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Wilmington just got so much cooler The brainchild of Kevin Rhodes and Lincoln Morris, owners of Winoca Records, the first ever WinocaFest will take place on Saturday, August 27th at Battleship Park. The day-long concert will feature nationally renowned acts such as Gillian Welch (pictured) and local treasures like Onward, Soldiers. WinocaFest will also be environmentally friendly thanks to Clean Energy Events, and will benefit local charity 1,000 People Who Care. Courtesy photo.

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6 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd shares

BAnnEd BOOks WEEk Old Books on Front Street and encore magazine are hosting an essay contest in honor of Banned Books Week, held during the last week in September. The prompt: What book’s ban do you disagree with or dislike? Why? Defend its publication and distribution in 800 to 1,200 words. The deadline is September 14th. Please e-mail entries to OldBooksonFrontStreet@ First place: Publication in encore, $50 gift certificate to Old Books, essay read aloud at Banned Books Read-In. Second place: $40 gift certificate to Old Books, essay read aloud at Banned Books Read-In. No entry fee—open to everyone. Teachers: Please consider this for extra credit or as an assignment. Phone calls to Old Books with any questions, please: 762-6657.

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artsy smartsy ................. 9-25 8-11 theatre: Gwenyfar Rohler reviews ‘Just Our Luck’ from ByChance Productions; Shea Carver presents BUMP Productions’ female version of ‘Steel Magnolias’; Bethany Turner speaks with director Kevin Lee-y Green about ‘Once on This Island.’

12 art: Rob ‘Bear’ Fogle takes off in his art cream truck to paint murals around the country.

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

14-18 cover story: WinocaFest coverage including Shea Carver’s story on Gillian Welch, Shannon Rae Gentry’s interview with The Felice Brothers, Shea’s convo with Those Darlins, and local charity 1,000 People Who Care.

19 music: Linda Grattafiori sits down with the owner of Ted’s Fun on the River in anticipation of their Port City Trio show.

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20-23 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.

25 film: Anghus is morbidly curious about the death scenes in ‘Final Destination 5.’

grub & guzzle .........26-31 26-29 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide!

30-31 grub: Alex Pompliano meets three local chefs, all of whom hail from France!

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Meet Alph, a decadent, wholesome sweet treat


hile strolling through the farmers’

market last week, I fell rapturously in love with my new object of admiration: Alph. Alph’s might be the dessert of my dreams—a bananabased frozen treat on a stick, which equals three ounces of real goodness. It’s also taking the norm of flavors and twisting it in an interesting fashion: tomato-avocadodill, rosehips and peanut cacao are only a few on the list. The latest offering by Angela’s Pepper-Pickled Foods, I had to ask co-owner Bill Brown about Alph’s debut into our local world of food. encore: Why is it named Alph’s? Bill: “Alph’s” is a play on the idea of the alpha figure in the social organization of the apes. Predictably, we are using an ape because the product is based on bananas—not too much originality there. Look at Alph as Alph’s was created for us by Mark Herbert. Because I am contrary, perhaps, I wanted to question all the assumptions about the sexuality, deportment and disposition of characters in leadership (alpha) position in a social group. Anyway... encore: Where did the idea come from, and where are they available? Bill: I am a committed, non-prevaricative vegetarian, who also prefers to eat only real, whole, unprocessed food. There is [hardly any] prepared frozen confection [like this] out there. One day as I was enjoying a frozen banana, the whole thing started to form in my mind. We sell them at the farmers’ markets—downtown, Poplar Grove, Wrightsville Beach, Leland—and at our shop. Soon, I hope, they will be in lots of locations around Wilmington. We’ve had interest from good retailers; we are working out the details of selling wholesale. encore: How many different flavors are available? Bill: Eighteen now—we anticipate one or two new flavors a week, maintaining a large catalog, some of

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which will always be available, all of which will sometimes be available. encore: There are a list of things on the package that it does not contain, can you tell us why you included those rather than the normal ingredients list? Bill: Alph’s carefully does not contain “food-like” substances, [mainly because] I try never to eat it and [I know] other people avoid it for many reasons. Processed sugar is a source of so much of what is wrong with our collective health, for example. Many people have particular problems with soy or gluten. When you are eating an Alph’s, you never have to be careful about any of that. encore: You use stevia in the product instead, right? Bill: Stevia is an herb that grows mostly in South America. It has been used for eons in parts of the world that are not run by American agri-business and the FDA. Stevia is a sweetener many times sweeter than sugar, but is not treated by the body anything like processed sugar. Diabetics can use it with impunity. Stevia is often amended with malodextrine or other substances to make it easier to measure, but the stevia we use is an absolutely pure extract. The whole plant is good, but retains an herbal flavor of its own, which may or may not be desirable in a given recipe. Stevia is readily available locally at Lovey’s, Tidal Creek, and other locations. When I have a choice, stevia is the only sweetener that I consume. Come see the plant growing in my garden! encore: How did this play into your development parameters? DId it put a strain on its perfection? Bill: We wanted to make a delicious, enjoyable confection that I could choose to eat any time, all the time, without the slightest reservation—so, yes, the substances that I want to avoid were part of the development parameters.

My parameters made the development of Alph’s difficult only in that other people’s expectations for a sweet frozen food were challenged. Alph’s is not, in my mind, fake ice cream, or fake anything else. Most vegan “substitution” foods aspire to be like what they fundamentally are not, so they always fail to some extent. encore: What response have you had so far? Bill: I’ve actually been surprised at how many people have been unreservedly enthusiastic about Alph’s. Some people, of course, find all the flavors and textures a little too unusual. Because each flavor is so assertive and particular, often someone who is wild about one flavor doesn’t like another one at all—which is just how the world should work. Thank God for strong opinions. encore: Are any of the ingredients local—or regional? Bill: Unfortunately, bananas, the main ingredient in each Alph’s, come from Central or South America, and the herbs and spices come from all over the world. Happily, all of our coffee flavors (almond coffee seems to be our most popular flavor) use Folks’ blend. I’ve been using ground peanuts from the machines at Tidal Creek and Lovey’s, but we get our peanuts for Angela’s pickled peanuts from Bakers [Southern Traditions] in Bertie County, and I’m going to try using them as a source for ground peanuts as well. encore: Y’all are best known for pickling, which is a really hot process! How do you make frozen food in the same building? Bill: It is usually much too hot in here to make frozen anything—it’s usually much too hot to make even pickles. So I often take the late, late shift to make Alph’s, after some of the heat has dissipated from the building.

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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY

Arkansas Time Machine, Back to the 1950s: In McGehee, a town of 4,200 in southeastern Arkansas, a black girl (Kym Wimberly) who had finished first in her senior class was named only “co-”valedictorian after officials at McGehee High changed the rules to avoid what one called a potential “big mess.” As a result, in an ironic twist on “affirmative action,” the highestscoring white student was elevated to share top honors. Said Kym’s mother, “We (all) know if the tables were turned, there wouldn’t be a co-valedictorian.” In July, the girl filed a lawsuit against the school and the protocol-changing principal.

tention rate for all federal employees was 99.4 percent (and for white collar and upper-income workers, more than 99.8 percent). Government defenders said the numbers reflect excellence in initial recruitment. Bats’ Rights: In January, Alison Murray purchased her first-ever home, in Aberdeen, Scotland, but was informed in August that she has to relocate, temporarily, because the house has become infested with bats, which cannot be disturbed, under Scottish and European law, once they settle in. Conservation officials advised her that she could probably move back in November, when the bats leave to hibernate.

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Redneck Chronicles

Roy Griffith, 60, John Sanborn, 53, and Douglas Ward, 55, were arrested in Deerfield Township, Mich., in July and charged with stealing a 14-foot-long stuffed alligator from a barn, dragging it away with their truck, and using it to surf in the mud (“mudbogging”). When the gator’s owner tracked down the three nearby, they denied the theft and insisted that theirs is an altogether-different 14foot-long stuffed alligator. (Ward’s blood-alcohol reading was 0.40.) When deputies in Monroe County, Tenn., arrested a woman for theft in August, they learned that one of the items stolen was a 150-year-old Vatican-certified holy relic based on the Veil of Veronica (supposedly used to wipe Jesus’ face before the crucifixion). The painting had been stolen from the closet of a trailer home on a back road in the Tennessee mountains, where a local named “Frosty,” age 73, had kept it for 20 years with no idea of its significance.

Government in Action!

Of the 1,500 judges who referee disputes as to whether someone qualifies for Social Security disability benefits, David Daugherty of West Virginia is the current soft-touch champion, finding for the claimant about 99 percent of the time (compared to judges’ overall rate of 60 percent). As The Wall Street Journal reported in May, Daugherty decided many of the cases without hearings or with the briefest of questioning, including batches of cases brought by the same lawyer. He criticized his less lenient colleagues, who “act like it’s their own damn money we’re giving away.” (A week after the Journal report, Judge Daugherty was placed on leave, pending an investigation.) Gee, What Do We Do With All This Stimulus Money? The Omaha (Neb.) Public School system spent $130,000 of its stimulus grant recently just to buy 8,000 copies of the book “The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change” that is, one copy for every single employee, from principals to building custodians. Alarmingly, wrote an Omaha World-Herald columnist, the book is “riddled with gobbledygook,” “endless graphs,” and such tedium as the “cultural proficiency continuum” and discussion of the “disequilibrium” arising “due to the struggle to disengage with past actions associated with unhealthy perspectives.” Once hired, almost no federal employee ever leaves. Turnover is so slight that, among the typical causes for workers leaving, “death by natural causes” is more likely the reason than “fired for poor job performance.” According to a July USA Today report, the federal rate of termination for poor performance is less than one-fifth the private sector’s, and the annual re-

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In June, the Five Guys Burger and Fries restaurant in White Plains, N.Y., was robbed by five guys (well, actually, four guys and a woman). One of the guys worked at Five Guys. All five “guys” were arrested. Catch-22: NYPD officer James Seiferheld, 47, still receives his $52,365 annual disability pay despite relentless efforts of the department to fire him. He had retired in 2004 on disability, but was ordered back to work when investigators found him doing physical work inconsistent with “disability.” However, Seiferheld could not return to work because he repeatedly failed drug screening (for cocaine). Meanwhile, his appeal of the disability denial went to the state Court of Appeals, which found a procedural error and ordered that Seiferheld’s “disability” benefits continue (even though the city has proven both that he is physically able and a substance-abuser). Unclear on the Concept: In April, Robert Williams conscientiously completed his San Diego police officers’ application, answering truthfully, he said, questions 172 (yes, he had had sexual contact with a child) and 175 (yes, he had “viewed or transacted” child pornography). Three weeks later, the police had not only rejected his application but arrested him. Williams’ wife, Sunem, said the police department has “integrity” problems because “telling the truth during the hiring process brings prosecution. ...”

The Pervo-American Community

Beginning in 2002, a man was reported sidling up to women on crowded New York City subway trains and rubbing against them until he ejaculated. Police were unable to identify him but were concerned enough that they obtained an indictment “naming” the suspect only as whoever’s DNA it was who committed the subway crimes. In July 2011, they finally obtained a match, to Darnell Hardware, 26, who had been in the system repeatedly (drug and indecent-exposure charges) but not until July in offenses that obligated collection of DNA.


News of the Weird has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls manufactured in fine detail with human features (e.g., the “Real Doll,” as one brand is called), which are as different from the plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is to $2-abottle rotgut. An early progenitor of the exquisite dolls, according to new research by Briton Graeme Donald, was Adolf Hitler, who was worried that he was losing more soldiers to venereal disease than to battlefield injuries, and ordered his police chief, Heinrich Himmler, to oversee development of a meticulously made doll with blonde hair and blue eyes. (However, according


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enry david tHoreau once urged,

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” Few people exemplify this quotation like Tony Moore. For the last 10 years, he has steadily written and produced original work, including “Sides!” the live sitcom at the Browncoat Pub and Theatre. ByChance Productions, his theatre company, is reprising “Just Our Luck” for his 10th anniversary show. It takes a lot of chutzpah to write a show, rent a theater and assemble a cast. When someone keeps trying again and again, sharpening, it is an incredible process to witness. Moore has been a special gem for Wilmington theatre audiences for the last decade as we have watched him mature and perfect his craft. The two-act play opens with a fight. Noah (Michael Vaughn) comes home with flowers for Donna (Heather Dodd) the live-in girlfriend, who is in the process of moving out and leaving him. Where she is going is unclear, since, apparently, she woke up and began packing that morning. Enter Austin (Tony Moore) and Vicky (Amber Sheets), Noah’s older brother and his fiancée. Bridezilla, we soon learn, has nothing on Donna. She has been attending weddings that are not hers to take notes, specifically following the work ofwedding planner Maggie (Brandy Jones), who turns out to be Austin’s long lost love. No one (least of all Austin) is prepared to tell Vicky about his past with Maggie. She has been planning her wedding since she was 9. Now that she has found a groom, she is going to have the perfect storybook wedding.

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As if life were not complicated enough, baby sister June (Beth Raynor) comes home with a man almost twice her age, Dallas (Michael Kahn). Austin and Noah find themselves confronted with the age-old problem: how to protect a teenager from herself. I have an inborn concern when I see a writer acting in or directing a piece they have written. This is probably unfounded when I consider the number of performers who have written vehicles for their careers (Bogosian, Gray, Hughes). But Moore seems comfortable in the role of Austin, though Austin himself is in a very uncomfortable place. As we watch him fail to make good choices or succeed in any endeavor to straighten things out with his loved ones, we can’t help liking him. Moore’s writing has given him lots of opportunities to be really unlikable, but Moore’s acting makes the character kind, gentle and well-meaning. Sheets as Vicky, the fiancée from hell is the most unlikable character onstage—even more so than Dallas, the creep chasing after 17-year-old June. Sheets is a bundle of bitchy, nervous energy that makes her extreme measures, like blowing a whistle and announcing that “Operation Vicky’s Wedding” is commencing, believable. Kahn as Dallas is incredibly creepy. He makes one’s skin crawl from his entrance, grabbing June and kissing her passionately in front of both her brothers. He just gets more and more unlikable— most of all that awful hungry wolf smile of success as he follows June up to her bedroom. For me, Raynor as June had my greatest sympathy. Probably it’s from having been a 17-year-old girl

myself—absolutely convinced I was an adult able to make decisions on my own. Raynor really hit the notes of awkwardness mixed with pseudo sophistication that seem to exemplify that age. She wanders around in a low-cut, highly revealing dress, but she doesn’t know how to hold herself in such a get-up, nor does she have the panache to pull that off in the middle of the day. Oh, the awkward teenage years— who could possibly want to go back to that? And pity the adults in her life who love her so… In his program note, Moore tells the audience he and ByChance Productions have come a long way—such that the first set was just a couch, a table and a front door. Production values have certainly gone up for them. They make good use of the set from Big Dawg Productions’ “Moonlight and Magnolias,” updating and changing it to make it modern and homey rather than a 1930’s office. It is believable as a small family home. “Just our Luck” premiered in 2005; Moore has updated the script for the 2011 world with text messages and even a reference to the all-male production of “Steel Magnolias,” which in the show Austin takes Vicky to see. It was an wonderful inside joke for Wilmington theatre lovers: Moore had been in the cast of the highly anticipated, all-male production of “Steel Magnolias,” slated to play Truvy. Though canceled, it’s opening this weekend, too, in its all-female rendition (page 10). It has been an interesting experience for our community to watch Moore grow as a playwright and director. Thank you, Tony, for 10 great years. I am looking forward to the next 10!

