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Brandi Carlile will soothe at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater With unassuming, sleek chocolate curls and big, brown eyes helplessly offering a glimpse into her world, Brandi Carlile will open up to the audience at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Wed., August 8th. The Seattle musician teamed up with band mates Phil and Tim Hanseroth to release their debut album in 2005, since relenquishing their thoughts and feelings in the form of gripping, heartfelt lyrics. The group’s blend of Americana folk-pop has garnered attention from the likes of Elton John, producer T-Bone Burnett, Ray LaMontagne and Dave Matthews. Guests of the amphitheater can expect to hear favorites like ‘The Story,’ as well as tracks from their latest release, ‘Bear Creek.’ Courtesy photo

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LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES “The Obama campaign spent more money in June than it took in. Every businessman will tell you, you can’t run a campaign like that. Apparently, you can run a government like that, but not a campaign.” —Jay Leno “Olympics can inspire American kids to get active. Or it can inspire American kids to sit on the couch and watch the Olympics.” —Conan O’Brien “Speaking of Romney, I read that his campaign has raised $10 million in California over the last two days. One million was from a fundraiser while $9 million was from Romney checking a pocket in some old khakis.” —Jimmy Fallon “The United States Postal Service is about to default on $5.5 billion. They made the payment but the check got lost in the mail.” —Conan O’Brien “The Jim Henson company, which created the Muppets, have cut their ties with Chick-FilA because of the company’s anti-gay marriage stance. Insiders say the move came after intense pressure from Bert and Ernie.” —Jay Leno “A cyber attack on Iranian nuclear facilities is causing all their computers to play AC/DC. Today, the attackers said ‘If our demands aren’t met, tomorrow we start blasting Nickelback.’” –Conan O’Brien “The apartment President Obama used to live in when he was a college student is now up for rent. It’s $2,400 a month, which is a bargain when you consider how much money Mitt Romney is spending to try and move into where Obama is living now.” —Jay Leno

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8-9 views: Mark Basquill explores the gaps between heart and mind; Shea Carver details the house fire she endured last week, and how tragedy can lead to hope.

artsy smartsy................ 12-29 12-16 theatre: Big Dawg presents ‘The Dixie Swim Club’; Gwenyfar has a blast with City Stage’s ‘And the World Goes ‘Round’; Eliza Dillard previews the opening of Opera House’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’

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

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21 cover story: Bethany Turner meets renowned musician Brandi Carlile.

22-27 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

29 film: Anghus has the final say on ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

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merchant-services provider to attempt to get our account with them closed (which by the way made the Berlin Airlift look like a simple procedure executed by well-meaning amateurs), I have once again had my commitment to end my abusive relationship with credit cards re-solidified. Frequent readers of this column will remember that one of my Live Local New Year’s resolutions was to pay off my creditcard debt which had soared in the last two years as I patched together financing during the various crises that had befallen our little bookstore. There are many good reasons to pay off the debt, besides all of the personal financial security reasons that I am sure we are all familiar with, every dollar spent on interest is not spent here. If I could spend the money with local businesses that I am currently spending on credit card interest, I would basically be my own little micro-stimulus package. Not to mention that the fees that businesses spend on merchant services (monthly, machine rental and percentage of sales) do not benefit this community; they go straight to the coffers of the credit-card companies, who don’t need the money and do not spend it here. The good news is that I have now paid off three of the credit cards—admittedly they were the ones with the lowest balances, but they are paid off nonetheless. Even better, the fulfillment I get from not paying credit-card interest and investing in my community far exceeds the misery I feel spending money with Visa and MasterCard. Really, I would much rather pay cash here than send money to outsourced call centers in India. While marinating in all of these reminders, I ran into Joan Loch, half of Mike and Joan Loch of Crescent Moon in the Cotton Exchange. She happened to mention that she and Mike had been talking about merchant fees (not surprising, small business owners spend a lot of time thinking about and talking about those fees). She mentioned how Crescent Moon decided to give the swipe fee discounts back to the cash-paying customers. Brilliant! I thought. Brilliant! 4 encore | august 1st - 7th, 2012 | www.encorepub.com

Joan was kind enough to expand upon her thoughts with me. encore (e): Please explain the discount you are proposing to give your customers. Joan Loch (JL): We are offering a “cash” reward option to our customers. If they decide to pay cash or intend to pay cash from the start, we will take 3 percent off the price of their sale prior to sales tax. We believe in convenience for our customers, so we will always accept every card type and allow charges even under $10. But the consumer seems to be reverting back to spending only if they have the money and not charging wantonly as in years past. This includes using the debit card. So, for smaller purchases, using cash instead of the debit card will earn them 3 percent. e: What series of events or revelations led you to make this decision? JL: I follow current news headlines daily and watch a few news programs in the morning. Lately, there have been reports about the recent settlement of a bank card-swipe surcharge that was challenged in the courts by retailers back in 2005. Now, there will be the opportunity for the merchant to charge the swipe at each transaction instead. Crescent Moon, as a small independent business, is taking a stand and saying we will not pass on any additional “swipe charge” to our customers. We would rather give the charge back to them as a thank you for paying with cash. It may be a small stand, but it is one we control. e: When did you decide this? When will it be implemented? JL: Once Mike and I discussed it last week, it was quickly implemented via our social media on Thursday the 19th. That is the advantage of being a small business: We can make decisions and put things in motion without a lot of time and trouble. Next, I posted signs throughout the shop. Now, we’re simply talking about it to everyone and getting the word out. e: Is this a short-term project, or is this new policy for you for the foreseeable future? JL: This is long-term. We are sincere in saying we

would rather give the 3 percent to our customers than add to the long list of merchant service charges the bank takes. As an educated person, I still find it difficult to decipher the monthly statement I receive from our merchant service provider. It is truly structured to confuse and annoy you to the point that as long as our average remains 2.2 to 2.4 percent, it becomes simply a cost of doing business. I don’t check each line item or card type being used any longer.

e: What sort of response have you gotten from your patrons? JL: Response has been positive. Facebook comments are supportive, too. I’ve had quite a few customers change their mind when I pointed out the choice and discount. Most of our customers sincerely care about small brick-and-mortar businesses, and our plight through the last few years of recession and recovery.

e: What do you want them to realize from this interaction? JL: Only that Mike and I are sincere in our intent. It isn’t about getting media promotion or a gimmick. This is our livelihood. We build customer relationships and we appreciate them. If we can give them something back that’s a good feeling. We both question why we didn’t think of it sooner.

e: Can you give me a ballpark of an average Crescent Moon sale? JL: Average would be $35 or $40 because we carry hand-made art glass and metal sculptures, ranging from $7 to $3,500 pretty consistently.

e: Does this only apply to high-dollar sales? For example sales over $100? Or all sales? JL: All sales, every day, every season, including our online website if a customer wants to send a check.

e: Is there anything else you would like the public to know about the business or your decision? JL: We love our product, we love our artists, and we truly have fun working behind the counter. We are simply the “little glass and metal shop” for all your gift-giving, collecting, decorating, or just-because reasons.


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been raising money for their documentary “Fight Church,” featuring devout Christian mixed martial artists viciously pummeling each other but only after the brawlers begin the match with a prayer and commitment to serve Jesus Christ. Among those featured is Pastor Paul Burress of Rochester, N.Y., who says he “loves to fight” and sees no problem with MMA’s barbaric nature. “These (techniques of fighting savagely) are the gifts and the skills God has given me.” Scottish officials were reportedly optimistic about a recent decision of the legislature of Louisiana. State officials this year broadened a voucher program to allow parents to choose private schools with Christian fundamentalist curricula. One prominent textbook for that curriculum (offered by the Accelerated Christian Education program) touted sighting of Scotland’s Loch Ness monster as “evidence” that humans and dinosaurs walked the Earth at the same time, thus undermining the widely accepted scientific theory of evolution. Officials now anticipate an influx of tourists to Loch Ness, near Inverness. Cultural Diversity Television ads appeared recently in India exploiting women’s obsession with lightening their skin a fascination already responsible for a rich market in facial bleaching. Now, ads for “Clean and Dry Intimate Wash” promise to “refresh” a woman’s private parts by making them fairer. Female columnist Amrit Dhillon, viewing an ad of a disinterested husband ignoring his too-brown wife, denounced the product as catering to “selfhatred of race and gender” and urged the banning of the ads. In May, the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment issued a formal rule to crack down on unhygienic public restrooms. The toilets’ attendants will be ordered to take corrective action any time they count a number of flies equal to two times the number of stalls in the restroom. The city official in charge downplayed the likelihood of inspectors themselves counting flies. “The regulation is specific ... but the inspection methodology will be flexible.”

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Least Competent Criminals Not Ready for Prime Time: On June 8, sheriff’s deputies near Tampa, Fla., charged Robert Suggs, 36, and David Hall, 28, with taking a front-end loader and a dump truck from a construction site and using them to steal an ATM from a Bank of America drive-thru. The theft took place at 5 a.m., and deputies arrested the pair that afternoon when they were found near the bank, still trying to get the ATM open. On the same day, in Albuquerque, Thomas Molina, 38, was arrested in the act of fleeing a burglary at Central New Mexico Community College. As he tried to climb out a window, his getaway was hampered by having gotten his foot caught in the blinds.

No Longer Weird Some events, no matter how “weird” they first seemed, now occur with such frequency that they must be retired from circulation. Surely there are now too many instances in which a worker drawing disability benefits cheats by taking on strenuous pastimes or even second jobs while claiming to be unable to function normally at work. One of the most recent involved letter-carrier Jacquelyn Myers of Tallahassee, Fla., who was put on “light duty,” with worker compensation benefits, because of a back injury from heavy lifting. Over a several-months period after her May 2009 injury, investigators found that she had entered more than 80 long-distance races, including the Boston Marathon. Investigators also noted that her race times improved after her “injury.”


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I didn’t see it. I was reading again; I finally finished Pinker’s book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” and read an essay, “The Politics of the Broken Hearted,” by Parker Palmer. The horrible habits of reading and contemplating often distract me from my civic duties of reacting and consuming. After 9/11, I failed the Patriotism Test. I didn’t do what our former president advised and “go shopping.” Even though I didn’t see Batman opening weekend, I’m sure the dark knight rises, and after a lot of mock uncertainty, the bad guys get it in the end. After all, Batman is the way we like it. Complex issues of violence, vengeance, justice and compassion, simplified until even an earthworm (the simplest nervous system I know) can fully understand them. The Aurora tragedy put my reading list to the test. Pinker concludes optimistically that, despite ongoing outlier violence, such as Wilmington’s recent murder of Zhen Bo Liu, the Trayvon Martin case, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now Aurora, we are statistically safer than we have been in our history. In Aurora’s aftermath, it’s hard to keep in mind that Pinker isn’t reacting to the horror of the week, he’s analyzing centuries of data. Despite the present trepidation, grief and sadness, the trend arrow of human violence keeps moving downward. Pinker’s arguments remain sound, and could be a basis for reasonable policy changes should we show a willingness to “hold the tension” or “stand in the gap”— terms from Palmer’s essay. “Holding the tension” is the radical idea that coming to consensus on more issues may be more democratic and advantageous than relying on brute force of the 51 percent. Parker’s “tragic gap” is “the tension be-

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tween reality and possibility … what is and what we know might be.” He suggests that a willingness to hold the tension and stand in the tragic gap may benefit us. Aurora shows that there are a lot of tragic gaps to be found, like the tragic gap between the head and heart of the Aurora perp. A neuroscience doctoral student must have a brain, but anyone that perpetrates that kind of violence has disconnected that brain from his heart. As much as the gap between the perp’s head and heart grieves me, there are a lot of tragic gaps that bother me more. I’m concerned about the tragic and widening gaps between capitalism and democracy, between the 1 and 99 percents, between Wall Street and Main Street, between U.S. Defense Department spending and the combined rest of the civilized world, between our defense spending and education spending, between health care spending and the quality of our actual health, between our professed faith in “one nation under God” and our true religion of fundamentalist consumerism. Maybe it’s time to bridge some tragic gaps. For instance, despite 40,000 gun homicides expected in the next four years, I agree with conservative friends cautioning against politicizing Aurora and constructing knee-jerk gun laws. I wish they felt the same way in 2001 when 9/11 launched a decade-long war and stripped civil liberties to the bone through the Patriot Act. But it won’t help anyone to remain polarized in Facebook-post wars, in which any attempt to revise gun laws or question excessive defense spending is perceived as an assault on Lady Liberty herself. I know there are a lot of people OK with being stripsearched or wiretapped without a warrant, yet consider themselves “free” as long as they can buy a machine gun online. As I recall it, the statue in New York Harbor is adequately armed with a torch and a book, not a shotgun and semi-automatic. Of all the tragic gaps that may exist, the one between our own heads and hearts may be the most important one to bridge. Aurora breaks the heart, but Palmer’s essay might be helpful. He cites Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan, “God breaks the heart again and again until it stays open.” Keeping the heart open might be the best start toward bridging a lot of tragic gaps.


