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Almost 400 years after his death, William Shakespeare and his illustrious works will be celebrated immensely in Wilmington in coming months. From ‘Breaking Bad’ was on. Ain’t nothe community’s famed Shakespeare on the Green to a new movie series at body got time for that. Thalian Hall, the bard will be praised all around. Gwenyfar shares the scoop. — Lauren Berg

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y father, Lloyd, taught public speaking and debate for nearly 40 years. He and his debate partner from college, Roger Cook, put out a textbook series called “The Great Speeches” in the very early days of VHS tapes, when the idea of using video in the classroom was radical and expensive. They argued that to truly teach speech writing and speaking, one needed to be able to see the greatest orators of the 20th century at work, and that for the first time, educators had the opportunity to show their students these speeches on demand in the classroom. Every year I took a VHS tape of Dr. King’s ”I Have a Dream” to school. Watching that speech has been a great unfolding process in my lifetime. Because children don’t have context for concepts or ideas, we piece together timelines and insight as we grow and are taught. When I was little, I remember being surprised at how many people crowded around him on the podium. When I would see presidents give speeches, they were at the podium by themselves. When I read Malcolm X’s autobiography I realized the men in matching white outfits were Nation of Islam and stood as bodyguards or human shields, in effect. August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Already, a lot of media attention has shone on remembering that day. Quite obviously, I was not born yet—not even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes. Yet, piecing together the context of that day and what it meant and continues to mean, is what we, I, want our children and future generations to do. We want the message alive—not lost. I think it is a much more complicated message than we like. Dr. King was a more

complicated man than we may believe. We want historical figures to fit into one-sentence definitions, but human life does not. More so, a mind with a message and a purpose like Dr. King’s cannot be confined to something so simple. Nat Hentoff, a renowned columnist for the Village Voice, published an essay in the first issue of The New American Review, detailing the real struggle for integration and civil rights lay in economics. He interviewed a man who worked as a janitor and explained that a mop will never be equal to a banker. In 1967 Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced they would begin organizing the Poor People’s Campaign to bring attention to the plight of poverty across racial and ethnic lines in our nation. Three years earlier President Johnson inaugurated his War on Poverty with about 20 percent of the population living at or below the poverty line. In 2011 that number was at about 15 percent. In March of 1968 Dr. King was in Memphis, Tennessee, to support striking municipal sanitation workers. The night before he gave his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, not only an eerie preamble to his death, but one which addressed the idea that as a whole, collectively minorities can impact small businesses and big corporations more so through consumerism, a better option than violence. The next day he was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray. After much discussion, the Poor People’s Campaign still moved forward. I admit: I have found a lot of the emotional back-patting in the press lately more than a bit mystifying. Yes, to have an African American president deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years later is proof of huge gains (Obama will speak during the “Let Free-

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dom Ring” ceremony, beginning at 3 p.m. on Aug. 28th, on the memorial steps). Though Dr. King would be very proud of our nation’s gains, I am sure many members of the civil rights movement still struggle. If we only talk about The March on Washington in the past tense, we miss the real message. Right now, more than ever, we need to talk about that message. When we talk about civil rights, we talk about people who would go through Hell for the right to vote. We talk about equal pay for teachers, and the importance of access to quality education for all students. We talk about health care, and that there should not be a bisected system—one for the haves and one for the have-nots. We talk yabout access to the basic essentials of liv-ing: shelter, clothing, food and dignity. e Forgive me, but are these not the argusments we are having right now in North aCarolina? e If we really want to honor Dr. King and dhis incredible legacy, we need to make these concerns truly the items of history dbooks, and not of current head lines. t e From Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize Adddress; December 11, 1964: . y f r

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“A second evil which plagues the modern world is that of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, it projects its nagging, prehensile tentacles in lands and villages all over the world. Almost two-thirds of the peoples of the world go to bed hungry at night. They are undernourished, ill-housed and shabbily clad. Many of them have no houses or beds to sleep in. Their only beds are the sidewalks of the cities and the dusty roads of the villages. Most of these poverty-stricken children of God have never seen a physician or a dentist. This problem of poverty is not only seen in the class-division between the highly developed industrial nations and the so-called underdeveloped nations; it is seen in the great economic gaps within the rich nations themselves. Take my own country, for example. “We have developed the greatest system of production that history has ever known. We have become the richest nation in the world. Our national gross product this year will reach the astounding figure of almost 650 billion dollars. Yet, at least one-fifth of our fellow citizens— some 10 million families, comprising about 40 million individuals—are bound to a miserable culture of poverty. “In a sense the poverty of the poor in America is more frustrating than the poverty of Africa and Asia. The misery of the poor in Africa and Asia is shared misery, a fact of life for the vast majority; they are all poor together as a result of years of exploitation and underdevelopment. In sad contrast, the poor in America know that they live in the richest nation in the world, and that even though they are perishing on a lonely island of poverty, they are surrounded by a vast ocean of material prosperity. Glistening towers of glass and steel easily seen from their slum dwellings spring up almost overnight. Jet liners speed over their ghettoes at 600 miles an hour; satellites streak through outer space and reveal details of the moon. “President Johnson, in his State of the Union message, emphasized this contradiction when he heralded the United States’ “highest standard of living in the world,” and deplored that it was accompanied by “dislocation; loss of jobs, and the specter of poverty in the midst of plenty... “In the final analysis, the rich must not ignore the poor because both rich and poor are tied in a single garment of destiny. All life is interrelated, and all men are interdependent. The agony of the poor diminishes the rich, and the salvation of the poor enlarges the rich. We are inevitably our brothers’ keeper because of the interrelated structure of reality.”

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Winging it in Wilmington:

New encore intern details life adjustments from Ireland to southeast America By: Fiona O’Sullivan


ast week in this column I talked about accents and how, apparently, I don’t sound very Irish. This isn’t news to me, as I’m a bit like the black sheep of my family. In fact, I’m the only one who talks with a bit of a twang. They blame my love for American TV shows. Whenever my family and I went on holidays to the U.S., Americans commonly asked, “Why don’t you sound like your family?” Personally, I can hear the Irish accent in my voice. I certainly couldn’t be confused for a North Carolinian—although, I wouldn’t mind, because I love Southern accents. I must be halfway there by assimilation; no one asks me anymore where I’m from. After explaining to the 500th person that I moved from Ireland only a few months ago, it still shocks me to hear their responses: “Really? I find that very hard to believe!” I noticed the Southern accent a lot more when I first arrived; now, I’m so used to it that it’s more of a shock listening to people talk from home. My relations who live in Greensboro went on vacation to Ireland last week. My mom organized a family celebration to welcome them. Not wanting to be left out, I suggested joining the party at some stage through Skype. It was bizarre talking to so many people at one time over a computer. More so, hearing my native Dublin accent was slightly strange against the accents of my American family, which I’ve obviously grown attuned to. Although I regularly talk to my parents, I hear their voice more neutral compared to the rest of my family. I never picked up on it before, but much like the American states and regions, it’s easy to hear the part of the Ireland from which people hail simply by their intonations. Being away from home for almost four months now—and spending so much time

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trying to be understood (yet, I’m still having difficulty with telling time the American way–7:30, not half-7)—people at home have noticed the changes. At one point during Skype, I blurted out “yes ma’am” instead of my usual “yeah!” Everyone matched my mannerly response with fits of laughter. “Yes ma’am” is not something I would ever say at home! I also find it amusing how people address each other at restaurants in America. Getting called numerous names like “sweetie, ma’am, honey”—I can’t even imagine how that would go down at home. Though they may find it fairly funny, they’d likely think the server was a bit mad in addressing them in such a manner. In Ireland, it is more common for servers to just go up and talk to the person without including a title. When I previously worked in a department store and tried to get someone’s attention, I’d awkwardly call out, “Excuse me, miss?” It would never occur to me to say “ma’am.” I’ve also noticed that “y’all” must be the most used word ever. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear it; I can’t think of any word used at home as much either. “Y’all” appears everywhere, nowadays—even on Facebook statuses from various people back in Ireland. I guess it’s now “trending.” Still, hearing people at home say it is just abnormal. While I continue to try and keep the balance between my “Irishness” and American transformation, rest assured, I’m doing just grand, if you get the gist of what I’m saying—ceart go leor?

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Red Herring of Racism: Has the dream been realized? By: Mark Basquill


ugust 28th is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was given as part of a “March for Jobs and Freedom” nonviolent protest, a model for Reverend Barber’s current Moral Monday coalition protests in Raleigh. Though 50 years into “progression” and inflation, jobs and freedom seem to be in short supply nowadays, just as they were then. When MLK accepted his 1967 Nobel Peace Prize, he said, “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.” The 1963 protests included diverse coalition of labor interests, minority rights interests, and religious traditions intent on bending that arc with the weight of their commitment and compassion. Everyone at King’s feet in 1963, and supporting Moral Mondays in 2013, knows the arc of history will not bend to justice without committed caring people pulling on it. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the inaugural address in which George Wallace said, “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.” We have made a lot of progress in the last 50 years in fighting that in-your-face racism. We even elected an African American president. Twice! Isn’t Martin Luther King’s dream realized? Haven’t we awakened from George Wallace’s ancient nightmare? Four years ago, I went for a jog around Veteran’s Park the night of the Ashley vs. New Hanover game. A red pick-up with rebel flags flying high screeched by, its joyful occupants yelling racial slurs toward every African American they saw from either school. Earlier this year Hoggard alum and captain of UNCW’s track team did his speedwork chased by another truckload of ignorance, which shouted the usual racial epithets. The dignified Mr. Campbell endured the verbal assaults with patience. Without anger or violence, in the spiritual tradition of MLK, he wrote a letter and detailed the event to the university chancellor. In-your-face racism is alive and well, but focusing exclusively on the horrors of inyour-face racism is like fishing for plastic red herrings. It distracts from the subtle pervasive forms of segregation; our human tendency to constantly separate “us” from “them.” (Us: we know who we are. And

them: The “other” guys.) President Obama receives more death threats than any other president, and endures in-your-face racism that no other president had to contend with. Through no fault of his own, he also stimulates deep currents of subtler forms of segregation. Part of the ongoing GOP obstructionism and new Southern solidarity is a racist anti-Obama backlash. That’s not “playing the race card.” That’s public policy. Such backlash is not unprecedented. When African Americans were elected to office in threatening numbers after the Civil War, the backlash included armed insurrections, the rise of the KKK, election law revisions, voting restrictions, and lynchings. President Obama is an excellent statesman, making small changes that will lead to more opportunities and justice down the road. Despite the whining haters, President Obama is no socialist; he’s a company man. He would never have been elected if he was even slightly “left” of center. Gitmo is still open; drones wars are upon us; the stock market and CEO income are at alltime highs; no banks have been shuttered; no bankers have been criminally prosecuted; middle-class earnings and educational opportunities shrinking; unions are busted; women’s rights under attack; Obamacare protects big pharm and insurance profits better than it provides affordable health care; assault weapons are still legal and still lethal; corporations are still people; and Verizon and the NSA know what I’m writing before I do. Is Dick Cheney still king? In truth, it’s not even Dick Cheney. Our basic global military and economic worldview has changed much since 1945. In the context of American exceptionalism, a worldview that assumes global military economic domination is our “manifest destiny,” President Obama is doing pretty well. Perhaps considering the limits of the office, the best he can do is offer lofty rhetoric that rises above our corporate nationhood and suggests one day we can develop a just, democratically governed society. Perhaps the best we can do is recognize that until we stop separating people into “us” and “them,” and actively bend the arc of history toward justice for everyone, we will be constructing a segregated society closer to ancient nightmares than Martin Luther King’s dream.

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News of the Weird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY Haute Water

The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced from $8 to $16 a bottle (except for a $12 “tasting menu”). Martin Riese, general manager of Ray’s & Stark Bar, who is also a renowned water gourmet, will sell his own Californiamade 9OH2O, which comes in “limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles” at $14 each. Said Riese, “(M)any people don’t know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience (as, say, a good wine).” Riese has been certified as a Water Sommelier by the German Mineral Water Association.

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A security lab, delivering a report to the makers of software for a luxury Japanese toilet, warned that a flaw in their Android program renders the toilet hackable even while a user sits on it. The Satis (which retails for the equivalent of about $5,600) includes automatic flushing, bidet spray, fragrancespritzing, and music, according to an August BBC News report, and is controllable by a “My Satis” cellphone app. However, the PIN

to operate the app is unalterably “0000,” which means that a prankster with the app could create some very uncomfortable mischief in a public restroom. The CEO of Christian Schools Australia told the Australian Associated Press in June that Caloundra Christian College in Queensland teaches a range of creative sexual health messages and offered the school’s recent student pamphlet, “101 Things to Do Instead of Doing It,” as evidence. Recommended substitutes: “Pretend you’re six again,” “Have a water fight,” “Blow bubbles in the park,” and “Have a burping contest.” What Hawkmoth Researchers Know: According to their study in July in the Royal Society of Biology Letters, researchers from the University of Florida and Boise State somehow have learned that the hawkmoth evolved to avoid predator bats by jamming bats’ signature radar-like hunting technique called echolocation. A co-author told that the hawkmoth “confuses” the bats by emitting sonic pulses from its genitals. New Meaning to “Hon. John Hurley”: Immediately following Judge John Hurley’s having reduced her bond from $76,000 to $10,000 on drug trafficking charges in a Fort


Lauderdale, Fla., courtroom in August, Felicia Underwood, 38, asked, “You can’t make it a little lower, hon?” According to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report, Hurley was momentarily taken aback, asking: “Did she just refer to the court as ‘honey’?” “Oh, well ...” (He kept the bond at $10,000.) Adult “swinger” clubs occasionally rent commercial facilities like restaurants for an evening in which randy couples can mingle, but a club in Melbourne, Australia, struck a deal with the Casey Kids Play House Cranbourne, where frolickers could enjoy the playtime equipment until parents of children who play there found out in June. The parents were especially concerned about the partiers cavorting among the plastic balls in the giant ball pit. One parent told the Herald Sun, “My son is one (who) puts balls in his mouth.” British birdwatchers were especially excited by news earlier this year that a rare Whitethroated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying bird) had been spotted on the U.K.’s Isles of Harris only the eighth such sighting in Britain in 170 years and ornithologists arranged for an expedition that attracted birdwatchers from around the world. A June report in the Daily Telegraph noted that about 80 people were on the scene when the bird appeared again, but then had to watch it fly straight toward the blades of a wind turbine. (As the event might be described by Monty Python, the bird thus joined the choir invisible, left this mortal coil, became an ex-White-throated Needletail.)

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“High School in the Community” (HSC), the teachers’ union-managed school in New Haven, Conn., recently completed the first year of its program aimed in part at ending “social promotion” the automatic passing of students to the next grade even if they lack the skills and knowledge necessary for that grade. However, the officials were shocked to learn that not a single one of the school’s 44 first-time 9th-graders passed the promotion tests (and will have lengthy 9th-grade make-up sessions over the summer or beginning again in September). (Several other 9th-graders, who were already repeating 9th grade, were promoted.)

Helpful Derivative Military Technology: Manayunk Cleaners in Philadelphia has been testing delivery of customers’ clothing via its own drone (a converted four-blade DJI Phantom quadcopter originally used for aerial photography), guided by GPS. Said one bemused customer, “I was wondering what the hell that was, to be honest.” So far, the payload is limited to a shirt or towel, to be picked off the hovering aircraft by the customer, but owner Harout Vartanian hopes to buy a bigger drone soon. Agence France-Presse news service reported an even bolder drone program in August: delivering beer to music festival-goers in South Africa. The director of the Oppikoppi festival in Limpopo province attested to the drone’s success. A reveler places an order by cellphone, which marks the location, and


Look! Up in the Sky!: Andy Hill was enjoying a leisurely inner-tube ride on the Clark Fork River near Missoula, Mont., on Sunday, July 21st when a man landed on top of him, sending Hill to the hospital with broken bones and torn ligaments. The man, who was not seriously hurt, had playfully jumped from a bridge without looking. College baseball shortstop Mattingly Romanin, 20, suffered a concussion in July, while on the field before a summer league game, when a skydiver knocked him to the ground. The skydiver was part of a pre-game flyover at the Hannibal (Mo.) Cavemen’s game, but was windblown slightly off-course.

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the drone is dispatched to lower the beer by parachute usually in the midst of a cheering crowd. Contrary to popular wisdom, cows do not sleep standing up, but actually spend 12-14 hours a day lying down, even though their shape makes the position uncomfortable. Conscientious dairy farmers use beds of sand to adapt to the cow’s contour, and since the late 1990s, a Wisconsin firm (Advanced Comfort Technology) has marketed $200 cow waterbeds, which are even more flexible. Waterbeds may be superior, also, because they are built with an extra chamber that makes it easier for the cow to lower herself safely. The founders’ daughter, Amy Throndsen, told Huffington Post in June that her parents endured awkward moments starting the company: “Everyone . . . is telling them, Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Are you kidding me? Waterbeds?”

