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on the cover FrOM thE rAFtErs pgs. 32-34 the Brooklyn Arts Center at st. Andrews opens officially this weekend with a concert from Ponderosa.
We interviewed Brooklyn Arts Center’s executive director, RIchard Leder, about the center’s multi-use as an event and concert venue, as well as 1888 Skate Club’s vice president Hunter Ford. Be sure to check out North Fourth Street’s latest renovation. It adds cultural enlightenment to Wilmington and a boost for the Brooklyn Arts District. The debut show with Georgia band Ponderosa is free this weekend, kicking off the center’s grand opening; read the interview with the band on page 18.
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news & views ....................4-8 4 live local: Gwenyfar discusses the Harper’s Index and the benefits of mixed-use
NC writer is eligible to submit one story, which should be original, unpublished and limited to 10 double-spaced pages. Entries 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 throughout the summer. 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 4/29. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society on 5/15. 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.
LAtE-nIGht FunnIEs “It just came out that Donald Trump once called Ronald Reagan ‘a con man who couldn’t deliver the goods.’ Trump also called Abraham Lincoln ‘a bearded moron who couldn’t even sit through an hour of theater.’”—Conan O’Brien “Donald Trump is apparently on top among Republican voters. People are responding to his straight-forward honesty, tough talk, and utter lunacy. If Trump does become president, I hope he puts a wig on his plane and calls it Hair Force One.”—Jimmy Kimmel
OOPs! We regret the name error (James Bridgers) in last week’s art story, “Rustic Chic,” featuring Jeff Bridgers’ latest exhibit at Crow Hill. Be sure to check out his Dogwood tree ironwork now on display. General Manager: John Hitt // email@example.com Art director: Sue Cothran // firstname.lastname@example.org
6 tornado aid: Tiffanie Gabrielse talks to folks affected by recent tornado damage in Onslow
8 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reveals the latest odd stories.
artsy smartsy ................10-26 10-12 theatre: Shea Carver interviews Steve Bakunas about Red Barn’s latest play, Yasmina Reza’s ‘God of Carnage’; Rachael Carscaddon interviews Opera House Theatre Company director and actors for the opening of ‘Amadeus.’
15-16 art: Lauren Hodges interviews fashion designer Kristin Wood about her change of career; Linda Grattafiori finds out about CAM’s latest Museum School.
17 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging at local galleries.
18-19 music: Sarah Crandall interviews Georgia band Ponderosa about their show at BAC (see cover story); Patti Wilson dishes with Mike Blair and the Stonewalls about their upcoming CD Release Party at The Whiskey.
20-23 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.
25-26 film: Anghus gives three stars to ‘Scream 4’ and interviews ‘The Red Machine’ filmmakers to preview their screening at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, taking place this week.
grub & guzzle .........28-31 28-31 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide!
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32-34 cover story: See cover story box. 36 feature: Christina Dore interviews Shaun Mitchell about his latest talk show.
37 crossword: Brain teaser with Stanley Newman.
38 fact or fiction: Winner of encore’s annual Fact or Fiction contest, Ichabod C. reveals his latest installment of ‘It Makes Me Wonder.’
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Castle Street Antique District exemplifies a mixed-use neighborhood, featuring commercial and residential properties. Photo by Bethany Turner arper’s index” is a pHrase
that conjures images of lists with numerical values at the end of each line. Sometimes humorous, often surprising and occasionally shocking, it is a format that has been frequently parodied and borrowed, even in this esteemed publication. (On the event of ex-publisher Wade Wilson’s departure, he ran an index of his time with encore that included the number of times a missing encore magazine rack was discovered in someone’s garage). In April of this year “The Institute for Local Self Reliance” published the Localism Index in the April 25th edition of “The Nation” (http://www. newrules.org/retail/news/localism-index). Topics covered included: • Number of chain pharmacy locations that opened in 2009: 177 • Number of independent pharmacy locations that opened in 2009: 474 • Increase since 2002 in the number of Starbucks company stores: 3,297 • Increase since 2002 in the number of independent coffee shops: 4,923 Also included was information like this: • Percentage of bank assets held by small and mid-sized community banks: 22 • Percentage of small business loans made by small and mid-sized community banks: 54 • Growth in deposits at small banks and credit unions since 2008: $77 billion But what really caught my attention was the last line: “Minimum amount having a grocery store,
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bookstore, coffee shop and restaurant within half a mile of a house increases its value: $21,000.” Given the dramatic hit to the housing market and what that has meant for so many, it is naturally a topic on many people’s radar, mine included. As we have watched our friends begin families and buy first houses during this strange time in real estate, what makes a home valuable and what does not is a topic that has surfaced frequently. When one of Jock’s children was considering buying a house a few months ago, I commented that given the current real-estate climate, the length of time the house had been on the market and it’s lack-of-storage floor plan, the price seemed a little high to me. “Yes,” Jock responded patiently, “but that price is for the neighborhood, not the house.” He went on to point out the beautiful tree-lined streets, the proximity to downtown and, therefore, coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, theatres, parks and the elementary school located within walking distance from the house. He summed up: “That is the real value of this house, where it is—not what it is.” The intangibles increase the value of the life lived there, not just the condition of the roof. What was being described was life in a big city where mass transit is used or for the rest of America: life before the proliferation of the automobile. We drive farther now to go shopping than we ever have before. We talk about a simple time with mom-andpop shops during elections, and for years, as a small business owner, I have found this infuriating. But what the $21,000 figure is telling us is that we
yearn for a return to that— to a feeling of community within our neighborhood that comes from shopping and eating with our neighbors. Regular readers of this column have heard me sing the praises of Folks Café because the coffee shop has introduced more interaction and communication between neighbors in our area than any other single identifiable event or place. Jane Jacobs, arguably one of the great thinkers of the 20th century, repeatedly addressed the issues of quality of life in neighborhoods and the importance of mixed-use neighborhoods (residential and commercial) for creating a vibrant, economically stable and desirable place to live. These objectives have been attempted repeatedly in the fringes of our downtown, with both the North Fourth Street, South Third Street and the Castle Street revitalizations. Castle Street finally took off with the creation of its Antique District, along with the opening of Jester’s Java and Big Dawg’s Cape Fear Playhouse. It is an area that exemplifies Jacobs’ observations about the enhancement of the quality of life in a mixed-use neighborhood. It has housing across the economic strata: public housing is nearby and some very expensive historic homes within walking distance as well. It is on an upswing for re-development and the enhancement in the quality of life for the residents is obvious. Everyday we are given an opportunity to shape the world we live in with our actions. Choosing to support independent businesses that not only spend money in our local economy but also invest in the quality of life in our neighborhoods has rewards that pay dividends for years.
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Tornadoes destroy communities, bring them together again
down in North Carolina history—at least in meteorological history. It marked the worst tornado outbreak in over 30 years, leading to many deaths across our Tar Heel state. StarNews cited the storm system, which swept across six states, killed a total of 45 people. North Carolina was the hardest hit, as the occurrence affected areas from Winston Salem all the way to the Outer Banks. For me, a resident of Onslow County, the terror began at 8 p.m. My husband and I were glued to our TV sets. Around 8:15 p.m. our power went out, the heavy rain started and the wind picked up forcefully. Immediately, we bolted to our guest bathroom located within the inner belly of our one-story ranch. Before we reached the door, our lights powered back on. Thankfully, we never heard the infamous freight train. However, families less than 10 miles away on Camp Lejuene and Piney Green were not so lucky. The National Weather Service announced the path of damage the tornadoes created in Onslow County covered almost four miles in four locations around Jacksonville before
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moving into Craven County. The initial damage occurred in the Tarawa Terrace I, the junior enlisted housing area of Camp Lejeune where the average military family is only 22 years old. Rated an EF2, its path width was 100 yards. The tornado crossed N.C. 24 into the Holiday City Mobile Home Community before moving northeast to the Colonial Heights and Montclair subdivisions of Piney Green Road. In the Montclair subdivision, the tornado caused the greatest amount of damage; wind speeds intensified to 145 mph—an EF3 rating. By 8:45 the warnings were gone and so, too, was the storm front that began in Oklahoma. True, the aftermath was and still is beyond belief: Roofs were blown entirely off, brand new two-story base-housing duplexes were left with only one floor, and in one cul-de-sac cars were stacked on top of one another like toys in a bin. Overall, about 150 homes in Tarawa Terrace I and II were affected, and between 40 and 60 of them suffered heavy structural damage of
EF3 DEVASTATION: Tornadoes hit in Onslow County, devastating military housing and stacking cars like toys in a bin. Courtesy photo.
some kind. At least 10 were totally destroyed. Outside his demolished home on Piney Green, Elvin Capestany, retired USMC MSgt., recounted his story for encore. “There was no cover I could take,” he said. “I heard the roof crash in the living room. Inside the house, it felt like something was pulling on it. Then, a window burst, and it felt like pepper spray hitting my face.” A crane gathered debris near us. “All our cars are totaled,” he noted. “Today is the first day I could change clothes. My uniform was found three blocks down the street. It still had my name tape on it. Now, we just pick up the pieces. I guess it’s got its positives. No need to do spring cleaning.” Just days after our First Lady spoke about Camp Lejuene ranking eastern North Carolina a model for community support, residents are living up to Obama’s words and rallying together to put the pieces back. Dixie Lanier, marketing manager with The Marine Corps and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities (AMCC), a privatized community that builds and manages property for military families, staffed at Tarawa Terrace II, states more needs to be done. “I can tell you, being here and seeing the devastation, everyone has really pulled together,” she says. “I can’t speak highly enough of the USO, The Marine Corps or the Department of the Navy. Right now we’re tarping houses, boarding windows and assessing what needs to be demolished or fixed.”
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Currently, the AMCC has two large tents set up and filled with donated clothing. “We’d like to tell people that while we don’t need any more clothing, we do need diapers, wipes, water and nonperishable foods,” Lanier says. She also holds out hope that every military family affected by the tornadoes will be in a new, permanent home by May 3rd. Some already have keys, even. With an identified 25 tornadoes that touched down, the National Weather Service stated there’s an estimated 800 homes that are damaged or completely destroyed. The cost to rebuild is more than $9 million. Jonathan Popkin, spokesperson for Furniture Fair in Jacksonville, New Bern, Kinston, Goldsboro, Greenville and Morehead City, wants residents affected to know their family business of 57 years is ready to help. As victims of the tornado fight to rebuild, Popkin aims to help take stress away from struggling families by providing mattresses and box springs. “We take care of everyone the best we can,” he says. “Every dollar one contributes will go directly toward getting a family something they need. We’ve already donated children’s beds, bedding, and sofas and worked with a few local schools. We are trying to make sure everyone has at least something when it comes to their immediate needs. Here, in Jacksonville, everyone is everyone’s neighbor—and the retired military that built their life here give back to the next generation that follows. It’s how everyone thrives.” To assist families with Furniture Fair call, Katie Winn at (910) 455-4044 ex. 244. Or to provide aid needed by the AMCC and the USO, call the AMCC at (910) 219-6440.
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LEAD STORY Businesses typically resist government regulation, but in March Florida’s interior designers begged the state House of Representatives to continue controlling them, with a theatrically ham-handed lobbying campaign challenging a deregulation bill. Designers righteously insisted that only “licensed professionals” (with a minimum six years of college and experience) could prevent the nausea Floridians would suffer from inappropriate color schemes (affecting the “autonomic nervous system” and salivary glands). Also, poorly designed prison interiors could be turned into weapons by inmates. Furthermore, deregulation would contribute to “88,000 deaths” a year from flammable materials that would suddenly inundate the market in the absence of licensing. Said one designer, addressing House committee members, “You (here in this chamber) don’t even have correct seating.” (If deregulation is successful, competition will increase, and lower fees are expected.) Cultural Diversity The longstanding springtime culinary tradition of urine-soaked eggs endures, in Dongyang, China, according to a March CNN dispatch. Prepubescent boys contribute their urine (apparently without inhibition) by filling containers at schools, and the eggs are boiled according to recipe and sold for the equivalent of about 23 cents each. Many residents consider the tradition gross, but for devotees, it represents, as one said, “the (joyous) smell of spring.” The port town of Kumai, Borneo, consists of low-rise shops and houses serving a population of 20,000 but also many tall, windowless box buildings perforated with small holes. The structures are actually birdhouses, for the town’s chief industry is harvesting the nests of the hummingbird-like swiftlet, constructed of its own saliva, which, properly processed, yields a sweet-tasting paste with alleged medicinal qualities and highly revered throughout Asia, according to a January BBC News report. In January, while the Texas Legislature debated budget cuts that would almost certainly cost Allen High School (just north of Dallas) at least $18 million and require layoffs of teachers and other school personnel, construction was continuing on the school’s new $60 million football stadium. Noted a New York Times report on the stadium (which 63 percent of voters approved in a 2009 bond referendum), “(O)nly football supersedes faith and family (among Texans).” Latest Religous Messages Former stripper Crystal Deans, who said she learned the trade at age 18 but later retired and turned to God for help through a rough patch of her life, now offers free pole-dancing classes in Spring, Texas, near Houston, expressly for Christian women. Her gyrations may be the same as when she was working, she said, but now everyone is clothed, and she dances only to “Christian music.”
Youth pastor Brent Girouex, 31, was urged to confess by his minister in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in February to an apparently lengthy series of sexual experiences with boys and young men, which he initiated by suggesting that ejaculating would help the victims gain “sexual purity” by (as he explained to detectives) “getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.” Eight victims reported multiple purification sessions, with one estimating as many as 100. Questionable Judgments For Career Day in April at Shady Grove Elementary School in Henrico, Va., kids heard a local plastic surgeon describe his specialty, but not until afterward did parents learn that the surgeon had brought along as props saline breast implants (which he passed around for the kids to handle). Many parents were outraged, and even one calmer parent commented, “Career Day sure isn’t what it once was.” The End Is Near, But How Near? In March in Owensboro, Ky., James Birkhead, 52, was sentenced to 5 1/2 months in jail for making survivalist bombs to protect his family after he became alarmed by the movie “2012,” which portrays the chaos expected next year when the world ends (as supposedly foretold by the Mayan calendar). By contrast, Edwin Ramos of Vineland, N.J., is busy traveling the East Coast in his RV trying to warn people that the end will not be in 2012 but actually this month May 21, 2011. (The discrepancy would not exist if there had been a biblical year “0” after B.C. and before A.D.) Ramos’ father apparently does not share his son’s view because he accepted ownership of Ramos’ successful construction business as Ramos concluded that it had no future. Marie Stopes International is a prominent London charity that robustly promotes a woman’s right to choose abortion, but a whimsical public service campaign in January has created unusually savage criticism. The organization partnered with the British comedy music band The Midnight Beast to produce a video suggesting anal sex as a contraceptive of choice. Among the lyrics of one song, “One up the bum, and it’s no harm done/ One up the bum, and you won’t be a mum.” Least Competent Criminals A man stole Waltham, Mass., student Mark Bao’s notebook computer in March, but Bao used his automatic online-backup service to access the hard drive while the thief was using it, to discover a performance video of a man (presumably the thief) dancing (lamely, thought Bao) to a pop song. Bao uploaded the video to YouTube where 700,000 viewers showed it the proper disrespect and also tracked down the thief’s e-mail address and informed him of his new Internet “stardom.” Shortly afterward, the still-unidentified thief turned in the notebook to Bentley University police with an apology to “Mark,” begging him to take down the video.
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‘God of Carnage’ provokes humankind’s many faces with humor
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Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Mike O’Neil, John Stafford and Michelle Gagliano take the Red Barn stage in ‘God of Carnage.’ Photo by Kelly Starbuck.
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are faces behind closed doors. Which we see depends on the certitude built between two people. That’s the tenet behind Steve Bakunas’ directing style and behind Red Barn’s latest play, Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” opening this week. “I have to build trust with my actors,” Bakunas, a 20-year seasoned thespian, says. Though he studied directing at a conservatory, it’s his experience on stage that helps him recognize each actor’s journey and how they tap into the honesty of their characters. He wants everyone he works with to realize that, as their director, he has their best interests at heart. “I’m an actor first,” Bakunas exclaims, “so I know there is a certain vocabulary and a way to understand and get [actors] to trust you. . . . They may be able to explain a character, but sometimes they don’t always know how they come off.” These underlying themes parallel the issues running rampant in Reza’s play. Who we are, how we’re beholden and what we believe often times in life gets challenged under tumultuous circumstances. It begs many questions: What face do we wear to the world and to the people closest to us? Who exactly gets to see us stripped and raw? And how many sheaths are there to reach our true selves? “As human beings, we know how to perceive others,” Bakunas notes. “We can tell when someone’s bullshitting us and when they’re putting on an act. I am trying to get the actors to tap into how they would really portray themselves in every scenario. I want them to treat everything as if it were happening to them— the script calls for the real action.”