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cessed fully and clearly in a short amount of time. Surviving a mass shooting, terror attack or fatal disease comes to mind. Losing a child most likely tops the list. Living through a plane crash may be up there. Massive fire destruction would be another. I’ve been lucky enough throughout life to have not faced anything major to turn my world on its axis. Death of loved ones, friends and pets have been hard, even those which have been expected. The same can be said for breakups. Last week, my house caught fire. While I wouldn’t mark it up there with mass destruction, I will say it led to quite a few emotional meltdowns that I, otherwise, have been oblivious to fighting through so far in 35 years. The Wilmington Fire Department responded to the call about a fire on my deck one sunny, hot Sunday afternoon. My wonderful neighbor, who happened to be outside working on his AC unit, saw flames crawling up the back of my house and immediately attempted to put it out while dialing 9-1-1. I was at the beach when I received a call from another neighbor about what was happening. “Oscar [my rescue pit] is out, but Shadow [my chi] and the cats are still in the house!” she said. “But the firemen have everything under control and say all animals are fine.” I rushed home to find a scene no one ever wishes to live through: neighbors on street corners and front porches, trying to get a glimpse of what happened; a dozen firemen aligning the front lawn, sweat and soot covering them. My house was still standing, without an ounce of damage visible from the front. What once consisted of slate grey walls on the back became black char—wires burned to a pulp and holes in certain areas, where firemen busted through to ensure no smolder was left behind. “It could have been so much worse,” they assured me. We had taken out the kitchen’s aged sheet rock and insulation (likely installed when the house was built in 1942) the previous week to replace. Had it all still been there, it would have provided perfect kindling for more damage—interior damage, nonetheless. When they told me they couldn’t link the fire to anything other than a cigarette—which was improperly disposed of and near sawdust from the refinishing of our hardwood floors— I lost it. This was careless destruction—a costly accident. In my head, I immediately placed blame on the smoker who was visiting, and I will not lie: I found it hard to be grateful it wasn’t worse. This was my house, where I was supposed to be safe and sound. All I kept thinking was, Why did this happen? Pots of dirt are left on the back porch for cigarette butts in case smokers visit. Why

rver by Shea Ca or d encore e it dispose near ... sawdust? Really? Sawdust? I couldn’t wrap my head around it; anger set in. I knew it was wrong to feel so bitter about an accident, but I couldn’t shake it. So I just let it take over me and run its course. There isn’t a handbook telling us how to deal with life’s uncertain challenges; we just do. Comfort eventually came: in knowing my local taxes are well-spent. Yes, I am of the side who doesn’t fear an increase when it means better public services, especially a Class 2 fire department, essentially the top-tier 1 percent in the country and state. They have the best equipment and response time to emergencies. Station 3 firemen responded to my house in 2 minutes flat. I can’t even grasp how superior that is when it comes to heavy moving flames. I am immensely thankful to them for their expediency and utmost professionalism and compassion. “We see this all the time,” one gentleman told me, “when college students throw butts into straw beds at apartment complexes.” “I am dealing with a 30-year-old man who should know better,” I said. “He at least had the integrity to ‘fess up to it’,” he reminded me. Touché. My superhero of a neighbor, who isn’t only decent and standup but exactly how every neighbor should be, deservedly gets my hand of gratitude tenfold for dealing with the situation so gracefully. I’ll mow your lawn, Frank, forever more if you’d like me to: Thank you! The same can be said for everyone who offered a helping hand—you know who you are— and to my BFFs for letting us crash their house on such short notice. All others who expressed words of kindness and support: Thank you. My electrician worked fiercely and quickly to have city permits and Progress Energy engineers approve plans of action and then inspect its completion within three days. My house was inhabitable from Sunday to Friday only. Under such circumstances, hotel living is not fun with a fiancé, animals, a 9-year-old, and an out-oftown firestarter. My insurance adjuster managed a recordtime turnaround on the claim. Again, I couldn’t have chosen more professional people to help pick up the pieces through such a horrendous incident. My fiancé and the smoker rebuilt the back of my house in four days flat—quite impressive. Though the emotional turmoil still churns within and seems surreal, the haze of anger is finally lifting. I am thankful catastrophe gives us better glimpses into hope; it just seems impossible to comprehend its reach in the throes of it all. encore | august 1st - 7th, 2012 | www.encorepub.com 9


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e: So, are you becoming the queen of Southern plays? Tell me about your love affair with the South. MS: I love this kind of question because not many people seem to know I was born and raised in the South. I do have a lot of Yankee attitude going and I embrace it, too! Honestly, these authors’ shows remind me of my mom a lot: Women raised to behave yet who learn as they age that having some sass to you is just fine after all! Like I defend the Yanks for being busy and not rude, I also defend the South as not as stupid as some would like to think. Sure, Southern niceties can seem a bit over the top, but no one should mistake that for naïvité. Southerners, and in particular the women, are sharp cookies! This play shows us an example of nearly all the types found below the Mason-Dixon line.

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and we have taken on some new people on the production side. Everyone is great, but it takes a lot to coordinate all the extra people in the mix while trying to stay on top of the directors mission. e: The message here is what; how do you relate? MS: Like the authors’ other shows, it is about friends coming together and helping each other get through life. For me this is easily relatable because I am honored to have some incredible friends who have listened to me when things were bad and reveled with me when things were good. e: Tell me how many shows have sold out thus far, and what do you contribute to Big Dawg’s recent success in selling out so many productions? MS: I know one show is sold out and has been taken off the site for tickets sales (etix.com); another show is nearly sold out. I think they are selling well for a combination of reasons. The show by the same authors last year has caused some anticipation. The cast includes actresses they know and some that have been out of the biz for a long time, so they are fresh faces. But, one of the biggest changes is Big Dawg hiring Steve Vernon as the new artistic director. Not only does he know how to put a team together, but when he gives an artistic note, it is well placed and with the right intentions. He is breathing new life in the theatre. It feels like a new group all together. I have always been a big fan of the many talents of Steve Vernon but he has earned a lot more admiration from me as an A.D. He knows what he is doing and he cares, sincerely. This bodes well for Big Dawg. As does the entire crew hired for every show, including this one. Audrey McCrummen has been building our set and doing an incredible job. She gave me what I wanted and more! Stage manager Kewas Campbelloff has been amazing to have around. He keeps me in check, handles the stage and rescues cast when needed.


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by Eliza Dillard Hello, Dolly! 10th-12th and August 1st-5th, m. m. or Sun., 3 p. 17th-19th • 8 p. all.org nh lia • www.tha 5 $2 3$2 s: et Tick 1 Chestnut St. Thalian Hall • 30 A fast-paced, exciting tale, “Hello, Dolly!” often keeps audiences laughing in wonderment, leaving them abreast to what Dolly will pull out of her hat next. The show has 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical; the musical’s album also was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. With three revivals on Broadway—and a cinematic hit in 1969, nominated for seven Academy Awards—Opera House’s latest show director, Ray Kennedy, attests to its solidity. “It’s a really well-written script,” he notes. “I’m always attracted to musicals that have a really strong book. I like the character of Dolly Levi, too; [she] makes for an interesting story.”

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Kennedy promises audiences are in for a real treat—especially since twists and turns not predicted of the original script will be enjoyed. “I hope [people] will come with fresh eyes and fresh ears,” he says. “We aren’t doing it how it’s always been done before. I think when you do ‘Dolly!’ the leading lady really carries the show, and you have to tap into who that leading lady is.” While the company has “re-imagined” the end of the first act, Kennedy reassures that “Dolly!” lovers still can expect to hear some of their favorite tunes, such as the title-track, a song-turned-masterpiece thanks to Carol Channing, the original Dolly (Channing’s performance landed her the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical). Other songs folks can hum along to include one of Kennedy’s favorites, “Before the Parade Passes By,” and “Ribbons Down My Back.” According to the director, the show has run along thus far rather smoothly. He credits the dedication of all of people involved in the production.

“We’ve had a very good rehearsal period,” he says. “The cast is full of really hard workers who have all done other shows and bring a really strong work ethic.” In addition to the exceptional acting, audiences can expect to be visually pleased, as spectacular costumes will reveal turn-of-thecentury gowns, hates and gloves. “This is also going to be a big costume show,” Kennedy says, continuing to describe the looks as “mysterious, yet formal.” As much can be said about the music and dancing, too. “Lots and lots and lots of choreography,” he assures. “We have a big singing chorus and dancing chorus, with over 40 people in the cast.” Broadway’s musical scene at the top of the ‘60s sparkles and shines locally as “Hello, Dolly!” opens Wednesday, August 1st and runs through Sunday the 5th, before resuming the following two weekends through August 19th. Shows will begin at 8 p.m., with 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Admission is $23-$25, and tickets can be purchased at the Center Box Office in the lobby of Thalian Hall at 310 Chestnut St., online at thalianhall.org or by phone at 910-632-2285.

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AT-HEART ENTERTAINERS: The cast of ‘The World Goes ‘Round,’ l. to r.: Michael Lauricella, Michelle Reiff, Penny Kohut, Emily Gardenhire, Mike Maykish. Courtesy photo

as he serenades the desserts. Ridiculous, wonderful, and beautifully sung. “Mr. Cellophane” remains one of my favorite songs from “Chicago” and I was really happy it was included in this piece. (Can you imagine trying to pick which songs from Kander and Ebb’s extensive catalog to include? Wow.) Maykish is a tall man and so the contrast of his physicality with the lyrics bemoaning his ability to go unnoticed are a great starting point for physical comedy. He

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literary silver: Lyssa Fineman’s new jewelry line at Old Books

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Fineman has designed and handcrafted jewelry for gamers and geeks of both sexes (Pokémon earrings anyone?). But her new line of accessories ventures into literary territory, aimed directly for book lovers. Fineman’s new line, Towee—which she describes as the love child of her bookish nature and artistic side—mainly features silver-and-white bronze rings, earrings and pendants, all inspired by particular quotes from classic books. The jeweler officially debuted her new line at Old Books on Front Street as part of last week’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night. A longtime customer of Old Books, Fineman was browsing through titles one afternoon when the store’s current managing partner, Gwenyfar Rohler, discovered her unique work. Fineman recalls wearing a homemade pendant which also functioned as a bookmark. Rohler loved the design and asked her to showcase her new jewelry as part of the bookstore’s Fourth Friday participation. In conjunction with her store debut, Towee is selling her goods online, too, at etsy.com/ people/thetowee; she has plans to explore the wholesale market at a later date, too. From stacking rings with a tiny fox face, inspired the beloved novella “The Little Prince,” “to silver stud earrings textured like barnacles, inspired by “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Towee has something for every literary and jewlery enthusiast. All designs are personally drawn by Fineman, which are then handcarved into a stamp to impress on precious metal clay before finishing them. Each piece sold includes a copy of the quote that inspired each piece of jewelry, and Fineman can customize commissioned pieces, too.

e: Take me through the process of creating your pieces. LF: It’s made from something called precious metal clay. Mitsubishi developed it a couple years ago, so it’s a fairly new medium. It’s particles of metal suspended in organic binders, so you can use it just like one would use ordinary clay. When you let it dry, you just fire it with a torch or in a kiln, and it becomes fine silver. From there you can fabricate it in any way you would a regular metal. Instead of going through a huge process of having a huge metal caster, I can just do it on my workbench. It’s wonderful; my kiln in a semi-permanent spot in my bathroom.

no by Alex Pomplia Towee an by Lyssa Finem Jewelry exhibit ont St. Old Books on Fr . 249. N Front St nfrontst.com so ok bo www.old In preparation for her new line, Fineman immersed herself in stacks of classic literature to rouse inspiration. Though much of the literature she tackled is technically considered children’s books, Fineman says, “They still have special meaning and significance when read at any level of maturity.” Many of the literary quotes are also those that have stuck in the artist’s head for years. According to Fineman, “they have caused no end of contemplation.” encore spoke with the jeweler about Towee’s inception and why she feels it’s the perfect time for literary jewelry. encore (e): What’s the story behind your line’s name? Lyssa Fineman (LF): When I was about 2 years old, I was in the baby seat in the back of the car and my dad was driving. According to him, I said, “Daddy, towee. Towee, Daddy!” He said, “I don’t understand you; you’re babbling.” So, I got really quiet and we both traveled in silence a while, and then I said, “Daddy, li-bu-rary, book, towee.” He finally got it: I wanted him to tell me a story, and we decided it would be a fun little title for my shop. e: What was the inspiration for your literature-inspired jewelry? LF: Definitely my love of books, especially in the past few years with the Kindle, Nook,

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BEJEWELED BY WAY OF LITERATURE: Lyssa Fineman’s Towee jewelry line, inspired by literary classics, now shows at Old Books on Front Street through August. Courtesy photo.

and all those [eBook tablets] coming out. I’ve noticed that people have been getting more into reading. I feel there’s a revival—at least with the younger generation—and that [these new technologies] will help bring their attention to books that bridge the gap between really old stuff and [contemporary] novels. I think if people own a piece of jewelry that reminds them of certain literature, they’ll be more likely to read the work that inspired it.

e: How long have you been creating jewelry? LF: I just started working with silver this year, but I’ve been working with polymer clay for two and a half years. Before Towee, I mainly made ear gauges and Poké Ball earrings; I’m a total video game nerd [laughs]. In the summer before my junior year of college, I began selling my work online, producing more and more, and going to [seminars]. I’ve always liked working with my hands, as well as with clay. At that point, the [university I attended] wasn’t giving me the money I needed during the summer, so I decided to supplement my part-time job income with something I loved doing. From there, it just took off and I realized that it was exactly what I wanted to do with my life.

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114 Princess St. (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.capefearnative.com Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Here you’ll find original paintings on canvas and reclaimed river wood, handmade jewelry, local photography, sail bags, pottery, wood products, tiles, note cards, historic maps, books, and our exclusive Wilmington city map tees/totes/prints. From July 27-August 4, we are showcasing the paintings of Jenny McKinnon Wright, the 2011 Azalea Festival artist known for her impressionistic, colorful take on our stunning natural environment. Come in and register to win one of her giclée prints!

FIGMENTS

1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II 910-509-4289 • figmentsgallery.com Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. “Figments is an art gallery brimming with unlimited creative vision and talent. We are a community of artists who are passionate about the journey of artful creation. We have an unintimidating art boutique where you can find locally made artwork for your home. We also have a relaxed classroom space where students of all skill levels can learn and grow creatively. Come. Be inspired.

Please visit our gallery in Landfall Shopping Center at 1319 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington, or look to our website at www.figmentsgallery.com for information on these classes and more: Living Words—Foundations of Poetry Writing with Michelle Hicks, Studio Oil Painting Workshops and Demonstrations with Alessandro Giambra, Broken Plate Mosaic with Mary Cook, Light and Loose Acrylic on Canvas with Alice Houston, Intro to Clay with Pauline Purdim, Get Wet and Wild with Yupo with Christine Farley, Mixed Media with Artist Michelle Connolly and more!”

found at www.samguinart.tumblr.com or www. Facebook.com/samguinartist. Show hangs until August 31st.

WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION

120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. www.wilmington-art.org The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announces the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic Hannah Block USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington. Come down and check out the terrific art and the new space in the Hannah Block building. It has great north light! The Community Art Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.—and sometimes later. The art will be changed out monthly so there will be new work for view and purchase at the desk in the USO museum on an ongoing basis.

