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New construction and new businesses transform downtown’s cityscape

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Vol. 31 / Pub. 6 / August 7-13, 2013

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What is your favorite thing about downtown Wilmington? The great brick roads. They show so much history. If you look behind the Dudley Mansion, it has the cannon holes still there. So much history on those brick roads, and you don’t find that everywhere. — Connie Shaver

Buskers. — Gina Gambony

SCULPTING OUR NEW SKYLINE Construction in north downtown ILM will transform our skyline. Typically historic with church steeples and aged buildings, it soon will showcase progression with boutique hotels and a modernized arts center. And new businesses keep opening throughout downtown; read more on pages 6-7.


The riverwalk and looking at the battleship from across the Cape Fear River at sunset, knowing my daddy served on her. —Maria Anne Giresi

The many restaurants—such a wide array of great food. — Gloria Hinkle Vaughn

Tibetan hand made and Chinese art and decor

The beautiful homes and the stories that are attached to them! —Amy Lynn Bryant


EDITORIAL> Editor-in-Chief: Shea Carver //

The review for Opera House’s ‘Oklahoma!’ is in (with 5 stars)!

Editorial Assistant: Bethany Turner //


Art Director: Sue Cothran // Interns: Fiona O’Sullivan, Holley Taylor

film p. 27 Anghus checks out the actionpacked flick, ‘The Wolverine’


DINING pGS. 30-31

Rosa Bianca indulges in the fine-dining experience at Jerry’s


Beaded Sandals and Casual Footwear

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A co-operative Gallery dedicated to local hand-made, one-of-akind, three-dimensional art. Meet the artists and experience the best in local traditional and innovative fine crafts during “4th Friday Gallery Walk” each month.

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Inside This Week: News, 4-7 • Live Local, 8 • Op-Ed, 10-11 News of the Weird, 13 • Art, 14-17 • Theatre, 18-19 • Music, 21-25 • Film p. 27 • Dining, 30-37 • Extra, 38-42 • Calendar, 46-55

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Just Like Starting Over

he loss from the closing of The Soapbox in mid-July rippled through the community deeply. Countless bands got their start there. Visual artists displayed work. Plays were staged. More recently, with the addition of the Nutt Street Comedy Room in the basement, a cohesive stand-up comedy scene began to thrive, allowing new comedians to cut their teeth and veteran performers to improve, while showcasing national acts every weekend. So the big question on everybody’s mind has been: “What’s going to happen to Nutt Street now? Are they opening elsewhere? ” The answer: sort of. Most of the Nutt Street lineup moved to City Stage/Level 5 in the Masonic Temple building at 21 N. Front Street. It’s fitting for this supportive, close-knit group to move from one home of a fraternal organization (The Soapbox was in the the Elks Temple Building) to another. Their schedule includes two improv nights still—one for long-form, the other for short. Founded by Anthony Corvino, the long-form Harold Night—or what’s now called LitProv—is held Tuesdays at Old Books on Front Street. Long-form improv dates to the late ‘60s and is more scene-based than the games that typify short-form improv. When Nutt Street was forced to move, Corvino cast around for a new location. Though in its infancy, he wanted something smaller and different than a larger stage, which led him to pitch the idea to the Soapbox’s next-door neighbor, Old Books on Front Street. “It is the perfect venue to host LitProv,” Corvino says, of the newly-renamed literature and improv night, which already featured a fractured retelling of Dr. Suess’ “The Lorax” mixed with Shel SIlverstein’s “The Giving Tree.” “It has such an intimate feel, and the space is fantastic for live performance.”

The shows take on more of a “jam” feel, and invited anyone to get onstage and participate. The chance to experience live comedy while being surrounded by books makes for a unique experience on its own, to. Corvino and Old Books will host a Bookcase Showcase, a monthly stand-up night featuring a revolving roster of four local comedians, (first show on September 6th). Likewise, Nut Street’s stand-up open mic is held every Thursday at City Stage, while the weekends secure national headliners and local opening acts as well. Timmy Sherrill, the impresario behind Wilmington’s main comedy artery, is pleased to be at a great venue like City Stage, which primarily is used for theatre performances held by Cape Fear Theatre Arts. “I have shows booked for the remainder of 2013,” Sherrill says—“every week, starting in September.” August, too, will feature big acts, like Matt Fulchiron on the 9th and 10th, as well as Pauly Shore on the 20th. Yes, Pauly Shore, the ‘90s MTV icon! “Actually, Pauly Shore called me to see about coming into the club,” Sherrill responds upon my inquiry in securing the comedian. “I booked him because I knew that he was only here for one night, and more people could see him that way.” The previous basement space seemed a perfect fit for Nutt Street: hidden away between old bricks, dark and edgy, perfect for housing folks looking for the insane scope which humor brings. Whether raunchy and crude, or downright honest and brutal, or simply ironic and clean, Nutt Street has seen it all. “In all honesty, it is like starting over,” Sherrill says about finding a new place to call “home.” “It is a challenge to fill the space, but one that we are looking forward to. It does have less intimacy, but it allows us room to potentially get bigger.” But fighting the misapprehension that when the Soapbox closed Nutt Street went away alto-

Nutt Street Comedy Room finds new home By: Gwenyfar Rohler

Nutt Street Comedy Room has moved its shows to Old Books on Front Street and City Stage. Photo by Matthew Gould 4 encore | august 7-13, 2013|

funny shoreline: ‘90s MTV VJ Pauly Shore will grace City Stage on August 20 as part of Nutt Street’s headliner series, held weekends. Courtesy photo.

gether proves the biggest obstacle. “We just simply moved two blocks down for now,” he explains. “Everyone seems to think the [comedy-club] formula is as easy as placing it in a new location, but it is much more complicated. I was humbled by the offers of businesses across the city; I wasn’t expecting that. I feel an obligation to the town, and to the comics to not rush into a decision. It’s also difficult to know that what was perfect, is now in ‘moth balls.’” Along with big weekend shows and the weekly open mic, The Nutt House Improv Troupe has moved to City Stage. It’s a perfect fit really when considering City Stage’s long history with comedy troupes, including Changing Channels, The Comically Impaired and The Other Side.“If the audiences continue to grow and support them, I think that filling the stage will be easy for them,” Sherrill says. Caylan McKay, long-time member of Nutt House, agrees with the logical step, pointing out that Ian Moseley, co-owner of Level 5 at City Stage, welcomed the group openly. “It seemed like a natural fit, given Ian’s past welcome to some of the bigger comedians ,” McKay says. Still, McKay is quick to give credit to Sherrill for presenting Moselely with the whole package of Nutt House, open-mic and standup shows. Predominantly performing shortform improv, Nutt House has worked hard to build a regular following of approximately 60 people a week—which packed the basement. Now in a “real theater,” complete with lights, sound and a main rag, things are very

different. Culture shock set in, so to speak. “We loved the basement and it will always be our home, our birth place,” McKay notes, “but it is nice to have a door that separates the show from the noisy bar.” Also, in the basement, the audience surrounded the troupe on three sides , with a stage so small that six people filled it completely, shoulderto-shoulder. Now they have a proscenium creating a fourth wall and a stage so big they can turn cartwheels and still not fill it. “Everything at Nutt Street was a lot more intimate, thus easier for the audience to see and hear the subtle things,” McKay claims. “The new venue has challenged us to step outside of our comfort zones, to ensure intimacy and nuance to a much larger stage.” Nutt House’s current cast includes Jon Ripley, David “Goes Hard” DiMuro, Colton DeMonte, Steve Marcinowski, Caylan McKay, Patrick Basquill, Michael Henninger and Cari Moskow. They make sure their shows include favorite games, like “I Like My Women,” “Text Prov” and “Broadway Mashup.” But they also promise a few new games for pizzazz! They’re working out the new space, especially its great stage, reputation and double the amount of seating, to hopefully make up for the perks of losing the old—namely, the energy, according to McKay. “The history, and the brick wall with names of comedians, local, domestic and international,” remain amiss. “The sticky floors,” McKay continues, “and $2 PBRs. Being able to touch the ceiling, and knowing which pipes not to hang from after leaning—and which ones may or may not be doody pipes. Last but not least, we miss the entire Soapbox crew, with a special shout-out to Kelly Sweitzer.” Nutt House Comedy Room’s schedule is updated on their Facebook page. Folks can also access Nutt House Improv online at


Nutt Street Comedy Room Open Mic Stand-Up, Thurs., 9 p.m., City Stage • Free. Nutt House Improv, Wed., 9 p.m., City Stage • $3 LitProv Harold Night, Thurs., Old Books on Front Street, 8 p.m. • Free Gwenyfar Rohler is the author or ‘Promise of Peanuts,’ which can be bought at Old Books on Front Street, with all monies donated to local nonprofit Full Belly Project.

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Sculpting Our New Skyline:

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New construction and businesses transform downtown’s cityscape By: Bethany Turner


lmost one decade ago, the City of Wilmington set forth the most important goals to transform downtown into a more vibrant, multi-functional and safer place. Dubbed “Vision 2020,” it addressed issues such as a lack of open space along the river, gaps of vacant parcels and buildings, and not enough downtown housing. One of the goals specified attracting “an expanded market of new residents, especially artists, young professionals, and ‘empty nesters.’” The bureaucrats wanted to lure tourists and even locals from greater Wilmington with more retail and entertainment options. Since the plans were laid in 2004, many businesses have come and gone through our downtown cityscape. Yet, the growth of new, small businesses, housing opportunities and hotels in 2013 alone lends a promise of more good to come. Around the start of every August, encore takes a look at the expansion of our city’s most historic section. Over the past year, a dozen or more businesses have opened shop. Perhaps the most visual sign of the year’s growth is in the burst of new construction. As tall cranes rise to become a temporary part of our skyline, they yield a revelation: a revitalized landscape of downtown Wilmington. CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) In the fall of 2012, Sean Cook and Matt Piccinin filled the empty spot at 109 Market Street, formerly Green’s Grille, located next to the Market Street parking deck. Though the location was new, the concept was not. Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar already was a staple in Carolina Beach, and the pair decided it was time to expand the brand. “We looked everywhere from Topsail to

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CRANES IN THE AIR: Construction on CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center began March 21st. Photo by Bethany Turner

Ocean Isle,” Cook divulges. “But there are a lot of nice restaurants downtown—and I don’t necessarily mean nice as in expensive—but Copper Penny is considered a nice restaurant because it’s awesome, it’s consistent, it’s got great service. It’s a good place to push people to go eat in the city of Wilmington. Manna’s a good restaurant, and Circa 1922’s been there forever. So being in the loop of all of those options was very appealing to us.” In October 2012, Family First Tattoo moved from 216 Princess Street to a higher-traffic spot at 20 S. Front Street. In November, Glam Boutique set up shop inside Front Street Centre in the old Checker Cab Gallery location. Meanwhile, Checker Cab had relocated to the Dennis Hopper Building at 20 Wrights Alley. Clos-

ing out 2012 for the CBD, On.A.Roll, a Boar’s Head deli, opened doors at 125 Grace Street. With the new year came a stampede of new business, especially in the spring. January saw the opening of Bourbon Street (35 N. Front Street), a Creole restaurant with a vivacious bar scene. It took over the building that foodie staple Caffe Phoenix occupied before closing on July 31st, 2012. In March 2013 two more restaurants opened, harkening to specific American locales. The Boardwalk on Front, at 15 S. Front Street, evokes memories of the shore with arcade games and loaded hot dogs. Smoke, from the owners of Nick’s Diner, opened at 21 N. Front Street, purveying all forms of barbecue and Southern sides. April brought an expansion to Wilmington’s successful Asian culinary scene. Sonny Souvannarat, a Laos native, opened Sunny Sushi and Lounge at 141 N. Front Street, which formerly housed TreBenzio’s. In May, 9 Bakery and Lounge filled the void at 9 S. Front Street, which was Crow Hill before closing in July 2012. The bakery and kitchen offers gourmet doughnuts and omelettes for breakfast and serves lunch until 2 p.m. before opening again in the evenings to deal in tapas and entrées. June saw the rise of a unique service-oriented business. Von Barkee’s Dog Spa and Bakery, at 271-B N. Front Street, offers grooming and massage for dogs, as well as dog-walking services and specially made canine treats. As owner and groomer Nikki Beall was on the search for a space for her own shop, she frequently made stops downtown for coffee at Java Dog’s with a friend. “We were sitting outside and I just had this

sense of peace and feeling like I was ‘home,’” Beall expresses. “It’s perfect for what I wanted for my business. It is extremely dog-friendly, and there is not a day that goes by where you don’t see people walking around with their dogs. The tourism is great for additional foot traffic, as people stop in for specialty dog treats. I feel like my business adds something fun and unique to our downtown. We need to keep little, unique businesses thriving in our community because they draw tourism, and that is good for Wilmington’s economy—which ultimately helps our residents.” Downtown became even more alluring for Beall as she began to meet owners of neighboring stores and eateries. “Starting a business can be kind of scary,” Beall admits, “but just knowing that you have such a supportive community surrounding you and lifting you up made the process fun and exciting. I couldn’t have asked for a better response from everyone.” Jay Stephens of Ziggy’s, a music venue in Winston-Salem, had his eye on Wilmington as another location for quite some time. He even owned a Ziggy’s in Atlantic Beach for five years. “I have promoted several shows in Wilmington in the past and [those shows were] very successful,” he says. Five years ago, Stephens looked into one space in Wilmington, but it would have required significant upfit funds. Thus, the project faded. “I came to see this spot when it came up for lease and saw a lot of potential,” he says of 208 Market Street, which has endured a rough reputation as crime-laden from other nightclubs and dance clubs once housed there. “There is a big college scene in town to tap into, as well as a good grassroots music scene,” Stephens says of the space’s transformation. “This room was offered on May 1st, and we closed the deal on May 24th. We opened on July 3rd.” Stephens reports the local government involved has been very receptive to Ziggy’s by the Sea. “John Hinnant with Wilmington Downtown, Inc. was very informative,” Stephens remarks. “I met Mayor Saffo at Ziggy’s by the Sea when he attended our grand opening; he was gracious and gave me his support as well.” On the outskirts of the CBD, Sugah Mamaz opened up with rich Southern foods in April at 604 Red Cross Street. Just August 1st, Cobblestone Café replaced the defunct Barista Café in Chandler’s Wharf (225 S. Water Street). Of course, rumors surround the comings and goings of every business. Since Deluxe closed at 114 Market Street in November 2012, the space has sat empty. However, the space has been leased and will open as Perkeo for wine and tapas. Operated by foodie friends Lynn Ad-

and Malissa Mashburn, the restaurant will t kins sell local and imported wines, and include foods from Asia, America and Europe. As for new construction, ground broke in September 2011 for the forthcoming Courtyard by Marriott on the corner of Second and Grace Streets. Though work has been slow-moving, with many pushed projections to open, now the hotel is calling for a fall 2013 launch. Either way, the $15 million project will eventually bring six stories and 124 rooms, plus a meeting space and café, to add to downtown’s populace. Hunter Ford, owner of Momentum Surf and Skate in the CBD, has watched the progression for five years now. Seemingly, his business has survived and thrived, something which makes his decision to open here all the more great. “I chose downtown Wilmington over Charleston and Savannah because it was the last downtown near the coast that someone young could afford to open a business and a chance to purchase the real estate,” Ford describes. He attributes a lot of downtown’s growth to one unique trait that’s built up over time. “People ask me all the time for my opinion on why I think Momentum has been a success so far. What has been the reason for steady growth downtown? I think the growth in the amount of weddings is the real reason why downtown is so hot lately. All year long there are tons of weddings downtown that bring 25- to 35-yearolds who shop and go out for dinner and drinks before and after weddings.” CASTLE STREET ARTS AND ANTIQUES DISTRICT Within the past few years, much of the confirmed activity in downtown’s quaint arts and antiques district has been the closing or relocating of many stores, from home décor shops to art suppliers. Summer 2012 did spur a lot of buzz with the opening of one of Wilmington’s culinary go-to spots, Rx Restaurant. Anvil and Ink Tattoo set up in late 2012 at 608 Castle Street, while Gravity Records made the move from Kerr Avenue to 612 Castle Street in January 2013. The Eclectic Etc., after selling to new owners many months ago, reclaimed the mid-century-styled home-consignment shop at 617 Castle Street and reopened on March 30th. Yet, there appears to be much more action returning to the district in coming months. “Castle Street has had its ups and downs,” Chrissy Bonney of Wilmington Wine concedes. Bonney has run her shop at 605 Castle Street for four years. “We’ve had some businesses move in and out over the years, but the true anchors have remained,” she says. “I feel Castle Street is at a pivotal stage and it’s very encouraging to see the empty properties being bought and leased. With the new businesses that have moved in during the last year, and those getting ready to open, we’ve really diversified our base demographic, and we’re primed for growth.” Three formerly bank-owned properties—604, 608 and 610 Castle Street—were purchased by Ritz Development 6 LLC, which includes investor Matt Scharf, in July 2013. While Anvil and Ink will stay at 608, Luna Caffe will move

