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stories behind the intricate tats of our armed forces For members of the United States Marine Corps, tattoos can be a rite of passage, a tribute to brothers lost in wars abroad, or a symbol of those waiting at home for their return. Tiffanie Gabrielse seeks to find the meaning of these markings by speaking with marines who are willing to bare it all. Find this story and many other pieces geared toward the Marine Hub of the South as encore begins distrubition in Jacksonville this week. Courtesy photo.

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7 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd shares the latest odd stories.

artsy smartsy ................. 8-25 9-11 theatre: Shannon Rae Gentry sits down with two cast members from ‘Man of La Mancha’; Shea Carver finally gets to see BUMP Productions’ ‘Steel Magnolias’; Pinapple-Shaped Lamps performs a two-night show of their favorite skits in ‘TNL: Origins.’

12-14 art: Tess Malijenovsky gets to know the owners of Art Slab as the gallery prepares for its Labor Day live painting show; Alex Pompliano discusses the possibility of an arts council in Wilmington based on Jacksonville’s model.

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

16-18 music: Bethany Turner speaks with Kim Pacheco, an internationally touring jazz artist who grew up in Wilmington; Fuel will rock Jacksonville’s Hooligans Music Hall.

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

25 film: ‘Fright Night’ does little to restore Anghus’ faith in Hollywood.

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LAtE nIGht FunnIEs “The earthquake was so strong that the Tea Party shifted to the center.” —David Letterman “The CEO of Starbucks said that President Obama shouldn’t be vacationing during a crisis, and that he should be getting Americans back to work—so they can afford a $9 cup of coffee.” —Conan O’Brien “Some people think Gadhafi will go into exile somewhere harmless where we can keep an eye on him. I’m thinking ‘Dancing With the Stars.’” —Craig Ferguson

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Berkshires and encountering the BerkShare currency, I have been thinking about the possibility of introducing a local money system in the Cape Fear region. Re-reading “Your Money or Your Life,” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, has really brought this to the forefront of my mind. (Actually, not only am I re-reading it, but an informal discussion group has grown around it, which has been fascinating.) Local currencies, barter networks and time banks are all concepts that are discussed in “Your Money or Your Life.” In fact, the book was my introduction to the idea of a barter network. Since, I have belonged to two in different cities during the sojourn of my late adolescence into the world outside Wilmington. A local currency or “script” is issued by a region, not a government, which is used by the businesses and populace of that region to keep money flowing. It has been popular in times of economic strife. In the 1930s, scripts were used in the USA; the BerkShare of the Berkshire area of Massachusetts has succeeded and has been quite popular since 2006. So far over 2.7 million BerkShares have been issued, spent and re-spent. Up the road from us in Chapel Hill, another local currency is used. Known as the NC Plenty, member Liz Gilson Aaron says, “The Plenty is money that is dedicated to being spent locally. It’s good for people who are tempted to not [spend locally], but want to commit it here.” As is the case when one has “a good idea,” I fixed my mind on a very specific image of what would need to happen to launch a local currency in Wilmington. A nonprofit organization would need to be founded, as well as a governing board, a bank

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deposit account opened, someone would have to canvass businesses to get them to sign on to the idea, and then manage and update all the lists. The formation to-do list goes on and on and on. These were all part of the modus operandi of the barter networks I belonged to before. Both were networks that issued Barter Bucks to be spent in percentage at the participating businesses—or a direct barter of a service could be arranged. The NC Plenty allows businesses to decide if they will accept 100 percent payment in Plenty or a smaller percentage. Our Riverfront Farmers’ Market already adapts this idea by selling wooden tokens with the market logo on one side and dollar value on the opposite. Folks can pay for their goods at the vendors with these tokens on Saturday mornings. It’s a brilliant idea for today’s society who uses plastic more than ever. Hence, locals can purchase them with a credit card. All vendors accept them, and cash them out to the handsome and charming RT Jones, the city liaison with the market. Gazing down at the tokens one day, I realized I would be prepared to accept these as payment at my own place of business—because I could spend them at the farmers’ market every Saturday morning. (In theory, I get paid by my business, right?) They have a value. If that is the case, then, was I not in effect already holding a local currency, one that our city recognizes? Is this a hyper-simplification or overrationalization? From “Local Currencies: Catalysts for Sustainable Regional Economies” by Robert Swann and Susan Witt: “In the town of Exeter, New Hampshire, the economist Ralph Borsodi and Robert Swann issued a currency that was based on a standard of value using 30 different commodities in an index similar to

the Dow Jones Average. It was called the Constant because, unlike the national currency, it would hold its value over time. “The Constant circulated in Exeter for more than a year, proving, as Borsodi had hoped, that people would use currency which was not the familiar greenback. At the time, it received national publicity in Time, Forbes and other magazines. When asked by a reporter if his currency was legal, Borsodi suggested that the reporter check with the Treasury Department, which the reporter did. He was told, ‘We don’t care if he issues pine cones, as long as it is exchangeable for dollars so that transactions can be recorded for tax purposes.’ This is all that the government requires of a local currency, and all that a local currency requires of a community is trust. A currency is only as strong as the confidence that people have in one another to produce something of value.” Our farmers’ market tokens are a local currency; it would be great if other businesses or individuals would begin accepting them, too. We don’t know if we don’t ask. For some, myself included, part of the allure of it is that it’s money dedicated to being spent here. It cannot leak from the system. It’s elegant, simple, already in place, and people and businesses can opt in any time they want to: no sign-ups, no standards of practice, just acknowledging the value of the currency and spending it. I had hoped in a few years that a local microcredit lending program could be started, too. They have been very successful in other areas with local currency programs (and without). If the nonprofit and governing board were in place, it would be an easy next step. For now, I am thrilled to realize this opportunity in front of us and revel in the possibility that these little wooden discs hold.

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NewsoftheWeird LEAD STORY The heavy hand of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service landed on 11-year-old Skylar Capo and her mom in June, after an agent happened to spot Skylar holding a baby woodpecker in her hands at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Actually, Skylar had minutes before she saved the woodpecker from the primed teeth of a house cat and was providing temporary TLC, intending to release the bird when the trauma had passed. The agent, apparently, was unimpressed, reciting a provision of the Migratory Bird Act, and two weeks later, another Fish and Wildlife agent knocked on the Capos’ door (accompanied by a Virginia state trooper) and served Mrs. Capo a citation calling for a $535 fine. (In August, Fish and Wildlife officials relented, calling the agent’s action a mistake.) Compelling Explanations Though a university study released in June linked birth defects to the controversial mining industry practice of mountaintop removal, lawyers for the National Mining Association offered a quick, industry-friendly rebuttal: Since the area covered by the study was in West Virginia, any birth defects could well be explained merely as inbreeding. (A week later, the lawyers thought better and edited out that insinuation.) Michael Jones, 50, told a magistrate in Westminster, England, in May that he did not “assault” a police officer when he urinated on him at a railway station a month earlier. Jones claimed, instead, that he was “urinating in self-defense” in that the water supply had been “poisoned by the mafia.” The magistrate explained that Jones’ argument “is not realistically going to be a viable defense.” Inmate Kyle Richards filed a federal lawsuit in July against Michigan’s prison system because of the no-pornography policy in effect for the Macomb County jail (a violation of Richards’ “constitutional rights”). Other states permit such possession, claimed Richards, who further supported his case by reference to his own condition of “chronic masturbation syndrome,” exacerbated by conditions behind bars. Additionally, Richards claimed to be indigent and therefore entitled to pornography at the government’s expense—to avoid a “poor standard of living” and “sexual and sensory deprivation.”

Ironies When Laura Diprimo, 43, and Thomas Lee, 28, were arrested for child endangerment in Louisville, Kentucky, in June, it appeared to be yet another instance of a mother leaving an infant locked in a hot car (91-degree heat index outside) while frolicking elsewhere (drinking with Lee at the Deja Vu club). According to a report on WDRB-TV, while the two were in the police car en route to jail, Lee complained that the back seat of the cruiser was uncomfortably warm. Undignified, Ironic Deaths: (1) A 55year-old man participating in a protest of New York’s mandatory-helmet law was killed after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting his head on the pavement, even though doctors said he surely would have survived had he been wearing a regulation helmet (Lafayette, N.Y., July). (2) An 18year-old man, celebrating on the evening of May 21 after it had become clear that the world would not end as predicted by a radio evangelist, drowned after jumping playfully off a bridge into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The Continuing Crisis Save the Environment: (1) Germany’s Green Party temporarily transcended mainstream environmental goals in June and specially demanded that the government begin regulating sex toys such as dildos and vibrators. Those devices, it said, contain “dangerously high levels of phthalates” and other plastics that can cause infertility and hormone imbalances. The party called for sex-toy regulation that is at least as strong as the regulation of children’s toys. (2) “This is a clear case where making something environmentally friendly works for us,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Woods, the U.S. Army’s product manager for small-caliber ammunition. He told in May that new steel-core 5.56mm cartridges not only “penetrate” (kill) more effectively, but are less environmentally toxic than current lead-core ammo. Judge Giuseppe Gargarella has scheduled trial for later this month in L’Aquila, Italy, for seven members of Italy’s national commission on disaster risks who (though supposedly experts) failed to warn of the severity of the April 2009 central-Italy earthquake that killed 300 people. Judge Gargarella said the seven had given “contradictory information” and must stand trial for manslaughter. (One commission member had even recommended a high-

end red wine that citizens should sip as they ignore small tremors—which turned into a 6.3 magnitude quake.) The veterans’ support organization Home for Our Troops had recently started to build a 2,700 square-foot house in Augusta, Georgia, to ease life for Army Sgt. 1st Class Sean Gittens, who had suffered concussive head injuries in Afghanistan and is partially paralyzed. However, in June, the Knob Hill Property Owners Association, which had provisionally approved the design, changed its mind. “The problem is,” one association member told the Augusta Chronicle, there are “5,000square-foot homes all the way up and down the street” and that such a “small” house would bring down property values. “It just doesn’t fit.” The Pervo-American Community First Things First: Alan Buckley, 44, on holiday from Cheshire, England, was arrested in Orlando in June and charged with taking upskirt photographs of a woman at a Target store. Buckley’s child had gotten sick and was admitted to Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Buckley was apparently killing time at Target after visiting with the child (and was later identified by witnesses because he was still wearing his hospital visitor’s sticker, with his name on it).


Least Competent Criminals Clue-Droppers: (1) Steven Long, 23, was arrested in South Daytona, Florida, in May on suspicion of theft after a patrol officer spotted him pedaling his bike down a street with a 59-inch TV set on the handlebars. (2) Matthew Davis, 32, pleaded guilty to theft in Cairns, Australia, in June; he had been arrested on suspicion because police had noticed a large office safe protruding “precariously” out the back of his vehicle as he drove by. (3) Stephen Kirkbride, 46, was convicted of theft in Kendal, England, in June after a clothing store clerk, on the witness stand, pointed out that Kirkbride had in fact worn to court that day the very coat he had stolen from the store. A News of the Weird Classic (May 2003) In April 2003, students at the all-women’s Smith College (Northampton, Mass.) voted to replace all of the female pronouns in the student constitution with genderneutral pronouns. Although males are not admitted to Smith, many students believe, apparently, that they need to prepare for the day when students who were admitted as females later come to identify themselves as transgendered. (According to Dean Maureen Mahoney, a student admitted as a female but who later comes out as a male would still be welcomed at Smith.)


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t’s a story that has been told and retold

in many ways—a true classic, where our heroes are optimistic and imaginative, even if pitted against cynicism. Don Quixote has been conceived in literature, movies and even TV shows, including on PBS’s “Wishbone” (”two paws way up!”). A more traditional take on the tale of the failed author, soldier, actor and tax collector Miguel de Cervantes (a.k.a Alonso Quijana, a.k.a Don Quixote) takes place live on the Thalian Hall main stage this week. Originally to be directed and choreographed by Ron Chisholm, Chisholm had to bow out of Opera House Theatre Company’s show due to scheduling conflicts. Founder and artistic director Lou Criscoulo picked up the pieces, all of which represent a pivotal role in his career. His knowledge of “Man of La Mancha” runs deep, so much so he knows every word and note. “Woe be unto the actor that tries to fudge a line,” Robin Robertson, who plays Quixote, quips. Criscuolo performed the original Broadway production for over seven years. Starting as a Muleteer, he worked his way up through the cast, save the parts of Aldonza, Antonia, the Housekeeper and Dr. Carrasco. To say the play is in good hands is an understatement. In fact, it is the fourth time Criscuolo has directed the show in Wilmington. Sadly, it will be the last, according to company manager Alice Sherwood. “The show is very difficult, very demanding, both physically and emotionally,” Sherwood tells. “Lou stages [“Man of La Mancha”] the way it was originally done: on a raked stage. The prisoners play the characters in Cervantes’ story, and the action all takes place in the dungeon.” Set in a prison of the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes and his manservant are arrested for trying to foreclose on a church and wait for questioning by the Inquisition. To save his manuscript from the fire, Cervantes tells the prisoners the story he has written.

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“This show is all about hope in the face of tremendous odds,” Sherwood continues. “It is very fitting that closing day of this production is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The theme of this show—good will always triumph over evil—could not be more appropriate.” encore spoke with lead actors Heather Setzler (Aldonza) and Robertson about the show. encore: How long have you worked in theatre? Heather Setzler: Since May of 2004, all in Wilmington. Robin Robertson: I began acting at the age of 12 and obtained a BFA in acting/directing from UNCG in 1981. My formative and young adult years were spent in my hometown of Burlington, NC, giving me the opportunity to develop theatre skills with the Gallery Players community theatre. [I encountered] a chance meeting with Lou one evening downtown, and subsequently auditioned for OHTC’s “My Fair Lady,” which began my relationship with Lou and company and has continued today. The very first show I attended at Thalian was an OHTC production. I quickly noted their consistently high standards, with regard to production values. Although, I’ve worked with nearly all the companies in town [since], the vast majority has been with OHTC. e: How has it been working on “La Mancha”? RR: It seems that one of the ‘types’ of characters I am considered as a go-to actor for is the proverbial bad guy. I’ve played Pontious Pilate, Judas, Capt. Hook, Dracula, Sweeney Todd, and various thugs and heavies in plays over the years. Playing such roles is fun, but it’s nice to be playing a classic yet unlikely hero for a change. Being directed by a man who is so richly associated with the show’s Broadway history means a lot. The cast is made up of what is otherwise known as Wilmington “theatre veterans” and the next wave of considerably

younger, talented actors. It is fitting tribute to the show, OHTC and Lou. HS: Lou knows this show, so he has a very specific vision. He’s very hands-on and pushes us to really understand the characters. Working on this production has been physically challenging. Aldonza has a couple of intense scenes, one even includes some acrobatics. Let’s just say I have a lot of bruises and sore muscles! e: Can you relate to your characters? HS: At face value Aldonza is not necessarily relatable. She’s a wench, a whore. In one of her songs, she talks about how she was “spawned in a ditch by a mother who left her there.” That’s how she started her life: no parents, no guidance, knowing she was scum. Most of us are fortunate enough that we can’t relate to that, but looking closer at Aldonza as a person, there are definitely things to relate to. Throughout the course of the show, Don Quixote swears she has true beauty and worth. After a lot of hesitation and disbelief, she starts to feel a bit of hope, but then a group of men cut her back down to size. I think a lot of people have been in situations like that. What I like about Aldonza is eventually she changes the way she sees herself. RR: I tend to be more jaded and somewhat sarcastic (a quality I have developed into a fine art over the years). The only resemblance I might have to Cervantes is that of being an actor and a playwright. However, as I grow older, and see the world and my life in it being mellowed and tempered—and perhaps “Man of La Mancha” is providing some impetus for that—I wouldn’t be disappointed in becoming more like Don Quixote. There’s something very noble in having faith and hope, and seeing the very best in people. That’s something I could always possess more of. I would imagine, a lot of people might agree they could, too.