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Serendipitous Transplant: Mykel embarks on first show as Wilmington resident By: Sarah Richter Above: The Holy Ganges, 21 x 26 inches. Courtesy photo 10 encore | august 28 - september 3, 2013|

he idea of destiny, serendipity, fate or luck may sometimes feel like nothing more than the idealized fantasy of a Disney film. In many ways, there come moments in our lives when things do fall into place, and an entire life of success, failure, tragedy and joy become vindicated in a succession of movements which feel destined. Many people think the universe magically will align itself; their number will come up and the life they’ve always wanted just happens, but life is not so simple. Two great icons in literary history have noted a self-motivation propels us forward. Shakespeare said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” John Lennon stated, “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” This idea of creating our own lives embodies the work and story of recent transplant Mykel. An abstract artist by way of San Francisco, Mykel’s journey began in Georgia. “Growing up there, I was a very hyper-active kid, so my parents enrolled me in a local art class,” he tells. “I ended up having an excellent mentor who really fostered a love of art in me and pushed me to create more.” During his classes, Mykel found a sense of calm and peace. The kid who was full of energy stopped to take a moment and reflect. “One day my teacher gave me a piece of rice paper, which has a different texture than regular paper,” he explains. “Not knowing what to draw, he also gave me a photograph of a city skyline which I started to paint. I quickly got frustrated, and, unhappy with what I had created, I crumpled the paper and threw it away.” His teacher fished out the paper from the bin, due to its expensive quality. He then taught Mykel how to make windows, and insisted the student finish his work. So impressed with the final piece—despite Mykel’s displeasure of it—the teacher framed it and entered it into a county art show. The youngest contestant at only 8-years-old won; it ignited Mykel’s artistic passion even further. Returning to study art in college, Mykel found passion in another palette: the restaurant biz. Though working and owning an eatery in Georgia, Mykel eventually found himself across the states, uprooted from his Southern lineage. He bounced around restaurants in the Bay area, and didn’t devote a lot of time to his art. Af-

SEEING BLACK AND WHITE: Mykel’s work often draws comparisons to Picasso, Kandinsky and Chagall. Courtesy photo

ter contemplating a move to Santa Cruz, a few of Mykel’s close friends accepted a job in Wilmington. They suggested he visit, and as a fate would have it, Mykel’s grandfather—at one time dean of Wilmington College (now known as UNCW)—once resided here. Though Mykel had never been here, he heard his grandparents talk fondly of how much they loved the port city and considered it one of their favorite places. Though uncertain of making the coastal move, Mykel went against his instincts and returned to the South. He became integrated into the growing artistic community of Wilmington and thus far, it has paid off. Upon moving, Mykel found a home at ACME Studios and has rediscovered his voice. He finds inspiration from daily walks and photographs he takes throughout the city. His inspiration never wanes, as his works remain vibrant and playful. “By just touching paint to paper I often find inspirations,” Mykel explains. “My works have a story—sometimes allegorical with the same images and symbols appearing in multiple works.” Mykel hones a free-for-all approach to painting or doing installations. It’s what he refers to as “wurks,” which define his creations as hard work but with a hefty dose of fun. “My process includes impulsivity,

compulsion, intuition, finding order and letting go,” he explains. “I didn’t want to simply refer to them as ‘work’ because that has such a negative connotation, but I wanted to call them something that embodied both the aspect of hard work and enjoyment that goes into them.” His “wurks,” for any art-history buff, resemble art reflective of masters like Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Picasso and Chagall. Much of his gestural, expressionistic aspects tickle the styles often seen in de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. “My wurks can be associated with jazz music, Beatnik poetry, eastern aesthetics, totems and shamanic story telling,” Mykel describes. For the artist, transplanting to Wilmington equals a personal pay-off. Changing destiny renews creativity and introduction to a thriving, inspirational group of artists at ACME. “Love, Gravity and Pigment: Abstract Water Wurks by Mykel” hangs at the gallery throughout the next month.

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2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. • is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Volume 34 features work by Sarah Collier, Becky Carey, Cornelius Riley, Bambie and Eli Thompson.


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In July, we will be featuring the unique work of Kay Bilisoly, a Wilmington artist and member of ArtExposure. We will be sponsoring a “Paint Out in the Park” at the end of July. This will be in conjuction with the Onslow Outdoor Painters Society (OOPS). There is no entry fee, but you need to fill out our a participation form (online under Events) to be included in the August show at ArtExposure. The show will feature the plein air works of participating artists at the Paint Out.


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Featured this month is the colorful collection of Jared Tramaglini, influenced by a love for the outdoors. Having climbed the Rockies and sailed the Caribbean, Tramaglini’s works exude a bright spirit of adventure. Tramaglini’s collection will be featured until September 26. Cape Fear Native features art, jewelry, pottery, photography and more, all original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers and jewelry by Half United. Stop in and support your local creative community.


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Cape Fear Community College is pleased to present “Bundles,” a solo exhibition of Aaron Wilcox’s work. “Bundles” consists of nearly 30 ceramic sculptures, accompanied by digital detail photographs of the sculptures, and drawings of existing or speculative sculptures. In this exhibition, Wilcox relishes in exploiting the malleable nature of clay and the boundaries that arise in its fired form.

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“The Space Between” features recent works by Warren Dennis and Priscilla Whitlock. Dennis offers a playful rendition of his subject matter, ranging from figurative studies to still lifes and landscapes. Whitlock enjoys painting outdoors, embracing each changing season as she captures the color and beauty of her surroundings. The exhibition will run through September 21st.


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River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit

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ART BLOCK: ‘A Collection of Miniatures on Wood’ by Jared Tramaglini, currently hanging at Cape Fear Native. Courtesy photo “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!

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and acrylics; plus award-winning metalworks, wood pieces, hand-blown glass, fiber art, artisanmade jewelry and more. Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become a popular destination for visitors, a gathering place for artists and a center of the community, thanks to its onsite are a pottery studio, complete with two kilns; a custom master framing department; and art classrooms for workshops and ongoing instruction.

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Funny Through the Ages: PSL takes audiences on an historically funny ride By: Gwenyfar Rohler


heatreNOW’s current dinner theatre offering, “History of Comedy: Part 1,” comes as a partnership with one of Wilmington’s most prolific sketch comedy groups, Pineapple Shaped Lamps (PSL). It’s a logical one, too: PSL has been performing their monthly sketch show, “Pineapple Shaped Lamps Presents,” at TheatreNOW for most of 2013. The title “History of Comedy: Part 1” makes an obvious allusion to the comic giant Mel Brooks, which should give the audience the first clue that they’re in for a smart and funny look at laughter across the 20th century. The 13 sketches include “BC”—Before Comedy. With the help of historian/narrator Ron Hasson, the show moves through each decade of the 20th century, offering introductions. Hasson is a rarity: one born to be a character actor. Give him a costume, a mask and an objective to creep out people with while making them laugh simultaneously, and he shines! Starting with 1900 “Vaudvillecent,” the sketch depicts the struggles of a deaf mute

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(Jordan Mullaney) in Vaudeville. In 1910 Ricky “The Riot” Rizo (Ben Henson) treats the audience to what would be today’s standard of completely unacceptable jokes: sexist, racist, ethnocentric and homophobic. Of all the sketches, this one hits home most, perhaps because it’s the most unsettling. Part of the role of the jester or clown in society is to point out our own hypocrisies, and part of the purpose of history is to teach us from where we come. The reality is: In 1912, the jokes that Ricky “The Riot” Rizzo told would be considered tame and acceptable for middle-class society. That 8 minutes of material more than illustrates the changes in American entertainment and values than any history lesson before it. With the 1920s comes the reign of silent films, and PSL produces a short black-and-white titled “Mimes in Terrible Situations.” Without a doubt, it’s the best part of the evening. Starring John Wolfe as a mime with bad judgment and worse luck, it’s written by Ben Henson, and offers elements of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplain. More so, it shows an infectious love of early cinema. In addition PSL actually filmed it themselves, and showing it it on the big screen at TheatreNOW first-handedly distinguishes the difference between the live stage-show era of Vaudeville and the time of the silent screen. It is a nice touch which tremendously adds to the experience. The middle part of the century suits me most. “Father Knows Best” showcases a sketch parodying 1950’s sitcoms thanks to a very straight-faced Brendan Carter. He plays an interesting blend of Robert Young and Dick Van Dyke, with sincerity and a pipe, advocating basic domestic violence as an antidote to his wife (Holly Cole) “thinking for herself.” Cole stuffs Donna Reed and June Cleever into one beautiful dress, with a sweet, thoughtful smile. Admittedly, I couldn’t wait for the ‘70s to arrive, so she could divorce him! But, the show takes a side trip to Andy Warhol’s Laugh Factory, Folks who haven’t seen Ryan P.C. Trimble’s impression of Andy Warhol are missing out! Irreverent, ridiculous, but surprisingly accurate, it’s a wonder to behold and almost as alluring as his sponsor—“ham.” Monty Python fans will relish in the show, too, as the troupe knows to whom they owe their allegiance. The ‘70s are devoted to Flying Circus in a sketch writ-

ten by Trimble. It opens with the traditional “pet shop” set-up and then goes somewhere very strange—even slightly reminiscent of the book-shop sketch. Wesley Brown and Trimble are dressed as women in hats that only Terry Gilliam could love, and with voices that trigger any Python fan to expect a phone call to Sartre to sort out the meaning of his masterwork. The Breaxsplosion Club (my date’s fave sketch) reimagines the iconic ‘80s teen drama “The Breakfast Club.” Action heroes fulfill teen-angst, thanks to the Terminator, Princess Lea, and Rambo, who find themselves in detention. The creative ideas sums up a lot of the era quite well. Jake Steward’s Terminator almost steals the show with his poetry. Seriously, the Terminator as a misunderstood poet might be worth the price of admission alone. Chef Denise Gordon is fresh from her win of the silver award for Best Appetizer at Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening, and the dinner menu for this show sticks to homey basics—perfect for PSL’s already big following among college students. Ticket prices reflect strict budgets, too, wherein folks can enjoy both the show and dinner for Bacon cheeseburgers abound for carnivores (“meaty, cheesey, bacony and a burger—all things I can’t get at home!” my date reminded), while omnis can enjoy one of the best eggplant wraps (including feta, red peppers, caramelized onions and spinach). French fries and a couple of Highland Gaelic Ales will round out a great evening of food and entertainment. The a la carte dessert should never be refused and the chocolate mousse makes a lovely addition to the final sketch of the evening, which begs the question: “What is the future of comedy?” If PSL is any indication, the future looks bright and healthy. Chef Denise Gordon’s outstanding fare—by far, the best I’ve had yet—makes it all the more delicious, too.

DETAILS: History of Comedy: Part 1 ★★★★★ TheatreNOW Corner of Dock and 10th streets Aug. 30-31, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 (adults only) or $10 for comedy show, no dinner

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Feast on This: Opera House gets carnivorous with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ By: Fiona O’Sullivan

“My time directing began in 2011,” he notes. “I started as an assistant director to Ray Kennedy for productions such as ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Hello, Dolly,’ ‘She Loves Me’ and ‘Hairspray.’” Aycock also assisted Suellen Yates for Opera House’s hit run of “Les Misérables” in June. Safe to say, he’s hoping for return success with “Little Shop of Horrors,” opening Wednesday, August 28th.


ased on the 1960s black comedy film by Roger Corman—and its more popular 1980s adaptation, starring a fascinating Steve Martin and Rick Moranis—the comedy/rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” strikes a chord with audiences 50 years later, whether onscreen or live onstage. Composed by Alan Menken and screenplay writer Howard Ashman, “Little Shop” won several awards for best musical from revered organizations including the Drama Critics Circle and Drama Desk. Opera House Theatre Company (OHTC) will present the show to Thalian Hall audiences from August 28th to September 1st. Director Jason Aycock, a big fan of the musical, performed in the OHTC 2006 production as the creepy, cartoonish dentist. Now in the director’s seat, he seems more than excited to be associated with the production once again. “I think I saw the 1960s Roger Corman original movie first when I was little and really liked it,” Aycock recalls. “Then I saw the 1986 musical movie when I was about 10 and fell in love with it. The story was stronger than the original, and the songs immediately permeated my brain. I sang them for like a week straight.” Scored in the realm of Motown, doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll, behind the music of “Little Shop” is quite a tragic story. The concept of this Faustian tale makes it timeless, and its darker side gets told in a fun, flamboyant manner which boldly enlivens the downtrodden background. The show follows Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy retail assistant, who struggles to keep his job with Mushnik’s Flower Shop. In an effort to remain employed, Seymour convinces the owner, Mushnik, he has a rare plant sure to attract customers. Seymour calls it “Audrey II,” named after a co-worker, for whom he secretly loves. The plant becomes an overnight sensation but can only survive in an underbelly of doom: It grows only with human blood, and its bad-temper and increasing appetite become threatening. Bringing the show to life is Kenny Rosander as Seymour. “He was born to do it,” Aycock states. “He has such heart that you are immediately onboard with him every step of the way.” Caitlin Becka takes on Audrey, with Steve Rassin as a fantastic Mushnik. “He has a blast as the crotchety shop owner but also has a great arc in the fact that he cares for Audrey and Seymour like a father,” Aycock continues. The famed, drug-frenzied dentist role will be enacted by Jon Berry, who Aycock says is laying it on thick. Terrill Williams will voice the true star, Audrey II. “His voice is wonderful,” Aycock mentions. “My three doo-wop street urchins are Annie

DETAILS: Little Shop of Horrors Opera House Theatre Company Aug. 29-Sept. 1; Sept. 6-8 SUDDENLY, SEYMOUR: Kenny Rosander will play Seymour Krelbourn in the rock-horror musical, opening Wednesday at Thalian. Courtesy of Lorene Walsh

Marsh, Chandler Davis, and Olivia James and I think they are having the most fun.” As the girls are named from the ‘50s/’60s groups like the Crystals, Ronnettes, and Chiffons, they will hone that era of sound, which makes the musical so appealing. “It’s a great time frame to work within because it’s so recognizable,” Aycock says. “I enjoy watching it every night in rehearsal. It’s cathartic to know that other folks feel down in the dumps and want to get out of their humdrum existence. This story just happens to have a more over-the-top-way of telling it. That’s what people enjoy.” Lorene Walsh, musical director for all of OHTC’s shows, will lead a five-piece band through its throwback of sound, according to Aycock—from the catchy title track to “Feed Me (Git It)” to “Suddenly, Seymour,” Aycock’s personal favorite. “It has so much sweetness as it starts out and then builds into a full-on epic ballad,” he claims. “I can’t get enough of it.” Other cast members include Michael Savas and Aycock’s wife, Heather Setzler. The lovebirds actually met on the set of the 2006 OHTC production, which also included the work of costumer Juli Harvey. Harvey constructed Audrey II and will return to the drawing board in bringing the carnivorous puppet to life. “Juli has been brainstorming ways to make Audrey II bigger and better,” Aycock informs. “I think the audience will be surprised and enjoy the look of our fantastic little plant. She has pulled double duty and is doing costumes as well.” Lighting will be done by Dallas Lafon, and Terry Collins’ Scenic Asylum is creating the set. “We’ve worked out a great art deco set that has a run-down feel, since the shop is located on the

seedy part of town in Skid Row,” Aycock tells. Having acted since high school, Aycock received a BFA in musical theatre from Mars Hill College. Locally, he’s fronted quite a few productions, whether acting in or choreographing them (“Avenue Q,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Great American Trailer Park”).

