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Cape Fear Independent Film Festival kicks off in support of regional filmmakers In its 12th year, the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival continues the tradition of heralding the works of local filmmakers, supporting multiple venues in downtown Wilmington, where movies will be shown at Browncoat Pub and Theatre, Nutt Street Comedy Room and The Brikhouse. The fun begins on Thursday, April 26th at 8 p.m. with “Finding Billy” by Rocco Taldin, and continues through Sunday, with events such as an improv workshop, working actors panel, and the final soirée: the Wilmington Film Awards. Don’t miss the world premiere of “American Battleship” (pictured), either—the action flick was filmed on our own USS Battleship NC by The Asylum. It will show on Friday at 7 p.m. at Brikhouse. Check out Alex Pompliano’s behind-the-scenes look into the entire festival, as well as the complete schedule, pages 23-24. Cover and inside photos, courtesy of CFIFF

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 Any NC writer is eligible to submit one original, unpublished story, limited to 10 double-spaced pages.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

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artsy smartsy ........... 10-31 8-10 theatre: Brooke Kavit dishes on Opera House Theatre Company’s upcoming version of ‘Lend Me a Tenor’; Gwenyfar enjoys the ensemble production of UNCW’s ‘Margo Veil.’

12 art: Kaitlin Willow peeks at Cameron Art Museum’s latest installations: ‘Out of Fashion’ and ‘Julie VonDerVellen.’

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

14-20 fashion: Photographer Matthew Dols bares it all in a fashion preview revolving around accessories; Linda Grattafiori reveals the stunning work of a local 17-year-old designer, Lucille Bruno.

23-24 cover story: Alex Pompliano shares the history behind the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival and provides the full schedule of events.

25 film: Anghus claims ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is a wild ride.

26-27 music: Kim Henry gushes about Carolina Beach’s R.Evolution Beach Festival; Bethany Turner welcomes Onward, Soldiers home from their recent tour.

28-31 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

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36 grub: Rosa Bianca dines at Roko Italian Cuisine, Mayfaire’s newest family-owned restaurant.

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41 crossword: Brain game by Stanley Newman. 34-47 calendar/‘toons/horoscopes/ corkboard: Find out what to do in town with our calendar; check out Tom Tomorrow and the annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read your horoscope; and check out the latest saucy corkboard ads.

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out reservation: I feel intrinsically entwined with this area, and my life view has been shaped by growing up with the renovation of a historic home. We are only the second family to live in the house my parents bought in 1987. Among other things, it taught me to be gentle on my environment. If things broke, they couldn’t be easily matched from Lowe’s or Home Depot. Many of the fixtures were custom made for the house (for example, none of the windows are perfectly square or standard sizes). The beautiful sconces were not going to support my weight if I tried to hang on them—or hang things from them. My mother once told me they bought the house for the following reasons: 1) It had a dining room that would one day show off her prized possession: the dining room furniture; 2) a large fenced-in yard for the kid (me) and dog, and lots of bookshelf space for the family’s library; and 3) my father, the nature lover (and expert on Emerson and the Transcendental movement), said the beautiful tree-lined street tipped the scales. (If my mother were alive, she would point out he never raked leaves, and if he had he might have felt differently.) My friends were moving into newly built suburbs that began to sprawl around the Wilmington landscape in the 1980s. They had sod yards and small, pencilthin new trees, with the occasional row of young azalea bushes or fresh-from-the nursery landscaping. I grew up with camellias that had been hand-grafted 50 years earlier and produced swirls of different colors, one in particular I referred to as the “peppermint candy bush” because the flowers looked just like striped candies at Christmas. Our azaleas were taller than me, and the oak trees lining Market and Princess made the most beautiful canopy I had ever seen. While my friends were watching their acorns sprout and begin to grow, I was climbing the mighty oaks that their trees would one day become. I think the magnitude and the longevity of trees and plants became very real for me, but I also

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was the beneficiary of someone else believing in my future 50 years earlier. So, what do my reminisces of childhood have to do with living locally and our economy? Our city’s Historic Preservation Commission! Money spent preserving something we have is money spent here. “Repairing and rebuilding historic wood windows would mean that the dollars are spent locally instead of at a distant window manufacturing plant,” Don Rypkema of Place Economics, a D.C. consulting firm specializing in the economic revitalization of city centers and the development of historic properties, points out. (WDI and Historic Wilmington Foundation brought him here to speak in 2010). “That’s economic sustainability, also part of sustainable development.” Rypkema cites a study in Delaware that showed rehabilitation of old buildings created 14.6 jobs per $1 million output, as compared to 11.2 jobs created by new construction. In Georgia he brings up a study looking at its primary industries, which has similar findings. “A $1 million investment created 3.5 jobs in auto manufacture, four jobs in computer manufacture, 8.7 jobs in air transportation, 10.4 jobs in poultry processing and 18.1 jobs in rehabilitating old buildings.” The place of historic preservation in our community is an ongoing part of the conversation. People really do come here from all over the country to see our beautiful historic homes. You can take a picture of a strip mall anywhere, but photographs of oak trees with Spanish moss in front of a lovingly restored 150-yearold house require travel for many people. It is coming to the fore again as a result of the proposed amendments to B&B licenses that, among other things, have made historic restoration and maintenance a possibility for many of the stately homes that would otherwise have disappeared The Historic Wilmington Foundation, established in 1966, is one of the key players in our preservation movement (certainly credit also should be given to WDI and the Historic Preservation Commission, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and the Bellamy Mansion, to name only a few—many

more organizations and individuals have contributed greatly). Besides the plaque program that recognizes the historic importance of structures, both residential and commercial, they annually compile a list of “Most Threatened Historic Places” in our region. Past nominees have included Rosenwald Schools of Pender County, Glen Hotel at Wrightsville Beach, Gaylord Building on North Front, and the North End of downtown’s central business district. Last year, “The Majestic Tree Canopy on Market Street” was added to the threatened list. That might sound surprising; usually, the list focuses structures. But the nomination points out: “Stewarding the deciduous canopy along this stretch of Market Street will also contribute to the integrity of significant abutting resources including the National Cemetery, Wallace Park, Burnt Mill Creek, the Mansion District, the Carolina Place District, Westbrook Ardmore District, and the Carolina Heights District.” I contacted Brion Capo, our urban arborist. He confirms, “Market Street has a replacement plan in place that ends at 17th (trees ordered), and that’s why the CPAHA and HWF are helping to develop something from there to Wallace Park.” While I had Capo’s attention I also asked him if there was anything that oak-tree lovers could do for their own beloved trees (I have one next to my parent’s house that is of particular importance to me). “Any plant (particularly trees) growing in sand benefits from potassium fertilizer 0-0-60 because it is not found in the soil testing in sand and is an essential macro element for plant growth,” he says. The HPC efforts not only generate local economic development through restoration work but also from tourism—an industry many people here benefit from, not just downtown merchants but also at the beaches and restaurants and hotels across our area. Take a drive down Market Street sometime soon, you might think about the quip, “I think that I shall never see a billboard as lovely as a tree.” Just a thought. To nominate a threatened historic place please visit

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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY — A Continental Cuisine, With Sliders Fast-Food Culture Shock: Since December, the White Castle restaurant in Lafayette, Ind., has provided diners with a stylish experience that includes table service and a wine selection to go with its iconic “slider” hamburgers. A state wine industry expert told The Wall Street Journal in February, after a tasting, that she would recommend the Merlot, although the Moscato was “fun” and the Chardonnay passable (though all wines come in $4.50, screw-off-top bottles and is served in clear plastic glasses). (As for the sliders, said the wine expert, eyeing the burgers on her plate, “At some point, that was a cow, I guess.”) Leading Economic Indicators When workers at the Carlsberg Beer plant in Vilnius, Lithuania, decided to walk out over poor pay and conditions, the company went to court to block them, and in March, a judge ruled for the company, temporarily halting a strike as not in the national interest because Carlsberg Beer is “vitally essential,” thus placing the brew in the same legal category as medical supplies. (Said a British labor union official, “This is probably the most ridiculous decision in the world.”) [Daily Telegraph, 3-5-2012]. Recurring Theme: In March, a new peak was reached in New York City’s ongoing search for the most preposterously underpriced (because of rent control) apartment in the city. The Gothamist website identified a one-bedroom apartment at 5 Spring Street in Manhattan’s SoHo district renting for $55 a month even though, according to a real estate agent, it should be drawing $2,500. The tenant’s parents moved in upon immigrating from Italy in the 1940s, and since the tenant, now in his 70s, has a much younger wife, the apartment could remain under rent control for decades. (New York City rent controls were imposed to meet an “emergency” in housing during World War II, but the law gets routinely renewed.) Trail-Blazing Science The Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia recently won a $36,000 grant to study the genetic basis of Trimethylaminuria, otherwise known as the disorder that causes sufferers to smell like dead fish. The first case reported in medical literature was in the 1970s, but according to a Science News report, “an ancient Hindu tale describes a maiden who ‘grew to be comely and fair, but a fishy odor ever clung to her.’”

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Animal Tales Eight to Go: After the year-old house cat Sugar survived a 19-floor fall at a Boston highrise in March, an Animal Rescue League official explained to MSNBC that extra fur where

the legs attach to the body enables cats to “glide” and partially “control” their landing. Research suggests that steep falls are thus easier to survive, as cats have time to spread themselves out. The 5-year-old cat Demi survived a 40-minute tumble-dry (temperature up to 104 F) in Whitchurch, England, in March (although she needed oxygen, fluids and steroids to recover). Jennifer Parker, 45, had tossed a load of clothes in, unaware that Demi was in the pile. Something Else to Worry About: A computer science professor working with the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, has developed a bonobo robot that can be controlled by live bonobos. Among the first applications of the robot, said Dr. Ken Schweller in March, is a water cannon that bonobos will be taught to operate via an iPad app in order to “play chase games” with each other “or to squirt guests.” In January, Kentucky state Sen. Katie Stine, presiding over a ceremony in the state capitol honoring the Newport Aquarium, posed with aquarium officials and with Paula, a blackfooted penguin brought in for the warm-andcuddly photo opportunity. It fell to Senate President David Williams to gently interrupt Stine’s speech and inform her that Paula was in the process of soiling the floor of the august chamber. The Continuing Crisis Drive-By Etiquette: In February, Kendall Reid, 36, was extradited from New Jersey back to LaPlace, La., where he had been sought for allegedly shooting at a car on Interstate 10 on Christmas Eve. According to police, Reid failed to hit the car he was aiming at, instead inadvertently shooting out the back window of a car in which two women were riding. However, as the damaged car stopped on the side of the road, Reid pulled his Corvette over, too, walked up to the women, and apologized (“Sorry, wrong car”) before resuming his pursuit of his intended target. The Redneck Chronicles A 41-year-old man was treated with antivenom at the USA Medical Center in Mobile, Ala., in March after he was bitten by a cottonmouth. The man had seen the snake at an encampment, beaten it to death with a stick and decapitated it. At that point, according to the man’s friend, he for some reason started to “play with” the head. (The dead snake’s teeth still contained venom.) James Davis of Stevenson, Ala., vowed in April that he would forever resist a judge’s order that he dig up his late wife’s body from his front yard and rebury it in a cemetery. “I’m in it for the long haul,” he said, promising to wait out the authorities. “I don’t have much to do but sit around (and) think about what’s going on.”



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Opera House ‘lends a tenor’ at Thalian through May 6th

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latest production, “Lend Me a Tenor,” will have audiences rolling with laughter. The much-lauded Ken Ludwig comedy about mistaken identities and misunderstandings is a non-stop stream of hilarious moments. It provides the perfect way for folks in the port city to unwind their hectic workweek and catch the production running at Thalian Hall April 25th through 29th and May 4th through 6th. Ludwig’s work tells the story of renowned tenor Tito Merelli (John Keenan), or “Il Stupendo” as he’s often called, who is scheduled to sing the lead in the Cleveland Opera Company’s season opening performance of “Otello.” Things go awry when Merelli’s wife Maria (Cindy Colucci) discovers a young fan named Maggie (Kenzie Keenan) hiding in his hotel bathroom. Maria assumes Tito is having an affair and ditches the opera superstar—leaving only a letter behind. Tito is accidentally given too many tranquilizers in an effort to calm him down when he discovers the letter, much to the dismay of theater employee Max (Christopher Rickert). Hijinks ensue as Max and his boss, Saunders (Ben Beecher), struggle to cover up the fact that the 1930s opera legend is out of commission. “Lend Me a Tenor” was Ludwig’s first Broadway play and opened to high praise in 1989, with a cast led by film and theater legends Philip Bosco and Victor Garber. The show received seven Tony Award nominations but only Bosco ended up going home with a nod for Best Actor for his portrayal of Saunders. Playwright Ludwig would go on to write many other comedies, including “Crazy for You,” which fi8 encore | april 25 - may 1, 2012 |

Belinda Keller, Ben Beecher and Claire Kiley star in ‘Lend Me a Tenor,’ opening Wednesday. Courtesy photo of Opera House.

nally earned him a Tony for Best Musical. The London Times once called him “the purveyor of light comedy to middle America,” and today his many works have been performed in over 20 countries worldwide. In 2010, the incomparable Stanley Tucci made his directorial debut with a revival of “Lend Me a Tenor” on the Great White Way. Tucci’s first foray into directing was successful and the show earned three Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play. Timing is everything, and Wilmingtonians will be able to see its prized glory thanks to the Opera House Theatre Company, who’s producing the show. I was lucky enough to sit in during rehearsals last week; to say I was impressed by the dynamic chemistry between Tito and Maria would be an understatement. Kenzie Keenan and Cindy Colucci mastered superb Italian accents and commanded the stage like that of another feisty duo, Lucy and Ricky. Keenan couldn’t help but gush about his costar: “Cindy has the most impeccable comedic timing.” Wilmington audiences can look forward to Christopher Rickert’s endearing performance as Max, which showcases serious vocal skill. This should come as no surprise to frequent theatergoers; Rickert’s been in Wilmington for almost 20 years and starred in several musicals, including Opera House’s recent production, “The Producers.” “The timing of the comedy and the humor involved in it were a big draw,” Rickert says of “Tenor” This production could also be the launch pad for Keenan’s acting career. The 17-year-old Hoggard High senior may be new to Thalian Hall, but in rehearsals she showed confidence and poise. Time

spent watching her father take the stage has no doubt had an influence on her. They appear to enjoy working together in this production, too, even joking about how John is constantly in character as Merelli at home. “It’s fun getting to see my dad act,” she says. Director Lou Criscuolo had to make a few adjustments to the script to keep things from getting a bit awkward for father and daughter onstage but those changes in no way take away from the production. Criscuolo explains, “Her character is supposed to make out with Tito Merelli, as Tito is being played by her father. I just made a slight adjustment.” The supporting cast is hard at work preparing for opening night. Belinda Keller sashayed her way across the stage acting out Diana as an ambitious, fierce soprano. “She’s totally sexy,” Keller explains of the character. “She’ll sleep her way to the top and think nothing of it!” Between Ramon Fowler’s laugh-out-loud bellhop moments, Merelli’s biggest groupie and Clare Kiley’s snobby opera guild chairwoman, Julia, the action onstage will bring animated joy to each scene. “She’s so funny and over the top like Margaret Dumont in the Marx Brothers films,” Kiley explains of Julia. Folks can expect big laughs. As director Lou Criscuolo bluntly states, “With all the problems with the economy, you can come away for a couple of hours to the theater and forget about all the crap.” Opera House Theatre Company presents “Lend Me a Tenor” through May 6th at Thalian Hall. Showtimes will be 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (910) 632-2285 for ticket information or go

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temporary playwright Len Jenkin’s “Margo Veil.” It’s a fast ride through multiple genres of film, theatre, contemporary fiction and metaphysical questions. It begins with fog and a classic film-noir Sam Spade-style curtain speech, allowing the audience the first clues of an evening which will be characterized be exquisite attention to detail. In the tradition of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” and Charles Ludlam’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” “Margo Veil” is designed as an ensemble production; the actors playing multiple roles that, among other things, illustrate an illusive search for self, identity and role within society. In the beginning we meet femme fatale Margo Veil (Tori Keaton), a small-town girl who got her big acting break and bombed. She’s guided—or taunted—through the show by a narrator, played by Maria Katsadouros. She heads home on a train escorting a corpse, and things get strange. She commits murder—or does she? She hops into different bodies at the instigation of Arthur Vine


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(Matt Styers), the narcissist playwright with whom she’s been sleeping. The plot takes us to a Lithuanian carnival, a double death scene in a stage magic show, multiple murders and a radio evangelistic choir that must be seen to be believed. It all combines in a fanastical swirl of elements reminiscent of Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and much of David Lynch’s oeuvre. Much like the relationship option on Facebook: “It’s Complicated.” Ultimately, “Margo Veil” is a phenomenal show to choose for university theatre because it’s an ensemble show in every sense of its meaning; simply, it would not work if there wasn’t cooperation onstage. Also, it is fundamentally about questions which define

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us as humans: Who are we? Are we determined by our environment? People’s perceptions of us? How much control do we really have over our fate? What is our responsibility to others—and where does that end? What is the value of human connection? College is really the time when we begin to search actively for such answers—a search that hopefully changes and evolves as we age rather than ends. The performances in “Margo Veil” are all very good. Notably, Haley Alber’s depiction of a blind Lithuanian peasant is quite convincing and without being insulting. Her frailty yet resilience really comes through beautifully. Chris Cantrell somehow manages to be cast with some of the best physical comedy and sight gags in the script. He has more fun onstage than might be legal. From his Bo Diddley lip-synching cowboy to Dwayne, a stepson we never want to have in charge of our fate, to a foolish American lost and clothing-less in Lithuania, he rakes in the audience’s joy. It is infectious. Cynthia Grassi’s Professor Ahriman is the most lovely revenge to socially awkward intellectuals. One might think she’s had a lot of material to draw upon from studying her own professors. However, she builds the character in realism even though in a ridiculous way that offers painfully honest insight into things that make the human psyche tick—sometimes with little provocation. I missed getting to see Alex Holland as Mark Cohen in “Rent”; consequently, I had never seen him sing or dance. In this show, he runs the gamut from a smarmy theatrical agent (is there any other kind?), who really gave me the creeps, to a judge, murderer and even church choir member. He’s got quite a range and he’s really a delightful dancer. Which brings me to the church choir led by Rev. Ford (Quinten Johnson), a man who obviously appreciates the subtleties of



Al Green’s entire career (including his current incarnation as a preacher in Memphis), alongside the utility of Jimmy Swaggart’s methods. He plays several over-the-top parts, too: Besides the reverend, he is Mortmain the Magician, master of illusions and highly stylized storytelling. The dictum to the actor, “your body is your instrument,” has not been lost on Johnson, who uses every level of space available to transform a simple story into a stylized performance by a traveling storyteller. It feels part P.T. Barnum, part Comedia dell’Arte, with a flourish of David Copperfield. I always look forward to UNCW productions because of their design elements. Scenic designer Gregg Buck creates a truly multi-media experience, as the scenery gets projected onto the stage. Much of it active film footage, it moves and shifts as the show progresses and is as much a part of the message and the performance as the actors. Guest lighting designer Kia Rogers’ work is seamless; it is so beautiful. Subtle would be the best way to describe it. She has one in particular, special down-stage center—a triangle (accentuating the three bodies that Margo Veil will inhabit) which slowly changes colors, disappears and reappears throughout the course of the show. It doesn’t have to be overt and stark; it makes a stronger impression with its nuance. Rogers is a UNCW alum currently working as a designer in New York City. Outside of the opportunity to work with someone of her caliber, it must be an inspiring experience for the students to work with a graduate from the same program, who has encountered professional success. Rogers’ kind and generous nature lends itself to a natural mentoring attitude, and hopefully some of the design and production students are taking advantage of the opportunity. For a fascinating evening of theatre, and with a talented young cast, “Margo Veil” is a winner.