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“God of Carnage” follows two married couples through the turmoil and aid of their children’s playground fight. When they sit down to discuss the situation, behaviors and principles get revealed, in essence showcasing a different face of each character. “Digs start happening and what’s underneath comes to light,” Bakunas says. “Alcohol gets introduced, and walls start coming down.” With four of Wilmington’s most talented actors— Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Michelle Gagliano, Mike O’Neil and Jon Stafford—leading the helm, the play’s casting is something of which Bakunas remains proud. In fact, he had their roles cessed out when he and his wife, Linda Lavin, first saw the play on Broadway in 2009. “We try to find things suited for our community of players,” Bakunas says. “I knew Michelle would be perfect; she has so much weight, a fullness to her acting. All of these actors have the goods in them. . . . Mike is a generous, kind, self-effacing man; but I knew he could play a pompous, arrogant lawyer. We all have secret feelings we carry. As a director, it’s my job to find them. . . . I like to provide a safe environment, so the actors bring the most to the table.” Only an 80-minute production, “God of Carnage” deals with a host of stereotypes and underlying issues that everyone in the audience will be able to relate to in some form or another. Misogyny, racism, bigotry—“it has it all!” Bakunas assures. Though the drama certainly reveals darker aspects of human nature, it’s not without humor, which makes the show most appealing. “Comedy is real life,” Bakunas says. “Things that become funny are serious in one way, and they’re
funny because one situation juxtaposes another. It’s almost like when you get different people next to each other; it’s funny to see them relate but comical when one may not get the other. ” Red Barn is the first studio in North Carolina to secure the rights to “God of Carnage,” thus making it a premiere show not only in Wilmington but statewide. The connections Bakunas and Lavin have made in the industry allow them to continuously bring new and charged scripts to our theatre scene. “We basically try to see everything on Broadway and determine if it would be a good play for us,” he says. “Most are Pulitzer Prize or award winners that people haven’t seen.” “God of Carnage” won the Tony for Best Play in 2009. Having familiarized himself with Reza’s work, including acting in her 1994-written play, “Art,” when it ran in Thalian’s black box theater years ago, Bakunas connects to the wordsmith’s approach to writing. She’s concise and oriented on the bottom line. “She doesn’t use wasted words and sing-song-y stuff,” he explains. “Her writing unfolds; she doesn’t have unnecessary scenes. She sets up characters like an artichoke or onion: Peel back every layer until you get to its heart.” “God of Carnage” opens April 28 and runs through May 29, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students. The play contains strong language. For reservations call 910-762-0955. (The film version of “God of Carnage,” directed by Roman Polanski, is already slated for release in 2012.)
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the early age of 5, and over his lifetime, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created 600 or more works for the Classical era. His father, a violinist for the local Archbishop of Salzburg, recognized his son’s extraordinary musical ability early on and proceeded to take him touring throughout Europe. By age 16, Mozart had already experienced the world, having visited England, Italy, France and Germany, all the while meeting some of the most important people in politics and music during that time. His work puts him in the top rankings for classical music, but there was more to his story than just being a great composer. When Mozart died mysteriously, fingers started to point to fellow composer Antonio Salieri, a man who had become an obsessed rival. Upon hearing of Mozart’s mysterious death, playwright Peter Shaffer became interested in the relationship between the two composers. In 1979 he wrote “Amadeus,” which zeros in not only on the history and music of Mozart but on the antagonism between the men. “Amadeus” has made its rounds since it opened in 1979 at the National Theatre in London, coming to the States in 1980 and proceeding to win five Tony Awards, including one for best drama in the 1980 season. Eventually, its popularity and success went to film, sweeping the Academy Awards. Now, Shaffer’s “Amadeus” finds a spot onstage at Thalian Hall, opening Wednesday, April 27th, and running through May 8th, courtesy of Opera House Theatre Company. Directed by Lou Criscuolo, theater-goers are invited to watch the regaling tale of Salieri versus Mozart.
caddon by Rachael Cars Amadeus eatre Company Opera House Th et 0 Chestnut Stre Thalian Hall • 31 8, 8 p.m.; 4/27-5/1, 5/6Sunday, 3 p.m. 10) 632-2285 Tickets: $15 • (9 l.com www.thalianhal “It’s a wonderful play,” Jason Hatfield, who plays Antonio Salieri, says, “It’s not the type of show you [normally] see. It’s not ‘Grease’; you really have to listen and pay attention.” At the beginning of the production, the audience is introduced to Salieri first, not Mozart. As it continues, audiences get the story from Salieri’s point of view. He is the court composer for the Emperor of Austria in the 18th century. Upon hearing Mozart’s music, he becomes completely mesmerized. The obsession quickly rises, and when Salieri meets Mozart, he is baffled that the grace and charm of the music does not match the person behind it. Mozart is a stubborn, arrogant man who indulges in juvenile activities. Salieri becomes enraged, and questions how God gave such impeccable gifts to a person whose behavior is far from tolerable. Universal themes—envy, jealousy, inadequacy—bluster throughout the production. Pretty much staying true to its tale—except for maybe a word or two, Criscuolo jokes—the story is clear-cut. The timeperioud costumes are being handmade by Julie Harvey, and the set will not be what the audience expects.
WHIGGING OUT: One of music’s most popular stories comes to life with ‘Amadeus,’ featuring (left to right} Zack Simcoe as Mozart, Dan Morris as Count Orsini-Rosenberg, Jason Hatfield as Antonio Slaieri and Robin Dale Robertson as Joseph II. Courtesy photo.
“There’s not much stuff on stage,” Robin Dale Roberston, who portrays Joseph II and the Emperor of Austria, says. “Light boxes, columns. The lighting and the music will be key to [‘Amadeus’] other than us out there.” The play switches locations throughout, but it’s not really the place of action that
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makes a difference; it’s the relationships. “The play depends on the actors,” Criscuolo continues. “I can cover it up with music and tons of set, but it all comes down to the actors. So less is better. And the fascinating thing is: The more we get into it, the more I see light bulbs coming on and [the actors] saying ‘Oh, that’s what this is about!’” he laughs. The breadwinner of the show, the music, doesn’t just “create a completely different scene,” according to Criscuolo, it completes it. Tickets are still available through the Thalian Hall Box Office (910-632-2285) or through www.thalianhall.com.
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Being an audience member at one of Lynn’s show is a joy unto itself. You could find yourself onstage in a hysterical conversation without an ounce of control of what you’re saying. Her puppets include a tipsy camel who’s stored up far too much Jack Daniels, and old man Judd – so crotchety and outspoken – that what comes out of his crinkly latex mouth is bound to remind you of someone you probably just left at home.
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the creative side to every woman: An interview with local designer Kristin Wood
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opportunities for change—a turning point or proverbial fork in the road, when we choose a new path and direction for exploration. For local designer Kristin Wood, the turn ended up being a very dangerous one, amping speed at 55 miles per hour. “About five months ago, I was in a pretty severe car accident,” Wood recounts. “I broke my pelvic bone and was no longer able to walk for about two months.” Rightfully shaken from the accident and feeling ready for a new start, Wood’s family helped refresh her young passions with a single drawing pad. It eventually led her back to a creative life. “I come from two parents who were both extremely creative and artistic,” Wood says, “my father, a documentary photographer and director, and my mother, whose degree is in art and design. Art has surrounded me for as long as I can remember, in some form or fashion. From grade school through college, I found myself constantly drawing, painting or taking photographs. This was my obsession; it’s all I ever wanted to do.” But eight years ago, that changed. Even with a degree in fine art and photography, as well as a job in photojournalism, she couldn’t overlook her passion for wine. So when Classic Wines was looking for a representative for the Outer Banks area, she decided to give the career a go—which eventually led to marriage, many adventures and her current change of pace today. encore spoke to Wood about her beginnings, her transitions and the future of her blossoming, new career in fashion design. Here is how He and Me Apparel was born. e: Tell me about your career in wine and why you transitioned into it from photography. KW: I was making every effort to keep an imaginative mind, yet life threw me a curve ball when I discovered the elements of wine while working in fine dining. From my young artistic view, this was as strong a medium as any other. Simply put, the artist is the winemaker, and the palate consists of many colors and flavors. While drawing and painting all the while and taking the photographs I needed to pay the bills, wine was something I couldn’t resist learning more about. Wine gave me the enthusiasm I had with art. Somehow, I stopped painting, took little time to draw and only broke out my old manual Nikon when needed on a wine trip. Art, all of a sudden and for the first time in my life, had taken a back seat.
the industry, and we got married four years later. He has always wanted the most for me—to be that woman who went after something she believed in and loved. We are truly best friends. He helped me get my head on straight when I didn’t know where to turn: back to the wine industry after I had healed from my wreck or do something I had only dreamed about?
s by Lauren Hodge shion designer Kristin Wood, fa Trunk Show He & Me Apparel , noon-5 p.m. Ziabird • May 14 Rd. Ste. 9 1900 Eastwood e: You recently made a big career transition, though, bringing you back to art. KW: Sitting in a hospital bed is where I decided that my expiration date had passed with the wine business. Although I would always love it, I wanted something more. Four days after the accident, I was able to go home. My mom and my husband, Garrett, literally handed me a sketch pad and said, “Why don’t you draw again?” So, I did. I soon after began to not worry about the career that I had lost, but now I thought about the second chance I had been given and what I wanted to do with it. I haven’t stopped drawing since. e: Why do you think you turned to fashion this time? KW: I had to make something materialize from this pivotal experience that could bring me the pleasure and inspiration that I had found during my eight-year career in wine. Something that could make my unrecognizable world not seem so unfamiliar. So I thought about the things I truly love: drawing, fine art, landscape photography and, of course, fashion. It was another wonderful medium that I have always been intrigued by and have pursued. e: How have you translated your background with painting, drawing and photography into designing clothes? KW: I thought about what every woman wants from her wardrobe, something comfortable and soft but not homely—versatile and effortless to wear, forgiving when she wants it to be, however, flirty when she’s feeling good about her curves. This question sparked many other questions that I needed answers to. I thought about designing T-shirts with illustrations, cotton dresses that could be decorated with designs I came up with, but I wanted to make something I had not seen everywhere. e: What would you say is your brand’s signature? KW: The “Silhouette.” It is a seamless circle of a soft cotton-blend material that is somewhat like a scarf; only it’s 4 feet tall by 3 feet
e: How does he inspire you? KW: I fully believe that we all need a person in our lives to help us along the way—and remind us of how lucky we are to have our family and friends behind us no matter what. This person for me is my husband; the “he” in He and Me. We’ve been together for eight years and have had our fair share of ups and downs. We’re best friends because we look for the ups when we’re down.
ANYONE’S SILHOUETTE: He and Me Apparel’s “Silhouette” is a circular hand-designed fabric by Kristin Wood, which can be worn eight different ways, including as a dress. Photo by Kristin Wood.
wide, allowing a woman to wear it in several ways. From dresses to wraps and shrugs, shawls and vests and, yes, a scarf if that’s what she’s looking for. I have taken illustrations I’ve drawn, such as the large-scrolled feathers, and adorned the sides and corners with them so that you can pull or twist them to be anywhere on the body you’d like. I have chosen color schemes that I find to be both complimentary of the season and what’s hot on the runways, but more importantly, to flatter a woman’s skin tone, size and shape— their silhouette. What makes it unique is that in all of my years of exploring fashion, I’ve never seen anything like it. e: Where did the name for your design company originate? KW: “He and Me Apparel” is where it all came together. My husband was that guy those eight years ago who was looking for a rep on the coast to sell wine. He introduced me to
e: What’s next for He and Me Apparel? KW: I have just gotten my manufacturer and printer to finish the very first orders of Silhouettes. They’re available [now] in the Outer Banks at Islands by Amity in Duck and Kitty Hawk, and at Birthday Suits, all four locations from Corolla to Kill Devil Hills. Here, in Wilmington, Aqua Fedora downtown and Ziabird in Lumina Station will both be carrying them. Ziabird will be hosting a trunk show for He and Me Apparel on May 14th from noon to 5 p.m. We will be showing both the sheer Silhouettes, which make the most beautiful beach cover-ups and wraps, and the original Silhouettes that have a slightly thicker material and are perfect for dresses and shawls, vests and hooded caplets. We will be showing how to twist and wrap this special garment into about eight different styles and fashions. The versatility is endless, it will spark the creative side of any woman.
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masters in fine arts:
Renowned artists begin The Museum School at CAM
Cameron Art Museum is a happening place just because of its sheer existence and the amazing resources it provides for all people who have the privilege to visit, take a class, or teach a highly varied number of art forms. From its inception in 1964 as St. John’s Museum of Art through its bold move to Pyramid Park in 2002 as Cameron Art Museum (CAM), Carolinians and art lovers throughout the country have valued this museum’s commitment to educating the public. Inspired by Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s five-year success in CAM’s Pancoe Clay Studio, The Museum School now makes its home in additional dedicated studio space. It offers courses in drawing, painting, book arts, textiles, printmaking and photography. Located in the former gift shop, the room has 22-foot ceilings and a capacious window from which beams of light stream during daytime hours (the gift shop is now down the hall in the galleria space across from the café).
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“We are thrilled with Hiroshi’s work and will continue to support the evolution of The Clay Studio,” acting director Anne Brennan says. “But [we] needed an area free of dust, which the new space provides.” Sueyoshi, a regular Pied Piper in pottery for the whole eastern seaboard, continues to draw new students to his daytime and evening classes, and holds open studio days for the public on Thursdays. Thanks in large part to Sueyoshi’s work, CAM received grants three years straight from the John Shaw Field Foundation. It will help replace necessary equipment for The Clay Studio and provide admission for Dreams’ students, Boys and Girls Club, Open House Emergency Center and individuals from the Yahweh Center. Other master artists and founders of The Museum School, including Martha Burdette and Donna Moore, have enjoyed teaching drawing and painting to students in the newly dedicated and beautifully lit studio space, and look forward to more classes in the near future. Renowned photographer Lisa Marie Albert will offer two upcoming classes, Documentary Photography and Building a Blog. Continuous education credits (CEUs) are
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given to students of New Hanover County Schools who complete The Museum School courses. Artists from these classes and across North Carolina will have a true hayday the first week in May. “Counting 24 hours straight, from May 6th at 5 p.m. through May 7th at 5 p.m., with live music playing throughout the night, State of the Art/Art of the State will draw artists from all over North Carolina,” Brennan says. “It’s like a ‘happening!’” As artists walk through CAM’s door with their work in hand, they will be greeted by two famous curators, Susan Davidson from the Guggenheim in New York and Nicholas Cullinan of Tate Modern in London. One of the famous curators will shake the artist’s hand and direct the installation of work. There are no jurors and no fees, and the exhibit will run from May 8th through October 30th, 2011. It is an artist’s dream come true! For more information about registering for a class, forming a class, membership, children’s summer camp, State of the Art day and all other events at CAM, go to www.cameronartmuseum.com or call 395-5999.
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PIED POTTER: Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s success within CAM’s clay studio was the inspiration for the creation of The Museum School. Photo by: UNCW/Jamie Moncrief.
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New Elements Gallery will be hosting a trunk show April 29th-30th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for Mia Tyson’s new line of wearables. Our former neighbor and gallery owner was nationally recognized as a ceramic artist while living in Wilmington. After leaving the area several years ago, Mia began concentrating her creative efforts in the form of “wearable art,” receiving an overwhelming response from all over the country. Enjoy jackets, vests, tunics, jumpers, tees, tanks and scarves in a variety of spring-friendly fabrics.
1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm www.artfuelinc.com www.myspace.com/artfuel_inc Artfuel.inc is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th street. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Vol. 27: Works by Mike Brown, Eli THompson, Carissa Iris, Kit Furderer & Tiffany Walls. Opening reception on April 23rd.
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Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front Street (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 10pm Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm Our current exhibition (through May 14th) is a combined effort of Wilmington Early College and Isaac Bear Early College students. Mediums include watercolor, wax, charcoal, collages, Anime and pen and ink. We are excited to show the work of promising teenagers and hope you will join us to celebrate their wonderful talents.