NEW ELEMENTS GALLERY

201 Princess St. (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) newelementsgallery.com Now celebrating 27 years, New Elements Gallery is an award-winning venue for fine art and contemporary craft. Featuring the region’s leading and nationally recognized artists, the gallery offers a stunning collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood and fiber. Visit our new location on the corner of Princess and Second Street in downtown Wilmington. Now showing: “Hand Crafted,” featuring pieces from five distinctly different ceramic and glass artists. Included will be hand-blown glass by Billie and Katie Bernstein of Celo, NC and Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson from Durango, CO. Ceramic artists showcased will be Shirley Cadmus of Milton, NC, and Wilmington artists Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Dina Wilde-Ramsing. It illustrates the variety of technique and intuitive nature of these two creative disciplines; from functional to sculptural and traditional to contemporary. On display through August 18th.

ORTON’S UNDERGROUND ART GALLERIES

133 N. Front • (910) 859-8441 Everyday after 5 p.m. www.ortonsuderground.com America’s oldest pool hall and Wilmington’s finest bar are also the home of Wilmington’s newest art galleries. Now hanging is the Toilet Seat Art Show, “Art a la commode.” Peruse an amazing collection of painted poopers from some of the best local and regional artists, organized by Robert Kass. 10% of all art sales goes to the Full Belly Project.

RIVER TO SEA GALLERY

225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1 - 4 p.m. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry.

NOW AT NEW ELEMENTS: “Turkish Olives” hand-blown glass by Bengt Hokanson & Trefny Dix. Courtesy photo

Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!

SUNSET RIVER MARKETPLACE

10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. sunsetrivermarketplace.com This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.

WICKED GALLERY

205 Princess St. • (910) 960-7306 Tues. 12-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 6:30-11:30 p.m. onewickedgallery.com Opening reception for new works from artist Sam Guin on August 11th from 8-11 p.m. A collection of new paintings, drawings, and assembled masks from the internationally published artist offer a unique perspective of the human animal presented in his own language of pigment, fiber and bone. A sampling of Guin’s work can be

Martini Monday at Roko

ENJOY $5 MARTINIS ALL NIGHT!

and

HALF PRICE APS from 4-6 p.m.

(limit one per customer) OPEN: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. 6801-105 Parker Farm Dr. Mayfaire Town Center 910-679-4783 www.rokoitalian.com Make Reservations Today!

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LIVE MUSIC

Fridays & Saturdays 7-10PM Outside on the back deck weather permitting 138 South Front Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 251-0433

Fri., Aug. 3 TBA Sat., Aug. 4 JEREMY NORRIS Mon., Aug. 6 TBA 6-8:30 Fri., Aug. 10 DAVE MEYER Sat., Aug. 11 2 CENTS WORTH Mon., Aug. 13 FRED FLYNN 6-8:30 Fri., Aug. 17 TYLER SIMMONS Sat., Aug. 18 DANIEL PARRISH DUO Mon., Aug. 20 RANDY MCQUAY 6-8:30 Fri, Aug. 24 COSMIC GROOVE LIZARD DUO - PERRY Sat., Aug. 25 BRENT STIMMEL DUO Mon., Aug. 27 TBA 6-8:30 Fri. August 31 TBA Sat., Sept. 1 FORTCH Sun., Sept. 2 DAVE MEYER Mon., Sept. 3 TBA 6-8:30 Fri., Sept. 7 MYKEL BARBEE Sat., Sept. 8 2 CENTS WORTH Fri., Sept. 14 TBA Sat., Sept. 15 BRENT STIMMEL DUO Fri., Sept. 21 DAVE MEYER Sat., Sept. 22 JEREMY NORRIS Fri., Sept. 28 L SHAPE LOT DUO Sat., Sept. 29 JOHN FONVIELLE DUO Fri., Oct. 5 DAVE MEYER Saturday, October 6 2Cents Worth/Mark

on stage this week

In riverfront park • music starts at 6 p.m. AUG. 3: AUG. 10: AUG. 17:

Yellow Dub Marine,

X MARKS THE SPOT: Legendary Carolina vocalist Mark Roberts grew up in a musical family, his parents raising

Beatles Reggae Tribute

in him a deep passion for rock ‘n’ roll, blues and Motown tunes. A class-act songwriter, Roberts pulls from influ-

The Breakfast Club,

ences such as Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, James Taylor and Elton John. He’s fronted various

America’s Favorite 1980’s Tribute Band

groups: Spanky’s Gang, Matrix, Alter Ego, The Next, and Heart and Soul. Roberts has been named Male Vocalist

Tuesday’s Gone,

and Entertainer of the Year at the Carolina Beach Music Awards. On Sunday, August 5th, catch Mark Roberts Band

The Ultimate Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd

at Bluewater Grill at 4 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY

OCEANIC SUMMER MUSIC SERIES 16 Travis Shallow 08 Brent Stimmel AUGUST 02 04 09 11

Rob Ronner Seluh Dubb Mykel Barbee Travis Shallow

18 Mike Frusha

SEPTEMBER

01 Travis Shallow 06 Luis Paschoa

13 Luis Paschoa 15 Overtyme 20 Mykel Barbee 22 Brent Stimmel

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LIVE MUSIC SUNDAY EVENINGS

SUMMER MUSIC LINEUP

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

August 5 - MARK ROBERTS

Sept. 5 - MARK ROBERTS

August 12 - HOT ROD

Sept. 12 - HOT ROD

August 19 - BAG OF TOYS

Sept. 19 - MARK ROBERTS

August 26 - MACHINE GUN

Sept. 23 - OVERTYME

910-256-8500 • 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach www.bluewaterdining.com


voice like honey:

//MUSIC

Brandi Carlile will soothe at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater e: While recording your latest album, “Bear Creek,” in a Washington barn-turned-studio, you mentioned acting differently because it felt like home. Can you elaborate on how feeling natural improves your performance? BC: You just take greater risks when you’re in an environment you feel more comfortable in. I’ve come to understand at this point in my career that risks sound good... The element of self-consciousness mixed with wonderment.

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shows of the week Doug Utton

Ted’s Fun on the River 2 Castle St. 8/2, 7 p.m. • free

e: Does it scare you to share so much of yourself with the world, lyrically? Do you think the twins get nervous to expose their feelings as well? BC: I’m not sure how the twins feel about it, but for me—not just in music—expressing my feelings in an honest sometimes unflattering way really drives me. I’ve always been a glutton for punishment around communication.

randi carlile is a wrecking

ball. She, as a vocalist and songwriter, possesses undeniable strength and prowess. But unlike some mainstream musicians, she’s not demolishing the foundations her influences set in stone. Rather her goal is always to progress, ever remodeling her musicianship. Even as a child, Carlile taught herself to expand her range by copying the singers she admired most, such as Thom Yorke and Patsy Cline. What she’s crafted is like honey. The qualities of her deep, rich tone elicit a natural fondness from listeners. It seems her voice was a gift she didn’t have to work on—though she says that’s not the case. One can appreciate her vocal control, something which only comes with practice. Perhaps the beauty of it lies in her true ability to connect—she and her band mates, twin brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth, form a trifecta of songwriters who expose themselves for pure need to express themselves. Lyrics roll on like whitecaps cresting in the middle of the night: They are honest words in the gentle care of Carlile’s voice. The three got their start in Seattle where, just as she strived to perfect her own sound, Carlile’s determination lured the boys to play with her. She admired the Hanseroths when they were members of The Fighting Machinists. So she said to them, “If you start a band with me, I’ll get us signed and on the road within a year.” They were signed with Columbia Records by her deadline, releasing their debut album in 2005. Since, they’ve recorded a duet with Elton John, recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett (John Mellencamp, Counting Crows), and toured with Ray LaMontagne, Tori Amos, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews Band. The band even heads the Looking Out Foundation, an organization which raises money for multiple beneficiaries: Fight the Fear Campaign, The If Project, United Nations World Food Programme and many more. Carlile was kind enough to share insights into her career before she comes to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Wednesday, August 8th.

sound bites

DAUGHTER OF EVOLUTION: Brandi Carlile

taught herself to sing from the age of 7, and is now a renowned American musician. Courtesy photo

encore (e): You taught yourself to sing by studying the techniques of your favorite artists. Did you ever study with a vocal teacher or take chorus, too? Brandi Carlile (BC): Funnily enough I tried out for choir in junior high school. I didn’t make it! I got in at high school, though, and took a year of choir. I never studied with a vocal instructor; I tried once with a very famous maestro but his age was too advanced. By the time I learned about him, he passed away shortly after. In or around 2006 I had some vocal trouble and spent an evening with a specialist, and I learned some great warm-up and cool-down techniques. e: You’ve been performing since you were 7—do you think you grasped the power of music even at that age? Or is that something you discovered as you got older? BC: I grasped and understood the power of performance and vocals, but it wasn’t until much later that I developed an understanding and a love of music and writing. e: To me, you come across as extremely dedicated and confident. What would you say is your strongest character trait? BC: Thank you! Well, I wish I were more selfaware. I’d love to hear what the twins had to say about my strongest character trait— they’d know better than me! I’d have to say that I think I am driven but deeply thoughtful.

7. While performing, when you guys are vibing really well together—can you describe how you feel in that moment? BC: Well at the beginning of the tour it’s all based on adrenaline and the excitement that comes from knowing that at any moment the train could go off the tracks. But once the tour progresses and the songs get tighter, a powerful and quiet confidence happens between us—the knowledge that each of us are capable of carrying a performance. Both of these scenarios are really cool because it makes a tour into an evolution; there’s nothing put on about it, and you can bet that no one will ever see the same show twice regardless of the set list. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which I prefer, the first shows or the last. e: You often stop at state parks to enjoy nature while on tour. What is one of your favorite U.S. places you’ve visited and why? BC: We love stopping up in northern Michigan—in Traverse City there’s a really cool music camp in a place called Interlochen. Our manager has a house there so we pull the bus up and spend the day fishing and swimming in the lake. It’s always cherry season in July. e: Why was it important for you to begin the Looking Out Foundation? BC: We founded the Looking Out Foundation in 2008 as a way to give back to the community. We decided to donate $1 of every concert ticket sold to the foundation, so that we could be self-sustained and provide funding and grants to humanitarian organizations we believe in. Being able to channel money and support such worthwhile causes and campaigns has been a highlight of my career.

Doug Utton performed in the 70th birthday celebration for Paul McCartney—in which about two dozen singer/songwriters covered tunes from the legendary musician. Fittingly, Utton has been showcasing his own original songs for almost two decades. He pursued the guitar and harmonica early on in high school, and was writing songs as soon as he could string three chords together. Since, he’s reined in first place in the Cape Fear Folk Festival songwriter’s contest in both 1996 and 2006.

House of Fools

Satellite Bar and Lounge 120 Greenfield St. 8/4, 9 p.m. • free

Formed in Greensboro, North Carolina, House of Fools duels wielding electric guitars, drumsticks and piano keys to elicit moving melodies, and voices merge in four-part harmonies. Members include Josh King (vocals/ acoustic guitar), David McLaughlin (guitar/ backing vocals), Joel Kiser (guitar), Matt Bowers (keyboard), Jordan Powers (bass) and Jack Foster (drums). The band hones its music to become an ethereal and finespun alt-rock act. All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages.

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

soundboard

a preview of tunes all over town this week

WEDNESDAYS

LIVE MUSIC LINEUP 9pm-12mid Fri. August 3

8PM-10PM &

PINT NIGHT

ALL PINTS $

2.75

LIVE MUSIC

Friday August 3

Trouble No More

Forrest Tabor Sat. August 4

Bag of Toys Fri. August 10

Ryan Perez Sat. August 11

Daniel Parish Band

8pm-11pm LIVE MUSIC

Friday August 10

Daniel Parish

8pm-11pm

206 Old Eastwood Rd. (by Home Depot)

910.798.9464

Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

MIGHT DIE TRYIN’: With a set list based solely on the catalog of Grateful Dead, Dark Star Orchestra has entertained DeadHeads and jamband fans for over 13 years. They’ll play Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday, August 5th. Photo by Bob Minkin

1423 S. 3rd St. 763-1607 TUE: djBe KARAOKE 8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Botles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider WED: BLUEGRASS OPEN JAM 8 p.m. $ 4 20 oz. Guinness Pints THUR: TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. • PRIZES! $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts FRI: LIVE IRISH MUSIC Inquire for details

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

$

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

THURSDAY $ 3.00 Samuel Adams $ 4.00 Margaritas

SAT: JAMES JARVIS Acoustic Jazz Piano 7 p.m.

djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m. 2 PBR Longnecks

$

SUN: IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s JULY 1: OPEN MIC 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

FRIDAY 3 Pint of the Day

$

SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

$

SUNDAY $ 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH DJ RICH DELUX —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

ACOUSTIC NIGHT —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

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

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2

DIGGUP TAPES AND ZACK MEXICO —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

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

SOIREE D’ELECTRONICA WITH DJ DROBOT —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236

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

DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

JOSH SOLOMON & CARY BENJAMIN —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

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

TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

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

LIVE ACOUSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

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

BAR PONG WITH SHANNON PARK —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

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

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

BLUEGRASS OPEN JAM NIGHT (8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

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

TEAM TRIVIA WITH DUTCH HAWK —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

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

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

MIKE O’DONNELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 9382002

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

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

KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL

OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH TOMMY HUTCHINSON

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


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

ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 COLLEGE NIGHT WITH DJ BATTLE —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 KARAOKE —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 SNACK CRACKER —Carolina Beach Boardwalk; 910-458-8434 DOUG UTTON —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. SEA PANS (STEEL DRUMS, 7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 ROB RONNER —Oceanic, 703 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 RESERVOIR, CASERACER, ISELIA, ALMOST PEOPLE, SUNLIGHT ALUMNI —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 OPEN MIC WITH JEREMY NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 TOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DA HOWLIES —Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 KERSTEN CAPRA —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DJ DR. JONES —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ MILK

—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

DJ SHANNON —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 JAZZ WITH BENNY HILL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 L.E.G.A.C.Y., HAJI P, THE NEIGHBORHOOD KID, MORE —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 OVERTYME (ECLECTIC MIX, 7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 SHAMELESS PROPHETS —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400 TROUBLE NO MORE (8PM-11PM) —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 FORREST TABOR —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 MIKE O’DONNELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 MAC & JUICE QUARTET —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 THE MAKO BAND —Airlie Gardens; 300 Airlie Rd., 798-7700 VILLA VERDE, DESERT NOISES, FREE CLINIC —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 SHINE —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 A RIDERS SKY —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 YELLOW DUB MARINE (BEATLES TRIBUTE IN REGGAE) —Downtown Sundown; riverfront downtown, 763-7349 BIBIS ELLISON —The Kitchen, 1125 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-9133

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS (7-9PM); DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 ROLLING TRIVIA

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS 100 S. FRONT ST. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON 251-1832

SUNDAY BRUNCH 10:30-3:00

MONDAY Signature Cocktails $5

TUESDAY-THURSDAY $5 glasses of Wine

MONDAY - THURSDAY 1/2 price appetizers from 4-7 at the bar

FRIDAY & SATURDAY Gourmet Barfood 10:45-until 35 North Front Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 343-1395

MONDAY $2.50 Bud Light • $3 Fat Tire $4 House Wines TUESDAY $2.50 Yuengling $3.00 Amstel Light $5 Jameson WEDNESDAY “South of the Border Special” $3 Dos Equis • $4 Margaritas $4 shots of Jose THURSDAY $2.50 Bud NC Draft 3.50 $5 Red Bull Vodka FRIDAY DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $2.75 Miller Lite • $4 Fireballs SATURDAY DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor 10 p.m. $2.75 Coors Lite $4 Fruit Punch SUNDAY $3 Coronas/Corona Lite $3.00 Red Stripe $4 Mimosas • $4 Bloody Mary’s L SHAPE LOT 3 P.M. & CLAY CROTTS 8 P.M. Friday and Saturday Live music in the courtyard Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.