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Classic Southern tale finally gets its curtain call


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remember last month’s coverage of “Steel Magnolias,” a Southern classic tale of familial and friendship bonds tried in the face of death. Primarily an all-female cast, Steve Vernon of BUMP Productions wanted to add a twist to the show: have it performed in drag. It wasn’t something unheard of to the director; after all, he had seen success by doing such 10 years earlier in Wilmington and Chicago. Buzz generated through every media outlet upon hearing of the reprisal; print, TV, radio, everyone was covering it. Yet, a day before curtain call, the cast and crew were served a cease and desist letter, preventing them from moving forward. “I can only say that the clause that prevented us from doing the all-male production was not specific to the play itself but to all plays handled by the publishing house,” Vernon says. “All actions were dropped once the show was cancelled.” Though Vernon knew the production wouldn’t fly in drag, it didn’t stop him from perpetuating the show’s emotional appeal, even if it meant sticking to a tried-and-true

by Shea Carver Steel Magnolias s BUMP Production . Front St. N 21 City Stage • $15 4, 8 p.m. • $1229/ d an 8 -2 8/25 910-342-0272 telling of the story. So, he reapplied for the rights. “[They] were granted only after the playwright was assured that the casting would be traditional,” Vernon explains. Thanks to his long list of theatre connections, he comprised a cast nothing short of exceptional: Melissa Stanley as Truvy, Emily Young as Clairee, Deb Bowen as Ouiser, Amanda Young as Annelle, Anna Gamel as Shelby and Katherine Vernon as M’Lynn (whose husband, Alex Wharff, was scheduled to play Shelby in the drag version). Though the obvious dichotomy of men tapping into women—especially these emotional characters was lost, the foundation of

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the show’s message was not. The difference in the direction of the actors only came with one minute change of pace. “The women did not need the rehearsal time to become ‘women,’” Vernon states, “whereas the guys involved before spent a lot of time trying to perfect female qualities (which they had done wonderfully).” Because rehearsal time was cut, it provided the ladies with a challenge to not only move outside the norm of the classic Southern roles but do so with fresh, expedient command. “They have been remarkably adept at working with the material,” Vernon says, explaining the organic evolution that has molded their characters. “It’s an ensemble piece, so the interactions have to be natural, and there has to be a willingness to think of the relationships these women have, not just the characters they portray.” As for the all-male cast who once filled their shoes, literally, support from them has come in droves. In fact, the whole experience has affected Vernon in true “Steel Magnolias” fashion. “It has been very humbling to witness all of these artists step up for each other,” he states. That’s the essence which weaves the play’s plot—friends and family backing each other even during the most difficult of circumstances. Taking place primarily in a beauty parlor in and around Louisiana, M’Lynn raises a beautiful daughter, Shelby, diseased by a lifethreatening form of diabetes. Wanting to live

a normal life as much as possible, including having a family, the spirited Shelby infuses a whirlwind of kindness, fortitude and love into every life she touches. The connections made because of her become the forefront of the plot’s progression. “To me, this script speaks volumes about our ability as human beings to connect and form bonds that can withstand tragic circumstances,” Vernon says. “It also speaks to the strength of women (regardless of the gender of the actor) and how much of that strength men rely on, even if they are oblivious to it.” One of the most tear-jerking scenes in the original 1988 movie centers around such a notion. “I find it amusin’ ... men are supposed to be made outta steel or somethin’,” M’Lynn describes of witnessing her daughter’s release from life support while her husband, unable to bear it, leaves the room. “Oh, God! I realize as a woman how lucky I am: I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life, and I was there when she drifted out.” The fervor and passion doesn’t sink the script, which is guided by waves of melancholy and hilarity. The eccentric and comedic roles add to its levity. Such foundations of who these people are and how they act gave Vernon impetus to challenge his cast—to impart on the actors to break free from what they “‘know’ about the story and to discover how their versions fit into things, to make these well-known characters their own creations (a challenge that they have more than met).” In the end, the outcome will fulfill the audience of Robert Harling’s original story, which he wrote after experiencing his sister’s death and its aftermath among family and friends. The writer scribed the show a tribute to women. In all, it lifts a foundation of truth and has evolved into so much more. “The cast is multi-generational,” Vernon explains, “and there is more of a sense of community and family. It’s rare to see the virtues of six people from different ages, economic backgrounds and family structures so prominently displayed. There is an opportunity to explore how different people respond emotionally to the same situations, and a sort of celebration of being able to display emotions among a group of friends without fear of alienating them.” With costumes by Selina Harvey, set and lights by Aaron Willings, hair and makeup by Lance Howell and Ashley Grantham, stage managing by Don Lashley and sound by Don Sorensen, the show finally opens on August 25th, at 8 p.m., at City Stage, downtown Wilmington. Tickets are $12 for general public and $15 for table seating.


the timeless social saga: ‘Once on This Island’ expresses unconditional, unrequited love


ivinG one’s life in the protec-

tion of another is an unsurpassable sacrifice. An awe-inspiring commitment, the donation of life comes in many forms: the firefighter who falls with the ashes as he saves a small girl from her burning home, or the mother who takes the brunt of a car accident as she swerves the driver side of her car into the collision, shielding her son in the passenger seat. Stories like this involve characters whose love is too grand for the human heart to bear, giving everything they can in the ultimate selfless surrender. Fairy tales of unconditional love traverse the globe, including the 1836 Danish story of “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. Unlike the Disney version, featuring a red-headed Ariel who sails off with her prince to live happily ever after, Andersen’s little mermaid exchanged her undersea identity only to watch her true love marry another woman. The mermaid is under a spell, which mandates her to gain his affection or die; if she cannot, she must kill him while he sleeps next to his bride. Unable to steal his breath to save her own, despite the unrequited love, she gives her life instead. In 1985 Trinidad author Rosa Guy adapted “The Little Mermaid” into a Caribbean version with her novel “My Love, My Love.” Her narrative follows a darkskinned orphan peasant whom falls in love with a lighter-colored prince after rescuing him from a car crash. By doing so, she has cheated the Demon of Death at an extremely high cost—her soul. Like the little mermaid, the girl leaves her adopted family and her village to chase the beating of her heart. Facing the challenges of post-colonial racism, she must prove his love before he shares it with another woman, or fall victim to the power of the spell. Techmoja Dance and Theatre Company presents the musical “Once on This Island,” based on Guy’s book, opening August 27th at the Community Arts Center in the Hannah Block Historic USO building. Set in Haiti, it tells the story of Ti Moune, the peasant girl, and Daniel Beauxhomme, the wealthy prince. The show was presented to director Kevin Lee-y Green almost two years ago, but this spring he removed it from his lineup to give it another look. “I sat down and actually took the time to listen to the soundtrack and peruse the script,” he says, “and instantly got excited. This type of show is a director/ choreographer’s dream. The music is Ca-

er by Bethany Turnland Is is Th on Once . and Theatre Co Techmoja Dance 8/27-28; 9/3-4 . • Sun. 3 p.m. Sat. 3 and 8 p.m Tickets: $10-12 istoric USO Hannah Block H 120 S. 2nd St. 341-7860 • ww ribbean-influenced and plays with many time signatures.” Winning eight Tony nominations for its run on Broadway, “Once on This Island” possesses not only an interesting soundtrack but also a compelling story. “The show sends one through many emotions: excitement, sense of adventure, determination, disappointment and fun,” Green expresses. “When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice and death.” The cast, he says, is putting forth all effort to perfect the show. Ti Moune will be played by Adrienne Debouse, and her co-star is Elvish Lopez as Daniel. Dierdre Parker and Robert Frink perform as Ti Moune’s foster parents. The gods that control the island and the young girl’s life are played by Terrill Williams, Devon Brown, Tempest Peaches and Char Bel. Williams is also contributing as the costumer, and his designs include brightly colored linens fit for the island setting. “The characters play a major role in the success of the story,” Green accounts. “They possess characteristics we can relate to or have come across in our lifetimes.” Green is most excited about directing a show that offers many new elements he’s never worked with, such as the puppetry he will coordinate into this musical. It all adds to the depth of a show he believes will be a big hit. The universally recognizable message of unwavering love—from Denmark to Trinidad to the United States—makes “Once on This Island” a tale worth being retold. The Techmoja production will run the last weekend in August and the first of September at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 p.m. only on Sundays. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors and military personnel, while general admission is $12.

‘CHOREOGRAPHER’S DREAM’: Director/choreographer Kevin Lee-y Green is delighted to present ‘Once on This Island,’ a Caribbean-style retelling of ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Coutresy photo.

Thursday Aug. 25: Coastal Cupcake and Fortunate Wine Pairing 6-7:30 pm $25 per person / 1 Champagne, 3 wines and 1 beer paired with 5 cupcakes

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the art cream truck:


Rob “Bear” Fogle makes his own dreams come true


is not the ice-cream vendor children will chase this summer, but he does have 31 flavors to offer—only from his RV dubbed “The Art Cream Truck.” Sporting a monster beard and quarter-sized ear gages, Rob “Bear” Fogle is planning his next trek into the art world at large, which will move him out of the confines of Wilmington and, well, pretty much anywhere his palette takes him. Come the end of September, Fogle will bring his work to five-story buildings, airbrushing impromptu murals across the country. As is the case, Wilmington didn’t even know it had such a talented mural artist, especially because outdoor murals are not allowed in our city. Since an artist is going to do what an artist has to do, Fogle airbrushes canvases, speakers, boards, ladies’ bodies and etches glass to stay on top of his craft. The seductive and grotesque black-light vision of his work will soon enough be flashing on the concrete walls of America. With the economic crash and stagnant unavailability of jobs in our nation over reocaL muraL artist rob fogLe

vsky by Tess Malijeno Cream Truck t Rob Fogle’ s Ar www.artcreamtr cent years, more and more individuals create their own jobs to follow their dreams and passion necessarily. They’re taking on a mind-set similar to Fogle’s. “I want to do what I want to do—and nothing else,” he says. Of course, finances play a large role on the autonomy of anyone’s free market, so to speak—Fogle isn’t waiting around anymore for cash flow. As far as funding goes, he is looking forward to a collaboration with artists and bartering trades along his journey. After all, he will need more than a big dream to fill up his gas tank—one that may only get 10 miles to the gallon but offers a security of home, even if mobile. “That’s the cool thing about having a bed in your vehicle,” he says. “I’ll pull over to the side and build up my work, and I’ll work ‘til I get enough money to go to the next town.” The route is still undetermined; however,

MOBILE ARTIST: Rob Fogle will be journeying the nation on his Art Cream Truck. Courtesty photo.

the troubadour artist hopes to hit several festivals and art shows along the way, including the Alchemy burn festival in Georgia and Art Basel in Miami Beach. Art Basel will feature more than 2,500 artists from around the world. “I was standing at [Art Basel], painting with the guys that I’d been reading about for years,” Fogle recalls from 2009. “That’s the show that made me decide to do this for a living—and I can do it.” The stimulus for the Art Cream Truck’s daring idea came from an argument Fogle had with a gallery owner at Art Basel. The owner used and abused Fogle’s labor to set up a gallery space without committing to his promise of wall space in return. Fogle stood his ground, literally, and not only did he sell the first piece and the most pieces of the night, but he was later named “best live painting artist” among 50-plus international

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painters. Fogle was never compensated for any of his sold work. “That’s why I’m going to live in this truck and have my own show,” Fogle says. “I don’t trust galleries anymore. When I do something that’s a big deal to me, a big job, my adrenaline pumps so bad. I feel like I’m getting into a fight, and I like it. I like to trust that I can win the fight.” In a fight-or-flight situation, Rob Bear pulls through. He rigs up the generator, extendable ladder and air compressor and rears to go. The colors and attitude of each city awaits him, and, if there’s one tune The Art Cream Truck hopes to send out on its venture, it’s understanding that plans fail and it’s OK! Sometimes it leads to greater freedom and opportunity. “Keep yourself creative,” Fogle tells. “If something happens, what’s the most logical, creative way to get out of it? Instead of freaking out, just adapt.” To follow Fogle and support his project, log onto

galleryguide| spectives with his skillful use of color and form. A commercial architect, Bowman engages us with his interpretation of familiar subjects, making them new and exciting. Sutton’s impressionistic style and palette offer the viewer a beautiful array of flora and fauna as she carefully selects her subjects. Sutton is particularly drawn to the graceful movement and tranquility of aquatic life forms, with her koi pond series representing a major part of her work for the show. An opening night reception will be held on Friday, August 26th as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Nights. Meet the artists and share in this inspiring collection of paintings. Color Infusion will remain on display through September 17th.

1701 Wrightsville Ave (910) 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave. and 17th Street. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists’ with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Vol. 28: Works by Jason Jones, Michelle Connelly, Greg Whaley and Drew Swinson.

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Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) 225 South Water Street • 910-763-3380 Tues – Sat 11-5 • Sun 1-4 Downtown Wilmington 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

35 N. Front Street (910) 343-1395 Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - midnight Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm We are a commission-free gallery space dedicated to supporting the arts. Now showing Images of Distinction, a group exhibition by the Cape Fear Camera Club, through August. For more information, please call 910 797 3501 or visit

crescent Moon

332 Nutt Street • (910) 762-4207 In the Cotton Exchange Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm Sundays: noon-4pm

A retail gift gallery specializing in fine handcrafted art glass and metal sculpture. Rick Satava, known worldwide for his blown glass “jellyfish” has introduced a new line of petro glyph and gold nautilus “baskets.” Layered with intricate design, these small to large vessels are an art collectors must have. Introduced to glass blowing in 1969, Rick opened his own studio in 1977. Well-known for his vivid colors and unique portrayal of nature, Satava’s works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the world. Remember gift wrapping is FREE. Think of us for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and your own décor. Located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is FREE while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc!

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14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.”

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216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm “Color Infusion” opens on Friday, August 26th at New Elements Gallery featuring the recent works of local artist Bruce Bowman and Sally Sutton of Pittsboro. Bowman shares his distinctive vision, employing exaggerated per-

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

264 Nutt St Downtown Wilmington (910) 763-0141

NEW AT NEW ELEMENTS: Bruce Bowman’s “City Club,” oil on canvas (18” x 36”), as part of the new exhibition, ‘Color Infusion,’ opening the 26th. Courtesy photo.

These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming expos and open house. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local.



THE BEACHY BILLY BROS Open Mic Every Sunday 7-10pm LIVE MUSIC on the Patio Every Friday and Saturday from 77-10PM encore | august 24-30, 2011 | 13

winocafest 2011: Wilmington’s World-Class Concert Venue LIVE @ BAC

Wilmington just got a lot cooler






encore over the summer is quite aware of our bubbling anticipation thanks to Winoca Records’ debut festival, WinocaFest—which may be the best thing Wilmington has seen in a while. If anything, we just got a lot cooler to other music industry folk, not to mention to residents who love great live shows. Early in the summer, Kevin Rhodes, cofounder with Lincoln Morris of local label Winoca Records, announced the lineup at Battleship Park: Gillian Welch, The Felice Brothers, Those Darlins, Onward, Soldiers (of whom Rhodes and Morris are bandmates), Mandolin Orange, The Old Ceremony and Hammer No More the Fingers. First and foremost, WinocaFest is among the fundamental shifts taking place to bring forth great music to the Port City—especially hailing the Americana genre. The all-day event will take place in the outdoor space along the banks of the Cape Fear River, a perfect backdrop to the sounds of banjos, fiddles, washboards, harmonicas and guitars. More over, Rhodes and Morris are doing more than bringing music to the masses; they have promised an all-encompassing community affair. Carrying on the tradition from last year’s Take the Lake Festival, they have allowed nonprofit organizations to showcase their businesses to the community, and educate and raise awareness for their causes for free. “We really want to create a celebration of all that is positive in Wilmington,� Rhodes told us in May. He has lived up to the promise, too, partnering with 1,000 People Who Care as benefactors of proceeds from the show. “We hope it helps motivate people to get

by Shea Carver involved,� he continues. “We’re using the festival as a way to unify the community, enjoy arts and culture, and showcase great national acts in our local area.� With the additon of beer and food vendors, he’s also keeping the festival green by utilizing Clean Energy Events and prohibiting the sale of plastics. In fact, he encourages festivalgoers to bring a refillable water bottle for refills throughout the day, charged at a flat fee of $2, which goes to the Blue Green Machine (more on page 18). For the full scoop, check out the many interviews with headlining acts throughout the next four pages, as well as the community projects which benefit the festival and our community tenfold. Tickets are still available to WinocaFest at Gravity Records (cash only) or online at for $35 ahead of time or $40 at the gate. Parking for the event won’t be a hassle, either. Though the Battleship is limited to 500 spaces, trolleys and water taxis will run from the foot of Market, downtown, all day, for a small fee. Also, the trolley service will be up and running until all festival-goers have left. No coolers or pets are allowed, but lawn chairs and blankets are. Gates open at noon, and the music starts at 12:30 p.m. The order of the bands follows: The Old Ceremony, Mandolin Orange, Hammer No More the Fingers, Those Darlins, Onward, Soldiers, The Felice Brothers and Gillian Welch! Oh, and what about those pesty storms brewing offshore; hence, rain or (God forbid!) a hurricane? In the words of the wise Winocans: “Get wet!� We know The Felice Brothers will...

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

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Visit and tell us your favorite Gillian song and why. We’ll draw a winner on Thursday, August 25.

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forging the fabric:

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings enhance Americana soul


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and back roads of America. They’re along the railroad tracks once utilized not just for cargo but mass travel. They’re the dilapidated barns hiding yesteryear’s hard day’s work. They’re the stories of Casey Jones and John Henry, carried through every banjo roll or acoustic riff, streamlined through every wail of the harmonica and bow of a fiddle. They’re the five releases spanning Gillian Welch’s 15year career, alongside music partner and master guitarist David Rawlings. After releasing “The Harrow and the Harvest” in June—their first album in eight years—the captivating, haunting, enlivening and enveloping sound of traditionally modernized folk brought with it a nostalgia the duo so brilliantly bottle. Again, they have channeled a snippet of Americana in its vastness, even taking it one step further by touring along back roads, away from interstates and rush-hour traffic, regardless of its time constraints against their next show. “There was something we were finding increasingly dislocating about airplane travel,” Welch says in an interview released from her record label, Big Hassle Media (Welch declined all interviews to media mid-tour). “The lack of acknowledgment of space and miles and movement: It’s really grounding to do all the travel in the car. Dave said he feels our thoughts and ourselves gathering weight. The topography, culture and language of this country figure prominently in our work.” Whether telling of a miner in Tennesee (“Miner’s Refrain,” “Hell Among the Yearlings,” 1998) or the lofty expectations of running a stillhouse (“Tear My Stillhouse Down,” “Revival,” 1996), Welch’s stories come to life against a backdrop of folk, gospel, blues and, yes, string-time rock ‘n’ roll. Her endearment to such genres was born of a love for early Americana greats: Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, The Stanley Brothers, Neil Young, among others. Though adopted by musically inclined parents—who often wrote for “The Carol Burnett Show—out of sunny Santa Monica, Welch’s heart somehow pulsated to Appalachia rhythms. When she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, she auditioned for a country band, which led to her chance meeting with David Rawlings. From there, a perfect pairing formed, which would carry them a decade or so into sucess and Nashville, Tennessee. “Dave has produced our last four records,” Welch says, “and is at least half of the writing team and the band.” Thus, she jokingly speaks of misappropriating their

by Shea Carver d David Rawlings Gillian Welch an WinocaFest Battleship Park p.m. 8/27 • noon-11 0 Tickets: $35-$4 www.winocarec outfit’s simple name, “Gillian Welch.” “We really should have been ‘The Black Strings’ or ‘Brass Keys’ or ‘Bright Stripes’ or ‘White Straps,’” she quips, “but it’s a little late for that now.” Through many Grammy nominations, including her work on “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (produced by T Bone Burnett, who also backed their first release, “Revival”), as well as Bluegrass and Country Music Association awards, the fortysomething plays with hypnotic appeal and moody solemnity. Some how, some way, it’s not repressing or depressing, even in the ominous undertones rolling out of “The Harvest and the Harrow.” The album follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, with more hardships (“The Way It Goes”), pride (“Way Down Along the Dixie Line”) and regret (“The Way the Whole Thing Ends”) evolving from every lyric’s storyline. “We liked the title because it fit the sequence of the record,” Welch reveals, “which moves from minor key songs to major key songs, from tension to release. Also, this album and these songs were the harvest at the end of a very long harrowing time.” Over 96 months, Welch and co. suffered a bout of writer’s block. Yet, it wasn’t in vein or without a new set of accomplishments. In 2010 they released Dave Rawlings Machine’s “A Friend of a Friend,” which gained four nominations at the 2010 Americana Music Association (AMA) awards. Welch also garnered praise for her collaborations with Robert Plant, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Decemberists, for which she’s currently nominated for an AMA Song of the Year for her work on “Down By The Water.” “We were driving ourselves crazy trying to write,” she admits, also clarifying the heart and soul poured into the album as more than a mere “best hits” record. “‘The Way It Will Be’ is the only older song,” she says, “but it had a new sound we had to grow into, I guess. All of the inspiration finally came within the last year, after the creative reawakening that led to Dave’s record. I feel like these were the songs we were waiting for.” Having produced the album in February in Woodland Sound Studios, an historic build-