Crescent Moon 332 Nutt Street • (910) 762-4207 In the Cotton Exchange Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm Sundays: noon-4pm www.crescentmoonnc.com Crescent Moon is a retail gift gallery specializing in fine hand-crafted art glass and metal sculpture has new art and new artists premiering for the spring season. Introducing platters by glassblower, Jennifer Nauck, of AZ and fabulous fun fused glass jewelry from Laurel Yourkowski of OR. Local artist Ron Consalvo is premiering his wickedly welded motorcycle sculptures and Bobby Fuller adds his Bonsai tree sculpture or copper and stainless to our gallery of local hand-made craft. Remember: gift wrapping is free! Think of us for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and your own décor. The Cotton Exchange offers free parking while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc!
Hampstead Art Gallery 14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.”
TRUNK SHOW: Mia Tyson Trunk Show, featuring items like short vest, felted jacket, coat and more, takes place at New Elements Gallery this week. Courtesy photo.
“Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you thank. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.
10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues- Sat. 10am-5pm Closed Mon. in winter sunsetrivermarketplace.com myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., 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 on-site.
Wilmington Art Assoc. Gallery 616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org The Wilmington Art Association Gallery on Castle St. closes April 30. “Relocation Sale” takes place, as we lower prices for artwork before the closing, during regular hours. Visit often during April, as you won’t get another chance to buy art at these prices!
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New Elements Gallery 216 N. Front St. (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com “Promises of Spring” features the works of Kristen Dill and Vicki Gates. The bounties of warm weather and plentiful sunshine will be unmistakable in this luscious display of florals and landscapes.The exhibition will remain on display through May 21st.
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Ponderosa debuts the Brooklyn Arts Center concert venue
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rock has never sounded as euphonic or genuine as the music made by Georgia band Ponderosa. Adding a dose of psychedelic rock energy to guitar-heavy anthems, the five-piece released their first record, “Moonlight Revival” back in January. They will be performing a free show as part of The Brooklyn Arts Center debut on Wilmington’s music scene this Friday, April 30. “Old Gin Road,” the band’s infectious first single begins with aggressive bass guitar riffs and a moderately fast-paced beat. The jam inevitably invites listeners to rock along to dynamic, catchy hooks that echo, “Hold on to what you think you know / It don’t make no difference to me / Hold on, you know I got to go / You know this ain’t no way to live free.” On extremely quick, upbeat songs like “Revolution,” notes from an organ give the song’s sound a juicy ‘60s punch and emphasize a gritty edge when filled with intense drums and guitar. What ultimately sets the band’s style apart from any other Southern-infused rock outfit is
Just really the essence of southern rock; southern, sexual music.
ll by Sarah Cranda Ponderosa nter Brooklyn Ar ts Ce • 4/30, FREE! 516 N. 4th St. music.com www.ponderosa lead singer Kalen Nash’s grainy but rich vocals, touched with a faint drawl that uplift each ballad. Nash’s talent enlivens each song on the album, adding to the band’s overall classic, mature sound. The members of Ponderosa are no strangers to professionalism. They had all been in previous bands over the past six or seven years. After meeting and becoming friends at a Georgia recording studio, their collective ears solidified quality sound, both live and in recordings. Nash and drummer Darren Dodd took some time out of their national tour to speak exclusively to encore. e: While growing up, what role did music
EUPHONIC, SOUTHERN: Ponderosa plays a free show for Wilmington this Friday night, 7 p.m., in Brooklyn Arts District. Courtesy photo.
play in your life? Nash: My great grandfather was a songwriter and my mom sang in church her whole life. Everyone in my family is pretty musical, actually, so that really influenced me growing up. It’s nice; because of those musical roots, they’re all very supportive of me being in a band. e: You just put out your first album in January. What was the process like with making that album, and what was the driving force behind the songs on it? Nash: Well, we recorded the record about two and half years ago. We shopped around and kept touring on our own, met New West Records and they eventually put the record out. The whole thing took about 18 or 19 days to record. I think that there are a lot of various points of inspiration for the songs on the album. Since it’s been a few years since the recording, a lot of the lyrics were written from a much younger perspective than where we’re at now. It’s really just about growing up and having fun along the way. Dodd: Everyone’s come from different places, but especially since we’re from Georgia, the south has been such a big influence. It sounds pretty stupid to just sit around and say, “Well, we all inspire each other.” Our inspiration is really from the south itself; the music and the culture as well as [singer] Robert Johnson.
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e: Since the release of your album, what has this tour been like so far? Nash: We’ve pretty much been on the road nonstop for the past three years, being broke and trying to make a living. There’s been a lot of McDonald’s food along the way. We’ve had some good runs over the past couple of months. We were in Texas and then California, which were awesome shows with a lot of people. It’s a lot of fun, though sometimes it can be a slow-go. Usually, we’re playing anywhere from nobody to 30 people a night. One time at a show, people started throwing glass bottles onstage at us in Arkansas. Darren had to go to the hospital, because he got his face busted open by one. That was pretty wild. I mean, it was a hardcore [punk genre] show, and we were just kind of thrown on the bill. Dodd: It was actually out of gratitude that they were throwing things at us. I just want to clarify that. I guess in Fayetteville, Arkansas, if [a band] really throws down at a hardcore show, it’s actually like, a gracious thing that takes place. It was technically a good thing, but just not for me because I don’t have health insurance. But in hindsight, I guess it was good for the band and good for our draw in Fayetteville. And a draw of blood from my head. e: What is the next step for Ponderosa? Nash: We’re constantly writing and recording, but we’re trying to finish up our next record in July. It will probably be released at the beginning of next year. e: Anything else, for the record? Dodd: Wilmington is fun! We can’t wait to perform there. Nash: John (organ, vocals) says that we would prefer that girls come to our show dressed as Ke$ha fans.
Ponderosa goes on at 7 p.m. at BAC, but doors are at 6 p.m. It’s a free show! For more information, call (910) 538-2939. Ponderosa’s music is available for purchase on iTunes.
the print: Just a piece of Mike Blair and the Stonewalls
I come! Here I come!”
Most “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” fans are familiar with The Roots’ lyrics that open the show. Mike Blair and the Stonewalls are of the ilk and hope to one day hear it live in the studio while waiting out their anticipation back stage to be announced as the night’s musical guest. If there is one thing that this band isn’t shy about, it’s admitting their love for Questlove (drummer, music producer of The Roots). I got to join in on the admiration while sitting down and chatting with half the members of the Stonewalls. It might have been Mike dropping a “Pelican Brief” reference on me over the phone while we were setting up the meet that assured me I was in for a candid interview. Mike holds merit to his namesake as writer, acoustic guitarist and vocalist for the group. Long-time friend and former bandmate Michael Graham is an engineering mastermind when not busy handling the electric guitar. Also a genius of production is Nathan Purifoy, who taps the keys at live shows. Keeping it a family business, Blair’s sister, Sarah, contributes her talents to writing and singing, while Graham’s brother, David, is an artist beyond just playing the bass. The soul of the Stonewalls is the jazz-influenced keeper of the rhythms, Keith “Sexy Bear” Butler Jr. The camaraderie runs deep between the Stonewalls, and it shows on and off stage. Though Mike, David and Keith were the only ones present at the interview, they still talked about the other three as though they, too, were with us. Audiences who have been captivated by the band’s Americana style and Blair’s soulful voice can delight in knowing that the band has immortalized their talents in the form of their first EP. Four of the six members have had experi-
by Patti Wilson the Stonewalls Mike Blair and y, ‘The Print’ CD Release Part St. skey, 1 S. Front 4/30 • The Whi g Al Hall Playing with Bi ls. andthestonewal ir la eb ik /m :/ tp ht bandcamp.com ence in a band setting before. Sarah is new to the practice, and David explored his music as a hobby. Mike and Michael had joined forces before and even recorded together in a previous collaboration. Nathan participated in many musical ventures, including the side project he currently has with Michael. Local audiences may be familiar with the beats that “Sexy Bear” lays down, because as David says, “Keith played in every band possible.” “I don’t play in every band,” Keith interjects. “But, I mean, I’ve played around with Charlie the Horse, Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine, and I was in another group called B-side Breakdown with some other friends from school.” Being submersed in the realm of performing locally gives the Stonewalls a chance to feed off of other talent and relish in the support from fans. “It’s interesting,” Graham explains, “and I say that because I’m the oldest member in the band, and I remember a lot of what Wilmington’s music scene has been and what it’s gone through. . . . There was a really, really good music scene at one point, and from about that point onward it’s kind of hidden itself a little bit in terms of the really good talent. There are a lot of bands, including us, who go out there and play the songs we write, and that’s good to me. Wilmington could have stayed in that little
THEY’LL STONE YOU: Mike Blair and the Stonewalls release their debut album at The Whiskey this Saturday night. Courtesy photo.
funk and just become really horrible as a music scene. I think a lot of it was a lot of fresh college kids keep coming in and out of here, and a lot of them like to play, a lot of them like to write. There’s a lot of creative people. So they’re now getting to the point where [they say], ‘Well, let’s take it back over.’” “The Print” is the title of Mike Blair and the Stonewalls’ debut album. It harnesses five dynamic songs and showcases the hard work and dedication of each band member, who made this record happen. “The most proud I’ve ever been,” Blair exclaims. “I’m excited about it on a lot of levels, but I think in a year I’ll look back on it and go, ‘cool.’ I mean, there’s going to be parts of it I want to change because that’s maturing, I guess. In like a year and a half, my musical ideas for the band are going to be completely different. But I’m happy with
it. I’m very pleased with it. I hope people respond to it. I hope it gets people to shows. That’s why we kind of wanted to make it ‘The Print,’ like it’s not us. It is us, but it’s not live Friday night or Saturday night.” “What was it Michael said?” David rhetorically asks. “It was like you want the Mona Lisa, but you can’t have the Mona Lisa, so you get a print of it. Yeah, you want what you want, but you can’t have it so here’s as close as you can get to it. That was kind of the whole concept behind the name.” Blair pledges that there will be numerous more albums to come, including an LP to be released in the fall. He ensures there is plenty of material sprouting from not only his head but his sister’s as well. “I feel like everybody’s worked real hard to get this album done. And I feel like everybody’s worked to get this band where it needs to be. I think it’s an attribute to all of us being adults. This is our first time being adults. . . . My constant thought, my last word is this EP is us, but it’s not. It’s us for right now—the 2011 version of Mike Blair and the Stonewalls.”
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WEDNESDAY, April 27
Wrightsville Beach Pool ° Darts ° Foos ° Pong
Friday, April 29
Ping Pong Tourney
Saturday, April 30
$3 Microbrews & $5 Pickle Backs
$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Jose Cuervo ∙ $4 Captain
Fridays $2 Coors Light • $2.50 Shock Top $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs
Saturdays $2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $3 Surfer on Acid
$2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $5 Jager Bomb • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 10 pm
MIKE O’DONNELL 7-10PM
Friday, May 6
THE OTHER GUYS 7-10PM
Saturday, May 7
DANIEL PARISH 7-10PM
MACHINE GUN May 8th
CENTRAL PARK BAND May 15th
MARK ROBERTS & BREEZE
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Acoustic JAzz PiAno with JAmes JArvis —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 GAry Allen’s Acoustic oPen mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 JAzz JAm —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 the Get Down JAm with the cAsserole —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 KinlAw & Johnson BAnD —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 DAniel PArish —Halligan’s Public House, 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 791-1019 Kersten cAPrA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 steven comPton —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 suGAr GlyDer, my wonDerful mAchine —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 the DAnGerous summer, sPArKs the rescue, the GrADuAte, the scenic, hunDreDth, sAints vs sAilors, tArA schroetter —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 swthrt, len lye —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJBe eXtreme KArAoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 live JAzz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 live Acoustic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 KArAoKe —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 oPen mic niGht —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Jeremy norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 roB ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832
SEASON Of trOuBlE: The Dangerous Summer performs on Wednesday, April 27 in the upstairs portion of Soapbox Laundro-Lounge, joined by six other artists for what’s sure to be one raucous night. Courtesy photo.
thurSDAY, April 28 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 live JAzz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 DuelinG PiAnos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 frieD lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Acoustic JAzz PiAno with JAmes JArvis —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 toP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 triviA with PArty GrAs DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 DJBe eXtreme KArAoKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 fireDAnce & Drums @ DArK, DJ mit PsytrAnce (11Pm) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 reBel AlliAnce, white ABBot, monsoon —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 miKe o’Donnell
—Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Brent stimmel —Halligan’s Public House, 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 791-1019 ron etheriDGe —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Benny hill —Creekside Cafe & Grill, 6328 Oleander Dr.; 679-4493 Dirty meGA DAnce PArty —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BiBis ellison —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 KArAoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 oPen mic with Jeremy norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 mAc & Juice —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 Jo Gore Duo —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Jim Ashley —Live on Grace, 121 Grace St; 399-4390
friDAY, April 29 DJ P funK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.;
342-0872 KArAoKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910328-4090 JAzz with Benny hill —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 miss fortune —Buffalo Wild Wings, Monkey Junction; 392-7224 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ willie stylez —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 KArAoKe with DJ vAlerie —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DuelinG PiAnos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ BAttle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 mADonnA nAsh —Harbor Masters, 315 Canal Dr., Carolina Beach; 458-28200 DJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 house/techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 JAcK JAcK 180
—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Eastbound —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 t.o.M.d. (GratEful dEad tributE) —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 CovErGirl —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 KErstEn Capra —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 blind lEMon plEdGE (8pM-12aM, tiKi staGE); dJ danE britt (10pM-2aM, insidE) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 rEdEMption, thE sound down shorE —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 biG daddy lovE, psEudo bluE —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 daniEl parish —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 robbiE bErry —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 full dish —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Jo GorE and thE altErnativE —The Spot (above The Eat Spot), 34 N. Front St.; 763-5366 bulls on paradE (raGE aGainst thE MaChinE tributE) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 abbEy road livE —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 MidniGht ConspiraCy, dJ stylEE, shh!raids, sbK —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 stEviE MaC —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 atoMiCCoCKtail —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 dustin burlEy, brandon sCott MClEan —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
SATURDAY, APRIL 30 KaraoKE —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910328-4090 dJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 housE/tEChno dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 dJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville
Beach; 256-2776 dJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KaraoKE with dJ MiCK —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 dJ battlE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 KaraoKE with frEddiE —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 dJ KEvin —The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282 duElinG pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 supEr bob —Wilmington Exhibit Hall, 10 Convention Center Dr.; 353-7625 travis shallow & band —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff;2569133 sofa KinG nauGhtiEs burlEsquE show —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Jah CrEation —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 funKy CabbaGE —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 dixiEland allstars —Creekside Cafe & Grill, 6328 Oleander Dr.; 679-4493 End of thE linE (8pM-12aM, tiKi staGE); dJ danE britt (10pM-2aM, insidE) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 papa froosh —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 thE stEady EddiEs —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 upstarts & roGuEs, tuCKEr hill, JiM ashlEy, dJbE ExtrEME, KylE lindlEy —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 MiKE blair and thE stonEwalls, biG al hall —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 thE dEsiGn —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 rio bravo, till ChaunCEy & thE frEE spirits, hadwynn, thE aiM was sonG —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 honEyMoon paJaMas —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 stEvEn CoMpton —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 susan savia —Romanelli’s, Leland; 383-1885 hip hop Co-op
—16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616
SUnDAY, mAY 1 frEE MEtal sundays —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 bEnny hill and friEnds —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 quiltEd sKy (3-7pM) —Live on Grace, 121 Grace St; 399-4390 pErry sMith (brunCh 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 dJ battlE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Chris bEllaMy —Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696 l shapE lot (3pM); Clay Crotts (8pM) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 MurdEr JunKiEs, s.o.l., no brainEr, sprinG brEaK 1931, shrEd Crust —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 EMbraCinG GoodbyE, to spEaK of wolvEs, sEt apart, suMErlin, Carry thE woundEd —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 GalEn on Guitar —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 sEx sEahorsE —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 MaChinE Gun —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500
monDAY, mAY 2 opEn MiC with Josh soloMon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 thE sElEKt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 brEtt Johnson’s JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KErstEn Capra —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 opEn MiC niGht —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 pEnGo with bEau Gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 dJ riChtErMEistEr —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838
TUeSDAY, mAY 3 CapE fEar bluEs JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKE with dJ valEriE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 aCoustiC Jazz piano with JaMEs Jarvis
—Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 CollEGE niGht KaraoKE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 trivia with dutCh froM 94.5 thE hawK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 indiE MusiC niGht —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KaraoKE —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 livE aCoustiC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838
weDneSDAY, mAY 4 Gary allEn’s aCoustiC opEn MiC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 daniEl parish —Halligan’s Public House, 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 791-1019 Jazz JaM —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 aCoustiC Jazz piano with JaMEs Jarvis —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 Kinlaw & Johnson band —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 opEn MiC niGht —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 JErEMy norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 livE Jazz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 KaraoKE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 livE aCoustiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 thE GEt down JaM with thE CassErolE —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 KErstEn Capra —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 dJbE ExtrEME KaraoKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838
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kind to the horror genre. The past 10 years has been a brutal, torture-filled execution for the horror film. And when Hollywood wasn’t churning out gore-filled slaughter pornography, they were remaking every great horror film from the past 30 years. While our senses were being assaulted with “Saw” inspired nonsense, our most classic stories were being remade into polished trash. The death of the horror film can be attributed to the deluge of remakes. In the six years I’ve been writing for encore, my most heinous, venom-filled reviews have been reserved for festering piles of garbage, like Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” remake, and brain-dead crap, like the “re-imagining” of “House of Wax.” What these awful remakes have in common with trash like “Saw” and “Hostel” is a lack of imagination. The horror film was in a similar place back in 1996. The 1980s had seen the genre rejuvenated with the creative and financial success of “The Nightmare on Elm Street” series and the endless sequels of every other horror property. By the time the 1990s rolled around, the horror genre was nothing but sequels and predictable silliness. “Scream” was the movie that changed everything and quite literally flipped the script. “Scream” is still the smartest horror film ever made. Credit goes to Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”) for writing a script far more cerebral than the genre deserved, and its director, Wes Craven, crafted a movie that not only dissected the horror film but brought them back from the dead. Fifteen years later horror films are in a similar state of malaise. Here comes “Scream 4” to try and take a stab at making the genre relevant again. While it’s not quite the grand slam the original was, it’s a damn entertaining, back-to-basics slasher film. Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro 10 years after the murders that made her famous. She has embraced the horrors of her life and come out the other side trying to make sense of it all. Her new tell-all book has become a hit, and things are finally looking up. Of course, this is a “Scream” movie, so we know that won’t last. Our old friend Ghostface returns to slice and dice the young, beautiful teenagers of Woodsboro. The cast of regulars return: Dewey (David Arquette) is now the sheriff and married to Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). The kids are brand new. There’s some spurious connections. Jill (Emma Roberts) is Sydney’s cousin. Her friends are a fairly shallow attempt at carving out similar personality types to the
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mpbell, Starring Neve Ca , David Arquette Cour teney Cox, Emma Roberts
characters from the first film. There’s the dark and brooding teen heartthrob, a pair of film-obsessed nerds and a few hotties to fill out the cast. There’s an awkward balance between the old and new characters, who seem to exist only to have beautiful people to brutally kill. The new characters feel recycled, with the exception of Emma Roberts (niece of Ju-
quels, and “Scream 3” was about trilogies. “Scream 4” is about going back to the well. There’s a few good ideas in the movie, but a lot of it feels like an excuse to utter lines like, “The rules have changed!” Or re-stage moments from the first film. The second act is so predictable—every moment so telegraphed— that the whole movie begins to unravel. Surprisingly, an exceptional third act, which saves “Scream 4” from becoming the kind of predictable horror film it serves to skewer. It’s rare to see a film that redeems itself with the ending, but “Scream 4” rolls out a major “What the what?” finalé that rivals just about every film in the franchise. Wes Craven is still capable of making entertaining films. Like his ghost-faced killing creation, he’s consistently sharp, swings er-
reel reel this week in film Titus Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 Sundays, 8pm • Free Directed by Julie Taymor (“Frida,” “The Tempest”), “Titus” is a contemporary film adaptation of Shakespeare’s darkest comedy-tragedy, “Titus Andronicus.” Mixing various historical periods within the visually stunning cinematography, the fantastical, violent film was critic’s pick from “The New York Times.” Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming. R; 162 minutes.