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Cameron Art Museum opens two innovative fashion exhibits


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vention. Recycled clothing might be a little less common of a practice, but it is not unheard of. Combining the two processes in honor of making extraordinary art is off the beaten path, and can be followed to the Cameron Art Museum (CAM) on Saturday as part of the opening of their two new exhibits. The first is a show created by Julie VonDerVellen, a recent MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, who is “just as sweet as she is talented,” according to CAM’s executive director, Anne Brennan. Two years ago, one of the museum’s benefactors discovered VonDerVellen as she was presenting her graduate thesis and insisted her talent be brought to CAM. Former director Deborah Velders began the process, which Brennan then continued. Brennan had so much faith in VonDerVellen’s pieces—made obvious by her extreme enthusiasm while showing me around the in-progress exhibit last week—that she

by Kaitlin Willow t openings at Two new exhibi shion” and CAM: “Out of Fa llen” “Julie VonDerVe 7 p.m. 4/27, 5 p.m. to . • $5-$8 3201 S. 17th St www.cameronar ensured the young talent’s work would be a focal point in Wilmington, NC. VonDerVellen has created an exhibit, of which words cannot really do any justice. She started with cotton clothing, which she then turned into paper. On the paper she printed stories told to her by family and friends and then formed it into what looks like a wearable garment, representative of that story. “I also discovered that weaving the printed strips together provided durability and also symbolized how ephemeral moments and memories can embed and weave them-

ARTFUL STYLE: ASDR (Attack Decay Sustain Release)” by R. Brooke Priddy. Courtesy photo from Cameron Art Museum.

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selves into personal possessions,” VonDerVellen says. Her focus piece is a gorgeous wedding dress and matching shoes. Written on the wall next to the garment is a line, leading viewers into its creative genesis: “I found the dress after only trying on three.” The entire dress and shoes are covered in words that give meaning and life to them. “He was so patient and proud” is written on the strap of one shoe, for example. VonDerVellen’s work is put together so flawlessly that, at first glance, one cannot tell whether the garments are comprised of paper. “She is combining tradition and innovation,” Brennan says. And she does so delicately and transformatively, something which has to be seen in person to fully comprehend its magnificence. In addition to VonDerVellen’s artwork, CAM will host a powerful group exhibit on the same day. “Out of Fashion” is coming to Wilmington from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in


Winston-Salem, NC. The exhibit was on display from November until March, and most—though, unfortunately, not all—of its pieces will be residing at CAM through August 19th. “Out of Fashion” was curated by Steven Matijcio of SECCA, a native of Canada who has done extensive research in order to “get to know his home,” as Brennan explains. The exhibit will feature artists from all over North Carolina: Lauren F. Adams, Precious Lovell, Stephanie Liner, Katie Martin, Libby O’Bryan, R. Brooke Priddy, Mary Tuma, Jessie Vogel, Jan-Ru Wan, and the Common Seam Collective (Gabrielle Duggan, Meghan Holliday, Cayce Lee, Amy Quinn, and Shelly Smith). “Out of Fashion” highlights the potential opportunity for a change in our current textile processes—something which used to be one of NC’s primary industry sources. Still, today, we can construct the raw products here and then send them overseas to be finished, allowing for more jobs and for North Carolinians to continue taking pride in what was once their booming textile industry. One standout feature of the exhibit is the work of Precious Lovell. Three separate mannequins are dressed in Lovell’s art, labeled “Blood,” “Sweat” and “Tears.” Accompanied with the mannequins is a slave narrative, put together by Lovell to illustrate the three pieces with quotes from those whom were once North Carolina slaves. “Precious is interested in making sure that these stories are not lost, particularly the slave narrative tradition,” Brennan explains. All three garments began with the same basic bodice shape. “Blood” is stained with red dye, and cascading from its back are beaded chains, reminiscent of arteries. “Sweat” appears to be damaged with water, as cotton balls dot the back, representative of the immense amounts of cotton slaves were forced to pick each day. Lastly, “Tears” has what looks like giant teardrops coming down from all sides, indicative of the struggles explained in the narrative. All other pieces are equally intriguing and better seen than read about. “They do fabulous work,” Brennan notes of SECCA. “Out of Fashion” and “Julie VonDerVellen” will be on display at the Cameron Art Museum from April 28th until August 19th.


galleryguide| 2165 Wrightsville Ave. (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street.Artfuel’s 30th art show features Tuki Lucero, Jonas Mcluggage, Brian Mergenthaler, Stephen Bode, Nicole Nicole. Artexposure! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302 / 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6 p.m. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to five working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. Along with regular art classes and studio time, yoga meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class. fiGMents 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II 910-509-4289 Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Figments is an art gallery brimming with unlimited creative vision and talent. We are a community of artists who are passionate about the journey of artful creation. We have an unintimidating art boutique where you can find locally made artwork for your home. We also have a relaxed classroom space where students of all skill levels can learn and grow creatively. Come. Be inspired. Please visit the gallery or look to our website for information on these upcoming classes: Living Words—Foundations of Poetry Writing with Michelle Hicks, every Tuesday 6-7pm; Studio Oil Painting Workshop with Alessandro Giambra, April 26, 5-8 pm; Make and Use Your Own Silkscreens with Pauline Purdum, April 28 10am-2:30 pm; Broken Plate Mosaic with Mary Cook, May 12 and 19 10 am-1 pm. new eleMents GAllery 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (or by appt.) “Going Places” is now on display at New Elements Gallery featuring paintings by J. Mi-

chael Kennedy, Catherine C. Martin, and Hunter Stephenson. Enjoy these three distinctly different artists in our new gallery space at 201 Princess Street now through May 19th. Immerse yourself in the peaceful tranquility of J. Michael Kennedy’s “skyscapes,” as the artist focuses on dramatic cloud formations and the interplay of light and colors. You’ll feel the energy of Martin’s alla prima (literally meaning “at once”) style paintings, a technique which allows for a very emotional and expressionist look and feel to her work. Stephenson’s distinctive style combines her effective use of negative space with a looseness of color and form. Her work creates a clean, fresh vision of her subject matter. orton’s underGround Art GAlleries 133 N. Front • (910) 859-8441 Everyday after 5 p.m. America’s oldest pool hall and Wilmington’s finest bar are also the home of Wilmington’s newest art galleries: Gallery North and Gallery South, both hanging local artists year-round, and 10 percent of all art sales goes to the Full Belly Project. river to seA GAllery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1 - 4 p.m. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local! sunset river MArketplAce

10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. The next featured show runs through Thursday, May 31. It’s titled “Feed Your Eclectic Soul: A showing of custom design, fine crafts and gently loved pieces from the past.” Sunset River will have a beautiful collection of unusual pillows, textural table runners and other fabric pieces by Beth Pethtal combined with gallery owner Ginny Lassiter’s eclectic eye for incorporating antiques, pottery and contemporary pieces into a warm and cohesive design. wicked GAllery 205 Princess St. • (910) 960-7306 Tues. 12-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 6:30-11:30 p.m. Wicked’s upstairs is home to Gabriel Lehman’s studios, showcasing his fanciful yet dark paintings. In our floor-level gallery, we are hanging “The Whimsy,” a show with ingenious artists defining the magical, clever and fantastical whimsy in art. Featuring Allison Weeks Thomas, Brittny Roller, Shannon Stamey, Gabriel Lehman and Wendy L. Barber. Runs through June 18th. May 12th, 9am-5pm, workshop with fine art photographer Brooke Shaden. She’ll teach how to compose and edit, and provide a DVD tutorial to take home. Breakfast and lunch provided. $325/person; reservations req.! Itinerary available on our website.


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Suzi Roher gold metal and dark green belt, $562 Available at Personal Touch Organic cocktail ring from Santa Fe hand crafted in sterling silver and 22k gold. Set with a rose-cut black diamond surrounded by uncut champagne diamond crystals. $2,400 Available at Spectrum Art & Jewelry

Cheyenne wears: Hand made by local designer, Arlene Weinrich, sterling silver earrings with black oxidation and 24k gold leaf. $225. Available at Spectrum Art & Jewelry

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Designer Lucille Bruno is 17 and staking her claim in the fashion world


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black, tipped in gold on a slash of fuchsia faux velvet around your neck, high up on your arm, cinching your waist. This is just a peek into the fantastical fashion world of 17-year-old designer Lucille Bruno. Friend of the Bruno family for the past decade, I was amazed when I climbed the stairs of Pop-Up Studio last month and saw the waif-like Bruno dressed in a classic midnight blue dress of her own creation, complete with matching stiletto heels. Younger sister Maisie modeled shorts and a flirty corset top; father Jonathan manned the cameras; much younger sister and brother, Cecilia and Liam, ran up and down the stairs; and mother Elizabeth charmed the many friends who were there to support her oldest daughter. Basking in the warmth of this family solidarity, the quietly confident Bruno smiled and took orders for her haute couture—emu feather bands, inlaid T-shirts and skirts slit up to “there.” Now well-known on Wilmington’s fashion circuit, Bruno has so many custom orders for her unique creations that she will not begin her college career at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) until January 2013. “I do love the whole idea of SCAD and spent the whole orientation day there,” she said. “I loved everyone I met. But it will be OK to start after I have fulfilled my obligations here.” Born in Galway, Ireland, to an Irish mother and an Italian-American father, Bruno has dual citizenship and has traveled all over the country thanks to the culinary skills of her dad. She’s happy to be living on a beautiful family farm outside of Wilmington, and thinks the diverse population of this area understands her fashion vision and appreciates what she is trying to achieve. “Many women believe they need to be

a size four, with big boobs and the perfect butt,” the tiny Bruno said. “I don’t think that’s true at all. I think every woman should be walking down the street, working it, like, ‘I know who I am. This is me and I’m happy about it.’ I don’t think you can do that without clothes that make you feel gorgeous. There is no standard size. A size six in one store may be a size 10 in another. We’re all different. I custom fit my designs to take those differences into consideration and help every body look spectacular.” Bruno’s clients need to determine what hues best enhance their eye color and skin tone. The right colors will make a person look younger and more energetic. Style is also important in reflecting women’s personalities. “There are some very cool punk styles coming out for fall,” she said. “I can’t wear them, but people who can look very edgy. Punk is black, army prints, and dark plaids. Hair is a big part of punk and is black or blonde, straight or spiky. “I don’t think dressing punk is a sign of rebellion. Some of the coolest most confident people I know dress punk,” she explained. “Rebellion to me is a sign of insecurity—of not feeling OK. You can blame it on your cell phone, on the President, or on your parents, but I think rebellious behavior is exhibited by a person who hasn’t found herself.” Bruno is definitely confident about her personhood and sums it up in one word—fashion. “It embodies me,” she beamed. “Fashion is all I do and think about.” With Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn as her inspirations, the delicate Bruno also prefers classic styles that accent her tiny

waist and figure. Chanel used to say, “You can’t be too thin or too rich.” Bruno’s modification is, “You can’t be too self-confident.” Attending Fashion Week in New York City last fall gave Bruno’s confidence a huge boost. She wore a basic dress of her own design and an emu feather belt. “Women came up to me and said, ‘Oh, I want one of those belts, I want one of those belts,’ over and over,” lilted Bruno. “It was just so thrilling to be acknowledged for something I had created during one of the most coveted weeks in fashion. I told them, ‘I’m on Facebook. Look me up!’” Her next gig is with the Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market on the Boardwalk, May 26th and June 9th. Bruno is also on Tumbler as “Lucille-Designs.” She can be reached via email at or by calling (910) 283-4318. ILM’S NEXT TOP DESIGNER: Lucille Bruno, pictured here in her own design at New York City’s 2011 Fashion Week, says gorgeous clothes and confidence are the key ingredients to beauty. Courtesy photo

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often misconstrued. Critics and filmgoers alike tend to slap the “indie flick” label on anything charmingly quirky or lacks an A-list cast (but still manages to scrape up an impressive gross). The harm in this is that films that are promoted with millions of dollars from studio backing can still fall under the umbrella of “independent.” Said films aim for this umbrella, because, let’s face it, there is a certain allure to independent film. It promises the viewer an unrefined, unfiltered and uncompromised piece of work which stands apart from the rest. For fans of pure independent cinema and aspiring filmmakers who can’t afford to cast Zooey Deschanel, there is refuge. The 12th annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival (CFIFF) returns this weekend to downtown Wilmington at the Browncoat Pub and Theatre, Nutt St. Comedy Room and The Brikhouse. The event screens independent films from around the globe, as well as several shot right here in North Carolina. The weekend’s festivities also includes comedy shows and workshops, along with tons of screeners. Hosted by actress Julianna Guill (“How I Met Your Mother,”“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), the 2012 lineup includes features, shorts, animation and documentaries. Also screening this year is the world premiere of “American Battleship,” a full-length sci-fi thriller from Asylum Films, which was shot in Wilmington. Rich Gerhon, president of the Cape Fear Independent Film Network (CFIFN), says the key to the festival’s success is its passion and love for independents of all types. “It’s a film festival that grew out of a love of film from people who make films,” Gerhon says. The inception of CFIFF can really be traced back to one moment, years ago when Gerhon made the decision to move from Charlotte to the Hollywood East of the movie world. In early 2000, Gerhon began working on his own short film, and, during the process of doing so, he was introduced to several members of Wilmington’s talented and friendly film community. “Since I’d just moved here, I didn’t really know anyone,” he explains. “So I was dependent on the help of others to get anything done with my film.” He quickly became immersed in the local scene and soon hatched the idea that would eventually become the Cape Fear Independent Film Network. According to Gerhon, the network initially did not have the particular desire