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The Year of the Bard: Wilmington gets its Shakespeare fix in more ways than one By: Gwenyfar Rohler


hakespeare is having such a good run in the Port City. It might be time to ask Mayor Saffo to proclaim 2013 “The Year of The Bard.” Thus far Wilmington hosted “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” ”Measure for Measure,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” The Shakespeare on the Green Youth Company’s “Shades of Shakespeare” (featuring a hodgepodge of Shakespeare snippets in one), Colby Diagle’s “William and Judith” (a semi-biopic play exploring Shakespeare’s writing), and the original script “Rosaline and Baldasar” by Marlowe Moore, which looks at “Romeo and Juliet” through the eyes of Romeo’s exgirlfriend and cousin. Could there possibly be more? The good Bard said it best himself: “What is past is prologue.” At the recent Cinematique screening of Joss Whedon’s adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Tony Rivenbark, Thalian Hall Center for the Preforming Arts’ executive director, took the stage to make a very special announcement. Starting on September 5th, at 7:30 p.m., The Shakespeare Club will begin screening a Shakespeare film on the first Thursday of the month in the studio theatre. “There have been over 700 films made of Shakespeare and we’re going to try to show them all!” Rivenbark proclaimed to enthusiastic applause. If successful, the series should run for about 14 years—yes, years! As an added benefit, speakers will provide some background and context to the productions. The announced line-up through February looks incredible: Max Reinhardt’s “A Midsumer Night’s Dream” (Mickey Rooney as Puck and James Cagney as Bottom); Pacino’s “Merchant of Venice”; and Oliver’s “Henry V.” The first screening will be Zeffirelli’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) on September 5th. A full schedule can be found at On September 6th, TheatreNOW’s dinner theatre on 10th and Dock streets will open their new show “The Bard’s Broads,” written by local thespian and playwright Anthony Lawson. Set at The Dirty Quill, a local watering hole of one young playwright named Will Shakespeare, the audience meets the writer’s friends and watches him steal their life stories for his own ends. Theatre NOW’s Chef Denise Gordon will prepare an “Elizabethan Tavern Meal” in conjunction with the show, and lots of ale to complement this very bawdy look at some of the Bard’s baser influences. Tickets are $38, and the pub opens

THE SHAKESPEARE CLUB: Thalian Hall will start “The Shakespeare Club” on September 5th, showcasing one Shakespeare movie a month. First up on Sept. 5th: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor in “The Taming of the Shrew.” Courtesy photo

at 6 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m. ( Moving along through the fall, on November 20th, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts welcomes “Shakespeare On Trial” as part of their main attractions season. A twoperson cast will depict Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet as they fight for or against their possible irrelevance in modern society. The audience will judge the verdict in the trial of Mr. Bill Shakespeare vs. His Creations in a 75-minute tour of greatest hits. Tickets range from $14 to $28, and the show starts at 8 p.m. (www. Thalian Association Children’s Theatre Academy will offer a wonderful curriculum for developing performers. The sessions include a Shakespeare Performance Immersion Workshop taught by Penny Kohut. Led over eight weeks from September 3rd through October 22nd, 13- to 17-year-olds will embark on a user-friendly approach to the Bard’s oft-intimidating work (Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; $120). The workshop will encourage students to explore the material in a modern and relevant way, with its last session including “Shakespearian ‘RAP’sody,” a rap interpretation of Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”). Performances will be included in the TACT Academy Showcase on November 24th at the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street ( Our now 20-year-old annual Cape Fear

Shakespeare on the Green remains busy year-long. Their time in the spotlight primarily shines through the month of June, with dual productions from both their youth and adult companies. Slated for 2014 is “As You Like It” and “The Comedy of Errors.” Yet, they continue to produce other works and workshops, too, including a “Mid-Autumn Eve Masquerade Party” fund-raiser on October 19th, which will help raise proceeds for many upcoming undertakings. They will produce an interesting adaptation by David Ives (“All the Timing,” “Venus in Fur”). In 2010 Ives adapted Corneille’s “The Liar” to iambic pentameter and verse. The play was written during the same time of Shakespeare’s last play, “The Tempest.” Originally Ives worked with The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. Our own Shakespeare on the Green is in talks to workshop “The Liar” at City Stage. With their companion youth company, Journey Productions will hold classes and workshops, as well. Seemingly, they are in the planning stages of a Shakespeare retreat in the spring—one of their most ambitious projects to date. The weekend will encompass deconstructing and understanding a Shakespeare text, as well as focusing on techniques and context for performance motifs of the time ( Wilmington author Christy English just released “Love on a Midsummer Night,” the second of her Shakespeare in Love trilogy. Obviously, the book takes off from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but is set as a romance novel. The final book in the trilogy, “Much Ado About Jack,” will be released in time for Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, local performers Grey Hawkes and Christy Grantham

again will read the parts of the lovers at English’s release party, to be announced soon. The talented duo have thus far voiced the lovers at the performances for her two previous books, “Love on a Midsummer Night” and “How to Tame a Willful Wife.” Browncoat Pub and Theatre was the site of both “Rosaline and Baldasar” and “William and Judith” earlier this year. Director Richard Davis reports the company is in pre-production planning for “Richard III,” with Davis in the lead role and Steve Coley in the director’s chair. If all goes according to plan, they hope to open the show in early spring. Meanwhile Davis continues to develop “50 Shades of Kate,” a bondage modernization of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Having previously staged a lesbian adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as set “Hamlet” in a mental ward, the interpretation should be in-line with Browncoat’s history of producing challenging and unexpectedly relevant interpretations of Shakespeare shows. Davis is quick to point out: Browncoat began as a Shakespeare company.


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Preservation Society: The Al Neese Jazz Project performs hard bop at Bellamy By: Bethany Turner


ew York City is one locale able to evoke an abundance of American themes. From immigration and the rise of industry to the glamorous lifestyle of flappers and artists in the 1920s—and still as a mecca for creatives today—the city embodies every aspect of American life. The poor and the rich merge in a megalopolis of innovation. It is no wonder North Carolinian Al Neese moved to there in the ‘50s to pursue a heavily inventive style of music: jazz. During Neese’s 25-year NYC career, he tooted his trumpet with the likes of Charlie Parker, Freddie Redd, Jackie McLean and Kenny Dorham. He witnessed the charisma and talent of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and fellow North Carolinian Thelonious Monk. When Neese returned to Greensboro in 1975, he brought with him tales of the club life and an authority on the hard-bop era. “Charlie Parker used to come down [to the Open Door jazz club],” Neese, now 81 years old, recalls. “He was quite a character. I heard him play one time and it was like standing on the edge of the world. For those guys, I’m still excited about just knowing them. I learned from them and played their music, and I write myself.” In the ‘70s, however, Neese made as much of an impression on another Greensboro native: Scott Adair, a Berklee graduate and touring saxophonist with the Four Tops and The Temptations. He also once performed as part of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. “It’s interesting: Alan and I graduated from the same high school,” Adair informs. “I graduated in 1969, and by that time they’d changed the name to Grimsley High School. But Alan graduated in [1949] and it was Greensboro High School.” The men, despite the two-decade age difference, both studied under Greensboro’s legendary Herbert Hazelman, the director of bands for the school system for 40 years. “When I came home from Berklee, I was involved with some of my contemporaries,” Adair details. “We had a jazz group that did a lot of original material called ‘In Time.’ We happened to be at one of the outdoor festivals in town, and Alan was with a jazz group. I was just knocked out by the style of music he played and the arrangement they had.” While Neese was in New York with his wife, Shirley, he soaked up the jazz transition from bebop to hard bop, which incorporated more R&B, gospel and blues stylings. The rhythms

JAZZED UP: The Al Neese Jazz Project comprises (front l. to r.) Scott Adair, Al Neese, (back r.) Charles Gambetta, Turner Battle, Jay McCracken, and Jud Franklin. Courtesy photo

rolled more as jazz took on a funkier tone. “That was a classic era of music, because the bebop music was really the beginning of modern jazz,” Adair tells. “It started in the early to mid-’40s, and it peaked by the early ‘50s. So when Alan came to New York, there was—some people refer to it as the post-bop era—hard bop. There was also the cool jazz of the time, so this was a real creative period with a new direction in modern jazz.” As Neese jokes of the good ol’ days, that time in jazz history was a bit of an artful party. “Back in those days, everybody drank a little, smoked a little,” he quips. “He and Shirley lived all those crazy years in New York with musicians coming and going all different times of the night,” Adair says of Neese’s experience. “In fact, he has so many stories that are just wonderful to listen to. The [title] ‘father of modern jazz’ has been attributed to Charlie Parker. Before Parker died, he was a frequent guest at Alan’s house because he liked Shirley’s fried chicken and coleslaw. I guess it reminded him of his home, Kansas City.” By the late ‘70s, jazz began to take a turn toward fusion with rock ‘n’ roll. Thus, Neese

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thrived during the true heyday of hard bop. “When I heard Alan play with his group, I was just enamored with the authenticity of the music and the arrangements,” Adair iterates. Following the outdoor festival, Adair and Neese became close friends. They formed a group called The Cookery in the 1980s utilizing Neese’s library. “Of course, he’s always transcribing things and arranging things and bringing new material to the table,” Adair muses. The Cookery played together for four or five years. In 2007, Adair gave Neese a call again. “I said, ‘Hey, none of us are getting any younger. Why don’t we knock the dust off of this and give it one more whirl? It’s too precious a thing not to do so,’” he remembers. The pair returned with a new line-up, rehearsing in a little storage space behind an auto garage. Today they are known as the Al Neese Jazz Project. “‘The Book,’ as we call it—we must have 200 arrangements in our book that are just priceless,” Adair explains. “So the mission of this group is to somehow keep this music alive and to do it authentically. A lot of times musicians will play off of a lead sheet, which just gives you the melody and the chords­. But these are arrangements that have introductions, shout choruses, harmony parts. It’s the real deal, and as far as I know, we’re the only people in our entire area who are doing this as a dedicated project.”

The sextet, rounded out by Charles Gambetta (bass), Turner Battle (piano/keys), Jay McCracken (drums) and Jud Franklin (guitar), now rehearses weekly in a music room at Greensboro College. They perform monthly at a downtown bar called The Flatiron. “This is a true labor of love,” Adair confirms. “We get paid a couple of beers a man and tips. It’s funny because this music is so important to everybody; it really is our therapy. A lot of things come and go—you might go out and play a corporate function and make big money—but this is something we really sink our teeth in, and it has real meaning to us.” The Al Neese Jazz Project will perform credible New York-style post-bop at Bellamy Mansion on Thursday, August 29th, as part of the Cape Fear Jazz Society’s summer music series. “I grew up in the swing-band era,” Neese, who has been playing horns since 4th grade, shares. “Back in those days it was all big bands—there was no rock ‘n’ roll. I love this kind of music, and there are still people around who want to hear it.” Guests at the mansion can expect to hear music from all of the hard-bop greats Neese knew, including Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter, as well as a handful of original pieces from Neese himself. It is all a focus on preserving the history of hard bop, sharing it with others, to ensure the legacy is not lost. “I think we’re doing it with more dedication and more purpose than ever before,” Adair affirms. “Alan’s not going to be with us forever, and who knows what’s going to happen to any of us.” Tickets for the outdoor event, available at the door, are $5 for students with valid ID, $10 for members of the Bellamy Mansion or the Cape Fear Jazz Society, and $12 for general public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnics. The show will kick off at 6:30 p.m., and it will be the final concert of the summer series.

DETAILS: Al Neese Jazz Project Thursday, August 29th 6:30 p.m. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St. Tickets: $5-12


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DROPPING BEATS NOT BOMBS: Bombadil, hailing from Durham, will bring its brand of indie/alt-rock to Satellite Bar and Lounge on Saturday, August 31st. Courtesy photo


NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

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

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


DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KARAOKE (9PM) —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050 SHAKEDOWN STREET WITH THE DUBTOWN COSMONAUTS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 OPEN MIC (9PM) —Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland; 859-7188 DJ MARY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

MILLENIA FUNK’N —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 ONE FOXY NUT 10PM-1AM —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

KARAOKE —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373


KARAOKE (8PM-1AM) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

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

Guinness Cans 3 KARAOKE W/ DJ A.M.P. Island Sunsets $5 —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 SATURDAY 1 encore | july 10-16, 2013| $ Baybreeze/Seabreeze 4 20 encore | august 28 - september 3, 2013| $

ED SOMECH/MARK LYNCH (6:30PM) —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

OPEN MIC —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373

OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH DENNIS BRINSON (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 DJKAHUNA —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 DISCOTHEQUE THURS. WITH DJ’S DST AND MATT EVANS —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington OPEN MIC 7-10PM —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 SEA PANS (STEEL DRUMS, 7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 OPEN MIC/SONGWRITERS NIGHT —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 THIRSTY THURSDAY TEAM TRIVIA WITH SHERRI “SO VERY” (7-9PM) —Whiskey Trail at the Creek, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 399-3266 JAZZ NIGHT WITH MARC SIEGEL 6PM-8PM —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 DUTCH’S THURSDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 7-9PM —Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910-

228-5952 DJ SHAFT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 THE RAJ —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 FUEL, CHASING EDEN —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000 AL DIMARCO’S SONGWRITER SHOWCASE —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. BEACH BILLY BROTHERS (8PM-12AM) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach MONICA HOELSCHER —Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 SPARE CHANGE —Carolina Beach Boardwalk; 910-458-8434 KARAOKE —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 2562269

DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KARAOKE —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776

THE BREAKFAST CLUB, HEART BRIGADE —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

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

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

DJ MILK AND SBZ —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

WES SAYER (9PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DANGERS OF STEREO (9:30PM) —Loretta’s Surfside Lounge, 5 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-8242 CRISSIE MCCREE & NICK SIMON (7:30PM) —Fermental, 7250-B Market St.; 821-0362 CLAY CROTTS —Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696 OVERTYME (ECLECTIC MIX, 7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

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

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

EMMA NELSON —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 THE AL NEESE PROJECT (JAZZ, 6:30PM) —Bellamy Mansion; 503 Market St., 251-3700

EASTBOUND (8PM-12AM) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

DAVE DIMURO —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 DEPARTURE —Downtown Sundown; riverfront downtown, 763-7349 CHILLIN DIXIE —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 DJ MILK AND MATT EVANS —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. DJ TURTLE —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC KARAOKE W/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

IRISH MUSIC JAM 2PM —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road

MARK DAFFER (COURTYARD) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 M80S —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 JESSE STOCKTON’S MOONLIGHT CO. WITH BOOTLEG DYNASTY —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 JAM SANDWICH 9PM-12AM —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE (9PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 KARAOKE (10PM) —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301


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

206 Old Eastwood Rd.

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

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DJKAHUNA —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 PIANO —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922


HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

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

DJ TURTLE —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC

FEATHER IN A FIST —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. MAC AND JUICE QUARTET, BUBONIK FUNK —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

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SPIDER MIKE & FRIENDS (2-5PM) —Fire & Spice Gourmet, 312 Nutt St.; 762-3050

DOUG WILCOX —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

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

DJ DST AND SBZ —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

DJ DST AND MATT EVANS —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St.

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


DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

40 EAST —Carolina Beach Boardwalk; 910-458-8434

ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

TOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

—Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

LUNAR TIDE —Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 BEACH BILLY BROTHERS —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DANGERS OF STEREO (9:30PM) —Loretta’s Surfside Lounge, 5 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-8242 SUSAN SAVIA 8PM —Fermental, 7250-B Market St.; 821-0362






JEREMY NORRIS DUO 9PM-12AM —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 RANDY MCQUAY —Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696


Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

FORREST TABOR (7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 EMMA NELSON, COY —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 PHIL BEVILACQUA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 BOMBADIL —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 STEREOTYPE (ROCK, 9PM) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 BLIVET —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

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

SHAKE & SHAG WITH DJ LEE PEARSON —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776



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Sea Pans Steel Drums every Thursday

LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10 pm FRI.


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Monday $1 Tacos • $3 Wells $10 Domestic Buckets Free Pool

Tuesday $2 Bud Light & Miller Light Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Wednesday Irish Night! $2 Off All Irish Drinks

Thursday College Night! $5 Cover & 1¢ Domestic Drafts

LIVE MUSIC Sunday’s 4-8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 8


Friday Karaoke with Carson $2 Draft Specials


Central Park

Saturday Live Music $4 Bombs


Back of the Boat Tour


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

BURNPIT (ROCK) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

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

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

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

JAH CREATION DUO 9PM-12AM —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

DRUMMING WITH RON & ERIC (6:30-8:30PM) —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737


OPEN MIC W/ JOHN INGRAM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977

OPEN ELECTRIC JAM (6-10PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

BEN MORROW —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448

KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

KARAOKE W/ DJ DOUBLE DOWN —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

BLACK FLAG, GOOD FOR YOU, MIKE VALLALEY —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000


KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS (9PM) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

JAMES JARVIS (ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO, 5PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

WORLD TAVERN TRIVIA HOSTED BY MUD —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224

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

1706 North Lumina Ave. • (910) 256-2231

1610 Pavilion Place 256-0102

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


ILM’s Famous Sunday Funday with DJ Battle and the Karaoke Kong 1/2 Price Wine Bottles


4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach • 256-8500


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

L SHAPE LOT (3PM); CLAY CROTTS (8PM) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

JAMES HAFF (PIANO) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

JAZZ JAM WITH BENNY HILL (8PM) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

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

SHAG MUSIC, DANCING AND LESSONS (3:307PM) —Boardwalk on Front, 15 S. Front St.; 833-8990 REGGAE —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 MACHINE GUN —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach TYLER PERRY’S CHILL BEATS LAB (10PM) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND (6-10PM) —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 KARAOKE WITH DAMON —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 3993056 MANNY LLOYD —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 KARAOKE W/ DJ DOUBLE DOWN —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 WATER SHED —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 ELECTRIC MONDAYS W/ PRUITT & SCREWLOOPZ —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 PLAN B DUO (OPEN MIC, 8PM-12AM) —Daddy’s Place, 14870 US Highway 17 N., Hampstead; 270-3947 LAURA MCLANE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 JOSH SOLOMON DUO —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 MULTIMEDIA OPEN MIC —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 KARAOKE (8PM-1AM) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach KARAOKE (9PM) —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050 SHAKEDOWN STREET WITH THE DUBTOWN COSMONAUTS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ MARY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 OPEN MIC (9PM) —Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland; 859-7188 ROB RONNER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 KARAOKE W/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KARAOKE —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499


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OPEN MIC with Starkey First Tues. of the Month 8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Bottles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider

WEDNESDAY $4 20 oz. Guinness Pints Live Acoustic Music



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BREAKFAST BUFFET 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. THURSDAY $ 4 Bloody Mary’s TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. and Mimosa’s PRIZES! Jazz Piano with James Jarvis $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts Open for Breakfast Daily at 6 am

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CLAY CROTTS August 31st RANDY McQUAY September 6th ROB RONNER September 7th MIKE O’DONNELL September 13th JASON HIBLER September 14th KENNEDY PARK 2700 N. Lumina Ave. Wrightsville Beach, NC Drink 910-256-8696 Specials August 30th

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MUSE-IC: Hailing from England, Grammy Award-winning rock act Muse is known for tracks like 2003’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and 2012’s ‘Madness.’ They’ll play in Charlotte on September 3rd. Courtesy photo

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 8/29: Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Caleb 9/1: Twiztid, Jelly Roll, Lil Wyte

VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 PAVILION BLVD, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-1292 8/31: Allman Brothers Band 9/4: John Mayer

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWY. 17 SOUTH, MYRTLE BEACH, SC (843) 272-3000 8/31: Jon Reep 9/1: Wale

TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA 333 E. TRADE ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 688-9000 9/3: Muse

ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9TH ST., WINSTON-SALEM, NC (336) 722-5000 8/28: Parachute 8/30: Traci Steele 9/2: Black Flag

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 8/28: Sibannic, Boxxer, Six Shots Later 8/29: Splintered Reality, Mechabull 9/2: Sleepy Kitty 9/3: Redeyedanddogtired, Mathwords

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 377-6874 8/28: We the Kings, Breathe Carolina 8/30: Megan and Liz, Kalin and Myles TWC MUSIC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 8/31: Twiztid, Jelly Roll, Lil Wyte 3801 ROCK QUARRY RD., RALEIGH, NC CAT’S CRADLE (919) 831-6400 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC 8/30: Allman Brothers Band (919) 967-9053 9/3: Iron Maiden 8/31: The South Wing Band, Willie Painter Band THE ORANGE PEEL 9/3: MC Chris, Dr. Awkward 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 8/28: One More Time (Daft Punk tribute) RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 S. MCDOWELL ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 996-8800 9/1: Shinedown, Papa Roach

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‘Kick-Ass 2’ offers hilarious take on far-fetched violence

The Hunt, Still Mine

By: Anghus

Cinematique • Monday through Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) • 7:30 p.m. Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. • $8 8/28-30: “The Hunt” (pictured) is a searing dramatic depiction of how a lie becomes truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen (Best Actor, 2012 Cannes) portrays Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over after overcoming a tough divorce and the loss of his job.


prefer noble failures to perfectly executed pabulum. That’s a realization I’ve come to after 30 years of watching movies. I’ll take the movies that try to be something different or fun, the ones that are shameless and unafraid of being mocked. I don’t want every movie to be a ridiculous over-the-top affair. Yet, every so often, I want to see something that is dumb, violent and unapologetic. For summer, that movie is “Kick-Ass 2.” Hollywood seems to be systematically eliminating B-movies; they’ve been relegated to Redbox and basic cable. So when a movie like “Kick-Ass 2” makes it into theaters, it’s cause to celebrate. The fact that we live in an age where a movie like this can exist is rather amazing. As a kid reading comic books, I remember being lucky to get a spandex-clad superhero movie every couple of years. Now, they flood cineplexes. Not only can I see superhero movies often, I also get satirical, darkly comic, deconstructionist superhero movies. “Kick-Ass 2” is even more cartoonish and ridiculous than the original. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), an ordinary high school student, spends his nights dressing up in green spandex and trying to be the world‘s first superhero: Kick-Ass. There hasn’t been much growth for Dave. He’s getting better at being a costumed crime fighter but excelling at little else. His only connection to his secret life is Mindy (Chloë Moretz), also known as the evil-killing super weapon, Hit Girl. Mindy is trying to move on with her life after losing her father but finds the non-costumed life stifling. Her surrogate father knows her secret and is trying to create a more normal existence for her. Dave and Mindy are both in search of a life: one in costume and one without. It turns out Dave’s superhero dream is shared by others. He’s inspired an army of superheroes who take to the streets in costumes. Searching for kindred spirits, Dave finds himself joining with a group of other wannabe superheroes. They work under the name “Justice Forever” and are led by the menacing Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). What happens next harkens back to the final scene of “Batman Begins,” when Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) talks about escalation. If heroes start wearing masks, certainly the villains of the world will follow suit. That promise is fulfilled by The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who still holds a grudge against Kick-Ass for blowing up his father with a bazooka. Yes, this is the kind of movie where blowing someone

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CARTOON ALIVE Chloë Moretz stars as Hit Girl in the latest sequel to “Kick-Ass.” Courtesy photo

up with a bazooka is just a thing that happens. Villains assemble with costumes, and before you know it, the city is plagued by a bunch of super-violent assholes looking to pick a fight. It’s up to Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and the growing community of aspiring heroes to save the day. “Kick-Ass 2” is weird and wonderful—a big, dumb, violent cartoon, packed to the brim with inane happenings. Director Jeff Wadlow does a great job staging this collection of lunatics in a world far removed from reality. I found myself laughing at Jim Carrey’s decision to distance himself from the violence in this movie, after having some kind of antigun epiphany. The violence in this movie is so wildly unrealistic it’s almost hilarious, like watching Elmer Fudd shoot Daffy Duck in the face. The fact that someone would give any of the comically overstated brutality in “Kick-Ass 2” weight baffles me. This movie wears “stupid” right on the sleeve. Fortunately, a handful of good actors seem to have a blast and get ample scenery to chew. I admire movies like “Kick-Ass 2” because they are fearless in a way most mainstream movies aren’t—presenting a world where being a superhero is as easy as putting on some spandex and giving yourself a stupid name. Everything in this film gets covered in a thick layer of corn syrup and washed clean with buckets of fake blood. Fans of schlock will appreciate “Kick Ass 2.” This is the kind of movie I infinitely enjoy but wonder just who, outside of me, is the target audience. Comic book fans? B-movie enthusiasts? People who like watching the

mash-up of a teen coming-of-age movie that incorporates scenes of projectile vomit? I completely understand and suspect someone will call “Kick-Ass 2” a complete waste of time. The movie is insular in its limited appeal, and feels destined for a level of cult success. “Kick-Ass 2” will no doubt be spurned by audiences who find it too broad and violent.

Kick-Ass 2

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p.m. On September 1st, the summer series concludes with “Oz the Great and Powerful,” starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz. A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at

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EVERYTHING FRESH – Every day brings a slightly different array of fresh fixings at the Tidal Creek Co-Op salad bar at 5329 Oleander Drive, (910) 799-2667.


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 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:


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

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - Wednesday-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


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

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the




Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:30-10:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington Kids menu available

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“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 drinks 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. Enjoy two locatons: 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd., and 1900 Eastwood Rd. in Lumina Station. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Masonboro Loop & Lumina Station ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:


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


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


Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington.They offer chargrilled burgers, includ-

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


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


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


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

vantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.

ceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426.



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


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday & Tuesday 11am-9pm; Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11am-3am; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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


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


Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an ex-


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


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

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


Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 12pm-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials:

3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily.


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


At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laidback American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


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


Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally

sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays call ahead for schedule 910-763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER:

Open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ MUSIC Live music Wednesdays and Fridays call 910-763-1607 for schedule; djBe open mic and karaoke Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, and djBe karaoke and dancing Saturdays 9 p.m - 1:30 a.m. ■ WEBSITE


We believe fresh ingredients and good conversation are what makes a meal. You will discover that pleasure and happiness does not stop with the food we prepare, but will spill over into the warm, casual atmosphere we provide. Every guest is a welcome part of our family from the moment they walk through the doors. Whether you are looking for a fresh salad from the garden, a hot sub from the oven, a dish of pasta, or a pizza straight from your own creation; you will find it here! From calzones, strombolis and meatballs, every dish is made fresh to order. Our homemade dough and sauce is made daily, as we strive for the best, using the highest quality ingredients. Complete your meal with our decadent desserts, such as the popular Vesuvius cake or our Chocolate Thunder cake. We serve cheesecake, cream puffs, and made-toorder cannolis and Zeppoli. We offer cozy outdoor seating, big-screen TVs—and ice cold beer served with a frosted glass, as well as wine at our Castle Hayne Rd. location. Midtown residents can enjoy free delivery from our Market St. location. Please call for daily specials, such as homemade lasagna and brisket. 2535 Castle Hayne Rd.; (910) 7621904 or 3926 Market St.; (910) 362-4103. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Thurs: 11am to 9pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-7pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, and North Wilmington near the airport ■ FEATURING: $4.99 lunch special: 2 slices and a drink, from 11 am-3pm; $4.99 10in. pizza after 3pm; $4.99 for 6 wings all day


The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett

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hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly. com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE:


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, madefrom-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:


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


Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique familyfriendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-and-match pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00 am - Midnight; Fri. & Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am. Sun. 12:00pm - Midnight ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.


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


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


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

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


Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to

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mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00) and $5.99 Student meal. Catering options are available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE:


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


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Co-op Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The

Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE:


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


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.




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



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

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:


The Pilot house Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday


Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time!

The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am2am; Sun noon-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online ■ WEBSITE:


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


Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively

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. (910) 791.9393. ■ ■ ■ ■

SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD

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

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

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uring the last three years, the Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM) helped almost 200 refugees resettle in the Port City from Myanmar, Iraq and Colombia. A sub-office of Interfaith Refugee Ministry in New Bern, the nonprofit is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and affiliate office of Episcopal Migration Ministries in New York City. Volunteers with the organization help teach refugees how to work stoves, learn English, and ready children who have lived in refugee camps to enter a new school system in the United States. Recently, the IRM needed supplies to help their mission: working bikes for refugees to get to English classes and work, and a clothing dryer for one family. Groups travel from across the nation to help refugees fleeing from persecution. A few weeks ago, a youth group from Linworth Road Church in Ohio came to Wilmington to help IRM volunteers set up an apartment for a soon-to-arrive refugee family from Burma. Now, the IRM is looking for local help to keep the ministry afloat as its “International Ticket to Taste” event approaches on Friday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church (Third and Market streets). Tickets are $25 with limited seating, and tickets must be purchased by August 30th, as no tickets will be sold at the door. Folks who wish to contribute but cannot attend the event have the option to purchase a ticket

for one of the refugees so they can experience the fund-raiser. (Make sure to tell the IRM you want to donate your ticket.) Brian Mayberry, the chef and owner of Dixie Grill in downtown Wilmington, will create a three-course meal inspired by the flavors of Myanmar (Burma), Iraq and Colombia, all home countries of refugees who have come to Wilmington. Jon Evans of WECT will emcee the event. IRM will accept items to help a refugee family feel more at home in the port city as well, including: • Furniture such as mattresses, box springs, bed frames, dressers, couches, lamps, light bulbs, kitchen table/chairs • Towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, alarm clock, paper/pens/ pencils • Soap and kitchen items such as place settings of tableware, plates, bowls, cups, pots/ pans, mixing/serving bowls, kitchen utensils and can openers. • Toiletries such as toilet tissue, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, feminine hygiene products. For more information, folks can contact (910) 264-7244 or

Nonprofits gear up to raise awareness and showcase the diversity of Wilmington By: Amanda Greene

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Volunteers needed for Brunswick County Intercultural Festival! The annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival once again will bring the world to the front lawn of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College on September 7th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But the festival

could use some volunteer help to do so. Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, chairwoman of the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, said the greatest needs are volunteers to help participants set up and take down their booths. The festival needs people to direct vendors to assigned booths, and help canvass the crowd to estimate numbers of attendees and get feedback on the event. After volunteering, folks can enjoy the festival, too. For an $8 “Passport,” the festival will showcase food from China, Mexico, Latin American countries, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Caribbean, the American South, India, Italy, the Mediterranean, Africa, Germany and more. The International Tent will feature loads of children’s activities, workshops and storytelling times. Yet, the entertainment is the most colorful part of the day each year. In past years, women balanced blood-red lotus-flower hats on their heads during a Japanese dance. A young girl draped in flowers shook a gourd instrument during a Hawaiian dance. On site will be the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (Japanese Dance & Drum), Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dance, Filipinas and Kaliwali Arts Folk Dance, Middle Eastern dance, Techmoja Dance and Theater Company, Rinku Bhattacharya Das Indian Dance Group, a Mexi-

can folklore dance, Miyagi Ryukyi Japanese Dance School and hula dancing with the Polynesian Island Praise Dancers. Volunteer hopefuls can visit or email to find out more.

DETAILS: Brunswick Intercultural Festival Brunswick Community College, Odell Williamson Auditorium Lawn Sept. 7th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $8 w/tastings; free to enter without food samplings

Amanda Greene is the editor and community manager for Wilmington Faith & Values, Know of an upcoming ministry or nonprofit event? Send it to Amanda Greene, or call (910) 520-3958.

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Murder Mystery in ILM

Author Henry Tonn releases novelette “The Tuxedoed Corspe” By: Holley Taylor


riting creatively is a hobby for many people, but only a few get the privilege of publishing some of their work. Henry Tonn, clinical psychologistturned-writer, is lucky enough to be one of the few. Over the years, his fiction, non-fiction and poetry has been published in the “Tugboat Review,” “The Boston Review” and “Westward Quarterly.” It was through “The Writing Disorder” that he was able to get his first novelette, “The Tuxedoed Corpse,” published as an e-book on iTunes and Amazon. “When [the novelette was] finally done, I contacted the editor of ‘The Writing Disorder,’” Tonn explains. “He expressed he was planning to expand into publishing e-books and would like my novelette to be his first endeavor.” It was not an easy road to the finish for Tonn, though. “It took about five years to write, off and on,” he explains. “Finally, two-

thirds of the way through I got the rest of the plot in my head and finished it. It was truly a difficult piece of work.” With no formal background in creative writing, the loss of a job threw Tonn into the writing game at only 27 years old. After spending three months unemployed, he decided to write a novel. “Thirteen years and three novels, six short stories, and a slew of poems later, with few publications to my credit and lots of rejection slips, I stopped writing to devote my time to my psychology career,” he says. By age 62, the itch to write infected Tonn again. In the eight years since, he has published over 40 works, including one of his best-known pieces, a war veterans anthology, “Remembrances of Wars Past.” Not long after publishing the anthology, Tonn released “The Tuxedoed Corpse.” The story follows hardened detective Bumpy Morris as he and his partner, Ray Navarro, try to uncover the circumstances surrounding a man’s death and strange burial in a Wilmington park. “Generally, I set my

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stories in places I’m acquainted with,” Tonn says. “Wilmington is an interesting place to set a mystery story since you have the downtown with the river, and the beaches, and numerous parks—all great settings to find somebody dead, if I can be both humorous and morbid for a moment.” This is not the only time audiences will get to investigate with Bumpy. Tonn has three more novelettes planned. “I already have the second plot,” he assures. The murder mystery was a big commitment for Tonn, so he is leery of beginning the process again. “It’s very hard work for me to write this particular genre,” he says. Tonn’s writing style also makes the initial writing process very long. He explains. “I don’t write a first draft and then revise, revise, revise. I try as nearly as possible to have a finished copy with each chapter.

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When I’m done with something, very little revision is required.” Having recently completed a novel about about a woman with multiple personalities, the psychologist prefers writing fiction or creative non-fiction. He already has plans to release a memoir in the fall, too. “[It will be about the] first 20 years of my work as a psychologist in various mental institutions, a prison, and two outpatient mental health centers,” he says. The title: “I Never Met a Paranoid Schizophrenic I Didn’t Like.” Tonn says his upcoming two books are more to teach readers about mental illness in an accessible way. One of the reasons he is so enthusiastic about “The Tuxedoed Corpse” is because it is purely for fun. “The story evolved in a strange way,” he muses. “I love the book ‘Grendel’ by John Gardner, and thought it would be interesting to write a story in which the main character quotes the monster just before he commits suicide.” The story spiraled from there. “My best surprise in writing this book was creating the wonderful character, chief detective, Bumpy Morris, whom I think is truly a unique creation.” “The Tuxedoed Corpse” is available for purchase as an e-book on both and iTunes for $2.99.

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Mary Alice Monroe offers easy beach read with substance By: Holley Taylor


t least now you know the truth and in time it will help you gain perspective,” Mary Alice Monroe’s matriarchal leading lady, Marietta Muir (affectionately known as Mamaw), assures in the novel “The Summer Girls.” Monroe’s novel follows the struggles of its many heroines as they discover the truth about their family, and also about the women they have become. Over her career Monroe has written myriad works, with over a dozen novels, children’s books, and non-fictional pieces under her belt. She worked as a journalist and wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica before pursuing her passion in creative writing. Her books have made it onto many bestseller lists, like “New York Times” and “USA Today.” She even has been awarded the SC Center for the Book Award for Fiction and the International Book Award for Green Fiction.