Vanishing of the Bees Cinematique Thalian Hall Studio Theatre 310 Chestnut Street April 27-28 7:30pm, $7
(pictured) “Vanishing of The Bees,” narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the
OLD IS NEW AGAIN: ‘Scream 4’ brings back Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to Woodsboro to fight her ghost-face killer. Courtesy photo.
lia Roberts). Roberts manages to take what could have been a by-the-numbers role and turns into a star-making performance. It’s rare to be surprised by the acting in a horror film. Most of the time they’re phone-in performances that never manage to exceed expectations. What’s great about the “Scream” series is how many recognizable faces they cram into each installation. “Scream 4” manages to work in everyone, from Anthony Anderson (“Law and Order: SVU”) to Anna Paquin (“True Blood”). It never feels forced. Wes Craven is smart enough to stock his films with game actors willing to cut loose and have some good oldfashioned, frenzied fun. The script is a little less refined this time around. “Scream” was a horror movie about horror movies. “Scream 2” was about se-
ratically and often misses the mark. Yet, there is something entertaining about bringing the gang back together for another bloodbath. While the meta-concept shows its age, there’s still a lot to like in “Scream 4.”
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economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. 90 Minutes. Rated: Unrated
The Barber of Seville 111 Cinema Drive • (910) 815-0266 Call for times • $6 - $9 5/4, 7:30pm: Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” encore HD digital satellite broadcast from Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy. Considered the most popular opera buffa (comic opera) of all-time. It is an Italian opera with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on the first of a trilogy of plays written by french author Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville. Conducted by Andrea Battistoni; directed by Stefano Vizioli Starring Dmitry Korchak, Bruno Praticò, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Vittorio Prato. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. .2 hrs, 50 mins, including one intermission. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At encorepub.com.
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capers and crooks: ‘The Red Machine’ screens at Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Independent Film Festival kicks off this week at multi-venues in Wilmington. An excellent showcase of independent cinema, there is a vast selection this year available for many a viewing pleasure at The Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 16 Taps, and Live on Grace. One of the more engaging selections comes in the form of “The Red Machine,” a caper adventure set in 1935 Washington D.C., at the height of the Great Depression. The movie follows a cool-as-ice Navy spy (Lee Perkins) who is ordered to work with a professional thief (Donal Thoms-Cappello) to pull off the heist of a lifetime. The Japanese military has changed its encryption codes, with potentially devastating results for the U.S., and a prominent Japanese diplomat holds the key to his country’s secrets in the form of a mysterious machine. As the spy and thief work together to get a glimpse of the machine, they find more to the job than they bargained for—things get very personal. encore had an opportunity to talk with codirector Stephanie Argy about the film and its showing at the CFIFF on April 30th at 4 p.m. he
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e: Tell us the challenges you faced doing a period piece. Was it your first? SA: ‘The Red Machine’ was our first narrative feature as writer/directors, but it wasn’t our first period piece. In fact, most of the movies we’ve made have been period pieces—the stories we fall in love with generally happen to be set in other times. The biggest challenge—and one that people may not think about—was finding actors who seemed believably period. People in the past had different facial structures, different physiques, and, most importantly, they spoke and behaved in a different way. We’d gone through the process of finding period-style actors before, especially on our short film “Gandhi at the Bat,” where we had to find actors who could play Hall of Fame baseball players of the 1930s —and we used many of those same actors again for “The Red Machine.” e: When you were reading the script, a scene or a character, what jumped out and made you say, “I have to make this movie”? SA: The thing that really made us want to make it were the actors—in particular Lee Perkins, who stars as the spy, and Donal Thoms-Cappello, who stars as the thief. We’d had the basic “Red Machine” story floating around in our imaginations for a while; then, when we made our short film, “Gandhi at the Bat,” we met those two, and, suddenly, it was as though a spotlight turned on for “The Red Machine.” We knew Lee was our spy and Donal was our thief, and we had to make the movie right then.
by Anghus ndent Cape Fear Indepe Film Festival 1st April 30th - May ne” “The Red Machi 30th, 4 p.m. Saturday, April and Theatre Browncoat Pub www.cfifn.org e: The film’s been touring a number of festivals. What’s the audience response been like? SA: It’s been an amazing! We’ve played all over the U.S., and even in Scotland and India, and it’s an incredible experience to watch people from such different places connect to the movie. We draw a very smart audience, and they seem to appreciate a movie that asks them to pay attention and solve a puzzle. At our Q&As, they ask really sophisticated questions, and we feel really honored to meet them. e: What kind of films inspired the movie? SA: There are so many and such a wide range— we could sit down for a long, long coffee with you over this one! Capers and adventures are big favorites of ours, especially movies with a twist, like “The Sting.” We’re big fans of the Coen Brothers, so it’s been a compliment that people have compared our work to theirs—mainly the tone and the characters. We love movies from the 1930s and 1940s, film noir, like “The Maltese Falcon,” screwball comedies, like “His Girl Friday” and “The Lady Eve.” Looking even earlier in cinema history, the comedies of Buster Keaton have been a big influence—and that surfaces especially in Donal’s performance as the thief. e: What’s next? SA: We have a good one: It’s another caper adventure, this time set in the mid 1800s. It’s about a group of private detectives who do work for the railroads and the telegraph companies. Then, when the Civil War breaks out, they suddenly find they must learn to be spies. CFIFF SCHEDULE: Thursday, April 28th: Regional Showcase—Great short films from the Cape fear area and nearby. • 16 Taps 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. “Retriever” by Barrett DeLong “Firearm” by Tim Boissey/Jon Ripley “The Reliever” by Marcus Mizelle “I F *#! with My Voice” by Evan Rothman “Superhero” by Langley McArol “Narc Squad” by Justin Soponis/Troy Carlton “Rag & Bone” by Dan Burke “House Hunting” by Angela Kennedy
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“Mustang Psycho” by LeAnn Cheri “Routine Process” by Jonathan Latona Friday, April 29th: Invitational Feature • Browncoat Theatre, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. “Choose” directed by Marcus Graves, plus the short film, “The Gritters.” • Live on Grace, 9 p.m. - midnight “Stonehenge” Kickoff Party Friday, April 29th: Invitational Feature • 16 Taps, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brain Hammer (short films) “Truck Farm” by Ian Cheney “Crab Feast or Famine” by Kat Moon “Letters from Latta Plantation” by Glen Cashetta “The Last Gift” by Marcus Mizelle “The Note” by Chris Staehler “Les Epouvantails (The Scarecrows)” by Berin Tuzlic • Browncoat Theatre, noon - 2 p.m. Listen to the Flower People (short films) “The Plant” by Jennifer Oxley “Stuck” by Teresa Dowell-Vest “Man from the Dying Planet” by Taryn Kosviner “Jaybird” by Javier Vivas “Dooley 218” by William Lilly “Chance of Showers” by David Spiegelman “Carolina, I Love You” by Peyton Lea • 16 Taps, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Working Actors Panel Discussion, featuring Danielle Panabaker, Tammy Arnold, Jerry Winsett, Cindy Hogan, Lou Criscuolo, David Topp • Browncoat Theatre, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Intravenus DeMilo (short films) “Anna” by Bud Dowdey “Patrick” by David Rabinowitz
“Scraps” by Danny Safady “The Relief Keeper” by Daniel Falicki “The Life Smugglers” by David Wells “I F *#! with My Voice” by Evan Rothman • 16 Taps 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Business Of Film Panel, featuring Pete Wilkie, Heath Franklin, David O’Donnell, Andie Redwine • Browncoat Theatre, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. “The Red Machine,” plus short film, “The Cask of Amantillado,” by Thad Ciechanowski • 16 Taps 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. “Flying By” by Jim Amatulli plus short film “Lucky Charm” by Heather Ostrove • Browncoat Theatre, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Shark Sandwich (short films) “Instant Message” by William Lilly “Friday Night Tights” by Joonki Park “I.M. 2” by William Lilly “The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus, Act 1: The Missionary Man,” by Jayson Buterin “Le Diable Aime La Fourrure,” by Karen Labbe “Superhero” by Langley McArol “Mixed Assumptions” by Michael Devereaux • Browncoat Theatre, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. “La Soga” by Josh Crook plus short film “Saving Face,” by Peter Iengo • 16 Taps 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. “Malayaka House,” by Jesse Bradley and Jackie Harlow, plus short film “Bright” by Benjamin Busch • Browncoat Theatre, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Saucy Jack (Horror shorts) “What Lurks Beyond 1 & 2” by David Kelly “Alistair” by Aaron Cartwright “Flush with Fear” by Christopher G. Moore “Banks of the Vitava” by Dan A. R. Kelly “The Suicide Tapes” by Billy Senese “The Gritters” by Nina Voltaire “An Evening with My Comatose Mother” by Jonathan Martin Sunday, May 1st • Browncoat Theatre, noon - 2 p.m. “Paradise Recovered” by Storme Wood plus short film “Summer Knows” by Jan Seemann • 16 Taps, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. “Der Sandmann” by Peter Luisi, plus short film “Extincion II” by Fernando Uson Fornie Browncoat Theatre, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Faith & Family Block “Sea of Trees (Death 2 Suicide)” by Chad Daniel “The Music Box” by Jennifer & NIcholas Oxley “Maggie Tales” by Linda Warden “The Rusty Bucket Kids” by Kevin McDermott “Knowing” by Tim Vogel • 16 Taps, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Stage Fighting Demonstration with Scott Nice Browncoat Theatre, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. “Nathan Davis Still Lives” by Dean Garris, plus short film) “Come Sit Stay” by Jody Oberfelder • 16 Taps, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
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Pender Earth Day Festival Sat. April 30th, 10am - 3pm, at Poplar Grove Plantation. A Celebration of our renewable and sustainable resources through local businesses to create a forum of music, food, information and products. Focuses on local community participation in all areas from the Pender High School, JROTC Opening Ceremony, Scout Troops for litter sweep in the Abbey Nature Preserve, Pender student volunteers for face painting, T-shirt sales and Do-it-Yourself Tie Dye Center, and student bands for entertainment! Environmentally friendly / local vendors on site, and music from Lisa and Galen and Stump Sound Ramblers. More details can be found at www.penderearthday.com
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28-31 DINING GUIDE
what’s for dinner? Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port City AMERICAN BLUEWATER
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their awardwinning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 10am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 11pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE: bluewaterdining.com CATCH
Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan
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roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List
CHRIS’ COSMIC KITCHEN
Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. (910) 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @ CosmicKitchen. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 8am 4pm; Tues-Sat.; Sun. Brunch 9am-2pm. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Take out, call (910) 792-6720 ■ WEBSITE: www.CosmicKitchenOnline.com
For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market
St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm – 3:00am. Fibbers on Sun. nights Until 3am. NEIGHBORHOOD Downtown FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown
THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK
Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052.
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11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. WEBSITE: www.thegeorgerestaurant.com
“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection
of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s.... you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink.
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7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am Thurs-Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 am NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com
A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. – Mon.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.
HolidaY iNN RESoRt
Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach.
■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com
Founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a longstanding tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner and drink specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Full ABC permits. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, (910) 256-3558.
■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 6am-2am, seven days a week.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Working Man’s Lunch for
under $6 Mon.-Fri.. Lunch deliveries available
in the Wrightsville Beach area.
■ MUSIC: Fri., Sat. and Sun. nights. ■ WEBSITE: www.kefilive.com tHE littlE diPPER
Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a fourcourse meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com
PiNE VallEY MaRKEt
Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch inhouse, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.
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Mon.-Fri.10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com
Mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their hand-tossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. 4311 Oleander Drive, (910) 4523773.
Big Screens & Satellite TV • Direct TV Sports Packages Award-Winning Wings • 16 Signature Sauces and Seasonings HUGE Draft Selection• Daily Drink Specials • Full Menu • Kids Menu Weekday Lunch Specials • Wing Tuesdays • Boneless Thursdays
Great Family Atmosphere • Free Trivia • Dine-In or Takeout
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Mon-Sat,11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: lunch specials, a variety of sandwiches and vegetarian items.
■ MUSIC: Live jazz on Wednesdays. ■ WEBSITE: www.mellowmushroom.com tEMPtatioNS EVERYdaY GoURMEt
Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by
206 Old Eastwood Rd. 910.798.9464
5533 Carolina Beach Rd. 910.392.7224
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droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies. ■ SERVING LUNCH: Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am – 6pm (Closed Sundays) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Porter’s Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon. Wed., 10am-8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays) ■ NEIGHBORHOODS:: Midtown and North Wilmington
■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu,
at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly.