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to host a festival; rather, it aimed to connect filmmakers. Gerhon soon discovered that forming a nonprofit organization bestowed him the responsibility to give back to the community. So, the fledgling organization began screening individual films, which morphed into multiple screenings that would eventually lay the groundwork for the first CFIFF. Gerhon stakes unique claim on his discerning selection process. CFIFF carries a heavy emphasis on local content and films that are underthe-radar, even by typical indie film standards. “There’s a number of ways you can put on a film festival,” Gerhon states. “But we want to focus as much as we can on films being made in North Carolina, [as well as] showcasing independent work that maybe doesn’t get a shot in some of the other festivals.” CFIFN certainly backs up its claims; all local filmmakers are given the opportunity to enter their films into the festival free of charge. The festival kicks off Thursday, April 26th with the Regional Film Showcase at Browncoat (111 Grace Street) and continues through the weekend with simultaneous screenings at its three venues. CFIFF concludes on Sunday with the 2012 Wilmington Film Awards ($10 entry), where trophies, prizes, and cash are given to nominated filmmakers in 10 different categories. Over the past decade, CFIFN has awarded over $25,000 in prizes and production assistance to local filmmakers. The local filmmaker category is quite competitive this year, too. Stand-up comedian and improvisational character-actor Matt Warzel’s film, “Dale Archdale,” is a nominee. “Archdale” showcases his redneck character of the same name, a selfproclaimed “private investigator to the stars.” The character comes off as an incarnation of Kenny Powers and Joe Dirt: obnoxious and ignorant yet instantly likeable. Although the film seems absurdly hilarious and irreverent, it’s not from lack of storyline. Warzel claims, “We just wanted to show this guy who thinks he has everything figured out and is on top of his shit but really has a lot of work to do to better himself.” Drawing inspiration from classic French new wave and Italian neo-realist films, “When Nicole Meets Oliver” is another nominee for Best Local Film, and tells the story of a young FrenchCanadian girl who falls for an American while on vacation in the States. Writer and director Karren Labbé says the central message of the film is that feelings don’t need words. “Both French and English languages are used in the movie to show how different they are as individuals,” Labbé says. “But it also shows that language is not a barrier.” Certainly one of the more intriguing documentary titles at the festival and local film nominee, “Zombie Wrangler,” follows Michele Seidman’s hunt for 100 people in Wilmington who were willing to play zombie extras for a film shot

in 2005. “My brain asked: What kind of people are these?” Seidman says. “They were coming to do this for no pay, brought their own clothing to be destroyed, and knew they’d have blood, mud and dirt thrown at them – but they were totally excited about it.” Driven by her curiosity, Seidman grabbed her camera and began asking questions. The documentary explores locals’ fascination of zombie culture and how far they’re willing to go just to be a part of it. The second nominated documentary of the category, “Under The Kudzu,” explores the few remaining schools of nearly 5,000 that were originally built through a funding program during segregation. The program, which ended in 1948, erected schools primarily in the rural South and immensely increased education in African-American communities. Local teacher and documentarian Claudia Stack set out to explore these last lingering examples, which were found in Pender County. Stack, says the film’s mission is “to preserve the oral histories of those who attended and taught at these schools and to teach us not to ignore the past which is all around us.” CFIFN will also crown a winner with the Wayne Bradley Spirit Award, which was instituted after the passing of the revered, local radio host. One winner will be chosen “who exemplifies a fierce creative spirit partnered with a sense of community.” The nominees include local funny men Hank & Jed Productions, producer and writer Don Payne (“The Simpsons,” “Thor”) and local production designer and art director Chad Keith (“Take Shelter,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”). Thursday, april 26Th Regional Film Block, 8 p.m. • $5 Browncoat Theatre (111 Grace St.) “Finding Billy” by Rocco Taldin 15-year-old Taylor loses his six-year old cousin Billy at the beach. Fearing that Billy has drowned in the ocean, Taylor sets out to find him. “From the Yard to the Garden.” Mike Lemery A short, deadpanning mockumentary about the rise, fall and redemption of fictitious Wilmington-based basketball player Lemonjello Smiff. “When Nicole Meets Oliver” Karen Labbé Paying homage to classic French and Italian cinema, this modern love story is about a French-Canadian girl who falls in love with American. Also showing in Shorts Block 2 on Saturday at Browncoat, 6 p.m. “Eat Me” by Dan A. R. Kelly A dark comedy about a rich matriarch’s bizarre last will & testament that has her heirs competing for the family fortune. Also show-

ing in Shorts Block 2 on Saturday at Browncoat, 6 p.m. “Loneliness” by Christine Parker This haunting short drama illustrates a woman’s struggle dealing with the recent passing of her husband. Also showing in Shorts Block 1 on Saturday at Brikhouse, 2 p.m. “Zombie Wrangler” by Michele Seidman This film documents Seidman’s journey on finding 100 people willing to extra as zombies for free. “The Cockroach” by Anghus Houvouras A surreal story of society’s underbelly, a city’s dark spots, and the people who willingly inhabit them. “Dale Archdale” by Matt Warzel As a self-appointed “private investigator to the stars,” the delusional Dale Archdale manages to offend just about everyone in his trailer park. Also showing in Shorts Block 1 on Saturday at Brikhouse, 2 p.m. Friday, april 27th Film Festival Kickoff Party, 8 p.m. • Free Riverfront Park, Water St. (front of courthouse) Live music and belly dancers entertain on the riverfront, with the party wrapping at 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with VIP area for filmmakers only. World Premiere, 7 p.m. • $10 Brikhouse, 208 Market St. “American Battleship” by The Asylum The Asylum, the studio who mastered the “mockbuster,” brings to life a fleet of mysterious ships that wage war against the Earth. Only the crew of the USS Iowa, the last American battleship, can prevent global armageddon. Starring Carl Weathers and Mario Van Peebles. Following will be live music by the Blue Tang Band. Admission will be free to All-Access pass holders. Standup Comedy w/Andy Hendrickson Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N Front St. $10-$13, 8 p.m. showtime Nutt Street is getting into the spirit of the CFIFF. Both Friday and Saturday night will feature performances by comedian Andy Hendrickson, best known for his stand-up routines on HBO, TBS and NBC. Saturday, april 28th Shorts Block 1, 2 p.m. Brikhouse, 208 Market St. “Murgi Keno Mutant” by Nayeem Mahbub This animated action film from Bangladesh depicts a world overrun by mutant chickens and the band of Kung Fu fighting chefs brave enough to stop them. “Cabby” by Xiaocao Liu A young, lonely cab driver in Beijing finds a new way to connect to his passengers. “Reflector” by Dave Hill

In 1977, two young missionaries begin to feel the heat in South West Africa. Improv Workshop, 2 p.m. Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St. A free one-hour workshop on improvisational acting and standup comedy led by Chicagobased entertainer Brooklin Green. Documentary Block, 2 p.m. Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St. “Under the Kudzu” by Claudia Stack Teacher and documentarian Claudia Stack explores local schools that are a product of the segregation era. “Sterling Hallard Bright Drake” by Robert Sickles This film unravels the mystery surrounding one of the world’s most notorious tombstones.

“How to Get to Candybar” by Matt August Director of the Broadway Musical ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ comes a tale of a child’s imagination transforming a calloused junkyard dog into a man. “Love and Vigilance” by Monique Ganderton and Sam Hargrove An odd but loving couple is determined to clean up their neighborhood by any means necessary. “Following Chase” by Greg Koorhan It’s Ted’s first mission as a soldier and all he wants to do is stay with his partner, but they are not alone in the wild. “Wiggle Room” by Joe Schenkenberg A stop-motion animation that follows a slug left alone in a kitchen.

“Mijo” by Chithra Jeyaram A portrayal of a relationship of mother and child during the looming threat of death brought on by medical issues.

“Ankered and Cursed” by Todd Jehong An animated film about what happens when an evil potion gets something “nice” into its mix.

Brikhouse, 208 Market St., 4 p.m. “Schlafende Hunde” by Michael O’Conner A man is haunted by visions of his own death and seeks to reconcile with his son.

Brikhouse, 208 Market St., 8 p.m. “It’s in the Blood” by Scooter Downey One year after a tragic incident tore their family apart, a grieving son and his estranged father embark on a journey into the wild to reconcile their past.

Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N Front St., 4 p.m. “Meherjaan” by Rubaiyat Hossain During Bangladesh’s war of independent in 1971, a woman falls in love with a soldier from the enemy side and is disgraced from her family and society. Working Actor’s Panel Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St., 4 p.m. • $5 Get inside information from industry professionals as they answer your questions. Brikhouse, 208 Market St., 6 p.m. “High Sierra” by Peter Bell A group of hikers take on one of the most beautiful and daunting hiking trails in the world. Shorts Block 2, 6 p.m. Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St., “Berenice” by Michael Stern A rendition of one of Edgar Allen Poe’s lesser-known works.

Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St., 8 p.m. “Quite a Conundrum” by Thomas Phillips A dark and funny short, described as “American Pie” meets “American Psycho.” Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N Front St., 10 p.m. “Casting Me” by Quinton Lavery In this meta-comedy, the protagonist is a frustrated but likeable casting director who has dreams of finally making his own feature film. Horror Block, 10 p.m. Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St. “The Man in the Cellar” by Dean Garris A young girl tells her parents a man living in the cellar who talks to her. They both dismiss her as a product of an overactive imagination, until her father starts hearing the voices, too. “Foodie” by Christopher G. Moore

A food service industry professional receives an invitation to an exclusive, underground dinner party and finds out there’s much more on the menu than he bargained for. “7th” by Sara Pocock When a girl gets off at the wrong bus stop on the way to meet a new friend, she finds herself alone in an unfamiliar part of town. “Follow the Leader,” Andrew Lyman-Clarke Haley is plagued by nightmares about the woods, and her eccentric guide doesn’t make things any easier, driving her up the mountain. “Watch Your Back” by Alan Watkins A man wakes up in a locked room with only a few minutes to disarm a bomb. The only person who knows the disarm code is lying in the other corner of the room. Sunday, april 29th Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. ”Broken on All Sides” by Matt Pillischer This documentary centers around the theory put forward by many that mass incarceration has become “the new Jim Crow.” “The Message” by Thomas Clay A young mother is challenged to overcome her passive beliefs on religion after a serious car accident. “My Name is Paul” by Trey Ore What if Apostle Paul from the Bible lived in modern times? “Johnny’s Gone” by Georgio Serafini The unsettling but heartfelt relationship between Sarah and a two year-old she calls “Johnny” hides a dark secret. “The Waking” by John Stead Anna just moved into her dream home, but there is already a mysterious presence lurking within its walls. Wilmington Film Awards, 7 p.m. • $10 Brikhouse, 208 Market St. Hosted by Julianna Guill, awards for: Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Faith/Family, Best Horror, Best Local Film, Best Short, Best Feature, and the Wayne Bradley Creative Spirit Award.

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the defining example of their genre— films which immediately spring to mind when you mention a particular category. Drama: “The Godfather” or “Citizen Kane” enter the conversation. If someone brings up sports, “Bull Durham,” “Rudy” or “Remember the Titans” inevitably come up. Then there are movies that attempt to go one step further and deconstruct the genrinteresting little meta films that try to peel back the layers and play on our expectations. “The Cabin in the Woods” is such an intricate little monster that is as much about the horror audience as it is the horror movie. Why do we like scary movies? What drives us to pack into a crowded theater and shriek as comely virgins and brain-dead jocks are savaged by threats both supernatural and terrestrial? Horror films are designed to stir our more savage leanings, especially our penchant for sex and violence. Psychologically speaking, they tap into a very primitive place. “The Cabin in the Woods” is posing as a horror film, but it’s really about something more. It’s about appeasing our base urges. In reality “The Cabin in the Woods” is a deconstruction not only of horror films but of the fans. Films like this can often degrade into a sanctimonious circle jerk. Fortunately, it’s a slightly scary, often darkly humorous examination of scary movies. Five college kids take off for a weekend of debauchery in the middle of nowhere. How many movies have we seen with this plot? Yet, somehow that is exactly the point. Right away we know we’re dealing with something that feels a little too familiar. There’s the criminally good-looking athlete (Chris Hemsworth), the sensitive brainy guy (Jesse Williams), the slut (Anna Hutchinson), the good girl (Kristen Connelly), and the stoner/geek (Fran Kranz) to provide some comic relief. They end up at a scary little cabin that no one in their right mind would want to go to for a weekend. Once there, they discover a cellar full of secrets, artifacts and journals, which seem to reveal something far more sinister at play. Soon enough the undead rise and a very recognizable scenario begins to play out: the kids are getting picked off one by one. The difference is that the undead menaces seem

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BATTING AWAY THE DEMONS: Fran Kranz stars as Marty in “The Cabin in the Woods.” Photo by Diyah Pera

to be under the control of an ancient order, looking for human sacrifice. They intentionally manipulate the carnage that’s unfolding around them. Trust me when I say I’m being intentionally nebulous. There’s an entire facet of “The Cabin in the Woods” that no respectable film writer should reveal. Let’s just say the movie isn’t exactly what you think it is, and it’s a hell of a lot funnier than you’d expect. For those who have already seen it, continue reading; those of you who haven’t should stop here and come back to this review after you’ve had the pleasure of seeing the most unique horror film of the last 40 years. Spoilers ahoy! So the major twist of “The Cabin in the Woods” involves a group of bureaucratic technicians who control the evil little landscape where our heroes are stranded. They’ve been brought to the cabin to die in order to appease an ancient race of gods who will destroy humanity if specific sacrifices aren’t made. It’s been going on for so long, the annual sacrifice has become commonplace. Employees take bets on what evil method the kids will be dispatched with. The terrordom the kids are trapped in has access to all sorts of horrible machinations—zombies, werewolves, hellspawns, poltergeists, demon babies and any other nightmare ever conceived. It’s like the world’s scariest zoo. Of course, things don’t go according to plan. Despite the evil organizations’ best efforts, some of our disposable college students wind up surviving long enough to put the entire operation at risk. The mayhem is controlled by two guys named Hadley (Bradley Whitford) and Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) who seem more likely to sell a used car than attempt to save

civilization. These two guys make the movie. They bring a weird sense of gravitas to the proceedings. In spite of the sheer amount of logic leaps required to buy into the premise, they make it seem remarkably probable. It was about an hour in when I started to see beyond the horrors being displayed onscreen and realized what exactly writer Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”) and director Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”) were trying to achieve. They weren’t just telling an unconventional horror story, they were making a movie about horror movie fans. The kids being sacrificed on camera represent horror films. The evil organization full of pencil-pushing bureaucrats are the movie studios churning out familiar scenarios, and the angry gods demanding the sacrifice of young flesh is the audience. We’re the ones demanding to watch attractive people be murdered in imaginative ways. Once you realize how strangely brilliant the premise is, everything goes off the rails. There’s a scene in the third act that might be my favorite moment from any film this year: 10 minutes of unbridled insanity where every horrible creature ever imagined is let loose in a symphony of suffering. Giant snakes, masked serial killers, evil clowns, faceless ballerinas—all of them inflicting endless pain and spilling tankers of blood onto the off-white walls and linoleum flooring of a frills-free office. It’s like watching every horror film ever made mashed up into one long sequence. It’s a money shot. “The Cabin in the Woods” is a notch in the genre’s proverbial belt; it’s an instant classic. It doesn’t define the genre, but it deconstructs it like no other film before. And it has one of the most wonderfully dark endings ever conceived. Don’t go in with expectations, and fully enjoy the wild ride. Well done, gentlemen, well done.

this week in film The Salt of Life

Cinematique • Thalian Hall 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30pm, $7

4/30-5/2: In this warm and witty Italian comedy, Gianni Di Gregorio plays a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother, a wife who is more of a patronizing friend than romantic partner, a daughter with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends, and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog walker. Unrated. 1 hr. 30 min.

Is This It

5/4, 7 p.m. Toolbox Bar • 2325 Burnett Blvd. 5/4: Independent film maker Daniel Joseph Gonzalez is pleased to announce the pre-screening premiere for the upcoming web series “Is This It?” After the screening there will be a question and answer session with the cast. Doors to the premiere open at 7 p.m. and the screening begins at 8 p.m. “Is This It?” follows Jake as he begins online dating after seeing all his friends getting married and having children on Facebook. The cast includes local and regional NC actors Allen Andrews, James McCray, Lilly Nelson, and Joanne Maye. The series will premiere on starting May 5, 2012.

Mystery Science Theater 300 “Pod People”



Subversive Film Series 4/29, 8 p.m. • Free! Juggling Gypsy • 1612 Castle St. “The Pod People” (original title “Los nuevos extraterrestres,” literally “The New Extraterrestrials”) is a 1983 Spanish science fiction film directed by Juan Piquer Simón. A young boy discovers a lovable alien creature, but the alien’s mother is on the prowl. The film was originally meant to be about evil aliens, but the producers demanded script alterations in order to cash in on the success of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” by featuring a child and cute, lovable alien. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At

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camping, a friendly atmosphere— and the fact that it’s all free—and it’s the perfect recipe for a great weekend! April 27th and 28th will see the fourth annual r.EVOLution Beach Festival at Freeman Park, otherwise known as “the North End,” on Pleasure Island. The non-commercial festival will donate any money raised to Be the Change, a charity that supports essential aid work across the globe. r.EVOLution—or the “revolution, evolution of love”—was the vision of one man. Michal Oliver moved to Wilmington from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, especially to create this annual event. Now, with a small group of dedicated volunteers and the green light from the Arts and Activities Committee of Carolina Beach, it’s not just happening but growing annually. This year will host an impressive array of live music from Dubtown Cosmonauts, with original dub to the more psychedelic tunes of Cindercat. The Family is a five-piece based in Greensboro, and their high-energy set will lilt from funk to folk to bluegrass, with

by Kim Henry h Festival rEVOLution Beac April 27th-28th Carolina Beach Freeman Park, www.revolutionb a good dose of jamming thrown in, too. Duende Mountain Duo will get the crowd jumping with live drum, bass and electro, among many other bands in the lineup. “The festival is about celebrating good music but it’s also about exploring different ways of living—ways that are respectful, conscious and efficient,” Oliver explains. The event strives to walk its talk and is completely powered by solar energy thanks to the generosity of Clean Energy Events. “We have around 300 days of sun on this island — let’s utilize it!” Oliver exclaims. Recycling is encouraged and facilities are provided for aluminum cans. No glass is allowed on the beach, and the festival doesn’t even sell alcohol, which is a real testament

to their not-for-profit ethos. “Everyone who is involved in setting up and running the festival is a volunteer, doing it for the love of it,” Oliver says. Each year we choose a charity to support with the money raised by selling products to promote the festival. Also, there will be yoga on the beach Saturday and Sunday mornings, offered by respected local teachers Rebecca Niamtu and Leslie Stafford. The belly-dancing group, Ostara, will be adding their touch of the exotic. There will be spoken-word poetry performers sharing rhymes and rants, and once the bands and entertainment wraps, which will be around midnight on Saturday, the drum circles and fire dancers come out to celebrate. This year’s r.EVOLution has a special guest speaker to be Skype’d in live—Jacque Fresco, the founder of The Venus Project. The project “offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology and nature will be able to coexist in a long term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium,” according to its mission statement. Fresco will share his ideas

MUSICAL UNION: The Family, a funky bluegrass act from Greensboro, NC, will play ReVolution Beach Festival at 2 p.m. on Sat., April 28th. Courtesy photo

about ways in which humans can take the best of science and create a society based upon respect for the environment. The festival has organized a taxi service to ferry people out to its beautiful location, on sandy shores that demand four-wheel-drive vehicles. There will be food and craft vendors, but anything else for a comfortable camping experience needs to be brought in by festival-goers. “The beach is even cleaner after we’ve left,” Oliver promises. In its continual evolution, Oliver and the team would love to see a healing space and kids’ area at next year’s event. “We just need the volunteers,” Cindy Heinly, vendor coordinator, notes. “We’re open to any ideas which will help make this an even more conscious and beautiful festival.” Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Michal Oliver or Cindy Heinly via Folks can also donate to support the free festival—as many costs are out-of-pocket of the organizers.