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

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

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30 TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close) WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs THURSDAY LIVE Music $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close) FRIDAY & SATURDAY Dueling Pianos @ 9pm, Midnight-1:30am NO Cover & 1/2 Price Wings SUNDAY $2.50 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas DUELING PIANOS Every Friday and Saturday Night @ 9:30 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4pm7pm & Sun 9pm-close

VISIT WWW.RUCKERJOHNS.COM FOR DAILY SPECIALS, MUSIC & EVENTS

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

Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate

$20

per person

W h at e cou ld br ? bett e 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

Live Music AUGUST 3

WATERFRONT MUSIC SERIES LIVE music on the patio at 4 p.m. every Sunday through fall. AUGUST 5

TRASHCAN TACOS

MARK ROBERTS

“REGGAE / ROCK”

AUGUST 12

AUGUST 4

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Kava is a tropical shrub with large heart-shaped leaves that originates from the Western Pacific. Its thick roots are mashed or ground and made into a cold beverage. Above all other things, kava is drunk for primarily one reason; to relax. Not only does kava seem to relax the mind, it also relaxes the muscles. It has similar effects to alcohol but without disrupting mental clarity. Kava has been enjoyed for thousands of years by the Polynesian culture and is also used in traditional ceremonies. Best of all kava can be consumed by people of all ages. So come on in and get a shell!

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Sunset Cruise & Starlight Cruise time changes starting Aug. 1st. Sunset begins at 6:30 p.m. and Starlight at 9 p.m.

ACOUSTIC SPOTLIGHT ON OUR SUNSET CRUISE

EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT

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Join Captain Ed as we venture south and learn about the mystery and history of the abandonment of the original settlement of Charles Towne in the late 1600’s 2 hrs, $27

We are cruising 7 DAYS A WEEK! call for our schedule or go online to our calendar www.WilmingtonWaterTours.com

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JUST ADD WATER! Visit us on the Riverwalk! 212 S. Water Street

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS LIVE MUSIC

Fri. & Sat. 7-10 P.M. Outside on the back deck - weather permitting Fri., 8/3 TBA Sat., 8/4 JEREMY NORRIS Mon., 8/6 TBA 6-8:30 Fri., Aug. 10 DAVE MEYER Sat., Aug. 11 2 CENTS WORTH Mon., Aug. 13 FRED FLYNN 6-8:30 Fri., Aug. 17 TYLER SIMMONS Sat., Aug. 18 DANIEL PARRISH DUO Mon., Aug. 20 RANDY MCQUAY 6-8:30 Monday is Service Industry Night $3 drafts, $10 domestic buckets, $4 well drinks, and 25% off the deck menu all summer Join us on the deck for cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, and grilled items from our a la’ carte menu.

Happy dogs welcomed! 138 South Front Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 251-0433

Bar & Comedy Room

WEDNESDAY Nutt House Improv 9 p.m.

Pub & Grille

Wrightsville Beach

Wednesdays

THURSDAY

Ping Pong Tourney

Open Mic Stand-up 9 p.m.

Thursdays

FRI. & SAT. NATIONAL HEADLINERS 8 p.m.

August 10-11

JEN KIRKMAN

(CONAN, CHELSEA LATELY, HBO’S DRUNK HISTORY)

August 16-17

MICHAEL MALONE

(XM RADIO, NATIONAL LAMPOON OPERATION COMEDY)

KARAOKE

$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Dude Bombs ∙ $4 Captain

—Five Star Tavern, 106 N. 2nd St.; 762-1533

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

SONGWRITER OPEN MIC WITH JEFF ECKER (10PM-2AM) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414

KARAOKE KONG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 SUSAN SAVIA —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 REGGAE SUNDAYS WITH DJ DR. JONES —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 DJ TIMBO —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 L-SHAPE LOT (3PM); CLAY CROTTS (8PM) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DARK STAR ORCHESTRA —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater TONK —Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 BENNY HILL AND FRIENDS —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 MARK ROBERTS —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500

FILTHY SATURDAYS WITH DJ FILTHY —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ SWEAT —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 LOWTECH ARMY —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Fridays

ROB RONNER (ACOUSTIC, 7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

Saturdays

BAG OF TOYS (9PM-12AM) —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224

Mike O’Donnell

SELAH DUBB —Oceanic, 703 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551

$2 Coors Light • $2.50 Bud Lt Platinum $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs

$2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $3 Surfer on Acid

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$2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $5 Jager Bomb • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 11 pm

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THE POSSUMS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 MIKE O’DONNELL —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 DJ MODERN SAVAGE —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 HOUSE OF FOOLS, BIG DUNK —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

IPA DAY

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Thurs., Aug. 2nd Specials starting at $2.40!

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

DRAFT LINEUP:

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OVERTYME ECLECTIC MIX

Saturday, August 4

ROB RONNER ACOUSTIC

Friday, August 10

L SHAPE LOT FOLK & BLUEGRASS

Saturday, August 11

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd

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DAVE MEYER ACOUSTIC LIVE 1706 North Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231 877-330-5050 • 910-256-2231 877-330-5050

FIRE FIRE, HEY SUGAR, 21ST CENTURY GOLIATH —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. JEREMY NORRIS —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 TWO OF A KIND —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 DRUM CIRCLE HOSTED BY PERRY SMITH (7-8PM); METAMORPHOSIS OPEN MIC HOSTED BY SUN (9PM)

—Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236

KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 STEVEN COMPTON —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 3420872 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 IAN HOLLINGSWORTH —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 BRETT JOHNSON’S JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 OPEN MIC WITH JOSH SOLOMON —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 MARK DAFFER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 “IT TAKES TUESDAYS TO TANGO” LESSONS 7-9 P.M. —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 DJBE KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC: MUSICIANS AND COMICS WITH ONSITE PIANO —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 TEAM TRIVIA —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 WORLD TAVERN TRIVIA HOSTED BY MUD —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach

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ShowStoppers: Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

FADING INTO ROCK: Evanescence is touring this summer with Chevelle and Halestorm, which includes a stop at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte on August 8th. Courtesy photo

VERY VOCAL: Wilmington’s own Kersten Capra has been writing songs since she was 14 years old and singing from the moment she knew how. Catch the songstress at downtown’s Projekte on Friday, August 3rd. Courtesy photo

Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224

KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 CAPE FEAR BLUES JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DIXIELAND ALLSTARS —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 SOIREE D’ELECTRONICA WITH DJ DROBOT —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 JOSH SOLOMON & CARY BENJAMIN —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 ACOUSTIC NIGHT —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 KARAOKE WITH DJ RICH DELUX —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

LIVE TEAM TRIVIA —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 BAR PONG WITH SHANNON PARK —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 BLUEGRASS OPEN JAM NIGHT (8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 ROB RONNER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH SEAN GERARD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 BRANDI CARLILE —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE

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

BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 GARY ALLEN’S ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 ERIC MILLER & RICHARD WELSH —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400 All entertainment must be sent to music@encorepub.com by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.

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RALEIGH AMPHITHEATER 500 S. MCDOWELL ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 831-6400 8/8: O.A.R.

THE ARTSCENTER 300-G E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC (919) 929-2787 8/2: Lindsey Buckingham

CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 8/1: Josh Ritter, David Wax Museum 8/3: Cosmic Charlie 8/4: Little Feat, The Villains

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWY. 17 SOUTH, N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC (843) 272-3000 8/1: Bush 8/2: Yes, Procul Harum 8/3: Static-X 8/4: Ted Nugent

THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 8/7: Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, twenty l one l pilots NORTH CHARLESTON COLISEUM 5001 COLISEUM DR., N. CHARLESTON, SC (843) 529-5000 8/4: Lindsey Buckingham 8/6: American Idol Live NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36TH STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 8/3: Duende Mountain Duo, Tribal X-ing AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 377-6874 8/3: Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, The Faceless, more 8/4: Of Good Nature, Simplified, Sun Dried Vibes 8/7: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Set It Off, Junior Doctor THE FILLMORE 1000 SEABOARD STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 8/2: Static-X

VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 PAVILION BLVD., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 8/3: Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd 8/8: Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE 1000 NC MUSIC FACTORY BLVD CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 8/7: O.A.R., Rebelution KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE 8003 REGENCY PKWY., CARY, NC (919) 462-2052 8/7: Merle Haggard, Krist Kristofferson LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 8/2: Yacht, Rock Revue 8/3: Luciano, Crucial Fiya, Mickey Mills and Steel, Emperor, Neddy T, Syychronic Sound 8/4: Trial by Fire, Heart Brigade

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DOORS: 9:00 FREE/ ($5 Under 21) SUNDAY AUGUST 19 LIONIzE / ELATION / MICHAEL EAkINS TUESDAY AUGUST 21 WAzU FRIDAY AUGUST 24 THE SOAPBOX PRESENTS @ GREENFIELD LAkE DONAVON FRANkENREITER / LUkE CUNNINGHAM SATURDAY AUGUST 25 CROWFIELD CD RELEASE PARTY / jOHN WESLEY SATTERFIELD SUNDAY AUGUST 26 SUMERLIN / THE FUTURE IS ME THURSDAY AUGUST 30 THE DEADSTRING BROTHERS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6 ROCkIE FRESH THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13 ALAN EVANS TRIO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16 TRIBAL SEEDS / BALLYHOO! FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 NAPPY ROOTS TUESDAY OCTOBER 2 SkELETONWITCH / HAVOk / EARLY GRAVES / GOLLUM / S.O.L. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 LANGHORNE SLIM

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200 Racine Drive 910-392-3999

4310 Shipyard Blvd 910-350-8289

7979 Market Street 910-686-1766

Weekly Events for Noni Bacca Winery: Tuesday Night – BFF Night

Come hang out at the winery with your best friend(s) after work. Great music, wine and beer specials. Enjoy Red and White wine starting at $4.00 per glass and 20% off bottles! Fruit Style Wine at $3.00 per glass or $9.00 per bottle! Craft Beer starting at $2.50 per bottle! (Specials are for Bar Service Only)

Thursday Night at the Winery

Learn from an award-winning winery! 420 Eastwood Rd., Suite 108 OPEN 7 DAYS Daily Wine Tasting • Wine by the Glass • Great Craft Beers Wine Tasting Parties

Call 910-397-7617

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Fresh Grapes & Juice from Italy, Chile, California and Washington. Grains, Hops and Equipment

Every Thursday Night at Noni Bacca Winery, the lights go down and the music goes up! Enjoy the awesome Wine and Beer Specials! Enjoy Red and White wine starting at $4.00 per glass and 20% off bottles! Fruit Style Wine at $3.00 per glass or $9.00 per bottle Craft Beer starting at $2.50 per bottle (Specials are for Bar Service Only)

Saturday Night – Date Night

All couples are welcome to stop and enjoy a wine tasting at Wilmington’s International Award-Winning Winery. Got dinner plans? Stop in before or after dinner! Great way to start or end your evening. Bring your special someone in for a special treat!

57 International Medals. This year we

were awarded 21 international medals in the largest competition in North America and one of the top 3 in the world. Look for our wines in the movie “Writers” starring Greg Kinnear.