VETERAN MASTERY: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings headline Winoca Fest this Saturday. Photo by Mark Seliger

ing the two bought 10 years ago, they continued cultivating Nashville’s muse. “Look at Dylan’s records,” she suggests. “Look at Neil Young’s records. Look at ‘O Brother.’ When you work in Nashville, some part of your artist brain has to confront Hank Williams, Bill Monroe—Elvis, even.” Expectedly, Rawlings and Welch avoided fuss-free digital overtones and over-production. By sticking to the simplicity of record producing, they remained grounded in the city’s long, storied music history. Analog, four mics and a lot of passion are all they harmonized over to create a sound so perfectly pitched together, so beautifully erected from hushed rhythms of candor, it wraps its arms

around any listener privy to its laze. “The trick of it is getting a performance that has more in it than just correctly played notes,” Welch explains—“atmosphere, improvisation, even accidents can be important to us, feeling that it’s the master take.” Live, there is an understated animation, reverberating through the acoustics. Once the duo said that in their heads they’re always playing electric rock ‘n’ roll, even though the rhythms seemed less panoramic. Their 2003 record “Soul Journey” evolved with electric guitar, organ, and drums filtering the songs. Still, Welch and Rawlings’ folk tradition remained as pure as mountain music at the turn of the century. “Nothing has ever sounded as beautiful as acoustic instruments on analog tape,” Welch tells. “When you record everything at once, you capture our favorite sound,” she continues, “the sound of the instruments and the voices combining in the air ... We love the sound of acoustic instruments. At this point, we have devoted our lives to that sound.” “The Harrow and the Harvest” goes back to this foundation. Don’t miss Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, as they bring grace and poise and true beauty to Battleship Park this Saturday night. The two artists have laid groundwork for many popular acts scouring the charts today: Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show. It’s only respectful to bid the headliners a bona fide welcome along the banks of the Cape Fear River. “While it’s surprising to look up and find that Dave and myself are veterans here, I think we staked out some ground that has proved pretty fertile,” she says. “We hope we have added to that [folk] tradition.” Indeed, they’ve added yet another gem to the fabric of Americana.

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come hell or high water: The Felice Brothers head for Winoca


Gentry by Shannon Rae hers The Felice Brot ttleship Park WinocaFest at Ba p.m. 8/27, noon - 11 y of da $35 adv or $40 www.winocarec

t’s not uncommon for sIblIngs

to get together for their endeavors—two heads are better than one, right? Usually, there’s a niche each have and they bring their collective talents and determination together for success. However, what if both have the determination ... but not necessarily the talent? The Felice Brothers started with brothers (as the name promises) Ian and James, accompanied by longtime high-school buddies Christmas (yes, Christmas), Greg Farley and David Turbeville. The twentysomethings decided they wanted to start a band and realized not one of them knew how to play an instrument. In an effort to solve this problem, Ian picked up a guitar while his brother doubled his workload with an accordion and piano. As Christmas (bass), Farley (violin) and Turbeville (drums) banged out some tunes with the brothers, they ended up having a little bit of fun—and, better yet, a lot of success—through the often frustrating process. Eventually, the band’s adventitious talent sprouted and grew from love of and need to

play music—included with a lot of luck, says James Felice, who broke from a knock-around rehearsal last week to speak with encore.. “We always loved music [but] had no direction and didn’t know what were going to do,” James explains. “I think that’s the case with a lot of musicians.” Since the group’s inceptionin 2006, The Felice Brothers have released multiple albums—some even recorded in a converted chicken coop in upstate New York near their hometown of Palenville. Countless magazines have praised them, from Esquire to Filter, The New York Times to SPIN, among others. “I think we’re just good and that’s basically it,” James determines of such quick success. “We’ve caught breaks but, at the end of the

University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of Cultural Arts presents


celebrating the life and works of franz liszt

The Visionary as Virtuoso Norman Bemelmans, piano Wednesday Sept., 7, 2011 UNCW Kenan Auditorium

BROTHERS TO THE END: The Felice Brothers play washboards and acoustic rhythms with an underscore of macabre appeal. Courtesy photo.

day, we’re doing a good job.” Their 2009 album “Yonder Is the Clock” from Team Love Records certainly reflects a down-home, unassuming sound with songs like “Run Chicken Run” and “Penn Station” emitting just a hint of grit. However, SPIN describes their 2011 release “Celebration, Florida” “like a series of character sketches drawn behind the scenes at a decrepit carnival, set to after-hours folk blues as raw and unhinged as the subject matter.” It certainly proves to be much darker, with almost frightening collections of stories told from all walks of music, something to “captivate and mystify” listeners. Moving out of the hen house, “Celebration” was recorded in an old high school gymnasium and theater. Here, the band explored a multitude of sounds, which resulted in a more solid record. The albums before were kind of slapped together,” James explains. “[‘Celebration, Florida’] is definitely my favorite so far be-

cause of the cohesiveness.” Known for their live shows, The Felice Brothers seemed to be an obvious pick for this weekend’s Winoca lineup becuase of their underlying allure of folk-rock stories. Their commitment to performance and fans makes them a hot item for venues, proving nothing will hold them back from taking the stage. Case in point: At the 2008 Newport Folk Festival they shimmied in the pouring rain, barefoot in mud, after a lightning bolt shorted the stage’s power supply. Such are the woes of touring, even amidst the excitement and exhaustion inevitably following. “My favorite part of [being in the band] is traveling—something I hadn’t gotten to do my whole life,” James admits. “[However], traveling prevents me from being a part of a community the way I’d like to be.” Clearly, come hell or high water, The Felice Brothers will travel into the open arms of Wilmington to play at WinocaFest this Saturday. Tickets are on sale now for $35 at or Gravity Records (cash only). They can also be purchased the day of for $40. Gates open at noon and the music don’t stop ‘til 11 p.m.


Check out our specials on sandals and glasses!

Tickets and information available at Kenan Auditorium Box Office

910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643

NEW CRUISERS FROM SECTOR 9, LOST, ARBOR, UNCW is an EEO/AA Institution. Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting the box office at least 3 days prior to the performance. Portrait of Franz Liszt by Henri Lehmann


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spunk and sass:

On the Bill

Tennessee group tips its hat to honky-tonk rock


urn on The Tv, kia commercial

comes on and, immediately, the foot starts tapping. It’s inevitable. That spunky sing-along, “I got a red-light love/ open everyday...go, go away/go, go away,” is one to make any listener’s ears perk up. Melded with punk rhythms, sassy Southern drawls and a rockabilly flair, Those Darlins live up to their name. They’re breaking boundaries with marketable panache and powerful appeal. “When Kia offered us the spot in the ad, there wasn’t much decision-making,” Jessi Darlin, guitar, vox and (sometimes) bass player, says. “It was an obvious yes to getting paid and having our song reach millions of people who may not have heard us otherwise.” Not fazed by the reproach some feel emblazoned by when hearing music as a soundtrack to commercials, Jessi is quite clear that the band’s forthright concern is making it as a successful band. “When a musician gets paid for the use of their music, they are not selling out,” she says. “That’s the way business works.” In fact, with labels folding and not offering as much funding to back its players, the musicians are being called upon to control their own livelihood. Tennessee’s Those Darlins included. “We own our own label,” Jessi says of their flagship, Oh Wow Dang! “There’s no magic success button to pus; we have worked very hard to attain the level of success that we have.” encore interviewed Jessi about Those Darlins’ sound, in its infant four-year and two-album stage. It amplifies brassy rock which will elevate Battleship Park come Saturday when the group takes over WinocaFest. encore: How did Those Darlins begin and peg that Americana rock sound? Jessi Darlin: We were inspired by each other [after meeting at a Southern Rock ‘n’ Roll camp, where the band began as an all-female trio before adding one lone fella to the mix]; we all loved playing music and the fun that surrounded it. ... Together, we gave each other the support to actually go out and do it. It was a silly mess. I would call [our sound] American rock ‘n’ roll, and we put it together by hanging out and sharing influences and trying to figure out what the hell ‘we’ sounded like. We just tried to take the things we liked about music and ourselves and mix it all into one band. e: Your latest release, “Screws Get Loose,”

by Shea Carver Those Darlins ttleship Park WinocaFest • Ba p.m. 8/27 • noon-11 0 Tickets: $35-$4 www.winocarec

GUY AND GALS: Those Darlins comprise Tennessean sweethearts Kelly, Nikki and Jessi Darlin, and Linwood Regensburg. Photo by Veta&Theo

has a heavier rock swagger, with the underbelly of punk rhythms scratching through.. Tell me why you went harder on this release? JD: It wasn’t something we set out to do from the beginning, but we also purposely never set any boundaries on the type of music we were going to put forth. We just were inspired to rock harder and play louder after playing a ton of shows. It’s not that the rock and punk part of us wasn’t there from the beginning, we were just focused in a different place at that time. I’m sure our sound will continue to grow and hopefully continue to pleasantly surprise people. e:Are there any memories that stand out most sacred while making this record? JD: Making “Screws” was great. Going down to Atlanta and recording at the living room with Ed Rawls was just great! I had no idea how well it would go between everyone, considering we hadn’t all met before, but between us, Ed, and our producer, Jeff Curtin, things flowed so smoothly. One of my favorite memories was when we went to record the song “$.” I had written it almost two years before, but it was much more of a country/rockabilly sound. I really wanted to change it but had no idea what to do with

throughout the day

it. ... So, Linwood got on bass, I got on guitar, and our producer, Jeff, got on drums, and we ran my guitar through some crazy effects and just went for it. I remember I just beat out a bass line for a while and hesitantly did a few E chords over top, when Jeff joined in with that crazy drum beat—it just sounded so weird and cool that we kept going. We finished, and the crew back in the sound booth all gave affirmation that it was definitely a step in the right direction, so we did a few more takes to perfect it. Kelley added some crazy feedback guitar overdubs, then we started on vocals. I think it was Jeff’s idea to try out the “cult”-like harmonies. Once we started adding them, it just all came together so well. I love when songs completely transform and ideas flow so smoothly. That’s what you get when you have a badass team. e: Tell me about the Kia commercial—were you suspecting the “sell-out” stigma to stick? JD: I wasn’t sure if people would lash back when they saw the ad, but so far people have been very supportive. It’s another level of success, and the money received is going straight back into our business, bettering us for a long-term future, allowing us to bring more music to our fans. And people are happy to see that. e: What country/Americana/rockabilly musicians inspired you as youngsters? And how has that evolved as you’ve matured? JD: I don’t think my influences have changed, I’ve just added to them. In terms of country/rockabilly, we’re big fans of Ernest Tubb, Chuck Berry, Hank Sr., Loretta, Dolly, Tammy, Wanda, The Outlaws, Elvis, Johnny Burnette. You know, the good stuff. I think you get what I’m throwing out. e: How has touring gone thus far and what are you learning from the extended road trip? JD: Touring is great. It can be the worst thing in the world sometimes, but it can be the best thing in the world. It’s a toss-up. That’s why it’s interesting. I’ve learned quite a lot of lessons. I’ve learned my limits. That’s a tough lesson to learn. e: What’s next? JD: More touring, writing a new record, Europe, Australia take two, new seven-inch coming out, new video coming out, recording new album—just conquering the world.

By: Shea Carver

Onward, Soldiers

These local loves blend folk, Americana and indie rock with zeal. Their sound is compliant with “a pestal and mortar blend of Laurel Canyon song craft, Athens, Georgia. pop, and North Carolina heart and soul.”

Mandolin Orange

Out of Carrboro, NC, the duo have played Wilmington stages to gracious reception. Their kaleidoscopic acoustic and electric guitars, along with fiddle and mandolin, are backed by the perfect harmony of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.

The Old Ceremony

Ghostly rhythms and sentimental appeal make this Durham/Chapel Hill band more than lovable. Having just released “Tender Age” in May, they’re currently scoring an Ed Asher film. But they’ll break for an inspired set at the festival, sure to not disappoint.

Hammer No More the Fingers

Another Durham act who has played many times in Wilmington, HNMTF bring a heavy dose of rock to the festival’s lineup. Named one of “25 Must-Hear Artists from the 2009 CMJ Festival,” by SPIN, they’ll shake the riverbanks with reverb.

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for our betterment: WinocaFest is more than music


ast year, the winoca records’

crew put on Take the Lake at Greenfield Lake, and this year’s WinocaFest at Battleship Park is somewhat of a reincarnation of that festival. With the emphasis on a nonprofit presence, this event is even more of a celebration of the community, says WinocaFest staff member Ashlie White. “It has been a lot of work pulling together this festival and there’s much more work to be done,” she admits, “but when the first band takes the stage at noon on August 27th, I will certainly feel like it was all worth it.” The much-anticipated event invites community organizations to come highlight and support their accomplishments, and 25 to 30 groups have committed to meet and greet the public to discuss current socially and environmentally conscious efforts in the Cape Fear region. Of the ilk is the newest local nonprofit: 1,000 People Who Care. Founded a few short months ago, 1,000 People Who Care was originally established in Sarasota, Florida by people who wanted to give back to their community, make a dif-


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ference and help neighbors. Inspired by the concept, a handful of people with a few ideas and dreams for the betterment of Wilmington decided they could do the same. The discussion, which began in September 2010 about beautifying our city, has become a unification and mobilization of the community. Each member commits $100, with a promise to host member fund-raising parties, and every penny goes to a specific community betterment project each year. Project ideas from the community may be submitted via the website at (still in development stages). Upon submission, nine board members will decide on the best projects and then organize fund-raising events to finance them. Co-founder Gay Adair has been a fixture of Wilmington for 20 years as an interior designer; however, as of late she says she’s felt the need to connect more with people who want and can make a difference. “I wanted to

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be in a position to make things better and not just complain about them,” she tells. “Things are kind of fractured in the world and 1,000 People Who Care seems like a tonic.” With 60 members under their belt, 1,000 People Who Care are still the newest kids on the nonprofit block, so they’re being honored with a percentage of the WinocaFest proceeds to help them pick up momentum on developing projects, including a beautification and park project for the downtown post office lawn. Adair insists anyone can and should approach with ideas by visiting their Facebook page or e-mailing her directly at In the end, Adair and 1,000 People Who Care share the load with every organization attending WinocaFest, as White explains. “We are providing the space for other nonprofits at no cost,” she says, “so they can raise awareness, as well as funds for their individual organizations.”

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Kevin Rhodes, founder of Winoca Records, which started the festival, and drummer of Onward, Soldiers (playing at WinocaFest), knows the impact of nonprofits and the need for community support. He is a veteran volunteer with Surfers Healing (also attending WinocaFest). “I’ve been involved with several nonprofits, and I know how hard it is to reach out to people for support,” Rhodes admits. “Nonprofits need the opportunities like Winoca Fest to connect with the community and find more support.” Thus, the nonprofits will benefit from that stage time in between acts, to enlighten audiences. Already scheduled are Gay Adair from 1,000 People and Sarah Gilliam from Stop Titan Action Network. Also a member of the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance, Rhodes and his team has worked tirelessly for this event to have a low carbon footprint. Using solar generators and LED lighting, Rhodes insists green products and technology is increasingly better and more readily available. “It’s not any harder [to have a green event],” he insists. “You just have to be open to it.” Committed to the reduction of waste throughout, Rhodes happily states the ommission of plastic water bottles sold on site. With the addition of the Blue Green Machine, people can fill up their own water bottles all day long for a one time $2 fee. “I first saw this at a festival at Shakori Hills,” White says, “and I felt like it would be perfect for WinocaFest.” Though outside food and beverages are not permitted, WinocaFest currently has two vendors coming from Durham, NC: Pie Pushers and KoKyu, which are the most popular food trucks in the Triangle. “They both offer vegetarian or vegan options, and they take pride in buying from local farms,” White says. “We have also asked the Taco Truck, one of the only food trucks in New Hanover County, to join us.” Thirst has been anticipated as well, so New Belgium Brewing will be there to deliver. All vendors have been asked to use cornbased or compostable items during the festival, because going green for this event has been nothing less than a multi-tiered collaboration of everyone represented at WinocaFest. Clean Energy Events, which has helped Winoca, will be one of many booths readily available to advocate public information about renewable energy and sustainability. The Full Belly Project, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear Audobon Society, Kids Making It, Earth Save SENC, Cape Fear Volunteer: Big Buddy Program, Half United, The Nature Conservancy, and so many more will be represented, too.