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performed it live on 89.3 The Current in Minnesota. In fact, NPR featured the irrevocably haunting tune as a song of the week last fall. Its lyrics, spawned from McEntire who studied poetry at UNCW, harp both angelically and bewitchingly on heartache. “A mouthful of bees/Couldn’t stop me/From whispering/‘I don’t love you.’” This show will be the second in an extremely long list of concerts during Mount Moriah’s spring tour, including a stop in Nashville for the first time. “I love traveling and performing, so touring is really enjoyable for me,” McEntire shares. “It’s hard work, but it’s crucial to tour and get your name out there. And I feel like we [are] sonically really different live than on record, so that’s fun.” Hailing all the way from Birmingham, Alabama, The Great Book of John is an exciting four-piece with many layers of sound. The instrumentation is dramatic, earning the band reviews which have likened it to Radiohead and Wilco. “You can hear our backgrounds in soul, our folk undertones and even classic rock,” vocalist Bekah Fox explains. “There’s attention paid to the lows of Gillian Welch, solos of Hendrix and emotional energy of Cobain.” Filled out by Taylor Shaw (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Mitchell (upright bass) and Chip Kilpatrick (drums), the group released their mostly acoustic debut record, “Yves’ Blues,” in 2008. From that point, they pursued working with well-known executives to create their

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A trifecta of sounds isn’t all Onward, Soldiers has up its sleeves for Friday. Rhodes also invited his friend, Kayne Darrell of Stop Titan Action Network (STAN), to the concert to share info about the nonprofit and local environmental consciousness. Last spring, Titan filed a lawsuit against the local mother and a pediatrician, Dr. David Hill, for statements made about the effects our area would endure should the corporation build along the Cape Fear River. The claim of slander was dropped earlier this month, but the two still oppose the cement plant coming to our community. “Life is bigger than rock ‘n’ roll,” Rhodes says. “Positive and lasting change begins with each one of us. STAN is a group of regular people who [stand] up for us to ensure our rights to clean air and water. This issue is still active, and it’s important to get the facts on how we can help. Anywhere community gathers is a chance to spread good ideas—to share, to learn.”

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 MONDAY 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.


TUESDAY Sky Blue $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. WEDNESDAY $ 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. THURSDAY $ 3.00 Samuel Adams $ 4.00 Margaritas FRIDAY $ 3 Pint of the Day SATURDAY $ 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s SUNDAY $ 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

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

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

GARY ALLEN’S ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888


ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

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

THE APACHE RELAY, SHANE KELLY —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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

TRIGGER HAPPY —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939

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

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

JOSH SOLOMON & CARY BENJAMIN —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH DJ RICH DELUX —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 WILMINGTON ICON SINGING CONTEST WITH CASH GRAND PRIZE; FINALE CONTEST

OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH JUSTIN LACY —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

JESSE STOCKTON —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 JEREMY NORRIS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 TRIVIA WITH DJ —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 KARAOKE —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH TOMMY HUTCHINSON —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 TEAM TRIVIA WITH DUTCH HAWK —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 COLLEGE NIGHT WITH DJ BATTLE

—Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833

OPEN MIC WITH JEREMY NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ SWEAT —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 NO BRAGGING RIGHTS, HANDGUNS, KILLS AND THRILLS, THE SUMMIT —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 SINGLEFIN, CINDERCAT —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 AL GAINEY —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400 MARK DAFFER —Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 THE BIBIS ELLISON BAND —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 PLAN:B —Fat Tony’s, 250 Racine Dr, 910-343-8881 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 TOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 FIREDANCE & DRUMS AT DARK; APOGEE

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

KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 MIKE O’DONNELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ DR. JONES —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 JAZZ WITH BENNY HILL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ P FUNK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 DJ MILK —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 JAMES ETHAN CLARK AND THE RENEGADES, RIO BRAVO —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 PORT CITY TRIO —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. THE DESIGN (RAFFLES AND AUCTION BENEFITS ESOPHAGEAL CANCER EDUCATION FOUNDATION) —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DUO LUMINA —Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 BLIVET (8PM-12AM, TIKI STAGE); DJ DANE BRITT (10PM-2AM, INSIDE) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 LOW TECH ARMY —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 FORREST TABOR —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 FREEDOM HAWK —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St.

OVERTYME —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 RUSTED ROOT —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 ROOT SOUL PROJECT —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400 THE DIRTY NAMES, BLACKFOOT GYPSIES —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 ONWARD, SOLDIERS; MOUNT MORIAH; THE GREAT BOOK OF JOHN —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 MIKE BLAIR AND THE STONEWALLS —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 ATOLLA, FREEDOM HAWK, ROYAL THUNDER —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. DAYLIGHT CIRCUS AND ROCK NHL —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 JAMBOX BAND —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 3420872 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 YESTERDAY’S GRAVY —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 40 EAST —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 FILTHY SATURDAYS WITH DJ FILTHY —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 DJ SWEAT —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 TIM BARRY, BILLY AND JOE, J KUTCHMA —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500


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WEDNESDAY Nutt House Improv 9pm

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LIVE MUSIC What’s Thursdays up at on this spring the patio of Fat Fat Tony’s on Tony’s? Racine Saturday, March 24 LIVE MUSIC APRILand 26more! Natty Greene's Draft Expo at downtown location. Largest tap takeover ever in NC! 24 drafts from 7-10 p.m. Natty Greene's!

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Sea Pans Steel Drum Every Thursday from 7pm-10pm on the Oceanfront Terrace

LIVE MUSIC Gabby’s Lounge 7-10pm

Friday, April 27

OVERTYME Saturday, April 28

RANDY MCQUAY Friday, May 4

THE OTHER GUYS Saturday, May 5

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MOXOLOGY SUN. & MON. $5 Specialty Cocktails TUESDAY $2.00 Blue Point Draft 13 - $5 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY $3.00 Seasonal Draft 13 - $5.00 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle SUNDAY $5.00 Mimosas $5.00 Bloody Mary MONDAY - THURSDAY ½ price Apps from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Served at the bar only 35 N. FRONT ST. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON

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

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas TUESDAY-KIDS EAT FREE NIGHT $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts WEDNESDAY $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas THURSDAY $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts FRIDAY-TGIF $3.50 Cosmos $2.00 Domestic Drafts SATURDAY-COLLEGE FOOTBALL $3 Domestic Schooners MONDAY- FRIDAY 1/2 Priced Appetizers from 4-7 pm & 9 pm -close at the bar Free Appetizer of the Day with purchase of a non-refillable beverage from 5-7 at the bar. 4126 Oleander Dr. (910) 792-9700

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

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Talent Night Every Monday

at 9 p.m. All 36 drafts only $2.50 all day long!

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NFL SUNDAY TICKET $3 Domestic Schooners $2 Domestic Drafts $9.99 All You Can Eat Wings at the Bar 1/2 Priced Select Appetizers at the Bar


MONDAY 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $5 Pizzas TUESDAY LIVE JAzz IN THE BAR Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $250 WEDNESDAY Miller Light Pints $150 Coronoa/ Corona Lite Bottles $250 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas $4 THURSDAY Appletinis $4, RJ’s Painkiller $5 Red Stripe Bottles $250 Fat Tire Bottles $250 FRIDAY Cosmos $4, 007 $350 Guinness Cans $3 Island Sunsets $5 SATURDAY Baybreeze/Seabreeze $4 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 Select Domestic Bottles $2 SUNDAY Bloody Marys $4, Domestic Pints $150 Hurricanes $5 5564 Carolina Beach Road, (910) 452-1212

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DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 FUZZ JAXX, BIG HOP, BIG REEG, SMALL TOWN HEROZ —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 EL JAYE JOHNSON AND THE PORT CITY ALL-STARS (7-9 P.M., BENEFITS COASTAL HORIZONS) —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (BEETHOVEN’S 9TH) —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584 WATERSHED —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 STRONGSUIT —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 RANDY MCQUAY —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 JESSE STOCKTON —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 THE METEOR MEN (SURF) —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 LOCAL ACOUSTIC —Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market; Lake Park Blvd., 28428 BAND —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 CHANNING AND QUINN; NIKKI TALLEY —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584 THE GURUVS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 SHINE (8PM-12AM, TIKI STAGE); DJ DANE BRITT (10PM-2AM, INSIDE) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 JONNY CORNDAWG; SHOVELS AND ROPE —Crow Hill, 9 S. Front St.; 228-5332 SEAN GREGORY —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 SUSAN SAVIA —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 REGGAE SUNDAYS WITH DJ DR. JONES —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.;


KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 KARAOKE KONG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 SCI FI —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ TIMBO —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 JAH HARVEST, BAG OF TOYS, ELATION —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 BENNY HILL AND FRIENDS —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 L SHAPE LOT (3 P.M.); CLAY CROTTS (8 P.M.) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

MONDAY, APRIL 30 STEVEN COMPTON —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 BRETT JOHNSON’S JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 OPEN MIC WITH JOSH SOLOMON —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DEEP DARK WOODS —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500

TUESDAY, MAY 1 CAPE FEAR BLUES JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

ShowStoppers: Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

OF THE MOUNTAINS: Nikki Talley, born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, is heralded for her rootsy melding of contemporary blues and jazz. She’ll play on Saturday, April 28th at Satellite Bar and Lounge with Channing and Quinn at 10 p.m., and again—solo—on Tuesday, May 1st at Rucker Johns in Monkey Junction at 6 p.m. Courtesy photo

“IT TAKES TUESDAYS TO TANGO” LESSONS 7-9 P.M. —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 CARY BENJAMIN —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 UNCW WIND SYMPHONY AND NEW HORIZONS BAND —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 COLLEGE NIGHT KARAOKE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 NIKKI TALLEY —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington,


KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 JOSH SOLOMON & CARY BENJAMIN —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH DJ RICH DELUX —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 GARY ALLEN’S ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 ALESANA, UNICRON, ATTRACTING THE FALL —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH JUSTIN LACY —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, TWIZTID, BLAZE, BIG B —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 JEREMY NORRIS

—Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 FICTION 20 DOWN, ELATION, REDEMPTION, SUN-DRIED VIBES —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 All entertainment must be sent to by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.

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MINSTREL OF THE BREAK-UP SONG: Christina Perri, now famous for her original piece, ‘Jar of Hearts,’ will play The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, on April 30th. Courtesy photo

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 377-6874 4/26: The Melvins, Unsane 4/27: Of Good Nature, Sun Dried Vibes, and more 4/28: Firehouse, Preacher Stone, Hard to Handle THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 4/26: Trampled by Turtles, William Elliott Whitmore 4/29: Ziggy Marley 4/30: Christina Perri 5/1: Grouplove, Company of Thieves CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 4/25: White Panda, Phive, Styles&Complete 4/27: The Old Ceremony, John Dee Holeman 4/28: The GrandMothers of Invention 4/29: The English Beat, Archbishops of Blount Street 4/30: Grouplove, Company of Thieves 5/2: Nick Love and His Band, Tift Merritt NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36TH STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 4/25: Trampled by Turtles, William Elliott Whitmore 5/2: Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Mastersons LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 4/29: Firehouse, Lexx Luthor, Driver 5/2: Mayer Hawthorne and the County, The Stepkids

TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA 333 E. TRADE ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 688-9000 4/25: Van Halen HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWY. 17 SOUTH, N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC (843) 272-3000 4/26: Crowfield, John Wesley Satterfield and The Damn Fine Band, Weaving the Fate 4/28: Delbert McClinton DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 VIVIAN ST., DURHAM, NC (919) 680-2727 4/29: Elvis Costello and the Imposters ALABAMA THEATRE 4750 HWY. 17 S., N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC (843) 272-1111 4/28: Loretta Lynn THE FILLMORE 1000 SEABOARD STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 4/26: Young the Giant, The Apache Relay VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 PAVILION BLVD., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 4/27: Sugarland UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE 1000 SEABOARD ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 5/2: Rise Against, A Day to Remember

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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



Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine ■ FEATURIN - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome HIRO JA

home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95), and dinner. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, crabcake sandwich, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Open for dinner Wed. thru Sat. evenings ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch


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: Open every day at 5 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Tues.; Special prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:


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


YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear

Women of Achievement May 10, 2012 • 5:30 PM Hilton Wilmington Riverside

YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s signature event celebrating outstanding women and young leaders. For more information regarding the event, visit: or call 799.6820.

12th AnnuAl

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The 2nd Friday of every month at 10pm • tickets $5

May 17, 25-27, June 1-2 – Tickets: $15 ($10 Students) Showtimes: 8pm (5pm Sun)• Doors: 7:30pm (4:30pm Sun)

111 Grace St. 910-341-0001

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Independent FIlm FestIvAl April 26 - 29, 2012

May 2-5, 2012 • Soap Box Laundro Lounge The 2012 Cape Fear Comedy Festival is a four day Independently run stand-up comedy festival held on May 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th

Festival Pass $20 Day Pass $8


Mon.-Fri.10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. 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. ‘til 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 ‘til 3, Sat. 11 ‘til 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ 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:


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Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials


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May 19, 2012 • 7:30PM

Temple Baptist Church 1801 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403

Andy Hendrickson Friday, April 27th Saturday, April 28th

8pm Show | Doors 7pm | Admission: $10/$13

255 North Front Street Wilmington, NC 28401 • 910-251-7881

Wilmington Hammerheads vs Pittsburg Riverhounds Saturday, April 28th Kickoff 7:00 pm • Legion Stadium • Gates open at 6:00 pm

vs Antigua Barracuda Wednesday, May 2nd Kickoff 7:00 pm • Legion Stadium • Gates open at 6:00 pm

Covering the Arts, Theater, Music, Festivals, Dance & more in Southeastern N.C.

Tickets $40 • Includes Lunch 910.350.1211

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What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:


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

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


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


Wilmington’s finest French cuisine can be found at Caprice

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


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


Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer,

or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am-2pm, 5pm11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE:


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 topnotch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 Open M-F 8:00am – 8:00pm, Sat. 8:30am-7:00pm, Sun. 11:00am – 6:00pm. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE:


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


A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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

Open for Brunch and Dinner on Mother’s Day!


Brunch 11am-2pm Dinner 5pm-Until

115 S. Front St. Downtown Wilmington • (910) 763-7773 |

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“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highestquality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th

and College Road, (910) 799-1399.

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■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30am- $25.95, ther

3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:

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sine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto EAST Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba The Blockad you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin specials, cer America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 plus a specta Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! available on ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11am-2:30pm garden overl and from 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. noise. Our lo ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown 275 Waynick ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ SERVING ■ WEBSITE: SUNDAY BRU


■ NEIGHBO ■ FEATURIN LOVEY’S MARKET ■ MUSIC: Li Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking ■ WEBSITE:

for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and HIERONY totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood Hieronymus for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar ers. In busin Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious a name for i meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food and the fresh Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be to be if you a eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for presentation take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices clude Oyste and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. eronymus ha Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and services. Vo spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selec- Street; 910-3

tion of Local produce and receives several weekly deliv- ■ SERVING eries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic ■ NEIGHBO Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat- ■ FEATURIN Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as ■ WEBSITE: are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 5090331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ 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 Co-op 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-to-order 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: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat and 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 AND 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 “Bohemian-Chic” 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 eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. ■ WEBSITE:


Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attibutes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Sugnature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:


The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. ■ SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4pm-12am Fri. 4pm2am; Sat. 2pm-2am; Sun. 2pm-12am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Sparkling wine specials and half-price select bottles: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. ■ WEBSITE


In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” 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 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.