Her latest novel, “The Summer Girls,” opens with an invitation—Mamaw’s request for the presence of her three grandchildren at her long-time, seaside home, Sea Breeze. Located on Sullivan’s Island, outside of Charleston, the Victorian abode served as the girls’ summer home for much of their childhood. Half-sisters, the girls lived apart—Harper and Dora with their mothers, and Carson with the girls’ father. Summers provided time together, and with Mamaw. In their youth, they spent the long, hot Southern days frolicking around the island, filling Sea Breeze with their pirate games and laughter. They became Mamaw’s “summer girls.” By the time we meet the women, it has been many years since they have been back to their childhood haunt—and just as long since they have spoken to one another. Mamaw requests her grandchildren come spend the weekend with her to celebrate her 80th birthday—the promise of old family heirlooms thrown in for enticement. The request comes at a pivotal time for the Muir

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The Contract Killer: Chapter 11: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far By: Gwenyfar Rohler


h! I was wondering if it was you.” She smiled when I invited her to spend New Year’s Eve with me. “I mean who would be interested in a profile piece about little old me? So when you called for the interview, I wondered if it was you.” My face must have contorted in a map of shocked confusion. It felt flushed, hot and itchy, like it was flooding with blood and histamine. “You are, ‘Problems Solved, Exclusive and Discrete,’ aren’t you?” My world spun. I felt like I couldn‘t get upright. That rushing noise like a train passing by at a 100 miles an hour blurred everything around me. What was going on here? Who was she and how had she found me? Her satisfied smile floated in front of me like the disembodied head of the wizard in Oz. I tried to inhale, I tried to exhale. The air felt so heavy I couldn’t pull it into my lungs. “I certainly hope you are,” she put her hand on my arm. “I’m not the police; don’t worry. But if you are ‘Problems Solved, Exclusive and Discrete,’ then I am happy to meet you.” “I’m not sure—certain—what’s going on here…” I gulped and tried to swallow. My mouth was so dry I couldn’t work up enough saliva to finish a sentence. How had she found me? Ater two decades, who finally put the pieces together to find me? Was she here to arrest me? Force a confession? The possibility of blackmail dawned on me as large as my miserable life. “Oh, dear. I hope I haven’t made a mistake.” She smiled at me. “I haven’t, have I? You see, if you are ‘Problems Solved, Exclusive and Discrete,’ then I am the one who hired you.” Had I got this wrong? She was the picture; she was the name. What the hell was happening? Why was my stomach aching like I had just made the first incision for Hari Kari? “You see, I hired your service to kill me,” she explained in a chillingly calm voice. She was so poised, so certain of herself. She looked like the cat who had just swallowed the canary. My stomach hurt so bad I thought I was going to throw up on her handmade shoes, which rested on the antique, embroidered foot stool.

“I’m sorry, I ... I don’t kill people,” I tried to say as calmly as possible. Unable to make eye contact with her, I tried very hard to focus. I concentrated on the glass-fronted builtin bookshelves behind her. “Oh, I know. You are the cursed one,” she stated. “Everyone you spend New Year’s Eve with dies. I know all about you; I checked you out pretty thoroughly. Though, I must say: It is hard to get information on you. Still, you come highly recommended by a friend who has used your services a couple of times.” A couple of times? I worked for the same person more than once? That shouldn’t have come as a surprise, yet somehow I had chosen not to think about it. Hearing confirmation was not something I wanted to know. “This might come as a shock to you, but I am ready to die.” She put down her tea cup. “As you know from your interview, I was very successful in business, but I sold the business and that world has left me behind. The only man I ever truly loved was a third of a century older; he passed, and I have no desire to live in this world without him. I am not being dramatic; it’s just true. We had no children together, my parents are dead, I have no siblings, so there is no one left for me. I have friends, but it’s not the same. I can’t face another year of holidays like this; I can’t live alone with my memories and desires anymore. I don’t want to pull a trigger or overdose or hang myself. I would rather death come unexpectedly. My estate will go to charity, so why not spend part of it on what I want?” She smiled again. I was stunned by her matter-of-fact rendition of reasoning. How could she be so calm? My head was swimming. “So I hired your service. I can’t imagine a nicer reaper than you; we’ll have a lovely New Year’s together then maybe keep in touch and somehow this year I will pass away, and do you know what? I couldn’t be happier at the idea.” She sipped her tea and looked at me over the rim of her Royal Doulton cup. “I’m sorry. I hope I haven’t upset you.” Did she just call me a reaper? “To be honest, I have never done this before with anyone who wanted to do this or who knew,” I began to babble. “To be honest, several of them I have considered asking if they had any idea…” “Really?” she interrupted. “Tell me all about .com


it. How did the others die? I’d like to know what my options are. Were there any repeats? I mean, did anyone die the same way?” I buried my face in my hands. This was far too overwhelming. “Oh, no! I have upset you,” she fussed, looking for Kleenex. “No,” I managed to respond. “No one died the same way, and before you ask it, because I can see it coming: All died within that year; I have a 100 percent accuracy rating.” “Oh, God!” I sobbed. “Why me?” She handed me Kleenex and refilled our tea cups. Gina Tree—the third person I had met in this life with the last name “Tree”— was genuinely curious about my “gift.” To a certain extent, it was nice to have someone to unburden myself to; for over 20 years carried the weight without one word uttered. Obviously, I never told Frank. What was I going to say? “Sweetheart that beer you are enjoying was paid for with money from my once-ayear side job as a contract killer”? Unlike most people I had met through my work, whom, to be honest, I couldn’t imagine wasting $50,000 to kil, Gina really seemed like ... well, somebody. She traveled; her husband as an inventor; her parents were fascinating. She truly accomplished herself as a portrait painter; she gave enough money to charity to be considered a philanthropist. Of all people to want to die, she would be the last person I’d expect. And her home! She lived just outside the historic district in an incredible house. During the interview, we talked at some length about its history. Her parents were only the second owners; the home stayed in the original family for over 100 years. Her parents bought it in a nearly condemned state and her childhood revolved around its restoration. “I feel very entwined with this house,” she commented. “It’s not just a structure; it’s all that’s left of my childhood. It has shared my life longer than anyone else.” From most people, that would sound like a contrived statement, but from Gina it was just irrefutable. They seemed to belong together. When I commented on how much I loved the picture-frame molding on the dining room walls, she smiled a little ruefully. “There used to be murals inside all of them, but they were painted over, and we couldn’t find anyone skilled enough to save them.” She looked longingly at the walls, seeming to try to will the murals through the paint,

to materialize before us. I thought that if anyone had the personal will to summon them to appear, it was her. I half expected to see figures of people, animals and houses growing out of flat cream walls. After a few minutes she whispered, “Finding the secret passage made up for it though!” She gave me an impish smile. “Would you like to see it? It runs from the basement to the attic.” She opened a door to the closet where she had stashed my coat. She parted the row of coats and unlatched a shoulder-height door on the back wall. “I’m not real certain why they built it, the house was built after The War Between The States… so it wasn’t used in war time or for smuggling slaves…” she trailed off and we began to ascend a twisting group of ladders and spiral stairs inside the very core of her house. The unfamiliar, uneven passage was difficult for me, but despite her age Gina was nimble and quick, moving like a dancer in a combination rehearsed and ingrained in muscle memory. She tapped a door by her right shoulder, “That one opens at my bedroom.” We kept climbing ‘til we came to a landing, and she unlatched another door that deposited us in the attic. “So, what do you think?” she asked. At a loss for words I just shook my head. Smelling the cedar-lined attic after the dusty passage that smelled like an unairconditioned wooden house in July was an olfactory overload. Not to mention, we had just stepped out of a secret passage! A real one! “How incredible,” I managed to say. “Yeah, I thought so, too,” she responded. “I found this passage myself when I was about 8-years-old.” She beamed at the memory, her face lit up like a small child on Christmas morning. “You did?” “One of the best days of my life,” she recalled. “If I had just been smart enough to keep my mouth shut, I could have gotten away with murder as a teenager.” Her hands flew to her mouth, and she turned panicked face to me. “I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to say that.”

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to-docalendar events BOARDWALK BLAST Carolina Beach Boardwalk Blast, feat. live music 6:30-9:30pm, Thursday nights at Gazebo. Fireworks at 9pm. 8/30, 40 East. • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm: Family Night, featuring bounce house, kids’ activities, variety shows and more! Cash Bingo, Wed., 7-9pm. RED BUS TOUR Wilmington Red Bus Tour: three local bars will offer a $2 beer special and a $2 “Red Bus” shot special. Also food specials, live music, DJ, games, contests, prizes and give-a-ways! Friday, Aug. 30, 6:30pm-2am. Tour begins at Hells Kitchen and goes to Courts & Sports and Dirty Martini, back to Hells Kitchen. Wristband gets you in free to City Limits, Pravda & Sputnik, and Red Bus specials until 2am. • Saturday, Aug. 31, Tour begins at Dirty Martini 6:30pm and moves to Courts & Sports and Hells Kitchen before back to Dirty Martini . 910-264-4343. TOPSAIL BEACH Topsail Beach NC was incorporated in 1963 and will celebrate this momentous birthday on Sat., 8/31, 5-9pm, in front of the Assembly Building on Channel Blvd. 4-10pm: Free Shuttle provided by Island Taxi will pick up on Anderson Blvd. • 4-10pm: Free parking at Anderson & Davis Ave. and Anderson & Flake Ave. • 5-8:15pm: Beer, wine, soft drinks, water & merchandise will be on sale. • 5-7:30pm: BBQ by Bill’s Barbecue of Wilson $7.00 per plate. • 5:30-8:30pm: Music by the Fantastic Shakers (Dance Floor will be set up).

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paired. 10am film “Web of Life” (close captioned); 10:30am: Dive Show (sign-language interpreter); 11am: Buzzard Bay feeding (sign language interpreter); 11:30am, Live Animal Program: Jellies (sign language interpreter) noon: Film: Nightlife (close captioned); 1:30pm, Live Animal Program: Turtles (sign language interpreter); 2:30pm, Dive Show (sign language interpreter); 3pm, Shadows on the Sand feeding (sign language interpreter); 3:30pm: film “Unlovables” (close-captioned). Kure Beach/Fort Fisher. PENDER COUNTY DAY OF HOPE WARM, Inc. Pender County Day of Hope. Grab your toolbox and join one of our rebuild teams! Help make desperately needed safety repairs for elderly, disabled, and other low-income families, 8:30am-4pm., Sat., 9/14. Rebuild sites are scattered throughout Pender County. Addresses will be given to registered volunteers. Prior construction skills arehelpful but not required. Free but donations are gratefully accepted. Register by 9/5. 910-821-1130, 103 Old Whitemarsh Rd. info@ PARKING DAY Wilmington’s 3rd annual PARK(ing) Day, 9/20, 10am-2pm. Find us in parking spaces downtown on both Front and Market street. Highlights the importance of public parks and open space for a healthy and vibrant environment. Our mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. parkingday. org. Clark Henry,, or Michelle Howe, OKTOBERFEST A Chive Unofficial Meetup, 180th anniversary of the world’s largest fair, will kick off Sat., 9/28, with the tapping of Oktoberfest seasonal lager at Front Street Brewery in historic downtown Wilmington. 11am, Brewmaster Kevin Kozak will tap FSB’s Oktoberfest Lager and drink from “Das Boot.” Limited edition .5 liter commemorative Oktoberfest mugs sold, traditional German cuisine will headline the menu, the “Jumbo Pretzel and a Pint” special will be available for $5, Oktoberfest seasonal lager will be sold at a special price and free brewery tours will be offered from 3-5pm. 7pm, contests, great music, and beer! The Oktoberfest Chive Unofficial Meetup begins in The Beam Room with a Big Pretzel Toss, Stein Holding Competition, Safe Slam Drinking Competition and Oktoberfest costume contest. Prizes include Front Street Brewery merchandise and beer, Chive Gear and cash! $5 Entry fees for each contest and net proceeds from Oktoberfest will be donated to The Chive Charities, a non-profit organization that does big fundraising for smaller fundraising initiatives.

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26TH ANNUAL SPELLING BEE Cape Fear Literacy Council and Grand Patron Perry’s Emporium proudly announce the 26th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy on Thurs., 9/19, 7pm, Pine Valley United Methodist Church (3788 Shipyard Blvd.). We invite the community to share in this fun evening devoted to words! Free; light refreshments, audience games and prizes, and fun for both audience and competitors. Bee Teams contact the Cape Fear Literacy Council at (910)251-0911 or 3RD ANNUAL CARE PROJECT GALA 3rd Annual CARE Project Gala, hosted by Frances Weller and Johnnie Sexton, 6-11pm, Sat., 9/21. The Terraces on Sir Tyler, 1826 Sir Tyler Dr. Over 20 Wilmington area restaurants donating amazing food, cash bar and beer donated by Good Vibes Brewing with wine donated by Country Vintner. Featured entertainment by Bibis Ellison Tickets: Peelle/ or 704-996-8244

theatre/auditions OPERA HOUSE THEATER CO. “Little Shop of Horrors”: see page 15. BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATER Thursday Night Live Improv with the Fruity Oaty Bars this and every Thursday. Free show where you find out what the actors are going to do at the same time as the actors! Doors, 7:30; hilarity, 8pm. • “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” written by “Easy A,” screenwriter Bert Royal and directed by Steve Coley, 8/2931, 8 p.m. or Sundays, 5 p.m • “Chat Room” by Ron Hasson, 9/6-8; 13-15, 8 p.m. or Sun., 5 p.m. How can a play about demons and pornography be more-or-less family friendly? The play presents in three short acts a variety of comic conventions: the love triangle, mistaken identity, the hypothetical friend with a problem. But central to the laughs are the characters and their confusion and frustration with social media. Starring Craig Kittner, Elyse Rodriguez land Chase Harrison; directed by Robb Mann. $10-$15. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001 ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE Bare Bones Performances, in partnership with the Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT), is currently enrolling for its Shakespeare Immersion/Performance Workshop, “All the World’s a Stage.” The 8-week experience is geared toward actors and enthusiasts, 13-17, and begins Tues., 9/3, 4:30-6pm. 6 Kohut’s goal is for students to emerge from this workshop as a well-rounded and cohesive performance troupe while gathering lots


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DRIVE TO END HUNGER The Cape Fear Corvettes are proud to present the 6th annual Corvette Show and “Drive to End Hunger,” 9/15, 9-4pm, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, 228 S College Rd. Early registration for entrants begins at 9am; awards presented at 3pm. Come check out the coolest Corvettes in the Cape Fear Region, or bring you own! Support AARP’s “Drive to End Hunger” proudly partners with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington! Bring the whole family! There will be over 100 Corvettes on display, silent auction items, awards for top Corvettes, raffle, door prizes, food, music and more. Net Proceeds from AARP & Jeff Gordon’s “Drive to End Hunger” benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington, working to feed 70,000 individuals affected by hunger in the Cape Fear Region. Be sure to Bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington. Cash donations—for every $1 do-


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CAPE FEAR CLASSIC Sat., 9/14, Greenfield Lake: The Cape Fear Classic will sponsor the 1st Annual Cape Fear Classic “Power To End Stroke” 5K Fun Walk and the Cape Fear Classic “Power To End Stroke” Health Fair in conjunction with the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Heart Society. Purpose of the walk is to increase health awareness through education and awareness. Can’t participate? Still show your support by purchasing a $5 Honorary Heart Sign to honor or memorialize someone special. The race course will be lined with the Heart Signs to keep our runners and walkers motivated. https:// • Health fair Thurs., 9/19, 10am-2pm. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 401 S. 8th St. • Cape Fear Classic Tourney: 9/20, registration 11am; shotgun start 1pm, at Echo Farms. Four-person Captain’s Choice at the beautiful Echo Farms Golf & Country Club in Wilmington, NC with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee: $300 per fourperson team. Atiba D. Johnson at 910-795-5853 or email • Cape Fear Classic Football Game, Sat, 9/21, 1-5pm. S & J Concierge and Management Services and The Wilmington Journal will bring a weekend full of events culminated by Wilmington, North Carolina’s inaugural football game between the Shaw University Bears and the UNC-Pembroke Braves. College football returns to the Port City for the 2013 Cape Fear Classic! $15, (910) 795-5853 or

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CITY STAGE Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Leo Grinberg and directed by Don H. Baker, w/music direction by Chiaki Ito. 9/5-8, 13-15 and 20-22, 8pm. Groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sexchange operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.” This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch.” or 910264-2602.

TACT SHOWS Thalian Association Children’s Theater presents great shows for the whole family! All shows presented at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center at 120 South Second St. • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” 9/1322, Magical fairy tale reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.

THEATRENOW “Murder on the Set,” every Friday thru August. Doors at 5:30pm. Show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets $42/$30. Includes 3-course meal with choice of entrée. • History of Comedy, Part 1 with Pineapple Shaped Lamps, see page 14. • Reading Series: 9/19. • Anthony Lawson’s “The Bard’s Broads” dinner show; adults only. Find Will Shakespeare in his favorite public house amongst the “ladies” who may be his leading lady influences. Fri./Sat., 9/6-28. • Reading Series: 9/19. • Jazz Brunch, 9/8. TheatreNOW, 10th and Dock streets. www.

BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS Auditions for “In the Next Room” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Nicole Farmer, will be held Tues., 9/3, 6-9pm, at the Cape Fear Playhouse in downtown Wilmington.Call backs will be held the following night, Wed., 9/4, 6-9pm, by invitation only. All interested actors must email Nicole Farmer at to schedule an audition time or www. • Tartuffe, by Molier. Directed by Eric Kildow. A comedic farce takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe—a fraud and a pious imposter— has insinuated himself. He succeeds magnificently in winning the respect and devotion of the head

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of the house and then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property. 9/19-22, 26-29 and 10/3-6; ThursSat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. $18-$20; pay what you can on opening night, min. of $5. $15 all Thursday performances. (910) 367-5237,, or Etix. com. . PERFORMANCE CLUB STUDIO THEATRE Performance Club Studio Theater presents “13 the Musical” 9/19-22 and 26-29, Thalian Studio Theater. Coming of age production is truly “a grown up story about growing up.” Directed by LJ Woodard, choreography by Judy Greenhut and musical direction by Jonathan Barber. “13” features 33 of Wilmington’s most talented tweens in this contemporary, high-energy, and unforgettable rock-musical for all ages. Tickets: $15, 910-6322285 or THALIAN ASSOCIATION Thalian Association will open their 225th anniversary season w/Tony Award-winning Best Musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” 9/26-10/6, at historic Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington; Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sund, 3pm. $30 with senior, student and group discounts. Thrifty Thursday performances are $15; (910) 632-2285. Set in NYC during the Camelot era of the early 1960s, the musical follows an ambitious window washer who, with the self-help manual of the title, proceeds to bumble his way up the company ladder. • Auditions for its inaugural production at the Red Barn Studio, which is now under its management, for awardwinning play “Other Desert Cities” are Mon. and Tue. 9/23-24, 7pm, Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. The production, directed by Thalian Association Artistic Director, Tom Briggs, runs Fri., Sat. and Sun. Nov. 1-24. Roles for two women, 50s-early 60s; one man 60s; one woman mid-30’s-early 40s; one man 30s. For a complete character breakdown, visit

comedy JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE Every first Mon. of month will feature a stand-up comedy showcase Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Colton Demonte and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar.9pm; free or $3 nonsmoking fee. BYOB. NUTT STREET COMEDY ROOM Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2) • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm. City Stage/Level 5. LITPROV Tuesday LitProv: Troupes perform a 20-25 minute ‘Harold’ long-form improv. After the show, folks can come onstage and join the other improvisers in an improv jam! No experience necessary! 8pm. Old Books on Front St., 249 N. Front St.

music/concerts WSO AUDITIONS Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings new and returning member auditions: Thurs evenings 8/29 and 9/5. 37th annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition auditions: 11/23. DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN The eighth annual Downtown Sundown Concert Series will take place each Friday evening through August 30. Shows are held in Riverfront Park, located on North Water Street between Princess and Market Streets. 8/30 – Departure: The Journey Tribute Band. SURF CITY CONCERTS IN THE PARK Surf City Parks & Recreation 2013 Concerts in the Park, at Sounside Park, Inclement weather location: Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Dr., 6-8pm. 8/31: The Meteor Men • 9/6: Mako. BOOGIE IN THE PARK Spend your Sunday evenings this summer enjoying free, live music by the sea. The Town of Kure


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Beach will be hosting “Boogie in the Park” every Sun., 4-7pm, through 9/1. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes as you head down to Kure Beach Ocean Front Park for some familyfriendly entertainment! or call Kure Beach Town Hall at (910) 458-8216. JAZZ AT CAM A concert series by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society, 6:30-8pm, first Thurs. ea. mo. Cameron Art Museum, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Series: CAM/CFJS Members, $45; non, $68. Students, $30, w/ID. Indv. tickets: Members, $8; non, $12; students, $5 w/ID. Musicians performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure. 9/5: Grenoldo Frazier celebrates Duke Ellington & Count Basie. Corner 17th St. and Independence Blvd. AIRLIE CONCERT SERIES Airlie Concert Series lineup, first and third Friday of the month from May until September: 9/6, Stardust; 9/20, The Imitations. $8 for adults, $2 for children, and free for Airlie members. www. TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The Tallis Chamber Orchestra will present a concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2pm. The concert will feature TCO violist Carrie Jackson playing the Johann Hummel Fantasia Potpourri Op 94 for Viola and Orchestra. The orchestra will also perform music by F. Joseph Haydn, William Grant Still, Thomas Tallis, J S. Bach and John Williams. Free/donations accepted. MATISYAHU Matisyahu at Brooklyn Arts Center Progressive Music Group and HUKA Entertainment present Matisyahu Mon., 9/16, 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Advance Floor:

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SHANA TUCKER Sun., 9/15: Shana Tucker is a singer/songwriter and cellist whose self-described Chamber soul style of music is a sultry pastiche of acoustic pop and soulful, jazz-influenced contemporary folk. Shana’s music speaks for itself through wellcrafted lyrics, subtle, lingering melodies, and compositions that boast a unique, satisfying blend of humor and gravity. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. $28/$22/$14. or

BIG BOI Coast 97.3fm and Progressive Music Group present Big Boi of Outkast Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors Tour Big Boi of Outkast, Sept. 26. Tickets previously purchased are valid for the new date. Doors 8pm; show 9pm. $30 GA; advance $35 balcony and day-of $45 balcony. VIP Meet & Greet Package: $75, includes ticket, early entry, exclusive meeting with Big Boi, personal autograph & photograph, tour gift item ; limited availability. First-come, first serve in balcony. www.

MARY WILSON Thurs., 9/19, 7pm, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. During the 1960s, vocal powerhouse Mary Wilson of The Supremes helped garner an unequaled record of number one hits by a female group. While Wilson is best known as an original member of the world’s most famous female trio, the legendary singer’s career did not stop there, as she continues to move on to new heights. Joined on stage by UNCW musicians, her performance will feature hits from The Supremes’ heyday, as well as more recent songs, creating a unique blend of classic and contemporary music. Tickets: $30 GA, $5 for students: 800-732-3643. presents. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Wilmington Symphony Orchestra concerts at UNCW Kenan Auditorium, 601 S. College Rd., unless otherwise noted. “Sleeping Beauty,” 9/21. Opening night begins with jubilant brass from Hector Berlioz’ brilliant Le Corsaire Overture. Nancy King highlights the sublime elegances of Richard Strauss’s autumnal Four Last Songs, and from one of the most famous scores in the classical rep-

JAZZ W/STRINGS UNCW Department of Music: Jazz with Strings Fri., 9/27, 7:30pm. Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts building on Randall Drive $20GA; $15 UNCW faculty/staff $15 alumni and parents of UNCW students $5 students with valid UNCW ID Dessert reception follows in the Cultural Arts Building Tickets available in advance by going to or 910-962-3500. Any remainlng tickets will be sold at the Cultural Box Office door, starting at 6:30 pm the night of the performance. Part of UNCW Family and Alumni Weekend, this concert by the UNCW jazz and string faculty and alumni is led by Frank Bongiorno and builds on the popular “Charlie Parker with Strings” concerts, and includes standards such as “Summertime,” “What Is This Thing Called Love?,” “Repetition,” “Laura,” plus newly arranged selections. All proceeds benefit UNCW scholarships in music. JAZZ AT THE MANSION Jazz at the Museum summer music series, weather permitting, first Thurs. ea. mo., 6:30pm. 9/29, The Al Neese Project. Concerts begin at 6:30pm. Blankets and chairs and picnics welcome. Beer and wine sold. Tickets available at gate, $12 GA, $10 Members, $5 students (with ID). 910-2513700 or 503 Market St. ILM SACRED HARP SINGERS Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers, 2-4pm: 9/29. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional, dynamic form of a cappella social-singing, dating back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Held in collaboration with WHQR. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall, CAM. Corner of 17th St. and Independence Blvd.


BALLROOM DANCE SPORT Learn to dance group lessons. Beginner ballroom, 8/28. Less than 1 mile from UNCW, 4523 Franklin Ave., across from Cinema Dr. Corner of Kerr & Franklin. Singles/couples: 799-2001

BEGINNER BALLROOM Beginner Ballroom: Wednesdays 12:30-1:20 ; Ballroom Intermediate: 1:30-2:20Wednesdays, 4 weeks, Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2 . Singles/Couples. New Hanover County Resource Center, 2222 College Rd. Advance registration rqd: 910 7992001

IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. www.

SURFER TANGO Kent Boseman, Tango instructor, for Argentine Tango lessons! $20/couple/session! All participants must be CB Recreation Center members or pay the daily guest fee plus the rate of the class. Thurs., 7:30-8:30pm. Kent: (910) 523-1667 or

DANCE COOPERATIVE New location on 9/3: 5202 Carolina Beach Rd. Suite 17, Austin Commons Center (mailing address, PO Box 16154, Wilmington, NC 28408). Now offering jazz, modern, hip-hop, improvisation, ballet, tap, creative movement, Zumba, pre-pointe, stretch, and more for kids, teens and adults. Classes are $12 indv. or $105 for 10.Dance Teachers, professional, college students and military: $6/class or $53/10. 910-7634995.

NUTCRACKER BALLET AUDITIONS Nutcracker Ballet Auditions, 9/7, Wilmington School of Ballet, 3834 Oleander Dr. Registration at 12:30pm. Member of the board will be available during registration to answer any and all questions: 910-777-1591. Audition times: 1:30-3pm: Dancers on Pointe (includes pros). 3-3:30pm :Kindergarteners & 1st graders .3:30-4:15pm: 2nd-4th graders .4:15-5pm: 5th-6th graders. 5-6pm: 7th graders through adult non-pointe dancers. Reg. packets will be available: call 910-777-1591 or email

OVER 50’S DANCE The Over 50’s Dance Tues, 9/10, 7:30-10pm at New Hanover Senior Center. Live music by Dennis Martin & the Baby Boomer Band. Adm: $5/ fingerfood or 2-liter drink. Couples, singles and all ages welcome. 910-371-5368

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AZALEA COAST DANCE Sat., 9/14, an evening of social ballroom dance with a basic group dance lesson at the New Hanover County Senior Center, 2222 S. College Rd. In honor of National Ballroom Dance Month! Group lesson in Night Club Two Step led by Jessica Baldos from 6:45-7:30pm. No partner necessary for lesson or open dancing to our own custom mix of ballroom smooth and latin music from 7:30-10pm. Admission $8 members, $10 non-members, $5 military with ID, $3 students with ID. 910-799-1694. WORKS-IN-PROGRESS SHOWCASE Works-in-Progress showcase, 9/22, 2-4pm. Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. The Dance Cooperative, in association with Cameron Art Museum, provides monthly informal showings to afford working artists a place to present works in progress to be reviewed and critiqued in a nurturing environment. The events are open to working choreographers, dancers, and the general public who are working on movement and wishes to have others provide feedback on the work as well as anyone who wish to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process. Want to present work? 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. Car-

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“Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Fri. of the month through 2013. 9/27. Rhonda Bellamy: 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Ste 101.

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DREAMING IN COLOR MC Erny Gallery at WHQR presents “Dreaming in Color: Work by Cammeron Batanides, Heather Divoky, and Mark Weber,” on exhibit through 10/11. Weber’s visual artwork features a trove of color and texture, as he’s an illustrator of books for children, including The downtown Wilmington. Pirate Princess in 2005 for Arthur A. Levine Books/scholastic and the entire King School series of books for Townsend Press which consists of 90 books FROM AFRICA TO AMERICAN geared toward young readers. Heather Divoky main“From Africa to American”—an exhibit of original tains a whimsical, magical style uniquely her own oil paintings by Wilmington, NC native, Harry L. with bursts of color and incredible detail. Cammeron Davis, at the Art Factory, 721 Surry St. Through Alekzandra Batanides works predominantly in wa8/28. Considered by many to be one of the pretercolors, acrylics, and charcoal. Closing reception mier African-American artist in the country, Davis’ on Friday, 9/27, as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery original oil paintings are owned by many noted Night. The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is on the third celebrities, such as, Mr. Denzel Washinton, Ms. floor of The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front St. Halle Berry, and the late Ms. Nell Carter. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT IMAGES OF DISTINCTION The Cape Fear Camera Club (CFCC) is presently exhibiting “Images of Distinction” at the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts. The annual show, held at various locations in and around Wilmington, takes place in the months following the close of the club season in June. Throughout the CFCC season, six competitions are held and over 100 images receive ribbons for their outstanding photographic qualities. For each competition, a guest photographer, educator, or artist critiques the images and then awards gold, blue, and red ribbons. At the end of the season, the ribbon-winning images are sent to an outside judge for a final, end-of-year judging that results in a collection of the best photographs of the season. Also included in this exhibit are works by club members from the Photographic Society of America competitions over the past season.Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.

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GYOTAKU IN THE GAZEBO 8/31, 10am: Audubon Art Works presents “Gyotaku in the Gazebo,” Sat., 8/31, 10am-noon. Wrightsville Beach Access #43, in the gazebo! Gyotaku is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the 1800’s and The WHQR MC Erny Gallery now features “Dream- now practiced around the world. This form of was used by Japanese fisherman as a ing in Color: Work by Cammeron Batanides, Heath- printing means of keeping record of their catches. Join er Divorky and Mark Weber” through September in the fun and learn about the special habitat and food sources of wild birds living and nest27th (closing reception as part of Fourth Friday ing on Wrightsville Beach. Using real fish such Gallery Walk). The works feature illustrations and as pin fish, mullet, needlefish, and spot we will bursts of color, alongside watercolors, acrylics and get messy and imaginative and make our own charcoal. The gallery is located at 254 N. Front Gyotaku fish printcreations! Free and open to families and bird lovers and artistsof all ages! Street in the Warwick Building on the third floor,



ing Karen Hicks through 8/31. Paintings of birds, landscapes and more, available for viewing and purchase. 3501 Oleander Dr. Hanover Center. Artist reception w/light refreshments, Thurs., 8/31, 6:30-8pm.

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BURGWIN-WRIGHT PAINT-OUT The Burgwin-Wright House is hosting its first annual Paint-Out 9/27-28. Come by and watch as 30 artists plein-air paint in the gardens of the Burgwin-Wright House...and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award! Doors will be open all day Friday and Saturday, as well as during the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. Please join us for the reception and art show Saturday the 28th from 6-9 pm.

FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST Poster Design Contest for the Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest. Do you have an idea that you need to get down on paper? Is there a creative doodle that just won’t leave your mind? Take a few and review the Entry Form and requirements, and sign up. Come October, your creation could adorn the popular event T-shirts and commemorative posters that have become a highly collected. You will get a cash stipend and complimentary booth in the Arts & Wine Garden, and the honor (and bragging rights) of being the artist of the 2013 Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival! Past winners include great talents such as Barton Hatcher, Ivey Hayes, Robert Knowles and Kelly Hawes. Deadline: 9/3.

ARTBLAST 9/4-8: ARTblast is an explosion of skillful performances in the genres of theater, film, literature, music, dance, and art; a celebration of talent spread out over a five day period; an opportunity to open yourself to various talents in multiple familiar, or possibly unfamiliar, locations. One of the highlighted events is the Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk, which features many of our region’s artists that work with dozens of different medi-

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door showcase for a wide range of garden friendly media categories, 10/5, 8-4; 10/6, noon-4. Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, this year’s divisions will include handcrafted jewelry, glass, textiles, metal work, stepping stones, wood, painting and photography. Open to both emerging and professional artists age 18 and older, with all work accepted through a juried process. Full registration details are available on the WAA prospectus, Registration forms also are available at the Arboretum offices. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Impressions of the Lower Cape Fear, a photography exhibition by the Cape Fear Camera Club, will be held at the Cape Fear Museum of History & Science, the oldest history museum in North Carolina. Runs through 10/27, during museum hours and will be integrated with the upper-level galleries. The scope of the exhibit focuses on the region of the Lower Cape Fear, an area rich and diverse in habitats, wildlife, culture, and history. Through framed prints, projected digital images, and interpretive labels, the exhibit presents the museum visitor with aphotographic journey of the area. 814 Market St.


The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be featuring a day in the life behind the scenes on August 31st. Starting at 2 p.m., participants will be able to join staff, and learn all about aquarium animals and what they eat, how they live and even how to care for them! The cost is only $25 for ages 13 and older or $23 for 10-12; anyone under 14 must have an adult accompanying them. Aquarium admission is included in the price, and folks must pre-register to partake.