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade 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, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 4523952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 2280952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City
■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations
at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com
ASIAN BIG THAI AND BIG THAI TWO
Now with two convenient locations to serve you,
Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.
Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials HIRO JAPANESE HOUSE
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.
INDOCHINE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll!
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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.
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Tues.- Fri. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm – 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm – 10pm for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com
CARIBBEAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE
Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Call us 910-399-2867.
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DINNER: Sun., 3pm.– 8pm; Tues.- Sat. 11:45am – 9pm. Closed Mon. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Breakfast served all day. MUSIC: Live Music every First Fri. WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net
EURO FUSION PRESS 102
Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new EuroAmerican eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 399-4438.
■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Wed. - Sat. 8am - until and Sunday brunch from 9am-3pm,
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Wilmington’s Best Panini, ■
according to encore readers WEBSITE: www.Press102.com
FRENCH CAPRICE BISTRO
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” three years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 8150810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE: www.capricebistro.com
OUR CRÊPES & MORE
A family owned Frech Crêperie restaurant., Our Crêpes & More offers savory crepes in a variety of flavors, from simple Ham & Cheese or a Tahiti (a Chicken Curry, pineapply...), to sweet crepes , like Nutella & Fresh Strawberries or the St-Tropez (Peach puree, Caramel & Homemade Whipped Cream). They also offer some of South-of-Francetype Subs, Croissants, Chocolate Croissants, Homemade Sorbet and Ice Cream, including a Homemade Nutella variety that will have customers coming back for more. With prices ranging from $2.99 to $8.99 Our Crêpes & More is a great place to relax & enjoy a late Breakfast, lunch, afternoon treat, or early dinner. Ask about their private parties on Monday nights.
■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Monday, 9am to 5pm, Tuesday
through Saturday 9am-8pm. Closed Sundays
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi..
■ WEBSITE: www.ourcrepesandmore.com
ITALIAN EDDIE ROMANELLI’S
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.
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GIORGIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-awayfrom-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954.
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Mon.- Thurs. 11am. – 9:30am; Fri. 11am-10:30pm; Sat. 12pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am – 9:30pm NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. WEBSITE: www.giorgios-restaurant.com.
SLICE OF LIFE
“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30am-3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: www.grabslice.com
LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE
Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11am-2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Open Sun from 5pm-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com
ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET
Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for organic and natural groceries and supplements, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a hamburger or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will
find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey’s has a great selection of fresh, delicious produce and get several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey‘s also carries organic grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Mon. through Fri., 9am to 7pm; Sat., 9am to 6pm; and on Sun., 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 10am-6pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: New bakery, fresh organic pies, cakes and bread. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.
TIDAL CREEK CO-OP
Tidal Creek Co-op Kitchen offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world. Each item is prepared by hand, using fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes, with many vegan and gluten-free selections available. Choose from madeto-order smoothies with ingredients like almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens, and special event cakes made from scratch to your specifications. Dining in is always welcomed, but you will also find freshly prepared entrees, salads, and sandwiches in the grab and go case. Whatever your tastes, The Co-op Kitchen is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body, while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community. Located at 5329 Oleander across from Jungle Rapids, (910)799-2667, indoor and outdoor seating is available. Like Tidal Creek on Facebook for a daily post of “What’s for Lunch!”
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DINNER: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am -8pm
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hot Bar 11am-3pm, Salad Bar & Smoothie/Juice/Coffee Bar all day
■ WEBSITE: www.tidalcreek.coop.
SEAFOOD DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR
Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “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: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net
The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251.
■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch.
■ WEBSITE: www.blockade-runner.com
feet and chitterlings.
SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE
Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near 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.
Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; (910) 392-6313.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE: www.hieronymusseafood.com OCEANIC
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: OceanicRestaurant.com
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington.
■ WEBSITE: CarolinaAleHouse.com FOX & HOUND PUB AND GRILLE
Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound as appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual themed restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like Ultimate nachos, gian Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips o rchicken tenders, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers to and sirloins to salads and 12-inch 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: foxandhound.com
SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s
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.
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.
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LATE NIGHT: 11am – late. Sun. at noon.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Dueling pianos every Thurs., ■
Fri., and Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers m-th 4-7pm WEBSITE: www.hellskitchenbar.com
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from the rafters: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews adds to Wilmington’s cultural scene
by Shea Carver ews nter at St. Andr Brooklyn Ar ts Ce reet 516 N. Four th St (910) 538-2939 rtsnc.com www.brooklyna club.com www.1888skate The renovated sanctuary, aka concert venue and 1888 Skate Club, at Brooklyn Arts Center. Photo by Shea Carver
here has been as much Talk generaTed
about revamping North Fourth Street over the past decade as that of the convention center coming to downtown Wilmington. “When will they break ground?” or “Will it ever happen?” were only a few questions circulating many conversations for years. Like the convention center’s final opening last fall, the Brooklyn Arts District of Wilmington just got a major boost thanks to the newest kids on the block: the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews. The fully renovated, beautifully crafted church opens to the public this week, operating as a three-inone venue that hosts betterment toward Wilmington’s arts scene, nonprofit community and business sector. It’s a concert venue, a skate club for kids and a rentable event space for any upscale, awe-inspiring gathering. The hands behind the restoration of the structure is Dave Nathans, once known for his work at Urban Building Corps. Now an independent business owner, Nathans has a way with bottling the magic that is historic Wilmington by keeping true to the value of its old structures and resources within them. Recently, he has updated the 1888 St. Andrews Church and most notably its 50-foot cathedral ceilings, antiquated brick and plaster walls, century-old stained-glass windows and a breathtaking view of the sanctuary from its balcony, with details to be admired, including handpainted floors. Walking through the updated space conjures
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images of touring through Gaudi’s House of Bones in Barcelona, Spain. No, there aren’t over-thetop mosaics adorning the building, or humpback whale ceilings and whimsical blue tiles. But there is original North Carolina heart pine, dating over a hundred years, modernized with stunning care. It beckons a congregation or celebration amidst a stunning arch above the stage and white screens draped from the ceiling (which can be backlit or illuminated with text and colors). There is space, vast space, which emotes something enchanting, like that of Gaudi’s work. “Nathans is a visionary builder, preservationist and contractor,” Richard Leder, executive director of Brooklyn Arts Center (BAC), says. “He renewed and re-purposed an important historic landmark on the north side of downtown. . . . [W]hat Dave has done, by himself, with this majestic, 123-year-old iconic church, will anchor our end of North 4th Street, a hip and happening neighborhood that is only going to grow now that we’re open for business.” Leder joined forces with Nathans after meeting in an editing studio some years ago, where Leder was putting finishing touches on a film he was then working to complete. Nathans had a sneak peek into the church and compelled Leder to see what was inside. Their chance meeting evolved into a friendship, and when Nathans needed someone to help run the business end of the venture, Leder jumped on board. “It seemed like it would be fun,” the previous Wrightsville Beach Magazine
editor said. “I enjoy a challenge!” What an undertaking it was, too, considering the amount of work that had to be done. Selling the structure as an event venue, especially a wedding venue, neared the impossible. Leder found a creative way to circumvent it. He asked local architect and artist Rob Romero to draft watercolors for him, proposing what the finished space would look like. “When the church was a construction site and the courtyard was a junkyard jungle, I would show prospective brides the watercolors and share my vision with as much honesty and passion as I could,” Leder says. “Even while under reconstruction, the soul of that church was a powerful presence.” Leder’s salesman abilities and sheer veracity for believing in the project shined. To date, BAC has 38 weddings booked in its inaugural season. “We’ve done two weddings so far, and, in both cases, no one would leave,” he notes. “The guests danced like crazy until the very last minute of the reception. It was such a great party room, one of the best I have ever seen. No one wanted the wedding to end. They knew they were partying in the coolest nightclub in the South. It was awesome.” When brides rent Brooklyn Arts Center, they not only receive sanctuary space, but the Church Manse next door. It once served as housing quarters for the St. Andrews’ pastor and has been redesigned as a tranquil dressing space for bridal parties. Brides also get to use the private garden and courtyard behind the Manse as part of the rental, perfect for a cocktail hour.
OUR 4TH ANNUAL EVENT | AT THE HILTON WILMINGTON RIVERSIDE
Buy your tickets online! Taste of Wilmington Food & Wine Festival is now in its fourth year. This year it has moved to the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in downtown Wilmington. Every year, the tickets sell out at least a month prior to the event. Now we have a larger location, so more people can enjoy tasting local wines, restaurant specials and delicious desserts. You can quickly purchase your tickets by visiting WilmingtonTickets.com, StarNews Mediaâ€™s new online ticketing website. Or, you may visit the StarNews Media business office located at 1003 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
Still the best view on Wrightsville Beach.
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OUR 4TH ANNUAL EVENT | AT THE HILTON WILMINGTON RIVERSIDE
Located in the Holiday Inn Resort with outdoor dining and ocean views Wrightsville Beach, NC 910-256-2231
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Though the sanctuary is a seamless transition into a wedding venue, one of its other arms of operation may seem rather surprising. The nonprofit sector of BAC is the 1888 Skate Club, which offers kids an alternative option to skating the open streets of Wilmington. The vice president of the indoor skate club is Momentum Surf and Skate shop owner Hunter Ford. Ford’s transition into BAC also grew from a friendship endured with Nathans, when Ford often served him at Deluxe. “He always came into the restaurant when I was bartending, and I always talked about my dream to open Momentum,” Ford says. “When I actually did it, he was impressed, saying I was one of the only bartenders he knew that followed through on his dream.” Ford’s dream redirected once Nathans showed him St. Andrews and asked for suggestions on what to do with the space. “When I first looked at the building, it was raw!” Ford remembers. “Dirt floors, lots of debris! [Nathan’s] son, Lucas, worked for me at the time [at Momentum], and we got the ball rolling by putting a business plan together for the skate club.” 1888 presents 3,500 square feet of custom-made stairs, rails and ramps in a heated and air-conditioned facility, which will constantly be monitored for safety. It gives kids a different opportunity to not only harness their talent and goals in the sport but to be around like-minded kids in a positive setting. “We really want to offer kids a different place to go that doesn’t put them or others in danger,” Ford says. “We also want to deter bullying, and we will have skate guards monitoring the indoor club at all times.” A nonprofit, 1888 memberships are a mere $25 a year. Open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, kids can skate for $5 per three-hour session. Ford has also included lessons and camps into the business plan, many of which are already slated for summer 2011 for ages 7 to 17. Camps will be offered in three two-hour sessions every Tuesday through Thursday, and an all-girls camp will be offered three times throughout the summer (details available online at www.1888skateclub.com). “We are in need of sponsors currently,” Ford says, with plans to redirect monies directly back into the community. “We will offer scholarships and tutoring as part of our outreach and community partnership.” 1888 Skate Club will hold events that are family-friendly and give positive reinforcement to youth, including the Battle
TEAM BROOKLYN: (above; l. to r.) Richard Leder, executive director of BAC, and Hunter Ford, vice-president of 1888 Skate Club, work together to make Brooklyn Arts Center a cultural gem to Wilmington. (right) The windows of the St. Andrews Church have been renovated to maintain their mahical allure. Photos by Shea Carver
of the Shops taking place May 22nd from noon to 6 p.m. It will showcase 10 shops from the tri-county area, all of whom will compete for bragging rights in a friendly competition in BAC’s indoor club. Bands will play throughout the day, and there will be a sample sale with skate-brand reps on site. Discounts on gear will be offered, from shoes to clothing to accessories. “We also plan to have a skate fest in November,” Ford says. “We hope to get permits to block off Fourth Street and have live music, competitions, demos and other entertainment. . . . I’m stoked about  because of what we are doing for the north side community and Wilmington as a whole.” Included on that platform is opportunity to generate even more intense music appreciation and a true spark of revival for touring bands hitting the Wilmington scene. The vaulted ceilings in Brooklyn Arts Center will carry melody throughout its rafters to an impressive if not staggering concertgoing experience—one Wilmington has
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been ready to endure for quite a while. “We intend to be a regional and national venue for concerts,” Leder explains. “We’re thrilled to add our voice to an already impressive cultural scene.” Filling a capacity of 600, BAC could be Wilmington’s version of Asheville’s Orange Peel—at least in space. The only thing that needs to follow suit is groundbreaking booking. Leder is working with the Penguin’s program director, Beau Gunn, and IBX Promotions’ Adam Higgins in bringing bands to the city. “Wilmington has needed an indoor venue that size for years now,” Gunn says. “It is going to prove to be a place that artists want to play in. The rich history between those hallowed walls will set the stage for some great concerts.” The bill has been filled already with BAC’s debut: Old Crow Medicine Show on May 25th. Tickets went on sale last week, and in a few hours flat, sold out. “The BAC is as important to the music scene of Wilmington as the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater has been so far,” Gunn continues. “The amphitheater can only host shows
four-and-a-half months of the year. BAC will now give us an option to host mid to major artists year round.“ Gunn has already utilized BAC for Penguin-sponsored shows in June, as Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre dedicates its venue to the annual Shakespeare on the Green theatrical performances. Lined up so far are Galactic on Wednesday, June 15th ($20 adv/$25 day of) and Hayes Carll with Scott Miller on Friday, July 22nd (tickets TBA). What it takes to bring larger artists into town is a booker with a penchant for taste and ticket sales, as well as someone who can go against Live Nation’s House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. They have a stronghold on many bands likely to tour within so many miles of their venue; Wilmington lies within the stipulations. Still, Live Nation has the power to reprieve some acts should they want to play here. Someone with a good bargaining hand could be a savior to local music lovers wanting to save a buck from traveling out of town to see larger shows. Brooklyn Arts Center is positioned to play among those contenders now. Leder says they’ll bring in whatever the bands need in terms of steaks advanced light and sound equipment. Brooklyn Arts Center hosts a grand opening and kickoff concert with a free show from Atlanta’s Ponderosa (see interview on page 18) this weekend at 516 North 4th Street. The 1888 Skate Club is open everyday except for days when weddings or other events are booked on premise. Potential sponsors for 1888 Skate Club or folks looking for a space to host an event or wedding can contact Richard Leder at (910) 538-2939.
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for the historic Cape Fear River, having one of the best southeastern universities on its streets and touting some of the most pristine beaches on the coast of North Carolina. At the same time, Wilmington is also a port for flourishing arts and diverse citizens, and it sadly tends to go unrecognized. Shaun Mitchell may be one of Wilmington’s most interesting citizens, in fact. Determined to help Wilmington gain the credit it deserves for its unique local people and projects, Mitchell prides himself as a poet, playwright and artist. He has known and worked with Old Books on Front Street owner and encore Live Local columnist Gwenyfar Rohler since she was 13 years old, employed as tech crew for the production of Mitchell’s play, “Constantine.” Today, Mitchell and Rohler have come together as the creative force behind the live Internet series, “The Shaun Mitchell Show.” The format follows that of a loose, late-night talk show, as its host, Mitchell, shares his creative thoughts and ideas. He in-
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FREAK FACTOR: Shaun Mitchell interviews Steve Fox as part of ‘The Shaun Mitchell Show,’ filming Monday nights at Old Books on Front Street and streaming on YouTube. Courtesy photo.
“There’s this whole YouTube generation, and they can post anything on there!” Mitchell noted with excitement. “Now, with me and my show, well ... all I gotta say is: Come on Justin Bieber! We’re gonna have to compete.” Aimed to be like that of “Conan,” Mitchell most definitely indulges audiences in his show. More importantly, he enlightens them to others who are walking the streets alongside them. “I was hoping that with this show, eventually, people would know how diverse the thinking is in this town,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of people know how culturally affluent this town is begging to be—and can
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be. What I really want is to put Wilmington on a map, or at least its people. This town comprises people, not just the school, beaches and film industry.” Debuting at the beginning of April, the 49year-old host kicked off the show by interviewing encore film critic and local filmmaker Anghus Houvouras. They discussed Houvouras’ newest film project before Mitchell jovially asked about the worst insult Anghus received this year for his film reviews; it became clear there was no blueprint for the actual interview. “God, no!” Mitchell confirmed. “I don’t prepare for the show at all! The majority of it is total improvisation and ad-libs. I might insert one raunchy joke here or there. For the second show, I had local folk singer Jim Ashley on, and at one point, we ended up talking about his marriage and transvestites!” For Mitchell, his show is an open forum, with which he welcomes all creative, interesting individuals who would like to be interviewed. He also invites city folk to be a part of the live audience—for free! “So this is it, Wilmington!” he said. “If you got something to say or share, let’s do it. We want diverse, freaky, way-out-there kind of people, so let’s see what we got. I want harmless people though—no one with a gun who wants to kill me should come. We seek fun individuals.” To be considered for the show, call Old Books on Front Street at (910) 76-BOOKS Old Books is located at 249 N. Front Street; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. Folks with a censor, parental discretion be advised: This isn’t for you.