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

TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:


Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:

Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire

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

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

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homemade and family-owned: Roko Italian Cuisine does good pasta and supports local business


ucked away on a less-Traveled

road in Mayfaire Town Center is a tiny gem of a restaurant. The newly opened Roko has a few flaws, but overall it’s a lovely Italian bistro that warrants a look (assuming you can find it—Parker Farm Drive really is a less-traveled road). Owned by a Croatian couple, Jardan and Vojka Peros, who moved to Eastern NC in the mid-80s, they opened shop at the end of March and are certainly no strangers to running a restaurant. In fact, they operated a few popular Italian restaurants in Morehead City and New Bern. It shows, too. Roko’s charmingly stark décor is enamoring. I love the dark wood, low light, marble bar tops and everything about its minimal style. Simultaneously elegant and unpretentious, the very appearance of the place is inviting to the eyes. Skipping appetizers seemed appropriately fitting, considering Roko sends bread to the table, just as expected of any respectable Italian eatery. I’m a firm believer in good bread, and Roko does quite well here. The doughy loaf makes an excellent sponge for the EVOO and Balsamic vinegar. As if it couldn’t get any better, the condiments come from our own local shop, Taste the Olive, across the street at The Forum. Not only did this confirm Roko is using high-quality ingredients but also supporting local business. I decided that even if the food weren’t quite good, this alone would be enough for me to recommend it. The Balsamic vinegar from Taste the Olive has an exquisite sweetness that I love, and it pairs perfectly with Roko’s fluffy crumb. The menu features classic Italian dishes. Yet, it also throws in a few Frenchies for good measure, as shown by the escargot and French onion soup on the appetizer list. While chicken, seafood, beef, lamb and vegetarian entrées are all suitably repre-

by Rosa Bianca ine Roko Italian Cuis faire er Farm Dr., May 6801-105 Park Price: $$-$$$ find, ko isn’t easy to Ro e: lin om tt Bo oking for! but it’s wor th lo sented, in a variety of styles from salads to main courses, I had to judge the chef—the husband of the team—by his homemade pasta so prominently featured on the menu (though, one of these days, I will probably be back for the ribeye, which was a special of the evening). It’s impressive to find an Italian restaurant in town that actually takes the time-honored tradition of handmaking pasta seriously. Roko does this well, too. I ordered a full plate of pasta rustica in an aromatic, rich sauce, with all the heavy cream one could desire coating the penne, imparting a subtle garlicky flavor. The red peppers and asparagus might have been the slightest bit overcooked, but the vegetable medley made for an immensely vibrant combination of flavors. A particularly brilliant offering on the Roko menu is the half-sized pasta dishes. For light eaters (or reviewers who need to get a fair sampling of the menu), the smaller plates make a fantastic option. Linguini bolognese, a family favorite, tastes like bolognese should: meaty, acidic and hearty. And that’s just fine by me—no need to mess with a classic! The tomatoes mingle with the ground beef and pork in a rich and savory blend of flavors. The diced vegetables add the slightest hint of their own earthiness in an expected and predictable profile. My love of bacon has been made all too clear in earlier reviews. Thus, no one should be shocked to find my personal favorite, the

MADE WITH LOVE: The bread, penne carbonara, and strawberry cheesecake at Roko Italian Cuisine are all homemade—even the whipped cream! Photo by Bethany Turner

chicken penne carbonara, delightful. The smoky pork absorb the tender chicken for a remarkably tasteful meal. I’d be remiss if I didn’t compliment Roko’s staff. Chattering effortlessly about business and baseball, they manage to be a part of every diner’s evening without seeming intrusive. And talking me into one of their halfpriced desserts (on special every Sunday, nonetheless) was one of the better upsells I’ve indulged in recent memory. As it turns out, all desserts are handmade by the wife, and it doesn’t disappoint. Roko opts for a lighter style of New York cheesecake, which I find to be a pleasant departure from the dense, richer versions served at most restaurants. A suitably sweet graham cracker crust and fresh-from-the-field strawberries round out a nice end to the meal—a bargain

even at full price any other day of the week. That’s not to say everything was perfect during my visit. One of my pet peeves is seeing a local restaurant serve wines readily available in any grocery-store chain. Interesting, local food deserves boutique wines one doesn’t see on the shelves while shopping for Pepsi and Doritos. This was the one significant disappointment of my evening, and the reason I stuck with club soda and vodka. However, since my visit, the restaurant has added beers from the Lumina Brewing Company and wines from Noni Bacca. Again, I wholeheartedly support businesses which support other local businesses. I think this is at least a step in the right direction for improving the bar options. Still, I implore the ownership at Roko to look at wines from California and Italy as an even better addition. Roko isn’t easy to find, but it is worth finding. After Mother’s Day, they’ll also be open for lunch. With a few hours invested into the wine list, this out-of-the-way pasta joint could readily become one of my favorite hangouts.

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Lars Myers, author and founder of Mystery Brewery, I found a lot of similarities between us beer lovers. Both originating in the north (Myers coming from Maine, myself born in New York) and comfortably settling down in the North Carolina climate and culture, we each have a profound appreciation for this state’s rapidly developing craft-brew movement. “I moved down here around nine or 10 years ago when my wife began grad school,” Myers says. “I immediately fell in love—the climate, the beer scene, and now with Mystery. It feels like I am helping the state in many ways, economically and by providing a craft most people can enjoy. It really makes me proud to be a North Carolinian.” Having never had brothers, it’s difficult to fully comprehend what teenage boys expect for their birthdays. However, for a newly turned 13-year-old Myers, homebrewing entered his adolescent life when his mother handed him a brewing kit. “It blew up from then on,” he laughs. Craft beer not only became a hobby but a deep passion. Even though he pursued theater in college, the fantasy of making beer for a living was always in the back of his mind. “Three years ago, if someone told me that I would’ve had my own brewery, I would’ve laughed it off and never believed it,” he says. “A lot of people who get in this business usually are first walking down completely different paths, like being a lawyer, teacher, whatever. Some of those peoples’ families end up being somewhat disappointed their kid went into the beer industry, rather than finishing grad school or law school. With my family, they were pleasantly surprised with where I ended up.” Thus began the fruition of Mystery Brewery, a brand new craft beer spot based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, about 20 minutes away from Durham. Only a month old,

e by Christina Dor and Breweries” “NC Craft Beer rs by Erik Lars Mye ar ding at Cape Fe ea Book siging/r . St t on 139 N. Fr Wine and Beer • 6 p.m. 4/27, 4 p.m. Mystery is approaching the beer industry a bit differently. There are no flagship beers and no regular lineup of brews, only seasonals. “The beers we produce will change every few months, and it will all be local,” Myers explains. “It’s our way of trying to embrace variability in beer. Of course, consistent quality is good. Beer is very much like wine as an agricultural product that constantly goes through change; a lot of it based on the season and what that season brings, as far as ingredients, harvesting and so forth. The industry tends to ignore that rather than celebrate it. Whatever we put out, it’ll mainly be based on the season, its popularity and available ingredients.” While preparing for Mystery to fully sink into the North Carolina brew market, a publisher approached Myers on writing a “guide book” on North Carolina craft beer. With the right timing and Myers’ growing activity in the North Carolina Brewers Guild, writing “NC Craft Beer and Breweries” was the perfect opportunity to support the industry and help beer connoisseurs. From the mountains to our beloved Atlantic coast, the book profiles 45 brewpubs and breweries statewide, providing useful details like location and contact information, tour times and hours of operation, and the breweries’ regular lineups of beers and seasonal releases. Also included are each brewery’s history, the vision of its founders and how they offer something different or unique to the beer world. While detailing the thriving craft beer industry in our great state, Myers

also included sidebars about festivals, bottle shops and other beer-related features, like hop farms, cideries and meaderies. “The book tour that I’m starting for this is going to be great,” he says. “I have been to Wilmington before, and I’m glad the launch will be at Cape Fear Wine and Beer. I’ve talked to Kevin Kozak, the brewer for Front Street Brewery, and the brewers guild really talked up the place and the Port City area in general. I’m pretty excited . . . I’ve attended a few of the beer festivals here in Wilmington, and I look forward to being more involved with them and with this city in the near future.” To catch Erik Lars Myers and his launch of “NC Beers and Breweries,” folks can swing by Cape Fear Wine and Beer on Friday, April 27th, at 4 p.m. It’s free admission, and plenty of craft beer will be availble to choose from— a perfect backdrop for Myers to discuss the value of North Carolina beer. For info on Mystery Brewing, visit www.

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celebrating women: Gwenyfar Rohler gets nominated for YWCA Women of Achievement by Brooke Karnvit encore inte


Kyi, Michelle Obama and Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Rohler shares their spirited inner path of fortitude and selfawareness despite societal standards. “At a time that women of [Wharton’s] class were expected to be simple-minded and acquiescent, she chose divorce and life in another country over misery,” Rohler explains. “The French awarded her the Legion of Honor for her work during WWI.” Rohler, too, lives according to staunch beliefs and ethos of doing right by self, family and the world at large. Barely in her thirties, she has acIII complished more than most who have lived 80 vis Da . W Photo by John years or more. She resided on a commune in her late teens and early 20s, living completely off the land, which inspired her early devotion toward ncorE rEadErs likEly arE familiar the locavore movement. She graduated college while with our very own Gwenyfar Rohler. Not only founding a tea company, which she eventually sold to does she keep the shelves at Old Books on Celestial Seasonings. She traveled the world and alFront Street well stocked, but she’s the mastermind most took a job as an international reporter in Israel behind our Live Local column and numerous theatre before the opportunity to buy Daughtry’s Old Books reviews. She’s also a 2012 nominee for the local YWarose. Rohler’s family, who shopped at the bookery CA’s Women of Achievement Awards. their entire lives, saw the storefront important and vital “WOA held its first event in 1985 and only recogto the community. nized women in New Hanover County,” Katie Nelson “It embraced the things my parents held most dear: Tate, volunteer and advocacy program coordinator, literacy, historic preservation (a consuming passion says. “At that time there were six adult categories and for them both) and freedom of speech,” Rohler says. one high-school senior was awarded a scholarship.” Now the family business, Old Books’ historic front at Today, YWCA recognizes dozens of profession249 N. Front Street is a haven for open dialogue— als across a multitude of categories, from business ever-changing and always entertaining. Conversations to arts, communications to volunteer, and more. and debates arise frequently. They also have over 20 youth-leader nominees. “It is probably the best job in the world because you Along with recognizing Rohler’s own contribution spend all day talking with people about things they are to Wilmington, encore editor Shea Carver ranks passionate about,” Rohler states. Just last week Wisamong the 2012 list of females. As the case may consin tourists had her debating local mass transportabe, Rohler actually nominated her editor. tion. “Our bus system’s problem is a catch-22—not “Shea sifts through an amazing volume of events, enough people use it to produce revenue to improve it, issues and concerns that this community has,” Rohler but the system needs so much improvement that not says. “Rather than taking the path of, shall we call it enough people use it,” Rohler says. ‘traditional media,’ she has continuously shone a light She expressed how unfortunate it is that buses still toward things which would not otherwise get coverhave a stigma of poverty attached to them. The visiting age. Last year’s Pride Week is a good example; the gentleman asked, “Why do we hate the poor so much amount of discussion generated by the cover and the when they have such a tiny fraction of the resources? story was huge for this community. The majority of it They have so little, yet we vilify them. Why?” The cuswas about how Pride Week is represented here—not tomer’s question really moved Rohler to think about the backlash that we have it at all . . . When it comes the inequalities in society and how to change them. to topics across the spectrum of race and economic “Economic justice is everyday—it’s the choices we issues, she makes sure encore has not shied away.” make that add up,” she says. Thus her own passion Likewise, and unbeknownst to either of the two toward local concerns, especially economically viable friends and colleagues, Carver was in the process of ones that strengthen community, have become fodder nominating Rohler at the same time. The editor says for encore’s two-year-old Live Local column. During the choice was a no-brainer. “I can’t say I know another Rohler’s first foray in business, she found out how one woman with as much compassion, strength, drive and of the restaurants that carried her tea line used a new intellectualism as Gwenyfar—all the makings of a great Staples store in the place of a small, 30-year-old familyrole model and leader,” Carver states. owned print shop located directly across the street. Influenced and inspired by many greats, including “It killed me,” she states. “Small businesses should Bernadette Devlin, Agatha Christie, Aung San Suu stick together and support each other—if we don’t 38 encore | april 25 - may 1, 2012 |


take care of each other, how can we expect other people to choose us over the big guys?” Once she made it her mission to go a whole year without buying anything from a big-box store, the Internet or a chain restaurant, Rohler was converted by her accountability. “Not only was it a lot easier than I expected, I have never been happier or felt more gratified,” she cites. “I no longer feel the disconnect that I used to; everywhere I shop now, I am greeted by name. It has been surprising and wonderful to rediscover time and again how small businesses can beat prices and offer superior service.” More importantly, her desire to share this impact perpetuates a cause indicative to building a sustainable village. During a time when products are being sourced overseas and jobless rates are high, Rohler says the gratification is tenfold when readers tell her they have taken on the pledge. “These small, fledgling businesses owned by your neighbors are powerful instruments for people with few options to create real economic possibilities for themselves and their families,” she says. When the conversation turns to her recent YWCA nomination, her cheeks flush in embarrassment. She questions her achievements, per se. “While it is flattering and I am honored, this should go to someone who has made a real and lasting contribution to the community,” she says. “I do hope one day to be worthy of it.” Rohler doesn’t realize the transformative power she holds naturally and releases effortlessly. She listens without judgement, responds without belittlement and inspires through positivity, all of which carries forth everyday with everyone she meets. Her famed parting expression, “think happy thoughts,” indicates a person of enlightenment. Rohler sees a connection between the YWCA’s message of “eliminating racism and empowering women” and her own efforts to encourage others to shop locally. “Without economic justice, there cannot be social justice or, as Ghandi so eloquently put it, ‘Poverty is the worst form of violence,’” she quotes. The YWCA continues to showcase ladies making strides locally to help mold a better people. More importantly, they continue offering programs to help folks live better lives by more thoughtful example. Amy Kilgore, member of of the YWCA board, says, “Our Y is one of only seven in the country to have a racial justice program selected by the YWCA USA Hallmark Initiative Committee as a model program. We offer tuition assistance, job readiness training, résumé and interviewing skill-building, workshops and so much more.” Folks can attend the Women of Achievement Awards on May 10th at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 for the banquet and ceremony, with cash bar; deadline to purchase is April 27th at



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Speakers at Picnic in the Park will offer a glimpse into our future Will Castle Hayne be the future home of a cement plant? And what will that be like? Those who have been there will tell you it’s certainly no picnic. Cape Fear River Watch and Pender Watch & Conservancy are teaming up to invite us all to a true Picnic in the Park on Sunday, April 29th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Riverside Park, 6710 Old Bridge Site Road in Castle Hayne. Guests from Texas and Kansas will talk about their real-life experiences living near cement plants. And we will all have an opportunity to better understand what our own future could look like if New Hanover County becomes the home of one of the largest cement plants in the country. Over the past four years, people here have heard opposing views about whether a cement plant would be good or bad for our community. Now we can hear what those already living this experience have to say. Author, Olympic bobsled athlete and mother of three - Alexandra Allred from Midlothian, Texas - will be one of them. “I am so grateful for this opportunity to come speak to the citizens of Wilmington,” she says. “I wish I had been given the chance to weigh the pros and cons of having a cement plant in my backyard. I don’t know what your decision will be, but at least I know you will have been given the chance to see the future.” Sponsored by Cape Fear River Watch in New Hanover County and Pender Watch in Pender County, Picnic in the Park will be a fun, family-friendly gathering, with free food and live music by local bluegrass favorite Big Al’s Band, as well as kids’ activities and boat rides on the river. But the focus will be the speakers who can provide a glimpse into the future.

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Alexandra Allred, resident of Midlothian, “The Cement Capital of Texas,” will speak about the health issues her family and other community residents face each day. Her son’s school was rated by USA Today as one of the nation’s most toxic elementary schools.

Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper, explains. “Bringing a new industry to our area is a lot like an individual buying an expensive new product. Savvy shoppers don’t just believe everything the salesman tells them – they ask around to other people who have experience with that product. The Picnic in the Park is a chance for our community to hear from others who are living with the reality of a cement manufacturing operation in their community.” How often do you get to glimpse into the future and decide if it’s the future you want for your children, your grandchildren and your community?

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has been a terrible judge of character. Bianca Larson was a horrible person: insufferable, spoiled, entitled. She’d never worked a difficult day in her life. I was able to overlook these qualities because she was a friend. That’s not entirely true. She was a friend, but that’s not why I was able to overlook such glaring personality defects. The truth is she was exceptionally beautiful, and I wanted to get very sweaty with her. Actually, that part isn’t entirely true either. There were things about Bianca I liked. She knew a lot about film—and not just random facts or the answers to trivia questions. She was classically trained in film, educated at the finest universities and film schools. She didn’t just know cinema, she understood it. That fascinated me. The erection was a foregone conclusion. I met Bianca while putting together my first film. We met at a party; it was the first time someone had introduced me as “a filmmaker,”

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though at that point I hadn’t shot a single frame. She asked me what kind of movie I was making, which led to a four-hour conversation about cinema and film production. Other than Eastern European pornography, it was the only subject I was able to discuss with any sense of legitimacy. My cinematic education had come from agoraphobia and a membership to Blockbuster. I watched eight to 10 movies a week from the time I hit high school. When I wanted to know more, I went to the library and read countless books on the subject. It was the only topic I ever had any interest in studying—other than naked women. Bianca possessed the two qualities that most interested me: She loved film and she was ridiculously good looking. But she had a personality like bedazzled sandpaper. Every word she spoke was laced with venom. I never heard her speak a kind word about anyone. Even after a year of friendship, she had never said anything to me that wasn’t related to cinema or her intense dislike of whatever person she had the displeasure of dealing with that day. She could dismantle a person in the most heinous of ways. It could be something as slight as their clothes or a particular shade of eye shadow—their job, social status, wine selection at a party. All of it was ammunition she could use to pick someone apart, but never to their face. In person it was smiles and platitudes. Only in the most quiet of corners to a select few would she vent her disdain. This would have bothered me more, but I had become one of the “select few.” We had a weekly routine: dinner and drinks (only at restaurants that didn’t feature the prices on the menu). She had grown up with expensive tastes, and her trust fund provided her with the kind of carefree life that made her enviable. I found a lot of what she said distasteful, but it was easy to bury. There was still that lingering hope that if I played my cards right she would sleep with me. And, yes, I realize how shallow that is. Even then I knew it was wrong—even at the time when I was throbbing with enough testosterone to kill a man twice my age.