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and the show goes on: ‘Steel Magnolias’ overcomes hurdles with all-female cast


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Vernon ever directed. “I’m ready to move on to something else, already,” he joked last Thursday night at the opening of “Steel Magnolias.” Vernon’s been prepping the show since the end of June and has had quite a few hurdles to jump over along the way. Originally slated to open as an all-male cast, Vernon was served a cease and desist letter from the Dramatist’s Play Services two days before opening, which instructed him to shut down the production. The publishing house forbade the switch of genders in Robert Harling’s script. So, on the much-anticipated opening night and recasted all-female version, his director’s welcome was quite engaging. “Forgive us for any delays in starting the production this evening,” he said. “Our cast is double checking to ensure they do not have penises.” Upon audience laughter and applause, the lights went down and the ladies took their places in Truvy’s Beauty Parlor—the play’s only set throughout the show’s duration. Taking place in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana, in the mid-’80s, the timeline of the show effortlessly reveals its age. A minimal set includes an Elvis painting on the wall, alongside framed, old-lady floral-esque pictures, dated lace curtains and particularly aged photos of children with big dos and bulky bright sweaters. The costuming is also effective—especially Shelby’s pink floral dress hidden by an oversized pink sweater, bedazzled by appliques and jewels. All of Truvy’s shiny jumpsuits and large splashy belts also add to the questionable Eighties style—one which hopefully we’ll never see reinvent itself in this form. A dialogue-heavy show, “Steel Magnolias” very much panders to women’s gossipy, sexual and nurturing nature. All things considering, the six-strong cast pulled through even under the constraints of limited prep time. Aside from a few bumbles (and almost

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tumbles) on opening night, their adaptation of six Southern women creating friendships and bonds that carry them through a tragic death is applaudable. Amanda Young stands out most impressively in her formation of Annelle, the shy, self-critical new kid in town who is dealing with a fleeing criminal husband, left on her own without any safeguard, financially, independently or self-assuredly. Young is the only one in the cast who sticks closest to the mannerisms and naivete of the original role played by Daryl Hannah in the 1989 movie. She was also the brightest onstage, with every unsure quiver, embarrassed eye refrain and eager concern, always serving the betterment of her female companions. Young gives Annelle a perfect amount of demure comedic innocence and fresh-faced appeal. She’s adorable in her cat-eyed glasses and bashful honesty. All other performers in the show took alternative liberties from the oirginal character portrayals. Some were understated, others overly done. Wilmington’s veteran actress, Katherine Vernon (no relation to the director), brings M’Lynn to life with a matronly purity. Yet, her role doesn’t have as much motherly care as anticipated. She’s very reserved and quiet in much of her acting, but not in a way that speaks to the sound worry of mother and child. In fact, her relationship with Shelby, her daughter, comes across more friend and foe. That is until the end, when “Steel Magnolias” comes to life

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with its most powerful scene. Here, Vernon’s acting swells with fiery emotion—almost seeming, well, out of character. But doesn’t death do that to everyone? For the record, I dare anyone attending the performance to attempt holding back tears upon watching five women cry onstage under such ardent duress. The words written in this final scene are the essence of the play, and Vernon gives it proper pathos. Anna Gamel as Shelby pushes beyond the norm of the character’s endearing sweetness. While she obtains that thread of youthfulness most needed to help make apparent the older cast’s wisdom, Gamel brings it with more sass—including a sassy mouth. She and Vernon have brassy chemistry, as many mother/ daughters do. Gamel really nails the bratty, know-it-all twentysomething child in Act I. Her evolution into “woman” in the second-half is absolute and commendably noticeable. In fact, Act II is more enjoyable on a whole— at least it was opening night. It seemed the performers gelled fully, felt more at ease in how they interacted, and colored all the gray areas of their characters more completely. Of such: Melissa Stanley as Truvy. Stanley plays up the sexpot intensely in Act I; she dials it down in Act II, wherein Truvy becomes the epitome of a Southern charmer. When she relinquishes to the subtleties of the character, it really amps up the spice factor without needing overt carnal overtones. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Emily

Young gives Clairee less sex appeal than the original role played by Olympia Dukakis. And it completely works. Instead of amping up a swagger of magnetism, Young revels in age-approriate spunk. Her expressions and facial reactions, even when not at the center of dialogue, are spot on. She has enough lively charm and quick wit to overcome the cane-walking candor of her life’s path, which is the expected goingson that many endure with age: loss of husband, loss of sprightly movement yet appreciative for knowledge gained along the way. Young pits her character someone to learn by and from, no matter the circumstances. Deb Bowen’s Ouiser is a bull in a china shop. Bowen’s interpretation of the smart-mouthed, tell-it-like-it-is elder, who has more wisecracks than any mobster, does not rely on understated movement or delivery to help fill out Ouiser. She steers her brass full-force. Loud, rambunctious and demanding, she is rough around the edges. The character is also molded with less regality—always dressing down rather than donning a fur-coat or fancy hat to showcase her well-to-do bank account. As a whole, the production’s resounding emotional fortitude and life’s expected bag of tricks—good and bad—are played out without loss of impact. This script is solid in its foundation, something Harling wrote after experiencing his sister’s death, and watching his own mother suffer through it with family and friends. The truth-telling is real—very real to the depth of one’s empathatic allowances. Would it have been more interesting to see men enacting the show? Possibly. Yet, don’t doubt the women—they have proved themselves made of steel, yet again.

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team at UNCW only a year and a half ago. Wesley Brown and crew would deck out in “Rocky Horror Picture Show” costumes and mimic the movie screening behind them. Before long, artistic director of Browncoat Pub and Theatre, Richard Davis, came a knocking. “[Richard approached us] about starting a monthly version of the shadow cast downtown,” Brown, president of Pineapple-Shaped Lamps theatre troupe, says. “I knew, in order to pull it off, I’d need a team. So I spent 12 hours on the phone, calling everyone I knew.” Thus began the inner workings of “Thursday Night Live,” which makes its season three debut September 15th. Yes, the name implies all that it is: a sketch comedy group that flourishes off of devising mini-stories around the wicked, the odd, the far-fetched and the obscure. Much like the grandfather of sketch comedy shows, “Saturday Night Live,” Pineapple-Shaped Lamps produces “TNL” with fresh concepts weekly. “No two episodes are the same,” Brown promises. “No two sketches in the same episode are the same. In 15 minutes, we can go from interpretive mime to a superhero parody to a couple of guys in drag as little old British ladies.” Some of his favorite episodes thus far have been Rachel Helms’ “Magician OB-GYN,” which has the shock factor evolving into wildly over-the-top antics into endearing charm. “All of these props and hats and a chain of scarves [are] pulled from . . . well, it’s an OB-GYN, so you can imagine from where,” Brown explains. “But then it takes this turn, and suddenly it’s sweet and touching.” Like “SNL,” they’ve also created characters who make multiple appearances throughout a season. One of the most memorable came from a racially exposed show, which divulged tensions that still surround our humanity today. “Jeremy” was written by Brett J. Young and “rather than just throwing rude words around,” as Brown explains, the show conceptualized recurring characters, like Mr. Meaner and his class of misfit children. “It’s a very dense sketch—there are a lot of elements and characters running through it, and you get to sit back and enjoy the ride.” The process to devise their eight-show season remains an intense creative process born of ideas that scuttle through many stages of perfection. So far the crew have put together 130 sketches in their first two seasons, one of which was their debut last September and the other which started last February. Brown says, the breadth of the sketch has intensified in scope as they attempt to streamline the show’s efficiency.

by Shea Carver TNL: Origins ed Lamps Pineapple-Shap and Theatre Browncoat Pub $10-$15 9/2-3, 8 p.m. • rg shapedlamps.o www.pineapple First, the sketch writer must pitch the idea at Pineapple-Shaped Lamps’ production meetings, which include a huge staff of techies, actors and writers. After submitting a draft, which is read by the executive board—including the president, Brown; VP, Jake Steward; head writer, Alex Marden; secretary, Jen Trepper; and treasurer, Holly Cole—the writer receives a red-penned version with logistical notes. “We start thinking about how we would produce this sketch,” Brown explains, “what costumes we already have on hand, what props we’ll need to organize, etc. The writer then revises the submitted sketch to accommodate these issues.” When the second draft hits the newly instituted “Writers’ Room,” as a group, the sketch is edited for clarity. “These notes get very technical,” Brown says, “sometimes hinging upon whether or not to delete a single word.” The perfection and eye to detail eventually leads to a polished script, wherein table reads showcase the minutiae of dialogue, pacing and energy. “It also gives the writer a chance to select a cast for their sketch,” Brown confirms. From there, it’s rehearsal time—for technicalities, a proper run-through and the final dress rehearsal. “We complain about the number of props, how complicated it is to get them all on and off stage, but I think it’s important for us to test our limits,” the president admits. In the end, the audience is left with a few hems and haws, not to mention local talent producing original comedy. It takes dedication to endure the PineappleShaped Lamps vision. Much of the cast has the zest and zeal of newly graduated students. The “rag-tag group of champions,” as Brown calls them, come from UNCW and Cape Fear Community College. Likewise, others are mere Wilmingtonians who have a penchant for theater and comedy. “And then there’s John Wolfe,” Brown quips, “who has no home, no interest in any of these things, but we can’t get rid of him, so we let him hang around.” The flexibility afforded to them allows exploration of so many formats and topics. “It really feels as though we can do anything, tell any joke, or even get away with murder,” he jokes—“not actual murder. Funny murders, where we bludgeon people with whoopee

CAST OF LAUGHS: The funny people of ‘Thursday Night Life” perform a collection of their favorite skits this weekend to preface their Sept. 15 season three debut. Courtesy photo.

cushions and French ticklers.” Though they aren’t completely shadowing the big Saturday show airing nationwide, courtesy of one Lorne Micheals, Brown has considered the addition of music. It wouldn’t be an intermission of songs. “We don’t have plans for the immediate future,” he claims, “but we like the idea of inviting our audience to stick around after the show to hear some music, buy a drink. It’d be another way to build our fan base.” They’ve had great success in their short infancy, especially thanks to Devin DiMattia’s “Literal Drug Commercial,” featuring the “TNL” cast, which has reached over 50,000 views on YouTube. Brown admits wanting to do more videos. “It’s another way for us to avoid becoming formulaic,” he says, “to keep our format surprising.” Before their new season begins, “TNL” will have a two-night reprisal of their favorite sketches from their first two seasons on September 2nd and 3rd at Browncoat, 111 Grace Street. Billed “Thursday Night Live: Origins,” they’ll put on 15 sketches each night, all of which will differ. Tickets are available online for $10 or $15 for both. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.,

with showtime at 8 p.m. They’ll be selling discounted passes to season three, which include special offers for Pineapple-Shaped Lamps’ other shows. Their shadow cast of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” continues on the second Thursday of every month, and they’ll be adding a shadow cast of “Clue,” based on the feature film. In October, they will present “Cannibal! The Musical.” Folks can follow them online at www., and they’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

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out live painting along Dock Street come Friday, September 2nd. Music will flow into the streets from the open door of one small gallery: Art Slab. The alluring black-light will guide onlookers through a tunnel of versatile art. The gallery opening will be shedding new light on some of Wilmington’s most talented and under-appreciated artists. “It may be the smallest art gallery in town,” Rob Hassler, the original manager of Art Slab, says, “but it’s definitely the most vibrant—at least as far as the energy and the response that we’re getting.” What will lure pedestrians into Art Slab, aside from the black-light lounge, is simply the work it showcases. “I didn’t really see cutting-edge, nontraditional art in other galleries,” Hassler notes. In fact, he was after something completely unique. As featured artist Rob Fogle tells, “[The artwork] is all progressive—not going to see any beach landscapes in here.” Instead what meets the eye is a regurgi-

vsky by Tess Malijeno Ar t Slab Labor Day Show ght • 5 p.m. - late ni 116 Dock Street tation of imagination—something surpassing reality that clearly comes deep from within, coerced by fear, grief, love and successfully exploding onto varying mediums specific to each artist’s mind. There are Fogle’s dripping, tri-dimensional and voluptuous feminine figures, which are very much between dead and alive, dangerous and sweet, sexy and disturbing, along with Beka Wilder’s wildly bright and light-hearted melds of vibrant colored illustrations. There are Scott Ehrhart’s visionary and fractal paintings, brushed with darkness, spared with empty space and accents of bold paint simultaneously part and apart of this world, alongside Jason Jones’ ink-topaper-sketched characters, scrambled in beautiful and provoking detail.

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Progressive, lowbrow, pop surrealism ... categorical names aside, Art Slab will showcase an anti-establishment and unorthodox form coming from a subculture in the community that is overlooked. Located across from the Village Market, the inconspicuous gallery has been open for nearly a year and a half already. Just two months ago—not having the money to pay rent—they faced the prospect of closing. Fogle and Wilder, who have been with the gallery since the beginning, felt compelled to take action. “Closing Art Slab would only hurt the collective effort of the movement that’s going on right now,” Wilder says, referencing a network of artists emerging from dub-step music and live-painting scenes. She and Fogle decided to host an event July 4th weekend in a final attempt to raise money for the rent. “We threw a show how we always wanted to—not as clean as the gallery had been before, a little more intense and fun to walk around in,” Folgle explains. The pair not only raised enough funds to pay the rent but more

than the gallery had ever earned in any given month. “In a way, we got a public bailout,” Hassler jokes. The style of work is not the gallery’s only distinguishing trait from others around town. Art Slab also charges less commission than any other gallery. “We definitely believe in building a stronger community instead of trying to make money off an artist,” Fogle says. Essentially, they’re an art gallery in it for the artists—one that they want artists to trust. Fogle now runs the gallery with Hassler and is planning on overwhelming the space with a variety of work for its Friday opening. “I’m accepting a lot more artists than I normally would to show its intensity,” he says. Thrive Studios artists, among others, have joined in the effort to keep the space open and growing. Much like Wilmington’s artistic community, Fogle says, “The show will be morphing as it’s being made.”

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council has been the subject of intense debate in Wilmington for nearly a decade now. Though Wilmington is considered an arts hub for Southeastern North Carolina, the city surprisingly does not have a consolidated way to find funding, help shape programs, support artists and connect our region’s artistic projects to one another. In fact, of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in NC, Wilmington is the only one not to benefit from its own council. It wasn’t always like this. Founded in 1972, the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear eventually fizzled out in 2002 due to money woes after having lost city and county funding. However, there’s currently an effort to move Wilmington toward getting another started. Earlier in the year, a local steering committee consisting of members Dan Brawley (director, Cucalorus Film Festival), Philip Gerard (writer and professor/chair of the Creative Writing Department, UNCW) and Rhonda Bellamy (founding member of Black Arts Alliance and actress) strongly proposed a sustainable Wilmington Arts Council to the city council at City Hall. The


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steering committee’s argument emphasized the economical benefits an arts council would provide for our community. Brawley says he views an arts council as a necessary device to stay ahead against today’s economic turmoil. “A strong and creative cultural community is critical to being competitive in the 21st century,” Brawley says. “It’s not about pretty pictures and kids doing collages; it’s about [creating] jobs and economic development. I don’t know if that message has reached all the people it needs to reach.” Gerard believes an arts council would carry huge potential for economic expansion in the area, too. “It’s really a focusing agency for all the activities related to arts, which are huge economic drivers for the community [as it] brings in a lot of tourists. A lot of [Wilmington’s] economy is based in tourism due to its cultural historic identity. All of that is wrapped up in an arts council.” Brawley is confident that the pieces are all

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in place, but he says there first needs to be government action. The model is fairly straightforward all across the country: Government support is proven to be the catalyst for the formation of art councils, then there needs to be business support from corporations and local businesses and, finally, individual support. “We have these great institutions and facilities—yet, our artists are still waiting tables or moving to other cities [like] Raleigh because the opportunity for real professional development is lacking in Wilmington,” says Brawley. “That is something an arts council can identify and provide opportunities for artists to further their careers.“ Another forerunner of the movement is city councilwoman Laura Padgett. “We’re actually losing money by not having an arts council,” Padgett says. “There are programs that provide funding for art projects and artists, but we can’t get those if you don’t have an arts council. [There’s a need] that goes beyond grassroots support; we need private and local government support.” Such support would haste the NC Arts Council to begin seeking an executive director and members to serve. Among the advocates of forming one, Padgett cites Mayor Bill Saffo, as well as the city council, saying he would be willing to fund an arts council given that the county also contributed funds. However, in March the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners rejected the proposal to fund the council at $50,000 per year for the next five years. Commissioner Ted Davis stated that, while they were not against an arts council, they were against the multi-year commitment. To see if the claims of Padgett and the steering committee are valid, one doesn’t have to look far for a successful model. Just 50 miles northwest of Wilmington in its neighboring county Onslow is an arts council that has thrived for over 30 years. The Jacksonville Council of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that does everything from placing artists and writers in schools to hosting galleries. At the helm is Constance “Connie” Wenner, executive director of the Jacksonville Council for the Arts. Wenner’s personal advice for Wilmington’s steering committee is to get as much grassroots support as possible. “I know Wilmington’s been working toward an arts council for a while now,” Connie says. “Unless you’re putting your own money in it, it’ll be nearly impossible to maintain without the community’s support. Either way, it will be difficult.” Connie speaks from experience. For 13 years, she worked at the arts council as an unpaid assistant until she stepped up into the chair position after her mother and founder, Jean Wenner, retired in 2004.