A SECOND START: Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, with its first location in Carolina Beach, expanded to downtown Wilmington in fall 2012. Photo by Bethany Turner

into the spot at 604 Castle Street. “Urban Revival—a multi-vendor retail space where local and regional artists, artisans, designers and retailers will be able to display and sell their own work and products—is the space being opened by Jamie Thomasson and Steven Fox of Jester’s Café and Cathy Stanley, formerly of Two Sisters Bookery, at 606 Castle Street in the old Antique Mall,” Bonney reveals. Beside Wilmington Wine, 603 Castle Street has been bought by an investor looking to preferably fill the space with a restaurant. NOFO (N. FOURTH STREET AREA) The 2011 rise of Brooklyn Arts Center, a historic music and wedding venue which was once a church, truly set downtown’s NoFo on the map amongst residents of greater Wilmington. As of spring 2013, the local frozen-yogurt leaders Fuzzy Peach placed their headquarters at 1005 N. Fourth Street. The same space once housed Squidco, a mail-order-based record store, but the owners relocated down the street to 928 N. Fourth. Like Castle Street, the area is abuzz with new business to come. Plantation Building Corp. is one of those companies to take advantage of—and instigate—the growth. “We built condominiums from 2003 until 2008, delivering 91 homes during that time along the 700 and 800 blocks of N. Fourth,” owner Dave Spetrino explains. After the downfall of the economy, Plantation Building Corp. made the switch to two-unit town homes for limited risk, but they also offer added benefits for residents. “Town homes provided us with the opportunity to include two-car garages (a gigantic value add for our downtown residents),” Spetrino

tells. “The units are larger—1500 square feet, and the 750 square feet garages can be converted into additional living space.” In fall 2012, owners moved into Plantation’s two-unit town homes at NoFo 8. He will unveil NoFo 9 at 302 Brunswick Street later this year. “This is the third set of twin town homes, which really benefits from a slightly wider location, a stronger main-level living area, but also the highly desired view down Brunswick to the new marina,” Spetrino explains. Construction to extend the riverwalk along the northern Cape Fear riverfront and for Port City Marina has already begun. As of July 30th, utilities mostly were laid and crew were installing railing systems, while the area was being graded to prepare for concrete pouring. The boat harbor will be a protected, deep-water, fullservice site with over 200 floating concrete wet slips—including docks for yachts up to 130 feet and drafts up to 25 feet. “The plans are for the marina to open some time in the first quarter of 2014,” clarifies Larry Rizzo, partner of USA InvestCo., the group developing the three-phase project along the northern riverfront. “If all goes well, we’d like to time the restaurants to open within four to six weeks of the marina.” USA InvestCo. will be bringing Vida, a contemporary Mexican restaurant and cantina, and BlackFinn, an American grill and pub with an upscale approach, to the marina’s site. The large-scale project near the convention center has seen its share of bumps along the way, however. “There have been numerous delays, some our fault, and a number that weren’t, including some of the wettest weather this region has seen in its history,” Rizzo concedes. “We are also still dealing with city permitting issues in regards to the restaurants, but we have been making progress. Hopefully, we will cross the last couple of hurdles in the next few weeks.” The final phase of the project will bring Hotel Indigo, nine stories of boutique accommodations with about 135 guest rooms. “Our plans are to break ground with the hotel after the first of the year with opening scheduled for third quarter 2015,” Rizzo says. “Again, there are still a few moving parts with the city, so things could change for good or bad on that front.” Regardless of time frame, the marina and its chic components eventually will replace what has been a blemish along downtown’s north side: job growth. Rizzo hopes to counteract that by bringing in 400 full-time positions. “Wilmington as we know it will look completely different in five years,” he explains. “It’s hard to not get

excited when you look at, not just our development, all the other activity currently under development downtown.” Another new restaurant is expected to open in the fall of this year. Matthew Gould, chef of Wilmington’s only pop-up restaurant Canapé, recently teamed up with investor Colonel Ron Rene, who bought the old Big Thai location at 1001 N. Fourth Street. “With Canapé we want to make Wilmington a destination for fine cuisine,” Gould told our sister publication, Devour, on August 1st. The look of the space will be enticing, but the food will be the draw.” Canapé is looking to serve lunch and dinner, as well as offer late-night items in an upscale speakeasy. Construction for City Block Apartments at 814 N. Third Street has begun, too. It will bring fair-market pricing to 112 apartments. The complex is expected to have one- and two-bedroom options in four stories above a 135-space parking deck. “City Block is a real game changer for this part of downtown,” Spetrino assures. “We’ve enjoyed doing a couple units each year, and while we have been creating some level of momentum and activity, the positive impact of Tom Davis’ City Block cannot be understated. It’s a huge win for the north side of downtown.” As Spetrino notes, downtown primarily has never had a market-rate apartment complex. “If you wanted to live within the CBD, you were limited to smaller, less-sophisticated spaces,” he divulges. “This will attract a large number of people who want to live downtown but also appreciate the amenities associated with more suburban-style complexes. There are currently 120 people living in and around that specific area. With City Block, that number more than doubles. You’ll see additional housing follow, but, more importantly, we’ll see the much-desired ‘neighborhood services’ or commercial spaces start to support these new residents.” As multiple housing options, a new hotel, marina, and three restaurants fill in the NoFo area, one building under construction will become a gem for all of downtown. The Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center, which broke ground in March 2013 and is slated for completion in late 2014 or early 2015. Situated at the center of N. Third Street between Brunswick and Hanover streets, the nearly $40 million, three-story building will offer studio and classroom spaces for students, as well as a 1,500-seat performing arts auditorium. As 2020 nears, the city seems to be on track for its vision. Once-vacant spaces hone and strengthen our culinary, arts and recreational scene. Hotels will accommodate the sure-toboom tourism, as residential housing opens up the rise in new citizens we’re sure to see. As the buildings continue to rise, our skyline will progress to encompass all that our downtown has to offer. “Downtown Wilmington is well-positioned to lead the job growth and economic growth of our region as we continue through the recovery,” John Hinnant of Wilmington Downtown, Inc., expresses. “Downtown is a jobs center, it’s a tax-base center, and it is the postcard image that so many have [in mind] when they think of the Wilmington area.”

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Live Local, Live Small:

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WDI on the hunt for new director By: Gwenyfar Rohler


y first customer of the day at the bookstore happened to be visiting from Danville, Viriginia. He couldn’t stop gushing about the wonderful place that downtown Wilmington is; apparently, Danville is trying to re-develop their riverfront area. According to the visitor, the citizen comments have included a lot of requests to look at Wilmington and do something similar. “We’ve had a bunch of lofts go in,” he told me. Apparently, they rented quickly. “Now we just need little shops to go on the street— people to take the risk and open them.” It felt like a necessary conversation to start my day; I thanked the gods for sending him in the store. When one is surrounded by trees, it can be hard to see the forest. On most days, I am good at remembering just how far the redevelopment of our central business district (CBD) has come. Many people have a particular era of nostalgia associated with most

places in their lives, and for me that is the early ‘90s in our beautiful downtown. It was the hey day of The Phoenix, Mickey Ratz, the explosion of coffee shops that opened almost weekly, clothing boutiques, CD Alley, Rare Cargo, Bessie’s (and their pub theatre), The Ice House, St. John’s Museum, and even on some sunny days, local bluesman Arthur Shuey, on a street corner armed with his harmonica and an amplifier. One’s early teens are an especially impressionable time, as the wide world starts to open. The miraculous artistic possibilities which permeated every bit of downtown thrilled me. Now that I actually own a business on Front Street, let alone the bookstore I have loved since my earliest days, I still remain in shock when I stop to think about it. Stopping and thinking about it is the key. Often times as adults, we get so wrapped up in the frustration of daily life. Whether it’s with the parking Nazis, the weather, taxes, paperwork or the to-do list, peppered with concerns about business closures or what-have-you, we forget to take stock of our privileges. In 1977 the Downtown Area Revitalization Effort launched to attempt and reclaim our central business district from adult movie theaters, porn shops and vandalism. Things were bad some 30 years ago, and change didn’t happen slowly. I remember the first time we ate at Caffe Phoenix when I was 7. I walked through the shattered remains of the window of the building next door and was very curious why there were syringes on the sidewalk like my granddaddy used for his insulin. That memory shows just how far we have come with revitalization. The loss of the Soapbox—a 14 year institution on our music scene—has been very sad to digest. I know how much of one’s soul goes into a venture like that. The Soapbox was the anchor that brought Old Books to

this block when we were looking to relocate. In 2010, when a condemned building forced us out of our old locale, I walked through every piece of property available from 17th Street to the river, from Dawson to Brunswick streets. Certainly not every place has been filled since—not even close—but watching what has come in is fabulous. More changes are in the works for downtown, too, especially with the new director for hire at Wilmington Downtown Inc. (WDI). John Hinnant announced a few months ago he was stepping down to pursue commercial real estate, which means the hunt is on to find his replacement. The director of WDI has the opportunity to guide forward the helm of business downtown and continue to help it flourish. But by no mean is it an easy job. WDI has a large board by non-profit standards. Part of that is because different groups have wanted to be part of downtown’s redevelopment process, which is wonderful. Yet, trying to navigate a large board takes a very special set of communication skills. So, the director is not just there for the board, but also to work with the merchants and property owners of downtown. With literally hundreds of voices in this sea, I thought I’d take a moment to run through my ideal candidate: First, we must have someone with active listening and great people skills. I, for one, have never mastered the fine art of diplomacy or negotiation. Both of these would be essential for this job. Next, I would really like to see a greater integration between the residential district and the business district. The private individuals who purchased and renovated beautiful, old homes—frequently saving them from the wrecking ball—have an impressively successful neighborhood association named Resident of Old Wilmington (ROW). Many have chosen to live downtown due to its proximity to cultural events, restaurants and, of course, the

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Winging it in Wilmington:

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


merica, the land of tipping! I always feel a bit stressed when I get the bill at the end of a meal, or I come to the end of a journey in a taxi, because I never know how much to tip. Coming from a country where there is little or no emphasis placed on tipping, it’s become quite a tricky thing to adjust to. In Ireland it’s a rare occasion to tip—perhaps with the exception of some restaurants. Tipping is on the increase at home, but nothing like here. I’ve recently learned I tip a bit on the small side. No wonder I’ve been getting some odd looks! Usually after eating out, I resort to requesting help from whomever I’m with to calculate the tip. Everyone seems to have a different method, and as I’m not the best at math, it frequently results in me saying, “Just tell me what I should give them!” Apparently, it’s easiest to double the tax; that would have been handy to know from the beginning! I have noticed in some cases, when I get confused over the tip, if I give some people $20 for let’s say something that is only $10, I’m almost shocked when they ask, “Do you want change?” Eh, yeah! Of course, I have discovered the reasons tipping is so heavy-handed here. Servers are paid lower than minimum wage and tips help make up for the difference. This is not the case in Ireland. While most waiting staff earn a little bit over minimum wage, they consider themselves lucky to get tips. Working in a bar is probably the best way to get tips at home, especially in tourist spots. In restaurants, it is not uncommon to get charged a compulsory service fee around 12.5 or 15 percent more than normal for parties of six or more. Also, for those receiving tips at home, the majority splits it among all the staff at the end of the day. When it comes to taxis, it’s a lot trickier for me to calculate here, because I don’t have a bill in front of me to double the tax. I’ve noticed a cab driver’s body language tells me clearly when their tip hasn’t met certain expectations. Another adjustment to living in America: taxes. Similar to leaving the right amount for a tip, I find myself constantly being flustered at the cash register when the total seems to add up to be more than I expected. While doing my weekly shopping, I tend to forget the price labels don’t represent the final price. There is nothing more embarrassing than being down

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to my last $20 and discovering the final bill is $20.50. A few times I’ve had to sheepishly put back something. In Ireland, the tax is included in the price, so consumers know exactly for what they’re paying. I also find it funny that shops across Wilmington often have a discount card. (Does this not contradict paying tax in the first place?) I’ve resorted to asking for one everywhere I shop. Admittedly, it’s the one thing I wish we had back in Ireland. Instead, we have loyalty cards, which are mainly used in food places. For example, at Starbucks at home, when I buy 15 coffees, I get one free—woo-hoo! Like here, we also have student discounts of 10 percent when shopping. It doesn’t get more exciting than that. When it comes to pricing, some things over here are a tad cheaper. Usually though, the pricing works out the same. I was so happy to find an Irish import in the supermarket last week—Kerrygold butter. When I saw it cost over $4, my jaw dropped. I decided to get it still because it’s nice to have a taste of home. When it comes to shopping for clothes, it’s almost a struggle—no, make that torture. To walk out of a store with nothing in tow isn’t fun. The pricing of clothes works out to a much better value here, especially with such huge discounts. I have to constantly remind myself I’m on a budget, and looking at the Lauren Conrad collection in Kohl’s does not help. America really does institute the whole “shop ‘til you drop” idea—or at least until the cash runs out, which always seems to happen first. Shopping is definitely not for the mathematical or logically minded person in America. My family is starting to ask where I think the money tree in our house grows exactly.