& o t n e show to No Boundaries International. FIGMENTS GALLERY l Figments Gallery invites you to a Second-Friday e Reception, “Small Works”, featuring a little g bit of everything and all under $100! Light hors d d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Show t runs through Sept 13. Figments Gallery 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. ii 910-509-4289

- CF MUSEUM PHOTO WALK Photo Walk: Sat., 9/14, 10am-noon. $4 for mem, bers; $6 for non-members. Historic Downtown t Wilmington impresses locals and tourists alike with its unique architectural details and captivate ing history. Walk through downtown while learning f photographic tips from Cape Fear Camera Club members for taking creative pictures along the s way. Tour starts and ends at Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. ARTS COUNCIL OF ILM The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is seeking applications for the 2013–2014 Regional Artist Project Grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Counties include New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender; residents are eligible to apply for grants which provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work; purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops. ARTISTS NEEDED The Friends of the Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association are seeking artists to exhibit their work at Art in the Arboretum 2013, an annual out-


NC AQUARIUM Canoeing the Salt Marsh at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Sat., 9am, 8/31. 3-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Crabbing, seining, or birding. Must be able to swim; ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by two adults. $25/ articipant. Admission not included. • Aquarist Apprentice, Sat., 2pm, 8/31. Join staff on a behind-thescenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Open to 10 participants, ages 10 and up (14 and younger must be accompanied by adult. $25, ages 13 and older, $23, ages 10-12. Admission included. Pre-reg rqd. • Surf Fishing Workshop Tues., 8am, 8/27. 3-hr. workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. Equipment and bait provided. Rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and up. $15; admissionnot included. • Behind the Scenes Tour, daily, 11:15am, and Tues/Thurs/ Sat, 3:15pm through 8/31. Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. Ages 8 and up (8-14 must be accompanied by guardian). $15 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 8-12; admission included. Pre-reg rqd. • Extended Behind the Scenes Tour, M/W/F, 2pm, through 8/31. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other fish swim below! Ages 8 and up (8-14 w/a parent or guardian). $20 for ages 13 and older, $18 for ages 8-12; admission included. Pre-reg rqd. 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums. com/fort-fisher.

MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum features the rich history and artifacts of this area from prehistoric to present time. Exhibits: Operation Bumblebee, missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II; Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island; WASPS, group of young, daring women who were the first female

pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII; Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of 10 pirates in the Carolinas including the infamous Blackbeard; Shell Exhibits, and intricate seashells from all over the world as well as Topsail; and more! 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; after Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. 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, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 910-251-3700. www.bellamymansion. org. 503 Market St.



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CAMERON ART MUSEUM Exhibits: Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things. Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada’s foremost installation artists, whose work employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. • Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s ‘Treme’—Fine, hand-sewn beadwork, archival-quality costume technique and brilliantly colored feathers, all done by Wilmington native Alonzo Wilson, Exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits, as well as design sketches. Organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mardi Gras Indians are deeply rooted in shared cultures and symbiotic relationships which developed between the Native Americans and the escaped slaves they aided. On display through 11/3. • CAM Public Tours, Thursdays, 7:30pm, w/admission. Explore what’s new and on view. Open late on Thurs. until 9pm. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. or 910-395-5999. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Exhibits: Through 9/29: Attack of the Bloodsuckers! Stinky feet can make you more a hungry mosquito, that is! Explore the science of what’s eating you with Attack of the Bloodsuckers! Visitors will discover the biological wonders of sanguinivores — creatures that eat blood — through encounters with interactive activities and vibrant graphics. Also, helpful hints and simple recautions for avoiding these sometimes annoying creatures. • Impressions of the Lower Cape Fear (through 10/27): Take a photographic journey of southeastern North Carolina...a region rich with diverse habitats, wildlife, culture, and history. Featuring more than 100 printed and digital works by Cape Fear Camera Club members. Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. Northend of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634, LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the

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restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy.” and “Sheena”, a 23ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St, across from the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Front and Water Street. (910) 762-1669. www. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Adm. rqd. (910)762-0570.

sports/recreation BOOT CAMP Ongoing fitness program designed to offer a variety of exercise intensity levels to meet the needs of individuals. Boot Camp meets outdoors at the basketball courts in Wrightsville Beach Park. In the event of inclement weather, the class will meet in the Rec Center. Tues/Thurs, 6-7am. Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, (910) 256-7925, HALYBURTON PARK FALL PROGRAMS Halyburton Park Fall Programs include: Nature programs (ages 2-adult); drawing & painting (ages 6-11); yoga & pilates classes; kayak trips; 910341-0075. 4099 S. 17th St. www.halyburtonpark. com. Pre-reg. rqd. for all programs. CAPE FEAR FENCING ASSOCIATION Cape Fear Fencing Assoc. afterschool program will start back on 9/3 for children in the 2nd through 8th grades in the basement of Tileston gym at St. Mary’s school downtown from 3-5, Mon-Thurs. Open to all levels of fencing experience, and beginners’ classes are offered for new fencers. Children from all schools are welcome to participate. • Next beginners’ fencing class, 9/10, and runs for six weeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, Tues/Thurs, 6:30-7:30pm, and costs $55. Class will meet in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s, corner of 5th and Ann, downtown. Equipment is supplied by the CFFA. Learn basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA which offers fencing Tues/Thurs, 7pm. or Head Coach Greg Spahr at 910 799-8642. PC PING PONG THROWDOWN 2nd Port City Ping Pong Throwdown, Brooklyn Arts Center, on Fri., 9/6. Registration is at the door from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with open tables for warm up. Throwdown starts at 6:30pm, presented by The Wilmington Table Tennis Club. All players welcome: playing for fun, laying for keeps. Eight

tables, cool tunes, cash prizes for top finishers, and lots of room for cheering fans. One of Wilmington’s fabulous food trucks will feed the crowd, the BAC cash bar will provide liquid refreshments, there’s an ATM onsite, and plenty of free, street parking in the BAC neighborhood. Reg. fee is $10. Non-player admission is $5. Cash bar/drink specials and free raffle ticket, sponsored by Omega Sports—shows at BAC, t-shirts, tote bags, koozies, and more. TENNIS LESSONS Tennis lessons are now being offered for youth and adults at Wrightsville Beach Park. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins, an LTA registered coach since 1977, instructs these classes Mon/Wed. 2567925 or to download the registration form. Lessons begin 9/9 at WB tennis courts; ages 6-8, 3-4pm; ages 9-12, 4-5pm; adults, 6-7pm. Pre-reg. rqd. ADULT TENNIS CLINICS Cardio Tennis/Doubles Clinic: Mon., 9/9-10/28, 9:30-11am. $15 per clinic • Beginner Tennis, Session 1: 9/9, 16, 23, 30. Session 2: 10/7, 14, 21, 28, 5:30-6:30pm. (4 clinics): $44 BIRDING BIG DAY Birding Big Day, 9/21, noon-4 pm, Brunswick River Park. Friendly birding competition to identify as many bird species as possible within a set region and/or time frame. Participants may bird alone or in teams to seek birds throughout Brunswick county. At 4pm participants meet at Brunswick River Park to turn in their final tallies to count officials, and share stories, tips, pictures, and tall tales while the final counts are verified. 2013 Birding Big Day winner will be declared. Pre-Birding Big Day meeting, 9/20, 3-5pm at Wild Bird & Garden (3501 Oleander Dr., Hanover Shopping Center). THE CAPE FEAR CLASSIC S & J Concierge and Management Services and The Wilmington Journal are pleased to announce a weekend full of events culminated by Wilmington’s inaugural football game, The Cape Fear Classic. Shaw University Bears vs. UNCPembroke Braves. College football returns to the Port City for the 2013 Cape Fear Classic! Legion Stadium, 9/21, 1pm. $25, VIP/Reserved Seats; $15 GA; or $10, students/children. WALK IN THE WOODS A Walk in the Woods : A Guided Trail Tour through the Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove. The Abbey Nature Preserve is a 62-acre tract of land located next to Poplar Grove Plantation. Home to both common and unique species of plants and animals that thrive in the varied environments, the Preserve includes wetlands, established hardwood groves, a pine thicket and pond, all accessed by approximately 2 miles of trails. Take a wagon ride into the woods to the Mill Pond, which originally operated as a grist mill for Poplar Grove Plantation. Guide will talk about different land and aquatic habitats, layers of forest, and the animals that make the Preserve their home. 50 minute walk: $3/student, $5/adult; 2 hour walk: $5/ student and $8/adult. Two complimentary adult tickets issued/class. Groups of 15 or more recommended to have at least two adults with them. Poplar Grove: 10200 US Hwy 17. 910-686-9518.

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kids’ stuff MS. SUSAN’S ROOM Ms. Susan’s Room, music and arts for children, feat. Happy Little Singers, early childhood music & movement for ages 6 mo.-6 yrs. Sing, dance and learn through play! Tues./Wed./Thurs./ Sat., 9:45am; Thurs, 4pm. • Happy Bigger Singers, more advanced program for ages 5-8 years, Tues., 4pm. • Art and Crafts Friday, 10am (all ages welcome), advanced RSVP rqd. • MiniMonets: 9/12. • Advanced reservation required (check website for activity). All classes: $10/family, $5/ea. add. child. Drop ins welcome, please call ahead. Personal lessons for guitar, piano, ukulele and voice by appt.. Ms. Susan’s Room atArt Works, 200 Willard St. 910-777-8889 or or

BOY SCOUTS MEETING Silver Lake Baptist Church, 4715 Carolina Beach Rd. (910)791-9171. Boy Scout Troop 277 will meet every Monday, 7pm.

CF MUSEUM LEARNING CENTER Pirate Invasion, Sat., 8/31, 1-4pm. Discover the world of pirates as you make and hoist your own Jolly Roger, get a pirate “tattoo,” and make a Lego pirate ship. Dress up like a privateer and learn how to tie knots aboard a ship. Play pirate games and go on an exciting treasure hunt! • Ocean Adventures, 9/7, 14, 21, 28, 1-4pm. Examine local shells and learn about North Carolina’s state shell. Find out why starfish are not fish at all! Use various magnification tools to examine sea life up close. Parental participation required. Free for members or w/admission. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.

PLEASURE ISLAND PIRATE VOYAGES A pirate voyage aboard the Miss Hannah lets kids venture into the coastal waters, listen to the gulls circling overhead, and experience the excitement of working with others to follow clues and seize the pirate treasure. In the process they will learn the rules of the sea, swear to the pirate oath, learn songs and dances, learn all about the fearsome Pirate Pete (the stinkiest pirate of them all!), celebrate with grog and come home with great stories to tell. It’s fun for all, and it’s all in fun. Ages 2-9, equipped with life jackets and other safety equipment. USCG-licensed. Parent or guardian rqd on board for every four little mates. Appx 90 minutes; $20. Runs Labor to Memorial Day, at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Carolina Beach Municipal Marina

GIRL SCOUTS The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is girldriven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls. It provides girls in kindergarten through 12 grade with a wide variety of leadership opportunities and encourages increased skill-building and responsibility, development of strong leadership and decision-making skills. Registration open house: 9/7, 2-4pm, Myrtle Grove Branch of NHC Library, Conference Room; 9/10, 5-6:30pm, Downtown Main Branch of NHC Library, Harnett Room; 9/12, 2:30-5pm, Northeast Regional Branch of the NHC Library, Oak Room; 9/18, 5:30-7pm, Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 4501 Wrightsville Ave. Debbie Todd, 910-231-0750,

KIDS TENNIS CLINICS Pre-registration required, Empie Park. Tiny Tots (3-4 year olds): 3:15 - 3:45pm, $30/session. • Little Aces (5-7 year olds): 3:45-4:30 pm $42/session. • Super Aces (8-10 year olds): 4:30-5:15 pm $42/session. Session 1: Mon/Wed.: 9/9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25. Session 2: Mon/Wed.: 10/7, 9, 14, 1, 21, 23. Session 3: Mon/Wed, 11/4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20. 3405 Park Avenue, Wilmington 341-4631

CAPE FEAR COTILLION Sessions include lessons in ballroom and popular dance along with invaluable etiquette and social skills needed for all occasions. Ends with party for students to showcase what they learned! Session 1: 9/10; 2, 11/12. Pre-Cotillion (five weeks, ages 3 – 7) 4-4:45pm. Cotillion (six weeks, ages 8 – 12), 5-6pm. Pre-reg. rqd. Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Office, 256-7925 or www.

MARINEQUEST MORNINGS MarineQuest Saturday morning, UNCW Center for Marine Science. Each month, we focus on a different theme as we get hands-on to explore sea creatures, marine habitats and ocean phenomena through lab experiments, field activities, games, art and more. Experience first-hand what it’s like to

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NC SHELL SHOW s NC Shell Show, 9/28, 9am-5pm; 9/29, 1-5pm. s Free for members or with Cape Fear Museum t admission. Interested in all things molluscan? Exe perience the largest gathering of shell collections n in North Carolina. View displays of some of the n world’s most beautiful, unusual and rare shells; as e well as shell crafts. Learn how to start your own - collection and shop for shells from on-site vens dors. 814 Market St. ,THEATRE NOW - Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s n live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors ; open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Memm bership. Drop off service available.Tickets: www. or 910-399-3NOW

d n sJOURNEYS AND PILGRIMAGES - Chautauqua literary journal announces a book - launch and reading to celebrate the release of its , 10th issue, “Journeys & Pilgrimages.” The event e will take place August 29, 2013 at Old Books on h Front Street (249 N. Front Street, Wilmington) at , 7:00 pm, with readings by Lavonne Adams, Philip , Gerard, and other contributors (TBA). Refresh- ments provided. eENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB . Cape Fear’s Going Green Environmental Book Club m eets at Old Books on Front Street, 249 N Front St. 9/3: When Women Were Birds (2012) s by Terry Tempest Williams • 10/1: The Future of • Life (2003) by E. O. Wilson. www.goinggreenpub- mCOLLEGE FOUNDATION OF NC , 9/3, 6:30pm: April Morey from College Founda, , 1


ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE 9/7, 11:30am: Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act opens in October 2013. Sorien Schmidt of Enroll America will talk about whatthis means for the citizens of North Carolina. Enroll America is anonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to maximize thenumber of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage madeavailable by the Affordable Care Act. Contact: Mary Ellen Nolan @910-798-6358 or mnolan@nhcgov. com; Loc: Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. LIFE STARTS AT THE WATER The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society starts its fall lecture series with historian Jim McKee as he presents “Life Starts at the Water: The Early History of the Lower Cape Fear River, 15401800.” Come discover the history and mystery that surrounds the river while learning about its importance to Wilmington and the region. This program is $5.00 per person at begins at 7pm on Tuesday, 9/10, at the Latimer House located on 126. S. 3rd Street. JEROLD PEELER 9/14, 2:30pm: Author Jerrold Peeler is weaving true and half-true stories from upstate SC into a trilogy of novels tracing a local family’s fortunes from before the Civil War. His first two books are Thicketty and Trinity, with the third and final book still to come. The author will speak at a free library program at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd, and copies of his books will be available for sale. The Friends of the Library will provide refreshments. No registration is required. WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED NAACP Brunswick County ChapterAnnual Freedom Fund Banquet, Sat., 9/14, reg. 6pm; dinner and program, 7pm. “We Shall Not Be Moved” w/ keynote speaker James H. Fasion, III, 5th district judge. $40, S. Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Hwy W, Carolina Shores. www.naacpbc. org.

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8/28: POMEGRANATE BOOKS Pomegranate Books will feature two author readings this week: On the 28th, at 7 p.m., Jason Mott, UNCW MFA graduate, will read from his debut novel, “The Returned.” The novel has been picked up by ABS and producer Brad Pitt, and tells the story of Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s son, who died on his 8th birthday in 1966, yet shows up alive on their doorstep. Also on the 31st, at 3 p.m., Angie Cruz will read from her new Latin American fiction, “Let It Rain Coffee.” Pomegranate is located at 4418 Park Avenue. mystery novel, The Money Bird! The program is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Sheila will read from “The Money Bird” and talk about keeping the animals in her mysteries just as real as she does in her 17 nonfiction books. She’ll answer and autograph books, which will be sold by Pomegranate Books. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Learn more about Sheila, her animals, and her award-winning books at her website,

9/30, 7pm: Burney Center Ranked in the Washingtonian’s top 100 most powerful women, veteran political strategist Donna Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 to 2000, as well as being the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign. Brazile is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator, on CNN, ABC and NPR. Brazile brings her original perspective to American politics, race relations, women in politics and diversity. Free for UNCW students, faculty and staff; $10 for public.

POMEGRANATE BOOKS Jason Mott of “The Returned,” 8/28, 7pm. MFA graduate of UNCW author of “The Returned,” comes to Pomegranate Books for a reading of his highly anticipated debut novel. Already picked up by ABC and producer Brad Pitt, “The Returned” tells the story of Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s son Jacob, who died on his eighth birthday in 1966, but who they now find standing on their doorstep. • Latino book Club to discuss “Let it Rain Coffee,” by Angie Cruz Sat., 8/31, 3pm: Angie Cruz, a “dazzling new voice in Latin American fiction” has been compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez by the Boston Globe. “Let it Rain Coffee” is a tale of love, loss, family, and the elusive nature of memory and desire. Readings and discussion are in English. All are welcome! Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Avenue. 910-452-1107.


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Pottery Classes at the Community Arts Center for all skill levels. 9 weeks, through 10/3. Mon/Wed, 5:30-8:30; Tues/Thurs, 9am-noon. $150; UNCW SEEKS NOMINEES Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar Award honors an individual for his or her contributions to the Cape Fear region in the areas of medicine, music or humanitarian efforts. Nominees must exemplify the attributes and ideals of Albert Schweitzer, a missionary doctor who established a hospital in French Equatorial Africa and was honored with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. The UNCW Honors College and William Madison Randall Library seek nominations by Sept. 1. Honoree will be recognized at a ceremony at UNCW and deliver the 2013 Schweitzer Lecture to the Honors Scholars Freshman class in November.