The roots of Jacksonville’s council can be traced back to 1976 when the NC Arts Council called Jean who, at the time, was the president of the Onslow Art Society and asked her to host an interest meeting for an arts council. After a surprisingly successful turnout, the Jacksonville Council for the Arts was born. With no prior experience, Jean was suddenly the president. More so, with a mere $1,500 budget and 13member volunteer board, she operated the organization from her home. She worked unpaid for five years until the city and county began to take notice of her work. The Arts in the Schools Program especially impressed them, as it integrated professional literary and performing artists into Onslow County schools. The Jacksonville Council of the Arts did not move into their current location until 1984. It took eight years, but the small group of volunteers and their shoestring budget finally evolved. They moved to New Bridge Street across from City Hall, thanks to city and county funding. As a Designated County Partner (DCP) of Onslow County, when the NC Arts Council distributes grants, Jacksonville’s DCP is required to give half to community groups. To put this in perspective, Connie says last week they granted $18,000 to 13 small community groups. If Wilmington eventually established an arts council, it would be the DCP for New Hanover County. Since the original Wilmington Arts Council disintegrated in 2002, there has been a nine-year period in which several artistic groups of the arts have popped up in the community without the support of council. Connie says this could be cause for concern, as the county may see this as an embodiment of why Wilmington does not need a council for its arts scene to flourish. “It’s important for the city and county to know that it is far cheaper for [them] to give a little bit of grant money than for them to do 100 percent of what an arts council does,” Connie says. “They have many responsibilities. The money they would give to a nonprofit whose sole purpose is bringing in the arts is far more lucrative [as opposed to] them taking on the role of an arts council and providing the artistic needs for an entire community.” According to Connie, an arts council can only become as big as its surroundings, which means that even if a council attains grant money and support from the city and county, it would never be enough to pay the bills—there needs to be support from businesses and individuals in the community, too. “I think people feel that if you’ve been in existence for 30-some-odd years, somebody is paying your bills,” Connie says. “But that is not the case. People say it takes a village to raise a child; it takes a town to raise an arts council.” 1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th street. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Vol. 28: Works by Jason Jones, Michelle Connelly, Greg Whaley and Drew Swinson.

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Crescent Moon 332 Nutt St. • In the Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm Sunday noon – 4 pm A retail gift gallery specializing in fine hand-crafted art glass and metal sculpture. Rick Satava, known worldwide for his blown glass “jellyfishâ€? has introduced a new line of petro glyph and gold nautilus “basketsâ€?. Layered with intricate design these small to large vessels are an art collectors must have. Introduced to glass blowing in 1969, Rick opened his own studio in 1977. Well known for his vivid colors and unique portrayal of nature, Satava’s works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the world. Remember Gift Wrapping is free. Think of us for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and your own dĂŠcor. The Cotton Exchange offers free parking while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc! Hampstead Art Gallery 14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.â€? “Love the place.â€? “Beautiful art work.â€? “Very nice.â€? “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.â€? These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

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sing when she was 3 years old. Each afternoon, her older brother returned home from Roland-Grise Middle School where he participated in glee club. Placing his sister and their other brother on their grandmother’s steps, he taught them the songs he learned at school. Filling the roles of tenor, alto and soprano, the three children offered their voices up to the tops of the Wilmington pines. Literally, he told them to sing to the trees. As time went on, Pacheco grew from singing on the stoop to singing gospel with the church choir—mainly out of her grandmother’s annoyance that the three sang on her steps every day. Though her brother has since passed, he instilled in Pacheco a desire to give her talent to the world. Today she is internationally renowned, performing with a 4.5-octave range from North America to Europe. She believes jazz, her genre of choice, means “permission,” and it is why she is so attracted to it. “There are no rules in jazz music,” Pacheco expresses. “When people say they

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er by Bethany Turn Kim Pacheco klyn Ar ts Center Sat., 9/2 • Broo m. . • Show 7:30 p. Doors 6:30 p.m $20 • www.bro ‘jazzed’ something up, they mean they added a sprinkle of something different. When a composer writes a song, it is his original idea, but he is giving you permission to see where it goes from there.” With her team of instrumentalists, she has been known to cover country songs from Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Conway Twitty and Garth Brooks, tossing in a dash of canorous flair. Pacheco also performs tunes from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and fun musicals. “We are like kids in a playground,” she says. “There’s the slide, the monkey bars, the sandbox—but no one’s taught us how we’re supposed to use those things. Everybody’s creating something new. We’re allowed to be free.” It makes sense that an artist who adores the imaginitive nature of her genre would dabble in similar activities. Before she began touring the world, she was an actress in the port city. From theatrical productions (usually of the musical kind) to filming major motion pictures in the early ‘90s, she built quite a résumé in this town. “I am the type of person allergic to structure,” Pacheco explains. “I respect order, but liberty and freedom appeal to me. There is so much permisson in theatre. The actor can choose to perform in any way; it’s random at will. I respect the fact that a playwright would release that much permission to a character.” Actually, it was acting that Pacheco pursued first, which led her to a run-in with an experienced musician. “One day on the set of a movie, while waiting around between scenes, Taj Mahal was picking his guitar,” she recalls. “He approached me and said, ‘Hey you! Sing something.’” With a laugh she explains her naïveté— she had no idea he was a major blues artist, a legend even. “I started singing ‘Summertime’ [ed. note: of George Gershwin and Ella Fitzgerald fame],” she continues. “We were just playing around, but he said, ‘You should do this.’ Over the course of time, [singing professionally] just naturally floated into my life.” Thus, she has now sung within Belgian

PIZAZZ OF JAZZ: Kim Pacheco appreciates the imaginative quality of the jazz genre, putting a twist on each of her songs. Courtesy photo.

churches, British Columbian music halls and many venues in between. Still, she’s humble about her international fame. In Victoria, BC, listeners are wildly receptive to her music, along with that of her pianist Richard White. “The audience understands and appreciates what jazz music lent to America,” she says. “When we look out, people are sitting with their heads down, some even crying. When it is done, they walk away. But we know that for some short time, time stopped for them. I just want to celebrate the world through music and give people a small amount of themselves back.” A spiritual woman, Pacheco places faith in the actions of the universe. She often says it takes people where they can do the most good at that time. As naturally as performing fell into her lap, it brings her back to her roots to sing once more. “This is my home,” she says of Wilmington. “There is something about being received in a place that’s your own. The Bible says a hero is not honored in his own hometown. But it is honorable to bring me back home so I can celebrate what this city gave me.”

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those wild Myrtle Beach nights packed with dinners at Planet Hollywood. Cancel the mind-numbing trip to South of the Border, and tell Aunt Betty you ain’t bringing the baked beans to her BBQ. Jacksonville finally has a Top 40 rock band coming to town. Fuel—of “Shimmer,” “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and “Bad Day” fame—will be blowing the minds of fans far and wide this Sunday, September 4th, at Hooligans Music Hall. One of the most popular hard-rock groups in existence, Fuel has sold over 3.5 million records in the United States alone. “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” hit the number one Billboard position and remained there for 12 solid weeks a decade ago. Needless to say, Jacksonville has never had a group with this level of notoriety drop in for a show. (Vanilla Ice’s performance is the closest second, and that’s if we’re considering Vanilla Ice, which I’m not sure if we are.) As many music aficionados have ob-

onald by Joselyn McD Foot Stride Fuel with Eight Hall Hooligans Music . • JAX, NC 2620 Onslow Dr . $20 adv Sun., 9/4, 7 p.m www.hooligansm $25 if under 21 served, the band members of Fuel can evaporate faster than high-test gas (Chris Daughtry was even asked to be the lead singer at one point). But the current lineup includes original lead singer Brett Scallions, guitarist Jasin Todd of Shinedown fame, bassist Brad Stewart also of Shinedown and drummer Ken Schalk of Candiria. (Ladies, Bret Scallions looks like a younger, angrier Brad Pitt, so if your boyfriend is dragging you to this show, go for it!) And recent posts suggest Andy Andersson is the new guitarist hand-picked by Scallions to replace Yogi Lonich. Jacksonville’s location perfectly suits

ENERGY MEN: The band Fuel is known for putting on an animated concert. Fans can find out in Jacksonville on Sunday, September 4th at Hooligans Music Hall. Courtesy photo.

the band’s whirlwind tour, which began August 26th, 2011 in Las Vegas and ends mid-October in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The good people of Hooligans pulled the right strings to get this class-A band to our corner of the world. Perhaps the word has gotten out that Jacksonville venues are packed with some of the most loyal hardrock fans who would be more than willing to rejoice in shredded guitar licks and pulsating drum rhythms, even on a Sunday.

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As for the musical selections of the evening, Brett Scallions’ recent web posting stated, “We are planning on playing all of the hits that you know and love, as well as playing a few brand new songs.” What a relief, since there is nothing worse than a band that refuses to play all those annoying songs their fans desperately want to hear. Or worse, the bands that milk their “one hit wonder” dry (it’s rumored that Edwin McCain just plays “I’ll Be” six times in a row at each of his shows). Fuel is known for delivering high-energy raucous performances. Yet, musical quality isn’t forsaken for stage antics. Hooligans will be welcoming hard rock fans on September 4th. Tickets are available online,, for $20 in advance and $25 for under-aged attendees. Since there’s no work on Monday, there will be plenty of time to recover from getting your face melted off.

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WEDNESDAY, AuguST 31 Open Mic night —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440 KARAOKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 ROb ROnneR —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 LegRee & ZAc nye’s AcOustic —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 KARAOKe with heLLZ beLLe —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 KinLAw & JOhnsOn bAnd —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 steven cOMptOn —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 AcOustic JAZZ piAnO with JAMes JARvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 gARy ALLen’s AcOustic Open Mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 bLAMeshift —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 dJbe eXtReMe KARAOKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 ROn etheRidge And ROy hARpeR —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 the cAsseROLe —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251 Open Mic night with seAn geRARd —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Live JAZZ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026 JeReMy nORRis —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 KARAOKe with dJ bRewtAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 dJ siR nicK bLAnd —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Live AcOustic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

TEXAN METAL: Drowning Pool, famed heavy metal band from Dallas, will rock the stage of Hooligans Music Hall in Jacksonville, NC on Wednesday, September 7. Courtesy photo.

5th wednesdAy bAnd —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

ThurSDAY, SEpTEMbEr 1 dJ LORd wALRus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 tRiviA with dJ —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 tRiviA with pARty gRAs dJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 KARAOKe with scOtt —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 MiKe O’dOnneLL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 fRied LOt —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 KARAOKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 KARAOKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 dJ bAttLe —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Open Mic with JeReMy nORRis —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Jesse stOcKtOn

—Wilmington Water Tours Catamaran, 212 S. Water St.; 338-3134 dAMOnA wAits, dsp —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 seA pAns —Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 KARAOKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 fiRedAnce & dRuMs @ dARK, dJ Mit psytRAnce (11pM) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Live JAZZ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026 dueLing piAnOs —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 tOp 40 dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 ROn etheRidge —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

friDAY, SEpTEMbEr 2 dJ dR. JOnes —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

hOuse/technO dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 KARAOKe —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 dJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026 KARAOKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-328-4090 dJ p funK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 dueLing piAnOs —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 dJ wiLLie styLeZ —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 ARtist syMpOsiuM —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704 KeRsten cApRA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 KARAOKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 AcOustic JAZZ piAnO with JAMes JARvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 JAZZ with benny hiLL

SATurdAy, SEpTEMbEr 3 KaraoKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-328-4090 DJ sir nicK BLanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026 house/techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ

SuNdAy, SEpTEMbEr 4 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 L shaPe Lot (3PM); cLay crotts (8PM) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KaraoKe With heLLz BeLLe —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 Benny hiLL anD frienDs

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 Perry sMith (Brunch 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 DanieL Parish —Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696 Machine gun —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 souL PoWer Posse —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500 veLvet Jane —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 fueL, eight foot striDe —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 DJ BattLe —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 gaLen on guitar —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 eric froM PseuDo BLue —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269


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freshman 15/new country doors: 8:00 $5 saturday september 3

MoNdAy, SEpTEMbEr 5 oPen Mic night —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 steven coMPton —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 P-funK anD cheDr Dance Party —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 oPen Mic night —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704 Pengo With Beau gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 DJ richterMeister —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Brett Johnson’s JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 oPen Mic With Josh soLoMon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KaraoKe With DJ @-hoLe —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 travis shaLLoW —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269

TuESdAy, SEpTEMbEr 6 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KaraoKe With DJ Party gras —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 caPe fear BLues JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe With MiKe norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 coLLege night KaraoKe —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Live acoustic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 trivia With Dutch froM 94.5 the haWK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach

friday september 9

september 1 & 2


—Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ BattLe —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Piano With JaMes Jarvis —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KaraoKe With freDDie —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 KaraoKe With DJ MicK —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DueLing Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Live acoustic —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704 PseuDo BLue & the MaJestics —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 enD of the Line —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 MiKe frusha —Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 frogs on a PonD —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 steaDy eDDie —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 coLt forD —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 Benny hiLL trio —New York Pasta House, 130 N. Front St.; 763-7272 JacK of hearts, BLacK heLLatones —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 40 east —Harbor Masters, 315 Canal Dr., Carolina Beach; 458-28200 Dustin eDge —MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front St., 343-1640 fLanneL reBeLLion —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 BuLLs on ParaDe (rage against the Machine triBute) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 gutterMouth, the neW threat, MonKeyKnifefight, the shotDoWn, negative nancy —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 fuLL Dish —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 grenoLDo frazier —Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., 395-5999


—Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 Live Music —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 DJ BattLe —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Kittie, Dirge Within, DiaMonD PLate, thru WorLD aggression, sacrificiaL BetrayaL —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 Lynn anD the Wave —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 overtyMe —Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 Doco —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Jesse stocKton —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 KiM Pacheco —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 MoJo coLLins —Carolina Beach Boardwalk; 910-458-8434 tuesDay’s gone —Downtown Sundown; riverfront downtown, 763-7349 BLivet —Mayfaire Music on the Town, Mayfaire Town Center BaLD fury —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 DanieL Parish —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 LooseWheeL BLuegrass JaM —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. Machine funK (WiDesPreaD Panic f Hooligans triBute) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Mighty McfLy —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 MasonBoro sounD —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 iJ Quinn, city Lights, freshMan 15, neW county —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 PhiL Bruschi (6PM); Benny hiLL trio (9PM) —New York Pasta House, 130 N. Front St.; 763-7272 MaJaPaLooza —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 stePhanie naKasian & the hoD o’Brien trio —Airlie Gardens; 300 Airlie Rd., 798-7700

asG doors: 8:00 $7adV/$10 dos friday september 16

l shape lot

doors: 8:00 $tba saturday september 17

Jack of hearts

Justin lacy

& the swimminG machine / massiVe Grass

black hellatones doors: 9:00 $tba

doors: 9:00 free

wednesday september 14

tuesday october 11

sunday september 18

friday october 14

donna the buffalo

black dahlia murder

(at the brooklyn arts center)

sunday october 16

passafire / selah dubb

thursday september 22

Jonas sees in color friday september 23


wednesday october 5


frontier ruckus thursday october 20

infamous strinGusters toubab krewe october 26 & 27

treVor hall

southbound & down prefest fest

thursday october 6

saturday october 22

bonny prince billy sunday october 9

madi diaZ

monday october 10

bear hands

peepshow cabaret friday noVember 18

aGnostic front

monday noVember 28

future islands

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Rd.; 399-4701 IndIe MusIc nIght —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KaraoKe —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 susan savIa —Carolina Courtyard Park, corner of Chestnut and N. 3rd. St.; 798-6301

Wednesday, september 7

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

WedNeSdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm ThurSdAY Open Mic Stand-up 9pm Fri. & SAT.