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Dog Days of Dignity: NC’S General Assembly has no dignity By: Mark Basquill


n these dogs days of summer, fish are jumping, the cotton is high, and General Assembly members are dancing a joyful jig. They’re proud of putting Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine into high gear, and moving Carolina back to the plantation paradise it once was. I like Mr. Peabody. Through all the wrong turns in history, the talking dog strives to maintain his dignity. And doggone it, he succeeds. I can hardly wait for “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” to be released in the late spring of 2014, around the same time the next General Assembly is set to start up the Wayback Machine. About the same time the GA finished their Wayback work, I finished reading “Harvest Gypsies,” John Steinbeck’s series of newspaper articles that led up to “The Grapes of Wrath.” Steinbeck observed the plight of the common man, struggling to maintain his dignity in a natural world indifferent to it, and a society downright opposed to it in the corporate run farms of Depression-era California. There he saw the shanty towns of small midwestern farmers that formed the backbone of an agricultural infrastructure and made America the bread basket of the world. Until the dustbowl and banks destroyed them, these small farmers fed the nation’s growing economy in the early 20th century. During the same era, our public education system became the envy of the world and fed our economy, highly skilled engineers, mathematicians, artists and innovators. Our public education also provided several generations of researchers and teachers capable of defending the ship of state and sailing it forward. Teachers weren’t rich, but they had dignity. They weren’t forced to take a second job to afford the luxury of a roof and a third for the frivolity of food. Steinbeck wrote that California’s agribusinesses and government helped destroy the “dignity” of the small farmer and rob him of a valued place in society. “Dignity” is one of those words that everyone nods that they understand, but then struggles to define. Steinbeck wrote, “In this series ‘dignity’ has been used several times. It has not been used as

some attitude of self-importance, but simply as a measure of a man’s responsibility to his community.” The plan of agribusinesses and government in Depression-era California seemed to derive as much profit as possible from the farm workers by paying them less than a living wage, organizing efforts, destroying their dignity, and eventually divesting themselves of responsibility for the parasites. Yesterday’s California plan for farm workers is today’s Carolina plan for teachers, as reflected in the budget. We no longer see teachers as professionals, cultivating the best fruit of any society, the minds of its youth. In Carolina, and elsewhere in America, teachers are now parasites, sucking state budgets dry. The bottom line demands we divest ourselves of them. These are dog days for dignity in the Tarheel state. Mr. Peabody fears we may have slipped into our plantation past. If that phrase offends, ask yourself this: As the world gets “A’s” and the U.S. gets “C’s,” and NC fails to even stay at “C” level, who will defend your “budget” in the increasingly hi-tech, morally complex future? The same incredibly courageous but predominately uneducated peons that protected the plantation mindset and mounted Pickett’s charge against technologically superior, better-educated, and more numerous forces at Gettysburg? That ended well, didn’t it? Societies that grow satisfied with personal stuff and corporate profits die, often at the hands of societies hungry for knowledge. China, India, anywhere but Carolina, come to mind. If we fail to understand that any society’s public investment in education is the only “national security” it has, then Carolina’s colors and the Stars and Stripes deserve our fate in the trash heap of history, along with the Stars and Bars. Although the General Assembly has assaulted the dignity of women, persons of color, and most other citizens, the assault on education is the most serious. This General Assembly has elevated ignorance to an art form. Their assault on education is a national security issue. Despite draconian budget cuts, there is more of the nation’s defense and more “dignity” in one kindergarten teacher’s little finger than in the whole body of the General Assembly.

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Latest Religious Messages Satan was thrust into the recent Texas legislature debate with pro-choicers shouting, “Hail, Satan!” at the right-to-life faction. However, whom Satan had endorsed was not clear. A British organization called UK Church of Satan appeared to criticize the pro-choicers (according to Twitter comments) while the New York-based Church of Satan (founded in 1966 by Anton LaVey) insists on a woman’s right to choose, said its High Priest Peter Gilmore although he acknowledged that shouting “Hail, Satan” to anti-abortion activists was “ludicrous and meaningless.” Megachurch bishop Ira V. Hilliard told his Sugarland, Texas, congregation (New Light Christian Center) in June that one of his two private aircraft a helicopter valued at about $1 million needs new blades, but rather than pay it himself, he asked parishioners to each find it in their hearts to send him $52 “favor seeds” for the blades. (His ministry also owns a $2 million Hawker jet and a $3 million hangar.) To sweeten the deal, he virtually promised that a donor’s gift would be met by a “breakthrough favor” from God in the form of a car repair or their very own “dream” car either 52 days or 52 weeks later (according to a church letter described by the Christian Post). Questionable Judgments Sharon Jobson thought her major grieving was over at the two-year mark after her son had been killed driving into a CN Rail train at a crossing that had not then been updated with safety features. (John Jobson, 22, was speeding and failed to stop, perhaps because of a partially obscured warning sign and a nonstandard train horn.) The government subsequently ordered upgrades, and Sharon decided not to sue, but CN Rail had no such reluctance and filed in July for $500,000 against John’s estate to cover damage to its tracks and the subsequent customer slowdown caused by the collision. (At press time, with grief forced upon her once again, Sharon was re-evaluating litigation.) Inexplicable: In May, a 24-year-old man accidentally shot a teenage boy in the leg with a high-caliber gun at a home in Santa Fe, Texas, in front of the boy’s mother, whose first reaction was to look up “gunshot” on WebMD and then not to take her son to Mainland Medical Center until seven hours later. Deborah Tagle was charged, along with the shooter, for injury to a child. Carole Longhorn, 66, struck a metal object in her garden in Norfolk, England, in June, and, though it looked like a projectile-bomb, she said she decided to take it inside and wash it off in the sink before calling police (who later detonated the World War II-era munition in a controlled explosion). (Said her husband later: “You can imagine what I said to her.”)

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rt is one of the oldest forms of human expression. Having emerged as a cultural tool, it provides a voice for emotions, thoughts and feelings when words aren’t enough. Self-taught artist Harry L. Davis understands art’s power and works diligently to create genuine collections. “Paint what you love and love what you paint,” he offers. A professional artist for 35 years, Davis’ current oil paintings touch on love, honor, purpose and belonging in “Africa to American.” Now hanging at the Art Factory (721 Surrey Street), the work depicts everything from jazz musicians to seascapes to the African Serengeti, all showcasing vibrant colors and glossy textures. The collection has been in the works for quite some time. According to the artist, everything hung at the Art Factory is representative of his last 10 years. “‘Africa to American’ simply refers to the fact that as black people living in America, we are all Americans, but our original home was Africa,” he states. Critics have hailed Davis as one of the best contemporary artists of his generation. Collectors of his work include famous African American actors like Denzel Washington, Nell

Carter and Halle Berry. “[It was] just being in the right place at the right time,” Davis says about his celebrity clientele. “I used to travel to New York City once or twice a year during the summer months some years ago and sell my art on the streets.” Born and raised in Wilmington, the 64-year-old stumbled upon his future as a painter. While serving as a military policeman at Fort Bragg, Davis took a bullet in the spine when a mentally unstable MP discharged his weapon in the Mess Hall. “I turned to art as a means of therapy after my mother bought me a paint-by-numbers kit,” Davis informs. “I have always had a talent for drawing but tried painting.” Having no formal art training, he learned everything through trial-and-error. Over the years, though, Davis developed his own successful techniques. “I always start with a detailed sketch,” he explains, “[then I] apply a thin undercoat of paint that allows the drawing to show through. Once the undercoat is dry, I begin painting. A painting can take anywhere from two days, in the case of landscapes, to two weeks with more complicated paintings.”

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THE BLUES CAFE: Art work by Harry Davis now on display at downtown’s The Art Factory. Courtesy of artist.

Davis’ shiny textures attract the eye, and the haunting faces keep the viewer’s attention. His subjects look real and dynamic, with stories all their own to tell. Two of his pieces, “Yellow Girl” and “Yellow Man,” are especially intriguing. The close-ups of African faces don yellow paint and transcend the canvas. Their piercing eyes act as windows to troubled souls. Shadows and life-like features ensure the faces stick with viewers long after leaving the gallery. “I am inspired by anything that moves me emotionally,” Davis says—“colors, faces, individuals who show strength, determination. Since most of my work is done from

photographs, there must be something in the picture that affects me on an emotional level.” “The Pipe Player” shows golden hues which seem to calm the senses. Yet, dark tones create an eerie feeling and leave viewers wondering what lurks beneath the black. The pipe player’s eyes look down, as if intently focused on the music. “It’s one of my oldest paintings,” Davis remarks, “painted sometime around 1979. I think it almost has a kind of threedimensional look to it, because of the use of lights and dark shadows.” Shadow, color and texture give Davis’ work life. “I want the people to feel something, be moved in some way, when they look at my work,” Davis notes. “Whether they like it or not, at least [they will] feel something.” Despite the amount of art depicting African people and scenes, Davis has never been to the country. “I love painting the people of Africa, the colors, the different tribal groups, the landscapes,” he explains. “Every tribal group or country has a different look.” Audiences can see all of Davis’ work at the Art Factory during their normal business hours Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., or by appointment.


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Featured this month are watercolors and acrylic paintings by local artist Lori Peterson. Many of Peterson’s colorful paintings have a feeling of mystery, evoking a sense of wonder about the story behind the expression. Her collection will be featured until August 22nd. Cape Fear Native features art, jewelry, pottery, photography and more, all original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers and jewelry by Half United. Stop in and support your local creative community.

“Good as Gold; 50 Years of Painting” by Robert Irwin comprises works which span his years as a painter. Frequently selecting strong, vibrant colors applied with aggressive brush strokes, Irwin’s work offers an energy and immediacy that is forceful and dynamic in subjects like architectural studies and coastal imagery. The show will remain on display through August 20th.


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River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!

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The Doctor is In: Browncoat’s latest play parodies the Peanuts gang with teenage troubles By: Shea Carver


IN CHARACTER: Steve Coley works with Patrick Basquill and Josh Bailey during rehearsals for ‘Dog Sees God.’ Photo by Liz Bernardo

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f ever there is anything to learn from teen angst, a host of movies, songs and comic-strips connect with teenagers more than, say, an overbearing parent. Bert V. Royal, a 35-year-old screenwriter best known for his 2010 film “Easy A,” is adding to the list of pop-culture references by capitalizing on the love of our friends in the Peanuts gang. Royal’s first play, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” parodies the Charlie Browns and Lucys of the world as they blossom into high school and learn about the scary undertakings of growing up. Unlike his own upbringing in homeschool, Royal piles on all of the uncertainties of adolescence submerged in high school. With the award-winnng show debuting in Wilmington at Browncoat Pub and Theatre, Steve Coley will lead the helm for his first return in the director’s chair since doing “Suessical” 10 years ago. Yet, his work for youth will be of a different caliber. “This play is considered edgy,” Coley notes. “Basically, there’s no theme it’s afraid to tackle: teen promiscuity, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality and homophobia. And the language is very blue. We’ve had to be very careful to temper the volume (to sometimes comical effect) because the [Hannah Block] Community Arts Center, [where Thalian Association Children’s Theater is located,] has graciously allowed us to rehearse. They’ve been very patient.” Coley and Browncoat’s artistic director, Richard Davis, liken “Dog Sees God” to comedies to that of “Mallrats,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Heathers” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” That it’s compelling and has social relevance immediately secures its spot on Browncoat’s roster, which usually is slated

ley) who loses his dog and begins to ponder afterlife and death. Through CB’s philosophical debates, we meet a collection of school friends, including CB’s sister (Beth Raynor), Beethoven (Nicholas Reed), Matt (Patrick Basquill), Trician (Jessica Farmer), Marcy (Liz Bernardo), and Van’s sister (Mariah Jarvis). “[My cast has] come right out of the gate with these characters,” Coley states, “harking back to the source material but realizing the ‘gang’ as having grown to high-school age, with all of the screw-ups and triumphs that implies.” From dealing with a stoner to dramaqueen bullies, to a homosexual musician and even the quintessential jock, all personality styles get their due onstage. In fact, a quest to find identity can be the true marching beat of the play, just as mirrored in real life. “It’s a message show, but I think it’s ultimately about these characters and what they become in school,” Coley says. “The staging is simple, utilizing rectangular and cubical blocks, so that the characters themselves are what’s emphasized.” Coley admits to cuing the comic-strip and Peanuts’ animated series for devising ideas on color schemes and costumes. “But don’t expect to see any zig-zag shirts!” he exacts. “Music and lights serve the characters and situations, but there are a few surprises.” Coley’s return to the stage comes after founding his own theatre company, Five and Dime Cultural Productions, one of the earliest companies to offer cutting-edge and alternative theatre to Wilmington audiences. They presented works like Christopher Durang’s “Baby With the Bathwater,” Sam Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind,” Craig Lucas’ “Blue Window” and Christopher


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Hampton’s “Les Liaison Dangereuses.” “Five and Dime even had a youth acting program and Wilmington’s first improv theatre, masterminded by Steve Vernon of The Comically Impaired,” Coley says. Having directed musicals for Thalian Association and overseeing marketing for Thalian Hall, Coley is an actor, too. He often preferred the underdog roles as John Merrick in “The Elephant Man,” Renfield in “Dracula,” Edward de Vere in “The Beard of Avon,” Fagin in “Oliver!” and Ben Gunn in “Treasure Island.” “Steve brings so much to the table,” Davis states. “As a director, he is able to connect with his cast and speak to them in ways that they understand. He knows what they need to hear because he’s also an actor. He knows what they’re struggling with because he’s struggled with those things before. “ “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” will open August 16th and run weekends through August 31st. “Anyone with an open mind will love the story and what the playwright has done with the characters,” Coley praises. “Anyone with a narrow mind can see me personally to complain about it!”


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Opera House’s ‘Oklahoma!’ brings about some of the best performances to date By: Gwenyfar Rohler


s the first, warm, golden notes of Nygel Robinson’s voice fill Thalian Hall, it is clear Opera House Theatre Company’s production of “Oklahoma!” will mesmerize and transport the audience. Set at the turn of the 20th century and written during WWII, “Oklahoma!” is proof that courtship hasn’t changed much. Curly (Nygel Robinson) is the best cowman around—the best looking and with the best horse! So why, oh, why, won’t Laurey (Kendra Goehring-Garrett) give him the time of day and go to the box social with him? And how could she possibly consider going with that mean, low-down, stinking hired hand, Jud (Justin Smith)? Curly is clearly the better choice! So what’s the problem here? At least, that’s Curly’s question. It is incredibly clear to everyone, including Jud, that Laurey is stuck on Curly—she’s just not going to tell him so. But she has her head screwed on better than her friend, Ado Annie (Annie Marsh), who has the heart of a sweet and swell cowman named Will Parker (Jason Aycock). Yet, she can’t seem to rein in her affections for everything in pants; hence the famous song, “I Cain’t Say No.” While Will is in Kansas City, roping steer to win the $50 he needs to marry her, Ado Annie has been messing around with the traveling peddler man, Ali Hakim (Jason Hatfield). Mind you, all of this is happening with a backdrop of farmers vs. cowboys during the range wars and the formation of the state of Oklahoma. I love “Oklahoma!” and frequently sing parts of the oh-so-memorable score that set Rodgers and Hammerstein on a path. It’s only natural for my date to ask what I was looking for in the show. “Probably the dream sequence,” I answered. Agnes de Mille’s “Dream Ballet” at the end of Act I marks a pivotal point in the history of American theatre. It offered accessibility of classical dance to the popular audience. If there would be a weak link in the “Oklahoma!” chain, it would appear here. Director Ray Kennedy and his able right hand, Jason Aycock, obviously take the “Dream Ballet” seriously, too. The dancers—Brooklyne Williams (Dream Laurey), Qaadir Hicks (Dream Curly) and Alex Stevenson (Dream Jud)—do not disappoint. In a captivating quarter-of-an-hour, the fear, uncertainty, longing, hope and even the sexual arousal that Laurey wrestles with is plain, as is her decision.