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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ends the trilogy nicely

this week in film

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The Adventures of TinTin

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Knight Rises’ without addressing the previous installments, since this is part of a grand trilogy in the works for seven years. I liked “Batman Begins,” but I didn’t love it. I thought it was a well-made film with some questionable choices—the biggest being the casting of Katie Holmes, which made it extremely difficult to take seriously. In a movie about a guy who dresses up like a bat to fight crime, one wouldn’t think the least credible thing in it would be the actress playing the female lead. But high holy hell! She was terrible. “The Dark Knight,” on the other hand, was perfection. The origin of the story was out of the way, so filmmakers could introduce the character’s most iconic villain, The Joker, and create a crime drama about the choice between order and anarchy. Nolan re-cast Holmes with the far more tolerable Maggie Gyllenhaal, built off the strong foundation he erected in the first film, and delivered the finest piece of comic-book cinema ever made. “The Dark Knight Rises” falls somewhere between “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” Don’t get me wrong: It’s a fantastic film—an amazing summer blockbuster! It continues to take a very grounded approach to pop culture’s favorite bat. At the end of the last film, Batman (Christian Bale) takes the fall for some murders to save the legacy of Harvey Dent. Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) uses the death of Dent and the vilification of Batman to get tougher crime laws passed, which ushers in an eight-year crackdown, cleaning up Gotham for the first time. This more peaceful Gotham doesn’t need Batman. Without a cause, Bruce Wayne goes into an eight-year exile, leaving his company, his body and his mind in shambles. His longtime guardian Alfred (Michael Caine) seems desperate to get Bruce back into the world, and his reintegration into society comes in the form of a clever and attractive thief, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). Basically, a boner gets Batman back into the game. Selina is super hot and something of an armchair sociologist. She justifies stealing from the rich as an act of protest. Bruce

DANCE OF IRE: Bruce Wayne (Chirstian Bale) falls for Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and her trap in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Courtesy photo

Wayne represents the elite one percent who have lived in their ivory towers for far too long, the very target of her ire. Selina is merely a distraction. The real threat is a murderous mercenary named Bane (Tom Hardy), who plans on leveling Gotham and destroying Batman. He’s a super intelligent, robotvoiced killing machine—a physical threat that Batman has never had to face. After being out of the game for eight years, Batman’s not exactly in peak physical condition. Like Nolan’s previous films, “The Dark Knight Rises” is a large, sweeping story, packed to the brim with compelling characters. It tries to introduce some larger ideas to a genre of film not exactly known for intelligence. “Batman Begins” ultimately tackled the concept of choosing justice over vengeance. It introduced an idea that Batman must adhere to a higher standard. “The Dark Knight” was about how society responds to the threat of violence. The Joker represented anarchy and the kind of random tragedy that threatens society, while Batman represented order. In the end, the people of Gotham proved order will prevail. “The Dark Knight Rises” has a muddled message, but comes into focus in the third act. It’s about the importance of abandoning our obsessions and the necessity of sacrifice. Each of the characters has an obsession, one that drives them to various depths. Bruce Wayne has become obsessed with Batman. Commissioner Gordon is obsessed with revealing the truth about the lies he’s been harboring for eight years. Selina Kyle is obsessed with erasing her past and finding a fresh start. John Blake (Joseph Gordon

Levitt) is a young police officer obsessed with Batman and what he represents. Alfred is obsessed with Bruce having some kind of life that doesn’t involve putting on a cape and punching out criminals. Obsession is what motivates all the characters, even the ones I can’t talk about due to not wanting to spoil some pretty awesome third-act twists. The fact that we’re this far into the review, talking about character motivations should tell just how wonderfully complex “The Dark Knight Rises” is. Most summer blockbusters never achieve this level of engagement. The problem is, it doesn’t always work; “The Dark Knight Rises” feels bloated. There’s more here there than needs to be: characters that serve no real purpose to the movie. Matthew Modine has an entire subplot which felt like it could have been cut without losing a single emotional beat. Nolan is one of the few filmmakers today who tries hard to give more, so I’m willing to forgive the excess. The movie isn’t perfect. Convoluted plot points exist, and not everything always makes sense. Overall, it’s a far better blockbuster than we deserve. The last half hour is pure bliss, and Nolan manages to give us an ending that feels right for all the characters: redemption and pathos for all. The ending beautifully ties everything from all three films together with a nice, tidy bow. The acting is impressive, from series veterans Caine, Bale and Oldman, to newcomers Gordon-Levitt, Hathaway and Tom Hardy. Christopher Nolan makes for an interesting filmmaker. He never explains everything outright, and a lot gets left up to the audience to solve. I think that’s the greatest gift to giant comic-book nerds like myself: We finally got an intelligent take on a comic-book character. Thanks, Mr. Nolan, we appreciate the effort.

8/6-8: In “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (pictured) seven English seniors experience life changes, which result in their coincidental departure to be the first guests at a hotel “for the elderly and beautiful” in Jaipur, India: Recently widowed housewife Evelyn (Judi Dench) must sell her home to cover huge debts. Graham (Tom Wilkinson), a high court judge who lived in India as a boy, abruptly decides to retire and return there. Jean (Penelope Wilton) and Doug (Bill Nighy) seek a retirement they can afford with the money left after investing in their daughter’s internet start-up. Muriel (Maggie Smith), a retired housekeeper, needs a hip replacement which she can get more quickly and inexpensively in India. Wealthy Madge (Celia Imrie) hunts another husband. Norman (Ronald Pickup) is an aging lothario, still on the make for one-night stands. PG-13. 2 hr, 4 min.

Scorpio Rising Subversive Film Series • Sundays, free, 8 p.m. Juggling Gypsy • 1612 Castle Street 8/5: A 1963 experimental film by Kenneth Anger, starring Bruce Byron (who Anger asserts was “halfcrazy”) as Scorpio. Themes central to the film include the occult, biker subculture, Catholicism and Nazism. The film also explores the worship of rebel icons of the era, namely James Dean and Marlon Brando (referred to by Anger as Byron’s “heroes”). As with many of Anger’s films, ‘Scorpio Rising’ contains no dialogue—instead features a prominent soundtrack consisting of ‘50s and ‘60s pop, including songs by Ricky Nelson, The Angels, The Crystals, Bobby Vinton, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles. All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at encorepub.com.

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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 award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE: 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 to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from DeLovely Desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Mon. Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List

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BUFFALO WILD WINGS

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

THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK

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

■ WEBSITE: www.thegeorgerestaurant.com

HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE

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

7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am Thurs-Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com

HENRY’S

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. - Monday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown


■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.

HOLIDAY INN RESORT

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

K’S CAFE

Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95). K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, crabcake sandwich, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try...you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, www.ks-cafe.net. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch

THE LITTLE DIPPER

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open every day at 5 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70’s menu every Tues.; Special prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: 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. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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

TROLLY STOP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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

ASIAN SZECHUAN 132

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

HIRO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

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

INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the

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

korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.

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IRISH

Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com

THAI SPICE

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

FRENCH

The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park ■ FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. ■ MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. ■ WEBSITE www.harpwilmington.com

ITALIAN A TASTE OF ITALY

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”seven years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 815-0810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5 p.m. – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE: www.capricebistro.com

INDIAN TANDOORI BITES

THE HARP

Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb

The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly. com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE: www.ncatasteofitaly.com

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.

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Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE: RomanellisRestaurant.com.

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA

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

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

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Wilmington

Monkey Junction

206 Old Eastwood Rd 910.798.9464

5533 Carolina Beach Rd 910.392.7224

SLICE OF LIFE

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

In business since 1994, Come in and see why!

11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: www.grabslice.com

LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE

A Taste of Italy was founded in 1994 by brothers Tommy and Chris Guarino. The brothers came to the Port City from New York bringing with them, the taste of a traditional Italian delicatessen. SERVING BREAKFAST LUNCH & DINNER Dine In • Take Out • Catering

1101 S. COLLEGE RD · (p) 910.392.7529 · (f) 910.392.9745 SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

M-F 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sun. 11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

www.ncatasteofitaly.com

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

ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET

Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of

grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.

TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN

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

EAST

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.

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HIERONYMUS

Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-3926313; hieronymusseafood.com ■ ■ ■ ■

SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. WEBSITE: www.hieronymusseafood.net

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. Familystyle 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

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

SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET

In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/ Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade ba-

nana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

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

projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE: CarolinaAleHouse.com

FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE

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

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southern appeal: New Rx Restaurant debuts a hit already

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be fraught with peril. Not that it’s physically dangerous, but trying to balance fairness with accuracy often proves a delicate tightrope walk with newly minted eateries. I never want to criticize a chef who is still experimenting and trying to find his culinary voice, but I can’t deny readers an accurate description of my experience. Thus, with both eagerness and trepidation as my co-pilots, I drove downtown to Rx Restaurant and Bar to review it less than a month after the doors opened. Thankfully, my low-grade panic proved unnecessary. While I can’t say Rx gets everything right (and, really, who ever does?), I can say that I enjoyed a lovely meal. Rx possesses a unique style, perfect for its sequestered locale. Located on the corner of Fifth and Castle (in what used to be Hall’s Drugs), far enough removed from any other downtown eatery, it blends in with the neighborhood of modest and upscale homes, antique shops, and (my personal favorite of its neighbors) Wilmington Wine. Rx’s minimalist décor, coupled with a menu of upscale comfort food, threads the needle between the beautiful antebellum parts of the area and the more humble cottages nearby. Walking through the front door gave me reason to believe I was in for a treat. I recognized waitstaff from a few of my other favorite dining hotspots: Manna, Deluxe, The Fortunate Glass, The Little Dipper, YoSake and Port City Chophouse. Attracting quality staff, especially for an unproven commodity like Rx, is a sure sign that management knew what it was doing. I took a seat at the bar and ordered a whiskey from a lovely, if diminutive, bartender and started scanning the menu. The attention to detail leapt off the page. Wherever possible the chef had listed the vendor who provided his ingredients: Mole Hill Farms, Heritage

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DELIGHTFUL DRUMSTICK RX prepares a great batter which turns out peppery and crisp. Photo by Bethany Turner.

Suddenly glad I hadn’t eaten all day, I threw caution to the wind and ordered a soup course. Black River watermelon soup with NC blue crab arrived; it was almost right. The sweet characteristics of the fruit blend beautifully with the succulent crab, but there wasn’t enough soup in the bowl to work a proper balance. Plus, it wasn’t cold enough for a chilled dish. Still, it seemed closer to right than wrong. I’d like to be very clear that the next sentence is not a criticism: I found several pieces of shell in the crab meat. Why is that not a criticism? Because it tells me I’m getting fresh seafood—not canned garbage. I’ll gladly tolerate the occasional unholy crunch of a mollusk shell if it means fresh fare. Sweet, rich crab makes any meal better, and it certainly rang true here. I’d like to digress at this point to introduce a new occasional feature to my food reviews. Many encore readers live herbivorous lifestyles, and I’ve been promising myself I would do a better job in engaging them. So, after weeks of meaning to do it, I brought along a vegetarian friend to dinner at Rx to give me some perspective. Though at some restaurants a vegetarian wouldn’t have a whole lot of insight, I do owe it to readers to tell the story from another point of view. Thus, without further ado, I shall endeavor to retell his opinions on the “Chef’s Selection Vegetable Plate.” For starters, it was the one course for which we waited an unseemly amount of time. Though not bad for six plates all night, for vegetables, it seemed time-consuming. Still, my buddy swears it was worth the wait. The balance of color struck me immediately: bright reds, greens and browns swirled about, as favorites included pickled cabbage and fried okra. The cabbage exhibited a beautiful melding of pickling spice which didn’t dampen or bleed vinegar. It maintained its crispness,

and the vinegar accented the other flavors on the plate without dominating them. I’m no fan of okra, fried or otherwise, but the crisp tan shell on Rx’s made me wish I were. My dinner guest raved over it; I suspect others will, too. I opted for the skillet fried chicken, sage gravy and mashed potatoes, with squash and peppers. The golden brown batter on the chicken would have made Colonel Sanders envious (I mean back when he was alive and preparing good fried chicken—the stuff they serve today can’t even be mentioned in the same category with the Rx version). Peppery and crisp, the drumstick captured all of the best qualities of the meat and accentuated them with a delightful seasoning of the batter. The popularity of whipped potatoes has compelled too many chefs to put out a potato so overly mashed, it barely qualifies as a solid. Not so at Rx. The hefty side dish contains small pockets of unmashed potato. The dish has weight and texture; it’s not for everyone, but it is for me. I will add, however, that an $18 price tag for two pieces of fried dark meat seems a bit steep. The price does nothing to detract from the genius of the flavor, but it does give me pause before ordering it again. Dessert proved a near miss. The dark chocolate cheesecake, while mixing well the sweet and savory aspects of the plate, lacked the creaminess I look for in that style of dessert. The cake flaked on the fork in a manner more reminiscent of Parmesan than cream cheese. I expect Rx to be very popular for quite some time. The good news is those who are willing to wait should be able to get a table, or make a reservation. Rx changes their menu daily, giving people more reasons to return. Plus, they’re venturing into exotic culinary territory on some items, including fried Buffalo pig ears with blue cheese—another item which appeared on the menu the night after my visit. Late-nighters will enjoy the fact they’re serving until 2 a.m. (and with live deejaying)—just be sure you don’t skip lunch.