SEPT. 2-3 (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central)


SEPT. 9-10 (Rooftop Comedy CD recording) SEPT. 16-17


SEPT. 23/24


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open MIc nIght —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 rob ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Legree & Zac nye’s acoustIc —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 KaraoKe wIth heLLZ beLLe —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 KInLaw & Johnson band —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 steven coMpton —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 acoustIc JaZZ pIano wIth JaMes JarvIs —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 gary aLLen’s acoustIc open MIc —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 LIve JaZZ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026 dJbe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 drownIng pooL —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 JohnnIe acoustIc —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JereMy norrIs —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 LIve acoustIc —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 KaraoKe wIth dJ brewtaL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 dJ sIr nIcK bLand —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 the get down JaM wIth the casseroLe —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 benny hILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 All entertainment must be sent to by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.

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PARLIAMENTARIAN OF FUNK: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will storm Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, September 2nd. Courtesy photo.

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. Cabarrus strEEt, ralEigh, nC (919) 821-4111 9/2: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic 9/5: Frank Kitchen, Andy Wood, Moglbl THE FILLMORE 1000 sEaboard strEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 549-5555 9/7: Manu Chao La Ventura POUR HOUSE MUSIC HALL 224 s. blount st., ralEigh, nC (919) 821-1120 9/2: Doco, Yesterday’s Gravy 9/3: Zoogma, Archnemesis AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 south tryon strEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 377-6874 9/2: La Guns, Shadow of Myself, Dirt Bag Love Affair 9/3: Almost Kings, Broken at Birth, Another Lost Year THE ORANGE PEEL 101 biltmorE avEnuE, ashEvillE, nC (828) 225-5851 9/2: Vieux Farka Toure, Bhi Bhiman 9/3: Chris Robinson Brotherhood 9/4: Erasure, Frankmusik 9/7: Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 highway 17 south, n. myrtlE bEaCh, sC (843) 272-3000 9/2: Chris Young 9/7: Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. main strEEt, Carrboro, nC (919) 967-9053 8/31: The Hold Steady, The Donkeys 9/4-5: Abbey Road LIVE! 9/6: The Weepies NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 5001 ColisEum dr., n. CharlEston, sC (843) 529-5000 9/2: LA Guns, Shadow of Myself, Dirt Bag Love Affair UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE 1000 sEaboard st., CharlottE, nC (704) 916-8970 9/3: Frankie Beverly, Maze, Fantasia RALEIGH AMPHITHEATER 500 s. mCdowEll st., ralEigh, nC (919) 831-6400 9/1: Umphrey’s McGee, Toubab Krewe


Fri. 9/2

Jeremy Norris Sat. 9/3


Sun. 9/4


LIVE MUSIC! 9pm-1am every night

Fri. 9/2

Shrimp & Grits Sat. 9/3

Soul Power

Posse Sun. 9/4



Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

206 Old Eastwood Rd.


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Fresh from the Farm 18th AnnuAl

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The Riverfront Farmers’ Market is a curbside market featuring local farmers, producers, artists & crafters. • Fruits • Vegetables • Plants • Herbs • Flowers • Eggs • Cheeses • Meats

• Seafood • Honey • Baked goods • Pickles • Jams & Jelly • Candy • Art & Crafts • Entertainment

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Pet Contests, Children’s Activities, Arts, Crafts, Food, Music, Raffles and Prizes!





Carolina Beach Lake Park GATES OPEN: 11:00AM - 5:00PM Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach Bring your pets! All funds are used for benefit of animal rescue!

September 15

Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. Admission $15.00, Kids under 10 Free

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The History of Wilmington in Black and White Seminar September 8 – November 3, 2011 Williston Middle School Auditorium - Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The History of Wilmington in Black and White course features music with Mary D. Wiliiams; Dr. Tim Tyson, historian and acclaimed author of Blood Done Sign My Name; and new guest speakers including Dr. Blair Kelley, associate professor of history at NC State and author of Right to Ride; Dr. David Cecelski, historian and author of The Waterman’s Song and Attorney James Ferguson. Two nights will also include panelists from Wilmington and surrounding areas.







September 12, 2011 | 7:30 AM Wilmington Convention Center

Tommy Spaulding, the former Up With People CEO, will talk about overcoming adversity and how creating authentic, genuine relationships leads to successful careers, businesses and communities.

Covering the Arts, Theater, Music, Festivals, Dance & more in Southeastern N.C. WS11-SP27575

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blech cinema:


Another remake does little to boost confidence in Hollywood


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Another interesting concept taken to the most predictable of places. I’m amazed how much time I spend in theaters these days, reliving movies I saw years ago. It’s a strange and often uncomfortable place to be—like an episode of the “The Twilight Zone,” caught in an infinite loop. How many more times can I watch the same movie over and over again? Last weekend was particularly prickly because the two biggest films were both remakes, the other being “Conan the Barbarian.” So my decision came down to: a 1980s film about a guy dealing with a nextdoor neighbor who’s a vampire, or a movie about a shirtless romance novel model who wants to crush his enemies and hear the lamentation of their women. This was not an easy decision. The original “Fright Night” was one of those wonderfully imperfect, little horror films from the 1980s, with an inventive idea and some cheese-ball, over-the-top staging that made it a camp horror cult classic. The remake takes the core concepts, strips it down to its basic elements, and fundamentally changes it in an attempt to make the story relevant to modern audiences. In other words: blech. The story has so much potential. Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a typical high-school student. He’s ascended from being geek to chic by ditching some of his less socially desirable friends. This sudden surge of social climbing has yielded some positive results—mainly an insanely hot girlfriend named Amy (Imogen Poots). He lives in a cookie-cutter northern Las Vegas suburban subdivision with his single mother (Toni Collette). At the onset of the film, Charley’s biggest problem is how to seal the deal with the hottest girl in school. That is until he gets a new neighbor. Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a brooding charmer who immediately takes a liking to Charley’s mom. There’s something not quite right about Jerry. Rather than spend some time building up the mystery of Jerry’s sinister motives, and turning up the tension with a Hitchcockian rear-window-style scenario, we’re told in the first five minutes that Jerry is a vampire—and we’re told in the laziest of ways. Immediately, the filmmakers take away the fun of playing with the reality of the scenario. Before we can say “Nosferatu,” we know we’re dealing with a suburban vampire. Once all the fun is drained out of the mystery, we are left to the inevitable escalation between Charley and Jerry. Horribly

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SUB-PAR FRIGHT: The remake starring Colin Farrell doesn’t hold a flame to the original ‘Fright Night.’ Courtesy photo.

outmatched and running out of options, Charley seeks the aid of Peter Vincent (David Tennant), a Las Vegas entertainer and stage magician, who claims to be a master of the occult. Peter is reluctant to help Charley. He’s more happy binge drinking and dressing up than actually trying to fight the embodiment of darkness. Jerry’s appetite begins to grow, and more and more people are turning up dead, leaving Charley as the only one who can save his subdivision from the burgeoning vampire population. So much of “Fright Night” is predictable—and not just because it’s a remake, either. These vampire films are commonplace nowadays. Every plot point, every piece of the vampire mythos, it’s all so telegraphed. Sure, Colin Farrell isn’t playing one of those glowing, emo ponces from the “Twilight” films; still, so much of this movie is generic. Nothing feels new or unique. The only thing about the original “Fright Night” that felt novel was the concept. Now, 25 years later, the concept isn’t even that interesting. It’s all been done. The vampire movie has become such a

cliché. “Fright Night” is the ultimate expression of average. Anton Yelchin is a likable actor. Colin Farrell has fun playing a remorseless bad guy. But, really, who gives a shit? We’ve seen all this before. Surely, Hollywood can do better than churn out another stereotypical vampire movie. Or

maybe they can’t. Maybe this is what we’ve been relegated to. I’m about to drop some philosophy: As this summer comes to a close, I’ve realized how broken our storytellers are. I don’t know how many more movies about toys, comic books and poorly conceived remakes I can stomach. It’s not as if all the movies are bad, but they’re covering the same territory. I’m feeling less and less engaged. “Fright Night” isn’t the worst movie ever made, but it certainly does little to inspire confidence in the current cinematic landscape.



this week in film The Trip Cinematique Thalian Hall Studio Theatre 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30 p.m., $7

9/5-7: Playing loose versions of themselves, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom. Tapped by The Observer to review fine restaurants throughout the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Steve finds himself without a traveling companion after being turned down by everyone else he knows. Steve extends an invitation to Rob, and together the pair attempt to navigate the winding back roads of rural England, impersonating popular celebrities such as Michael Caine, Woody Allen and Liam Neeson (among others) and bickering along the way. 107 min. Unrated.

Gasland, Biutiful UNCW’s Lumina Theater 601 S. College Rd. • 7:30 p.m. 8/31 (free): ‘Gasland.’ When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A drilled Pennsylvania town reports residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called ‘Gasland.’ 107 min. PG. 9/1 (call for price): ‘Biutiful’ is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. As fate encircles him, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE:


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks,

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Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon-Sat 11am-2am and Sun 12pm-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Friday and Saturday nights at both locations. ■ WEBSITE:

C.G. Dawgs

For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages

are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm – 3:00am.Fibbers on Sun. nights Until 3am. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown


Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE:


“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s

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

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


A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. –Mon.11am10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:

HolidaY iNN RESoRt

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


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

tHE littlE diPPER

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


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

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


Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies. ■ SERVING LUNCH: Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am – 6pm (Closed Sundays) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Porter’s Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon. Wed., 10am-8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays) ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Midtown & North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu, at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly.

tRollY StoP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed,

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Hell’s Hold’em Sunday

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and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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


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


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


What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 47pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:


If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indo-

chine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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


Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new Euro-American eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 399-4438. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Wed. - Sat. 8am - until and Sunday brunch from 9am-3pm, ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Wilmington’s Best Panini, according to encore readers ■ WEBSITE:


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

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5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE:


Try something different to eat! Our Crêpes & More, a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon treat, everything on the menu is available. On the Savory side, the Uzès, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, St- Tropez or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. Open all day with free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant yet casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! Located at 3810 Oleander Dr. NOW OPEN EVERY SUNDAY FROM 8am – 3pm! ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER:

Thursday - Friday 9 am – 8 pm. Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 3 pm. Monday Closed. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi.. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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

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


Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant.

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

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


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

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


Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11am2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Open Sun from 5pm10pm. ■ 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 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


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




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


Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 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:


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

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The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 300 wines available by the bottle— from some of the best boutique and cult wines to everyday values that work with any budget. We use a state-of-the-art wine preservation system—the N2Vin system—to keep our wine fresh and at the perfect temperature. The wine bar also features some of the most outstanding craft beers and sparkling wines. In addition to an abundant drink menu, The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar presents a small menu of fine cheeses, Italian cured meats, small plates and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. ■ SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4pm-12am Fri. 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sat. 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sun. 2 p.m. - 12 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8 p.m. Sparkling Wine Specials & Half Price Select Bottles : Wed. & Thurs. Monthly Food & Wine Pairing Events ■ WEBSITE:


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

projector TVs in Wilmington.

great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:

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



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

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

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

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jewel by the water:


Trattoria serves home-style Italian food with familial appeal


ot loNg before the summer

began, I was in Boston’s famous North Italian end enjoying great food with great company. Then, within a blink of an eye, I was packing and greatly looking forward to coming back to North Carolina after enduring a heart-breaking yearlong deployment away from my husband. Since my departure from Boston, I’ve had one major issue with being back: There are no great, home-style, authentic Italian restaurants around Jacksonville (and, no, certain big chains don’t constitute for real Italian food). However, in the same blink, my husband and I stumbled upon a little jewel by the water, Trattoria, located off West Corbett Avenue in Swansboro—only a hop, skip and a jump outside of Jacksonville. I have yet to find one dish (and I’ve dined here quite frequently since my discovery) that doesn’t offer pure, unadulterated flavor. Believe me, there’s a lot to choose from. In fact, one may find the menu a bit too overwhelming: a cold antipasto appetizer, amazing bruschetta, with generously chopped fresh red onions, basil, oregano and thyme, piled high on warm bread and blanketed in olive oil; behemoth-sized

ielse by Tiffanie Gabr eads et Pizza and Br Trattoria Gourm o, NC Ave. • Swansbor 108 W. Corbett 910-326-5001 com www.trattoria1. Pricing: $$$$$ calzones fit for a platoon; hearty and satisfying entrées like carbonara, sautéed with bacon and tomato in a pink, creamy to-die-for sauce; and fresh, perfectly breaded calamari marinara served al dente. Their gourmet Rustica pizza comes piled with roasted peppers, dribbles of olive oil, fresh tomatoes, spinach, garlic and mozzarella all atop in-house-made dough. That’s the point Sicilian owners Kathy Forcella and Salvatore Fontana (Sal for short) want customers to remember, as it is from their homeland that the restaurant succeeds. “When the agriculture went down in Italy, I sold my land in Sicily, came to America, bought a house and my first pizza shop in a mall in New Jersey,” Fontana shared during my last visit. His thick Sicilian accent flowed over the chatter of happy customers who were squeezed into the

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HOMEY ITALIAN: Swansboro’s Trattoria serves pasta made from owner Sal Fontana’s Sicilian family recipes. Photo by Tiffanie Gabrielse

tiny riverside cafe. No stranger to family-style cooking, Fontana was only 27 years old when he immigrated to the United States, ready to share his mother’s homemade bread and sauce recipes. For 10 years he stayed in New Jersey until the big chains took over the area. “Soon after, I came down to North Carolina,” he said. “I love the people here. You can talk to them and have a conversation. I met more people from New Jersey here than when I lived in New Jersey. My mother taught me these recipes ever since I was a little one. She was tough. It was her way or no way.” The literal translation for, “Trattoria” (prononced tratto’ria) means “small cuisine,” encompassing casual service and low prices. A father of three and grandfather of two, Fontana distinguishes his restaurant most from others by the amount of food that comes with each order. There’s nothing more upsetting than craving a hearty Italian family-style meal and being served miniscule portions, much less ones drowning in watery, translucent sauce. Homemade, century-old family sauces make up the menu here, and they’re cooked-to-order. Never will customers find a bucket of sauce on a shelf, with a thick, gelatin skin coating it. In its place one will taste smooth and milky parmesan cheeses, fire-roasted nutty garlic sauces with hints of butter and honeyed tomato gravy that’s neither tart nor brackish on the palate. Authentic and passionate about flavor, Trattoria marries crucial staple spices with an unbeatable freshness. Literally, they grow a cute garden located just beyond the back door. There, the owers nourish and coddle tomatoes, ba-

sil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Its Italian food as it’s meant to be: hearty, with juicy vegetables, creamy sauces and overwhelming palate-pumping portions. It’s accomplished without the pedestrian, overused distractions like stereotypical Mediterranean decor or Dean Martin serenades. Walking into Trattoria, the homey atmosphere is very down to earth—nothing fancy about it. Pottery sits comfortably on overhead shelving, as wine bottles are stacked nearly everywhere. Best of all, photos of family adorn the walls. If there is music overhead, well, I didn’t notice (word to the wise: Just because Frank Sinatra plays does not make an eatery truly Italian). Fontana and Forcella were busy engaging everyone around them, including new diners like us. Even the wait that often branches out to the covered porch isn’t a bother. In fact, it is well worth it. Forcella and Fontana make it so, just as they prioritize a 10 percent discount to those who serve our country proudly. “These men and women go overseas and they put their [lives] in trouble for us,” Fontana says. “My father went to WWII and came back blind. I respect our service members. I’ll always respect them. I know what it feels like to be away from family. It’s no good.” The homey touch of Trattoria is in the food, the ambience and, yes, even in the small details. The convergence of conversation between restaurateur and diner. The caring notion that, hopefully, they’ll all be back again. “I may not know all their names,” Fontana says, “but I know their faces. And when I don’t see [military personnel] come in to sit at the tables, but I see the buses drive by filled with men, I wonder about them. I don’t stop thinking about them until I see them back at a table. There will always be a table here for them.”


