes, from her misinformed education (mispronouncing words like “flan” (flahn) as “flaan” or thinking agoraphobia is fear of spiders) to her secondary role as Tina, a fast-talking, Duke-tracking BFF to Pip. Moss speaks a lot of memorable descriptors, too (“Einstein smarty pants”), which flesh out her character as dense but hotdamn lovable. Amy Tipton as Pippi is smashing. She bewitches on the stripper pole—and, yes, she commits to the role, to say the least. Without a doubt, her saucy moves and hot looks astound the audience, but her songs literally keep everyone captivated. A singer/songwriter offstage, she has an amazing soulful pitch, which glides from country to gospel to blues effortlessly. She’s also quite adorable in maintaining an innocence even as a stripper and home-wrecker. Somehow, the audience empathizes with her all the way. Her chemistry

ADULTERY AT ITS FUNNIEST: Justin Smith as Norbert and Amy Tipton as Pipi, the affair-having duo, have great chemistry in ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical.’ Courtesy photo

with Justin Smith as Norbert is the best onstage; they literally make a perfect fit and successfully pull off the most salacious scenes with humor instead of awkward discomfort. Smith keeps obvious comedy greatly endearing, whether wearing a mullet wig, RATT tee or attempting to do the robot during the disco scene. He is awkward and wanting as a high-school dunce, but he has heart. I can’t get enough of him as a comedic actor. Smith does so many subtleties well, like his half-cocked nervous laugh and honest surprise through silly sayings (“Holy ham sandwiches!”). A simple man, audiences will fall hard for him. He, too, manages an amazing country prowess in songs like “Owner of My Heart.” However, sung with wife Jeannie, sometimes he suffers from off-kilter tones and pitchiness. Alas, that’s the beauty of this musical; nothing’s really shiny and new, so askew singing fits. Kendra Goehring-Garrett plays Jeannie as a heartbroken woman enduring tragedy, which keeps her confined to the trailer. Making snacks for her husband (“You think those jalapeño Pringles cover themselves in spray cheese?”) is the highlight of her domesticity, aside from watching the shopping network or any Lifetime show starring Judith Light. Goehring-Garrett offers a desperate longing to please her husband. Her plight is palpable, her vulnerability quite real. Sight gags—attempting to walk off the trailer porch with a

life jacket and arm floaties—bring her the most laughs. Her drunken night, armed with Arbor Mist, before launching into a dream scene, is the best, next to a hostage takeover with Duke. Her naiveté constructs the character most relatively. However, it’s in music where Goehring-Garrett soars, especially in the finalé’s endearing march song of perseverence, “Make Like a Nail (and Press-On),” my favorite of the soundtrack. One of the brightest spots in the show comes from somewhat-newcomer Patrick Basquill. He colors Duke a psychotic, wild-eyed, erratic gun-toting mess. Every scene Basquill’s in, he steals. His bizarre marker-sniffing addiction never tires either, and his solo, “Road Kill,” showcases the best choreography, thanks to Jason Aycock. With Lin and Pickles holding flashlights as his ‘95 Pontiac Grand Am’s headlights, and Betty throwing out stuffed-animal rabbits as roadkill, the escapade delivers with tongue-in-cheek entertainment. Basquill’s hick likely will be too noticeable around these parts, to the point it’s almost scary. The set, by Troy Rudeseal, Carson Cram and Liz Albright, is effectively and easily transformative. It never obstructs or detracts from the content or performances. Props are perfect, from pans hung on a wall, to dirty, drab, brown painting evoking faux-wood cabinetry. Costumes find success here and there but could have been more over-thetop. This is one show where excess proves perfectly fine. As a musical, the dialogue gets split between talk and song. Every perfomer gives his and her all vocally. The lyrics are very similar in style to writings by Flight of the Conchords, backed by a heavy dose of electric ‘80s-rock musicality, country swagger, gospel and blues, and even disco. Chiaki Ito and her band pull off the genres, from rock-heavy licks to pedal-steel guitar, perfectly. Sure, stereotypes and clichés are rampant in “Trailer Park,” almost cartoon-like. Whie it’s not necessarily ground-breaking material, this mesh of crazy contains surprises I did not see a-comin’. It also carries themes—loyalty, fear and forgiveness—very real to day-to-day life regardless from which side of the tracks one comes. It’s truly a free-for-all into side-splitting laughter, served with a side of pink flamingos and pole-dancing over at the Litterbox Show Palace. Make a turn right off “Hwy 301” and the fun awaits.

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think we can all be thankful that, finally, spring has arrived. From the warmer temps to the yellowy green blanket of pollen descending upon the city, winter has officially left the building. Although we always embrace the arrival of summer, we tend to reflect on past experiences, memories and build upon those in the coming seasons. The new spring exhibition at ACME does just that. Entitled “Bait,” the new exhibition will feature the work of all 20 ACME artists, offering an eclectic mix of both new and archival pieces. Artist Karen Crouch says it quite perfectly: “We invite you to come and see what they have been making during the grey days of winter.” The show’s title was inspired by the invitation collage ACME artist Fritzi Huber made. Not wanting to restrict creativity, the title reflects not only luring people in but also the different ways we experience art. It combines iconic images like the Mona Lisa with people looking at art, interacting with it, and even transporting into it, like a man holding an umbrella. The incorporation of artwork variety and nature harkens to the idea that art is all around. In essence, Huber has successfully merged art and life. Huber, a multi-media artist who primarily makes paper works and collages, experienced a life that mimicked art. Growing up as a circus performer, she says, “I don’t so much believe in linear growth as much as circular growth. All variations can be pulled from the past and brought forward into the present to help us become who we are in the present moment.” As the poster child of this ACME exhibition, Huber’s personal artistic beliefs encompass the spirit of the show, which illustrates a circular connection, a sense of community existing between ACME artists. “The artists work independently, and common elements always emerge when a group show is hung,” Crouch notes. Fritzi Huber’s rubbings “Archeological Finds” elevate the ordinary to thought-provoking while Dick Roberts combines windshield glass and body prints for an evolving study of the human form. Karen Crouch and Michelle Connolly continue exploring creatures, real and imaginary, through combinations of formed and found ob-

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jects. “Taking off in a new direction, Michael Van Hout offers rough hewn baskets loosely woven of wisteria and willow,” Crouch says. Michelle Connolly finds importance in shared creativity among her fellow artists. “I value being part of an art community, a tribe, folks that share my visual language. The creative energy at ACME is very strong, and I feel that it has been a great influence in my work in the past five years. I have enjoyed collaborating with a number of my colleagues—Fritzi Huber, Dick Roberts and Marshall Milton.” Exhibiting new work in the exhibition, Connolly’s signature anthropomorphic forms continue to evolve. Using found materials, Connolly is able to create form by using seemingly non-artistic objects. “I like to let my imagination run wild,” Connolly says. Maintaining an experimental approach to her art, Connolly feels playing with work makes it free. “It’s important to let go of any preconceived ideas or notions of what I am about. I prefer to improvise and brave it out,” she states. Finding faces of her signature “Characters,” Connolly’s ultimate goal is to embody the spirit and emotion of her figures. Her constant influx of ideas help mold it all. “My process is inventive,” she notes. “The subject is irrelevant. Whether an animal, a bird, a person or a landscape, I bring my interpretation to the work, the subject be-

ing simply a point of departure. . . . I work in a comfortable chaos. Each work feeds the next. I am inspired by the brave and bold work of outsider/visionary artists.” ACME recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and for two decades has functioned as a confederation of sculptors, painters, fashion designers, installation artists, furniture and filmmakers. The artists’ works often reflect and play off the spirit of collaborative creativity that ACME was founded upon. Working and exhibiting their artwork around the Cape Fear, Acme artists have a serious presence in the Port City’s creative scene, too, as whether getting commissioned work from film or TV shows like “Revolution” to showing in other venues across town. On Fourth Friday, Huber will join photographer Scott James as part of New Elements Gallery new show entitled “Not What it Seems.” A large converted warehouse, inside, each artist’s studio bursts with its own distinctive personality in ACME. A seemingly endless maze of inspiration and ingenuity, each studio space is akin to peeking into the innovative brain of true artists. Although singular artistic styles emerge, what is selfevident comes in the communal vibe of innovation. Having established a 21st-century artists’ colony, they support, encourage and inspire one another. Although their new exhibitions title is somewhat ambiguous, it provides visitors the opportunity to enter the space with completely open minds. Without expecting to see an entire show centered on one theme, we are granted the freedom to experience creativity in an uninhibited manner—not defined by the definitive but open to re-emerge our childlike ability to imagine, accept and absorb. Exhibiting all art forms, ACME not only restores our sense of creativity, but also our sense of springtime rebirth. The exhibition, “Bait,” like the image Huber created, defies traditional definitions of art form. Embracing postmodern aesthetics, the work in the exhibition covers such a broad range. There will be an opening exhibition for “Bait” in conjunction with Fourth Friday on April 26th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an artist’s reception and free admission. ACME is located at 711 N. 5th Avenue. For more information, log onto


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Shea-Ra Nichi debuts four-year project at CAM by Chelsea Pyne ‘Omni’ Shea-Ra Nichi’ s 3 p.m. , Sat., April 28th g eum, Brown Win Cameron Ar t Mus udents • $10 GA $5/members, st www.cameronar







one’s love of dance and one’s dance of love. Dancer and choreographer Shea-Ra Nichi incorporates both this weekend at Cameron Art Museum, fusing multiple styles of dance to expxress unconditional love. By blending Brazilian, Haitian, Cuban traditional dance with modern, she has created her own “Omni” dance. Omni, meaning “all,” represents Nichi’s take on the connections of all of life through movement. A professional dancer since the age of 8, Nichi started in her hometown of Philadelphia before moving to the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. Her education led her to African dance, an inspiration she utilizes to emote deeper meaning of her dancing technique. “I fell in love with the aspect of dancing to heal and to create (in the traditional sense),” Nichi says. “How can we use our bodies to bring out different forces from within? For example, dances that call forth elements of nature, environment and animals.” Nichi has been working on “Omni” since 2009 as part of her personal journey to rediscover love in its truest form: altruistically. More so, the effect, she hopes, will lead people along the path with her. “I believe in an art form that is interactive,” Nichi notes, “where each person in the performing space has an experience based on what they’ve seen. In the times we live in today, there are many types of

CALL TO LOVE: Shea-Ra Nichi performs “Omni,” her four-year dance project, at CAM on Saturday at 3 p.m. Courtesy photo.

sufferings and conditions of life. I wanted to create a dance form that expressed these conditions and attempted to begin a kind of community-healing for each viewer and myself. This is how the Nichi Technique came to be.” A combination of folkloric dance styles, their approaches and traditions, the technique’s choreography draws on the traditions of the Congolese, Haitian, Brazilian and Cuban influences. Nichi created it out of the desire to contemporize folkloric movements and speak directly to today’s generations. At its heart is a free-form style, a progressive technique with roots in communicating life and reflects Nichi’s personal view on love: a selfless entity, which calls us to give ourselves to someone or something with complete joy and compassion.

Nichi opened rehearsals to expose the process of “Omni” for viewing by inviting four separate audiences at different times to gain feedback. Afterward, she held personal interviews with close friends to ask them to express their meanings of love. All of her research and traveling has led to Omni’s medley of influences and movements. “I started working on Omni in terms of the concept itself,” Nichi says. “I was first influenced by several personal experiences that caused me to go beyond myself and comfort levels (such as my ego) and to embrace the unique opportunity to really give all of myself for a great cause.” Though Omni is still incomplete. Nichi hopes to have a PR performance in NYC next year. Then, she will audition two other principle dancers, male and female, to begin her national tour. While normally dancers like to sprinkle on the glitter, Nichi will be dancing in it as little as possible. “In NYC I will have my body painted from

head to toe,” she explains. “I want to give the impression of life in its purest state and for the audience to be drawn in by the form of the movements, not distracted by the clothes that are worn.” At CAM’s performance, she will wear form-fitting, neutral clothing. Nichi encourages, “We all have this potential within us for a greater life where we can create something of value that is uniquely ours to share with our communities. We have the power to bring about a better place in which we all can live and love, not just survive.” The CAM performance will take place April 28th at 3 p.m. and will conclude with a Q&A; seating is limited to 30. Tickets are available at the door, with $5 for members and students, and $10 for general admission. Nichi has been working with UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center as their resident artist since the summer of 2005 and teaches dance classes in both Wilmington and Fayetteville.

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114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come out for the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk on April 26th and see the pottery of local artist Heather McLelland. Her colorful designs and functional pieces will delight you! Opening reception is 6 -9 PM; join us

APRIL 26TH: Cape Fear Native will showcase new pottery of local artist Heather McLelland as part of Fouth Friday Gallery Walk downtown. Courtesy photo.

for wine and Lativa coffee. Heather’s collection will be featured until May 22nd. Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists inspired by nature, including art, jewelry, photography, pottery and wood crafts. All are original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers. Come by and support your local creative community.


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River to Sea Gallery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-4pm. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection 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. This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.

WiLMINGTON ART ASSOC. 120. S. Second St., USO Building Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sign up now for our three day workshop in “Painting People” with Todd Carignan. Todd is a well-known local artist with many awards to his credit. The dates are Wednesday, April 24th to Friday, April 26th . Space is , so go to the website to get the details and find out how to register. Or call Kirah Van Sickle at 910.395.5132. $275. for non-members and $250 for members.