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hoppy delight: Front St. Brewery presents second series of beer-pairing dinners

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preparing a specific meal to drink with a particular beer—or vice versa. If I happen to indulge in a brew for dinner, it’s usually accidental. I don’t fully register or analyze the quality of the combination. Occasionally, I may try and have a hoppy IPA with some of my spiced Thai, or collect a chocolate or oatmeal stout to mix with my vanilla ice cream to produce a sinful beer float. But, as a picky beer drinker (and a novice food snob), I feel that I have neglected the opportunity to really experiment with pairing dinners. Well, Front Street Brewery is taking an extra step to teach and share beer’s exquisite depth with food in their upcoming Bird and Beer dinner on Thursday, August 2nd. Front Street’s growing reputation in the beer culture and on the local Wilmington scene gets special treatment from its brewmaster Kevin Kozak and his team of culinary innovators. They have been experimenting with brews, while also maintaining traditional favorites. So far in 2012, the brewery, particularly Kozak and Executive Chef Chuck Archer, has hosted a packed house for their culinary dinners, including a sold-out porkand-beer-pairing event, which Kozak described as having “an old-school Southern atmosphere.” Tables dressed in checkered cloths featured boiled peanuts as snacks, with a “Carolina Palate Cleanser” (aka: Pabst Blue Ribbon) to start off the meal. “Chuck and I had a lot of fun with that pairing,” Kozak says. “We were basically trying to do something less fancy and pretentious.” “Bird and Beer” will be the second in their food-pairing series, featuring a culinary journey with Kozak’s brews and Archer’s specialty poultry dishes. It will feature five courses selectively paired with Front Street favorites, such as the Dram Tree Scottish Ale and the Port City IPA. On a related note, the Bird and Beer dinner also will coincide with International IPA Day—a day to celebrate the bitter aftertaste and overflow of hops in the illustrious India Pale Ale. The brewery will celebrate by sharing sweet (or should that be hoppy?) deals on IPAs, such as $1.99 Port City IPA mugs, $7.99 Port City IPA and Absurdity Belgian IPA jug fills, and $9.99 Port City IPA T-shirts. Still, with this food pairing, it will not be strictly limited to IPAs. It will begin with the first course, which will be chicken maple sage sausage, duck prosciutto, turkey chorizo and chicken liver pâté, paired with their Spring Brew—a World Beer Cup Gold Award winner.

e by Christina Dor Bird and Beer 2nd Thurs., August , 6:30 p.m. om The Beam Ro y Front St. Brewer reet 9 Nor th Front St brewer y.com www.frontstreet “The award is from a North Carolina international beer competition,” Kozak says. “The Spring Brew is a French Belgian style ale or sometimes called a ‘farmhouse ale.’ The name originated centuries ago when farmers brewed their own beer, using their own homegrown ingredients.” Kozak says the beer’s flavor comes from notes of wheat, oats, fruit and tang. “It’s normally dryer, and the tanginess and the yeast give an interesting flavor from the back end,” he continues. “In a way, it’s a fairly rustic style of beer.” In the same vein of farm-to-table, the brewmaster and his chef will be running with the theme full-heartedly. “The chicken maple sage sausage is my own recipe,” Kozak says. “I’ve made it at the brewery and at home, and it definitely has a rustic taste.” The second course will consist of traditional Scotch eggs, served with homemade beer mustard, accompanied by the Dram Tree Scottish Ale. The eggs are crusted in sausage batter, which, when paired with FSB’s Scottish Ale, will definitely add a unique richness, especially when the egg gets slathered with beer mustard. The third course will be Duck Confit, served on a bed of crisp mixed greens drizzled with homemade, sweet bourbon vinaigrette. Absurdity, Front Street’s Belgian IPA, will be matched with this dish, enhancing the salt, garlic and herb notes of the duck. The light greens and sweet dressing will also help create a fantastic culinary medley. “The recipe for the Belgian IPA came from Christopher McGarvey, my assistant brewer,” Kozak says. “When it comes to Belgians, leave it up to him. The style of the Absurdity, an American take on Belgian beer, is like a golden ale with American hops, concocting some yeast and citrus flavors.” The fourth course and main entrée will consist of smoked, stuffed quail served with an India Pale Ale risotto. It is only appropriate that the Port City IPA joins this meal. Normally, when it comes to smoked food, be it meat or cheese, I always pictured a dark porter being the obvious mate.

CHEERS: Chef Chuck Archer and Assistant Brew Master Christopher McGarvey cheers Front St. Brewery’s award-winning Spring Brew. Photo by Eliza Dillard.

An IPA may even be better as the bitterness and smokiness will tone down the other and offer a perfect balance.

The final touch will sate everyone’s sweet tooth, concluding with Sinful Stout and fried chicken over sweet potato waffles, drizzled with a homemade maple-berry glaze. The coffee and chocolate notes of the stout create a dessertlike flavor. “For the Pork and Beer pairing, we sold out completely,” Kozak says. “We expect the same with Bird and Beer. When fall/winter comes around, we’ll wrap up our three-part series with Beef and Beer.” Bird and Beer will take place this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery. Tickets are $35 for all five courses. If you haven’t already gotten a ticket, at least bribe a friend to get you the Port City or Absurdity to honor local beer and International IPA Day.

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a good one. Sometimes you won’t spend enough time considering the consequences— or you may set aside logic and reason for risk. Some decisions will be cold and calculated, while others will be the product of heartfelt spontaneity. There even will be moments where all the consideration in the world will still lead you to the wrong choice. I’m not sure exactly which of these processes I was employing as I sat in a van with a washed-up actor, trolling for crack at 1 a.m. I hadn’t been to this part of town. To be fair, I had never been to this part of town in any town I had ever lived. Jim was convinced that just by driving around through the slums we could find a dealer. This was new territory for me, and, frankly, I had no idea what I was doing driving a giant, white 12-passenger van through the most run-down neighborhood in a rural Southern town, where being the most run-down neighborhood was truly an accomplishment. From the outside of the van, it probably looked like I was conducting a tour of the projects. “Up ahead on your left, you’ll see a discarded baby carriage filled with empty malt liquor bottles, and just down the block you‘ll notice the chalk outline of a man who was shot after making a derogatory comment about someone‘s overweight mother.” I often described these particularly random encounters as “surreal,” but they were becoming an all-too familiar part of my daily routine. “Over there,” he said, pointing to two men having a conversation outside a shuttered storefront. I drove the car over. Jim rolled down the window and without a second’s hesitation yelled, “You guys know where I can get some crack?” There was a moment—probably no more than a couple of seconds, but it felt like a thousand lifetimes— when I watched their expressions change from indifference to indignation as they stared at Jim’s grinning mug. I considered how my obituary would sound be36 encore | august 1st - 7th, 2012 | www.encorepub.com

ing read to the half-empty service unpopulated by the friends I hadn’t bothered to make. It would be perfect. My death would produce an article my obsessively paranoid mother could use to dissuade other family members from driving through the inner city at night. “You think we sell drugs?” one of them asked approaching the van. “We look like drug dealers to you?” asked his friend. “No, you don’t,” he replied. I leaned my foot on the pedal, preparing for a Steve McQueeninspired getaway. “You look like people who know this neighborhood. And I didn’t ask if you had drugs. I asked if you knew where I could find some.” Later on, I would find this particular exchange hilarious. Here was this guy, not even in town two days, driving through the worst part of town, looking to buy crack, asking complete strangers to help him, and then correcting them after they took offense to being called drug dealers. “Do you know where I can find some?” he asked again. “How much you want?” the guy asked, reaching down into his ass crack and pulling out a plastic bag. “Wait, you actually are drug dealers?” I said, trying to figure out why they had been so offended. I suppose even drug dealers are capable of vanity. Jim pulled out some bills and rolled them up before cautiously handing them to the associate. In exchange he handed back an amber glass vial. “Drive,” he said, almost at a whisper. “Drive now” “Why?” I asked. “What’s the rush?” “Because I gave him a $10 wrapped around three ones,” he replied, grabbing my knee and pushing it down to get the car moving. It took a minute for everything to click. He shorted the dealer. I could hear yelling in the distance as Jim rolled up the window. I suppose I could add robbery to my growing list of felonies. We arrived back at the hotel. All in all, I think the whole trip was about hour, but I had aged years in the process. I was ready to get back to my room, crack open a bottle of bourbon, and drink myself into a stupor. “Where you going?” he asked, as I pushed the elevator button. “To bed, Jim.” I was no longer putting on a face. “Fuck that! It’s early. Come to my room. We’ll hang.” There was part of me that wanted to put as much space between us as humanly possible. There was another part of me that was still desperate for validation from someone whose work I greatly respected. Logic didn’t stand a chance. I got my bottle of bourbon and headed to his room. “Do you mind?“ he asked, pulling out a spoon, a lighter and a dingy brown glass pipe.

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land, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or rockinrowland@hotmail.com. KURE BEACH CONCERT SERIES Free Summer Concert Series held at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach on the second and fourth Fridays of June, July and August. Blankets, chairs and picnics welcome. No pets or beverages allowed; beverages for sale. Concerts are 6;308:30pm.8/10, South of K (Bluegrass); 8/24, The Mako Band (Beach Boogie Blues). 910-458-8434 or greg@pleasureislandnc.org. SEAFOOD BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival: 10/13-14, feat. 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Blues Icon, the legendary founding member of the Allman Bros, Gregg Allman , along with 14 other blues and jazz groups on two stages at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Allman will tour in support of his seventh solo album, his first in 13 years, Low Country Blues. Tickets: $40/adv for a two-day pass or can be purchased at the door for $50/Saturday (Gregg Allman plays Saturday night) and $15/ Sun. Kids 12 and under are free. No coolers or pets; chairs, towels and blankets welcome. 910-458-8434 or greg@pleasureislandnc.org. Tickets going fast: www.eventbrite.com/event/1908102185

dance WILMINGTON SINGLE’S CLUB No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans. Admission: DJ dances $8 Members/$10 Guests. Band dances $10 Members/$12 . 8/3: DJ Baby Boomer, Am. Legion Post 10 • 8/10: The Modern Knights Band, Am. Legion (Covered dish-Bring a dish to share at 7p.m. Club will furnish the meat). • 8/17: DJ Robert Clemmons, Am. Legion Post 10 Dale Thompson (910)6191054. LINE DANCING Line dancing is ideal for singles and for partners of non-dancers. Classes held in four-week sessions, Sun., 4-5pm, in the Fran Russ Rec Center located behind Town Hall at Wrightsville Beach Park.Session 2: 8/5, 12, 19, & 26, 2012. Pre-reg.: 910-256-7925. www.towb.org. AZALEA COAST USA DANCE 8/11: Social ballroom dance and a basic group dance lesson hosted by the Azalea Coast USA Dance chapter at the New Hanover County Senior Resources Ctr, 2222 S. College Rd. Basic level group lesson from 6:45-7:30pm, no partner is necessary for the lesson. Open dancing to our own custom mix of ballroom smooth and Latin music. Admission $8 members, $10 non-members, $5 military with ID, $3 students with ID. 910-799-1694 or AzaleaCoastDance@aol.com. OVER 50’S DANCE The Over 50’s Dance will be held in the New Hanover Senior Center Tues., 8/14, 7:30-10pm. Music will be furnished by DJ Buddy Langley. Couples, singles, and all ages are encouraged to attend.Admission: $5/plus finger food or a 2-liter drink. 799-1694 SHAG LESSONS Instructor Ken Jones can teach anyone to shag! No partner is needed for these 4-lessons that meet on Thursday evenings. Beginner class is from 6:457:45 p.m. and the Intermediate class is from 7:458:45 p.m. The next session begins Thursday, 9/6. Classes are held in the Fran Russ Recreation Center located at Wrightsville Beach Park. Pre-registration is requested. Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department Office at 256-7925. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639


CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025 SURFER TANGO Salsa on 2 NYC style, Thurs, 8pm, $5/person at Orton’s Pool Hall. Lesson at 7pm; all welcome and no partner needed. Surfertango@gmail.com www.surfertango.com CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm.Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • Sunday Practicas at 1:30pm at Dodi and Jack’s Casa de Tango, 7/29. • Upcoming Tango Wilmington Event: Eduardo Tami Trio of Buenos Aires, 9/19-22.Who would like to help organize a September 22 milonga? Who can host the milonga? Respond: http://sites.google.com/site/tangowilmington2/home

art K-12 DISPOSABLE CAMERA PHOTOS Ordinary Magic: Disposable Camera Photographs by New Hanover CountyK-12 students will be on view at the Art Gallery at the Cultural ArtsBuilding, UNCW, through 8/31. In the spring of 2012, one hundred disposable cameras were distributed to public and private schools throughout New Hanover County. The resulting 2,700 photographs by K-12 students comprise Ordinary Magic consisting of one print from each school and a slide show of all the photographs taken throughout the project. Gallery will be open Monday through Thursday from noon until 4 p.m. during the summer. WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announces the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington, showcasing WAA artists. The public is invited to come down and check out the new space and join in the celebration. The art will be changed out monthly so there will be new work for view and purchase at the desk in the USO museum on an ongoing basis CHECKER CAB PRODUCTIONS Check Cab Gallery will begin showing artists at remote locations throughout the southeast, including Inside Out at Costello’s Piano Bar, featuring the work of figure artist Francisca Dekker. Dekker’s work in inspired by people and figures but not in a realistic way. “It doesn’t matter how a person looks, but I need that inside connection with people: then I can paint them,” Dekkar says.211 Princess St.; hangs through 8/11. costellospianobar.com • Checker Cab Gallery’s new exhibit, Wanderlust, features an exhibit of new work by plein air painter, Joan Farrenkopf, whose work reflects the lineage of Russian Impressionism.Drawing from her training in this nearly lost tradition, Joan’s recent works are inspired by her travels and studies in Germany and France. Hangs through 8/19. • Checker Cab is also showing work by one of Wilmington’s most highly regarded collage artists, Elizabeth Darrow. Her works are shown in museums and distinguished collections nationwide. Visit Checker Cab Gallery in downtown Wilmington to see her distinctive style on display now along with art work by nearly fifty local artists.www.checkercabproductions.com CAPE FEAR RECOVERY MONTH EXHIBIT As a tool for substance abuse prevention and edu-

cation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine had a very moving art exhibition on the topic of addiction and recovery in 2010. Cape Fear Recovery Month event, a national celebration of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders that is held each September. UNCW’s Randall Library, Hayes Gallery and can be seen through 8/15, during library hours. New Hanover County, NC high school and college students, age 14-29, have submitted twodimensional art (paintings, drawings, photographs, etc.) on the topic of addiction and/or recovery for the exhibition. Juried exhibition never has submission fees and monetary awards, first, second, third. TATYANA SHELLEY 8/18-9/15: Realist landscape and portrait artist Tatyana Kulida Shelley presents “Tuscan Dreams” at pattersonbehn, 511 1/2 Castle St. 910-251-8886. Opening receiption on 8/18, 6-8pm. pattersonbehn.com TOWEE See page 18. CALL FOR ARTISTS Friends School of Wilmington will host their 6th annual Lively Arts and Crafts Show, 12/1, with setup 11/30, 5:30-7:30pm, or 31, 7:30am. Tables can be reserved or bring your own! Artists contribute 20% of sales to Friends School. $10 non-refundable app fee. Juried show. Apply: Sharon Ely, Friends School of ILM, 350 Peiffer Ave., 28409. sharone@fsow.org. Deadline: 8/31; notice of acceptance, 9/15. ART IN THE ARBORETUM The Friends of the Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association are seeking artists to exhibit their work at Art in the Arboretum 2012, an annual outdoor showcase for a wide range of garden friendly media categories. Slated for 10/6, 10am-4pm, and 10/7, noon-4pm, at the Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, this year’s event will launch two new divisions: nature inspired jewelry and metal smiths. Other two- and three-dimensional categories include glass, textiles, metal, stepping stones, wood, painting and photography. Open to both emerging and professional artists age 18 and older, with all work accepted through a juried process. Plein Air artist demonstrations. New this year are a special art show and sale sponsored by the Ability Garden and a children’s art activity area managed by the Children’s Museum. Proceeds from the annual event help support the Arboretum’s wide range of educational and public service programs. Reg. open: Gary Levesque, 910-798-7670 or www.wilmingtonart.org/index.php.