Speaking of Jason Aycock and dancing: intimate, beautiful and a little frightening. It’s projected images of “Oklahoma!” on the His performance as Will Parker is fabulous! hard to make a duet standing next to some- walls of Thalian Hall, but it is the beautiful full His rendition of “Kansas City” is worth the one in a room of 400 or more people feel moon he brings up on the main rag for Ali price of admission alone. Aycock is a lifelong private, but they do. Hakim’s departure which is most astounding. clogger and extremely talented dancer. Audi“Oklahoma!” is everything it should be In Act II when Laurey and Curly finally get ences must have a clear view of his feet to things ironed out, every kiss comes naturally. and more. Visually, it is beautiful, and the truly appreciate all his shuffles and taps. And No one looks or feels forced or awkward. I stage is filled with remarkable performances. audiences will want to get up and join him.— have loved the movie of “Oklahoma!” since I Those who like the show will like it more afif not, the square-dance number that opens was a child and seen the stage show at least ter seeing this production. For those who Act II will. With almost 60 people onstage five times, but these two perfromers are my have never seen it will meet a great introducsinging, dancing and having more fun at a favorite renditions of the characters to date. tion to such an iconic musical. party than I have ever had, watching them I hope Robinson comes back next summer navigate the difficult world of frontier politics so we can enjoy more of his work. with “The Farmer and The Cowman” is mesOpera House has a reputation for supemerizing. rior production value, and those who love big I know many who have sat through some dance scenes with great costumes, beauti- Oklahoma! embarrassing party-and-dance scenes dur- ful lighting and gorgeous sets will not be  ing plays, all of whom cringe with as much disappointed. Debbie Scheu and Susanna Thalian Hall joy as that had a catheter salesman’s con- Douthit have costumed almost 60 people vention. But this square dance compels. My through multiple changes, and they do not 310 Chestnut St. date tapped his feet and snapped his fingers skimp a bit—even on cowboy hats. All the Tickets: $27 so much, I prepared myself for a possible girls’ skirts swing and swish with the dance 8/9-11 and 8/16-18, 8 p.m. or shindig in the aisle. numbers, and the guys remind us just how Sun., 3 p.m. Justin Smith as Jud Fry is really terrify- handsome cowboys really are! ing—which he is supposed to be. He plays Dallas Lafon tips a nod to the audience Jud tormented, not as a simple villain. Smith early on that they are in for a treat with his is incredibly tall, so he can really tower over people when he wants to scare them. At one Home Match Schedule: July 26 vs Tampa Bay | Aug. 2 vs Charleston (‘Pink Night’) | Aug. 9 vs Dayton point, he even picks up Goehring-Garrett during an argument. The power and ability to do real harm comes through in that swift move and with extreme clarity. Smith as a singer and dancer is on point. I knew he was a talented actor, but a pleasant surprise arrives in his version of “Lonely Room.” I actually pity and sympathize with him in this villanous role, yet another scary factor. I am a long-time and unabashed fan of Kendra Goehring-Garrett. She’s the classic triple threat: She can sing like and angel, dance divinely, and act her socks off! Throw in incredible beauty, and she has real star power. She also has a wholesomeness and innocence that makes her obviously the all-American frontier girl, Laurey. Pairing her with Nygel Robinson is inspired. Robinson is a relative newcomer to Wilmington’s stage, though we have had the joy of watching him all summer in Opera House See Us For shows (“Les Mis,” “Rent”). From the moThe race for a spot in ment the spotlight picks him up at the top of USL PRO Playoffs is the show until the final curtain call, he glows. His voice is captivating and he can dance upon us - join the action! beautifully.CARS He and AND Goehring-Garrett are FOR TRUCKS both consummate actors. “People Will Say Reserve your group space We’re in Love,” shows the quality and intenFOR and/or tickets today! sity of their connection. Both facing front, vEhiCLES DOMESTiCS & FOREigN looking at the audience, singing their hearts SAvE $ MONEY OvER ThE DEALERS Contact (910) 777-2111, or visit out, Robinson very quietly slips his hand into Visit Us Fluttering At Our New Larger Goehring-Garrett’s. hearts and Facility! turning stomachs ensue in the audience. It is




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Revered Rock:

The Cult heads to the House of Blues for 20-year reunion tour By: William Mellon


Owl are getting edgier and more melodic blend of fans that is cool which is a fun combination. Of course we’ll be to witness. working on a new [the] Cult record. I am excited e: How do you relax on to report that there is more good stuff on the the road? horizon both for Owl & The Cult. CW: I like to get a jog in or take a long walk. I e: What’s new music are your listening to? have a yoga mat. That CW: The new Queens of the Stone Age record really helps ground me. is awesome. I enjoy it so much. Vintage Trouble The road can really break is the band that might be off the radar. They are you down, as far as all of vintage R&B, James Brown—totally fresh, high the little things you like energy. They are blowing up and definitely worth to do for yourself. You checking out. The Cult will be touring the world in support of basically try and provide yourself what you do the classic album, “Electric.” They touch down at home. I have to take at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach on Sunsome time out for myself day, August 11th, with opening act White Hills. Come witness rock ‘n’ roll. every day, though.

hen I was younger I was fortunate to have friends in alternative bands—“alternative” in that they weren’t covering U2 and Violent Femmes’ songs. Instead, they were investigating a wave of UK rock that was quite new to all of us but would have a great impact on music. Bauhaus, The Cure, The Alarm, The Sisters of Mercy, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Cult were interwoven into the soundtrack that was my adolescence. e: What’s on the horizon I always revered these bands—all providing the foundation of my mu- ELECTRIC CULT: Don’t miss the iconic ‘80s band at the House of Blues in Myrtle for you both personally and professionally? sical education. They cemented my Beach this weekend on August 11th. Courtesy photo The Cult CW: We have a few love for music. Though I’ve always more video releases for Opener: White Hills gawked over defining favorites, in have been with them ever since. my own project, Owl, to keep up the momen- House of Blues, Myrtle Beach as far as restaurants, authors or movies go, e: How did that change things for you? tum and then sneak in a few New York and L.A. August 11th • $25-$62.50 unabashadly, for me The Cult secures the number-one spot in rock, and did the moment CW: [Rock] became a key player in my career. shows. There are a few more songs brewing. I heard “She Sells Sanctuary” sometime back He kept me working. When you get calls from someone like that, it brings a lot of confidence in the early ‘80s. Recently, I had the great pleasure of speak- into your life. I’ve been in a constant, continuing with The Cult bassist, Chris Wyse, as he ous string of networking, knowing people, getwas gearing up for the “Electric 13” tour. Not ting my own music out there. unlike the new trend that has taken over the e: “Electric” is certainly one of my favorite relive performances of some acts, The Cult are cords. Did the album have any impact on you playing their seminal record, “Electric,” from growing up? beginning to end. The difference is that these CW: Absolutely. I was struck by the sound of it sets should only be designated for records of and how they changed gears. It was cool and this magnitude and by bands of this regard. fresh, and slightly daring, raw and different from Born in Queens, New York, Wyse has “Love.” I like that about bands that are willing worked with Mick Jagger, Metallica, Jerry to try new stuff. Cantrell, Ace Frehley and Ozzy Osbourne (among many others). He is easily one of the e: How did Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) impact best bassists on the planet and even the front- your decision to play bass? man for the band Owl. He has been performing CW: There was a hole in a friend’s band that with The Cult for more than six years; here is needed to be filled; I was on the fence on about playing bass. I wasn’t sure if it was for me. But our interview. then these guys played me “Number of the encore (e): Did you ever dream of working Beast” and I said, “Oh my god, you can do that with “iconic” musicians? on bass?” I was sold. Chris Wyse (CW): It’s kind of funny how it all happened…my love for music and real e: How was the first show of this tour? passion for it is what’s behind it all. I never CW: It seems that, on the first one, you think could have guessed it. Despite that, it has more. We had a lot of eye contact. It was a become very natural for me. Natural in that perfect first show. The band played great. The playing with legends like I have had the for- crowd was phenomenal. It was a fun show. tune to perform with is that I was naturally e: Are the fans primarily the “old school” stewed in their music…I felt I was a good fit variety or have you noticed a new wave of for all of this. But to answer your question, younger fans? no, you cannot predict this kind of thing. CW: It is a combination of up-and-coming generations discovering us for the first time and e: How did you get involved with The Cult? CW: [Producer] Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley then the hardcore fans that know every word. Crue) got me a gig with them beginning on the It seems that, for the older fans, these songs “Beyond Good & Evil” record in 2006 and I represent a time in their lives. It is a real piece of important history for them. There is a real encore | august 7-13, 2013 | 21


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STRAY LOCAL (AMERICANA, 8PM) —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 JIMMY MOWERY 10PM-1AM —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

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DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH DENNIS BRINSON (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 OPEN MIC —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 OPEN MIC 7-10PM —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 THIRSTY THURSDAY TEAM TRIVIA WITH SHERRI “SO VERY” (7-9PM) —Whiskey Trail at the Creek, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 399-3266 SEA PANS (STEEL DRUMS, 7-10PM) —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 JAZZ NIGHT WITH MARC SIEGEL 6PM-8PM —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844

DUTCH’S THURSDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 7-9PM —Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910228-5952 DJ SHAFT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

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

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KARAOKE —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

STEADY EDDIES —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

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

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BOOTLEG DYNASTY (AMERICANA, 9:30PM) —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

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

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A Minimalist Approach:

films this week

‘The Wolverine’ breaks the mold (mostly) from clichéd comic-book movies

Before Midnight, Much Ado About Nothing, Twenty Feet From Stardom

By: Anghus


ired of super-hero movies yet? Beginning to feel that bloated, heavy feeling after gorging yourself on popcorn movies to the point where you can feel the butter seeping out of your pores? That’s about how I feel coming into August, after enduring a summer-movie season that somehow begins in April. I’ve slogged through an Iron Man, Man of Steel, giant robots, a Lone Ranger, and now I have to contend with “The Wolverine.” Truth be told, I’m kind of done with Hugh Jackman in this part, a role he’s been playing for 13 years. There have been five films featuring his take on one of comics’ most iconic roles, and it is sobering to realize just how many times filmmakers have gotten this character wrong. Fortunately, “The Wolverine” gets a lot right. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is a mutant who possesses razor-sharp claws and a healing factor that has made him practically immortal. This power has become something of a curse as recent tragic events (from “X-Men: The Last Stand”) have led him to the conclusion that he doesn’t have any reason to live—a tough pill to swallow since he realized he can never die. So he does what all heartbroken heroes do when tragedy befalls them: heads into the mountains to live like a hermit and be haunted by the nightmarish images of his dead lover. Unfortunately, there are those with other plans for Wolverine. Logan is visited by Yukio, a messenger for a Japanese businessman named Yashida whom he saved during the bombing of Nagasaki in World War II. It seems Yashida has become obsessed with Logan and his healing factor, and makes him an interesting offer: He will strip Logan of his immortality giving him the chance to lead a normal, mortal life. In exchange, Yashida can heal himself of the illness that is slowly killing him. The house of Yashida is in something of disarray. His daughter Mariko has been targeted for assassination by the Japanese mob, a.k.a. The Yakuza. Logan becomes something of a reluctant protector as mobs of armed thugs begin to crawl out of the woodwork and try to gun down Yashida’s daughter. “Reluctant” might be a stretch because she’s smokin’ hot. It’s always easy to willingly face harm’s way when it’s for a ridiculously good-looking woman. Here, “easy” might be a stretch because it seems Logan’s healing factor is on the fritz, and he’s not bouncing back like he used to. “The Wolverine” is an interesting comicbook movie, if for no other reason than the stakes are remarkably small in comparison

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to the epic special-effect orgies taking place in most superhero movies. There’s a simplicity to “The Wolverine.” It’s a very small story in a summer where everything seems to be contractually obligated to “go big” with explosions and massive eye-fucking set pieces. So, telling a markedly smaller, character-driven story feels refreshing. There’s still some of the trappings of the typical comic-book movie. It gets so ridiculous in the third act that attempts to ground the story in reality for the first two acts are washed away in a sea of silly. Yet, the first two acts are something really special. Director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma”) really tries to make something gritty. Putting a super-powered killing-machine in the middle of a crime story set in Japan is wonderfully against type for these films. There’s no end of the world to contend with or a doomsday machine that is going to wipe out millions. Instead we get a wayward, wounded soul on the mend, forced into a gang war he has no stake in, at least until he falls in love—twist! Mangold does a great job populating the film with an interesting cast of characters. Also, there is a lot of good, old-school action in “The Wolverine”—guys with swords and guns fighting a guy with claws. Bullets, blades, and blood appear in the first two acts. The third act returns to those goofy comic clichés with super-powered villains, and obscene computer-generated battles that feel more like a video game than good cinema. I wish more comic-book adaptations would take the minimalist approach, as seen in the earlier scenes of “The Wolverine.” Just because the character is based on a comic book doesn’t mean it has to be cartoonishly epic.

While Jackman is fine in the role, I think I’m ready for someone else to strap on the claws. Jackman’s super sensitive approach to the character is starting to feel out-played. And he’s starting to feel a little old for the part, like watching Roger Moore play James Bond in “A View to a Kill” or Sean Connery in “Never Say Never Again.” At some point, we have to accept that every actor has a good run with a character but must move on. This would be a good time for Jackman to step away as Wolverine. The movie may not be high art, but it is highly entertaining.

DETAILS: The Wolverine

★★★★★ Directed by James Mangold Starring Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Will Yun Lee

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8/7: “Before Midnight” is an American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Like its predecessors, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. As with the previous film, Linklater shares screenplay credit with both actors from the movies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. R (1 hr. 49 min) 8/12-14: Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. 8/19-21: In his compelling new film, “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Intimate interviews include Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.

Free Movies By the Sea Carolina Beach Lake Amphitheater Sundays, at dusk • Free! Picnics, blankets and chairs welcome; concessions sold onsite. Movies start around 8:45 p.m. On August 11th, the movie will be “Hotel Transylvania.” Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort welcomes monsters and their families to live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. But one day an ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Dracula’s daughter, Mavis. Rated G. All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at

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Fine Dining Staple

s an epicure and supporter of local businesses, I spend a good deal of time lamenting the seemingly endless cycle of restaurant failings. Rarely does a month go by that I don’t note the closing of an eatery I really enjoyed. To allay my depression, it struck me: Revel in one of the local establishments that has weathered its share of storms and shows no signs of closing. Jerry’s Wine and Spirits, an established presence on the Wilmington side of the Wrightsville Beach bridge for quite some time, prominently features local seafood on its high-end menu. The restaurant has become a culinary institution to locals, even if it is tucked away in an unassuming shopping mall next to a Domino’s. I saddled up to the tiny bar to peruse the menu a few weeks ago. The staff, chatty and friendly, guided me toward a few perennial favorites, as well as the evening’s specials. Admittedly, I loathed turning down the specials. Thus, diners who cannot find these dishes upon venturing to Jerry’s should go ahead and accept my apologies.