//MUSIC walking back in time: Ted’s Fun on the River welcomes singalongs and coffee talk







WHQR’s National Public Radio, Julia Jewell heard about Michael Johnathan’s “WoodSongs Coffee House OldTime Radio Hour” opening WoodSongs Coffee Houses across the country. As co-owner with husband Kelly of Ted’s Fun on the River—and in the spirit of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie— Jewell applied and received permission for Ted’s to be under the WoodSongs umbrella. “[We can] use their name and logo, and they advertise us on their national website,” Jewell said. “We are the only WoodSongs Coffee House in eastern North Carolina, and there is only one other in the state.” Open only since February, Ted’s already has a loyal following of locals who bring their outof-town guests to hear the music of the Port City Trio (the Jewells plus Woody Dobson) every second and fourth Friday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first Friday is an acoustic jam, and the third Friday usually features an act “that has nothing to do with us.” On Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, a piano player tickles the ivories and invites folks to join in. Ted’s provides its guests more opportunities than listening to outstanding music. Nestled on the corner of Castle and Water streets, it looks and feels like a general store of yesteryear. There are Norman Rockwell prints on the walls and Wayne Upchurch’s photos of old Wilmingtonians and yawning cats. The ambiance invites visitors to sit down in the comfy chairs and sofas with a cold drink or cup of coffee, and talk or reflect. “Ted’s offers different things for different people,” Jewell said. “The other day four of us had a nice, open dialogue. There was a senior citizen worried about his social security, a conservative worried about his business investments, a young worker for the Democratic Party, and me talking about the economy. There were four entirely different takes on it, and we all felt safe to express our views. I like that. I like the feeling of a general store—sitting around playing chess and checkers, talking politics, talking shop. “There are plenty of places for college kids to go,” she continued. “We want a place for grown-ups who want to enjoy themselves, want to have a conversation, and want to feel like they’re in a friendly atmosphere. We do not want to be another bar. Young people do come in, mainly to rent a boat and have a beer when they come back.” Ted’s rents bikes, canoes and kayaks while also selling ice and bait. Located right in front of the Cape Fear River, it is an easy walk to the newly renovated Dram Tree Park boat ramp. There is talk that the city will further develop

Thalian Hall Main Stage 310 Chestnut Street

Saturday, October 15, 2011 • 8:00pm Roya Weyerhaeuser, world renowned composer and concert pianist will perform on Thalian Hall’s historic main stage on the concert Steinway grand, which was presented to Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts as a gift by Henry and Roya Weyerhaeuser in 1999. Roya will also be accompanied on stage by young classical performers from the Wilmington area.

attafiori by Linda Carol Gr e River Ted’ s Fun on th 2 Castle Street Trio • Free 8/26: Port City 7 - 9 p.m. • teds the park. In the meantime, Jewell plans to have local vendors in place next summer to sell produce and other wares indigenous to the Wilmington area. “We own two lots on either side of Ted’s, and one is perfect for events or even a small wedding,” Jewell said. “We can close the store for private parties and set up a tent. One local business had a staff retreat here. The employees drank our coffee, and when it was time for lunch, they ordered out, and we had it delivered, no extra charge.” The Port City Trio might even be persuaded to play a private gig. They can’t put their music in a box, but describe it as hybrids of the great American songbook: principally songs from Broadway plus Hollywood musicals from

“WoodSongs promotes really good acoustic music—blues, jazz, bluegrass or a hybrid of the three. It is a multi-media celebration of the great American songbook.” — Julia Jewell the 1920s to 1960s. Think of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust,” Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” Harry Warren’s “At Last” and Jewell’s favorite, “My Funny Valentine” by Rodgers and Hart. The Jewells enjoy playing a few of their original compositions for fans, too. Two ardent listeners, Chris and Jim Beck, love Ted’s great music and casual atmosphere. “It’s already the best coffee in town,” Jim said, “and the WoodSong coffee promises to be even better.” Chris sums it up best, however. “Ted’s is like walking back in time.” This Friday, the Port City Trio will take the stage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On September 23rd, WoodSong star Dr. Ed Bach and his renowned Market Street Brass quintet present a night of jazz at Ted’s Fun on the River. For more information, call Julia Jewell at 910231-5871 or go to

Several of the young talented Wilmingtonians who will share the stage with Roya.




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soundboard a preview of tunes all over town this week

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Friday, August 26


WEDNESDAY, AuguSt 24 Rob RonneR

Saturday, August 27

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


Kinlaw & Johnson band

Friday, September 2

OVERTYME Saturday, September 3

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

—Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001

GaRy allen’s acoustic open Mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

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

steven coMpton —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680

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

leGRee & zac nye’s acoustic —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393

open Mic niGht

live acoustic


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

JeReMy noRRis

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

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

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

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

sleepeR aGent

—Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440

dJ siR nicK bland

August 28th



OVERTYME Sept 18th


live Jazz

bibis ellison band

—UNCW Gazebo, 610 S. College Rd.

—Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026

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

coRey sMith, aMeRican aquaRiuM

Kent KnoRR

susan savia

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

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

thuRSDAY, AuguSt 25

diRty MeGa dance paRty

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

aeRonauts, apollo on FiRe, howl —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

blacKs, tRophy wives, Mountain thRoweR —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

RoGeR davis & Ron wilson —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

open Mic niGht with sean GeRaRd —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

the sound down shoRe —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

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

the Get down JaM with the casseRole —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

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

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KICK BACK AND RELAX: Bubonik Funk, a self-proclaimed “guitar-driven groove and jam band” hits Soapbox with Singlefin and The Lamping Shades on Friday, August 26. Courtesy photo.

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

tRivia with paRty GRas dJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805


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

behind the sun (Red hot chili peppeRs tRibute) —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

sea pans

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

—Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

KaRaoKe with scott

open Mic with JeReMy noRRis

—Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

FRied lot

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

KaRaoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

dJ battle

live Jazz

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

—Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026

MiKe o’donnell

duelinG pianos

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

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

top 40 dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

FiRedance & dRuMs @ daRK, dJ Mit psytRance (11pM) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

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

fRIDAY, AuguSt 26 house/techno dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

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

dJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026

dJ p FunK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

KaRaoKe —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

KaRaoKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-328-4090

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

dJ willie stylez —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988


DJ siR nicK BLAnD

pERRy smith (BRunch 12-2)

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

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

—Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773

ARtist sympOsium

DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026

LivE music

DuELing piAnOs

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

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

JAzz with BEnny hiLL


—Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395

—Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-328-4090



—Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

DuELing piAnOs —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

piAnO with JAmEs JARvis —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

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




—Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

gEt BAcK (BEAtLEs tRiButE)

KARAOKE with DJ micK

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500 —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551

gALEn On guitAR —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

RicK cOuRtnEy

—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

RAnDy mcQuAy

AcOustic JAzz piAnO with JAmEs JARvis (8pm); 40 EAst (10 pm)

—Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

OpEn mic night

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

2 cEnts wORth/mARK

stEvEn cOmptOn

—Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433

—Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996

tRAvis shALLOw


p-FunK AnD chEDR DAncE pARty

moNDAy, AuguSt 29

—Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

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

EL JAyE JOhnsOn & thE pORt city ALL-stARs

susAn sAviA

OpEn mic night

—Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395

—Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704

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

KEy LimE piE

pEngO with BEAu gunn

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

—Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

ROn wiLsOn AnD FRiEnDs

DJ RichtERmEistER

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

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

miKE FRushA

BREtt JOhnsOn’s JAm

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

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

ELEctRic sOuL pAnDEmic, mAc & JuicE

OpEn mic with JOsh sOLOmOn

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

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

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

KEvin hEcht & thE gRAin

mAchinE gun


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

pORt city tRiO


—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

miKE BLAiR AnD thE stOnEwALLs, JAcK thE RADiO —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

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

BuBOniK FunK, singLEFin, LAmping shADEss —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

DuEnDE mOuntAin DuO, FutExtuRE —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

LynDsEy BEnnEtt —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433

AnDREw mcKnight —Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785

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

mAchinE gun —Downtown Sundown; riverfront downtown, 763-7349

SAtuRDAy, AuguSt 27

—Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001

sugAR gLyDER, chARLiE thE hORsE —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

mAsOnBORO sOunD —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115

pEEpshOw cABAREt FEAtuRing music FROm cOup DE gRAcE, chAmpiOn OF thE sun, sO is thE tOnguE, A.F. ELEphAnt —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

Big DOg cAt Fish wiLLiE (8pm-12Am, tiKi stAgE); DJ DAnE BRitt (10pm-2Am, insiDE) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

SuNDAy, AuguSt 28

jonas sees in color

thursday september 8


monday september 23

the apache relay

wednesday october 5

friday september 9

treVor hall


thursday october 6

bonny prince billy

ben sollee

friday september 16

monday october 10

bear hands

tuesday october 11


passafire / selah dubb

friday october 14

black dahlia murder

l shape lot

sunday october 16

saturday september 17

frontier ruckus

justin lacy and the swimming machine

thursday october 20

infamous stringusters toubab krewe

sunday september 18

donna the buffalo

(at the brooklyn arts center)

friday noVember 18

agnostic front friday september 9

cApE FEAR BLuEs JAm —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

DOORS AT 8:00 $7 ADV/$10 DOS

KARAOKE with miKE nORRis —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

L shApE LOt (3pm); cLAy cROtts (8pm)

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

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

monday september 22

ij quinn / city lights

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

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

BEnny hiLL AnD FRiEnDs

21 and under

doors: 8:00 $10

friday september 2

wednesday september 14

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

summer camp dance party

free [$5 under 21]


KARAOKE with DJ pARty gRAs

sunday august 28



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

doors: 9:00 $5

duendo mountain duo

—Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872


mac & juice

doors: 9:00 $5 friday september 26

tuesday september 13

LivE AcOustic

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

electric soul pandemic


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

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

18 and up

dirty mega 20 dance party

sunday september 11



doors: 9:00 free saturday september 27

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

tuESDAy, AuguSt 30

open mic

thursday august 25

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

—Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

—Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558

trophy wiVes


hOusE/tEchnO DJ

—Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

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

blacks (last show) doors: 9:00 $5

Sat. aug. 27th @ 8pm wednesday august 24

wednesday august 24


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

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—Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff;256-9133

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910.251.8500 FOR MORE INFO



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

—Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109


thE suBLiminAtOR


susAn sAviA, JOhn FOnviELLE

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

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


—Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704


DiRty mEgA DAncE pARty: summER cAmp

BEnny hiLL JAzz tRiO —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

sunday september 11

$12 adV / $15 dos

09/13 $20 DOORS AT 7:00

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

trivia with DutCh from 94.5 the hawK


—The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

KaraoKe —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

iNDie musiC Night

Moxology Sunday & Monday $5 Specialty Cocktails 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) TueSday Choice $5 Wines by the Glass 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) WedneSday Ladies Day and Night! $5 Specialty Ladies’ Cocktail 16 Choices of Wine at $5 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) ThurSday $30.00 4-Course Prix Fixe! Selections vary weekly. Enjoy a dining adventure! Friday & SaTurday All Desserts are $5! Open Until Midnight with Full Service until 11. 35 N. Front St. Downtown Wilmington (910) 343-1395

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

everyday 1/2 PrICe aPPS 4-7pm

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



Wednesday, august 31


FRANK BRUNO (formerly of Bruce Springsteen’s Sessions Band and frequent guest on E Street Nation)

opeN miC Night


—Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440


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


WEEKLY SPECIALS Mon: Kids Eat Free / $350 Well Drinks Tues: 1/2 Price Wine Night Wed: $5 House Martinis Thurs: $3 All Drafts Sun: $5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas

legree & ZaC Nye’s aCoustiC —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393


steveN ComptoN


—The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680


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

roB roNNer

$5 BlOODy MaRy’S $2.50 CORONa

aCoustiC JaZZ piaNo with James Jarvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

3317 Masonboro Loop Road 910-791-1019 Open Daily 11:30am-12am

8262 Market Street, Ste. 101 in the Oak Landing Shopping Center


KiNlaw & JohNsoN BaND —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001

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

920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805

WEdNESdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm ThurSdAY Open Mic Stand-up 9pm FrI. & SAT.


AUG. 26-27


(HBO’s Lucky Louie) EXPLICIT

SEPT. JOE DEROSA 2-3 (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central) SEPT. JOE ZIMMERMAN 9-10 (Rooftop Comedy CD recording) SEPT. 16-17 SEPT. 23/24

108 Walnut St. Downtown Wilmington (910) 762-1704

4 at 4


all cocktails and

menu items only $4 starting at 4 p.m. every Tues. and Thurs. dine in only

Open Mic Night

every MONday


artist Symposium


every FrIday

(Rated R Explicit Content) (910) 520-5520

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MONDAY Military Appreciation 20% off all active and retired Military TUESDAY Ladies Night Out: $25 person four-course pre-fixe menu WEDNESDAY Wine Down: 1/2 off on all wines by the glass THURSDAY STEAL THE GLASS IN OUR BAR Buy a pint of SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE and keep the glass SATURDAY Lunch Menu: 12pm - 3pm SUNDAY Lunch Menu: 12pm-3pm KIDS EAT FREE with adult purchase of our Big Night Out for two ALL DAY! DOGS WELCOME ON THE PATIO 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

.0/%": Monster Pong @ 8pm Buy 10 Get 10 wings $4.50 Jameson 56&4%": Karaoke @ 9pm All 36 drafts only $2.50 $5 Monster Bombs 8&%/&4%": $2.50 Blue Moon $4.50 Absolut 1/2 price wine bottles 5)634%": Trivia @ 9pm $2.50 Bud & Bud Light $3.50 Big Red Fox Amber Ale $4.50 Crown Royal '3*%": $2.50 Heineken, Dos Equis, Newcastle $7 Giant Kryptonite Margarita 4"563%": $3 Sam Adams $4.50 Absolut Bloody Mary $12.50 Buckets of Miller Lite 46/%": $3 Widmer Hefeweizen $4.50 Absolut Bloody Mary $12.50 Buckets of Bud & Bud Light EVERY DAY $3.50 BIG MILLER LITE

live JaZZ


—Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026

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

opeN miC Night with seaN gerarD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

live aCoustiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

the get DowN Jam with the Casserole —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

gary alleN’s aCoustiC opeN miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

KaraoKe with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

DJ sir NiCK BlaND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

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

5th weDNesDay BaND

CALL 791-0688

—Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 All entertainment must be sent to by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.



Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

100 S. FRONT ST. DOWNTOWN 251-1832


$2.50 Budweiser Draft • $4 Wells ½ Priced Select Appetizers, 4-7pm


$3.00 Carolina Pale Ale, Guinness $4.50 Absolute Lemonade ½ Priced Select Appetizers, 4 - 7pm


$2.50 Yuengling Draft $2.50 Domestic Bottles ½ Priced Select Appetizers, 4 - 7pm


$3.00 Samuel Adams $4.00 Margaritas


$3 Pint of The Day


$5 Sangria & Mimosa’s


SKY’S THE LIMIT: Slightly Stoopid will perform with Rebelution and Shwayze in Raleigh’s outdoor amphitheater on Thursday, August 25. Photo by Jeff Farsai.

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. Cabarrus strEEt, ralEigh, nC (919) 821-4111 8/25: Corey Smith, American Aquarium RBC CENTER 1400 Edwards mill rd., ralEigh, nC (919) 861-2300 8/24: Britney Spears, DJ Pauly D, Destinee & Paris VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 PaViliOn blVd., CharlOttE, nC (704) 549-5555 8/27: Kid Rock THE FILLMORE 1000 sEabOard strEEt, CharlOttE, nC (704) 549-5555 8/26: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals TIME WARNER CABLE MUSIC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 3801 rOCk quarry rd., ralEigh, nC (919) 831-6400 8/25: Kid Rock RALEIGH AMPHITHEATER 500 s. mCdOwEll st., ralEigh, nC (919) 831-6400 8/25: Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Shwayze

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 sOuth tryOn strEEt, CharlOttE, nC (704) 377-6874 8/25: Jesco White 8/26: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute) 8/30: Matisyahu, Trevor Hall HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 highway 17 sOuth, n. myrtlE bEaCh, sC (843) 272-3000 8/26: Mr. Big CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. main strEEt, CarrbOrO, nC (919) 967-9053 8/31: The Hold Steady, The Donkeys THE ORANGE PEEL 101 biltmOrE aVEnuE, ashEVillE, nC (828) 225-5851 8/25: The Wailers, Josh Phillips Folk Festival 8/30: Bullet for My Valentine NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 5001 COlisEum dr., n. CharlEstOn, sC (843) 529-5000 8/26: Sheryl Crow

$5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s * Drink specials run all day, but food specials shown are from 4 -7pm only. Certain appetizers are excluded from special. Front and Walnut Streets Across from CFCC in the Cotton Exchange 910-762-4354

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken • $3 Gin & Tonic OPEN MIC NIGHT TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons • $250 Corona/Corona Light LIVE MUSIC: ROB RONNER THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, • $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke LIVE MUSIC: MIKE O’DONNELL 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze • $5 Bombs SATURDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona Live Music L Shape Lot at 3pm Clay Crotts at 8pm


karaoke night with dj be!


trivia night plus

live acoustic 8.26 FRIDAY

painted man 8.27 SATURDAY

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TEAM TRIVIA 8pm - 10pm followed by

Live Music On The Patio


FRIDAY August 26 Live Music

Powell & Parker 9pm-1am

SATURDAY August 27 Live Music The

M-80’s 9pm-1am

206 Old Eastwood Rd. (by Home Depot)




Fri. 8/26 LIVE MUSIC! 9pm-1am

Brent Stimmel Band

Sat. 8/27 LIVE MUSIC! 9pm-1am


Steady Eddies Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

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

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staring down death:


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‘Final Destination 5’ is a fun summer throwaway


’ve seen all fIve ‘fInal destInatIon’

films. As far as horror franchises go, it’s one of the most entertaining. It’s a pretentious-free, extremely morbid, at times extremely hilarious, series of executions. The formula is extremely simple: Just before a disaster, someone has a prophetic vision and narrowly cheats death. Then, the characters discover that death doesn’t like to be cheated, and the audience gets to bear witness to an elaborate series of grisly death sequences. The first “Final Destination” was one of my favorite horror films of the modern era, mainly because the creators were smart enough to realize how inherently fun the concept was and not fall into horror-film cliché by personifying death. No masked killer or cloaked monster, just a looming inevitability that every character who managed to survive only had a matter of time before they met a brutal demise. I can’t think of a lot of film series where audiences know upon arrival that the characters they meet in the first five minutes aren’t going to make it to the closing credits. Most of the time I would fault a movie for being this predictable, but I still find myself enjoying this series. The mix of brutal violence and dark humor makes for an entertaining 90 minutes. This latest version of the series follows a group of students who manage to escape a collapsing bridge. As with the other “Final Destination” films, we get to watch the disaster unfold before quickly rewinding to the moment before. Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has his psychic vision, on cue, and pulls his friends off the bus just in time. The setup exists only to put our characters on a perilous ride through the most inspired of staged deaths. From the moment the scenes start, we know that the character is probably going to end up dying rather awfully. The thrill is in how long they drag out the sequences. Will the gymnast die from the screw on balance beam? Or will she be electrocuted by the exposed extension cord in a pool of spilled water? Wait, what’s that? The bolt on the uneven

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sic” status with a final 10 minutes that brings the series full circle. I don’t want to spoil it for everybody, but there’s a fantastic ending that I didn’t see coming. I doubt most people will—mainly because a horror film series usually gets progressively dumber with every follow-up. This is not

this week in film Catch 22 Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 Sundays, 8 p.m. • Free 8/28: ‘Catch 22.’ In this absurdist masterpiece from 1970, a man (Alan Arkin) is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. Based on the novel by Joseph Heller. Directed by Mike Nichols.