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Men are disgusting. Our every thought is predicated with sex. We want what we can’t have, and once we get it we’re immediately disinterested. You’ll often hear guys say, “I’m not like other guys.” In fact, they are most like other guys. We’re all the same: dumb animals who are able to rationalize that instinct is more important than reason in any situation that involves a vagina. We’re big, dumb animals who deserve only contempt. After 10 months of weekly dinners and cocktails, I finally managed to bring up the subject of taking our relationship to a more physical level. The phrasing was awkward, and I couldn’t figure out any other way to say it. “You ever think about you and me?” I asked, with the kind of mangled honesty usually reserved for seventh graders. She smiled, breaking eye contact before taking a long sip of her vodka gimlet. “I have,” she said with a smirk on her face. “Really?” I said, surprised by the notion. “So what did you think?” “I think you’re a little older and a lot less at-

tractive than the guys I go out with.” She said it without a hint of inflection, like a doctor telling a family a love one has passed. My first thought was wrestling with the idea of being “a little older” and “a lot less attractive.” Perhaps I would have taken it better if I had been deemed “a lot older” and “a little less attractive.” I didn’t have a response other than nodding and trying to muster a smile. “Don’t take that the wrong way,” she said, as if there was any other way to take it. Part of me respected her honesty. She played no game. There was no pretension; I asked her a question and she answered honestly. Another part of me wanted a house to drop on her, and then join a celebratory dance as one does when a witch is dispatched. Should I have expected any other outcome? I had spent 10 months listening to Bianca verbally destroy every living person she had ever met. Did I really think I was any different? I stopped keeping our weekly dinner date. I carefully constructed some excuses, but it only took a couple before she stopped bothering to call. No doubt, there were a dozen others lining up to take my place. Somewhere right now there’s a guy wincing through dinner, listening to Bianca Larson deconstruct the horrible world in which she is forced to exist. Talking about the grating people she encounters, listing in great detail the fools which she must suffer. And on the other side of the table is a man suppressing the urge to say anything contradictory that would destroy the possibility of a half-drunk, half-naked tryst later that evening. Because, like Bianca, we’re awful in our own less obvious ways: those of us who swallow words because we’re so desperate to be loved by the pretty people. Even those of us who don’t shave and dress like a slouch. We want validation, especially from those so reluctant to provide it. There’s a reason why Arthur Miller ended up with Marilyn Monroe. Bespectacled geeks are just as desperate for validation as the needy bombshell for whom they pine.

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events RALLY AGAINST OIL DRILLING 4/26, 6pm: Federal officials will be in Wilmington, NC, to gather public feedback on their recent plans for extensive high-intensity seismic airgun surveys in our coastal waters. At Hilton Riverside, rally will start out front at 6pm; accepting public comments. Hearing will begin at 7pm. We need to send a loud message that we don’t want drilling off our coasts. This is the only hearing in North Carolina residents will have to speak out in person against a plan that could pollute our waters and threaten our coastline. Zachary Keith: zkeith@ FREE HAIRCUTS TO HOMELESS VETERANS 4/27, 7am-1pm, VFW post off of Carolina Beach Rd. Miller Motte College will be giving out free haircut coupons at this event to homeless veterans. CFCC DENTAL CLINIC 4/27-28: CFCC’s Schwartz Center will host “Missions of Mercy” Free Dental Clinic. The two-day event will provide free dental care for hundreds of local residents who are conomically disadvantaged., as an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. Dental services include fillings, extractions, dental cleanings, and a limited number of front-tooth partial dentures. Currently, NCMOM has enough equipment to set up an 80 chair full dental clinic including digital x-ray, sterilization, and all instrumentation and supplies. Clinics are generally set up with 20 to 80 chairs and services are provided for 300 to 1000 patients over a period of two days. Volunteers include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and scores of professional and general volunteers from across the

state. Hours: 6am-4pm, 4/27; 6am-3pm, 4/28. Qualified patients should have a family income of 200% or below the Federal Poverty Index. HUMAN SIDEWALK FORMATION 4/27: Help form a human chain down the sidewalks of College Road. Goal: to join hands from the corner of New Centre to the YWCA and take a stand against racism! To RSVP or learn how you can help spread the word please contact Katie Tate at 910-799-6820 ext. 104 or email ALL-AMERICAN COASTAL PAGEANT 4/29, Miss All American Coastal Carolina Pageant at the Marriot Ballroom at Carolina Beach. Open title, natural pageant for all girls ages 0-100. Deadline to enter: 4/14. Jennifer Britt: 910-385-5668, Prelim for Miss All American NC state pageant. PICNIC IN THE PARK 4/29, 1-5pm: Picnic in the Park at Riverside Park, 6710 Old Bridge Site Rd. An opportunity to hear the compelling stories of folks living near cement plants in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere while enjoying free BBQ and live music w/Cape Fear River Watch and Pender Watch & Conservancy. Learn why living in a cement town is “no picnic.” Guests from Texas and Kansas will talk to our local community about their real-life experiences living near cement plants. Better understand what future could look like if New Hanover County becomes the home of one of the largest cement plants in the country. SEVEN AT SEVEN WDI presents Seven at Seven, Thurs., 5/3, 7pm. VIP Entry at 6:30pm, with light bites and cocktails, and a first look at pop-up shops at Brooklyn Arts Center. A

night of fashion and cocktails. Come out to the Brooklyn Arts Center at Saint Andrew’s on North 4th Street on May 3 to see the latest fashions from 7 downtown boutiques: aMuse, Aqua Fedora, Elizabeth’s, Island Passage, Lure, Return Passage and The Wonder Shop. Cash bar throughout the event. . $10-$25. Limited number of seated and VIP tickets available. (910) 763-7349. SPRING FEST Spring Fest Saturday, 5/5, Franklin Square Park, 10am4pm, for Southport Christina School. We are looking for any artists/crafters that might be interested in participating in this annual event. 10x10 booth spaces rent for $25. Games, BBQ, art and so much more. (910) 457- 5060, for all the info on the even. Vendor applications: AIRLIE GARDENS Airlie Gardens has announced the dates of its 2012 Spring Bloom, an annual event where the public garden extends its hours so visitors can revel in the new growth and colors of the season. During Spring Bloom—through 5/19— visitors may explore and enjoy Airlie Thurs-Sat. for two additional hours, until 7pm. Airlie showcases approximately 100,000 bulbs in all stages of bloom throughout the spring season—azaleas, tulips, daffodils, spring blooming trees, camellias and more. Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for children, 6-12. Airlie Gardens’ 2012 concert series starts May 4, w/performances held on the first and third Fridays, 6-8pm, May-September, w/a variety of musical genres, from folk to dance to soft rock. Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for children and free for Airlie members. 910798-7700 or

charity/fund-raisers 8TH ANNUAL FLOWER LAUNCH 8th annual Flower Launch, 4/25. In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, New Hanover County Community Child Protection Team will be commemorating the 8th annual Flower Launch, 4/25, 4:30pm, Henrietta dock, Cape Fear Riverside. Beautiful and touching tribute is an observance of our appreciation for community members and professionals who are dedicated to promoting child wellbeing. Each flower that is launched into the Cape Fear River represents an individual or agency that has positively impacted the lives of local children. We welcome all local educators, social workers, counselors, health care professionals, childcare providers, legal professionals, law enforcement agents, churches, parents, foster parents, and neighbors to participate. This free event includes music, entertainment, and active participation from the audience in launching flowers. Flowers provided. Event held rain or shine. Shanta Nowell: (910) 343-0703 80S FASHION SHOW 4/25; seatings, 11am and 1pm. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 15 Van Campen Blvd. 80s Fashion show presented by Camille’s Closet with clothes from Flashbax. Music by Jewell Events. Raffle prizes, including $100 from Kusek Financial. Benefits Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. $25/p. Reserve seat: or by mail (indicate time), Cape Fear Habitat, 20 N. 4th St. NC COASTAL FEDERATION VOLUNTEER 4/25, 10am-2pm: Prereg. for all the events: Thank you. NC Coastal Federation invites community members and volunteers to an oyster shell and marl bagging event at the Waterway Park in Oak Island. Event is part of a project to create oyster habitat along the estuarine shoreline of Oak Island. During this

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volunteer event we will be filling mesh bags with oyster shells and limestone marl to create bags that will be used to build a new shoreline oyster reef. We will be supplying a bob-cat to do the hard work, but we will still need many hands to cut, seal and stack the shell and marl bags. If you would like to come out for the whole day or a shift in the morning or in the afternoon, we could use your help. Event is suitable for adults, organized groups, and children aged 10+. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. PAWSABILITY CAPTAIN’S CHOICE 4/27, noon: The captain’s choice tournament this year will return to Cape FearNational in Brunswick Forest. The registration fee is $100 per golfer,with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The tournament fee includes lunch, range balls, golf, snacks, entertainment, party and “western” theme dinner to include beerand wine, and of course, no one wants to miss Paws-Ability’severpopular silent auction. Registration and payment using PayPal: SEXUAL ASSAULT ACTIVISM MONTH Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. will be hosting its 3rd Annual Jeans for Justice Campaign, “Ask Me About My Jeans,” in honor of Sexual Assault Activism Month. Campaign will be held every Friday throughout the month. Jeans for Justice began in 1999, when a judge in Italy overturned the 1998 rape conviction of a 45-year old driving instructor who had been convicted of raping his 18-year-old student. If you are a business owner, manager and/ or supervisor you can ask each of your employees to pay $5 to wear a button, to bring awareness to sexual assault in our community, along with wearing jeans on Fri., 4/27. All money collected will be donated to the Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick. Each business/organization that participates will be given a poster to display demonstrating their support for the cause. • Sat., 4/28, 9am-noon: The Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. will be hosting its 1st Ever Zumba-Thon, in honor of Sexual Assault Activism Month. 120 Coastal Horizons Dr, Shallotte NC, located behind the Jones Ford dealership. Registration at 8:30. Pre-reg: $10/day of reg: $15. Each participant is encouraged to garner donations from friends, family and co-workers. Prizes given to most money raised, best outfit and best Zumba moves! Reg. forms: www. All money raised will benefit the Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. Deanna Stoker: 910-754-7949 or PARROT HEADS SPRING PHLING Pleasure Island Parrot Heads 14th Annual Spring PhlingProceeds to benefit Cape Fear River Watch and PIPH Local Charities. 4/27 Lazy Pirate 6-10pm, w/ silent auction fund-raiser. Scearce and Ketner Band, 7-11pm. Free • 4/28 PIPH Boat Cruise, noon for Winner Cruise Queen at Carolina Beach Boat Basin, 1-4pm. $30 each, BYOB cooler and snacks provided by PIPH. Reservations/Info call 910-392-2663. Everyone over 21 welcome! HARRELSON CENTER COURTYARD SALE 4/28, 8am-2pm: Harrelson Center Courtyard Sale fund-

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with an awards ceremony and dinner at the Landfall Hampton Inn & Suites with entertainment by Nashville recording artists The Mulch Brothers.Each four person team will be paired with a celebrity player; cost includes tickets to all of the festivities, hole sponsorship at the tee or green of your choice. Jamie Thompson: 910815-5042 or GOLF TOURNAMENT Pender County Humane Society’s 3rd annual Gold Tournament, Sat., 5/5. Castle Bay Country Club, Hampstead, NC. Captain’s Choice; reg. 8-9am. Shotgun start at 9am. Rain or shine. Coffee/donuts, lunch and goodbags, raffle and prizes. $10k cash for first hole in one. 4-man team: $75/person. Judith: (910) 2702473. RSVP by 4/30. MINT JULEP JUBILEE A Kentucky Derby celebration. Mint Julep Jubilee from the Jr. League of Wilmington. 5/5, 3pm-8pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. Live race coverage and raffle for fabulous prizes. Mint Julep station, Southern fare buffet, live music, best hat contest and garden party attire. Tickets: $50/person. Ticket includes food and beverages. www. by 4/17. Tickets are $60 after and will not be sold at door. 910-799-7405.

raiser, which will benefit the Center and nine other nonprofit organizations. The center provides a place of collaboration for organizations that offer services to people in need. Support is provided to our partners through free utilities and below-market rental rates, providing educational opportunities and coordinating collaborative events. Partners of the building include Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, WARM, Communities in Schools, Outside the Walls, Phoenix Employment Ministry, Cape Fear Housing Land Trust, Philippians 3 Ministry, Drug Court and Cape Fear Resource Conservation and Development. Great deals on office and home furniture, household items, clothes, kitchen appliances, toys and tons of donations from local businesses. Music, raffle prizes, coffee and donuts! Preview Sale: 4/27, 11am3pm, to get first dibs on all these great items. Admission: $10; no admission fee on Saturday. Free parking available in the center parking deck. ajygourlay@gmail. com or 910-343-8212. DOSHER FOUNDATION GALA 4/28, 7-10pm: The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation, 924 N. Howe St., will hold second annual black-tie-optional gala at the St. James Community Center, located on the Southport-Supply Road. Music by the Andrew Thieland Big Band; dinner of heavy hor d’oeuvres and cocktails by Mr. P’s Bistro. Theme:“Healing for Generations. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to learn more about Dosher Memorial Hospital, and also about the Dosher Hospital Foundation and its impact on the quality of healthcare

in southeastern Brunswick County. Tickets: $100/person, and a number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. Kirk Singer: (910)457-3900. HISTORIC WILMINGTON EVENTS Historic Wilmington Foundation presents ‘Live in a Landmark Workshop’ Sat, 4/28, 8am-12:45pm. A workshop for architects, contractors, homeowners, and others interested in historic homes. SHould appeal to anyone wishing to restore, renovate, or remodel a building. Experts from the NC State Historic Preservation office, and Wilmington City Planning will be present during the workshop. 310 Chestnut St.

CAROUSEL CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT First Annual Golf Tournment with Sons of the American Legion, Sun., 4/29, 8am; Echo Farms Country Club. The proceeds will help provide Holiday presents and a party to children at the Carousel Center. Reg.: CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC 20th annual Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament will help raise money for much-needed equipment in the NHRMC Heart Center, Fri-Sat., 5/4-5. Proceeds will help purchase an Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, a device that can help save the lives of cardiac arrest patients. Casual golf outing at the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club at Landfall, 5/4; spots still available. Friday evening will include food stations, entertainment by celebrity guests and silent auction. Tourney on Sat., 9am, and will conclude

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS WALK 5/5, 9am: Take steps to cure cystic fibrosis by participating in Great Strides, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s nationwide fund-raising walk. Mayfaire Event FieldRegistration at 8 am/Walk & 5K Run begin at 9am. Walk (register: or walk (www.cff. org/great_strides/5krun). LAKEFEST 2012 Join in Cape Fear River Watch’s annual celebration of the history, plants, animals, and water quality of Greenfield Lake! 5/5, 8am, pancake breakfast by the old stone stack near the Boat House just before our First Saturday Seminar with Melanie Doyle (9am), the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Invasive Species Specialist. She is also a Conservation Horticulturalist for the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and an expert on native plants, as well as an expert in invasive exotic plant species. Starting at 10am we will be offering discounted Walking Nature Tours of Greenfield Lake. Tours last just under an hour and cost $3 per person or $5 per family. These tours received rave reviews from the girl scouts and their leaders last year. So sign up early! Tours begin at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Call the CFRW Office (910-762-5606) or Melissa Juhan (910383-1670) to reserve a spot. Paddle boat ride on the lake between 9 and 11am, w/all the proceeds going to the CFRW Education Committee to help benefit events like LakeFest and StriperFest! Half hour rides are just $5 per boat, hour long rides for $10, and boats can hold up to 4 people. Face Painting, casting clinics, fish identification, Greenfield Lake history presentations, enviroscape presentations and more.

theatre/auditions BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE All shows are $15 GA, $8 student admission. 111 Grace St. • Through 4/28, Leonard Melfi’s “Raggedy Anne Says Hello.” Fri/Sat, 8pm; Sun. shows at 5pm. Doors open half-hour prior to show. Tickets: $8-$15. BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS “God’s Favorite” by Neil Simon—a successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day “Job” w/high-maintenance wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking household help. When it seems things couldn’t get any worse, Joe is visited by a “Messenger from God” on a mission to test his faith and report back to “The Boss.” Directed by Tony Moore. 4/26-28, 8pm; 4/29, 3pm. Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. in Wilmington. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for seniors, students and military. Thurs shows, $15. 910-367-5237 or POSITIONS Original play written by Owen Dunne, starring Mike

O’Neil, Michelle Gagliano & Kathryn Leuci. A married couple explores their sex life, which leads to dark corners never before imagined. Directed by Steve Bakunas. Thurs-Sun through 5/11 at Red Barn Studio, 1122 S. 3rd St. Shows 8pm through Sat; Sun matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $20, 910-762-0955.