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Although, its layers were thin and broken, and peppered with tosses and turns. Finally, a soft tapping on the door, perhaps from a child, awoke me for good. I’m a light sleeper, so it doesn’t take much. 7:15 a.m. is an ungodly hour for a kid to be roaming the mansion and banging on the doors of guests who had journeyed a continent to get here! I slumped out of bed and zombie-walked to the door, eyes crusted with the dust of travel and dreams, the blanket dragging half behind and partially covering my bare-naked ass. I flung the door open hoping to spook little Divot and teach her a lesson, but it was Mongo instead, complete in summer wear: pink polo with the collar down, tucked into checkered shorts 20 years his age and flip-flops. They weren’t the good kind either, like Keens or Berks, which seemed all the more unusual because last I remember Mongo wouldn’t even wear sandals because of some toe fungus issue. Not only was it unsightly, but the smell took some getting used to, like Limburger cheese, and often drove others away. Apparently, the fungus cleared up, nonetheless. Still, the overall
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appearance screamed that Mongo had fallen out of touch. “Morning sunshine!” he began with a chirp. “How’d you sleep last night?” “Good—good.” I lied while yawning and stretching, a fart squeaking out in approval. “Look, I hate to wake you so early,” he continued with no obvious observation, “but I mentioned last night that we were going to have an adventure today. I don’t want you to feel obligated at all, but I do want you to know that you’re invited.” Wait, what? I’m “invited”? Who the hell else is coming? “However, if you want to come we’ll need to leave pretty soon,” he continued. “There’s already breakfast on the table: fresh-squeezed orange juice, eggs over easy with fresh crumbled bacon bits stacked on English muffins…” “What about grits,” I interrupted. “Grits?” “Yeah, grits are my favorite! Ohhhhhhhh, I love ‘em swimming in butter, each grain flaked with its own crystal of salt and pepper—oh, breakfast of champions. Besides don’t you remember all those times I’d be eatin’ a bowl and suddenly pull a Belushi from ‘Animal House’ and totally hose you?” “Oh, that’s right I’d forgotten,” he responded unfondly. “But, no, we don’t have any, actually. Founda doesn’t like grits, so we don’t keep them around.” What the fuck? Founda doesn’t like grits? Who’s in charge here? I just nodded in approval. “But,” Mongo continued, “I don’t want you to feel any obligations. You have the run of the house if you’d like to stay. You can sleep all day, and if you need to leave there are cab listings posted on the fridge, or our extra car is in the garage if you’re planning on staying but just want to go out. No pressure. It’s all up to you.” “That’s swell, but what’s this adventure all about,” I asked, liking the sound of no one around but wanting to know my other option. “Well, Founda and I have been wanting to get away for awhile now, and since Divot’s finally old enough to be able to take out and enjoy the adventures, we’re going to take our first family trip—to Six Flags!” Holy shit! When was the last time I’ve been on a roller coaster? I straightened from a slumping slumber and another fart squeaked through. “Wait a minute,
what’d you just say? Six Flags? For real?” “Yeah, we thought it would be a great day. Weather’s supposed to be perfect, and I scheduled managers at each of my stores so there’s no way I’ll be needed. I really think that this will be a great first family adventure, and Founda and I would be thrilled for you to be a part of it.” Ugh, Founda. She makes me cringe and I want to hate her but can’t explain why. And Founda, what kinda name is that? “Well, uh, it sounds great. You know I love coasters an’ all, but truth is I’m a little short on cash so I don’t know…” “Hey, hey, hey,” Mongo interrupted, “cash isn’t anything that we have to worry about around here.” Son-of-a-bitch! I simultaneously loved and hated him for that statement. “So does that mean you wanna come?” “Hell yeah,” I said without hesitation. “Give me 10 minutes. I’ll be downstairs for breakfast.” Mongo turned and walked away while shouting to Founda that I’m game to play a third or fourth wheel on this one. I slammed the door shut and hustled through my bag for whatever seemed right on this exploit. I hopped in the shower, probably the quickest of my life, but it gave me time enough to mull over my decision. Was it the right thing to do? I’d had a helluva day before and common sense suggested resting up. But I feel wired from sounds of coasters cranking up hills and grinding over metal tracks, people screaming in fear of their lives, trying to get a sense of what it will be like in the end. No one ever quite walks away knowing that one. It’s all intoxicating. I popped out, got dressed, rushed downstairs with about 45 seconds to spare, made it to the dinner table still topped with semiwarm breakfast. Then Founda rounded the corner. Jesus, she’s wearing a damn Lola Bunny baseball T-shirt, one of those old-school ones with the bright blue sleeves and collar, but the white, almost see-through, body. Yeah, it stuck to her curves, but no rational man could get past that stupid image of a cartoon rabbit. I didn’t even know that Bugs Bunny had a girlfriend! Apparently Big Brother and his disinformation got me again. I was informed on all of this by Founda, who is a Looney Tunes fanatic among other things. And, surprise surprise, this particular park has a Loony Tunes theme. At this point there is no saving Bartlett from utter pussification. Just ducky.
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weekly calendar| Events ROYAL WEDDING WITH STYLE GIRL 4/29, 7pm: Style Girl” Jess James and and Wilmington Dermatology present the ultimate Royal Wedding event celebrating the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales & Catherine Middleton. Delicious hors d’ouevres and a complimentary glass of champagne from City Club de Rosset. Red Carpet Coverage and Photo Booth fun with Full Sail Photography + Melissa Hebert. Mini Manicures with L’Amour Nail Salon. Pop-Up Shop treasures from aMuse, Cape Fear Jewelry, A Carolina Wedding + more! Live Entertainment from My Wonderful Machine and Dancing in the Garden with music by DJ Brian Hood. Prizes for “Best Dressed” Kate Middleton, Prince William, Lady Di, etc. The City Club, 23 South 2nd St., downtown Wilm. Park in the lot across the street or parking deck and look for CapeFearTours red English taxi for an escort! Tickets: $15/advance / $20 at door. www.stylegirljessjames.com FARMERS’ MARKETS Weekly Farmers’ Markets: Riverfront Farmer’s Market Sat., Downtown Wilmington, Water St., 8am-1pm. April-Dec. www.wilmingtonfarmers.com • Pleasure Island Fresh Market Sat., Carolina Beach Marina,
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Those who want to celebrate the royal nuptials in style should head to downtown’s City Club on Saturday the 29th, as Style Girl tips her trendy hat to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s marriage. There will be a red carpet, mini manicures, a photo booth, pop-up shops and live music from ambient love-rockers My Wonderful Machine. Oh, and did we mention hors d’ouevres and champagne? Come dressed to the nines; tickeys are $15 in advance at www.stylegirljessjames.com. through 5/7; 910-805-3014 • Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market Sat., Carolina Beach Lake, May 14-Sept. 3; 910-458-7490 • Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market Mon., Causeway Dr., 5/3-7/27; 910-256-7925 • Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wed., 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington, 4/6-12/14, feat. plant, food and crafts vendors; live music w/Cindy Rhodes; Pender County Master Gardeners clinic 2nd Wed/ea. mo.; Grillin’ in the Grove cooking classes 4th Wed. ea.
mo.(chefs: 4/27: Chris Kronenwetter of S. Beach Grill; 5/25, James Bain; 6/22, Alexander Fouros; 7/27: Susan Boyles, Seasoned Gourmet); $30 pre-reg; 9:30am-12:30pm. RSVP: 917-9692430. www.poplargrove.com. NC COASTAL RESERVE 4/28, 6pm: Presentations will be given about the sea turtle and diamondback terrapin programs at the Masonboro Island Reserve. Learn about these special creatures and find out how you can be involved with protecting them. Sponsored by the Reserve’s “friends” group. • 1pm: Presentations will be given about bird research and monitoring programs at the Masonboro Island Reserve. Somebirds discussed: marsh sparrows, American oyster catchers, and secretive marsh birds. • 5/7, 10am: Join Reserve staff for field trip at the Masonboro Island Reserve. Limited transportation provided at 10 am meet at Wynne Plaza on WB or meet us near the north end of MI at “third beach” at 10:30 am for a nature hike to learn about the plants and animals of Masonboro Island. Donation to the Reserve’s “friends” group suggested for transport. Held at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin Moss Ln off Masonboro Loop Rd.
ROSENWALD LEGACY CONFERENCE The Rosenwald School Legacy conference, 4/28-
30,UNCW. A follow up to an initial Rosenwald School History Awareness conference held in 2009, this year’s conference will focus on raising awareness of Rosenwald School history, preserving the history of African Americans and education and examining current issues facing African American students in public schools. • 4/28, 5pm: Premiere of Claudia Stack’ s documentary film on Rosenwald Schools, in Morton Hall, room 100. A question and answer session with Stack will follow the film showing. • 4/29, 9am-3:30pm: Morning keynote speaker Anthony Parent, professor of history at Wake Forest University, will speak about African Americans and education in the 18th century in the Watson School of Education Building, room 162. Luncheon keynote speaker Phillip J. Merrill, former appraiser with the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow, will speak about preserving African American material and cultural history. • 4/30, 9am-noon: Field trip to a restored Rosenwald School in Pender County. $10; transportation provided. Other events lined up; to register: www.uncw.edu/rosenwald or call 910-9623195. $15. FREE DENTAL SERVICES UNCW’s pre-dental program will assist regional dental professionals at the Wilmington’s Missions of Mercy (MOM) dental clinic, 7:30am-5:30pm, Fri., 4/29, and 7:30am-4pm, Sat., 4/30 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 S. College Rd. Student members will assist dental professionals as they provide free dental cleanings, fillings and extractions to low income children and adults. Area residents who do not have dental insurance and whose family income level is 200 percent or more below the National Poverty Index are eligible for the free clinic. www.ncmissionsofmercy.org or 910-791-4092. Registration and initial examinations of patients will begin at the church at 6am both days. First-come, first-served basis. POPLAR GROVE EARTH DAY FEST Sat, 4/30, 10am-3pm: 2nd annual Pender Earth Day Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation. A celebration of our renewable and sustainable resources through local businesses to create a forum of music, food, information and products. Focuses on local community participation in all areas from the Pender High School, JROTC Opening Ceremony, Scout troops for litter sweep in the Abbey Nature Preserve, Pender student volunteers for face painting, T-shirt sales and Do-it-Yourself Tie Dye Center and student bands for entertainment! Environmentally friendly/ local vendors. Music which includes: Lisa and Galen and Stump Sound Ramblers. Penderearthday.com, email@example.com, 910-233-8594. SPRING PHLING Pleasure Island Parrot Heads’ 13th annual Spring Phling 2011, 4/30, 12:30-4pm at Sea Witch Tiki Bar. Proceeds to benefit Cape Fear River Watch & Nourish NC. Annual boat cruise on the Winner Cruise Queen in the Carolina Beach boat basin cost is $25/person in adv. or $30 day of. BYOB cruise with snacks provided by PIPH. 8pm: Music by Key Lime Pie Band at the Sea Witch Tiki Bar; social hour at 7pm. We will once again have raffles and a silent auction for our charities. Join us for 13 years of “Partying With A Purpose.” RSVP: PIPH, PO Box 643, Kure Beach, NC 28449. 392-2663 or www.piph.com BRUNSWICK VETERINARY HOSPITAL 4/30, 1pm: We are hosting an open house and grand opening celebration! Tour the facitlity, enjoy music, and food. There will be giveaways and an Easter costume contest for the pets. We hope to meet all of our new neighbors in the Brunswick County and Wilmington communities. Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital: brunswickforestvet@ yahoo.com
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FANBOY COMIC DAY Free Comic Book Day/Can Food Drive, 5/7, Fanboy Comics. 419 S. College Rd. in University Landing. Icons like Thor, Captain America, GI Joe, Ironman and Green Lantern will have comics available on
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supported event in conjunction with the Riverfront Park Sales Vendors Program. Artists, crafters and other vendors will join together each week to showcase original handcrafted arts and crafts and locally grown produce. Musicians will also be on hand to perform. Through May, 2-6pm; June-Aug., 4-8pm. For a fee of $50, sales permits are granted to artists, crafters and musicians who create and sell and their art in Riverfront Park throughout the year with the exception of Sundays and festivals. To learn if you qualify for an annual Riverfront Park permit or if you wish to participate in the Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace: Kim Adams, (910) 254-0907.
Charity/Fund-raisers DEJA VU SPRING FASHION SHOW 4/27, 11am: Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is hosting “Deja Vu” a spring-themed fashion show featuring clothes by local high-end consignment shops! Enjoy the fashion show during one of two luncheon seatings (11am and 1pm) at Carrabba’s Italian Grill Wilmington. Tickets: $25. All proceeds benefit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity as they strive to bring affordable, dependablehomes to those in need in and around Wilmington. www.capefearhabitat.org
along with other smaller-press fare and kid-friendly titles like Betty and Veronica, Archie, Kung Fu Panda and Sonic the Hedgehog. Also, special gift bags for the first 50 people through the door on Sat, containing 5 exclusive comics, movie passes, I Heart Comix CD, and Fanboy gift certificates. Free breakfast at 8am, courtesy of Chick-Fil-A of Mayfaire. Superhero lunch, noon - 3pm, at Goodfella’s Pizza. Have lunch with your favorite costumed characters like Batman, Green Lantern, Ironman, Spiderman, and more. Also at Regal Cinemas on Thurs., 5/5, 10-11:30pm, Fri., 5/6, 7-9:30pm;, and Sat., 5/7, 1-4pm, giving away a limited selection of free comics to celebrate the release of the upcoming “Thor” movie. Bneficiary of 2011: Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Canned food drive and raffle held, w/grand prize winner receiving a year of free comics from Fanboy, free chicken sandwich combos from Chick-Fil-A of Mayfaire, and free movie tickets to Mayfaire’s Regal Cinemas! First-prize winners gets iPad II donated by Best Buy, and the second prize winner will receive hundreds of dollars in gift certificates and prizes from select University Landing businesses. Drawing held Sat., 5/7, 7pm, Fanboy Comics. Bring a canned food donation to any FCBD event, and you will receive extra free comics and chances to win special door prizes only available to those who make a donation. Special guest Comic Book and Fantasy Illustrator, Tom Fleming, will sign comics on 7th, 11:30-3:30pm. (910) 452-7828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fanboycomics.biz MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON CRUISE 5/8: Mother’s Day Riverboat Luncheon Cruise,
noon-1:30pm. Board an authentic riverboat and treat Mom to a memorable deli buffet lunch and narrated scenic tour of the Cape Fear River. Admission charge. Pre-paid advance reservations required. Boarding begins at 11:30am. Henrietta III, riverfront at S. Water & Dock Streets. 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162; www. cfrboats.com MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE 5/8: Mother’s Day Cruise of Harbor Island. Moms cruise FREE on Mother’s Day (with at least one paid passenger in her party). 1-hour historic harbor cruises depart at 12pm; 1:30pm & 3:30pm. Sunset cruise (1 ? hr.) at 6:30pm. Reservations recommended. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruises, Waynick Ave. (across from Blockade Runner Resort), Wrightsville Beach. 910-200-4002; www. capefearnaturalist.com. CAPTAIN’S LAZY DAYS CRUISE 5/8: Captain’s Lazy Day Cruise. 1pm-5pm. Does Mom have a sweet tooth? Then she’s sure to love this 1-hour dessert catamaran cruise that departs on the hour beginning at 1pm. Admission charge. Departs from Riverwalk at 212 S. Water St., between Orange & Ann streets, Wilmington. 910-338-3134; www.wilmingtonwatertours.com.