EYE POPPING: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood turns heads with a different kind of appeal in ‘Final Desitination 5.’ Courtesy photo.

bars is coming loose? We know it’s coming; we just don’t know how it’s going to happen. Then it does. Boom! Dead. Gruesome. A little scary, often times kind of funny. Yes, funny—because the characters in the “Final Destination” films are about as smart as a box of hammers. People are dying, death seems to be around every corner. Would this be the right time to go for an acupuncture session or laser eye surgery? Of course it isn’t. Then we wouldn’t be able to enjoy watching these morons get killed in new and creative ways. Tony Todd returns as the connective tissue of the series, showing up at inopportune moments to creep people out and warn characters about the hopelessness of their plight. The film elevates itself into “cult clas-

the case for “Final Destination 5.” I found myself laughing with delight as the fate of the remaining characters is telegraphed. If you’ve seen the first “Final Destination,” the end to the fifth feels like a fitting way to wrap up the series. I don’t know if this is the last “Final Destination” film, but it’s easily the best since the original. This is good, old-fashioned horror-filmmaking fun. The kind of violent, escapist snuff film that feels as much like a cartoon as it does a scary movie. I wish more films were willing to not take themselves so seriously. If they did, we’d end up with a lot more fun little throwaways like “Final Destination 5.” I’ve been stunned by the number of good times I’ve had at the movies in August, which is usually the end-of-summer dumping ground. With excellent B-movie fare like “Final Destination 5” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and the potential for more fun schlock with “Fright Night” and “Conan the Barbarian,” August could end up being the most fun month for film this year.

Cinematique Thalian Hall Studio Theatre 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30 p.m., $7 8/24: ‘Beginners’ imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor) as he meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent). This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), who came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor and hope that his father taught him.

Cucalorus Call for Entries The time has come to submit works for the 17th annual Cucalorus Film Festival. Taking place November 10-13th, 2011 in Wilmington, North Carolina. For information on requirements, visit the Cucalorus website. No entry fee for local filmmakers. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their 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. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE:


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC

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Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List

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: Mon-Sat 11am-2am and Sun 12pm-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Friday and Saturday nights at both locations. ■ WEBSITE:

C.G. Dawgs For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm – 3:00am.Fibbers on Sun. nights Until 3am. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown


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


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


7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am ThursSun 11:30 am - 2:00 am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:


A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. –Mon.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:

HolidaY iNN RESoRt

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



■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE:

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.

tHE littlE diPPER

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

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Porter’s Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon. Wed., 10am8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays) ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Midtown & North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu, at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly.


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Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:


Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that



Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies. ■ SERVING LUNCH: Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am – 6pm (Closed Sundays)

PORTER’S NECK 7979 Market St. • 910-686-1766 LONGLEAF MALL 4310 Shipyard Blvd. • 910-350-8289 RACINE (NEXT TO HOME DEPOT) 200 Racine Drive • 910-392-3999

“NO PAYMENT FOR 90 DAYS” 3 months free!!!

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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

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Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.


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


What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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


Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new Euro-American eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 3994438. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Wed. - Sat. 8am - until and Sunday brunch from 9am-3pm, ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Wilmington’s Best Panini, according to encore readers ■ WEBSITE:


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


Try something different to eat! Our Crêpes & More, a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon treat, everything on the menu is available. On the Savory side, the Uzès, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, St- Tropez or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make

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you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. Open all day with free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant yet casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! Located at 3810 Oleander Dr. NOW OPEN EVERY SUNDAY FROM 8am – 3pm! ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Thursday - Friday 9 am – 8 pm. Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm. Monday Closed. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi.. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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

Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE:


Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of homeaway-from-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.- Thurs. 11am. – 9:30am; Fri. 11am-10:30pm; Sat. 12pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am – 9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE:


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

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


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


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 GlutenFree 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 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. 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., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


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


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is 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




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


Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is

also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:

Sun. 2 p.m. - 12 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8 p.m.

Sparkling Wine Specials & Half Price Select Bottles : Wed. & Thurs. Monthly Food & Wine Pairing Events ■ WEBSITE:



In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.


The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 300 wines available by the bottle—from some of the best boutique and cult wines to everyday values that work with any budget. We use a state-of-the-art wine preservation system—the N2Vin system—to keep our wine fresh and at the perfect temperature. The wine bar also features some of the most outstanding craft beers and sparkling wines. In addition to an abundant drink menu, The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar presents a small menu of fine cheeses, Italian cured meats, small plates and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. 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. ■ SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4pm-12am Fri. 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sat. 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.

new and used digital and film cameras camera bags and accessories memory cards, film, tripods digital printing and traditional darkroom supplies lighting equipment, reflectors used equipment discounts for darkroom students and instructors. Call about repairs. 1351 S. Kerr Ave. • (910) 313-2999 OPEN: 10-6 M-F 10-4 Sat. • Closed Sunday

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

projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:


Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders,

or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:


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

Fri., and Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers m-th 4-7pm ■ WEBSITE:

! n w o t n i Best Join us for Brunch 11am to 2pm Saturday & Sunday!

Open for for Lunch Lunch and and Dinner Dinner Open steaks




In the Cotton Exchange Downtown Wilmington

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the culture behind the food:


Three chefs divulge history and flavors of their homelands







renowned for its culinary panache. American chef Julia Child made note of this in her memoir, “My Life in France,” when she wrote: “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” Contributed significantly to Western cuisines, the criteria for French cooking has become a standard in American culinary schools. While a learned chef can absolutely create flavors and pairings within French standards, in Wilmington we have a host of authentic French chefs who have that natural je nais se quoi thanks to roots growing in and of the culture itself. Through a discerning lens, I’ve found three chefs emblematical of Child’s observation. Drawing inspiration from their hometowns, these restaurateurs have brought the art of French cuisine to our own culinary scene and in three different forms. It would be careless to simply call their eateries “French restaurants.” Under closer examination—and without all the pretenses and misconceptions that come with the old-school stereotypes of fussy dining—these three Frenchies have become authentic staples to Wilmington’s diet: a crêperie, a café and a bistro. Bon appétit.

CapriCe Bistro

There are certain notions of pretention and expense that has put fine dining out of reach for many. However, Caprice Bistro eschews stuffiness and puts the customer first by offering a casual dining atmosphere, fast service, generous portions and prices that won’t hurt the wallet.

CRÊPERIE MENAGERIE: The Marguerat family opened Our Crêpes and More last year and have been serving sweet and savory crepes to a loving, varied clientele since. Photo by Alex Pompliano.

surface paper-thin, before being served fresh off the hot plate and usually stuffed with savory or sweet fillings. Marguerat’s love for crêpes date back to his childhood, where he grew up in Amiens, Picardie, France. After graduating from cooking school in the South of France, he moved his family to Wilmington in 2009 to open his dream restaurant. “I come from a large French family,” Marguerat says, “so my grandmother had a full-time cook, [and] crêpes were one of her specialties. She would literally make piles of them for me and all my cousins. It was always there with me and in my family.” As its name suggests, there is more to this restaurant than crêpes. There are an array of sandwiches, salads and homemade sorbets made with fresh fruit. As far as crêpes go, customers can choose among many. On the savory side, there is The Tahiti, made with curry chicken, pineapple, raisins and sliced almonds, and topped with salted whipped cream. The Provencale comes with housemade ratatouille, a French staple, made with chicken, black olives and cheese. On the sweet side, Marguerat recommends The Versailles. “Both my daughters created The Versailles one afternoon by adding all their favorites things—fresh strawberries and banana—and topping it with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream, Nutella and homemade strawberry syrup.”


by Alex Pomplia

From the heavy drapery hanging over the entrance reminiscent of Parisian bistros, to the intimate upstairs sofa bar with a New-York lounge feel, the 10 Market Street locale has the appeal of a big city restaurant. Yet, its heart and mission is to work against the stereotype that French food is intimidating and expensive. Chef Thierry Moity, from his small hometown of Nantua, France, has succeeded doing so in Wilmington. “I’ve been in this country for many years,” he says, “but I cannot forget where I’ve come from. I like to keep the price as low as we can. I don’t want the perception that we are expensive—it would go against my grain [as] I come from a very poor background.” The “big city feel” of Caprice can be attributed to the fact that Moity and his wife, Patricia successfully ran restaurants in Charlotte, NC, and New York City, where regulars included the likes of Robert De Niro and Malcolm Forbes. They ventured into Wilmington in 2001, opening Caprice and stamping themselves quintessentially authentic on our culinary scene. Moity’s passion for cooking began when he was 13, baking pastries with his grandmother. He later spent his youth apprenticing for chefs all over Europe, adopting diverse styles of French cuisine. Moity recalls, “I worked in very expensive restaurants in France and New York, but when it came time to open my own, my wife and I wanted to make it bistro [style].” Caprice’s bistro-nomy is influenced by a combination of traditional cuisines from the northern part of France near the Belgium border, and the central provinces of the country. Every dish on Caprice’s menu is vital and vibrant, but Moity’s favorite is a Northern France specialty, “Waterzooi.” The medley of mussels, shrimp, scallops, salmon, mushrooms and herbs, served simmering in a light, buttery cream broth, is unlike another dish in town.

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NO HOITY MOITY: Chef Thiery Moity has been operating downtown Wilmington’s French bistro for 10 years, making his specialty, Waterzooi, day-in, day-out. Diners can expect a celebratory anniversary menu this fall. Photo by Alex Pompliano.

Moity gives credit of his food’s success to the creativity allowed by cooking within the boundaries of traditional bistro standards. “Filet mignon, foi gras, truffle, and caviar—that’s easy, high-class cooking,” he explains. “It’s more difficult to cook bistro style, with cheaper ingredients and make it taste great. If you do it right, it’s more tasty and flavorful.” Moity is doing it right.

our Crêpes and More

Off Oleander Drive a block from the mall, Our Crêpes and More specializes in homemade French fare in a casual mien. Under the guidance of Chef Sylvain Marguerat and his wife, Jacqueline, Our Crêpes has managed to keep the excitement of quality French food and serve it at an affordable price. A national dish in France, crêpes are made by pouring a liquid-y batter onto a flat circular hot plate. They’re then spread evenly over its

Le CataLan

Cafés are easy to find in France; in Paris, they’re practically at every corner. With the invention of the café, Europeans have made leisure time an art form—cozy atmospheres, ripe for good conversation, and just as suited for alone time, an incarnation that coffeehouses in America have been borrowing from for years. The authentic French café in Wilmington rests in perfect view of the Cape Fear River, located on the riverwalk, no less, off Water Street. As if plucked from the heart of Paris, Le Catalan provides perfect opportunity for intimate gatherings, stimulating coffee and plenty of wine—all paired with a picturesque view of water and downtown sunsets. From the menu, down to the style of the table and chairs, Chef Pierre Penegre has a close eye for detail in keeping the spirit of his country alive in Le Catalan. “What we try to achieve here is to be an authentic café, as defined by what a café is in France,” Penegre explains. “It is a place that is open throughout the day, serving a very simple and limited menu, [consisting of]

VINO ENTHUSIAST: Pierre Penegre, owner of Le Catalan, is a certified Wine Oenologist from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts School in Paris. Photo by Alex Pompliano.

one or two of each soup, salad, entrÊe and desert. A cafÊ is much different from a restaurant or bistro.� Le Catalan gets its name and dishes from Penegre’s hometown of Perpignan in French Catalonia, located in the South of France by the Spanish border. Offering light fare, such as gazpacho, ratatouille, quiche, cheese plates and homemade sorbet, Le Catalan also offers heartier entrÊes that vary with the season. During cooler months, Penegre’s take on comfort food will welcome items like white bean, sausage and duck casseoulet. Always, fresh coffee, espresso and cappuccino are offered to warm the soul. Where this quaint space really succeeds in its grand wine selection. In France, wine is as significant and fulfilling as the meal it accompanies—and without any associations that only the elite enjoy it. Often, there doesn’t need to be a meal at all when the perfect wine is involved. Le Catalan continues that tradition while encouraging its customers to expand their palate and knowledge of vino. Thus, Penegre is a certified Wine Oenologist, from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts School in Paris. He offers his expertise to assist customers in discovering the perfect pairings and especially evolving their own tastes and flavors. Some even plan a private wine tasting with Penegre—always a welcoming journey here.

108 Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 762-1704



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undoubtedly have huge and dedicated followings. For so many people (including myself and my husband), it’s true escapism, filled with nothing but hours of entertainment and distractions from the chaos and disappointments of reality. For Gwenyfar Rohler, owner of Old Books on Front Street, Gothic and supernaturalism literature means more than traveling out of this world and into another. It means taking time to acknowledge and celebrate one of the greatest revolutions in the literary world, by recognizing one woman who quite literally paved the way for one other female writers in the genre: Mary Wollstencraft Shelley. WIthout her, we wouldn’t be able to pay due to the countless trials and tribulations women writers have endured throughout the course of history. It all starts in revisiting a classic Shelley work, incomparable to another author, “Frankenstein.” Marking the beginning of the modern genres of fantasy and horror, Shelley published this fundamental and popular book in 1818 in London—anonymously, nonetheless. It wasn’t until her second edition did her name appear. She was one of the youngest, most talented writers in the 19th century, having written “Frankenstein” between the ripe age of 18 and 21. More so, it received more notoriety than another of its time. And to top it off, it was written by ... a woman. “Overwhelmingly, both of these genres are still dominated by men (though J.K. Rowling sure has he fanTasy and horror genres

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given everybody a run!),” Rohler says. “Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ was a pivotal point in Western literature. Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler are but three of many women who have written in this genre successfully for years.” Sure, there are classics we’ve all come to revere, written by the likes of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell. Still, women are largely and grossly underrepresented in fantasty and horror, even with outstanding contributions such as Rowling’s “Harry Potter” (a series that sold well over 400 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages, making her the first female to become a billionaire writing books). Even today, many publish under pseudonyms or just their initials. Though we’ve come a long way from women’s rights and suffrage, gender battles still exist—maybe in less obvious ways. “When Susan Cheever was here, she talked about ‘Little Women’ as the first book to describe the domestic life of American women as worthy of a plot,” Rohler says. “As publishing has opened up to women, so has the recognition of the contributions that women make to society.” This recognition made Rohler think about her business’ next celebration carefully. On August 28th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., she welcomes the public to celebrate Shelley’s 214th birthday at Old Books on Front Street. There will be cake, readings by regional fantasy writers and even a little singing, aimed to raise the ghost of Shelley herself. Scheduled to

perform and read from their works are Diana Bastine, author of, “The Source”; Debra Killeen, author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle”; Elaine Corvidae winner of numerous Eppie Awards; S.L Schmitz; Christy English, author of, “The Queen’s Pawn”; and life-long fantasy fanatic and writer, Calie Voorhis. Rohler foresees the celebration continuing annually, too. Shelley affects so many by scribing reflections of the battles we still endure in our daily lives some centuries later. “Few people can actually describe the plot of ‘Ulysses,’” Rohler explains. “Find me five people who do not know the plot of ‘Frankenstein’—try. Mary Shelley is a writer who has lived (since her death) in her husband’s shadow.” By honoring Shelley’s works, it opens the door to dialogue about how far women have come and how far we have to go. “We have a tendency to judge the past by the parameters and expectations of the present,” she continues. “It can be difficult in the present with all the gains that have been made for us to truly appreciate the struggle to do things we take for granted—like publish a book or poem under our own name.” In the end, Old Books hopes to meet new writers, help them produce regional works and even introduce them to lesser known books. For more information about Mary Shelley’s birthday party at Old Books visit or call (910) 76-BOOKS.