I opened with a beloved item: applewood baconwrapped scallops with Jerry’s homemade barbecue sauce, served with pickled onions and cucumbers. As I’ve stated: Bacon improves everything. Applewood takes it even further, a rare improvement a chef can make to something that’s already perfect. The briny scallops tasted salty, and one would think with the bacon, it would be overkill. It wasn’t. In the end, they worked harmoniously—perhaps because of Jerry’s barbecue sauce. A more smoky style, the overall flavor blended sweetness with spice but more of a kick shone through, which was lovely. The gently pickled vegetables offered hints of vinegar without overpowering any bite of the dish. On special I also sampled the beef carpaccio, which came with sweet and spicy slaw. Though not what I expected, the appetizer pleased the senses. The beef bore a greater resemblance to roast beef than any other cut and actually had more of a tataki flair, but the thin slices were rich and flavorful. The slaw, heavily Asian-influenced with sesame and garlic, offset the full flavor of

Jerry’s exceeds the standard in dining By: Rosa Bianca

Bacon-wrapped scallops, served with Jerry’s homemade barbecue sauce and pickled vegetables. Photo by Bethany Turner 30 encore | august 7-13, 2013|

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Sophisticated Food ... Casual Style

Did you know we serve up Breakfast every day from 7AM- Noon BEEF IT UP: Jerry’s specials item, beef carpaccio, comes with an Asian-inspired slaw, which balances sweet and spicy, offering the dish a tataki flair. Photo by Bethany Turner

the meat attractively. I moved on to the pretzel-wrapped grouper, served over root vegetables and steamed spinach, in a light honey-mustard vinaigrette cream sauce. Not only is the name of the dish a mouthful, the bloody thing was enormous. I could have easily split it. The grouper itself, fresh from the day’s catch, contained only a mild fishiness, just like white fish should. A huge fan of root vegetables—particularly carrots and parsnips—I admired Chef Steven Powell’s daring use of them on a summer menu. All too often I have to wait for autumn. My only quip came from the sauce; it offered too many flavor profiles. A bit too much vinegar soured an already bitter mustard. With such a modest flavor in the fish, the clash became obvious. Still, with just a gentler hand on the vinegar pour, the entrée could be a winner. Far and away my favorite dish of the evening clocked in when laid before me: seared tuna over Jasmine scallion rice and tempurafried green beans and a red-pepper crab salsa. Heated just to the point of a bright red rare, the fatty fish bursted with flavor. Lightly seasoned, the tuna did all the work. Hands down, it was one of the best seafood dishes I’ve found at a local restaurant in a rather long time. The light scent of the Jasmine, juxtaposed with the crunchy and pungent scallions, treated my palate. But the red pepper and crab salsa brought the dish together. Beautiful, bright strips of cold sautéed peppers left just the right touch of spice with giant chunks of sweet crab. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it: beautifully balanced and rich, while intermingling saccharine and fire. Jerry’s should make this a permanent menu item. Dessert was delicious disappointment. The Reese’s peanut butter pie tasted exactly as fantastic as it reads, yet, it’s store bought. I

recognized it immediately from my own days of waiting tables. Given how talented the kitchen staff at Jerry’s is, I would have loved to try something made on-site. To be fair, I loved the pie when I waited tables, and I still do. Jerry’s isn’t inexpensive. Though the food remains well worth the price, I bristled a bit at the bar prices. Once Jack Daniel’s climbs over $9, I start to think about teetotaling. Aesthetically, my only gripe came from a TV in the bar. Restaurateurs who offer TVs, in my opinion, should avoid the cable news channels. No matter which one gets chosen, it’s almost certain to offend a part of clientele. Either forego the TV or keep it on ESPN. Earl Warren once commented that, when his newspaper arrived each morning, he immediately turned to the sports page. It offered a chronicle of man’s triumphs, while the front page contained nothing but man’s failures. PED’s and Aaron Hernandez aside, he makes a great point. Barring an election or a natural disaster, just stick to sports. Put simply: I love Jerry’s Wine and Spirits. It’s more costly than I can afford on a regular basis, but somehow that makes it even more of a treat—knowing that I can’t have it whenever I want.


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Fresh from the Farm

Lip-smackin’ festival shines a light on food and music


s a winning rib the product of excellent sauce or a dry-rub? Or does it lie in the preparation of fire for the meat? Each competitor at this weekend’s inaugural Port City Carolina Farmin’ RibFest likely has a differing opinion. For Poor Piggy’s owner Ed Coulbourn III, who will compete in the event, the sacred art of cooking ribs starts with an original, special rub. Coulbourn cooks the ribs at about 250 to 260 degrees for roughly three hours before drizzling them with a little honey, cutting and serving. “We don’t really use a sauce per se,” Coulbourn notes, “and I believe that is what distinguishes our ribs from everyone else. I believe the secret is in the cooking method and the rub, but not the sauce.” Coulbourn will be the only local from a host of teams competing for the “Grand Champion” title at the rib fest. He has been competing in revered Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned events since 2010. “Rib fests, like the one coming to Wilmington, are a bit different in that they are longer and more demanding on us ribbers,” Coulbourn says. Competitors have to cook between 25 and 100 cases of ribs in a few days in hopes of securing top honors and bragging rights. Poor Piggy’s has won a fair share of accolades, including first place in the whole hog category at 2010’s Hogfest, a KCBS event. In 2011, it took first for “Anything Butt” and second for “Whole Hog.” Last year, Coulbourn added a People’s Choice and third-place best entrée at Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening. The Port City RibFest event organizer, Allen McDavid of AKA Entertainment and Media in Greensboro, has been producing festivals of this caliber for almost 10 years. Wilmington’s shindig will be his 13th festival, one that came to be from Slade McPherson, a barbecue restaurant owner in High Point, NC. McPherson, an investor in local brewery Good Vibes, suggested the celebration. “We saw Wilmington as a hotbed of foodies and of course tourism,” McDavid explains. “We wanted to provide another outlet for them both. “The best part of organizing an event like this is picking the teams.” Out of 100 or more nationwide, McDavid pared it down to 10 competitors across seven states. Diners will get a chance to taste some of the most lip-smacking brisket, pork, chicken and of course the crown jewel: ribs.

By: Fiona O’Sullivan “Victories translate to money in the form of higher sales based on their success,” McDavid tells. “It is very important to the ribbers. All you have to do is look at their signage.” Coulbourn seems confident going up against other well-known competitors who have traveled the states and even been featured on Food Network and “Pit Masters”: Texas Pit Barbecue (Willis, Texas); Big Boned BBQ (Hixson, TN); Porky Chicks BBQ (Fayetteville, AK); Texas Outlaws (Elizabethtown, KY); Bib’s Downtown (WinstonSalem, NC); Carolina Rib King (Moore, SC), Pigfoot (West Salem, OH); Smoke Shack BBQ (Columbus, OH); Dre’s Place BBQ (Villa Rica, GA); and The Hickory Shack (Greensboro, NC). “We have to remember that we really just got started with this not even two years ago,” Coulbourn says, “so we’re just glad to be in the mix, rubbing elbows with these guys. We’ll get our shot, and we’re looking forward to that day!” According to McDavid, judges consist of high-profile chefs, novices and foodies. A few include Chef Keith Rhodes, Catch owner; Jessica Cabo of CAM Cafe; Chef Shawn Underwood from Taste the Olive Café and Wine Bar; Shea Carver, editor of encore and Devour; C.A.R.E. founder Johnnie Sexton; as well as other local politicians and celebrities. They will be judging the meat and sauce. “Judges are primarily looking at appearance, texture, taste and tenderness,” McDavid discloses. “The amazing thing about it is that, after a quick set of instructions, they pick up on it fast.” Port City RibFest will stand different from other BBQ cookoffs. Its primary purpose is feeding the attendees. Winners of the rib fest are awarded trophies and compete for pride, so there is less focus placed on cash prizes and fierce competition. Planning an event like this comes with some difficulty, too; in this case, picking a venue. Originally, the festival was to be held at Cape Fear Community College’s student parking lot off Front Street. Due to unforeseen circumstances, they had to change it at the last-minute. “We weren’t told that we couldn’t hold the event; in fact they wanted it there,” McDavid says. “Despite the fact our contract which stated ‘BBQ and Music Festival’ and was

signed by both parties (AKA Entertainment and Media, LLC and CFCC), on June 25th we received a scanned copy of it via e-mail with handwritten alterations stating ‘no live music,’” McDavid states. “I called our contact, Lynn Sylvia of CFCC who said the college had an exclusive arrangement with the Azalea Festival, and only that festival could have live music on the lot. I asked her what she thought ‘BBQ and music festival’ meant on our contract, and she said, ‘It could mean recorded music.’” So McDavid moved the event to the U.S.S. Battleship park on the Cape Fear River. Rib fest will showcase three major bands, including Earphunk, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and Larry Keel and the Natural Bridge. As well, a host of locals will play, like Bootleg Dynasty and No Dollar Shoes. All genres will be performed live, from bluegrass to Americana to rock and jam bands. “The goal musically is to provide variety and give ample opportunities for local acts to get additional exposure along with their regional and national counterparts,” McDavis explains. The Port City RibFest runs from August 9th through August 11th. The setup also will feature a Kids’ Zone, a marketplace with arts and crafts vendors, a Hookah bar, a karaoke competition (with a prize of $250) and a mobile saloon with can-can girls. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 10th, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per senior and children are free. There is also free parking. In addition, there will be shuttle busses and rib fest taxis. The downtown pick-up point is the WAVE bus stop at the corner of 2nd and Market streets. Departures and arrivals will be frequent, while dropping visitors to the front gate of the rib fest. The rib fest shuttle system will run from the corner of N. 2nd and Market streets downtown. All shuttle taxi riders will receive a $2 admission discount.

DETAILS: Port City Carolina Farmin' RibFest August 9-11; Fri., 11 a.m. - midnight; Sat., 11 a.m. - midnight; Sun., noon 10 p.m.

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


Saturdays through Dec. 21 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. N. Water St. between Market & Princess Sts.

For more information call

538-6223 or visit

Tickets: $5-$7 U.S.S. Battleship Park


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


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

Holiday Inn Resort

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

K’s Cafe

Siena Trattoria - 3315 Masonboro Loop Road • (910) 794-3002. Open Monday - Saturday 4 pm - 10 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00–10:00 pm


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


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect

compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFriday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


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

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cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the




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

Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington.They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown

Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


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


Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch 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.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday & Tuesday 11am-9pm; Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11am3am; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. MondaySunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart avail-

able all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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


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


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


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


If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at 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. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions— we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials: 3 sushi rolls for $10.95 every day before 7 p.m.


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


At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laid-back American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of

being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


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


Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and halfprice wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays - call ahead for schedule 910-763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER:

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

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The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly. com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE:

in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00 am - Midnight; Fri. & Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am. Sun. 12:00pm - Midnight ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

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

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




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

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub

Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique familyfriendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-and-match pasta dishes (including a glutenfree penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included

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


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown,

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Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:


Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE:


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


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


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


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


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. ■ WEBSITE:


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


Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of

seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ 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 UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393.

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online ■ WEBSITE:

SMALL PLATES The Fortunate Glass

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


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


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

projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:

FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Dr., 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment 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 Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday

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Chasing a Dream


t was a leap of faith—and a love of kids, bike tubes and chains—that brought the Lannie family to Wilmington. Ashley and 2-year-old Luna Ray followed dad Brandon, as he left his job as a property manager at a church in Richmond a year ago. In the process, their dream manifested: to start the nonprofit Get Wheel. Since March, Get Wheel has gone into Wilmington and Jacksonville’s inner-city neighborhoods, offering free bike repair for at-risk youth. Their goal is cross-cultural communication and relationship-building. Through neighborhood outreaches, Get Wheel hopes “to transform lives and redefine community service, one bicycle at a time.” Ashley and Brandon met in Richmond, and bonded over their shared love for bikes. Brandon did some bike racing and built fun bikes and tall bikes for a time. Because Ashley’s parents live in Wilmington, the family thought the city would be a great place to launch their outreach program. While not a faith-based group, the Lannie’s personal Christianity informs their mission. They didn’t want religion to be a barrier to partnering with city groups or schools, though. “There are so many churches and organizations out there who fill the needs of daily life, but the simple thing of fixing a kid’s bike gets them out of the house,” Brandon says. “It opens the door, and you win the kid’s heart.” Through Get Wheel, Ashley hopes kids will “have positive memories of Christians and bikes. Only when people ask about our beliefs [do] we tell them we’re just trying to share the love of Christ in the way he’s given it to us.”

In its infancy, the group has completed 10 outreaches in Vista Village, Houston Moore, Rankin Court, Hillcrest, Creekwood South and in Jacksonville neighborhoods. Get Wheel has planned four more events in Jacksonville between August and October, all connected to the local The Bicycle Gallery. Currently, Get Wheel is finalizing location plans for a back-to-school event in Wilmington on August 30th. As well, they go to Florida for bike outreaches with The Grove Church, a non-denominational place of worship in Titusville. When Get Wheel chooses a neighborhood or location for outreach, volunteers knock on every door the day before. They hand out fliers, and let kids know to bring their bikes for a tune-up. During a June partnership with Life Community Church in Rankin Court, the group fixed 22 flat tires, nine chains, five brakes, one seat, and made seven adjustments. Plus, the neighborhood children devoured a couple gallons of ice cream. At another event in Rankin Court, the group mediated a dispute between two boys over a bicycle. One boy thought he recognized his navy-blue stolen bike while it was being fixed. The boy who owned the bike said he had found it abandoned by a tree in the neighborhood, but he told the other boy to just take the bike. “In the end, because of donations made by neighbors in our community, we were able to give this honest young man a bike, and the other boy got his bike back, fixed 100 percent,” Ashley wrote on Get Wheel’s blog. “There was nothing left to say on either side. Everyone was happy, conflict was resolved, and I’m pretty sure all of us, including the kids, were humbled.”

The Lannie family founds nonprofit Get Wheel for at-risk youth By: Amanda Greene

Above: Ashley and Brandon Lannie, the founders of Get Wheel. Photo by Thunder Clap Photography.

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BIKER FASCINATION: Brandon Lannie works to fix a boy’s bike at a Florida outreach for Get Wheel. Photo by Thunder Clap Photography.

As the Lannies continue their mission, more and more volunteers are attending events. The urban missions group Vigilant Hope brought a group from West Virginia to fix bikes in Houston Moore in July. “Many of our volunteers are middle-aged white men and most of the kids are African Americans, ages 7 to 12, and many don’t have fathers at home,” Brandon says. “These communities have a lot of daily life stress and needs. Most programs in the community have you to come to them, and we wanted to bring something to the communities.” Wilmington resident Kyle Blackburn bought a wheel set from the Lannies on Craigslist. Once he heard Brandon talk about Get Wheel, he had

to get involved. Since, he’s volunteered at three events. “It was just a great experience to actually see the kids’ faces after they got their bikes back,” he said. Hoggard High School student Jake Wierzbicki, 16, heard about Get Wheel while riding bikes with Brandon through Wilmington social bike rides. “It’s fun, and fixing bikes was something I already liked doing,” Wierzbicki says. “It’s cool just to see them ride their bikes around the neighborhood after we finish.” Eventually the Lannies hope the mission behind Get Wheel will go nationwide. They’re already looking to launch another chapter in Jacksonville. “It’s about bringing joy and just growing that sense of community,” Ashley says. “We know it might not change a life forever, but if it’s just for one day, it’s worth it.” Amanda Greene is the editor and community manager for Wilmington Faith & Values, Know of an upcoming ministry or nonprofit event? Send it to Amanda Greene, Amanda. or call 910-520-3958.

DETAILS: Get Wheel Promoting social change through free bike repair for at-risk youth

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We are a designer-style consignment boutique, and we strive to carry the best designer brand names and the latest styles at the best prices. We carry brands from Banana Republic and BCBG, to J Crew, Lilly Pullitzer, and Michael Kors. Our assortment of clothing features a blend of new and slightly used items, also including shoes, handbags, and accessories that are chic, contemporary, and stylish! Our prices are more than 50% less than the original prices. We also carry a unique variety of brand new gifts for all ages and tastes, including new jewelry and many monogrammed items.