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vocals of a progressive-rock act can be described as 311 meets My Chemical Romance, listeners are in for a sumptuously smooth yet keenly rocking sound. Such is the case for vocalist Shane Nickle and his bearded band of musicians in the locally based group Astronauts Anonymous, formerly known as Sirens for Sleeping. Nickle, hailing from Charleston, SC, joined forces with NC rockers Hazley Carter (bass, vocals), Nick Sellers (drums), and Zac Simoneau (guitar) in the late aughts. At the time they boasted a heavier sound than the group brings about today (some of the members started out in a metal band). Sirens for Sleeping produced an EP, “Lorelai,” and then fizzled out in 2010. Simoneau moved to Tennessee, finding himself writing songs often in his new mountain-clad environment. After a year’s hiatus, the group reconvened in Wilmington, with the addition of Matt Evans (guitar). The reformation was unveiled as Astronauts Anonymous, a more refined version of an act which already had an underground following. Much of the group’s success—even its founding—can be attributed to another local act He is Legend (HIL). Nickle combined with his fellow musicians after bumping into them at a HIL concert, and HIL invited the young band to share their coveted practice space at Pyramid. Aside from once being neighbors in downtown Wilmington, the debut full-length from Astronauts Anonymous, “Still Sleeping,” was produced by HIL’s bassist Worth Weaver. These days, a continuous yet not overpowering drum presence lends a clear, headrock-inducing beat. Guitars and bass mingle effortlessly while following the drums’ driving direction. The alt-rock possesses bewitching lyrics, such as in the track “Body Language”: “She flashed a smile of a dangerous kind/made of one part passion/and one part out of her mind.” Lines emphasizing the sultry moves of a woman are amplified by including the haunting vocals of Chelsea Dove, Nickle’s girlfriend, throughout. “Still Sleeping” will be released with a show at Calico Room on Saturday, April 27th. encore caught up with Simoneau to discuss the hiatus,

SMOOTH, KEEN ROCK: Astronauts Anonymous

will release their first full-length album, ‘Still Sleeping’ on Sat., April 27th. Photo by Chelsea Dove

the changes, and the making of the record. encore (e): Tell me about your band dynamic. What’s the songwriting process like between you all, and how do you guys vibe on stage? Zac Simoneau (ZS): The songwriting dynamic is totally different now than it used to be. Nowadays, I can go into the practice space with just a feeling and write a song with the guys, whereas most of the “Still Sleeping” songs began as just guitar riffs that I wrote while living in the mountains. It seems our writing process is constantly evolving. Either way, it’s fun writing with the guys, and what’s even better is the energy we get to build up playing these songs live. We get so caught up in re-living the song—I kind of forget that we’re playing in front of people. e: What effect did the 2010 break have on you all? ZS: Musically, it was a maturing process. We’ve all been able to explore our tastes and abilities. I really like the direction we moved in when we recorded “Still Sleeping,” and it seems to get better every time we write a new song. Everything is starting to smooth out more and instead of trying to go as hard as we can, now we are really starting to explore our dynamic range. e: It’s no secret that He is Legend played a part in the formation of Sirens for Sleeping—do you feel it’s come “full circle” to have Worth Weaver as your producer? What was it like recording with him in Red Room studios? ZS: Oh, absolutely. We started working with Worth around 2008 when he first started playing with Adam [Tanbouz], Matt [Williams], Schuylar [Croom], and Steve [Bache]. Nick and I lived above Worth and Adam in a house on 7th and Grace and would go downstairs to track with Worth. His studio was set up in the very

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back of the house in Adam’s room. We tracked guitar and vocals in Adam’s room and drums in the living room. Last year we were able to go out to Worth’s Red Room Recordings studio to track “Still Sleeping.” Everything he uses is top-notch out there, and the studio is ridiculously comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. It is inspiring to see how far both Worth and this band have come since we started. e: Tell me about the meaning behind your album title, “Still Sleeping.” ZS: Hazley named the album. No matter how much some things change, some things stay the same. No matter how much we change, part of us will always be those kids playing in Sirens for Sleeping. e: How is this record different from your sound in previous years? ZS: We’re constantly evolving. We used to be kind of heavy—”Still Sleeping” is a straight up rock album—and recently we’ve been exploring a smoother, prettier side of music. It’s one of the perks of basing a band around having fun. We can do whatever we want, and I love it. e: If you guys could share the stage with any act, who would it be and why? ZS: I’m sure Shane might say Incubus, Dredg, or Glassjaw. Matt might say something along the lines of Menomena or possibly explain that all the best acts in the world are going to want to play with him soon enough, so why worry about something like that (I kid, I kid). Haze would say someone like Jaco Pastorius or Phil Collins, and Nick would probably say Deftones or even Local Natives—but if I’m being honest, I’d just like to go on the road with some of the current regional talent. I’d love to showcase North Carolina to the rest of the world: one big show with bands like Ordinary Men, Mood Mechanics, Pretend Surprise, Unholy Tongues, Virgin Lung, Villian, Unifier, House of Fools, HRVRD, Sugar Glyder, Most Golden, and Libraries— seems like a perfect day of music to me.

Pokey LaFarge is a purveyor of Midwestern charisma and a musical combo of early jazz, country-infused blues, and string ragtime. With a self-titled album produced by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor due in June, LaFarge has been honored with Best Americana Album twice in the past by the Independent Music Awards. He’s even opened for Jack White—and “Pokey LaFarge” will be released on White’s label, Third Man Records.

Stone Iris

Calico Room 107 S. Front St. 5/1, 9:30 p.m. • Free, over 21 only

Traveling all the way from Edmonton, Canada, Stone Iris is a rock, reggae and blues quintet. The group features El Niven (guitar, vocals) Garret Niven (guitar, vocals), Jeff Burwash (drums), Ryan Ast (bass), and Juice Jensen (auxiliary percussion). This year Stone Iris plans to release two full-length albums.

All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages.


For Tickets and more information 910-538-2939 There is abundant FREE PARKING on North 4th St., or you can park in Historic Downtown Wilmington, two minutes away, and take the free trolley.

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a preview of tunes all over town this week 399-3056


1423 S. 3rd St. • 763-1607


$350 23oz. Pilsner Drafts

Pokey LaFarge, Paul Burch, Shake Yell Dance —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

The Blackfoot Gypsies

$3 Wells

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 I’M WITH STOOPID: Brought to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater by Progressive Music Group and HUKA Entertainment, Slightly Stoopid featuring Karl Denson and Tribal Seeds will play on Wed., May 1st. Courtesy photo

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265 North Front St. (910) 763-0141



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

Oceanfront Patio 7-10 pm

TUESDAY Sweetwater $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

Friday, April 26

Travis Shallow Saturday, April 27

WEDNESDAY $ 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

Mike O’Donnell Friday, May 3

THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas

Dennis Brinson


Saturday, May 4

FRIDAY 3 Pint of the Day

Rob Ronner

2700 N. Lumina Ave. Wrightsville Beach, NC 910-256-8696

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

$2 Bud & Bud Lt. Bottles



David Dondero


djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m.

IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s

—SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

Friday $6 Margarita Pitchers


Southern Trouble (8pm-12am)

$2 PBR Pub Cans

4 20 oz. Guinness Pints


—Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

$4 Select Shooters

8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Bottles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider

TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. • Prizes! $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts

Radio Hayes & Greasy Granny Band

$3 NC Brew Bottles



—Holy Grounds Coffee House, 2841 Carolina Beach Rd.; 791-7366

$300 Bombs

New Outdoor Patio Seating! Open for Breakfast Daily at 5 am TUESDAY


Open Mic Night



Trivia with Steve (8:30pm)

Jon Carroll

Open Mic with Sean Thomas Gerard

—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

Benny Hill

Beau Young Prince, Pyramid Scheme, Hi-Rez, Phive, JRok, BDG

—Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

—Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040

—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

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

Jeremy Norris

David Dondero

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Jack Jack 180

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

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Cosmic Groove Lizards

Kim Dicso

The Kelly & Wood Show

—Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

Saturday, APRIL 27

Bevel Summers, Justin Lacy & The Swimming Machine, Hunter Wylie and the Cazadores

Guitarist Mark Lynch (10:30am1:30pm)

—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Songwriter Open Mic with Jeff Ecker (10pm-2am)

Dylan Linehan —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Gov’t Mule, The Revivalists —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Dubtown Cosmonauts —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Susan Savia —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

thursDAY, APRIL 25 Discotheque Thurs. with DJ’s DST and Matt Evans

Hootenanny with John Golden & friends (6:30-9pm) —Bellamy Mansion; 503 Market St., 251-3700

Jacob Stockton —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

Al Dimarco’s Songwriter Showcase —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

Bumping Uglies —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Rockin’ Trivia with Party Gras DJ (9 p.m.)

Jazz night with Marc Siegel 6pm-8pm

Jamie Flanagan


—Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844

—The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282

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

Dutch’s Thursday Night Trivia 7-9pm

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Hailey & Caleb Kennedy Park

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

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

—Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St.

DJ DST and SBz

—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

SATURDAY $ 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

John Wesley Satterfield (Americana, 8pm)

—Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910-228-5952

Tom Noonan & Jane Houseal —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

L Shape Lot duo —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

Full Dish —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

TD MacDonald (rockin blues, 10pm1:30am) —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373

—Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241

—Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414

DJ Time —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

Karaoke (10pm) —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

DjBe Extreme Karaoke (9pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

DJ Milk and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

Dangers of Stereo

Irish Music Jam 2pm

friday, APRIL 26

—The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282

—The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road

Seneca Guns

Josh Solomon (10pm-2am)


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

—Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement);

—Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

House/Techno DJ

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Multimedia Open MIc

—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

—Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223


Brent Stimmel

Blue Tang Bandits

—Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251

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

—Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 703-7253

The George Tisdale Band

Jenny Pearson

—Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

Legree Graham

—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Machine Gun

Karaoke w/ Jeremy Norris

h—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

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

Virgin Lung, Unifier, Astronauts Anonymous

Sunday, APRIL 28

—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Benny Hill Jazz Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

‘Banjo Kellie’ Everett (2:30-3:30pm)

Ben Morrow

—Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., 395-5999

—Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448

Benjy Templeton —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

L Shape Lot (3pm); Clay Crotts (8pm)

tuesday, april 30 Open Mic w/ John Ingram —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977

Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

Karaoke with DJ Party Gras (9pm) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

World Tavern Trivia hosted by Mud

Monica Jane

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

—Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

Satellite Bluegrass Band

Astronauts Anonymous

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

James Haff (piano)

Open Electric Jam (amps and drums provided)@4:00pm

—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

,Ben and Heather —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

Velcro —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

Daytime Outdoor Concert Expression Session benefiting Surfrider Foundation: The Carvers, Dogs Avenue, Selah Dubb; Night Indoor Show: Selah Dubb

—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

Karaoke with Damon —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra

—Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224

wednesday, MAY 1 Piano 7pm - 10pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm

—Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584

—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977

Jesse Stockton (Americana, 3pm)

Benny Hill

—Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

David Dondero

Mike ODonnell

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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

Celtic Harpist Kim Robertson

Jeremy Norris

—Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241

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

Velvet Jane Unplugged

DJ Battle

Open Mic with Sean Thomas Gerard

—Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden, 720 North Lake Park Blvd; 458-4745

—Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551

—Hurricane Alley’s, 5 Boardwalk Way, Carolina Beach, 707-0766

Fortch —Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910-228-5952

k Snatch the Snail, She Looks Like a

Horse —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

Zack Mexico, Birds of Avalon, Airstrip, Mountain Thrower —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

Nicole Thompson —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

Central Park —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500

MONDAY, april 29

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

Signal Fire —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Stone Iris (9:30pm) —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Axiom (world music, 8pm)

One Paper Crane

Electric Mondays w/ Pruitt & Screwloopz

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

—Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

David Dondero

Karaoke by Wednes-

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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

entertainment calendar. Venues are

Josh Solomon Duo

any changes, removals or additions

The Cut (8pm-12am) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

—Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

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Central Park MAY 5

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Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm

Thurs., May 2



Friday, April 26th ECLECTIC MIX

Saturday, April 27th

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Friday, May 3rd



MAY 26


Back of the Boat Tour

Saturday, May 4th

4 Marina Street Wrightsville Beach 256-8500

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1706 North Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231

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Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

100 S. Front St. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON 251-1832 Monday $2 Domestics $3 SweetWater 420 Draft $8 Burgers NC Tuesday $3 NC Draft Beer (Natty Green, Sweet Josie, Highland Gaelic) $5 Jameson • 75¢ Wings Wednesday $2.50 Miller Lite $4 Wells ½-price House Bottles of Wine Thirsty Thursday $2.50 PBR 16oz cans $3.50 Sam Adams Seasonal & Harpoon IPA Pints $5 Redbull Vodka 50¢ Steamed Oysters and Shrimp Free Pool on 2nd Floor Friday $2.75 Bud Light $3.25 Stella • $4 Fireballs Saturday $2.75 Coors Lite $3.25 Sierra Nevada $5 Baby Guinness Sunday $3 Coronas/Corona Lite $10 Domestic Buckets (5) $4 Mimosas $4 Bloody Marys Friday and Saturday Live music in the courtyard Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.