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knuckled travel before I could make out Portland on the horizon. For the first time since stealing the scooter, I eased off the throttle and really looked ahead, taking in the city. The rain had stopped and although clouds lingered, twinkles of sunlight shone through and bounced off towering glass structures, giving the city a warm glow. As I cruised over the I-5 Bridge, into the heart of Portland, I looked around at the other bridges on either side and marveled at how arterial they seemed. I’d long heard that Portland was a city that prided itself on those steel and cement structures; I then realized why. The lifeblood of the city depended on thousands of cars collectively crossing from the suburbs into the heart of the city each day. Seemingly, they did it while mindless of an angry Willamette River, ever-present several stories below. As I glanced up from the traffic flow, I noticed the famous neon sign bearing the city’s name and a leaping reindeer that, I’m sure, had a deeper meaning for locals. Someday I knew I would enjoy hearing that story, but for now I had my own to complete. I looked for the nearest gas station hidden among the homeless shelters, missions and methadone clinics that welcomed travelers but couldn’t coax my worried mind into stopping for several blocks. Once past the tough scenery of human suffering, though, I guided the scooter into a Shell station. In Oregon, one is not allowed to pump his or her own gas as part of a jobs creation law. According to one unnamed pedestrian I asked, he said the law was responsible for the creation of somewhere around 7,000 jobs. So while some teenager who probably should’ve been in school pumped the stolen ride full of octane, I made use of free time and hit the john.



by Ichabod C. ’s annual winner of encore ntest Fact or Fiction co I was soaked and freezing from the rainy ride; no matter how long I stood under the electric hand dryers, my clothes stayed drenched. I wrung out excess water in a sink and tried to warm myself several more times before giving up, lest the attendant were to think something suspicious. I dried my hands to gain at least some warmth, and then headed out with a slight change of plan in mind. I paid the young attendant, who had put the scooter in neutral and pushed it out of the way, so that he could continue his civic duty of filling cars. I asked him two questions. On the first, he was completely accurate. There was an REI three blocks north of the Shell station, two blocks east. I managed to parallel park between two assholes who’d left half a parking space between them (a huge waste of space in a city like this) and spent more of Mongo’s money, purchasing dry clothes that also made me look half respectable. Upon leaving the outdoor store, I made my way two more stores down and ducked in to grab a bagel, partly procrastinating and partly in an urge to settle the queasiness I felt. So many years of wonder and doubt now sat on the cusp of resolve. And the crazy part of it all was that, at that moment outside of the bagel shop, 3,000 away from what I used to call home, I almost walked away entirely. Failure is a talent no man wants to admit. If I didn’t finish what I’d come for, then I would always “what if” myself. But that may have been better than an alternative of finality.

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When all that you hope for is something you can’t have, then what’s left to dream of? Those negative thoughts brought me no closer to Lucy. I swallowed the last of my jalapeño and cream-cheese bagel, and mounted the stolen scooter for, what I hoped would be, the last time. And as it turned out, the young gas station attendant was a perfect two for two. The Mississippi area of Portland was hard to miss. Decorated with quasi-hipsters, decked out in skinny jeans with fedoras, who roam streets littered with band posters that have fallen off any number of telephone poles, the Mississippi area certainly had a youthful production. It all seemed to stem from a revitalization effort that began somewhere between 10 and 15 years ago—an effort that called for outdated, dilapidated turn-of-the-century homes to be refaced—for life to be breathed into the storefronts of Main Street again. Only, it seemed, the effort was begun by a bunch of stoners who quit a third of the way through and turned the rest over to beatniks who were more interested in bringing records back into fashion than rebuilding a town. The results were what one might expect: artsy-fartsy bead stores with glass-blowing clinics, the occasional yoga gym and vegan diners that all served as a façade to a seedy underbelly lurking just off the beaten path. Somewhere within was Lucy in all her glory. I tried to stay focused but couldn’t help think of the way she would look when she saw me—what her first words would be. I had seen this scene a zillion times in my head. Only now, flying up Mississippi and hearing the whine of the scooters’ engine, once again accompanying my thoughts like paranoia, I wondered what the hell I was doing? As a matter of fact, Fessi never told me anything beyond her address, really. In that moment, I wanted to hate Fessi—suddenly blamed him for provocation, for not giving me more info on the situation and letting me walk in blind, as if it were one of his sick games. Truth is, though, I never gave him a chance; besides, I only had myself to blame for letting it get this far.

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weekly calendar| Events LUMINA DAZE Turn back the hands of time and relive Wrightsville Beach of the 1930s through 1960s on Sun., 8/28, 4-10pm during the 13th Lumina Daze Celebration at the Blockade Runner Resort (275 Waynick Blvd.). Four bands playing live music: The Wilmington Big Band, Buddy Skipper & the Jetty Jumpers, The Dixieland All-Stars and Phil & Mark. Along with Food and drinks, special guest Jack Lane will share a collection of memorabilia from his days as an employee of Lumina Pavilion. Silent auction to benefit Wrightsville Beach Museum of History 303 W. Salisbury Steet. www.wbmuseum. com/LuminaDaze.htm. Tickets $15 each are available at the door during the event, or in advance by 8/25 at the museum. BLOCKADE RUNNER EVENTS Family Nights have begun at the Blockade Runner Resort on Wednesday evenings. Live music, food, and entertainment, offering three different themes over the next 10 weeks. 6pm: buffett style dinner and music while relaxing over our beautiful lawn. Plenty of kid activities! 8/24: Luau w/entertianment by Kent Knorr, relay races, hula hoop games, lawn games, coconut bowling. Hawaiianthemed menu w/ pork, wahoo, rice, veggies and

more! • Shrimp-a-roo, 8/31: Entertainment by The Casserole Band, picnic/lawn games, badminton, croquet, bocce ball and more. A shrimp picnic, with cole slaw, potato salad, s’mores and more! RSVP: 910-256-7105 5-MINUTE MARKETING 8/24, 7:30-9:30, Hilton Riverside, 301 N. Market St. Mem. $15/non-member, $20. Wilmington Chamber of Commerce presents a 5-minute marketing network event. April Arellano: 910-7622611, x203 or


Wrightsville Beach used to be a hotbed of live music thanks to Lumina Pavilion—a three-story 12,500 square foot complex, featuring a dance floor, bowling alley, shooting gallery and snack shop. Yearly, we celebrate the days of yore with Lumina Daze, with proceeds benefitting the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Taking place Sunday the 28th, music from Wilmington’s Big Band, among others, will entertain folks at Blockade Runner Resort, along with a silent auction and display of memorabilia from the pavilion days; $15.

MAD DASH BRIDAL RUN The Mad Dash Bridal Run, 8/26, doors, 7am; brides run, 8am. Wedding gowns from $50, includes Fontaine Bridals, The Dressing Room (a special vintage & eco section by Vintage Values). Mother of the brides billet by Camille’s Closet & Final 24-station with looks styled by Wilmington Early College Aspiring Stylist/Designer Miya Elizabeth, using fashion from Julia’s boutique, accessories from Drifted & M.E. First 50 to register receives a planning pack full of discounts. . 910-319-3272. UNCW PERFORMING ARTS SEASON The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts announces its 2011/12 season, which includes a schedule of internationally-acclaimed artists, encompassing a wide range of styles and genres, with performances by luminaries in classical and jazz music, dance and drama. Tickets at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Mon-Fri, noon5PM, 910-962-3500 or 800-732-3643. At Kenan Auditorium unless otherwise specified. Schedule: 8/27, Benny Hill Quartet with Wessell Anderson. • 9/7: Liszt200: The Visionary as Virtuoso Norman Bemelmans, piano • 9/14: Lecture: Anna Deavere Smith • 9/15: UNCW Department of Music Faculty Concert, Mary Jo White, flute; Elizabeth Loparits, piano; Beckwith Recital Hall • 10/3: The Good Lovelies • 10/4: UNCW Department of Music Faculty Concert w/Barry David Salwen, piano / Marina de Ratmiroff, soprano; Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, violin. Beckwith Recital Hall • 10/22:

Liszt200: A Finale with Fireworks Wilmington Symphony Orchestra • 11/5: Invisible Man: World Premiere Stage Adaptation • 2/28: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra • 3/31: Pilobolus Dance Theatre. TASTE THE OLIVE WINE TASTINGS Free Friday wine tasting, Fri., 6-8pm. Tastetheolive. com. Taste The Olive, 1125-D Military Cutoff Rd., The Forum Shops 910-256-OILS(6457) UNCW WELCOME EVENTS 8/31, Involvement Carnival, 10am-2pm. Nearly 4,000 students will congregate on the Campus Commons near the Clock Tower. Participants will check out more than 275 activities and booths to learn about volunteer, job, organization and entertainment opportunities in the community. Visually active event with great interview opportunities. • Military Reception, 3:304:30pm: Burney Center. Student veterans, faculty, staff and military leaders will mingle at this get-together designed to ease the college transition for current and former military members. Interviews with veterans and military leaders will be available. PLEASURE ISLAND FIREWORKS At dusk, fireworks light the sky over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Make a weekend of your visit to Pleasure Island (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach). Arrive Thursday for live music and fireworks at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.Enjoy carnival-style rides and games at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910-458-8434;; www. GREAT GATSBY GALA 9/1, 7-10pm: Great Gatsby Gala at The City Club, 23 South 2nd St., downtown Wilmington, sponsored by Style Girl Jess James, The City Club and Land Rover. Delicious food, live music by Benny Hill jazz trio and chanteuse Susan Savia, 1920’s inspired shopping with A Second Time Around, Cape Fear Jewelry and Ziabird. Exclusive giveaways, 1920s-inspired models, “best dressed” contest and Roaring Twenties reverie. The City Club will offer exclusive discount (over 80% off!) for membership sign-up for the night of the event only, as well as the “code word” into the Gatsby speakeasy. Jonathan Nelson of J Nelson Designs has created a custom necklace made with a vintage 1920’s pendant valued at $1,750. Sponsored by Land Rover, this coveted raffle prize will raise funds for the DREAMS Center for Arts Education. $35 and include heavy hors d’eoeuvres and two complimentary drinks. Tickets: www.! FARMERS’ MARKETS Weekly Farmers’ Markets feat. plant, food and crafts vendors;: Riverfront Farmer’s Market Sat., Downtown Wilmington, Water St., 8am-1pm. AprilDec. • Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market Sat., Carolina Beach Lake, through 9/3; 910-458-7490 • Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market Mon., Causeway Dr., through 9/5, 8am-1pm. 910-256-7925 • Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wed., 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington, through 12/14. Live music w/Cindy Rhodes; Pender County Master Gardeners clinic 2nd Wed/ea. mo. ILM’S VENDOR MARKET FAIR 9/5, 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Every Tues., like a farmers’ market for retail. Low-cost, high-traffic business showcase goods to reach 5,000-plus buyers, aligned on sidewalks of Hanover Center, across from Independence Mall. Interested vendors: Bruce Henderson, (910) 343-9739,

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Own subscribers who purchase tickets to three or more performances save $4 off regular prices. Single tickets go on sale 8/24, with savings for UNCW students, faculty/staff, and senior citizens. Shows at Kenan Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Schedule: 10/3, 8pm: The Good Lovelies • 10/29, 8pm: David Dorfman Dance, Prophets of Funk: Dance to the Music • 11/3, 8pm: Dobet Gnahoré • 11/29, 8pm: Carolina Chocolate Drops. Co-presented by Upperman African American Cultural Center • 1/27, 8pm: Dad’s Garage Improv Theatre, Thalian Hall. Co-presented with Thalian Hall Main Attractions • 2/14, 8pm: The Importance of Being Earnest by Aquila Theatre, Kenan Auditorium • 3/30, 8pm: First Person: Seeing America by Ensemble Galilei, Neal Conan and Lily Knight • 4/20, 8pm: Karrin Allyson Trio with the UNCW Big Band.

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MUD RUN Registration open for Mud Run MS Carolinas, a fundraiser hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society- Eastern NC Chapter. 10K (6.2 mile) adventure course, w/ camp-style obstacles that are surrounded by or consist entirely of mud. Event: 9/24, Camp Butner in Stem, NC (just north of Raleigh/Durham). Reg: $50, www. ACUPUNCTURE HAPPY HOUR Wed., 5-6:30pm, Center for Spiritual Living, 5725 Oleander Dr., F1-1, in Oleander Oaks. 100 percent of proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Lejeune. (910) 392-0870.

Theatre/Auditions YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Performance Club Studio Theater announces auditions for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Casting for all of the Peanuts Gang—Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and more! 8/27, 2-3pm, ages 5-9, and 3-4pm, ages 10 and up. 6624 Gordon Rd. Studio B, beside The Music School of Wilmington. Be familiar with music from the show. Seeking young musicians for show band. or 910-338-3378

Auditions will take place for Performance Club Studio Theater’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” times vary by age group: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 5 to 9, and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 10 and up. It’s imperative for kids to familiarize themselves with the music from the show. The Performance Club is located off Gordon Road, beside The Music School of Wilmington. Call 910-338-3378 for more information, or visit

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EPICUREAN EVENING 9/1: Epicurean Evening at The Wilmington Convention Center. The Methodist Home for Children’s 5th annual event celebrates local culinary masterpieces while raising money to ensure that local children are provided safe, loving homes. For this year’s competition, chefs around the area compete to win the Copper Kettle. Tickets for wonderful culinary event for a great cause are $100 or $1,000 for a table for 10. www.

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theatre lighting, state of the art equipment and a song list of more than 150,000 songs! No cover! • Every Wed, 10pm, Open Mic Comedy Night: Anyone welcome to come out and tell all your best jokes because at this comedy club. You can tell however many jokes you like and stop whenever you like. Hosted by local actor and comedian Kameron King. 910-612-1018. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001 or OPERA HOUSE THEATRE CO. Man of La Mancha, directed and choreographed by Lou Criscuolo, Wed., 8/31-Sun., 9/4; Fri., 9/9Sun., 9/11. All shows presented by Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall: 310 Chestnut St. Performances at 8pm; Sun. matinees, 3pm. Tickets: (910) 632-2285 BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS Big Dawg Productions: 9/15-18, 22-25, 29-10/2— “Murder by Natural Causes,” a stylish and cleverly plotted mystery by the creators of TV’s “Columbo.” The wife of a famous mentalist is plotting with her young lover to murder him, but they begin to suspect he can read their minds and knows of their plot. Twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end. Shows: Thurs.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Tickets: $18 general admission ($10 Thurs performances) or $15 seniors/students. 910341-7228 or Cape Fear Playhous. 613 Castle St. PEFORMANCE ARTIST NIGHT Performing Arts Night 2011, hosted from Carolina Beach Arts and Activities , to provide opportunities for local performing arts to reach the public, 6:309pm, first Fri. of month through October 2011 on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Local talent holds free performances that include acting, singing, various instruments and dancing. People who want to share their talents with our community, contact or Facebook PAN Carolina Beach. Admission always free. PORCH THEATRE CO. A Pirate’s Revenge Dinner Theatre, 9/1. Tickets: $20-$40. New mystery is written by local favorite Damond Nelson. If puzzles and word play are what you relish, then thisfamily friendly evening will entertain like game night, but with costumed characters and a yummy themed meal! All shows presented while audiences eat a 3-course meal at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Reservations req., (910)232-6611. CAPE FEAR THEATRE ARTS Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller, 8/31-9/4, 7-11, 14-18; shows at 8pm, with Sun. at 3pm. Shows in Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall! Tickets: www. or 910-632-2285. $14-$17. SNEAD’S FERRY COMMUNITY THEATRE 9/9-11, 16-18, 8pm w/Sun. matinees, 3pm: “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” by Ron Osborne. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Directed by Irene King. Comedy/drama opens in the fellowship hall of a small Tennessee church, during World War II. Six women gather to roll bandages and plan the church’s 75th anniversary. Act II opens 25 years later during the Vietnam War as the ladies come together to share laughs and reconcile wounds. Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Ln. $12; students w/ID, $6. RSVP: parties of 10 or more: 910-327-2798. Tickets sold at the door day of show!

Comedy NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets: $8 adv/$10 day of. • 8/26-27: Rick Shapiro (HBO’s Lucky Louie; explicit show!). • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. Auditions for group held 7/16, 1-3pm. Selected performers asked back to train weekly, working to become a member of Wed. night shows. Call for audition time slots: 251-7881. • Every Thurs. Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover. • Stand Up Comedy workshops: Learn the art from the stage of Wilmington’s only full time comedy club. A beginners/intermediate class formed every 6 wks, covering basics, incl. public speaking and a comedy showcase in a professional comedy club at end of 6-wk. classes. Ages 16 and up. 910-5205520 for slots. $100/6-wk. commitment. Taught by Timmy Sherrill, club owner/working comedian.


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Music/Concerts SOUP TO NUTS LIVE 8/25, 6:30pm: Soup to Nuts Live, WHQR Gallery, 254 N. Front St. #300. 6:30pm reception and 7:30pm concert. Features Matt Bowlin w/host George Scheibner, who will conduct interviews during breaks in the show. All concerts are recorded before a live audience for future on-air broadcast. Space is limited. 910-343-1640. $5 at the door. DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN Downtown Sundown takes place in front of Federal Building every Friday throughout the summer. Concerts are free; concessions sold on premise; no coolers, no pets, no chairs. 8/26: Machine Gun • 9/2: Tuesdays Gone: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute KURE BEACH CONCERT SERIES Free Summer Concert Series held at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach, second and fourth Fri. of August, 6:30-8:30pm. Bring blankets and chairs for the whole family. Picnics welcome; no pets or beverages. Beverages for sale. www. Schedule: 8/26, The Mako Band (Beach Boogie Blues). 910-458-8434 WINOCA FEST See pages 14-18. BENNY HILL QUARTET & WESSELL ANDERSON 8/27, 7:30pm: Benny Hill Quartet w/Wessell Anderson—known for his performances with Wynton Marsalis Sextet and the Jazzat Lincoln Center Orchestra, coming to UNCW in 2012—at Kenan Auditorium, UNCW, $20/tickets or $25/door. Box office opens 6:30pm, 910-962-3500. KIM PACHECHO The Brooklyn Arts Center would like to inform you of the grand Kim Pacheco jazz concert on 9/2, 7:30pm. Fabulous and talented international jazz artist, born in Wilmington, is returning for the first time in years to play for our Wilmington community, and we couldn’t be more excited! BIBIS ELLISON LIVE AT THE BEAM ROOM 9/2, 9pm: Bibis Ellison and Tim Black play a special performance at the Beam Room, Front St. Brewery. Doors at 8pm; full menu ‘til midnight with drink specials. Concert free and open to public. DUSTIN EDGE AND MIKE BLAIR 9/3, 6:30-7pm: Dustin Edge and Mike Blair perform live acoustic rock music at the WHQR Galler, 254 N Front St., downtown Wilmington. Carolina BBQstyle dinner served a 6:30pm for guests of all ages and adult beverages will be served by Front Street Brewery. Tickets are $12 for indv. or $20/couple, at Admission includes dinner and a drink ticket. CAROLINA COURTYARD Free outdoor concerts will be offered in the Carolina Courtyard Park next to the Main Library at 12 noon every Tuesday in Sept/Oct, 2011. Bring a lunch and a blanket or foldingchair and enjoy the music! 9/6: Susan Savia, folk music. Corner of 3rd and Chestnut, downtown Wilmington. Free parking for concerts/library visits in deck. 910-798-6301. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 8/25, 9/1: Auditions for Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Wilmington Symphony Junior Strings for new and returning members. Open to 9th-12th grade Cape Fear area youth who are string, woodwind, brass and percussion students and who have submitted a completed application. Membership for strings open to all grades 6-8, and to qualified 4th and 5th grades with consultation. Online application, audition music and membership guidelines: www. Students notified of the location of audition and specifics following receipt of an application. Required audition music is available for downloading. Both rehearse Thurs. evenings beginning in Sept. and will perform several times during the 2011-12 season. $100/semester, youth orchestra; $50/semester, strings.