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Chapter 10: And You Harm None, Part 2 By: Gwenyfar Rohler Judith I’m sure you remember the story we ran it in the first issue after New Year’s 2007: “My New Year’s resolution is to have a curse removed.” It was not a metaphor for losing weight; though, I could see how some would take it that way. After years of suffering with a what I believe to be a curse, I have made an agreement with a real, live witch—who lives right hear in North Carolina. Hopefully, she will have my curse removed. New Year’s Eve, long having been symbolic of new beginnings, seemed like the perfect time to change my life for the better. I pulled up at the low ranch-style house around a quarter after 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Having never participated in a ritual like this before I had asked the good wtch earlier in the week if there was anything I should bring. “Something that represents the curse to you,” Lady Rainwolf had responded. Oddly, it took the form of a priority mail envelope. Even though the curse had not started

with the postal service, they seem to have become the bearers of bad news. I also brought a bottle of champagne, because, being New Year’s, that seemed like the right thing to do. Lady Rainwolf answered the door in a floorlength pre-Raphaelite dress of lightweight blue cotton. She ushered me through the house to the back yard. “Here?” I asked incredulously. “Are we going to do it outside?” My mind was swimming with visions from “The Crucible,” and I could see us being handcuffed, naked and folded into the back of a police car. Of course,” she answered. “Don’t worry the hedges are high; the neighbors can’t see. Now, before I turn off the porch light, you see the circle drawn on the ground?” I looked down and nodded. “Good,” she confirmed “That’s where we work; once you come inside the circle and we invoke it, do not step outside of it—no matter what!” I looked down again and nodded, curious

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what would happen if I broke the agreement. She turned off the porch light and picked up a box that contained matches approximately 18” long. She stuck one on the bottom of the box and held it over her head. “Can you see?” she inquired. I nodded again, fascinated. Beginning in the east, she lit the candle in the jar and intoned, “In the east, I call upon the powers of air!” She did the same in the south, west and north, calling upon fire, water and earth, respectively. She continued following the circle back toward the first candle, then when about two feet away from it, she summoned me and pointed toward the “doorway” she had left in the circumference. I walked up toward her, and as I approached she asked, “Do you enter with perfect love and trust in your heart?” As she said it, my heart began to tingle, and I realized that I did indeed have perfect love and trust in what we were about to do. “Yes,” I answered, “I do.” More so, I knew instantly I had never felt love or trust like this before. Even in visiting churches frequently throughout my life—a mosque, synagogues, chapels—I hade never felt the certainty and centeredness with all creation like I did at that moment. “Then enter.” She ushered me into the circle and continued back to the first candle, completing the circle. “This is a consecrated space dedicated to the Goddess and the God,” she proclaimed. “Only positive, loving, good energy may exist here as directed by the Lord and Lady.” She led me to an altar in the center of the circle. “Put the symbol of your problem on the altar.” After a little fiddling, we wedged my USPS priority envelope a little under the two lit candles so that it wouldn’t blow away in the light breeze. “I am going to perform the Drawing Down of the Moon,” Lady Rainwolf explained. “It is when the Goddess is invoked within me, then I will take this ritual knife,” she held up a silver knife with a beautiful ornate handle that featured an Egyptian looking Goddess. “It is a ritual knife. It is not sharp—you can touch the blade to see.” I ran my finger nlong the edge its edge, surprised to discover that would barely have dented butter. “I will take the knife and begin to cut the curse away from you. She stepped back, raised her arms and began to chant. The air hummed, throbbed and pulsated in a visible wave around her and— believe it or not—she appeared to develop a silver glow. Carving and cutting at something deep and heavy, with her right hand,

she grabbed the top of my right hand and moved my arm toward the envelope. She closed my hand around it, we picked it up and held it to the flames of the altar candles and watched it burn. She picked up the marble chalice on the altar and held it above my head. Utterly quie, she spun in a circle and emptied the contents with a whoosh! We watched the envelope smolder and crumple. She leaned down and blew at the ashes ‘til they scattered beyond sight. She placed her hands on either side of my head and proclaimed me “cleansed and freed of all evil, egotism, negativity, jealousy, selfishness or misinterpretations of my life’s experiences in the name of the Goddess and God!” I staggered backward from the force extending from her hands. Then she thanked the Goddesses and Gods for their work and opened the circle, moving counterclockwise this time, at each point thanking the direction and element. She puckered her lips to puff out the last candle, smiled at me and said, “Let’s celebrate with some of that champagne you brought.” Foggy still from what just happened, I stumbled into her kitchen. The light was shocking and took my eyes a moment to adjust.Pop! She blew the cork out of the champagne bottle and the bubbles filled two glasses. “To your new life,” she said. “May you never thirst.” “Thank you,” I whispered. “May you never thirst.” Judith, it was an agonizing few months afterward, because the real test for the success of the ritual was Lady Rainwolf: If she survived the next year, I was in the clear. If not, I started to have nagging doubts that I should have told her what was at stake: her life. Was it really fair and proper of me to accept a ritual from her to lift a curse, when the very act was being preformed at the time and place appointed to seal her death? I was starting to think that was “not cricket,” as the Brits would say. At the approach of June, with the year almost half over, and Lady Rainwolf still alive, I thought it was a good sign. I started having Larry over for dinner several times a week, and contemplated asking him to go away for a romantic weekend together at a bed and breakfast. I had one last year’s worth of pay as a contract killer to blow it on something I wanted: love. Over fourth of July weekend, however, she became that year’s first victim of a rip current. I renewed my PO Box, my ad as a contract killer in “Solider of Fortune,” and you assigned me the annual piece, “How to Identify and Survive a Rip Current.”

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to-docalendar events BOARDWALK BLAST Carolina Beach Boardwalk Blast, feat. live music 6:30-9:30pm, Thursday nights at Gazebo. Fireworks at 9pm. 8/8, Bibis Ellison Band; 8/15, The Cut; 8/22, Billy Walton Band; 8/30, 40 East. • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm: Family Night, featuring bouncehouse, kids’ activities, variety shows and more! Cash Bingo, Wed., 7-9pm. FRIENDS OF LELAND BOOK SALE Upcoming book sale Sat., 8/10, 10am-2pm, Second Saturday Book Sale at the Magnolia House, 485 Village Rd., adjacent to the Leland Library. Books are $0.50 for paperbacks and $1 for hard cover with all book sale proceeds benefiting the Leland Library. Highlighted this month will be a recently donated collection of art and photography books to be offered at special pricing. In addition, large print books will be half price. Ellie Edwards (910) 383-3098 or Arlene White (910) 617-2538. MINE GAMES: TORPEDO WARFARE 8/10, 10am: Visitors will learn about the role that obstructions and torpedoes played in the defense of the lower Cape Fear River during the Civil War. Examples of the various obstructions and torpedoes will be on display. Demonstrations, using a reproduction of the “Wheatstone Exploder” captured at Fort Anderson in February 1865, will occur throughout the day. The demonstrations will include the detonating of small torpedoes. In addition Adams’ Battery will hold artillery demonstrations from 11:00 am to 3:00pm.

BAR TRIVIA Bar Trivia at Copper Penny, Wed., 8/14, 8pm. Calling all science buffs, culture gurus, and history lovers! Test your knowledge of the Cape Fear Region. Expect questions drawn from local history, regional science, and CF Museum exhibits. Cold beer, cool science, and free history! Copper Penny, 109 Chestnut St.

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INVOLVEMENT CARNIVAL UNCW fall 2013 Involvement Carnival registration: University of North Carolina Wilmington, Campus Activities and Involvement Center, FSC 2029, 601 S. College Rd, no later than 5pm, 8/16.

The 3rd annual 2013 “Build A Backpack” supply drive will run through 8/31, benefitting economically-disadvantaged students in nearly 80 counties in NC. Annual campaign is a partnership between Walmart, Communities In Schools of North Carolina and the United Way of North Carolina. Folks are encouraged to purchase school supplies and donate them as they leave. Bins will be available at the front of all participating Walmart stores to collect the donated school supply items. The items will be distributed to local Communities In Schools affiliates or other designated partners, and will then be distributed to public school students in need.

SOUTHPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Chamber of Commerce for the Southport-Oak Island area will host a weekend of Jimmy Buffet events, 8/23-24. Pub tours, beach game tournaments and concerts. The fun begins with a local “Vote Your Favorite Cheeseburger” competition from the Chamber member restaurants. Customers of the restaurants in the area are being asked to vote online now through 8/22 for their “Cheeseburger in 8/24, the day ends with a concert held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport featuring food, children’s games, Jimmy Buffett style contests and entertainment by Latitude and Key Lime Pie. The weekend concludes with a Sunday morning fund raising pancake breakfast event by the EAA Chapter #939 jetport

OYSTER REEF CONSTRUCTION Oyster Reef Construction and Restoration, Sat., 8/10, 10am-noon; 1-3pm. Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve, 870 Morris Landing Rd. in Holly Ridge.The N.C. Coastal Federation is seeking volunteers to construct an oyster reef at the Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on Stump Sound. Restoration efforts will be divided into two sessions, in morning and afternoon. Volunteers will be placing oyster shell and marl bags in the water and installing plants along the shoreline to build the reef and restore salt marsh habitat. Lunch will be provided to volunteers of either session between noon and 1 p.m. The event is suitable for all ages, and pre-registration is requested. Reg: or Caitie Forde-Smith, (910) 509-2838.

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CAROLINA BASSET HOUND RESCUE Join the Carolina Basset Hound Rescue (CBHR) at any of the three Wilmington Ruby Tuesday locations (Military Cutoff-Mayfaire, Monkey Junction or Independence Mall) for lunch or dinner on Tues., 8/13. Ruby Tuesday will give back a portion of sales to CBHR to help save homeless basset hounds! Please be sure to print a flyer on the CBHR Facebook page to present at the restaurant or at the very least mention you are there to support CBHR! FOOD BANK DAY Books A Million Gives 10% to Food Bank Day, 8/17. 10% of All Purchases at Books A Million will go to benefit the Food Bank CENC, Wilmington. New Hanover Center, 3737 Oleander Dr., noon4pm. Volunteers will be there to answer your questions about the Food Bank of CENC programs in your community. Mention the Food Bank as you check out and 10 percent of all purchases benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington, working to feed 70,000 individuals affected by hunger in the Cape Fear Region. For every $1 donated=5 meals go to neighbors in need. And you can sign up to volunteer! NC SOROSIS RUMMAGE SALE Find that one-of-a-kind treasure at the North Carolina Sorosis giant rummage sale on Fri., 8/23; Sat., 8/24, 7am-2pm, at the NCS Clubhouse, 20 S. Cardinal Drive, Wilmington. A variety of household goods, decorative items, clothing, coffee and baked goods will be available for purchase. NCS is sponsoring this event with NC Junior Sorosis and Wilmington Woman’s Club. LAST CHANCE FOR WHITE PANTS Don’t miss the party of the summer! The Last Chance for White Pants Gala is 7 p.m. until midnight on Friday, Aug. 30, at Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Tickets are $100 and include live music by Motown, funk, soul and hip-hop band, Mo’ Sol;

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heavy hors d’oeuvres; beer and wine; and silent and live auctions. Put on by the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, event proceeds benefit nonprofit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. or call the event hotline at 910.796.8099 ext. 6. Guest packages and sponsorships start at $500, and include a guest room for two at the Hilton. RSVP Fri., Aug. 23. OPERA HOUSE THEATER CO. Oklahoma! See review page 19. ‘NIGHT MOTHER Written by Marsha Norman;, directed by Stephen M Raeburn, Big Dawg Productions presents ‘Night Mother. Pulitzer Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn winner, the story enthralls and explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living. Adult content and language, 8/8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 8pm or Sun matinee, 3pm. Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. $18-$20; Thurs. performances, $15. On 8/8 only, opening night, patrons can choose their own ticket prices, with just a $5 minimum; cash only, first come and first served! Doors at 7pm. (910) 367-5237, www. BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATER Thursday Night Live Improv with the Fruity Oaty Bars this and every Thursday. Free show where you find out what the actors are going to do at the same time as the actors! Doors, 7:30; hilarity, 8pm. • “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”: See page 18. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001 THEATRENOW “Murder on the Set,” every Friday thru August. Doors at 5:30pm. Show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets $42/$30. Includes 3-course meal with choice of entrée. • Country Cookin’ with the Good Ole Boys (through 8/10). Reading Series: 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19. • Jazz Brunch with Galen & Lisa, Sun., 8/11. • TBD-Pineapple Shaped Lamps Dinner Show, Fri & Sat. nights starting 8/16. TheatreNOW, 10th and Dock streets. THALIAN ASSOCIATION REVUE Thalian Association and the Mad Boar Restaurant will present Thalian Association in Revue on Sat., 8/17, in the beautiful Celtic Court located inside the Mad Boar Restaurant. Cabaret show celebrating 225th anniversary, with vocal performances and production numbers from biggest hits and a preview of the upcoming season, including a sneak peak at the children’s theater season with our young stars. Directed by Tom Briggs. Evening will begin with cocktails at 5pm followed by threecourse plated dinner and cabaret show. $54.95 which includes tax and gratuity and $25 cover charge to benefit Thalian Association and Thalian Association Children’s Theater. or 910-285-1006.

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Wilmington Symphony Orchestra new-member auditions: Tues., evening, 8/20. Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings new and returning member auditions: Thurs evenings 8/29 and 9/5. 37th annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition auditions: 11/23. www. ILM CHORAL SOCIETY Wilmington Choral Society is holding two open rehearsals, 8/20 and 8/27, 7pm. Rehearsals will be held at Cape Fear Christian Church, 811 N College Rd. Rehearsals are in preparation for the fall concert scheduled for Nov 3. No audition necessary, just a love of singing. BOOGIE IN THE PARK Spend your Sunday evenings this summer enjoying free, live music by the sea. The Town of Kure Beach will be hosting “Boogie in the Park” every Sun., 4-7pm, through 9/1. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes as you head down to Kure Beach Ocean Front Park for some familyfriendly entertainment! or call Kure Beach Town Hall at (910) 458-8216.

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art IMAGES OF DISTINCTION The Cape Fear Camera Club (CFCC) is presently exhibiting “Images of Distinction” at the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts. The annual show, held at various locations in and around Wilmington, takes place in the months following the close of the club season in June. Throughout the CFCC season, six competitions are held and over 100 images receive ribbons for their outstanding photographic qualities. For each competition, a guest photographer, educator, or artist critiques the images and then awards gold, blue, and red ribbons. At the end of the season, the ribbon-winning images are sent to an outside judge for a final, endof-year judging that results in a collection of the best photographs of the season. Also included in this exhibit are works by club members from the


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EYEING THE COSMOS ... Eyeing the Cosmos While Astride the Abyss, an interactive art Installation in response to Diane Haus’ diagnosis in 2010 of Stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her lungs, liver, bones and spine. Told there was no cure, but that the cancer could be “managed” with a mastectomy, removal of lymph nodes, taking a daily chemo pill and a monthly IV drip. On that day, the patterns of the floor tile in my doctor’s office were forever etched into my mind. Unable to sleep and afraid, the artist went outside to a sky full of stars and looking upward, drifted into deep infinite space—two hours later there was no more fear, just peace. Public is invited; wear comfortable clothing and bring an object no larger than a quarter that can be exchanged on the “Table of Tokens” that is waiting at the center of the journey. 2TEN HAUSTUDIO, 15930 NC Hwy 210 East, Ivanhoe, NC 28447. Closing reception: 8/10. Diane Hause: (910) 874-3535.

TATYANA SHELLEY Tatyana is a contemporary realist artist recently graduated from the Florence Academy of Art. She paints her subjects from life, in natural light, through slow, meditative process. Tatyana is a 2013 recipient of the NC Regional Artist Project Grant and a 2013 awardee of the Stacey Ann Lee Scholarship awarded to emerging realist artists in America. Her new works are on display at Caprice Bistro, downtown Wilmington. Aug. 14-Sept. 30. Opening reception is on wednesday, August 14th at 7 pm.