WORKING UNCW Communication Studies Dept./Readers Theatre presents the musical “Working,” 4/26-29, with Music Theatre International (MTI). Based on the popular Studs Terkel novel of the same title, the stage play was created by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) and features music by various artists including Schwartz and James Taylor. Directed and choreographed by faculty member Frank P. Trimble with music direction by Wilmington performer/instructor Lynn O’Connell. Shows at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Sat and Sun. Leutze Hall Television Studio (room 125). General seating tickets are free to UNCW students and $8 for all others. Complimentary student tickets are available in the Department of Communication Studies Main Office (2nd floor Leutze Hall). Tickets: WIZARD OF OZ 5/3, 6:30pm for adults 16 and up; 5/5, 1pm, children 15 and younger: Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” at Building F on the campus of Brunswick Community College. Attend the audition date designated for your age group, but if you need to be seen on the other date, exceptions can be made. You must audition if you wish to be considered for a role in this production, even if you only wish to be cast in the ensemble. Jen Iapalucci at jiapalucci@ or at 910-269-1518 . There will be approximately 40 people cast in this production. Auditioners will be taught the chorus of one song from the show All will be required to sing and participate in a simple movement sequence as part of their audition. Dress in loose, comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. Anyone who wishes to be considered for a major role should prepare a song that showcases their vocal ability and character. It does not have to be a song from this show. Please bring sheet music, a recorded accompaniment track, or be prepared to sing a capella. All-ages production. Performed July 27-29 and August 3-5, 2012 at Odell Williamson in Supply, NC. PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL The Performance Club Studio Theatre presents Pinkalicious the Musical as this popular and beloved children’s book comes to life on-stage! Shows May 4th-6th and May 11th-13th. Fridays at 6pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm/3pm. Visit PerformanceClubKids. com or Learning Express Toys (Military Cutoff Rd.) for tickets, $10. Performance Club Studio Theatre, 6624 Gordon Rd. Studio B. 910-338-3378 TOTALLY ‘80S CLASS REUNION The Totally 80’s Class Reunion, 5/11. Eat, drink, laugh, dance, and solve a murder! It’s been 20 years since Fillmore’s Finest last reunion, and another is right around the corner, only this time with a twist! Audiences are welcoem to dress from the ‘80s for a chance at best costume, cutest couple, smoothest dancers, and more! Music by Cover Girl (Seth Moody and Zach Hanner, The Noseriders & Da’ Howles, live drum machine, mini moog synthesizer and the golden vocals of front man Shelly Peters, w/eyboardist Nick Van Heflen) and food by Middle of the Island (low-country cuisine). Brooklyn Arts Center cash bar open. Tickets: $45 before/$50 day of., 910-232-6611 or 910-538-2939. Doors at 6:30pm; show at 7pm. Seating is limited. 520 N 4th St. CITY STAGE AUDITIONS City Stage auditions for summer season: “All Night Strut,” “The World Goes ‘Round” and “Songs for a New World,” Sun., 4/29, 1-4pm. City Stage, 21 N. Front St. for audition music. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Thalian Association presents the 11-time Tony Awardwinning musical La Cage aux Folles, directed by Tom

Briggs with music direction by Jonathan Barber and choreography by Debra Gillingham. 5/17-27 at historic Thalian Hall; Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $25 with senior, student and group discounts. For tickets 910/632.2285;; After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and Albin—two men partnered for better-or-worse—get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, ultra-conservative politician. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Georges runs a drag nightclub where Albin is the star performer. Music/lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Harvey Fierstein. FINDING NEMO Performance Club at Wrightsville Beach! Be in a show, no auditions! “Finding Nemo” is a tuition based theaterprogram led by LJ Woodard. Performance Club meets on Thurs., through 5/31, 4-5pm (ages 5-9) and 5-6pm (ages 10 – 13). Meet on Fridays,thru 6/1, 11am-noon (ages 6-11). Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec, 2567925.

comedy PORT CITY TOP COMIC 4/27, 28 and 5/4: 5th year Port City’s Top Comic feat. first round of the preliminaries will be Fri., 4/27. Comedians will perform 5 minutes of stand-up and be voted on by the audience and each other. Six comics will advance from this round and go on to perform at the finals held Fri., 5/4, during the Cape Fear Comedy Festival. The winner of Port City’s Top Comic wins a trophy, a cash prize, gets to open for Tig Notaro during the closing event of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and also will be given a feat. a slot at the 2012 Iowa Comedy Festival in October. Tickets are $5 in advance; $8 at the door. Over a dozen comics performing. Doors at 7pm; show at 8pm. Tig Notaro headlines the 2012 Cape Fear Comedy Festival on 5/4. Venues include Nutt Street Comedy Room, The Browncoat Pub & Theatre and City Stage. LAUGHING FOR LIFE 5/5, 8pm: Laughing for Life is a charity comedy show that benefits the Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day LoTide Run. Comedians from Wilmington, NC donate their time to help out local families that are battling the financial costs of a loved one’s cancer treatments. Please help spread the word about this event that has helped raise over $10,000 for local families in the three year’s since it began. Performing:Zach Boylston, Louis Bishop, John Felts, Mike Santo, Chris Harrje. John McQueen, Sean Webb, Mike Van Vliet and Colton DeMonte. NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8 and up. Schedule: 4/27-28, Andy Hendrickson (Comedy Central); 5/2-5, 3rd Annual Cape Fear Comedy Festival; 5/5 Tig Notaro (Comedy Central, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien) . 36 comedians from around the country for 4 days of comedy. Tig Notaro will be headling the weekend, 5/4-5, 8pm. • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thurs. Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover. • Nutt St Comedy Room announces the opening of The Studio at Nutt St. We provide a community workshop program for actors, comedians, improv, and public speaking. Workshop provides actors and comedians the ability to develop their skill levels and participate in multiple workshops. Beginners workshops available. All ages are welcome. Timmy Sherrill: 910-520-5520. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. 910-520-5520

music/concerts PALM ROOM CUST. APPRECIATION PARTY 4/27, 5-8pm: Come out to Palm Room for our Customer Appreciation Party with free food, giveaways and great drink prices.

WSO MASTERWORKS SERIES 4/28, 8pm: Masterworks Series Season Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Kenan Auditorium. Joining the Wilmington Symphony for Beethoven’s spectacularly rousing Ninth Symphony with its life-affirming “Ode to Joy” are soloists Rochelle Bard, mezzo-soprano, Jami Rhodes, alto, Joshua Collier, tenor, and Curtis Campbell, bass along with the UNCW Concert Choir, Joe Hickman, director. 962-3500. CABINEER’S PROMOTIONS Cabineer’s Promotions and Oneville Productions is presenting an R&B Show featuring the Great Pretenders and Ecklectik Soulz performing some of their greatest oldies and newest hits. This is a relaxing atmosphere for all of us that miss enjoying an evening out with live entertainment. 4/28, 9pm: Wilmington Sportsmen’s Club. Dance follows. Advance tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. 516-306-3022 or 910-200-3683 MUSIC AT FIRST 4/29, 5pm: Music at First presents Domonique Launey on piano, performing Back’s Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 878; Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major Op. 2, No. 2 and Chopin’s Sonatat in B-Flat minor Op. 35, No. 2. Free but donations appreciated. First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd St. 910-762-6688. www. ACOUSTIC SPOTLIGHT ON THE RIVER Join Wilmington Water Tours every week for a relaxing cruise down the Cape Fear River. Each week we will feature a different local musician on board for your listening pleasure. Full bar will be open and we will have some light snacks to enjoy. Thursday and Fridays, 6pm $27/p. 4/26 Mark Daffer; 4/27 Duo Lumina. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 Water St. (910) 338-3134. www. CAPE FEAR CHORALE Cape Fear Chorale will hold auditions for adult singers in all voice parts beginning 5/1. The Chorale will present “Gloria” by Vivaldi and “Magnificat” by Schubert on 11/18. The non-profit group rehearses Monday evenings at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. To schedule auditions go to COASTAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY CHOIR Coastal Carolina Community Choir concert, 5/7, 7pm. Angels Watchin’ Over Me, Brookwood Baptist Church, 903 Henderson Dr. Jacksonville, NC. Program will consist of spirituals arranged by Dawson and Dilworth including Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Ain’-a That Good News!, River in Judea, My Good Lord, Jordan’s Angels; and Haydn’s Little Organ Mass. Dr. Ayumi Nakamae at 910-938-6227 or nakamaea@coastalcarolina. edu. Free, open to public. AZALEA COAST CHORUS The Azalea Coast Chorus is looking for a new director; current director is retiring. Four-part cappella harmony, barberhsop style, singing chorus with 17 members, and we meet on Monday nights. New members are welcome to join. 910-270-1519.

dance SWING AND BALLROOM Wed. through 4/25 Classes 12:30:Beginner Ballroom, 1:30:Intermediate Ballroom, 2:30 Swing, Singles/Couples. New Hanover County Resource Center, 2222 College Rd, Advance. 910 799-2001 SINGLE’S DANCES All dances at the Am. Legion Post 10 unless noted otherwise. No shorts, miniskirts or jeans. Music from 9-11pm; cost w/DJ, $10; w/band, $10-$12. • 4/27: DJ Buddy Langley. Dale Thompson (910)619-1054. BABS MCDANCE Zumba Master Class! 5/4, 6-7:30pm; doors at 5:30pm. Babs McDance and Gina Graziani Proudly present: Loretta Bates, Master Zumba Instructor. A Weekend Filled With Zumba! Tickets available. 6782 Market St or

(910) 395-5090. $15-$20. • Basic 2 Training, 5/6. Register now at Limited space available! Basic 1 Training is sold out!Gina Graziani (910) 540-0677. Babs Mcdance (910) 395-5090 OVER 50’S DANCE Over 50’s Dance will be held Tues., 5/15 7:30-10pm at New Hanover Senior Center. Music by Diane & Tony. Couples, singles and all ages welcome. $5 plus finger food or 2-liter drink. 799-1694. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • 4/28: Jae, 4-5.30pm, and 9pm-1am: TBA, Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport : 4523 Franklin Ave, Cost: $10/person per class. Ellen Bethune: 910-352-1219 or SURFER TANGO Salsa on 2 NYC style, Thurs, 8pm, $5/person at Orton’s Pool Hall. Lesson at 7pm; all welcome and no partner needed. CONTRA DANCE Tues. night, 5th Ave United Methodist Church, S. 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. All levels; singles and couples, families, students invited. $4. (910) 538-9711.

art/exhibits ARTFUL LIVING GROUP Artful Living Group located at 112 Cape Fear Blvd., 910458-7822. April: Wendy Kowalski.Mezza 9: “Notes for Joy” assembles inspirations of wondrous and blissful figures, dancers and contortionists flowing into life’s source. • May: Ortrud Tylor’s Oil Paintings. Opening, 5/3, 6:30-8:30pm. • June: Candy Pegram’s folk art. Opening, 6/7, 6:30-8:30pm.

LE PETIT ATELIER DU MONDE 4/27, 6pm: An International Art Residency exhibition featuring the new paintings of Gerlinde Pistner from Nurnberg, Germany, Virginia Wright-Frierson and Dick Roberts from Wilmington at Acme Art Studios. “Le Petit Atelier du Monde” (the little studio of the world) is the first annual residency hosted by Dick Roberts and will recur eachspring in either April or May at Acme. The exhibition is also a part of the Wilmington 4th Friday Gallery tour. 711 N. 5th Ave. GOING PLACES Going Places opens Fri., 4/27, at New Elements Gallery, 201 Princess St. The show will feature paintings by J. Michael Kennedy, Catherine C. Martin, and Hunter Stephenson. Enjoy these three distinctly different artists in our latest exhibition, on display through May 19th. Immerse yourself in the peaceful tranquility of J. Michael Kennedy’s “skyscapes,” focusing on dramatic cloud formations and the interplay of light and colors. You’ll feel the energy of Martin’s alla prima (literally meaning “at once”) style paintings, a technique which allows for a very emotional and expressionist look and feel to her work. Stephenson’s distinctive style combines her effective use of negative space with a looseness of color and form. Her work creates a clean, fresh vision of her subject matter. Meet the artists at our reception during Fourth Friday Gallery Night, 4/27, 6-9pm. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT Fourth Friday Gallery Nights 2012, free monthly events where local galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Self-guided tours feature exhibitions of various artistic genres, as well as opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other traditional and nontraditional art-related activities, 4/27. SPECTRUM ART GALLERY

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EMERGENCE Graduate students in UNCW’s Creative Writing MFA program exhibit paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media work exploring the theme of “Emergence.” Art remains on display through Tues., 5/1. Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess St. (910) 362-9666.

SUNSET RIVER MARKETPLACE Runs through 5/31, 10am - 5pm, Mon. - Sat. Feed Your Eclectic Soul: A showing of custom design, fine crafts and gently loved pieces from the past. Includes unusual pillows, textural table runners and other fabric pieces by Beth Pethtal combined with gallery owner Ginny Lassiter’s eclectic eye for incorporating antiques, pottery and contemporary pieces into a warm and cohesive design. 10283 Beach Dr. SW, Calabash, NC. 910-575-5999

PELICANS Pelicans: An Exhibition by Artists of the Coastal Region at WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio’s MC Erny Gallery. Featuring a group of nearly 20 area artists who have come together to create a themed exhibition focusing on pelicans of our coastal environment. Show on display through 5/4. Fourth Friday Reception on April 27, 6-9pm, w/lite bites and minling with artists. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. Warwick Building at 254 N. Front St., third floor.

PROJEKTE “Uncomfortable Satisfaction,” an exhibit showcasing provocative oil on canvas art along abstract and functional ironworks by artists Sullivan Dunn and Jeff Bridgers. Hangs through 5/5. • Four-week, audience and special-guest-artist-judged competitive, starting in June. All submissions must be received by 5/21, $10 (includes two tickets for ea. night of fest); late submissions will be accepted up to 5/27, but with an additional fee, and may not be in consideration for the grand prize. Fantastic prizes; open to area high school, community college, and university students, anong any struggling artists still striving for significant name recognition who aren’t yet working steadily in the industry, making a living off their art. Screening a selection from the entries each Tues., 6/5-29, with gala awards ceremony held fourth and final week.1st-3rd and honorable mention awarded. DVD format please. • Call to artists: Displayed concurrently during film fest, student/local artist black and white photography exposition: “Chiaroscuro.” Now accepting entries for the strictly photography show! Open to all photographers, and must be submitted by 5/20. Send up to 5 .jpeg images or drop them by the gallery. The show will be juried according to the definition of Chiaroscuro, an Italian term, which quite literally translates to “light-dark.” All details: Starr

DARREN MULVENNA Darren Mulvenna celebrates his new exhibition of original paintings and first press prints on aluminum for an opening reception 5/9, Caprice Bistro, 7-11pm. 621N4TH Michelle Connolly and Colleen Ringrose will showcase their latest works at 621N4TH Gallery. On display through May, in the new body of work by Michelle Connolly, encouraged by Colleen Ringrose, has explored a different medium: encaustic—just another way to express the potential she sees in the discarded material

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museums CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 7/15: Cape Fear Treasures: “Shoes” takes a glimpse into a selection of footwear from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries featuring spectator oxford pumps, lace-up boots, satin slippers, Air Jordans and more! • Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. • Learning Center: Wonders of Light, 4/21, 28, 1-4pm, for all ages w/admission. Discover the colors of light and see what happens when you mix them. • Cape Fear Skies: A realistic planetarium experience the third Sunday of each month w/admission. • Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: See page 12. • Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection, Brown Wing, through 5/6. Features 127 “first hand” drawings depicting colorful aspects of life and action during the Civil War era. Original drawings by artist-reporters for the Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, were used to inform a reading public

consumed by the need to know what was happening throughout America as it struggled to establish its national identity. • Exhibition tours every Wed. at 12:30pm Sun. at 2:30pm. • CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/6-wks. • Museum School summer master classes for middle and high-school students. • Hand and Wheel Pottery Techniques: Mon/Wd, 5/30-7/29, 9am-noon, or Tues/Thurs, 5/29-7/26, 5:30-8:30pm. CAM Members: $250; Non-members: $300. Hiroshi Sueyoshi teaches handbuilding, wheel throwing, glazing and finishing techniques. Class size is limited. Open to all skill levels, ages 16+. • Museum School: New classes. 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024).• Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba! Beginners are always welcome. dmoore@ Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2-12. 395-5999. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features non-native marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of well-balanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing Workshop. Pre-reg. classes. 910-458-8257; www.ncaquariums. com/fort-fisher. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Leading to Reading Literacy Class , 9am, and Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover

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Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Acting Club 2pm. • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. • 5/4, 9am-noon: 2nd Annual Family Farm Day to learn more about farming and the animals they may see on a farm. See barnyard animals—pony, chickens, bunnies and lambs—plant some herbs to take home with you. Hosted by Giddy Up-N-Get Up and Horsetails Farms. Free with admission or membership. • 5/5, 10am3pm: Time Warner Cable “Discover Science Day.” Free to public. Hands-on challenges will allow children and their families to explore and learn about the scientific process and develop critical thinking skills.Each experiment will incorporate the strong relationship between science, engineering and mathematics geared for younger children. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM Annual Shrimperoo fund-raiser, Sun., 5/9, 6-8pm, at Lumina Hall. Motts Channel is providing the shrimp and Middle of the Island is catering the rest of the menu. There will be live music. It is a fun, beach-commuity event. Tickets: $20 w/beer and wine sold by glass. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. (910)256-2569 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, 10am4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570.