Dance TECHNIQUES IN MOTION SCHOOL OF DANCE Dance classes for preschoolers to adults in ballet, jazz, acrobatics, modern, tap, lyrical, hip hop and more. (910) 7993223. 5543-100 Carolina Beach Rd, Monkey Junction (behind Buffalo Wild Wings). ILM SINGLE’S CLUB Music plays 8-11pm. No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans. 8/26: Modern Knights Band, Am. Legion Post 10. • 9/2, DJ Robert Clemmons, Am. Legion Post 10 ($8-$10) Members $10/guests $12 (unless otherwise noted). Ken Batchelor: 392-0718 or BABS MCDANCE Ballroom Practice Party, 8/26. Lesson at 8pm. 911pm open dancing. Come dance and socialize with fellow ballroom/social dancers! Show your favorite routines on the floor, meet new friends, and enjoy the ballroom party with a nice spread of refreshments and an excellent variety of music. 6782 Market St. (910) 395 5090. CONTRA DANCE Tues. night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • Upcoming: 9/29-10/2. Augusta Tango Festival with instructor Hsueh-tze Lee • 10/27-30 Raleigh/ Durham Workshops with Brigitta Winkler 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

Art/Exhibits 621N4TH GALLERY After receiving a BS in Art Education, Joanne Geisel pursued additional education in art and administration and occupations in human services and higher education. In the past five years, she has returned full time to her love of oil painting and teaching art. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in a number of personal and corporate collections. On display at 621N4TH Gallery through August. MAYFAIRE FINE ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW Wilmington Art Association calls artists to showcase work at fine art and craft show at Mayfaire, 10/22, 10am-5pm. Located on Main St., a block from the cinema, it will be closed to car traffic. Large tent with booth space and art panels set up. Free to the public. Interested artists: www. for details/registration. WENDY KOWALSKI Wendy Kowalski’s “Amplify” in the WHQR Gallery, features visionary figural paintings of contemporary circus aerialists, hoop dancers and trapeze artists in a classical style with concern for movement. Receptions: 8/26, Circus Conspiracy Film Clips & Flip Books; and 9/23, Carnival Finale. On display through 10/7. 254 N. Front St. third floor. MARY ELLEN GOLDEN’S ARTWORK UNVEILED 8/26, 6pm: 2011 Back Door Kitchen Tour presents an original watercolor by Mary Ellen Golden as part of the tour fund-raiser. Residents of Old Wilmington will raffle off the painting the day of the tour. Refreshments, music and art! Raffle ticket on sale at The Golden Gallery up until 10/7, the day of the tour. or www.

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Center is proud to announce the Community Gallery summer 2011 Gallery Exhibition featuring local artists Niki Hildebrand’s stained glass work. Exhibition runs through 8/27. • Classes: Copper Foiling Stained Glass, 8/10. www. or 910-341-7860.

have gone through their studios to clear out and make room for new work. We have over 60 select paintings of all sizes that are at least 25% off. Month of August only! The Forum, 1125-H Military Cutoff Rd., 910-256-2323.www.

FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS Free monthly event feat. downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open after-hours in celebration of art and culture, 6-9pm, fourth Friday of each month. Self-guided tour; exhibitions of all types, opening receptions, demonstrations, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional and non-traditional art-activities. 8/26.

ART SOUP PRESENTS MARK HERBERT Art Soup and Tidal Creek Coop present “Naturally Inspired: an art exhibition” with Mark Herbert, Aug-Oct. Artist reception: Thurs, 9/1, 6-8pm, Tidal Creek Co-op Community Center. Original art, music and poetry for over 20 years in a variety of styles and mediums. Influenced by the cubism, dada, and surrealist movements, and incorporates recycled material projects. This series draws from the beauty of the natural world, derived entirely from impressions of nature, done with reference

WINE AND DESIGN Sip Up—bring wine or beer or beverage of choice, along with a friends, and paint! Wine and Design is a great alternative to the “usual” night out. Weekly sessions with a local artist-instructor available every Wed-Sat, 6:30-8:30pm. Schedule special event, kid’s birthday, fundraiser, corporate team building, shower, or let us come to you with Wine and Design on Wheels. 910-313-2600 or 4949 New Centre Dr. CALL FOR ARTISTS Artists wishing to participant in the Wilmington Art & Craft Show, 11/26-27, in ILM. Contact Lynn Wettach at Holiday Art Shows, Inc. ZIABIRD Ziabird is hosting Wilmington artist Miles Lewis for a show of original artwork entitled “Sea Creatures,” through 8/31. Lumina Station, 1900 Eastwood Road, Ste. 9. 910208-9650.


Richard Sceiford, who serves on the board of directors for Arts NC, will be holding a grant-writing workshop at CAM on September 3rd for free! The Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County will be administering the RAP grants this year, with application download available at www. Workshops attendance isn’t required to but will surely help first-time applicants. (910) 323-1776. only from memory of the subject matter—insects, flowers, fish, birds and other creatures. Mark Herbert: 910-228-6210.

SPECTRUM STUDIO CLEARANCE Spectrum Art & Jewelry Studio Art Clearance Sale, through 8/31, 10am daily. Our painters

SEAFOOD, BLUES AND JAZZ FEST ART Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce announces the 18th annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival Poster Design Contest. Entrants should submit original artwork representative of festival. Must be a flat work of art—watercolor, pastels, acrylics or oil. Do not submit artwork on stretched, framed canvas or canvas board. Flat work should be no smaller than 11” x 14” and no larger than 18” x 24”. Entries with 2011 Seafood Blues and Jazz lettering are prohibited and will be disqualified. All entries should be received on or before noon, 9/2. Winners notified no later than 9/9. ART GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP 9/3, 11:30am. Regional artists are invited to submit applications for FY2011-12North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project (RAP) grants. Applications must be received by the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County by 5pm, 10/3. • A free grants workshop will be held at 11:30am, Sat., 9/3, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum located at 3201 South 17th St. Workshop attendance is not required to submit an application but is highly recommended for first-time applicants. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County will be administrating the RAP grants this year and applications must be submitted to the following address: PO Box 318, Fayetteville, NC 28302-0318. to download application or call 910-323-1776 for more information. Workshop will be conducted by Richard Sceiford. CALL FOR ARTISTS Autumn Garden in the Arboretum, 10/8-9. Dozens of new and returning sculptors, painters and artisans. 6206 Oleander Dr. Arboretum: New Hanover County Cooperative Extension complex. Indoor-outdoor exhibit and sale takes place, 10am-4pm, both days and inc. live performances by popular local musicians, artists’ demos and a

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plant sale to benefit the Ability Garden program. Show planners currently are seeking exhibiting artists, with an emphasis on 3-D pieces in metal, wood, clay, glass and stone. Help support the Arboretum’s wide range of educational and public service programs. $5 entry, available at the Arboretum. Members and children under 14 are free. (910)798-7670. DEBORAH PETOSKEY Local artist Deborah Petoskey’s work at Caprice Bistro through October. Abstract compositions that satisfy in their nonobjective state. The paintings feel natural in their flux and vary in scale and palette, even style, allowing for several visits throughout the duration of the show. 10 Market St. ARTFUL LIVING GROUP Art Buzz, puts a fun twist on the popular “wine and paint” classes that are sweeping the country. Art Buzz, held every Wed, 6:30-8:30pm, carries the shop’s theme of fun functional art by offering projects such as painting wine glasses, sharpiedyed silk scarves, and polymer clay beads. 910458-7822. 112 Cape Fear Blvd. BOTTEGA EVENTS Atomic Lime Project, feat. works by Melinda Reed, Justin K. Bernel, Eric Justin White and Justin Campbell. • Mon: Open paint and create; Nintendo game night • Tues: Starving artist night • 8/9: Atlantis open mic • Wed: Weekly wine tastings, 7pm • 8/25: 4th Thurs., Poetry Showcase/Slam. bottegaartbar@gmail. com. • 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737, www. PROJEKTE EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.30-7.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes political, always controversial, 7.3011pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative

Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. • Every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • Every Fri/Sat: Live Music, 812am. Free unless noted otherwise. 910-763-1197,, 523 S 3rd St.

Museums BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in heart of ILM’s Historic District, oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. TuesSat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ILM Exhibit: Toothasaurus Dental Exhibit—learn about oral health in a very un-intimidating environment. First, brush the huge model teeth and inspect for cavities. Then, look at the x-rays for hiddle decay! Hop into one of the two real dentist chairs to examine the teeth of a Tooth-a-Saurus. Floss the huge teeth with dino-sized floss. Complete the food pyramid puzzle! • Mon: Trash to Treasues, 10am; Muddy Buddies, 3:30pm. • Tues: 10am: Leading to Reading Literacy Classes; 3:30 Going Global Cooking Club • Wed. 10am Preschool Science; 3:30pm, Fetch! Challenge. • Thurs: 10am, Cooking Club; 3:30pm, Book Club. • Fri: 10am, Toddler Time; 3:30pm, Adventures in Art. • Sat: 10am, Music Club; 3:30pm, Cardio Class. • Hrs: Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. 910-763-3387. NC AQUARIUM NEW EXHIBIT! 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. This exhibit educates the public on the importance of wellbalanced ecosystems. Invasive species can easily disrupt that balance by cutting off resources to other species, changing the chemical makeup of the water, and ultimately causing a shift in the entire food web. This affects every aspect of the way humans enjoy the ocean, from seafood cultivation to a simple day at the beach. • Events include: Extended Behind the Scenes Tour, Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tours, Dinner with the Fishes, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Slat Marsh Crabbing, Suf Fishing Workshop. See details online. $5/person; $3/museum members. Memberships available on event day. www. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. (910) 458-8257 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina

Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 303 West Salisbury St. (910)256-2569 WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. • Story Times designed for younger visitors first and third Mon, 10:30am. $4 per family is charged to cover program costs and includes access to the rest of the Museum. Admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange St at Front on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • Summer Jazz Series: Bring your blankets or chairs and relax on the lawn! Beverages and gourmet snacks available; donations appreciated. 9/9, 6:30pm, Liz Pina and Kevin Kolb. 910-251-3700. 503 Market St CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 2/2012: B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Explore the breathtaking nature photography of ecologist B.W. Wells and discover his passion for the flora and fauna of the Lower Cape Fear region. • Through 9/5: Pirates: Welcome to a world of swashbucklers, scallywags, and

Weekly SpecialS: Moxology Sunday and Monday: $5 Specialty Cocktails 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) Tuesday: Choice $5 Wines by the Glass 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) Wednesday: Ladies Day and Night! $5 Specialty Ladies’ Cocktails • 16 Choices of Wine at $5 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) Thursday: $30.00 4-Course Prix Fixe! 35 N. Front St. • (910) 343-1395 Selections vary weekly. Enjoy a dining adventure! Sun.-Thurs. 11:30am-10pm • Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-Midnight Friday and Saturday: All Desserts are $5! Having a special event? Open Until Midnight with Full Service until 11. Inquire about our beautiful Riverview Room! “The Caffe with two F’s!”

scurvy sea dogs. Encounter pirates of the New World—a motley mob that ruled the waters from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Meet Stede Bonnet and, aye, Blackbeard himself. Play pirate games, learn to speak like a pirate, and uncover a rich buried treasure of pirate facts and fiction. Free w/admission. • 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, 8/27, 1-4pm, ages 5-12. Free w/admission. Dinosaurs big and small, come meet them all! Explore bones, teeth and skin casts of creatures long extinct. Investigate “living fossils” and make a skeletal “dino” model to take home. • 8/21: Star Light, Star Bright, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. Free w/admission. Journey into the night sky to explore star characteristics. • People of the Past Docent Training, 8/29, 10am-noon. Be a part of Cape Fear Museum’s long-running “People of the Past” school program. Training session will orient new and returning docents to the 90-minute fourth grade program. Become familiar with the Museum’s methods in working with school groups. • Hours: 9am-5pm, 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. Members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367 CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Fritzi Huber: A Circus Life, on view through 8/2011. Feat. biographical artifacts, artwork, and ephemera relating to the art and family life of Wilmington artist Fritzi Huber. A hand papermaker for over 20 years, Huber has exhibited around the world from Switzerland’s Musee du Pays et Val de Charney, Gruyere, Suise to Brazil’s Bienale International de Artes—and her work was also exhibited at St. John’s Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina. • Through 10/30: State of the Art/Art of the State, focuses on contemporary art in all genres by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of NC. • Through 10/2: Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs, Louisiana artist Clyde Connell used brown earth and red clay to color her drawings and sculptures, as well as bits of iron scrap; mystical view of nature and described as transcriptions of music heard on the bayou. • Through 10/2: Terrell James: Field Study, compliments Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs by showing two women artists of different generations, one influenced by the other. Feat. work influenced by the Cape Fear region; paintings, sketchbooks, writing and historic artifacts. • Jazz at CAM series: CAM/CFJS Members: $7/non-members: $10, students: $5 w/ID. 9/1: Grenoldo Frazier w/ LouisJordan. •

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CLASSES, ETC: Life Drawing every Tues., 69pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. • Tai Chi, Wed., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Yoga, Thurs., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun., 11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. or 910-395-5999.

Sports/Recreation WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE Reg. open to female soccer players of all skill levels 18 years and older. Registration is online now at and is open through 8/25. Games are 7 vs 7, held Thurs. nights at Veterans Park/Ashley HS. $45/player. FENCING CLASSES Cape Fear Fencing Association (CFFA) beginners’ 6-wk. class, 9/12, 6:30pm. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, Tues/Thurs; $50. Meets in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. Equipment supplied by the CFFA. Learn basic elements of fencing, the history of the sp and more! Graduates will have the option of continuing with CFFA, fencing Tues/Thurs, 7:30pm. www. Head Coach Greg Spah: 910 799-8642. • After school program, 9/6, for children in the 2nd-8th grades. Meets in basement of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s, 3-5pm, Mon-Thurs. Open to all level of fencing experience, and beginners’ classes are offered for new fencers. Children from all schools are welcome to participate. www. or 910 799-8642. HALYBURTON PARK PROGRAMS Halyburton Park: • Turtle Tales: Wed, 8/24, 6:30-7:30pm • Preschool Nature Programs,

ages 2-5. $3/child. Pre-reg rqd. 341-0075. • Bring your “Little Explorers” out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Space limited; pre-reg. rqd. $3/ participant. Shapes & Colors in Nature: 9/12-13, 10-11am. • Log Life, 9/26-27, 10-11am. 4099 S. 17th St, 910-341-0075. www.halyburtonpark. com

Topsail Islands that is managed by the Audubon Society. Watch for black skimmers, piping plovers, clapper rails, oystercatchers, various terns, and other species, w/Captain Joe, an experienced bird watcher and ornithologist. The entire trip will last 5hrs and will take off from Wrightsville Beach at noon. Lunch provided. $75/person. Groups rate available. 910-200-4002.