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ANIMALIA: Foals, an up-and-coming indie-rock act from Oxford, England, will perform at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte on Wed., May 1st. Expect tracks like ‘Cassius’ and ‘My Number.’ Courtesy photo


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THE ORANGE PEEL 101 Biltmore Avenue, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 4/24: Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Teebs 4/27: Yo La Tengo

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ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9th st., winston-salem, nc (336) 722-5000 4/30: Slightly Stoopid 5/1: Jessta James MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., durham, NC (919) 901-0875 4/25: Aer, Point Break 4/28: Akron/Family, Loamlands, M. Geddes Gengras 4/30: The Monti UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE 1000 NC MUSIC FACTORY BLVD., CHARLOTTE (704) 916-8970 5/1: Bob Dylan CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 4/26: Lila, I Was Totally Destroying It 4/27: Mipso, Andrew Marlin & Josh Moore 4/30: Boris, Young Widows

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 Hwy. 17 sOUTH, myrtle beach, sc (843) 272-3000 4/30: Papa Roach, Escape the Fate, Otherwise AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 South Tryon STREET, Charlotte, NC (704) 377-6874 4/27: Fusebox Poet, Oh No Fiasco, The Feral 4/28: Hurt, Smile Empty Soul, SSS, Anything Once 3/1: Relient K, Hellogoodbye, William Becket GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W. Lee St., greensboro, nc (336) 373-7474 4/30: STOMP NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE NORTH DAVIDSON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 5/1: Foals, Surfer Blood, Blondfire TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA 333 e. trade st., Charlotte, NC (704) 688-9000 4/25: Bob Seger TWC MUSIC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 3801 ROCK QUARRY rd., Raleigh, nc (919) 831-6400 4/27: Styx, REO Speedwagon PNC ARENA 1400 Edwards mill rd., Raleigh, nc (919) 861-2323 4/26: Barry Manilow 4/27: Bob Seger


simple kids’ fun: ‘The Croods’ works tired jokes amid great visuals

this week in film

by Anghus The Croods

Ginger and Rosa


Cinematique • Thalian Hall Studio Theatre Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. • 7:30 p.m. • $8

, Stone, Nic Cage Starring Emma Ryan Reynolds



reel reel Apr. 24-26: London, 1962: Two teenage girls are inseparable, skipping school together, talking about love,

been going to the movies for

a long time—for as far back as I can remember, which was the summer of 1977, when my father took me and my brothers to see “Star Wars” (I know, I’m a walking, talking geek cliché). I remember seeing the film and being stupid with excitement. I remember dressing up as Luke Skywalker with a terrycloth robe and having light-saber battles with cardboard tubes. I have a lot of childhood memories intrinsically tied to movies. I can remember seeing “Grease” at a drive-in theater. I remember seeing garish sci-fi junk like “Tron” and “Flash Gordon.” Eventually, my tastes matured. I often look back at the movies I once loved as a kid and laugh. What did I ever see in it? Even stuff like “Star Wars,” which is still loved by so many, now seems so childish and boring. My wife bought me the DVD set a few years back. I tried watching it but fell asleep about 20 minutes in. The fact is: Children’s movies don’t do a lot for me. Then, something happened: Now, my wife is pregnant and expecting twin girls in June. For those of you with kids, you are wellaware of the life changes that occur almost overnight. I have been told by no less than 400,000 people that, and I quote, “Your life is going to change.” Thank you, Nostradamus, for that bold prediction; really, I wasn’t aware that two babies arriving simultaneously would alter the fabric of my reality. While I’ve been considering all the changes I would undergo, I never thought about it through the filter of my movie-going habits. I watch a lot of movies; I’ve been writing about film for almost 15 years. During that time, animated kids’ movies have been the piss in my proverbial punch bowl. I’m not stupid enough to think I’m not going to find an appreciation for them once I have two cute little girls in my life. At some point I’m going to become that guy who goes and sees kid’s movies and is able to enjoy them because his kids do. This thought crossed my mind last week as I laughed my way through the belligerently brutal “Evil Dead.” Once my children arrive, I’m going to start appreciating children’s films. Ah, the cinematic circle of life. So, I decided I needed to take one more trip to the theater to see an animated kid’s movie before my brain turns to mush and

CAVE FAMILY: ‘The Croods’ is reminiscent of the old-school Looney Tunes’ gags—only expanded into an hour-and-a-half long format. Courtesy photo

cynical edge is dulled down to a harmless stump. It was with great dread I plunked down $7 to watch “The Croods.” “The Croods” is the latest animated film from Dreamworks, which has been riding in the wake of Pixar for a decade, delivering the occasional hit (“Madagascar,” “How to Train a Dragon)” amidst an ocean of box-office disappointments (“Rise of the Guardians”). “The Croods” is a children’s movie that presents a very pretty picture, and fills it with slapstick humor and attention-span-killing speed. It reminded me a lot of the kind of cartoons I watched as a kid, like “Looney Tunes” with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, where over the course of 8 minutes they would bonk each other on the head with clubs or anvils. Or a Roadrunner cartoon, where Wile E. Coyote manages to blow up himself with TNT. The problem? Those cartoons were only a few minutes long; “The Croods” is nearly an hour-and-a-half of the same kind of gags shuffled and repeated for the duration of the film. At some point, it goes from being marginally amusing to painfully banal. Eep (Emma Stone) lives with her overprotective father, Grug (Nic Cage), and family during prehistoric times. Grug is extremely paranoid about the dangers of the outside world and forces his family to live in the confined safety of a cave. Like all teenage girls, Eep is curious about what’s out there and wants to escape the restrictive existence. She gets her wish when a world-ending apocalypse comes their way. One night Eep sees a bright, orange light and goes to investigate. There she meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a kind of stone-age hippie who has all sorts of modern wonders, like pants, fire and a pet sloth. Everything about “The Croods” is simple—cave-painting simple. Grug represents the past. Guy represents the future. Eep is the girl who wants to be seen as an

equal in her father’s eyes. Even the jokes are prehistoric. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen so many mother-in-law gags in a movie, the kind of eye-rolling humor found in another caveman comedy: “The Flintstones.” Not everything about “The Croods” is bad. Like most animated films, it’s pretty interesting visually. The landscapes and virtual cinematography is impressive in scale and scope. It’s another example of a film that creates a really unique landscape and world, then populates it with the same tired story tropes and characters. The voice acting is good. Though, I noticed throughout the film that Nic Cage actually seems more human in a movie where he is represented by a three-dimensional cartoon. Once again, Cage proves he is an enigma, wrapped in a conundrum, wrapped in a Coppola. Maybe I’ll see “The Croods” differently once my kids show up, and I start to view cinema from their perspective. Perhaps I’ll be able to enjoy movies like this more. Or perhaps I’m going to be dealing with a very long, very painful endurance test until my kids are old enough to start watching The Criterion Collection with me.

Eco-Friendly Death New Hanover Public Library 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. 5/4, 10:30 a.m. • Free! Funeral Consumer’s Alliance of Coastal Carolina present the film “Dying Green” and speaker Mark Harris author of “Grave Matters,” Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. 10am: Welcome coffee and pastry; 10:30, film, an award winning 2012 student thesis film about one man’s dream to preserve one million acres of land; 11am, Mark Harris, , whose books will be available for sale and signing; noon, annual membership meeting. Free and open to the general public.

5/9-12 • Tickets: $7 (indv. screening) to $65 (all access) CFI Film Fest features fantastic films, seminars and

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special guests at the Wilmington Convention Center. The festival has teamed up with the Port City Pop Con

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to maximize entertainment value. Films and celebrities can both be found at Wilmington Convention Center Fri. and Sat., and at Browncoat Theater for a number of


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who shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. As the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls falls in danger. Ginger clutches to one hope: If she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she can survive her own personal devastation as well. PG-13, 90 min.

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religion and politics, and dreaming of lives bigger than their mothers’ domesticity. The growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over Ginger (Elle Fanning), who is drawn to poetry and protest, and Rosa (Alice Englert),

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screenings and events. Invitational features “Heart of the Country,” starring Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”), w/ other highlights: world premiere of “Cannon Fodder,” “Basilisk,” “How to Make a Superhero,” and more! Regional showcase, fantastic shorts, and ends with gala celebration at the Wilmington Film Awards. All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at

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what’s for dinner? Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port CIty

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their awardwinning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer WEBSITE:


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFriday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for

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the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the Summer WEBSITE:


“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week MondayWednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio WEBSITE:


A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Indepen-

dence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. WEBSITE:

Holiday Inn Resort

Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining WEBSITE:

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. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The

warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. WEBSITE:

north end bistro

We invite you to experience dining in Wrightsville Beach’s—North End Bistro located inside the Shell Island Resort. The breathtaking panoramic ocean views are complemented with menu items that will invigorate your appetite. Whether you are in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, our specialized menus feature the freshest ingredients prepared and presented by our dedicated service staff. Here is a reason to visit everyday—Weekday drink specials are offered both at the inside lounge or the poolside bar. If a refreshing beverage is what you desire, the only question is: Inside or out? So try North End Bistro for fun in the sun and a view second to none. You can observe the true island scene and absorb the true island dining experience. 2700 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Bch, NC 28480. (910) 256-8696 BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Daily. NEIGHBORHOODS: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront Dining MUSIC: Live music Friday & Saturday 7 – 10 p.m. WEBSITE:


Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their takehome frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 2561421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11

until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) WEBSITE:


From the minute you walk through the door to the wonderful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II offers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588 Serving Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m. Serving Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m. Neighboorhood: Mayfaire Featuring: Authentic Thai Cuisine Website:


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


If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Ori-

ent without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown WEBSITE:

Tamashii Sushi and Spoons

The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and linecaught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique fullbar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. WEBSITE:


From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South WEBSITE:


At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laid-back American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected

at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. WEBSITE:


Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays call ahead for schedule 910-763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. MUSIC Live music Wednesdays and Fridays call 910-763-1607 for schedule; djBe open mic and karaoke Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, and djBe karaoke and dancing Saturdays 9 p.m - 1:30 a.m. WEBSITE

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The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to 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. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! WEBSITE:


is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. FEATURING: Weekly Specials WEBSITE:


A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 10am-Midnight every day NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). WEBSITE: FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub

Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-andmatch pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded

at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00

am - Midnight; Fri. & Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am. Sun. 12:00pm - Midnight NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown WEBSITE: FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! WEBSITE:


Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays WEBSITE:


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 2562229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington WEBSITE:


Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing

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blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook WEBSITE:


Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Nightly specials WEBSITE:


Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res WEBSITE:


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll

Love it at Lovey’s!”

SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. WEBSITE:


Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Coop Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-toorder sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi WEBSITE:


Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “BohemianChic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. WEBSITE:


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. 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 attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar.



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:

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online WEBSITE:

SMALL PLATES The Fortunate Glass

The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-2.a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Bubble and wine specials: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. WEBSITE


In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena

and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, 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) 798-2913. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.


Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sportsthemed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projec-

tor TVs in Wilmington. WEBSITE:


Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in

this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm WEBSITE:


This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday -

Thursday 4-7 p.m. WEBSITE:

Please join us on Mother’s Day, May 12th to celebrate the special women in your life! Every special mom will receive a complimentary slice of cheesecake for dessert We will open at noon and reservations are currently being accepted

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honing its potential: Smoke can benefit from a few updates


ometimes good ideas go awry.

In the South it seems an inexpensive barbecue-themed restaurant—in the heart of downtown, serving food 17 hours per day—would be successful. At face-value, the business plan is lofty, one I could get behind. A sure-fire winner, even, in that it caters to lunch, dinner, and late-night dining crowds. A menu of Southern favorites and a fast-paced style of service might add to the allure. While only open a little over a month, Smoke doesn’t pass muster yet. The first issue comes in its limited menu. Traditional favorites, like ribs, chicken, brisket, and turkey, make the list, alongside dishes of green-bean casserole, red-skinned mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and such. By my count, only five meats and nine side dishes make up its offerings, along with five desserts. The second issue comes in its setup: Every morsel is laid out, ready before diners even step through the door. No, it’s not a traditional buffet; it’s cafeteria-style dining. Helpful servers stand at the line to scoop selections for customers. But not onto plates—onto serving trays I thought I left behind in middle school. The service is perfectly friendly, but beyond the smiles lie dry meats and soggy vegetables. Perhaps the occasional nostalgia-seeker will enjoy eating from the partitioned serving trays. Otherwise, nothing is particularly added to the experience by eschewing china. What does work, however, are Smoke’s prices. Admittedly, they’re to die for; meats are $4.95 each, except for ribs; sides run $2 each or two for $3; and desserts are $3. Quite frankly, I can’t remember the last time I saw a full rack of ribs for $11. However, I got what I paid for: The meat lacks depth beyond the natural flavor of pork. The barbecue sauce, while thick enough to cling to the bones, fails to distinguish itself with any sweetness or spiciness. It may as well have been smoky catsup.

by Rosa Bianca Smoke et 21 N. Front Stre 08 76 (910) 859a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. - Sun., 11 t bar, eat prices, grea Bottom line: Gr mediocre fare. The chicken tastes peppery enough to be interesting but too dry to be notable. Too much time waiting for a guest’s selection can take its toll on the protein. The brisket suffers the opposite problem. When left sitting in its own juices too long, its consistency suffers. Neither meat tastes particularly smoky, as the restaurant monikor implies. The turkey fares better, with charred fumy notes wafting from each forkful, giving flavorful dimension to an otherwise shallow white meat. The thick gravy, while not terribly tasty in its own right, maintains moisture of the bird without degrading its consistency. By a wide margin, the turkey proves to be the best of the meat choices. Some side dishes are lackluster. The greenbean casserole comes with damp, fried onions soaked in gravy. It masks the taste of the razor-thin slices of vegetable altogether. The onions give a little bite, but in the end the mushy texture of each mouthful makes a bigger impression over taste. The red-skinned mashed potatoes fare better. Thick and creamy, with copious helpings of butter and cheddar, this side is a fine example of what Southern-influenced cooking can be. By no means healthy, they are quite good. The mild tang of the cheese and the salty butter combine nicely. Add to it a moderate bitterness, which comes from leaving the skins on potatoes, and Smoke secures a winner. Not as enamored by the praline-pecan sweet potato casserole, the dish comes laden

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in brown sugar and nuts. It suffers from the “too much of a good thing” philosophy: too much sugar, too many pecans. Together they overpower texture and the natural saccharine and earthy taste of the potatoes. It becomes too sweet and the crunchiness feels badly out of place. It’s a side item which easily tastes like dessert. Though, for dessert apple pie adheres to the cafeteria model: served cold and wrapped in cellophane. In fairness the pie isn’t bad; it just isn’t good either. The crust holds up well but isn’t particularly flaky. The apples are firm but not particularly sweet. If more brown sugar can find its way to the pie, I think it would improve tremendously. The bar, on the other hand, seems to be a lot of fun. Smoke serves 40 beers on tap!