story of a friendly American Pitt Bull based loosely on her own rescue American pit. Also, on 8/19, 2-4pm: “Meet Panda” children’s book readings and signing. The readings will take place at 2:15 pm and 3:15pm. Also, “Panda’s First Christmas” will be released in November, with its original cover artwork on display at Projekte through 9/2. • Weekly events: Mon., open mic; Tues, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 2nd & 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982. www.theprojekte.com

museums NC MARITIME 2ND SATURDAY EVENT N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport will feat. artists to exhibit and sell art work and goods as part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ third and final 2nd Saturdays event of 2012, scheduled on Aug. 11. 2nd Saturdays combine the unique power of the arts and heritage with lots of hands-on fun each second Saturday during the peak summertime vacation months. www.ncculture.com. Theme for 8/11: “Original Inhabitants: Cape of Feare.” Jwelers, quilters, painters, potters, weavers, musicians, photographers, iron workers, everyone welcome to join! Farmers of highvalue products such as honey, soy candles, cheeses, or herbs are also encouraged to participate. To participate, call (910) 457-0003. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Cape Fear Treasures: Campaigning through 1/13/2012: Feart. Rutherford B. Hayes’ 1876 presidential campaign button, 1884 Cleveland campaign ribbon, 1976 Jimmy Carter political button, editorial cartoon on toilet paper commenting on

North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms’ tenure and more. Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. • Toys and Games (through 9/9): View historical images of people at play and toys and games from our collection, and play with a variety of interactives. Adults and children alike enjoy viewing toys from the past, and you can enjoy playing together as a family. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. • Dynamic Dinosaurs, 8/4, 11, 18, 25, 1-4pm. Free/ members, or w/admission.Dig for fossils that you can take home and find out what a T. rex tooth looks like up close. Discover why Wilmington’s Giant Ground Sloth and the pterodactyl are not dinosaurs. Measure some well-known dinosaurs and make an Apatosaurus model to take home. • Cape Fear Skies: A realistic planetarium experience the third Sunday of each month. Schedule: Sky Mapping; 8/19, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm.Free/members, or w/admission. Discover how to use a planisphere to locate objects in the night sky. • Museum Carts: Explore artifacts, conduct experiments, and play fun games at facilitated carts stationed throughout museum: Sun., 8/5, 1-3pm. Free/members, or w/admission. • Grown-up Game Night, 8/17, 7-10pm. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers. Bring friends, grab appetizers and a seat, and get your game on! Try your hand at new and old favorites—from Battleship to Spades to brand new games. Admission includes access to great games (instructions if needed!), snacks and drinks, and a visit to the Museum’s Toys and Games exhibit. Games provided by Cape Fear Museum, Cape Fear Games,

SILVER COAST WINERY The Silver Coast Winery Art Gallery is proud to display the works of “The Myxolydian Artist” James Davis. Mr. Davis’s career has covered almost 40 years of dedication and innovation. His works display thousands of shades and the layering of colors. James is the founder of the Myxolydain School of Modern American Painting, which originated as a term for the primary Jazz scale. On display until 9/10. Public is invited. www.silvercoastwinery.com or 910 287 2800. CALLING ALL ARTISTS Come exhibit/sale your art at the Recovery Month Celebration on Sunday, 9/23, 1-4 pm at Empie Park, Wilmington, NC. $15 donation suggested. Liz Pina: 910-202-0840 or EPina@CoastalHorizons.org. ARTFUL LIVING GROUP Artful Living Group located at 112 Cape Fear Blvd., 910-458-7822. info@artufllivinggroup.com. Aug: Mike Bryand’s Photography. Opening, 8/2, 6:30-8:30pm. • Sept: Melanie Heinrick’s photography on metal. Opening, 9/6, 6:30-8:30pm. PROJEKTE Opening 8/4, 7pm ‘til: New Works by Cammeron Alekzandra Batanides from series “Brass, Strings and Keys,” a body of work based upon music and intended to evoke emotion and thought, using lines, color and simplicity. Author of “Meet Panda,” Batanides will have children’s book illustrations exhibited, too. The

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and Learning Express.• Cape Fear Museum Summer Shorts are hands-on adventures for groups of 10 or more children and their adult chaperones. “Shorts” are a great option for daycare centers, year-round schools, home-school groups, as well as camps that are looking to supplement their activities with an educational component. Programs are 60-minutes in length and appropriate for children ages 5–14. $6 per child. Themes: Cape Fear Indians, Bugs!, Star Quest and Toys and Games. Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. www. capefearmuseum.com. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features non-native marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of wellbalanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing Workshop. Pre-reg. 910-458-8257. www. ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Summer camps: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 8/6-10. Pre-register! • 8/10-11: Mud Day: Explore Magic Mud, a substance with properties of both a solid and a liquid at the same time, make mud pies, try a mud mask, create a traditional Mud Cloth painting, and cover yourself in lots and lots of mud! Wear bathing suit or old clothes and bring a towel and a change of clothes! • Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Leading to Reading Literacy Class , 9am, and Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Acting Club 2pm. • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. www.playwilmington.org

CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Out of Fashion, Hughes Wing, through 8/19; In 1815, when the first cotton mill was established in Lincoln County, NC, it stood as one of the physical and symbolic cornerstones of an industry that would come to define the economic and cultural being of NC. Following the offshore exodus of the 1990s, today NC is rebuilding through hybrid development, with one of the fastest growing markets in the state being the export of intermediate/unfinished goods that overseas firms turn into finished products. These materials are in a raw, in-between state—their promise yet to be realized—much like the textile industry of the 21st century, and our current understanding of it. • Julie VonDerVellen, Hughes Wing, through 8/19; Represents the first museum exhibition featuring work by this emerging artist, Julie VonDerVellen, a recent MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A close inspection of these seemingly pedestrian garments of everyday wear reveal highly crafted, intricate constructions made entirely of handmade paper derived from recycled cotton clothing. Garments evoke memories; memories evoke garments. • Elliot Dangerfield: Art and Life in NC. Dangerfield will have over 60 paintings and drawings from private and museum collections, influenced by Impressionist and Symbolist artists, his work is ethereal. Hangs in Brown Wing through 8/19. • Exhibition tours every Wed. at 12:30pm Sun. at 2:30pm. Tours led by staff and docents. Museum adm. • Music in the Courtyard: 8/2, Elijah’s Best (soul R&B, rock, beach, blues, country). CAM members and students: $5, non-members: $10. CaféJohnnie serves refreshments and dinner every Thurs, 5-9pm.• Musical theatre: The World Goes ‘Round (see page 16). • 8/18, 10am-2pm: 1st North Carolina Company E, free and open to the public. The unit offers monthly activities on the museum’s grounds, come and watch drills, rifle firings and more. Speak with the reenactors about their passion for Civil War living history. • CAM seeks additional scholarship sponsors in support of Students in Intensive Arts Porgram for Youth, Southeast Center for Arts Integration, Wilmington Housing Authority and WAA Current Sponsors for its Museum School. Cost of week-long art class is $150; scholarships provide unique art education opportunities to youth and contextual learning of science of math. 910-395-5999. • CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and water-


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Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4/ family and includes access to entire Museum. Admission for 2012 only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St.910-763-2634, on the web at 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. 7620492. www.latimerhouse.org

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are state forms and other paper work to be completed to have all teams and players registered before the first game. Registration and fees online: www. wilmingtonadultsoccer.com BLOCKADE RUNNER SUNSET SUP SERIES Come to the sound side at Blockade Runner Beach Resort each Thursday night at 6:30 for a free family fun Paddleboard Race for all levels. Complimentary post-race refreshments provided by Natty Greene’s Brewery. http://events.blockade-runner.com.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH SCENIC TOURS Art and Science Summer Fun on Masonboro IsWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM land: 3-hour Island excursion, on a catamaran-style WILMINGTON WATER TOURS The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed marine vessel, includes a shell hunt on the beach BELLAMY MANSION Eagle’s Island Cruises 50 minute cruises on the hour in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to and eco-education talk of Masonboro Island. Learn One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebelat 1, 2 & 3pm daily Tues-Sat See the beauty of the preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville about function and importance of our coastal malum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model rine ecosystems, encourages children to explore free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the shore and find treasures from the sea to use Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and busithe early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilin an art project; 9am-12pm M-F.Rates are $25 ness leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss ion, our hurricane history and information about the per child $20 per parent. • Wrightsville Beach (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall interaction between the people and our natural enviScenic Tours offers daily taxi service to Masonof Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commanronment which have shaped the 100 year history of Looking for pysically and mentally challenging hobby? boro Island, Hands-on Environmental Education deered the house as their headquarters during Wrightsville Beach. • Annual Shrimperoo fund-raiser, Programs, Coastal Birding tours and workshops The Cape Fear Fencing Association will be holding the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, Sun., 5/9, 6-8pm, at Lumina Hall. Motts Channel is with renowned ornithologist Joe Abbate, Scenic itfocuses on history and the design arts and ofbeginners’ fencing classes beginning August 21st for six providing the shrimp and Middle of the Island is caterand Harbor Cruises, Inshore Fishing exfers tours, changing exhibitions and an informaweeks. Held every Tuesday and Thursday evening, classes Sunset ing the rest of the menu. There will be live music. It is cursions, Art and Science Tours, Pirate Treasure tive look at historic preservation in action. • Jazz a fun, beach-community event. Tickets: $20 w/beer begin at 6:30 and last an hour; the cost is only $50, Hunt Adventures and Private charters. www. at the Mansion: 8/10, Dixieland All Start. www. and wine sold by glass. 256-2569. 303 West Saliswrightsvillebeachscenictours.com. CaptainJoe bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St with equipment supplied by the CFFA. Folks learn all the bury St. wbmuseum.com. at 910-200-4002 basics of the sport, including its history, fundamental BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM CFFA 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in techniques, conditioning, refereeing and tournament Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Cape Fear Fencing Association will offer its first the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for strategies. www.capefearfencing.com beginners’ fencing class 8/21, 6:30pm, for six oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, includweeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life ing historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rollheld Tues/Thurs, 6:30-7:30pm; $50. is experienced through historical interpretations in ing stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model The class will meet in the lower level of kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Cape Fear River, and enjoy snacks and drinks for sale layouts. Housed in an authentic 1883 freight wareTileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. onboard. • Saturday’s Sunset Dinner Cruise w/buffet house, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. All equipment (910) 762-0570. burgwinwrighthouse.com. by Front Street Brewery. Captain will be share light By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose is supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencing classes stories of the Wilmington area, but mostly you will be birthday parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. include the basic elements of fencing, the history enjoying the evening with some relaxing music and a of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, calming float down the river. • Starlight Cruises Great refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates will way to cool down and end and evening or hit up the have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA full bar on board and get ready for a night on the town. which offers fencing Tues/Thurs. 7:30pm. See the unique lights of Wilmington after dark from the river. It is a truly beautiful sight. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water Street, Wilmington. Reservations: 910-338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.com HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS ALTHEA GIBSON TENNIS COMPLEX Sing, dance and play rhythm instruments with your Adult Tennis Clinics, Cardio Tennis, Mon., 10am. little one! Early Childhood Music and Movement for Wed., 5:30pm. $11/clinic. Doubles Positioning/Strat6 months to 5 years. Tuesday 9:30 a.m. at Downegy Clinic (for 3.5 & 4.0 players). Mon., 11am-noon. town Community Arts Center, Drop ins welcome. $11/clinic. There is a new $1 increase in the clinic $10 per family. 910-777-8889. happylittlesingers. rate which will go to an Empie Improvements fund. Reflexologyhelps helpstotosoothe soothetired tiredfeet, feet,promote promoterelaxation, relaxation, com Pre-reg. • 8/10: Grand Slam Center Court OpenReflexology ing & Exhibition, 5-8pm. • 8/11-12: City of Wilmington CF MUSEUM CAMPS reduce pain and encourages overall health reduce pain and encourages overall health Adult Summer Championships. • 8/17-18: Port City Camps are geared towards children 5-14 and teach High School Girls Invitational • Tennis Tournament: kids history and science of the Lower Cape Fear Adult City Championships, 8/10-12. 341-4631. City region, and takes place 9am-noon daily. Cape Fear of Wilmington, 3405-A Park Ave. 341-4631. www. Wild teaches children ages 9-10 how to be consciempiepark.com entious conservationists through the discovery of the region’s plants and animals, and ponder conHISTORICAL BICYCLE TOURS 1/2hrtherapeutic therapeutic nections between humans and the environment. • The Adventure Kayak Company in cooperation with 1/2hr massageand and1/2 1/2hrhr In Museumology*, campers ages 11-14 design their the NC Maritime Museum at Southport are please massage own exhibit for Cape Fear Museum by selecting arto announce the 2012 Historical Southport Bicycle reflexology reflexology tifacts and telling their stories. • In Dinos & More, tours. Sat., 8/18, 9/1. Bring bicycle and helmet and for ages 5-6, children discover the answers to evjoin the fun tour fee $15 or $20 tour fee including use erything they ever wanted to know about dinosaurs. of a bicycle and helmet. 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WB REC CAMPS Performance Club: Summer 2012 brings four creative performing arts sessions led by local Performance Club director, LJ Woodard. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm; fee, Wrightsville Beach residents $130/non-residents $160. Grand Slam Performance Camp!, 7/308/3 (Ages 4*-8 yrs), It’s Showtime!, 8/6-10 (Ages 9-14), Camp Wilmywood! (*4-year-olds entering Kindergarten in the fall are eligible!) • The Wilmington Hammerheads will lead one, 4-day camp, Mon-Fri,


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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) In your personal chart, the planet Uranus symbolizes those special talents you have that are especially useful to other people. Which aspects of your soulful beauty are potentially of greatest service to the world? How can you express your uniqueness in ways that activate your most profound generosity? If you learn the answers to these questions, you will make great progress toward solving the riddle that Uranus poses. I’m happy to report that the coming years will provide you with excellent opportunities to get to the bottom of this mystery. And now would be a good time to launch a concerted effort TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) In the coming weeks, I’m afraid there’s only a very small chance that you’ll be able to turn invisible at will, shapeshift into an animal form and back, or swipe the nectar of immortality from the gods. The odds of success are much higher, though, if you will attempt less ambitious tasks that are still pretty frisky and brazen. For example, you could germinate a potential masterpiece where nothing has ever grown. You could legally steal from the rich and give the spoils to the poor. And you could magically transform a long-stuck process that no one thought would ever get unstuck. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) Are there are any weaknesses or problems in your approach to communication? They will be exposed in the coming weeks. If you’re even slightly lazy or devious about expressing yourself, you will have to deal with the karmic consequences of that shortcoming. If there’s more manipulativeness than love in your quest for connection, you’ll be compelled to do some soul-searching. That’s the bad news, Gemini. The good news is that you will have far more power than usual to upgrade the way you exchange energy with others. In fact, this could be the time you enter into a golden age of communication.