CAPE FEAR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Luncheon and Fashion Show: A Benefit for Women Build 2011, feat. “Former Weatherman” George Elliott, Wed., 4/27, Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Two seatings: 11am adn 1pm. RSVP rqd: www.capefearhabitat.org or by mail: Cape Fear Habitat, 20 N. 4th St., Suite 200, Wilmington, NC 28401. Specify the seating. ST. BALDRICK’S St. Baldrick’s will hold a head-shaving event to raise money for pediatric cancer research by shaving heads in return for pledges. 4/30: Shavees gather at San Juan on Wrighstville Ave. to go bald in solidarity with the 160,000 kids diagnosed with cancer ea. year. Sign up to shave your head: stbaldricks.org. SERENDIPITY FUND-RAISER Sat., 4/30: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary annual Spring Fling on 4/30, 11am. With the theme “Serendipity,” the silent auction, luncheon and fashion show takes place at Pine Valley Methodist Church. Tickets: $20, purchased from AUX member; proceeds benefit Salvation Army Men’s and Women’s Shelter. 799-4766. GREAT STRIDES 4/30, 8am: 2011 Great Strides walk and 5K run to help benefit Cystic Fibrosis! $30 reg.fee for the 5K run. Register: www.cff.org/Great_Strides/ WilmingtonGreatStridesWalkAnd5kRun. Jessica Broughton: email@example.com.
FAMILY BRUNCH SERIES 5/8: Family Brunch Series at Beau Rivage. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family-style brunch. Reservations required. Veranda Grill at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort. 800-628-7080; www.beaurivagegolf.com.
10K AND SKATE DAY 4/30, 9am: The events will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market. The10k and Skate Day are new additions. Dr. Steel of Wilmington Orthopedics will give a talk at Skate Day in the Park on safety. wbparksandrecfoundation.com. Cindy Jupp: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARTINI BALL 5/6, 8pm: Timothy Vandenberg, 4thnlong@gmail. com. I want to invite you to Martini Ball 2011, its going to be a great time. All you can drink martinis, $20. Helps raise money for a great cause, The Leo Hodson Medical Fund. Semi-formal; band on the third floor and a DJ on the second floor. Goodfellas, 106 Market St. (910) 763-4382 CRUISE RAFFLE Cruise Raffle is being sponsored by the Williston Alumni Assoc., Inc. The first prize winner will enjoy a 5/6 day Superior Class ocean view Caribbean Cruise gift certificate for two. Second prize is $500. Raffle to benefit the Williston Alumni Association’s Academic Scholarship Program and the Williston Exhibit Endowment Fund. Ticket: $25. Drawing will be held on May 7, 2011. B. Lewis: 910-762-8285. M. Greene: 910-762-1088. AUTISM AWARENESS Join runners and walkers on 5/14, at the Mayfaire Town Center in the event field in front of Try Sports for the Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism. 5K race, 8:30am, and a one mile fun walk at 9:00am. Proceeds from the 5K event benefit the programs and services supported by the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA,Inc. in Coastal NC. To register or donate, visit www.coastalncrunwalkforautism.com
Performance Art POETRY SLAM A bi-monthly poetry slam that takes place at Bottega Art Gallery and Wine Bar, 208 N.Front St., there is a $5 fee for all slam poets, free for all others. Come and enjoy a night of slam poetry and watch the Fifth Horseman go for a third slam title in a row in this winner take all poetry slam, that attracts the best poets from the Cape Fear region and beyond. All national Slam rules apply, 3 -min. time limit, no props or musical accompaniment. MicsWideopen @ Facebook or (910)763-3737. PORCH THEATRE DINNER THEATRE Murder in the Library: 5/5, 12, 19, 6:30pm. 5/16, 1pm. 10/13, 20, 6:30pm. The characters in the books come alive at night and frolic till the sun rises. Annie Oakley may have had too much fun. Sherlock Holmes said the game is afoot, especially when Huck Finn has disappeared. There are multiple colorful characters, which could have murdered Huck, but It is up to the audience to decide who did it! All shows presented while audiences eat a 3-course meal at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Reservations req, (910)232-6611. www.porchtheatre.com.
strata whose lives become inextricably entwined as they pursue toeholds in the shifting sociopolitical landscape. $25 with senior, student and group discounts. (910) 632.2285 or online at etix.com. FOR COLORED GIRLS... AUDITIONS Auditions for the popular off-Broadway production “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” will be held at the UNCW, Tues (Dobo Hall 202)/Wed (Dobo Hall 205)., 4/27, 6:30-8:30pm. Written by Ntozake Shange in 1975, “For Colored Girls” won an Obie Award for the best off-Broadway play, and was also nominated for Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards. It features seven poems that reveal the everyday realities of black women, all presented as different colors of the rainbow while dancing, moving and singing. The play’s fusion of movement and language is referred to as a “choreopoem.” Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith, Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinator, is producing and directing the play on campus for the second time. 910-962-4274 or email@example.com. THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK Brunswick Little Theatre Presents “Songs from the Great American Songbook,” featuring works of composers Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers. Performances will be at 8pm, 5/20-22 and 27-29 at Franklin Square Park in Southport. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music under
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Porch Theatre Company returns to Front Street Brewery, offering another foray into their whodunnit thrillers, “Murder in the Library.” Opening on the 2nd, the play brings characters and books to life, but it’s up to the audience to decide who did it!. Shows come with a three-course dinner, served from the chef at Front Street, for $40. Reservations are required: (910) 232-6611. the stars. For more information, go to www. brunswicklittletheatre.com.
PEFORMANCE ARTIST NIGHT Performing Arts Night 2011, hosted from Carolina Beach Arts and Activities , to provide opportunities for local performing arts to reach the public, 6:309pm, first Fri. of month through October 2011 on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Local talent holds free performances that include acting, singing, various instruments and dancing. People who want to share their talents with our community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook PAN Carolina Beach. Admission always free.
PORT CITY’S TOP COMIC Port City’s Top Comic started in the spring of 2007 at The Mellow Mushroom on Oleander Dr. in Wilmington. Timmy Sherrill, now owner of Nutt Street Comedy Room, was the contest champion. Four years later Port City’s Top Comic has expanded to 48 competitors over 5 shows. Port City’s Top Comic will hold four preliminary rounds at Nutt Street Comedy Room and the finals at City Stage all in Downtown Wilmington, Nc. The winner of Port City’s Top Comic will go on to open for Cape Fear Comedy Festival headliner Kyle Grooms on 5/21, during festival. Official dates: Fri/Sat, 4/29-5/21 at Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 8pm nightly. www.portcitystopcomic.com
CITY STAGE THEATER City Stage Announces it’s 2010-11 season as well as changes within the company! We have a new box office number for ticket reservations: (910) 264-2602. citystagenc.com. Altar Boyz: 5/5-8, 13-15, 20-22. All shows at City Stage, downtown Wilmington. (910)264-2602. citystagetheatre@ gmail.com.
BROWNCOAT PUB OPEN MIC Every Wed, 10pm, Open Mic Comedy Night at the Browncoat Pub and Theatre 111 Grace St. Anyone welcome to come out and tell all your best jokes because at this comedy club. You can tell however many jokes you like and stop whenever you like. Hosted by local actor and comedian Kameron King. 910-612-1018
RAGTIME Thalian Association, presents the Wilmington Premiere of the award winning musical Ragtime, 5/19-29 at historic Thalian Hall; Thurs/Fri/Sat, 8pm, and Sun, 3pm. Based on the award winner novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime has a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for their work on the musical. directed by Michael WaltonJones with choreography by Debra Gillingham and music direction by Jonathan Barber. Starring Cindy Hospedales, Kevin Lagasse, Colby Lewis, Katherine Rudeseal and Troy Rudeseal. Set in 1906, Ragtime follows three families of differing ethnic and economic
NATIONAL POETRY AWARDS 5/7, 7pm: The National Poetry Awards presents ‘The Lyrical Prodigy Tour Speak On It,’ at the Wilmington Sportsmen Club. Tickets: $7/adv. Batheseba McClammy: email@example.com NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thursday Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www.nuttstreet.com. 910-520-5520 MUSIC ON MARKET Music on Market Fine Art Series free concert: Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s ‘Book of Genesis.’ Fri-Sun., 4/29-5/1, 7:30pm, in Brown Hall at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church (1416 Market St). Limited tickets can be picked up ahead of time in the church office. Sharon Miller: 762-9693 ext. 212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. WSO SEASON FINALE 4/30, 8pm: Béla Bartók called it Concerto for Orchestra because the entire orchestra is in the spotlight in this virtuosic display of symphonic excitement. Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 in B-flat is the sixth of his enduringly popular “London Symphonies.” It is an evening not to be missed! 9623500www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/Tickets. Reed Wallace: email@example.com WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Wilmington Symphony 2010-2011 Season Finale: Masterworks for Orchestra, 4/30, 8pm, Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Conducted by Steven Errante, the performance of two masterworks for orchestra includes Bela Bartok’s famous Concerto for Orchestra and Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 in B-flat from 1792, the sixth of his enduringly popular “London Symphonies” and a work that demonstrates Haydn at his best. 20-min. concert preview, 7pm, providing background about the composers and discussion of some pre-recorded highlights of the music to be played. www.wilmingtonsymphony.org. Tickets: 962-3500 or 1-800-732-3643. FREE FAMILY CONCERT 5/1, 4pm: Free Family Concert at Kenan Auditorium, feat. Steven Errante, conductor, of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and Junior Strings, Jane Tierney, directork, along with Stageworks Youth Theatre director, Gina Gambony, and piano soloist Daniel Hueholt, winner of 34th annual Student Concerto Competition Junior Division. Bring the kids and introduce them to the joy and excitement of an orchestra concert. Stageworks Youth Theatre is accompanied by the Youth Orchestra in a unique presentation of the fanciful tale “Peer Gynt” featuring Bunraku-style puppets. Free tickets at the door.
Kenan Auditorium at 7:30pm. Musical selections will include works by Sousa, Vaughan Williams, Holst, and Gershwin. Cost: $5/person. RUPERT WATES AND CATESBY JONES Rupert Wates and Catesby Jones will be appearing at 5/4 at Beau Rivage and Resort, 649 Rivage Promenade (just below Monkey Junction, off Carolina Beach Road, just past Cathay Road).www. rupertwates.com. www.catesbyjones.com CAPE FEAR CHORDSMAN 5/7: Cape Fear Chordsmen Concert. 7:30pm. Strike a high note with Mom when you take her to hear the Cape Fear Chordsmen. Admission charge. UNCW Kenan Auditoriam, Wilmington. 910-962-3500; www. uncw.edu/kenan. LOVE YOUR MOTHER Sun., 5/8, 7:30pm: Love your Mother—Past, Present and Earth, feat. Maria Jette. Celebrate Mother’s Day with an original musical evening dedicated mothers. Selections include Dvorak, Copland, Barber, Rachmaninoff and Previn $30, active military and students, $12 Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW campus. 910-962-3500 or 800-732-3643
Dance WILMINGTON SINGLES CLUB • 4/29: The Modern Knights band. Am. Legion Post 10. • 5/6: DJ Robert Clemmons. Am. Legion Post 10 • 5/13: The Colors Band. Am. Legion Post 10. • 5/20: Tony & Diane. Am. Legion Post 10 • 5/27: DJ Baby Boomer. Am. Legion Post 10. DJ dance admission: Members $8; Guests $10. Band dances: $10/12. No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans. Music 8-11pm. SHAPE UP WATERFORD Couples intro classes at Shape Up at Waterford, Sat., 1pm. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Fun, professional, positive tango instruction.• Fri. night milongas coming to Shape Up with Friday night salsa on 2 and cha-cha. April couples tango series for Magnolia Green Residents sign ups now. www. surfertango.com
CAPE FEAR CHORALE AUDITIONS Auditions for the Cape Fear Chorale will open 5/1, in preparation for the Fall Concert. The Chorale and Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer at 4pm Sun., 11/20. Music Director Jerry Cribbs: 910-233-2423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dance at the 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm.Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.
OLLI NEW HORIZONS BAND OLLI New Horizons Band, Dr. John LaCognata, conductor. Mon., Through 5/2, 2011, weekly rehearsals on Mon., 7-9pm at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building Band Room, #1080. Open to adults with prior band experience and want to play music just for the fun of it. Percussionists needed. No tryouts required! Spring concert scheduled 5/3. Sponsored by the UNCW Department of Music and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Betty Garrett: 910-686-7345, email: email@example.com; or 910-962-3195. Cost: members, $79; non-members, $109.
CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025
UNCW WIND SYMPHONY The UNCW Wind Symphony and OLLI New Horizons Band will perform a joint concert on Tues., 5/3, in
Visual Art UNCW ANN FLACK BOSEMAN GALLERY UNCW’s Ann Flack Boseman Gallery announces its 2010-11 exhibition calendar, covering a diverse collection of media. • Patrick Earl Hammie’s “Equivalent Exchange,” through 4/29, Warwick Center Lobby Gallery. Hammie, assistant professor at the
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign, explores the tension between power and vulnerability as he re-images the modern male. Adopting body language and narrative to reinvent and remix ideal beauty and heroic nudity, he examines how male artists have historically represented themselves and the nude.• Function Form Ceramic, 4/28-7/28, w/reception 4/28, 6-7:30pm, Boseman Gallery (Fisher University Union, 2nd Floor). Features a selection of some of the best work created by UNCW ceramics students under the instruction of professor Aaron Wilcox. Shane Fernando, (910) 962-7972 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DICK ROBERTS Roberts finds the reality of art relevant to his times basically in the actions taken to produce the arte. The significance of his painting is determined by the quality of its creation—of its growth, and not in the representation of physical objects. Roberts earned his BFA in ceramics and painting from Western Carolina University in 1978. His work is included in numerous museum, library, private and corporate collections. 621 N. 4th St. 1-5pm, (910) 520-3325. www.621n4th. com PAINT WILMINGTON! Paint Wilmington! through 4/30. Talented, tested, hard-working pro painters from around the country come to spend a week painting Wilmington and its environs—and sharing their experience with us in talks and demos. Feat. Ken DeWaard (WI), Tim Bell (MD), Gavin Brooks (MD), Robert Hagberg (MN), John Poon (UT) and more! Walls Fine Art Gallery, 2173 Wrightsville Ave. 910-343-1703 ROBERT HOLST Robert Holst is the featured artist for the month of April at Surfhouse Cafe in Carolina Beach. Inspired by the culture and natural beauty of South Eastern NC, Robert’s works include acrylics,watercolors and mixed media. www.re-eco.com BOB BRYDEN Bob Bryden’s studio reflects his background in printmaking: meticulous cleanliness and methodical organization, harmony and balance: Conscious placement. Emphasizes the process of creativity through numerous transfers and techniques, using
printmaking and painting and drawn marks, working the layers towards a tight, fresh image. His recent work vibrates with turquoise, cadmium orange, new greens, resulting in a bold interplay of color that is clean and striking. Opening reception: 5/1, 6-9pm, Caprice Bistro, sofa lounge and gallery. 10 Market St. Hangs through May.
florals and landscapes. Raleigh artist Kristen Dill is well recognized for both her oil and watercolor interpretations of nature. Vicki Gates is a newcomer to the gallery, sharing her Charleston low-country landscapes and still lifes using pastel or water color. On display through May 21st. 216 North Front St. www.newelementsgallery.com
RYAN LEWIS Art Soup presents “The Visual Dialogue of Peacocks: a presentation of abstract paintings,” by Ryan Lewis. May- July 2011, opening reception Fri., 5/13, 6pm. An interpretation of sound and emotion, illustrated on canvas with paints, inks, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tape and more. Allowing texture to breathe through a palette of color and composition, Lewis creates vibrancy and intrigue though his unique sculptural painting technique. Tidal Creek Coop, Community Center, 5329 Oleander Dr, Ste 204, 910-799-2667
AQUATIC SYNTHESIS WHQR 91.3FM Public Radio is pleased to announce Aquatic Synthesis, feat. new work by two gifted local artists, Charmaine Ortiz and Abby Spangel Perry. On display through 7/1. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR Public Radio. 254 N. Front St.