HOLIDAY ART SHOW POSTER CONTEST Holiday Art Shows is pleased to announce the 2013 Wilmington Art & Craft Show Poster Contest. Artists are encouraged to create a design which best represents Wilmington and the show. Work will be featured in a broad range of print,online and VIP promotions. Artist will receive a free, prime location, booth space (value $300) at the 2013 Wilmington Art & Craft Show, 11/30-12/1. Submissionsmust be original and previously unpublished. Deadline: 8/16. No fee to enter and artists may submit up to three designs. Rules:

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ACES GALLERY North Carolina Arts Council of Wilmington presents a glass and painting show of work by Niki Hildebrand including her largest glass panel yet. Open regular business hours of Arts Council 9-5pm and for 4th Friday Gallery Night 6-9pm. Come see the beautiful impressive labor-of-love glass art including sculpture, panels and bowls. ACEs Gallery, 221 N Front St. Runs till Aug 20th. ART IN THE GARDEN Join the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear for an evening celebrating Wilmington art! See a showcase of paintings featuring the historical Latimer House and a be part of a “People’s Choice” of the pieces. Also, view pieces from artists associated with the house, such as Elizabeth Chant. Wine and cheese reception in the garden w/live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door. Light hor d’oeuvres and a beverage are included. Cash bar will be provided. 8/22, 7-9 pm, The Latimer House 126 S. Third St. (910) 792-0492 for tickets. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 8/23. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-3430998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101. WOODCUTS “Christopher Alexander & Ashton Durham: Woodcuts” will be on view at the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building, through 8/23. Closing reception will be held from 5:30-7pm, Thurs., 8/22. Both the print fest and reception are free and open to the public. Open Monday-Thursday, noon-4pm, during the summer. Local artists Alexander and Durham will feat. recently completed woodcuts printed during the public print fest. The interactive element of the printfest as well as showcasing the blocks allows viewers to participate in the process and further understand the technical elements of woodcut prints. Ground floor of the Cultural Arts Building,

near the building’s main entrance on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Dr., UNCW. SUN GALLERY AND GIFTS Sun Gallery and Gifts is hosting a Handmade Artisan Market to mark the one year anniversary of opening it’s doors. We are asking 25+ of Wilmington’s best handmade-artisan’s to join us in the celebration! We will also have a Summer Feast ($5 donation) and a raffle table to raise money for Handmade Wilmington. Recently featured in Modern Dog Magazine and Wrightsville Beach Magazine, Artist, Clair Hartmann’s whimsical dog art will be displayed in the gallery. Join us for some creative fun and be inspired! 8/25, 11-5. 4414 Wrightsville Ave. 910443-6022 FROM AFRICA TO AMERICAN See pages 14-15. FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST Poster Design Contest for the Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest. Do you have an idea that you need to get down on paper? Is there a creative doodle that just won’t leave your mind? Take a few and review the Entry Form and requirements, and sign up. Come October, your creation could adorn the popular event T-shirts and commemorative posters that have become a highly collected. You will get a cash stipend and complimentary booth in the Arts & Wine Garden, and the honor (and bragging rights) of being the artist of the 2013 Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival! Past winners include great talents such as Barton Hatcher, Ivey Hayes, Robert Knowles and Kelly Hawes. Deadline: 9/3. ARTBLAST 9/4-8: ARTblast is an explosion of skillful performances in the genres of theater, film, literature, music, dance, and art; a celebration of talent spread out over a five day period; an opportunity to open yourself to various talents in multiple familiar, or possibly unfamiliar, locations. One of the highlighted events is the Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk, which features many of our region’s artists that work with dozens of different mediums. These will artists line the streets of Historic Downtown Wilmington on Saturday, September 7th for Wilmington’s largest outdoor arts show! Artists welcome to apply to vend during the blast: ARTS COUNCIL OF ILM

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is seeking applications for the 2013–2014 Regional Artist Project Grants. The deadline to apply is Fri., 9/20. Counties include New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender; residents are eligible to apply for grants which provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/ playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work; purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops.

museums NC AQUARIUM Canoeing the Salt Marsh at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Sat., 9am, 8/10, 17, 24, 31. 3-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Crabbing, seining, or birding. Must be able to swim; ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by two adults. $25/articipant. Admission not included. • Aquarist Apprentice, Sat., 2pm, 8/10, 17, 24, 31. 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. Open to 10 participants, ages 10 and up (14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.) $25, ages 13 and older, $23, ages 10-12. Admission included. Pre-reg rqd. • Surf Fishing Workshop Tues., 8am, 8/13, 20, 27. 3-hr. workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. Equipment and bait provided. Rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and up. $15; admissionnot included. • Behind the Scenes Tour, daily, 11:15am, and Tues/Thurs/Sat, 3:15pm through 8/31. Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. Ages 8 and up (8-14 must be accompanied by guardian). $15 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 8-12; admission included. Pre-reg rqd. • Extended Behind the Scenes Tour, M/W/F, 2pm, through 8/31. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other fish swim below! Ages 8 and up (8-14 w/a parent or guardian). $20 for ages 13 and older, $18 for ages 8-12; admission included. Pre-reg rqd. 910-458-7468 or NC MARITIME MUSEUM, SOUTHPORT The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport showcases the history and heritage of the Cape Fear region. Exhibits offer a look at Civil War history, hurricanes, pirates and artifacts recovered

from a number of nearby shipwreck sites. www. Maritime Museum System includes Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras and the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, www.ncdcr. gov. • 2nd Saturday: A Necessary Evil: Blockade Running in the Lower Cape Fear, 8/10, 10am-3pm. Learn about blockaders, blockade runners, pilots and prices. Enjoy living history demonstrations, live period music, and visiting sutlers and vendors on the grounds of historic Fort Johnston. In conjunction with 2nd Saturdays, a communication demonstration will bring the three fortifications together as Fort Fisher, Fort Anderson, and the Maritime Museum at Fort Johnson teach visitors about the telegraph and actually run messages. • Third Tues. Evening Adult Program, Frying Pan Light Tower with Richard Neal, 8/20, 7-9pm. Richard Neal discusses the history and restoration of the Frying Pan light station. Photographs and video clips will illustrate the light tower’s stages of development as we learn the evolution of this worthwhile historic structure. Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Free, advance reg. rqd. (910) 457-0003 BATTLESHIP Battleship 101 2nd Saturdays Programs, 8/10, 10am-3pm. A unique opportunity to talk one on one of what life was like aboard a World War II Battleship in the time of combat. • The Legacy Series: Blue and Gray NC 2nd Saturdays Programs, 8/10, 9am-4pm: Carolina Living History Guild members will set up displays that highlight the history of the USS North Carolina and the CSS North Carolina during the American Civil War. Displays will include steam engineering, ironclad ship construction, navigation, small arms of the US and CS navies, and more. Free w/admission. . BIRDING BIG DAY Join us for a Birding Big Day! A “Big Day” is a friendly birdin competition to identify the most bird species in a given timeframe. Big Day bragging: 910-343-6001. MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum features the rich history and artifacts of this area from prehistoric to present time. Exhibits: Operation Bumblebee, missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II; Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island; WASPS, group of young, daring women who were the first female pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII; Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of 10 pirates in the Carolinas including the infamous Blackbeard; Shell Exhibits, and intricate seashells from all over the

world as well as Topsail; and more! 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; after Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. • Mud Day, 8/9-10, 9am-1pm. Messy fun! Bring a towel, explore magic mud, properties of both a solid and liquid, make mud pies, enjoy a mud mask and more! • Join UNCW Art student Elizabeth Oglesby in the Children’s Museum’s Art Studio Sat., 7/27, 10am2pm. She will be painting and playing the flute! Free w/admission or members. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 910-251-3700. 503 Market St. CAMERON ART MUSEUM Exhibits: Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things, opening 8/16, 6-8pm, with artist tour, 8/17, 3pm. Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada’s foremost installation artists, whose work employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. • Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s ‘Treme’—Fine, hand-sewn beadwork, archival-quality costume technique and brilliantly colored feathers, all done by Wilmington native Alonzo Wilson, Exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits, as well as design sketches. Organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mardi Gras Indians are deeply rooted in shared cultures and symbiotic relationships which developed between the Native Americans and the escaped slaves they aided. On display through 11/3. • CAM Public Tours, Thursdays, 7:30pm, w/admission. Explore what’s new and on view.Open late on Thurs. until 9pm. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-


9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. or 910-395-5999. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Exhibits: Through 9/29: Attack of the Bloodsuckers! Stinky feet can make you more a hungry mosquito, that is! Explore the science of what’s eating you with Attack of the Bloodsuckers! Visitors will discover the biological wonders of sanguinivores — creatures that eat blood — through encounters with interactive activities and vibrant graphics. Also, helpful hints and simple recautions for avoiding these sometimes annoying creatures. • Impressions of the Lower Cape Fear (through 10/27): Take a photographic journey of southeastern North Carolina...a region rich with diverse habitats, wildlife, culture, and history. Featuring more than 100 printed and digital works by Cape Fear Camera Club members. Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. Phone 910-763-2634, website LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the

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restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy.” and “Sheena”, a 23ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St, across from the downtown riverwalk, Front and Water sts. (910) 762-1669 or BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission (910) 762-0570.

sports/recreation HALYBURTON PARK Summer Nature Series, Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St., 341-0075. Pre-reg. rqd. All About Bats, 8/7, 8-9pm. $5 • Night Hike, 8/14, 9-10pm, $5. • Nonsense! ages 3-5,

$3. 8/19, 10-11am; 8/20, 10-11am. Come learn about our five senses and explore them by taking a hike around the park and using some of our senses. $3 • Terrific Trees, ages 3-5, $3. 8/26, 10-11am; 8/27, 10-11am. Come out to Halyburton Park to learn about the types of trees we have at the park, and why trees are so important! $3 • Trek Upon a Summers Dig- All About Fossils, 8/8, 1:30-3:30pm, ages 5-7. $7.Get a closer look at remnants of the past as you discover the remains of different animals that had been hidden beneath the sea for millions of years; until now. Each student will receive a bag of fossil dirt to sift through in search of fossils. All findings are yours to keep. 910-341-0075. BOOT CAMP Ongoing fitness program designed to offer a variety of exercise intensity levels to meet the needs of individuals. Boot Camp meets outdoors at the basketball courts in Wrightsville Beach Park. In the event of inclement weather, the class will meet in the Rec Center. Tues/Thurs, 6-7am. Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, (910) 256-7925, www. EMPIE PARK ADULT TENNIS Adult City Championships, 8/9-11, at the AGTC Men’s & Women’s Divisions: Singles: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, Open Doubles: 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, Open First Match Loser Consolation. Entry Fee: $25/singles. Doubles: $40/team per event. Deadline: Mon., 8/5. WILMINGTON ADULT CITY TENNIS Althea Gibson Tennis Complex, Empie Park, 3405 Park Ave. Men’s/Women’s Division, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, open; Doubles, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, open; Mixed Doubles, 6.5 and below; 7.0-8.0; 8.5 and up. First match loser competition. Entry fee, $25/singles. Doubles: $40/team. 910-341-4631. INTERFAITH SKATE

Alexis Mearns, a local 11 year old and Miss Wilmington’s Outstanding Young Miss, was amazed that the average age of a homeless person is 6 years old and wanted to help less fortunate children in our community and came up with an original way to help. Alexis is coordinating an ice skating exhibition, Interfaith Skate, to raise awareness of children who are facing homelessness and benefit Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network. 8/10, 4-5:30, Wilmington Ice House located at 7201 Ogden Business Lane. All proceeds will go directly to WIHN. GAdonation of $10 and checks may be written directly to WIHN. VIP seats, $15. Tickets at Learning Express. Erica Mearns at 910-262-1291. WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS Through 8/17: Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer Season. Home games at Legion Stadium, Wilmington. CITY AMATEUR GOLF TOURNEY Men’s City Amateur Golf Tournament , Wilmington Municipal Golf Course, 8/17-18. Municipal Golf Course, 311 Wallace. 910-791-0558. $80/player includes: greens fees each day, lunch each day (players only), prizes/ awards and a tee gift. Carts are not included. WB WAHINE CLASSIC 8/17-18: WB Wahine Classic: Move over boys of summer! Surfer girls of all ages ride the waves in an all-female surf competition. The event returns in 2013 with a new name and new management to continue a beloved Wrightsville Beach surfing tradition. Divisions include: Pro-Shortboard and Pro-Longboard (all ages), Amateur Shortboard and Longboard (grouped by age), Novice, Standup Paddleboard, and the crowd-pleasing Guppy event. The competition will take place on the South end of Wrightsville Beach. Details can be found online at; 910465-9638 or 910-274-3565. STRIDE FOR STAGE Stride for the Stage 5k Run/1 Mile Walk to benefit Thalian Association Children’s Theater will be held 8/24, 8am, TrySports Field in the Mayfaire Town Center. Online registration is available at www. Awards will be presented to the top overall finishers, overall Masters, and top 3 in each age group. We will have refreshments, music, goody bags, a raffle and more! Register today! COASTAL CURLING 8/24, 5pm: Learn the game of curling: delivery, sweeping, scoring, etiquette & rules. Participants in the learn to curl will be invited to return on an open league night free of charge. $20; coastalcurling@

film OUR STATE SHORT DOC FILM CONTEST “Our State” magazine announces call for entries for short documentary film contest, Carrboro Film Festival in November. Amateur and professional filmmakers can submit entries for its first-ever short documentary film contest. Winning entry will correspond to the theme “Why I love NC,” include original footage of NC, and last no longer than eight minutes. Creator of the winning submission will receive a $500 cash prize and the chance to screen the film at the Carrboro Film Festival, 11/23-24. Judged by Nic Beery, founder of the Carrboro Film Festival and owner of; Ted Mott, director of production at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Cynthia Hill, a NC-based filmmaker; and Our State staff. Submissions will be accepted until 9/30. To submit an entry, register at BOOKS TO MOVIES 8/11: On August 11 the film is a romantic comedy based on a novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, and that only adults will be admitted. 798-6371 for more information. Free, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, no registration is needed, and you may bring your own refreshments. At Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. dhodder@ FREE MOVIES BY THE SEA Free Movies by the Sea at Carolina Beach Lake Amphitheater. Picnics, blankets, chairs welcome; concession sold onsite. Movies start around 8:45pm; free! 8/11: Hotel Transylvania; 8/18: Here Comes the Boom; 8/25: Beach Blanket Bingo; 9/1: Oz the Great and Powerful. SURF CITY MOVIES IN THE PARK Fridays at sundown at Soundside Park, next to swing bridge (Surf City Community Center for inclement weather, 201 Community Center Dr.). Free, but popcorn and drinks available for purchase. 8/16: Here Comes The Boom • 8/30: Escape From Planet Earth. FAUBOURG TREME CAM presents the film “Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans,” with filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie, Nina Noble, executive producer of HBO’s “Tremé” and Alonzo V. Wilson, “Tremé” costume designer, 8/9, 6:30pm with appetizers and cash bar. Film screening starts at 7pm, followed by conversation and Q&A. $10/person, Corner of 17th St. Ext and Independence Blvd. CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL Cucalorus feat. filmmakers, choreographers, video artists, vagabonds, vigilantes, and activists for the upcoming 19th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, 11/13-17. Passes for the festival on sale. Early