It could become quite the hot spot for beerlovers caught between the simple pilsners of the clubs and the daunting beer menu of Cape Fear Wine and Beer. The selections might pave a path for a more interesting restaurant sometime in the future. One thing about Smoke’s setup which seems rather irksome: I had to run my credit card three times for one meal. Once when I got my dinner, once for my beer, and once more when I went back for dessert. I don’t know if this is typical, but if so there has to be a better way. Smoke will have its followers. There is certainly a market for this style of banal Southern fare. With so few choices available immediately after the bars close, downtown revelers will likely find themselves ordering take-out. Still in its infancy, Smoke tastes like it hasn’t reached its potential. The downfall: Downtown offers far too many restaurants already capping their potential and going for more. I can’t say I’ll wait around long for another mediocre restaurant to catch up.





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duking it out over laughs: Port City’s Top Comic prepares for finals


t all comes down to this, folks: after

duking it out in the ring—err, stage—for almost a month now, a total of 30 comedians came to compete. On April 27th, only eight remain. The final competition in the annual Port City’s Top Comic will arrive on Saturday at downtown’s TheatreNOW. Another year’s winner will be crowned to become the 2013 Port City’s Top Comic. A longstanding competition, going on six years now and founded by former local and comedian Matt Ward, Port City’s Top Comic offers a chance for up-and-coming comedians to gain recognition. The rest of us get to enjoy a lot of supremely funny people taking over local stages, like Nutt Street Comedy Room, which has hosted the competition over the past four weeks. Centered on a voting system that includes both the comedians and the audience, the folks moving onto the finals include: Cliff Cash (Wilmington), Steven Knows (Atlanta, GA), Zack Burk (Wilmington), Colton DeMonte (Wilmington), Louis Bishop (Wilmington), Steve Melia (Wilmington) and Eric Shouse (Greenville, NC), Lew Morgante (Wilmington). Though only eight remain, Ward says many of the contestants, some who’ve only been doing stand-up for a short period of time, have grown quickly into their comedic roles. “Lew Morgante is more a self-deprecating comic, talking about messed-up things he does as a human combined with his love for overeating,” Ward explains. “Cliff Cash points out the placing in life where other humans make very ill-informed decisions and occasionally [he] goes into characters. Zack Burk is all about his swagger with a tiny bird-like stature; he is funny because the way he comes across onstage is in juxtaposition to how he appears.” With such a booming scene having evolved in Wilmington, it’s getting easier and easier for these up and coming comedians to emerge and gain a following. According to Ward, they 28 encore | april 24-30, 2013|

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Zack Burk is a finalist in the 2013 Port City Top Comic competition, taking place on the 27th at TheatreNOW. Courtesy photo

advanced to the finals becuase of their quick connection with the audience.“They made the crowd laugh the quickest and kept their attention through their whole set,” Ward says, “which allowed them to stand out among votes.” Voting uses a “hodge-podge of different methods,” Ward says. In fact, comedians even vote for one another over self. “So they have to watch each other’s sets and have a big part in choosing the contests winner,” Ward says. Comedians who cast votes for their competitiors count three times as much as an audience member’s vote. The idea is to create balance. “No one want’s to be a part of a contest that is determined by who brings the most friends,” Ward says. The winner will receive a cash prize of $250 and a trophy. Runners-up will even receive prize packages from local merchants and restaurants. Ward himself stumbled into comedy almost accidentally. After performing and promoting bands and rock shows, he was pushed into the MC roll at a music festival he was attending. “It was this hippie festival, where I often had to fill time between lagging bands, so I would start making jokes,” Ward remembers. “It caught on, so I started writing more and performed my first set at a party in February of 2006. I had always been a huge fan of stand-up, but never had the guts to try it.” Ward now tours the East Coast doing stand-up. He admits Port City’s Top Comic offers as much of a networking opportunity for the comedians as it does bragging rights. After competing in a comedy contest in Myrtle Beach in 2007, Ward decided to bring the spirited fun to Wilmington. In April of 2008, the first show was held at The Mellow Mushroom. The original competition only held 12 comics. Now as the competition has matured in age, the

opportunities for comedians to show their schtick has never been higher. “We were national at one point,” Ward says, “but the comedy scene has grown so strong in the Southeast we don’t have to look far to fill our contest with amazing talent, especially in Wilmington.” Port City’s Top Comic has kicked off many comedians’ careers including Matt White, who went on to win the Carolina’s Funniest Comic after winning Port City’s Top Comic last year. “Matt is a great improv comedian,” Ward adds. “He’s also become a strong stand-up comedian over the years and has performed at more Cape Fear Comedy Festivals than any other comic.” Also included on the list is Jamie Ward, winner of the 2011 competition, who now does features for a chain of improv comedy clubs. “Of course, I can’t neglect to mention Timmy Sherrill,” Ward notes. “He won the original competition back in 2008 and he now owns [Wilmington’s] Nutt Street Comedy Room.” Ward and Sherrill are working together to present the Cape Fear Comedy Festival next weekend, a non-competitive event, in which contestants from Port City’s Top Comic already are slated to perform. Inspired by the competition’s success the festival will continue expanding Wilmington’s rep on the comedy circuit (encore will have full coverage of the festival in the May 1st edition). However, as Port City Top Comic grows in popularity, who competes also will evolve. At least that’s what Ward would like to happen. “I hope to see the contest involve more UNCW and CFCC students,” he says. “Also, we are running smaller rooms this year so the shows have been selling out really fast. Next year we hope to do the finals in a large theater.” To attend the final competition, tickets can be bought at

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attractions and a ton of entertianment to keep the kiddies active during their downtime from school. Yet, somehow, our parently duties still get challenged in keeping our kids not only engaged but educated during summer break. With a slew of camps offered all across town, from magic to soccer, environmental to karate, acting to skating, the kids are sure to be taken care of and happily bustling from June through August. To ensure your kids get a spot in the camps, it’s best to make the reservation ASAP!


617 Surrey St • 910-762-5606 At Eco-Camp, kids will learn how they are connected to the environment and how they can become excellent environmental stewards. They will explore local watersheds and make real-world connections through unique, memorable and fun field trips! At WaterKeeper Camp, teens will study the river and watershed to learn about water quality and usage. They will gain experience in modern scientific methods including field work

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6737 Amsterdam Way 910-350-0222 Kaigan Karate summer camp is a very structured, disciplined and energetic alternative to traditional “day care” facilities. Our summer camp consists of physically active daily outings such as: swimming, volleyball, skating, etc. On a daily basis we have structured karate, organized games and/or related activities. The “Kid Favorite,” of course, is dodgeball. Our hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more info please call 350-0222 or visit our website,

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Boy’s Camps Lil Hawks Camp (5-8 Years), $140 Day Camp (5-12 Years) June 24-June 28, 9am-4pm, $260 Half-day option $140 Elite Academy (10-18 Years), $450/$320 July 18-21 (Overnight/Commuter) Visit website for more information Contact Aidan Heaney (910) 352-4925

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900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach (910) 458-8257 Summer camp registration is open! Fill their summer with outdoor adventures, eco-education, creativity, games and new friends. Trained marine educators engage campers Mon.Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 17-August 9. Aquanauts, ages 5-6: animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts and hands-on outdoor activities. Marine Detectives, ages 7-9: use their investigative skills in animal programs, outdoor excursions and interactive games to better understand new concepts. Ocean Explorers, ages 10-12: fun outdoors experiences and go behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium. Coastal Crusaders, ages 13-14: venture further in exploration of our coastal environment and assist with animal care. Rates and details online.


1401 N College Rd. • (910) 791-4248 Wilmington Christian Academy Summer Camps offer a wide variety of options for a summer full of fun in a safe, structured and well-managed environment. The Summer Day Camp program is a recreational camp that

(910) 200-5300 WARNING: Your child might experience one of their best summer memories here! Campers will take an adventure into the world of magic, comedy and illusion by learning tricks, enjoying outdoor super-soaker activities, learning from magicians the secrets to illusions, practising improvisation and enjoying games. Our fun environment helps in building character, self-esteem, social and problemsolving skills. Many elements of magic incorporate science and math, too. Sign up before spaces disappear!


UNCW, 601 S. College Rd. Seahawk Soccer Camps are offered for the aspiring young soccer player to test his and her skills while developing new ones. With dedicated, experienced coaches and small camper-to-staff ratio, your child is guaranteed the attention needed to improve their game. Children will receive individual training, and play competitive games in a fun, challenging yet safe environment. Both girls’ and boys’ camps are designed to improve each player’s technique and skill set, with a curriculum will be tapered to each ability level and age group.


5216 Oleander Dr. 910-791-6000 • Family Skate Center offers a unique summer camp experience for children ages five and up. Your children will experience skating, games, music and more in a safe and kid friendly environment. Our summer camp runs all summer long and you only pay for the day your child attends! We offer optional daily field trips including horseback riding, water park,

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on July 28; July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at TheatreNow with show on Aug. 4 for $125; Aug. 5-9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kure Beach Community Center with show on Aug. 9 at KB Amphitheater for $100. Final camp is a collaboration between Luv2Act and Turning the Wheel: creation of a show involving movement, spoken word and music! Aug. 12-16 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with performance Aug. 18, ages 12 and up; $125.

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1009 N. Lake Park Blvd., Suite A2 910-458-4224 Mon.-Wed.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Free wine night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekly) Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are a designer-style consignment boutique, and we strive to carry the best designer brand names and the latest styles at the best prices. We carry brands from Anne Taylor, Banana Republic and BCBG, to J Crew, Lilly Pullitzer, and Michael Kors. Our assortment of clothing, from evening wear to casual wear, features a blend of new and slightly used items, also including shoes, handbags, and accessories that are chic, contemporary, and stylish! Our prices are more than 50% less than the original prices. We also carry a unique variety of brand new gifts for all ages and tastes, including new jewelry (some items are handmade by local artists), scarves, socks, frames, wine glasses, and many monogramed items. We provide you with personal attention and quality merchandise at an excellent value in friendly,


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udith, money is a funny thing.

It changes and persuades people. I have never really wanted money for money’s sake. I don’t want the power and prestige of having money in a small community; I don’t want to hold public office or pull strings. I don’t need or want a flashy new car; my beat-up ‘71 Beetle is fine with me. There’s a lot to be said for a reliable car, which only costs $2,000, and that you can work on yourself. I guess what I am getting at is, that even with $50,000 in cash coming in each year, money was never really important to me. Sure, I wanted security; I would have liked to buy a house and have it mortgage-free. Not one of the big elaborate houses downtown or in Forest Hills—just a small cottage with a yard, nothing elaborate. But where was I going to explain the appearance of that kind of money with no paper trail? So, I never owned a house. I don’t have lots of friends to spend money on except for the select few I see now and then: you, Frank, Candy and, of course, Larry. I will probably always carry a torch for him. I don’t have the fawning fake friendships that come with being the big charitable donor. I’m just a writer with an apartment in a subdivided historic house, so I guess I do live in one of those big old houses I used to dream about, huh? Just one-fifth of one. There are people who do live for money— and they live for spending it. They love the power that money buys them; I find it frightening to watch. Yes, money makes the world go round—and having a very comfortable, annual income in cash has made my adult life much more comfortable, I admit. But I have had several victims whose downfall was money; they never told me as much was true. I just knew. And it’s not that they had a lot of it, but that they tallied everything by it. You know the type: They never say thank you when you do something nice for them or pick up a check because it is their due. Or if you ask the waitress to split the check, they fight over pennies then barely leave a 10 percent tip, if any. I had one victim that, while she didn’t have millions, it was obvious she was comfortable with a shiny new car—probably financed— three children, expensive gadgets and such. I was supposed to interview her about a novel she had just written. Usually, when a journalist calls to do a profile, they arrange a neutral meeting place, like a restaurant. By most ac-

counts, I can safely say the interviewee often always offers to pick up the check. Journalists usually decline, citing professional ethics. With Josaphine, not so. She had a perfect round face with flawless skin and darting eyes, which never missed a trick. She didn’t crack a smile unless it was well-calculated. With midnight black hair cut to a blunt bob against her pure white skin, she was mysterious and striking. For someone who talked about starting out bussing tables in a restaurant at 17, she treated the waitstaff abominably. She sent her food back twice and was completely nasty in her tone of voice. What was stunning: Even though it was, in theory, an autobiographical novel, apparently no one resembling her husband or her children appeared anywhere in it. All attempts to get her to talk about them were pushed aside. We were at the bar at Level 5 after the meal when I came back from the bathroom. I heard her say to the badly dressed and overly tanned man who had usurped my seat: “Oh, well, I don’t care about my husband. He’s been cheating on me all year. It’s really over between us.” Who doesn’t know what that means? “So that’s when I decided to tip the scales in my favor,” she continued. “Why should he have all the fun, while I sit at home waiting on him?” I knew I had just heard her favorite pickup line. “Excuse me,” I said, smiling and trying to slide around the seat-usurper to get my gin and tonic. “Oooh! They’re starting karaoke!” She tapped his arm and pointed toward the deck area past the bar. “You should do one of your songs!” she squealed. His songs? I wondered.