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beer on the cheap: Beer drinkers can find independent brewers for less


really vibrant in Wilmington. As a bartender who works a selection of over 125 beers, it’s still inevitable that customers come in and order cheap $2 domestics over the $3.50 special on a small craft brew. On Mondays, it’s more disheartening because occasionally the $2 microbrew special will lose to a $2 High Life! Hands on the bar, eyebrows raised, these people don’t even bother scanning the coolers, because they have already made their decision based on the scale of quantity versus quality. One tall boy it is, then! While it is easy to knock these people for their drinking choices, most of the time I cannot blame them. Half of them struggle with minimum wage, late rent, electricity bills, high gas prices, student loans, childrens’ needs, the starving artist lifestyle and more. Being a poor kid myself, I sympathize as I watch them dig change and crumpled one-dollar bills from their pockets, and give it all away so they can enjoy one drink and also tip. Personally, I am picky with beer. Usually, I avoid succumbing to the thin, watery domestics myself, but it can’t be done all the time. I hear people talk about their desires to drink better beer and not support the corporations—yet, money is a problem. Many have asked, “What is a good solution to this drinking predicament?” In the end, there still can be a choice here. For someone like Wilmington local Ted Roberts, who back in April told encore Live Local columnist Gwenyfar Rohler that he was refusing to drink beers from AB-InBev and MillerCoors, there are options like Yuengling and Pabst. These beers are independent from the Big Three. In fact, on Pabst’s website, after Anheuser-Busch merged with Brazilian/Belgian corporation InBev, they proudly stated how Pabst will be one of “the last of the famous iconic U.S. brewers to be fully independent and American-owned.” “When it comes to the cheap beers, I tend to go with PBR because it’s normally the cheapest, it tastes all right and it’s not owned by companies like Anheuser-Busch,” local beer drinker Seth Parham says. Both Yuengling and Pabst have been around since the early- to mid-1800s and, to this day, they still manage to not sell out to empires. Sure, they have grown into the corporate world a bit, and are considered part of the domestics family, but people like Roberts and Parham can still quench their thirst, have some extra cash in their pockets, and in the end have their conscience at ease. he crafT beer movemenT is

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“Coors is good for making equipment and all,” Parham quips. “As far as taste goes, I’m not impressed. With cheap beers, taste-wise and morally, Pabst wins.” In any Food Lion or Harris Teeter grocer, a six-pack of Yuengling is about $6, whereas a PBR six-pack is about $5 to $6. For more ambitious buyers, a 24-pack of Yuengling cans is about $17, whereas a 24-pack of PBR cans is around $13.50 to $14. For those more attentive to quantity, a cheap tall boy of either won’t break the bank and are mostly avaialble in the nearest convenience store. Those with strict non-corporate beer diets should be wary, however. There are always a few specific products from smaller companies that are still somehow associated with the bigger guys (i.e., National Bohemian is distributed through Pabst Brewing Company, yet bottled through Miller). It’s important to really do the research to choose wisely. For those who chide the domestics and pour their support solely into the independent micro and craft breweries, Sam Adams and New Belgium are probably the best options. Naturally, they’re more expensive than the domestics (around $17 for a 12-pack of Sam Adams Boston Lager or New Belgium Fat Tire), but it’s still a fair price and quality American beer from a small microbrewery. It offers a variety of tastes and bodies to select from. Other craft breweries and independent imports might find in the store: six-pack of Saranac is around $8; mixed 12-pack of Magic Hat beers is about $15; 12-pack of Red Stripe bottles is around $13.50. For those North Carolinians who are really committed to sticking to local beers, they’ll be pleased to know that I was delighted to walk into newly opened store Carolina Farmin’ and see one of my favorite NC breweries, Duck Rabbit, on display. It was one of the cheapest ($9 for a six-pack) state beers available. Of course, we have a fantastic brewery on Front Street that offers daily $1.99 mugs of their homemade brews. With the growing craft beer awareness, people are bound to run into tough decisions based on taste, finances and ethics. Take note my fellow broke-ass, beer-drinking brethren: There are cheaper paths to take to support people and companies in line with a local buy, all the while being simultaneously easy on our pockets and purses.

BLUE RIBBON WINNER: Seth Parham enjoys both the dirt-cheap cost and moral standards of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Photo by Carter Smith.


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a midsummer’s culinary dream:


Pop-up restaurant Canapé debuts to excitement


hile most restaurants boast

their number of years in service, Canapé does just the opposite: open for one night only—and proud. The chefs have an evening to lead their diners down a path of uncharted culinary territory. Foodies won’t find a “well-cooked steak” here; that is not what its founders, Chef Matthew Gould (Caprice Bistro) and Sean Pascarelli (La Gemma Fine Italian Pastries), are about. They chefs want Canapé to be about pushing limits. “Twice baked potatoes” or “creamed spinach” would make most of its clientele fall asleep face-first in their dishes. Upon awakening, they would get up and leave the restaurant. Better hungry than bored. At Canapé, the chefs are willing to play roulette with the element of surprise, and that means there will be some dishes diners love and some dishes diners hate. Regardless, almost everyone will certainly walk away saying, “I’ve never had that before!” Known as a “pop-up” restaurant, Canapé is mobile so to speak—a restaurant that opens in a rented or borrowed space for a brief interval of time. It can be anywhere from one night to two weeks to even a month. But most share the common quality of delivering foods which are exciting. Being open for such a short time allows the chefs to play with concepts that they would not normally try. Although they want to be successful, failure at a pop-up should not be a catastrophic event. Pack up, dust off, make some changes and try again. Naturally, the pop-up concept is not new. To Wilmington it may be, unless one has been living in a major metropolitan area, like New York, L.A. or Chicago. Wilmington’s first chapter in its pop-up storybook began on August 22, 2011. This is one perspective of the night: Canapé opened for business at 6 p.m., using the restaurant space and kitchen of downtown’s fine-dining, contemporary restaurant manna (123 Princess Street). As soon as we walked in, the hostess was smiling and asked our name. She took us to our table, and from that point on, she referred to me by name. It was professional and made me feel at home. After taking my seat (we had a table for 10), I realized that we would actually have 11 in our party. I approached the hostess regarding this dilemma, and she graciously and immediately added a place setting. There were no intentional pauses to make me feel like I was being a headache or looks to indicate displeasure. She was exactly who you want at the front of the house. Excellent start. After taking our seats, the waitress brought us water and asked if we would like anything else to drink. We perused Manna’s extensive wine list and ordered a bottle of 2009 Chablis Premier Cru, Côte de Jouan. It arrived

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promptly, wherein the waitress went through the appropriate tasting service before serving our table. While we talked and readied ourselves for dinner, Chefs Gould and Pascarelli came out and spoke to the guests. The room was full and the event was sold out, so they had quite the audience. Humbly, the chefs pointed out that in addition to the menu, there was a “scorecard.” They instructed us that they wanted feedback, both good and bad, so they could incorporate these ideas into their next event. The card had comment space for each of the 11 courses. This was a very inviting thing to do, and it set the tone, as if they were saying, “Relax and enjoy! We know everything won’t be perfect, but let us know what to change, and we will fix it for the next time.” As I read over the menu, I noted there were some changes from their teaser menu posted online, which I assume resulted from some lessons learned at their trial run a week or so prior. Like all things, practice makes perfect. These chefs deserve kudos for taking the time and expense to test their execution prior to the actual event. They were careful to use fresh, local ingredients, which I applaud. For example, the rabbit was from Carolina Pete’s Rabbitry in Conover, NC; the produce was from the local downtown farmers’ market, held every Saturday. Herbs came from Shelton Herb Farm and Canapé’s own garden! The fact that these ingredients were fresh and local added an element of soul to the meal, which cannot be overcome by technical skill. Before we get to the specifics of the courses, let me say that I felt they were generally well plated and well timed. Courses did not roll out too quickly, such that we felt rushed. By the same token, there were not any extensive delays. Each course was scored on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. We also scored as a table the best dish of the night and the least favorite dish of the night. Here was the outcome: Course 1: Applewood bacon, wrapped around NC peaches, with hints of roasted, smoky vanilla, served on a bed of mustard greens, with a drizzle of fig balsamic reduction. I scored this dish a 7. The thing that I loved about it: The peach was warm and somewhat

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AERATED BRIE: Brie was melted and ventilated by nitrous oxide before served alongside music paper, balsamic reduction, grapes infused with mint and edible flowers. Photo by Patrick McAndrew

fooled the mind into thinking I was about to eat a bacon-wrapped scallop. Rather than a scallop, the sweet, juicy taste of the fruit was both delicious and a surprise. It gave a salty and sweet balance of perfection. The mustard greens had a distinct but subtle horseradish taste and were served at room temperature. I wonder if they might have been better if cooled as a contrast to the warmth of the bacon and peach. With that said, I am not entirely sure how they fit in with the dish or if they were even necessary. The fig reduction was not perceptible, nor was the vanilla. Then again, this may be a case of where it would be obvious to me if I tried the dish without them. Maybe. No one at our table ranked it their favorite and one person ranked it their least favorite. Course 2: Heirloom tomato, watermelon and avocado served with house-made preserved lemons and limes, an herb-infused vinaigrette, made with Spanish olive oil tossed with coriander, basil and chive. I have to confess now: I do not eat whole tomato. Thus, I did not score this dish. I did scrape off the watermelon, which was sweet and tasty. There was no perceptible preserved lemon/lime. The avocado was smooth and delicious but needed a touch of salt. Also served with it were microgreens to add an extra crunch. One person voted this their favorite dish, and no one thought it was their least favorite.

Course 3: Aerated brie ventilated by nitrous oxide, garnished with fresh grapes, mint and balsamic reduction, alongside music paper. I scored this an 8. I loved this dish. I would not typically list brie among my favorite cheeses, but the presentation and flavors here were amazing. The grapes, when eaten alone, tasted of mint. This was a delicious surprise. I am not sure how they did it, but it worked. The brie was light and fresh, and perfectly paired with the music paper (from La Gemma), which is a type of bread native to the island of Sardinia. Pretty much like a cracker, it worked well. In the end, it was the classic “cheese, grapes and wine” only with a twist. A fairly substantial criticism of this course was the execution. Although mine was perfectly plated with a well-formed portion of upright aerated brie, the two people beside me had melted brie which was a runny mess on the plate. Although they ate the dish, it did not have the same appeal as those plates which were executed well. Three people, including myself, scored this as their favorite dish of the evening, and one scored it as their least favorite due to the problems noted above. Course 4: Green melon and lime sorbet, with burnt honey custard, dehydrated candied culantro and dusted with fresh Cuban sage. This dish was a hit with most everyone at our table. Fresh and sweet, balanced with citrus and culantro, providing a “I don’t know what that is, but I like it!” spin on the dish. Culantro is a Mexican/South American herb that tastes like ... cilantro! The honey custard was smooth and pleasing, but mine lacked any aspect of being burnt. This dish was served as a palate-cleanser. For that reason, I would not have listed it on the

and improve on this concept.

menu. Guests love a surprise. The sorbet would have taken the guest’s perception of the night to a higher level if it was perceived as “free” or some kind of bonus. Scores ranged from 7 to 9. Three guests at our table listed this their favorite; no one listed it their least favorite. Course 5: Scallops and cucumber with toasted pistachios, served on a bed of tomato and lychee gazpacho, accentuated by flavors of lemon and Spanish olive oil. Scallops seem to pair well with many things. I have had them with bacon, vanilla, banana and various salads. Without a doubt, this would be my first go with cucumbers and pistachios! Unfortunately, there was a lot of inconsistency with the scallops. Some had a beautiful dark sear, while others had little sear. Mine was of the latter, but it was cooked well otherwise. This dish was my first disappointment of the evening, as it was lukewarm and bland. I appreciate that getting 50 scallops out at once and keeping them hot must be a challenge, but the dish suffered. I scored this dish a 5. One person in our group listed this as their favorite, and I have no doubt that with a little heat and salt, it may well have been mine. Course 6: Foie gras and shallot chutney—a ficelle of foie gras mousse, served with shallot chutney over homemade brioche, accompanied by raspberries. I became a fan of foie gras in Chicago, as soon as they made it illegal in 2006! The ban was overturned in 2008, but its allure has stuck with me. Foie gras is typically smooth, rich and delicate. Although the foie gras was prepared as a mousse, mine was more coarse and grainy than I have previously experienced. It also lacked the richness I expected—it was actually rather dry. The shallot chutney was a nice complement and contributed some moisture but could not rescue the dehydration of the dish. For me it was a miss; I gave it a 5. With that said, two of the 11 at our table scored it their favorite, with one commenting that it was the best foie gras he had ever eaten. Course 7: Rabbit, onion, radicchio—a duo of rabbit: house-prepared sausage and a tenderloin wrapped in speck, with rosemary and peppercorn sauce, atop a bed of radicchio, with baby pearl onions. I had never eaten rabbit until Canapé. Sadly, this dish was also a miss for me.The rabbit was prepared two ways: as a sausage and as a tenderloin. The sausage was bland. It tasted a bit like dry turkey—a valiant effort to make the sausage, but it did not come through

Course 9: Dark chocolate and marshmallow foam atop chocolate cremeux, served with graham crackers and burnt sugar. The marshmallow in this dish was delicate and rich. It was not too sweet, which was the main complaint with the chocolate. The chocolate was overly rich and sweet. Luckily it came at the end of the meal, because it left me with a feeling that I had enough. It’s not that the chocolate was not good, as much as it was with timing and context. It overpowered

to our evening’s adventure. I scored it a 5. It was good but nothing predictable as an ending. Conceptually, these guys had really been creative, but this dish didn’t seem as imaginative. On the whole, the dinner was a huge success. It took courage and determination to execute an 11-course tasting menu for 50 diners at one time (and, actually there were 65 in the house, as they accounted 15 for family and friends). Everyone with whom I spoke enjoyed the experience. Canapé brings an element of culinary ad-

VEGGIES AND PROTEIN (above) Watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, served with avocado puree, infused with preserved lemons and limes in an herb vinaigrette. (below) Rabbit duo of tenderloin wrapped in speck and homemade sausage with a peppercorn-rosemary sauce and foie gras-charred baby pearl onions, served alongside shredded radicchio and microgreens. Photo by Patrick McAndrew

in flavor. The tenderloin was better than the sausage, but it was still like chicken, with a dense consistency. The speck, somewhat a variation on prosciutto, was unremarkable on my palate. The sauce of rosemary and peppercorn made the taste a little harder to tease out when comparing to chicken, but on the whole the tenderloin was not bad. As a whole I gave it a 6, with one exception: I gave the pearl onions a 9. They were some of the tastiest onions I have ever eaten. They popped with a tangy flavor that really livened up the tenderloin. This dish had one vote for best and one vote for worst of the evening. Course 8: Nectarine and white pepper— white pepper cotton candy and nectarine pop rocks, infused with touches of lemongrass and saffron. Excellent idea. Had it not been listed on the menu, it would have been another joyful surprise of the evening. Unfortunately, it was listed on the menu and received 5 votes as the worst dish. I rated it a 5. The concept was beautiful: a brief interlude with wait staff coming around to each person, handing them a lollipop from a “cigarette girl” rack hanging around their necks. This dish was a small cotton-candy lollipop filled with tang and included the chefs’ take on “pop rocks.” The lemongrass flavors came in on the finish, so diners wound up with developing flavors that transported them away from the table and back to childhood. In other words, there was a lot of action in this lollipop. It was interesting. Again, the problem is that it was listed as a course. Left off the menu, people would have been talking about this in a positive light. Great idea, and I hope the chefs will develop

the other elements, including the marshmallow and graham crackers. The burnt sugar was not perceptible to me while eating the (overly) sweet, rich dark chocolate. For two people at our table this was their least favorite dish. For me, it was a 5. Course 10: Cherry and cream macarons made with almond powder, stuffed with a Grand Marnier cherry mousse and fresh chopped cherries, dusted with meringue powder. Redemption! This dish was a great way to (almost) finish the night. The macarons were soft and smooth in texture. The taste was like an orange creamsicle (thank you, Grand Marnier) with luscious cherries. The macarons teased by being slightly sweet, and the cherries swept in and delivered satisfaction. A perfect balance of texture and flavor. By far, this was the best dessert of the night. It was a solid 8. Course 11: Bourbon and mint sorbet served with blueberry coulis and lemon. This dish was good, but it was similar to the green melon and lime. The taste was crisp and clean. The mint taste certainly was a nice end

venture to Wilmington that is typically only enjoyed in larger cities. In addition, by being an infrequent event, the chefs are able to cater to that small, cult-like, foodie clientele who want to eat food cooked in liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide—who want to eat unusual foods and try new things. Even with the items we have eaten before (for example, scallops), it is exciting to try them in a new context, regardless of whether or not it was a hit. While some of these dishes did not completely blow me away, the chefs get an “A” for effort. From my perspective, they gave me what I wanted: an adventure. The fact that not every dish was a “10” is of no consequence. It is interesting to note that at our table of 11, six different courses were voted as someone’s favorite. Six different dishes were voted as someone’s least favorite. Wasn’t this really the point? We all tried flavors and combinations out of our comfort zones—things we normally would not. In many cases, we found something to love. I greatly look forward to Canapé’s next effort. Mike Nichols is the founder of, which boasts all things food, wine and even fitness.