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plane while it is flying through the air. This seems like a reasonable restriction until you realize how badly it discriminates against skydivers. Legal scholars will tell you that examples like this are not at all rare. Laws tend to be crude, one-size-fits-all formulations. And as I’m sure you’ve discovered in your travels, Leo, one-size-fits-all formulations always squash expressions of individuality. In the coming weeks, be extra alert for pressures to conform to overly broad standards and sweeping generalizations. Rebel if necessary. You have license to be yourself to the tenth power. VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) I propose that you try to accomplish the following clean-up projects in the next four weeks: ten bushels of weeds yanked out of your psychic landscape; 25 pounds of unused stuff and moldering junk hauled away from your home; ten loads of dirty laundry (especially the metaphorical kind) washed free of taint and stains -- and not blabbed about on social media; at least $5,000 worth of weird financial karma scrubbed away for good; a forgotten fence mended; and a festering wound tended to until it heals. LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) Philosopher William Irwin Thompson says that we humans are like flies creeping along the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. We literally cannot see the splendor that surrounds us. As a result, we don’t live in reality. We’re lost in our habitual perceptions, blinded by our favorite illusions, and addicted to beliefs that hide the true nature of the universe. That’s the bad news, Libra. The good news is that every now and then, each of us slips into a grace period when it’s possible to experience at least some of the glory we’re normally cut off from. The veil opens, and previously undetected beauty appears. The weeks ahead will be the closest you’ve come to this breakthrough in a long time. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) Can you guess which European country has the best military record in the last eight centuries? It’s France. Out of the 185 battles its soldiers have engaged in, they’ve won 132 and lost only 43. Ten times they fought to a draw. Of all the signs of the zodiac, Scorpio, I think you have the best chance of compiling a comparable record in the next ten months. Your warrior-like qualities will be at a peak; your instinct for achieving hard-fought victories may be the stuff of legends years from now. But please keep in mind what the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said in his iconic text *The Art of War*: The smart and powerful warrior always avoids outright conflict if possible, and wins by using slyer means.

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) After consulting the astrological omens, I’ve concluded that during the next three weeks, you will deserve the following titles: 1. Most Likely to Benefit from Serendipitous Adventures; 2. Most Likely to Exclaim “Aha!”; 3. Most Likely to Thrive While Wandering in Wild Frontiers and Exotic Locales; 4. Most Likely to Have a Wish Come True If This Wish Is Made in the Presence of a Falling Star. You might want to wait to fully embody that fourth title until the period between August 9 and 14, when the Perseids meteor shower will be gracing the night skies with up to 170 streaks per hour. The peak flow will come on August 12 and 13. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) You may have to travel far and wide before you will fully appreciate a familiar resource whose beauty you’re half-blind to. It’s possible you’ll have to suffer a partial loss of faith so as to attract experiences that will make your faith stronger than it ever was. And I’m guessing that you may need to slip outside your comfort zone for a while in order to learn what you need to know next about the arts of intimacy. These are tricky assignments, Capricorn. I suggest you welcome them without resentment. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) My daughter Zoe has been writing some fine poetry these last few years. I regard it as professional-grade stuff that has been born of natural talent and developed through discipline and hard work. You might ask, quite reasonably, whether my evaluation of her literary output is skewed by fatherly pride. I’ve considered that possibility. But recently, my opinion got unbiased corroboration when her school awarded her with the “All-College Honor” for her poetry manuscript. I predict you will soon have a comparable experience. Your views or theories will be confirmed by an independent and objective source. PISCES (19 Feb. – 20 Mar.) The critic Dorothy Parker didn’t think highly of Katherine Hepburn’s acting skills. “She runs the emotional gamut from A to B,” said Parker. I realize that what I’m about to suggest may be controversial, but I’m hoping you will be Hepburn-like in the coming week, Pisces. This is not the right time, in my astrological opinion, for you to entertain a wide array of slippery, syrupy, succulent feelings. Nor would it be wise to tease out every last nuance of the beguiling vibes rising up within you. For the time being, you need to explore the pleasures of discerning perception and lucid analysis. Get lost in deep thought, not rampant passion.

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OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET Lyssa Fineman’s jewelry show, Towee, on display through Aug. Feat. jewelry inspired by classic literature. • Several writing classes this fall: 9/9, 2-4pm: Val Neiman Writing Character Building Workshop (for Writing not Parenting). Val is a highly respected writer and instructor. $10 fee w/max number of participants, 25. Advance online registration! • Book Signing with Mike Tucker on 8/19, 3pm. Set in 1964, Tucker shares a dark and comedic tale of surfing, mob crime and the Civil Rights movement against the backdrop of an Atlantic Ocean resort town in “Aquarius Falling.” • Phil Stein signing for “KJV” on 11/11, 3pm. • Banned Books Week, 9/30-10/6. Old Books on Front St., 249 N. Front St.. (910) 76-BOOKS (26657) www.OldBooksOnFrontSt.com

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME 8/16, 11:30am: “There is No Place Like Home” AMEZ Housing Community Development Corporation is holding a fundraising luncheon at the Terraces on Sir Tyler from 11:30 - 1:00 on 8/16/12. AMEZ Housing has been providing affordable housing services to low and moderate income families in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties since 1993. The proceeds from the luncheon

will help them to continue to assist families with affordable housing concerns. Marilynn R.G. Davis: innevents2@ec.rr.com

classes/workshops ACTOR/FILMMAKER WORKSHOP Actor/Filmmaker Workshop in association with the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Saturd ay September 1st. This exclusive workshop guarantees each actor a lead role in a local film as part of CFIFF’s Starving Artists 48 Hour Film Festival! The winning film will also be shown at the CFIFF Annual Film Festival in the Spring! Space is limited to 12 Actors and 12 Filmmakers. Call Sunnie Pennington for more information about this exciting opportunity. (910) 269-3666. POTTERY CLASSES Pottery classes at Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St., 8/6-10/4: Mon./Wed. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tues./Thurs. 9am-noon. $135 plus clay. Reg: orangestreetpottery@gmail.com AT HEALTH SOURCE 8/11, 12:15pm: 12 weeks to a healthier you—a program designed to work for people who already have diabetes or for those looking to reduce the risk of developing it. Fun exercises to help you lose weight and feel great combined with easy-to-follow meals and snacks that fit your lifestyle.Highlights: Pilates for Core/ “Yogal” for flexibility; easy to follow cardio fat burning; first month free; meal plans and coaching included. • Learn to tlive with Type 2 Diabetes—a 12-week program. Learn to: know your blood sugar, monitor and measure numbers, build a healthcare team, answer common questions and talk to your doctor. Free! Call to register! Apollonia: (910) 371-2212. At Health Source. 2013 Olde Regent Way Leland, NC.

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ART CLASSES Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt, MFA. Over 30 years of art teaching experience. Small classes, individual tutoring available. loislight@bellsouth.net. Four weeks, $80. Watercolor: Mon, 11am-1pm; or Sat., 3-5pm. • Assemblage, Mon, 1-3pm. Wood, metal, paper, prints, photos…bring whatever material fascinates you and learn assemblage. • Collage: Tues, 11am-1pm. • Basic Drawing With Pencil and Pen, Tues, 3-5pm. shading, lighting, capturing the character of a face and rendering details to create a beautiful portrait. • Painting Your Garden—Acrylic Painting , Wed., 11am-1pm. • Acrylic Painting , Wed., 11am-1pm: Skills for depicting North Carolina beaches, rivers, ocean, and local sites. Work from a photo or on site. • Assemblage, Sat, 11am-1pm. Wood, metal, paper, prints, photos…bring whatever material fascinates you and learn assemblage.

clubs/notices HUMANISTS AND FREETHINKERS 8/12, 8am: Humanists and Freethinkers month meeting: Beach Day! Kure Beach, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 000 Loggerhead Rd. Meeting at the visitors center/beach access area at Fort Fisher Rec, w/ large parking lot, bathroom facilities, and even a concession stand. Join us on the sand later if you choose. Bring the towels, chairs, umbrellas, games, and maybe a picnic brunch or lunch! Maybe we’ll have a cornhole competition or a sand castle building contest! www.humanism.meetup.com/182 CAPE FEAR PARROT CLUB Cape Fear Parrot Club meets monthly. Schedule: 8/18, Toy making. Ces Erdman: 910-386-6507 or cesnc1978@hotmail.com LUNG CANCER SUPPPORT GROUP 8/28, 6pm: Wilmington Area Lung Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting Tuesday, August 28th, 6pm, Oak Room at the Northeast Library. LC patients, survivors, caretakers and concerned members of our community are welcome to attend. • Future dates: 9/18, 6pm at the Myrtle Grove Library Conference Room • 10/30, 6pm at the Northeast Library Oak Room. April Morey: aprilmorey@gmail.com

culinary FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at www.FeastDownEast.org and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot. BOAT SHOW CHOWDER COOKOFF Brunswick Catch and Captain Pete’s Seafood Restaurant have joined with Southport Wooden Boat Show to sponsor the inaugural Seafood Chowder Cook-off at the Southport Wooden Boat Show on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport, NC. Restaurants and seafood retailers use fresh fish caught in regional waters, w/ 12 teams vying for cash prizes and bragging rights to the SWBS Seafood Chowder Champion 2012-13. The cook-off opens at 11am. Tasting and voting will continue until 2pm and the winners will be announced at 3pm. First, second, and third place will be awarded cash prizes and trophies, as will the team with the Best Theme decorations. Combination ticket/ballots will be on sale from 10am until 2pm (or until the chow-

der runs out) for $5 per person with children under 6 free. Limited to the first 12 teams applying. For more information about the SWBS and the Cook-off Rules and Applications go to: www.southportwoodenboatshow.com or phone Robert and Jeanne Potter at 910-457-5223. WEEKLY FARMERS’ MARKETS Riverfront Farmer’s Market Saturdays, Downtown Wilmington (Through Dec.; www.wilmingtonfarmers. com); Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market Saturdays, Carolina Beach Lake (Through 9/15; 910-4318122); Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market Mondays, Causeway Dr. (Through 9/3; 910-256-7925; Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wednesdays, 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington (Through 11/22; www.poplargrove.com). Feat. over three dozen food, arts and crafts vendors. Music feat. every week with Cindy Rhodes on hammered dulcimer. Cooking classes: 8/15, 29, 9/12, 26, 10/31 and 11/7. • Leland Town Farmers’ Market, w/addition of handmade local crafts to the lineup of fresh vegetables and locally-produced farm products. Held in conjunction with the Leland Friends of the Library Book Sale. Second Sat of month; next one, 8/11, 10am-2pm. Magnolia House Lawn, 102 Town Hall Dr. www.townofleland.com/parksandrec.html • Southport Waterfront Farmers’ Market strives to promote fresh locally grown produce and handmade items to the visitors and citizens of Southport and surrounding communities.Sponsor of the 10% Farm to Fork initiative! Wed., 8am-1pm through 9/26. Corner of Bay & Davis St. www.localharvest.org. NONI BACCA WINERY Tues: BFF Night! Great music, wine and beer specials. Red and whites, $4/glass; 20% off bottles! Fruit-style wine, $3/glass or $9/bottle! Craft beer, $2.50/bottle! • Thurs: Lights go down and the music goes up! Enjoy the awesome Wine and Beer Specials! Red and whites, $4/glass; 20% off bottles! Fruit-style wine, $3/glass or $9/bottle! Craft beer, $2.50/bottle! Complimentary appetizers served by local restaurants. • Sat: All couples come and enjoy a wine tasting at Wilmington’s international awardwinning winery. Stop in before or after dinner! 420 Eastwood Rd. (910) 397-7617 WILD GAME AND SEAFOOD BANQUET The first Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s Wild Game and Seafood Banquetwill excite the palate of outdoor enthusiast’s by the pairing of wines from around the world with seafood dishes as well as wild game dishes prepared by regional celebrity chefs. Mission of the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation is to cultivate stewardship of the great outdoors through education awareness, programs and excursions of hunting and fishing that will connect men, women and children to the importance of conservation so as to become investors in our natural resources to create a quality place to be enjoyed by future generations. 9/15 at Coastline Conference/Event Center (501 Nutt Street); $50/ ind or $75/couple. Corp. tables of eight (8) seats are available for $500. Open bar, raffles, live and silent auctions include hunting, fishing camping, art and collectables., 6-10pm. W C Lanier: wc@capefearwildlifexpo.com. 910-795-0292. CHEF’S TABLE Award-Winning Executive Chef Mark Lawson meet you at the tablefor a fabulous formal affair—a meal as entertaining as it isdelicious. Join us at the Chef’s Tasting Table featuring a special presentation by the chef and decadent fare prepared just for your party. Reservations required; limit 10 people: (910) 2562251. $85/person. East Oceanfront Dining (inside Blockade Runner Beach Resort). 275 Waynick Blvd. TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25 at www.tastinghistorytours. com. Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910-622-6046.


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