ADVENTURE COMPANY 2011 Historical Southport Bicycle Tours: 9/3, 8am. $15; bring bike and helmets. Fee w/bike/helmet rental, $20. Limited number of bikes for rent. RSVP: The Adventure Kayak Company, (910)454-0607. 807 Howe St.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH REC CLASSES Shag lessons, men and women’s adult tennis ladder, tennis lessons for youth and adults, cotillion for youth (next session, 9/20), yoga, pilates, boot camp for youth and adults, tone and stretch, and low impact aerobic classes.910-256-7925 or www.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH SCENIC TOURS 9/8, 11am: Captain Joe, bird watching aficionado, searches local shore and water birds on this guided 2hr low tide tour of Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek feeding areas. $35/person. 910-200-4002. Group rates available on select tours. • 9/12, noon: Join Captain Joe and the Shamrock’s relaxing cruise to Lea-Hutaff Island, a small, uninhabited island between Figure 8 and


Cucalorus is asking potential volunteers to meet on the 25th at Jengo’s Playhouse (815 Princess Street), from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., to find out how they can help run the Cape Fear’s annual independent film festival. Departmental needs are in screening, box-office, ushers, ticket-takers, ticket-printers, logistics engineers and more! Be sure to RSVP to the meeting by shooting an e-mail to Lexi at

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Film CUCLAORUS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 8/25, 3-7pm: The 17th annual Cucalorus Film Festival is approaching quickly and we need dedicated volunteers to jump on board. Meeting at Jengo’s Playhouse., 815 Princess St. Depts: screening (managerial work), box office (communication skills and familiarity with ETIX)—also ushers, ticket-takers, ticket printers and more needed—and technical (familiarty with projector operations, et al). Also needed: Logistics engineer. A truck is nice to have for this position. The job will be helping transport items to different venues, setting up venues, removal of trash and recycling. RSVP by e-mailing résumé to Lexi Lefkowitz at programming@ CINEMATIQUE See page 25. • Plays weekly at Thalian Hall main stage, 7:30pm, $7 (unless otherwise noted) • 9/57: The Trip, Playing loose versions of themselves, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their hilariously fictionalized roles from Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and reunite with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom for an acerbically witty, largely improvised ride through the English

countryside. 1 hr. 47 min. Unrated. SUMMER KID MOVIE SERIES 8/25: The Last Airbender. $1 Carmike Cinema 16, 111 Cinema Dr. (910) 815-0266. SUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES See page 25. MOVIES AT THE LAKE Every Sun. night in the summer, the Carolina Beach Lake Park welcomes families, and their lawn chairs and blankets, to spend an evening under the stars watching some of the best hit movies around. Each week, the Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a food drive benefiting a local charity; bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions for sale. Schedule: 8/28: Secretariat; 9/4: Rango 6TH ANNUAL CARRBORO FILM FEST Films are now being accepted for 6th annual Carrboro Film Festival—must be submitted for consideration by 9/30. Professional, student and youth filmmakers are invited to submit their short films (under 20 min. run time). Fest: 11/20/2011. Films received by 8/20 carry a $10 entry fee; $15 per film after. Open to any filmmaker who has “breathed the good air of North Carolina” sometime in their lives. Filmmakers may submit their films and pay entry fees at www.carrborofilmfestival. com. More info: FILMMAKER’S SOCIAL Filmmaker Social every 2nd Friday of the month, 7pm! Connect with other filmmakers, as well as discuss topics such as fundraising, production and trends in the industry. 16 Taps, 127 Princess St., downtown Wilmington. Sponsored by CFIFN.

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Kids Stuff GREENFIELD GRIND SKATEPARK Greenfield Grind Skatepark at Greenfield Lake, located behind 302 Willard St. Pre-reg rqd: 3628222. Beginner clinics for youth ages 7-12. Class split into small groups to facilitate personalized instruction. Each clinic will be taught by Skatepark staff. $15/participantp; includes a pass to skate free for that day plus two free day passes. 8/27, 10:30am-noon. CHEERLEADING COMPETITION 9/10, 10am-5pm: Teams will compete for opportunity to take home bragging rights and the Battleship 50th anniversary trophy. Open to schools; teams encouraged to register now and fans asked to save the date to cheer for fave squad. Registration (free), schedule and onsite production, 9am; Lori Wickham: 800-477-8868. Competition at 10am. Must regiser team by 9/1, but reg. accepted through 9/5. Routines must follow Cheer Ltd’s rules/guidelines (www. Top three teams awarded; teams responsible for own music on standard format CD. Volunteers and sponsors needed for event. Heather Loftin: (910) 251-5797 HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS Early childhood music and movement program; learning through fun, play and music for kids 9 months through 7 years. Drop ins welcome. $10 per family. Summer hours effective immediately through end of Aug: Tues, 11:30am at Carolina Beach Parks and Rec Bldg, and Tues, 2pm at Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center. New schedule coming, Sept. www.happylittlesingers. com 910-777-8889 FIT FOR FUN CENTER Fit for Fun Center offers a great place for you and your kids ages 5 and under to cool off and have some fun. Join us for free play, art activities, music and an outdoor age-appropriate playground. Mon-Fri, 9am-noon; 1-4pm; Sat., 9am-noon. $4/child (ages 5 and under)/adults free. 302 S. 10th St. (910) 341-4630. www.

Lectures/Readings OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET “Knit Wits, the crafting group open to all,” Wed nights, 6:30pm. • Art on display as part of Fourth Friday Gallery stop downtown, the fourth Friday every mo. with new exhibitions and artist receptions. • 8/25: Local History Book Club • 8/26: Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, 6pm. The Jason Ward Experience—a multidisciplinary evening w/photographer, author, composer and musician • 8/27: Lions Day! Bring in a pair of glasses to donate to the Lions Club and get 10% off your purchase! • 8/28, 3pm: Celebrating women writing on Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror! for Mary Shelley’s bday. Come for cake, readings, autographs and support women writers! Old Books on Front St: 249 N. Front St. (910) 76BOOKS WOMEN IN BUSINESS SERIES 8/25, 11:30am: Women in Business Speaker Series with Tara Olson. New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick is proud to announce the Women In Business (WIB) Speaker Series. These are monthly luncheons for approximately 70 women business leaders from the ILM community. Each month, a different guest speaker known as an “expert” in her field will lecture or lead a workshop on a topic related to women’s issues, especially pertaining to business, wellness and personal growth. Press 102, 102 S. 2nd St. YWCA’S ILM IN BLACK AND WHITE Join us downtown at the Community Arts Center on Fri., 8/26, 6:30pm, for the Kickoff of the History of Wilmington in Black & White. Listen to the spiritual sounds of Gospel Singer & Lecturer Mary D. Williams along with other special guests. History of Wilmington in Black & White class begins 9/8.

PARENTING BOOK CLUB A new book club is forming with a focus on enhancing family life through an exploration of the science behind child development. Meetings held the first Thurs. ea. month, 6-7pm. Old Books on Front St. Objective is to engage the community in meaningful discussion about ways to foster healthy family living and to inspire personal growth and connection. Jessica: 336-420-2887 or

Workshops, Wed, 11am-1pm. Learn acrylic painting basics and create a beautiful painting; beginners/experienced painters welcome. Materials provided. • Oil Pastel Workshops, Wed. 3-5pm Bright, vibrant color, ease of use and great results. Learn oil pastel basics. Materials provided. • Basic Drawing Workshops, Sat., 11am1pm. Learn line, shading, composition and how to draw what you see. Learn drawing basics or refresh your drawing skills. Materials provided.

GOING GREEN ENVIRO BOOK CLUB Cape Fear’s Going Green is sponsoring a new book club to encourage discussion of environmental topics, meeting the first Tues. ea. month at Old Books on Front Street. Future meeting dates: 9/6, 10/4, 11/1 and 12/1. Upcoming titles posted: www.

KINESIOLOGY 8/30, 7-8:30pm: Kinesiology (muscle testing), The Language of the Body. A discussion of current health practices that utilize this key tool and practical day to day applications. Learn how you can check to ensure the food and supplements you buy are good for you and support your health. Presented by Denise Russos and Peggy Lloyd of Quantum Health Analysis. Visions and Dreams, 4403 Park Ave. Sixth in a series of talks hosted by Natural Therapies Institute. RSVP to 910-7910751 by noon the day of the talk.

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TAI CHI Tai Chi, Mon., 6:30pm, Scottish Rite Temple, 1415 S. 17th St. Taught by Karen Vaughn, LAC, 3rd gen. Tien Shan Pai disciple. $15/class. (910) 392-0870

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Classes/Workshops SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS Through 8/25, noon-5pm. Reg: noon-12:30pm. Workshops for sm. business owners, entrepreneurs and community. Guest speaker: Don Spry, SBA Sr. Regional Director. Steps for a Small Business Loan. Plus Speakers on Quickbooks Tips, Organization, Stressbusters and Ultimate Health, Starting a Successful Business. Bring business cards to network. 910-262-4454, 910-679-4319. Next workshop 8/28. RSVP. Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., in the Oak Room. MILLER MOTTE COLLEGE PROGRAMS Miller Motte College Workshops/Classes: 8/29, noon-1pm:—“Finding Balance in Your Budget” w/Stephanie Williams. Free, Room #309. Learn how to balance your finances • 9/9, 11am3pm—“Operation: Stock the Pantry.” Food Bank of Central & Northeastern NC will host a food donation drive for all non-perishable food items. Free food, door prizes/raffles, campus tours and hands-on activities of demonstrations of our programs here at MMC. • 9/14, 5:30-7:30pm (RSVP by 9/8 ): “Girls Glam Night” for ladies only! Complimentary food, chair massages, make up applications, health and wellness info and products, network with local employers. Career Services Center. • 9/22, 5:30pm—“Ten Common QuickBooks/Accounting


Tara Olson, co-CEO of AllPoints Research, Inc., will speak about branding and marketing in a monthly series and luncheon, welcoming 70 female professionals to learn from other experts in the field. Topics and workshops cover women’s issues, wellness and personal growth pertaining to business. Olson will speak at Press 102, downtown, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration forms: http://www. Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them” w/Denise and Jim Merritt. 2-3 door prize giveaways. All participants park on the left side of the building where it says “Administration.” Check in with the receptionist and the workshop will be on campus at 5000 Market St, Room #302. All events open to the public. Shannon Carlson: Shannon.carlson@ or (910)442-3414 to RSVP. LOIS DEWITT ART CLASSES Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt, MFA, teaches small classes and individual tutoring. Enroll: Classes are $25. Schedule: Water Color Workshops, Mon, 11am1pm: Learn washes, expressive brushstrokes, light and shadow and more! Materials provided. • Collage Workshops, Mon., 3-5pm. Create a beautiful, colorful collage from a variety of papers and other media. Materials provided. • Mixed Media Workshops, Tues., 3-5pm. Learn how to use found material to create a beautiful mixed media piece. Materials provided. • Acrylic Painting

Clubs/Notices CAPE FEAR ROWER CLUB Cape Fear River Rowing Club’s classes for beginners: Two, three-hour morning sessions, from 8-11am, on Sat/Sun. Students will become familiar with the boats and equipment, learn proper technique on a rowing machine, and then experience on-the-water rowing instruction. No previous rowing experience is necessary, but students must know how to swim. 8/27-28, 9/2425, and 10/22-23. Wilmington Marine Center, 3410 River Rd. $60/two sessions. Limited to five students. Reg: Morris Elsen, morris.elsen@gmail. com. 910-343-3381. WWII REMEMBERED GROUP Local Air Force retiree George Van Vekoven, a 30-year veteran of three wars, will share his experiences in air force intelligence at the 8/26 meeting. Southeastern North Carolina’s World War II Remembered Group comprises veterans, home front workers, and WWII history buffs, meets at the New Hanover County Senior Center, 2222 South College Rd. Refreshments and fellowship, 9:30am, followed by 10am program. Public invited. John Nelson: or 399-7020. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 25 ANNIVERSARY Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary to create awareness of our tithe partner country, El Salvador, where CFHFH has built more than 65 homes. Global Village trip planned to build a 25th Anniversary Home. Express interest in a February 2012 trip. Cost/participant is estimated at $1600; $800 for food, lodging, and transportation while in El Salvador, and a budget of $800 for air travel to El Salvador. Re: Julie Hale by the end of August, 910-762-4744 x 105.

W i t h : F ay M e a d o W s Aries (3/21 – 4/20) Objectivity is hard to come by, and your sympathies are high. A little realistic thought could stop you from being the victim of some unscrupulous people.

Unexpected areas bring financial surprises, of the good kind. Since your relationships are more intense right now, try not to mix business with pleasure.

Gemini (5/22 – 6/22)

CAnCer (6/23 – 7/23) Strong desires to help others may battle with your beliefs and values. Dividing your time among the varied people that you call friend is a good idea.

Leo (7/24 – 8/23) Flitting from one activity to another makes it hard for you to finish things. Promises made to friends are best kept, even if you are feeling a bit restless.

VirGo (8/24 – 9/23) Being thankful for what you have is a great way to combat your feelings of wanting what others have. Emotional support is easy to come by; all you have to do is ask.

LibrA (9/24 – 10/23) A conflict with a woman just adds to that feeling that no one really cares about what you think. Let go of that black cloud, and use some of that assertiveness that you may think you need to hide.

sCorpio (10/24 – 11/22) Discontent, combined with an urge to express your opinions to others, lead to depression and pessimism. Reflecting on past actions may be a great motivator to try a different approach.

sAGiTTArius (11/23 – 12/22) Picking apart the actions of your friends and loved ones is not productive; instead of criticizing them, maybe you should decide if those are qualities you should change in yourself.

CApriCorn (12/23 – 1/19) If you are feeling depressed and a little offkilter, maybe it is time to take stock and be sure you are following the path you really want to take. It is never too late to change your mind.

AquArius (1/20 – 2/20) Affectionate and warm, you are open to strengthening family ties. Keeping an open mind right now will be beneficial, as a family secret may floor you.

pisCes (2/20 – 3/20) Moody and martyred is not a combination that is headed for success. Feeling responsible is OK, believing you are responsible for everything and everyone is not.

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HISTORIC ILM FOUNDATION Open House & Guided Tour of the Historic Cemetery—New Superintendent’s Lodge at The National Cemetery2011 Market St. Sun, 8/28, 25pm. Light refreshments. Tour at 3pm., guided by Bill Jayne, Chris Fonvielle and Fred Johnson. RSVP • HWF 5K Run/Mile Walk ‘Race for Preservation, 9/8, 6:30pm. Urban 5K and mile walk has a new course, starting at the Best Western Coastline Inn (previously known as the Coastline Convention Center) and running through downtown and the Riverwalk. Followed by the post-race w/pizza from Slice of Life and Incredible Pizza and beer from Front Street Brewery. All new t-shirts to the first 450 participants. Prizes: free shoes, gym memberships and more. Runner/Walker $25: ($30 day of race) Team (of 5): $20/person. trivett@ or (910) 762-2511. WILMINGTON MAGIC CLUB The Wilmington Magic Club is now accepting new members. If you have an interest in magic or currently perform magic, please come share your talents. Celebrating 30 years in Wilmington. Teaching sessions and magic performances at

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BLUE MOON GIVEAWAY Throughout the entire month of September, every time you shop at Blue Moon you can enter to win! The best part is the amount of gift cards you can win is unlimited! The more you shop, the better your chances become! Be sure to register every time you are at Blue Moon in September. 203 Racine Dr. 910-799-5793.

CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Club meets third Thurs. each month, Sept thru June, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College.

COUPON CLUB Wilmington Coupon Club meets monthly, second Monday, at 6pm Come exchange coupons and learn how to save money. www. AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Support Group: Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B. This FREE support group is open to anyone affected by ADHD. www. CULINARY ADVENTURES TOURS Culinary Adventures Tour with Food Writer/Chef Liz Biro. . Culinary walking tours thru downtown Wilmington’s food history with delicious stops. Admission charge. 910-545-8055 PSORIASIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd Sat. of month at Port City Java in Harris Teeter on College and Wilshire, 5pm. Christopher: (910) 232-6744 or Free; meet others with psoriasis and get educated on resources and program assistance. WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB The Wilmington Newcomers Club meets monthly at 9:30am on the 2nd Thurs ea. month at the Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. Sign up for our satellite groups, where members can follow their particular interest and make new friends along the way—bridge clubs, dinner groups, business

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Local food writer Liz Biro offers a tasteful trek through Wilmington’s varied history and culinary appeal. She offers three food tours every week, including a Top Chef Farmers’ Market Tour and Cooking Class, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays; Heart of Downtown, Thursdays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and a Drinks Downtown Tour on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Tours are $25 to $48 and can be reserved by visiting WILMINGTON MS SELF HELP GROUP MEET MS Selp Help Group meets 2nd Thurs, ea. month, 7-8pm. New Hanover Regional Hospital Business Center. 3151 South 17th St. Lisa Burns: CAPE FEAR KNITTERS Cape Fear Knitters, the Wilmington chapter of The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA) meets the third Sat. ea. month, 10am-noon. Gerri: 371-3556. Judy: 383-0374. ONSLOW PUBLIC LIBRARY Page Turners Book Club, (grades 2-5) talk about your favorite books, characters, stories and more. Meets monthly. Jacksonville: 1st Thurs, 4:30pm; Sneads Ferry: 3rd Thurs, 4:30pm; Swansboro:

2nd Thurs, 4:30pm • American Girl Book Club (grades 2-5). A different American Girl book each month, enjoysnacks & have fun with crafts & other activities. Meets monthly. Jacksonville/Main: 3rd Tues, 4:30pm. • Legos in the Library (grades K-12)Express creativity and learn new Lego building techniques from simple to advanced! Meets monthly. Jacksonville: 2nd Sat, 10am; Richlands: 3rd Sat, 10am; Sneads Ferry: 3rd Sat, 10am; Swansboro: 3rd Sat, 10am • Laptime Storytime (0-23 mos.). Imaginative rhymes, songs, stories & free play for infants & their caregivers. Jacksonville/Main: Weds, 9:30 and 10:30am • Time for Twos (2 yr. olds). Books, action songs, music, movementand interactive fun for 2 yr. olds and their caregivers. Jacksonville/Main: Thurs, 10 and 11am • Mother Goose Time (up to age 3): Rhymes, songs, music and movement for toddlers & their caregivers. Richlands Branch: Thurs, 10am; Swansboro Branch: Weds & Thurs, 10am • Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)A galaxy of books, stories and fun activities for 3-5 yr. olds. Jacksonville/Main: Tues, 10am; Sneads Ferry Branch: Tues, 10am; Richlands Branch: Thurs, 11am; Swansboro Branch: Thurs, 11am • Kids’ Creations (grades K-5). School-age kids express imagination and creativity during afterschool story and craft hour. Meets monthly. Sneads Ferry Branch: Weds, 4:30pm; Richlands Branch: Thurs, 4:30pm • Free Family Film Fridays (bring entire family). Main Library in Jacksonvile, every month for a free, family-friendly movie. Free popcorn! Jacksonville: Fri, 4pm • Monthly Genealogy Meeting Network and get genealogy and local history tips from other researchers and guest speakers. Jacksonville: 2nd Tues, 10am; • Swansboro Friends Used Book Sale: Swansboro, 2nd Sat monthly, 9am-1pm. Book Club Social (teens and adults). Meet bestselling author James Rollins via Skype! • Pizza Pages (grades 6-8). Teens discuss great books and enjoy, free pizza. Be one of the first to register and receive a free book. Meets monthly. Swansboro: 4th Thurs, 5:30pm

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