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the force of radio: Jacksonville Ninja is a local superhero


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has Superman. Jacksonville, NC, has the Jacksonville Ninja. In many ways, Robert Mattocks is a local celebrity who embodies traits of many traditional caped-crusaders: He carries an air of mystique, vigilance and, yes, even athletic prowess. Yet, the most unique quality he possesses is something neither Batman nor Superman ever attained: unanimous popularity within the community. Known under the guise of many aliases, “The Jacksonville Ninja” and “Radio” included, Mattocks frequently can be found practicing martial arts routines in front of Applebee’s on the corner of Highway 17 and Western Boulevard. His uniform is consistent: wire-frame glasses, bare chest, athletic pants and a boom box—the famed accessory which earned him the “Radio” moniker, which he readily adopted as his own. But who is Robert Mattocks? For 17 years, Mattocks has resided in Jacksonville, after relocating from nearby Belgrade to Onslow County for medical reasons. In his youth, he sustained a severe eye injury while jumping rope. Fortunately, Radio has family members in town. “My aunts and cousins live around here,” he says one day while practicing his Judo choreography street-side. “They look out for me.” He began his diurnal dancing and Judo routines simply because he liked doing them. Radio was introduced to Judo while attending high school. He fell in love with the sport and has committed countless hours to his avocation. “When I’m out there, I just get into the zone—I get

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focused,” he muses. “If I don’t dance for more than a day, the people start to worry about me.” After checking his Facebook fan-created page, with over 22,000 members, nonetheless, one will learn that Radio speaks the truth. Appearing on the fan-page wall are postings asking if anyone has seen him on a day when he did not appear at his intersection. The language suggests local residents have a genuine interest in his well-being. Fans also frequently contribute Radio reconnaissance posts, indicating when and where they have spotted him. Consuelo Magdalena: “Just saw you riding a bike!” Meghann JacobsSchumann: “He is at the mall allot [sic]. Such a nice man. I invited him to run the Outer Banks half-marathon with me in November and he accepted. I can’t wait. Such a wonderful man and part of human nature.” Leslie Mooney: “Where is the ninja??? I’m moving and I want a pic with him before I leave!” Radio’s brash display of Judo acumen has made him wildly popular; now, it helps provide a small stipend. In fact, Ethridge Furniture pays him once weekly to carry an advertisement for their establishment on his 16-mile trek around town. During Radio’s daily cruises, he says he has time to ponder life. “I just think about how God loves everybody,” he says. “And I think about how I wish everybody would be good to everybody.” Radio believes this mantra so whole-heartedly he even had the word “Everybody” tattooed across his forearm. Larry Padrick, of Ethridge Furniture, speaks highly of him. It is clear that Padrick cares about his well being, which led him to ask Radio to hold signs for

Ethridge. “Everyone loves Radio,” Padrick says. “He’s very honest—I can tell you that. Last weekend I asked him how many hours he worked and he said, ‘Well, it rained for an hour and a half, so I went into Applebee’s.’ Now, he didn’t have to tell me that.” Lindsay Sholl, the assistant general manger for Applebee’s, also extols Radio’s virtues. “We love him,” she notes. “He’s great for the town. He’ll hold signs for us when we have a fund-raiser. Last year, we rose close to $11,000 for the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research, thanks to [his help] with the car wash.” In trade for his assistance, the management gladly gives Radio food and drink on the house whenever he needs a reprieve from his strenuous Judo routines. “He’s just a cool dude!” E.B., a server at Applebee’s, exclaims. As his fans watch in their air-conditioned cars during the dog days of summer, Radio gyrates and karate kicks with the greatest of ease. While taking a lap around the Jacksonville Mall on a particularly hot August day, Radio readily poses for pictures with several dozen fans. He’s approached constantly for autographs. As for the group that finds him the most fascinating, “I think the kids really, really love me to death,” he says. A town riddled with contrasting groups—civilians and service members, conservatives and progressives, locals and newcomers—finally there is a unifying force. What superhero could do better than that? See Joselyn’s photo retrospective of Radio online at

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decoding marine ink:


The stories behind the intricate tats of our armed forces


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tattooed isn’t the most graceful expression, but its originator, Sailor Jerry (or Norman Collins), is known as a sharp, gruff Pacific “sea dog” who is the most infamous tattoo artist to ink the men of our military for over 40 years. It is impossible to understand the culture that surrounds the military and the tattoo art form without Sailor Jerry. Today in Jacksonville, across the various tattoo shops in town, one can find countless options for nautical ink: chickens and pigs or WWII pin-ups with busting bosoms, and of course thousands of USMC designs. Tattoo shops, much like the tattoo itself, a staple to the military community and the lifestyle. As more and more men and women become stationed at Camp Lejeune, Stone Bay and Cherry Point, the existence and purpose for the art form grows bigger and bigger. It leaves many wondering why the tattoo is so important to the marine. My husband, an active duty marine, has four—with plans for more. Is there a code behind the tattoo? To answer, one doesn’t necessarily have to get stewed, screwed and then tattooed, but one must sail straight into the rocky waters of the USMC soul. FINDING THEIR VOICE It goes without saying the classic EGA (Eagle Globe and Anchor) motivational (or moto) tattoo is a rite of passage when one is fresh out of boot camp. As marine veteran Cpl. Andrew Wale at Forbidden Tattoo and Piercing points out, it is a symbol which is earned. It cannot be bought and are only awarded to a chosen few. As I strolled in and out of credible shops around town and interviewed marines, I found that the concept of getting tattooed in the military goes much deeper than an average civilian recognizes. For many in the Marine Corps, getting a tattoo represents the trials and tribulations endured during service


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or and encore contribut a memoir’ F AR W author of ‘D and it offers them a way to speak out. It is their voice that goes beyond simply picking out a colorful picture that looks intimidating or fanciful on the skin. It is a way to describe the battles one has faced, the fears they are soon to confront and the sacrifices they have made without saying a single word. “When marines get ink, it isn’t for nothing,” LCpl. Patrick R. Stanborough explains. “They are badges of where we have been, what we have done and what we stand for.” A veteran of Ramadi Iraq in 2006 through ‘07 and the Helmand province Afghanistan for most of 2008, Stanborough believes the most sacred of the marine tattoo is the display, which remembers brothers who didn’t make it back home. “Marines are supposed to be quiet professionals, and to some extent we are,” he says. “But we are proud of what we do, and we are not afraid to let others know exactly who we are.” Representing strength, religion, honor, pride or anger seems to be just grazing the crux of the subject. Further into territory not often spoken of is the military belief of enshrining their inner feelings, dreams, accomplishments and, most importantly, their pain. The skin art becomes a memorial forever, not only for the marine but for the artist themselves, too. The images they place on service members shine long after the lights shut off in the shop. This symbiotic relationship is comparable to the dependable bartender around the corner, serving drinks and lending an unprejudiced helpful ear. CREATING A SACRED BOND In a time where seeking help for post-trau-

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matic stress disorder (PTSD) is just barely breaking the cuffs of being taboo, the tattoo shops often provide a sense of comfort and enthusiasm for those facing their first deployment or pumping out for their third and fourth tour. “A marine will not come in and just open up,” Gregg Stout, owner of House of Pain, explains. “It’s not what you see on TV, but when they come in and discuss the image they want on their body, they share bits about their life. We have a responsibility to them to get the details right, to listen and to respect them. It’s all part of understanding what they go through and the message behind their tattoo.” This bond and responsibility may also be the motivating factor that drives many active duty marines and veterans alike to stay in the Jacksonville area long past their end-of-active-service (EAS) date and get their permit

to tattoo. Perhaps, it is also safe to say by doing so they are perpetuating the brotherhood. For LCpl. William Joshua Ashbury, also a permitted artist, to decode a marine tattoo is to recognize a greater expectation of self—respecting tradition and enjoying an experience of loyal camaraderie. “My brother was a marine in ‘96 to ‘01, and all his buddies in the Marine Corps were tattooed,” Ashbury shares. “When I picture a marine, I picture a scary individual who’s intimidating. Having tattoos is something I always picture myself having, because I am a marine. It can be as simple as four-letter words (USMC), or it can be more in depth. Everyone has their own form of motivation. It’s not necessarily about plastering USMC all over your body. It’s about coming in with your buddy, your brother, talking some bullshit, and getting over the physical or mental pain we’ve experienced—or that we wait to experience together.” Ashbury’s comment can be taken to heart with family, too—a la the sacrifices marine wives endure and experiences they bear as the silent ranks. The day I, a military wife,

chose to get my own tattoo, my husband was away for training for three months. I wanted a reminder of the happiest day of my life: my wedding. When my ink dried, Bit Lavendar at Unique Ink pointed out to me, “Memories fade but powerful (well taken care of) tattoos serve to remind us how far apart we may be.” His comment has stuck with me since, because if this is true, do others in the silent ranks feel the same way? Do they, too, have their own code behind getting a tattoo especially if the memory of overcoming an adverse deployment eventually dwindles? Last Saturday while visiting Gypsy Rose Tattoo Shop, the answer resounded yes! For one spouse who bore last spring’s tornado tragedy in Onslow County on her own, as her husband fought overseas, she found her strength to carry on by inscribing the words on her body, “Life is tough, but I’m tougher.” Unable to reveal her nameor comment further about the hardships she’s faced or is facing, one thing is for certain, she left the shop with more hope inside than when she originally entered. inner strength prevails So, is there a code behind the marine tattoo? The most eye-opening perspective comes from Cpl. John Barhunder. As he sat in the black leather chair, needle tapping a grim reaper repetitively into his skin, he was steadying himself for his first

to invite questions: “What does this mean?” Somehow, it’s equally important to remember many times the art work is representative of something far more personal. Whether service members or not, some people just don’t want to talk about their tattoos. It is for them—and them alone.

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deployment. “It doesn’t matter if others find it meaningful or worth decoding, what matters is if that the marine who has the tattoo finds it helps him, motivates him or makes him happy.” Truly decrypting the tattoo matters not; the motivation behind is the heart of the matter. Of course, any tattoo for many seems

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an era of glamour: The Gatsby Gala celebrates the Roaring Twenties


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and chic atitudes permeating the era. There is something alluring about the Roaring Twenties—a time when most Americans daydream of being cool enough to enter an underground speakeasy. Men decked out in three-piece suits; women sashaying in flapper dresses, bewjewled head pieces and long strands of pearls. Prohibition was in full effect, and the great American novel was born: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Such elements combined to inspire Style Girl Jess James’ latest fashion celebration, which will be held this Thursday at the City Club, downtown Wilmington’s most regal hotspot to beckon any historic age of enlightenment. To help kick off the cliub’s fall membership, they are offering 80 percent off their one-time initiation fee—plus access to the Gatsby speakeasy! “City Club members (and new members that sign up that evening) will be given a small envelope containing the ‘secret word’ for entrance,” James says. With the onset of the 2012 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan on

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the rise, the timing is quite appropriate. “I just re-read [the book],” James says. “And the joie de vivre of the Jazz Age glamourized by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald” cannot be matched in comprising this fashion-savvy event—something that gains relevancy even 80 years later. encore spoke with James about the ins and outs of the evening. Here is what to expect... encore: What about that era fascinates you most when it comes to fashion and style? Jess James: Well, it was the beginning of a boom era so there was a lot of change and excitement in the air. To me, the fashion of that era represents a form of women’s libera-

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tion with the freedom dictated in this “new” silhouette—the loose shape, the drop waist, the bold attitude of the flappers. And, I absolutely adore the art deco aesthetic—the prints, the architecture and of course the amazing accessories! e: What looks do you encourage people to don? JJ: There are so many options. You can dress as your favorite “Gatsby” character: diaphanous white like Daisy, or for the guys Gatsby day or Gatsby night—a black-tie tux or perhaps a light-colored three-piece suit with a straw boater hat. You can add some Jazz Age panache to any LBD with the right accessories: a headband or cloche, sequins and feathers, deco earrings and some Tstrap heels and you’re all set! e: What about sounds and tastes of the era? What can we expect? JJ: The City Club’s director, Karen Smith, has developed deviled eggs with caviar, mini Caesar salad cups, beef and asparagus roll- mops, mushroom toast, hot spin-

ach dip and more! We will also have live music by Benny Hill jazz trio and chanteuse Susan Savia. e: I see you’re selling raffle tickets to the event to benefit DREAMS. How did you decide to team up with them? Will any portions of proceeds from ticket sales go to them, too? JJ: Land Rover commissioned a custom piece from Jonathan Nelson of J Nelson Designs (located inside Cape Fear Jewelry) to raffle off that evening to benefit DREAMS. The custom necklace was made with a vintage 1920’s pendant valued at $1,750. AJ, the general manager of Land Rover, and I chose to work with DREAMS since we both see the value of providing arts education for youth in need in our community. DREAMS has been a benefactor of fashion shows I’ve hosted in the past, and I’ve always enjoyed sharing their cause. The evening’s raffle prizes will benefit DREAMS, and we have some fabulous giveaways for the evening’s “Best Dressed” (valued at over $400). This style-conscious event will also feature 1920’s inspired shopping with A Second Time Around, Cape Fear Jewelry and Ziabird. Models styled by Salon 02 and Jess James will be on site, too, donning Roaring Twenties reverie.

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events INVOLVEMENT CARNIVAL Wed., 8/31, 10am-2pm: UNCW will hold its annual Involvement Carnival on the University Commons (set up: 9am; rain date: 9/7). Just a week into the new school year, the Involvement Carnival highlights student involvement opportunities at UNCW and in the Wilmington community. Fair incl. UNCW organizations and departments, local businesses, religious organizations and nonprofit community agencies. Businesses who wish to participate: $150, incl table, chairs. Deadline: 8/19, space limited. www.uncw. edu/storgs. 910-962-3553. UNCW WELCOME EVENTS 8/31, Involvement Carnival, 10am-2pm. Nearly 4,000 students will congregate on the Campus Commons near the Clock Tower. Participants will check out more than 275 activities and booths to learn about volunteer, job, organization and entertainment opportunities at UNCW and in the community. This is a visually active event with great interview opportunities. MILITARy RECEpTION 3:30-4:30pm: Burney Center. Student veterans, faculty, staff and military leaders will mingle at this gettogether designed to ease the college transition for current and former military members. Interviews with veterans and military leaders will be available.