sports/recreation CAROLINA CUP Open to pros and amateurs, adults and children, the weekend-long paddle-board event will take place 4/2729. From the flat waters of Banks and Motts channels to the wind-chopped surf of the Atlantic Ocean, there will be three different long distance courses, along with the Turtle Kids Race and the Sunday Sprint short distance race. Race is open to elite division paddlers, all others are open to all levels of paddlers. There are different divisions for men and women, based on board length (14 feet, 12 feet 6 inches, 12 feet and under, Surfski and OC-1) and paddling position (prone or standup). Sunday’s Carolina Cup Sprint Races will be open to men and women, exhibiting power and skill on the short course with one buoy turn on the water. 4/27: Standup paddleboard demos until 6pm, a clinic with SUP World Champion Candice Appleby and defending Carolina Cup Champion Anthony Vela from 2-4pm. Race reception at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort from 5-8pm. 4/28: Races with awards ceremony at 3:30pm; after party by Surfers Healing at 7pm. 4/29: Racers’ brunch, the Turtle Kids Race, the Carolina Cup Sprint Races, and more clinics, noon2pm. Haywood Newkirk HOOK, LINE AND PADDLE 4/28, 11am: Attention Kayak, Kayak Fishing, & Stand Up Paddleboard Paddlers and Enthusiasts! Annual “Hook, Line & Paddle Demo Day” on 4/28 ‘til 2pm at Smith Creek County Park in Ogden, 633 Harris Rd. Try different kayaks, fishing kayaks, and stand up paddleboards with certified instructors, in the safe fresh water of Smith Creek County Park Lake. Children under 16 must have a parent present. Free to the public! All skill levels are welcome. 910-792-6945 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARKS AND REC

Tennis lessons for youth & adults, tennis ladder, cape fear cotillion, performance club, bridge workshops, line dancing, shag lessons, traffic skills 101, youth art & jewelry camp, youth tennis camp, youth lacrosse camp, youth soccer camp, adult basketball league, kayaking & SUP workshop, NC Coastal Shorebird workshop, yoga, pilates, boot camp, tone & stretch, and low impact aerobic classes. For more information call 910256-7925. 2ND ANNUAL TWILIGHT RAMBLE 5/4, 7pm: 2nd Annual Twilight Ramble begins and ends at First Baptist Church Activity Center, Independence Blvd. Good Shepherd Center will host its second annual Twilight Ramble, an evening bike ride for riders of all abilities and ages, 5.5 miles. Mayor Bill Saffo will lead the ride, and Commissioner JonathanBarfield will join. Begins at the First Baptist Church Activity Center and follows the new Cross-City Trail to Halyburton Park and back. $15/adult and $10/children 12 and under. Helmets and bike lights required (can be a flashlightaffixed to the bike). Benefits Good Shepherd’swork with the hungry and homeless. Support last year helped 214 men, women and children transition from homelessness to housing. Dawn Carter: 910-763-4424 x 113 Reg forms: 23RD ANNUAL RIVER TO SEA BIKE RIDE Join us for a 20 mile casual–paced bicycle ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on Wilmington’s River to the Sea Bikeway (WMPO Bicycle Route #1). All riders welcome. There is no charge to participate but helmets are required. Meet at 12 N. Front St. between Market & Princess sts, 8am, 5/5; departing at 8:30am. Refreshments served at Wrightsville Beach Park at 10am. For those riders who are unable to make the return bicycle ride back to Wilmington from Wrightsville Beach Park, a shuttle will be available for passengers. RSVP required: (910) 256-7925.

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lectures/readings SLOW MONEY 4/25, 6-8pm: Slow Money of Wilmington would like to invite you out to understand new and creative ways to help inspire the local economy. You will learn how to bring your money back down to earth, right here in the Wilmington area, and help connect with viable local small food projects that need capital. The Slow Money movement is about local money making a difference by building resilience in our local food economy. Listen to local entrepreneurs’ present their ideas, like a sustainable Sushi Chef looking to bring his unique blend of traditional and modern techniques to the area.Grinder’s Caffe, 5032 Wrightsville Ave. www.slowmoneyNC. com. Tyler Phillips: (910) 854-0102. BARNES AND NOBLE All events are free and open to the public and Barnes and Noble in Mayfaire Town Center. Schedule: 4/29, 1-5pm, meet and greet w/James Kaufman,The Collectibles. Attorney, businessman and former judge, he’s published several works of non-fiction and debuts a novel drawing heavily from his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. SOCIAL MEDIA LECTURE & LUNCHEON 4/26, 11:30am: Guest speaker, Livvie Matthews, Social Media Consultant and Coach, on Internet marketing and social networking simple, relevant, and easy to understand. Training for creating and managing social media programs: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Blogs. Topic: “Social Media: Become The Pied Piper Of Your Market Using The Power Of Social Media.” Jenna: OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET The Going Green Book Club Selections for the next few months: 5/1: “Walden; or Life in the Woods” by Henry David Thoreau (1854); 6/5, “World on the

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classes/workshops FIGMENTS GALLERY April-June: Figments Art Boutique will have poetry classes with Michelle Hicks every Tues in April, May and June, 7pm. Students will encounter guided poem starters and free writing, instruction on poetic form, exploration of contemporary poets, and supportive workshop. Advanced poets can polish manuscripts and receive guidance in seeking publication. Materials: Journal, pen/pencil, folder. $25/class. Figments Gallery, 1319 Military Cutoff, Landfall Ctr. 910-509-4289 NATIONAL NANNY TRAINING DAY 4/28/, 9:20am: Our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of training for early childcare providers and to raise the overall level of quality nanny care.This is a national event taking place in over 30 cities. We are excited to bring nannies and local educators together to participate in this event. It’ll be Saturday April 28, 2012 the last day of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child. Lisa

TWO-DAY BOATING COURSE 4/28: CFCC two-day basic boating course, Sat. mornings, 4/28 and5/12, at downtown campus. Taught by certified instructors of the non-profit Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. Covers safety, navigation, communications afloat, state and local regulations, anchoring, GPS use, piloting, and more. $35, which includes the America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition textbook and other materials.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) “True life is lived when tiny changes occur,” Leo Tolstoy said. I agree. It’s rare for us to undergo rapid, dramatic transformations in short periods of time. That’s why it’s delusional to be forever pining for some big magic intervention that will fix everything. The best way to alter our course is slowly and gradually, by conscientiously revamping our responses to the small daily details. Keep these thoughts close at hand in the coming weeks, Aries. Be a devotee of the incremental approach—stepby-step, hour-by-hour. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) “What people really need and demand from life is not wealth, comfort or esteem, but games worth playing,” psychiatrist Thomas Szasz said. I love that thought and am excited to offer it up to you right now. You have been invited—or will soon be invited—to participate in some of the best games ever. These are not grueling games foisted on you by people hoping to manipulate you, nor pointless games that exhaust your energy for naught. Rather, they are fun challenges that promise to stretch your intelligence, deepen your perspective and enhance your emotional riches. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) Is it conceivable that you’ve gotten a bit off track? As I close my eyes and ask my higher powers for a psychic vision, I get an impression of you staring at a blurry image of a symbol that is no longer an accurate representation of your life goal. Now of course there’s a chance that my vision is completely unfounded. But if it does ring at least somewhat true to you—if it suggests a question worth asking yourself—I invite you to meditate on the possibility that you need to update your understanding of what your ultimate target looks like.

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) From an astrological point of view, it’s prime time for you to attend a networking extravaganza or collaboration spree. Likewise, this is an excellent phase in your long-term cycle to organize a gathering for the close allies who will be most important in helping you carry out your master plan during the next 12 months. Have you ever heard of the term “Temporary Autonomous Zone”? It’s a time and place where people with shared interests and common values can explore the frontiers of productive conviviality. It might be a dinner party in an inspirational setting, a boisterous ritual in a rowdy sanctuary, or a private festival for fellow seekers. I hope you make sure something like that materializes.

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LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) To begin one of his performances, comedian and musician Steve Martin ambled onstage and told his audience what to expect. “Before every show,” he said, “I like to do one thing that is impossible. So, now I’m going to suck this piano into my lungs.” That’s the kind of brag I hope to hear coming from you sometime soon, Leo—the more outrageous the better. Why? Because I’d love to see you cultivate a looser, breezier relationship with your actual ambitions. To make boastful jokes about wacky or farfetched goals might inspire you to be jauntier and friskier about those real ones. And that would rouse a burst of fresh motivational energy. VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) The text for this week’s oracle comes from Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), a great American statesman who, after escaping slavery, became a leader of the abolitionist movement. “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation,” he said, “are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning . . . The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand.” Please, apply these thoughts to your own situation, Virgo. You have entered the liberation phase of your cycle. LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) I’m about to list some declarations I hope will come out of your mouth at least once in the next three weeks. If for any reason you’re not finding yourself in situations where these words would make sense for you to utter, please, rearrange your life accordingly. 1. “There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now.” 2. “Is it OK with you if we take this really slow?” 3. “No one’s ever done that before.” 4. “Squeeze my hand when it feels really amazing.” 5. “It’s like we know what each other is thinking.” 6. “Can I have some more, please?” SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) A political strategist told me one of her most important rules: To win an election, you have to help your candidate choose the right fights. I think that would be an excellent guiding principle for you in the coming weeks, Scorpio. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will be getting invitations to spar, joust and wrangle. Although, it might be exciting to leap into each and every fray with your eyes blazing, I suggest you show careful discernment. Try to confine your participation to those tangles that will downplay your weaknesses and highlight your strengths.

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) In the famous children’s book “The Little Prince,” the hero lives on an asteroid with three volcanoes, two active and one dormant. One day he decides to leave home and travel to other realms. Before departing, he meticulously scours all three volcanoes. “If they are well cleaned out,” the narrator reports, “volcanoes burn slowly and steadily, without any eruptions.” I recommend that you take after the Little Prince, Sagittarius. It’s high time to attend to the upkeep of your volcanoes. Make sure they will burn slow and steady in the coming months, even when you’re not at home. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) One of the classics of ancient Sanskrit literature is the “Kama Sutra,” which gives practical advice about erotic love. The most popular edition of the book offers instructions on eight kinds of kisses and 64 sexual positions, with additional tips on styles of embracing and caressing. This would be an excellent time for you to get inspired by information like that, Capricorn. Your relationship with the amorous arts is due for expansion and refinement. You don’t necessarily need to rely on book learning, of course. You could accomplish a lot of empirical exploration simply by getting naked and firing up your imagination. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) Singer-songwriter Tom Waits was strongly influenced by Bob Dylan’s down-to-earth album “The Basement Tapes.” “I like my music with the rinds and the seeds and pulp left in,” Waits testifies. “The noise and grit” of Dylan’s rootsy, intimate songs, he says, creates a mood of “joy and abandon.” That’s the spirit I wish for you in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, get down to the gritty, organic core of things. Hunker down in the funky fundamentals. Hang out where the levels of pretension are low, and the stories are fresh and raw. PISCES (20 Feb. – 20 Mar.) You’re not really breaking the rules, right, Pisces? It’s more like you’re just testing their elasticity; you’re helping them become more supple and flexible. I’m sure sooner or later people will thank you for how you’re expanding the way the game is played. It may take a while, but they will eventually appreciate and capitalize on the liberties you are now introducing into the system. In the short run, though, you might have to take some heat for your tinkering and experiments. Try not to let that inhibit your eagerness to try creative risks. |april 25-may 1, 2012|encore 53

Hanover Regional Medical Center wants to help you learn more about how to manage or even cure your pain at its free Back Pain seminar at the Fitness and Wellness Center in Brunswick Forest, located at 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway, Leland. Experts from New Hanover Regional Medical Center will talk about the causes of back pain, how you can prevent it and your treatment options: Todd Rose, M.D., an orthopedicspine surgeon, and neurosurgeon John Butler, M.D. Free, open to public. CFFA CLASSES Beginners’ fencing class, 5/1, 6:30pm, for six weeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, Tues/Thurs, $50, in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. Equipment supplied; includes 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 Tues/Wed/Thurs, 7:30pm. HOWARD BAD HAND Howard Bad Hand, author of “Native American Healing,” from Taos, New Mexico will be in Wilmington, NC, 5/2-6, for a community talk at Harmony Yoga on Thurs., 5/3, 7pm. Howard is a Lakota Sioux Spiritual Leader who will give Sat workshop on “Fulfilling Your Potential Using the I Ching,” 9am-1pm. Private I Ching readings are Wed-Sun, 335 Trails End Rd. Come with a question about your life. Sessions with Howard are an hour and cost $100 payable in advance, cash or check, to Howard Bad Hand. NC COASTAL SHOREBIRD WORKSHOP UNCW and Cape Fear Naturalist’s free NC Coastal Shorebird workshop at the Fran Russ Rec Center at Wrightsville Beach Park, Fri., 5/4, 7pm. To raise awareness about local shorebird ecology, identification and conservation practices happening in the area. Work-

shop is free to the public. A boat trip will be offered for class participants on the following day Sat., 5/5, 11:30am, $10/person. Departs from Blockade Runner Resort Dock. • Mother’s Day on the Water: Mother’s receive a free cruise and beverage with a paid passenger, Sun., 5/13. Cruises depart hourly from Blockade Runner Resort at 11am and topping off evening with the sunset cruise, 6:30pm. $30. Capt. Joe at 910-2004002 or

clubs/notices MT. PILGRIM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 7500 Carolina Beach Rd, hosts three nights of spring revival services at 7pm: 4/25-27. Praise service at 6:30pm and guest speaker on Wed. is Jim Davis, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church; Thurs. is Jerry Pearson; and Fri. is Richard Smith, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. James R. Malloy: 910-540-7299. SNAP SITES Charlotte Works is looking for community and faithbased partners to build on their existing network of SNAP sites. Sites are public network access points shared with community partners to extend Charlotte Works’ resources into neighborhoods and within faithbased organizations so that communication, transportation and other barriers to development for employment become non-factors. HUMANISTS AND FREETHINKERS 5/4, 6-8pm: Meeting of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear at the Bridge Center, Market Place Mall, South College Rd. Special guest, Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Author of several books, “Losing Faith in Faith,” “Godless” and “Good Atheist.” Dan will be giving an exciting visual presentation. Following our meeting Dan will be signing books and then we will have a pot luck dinner.RSVP: www. ROTARY CLUBS OF ILM The Rotary Clubs of Wilmington present on 5/5, the Daffodil Run Walk and Art in the Garden at Greenfield. Two fundraisers will provide necessary funding for the Rotary Wheel Beautification Project at the Rotary Garden at Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington, North Carolina. Registration at 7:30am at the corner of Honeysuckle St.and Amphitheatre Dr. at Greenfield Lake Park. The Daffodil Run Walk start promptly at 8am, with hand-painted awards, by the Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines, being presented at 9:30am for: top 3 runners overall, female and male. Registration is only $20/ person before 4/20 and $25/after. Art in the Garden at Greenfield festival will commensurate afterward, featuring our area’s finest artists, as well as Cameron Art Museum’s “Children’s Art Tent” sponsored by Davis Funeral Homes, at the Rotary Garden, adjacent to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Greenfield Lake Park. Lori Harris: OUT WILMINGTON Sat. 5/5 in Raleigh will be a Rally during Out-Raleigh. Wilmington Pride and other organizations from around the state will be banding together to protest against Amendment One. We need local volunteers from the Wilmington area to help with phone banks and volunteering at the polls.

culinary FIRE ON THE DOCK 4/25; 5/1-2; 8-9; 15-16; May 22: A new “Got To Be NC” dining competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture features an Iron Chef-style cookoff each evening. Two coastal N.C. chefs create three

courses each, based on a secret ingredient revealed to them that day. Diners taste each course blind and select the winner alongside a team of culinary and celebrity judges. Winners advance to the next bracket, and on May 22, one chef walks away with a cash prize and bragging rights. Fifteen dinner competitions will be held at Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Tickets: $49 or $59 for finals. WEEKLY FARMERS’ MARKETS Riverfront Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, downtown (Through Dec.;; Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market Saturdays, Carolina Beach Lake (5/12-9/15; 910-431-8122); Wrightsville Beach Mondays, Causeway Dr. (5/7-9/3; 910-256-7925; Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wednesdays, 10200 US 17 N. (4/4-11/22; Feat. over three dozen food, arts and crafts vendors. Music feat. every week with Cindy Rhodes on hammered dulcimer.Cooking classes: 4/25.

WINE AND CUPCAKES Coastal Cupcakes and Fortunate Glass wine pairing; Thurs., 4/26; 5:30-7pm. Five cupcakes paired with five wines. $25/p. Reservations req. due to limited seating. Fortunate Glass: 399-4292.

A TICKET TO TASTE 4/27, 6:30-10pm: A night sampling Burmese and Iraqi cuisine. Second annual fund-raiser for Interfaith Refugee Ministry-Wilmington, a resettlement agency. Tickets: $25; 264-7244 or Feat. musical performances by supporters of Interfaith Refugee Ministry-Wilmington and the Burmese Karen Choir of Wilmington. Learn about the refugee experience from people who have fled persecution in their homelands to journey to the U.S. Since 2010, we resettled 106 refugees from Burma, Columbia, Cuba and Iraq. St. James Parish Episcopal Church Perry Hall, corner of Dock and S. 4th sts. 910-264-7244.

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