FOCUS ON YOU SUPPORT GROUP Women of Hope presents Focus on You Support Groups expanding to Duplin and Pender counties. Focused on you aims to provide an emotionally safe space where women with cancer and their families can connect with others in the same situation. Women of Hope uses education to empower women through early detection and continuing support throughout their treatment. Survivorship Support Group is for female cancer patient who is in any stage of treatment. Caregiver Support Group is for anyone affected by a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Meets same time, twice a month


Nominees are now being accepted through September 1st for the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar Award. Nominees in medicine, music or humanitarian efforts are accepted, and must showcase the attributes and ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize-winner, who was a missionary doctor who established a hospital in French Equatorial Africa. The winner will be recognized at a ceremony at UNCW and deliver the 2013 Schweitzer Lecture in November to the honors scholars freshman class.

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HOBBY GREENHOUSE TOUR 9/6-7: Hobby Greenhouse Fall Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free. 9am-6pm. or UNCW PASSPORT SERVICES UNCW Passport Services will open one Saturday each month this fall to assist regional residents who cannot visit the office during business hours Monday-Friday. The office will be open 10:30am2pm, 9/14; no appointment is necessary. Offering an on-site passport photo service, completion of application, assist w/qyestions and more. Fisher University Union, UNCW campus. BASICS OF STORY WRITING 9/23, 5:30-7pm: Basics of Story Writing with Dr. Lynn Watson at Crescent Moon, 24 N Front St. Using art to get the creative juices flowing, writers learn the basics of story-telling, and conclude the series with a workshop where we read and discuss participants’ completed stories. Class one: Description and idea that good writing “shows, not tells.” Class two: focus on characterization and dialogue. Class three: focus on setting. Class four: workshop our completed stories and offer constructive criticism. $15/class, or $50/four. Limited space; register, vallielynnwatson@gmail. com. Parking garage behind Crescent Moon, where the first hour of parking is free.

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EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE Educator Open House, Thurs., 9/26, 4-6pm. Free and open to educators of all subjects and grades. Join us for a private afternoon of celebration and learning! Enjoy hands-on activity stations and experiments drawn from Cape Fear Museum field trip and outreach programs. Find out more about bringing your students to the museum and bringing the Museum to you! Meet our educators. Reg-

throughout the year. Friendly Community Baptist Church, 1730 US Hwy. 117, Burgaw. Meets 2nd/4th Thurs, 6:30-8pm. TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910-343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS MEETING Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting of Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Ogden Baptist Church: 7121 Market St. 12-step meeting for people that have or think they may have a compulsive gambling problem. Contact: Casey 910599-1407 CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Club meets third Tues. each month, Sept thru June, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College, McCloud Bldg, room S002. 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. 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. 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. CAPE FEAR WEDDING ASSOCIATION Meet and greets the third Wed. ea. month. $25,

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OAKDALE CEMETERY TOURS Sat., 9/21, 10am-noon: Walking Tour w/Bob Cooke, noted Civil War historian and author, will take you to some of the interesting Civil War sites and provide you the stories of these gallant men, both Confederate and Union. Bob is well versed in the Wilmington Civil War Campaigns and loves and enthusiastic crowd. All tours $10 for nonmembers; free for members; canceled in inclement weather. • Third Annual Luminary Event, Sun. 10/20. Tours depart the main gate at 6;30, 6;45 and 7:00 p.m. Over 600 luminaries mark the route through the historical cemetery. Refreshments are served. $10.00 for everyone. Limited tickets will be available at the cemetery office. Tour canceled in event of inclement weather. ABOVE THE SCENES “Above the Scenes,” a special 45-minute walking tour from the floor of Fort Fisher to the top of the traverses, along an area normally closed to pedestrians. Tues/Sat, noon. Tickets are $10 for adults and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children 12 and under are free. Site officials say a maximum of 25 tickets will be sold each day. No advance tickets sold. Tour participants are encouraged to have proper walking shoes, sun-


Want to enjoy the sleepy waterfront of Southport? You can do so on a guided historic bicycle tour, from The Adventure Kayak Company and NC Maritime Museum at Southport. Folks will see sites like Fort Johnston, Brunswick Inn, Old Brunswick Jail, Indian Trail Tree, as well as the Live Oak-canopied streets and more. An educator from the museum will host the event. Tours are $15-$20 and takes place on Sept. 7th, at 8 a.m.; price can include rental of equipment. Limited reservations: 910-454-0607. screen, and water. Tour dependent on weather conditions and is not ADA accessible. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. (910) 458-5538 or HISTORIC WILMINGTON TOURS Join the Historic Wilmington Foundation on two new guided architectural walking tours. The Streetcar Suburbs Tour showcases Wilmington’s first suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights. The Forest Hills Tour focuses on architecture and





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2:30pm 1-1/2 hours Tuesday-Sunday, Narrated lunch cruises 12:00 noon 1-1/2 hours TuesdaySaturday. May-Oct: Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises, Tuesday & Thursday evening 2 hours 6:30 pm; Apr-Dec: Friday evening dinner cruises 2-1/2 hours 7:30 pm, Saturday evening dinner cruises 3 hours 6:30 pm. 343-1611. TOURS OF WWII SITES Wilmington author and military historian Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., now leads customized, personalized guided tours of World War II sites in Southeastern North Carolina. 793-6393. History@wilburjones. com TOURS OF OLD WILMINGTON Walking tours start at the end of Market and Water streets on the Cape Fear River. Times: 9am, 11am and 1pm, Wed-Sat., or Sun/Mon/Tues by appt. $12 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Seniors are $10. Provide step-on tours for bus tours and group-walking tours. Due to weather, call to check on times etc: 910-409-4300. THALIAN HALL TOURS In addition to a full schedule of performances, selfguided tours of the theater are offered Mon-Fri, 12-6pm, Sat 2-6pm. Guided tours by appt. 3433664. WILMINGTON TROLLEY Eight mile, 45 minute narrated tour aboard a nostalgic, motorized trolley. Downtown. 763-4483. GHOST WALK 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910-794-1866; www. ORTON PLANTATION Live oaks bordering garden walks, sculptured shrubs and seasonal flowers. Grounds open 8 am - 6 pm. daily. Fees: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 ages 6-16, under 6 free. 15 miles south of Wilmington. 371-6851. www.orton HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions.Market and Water streets. $12 for adults, $5 per child. (910) 2518889 or HAUNTED COTTON EXCHANGE TOURS Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours: Open 7 days a week, year-round, w/multiple tour guides leading the way, 10am-10pm. Call for specific tour times: 910-409-4300

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TASTE OF THE TOWN Tues., September 17: Our most delicious event of the year! Patrons have the opportunity to sample the fare and ambiance at downtown Wilmington’s best restaurants and decide where they want to eat before the shows at Thalian Hall. Follow the map to each restaurant or take the provided trolley and enjoy a small appetizer portion or each eateries’ signature dish. All proceeds benefit Thalian Hall. $40 (member discount not applicable). www.





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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): You seem primed to act like a ram, the astrological creature associated with your sign. I swear you have that look in your eyes: the steely gaze that tells me you’re about to take a very direct approach to smashing the obstacles in your way. I confess that I have not always approved of such behavior. In the past, you have sometimes done more damage to yourself than to the obstruction you’re trying to remove, but this is one time when the head-first approach might work. There is indeed evidence that the job at hand requires a battering ram. What does your intuition tell you? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is a raucous love song by the Scottish band The Proclaimers. In the chorus, the singer declares, “I would walk 500 miles/And I would walk 500 more/Just to be the man who walked 1,000 miles/To fall down at your door.” In 2011 a Chinese woman named Ling Hsueh told her boyfriend Lie Peiwen she would marry him if he took the lyrics of this song to heart. In response loverboy embarked on a 1,000 hike to the distant city where she lived. His stunt seemed to have expedited the deepening of their relationship. The two are now wed. In accordance with your current astrological omens, Taurus, I encourage you to consider the possibility of being a romantic fool like Liu Peiwen. What playfully heroic or richly symbolic deed might you be willing to perform for the sake of love? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” painter Joan Miró described of his artistic process. I recommend a similar approach to you in the coming weeks. Identify what excites you most, and will continue to inspire and energize you for the foreseeable future. Activate the wild parts of your imagination as you dream and scheme about how to get as much of that excitement as you can stand. Then set to work, with methodical self-discipline, to make it all happen.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): My vision of you in the coming week involves you being more instinctual, natural and primal than usual. I have a picture in my mind of you climbing trees, rolling in the grass, and holding bugs in your hands and letting the wind mess up your hair. You’re gazing up at the sky a lot, and you’re doing spontaneous dance moves for no other reason than because it feels good. You’re serenading the sun, clouds and hills with your favorite songs. I see you eating food with your fingers and touching things you’ve never touched. I hear you speaking wild truths you’ve bottled up for months. As for sex? I think you know what to do.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Japanese word “senzuri” refers to a sexual act of self-love performed by a man. Its literal meaning is “a hundred rubs.” The corresponding term for the female version is “shiko shiko manzuri,” or “ten thousand rubs.” Judging from the astrological omens, I’m guessing that the applicable metaphor for you in the days ahead will be “shiko shiko manzuri” rather than “senzuri.” Whatever gender you are, you’ll be wise to slowww wayyyy down and take your time, not just in pursuit of pleasure but in pretty much everything you do. The best rewards and biggest blessings will come from being deliberate, gradual, thorough and leisurely. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct,” science-fiction author Frank Herbert wrote. I urge you to heed that advice. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will oversee the germination of several new trends in the coming weeks. Future possibilities will reveal themselves to you. You will be motivated to gather the ingredients, and formulate the plans to make sure that those trends and possibilities will actually happen. One of the most critical tasks you can focus on is to ensure that the balances are righteous right from the start. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The online Time Travel Mart sells products you might find handy in the event that you travel through time. Available items include barbarian repellant, dinosaur eggs, time travel sickness pills, a centurion’s helmet, a portable wormhole, and a samurai umbrella. I have no financial tie to this store. So when I recommend you consider purchasing something from it or another company with a similar product line, it’s only because I suspect that sometime soon you will be summoned to explore and possibly even alter the past. Be well-prepared to capitalize on the unexpected opportunities. (Here’s the Time Travel Mart: SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Mystic poets find the divine presence everywhere. The wind carries God’s love, bestowing tender caresses. The scent of a lily is an intimate message from the Holy Beloved, provoking bliss. Even a bowl of oatmeal contains the essence of the creator; to eat it is to receive an ecstatic blessing. But those of us who aren’t mystic poets are not necessarily attuned to all this sweetness. We may even refuse to make ourselves receptive to the ceaseless offerings. To the mystic poets, we are like sponges floating in the ocean but trying very hard not to get wet. Don’t

do that this week; Scorpio. Be like a sponge floating in the ocean and allowing yourself to get totally soaked. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): James Caan is a well-known actor who has appeared in more than 80 movies, including notables like “The Godfather,” “A Bridge Too Far” and “Elf.” But also he has turned down major roles in a series of blockbusters: “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Blade Runner” and “Apocalypse Now.” I present his odd choices as a cautionary tale for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Don’t sell yourself short or shrink from the challenges that present themselves. Even if you have accomplished a lot already, an invitation to a more complete form of success may be in the offing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real,” a character in one of Miranda July’s short stories says. I’m offering similar advice to you, Capricorn. The “something real” you would get by sacrificing “something wonderful” might seem to be the more practical and useful option, but I don’t think it would be in the long run. Sticking with “something wonderful” will ultimately inspire breakthroughs that boost your ability to meet real-world challenges. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “There is more truth in our erotic zones than in the whole of religions and mathematics,” the English artist Austin O. Spare wrote. I think he was being melodramatic. Who can say for sure whether such an extreme statement is accurate? I suspect that it’s at least a worthy hypothesis for you to entertain in the coming weeks, Aquarius. The new wisdom you could potentially stir up through an exploration of eros will be extensive and intensive. Your research may proceed more briskly if you have a loving collaborator who enjoys playing, but that’s not an absolute necessity. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last,” a character in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” says. I could envision you speaking those words sometime soon. Plain old drama could creep in the direction of passionate stimulation. High adventure may beckon, and entertaining stories might erupt. Soon you could find yourself feeling tingly all over, and that might be so oddly pleasant that you don’t want it to end. With the right attitude, that is, a willingness to steep yourself in the lyrical ambiguity—your soul could feed off the educational suspense for quite a while. |august 3, 2013 |encore 61 encore | august 28 - september 3, 2013 |28-september

earned by ROW from the tour will be utilized for downtown projects. AIRLIE OYSTER ROAST 10/18, 6 -11pm: Tickets are $75 each and include dinner, a peck of oysters and two spirituous beverages. Besides oysters, the menu features appetizers, Carolina BBQ and fish fry. A cash bar also will be available. Heartbeat of Soul will provide live music on the main stage, and Sea Pans will entertain guests during the cocktail hour. Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Rd. 910-798-7700. ENCORE RESTAURANT WEEK Encore Restaurant Week features more than a dozen participating restaurants in and around Wilmington, from 10/23-30 only. Prix-fixe menus set at reasonable prices, and all palates are sated, from French to Indian, Italian to American and all things in between. Just ask for the restaurant week menu and order away! Encore Restaurant Week Menu Guides are out at free-standing locations at beginning of October. FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot.

FOOD NOT BOMBS To provide free Vegan and Vegetarian meals to the hungry. By sharing food we start a revolution. Food is a right, not a privilege. All our food is grown in the Food Not Bombs garden, and donated by local businesses, restaurants, farms, and people. Anyone can donate, and if you are unable to donate food, then donating your time is enough. Monthly meetups.

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FOOD PANTRIES Good Shepherd House Soup Kitchen, 811 Martin St. Pantry Hours: 6am-3pm everyday • Mother Hubbards Cupboards, 211N 2nd St. (910)7622199. MTWFS,1-3pm • Bread of Life Immaculate Conception Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Rd. (910)791-1003. Never had a food pantry, used to give food to the homeless on Saturdays but not anymore. • Catholic Social Ministries, 4006 Princess Dr. (910) 251-8130. Tues-Fri., 9-11:30am • First Fruit Ministries, 2750 Vance St. (910) 6129353. Tues/Sat, 11am-1pm; Wed,10am-2pm. • Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2237 Castle Hayne Rd. (910) 762-7824. Wed, 11:30am-2pm. • New Covenant Holiness Church, 1020 Dawson St. (910)762-7376

RED BANK WINE Red Bank’s wine of the week, Sat., 1-4pm. 1001 International Dr. 910-256-9480.

WILMINGTON WINE SHOP Join us to sample five new delicious wines we’ve brought in just for our customers during Free Friday Wine Tasting, 5-8pm. Have a bottle or glass of your favorite with friends afterwards in our cozy shop or on the back deck. And beer lovers don’t fret, we’ve got a fridge full of craft and microbrews. 605 Castle St. 910-202-4749. NONI BACA WINERY Tasting room open seven days a week, 10am-9pm (Mon-Sat) and 12-5pm (Sun.). Taste a flight of 6 or 9 wines w/complementary souvenir glass; over

FORTUNATE GLASS Free Wine Tasting, Tues. 6-8 p.m. • Sparkling Wine Specials & Discounted Select Bottles, Wed. & Thurs. • Monthly Food & Wine Pairing Events. 29 South Front St. CAPE FEAR WINE AND BEER Mon Flight Night: $18 for nine 4 oz. samples of local, nationally-renowned & international brews. Also, Massage Monday: $10 for a ten-minute shift with our licensed, registered therapist Josh Lentz. • Tues., DIY Trivia with our host Greg Jaeger. Prizes include beer from us and gift certificates from AzioMedia and Memory Lane Comics. 9 PM. $1 off all glasses of wine, ciders, and mead. • Wed: YouTube Video Competition. Submit the wackiest, funniest, zaniest video & win a bomber of beer & a Chop’s Deli sandwich! Hosted by Captain Video. 9pm; select $10 pitchers. • Thurs: Beer Infusement Thursday. Come see what ingredients Randall the Enamel Animal is enhancing upon delicious beer. 9pm. Also, Thrifty Thursday: select $3 bottles and $1 off select draft. • Fri.: Bartender’s pick. You never know what you’re gonna get! • Sat.: Think local, drink local. $1 off all bottled NC beers. • Sun: Beer Church Purchase select beer and keep your glass for free. 139 N. Front St.

FERMENTAL Every Friday: Free wine/beer tasting, 6pm. Fermental, 7250-B Market St. 910-821-0362, www. HOMEBREW SUPPLY COMPANY Free craft beer tasting every Friday 4pm-7pm • Free all-grain brewing demonstration Every Saturday starting at 1:30pm at Wilmington Homebrew Supply, 4405-A Wrightsville Ave. TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25, Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910622-6046. CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! 910545-8055

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