pLEASURE ISLAND FIREWORKS At dusk, fireworks light the sky over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Make a weekend of your visit to Pleasure Island (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach). Arrive Thursday for live music and fireworks at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.Enjoy carnival-style rides and games at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910458-8434;; GREAT GATSBy GALA See page 44! FARMERS’ MARKETS Weekly Farmers’ Markets feat. plant, food and crafts vendors;: Riverfront Farmer’s Market Sat., Downtown Wilmington, Water St., 8am-1pm. AprilDec. • Sat., Carolina Beach Lake, through 9/3; 910-458-7490 • Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market Mon., Causeway Dr., through 9/5, 8am-1pm. 910-256-7925 • Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wed., 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington, through 12/14. Live music w/Cindy Rhodes; Pender County Master Gardeners clinic 2nd Wed/ea. mo. ILM’S VENDOR MARKET FAIR 9/5, 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Every Tues., like a farmers’ market for retail. Low-cost, high-traffic business showcase goods to reach 5,000-plus buyers, aligned on sidewalks of Hanover Center, across from Independence Mall. Interested vendors: Bruce Hen-

derson, (910) 343-9739, pOOCH pLUNGE 9/6-9, 4-8pm; 9/10, 10am-2pm: The Legion Pool is going to the dogs! Only dogs will be allowed to swim, sorry no humans in the pool! $5/dog/day. Legion Pool, 2131 Carolina Beach Road. Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Dog Park Committee. HOBBy GREENHOUSE pLANT SALE 9/9-10: Plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. In Forest Hills, free. Fri.-Sat. 9am-6pm. or UNCW 2011-12 pERFORMING ARTS SEASON The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts announces its 2011/12 season, which includes a schedule of internationally-acclaimed artists, encompassing a wide range of styles and genres, with performances by luminaries in classical and jazz music, dance and drama. Tickets at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Mon-Fri, noon-5PM, 910-962-3500 or 800-7323643. At Kenan Auditorium unless otherwise specified. Schedule: 9/7: Liszt200: The Visionary as Virtuoso Norman Bemelmans, piano • 9/14: Lecture: Anna Deavere Smith • 9/15: UNCW Department of Music Faculty Concert, Mary Jo White, flute; Elizabeth Loparits, piano; Beckwith Recital Hall. NORTH BRUNSWICK NEWCOMERS North Brunswick Newcomers: 9/9, 9:30am. Cross-

winds Church in the Waterford Village. Guest speaker for this meeting will be George Edwards, the Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation speaking on “Why Preservation Matters.” Our FYI speaker will be Teresa Morgan from the nonprofit Furever Friends. Anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with Cape Fear region and meet other from the area are invited to join us. Linda Wells: 399-1942. INTERCULTURAL FESTIVAL Brunswick Community College, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Advanced Timber, and the Brunswick Beacon will present the 8th Annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, taking place at the campus of BCC on Sat., 9/10, featuring numerous performing artists, children’s activities, an international pavilion featuring local history and world culture, international food tasting for a $5 fee, and a variety of vendors. Free! CFCC 9/11 MEMORIAL 9/11, 8:30am: Observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. CFCC plans to host a community-wide memorial event to remember those lost and honor the heroes who helped recover the survivors. Ceremony held at CFCC’s Safety Training Center at the North Campus in Castle Hayne, 8:30am. Ceremony will involve members of local fire departments, law-enforcement agencies, and government officials. Service will mark the events of the tragic day in real time. A single bell will toll to honor those lost during the plane crash into ower 1 of the WTC at 8:46am, tower 2 at 9:03am, the Pentagon at 9:37am and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 at 10:03am. CFCC will dedicate its own 9/11 memorial during the service, which was designed by CFCC interior design students and features an actual piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center site. THE FLEA AT BAC The Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews is excited to announce “The Flea at BAC—Vintage and Fabulous” at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews (516 North 4th St., corner of Campbell and North 4th on Fri., 9/16, 3-9pm. Antique furniture and chic clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, and tableware, and more in 123 year-old church and outdoor ourtyard. Also onste, fantastic gourmet food and the BAC cash bar. Admission: $5. www.brooklynartsnc. com. Richard Leder: 910-538-2939 or COUNTRy FAIR 9/16-17: 17th annual Country Fair, Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Rd Southwest, Sunset Beach, NC. 9/16, 7am -7pm, and 17, 7am2pm. Live and silent auction, Sat, 10am. Booths: w/baked goods, jewelry,crafts, books, clothing, yard sale, plant sale. Childrens events/entertainment, food court serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. $9 adults take-out available dinner catered by Jerome’s of Shallotte. Credit cards accepted. Gere Andujar:

charity/fund-raisers EpICUREAN EVENING 9/1: Epicurean Evening at The Wilmington Convention Center. The Methodist Home for Children’s 5th annual event celebrates local culinary masterpeices while raising money to ensure that local children are provided safe, loving homes. For this year’s competi-

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encore | august 31-september 6, 2011 | 47 Chamber Music Wilmington 2011-2012 Season: 9/11, 7:30pm, Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW. Chamber Music Wilmington presents UNCSA Chamber Players, incl. chamber music’s most profound masterworks, Franz Schubert’s Octet for strings and winds. OLLI NEW HORIZONS BAND 9/12, 7pm: OLLI New Horizons Band begins new sessions on Sept. 12 through Dec. 5. Weekly rehearsals Monday 7- 9 p.m. at the UNCW Cultural ArtsBuilding, Room #1080. Open to adults who play a band instrument and want to play in a traditional concert band. No try-outs required. Sponsored by the UNCW Music Department and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Betty Garrett: 910-686-7345 or by e-mail, or UNCW,9623195. Cost $79 OLLI members, $109 non-members. NC SYMPHONY Wilmington concerts at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Schedule: 9/17: William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor. Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain. Grieg: Suite from Peer Gynt. Schubert: Symphony No. 9, “The Great.” Kenan Auditorium, UNCW, $30-$63. or 919733-2750. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 9/24, 8pm: Fairy-tale world of Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mere L’Oye and the opulent atmosphere of 18th cent. Vienna in a sumptuous suite from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Leading off opening night is Robert Schumann’s romantic Symphony No. 2. All concerts at Kenan Auditorium. For tickets call Kenan Auditorium: (910) 962-3500. DR JOHN AND THE LOWER 911 Dr. John, one fthe greatest piano players, who has inspired countless musicians, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and won 5 Grammies, will play Greenfield Lake on 10/5 at the amphitheeater. Tickets available at Gravity Records or online at MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or 5TH WEDNESDAY BAND 8/31, 7:30pm: 5th Wednesday Band at Bottega Art and Wine Bar. Hear this eclectric group who only gather on the 5th Wednesday of any given month. Gathered by Ron Wilson, percussionist, this groups of local musical artists is always guaranteed to please. Along with the free wine tasting, this is an evening of great fun! Ron Wilson: ronwilson556@ 208 N. Front St. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY AUDITIONS 9/1: Auditions for Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Wilmington Symphony Junior Strings for new and returning members. Open to 9th-12th grade Cape Fear area youth who are string, woodwind, brass and percussion students and who have submitted a completed application. Membership for strings open to all grades 6-8, and to qualified 4th and 5th grades with consultation. Online application, audition music and membership guidelines: www. Students notified of the location of audition and specifics following receipt of an application. Required audition music is available for downloading. Both rehearse Thurs. evenings be-

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ginning in Sept. and will perform several times during the 2011-12 season. $100/semester for Youth Orchestra; $50 per semester, strings.

dance TECHNIQUES IN MOTION DANCE Dance classes for preschoolers to adults in ballet, jazz, acrobatics, modern, tap, lyrical, hip hop and more. (910) 7993223. 5543-100 Carolina Beach Rd, Monkey Junction (behind Buffalo Wild Wings). ILM SINGLE’S CLUB Music plays 8-11pm. No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans. 9/2, DJ Robert Clemmons, Am. Legion Post 10 ($8-$!0) • 9/9: The Colors Band, Am. Legion Post 10. • 9/16: Tony & Diane, Am. Legion Post 10. Members $10/guests $12 (unless otherwise noted). Ken Batchelor: 392-0718 or www.wilmingtonsingles. OVER 50’S DANCE Tues., 9/13, 1:30-10pm at the New Hanover Senior Center. Couples, singles and all ages welcome. Music by DJ Buddy Langley. Admission $5.00 plus finger food or 2-liter drink. 910-805-0992. TANGO Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • Upcoming: 9/29-10/2. Augusta Tango Festival with instructor Hsueh-tze Lee • 10/27-30 Raleigh/Durham Workshops with Brigitta Winkler CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on S. 5th at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm.Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025


ter—insects, flowers, fish, birds and other creatures. Mark Herbert: 910-2286210. SEAFOOD, BLUES AND JAZZ FEST CONTEST Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce announces the 18th annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival Poster Design Contest. Entrants should submit original artwork representative of festival. Must be a flat work of art—watercolor, pastels, acrylics or oil. Do not submit artwork on stretched, framed canvas or canvas board. Flat work should be no smaller than 11” x 14” and no larger than 18” x 24”. Entries with 2011 Seafood Blues and Jazz lettering are prohibited and will be disqualified. All entries should be received on or before noon, 9/2. Winners notified no later than 9/9. ART GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP 9/3, 11:30am. Regional artists are invited to submit applications for FY2011-12North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project (RAP) grants. Applications must be received by the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County by 5pm, 10/3. • A free grants workshop will be held at 11:30am, Sat., 9/3, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum located at 3201 South 17th St. Workshop attendance is not required to submit an application but is highly recommended for first-time applicants. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County will be administrating the RAP grants this year and applications must be submitted to the following address: PO Box 318, Fayetteville, NC 28302-0318. www.theartscouncil. com/ to download application or call 910-323-1776 for more information. Workshop will be conducted by Richard Sceiford. WENDY KOWALSKI Wendy Kowalski’s Amplify in the WHQR Gallery. Amplify features visionary figural paintings of contemporary circus aerialists, hoop dancers and trapeze artists in a classical style with concern for movement. Receptions: 9/23, Carnival Finale. On display through 10/7. 254 N. Front St. third floor. WINE AND DESIGN Sip Up—bring wine or beer or beverage of choice, along with a friends, and paint! Wine and Design is a great alternative to the “usual” night out. Weekly sessions with a local artist-instructor available every Wed-Sat, 6:30-8:30pm. Schedule special event, kid’s birthday, fundraiser, corporate team building, shower, or let us come to you with Wine and Design on Wheels. 910-313-2600 or www.winanddesignnc. com . 4949 New Centre Dr. CALL FOR ARTISTS Art in the Arboretum, slated for 10/8-9. Dozens of new and returning sculptors, painters and artisans. 6206 Oleander Dr. Arboretum: New Hanover County Cooperative Extension complex. Indoor-outdoor exhibit and sale takes place, 10am-4pm, both days and inc. live performances by popular local musicians, artists’ demos and a plant sale to benefit the Abil-

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ARIES (21 March – 20 April) Responsibility is heavy on your shoulders now, making it hard to focus on details. Unfortunately, this is also a time when you will be called upon to prove yourself to others. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) Arise that are directly opposed to your beliefs and values; don’t be afraid to stand your ground! You are likely to meet someone that broadens your perspective and makes you think about things you hadn’t previously. GEMINI 21 (May – 20 June) Heightened sensitivity to others makes you the friend in demand right now. Changes in your romantic relationship can be attributed to your desire for affection and closeness. CANCER (21 June – 21 July) Sure you can follow through on your promises before committing to something you cannot complete! Team efforts are needed, none of that “do it myself” will do. LEO (22 July – 22 August) Being Told what to do will probably not meet great reception with you now. Keeping peace at home brings protective feelings to the surface and makes it hard for you to ignore the needs of family. VIRGO (23 August – 22 September) Strained Relationships follow a period of depression and just feeling blah. Expressing yourself may be a more complex task than you expect. Libra (9/24 – 10/23) Making Your own excitement and adventure is just the thing to do when boredom threatens to choke you. Everything is intensified, so feelings are more powerful than ever. SCORPIO (23 October – 21 November) Changes in your personality come at the same time as changes to your workplace, making it hard to tell what caused either. An unpleasant experience with a loved one leaves you feeling less than happy.

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SPECTRUM STUDIO CLEARANCE Spectrum Art & Jewelry Studio Art Clearance Sale, through 8/31, 10am daily. Our painters have gone through their studios to clear out and make room for new work. We have over 60 select paintings of all sizes that are at least 25% off. Month of August only! The Forum, 1125-H Military Cutoff Rd., ART SOUP PRESENTS MARK HERBERT Art Soup and Tidal Creek Coop present “Naturally Inspired: an art exhibition” with Mark Herbert, AugOct. Reception: 9/1, 6-8pm, Tidal Creek Co-op Community Center. Herbert’s college art career was heavily influenced by the cubism, dada, and surrealist movements, and incorporates recycled material projects. Series draws from beauty of the natural world, derived entirely from impressions of nature, done with reference only from memory of the subject mat-

SAGITTARIUS (22 November – 21 December) Keep Things in perspective; this will eliminate many hurt feelings later. Take time for your family, there will be time enough for work soon enough. CAPRICORN (22 December – 20 January) Be Explicit when talking to others, especially coworkers . A little self-confidence will go a long way! Looking at the bright side will make an enormous difference for everyone. AQUARIUS (21 January – 19 February) Feeling Secure professionally is important to you right now, prompting you to spend time communicating with coworkers. Take caution when travelling for work. PISCES (20 February – 20 March) With a sharp intellect today, and a desire to succeed both professionally and personally, you should have little or no competition. Just avoiding impulse shopping will lighten your load.

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ity Garden program. Show planners currently are seeking exhibiting artists, with an emphasis on 3-D pieces in metal, wood, clay, glass and stone. Help support the Arboretum’s wide range of educational and public service programs. $5 entry, available at the Arboretum. Members and children under 14 are free. (910)798-7670. MAYFAIRE FINE ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW Wilmington Art Association calls artists to showcase work at fine art and craft show at Mayfaire, 10/22, 10am-5pm. Located on Main St., a block from the cinema, it will be closed to car traffic. Large tent with booth space and art panels set up. Free to the public. Interested artists can go to our website: for details and registration materials. DEBORAH PETOSKEY Local artist Deborah Petoskey will hang her work at Caprice Bistro through October. Petoskey’s compositions are abstract, and satisfy in their nonobjective state. They feel natural in their flux, and vary in scale and palette, even style, allowing for several visits throughout the duration of the show. 10 Market St. BOTTEGA EVENTS Atomic Lime Project, feat. works by Melinda Reed, Justin K. Bernel, Eric Justin White and Justin Campbell. • Mon: Open paint and create; Nintendo game night • Tues: Starving artist night • Wed: Weekly wine tastings, 7pm. • 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737, PROJEKTE GALLERY EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.307.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes political, always controversial, 7.30-11pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. • Every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • Every Fri/Sat: Live Music, 8-12am. Free unless noted otherwise. 910-763-1197, 523 S 3rd St.

museums BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910)762-0570. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ILM Exhibit: Toothasaurus Dental Exhibit—learn about oral health in a very un-intimidating environment. First, brush the huge model teeth and inspect for cav-

ities. Then, look at the x-rays for hiddle decay! Hop into one of the two real dentist chairs to examine the teeth of a Tooth-a-Saurus. Floss the huge teeth with dino-sized floss. Complete the food pyramid puzzle! • Mon: Trash to Treasues, 10am; Muddy Buddies, 3:30pm. • Tues: 10am: Leading to Reading Literacy Classes; 3:30 Going Global Cooking Club • Wed. 10am Preschool Science; 3:30pm, Fetch! Challenge. • Thurs: 10am, Cooking Club; 3:30pm, Book Club. • Fri: 10am, Toddler Time; 3:30pm, Adventures in Art. • Sat: 10am, Music Club; 3:30pm, Cardio Class. • Hrs: Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. 910-7633387. NC AQUARIUM NEW EXHIBIT! Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features non-native marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of well-balanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice: 9/3, 10, 10pm. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. $23-$25 • Behind the Scenes Tour: 9/4, 11, 1pm. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. $13-$15. • Extended Behind the Scenes Tour, 9/2, 7, 9, 12, 2pm. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other fish swim below! Aquarists feed the animals during the tour. $18-$20. • Breakfast with the Fishes: 9/3, 8am. Get a sneak peek at the aquarium before it opens for the day. Coffee, juice, pastries and bagels are provided for guests. $13-$15. • Mommy and Me: 9/6, 9am. Moms and their children interact and learn together about aquarium animals. Afterward, you can enjoy free playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room. $13; add. $1 per child. • Canoe Holly Shelter, 9/24, 9am. Explore a local tributary of the Cape Fear River by canoe. Paddlers meet in Pender County to float through cypress swamps on the Northeast Cape Fear River. $35. • Canoeing the Salt Marsh, 9/11, 2pm. A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe—crabbing, seining, or birding.$25 • Surf Fishing Workshop, 9/10, 9am. 3-hr workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, surf fishing on the beach nearby. Equipment and bait provided. $12. Pre-reg. classes. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. (910) 458-8257 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about

the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 303 West Salisbury St. (910)256-2569 LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 7620492. 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 (18211907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • Summer Jazz Series: Bring your blankets or chairs and relax on the lawn! Beverages and gourmet snacks available; donations appreciated. 9/9, 6:30pm, Liz Pina and Kevin Kolb. 910-251-3700. 503 Market St CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 2/2012: B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Explore the breathtaking nature photography of ecologist B.W. Wells and discover his passion for the flora and fauna of the Lower Cape Fear region. • Through 9/5: Pirates: Welcome to a world of swashbucklers, scallywags, and scurvy sea dogs. Encounter pirates of the New World—a motley mob that ruled the waters from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Meet Stede Bonnet and, aye, Blackbeard himself. Play pirate games, learn to speak like a pirate, and uncover a rich buried treasure of pirate facts and fiction. Free w/admission. • EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. Ocean Adventures, 9/3, 10, 1-4pm; ages 5-12. Free w/admission. 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. • Museum Carts: Handle artifacts, conduct experiments, and play fun games at facilitated carts stationed throughout the Museum. Activities and locations vary, 9/4, 1-3pm; all ages. Free w/admission. • Cape Fear 101: Discover regional history and science topics of interest. Join us for a mix & mingle before and after the 7 p.m. presentation. 910-798-4362. • School Field Trips accepted! Bring your students to the Museum. School programs are inquiry-based,