“That could be cool,” he said. “But you know I usually get paid for that.” Paid for that? Who is this guy? The karaoke host rushed up, breathless and a little flustered. Running one hand through his auburn hair and extending the other to shake, he babbled, “Well, we certainly are excited to have you here, it is an honor,” the host said. “Would you mind if we dedicated this evening to you? We could cue up exclusively your catalog…?” “Sure, bro, that’d be cool man,” the patron responded. “You want me to autograph something for the bar?” “Oh, that would be awesome!” the host exclaimed. “Yes! Thank you, let me get a karaoke poster…” He rushed off. “Can I get you another round Mr. Federline?” the bartender asked. “Sure, bro, that’d be cool,” he responded. “What would you like?” He gestured to my victim. “How about body shots?” she purred. I decided then to leave. Have you ever heard two completely empty people talk to each other, Jude? It’s vapid squawking. The venial adulteress saw herself as the next Mrs. Kevin Federline, I am sure. But he was gone in a week, and she never did get her picture in the paper with him. Though, I would lay a cash bet she didn’t have to pick up a check once that week—not that she would have anyway. Her tractor-beam of malicious intent ratcheted up during the ensuing weeks of disappointment, and when we would talk the stories of how abused and misused she was by everyone in her life—her husband, her publisher, her editor who had “changed everything,” her family, the bank, you name it—she was a victim on all sides. I was stumped on how to arrange a New Year’s Eve with her. I started to think that going to an all-male revue at a strip club might be the only option, but then the social event of the season was announced: The art museum had a gala fundraiser. Of course, anybody who was anybody would be there. I knew she wouldn’t resist an invitation like that, especially if the tickets were gratis. I got three tickets: one for me and a set for her and her husband. Meeting him was a shock, since he was kind, quiet, thoughtful, ruggedly handsome—all-around a catch. This poor schmo fell for her? He might not ever realize it, but not only did he deserve better, he was about to get the chance.

We mingled and I stuck close by her, feeling even more of an underlying malevolence than I knew I had seen. Honestly, I wanted to make sure this one died. Whoever had hired me was doing the world a service, I thought. The fiber exhibit really was stunning—unlike anything I had ever dreamed was possible with cloth. Part of it included what could be called “clothing” but was far too delicate and intricate to be worn in real life. This was right after the new executive director came back to the museum in the first intelligent decision the board had made in years. The director decided to hire models to walk around and strike poses in the wearable art pieces. I tried not to be distracted from my mission of death by one of the most interactive experiences conceived: The art literally, incredibly, circulated around the audience. Without much surprise I read in the paper a few months later that the adulteress had been stabbed by her housekeeper, whom she accused of stealing $8.27 from a bedside table. Obviously, the $8.27 wasn’t the motivating factor; it was merely the tipping point.

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events ST MARK’S EPISCOPAL 144TH CELEBRATION All are welcome to join in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church  144th  Anniversary  Celebration.  •  4/26,  6-9pm:  Children  Prom  (ages  4-16)  attire  semiformal. • 4/27: Adult Fashion Show, 5-9pm (donation  $10)  and  Holy  Eucharistic  services,  11am.  •  4/28,11am: Mr. David Frederiksen guest speaker.  Graduate of the College of Charleston, where he  earned a BA  in English. Mr. Frederiksen works in  Healthcare marketing and public relations and is the  publisher of Men, Ink. Magazine. All welcome. Worship, fellowship and fun. (910) 264-8818 CAPE FEAR TATTOO AND ARTS EXPO Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo, Wilmington  Convention  Center,  4/26,  1-10;  4/27,  noon-11pm; 4/28, 11am-6pm. The 3rd  annual event is open to the public. There will be  tattoo contests, art showcases, seminars, art fusions  and  much  more.  Come  be  a  part  of  what  is  becoming  one  the  Carolina’s  cornerstones  in  artistic exhibition.  27TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES Wilmington-Cape  Fear  Home  Builders  Association  Parade  of  Homes:  4/27-28  and  5/4-5,  noon  to  5  p.m.  Free  to  general public! HOPS OF SPRING BEER FEST 4/27,  noon-6:30pm:  Join  us  at  the  3rd  Annual  HOPS of Spring Beer Festival on Topsail Island, feat.  12  craft  breweries,  incl.  Natty  Greene’s,  Triangle  Brewing and more, with three live bands, like Plan 

4/28,  noon-6pm:  Made  In  NC:  Brooklyn  Arts  &  urb, Forest Hills. Meet at Forest Hills Global ElemenCrafts  Fair,  Wilmington’s  modern  art  &  crafts  tary School, 602 Colonial Dr. Brief reception to folshow, at the BAC, 516 North 4th Street. Cellow at 414 Forest Hills Dr. RSVP, free.  ebration of local, original craftsmen and artisans  SUSTAINABILITY TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM at  the  Brooklyn  Arts  Center.  Feat.  50-plus  of  CFCC’s  Sustainability  Technologies  Program  secWilmingtonians like their skin art, which means this the  region’s  finest,  unique  and  fabulous  artiond  annual  Capstone  Conference  event.  McKeiweekend will be a colofully rich and exciting forray into sans showcasing art, jewelry, clothing and acthan Center Auditorium on CFCC’s North Campus  the showcase of tattoo artistry! The third annual event gets cessories,  household  and  garden  items,  and  onSat.,  5/4,  9:45am-2pm.  Lunch  served;  free  and  more!  Local  food  trucks  will  provide  nourishunderway at the Wilmington Convention Center on the 26th, open to public.13 graduating students from CFCC’s  ment,  and  the  BAC  cash  bar  will  serve  liquid  from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; the 27th, from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sustainability Technologies Program will beshowcasrefreshments. Admission: $5. Sign up as a venthe 28th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is only $20 a day, or ing their projects in the fields of energy, sustainability  dor: Heather Thomson at 910-616-9882 or at  and  building  technology.  Feat.  a  diverse  and  excitsecure a weekend pass for $45. All kinds of events will take ing group of projects including an ASHRAE Level 2  place, like a machine-building workshop by Rob Rutherford DOWNTOWN ILM FASHION WALK industrial energy audit, an investigation of the plasand John Williams on Saturday or a horror-realism seminar tics recycling industry, and a completed straw bale  Downtown  ILM’s  Fashion  Walk  feat.  nine   by Ron570 on Sunday. All details: house.  Lunch  will  feat.  keynote  speaker  Suzanne  boutiques,  offering  exclusive  deals  and  first  dibs  on  new  styles,  first  Thurs.  every  month  Gooding, sustainability project manager for the City  through Sept. 5/2, 6/6, 7/4, 8/1 and 9/5, 5-9pm.  of Wilmington. Feat. displays focusing on technoloB,  Annandale  Heights  and  Dangers  gies from this year’s as well as past year’s Capstone  Incl.  Aqua  Fedora,  The  Wonder  Shop,  Island  Pasof Stereo.  $25 per person. Purchase your ticket at  projects.  sage, Return Passage, Luxe, aMuse, Edge of Urge,  the gate. Hosted by the Topsail Chamber. 111New  or (513) 334-9804. GLAM and Momentum Surf & Skate Shop. River  Drive  Surf  City,  NC.    910-329-4446,    www. WILMINGTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME PENDER COUNTY SPRING FEST  5/5:  Greater  Wilmington  Sports  Hall  of  Fame  will  Join us in the Courthouse Square for a homegrown,  STOP TITAN welcome  the  2013  inductees  into  membership  at  handmade  festival,  featuring  Pender  County  ven4/28, 3pm, 5329 Oleander Dr. It’s hard to believe it’s  their  annual  banquet  at  the  Burney  Center  on  the  dors,  churches  and  non-profits  that  will  provide  a  been five years since this community joined together  campus of UNCW.  The Reception and Silent Aucvariety of foods and baked goods. The night before,  in  its  opposition  to  Titan  Cement.  We  believe  that  tion will begin at 5pm followed by the induction ceryou can kick up your heels at the street dance.  5/3,  opposition has only grown stronger and more comemony and dinner at 6:30pm. Annual tournament will  6-10pm; 5/4, 9am-4pm. Pender County Courthouse  mitted with time. We will continue to fight  to protect  be Saturday, May 4th.   Square, Burgaw, NC. 910-259-4844 our  air,  our  water,  our  economy,  and  our  children,  75TH CHAMBER BIRTHDAY PARTY from a polluting cement plant. Live music at 2:30pm.  FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 75th Chamber is hosting a Celebration ExtravaganThe shops and restaurants in The Cotton Exchange  Speakers,  updates,  local  comedians  and  People  za, Sun., 5/5, Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area,  will participate in a Free Comic Book Day event on  Power will all be part of the rally!  Sat., 5/4.  The “Superhero Circus” will offer fun and  2-5pm. Birthday Party bringing your chairs, blankets,  MADE IN NC ARTS/CRAFT FAIR freebies  for  all  visitors.    Free  comic  books  will  be  picnics  and  coolers  (no  glass  or  pets  please)  and  available  in  each  of  shops  and  restaurants  in  The  enjoy  the  smooth  Motown  sounds  of  EnVision,  a  Cotton Exchange. Many different titles will be avail12-piece  band  from  Winston-Salem,  NC  complete  with horns and four vocalists. Selling hot dogs and  able, and thousands are available, while supplies last  that day. Activities, including two costume contestsBBQ, as well as beer and soda, funnel cakes, Island  one for the children and one for the adults. Visitors  Ice and Firehouse Kettle Korn will also be available.  can dress as their favorite comic book characters for  Chamber’s Mission is to enhance the quality of life of  a  chance  to  win  prizes  from  the  merchants  in  The  the citizens of Pleasure Island through the promotion  of tourism and the economic development of CaroCotton Exchange. lina and Kure Beaches and contiguous communities.  ROCK THE BLOCK

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5/4,  10am-2pm:  Local  residents  will  have  access  to  free  health  education  and  screenings  at  Rock  the  Block-5  Community  Health  Fair  at  the  New  Hanover Community Health Center, 925 North 4th  St.  This community block party will include free live  CAPE FEAR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 4/24,  noon:  Presented  by  Cape  Fear  Habitat  for  music,  food  and  activities  for  children.  More  than  Humanity with fashions from Drift Mobile Boutique.  500 people are expected to attend. Event will focus  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are reon  increasing  awareness  of  the  leading  causes  of  quired. There will only be one show this year so act  death:  cancer,  heart  disease,  and  cerebrovascular  fast, seats are limited! Carrabba’s Italian Grill Market  disease  and  their  contributing  factors.  Body  mass  Street, Wilmington Doors open at noon, show beindex assessments; blood pressure, blood glucose  gins at 12:30 and  cholesterol  screenings;  HIV  testing  and  other  free  services  are  planned.  Local  musicians,  poets,  HARRELSON CENTER drill teams, choirs, dancers and other performers are  Join the Harrelson Center for some frozen yogurt at  invited to showcase their talents. Althea Johnson at  the Fuzzy Peach in Porter’s Neck on 4/24, 3-6pm.  910-202-8623.  The Fuzzy Peach will donate a portion of your frozen yogurt purchase to the Harrelson Center! Raffle  NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH National  Historic  Preservation  Month,  May  2013.  Historic  Wilmington  Foundation  will  celebrate!  Calendar entries are due every Thursday Schedule: 5/4, 3pm: Guided Walking Tour of ILM’s  by noon for consideration in the following first Streetcar Suburbs, Carolina Heights and Carolina Place. Meet at Market and 17th. Brief reception  week’s encore. Entries are published for to follow at 1705 Market St. RSVP, free. • 5/5, 105pm:  Old  House  Fair  at  the  Coastline  Conference  free two weeks out from event date and Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. • 5/11, 3pm:  according to space. Guided Walking Tour of ILM’s first Automobile Sub-


prizes given. The Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center is a nonprofit center that provides collaboration for organizations that offer services to those in need. Partners are: Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Cape Fear Resource Conservation and Development, Phillipians 3 Ministries, Phoenix Employment Ministry, Communities in Schools, Cape Fear Housing Land Trust, Drug Court, Chamber Music Wilmington and Centre of Redemption. 910-343-8212 CF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity upcoming volunteer opportunities. Sign up: melanie@capefearhabitat. org. Schedule: Sat., 4/27: Construction—VInyl Siding phase 2 (16 yrs - no ladder work - & up), 8am - 3pm. Lunch break at 11:30 (provided). Painting (14 yrs - no ladder work - & up), 8am-3pm. Lunch break at 11:30 (bring your own) • Ongoing: Become a ‘Lunch Bunch’ donor! Help edicated, hardworking construction volunteers by providing them with lunch; appx 35-40 construction volunteers.You can provide physical lunches (which Habitat can pick up) or donate funds to purchase lunch. NC RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM The 3nd annual Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism, 4/27, at the TrySports Field at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. 5K competitive race, a 1 mile run/ walk along with a “Kids Dash.” Reg. 7am with the 5K beginning at 8am; 1-mile run/walk and Kids Dash after. $25 and early packet pick-up and registration is scheduled for 4/26, 4-7pm at TrySports. Proceeds support programs, services and activities of the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports New Hanover, Brunswick/Pender counties. COASTAL HORIZONS VOLLEYBALL Sexual Assault Activism Mo. will feat. volleyball tournament to benefit Coastal Horizons Center Inc. starts Sat., 4/27, with check-in at 11am. Capt’n Bills Backyard Grill, 4240 Market St. $100/team w/ adv reg. $120/team day of events; co-ed 4-person teams. 910-762-0173. 3RD ANNUAL BLUE JEAN BALL Blue Jean Ball, Bling At The Beach Shake the sand from your flip-flops and polish your bling. Assistance League of Greater Wilmington is going beachy this year with its 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball dinner-dance fundraiser. Frances Weller of WECT will emcee this casual event and guests can enjoy the sounds of The Imitations and dance to beach music, rock ‘n roll or soul. A silent auction with many exciting items will take place throughout the evening, 5/3, 6-10:30pm, Wilmington Convention Center. 686-9507. Tickets are $65/per person. Assistance League is a national all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose fundraisers have benefited more than 4,000 children, seniors, and families in need, in the greater Wilmington area. DENISTRY FROM THE HEART Coastal Cosmetic Family Denistry, Fri., 5/3, 7:304:30pm, Hwy 211, 910-253-0000. Providing a free day of dental care to more than 150 residents. The line will begin as early as midnight the night before for the opportunity to receive free dental services— giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Last year, the team at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry, volunteers and sponsors provided the 150 patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. This is the 2nd annual event for CCFD, who has donated more than $50,000 in free dental care to more than 150 Brunswick County residents. 3071 Southport-Supply Road, Bolivia. CYSTIC FIBROASIS 5K WALK/RUN Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk & 5K Run on May 4th at Mayfaire Town Center. Register:

TEAMS NEEDED: GOLF CLASSIC The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking golfers to play in this annual Southport-Oak Island Golf Classic. The Golf Classic will be held on Sat., 5/4, at the Oak Island Golf & Country Club. Format is 4-person captain’s choice with a shot-gun start at 8:30am. The 4-person team entry fee is $380 and includes green fees, golf cart, breakfast biscuit, coffee, juice, hospitality cart, lunch and two mulligan per player. Megan: 910-457-6964 or stop in at 4433 Long Beach Rd. GAME DAY AND SILENT AUCTION The GFWC North Carolina Sorosis Club is sponsoring a Game Day and Silent Auction fundraiser to benefit the College Park Elementary School Backpack Program on Sat., 5/4, 10am-4pm, at 20 south Cardinal Dr. Prizes will be auctioned during the fundraiser with proceeds also benefiting the Backpack Program at College Park Elementary School. The fee for the Game Day is $100/table of four ($25/ person). Becky Hart at 910-350-8040 or Brigitte Harris at 910-799-3812. KIWANIS CLUB OF TOPSAIL 27th annual Topsail Area Kiwanis Golf Tournament, 8:30am, Sat., 5/4. North Shore Country Club Captain’s Choice: prizes, refreshment carts, BBQ and chicken lunch, raffle, gifts and Inland Charter Fishing Trip for Winning Team. Reg: Rick Benton, 910-6043835, or Randy Cox, 910-328-6728. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis kids’ programming. North Shore Country Club, registration is $75/golfer. $5 Mulligans-4/ Team Maximum. HANDMADE ILM POP-UP MARKET 5/5, 10am-4pm: Handmade Wilmington is hosting Pop-Up Market at Old City Market, Downtown on the River 119 S Water St. Featuring fine arts and crafts from local artisans to benefit Holly Larue Frizzell, a little girl in Wilmington who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December, just four days before she would be covered on her mother’s new insurance plan. awarded, and guests will get a special gift, just for attending.

theatre/auditions THEATRE, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY Theatre, Culture, and Community, Thurs., 4/25, 7pm. CAM Members and Students: $5; non-members: $10. This performance reflects the work of students in the UNCW theatre department who are studying the practice of devising theatre; building from scratch an original piece of theatre. Choosing a theme that reflects an important problem in the world with powerful consequences on students’ lives and those of many others, they investigate the topic and create short performance pieces that are woven together into an artistically engaging “performance text” with music, dance, and drama. The struggle for human rights in personal, national, and international contexts will be the focus of each piece, exploring human rights through theatre work in the spirit of discovery and understanding. BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS See page 10. EXTRA EXTRA! 4/25-28: “Extra! Extra!: The Musical” presented by the Department of Communication Studies—undergraduate students, including three musicians, will stage UNCW Professor Frank Trimble’s original musical stage play in Leutze Hall 125. Showbiz—what compels someone to be a film or television extra? One rung on a ladder to stardom? Rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers? Join 20 extras in a holding area and enjoy their wide range of stories and songs in this world premiere musical production.


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Sunday Apr. 28th 9-5:30 pm Reserve now as we are limiting seating. This cruise is an amazing adventure traveling almost 100 miles round trip on the Cape Fear River, bring your camera & binoculars as you never know what you will encounter. We leave our dock @ 9am and return around 5:30pm..lunch included $75. And as always Capt Doug will enlighten you with some history and interesting tidbits of the area.

Acoustic Spotlight on our Sunset Cruise LIVE MUSIC BY A DIFFERENT LOCAL MUSICIAN EVERY THURSDAY & FRIDAY NIGHTS @ 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an amazing sunset on this amazing river while enjoying amazing music !!!! Boarding @ 6 p.m. Full Bar with all ABC permits

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4/25-27, 8pm; 4/27-28 at 2pm. UNCW student tickets are free and must be picked up at the Communication Studies office, LH 226. $8 GA. WILLIAM AND JUDITH See pg. 8. TACT TALENT SHOW Thalian Association announces the first annual TACT Talent Show, 4/26, 7:30pm at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Proceeds from this exciting event will benefit Thalian Association Children’s Theater and the HBHUSO/CAC, a major cultural resource for the Wilmington and the Cape Fear region. TACT Talent Show is open to children ages 8-18, with individual or group acts. Our goal is to raise money to fund our projects and encourage the creativity and development of area children with this fun family oriented event. Tickets are $12 with a $.75 preservation fee, available in advance at 910341-7860 or at the door. For complete information about TACT Talent Show or to register online: BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATER Thursday Night Live Improv with the Fruity Oaty Bars this and every Thursday. Free show where you find out what the actors are going to do at the same time as the actors! Doors, 7:30; hilarity, 8pm. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001 MURDER ON THE SET “Murder on the Set,” an interactive murder mystery dinner show written by Hank Toler, Friday & Saturday through 4/26. Cont. Friday nights through August. Doors at 5:30pm show at 6:30pm. $30-$42, includes show and 3-course meal. Beverages and ticket gratuity not included. The cast of popular teen drama, Sunny Comes Home, attempts to film their season and show finale, but there’s more than a hurricane that is brewing as the line between onscreen and off-screen relationships get blurred with tragic

consequences. Figure out whodunit in an originallypenned mystery homage to Wilmington’s television production success. Theatre NOW. GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL See pg. 11.

comedy PORT CITY’S TOP COMIC See pg. 29. JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE Every first Monday of the month will feature a standup comedy showcase. Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Cordero Wilson and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar.9pm; free. SATURDAY NUTT LIVE Saturday Nutt Live is a new sketch comedy show premiering at Nutt Street Comedy Room on March 30th at 11:30 p.m. We’re on the search for the best comedic actors available. If you have a head shot and resume great, if not, we’ll deal with it. If you have characters that you’ve created be prepared to perform those. If you write sketches, please bring a sample of such.Auditions will be held on Sat., 3/16, 2 p.m. Nutt Street Comedy Room (the basement of the Soapbox) 255 N. Front St. johnnyaction80@ or John Gray 910-297-8709 CAPE FEAR COMEDY FESTIVAL The 4th Annual Cape Fear Comedy Festival returns to the Port City May 1st-4th. This year we will be using 4 venues for 33 comedy shows in four days. Nutt St Comedy Room, Soapbox Laundrolounge, Theatre Now, and The Beam Room upstairs at Front Street Brewery will host 65 of the best young comedians in

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the country. This years headliners is Sean Patton (Comedy Central) and the festival will also feature a film screening of “I am Comic”, with director, Jordan Brady, on hand to film for his sequel to this film. visit for more information or to purchase tickets. Week long festival pass to all shows, $40 (or $25 at NUTT STREET COMEDY ROOM Tuesday Improv, 9pm (no cover) • Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2) • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm (see website for schedule) • Saturdays, 11pm - SNL televised @ Nutt St. • Cape Fear Comedy Fest. 5/1-4, Nutt St Comedy Room, basement of Soapbox. Tickets, HAROLD NIGHT Come down to the Nutt Street Comedy Room Tuesdays for the opportunity to perform at Harold Night. Each night two troupes perform a 20-25 minute ‘Harold’ long-form improv. After the show come up on stage and join the other improvisers in an improv jam! No experience necessary! Come have fun every Tuesday at 9pm. Nutt St. Comedy Room, basement of Soapbox, 255 N. Front St. Free!


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98.3 The Penguin presents at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre their summer concert series: • Wed., 4/24, Gov’t Mulew/ special guests The Revivalists. 5:30-10:30pm. Tickets: $35/adv or $38/day of. • Fri, 5/10: Robert Randolph and the Family Band w/ Big Something, 6-10:30pm. Tickets: $25/adv or $30/day of. • Mon., 7/29: Trampled By Turtles w/ The Devil Makes Three, 5-10:30pm. Tickets $20/ adv. or $25/day of • Fri., 8/2: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, 6-10:30pm. Tickets $40/adv or $47/ day of. All ages; children under 5 free. Tickets at Gravity Records, Momentum Surf & Skate and online at TIMEFLIES UNCW’s ACE presents Timeflies, 4/25, UNCW Kenan Auditorium. 7pm; with 7:30pm show time. GA: $22 in advance and $25 day of . UNCWACE/events#!/events/503537412997629/ . Tickets at OLLI: THE MET The Met: Live in HD feat. by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW; all shows Sat.,12:55pm. Schedule: 4/27 (noon) Giulio Cesare, w/countertenor David Daniels and Natalie Dessay; baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts. Season: $235 or indv. $30/ea; $20 for OLLI members. www. or 910-962-3195 PEDALING MUSIC FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN Rotage/Pedaling Music for Save the Children will

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headline this donation only event. (; no charge at the door. Rock indie band Map The Sky, country duo Modern Vintage, Southern rocker Chip Gideons & the jazzy blues of La Vie En Rose! Food/beverages available. Bring lawn chair. Free bottled water all day for DD’s! Great country concert fun! At Legacy Farms: LIVE MUSIC ON THE RIVER Live Music on the River! W/Nicole Thompson, vocalist, and Judson Hurd, keys. 4/28, 7-9pm. Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St., Come hear your faves by Diana Krall, Streisand, Celine, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Sade, and more! TED’S FUN ON THE RIVER Live Music on the River! Nicole Thompson, Vocalist Judson Hurd, Keys Sunday, April 28 | 7-9 p.m. Ted’s Fun on the River 2 Castle Street, Wilmington Join us for “Diva Night” at Ted’s! Come hear your faves by Diana Krall, Streisand, Celine, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Sade, and more! MUSIC AT FIRST Music at First, presents Domonique Launey, 4/28, 5pm. Wilmington pianist Domonique Launey is a regular performer on theMusic at First series and a favorite of Music at First audiences. Music of J.S.Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. As featured soloist, Mrs. Launey has collaborated with many orchestras including the Wilmington, Houston Chamber, San Antonio, Oklahoma, Shreveport, Tulare County, L’Orchestre de Chapelle Minimes, and Tallis Chamber Orchestras. MASTERS OF MOTOWN Thur. & Fri., 5/2-3, 8pm.So many hits, so little time! You’ve got two evenings to travel to Motor City for all of Motown’s iconic songs of the 60s. The full live band and high-stepping vocalists pay tribute to tunes forever playing in our memories -- hits by leg-

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which “a bright mood predominates.” • Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates10th anniversary season. Free Family Concert, 4/28, 4pm. Concert will feature young pianist Daniel Cheng, the Junior Division winner of the Annual Student Concerto Competition. Season finale celebrates the 10yr. Anniversary of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. Alumni musicians are encouraged to attend. Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are by general admission, and available at the Kenan Auditorium box office one hour before the concert. Prices are $5/ adults, and free/ages 17 & under.

dance IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. http://www. SHEA-RA-NICHI’S OMNI See pg 13. ZUMBA Zumba instructor Priscila! Priscila from Brazil will be leading the Wednesday evening Zumba class at WB Parks and Rec. Classes are held Tuesday, 9:30am, or Wednesday, 6pm. Starting in April, Wednesday evening classes will start at 5:30pm.1 Bob Sawyer Drive. LINE DANCING Wrightsville Beach Parks & Rec offers beginner line dancing lessons with Inez Eason, former NFL-World League Football Professional Cheerleader. Any age; no partners are needed for this fun dance style, and with 1-hour classes held on Sun. afternoons. Starts 5/5, 4-5pm, at the Wrightsville Bch RecCenter. Prereg. (910) 256-7925. SHAG LESSONS 5/9: Instructor Ken Jones can teach anyone to shag! No partner needed; Thursday evenings. Beginner class is from 6:45-7:45pm, and the Intermediate class is from 7:45-8:45pm. Classes are held in the Fran Russ Rec. Center, at Wrightsville Beach Park. Pre-reg. requested. 256-7925 or 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 Beach, NC 620-4025 CONTRA DANCE Tues. night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist

Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students. $4. (910) 538-9711.

TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.


SPRING FLING ART SHOW Remember when you were a child and everything was magical? Deny being a grown-up and enjoy a slice of Neverland in WIlmington. We’re celebrating “Spring” in all senses: rebirth, renew, springing back to childlike wonder at everyday things, there is even going to be some good old fashioned springing. Bouncy castle and blow-up slide, several immature jokes for all to chuckle at, dress-up party and beer tasting from Freedom Beverage Co. Juggling Gypsy 1612 Castle St. 910-763-2223.

FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 4/26, 5/24. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101.

PORT CITY POTTERY AND FINE CRAFTS Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts will be celebrating it’s 6th Anniversary on Fri., 4/26, 6-9pm during 4th Friday Gallery Walk. We are a co-operative gallery dedicated to local hand-made, one-of-a-kind threedimensional art. Join us for our celebration with door prizes of artwork every 15 minutes! Refreshments served. Cotton Exchange, 309 North Front Street, 910-763-7111. Free parking behind The Cotton Exchange. BAIT See pg. 12.