WENDY KOWALSKI Ziabird at Lumina Station is excited to announce a showing of the latest works by artist Wendy Kowalski! “Aeros” will show from 5/1-31, with a circus-style opening party on 5/5, 6-8pm at Ziabird at Lumina Station. email@example.com. 1900 Eastwood Rd., Ste 9. STATE OF THE ART/ART OF THE STATE Top Curators from Tate Modern, London and Guggenheim Museum, New York present premier state-wide event and exhibition, 5/8-10/20. Call for entries! No jurors or fees! A 24-hour event statewide, which invites artists 18 years or older, who live in, or are native to, the state of North Carolina to bring one original piece of art to be installed at the Cameron Art Museum. During this time frame, 5/67, 5pm-5pm, one of two internationally renowned curators will be present to greet each artist, shake his/her hand, and direct the exhibition installation. www.cameronartmuseum.com/state. Opening: 5/7, 6-9pm, w/curators in attendance. PROMISES OF SPRING Promises of Spring, New Elements Gallery, feat. the works of Kristen Dill and Vicki Gates The bounties of warm weather and plentiful sunshine will be unmistakable in this luscious display of
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BOTTEGA EVENTS EXHIBIT: The fascinating world of Gabriel Lehman, finding inspiration from nature and his muse: Valley of Desert Palm California. He likes to create with the imagination of his inner child. On display through 5/22, w/ closing reception on 5/20, 6-9pm. • EVENTS: Tues: Open-mic night • Wed.free weekly wine tastings, 7pm • Call to artists for summer exhibition: Looking for “industrial art,” in the subject matter or materials used—anything goes. Submit 5-10 jpeg images of current work or work in progress by 5/15 to firstname.lastname@example.org. • 208 N. Front St. 910763-3737, www.bottegagallery.com. PROJEKTE EXHIBIT: “Earthworks” an environmental exhibit feat. Vicky Smith, Benjamin Simon Belmont and Leon Patchett, through 5/1. • Projekte is now accepting submissions for the following exhibits: 1) “Sky” images; 2D and 3D artwork relating to the sky, ok for trees, people, etc to be included in composition. Deadline May 30. 2) “Downtown” images; 2D art of the people, faces and places that reflect our Port City. Deadline June 30. 3) “Once Upon a Dream” images; 2D and 3D art that interprets dreams. Deadline June 30. Please send 3-6 .jpeg images to theprojekte@ gmail.com. EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.30-7.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/ class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes political, always controversial, 7.30-11pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. MUSIC:4/29 and every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • 4/30 and the last Sat of each month: Songwriter Showcase, 8pm-12am. • Every Fri/Sat: Live Music, 8-12am.Free unless noted otherwise.523 S 3rd St. UPCOMING: Every other month Projekte partners with local artists who positively impact our world. On May 20, Projekte Projects presents the “Child Restoration Outreach Project” (Uganda) by local photojournalist, Lisa Marie Alberts and “Project Hope House” (Nicaragua) by local architect, Toby Keeton. Artist’s presentations will begin at 7pm. Donations to benefit each cause. 910-763-1197, email@example.com, www.theprojekte.com
Museums CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ILM New exhibit: All Aboard! Leading to Reading exhibit, sponsored by Dr. Tyson & Dr. Heaney of Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry. Dedicated to focusing on and increasing literacy skills in young children. • Trash to Treasues, 10am; Muddy Buddies (gardening), 3:30pm. • Tues: 9:30am: Leading to Reading Literacy Classes; 3:30 Going Global Cooking Club • Wed. 10am Preschool Science; 3:30pm, Fetch! Challenge. • Thurs: 10am, Cooking Club; 3:30pm, Book Club. • Fri: 10am, Toddler Time; 3:30pm, Adventures in Art. 5/6: Moo, Cluck, Neigh, Family Farm Day • Sat: 10am, Music Club; 3:30pm, Cardio Class. 5/7: Moo, Cluck, Neigh Farm Day • Sun: 3:30pm: Surprise Program. 5/8: Mother’s Day Special Activity. Hrs: Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. 910-763-3387. www.playwilmington.org BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www.burgwinwrighthouse.com. NC AQUARIUM
910-458-7468. • Pre-reg rqd, Mon-Fri, 8-5pm. www. ncaquariums.com. On exhibit: Megaladon: Diving with North Carolina’s Ultimate Predator. Similar to modern day sharks and rays, Megalodon was a cartilaginous fish, ranging in length from four to six inches, the teeth indicate that this animal was massive, approximately 50-60 feet. Megalodons had four rows of teeth, and most Megalodon models use two or three teeth molds repeated on each row. On display mid-June, the NC Aquarium jaw will showcase molds from the complete set: four rows of each individual tooth. EVENTS: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Daddy and Me, Salt Marsh Exploration, Surf Fishing Workshop, Aqua Camp and more! www. ncaquariums.com. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. (910) 458-8257 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 303 West Salisbury St. wbmuseum.com. (910)256-2569 WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. • Story Times designed for younger visitors first and third Mon, 10:30am. $4 per family is charged to cover program costs and includes access to the rest of the Museum. • Museum admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or www.wrrm.org. LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. www.latimerhouse.org CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www.capefearserpentarium.com. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • 5/16: The Slave Cabin Project with Joseph McGill of the National Trust. Honoring slaves by sleeping in historic slave quarters, this researcher will share his knowledge of slave life after sleeping in the Bellamy Mansion’s intact urban slave quarters which are currently undergoing restoration. Begins at 7pm with light reception to follow, tickets are $10. • Mon., 5/23, 7:30pm. Mondays at Mansion: ‘Wilmington: Lost but Not Forgotten’ with Beverly Tetterton— preservation lecture by local historian, author and Bellamy Museum Board member, $10 w/reception. • Summer Jazz Series: Bring your blankets or chairs and relax on the lawn! Beverages andgourmet snacks available; donations appreciated. 5/13: Grenoldo Frazier, sounds of America’s classic songs. 910-251-3700. www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St
an Oscar. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 FIREWALL OF SOUND “Firewall of Sound” screening at the Opera Room on Mon., 5/9. Best Independent Film, voted by encore readers, 2011. 119 Grace Street CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL ENTRIES Cucalorus wants your film, especially if you live in Wilmington. New this year, no entry fee for artists living within the city limits. Local filmmakers can submit up to three films for free! 17th Cucalorus Film Festival seeks submissions from independent filmmakers and video artists. Festival is a non-competitive showcase of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world held each November in the historic port city of Wilmington. Cucalorus was just recognized in the Spring 2011 issue of Move MakerMagazine as “One of the 25 Best Film Festival Investments.”Films welcome from all genres. Artists must submit 2 dvds, one inappropriate collage, entry form and fee. Contact our office to find out how to submit your film in an online format. Entry fee otherwise: $25 if postmarked by 6/14; $35 if postmarked by 7/14, and $45 if postmarked by 7/28. Submit online: www. cucalorus.org” cucalorus.org or go to withoutabox. com. Send your stuff to: Cucalorus, 815 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. (910)-343-5995. Questions, notions and dreams should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Stuff PINKALICIOUS The Performance Club Studio Theater presents Pinkalicious the Musical! 4/29-5/8, Fri/Sat, 6pm; Sat/ Sun, 3pm. Tickets: www.PerformanceClubKids.com or at Learning Express Toys. Tickets $10. 6624 Gordon Rd. Studio B. Register: www.PerformanceClubKids. com or 910-338-3378. GREENFIELD GRIND SKATEPARK Greenfield Grind Skatepark at Greenfield Lake, located behind 302 Willard St. Pre-reg rqd: 362-8222.
Beginner clinics for youth ages 7-12. Class split into small groups to facilitate personalized instruction. Each clinic will be taught by Skatepark staff. $15/ participantp; includes a pass to skate free for that day plus two free day passes.5/7, 21, 6/4, 18, 7/16, 30 and 8/13, 27, 10:30am-noon. I WANNA BEE Sat., 5/7, the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, through their Partners for Affordable Homeownership Committee, is holding their first ever career day for kids called “I Wanna Bee.” This event will highlight several different careers in the Wilmington area. Potential participant careers include police, fire & rescue, teachers, farmers, nurses, military and more! We call these people our Everyday Neighborhood Heroes and will honor a group of them during the day. We will also share information about the many programs and opportunities that exist toward purchasing a home in today’s economy. Features demonstrations and information for kids in elementary school to middle school. Bouncies, games and more. Hanover Center (next to Steinmart, behind Chick-Fil-A). Free, open to public.
Lectures/Readings OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET 10 percent discount to anyone who arrives by bicycle! • “Knit Wits, the crafting group open to all,” Wed nights, 6:30pm. • Story Teller’s Open Mic on Sunday evenings • Art on display as part of Fourth Friday Gallery stop downtown, the fourth Friday every mo. with new exhibitions and artist receptions. • Also feat. Wilmington’s First Vend-a-Quote Machine—each quote comes with a $1 off coupon toward purchases • Cape Fear’s Going Green will kick off their Green Book Club with Rachel Carson’s “The Sea Around Us.” www.thegreenawards.com/Default.aspx?v=123. 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS FORT FISHER 1865 Dr. Chris Fonvielle will sign copies of his latest book, titled Fort Fisher 1865: the Photographs of T.H. O’Sullivan, at the Main Library in downtown
Wilmington on Sat., 4/30, 2-4pm. Public is invited to meet the author in the North Carolina Room, and refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing.Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. is a native of Wilmington who joined the faculty of UNC-Wilmington in 1996, where he teaches courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, the Old South and Antebellum America. His research focuses on Civil War coastal operations and defenses, blockade running, and the navies, and he has published numerous books about the Civil War. WOMEN IN BUSINESS 4/28, 11:30am-1pm: The Women in Business Speaker Series luncheon will have award winning CEO, marketing strategist and Author, Olalah Njenga as its first speaker. Topic: “Women in Business & Leadership: Positioning yourself and your business for success.” WIB Speaker Series are monthly luncheons for approximately 100 women business leaders from the Wilmington community. email@example.com
Clubs/Notices HALYBURTON PHOTO CONTEST Photo contest: “My Day at Halyburton Park.”
4/30: FORT FISHER 1865
Dr. Chris Fonvielle, native of Wilmington and UNCW faculty member, will be reading and signing copies of his book, “Fort Fisher 1865: The Photographs of T.H. O’Sullivan.” The signing takes place at the main library, downtown Wilmington, in the NC Room on the 30th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and his book will be for sale.
Classes/Workshops PAINTING CLASSES 5/4 and 22, 9am: Day trip to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet SC for creative inspiration with a private group tour of sculpture collection and gardens, then 2 1/2 hour afternoon plein air painting class with Niki Hildebrand. $90 includes round trip transportation from Wilmington, entrance fees to Gardens, private group tour and class tuition. 5 to 10 students per class . Students bring supplies for their preferred medium. (910)524-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP by 4/27 for 5/2; 5/15 for 5/22. www.exitlanetours.com HALYBUTRON PROGRAMS Pre-reg. rqd. 4099 S. 17th, 910-341-0075 or www. halyburtonpark.com. • Digital Photography for Kids w/Roxanne Turpen: Instructs kids on basic functions of how a camera works and will learn how to develop their eye as a photographer. 4 2-hr. classes, $60 w/$10 material fee, ages 8 -11: Aailable 5/3, 19, 17 and 24. Ages 12-16, Thurs., 4-6pm, 5/5, 12, 19 and 26. • Yoga w/Stephanie “Goo” McKenzie: Experienced dancer and performer, Goo’s playful approach to life spills into her teaching. Ongoing weekly, 1-hr. classes Wed/Fri, $5 per or $40/mo. unlimited. Ages 12 and up; Wed/Fri, 11am and 12:30pm. • Kids Art w/Erin Hinson: Multi-media class designed to provide all children with basics of art. Ongoing, weekly 1.5-hr. class, $20/class, ages 5 to 12. Tues, 3:30-5pm. • Piano w/Jonathan Barber: Available Mon-Thurs, for all ages and experience levels. Mr. Barber: 910-6190383. 35/half hour. • Modern and Technical Dance w/Kevin Lee-y Green. Mon/Tues/Thurs., 5:30-7pm, all ages. $10/class. • Intro to Broken Plate Mosaic w/Mary Beth Cook: Workshop teaching students to break plates and reassemble them, creating a beautiful and functional counter top trivet. 3 2-hr. classes, $60, w/$30 material fee. Students need to provide themselves with heavy rubber gloves, a 3-5 gallon bucket, plastic containers with lids for plate pieces, rags, measuring tape, old utility knife, sponges with scouring pad on one side and craft paints (Colors TBD after first session). Ages 15 and up; Sat., 10am-noon, 4/30 and 5/7. • Silk Painting w/Lee Spivey: Students will begin with creating silk scarves, to be worn or made into wall hangings. Can also be incorporated into other accessories such as bags, hair bows or even into shirts and other pieces of clothing. 4 2-hr. classes, $55, w/$45 material fee. Ages 18 and up; Wed., 7-9pm, 5/4, 11, 18 and 25; second session 8/3, 10, 17 and 24. ESOTERIC WISDOM STUDIES 5/7, 10am: School of Sophiology offers esoteric wisdom studies. Christos-Sophia based. Roscroix Maritime Abbey: email@example.com or 910-874-7200. PINE NEEDLE COILING 5/14, 10am: Learn the basic art of pine needle coiling on a gourd. The wheatstitch will be taught as well as the wrapped stitch and floating coils. Embellish this pretty gourd with a sliced shell and beads if you choose. Choice of gourd color offered. www.ArtfulLivingGroup.com. Janet Knott: janet@
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Deadline: 4/30. We want your photos of people, animals and plants taken at Halyburton Park. Open to amateurs in age groups: 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and over. Awards: 19 prizes will be awarded and separate prize for Best in Show. Winning photographs displayed at Halyburton Park. Rules/regulations: www.halyburtonpark.com CAPE FEAR ROWER CLUB Cape Fear River Rowing Club’s classes for beginners: Two, three-hour morning sessions, 8-11am, Sat/Sun. Students become familiar w/boats and equipment, learn proper technique on a rowing machine, and then experience on-the-water rowing instruction. No previous rowing experience is necessary, but students must know how to swim. 4/30-5/1, 5/21-22, 6/25-26, 7/23-24, 8/27-28, 9/24-25, and 10/22-23. Wilmington Marine Center, 3410 River Rd. $60/two sessions. Limited to five students. Reg: Morris Elsen, firstname.lastname@example.org. 910-343-3381. CAPE FEAR AREA DOULAS Cape Fear Area Doulas is a network of doulas (childbirth support professionals). Monthly birth circle at Tidal Creek. • 5/4, 6pm: Meet local doulas and learn how they are invaluable to our community—what services they provide, how expectant and new mothers can benefit from having a doula, how they can help you during your labor and birth, and mix and mingle. Free, open to community, expectant mothers and families, and health care professionals. contact@ capefearareadoulas.org. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/ whats-a-doula. email@example.com WILD BIRD AND GARDEN 5/7, 2:30pm: Just in time for Mother’s Day join us for a Native Plant sale at WildBird & Garden! Come out and see the wonderful selection of native plants offered by Growing Wild Nursery. Set up your yard with native plants that attract butterflies and birds of our area! firstname.lastname@example.org. 3501 Oleander Drive. BENGAL’S MIDGET CHEERLEADERS Bengal’s Midget Cheerleading Quarter Auction: 5/14, 7-9PM. To raise money for uniforms, competition fees, travel fees, etc. Previews starts at 6:30pm. Northside Baptist Church Life Center, 2501 N. College Rd. email@example.com or 910-686-1488 EPICUREAN EVENING Wed., 4/27, noon: Committee meeting with Chef Pat Green, 2010 winner of Best Entree.’ New chefs and restaurants being considered for nomination now. Each person is asked to recruit a new member. Please bring them to our meeting or send their contact info to Regina. All New 2011forms and packets will be available at next meeting; ome with new chef nominations, and new package ideas; 35 sponsor tables available for 2011; only 30 Featured Epicurean’s will be featured in 2011. Regina R Hawse, MHC Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org , 910-471-6088. WILMINGTON CHAMBER AFTER-HOURS A networking event. Thurs., 4/28, 5:30-7:30pm. Plantation Village, 1200 Porters Neck Rd.
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pet of the week My name is “Jai” which is short for Keajaiban, which means “Miracle” in Indonesian. I was named this by my rescue group, Sunburst Foundation, because it was a miracle that I was found safe and sound. You see, I was abandoned on a busy street, and was smart enough to go to the door of a nice couple, who took me in. That is all behind me, and I am now ready to start my new life with you. I am a mixed breed puppy, maybe American Staffordshire, or Boxer and maybe some Lab in there too. I am around 5 months old now, neutered, up to date on vaccinations, crate trained, housebreaking and a all around extremely smart puppy. My personality is always happy, happy, happy and so wanting a family to call my own. I am learning to be social with other canines. I am a quick learner and an active pup. Contact my rescue today for a “meet up” with me. Oh, by the way, you will know it is me when you see me because I have very distinct, beautiful, unique brindle markings. In other words, I am one of a kind. Please contact email@example.com or call 910-622-0011 or go to the website www.sunburstfoundationofwilmington.org for more information.
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