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hands-on, curriculum-linked experiences. Grades K – 12; 9/6-5/25/2012. 60-90 min. $3/ student for New Hanover County Schools; $6/student for nonNew Hanover County Schools. Group of 10 or more students, call 910-798-4362. • Museum Outreach Programs! Let the Museum come to your school. Outreach programs feature hands-on artifacts and objects that enhance classroom learning. Group of 10 or more students,. Grades K – 5; year-round60 min. $5 per student for New Hanover County Schools; $6 per student for non-New Hanover County Schools plus mileage. • Museum Kits! Check out a kit for use in your classroom. Museum kits contain a collection of objects for exploration. Grades K – 5; year-round. $10/wk New Hanover County Schools; $15/wk noon. Kits to be picked up and returned to the museum. • Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367 CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 10/30: State of the Art/Art of the State, focuses on contemporary art in all genres by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of NC. • Through 10/2: Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs, Louisiana artist Clyde Connell used brown earth and red clay to color her drawings and sculptures, as well as bits of iron scrap; mystical view of nature and described as transcriptions of music heard on the bayou. • Through 10/2: Terrell James: Field Study, compliments Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs by showing two women artists of different generations, one influenced by the other. Feat. work influenced by the Cape Fear region; paintings, sketchbooks, writing and historic artifacts. • Zumba classes begin 8/22, Mon/Wed/Fri, 5:306:30pm. $10/non or $8/member. • Jazz at CAM series: CAM/CFJS Members: $7/non-members: $10, students: $5 w/ID. 9/1: Grenoldo Frazier w/ LouisJordan. • CLASSES, ETC: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. • Tai Chi, Wed., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Yoga, Thurs., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun., 11am5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. or 910395-5999.

sports/recreation KAYAKING Kayak and Yoga: Masonboro Island: 9/16, 9am-3pm. $60. Leaves Trails End Park Boat Launch and kayak to a secluded beach landing in the center of Mason-

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boro Island. Participants will then enjoy a morning of yoga on the beach and then spend the remaining portion of the adventure exploring the island, shelling and eating lunch, before kayaking back to Trails End Park. Participants will meet at Trails End boat launch. Transportation not provided to the launch site. (910)341-0075 FENCING CLASSES ON CAMP LEJEUNE The Cape Fear Fencing Association offers its next beginners’ fencing class Friday, 9/9, 6:30pm, for eight weeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, the class will be $40 and will meet in Building 401 (Area 4 gym) at Camp Lejeune, both civilians and military personnel are welcome to attend. All equipment supplied. Lear basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. www. or 910 799-8642. ADVENTURE COMPANY 2011 Historical Southport Bicycle Tours: 9/3, 8am. $15; bring bike/helmets. Fee w/bike/helmet rental, $20. Limited number of bikes available for rent. RSVP: The Adventure Kayak Company, (910)454-0607. 807 Howe St. FENCING CLASSES CFFA beginners’ 6-wk. class, 9/12, 6:30pm, w/ Head Coach Greg Spahr, Tues/Thurs; $50. Meets in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. Equipment supplied by the CFFA. Learn basic elements of fencing, the history of the sp and more! Graduates will have the option of continuing with CFFA, fencing Tues/Thurs, 7:30pm. Head Coach Greg Spah: 910 7998642. • After school program, 9/6, for children in the 2nd-8th grades. Meets in basement of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s, 3-5pm, Mon-Thurs. Open to all level of fencing experience, and beginners’ classes are offered for new fencers. Children from all schools are welcome to participate. or 910 799-8642. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH SCENIC TOURS 9/8, 11am: Captain Joe, bird watching aficionado, searches local shore and water birds on this guided 2hr low tide tour of Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek feeding areas. $35/person. 910-200-4002. Group rates available on select tours. • 9/12, noon: Join Captain Joe and the Shamrock’s relaxing cruise to Lea-Hutaff Island, a small, uninhabited island between Figure 8 and Topsail Islands that is managed by the Audubon Society. Watch for black skimmers, piping plovers, clapper rails, oystercatchers, various terns, and other species, w/Captain Joe, an experienced bird watcher and ornithologist. The entire trip will last ~5hrs and will take off from Wrightsville Beach at noon. Lunch is provided. $75/person. Groups rate available. 910-200-4002. HALYBURTON PARK PROGRAMS


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film FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Each Friday, 9/2-10/7, Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec hosts free family movie night in the park, sponsored by various local churches, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Activities begin at dusk. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled.www. MOVIES AT THE LAKE Every Sun. night in the summer, the Carolina Beach Lake Park welcomes families, and their lawn chairs and blankets, to spend an evening under the stars watching some of the best hit movies around. Each week, the Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a food drive benefiting a local charity; bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions for sale. Schedule: 9/4: Rango CINEMATIQUE See page 25. • Plays weekly at Thalian Hall main stage, 7:30pm, $7 (unless otherwise noted) • 9/1214: Terri—A hit at the Sundance 2011, this moving and often funny film is about the relationship between Terri, an oversized teen misfit, and the garrulous but well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly) who takes an interest in him. 1 hr. 41 min. Rated R. MINI DOCUTIME The second annual [Mini] DocuTime Film Festival will bring two acclaimed classical documentaries by the German producer and director Dr. Hans Conrad Fischer, The Life of Mozart (1967) and The Life of Beethoven (1970), to the big screen in Wilmington. Takes place at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium at 3pm




MEN’S CITY AMATEUR GOLF TOURNEY 9/17-18: Men’s City Amateur Golf Tournament: Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. 311 Wallace; 910791-0558. $80/player, incl: greens fees each day, lunch each day (players only), prizes/awards and a tee gift. Carts are not included. Participants must have a verifiable USGA index of 11.0 or less to play in this tournament.




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kids stuff YWCA AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM Registration is now open for the State Licensed YWCA After School Program for grades K-age 12. YWCA provides transportation from area schools to the main campus at 2815 S. College Rd. Homework assistance, nutritious snack and enrichment activities such as swimming, musical and dramatic play, Girls Circle, Wise Guys, and field trips. Open on teacher workdays, fall and spring breaks and select holidays. Free breakfast, lunch and snack are served during those times. Space limited. 799-6820 or BATTLE OF SCHOOLS: CHEERLEADING 9/10, 10am-5pm: Teams will compete for opportunity to take home bragging rights and the Battleship 50th anniversary trophy. Open to schools; teams encouraged to register now and fans asked to save the date to cheer for fave squad. Registration (free), schedule and onsite production, 9am; Lori Wickham: 800-4778868. Competition at 10am. Must regiser team by 9/1, but reg. accepted through 9/5. Routines must follow Cheer Ltd’s rules/guidelines (www.cheerltd. com). Top three teams awarded; teams responsible for own music on standard format CD. Volunteers and sponsors needed for event. www.battleshipnc. com. Heather Loftin: (910) 251-5797 YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES 9/17, noon-4pm: Family Entertainment Consultants Sherri and WIlliam Yelton host workshop for children and parents interested in “the biz”. or 910-338-3378. HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS Lots of fun for you and your little one! An early childhood music and movement class for kids 9 months to 6 years. New schedule beginning 9/3: One Hour Sessions on Tues, 9:15am, at Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center; Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Building Tues, 11:30am, 2pm and 4:30pm. Drop ins welcome! $10 one child with parents, $5 for each additional child. 910-777-8889. FIT FOR FUN CENTER The Fit for Fun Center offers a great place for you and your kids ages 5 and under to cool off and have some fun. Join us for free play, art activities, music and an outdoor age-appropriate playground. Mon-Fri, 9am-noon & 1-4pm; Sat., 9am-noon. $4/child (ages

5 and under)/adults free. 302 S. 10th St. (910) 3414630.

lectures/readings SCOTT CRAINS READING 9/8, 7pm: Scott Cairns, distinguished visiting writerin-residence at UNCW will read in Kenan Hall 1111. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Scott Cairns is the author of the book-length essay The End of Suffering (Paraclete Press, 2009) and the spiritual memoir Short Trip to the Edge (Harper, San Francisco). He has published several books of poetry, including Compass of Affection (Paraclete Press, 2006) and Philokalia (Zoo Press, 2002). His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, The Paris Review, The Atlantic and The New Republic, and have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET “Knit Wits, the crafting group open to all,” Wed nights, 6:30pm. • Art on display as part of Fourth Friday Gallery stop downtown, the fourth Friday every mo. with new exhibitions and artist receptions. • 9/14: Deadline for The Banned Books Week Essay Contest! • 9/17: EAARS Fundraiser, a special evening to raise much-needed funds for this important service. Old Books on Front St: 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS UNCW LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES 9/14, 7pm: Anna Deavere Smith, a distinguished actor, playwright and professor, explore issues of race, community and character in America—known for “Philadelphia” and “The American President,” as well as recurring roles on television’s “The Practice” and “The West Wing.” Documentary-style theatre has won her an Obie Award, Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominations, and a MacArther “genius grant.”Onewoman theatre that interrogates the human condition through a journalistic style blended with mimicry. $9 for the public and free to UNCW students, faculty and staff. 910-962-3500. GOING GREEN ENVIRO BOOK CLUB Cape Fear’s Going Green is sponsoring a new book club to encourage discussion of environmental topics, meeting the first Tues. ea. month at Old Books on Front Street. Future meeting dates: 9/6, 10/4, 11/1 and 12/1. Upcoming titles posted: PARENTING BOOK CLUB A new book club is forming with a focus on enhancing family life through an exploration of the science behind child development. Meetings held the first Thurs. ea. month, 6-7pm. Old Books on Front St. Objective is to engage the community in meaningful discussion about ways to foster healthy family living

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classes/worskshops ART CLASSES 9/6, 10am: Check Cab Productions offers the first in a series of art classes with Chappy Valente. Comprised of six two-hr. classes with limited class sizes. Students will be guided through each phase of the process..understanding use of value, color, scale, and figure/ground relationships. The intent of the courses is to equip beginning and intermediate level students with a sufficient understanding of the compositional and painting processes, enabling them to paint on their own with an enhanced sense of confidence and enjoyment. 130 N. Front St. terry@ MILLER MOTTE COLLEGE PROGRAMS Miller Motte College Workshops/Classes: • 9/9, 11am-3pm—“Operation: Stock the Pantry.” Food Bank of Central & Northeastern NC will host a food donation drive for all non-perishable food items. Free food, door prizes/raffles, campus tours and handson activities of demonstrations of our programs here at MMC. • 9/14, 5:30-7:30pm (RSVP by 9/8 ): “Girls Glam Night” for ladies only! Complimentary food, chair massages, make up applications, health and wellness info and products, network with local employers. Career Services Center. Check in with the receptionist; 5000 Market St, Room #302.Open to the public. Shannon Carlson: Shannon.carlson@ or (910)442-3414 to RSVP. UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE TERRORISM Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear, Sun., 9/11, 5pm. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4313 Lake Ave, Selected By: Han Hills. RSVP: http:/hu- 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks; our speaker is a forensic psychiatrist who has made a study of the religious motivations behind suicide terrorism. FIRST SATURDAY SEMINAR 9/3, 8am-10am: First Saturday Seminar w/ UNCW Geology Professor and CFRW Board Member Roger Shew discusses energy issues facing our country today, including offshore wind, fossil fuels and hydro-fracking. Pancake Breakfast, 8-9am/Seminar, 9-10am. Cape Fear River Watch, 617 Surry St.

clubs/notices BLUE MOON GIVEAWAY Throughout the entire month of September, every time you shop at Blue Moon you can enter to win! The best part is the amount of gift cards you can win is unlimited! The more you shop, the better your chances become! Be sure to register every time you are at Blue Moon in September.203 Racine Dr. 910799-5793. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 25 ANNIVERSARY Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary to create awareness of our tithe partner country, El Salvador, where CFHFH has built more than 65 homes. Global Village trip planned to build a 25th Anniversary Home. Express interest in a February 2012 trip. Cost/participant is estimated at $1600; $800 for food, lodging, and transportation while in El Salvador, and a budget of $800 for air travel to El Salvador. Re: Julie Hale by the end of August, 910-762-4744 x 105. HISTORIC ILM FOUNDATION HWF 5K Run/Mile Walk ‘Race for Preservation, 9/8, 6:30pm. Urban 5K and mile walk has a new course, starting at the Best Western Coastline Inn (previ-

ously known as the Coastline Convention Center) and running through downtown and the Riverwalk. Followed by the post-race w/pizza from Slice of Life and Incredible Pizza and beer from Front Street Brewery. All new t-shirts to the first 450 participants. Prizes: free shoes, gym memberships and more. Runner/Walker $25: ($30 day of race) Team (of 5): $20/person. or (910) 762-2511. ONSLOW PUBLIC LIBRARY Page Turners Book Club, (grades 2-5) talk about your favorite books, characters, stories and more. Meets monthly. Jacksonville: 1st Thurs, 4:30pm; Sneads Ferry: 3rd Thurs, 4:30pm; Swansboro: 2nd Thurs, 4:30pm • American Girl Book Club (grades 2-5). A different American Girl book each month, enjoysnacks & have fun with crafts & other activities. Meets monthly. Jacksonville/Main: 3rd Tues, 4:30pm. • Legos in the Library (grades K-12)Express creativity and learn new Lego building techniques from simple to advanced! Meets monthly. Jacksonville: 2nd Sat, 10am; Richlands: 3rd Sat, 10am; Sneads Ferry: 3rd Sat, 10am; Swansboro: 3rd Sat, 10am • Laptime Storytime (0-23 mos.). Imaginative rhymes, songs, stories & free play for infants & their caregivers. Jacksonville/Main: Weds, 9:30 and 10:30am • Time for Twos (2 yr. olds). Books, action songs, music, movementand interactive fun for 2 yr. olds and their caregivers. Jacksonville/Main: Thurs, 10 and 11am • Mother Goose Time (up to age 3): Rhymes, songs, music and movement for toddlers & their caregivers. Richlands Branch: Thurs, 10am; Swansboro Branch: Weds & Thurs, 10am • Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)A galaxy of books, stories and fun activities for 3-5 yr. olds. Jacksonville/Main: Tues, 10am; Sneads Ferry Branch: Tues, 10am; Richlands Branch: Thurs, 11am; Swansboro Branch: Thurs, 11am • Kids’ Creations grades K-5). School-age kids express imagination and creativity during our afterschool story and

craft hour. Meets monthly. Sneads Ferry Branch: Weds, 4:30pm; Richlands Branch: Thurs, 4:30pm • Free Family Film Fridays (bring entire family). Main Library in Jacksonvile, every month for a free, family-friendly movie. Free popcorn!Shows monthly. Jacksonville: Fri, 4pm • Gardening in Problem Areas 2-hr, 2-part series, learn about site preparation and management practices that will allow you to garden successfully in difficult areas. Light refreshments. Jacksonville: 9/10, 1-3pm • Planning for Perennials Learn about plant selection, site preparation & best planting practices for perennial plants. We will discuss tips & tricks for lowmaintenance landscaping and plants that will give years of enjoyment! Richlands: 9/10, 10am • Monthly Genealogy Meeting Network and get genealogy and local history tips from other researchers and guest speakers. Meets monthly. Jacksonville: 2nd Tues, 10am • Jacksonville Friends. Fall Used Book Sale. Get a great deal on gently used books 9/15-17 at Main Library in Jacksonville. Member’s preview sale is Thurs, 7-8pm, $5! Public sale is Friday, 3-5:30pm, Sat, 9am-2pm. Saturday only; fill a bag of booksfor only $5. • Swansboro Friends Used Book Sale Swansboro, 2nd Sat monthly, 9am-1pm. Book Club Social (teens and adults). Meet bestselling author James Rollins via Skype! Join our quarterly social for book lovers and book clubs. Meet/discuss your favorite reads, enjoy refreshments, and meet favorite authors via Skype. • Pizza Pages (grades 6-8). Teens discuss great books and enjoy, free pizza. Be one of the first to register and receive a free book. Meets monthly. Swansboro: 4th Thurs, 5:30pm • Teen Volunteers (grades 6-12) encouraged to volunteer at their local OCPL library branch. Earn SAT & Junior Honors Societyvolunteer hours! Please call your local branch library for more information. Orientation for new volunteers is held monthly: Jacksonville: 2nd Weds, 4pm; Swansboro: 1st Weds, 4pm.

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