CONTRAST Paintings, drawings, and prints by E. Francisca Dekker and Benjamin Billingsley, opening reception 4/26, 6-9pm. Two different people, two different cultures, two different styles—a perfect contrast! Guests are invited to meet the artists and WHQR staff while enjoying great food and wine. Opening night will feature a fantastic performance by local jazz pianist Julia Walker Jewell and live illustration by E. Francisca Dekker. WHQR MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front St. Ste 300. 910-343-1640. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. Additional reception: 5/24 Regular Gallery Hours:

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Monday-Friday, 10-4 pm. NOT WHAT IT SEEMS “Not what it seems...” opens 4/26, 6-9pm, artist reception at New Elements Gallery feat. the recent works of local artists Fritzi Huber and Scott James. Both artists draw inspiration from nature, yet present more than one way of perceiving an image, offering their own distinctive interpretations. Huber’s fascination with the interaction of water and land is the subject of her new series “Where the Water Meets the Land.” As she notes, this has always been a place of transition, and handmade paper seems an ideal medium to express this phenomenon. James uses composite photography to force a new

Hair, Nancy Noel May, Phil Meade, Jaquelin Perry & Jodie Wren Rippy. Show runs through 4/30. 1125H Military Cutoff Rd. www.SpectrumArtAndJewelry. com A FRAME OF MIND GALLERY A Frame of Mind Gallery is currently showing new works in oils and water colors by Wilmington artist Eunice Andrews as well as some of the many works of David D. Hume-artist,author,and world traveler. Karen Q. Hunsberger’s handcrafted baskets are also on display thru 6/30. 1903 Princess St. (Carolina Heights) 251-8854.M-F 10-6 S-10-3. Free.

UNCW ART EXHIBIT UNCW Senior Art Exhibit , Spring 2013, through 5/11. UNCW graduating studio art seniors invite the community to their art exhibition at the Art Gallery, located on the Hosted by Amanda Greene, editor of Wilmington Faith first floor of the Cultural Arts Building. The is the capstone for graduating stuand Values, the spring Religious Art Walking Tour, will exhibit dio art majors, showcasing a culmination of take tourists across downtown Wilmington’s most their experiences and education at UNCW. beautiful places of worship. Some include St. Mary’s Submitted pieces of paintings, ceramics, Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal, Temple of Israel, sculpture, photography, drawing, graphic design, printing, and mixed media were juamong more. The cost is a $10 suggested donation, ried by faculty.


which benefits the nonprofit news source, Wilming Faith and Values, Call 910-520-3958 to make reservations.

SPRING RELIGIOUS ART WALK Wilmington Faith & Values will host its Spring Religious Art Walking Tour, 4/28, 3-5pm, of the art inside six downtown worship spaces. Each tour will begin at St. Mary Catholic Church at 412 Ann Street and continue to First Presbyterian Church, St. James Episcopal Church, Temple of Israel, First Baptist Church and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. $10/person suggested donation. Tours are a benefit for the news nonprofit Wilmington Faith and Values, 910-520-3958.

awareness of his subject matter, exploiting the complacency most viewers experience with classic photography. 201 Princess St. Hangs through 5/18. NEW UNCW ART EXHIBITS Through 7/30, UNCW Association for Campus Entertainment announces two new exhibits: Once Upon an Opera, exhibited in the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery, features costumes from two UNCW musicals. Sculpture on the Commons II, an outdoor exhibit near the Fisher Student Center, features work by intermediate and advanced sculpture students at UNCW. Free and open to the public. WILMA DANIELS ART GALLERY “Saved” is a collaborative project by Jody Servon and Lorene Delany-Ullman that will exhibit the month. Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery. “Saved” is an ongoing photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory. The project considers how memories of the dead become rooted in everyday objects, and how objects convey those memories to the living.

IVEY HAYES RETROSPECTIVE Bellamy Mansion Museum presents”Ivey Hayes: A Retrospective A Special Exhibit” through 5/17. Ivey Hayes was born in Rocky Point, NC, and has a strong connection to the area he grew up in. He was one of few painters from the area to be so involved with the land and its people. Hayes used acrylic paintings and water colors to depict rural scenes familiar to him. On display will be original pieces, and reproductions will be accessible for purchase. Sug-


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Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982.

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CAMERON ART MUSEUM Exhibits: “Here & Now: A Decade of Contemporary Acquisitions” through July 21. Focuses on an exploration of contemporary acquisitions to the permanent collection since the establishment of the Cameron Art Museum in 2002. Some of the most famous artists in the exhibition are Ro-

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This weekend, Wrightsville Beach’s Blockade Runner will welcome competitors in the national qualifier race for the World Stand-Up Paddleboard Championships. Professional athletes like Danny Ching, Eric Terrien and Candice Appleby will be present at the all-ages and skill-levels comptition. Fees vary depending on age and race desired. Log onto http// to get all details about the event and its weekend of scheduling. into a “barnyard” complete with pony rides, bunnies, chicks, and a sheep! • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits.

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LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492.

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. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. Housed in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4/family and includes access to entire Museum. Admission for 2012 only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St.910-763-2634, on 10/13-14, 10am: Fun for all ages! Drive trains, learn how to build models, check out merchandise, free whistles for kids, entertainment, refreshments, and more! Great family event benefits the Wilmington Railroad Museum. Only $5 per person, kids under age 5 free!

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 kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910)762-0570.


BEACH SPORT COMPETITIONS 4/25-28: Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard Event. A national qualifier race for the World SUP Championships. Feat. pro athletes like Danny Ching, Eric Terrien and Candice Appleby. All ages and ski levels. 13-mile Graveyard Elite race, the 6.5-mile Money Island race, the 3.5-mile Harbor Island race and the Kids Turtle race. Fees vary. Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach. about-the-carolina-cup • 5/18-19: 11th Annual Kona Waterman’s Classic. Longboard surf competition (day 1) & standup paddleboard race (day 2). Crystal Pier at The Oceanic, Wrightsville Beach.

NON-USTA ADULT TENNIS TOURNAMENT 5/4, Jacksonville Recreation along with The Salvation Army is co-hosting a non-USTA Adult Tennis Tournament as part of Jacksonville’s Jamboree. Each entrant may compete in a maximum of one singles and one doubles event. Proceeds go to help support the Salvation Army. Jacksonville Commons Tennis Courts: $20 Singles/ $40 Doubles per team. Men’s and Women’s Singles / 3.5-4.0; Doubles / 3.5-4.0; Open; Mixed Doubles/ 7.0-8.0. Reg. before 4/26, Mon-Fri., 8am-5pm, at the Recreation Administration Office or (910)935-5304. mstrickland@

HALYBURTON PARK PROGRAMS Halyburton Park Programs, 4099 S. 17th St. 3410075. Shell Hunt, 4/26 9am-5pm, $25. Ea. season invites new prospects of treasures washing up onto the sandy shores of southeast: pinheads to large whelks, conchs and fossils of different ages. Theresa Celia Mowrey, NC Environmental Educator and Naturalist for Halyburton Park, and member of the North Carolina Fossil Club and Shell Club searches of local gastropods and bivalves, as well as the occasional fossil. • Sunset Kayaking, 4/26, 5-9pm. $37.50/participant, $25/ participant. Adventure will be beginning at 5pmat River Rd. Park where you will have a short intro how

to kayak to explore the Cape Fear River and both Keg Island and Sharks Tooth Island; adventure will be completed by 8:30 pm. • Alligators, 4/30, 9am4pm, $10. Alligators and humans are both occupying the same habitat in southeastern NC. Program will discuss the behavior and biology of alligators. Halyburton Park, Lake Waccamaw State Park. Workshop led by educator Mike Campbell of the NC Wildlife Resource Commission. 910-341-0075 RUNS AND 5KS 4/27: Coastal NC Run for Autism. 8am. Mayfaire Town Center, Wilmington. faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1052901 • 4/27: The Great Glow Run 5k. 8pm. Hugh MacRae Park, Wilmington. • 4/27: Step Up For Soldiers Combat Mud Run. 8am. National Guard Armory, Wilmington. event-registration?regevent_action=register&event_ id=67 • 5/11: Carolina Strawberry Festival 5k Run/ Walk at River Landing Country Club, Wallace, NC! 7:30am; $25, and all runners and walkerswho register before 4/15 will receive a T-shirt. Prizes awarded for the top three finishers for males and females. PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN YOGA Pay-What-You-Can Yoga Downtown Mon and Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm 128 South Front Street inside or on the Riverdeck at 128 South Events. 910-508-1621 NABERDODGE.COM 5K 4/27, 8am. OIB Community Center. Reg: $25 now until 4/9; $30, 4/10-26, and $35 on race day! www. Naber. Packet Pick Pick-Up: Fri., 4/26, 4-6pm, Naber Chyrsler Dodge Jeep Ram in Shallotte or race day from 6:30-7:30am. Benefits Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs of Brunswick County. HALYBURTON PROGRAMS Bird Hike Trip: Lake Waccamaw, 4/28, 8am-3pm, $10. The NC Birding Trail is a driving trail to link birders w/great sites across the state and local communities. Ea. month the park explores a different one along the Coastal Plain Trail. Pre-reg. rqd: 910-3410075. 910-341-0075. PING PONG THROWDOWN The Brooklyn Arts Center is excited to announce the “Port City Ping Pong Throwdown,” 516 North 4th St., Fri., 5/3, 4pm. Open play after the tournament. Wilmington Table Tennis Club presents event and all players are welcome: playing for fun, playing for keeps. Eight tables, cool tunes, cash prizes for top finishers, and lots of room for cheering fans.Food truck parked to feed the crowd and BAC cash bar open. Player registration fee is $10; non-player admission is $5 and includes a beer and a raffle ticket. Raffle is sponsored by Omega Sports, so expect some excellent Ping Pong gear, concert tickets for shows at BAC, t-shirts, tote bags, koozies, and more. Player registration is at MEN’S 4-ON-4 OUTDOOR B-BALL LEAGUE The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department presents the Summer 2013 Wrightsville Beach 4-on-4 Outdoor Men’s Adult Basketball League. Games are played Mon.-Thurs., 6-7pm, beginning 5/28. Reg. begins Mon., 5/6, at the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation office located at 1 Bob Sawyer Dr. CAPE FEAR FENCING Cape Fear Fencing Association (CFFA) will offer beginners’ fencing class 5/7, 6:30pm, and run 6 weeks, taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr. Tues/ Thurs until 7:30pm; $50. Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. All equipment is supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencing classes include the basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA which offers

fencing Tue/Wed/Thurs, 7:30pm. ECO-FRIENDLY DEATH 5/4: Funeral Consumer’s Alliance of Coastal Carolina present the film “Dying Green” and speaker Mark Harris author of “Grave Matters,” Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. 10am: Welcome coffee and pastry; 10:30, film, an award winning 2012 student thesis film about one man’s dream to preserve one million acres of land; 11am, Mark Harris, , whose books will be available for sale and signing; noon, annual membership meeting. Open to the general public. Free and open to the general public. CAPE FEAR INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 5/9-12, CFI Film Fest feat. fantastic films, seminars and special guests at the Wilmington Convention Center. The festival has teamed up with the Port City Pop Con to maximize entertainment value.Films and celebrities can both be found at Wilmington Convention Center on Fri/Sat. In addition to two days of screenings at the Wilmington Convention Center, the festival will return to the Browncoat Theater for a number of screenings and events. Promotes works from filmmakers both regionally, nationally and internationally, to help connect filmmakers with cinema enthusiasts and celebrate unique films from exciting new voices. Invitational feat., “Heart of the Country,” starring Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”), w/ other highlights: world premiere of “Cannon Fodder,” “Basilisk,” “How to Make a Superhero,” and more! Kicks off 5/9 w/regional showcase, fantastic shorts, and ends with gala celebration at the Wilmington Film Awards. THEATRE NOW MOVIE NIGHTS Movie Night, Sundays at 6:30pm (check website for weekly listings): Big screen movies, w/ kitchen open for some tasty treats, feat. fresh food options. Home to the non-profit organization, Theatre Network of Wilmington, Inc., whose mission includes theatre arts education to school aged children. Theatre NOW: 10th and Dock streets.

kids’ stuff SMART START NHC What does Chutes & Ladders have to do with New Hanover County’s kids? MomsRising, The First 2000 Days Campaign, and Smart Start are coming together to host a giant community game. We’ve created a huge Chutes and Ladders board that highlights the investments that move NC’s children ahead or set them back-investments like early learning, education, child care, infant mortality prevention, and health care. It’s a fun, powerful way to remind our communities and leaders that investing in kids means investing in NC’s future. The board is headed your way. Mark your calendar and plan to bring thewhole family out to play, 4/26, 10am-noon. 3534 S College Rd. HEALTHY KIDS DAY Empie Park, 3405 Park Ave. A free family event, ages 2 and up. Sat., 4/27, 9:30am-1pm. Animal adoption fair, face painting, games, bouncy houses, vendors, open fire station w/kids activities, sports stations (tennis, b-ball, golf, etc.), prizes and giveaways! Info for a booth and/or sponsorship opportunities: Tari Ann Toro at tari.ann.toro@wilmingtonnc. gov or 910-341-4631. LEARNING CENTER CF MUSEUM “Fun and Fungus,” 4/27, 1-4pm. Enter the intriguing world of fungi! Learn to identify the mushrooms in your neighborhood. Make a model of your own mushroom and see how you can collect mushroom spores. Use nature’s recyclers to grow your own edible mushrooms and harness the power of fungus to put fizz in your soda! Parental participation rqd. Free for members or with admission. Cape Fear Museum,

814 Market St. ALTHEA GIBSON SPRING CLINICS Tots Tennis Clinics (Ages 3-4), Mon/Wed, 3:153:45pm • Little Aces Tennis Clinics (Ages 5-7) Mon/ Wed, 3:15pm-4:30pm. • Super Aces Tennis Clinics (Ages 8-10), Mon/Wed, 4:30-5:15pm. Cost: $42/6wk session. Session 2 starts 4/1; session 3 starts 4/29. Space is very limited. 341-4631. Empie Tennis Clubhouse, or email your registration form to info@ 341-4631. Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park, 3405 Park Ave HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS Early Childhood Music and Movement program learning through music, instruments, fun and creative play – for children 6 months through 6 years and parent/caregiver. Drop ins welcome! $10 per family (one child), $5 each additional child. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center, 2nd and Orange St. 910-777-8889 THEATRE NOW Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Membership. Drop off service available.Tickets: or 910-399-3NOW

lectures/readings A HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH 4/25, 7pm at Latimer House: New Hanover County Health Director David Rice gives a talk on the history of public health in New Hanover County, discussing the work of doctors and public officials in maintaining and improving Wilmington’s health from the 1700s to the present day. Tickets are $5; 910-762-0492. Seating is limited. Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear, 126 South 3rd St. 910-762-0492 HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LCF 4/25, 7pm: Program, “Public Health in New Hanover County from 1865-2013” by County Health Director David Rice. $5, w/refreshments. Rice discusses Civil War pestilence, disease, and progress since then. Not handicapped accessible. Latimer House, 126 South 3rd St. • “Perhaps the Last Lynching in Pender County” by Superior Court Judge Gary Trawick at 7pm, 5/9 at the Old County Courthouse, 24 N. 3rd St. Dock Rogers was no hero, but he didn’t deserve to die at the hands of a mob. Tickets: $10 Reservations: 910 762-0492 or PHILIP GERARD Philip Gerard, Chair of the Department of Creative Writing at UNCW, will read from his new nonfiction book “Down the Wild Cape Fear” at 7pm, 5/7, at Northeast Library. Book sales will be provided courtesy of Pomegranate Books, and the Friends of the Library will serve refreshments. Free and reserva-

tions are not required. Dorothy Hodder at 910-7986323. RHETT JOHNSON Rhett Johnson will speak on the new book “Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See: A New Vision of North America’s Richest Forest,” 7pm, Fri., 5/10, Northeast Library. Free, sponsored by Cape Fear Audubon and the Friends of New Hanover County Public Library. Besides co-writing Longleaf, Mr. Johnson is a cofounder and past-president of the Longleaf Alliance. Pomegranate Books will sell copies of Longleaf before and after the presentation, and the Friends of the Library will serve refreshments. Nancy Buckingham at 910-409-5160 or Dorothy Hodder at910-798-6323. ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB Cape Fear’s Going Green Environmental Book Club m eets at Old Books on Front Street, 249 N Front St. 5/14 (the 2nd Tuesday): Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond (2007) by David Gessne. CLYDE EDGERTON Enjoy an evening with Clyde Edgerton, author of “Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages,” at 7pm on 5/14, Northeast Library. Clyde has drawn on his experience raising four kids (ages 4 to 30) to write a book that is equally useful and hilarious. The evening will include reading, singing, book sales, autographing, and refreshments. This free program is cosponsored by Pomegrantate Books and the Friends of the Library. F Pomegranate Books at 910-452-1107 or Dorothy Hodder at 910-798-6323.

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clubs/notices YOUR COMPUTER FRIENDS Your Computer Friends and PODS Moving and Storage presents Electronics Recycling Event. Accepting printers, phones, cell phones, batteries, flat panel monitors, DVD/VHS players, desktop/laptop computers, cables, fax machines, copiers, stereos and speakers. $10 recycle fee for CRT monitors (the big bulky ones); $10 (and up) recycle fee for TVs. No appliances. Re-purpose working computers to one of our non-profits in need. Bring working Vista or better machines inside. Drop-off hours: 4/24-26, 9am-5pm; no staff is available for unloading. Please bring a friend. 3816 Oleander Dr., 39th and Oleander or right behind the new Whole Foods. WWII REMEMBERED GROUP Southeastern NC’s World War II Remembered Group will discuss China, Japan, and the Shanghai Jewish refugees at its 4/24 meeting at the New Hanover County Senior Resources Center, 2222 S. College Rd. Presented by Dr. Gao Bei , associate professor of history at the College of Charleston, begins at 10:00 a.m., following refreshments and fellowship at 9:30. Free and open to the public. John Nelson at 399-7020 or ECOTONE RELEASE 4/25, 7pm: Yacht Club-themed celebration of UNCW’s “Ecotone” edition. Pack your boat shoes and lifejackets, and help the new issue set sail. Serving tasty hors d’oeuvres, bubbly, and the finest beer a literary journal budget can buy. Featured readings by Captain Clyde Edgerton, reformed pirate David

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ers in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties. Since 1985, the event has served as the YWCA’s signature event to support programs that help women and their families in southeastern NC. 5/9; networking at 5pm and program at 6pm. Wilmington Convention Center: Tickets cost $60/ person or $600/table of 10. TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910-343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS MEETING Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting of Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Ogden Baptist Church: 7121 Market St. 12-step meeting for people that have or think they may have a compulsive gambling problem. Contact: Casey 910-599-1407 AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Support Group: Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B. This Free support group open to anyone affected by ADHD. YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF NHC Meet the 1st and 3rd Tues. ea. month at the downtown public library, third floor, 6:30pm. Ages 18-35. PFLAG PFLAG Meeting is first Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.

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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): How we react to the sound of the wind gives clues to our temperament, philosopher Theodor W. Adorno noted. The unhappy person thinks of “the fragility of his house and suffers from shallow sleep and violent dreams.” For the happy person, the wind sings “the song of protectedness: its furious howling concedes that it has power over him no longer.” I bring this up to illustrate a point about your life. There will be a strong and vivid influence coming your way that is like the wind as described by Adorno. It’s neither bad nor good in itself, but may seem like one or the other depending on the state of mind you choose to cultivate. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 1921, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev—born under the sign of the Bull—premiered his opera “The Love for Three Oranges” in the United States. Here’s how The New York Times felt about it: “There are a few, but only a very few, passages that bear recognizable kinship with what has hitherto been considered music.” It’s possible, Taurus, that you will get a similar reaction when you debut your new approach or endeavor. And that may disturb you. But I think it would be a good omen—a sign that you’re taking a brave risk as you try something innovative and unfamiliar. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m passionate about doing whatever I can to make the world a better place. How boring and sad it would be if I only thought of satisfying my personal needs. But I also remember what Aldous Huxley said: “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Even if you have mad skills at healing and fixing everyone whose life you touch, Gemini, Huxley’s reminder is good for you to honor right now. The place that’s in most pressing need of transmutation—and where you’re most likely to be successful—is within you. Now here’s the trick ending: To the degree that you regenerate yourself, you will improve everyone around you. Your inner work will be contagious.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): Thomas Jefferson almost pulled off a miracle in 1784. America was a young country. There were only 13 states and a few unorganized territories. As a representative to the Continental Congress, Jefferson proposed an ordinance that would have prohibited slavery in those territories, including what would later become Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. By just one vote, alas, the provision failed to pass. Can you imagine what the United States would have been like if slavery had been partly extinguished decades before the Civil War? The moral of the story, Cancerian, is that at certain pregnant moments, small

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shifts can have big consequences. The astrological omens suggest your life will be proof of that in the coming weeks. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I believe you will crawl or scramble or glide to the top of *some* mountain in the next four weeks. What mountain do you want it to be? A crumbly molehill? A pile of cheap but useful gravel? A lofty peak where you can see for miles and miles? I urge you to decide soon on which of the possibilities you will choose. Then, affirm your intention to call on all your resources, allies and powers to help you make the ascent. This is a chance for serious expansion, Leo. Unleash your soulful ambitions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Have you ever seen a moonbow? It’s like a rainbow but is created by the reflected light of the moon instead of the sun. For this phenomenon to occur, the sky must be dark. The moon has to be full and setting in the west, near the horizon, and rain must be falling. So it’s a rare event. All the conditions have to be just right. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it’s more likely than usual that you’ll spot one of these exceptional beauties in the coming days. Your affinity for curious wonders and mysterious marvels of all kinds will be at a peak. I suspect you will have a knack for being exactly where you need to be in order to experience them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Lonesome George was about 100 years old when he died last year. He was the last remaining member of a giant tortoise species that had lived on Ecuador’s Pinta Island for thousands of years. But scientists say his kind is not necessarily extinct forever. They believe that by cross-breeding tortoises of other-related species, they could recreate a 100-percent pure version of Lonesome George’s species. I suspect, Libra, that you may be able to pull off a metaphorically comparable resurrection—especially if you initiate the effort in the coming weeks. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Let’s imagine ourselves near the snowy summit of Washington’s Mount Rainier. We’re in an unusual cave. Volcanic steam rises from cracks in the rocky floor. Above us is a roof made of ice. As we stand between the heat and the chill, we find the temperature quite cozy. The extremes collaborate to produce a happy medium. Can you accomplish something in your life that’s similar to what’s going on in this cave? Metaphorically, I mean? I think you can. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “We cannot accept the world as it is,” Belgian author Hugo

Claus remarked. “Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth from the injustice of things.” I don’t subscribe to the idea that each day should begin like this. On some mornings we should rise and greet the world singing songs of praise for the great fortune of being alive. But I do think Claus’ approach is precisely right on certain occasions— like, now for you, Sagittarians. The time is ripe to tap into your reservoir of righteous anger. Fight to right the wrongs that disturb you the most. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Your story begins the moment Eros enters you,” Anne Carson writes in her book “Eros the Bittersweet.” “That incursion is the biggest risk of your life. How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside of you. As you handle it, you come into contact with what is inside of you, in a sudden and startling way. You perceive what you are, what you lack, what you could be.” I want to extend Carson’s dramatic hypothesis. I’d like to propose that eros enters you again and again in the course of your life, and your story resets each time. How will you handle it when it makes its next incursion? Get ready, because here it comes. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I prefer by far warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness,” Anais Nin wrote in one of her early diaries. “Some people remind me of sharp, dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.” I suspect that even if you normally love cold brilliancy, Aquarius, you will need an abundance of warmth and softness in the coming days. To attract the best possible embodiments of this influence, get clear about your favorite forms of it. Be picky! Don’t accept sloppy sentimentality. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Ludwig Wittgenstein was a genius. His last book, which influenced many different fields of thought, is regarded as one of the most important philosophy tomes of the 20th century. Yet, he was a big fan of foolishness. “If people did not sometimes do silly things,” he observed, “nothing intelligent would ever get done.” Another time he said, “Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.” Here’s one more of his opinions: “Don’t be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.” I hope that’s enough evidence to support my advice, Pisces, which is: Now is a good time for you to get both smarter and wiser. And a good way to do that is to play and play and play some more. |april 24-30, 2013 |encore 53 encore | april 24-30, 2013 | 53

Safari trips aboard our new Panga Cruising skiff Island Hopper are buy two, get one free for the entire month of April. Explore back creeks of local islands, deep into the Spartina grass, and place you as close to the wildlife as is humanly possible. Naturalist expertise of Captain Joe. • Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours cruises also include: bird watching tours, water taxi services, fishing trips, pirate voyages, and Masonboro Island shuttles, on the 27-foot, green-and-white catamaran Shamrock.

music ministry of Cape Fear Presbtyerian Church and a local charity. Near corner of Shipyard and 17th Street. Highlight will be tasty shrimp plates for $8/plate which includes french fries, slaw and hush puppies. A children’s menu will also be available. There will be a children’s area with two dry slides, face and hair painting! Musical entertainment throughout the day. Lynn Taylor at 910-3955114 or Regina Hawse at 910-471-6088. CFCC GIFT OF EDUCATION LUNCHEON The Cape Fear Community College Foundation will host its annual Gift of Education Luncheon on Thurs., 5/16,11:30am-1pm, at the Schwartz Center on CFCC’s downtown Campus. The focus of the luncheon is to raise funds for students scholarships at Cape Fear Community College. Featured speakers will include NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and inspiring CFCC student scholarship recipients. To provide the gift of education to deserving local students, please call 910-362-7207 or email today to reserve your seat!

TRIPS WITH TRIPLETT Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! • Oakdale Cemetery chartered in 1852. Walk the peaceful pathways and learn about the lives of the people that rest there. Any time! 910-392-6753 or $3/children or $8/adults. www.tripwithtriplett.


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THE GREEK FESTIVAL 5/17-19: 21st annual Greek Festival at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington NC is an event that attracts thousands from around the region and features food, music, dancing, a marketplace, cooking demonstrations, and church tours. Proceeds benefit the church and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Kids 12 and under admitted free. Closing times: Friday and Saturday, 10pm; Sunday, 8pm. 910-392-4444

HOLLYWOOD LOCATION WALK Tour one of America’s largest living film sets; historic downtown Wilmington. This fun-filled 90 minute walking tour will lead gue sts to actual movie & TV locations. Tours will depart Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. afternoons at 2pm. Reservations are required, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students or military and children 6 or under are free. 910794-7177,

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GHOST WALK 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Res. rqd. 910-794-1866; HAUNTED COTTON EXCHANGE TOURS Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours: Open 7 days a week, year-round, w/multiple tour guides leading the way, 10am-10pm. Call for specific tour times: 910-409-4300

FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at www.FeastDownEast. org and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot.

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