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kids’ stuff NC COASTAL RESERVE The NC Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve’s morning environmental education adventures. Family-friendly, hands-on activities, short hikes and lessons. Dress for the weather and be prepared with water, sunscreen, etc. Meet just below the second cove at “Third Beach,” northend of WB. Free, 8/10: Residents of the Reserve: Lessons about the ecosystems and creatures of Masonboro Island. Takes place near the north end of the Masonboro Island Reserve. 9-10am or 10:3011:30am. Free. • 8/15: “Wat-er” Wetlands—a unique habitat, nursery, filter, and natural recycling system. Plants and animals that live in wetlands have unique adaptations to deal with these watery conditions. “Moonlight” on Masonboro, 6-7pm. Unique evening program on the island! • 8/17: “Wat-er” Wetlands, 9-10am or 10:30-11:30am. Register: Marie Davis at MS. SUSAN’S ROOM Ms. Susan’s Room, music and arts for children, feat. Happy Little Singers, early childhood music & movement for ages 6 mo.-6 yrs. Sing, dance and learn through play! Tues./Thurs./Sat., 9:45am. • Happy Bigger Singers, more advanced program for ages 4-8 years, Wed, 9:15 am. • Art and Crafts Friday, 10am (all ages welcome)! Advanced reservation required (check website for activity). All classes: $10/family, $5/ea. add. child. Drop ins welcome, please call ahead. Personal lessons for guitar, piano, ukulele and voice by appt.. Ms. Susan’s Room at Art Works, 200 Willard St. 910-7778889 or CF MUSEUM LEARNING CENTER Pirate Invasion, Sat., 8/10, 17, 24, 31, 1-4pm. Discover the world of pirates as you make and hoist your own Jolly Roger, get a pirate “tattoo,” and make a Lego pirate ship. Dress up like a privateer and learn how to tie knots aboard a ship. Play pirate games and go on an exciting treasure hunt! Parental participation requiredFree for members or w/admission. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. NC MARITIME MUSEUM SOUTHPORT Civil War Sailor’s Camp, 8/7-9, 10am-noon. Young mariners will have fun learning with hands-on activities, such as: soldier drills, making USS Monitor models, building earthen fortifications, and cooking hardtack. Participants will also learn about blockaders and blockade runners, spies on both sides, and many other maritime Civil War topics. $45/ Friends of the Museum $35, ages 7-11. • Kids on Deck! River Boat Tour aboard the Solomon T, 8/14, 8-10am. Conduct scientific experiments, bird watch

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off Battery Island, and learn the history of the Cape Fear River aboard a traditional wooden NC Workboat. Instructor: Captain Bert Felton.$10/child, ages 8-12. • Digging Into History, 8/15-16, 10amnoon. Dig for artifacts at a mock site and learn how archaeologists interpret history through our forgotten objects. Different subcategories of archaeology will be discussed. Meet real archaeologists and see artifacts from different time periods in American history.$15/child, ages 7-11. Advance reg. rqd, (910) 457-0003. NC Maritime Museum at Southport PLEASURE ISLAND PIRATE VOYAGES A pirate voyage aboard the Miss Hannah lets kids venture into the coastal waters, listen to the gulls circling overhead, and experience the excitement of working with others to follow clues and seize the pirate treasure. In the process they will learn the rules of the sea, swear to the pirate oath, learn songs and dances, learn all about the fearsome Pirate Pete (the stinkiest pirate of them all!), celebrate with grog and come home with great stories to tell. It’s fun for all, and it’s all in fun. Ages 2-9, equipped with life jackets and other safety equipment. USCG-licensed. Parent or guardian rqd on board for every four little mates. Appx 90 minutes; $20. Runs Labor to Memorial Day, at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Carolina Beach Municipal Marina LOWER CF HISTORICAL SOCIETY CAMP The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Presents: Discover Wilmington Saturday History Camp “The Legends and Lore of the Lower Cape Fear” will be presented by The Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear on 8/10, 8:45-12:30. Saturday morning camp is for students 9-12 years old. Spend the morning with John Golden, Brooks Preik, Tony Rivenbark and Virginia Calloway, learning about the tales and songs from Wilmington’s past while going on a walking tour to the settings of some of our local legends. Pre-reg is rqd, fee $25. Latimer House, 126 S. Third St., rain or shine. 910-762-0492.

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lectures/readings OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET Christy English book signing, “Love on a Midsummer Night.” Launch party, 8/11, 4pm. • Green Book Club will meet 8/6, 6:30, reading “Unbowed” by Wangari Maathai. • Trey Moore’s Art Show “Everyday and Ordinary” presents a simple, but lovely perspective of objects that are frequently ignored. 249 N. Front St. BELLAMY MANSION “Southern Cooking, High and Low: A Short History of the Cuisine of the South” with Road Scholar John Beck. Thurs., 8/15, 6:30pm. Join the Bellamy Mansion in welcoming historian, author, and professor Dr. John Beck as he presents his history of Southern food. Free lecture open to the public. • Roads Scholar Larry Reni Thomas on “The Carolina Jazz Connection,” 8/26, 6:30pm. Free! What is the Carolina Jazz Connection? Roads Scholar Larry Reni Thomas uncovers why so many big names in jazz had connections and roots in Carolina. A veteran jazz writer/radio announcer Thomas explains how Wilmington and Carolina influenced these artists and impacted the jazz world. Both lectures made possible by the North Carolina Humanities Council. The Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.

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POTTERY CLASSES Pottery Classes at the Community Arts Center for all skill levels. 9 weeks, through 10/3. Mon/Wed, 5:30-8:30; Tues/Thurs, 9am-noon. $150; OPEN STUDIO Kristin Althea, M.Ac.. L.Ac. and David Key, M. Mus., join together to provide a unique combination of qigong (chi gong) and therapeutic sound with the sound of chi. Kristin leads this gentle but powerful form accompanied by David’s shakuhachi flutes and frame drum. At the end of the workshop, each participant receives an individualized qigong/therapeutic sound treatment. Sat., 8/10, and every second Saturday of the month, 6-7:15 pm at Open Studio, 1055 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 102, 910-665-9642. COMMUNICATIONS IN CIVIL WAR Come find out on Sat., 8/10, 10am-4pm, as Fort Fisher State Historic Site presents “Information Technology: Communications in the Civil War.” Visitors can explore the movement of vital information through the use of signal flags, cipher disks, and other 19th century code systems. At 11 a.m., Joy W. Sparrow will discuss editing the book, Sparrow’s Nest of Letters, a fascinating collection of letters and diary entries highlighting the lives of a Civil War family with ties to North Carolina. Noted historian and author Richard Triebe will be on hand to sign and sell copies of his books. The program will also feature walking tours, kid’s activities, and firings of the site’s massive 32-pounder cannon. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. All programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the nonprofit organization that supports the site. Program components are subject to change. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. (910) 458-5538. AVIATION CLASSES CFCC will offer an aviation ground school class for people seeking their private pilot’s license beginning August 12. Ground school is required in order to take the FAA test. Course will provide instruction in general airplane systems, weather, regulations, and flight planning. Registration will be held 8/12, 6:30-7:30pm. Meets 8/12-9/23, Mon/Wed, 6:30-10pm at CFCC’s North Campus. $178, including the course book. 910-362-7326 or 910-270-5120. HEALTHCARE BUSINESS INFORMATICS More job training opportunities are on the way for local residents at Cape Fear Community College. CFCC is working with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and other local medical providers to start a new jobtraining program in response to the growing use of computer networks in the healthcare industry. Starting this fall,

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VETERAN CAREER READINESS Free veteran career readiness workshops, hosted by Miller Motte and the Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association. Every 2nd Tues. of the month, 11am-12pm, until October at the VFW post, 2722 Carolina Beach Rd. Any veteran is able to attend but must RSVP: (910)442-3414.

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PORT CITY PLAYWRIGHTS The Port City Playwrights’ Project meets two Thursdays a month at Old Books, 249 N. Front Street, in Wilmington. A playwrights’ support group, it also includes members who write for the screen. PCPP, which provides feedback on members’ works in various stages of development, hears guest speakers, and shares opportunities, is currently planning its first public reading for February 2014. The next meetings is slated for Thurs., 8/8, 6:45pm.

MARINE RAIDER ASSOC. REUNION Annual Maine Raider Associ. reunion, 8/13-18, Riverview Hilton. Recognized as the founders of all US Special Operations Units; they executed the first

successful ground offensive against the Japanese in WWII and they were the first unit to make amphibious landings in rubber boats. The most highly decorated unit in the Pacific War earning 7 Medals of Honor, 136 Navy Crosses, 21 Distinguished Service Crosses, 330 Silver Stars, 18 Legions of Merit, 6 Navy & Marine Corps medals, 3 Soldier Medals, 223 Bronze Stars, and 37 Letters of Commendation. Events include a display of artifacts on the history of Special Operations, a Reception and Fish Fry in honor of General Clark on the USS North Carolina on Friday, an auction open to the public at the Riverview Hilton on Sat, 1pm, and formal banquet at the Riverview Hilton Saturday evening. Reg: Karen Carlson Loving, 864-517-5436. TOPSAIL BUSINESS EVENTS Business After Hours: 8/15, Top 10 Ways to Keep Seasonal Guests Engaged After Summer Season, Susan Johnson with SakiSaki Marketing. Events for members and staff of member businesses of the Topsail Chamber. RED BUS TOUR Wilmington Red Bus Tour: three local bars will offer a $2 beer special and a $2 “Red Bus” shot special. Also food specials, live music, DJ, games, contests, prizes and give-a-ways! Friday, Aug. 30, 6:30pm-2am. Tour begins at Hells Kitchen and goes to Courts & Sports and Dirty Martini, back to Hells Kitchen. Wristband gets you in free to City Limits, Pravda & Sputnik, and Red Bus specials until 2am. • Saturday, Aug. 31, Tour begins at Dirty Martini 6:30pm and moves to Courts & Sports and Hells Kitchen before back to Dirty Martini . 910264-4343. WRIGHSTVILLE BEACH SCENIC TOURS Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours feat. bird watching tours, water taxi services, fishing trips, pirate voyages, and Masonboro Island shuttles, on the 27-foot, green-and-white catamaran Shamrock. Bottom fishing tours $35/person; leaves dock 9am weekdays and returns noon. Nearshore ocean fishing trip on 22’ Panga Skiff Island Hopper offered by appointment. • Harbor Night Cruise, nightly, a BYOB booze cruise that follows the path of our popular Harbor Cruise around Wrightsville Beach. Depart from the dock at 8:30pm; return at 9:30pm after an hour of music, dancing, and fun. Cost $25/ passenger. • Masonboro Yoga trip every Thurs., 9am. Attendees can expect a relaxing morning on a deserted natural preserve island, incl. a full session of yoga with a professional instructor and free time to explore the beach. The boat returns to our dock at 11:30am. Cost is $35/passenger. All of our tours depart from our dock apart from the Blockade Runner Hotel, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Also fishing charters, sunset cruises, harbor tours, Masonboro water taxi services, and much more. www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours. com. (910) 200-4002.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings,” author Elizabeth Gilbert says. I recommend you experiment with this subversive idea, Aries. Just for a week, see what happens if you devote yourself to making yourself feel really good. I mean risk going to extremes as you pursue happiness with focused zeal. Try this: Draw up a list of experiences that you know will give you intense pleasure, and indulge in them all without apology. Please, don’t fret about the possible consequences of getting crazed with joy. Be assured that the cosmos is providing you with more slack than usual. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits,” Taurus author Annie Dillard writes. “Instead, I am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air.” I recommend you try on her perspective for size. For now, just forget about scrambling after perfection. At least temporarily, surrender any longing you might have for smooth propriety. Be willing to live without neat containment and polite decorum. Instead, be easy and breezy. Feel a generous acceptance for the messy beauty you’re embedded in. Love your life exactly as it is, with all of its paradoxes and mysteries. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Studies show that when you’re driving a car, your safest speed is five miles per hour higher than the average rate of traffic. Faster than that, though, and the danger level rises. Traveling more slowly than everyone else on the road also increases your risk of having an accident. Applying these ideas metaphorically, I’d like to suggest you take a similar approach as you weave your way through life’s challenges in the coming week. Don’t dawdle and plod. Move a little swifter than everyone else, but don’t race along at a breakneck pace.

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braskan entrepreneur changed his name from Tyler Gold to Tyrannosaurus Rex Gold. He said it was a way of giving him greater name recognition as he worked to build his career. Do you have any interest in making a bold move like that, Leo? The coming weeks would be a good time for you to think about adding a new twist to your nickname, title or selfimage. I recommend something less sensationalistic and more in line with the qualities you’d actually like to cultivate in the future. I’m thinking of something like Laughing Tiger, Lucky Lion or Wily Wildcat. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): African American jazz singer Billie Holiday was the great-granddaughter of a slave. By the time she was born in 1915, black people in the American South were no longer “owned” by white “masters,” but their predicament was still extreme. Racism was acute and debilitating. Here’s what Billie wrote in her autobiography: “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.” Nothing you experience is remotely as oppressive as what Billie experienced, Virgo. I’m wondering if you might suffer from a milder version of it. Is any part of you oppressed and inhibited, even though your outward circumstances are technically unconstrained? If so, now’s the time to push for more freedom. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What resounding triumphs and subtle transformations have you accomplished since your last birthday? How have you grown and changed? Are there any ways you have dwindled or drooped? The next few weeks will be an excellent time to take inventory of these things. Your own evaluations will be most important, of course. You’ve got to be the ultimate judge of your own character, but you should also solicit the feedback of people you trust. They may be able to help you see clues you’ve missed. If, after weighing all the evidence, you decide you’re pleased with how your life has unfolded these past 10 to 11 months, I suggest you celebrate your success. Throw yourself a party, or buy yourself a reward, or climb to the top of a mountain and unleash a victory cry. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Monmouth Park in New Jersey hosts regular horse races from May through November. During one such event in 2010, a horse named Thewifenoseeverything finished first, just ahead of another nag named Thewifedoesntknow. I suspect there will be a comparable outcome in your life sometime soon. Revelation will trump secrecy. Whoever is hiding information will lose out to anyone who sees and expresses the truth. I advise you to bet on the option that’s forthcoming and

communicative, not the one that’s furtive and withholding. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have both a poetic and cosmic license to stretch yourself further. It’s best not to go too far, of course. You should stop yourself before you obliterate “all” boundaries and break “all” taboos and smash “all” precedents. You’ve certainly got the blessings of fate if you seek to disregard “some” boundaries and shatter “some” taboos and outgrow “some” precedents. While you’re at it, you might also want to shed a few pinched expectations and escape an irrelevant limitation or two. It’s time to get as big, brave and brazen as you dare. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When I was 19, a thug shot me in the butt with a shotgun at close range. To this day, my body contains the 43 pellets he pumped into me. They have caused some minor health problems, and I’m always queasy when I see a gun, but I don’t experience any routine suffering from the wound. Its original impact no longer plagues me. What’s your own personal equivalent of my trauma, Capricorn? A sickness that racked you when you were young? A difficult break-up with your first love? The death of someone you cared about? Whatever it was, I suspect you now have the power to reach a new level of freedom from that old pain. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Want to take full advantage of the sexy vibes that are swirling around in your vicinity? One thing you could do is whisper the following provocations in the ear of anyone who would respond well to a dose of boisterous magic: 1) “Corrupt me with your raw purity, baby; beguile me with your raucous honesty.” 2) “I finally figured out that one of the keys to eternal happiness is to be easily amused. Want me to show you how that works?” 3) “I dare you to quench my thirst for spiritual sensuality.” 4) “Let’s trade clothes and pretend we’re each other’s higher selves.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Some people put their faith in religion, science or political ideologies. English novelist J.G. Ballard placed his faith elsewhere: in the imagination. “I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world,” he wrote, “to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” As you make your adjustments and reconfigure your plans, Pisces, I suggest you put your faith where Ballard did. Your imagination is far more potent and dynamic than you realize—especially right now. |august 7-13, 2013|encore 53 encore | august 7-13, 2013 | 53

OAKDALE CEMETERY TOURS Sat., 8/17, 10am-noon: Walking Tour w/David Rice, MPH, MA New Hanover County Health Director, and Eric Kozen, Superintendent, will take you back in time to a pivotal moment in Wilmington’s history in 1862 when the Yellow Fever Epidemic began. This is a tour you will not want to miss WILMINGTON WATER TOURS 8/18, 10am: Cruise to Southport, and learn historic facts of the mighty river, pirates, blockade runners and the importance of Cape Fear River to this area today. Once there, explore, enjoy lunch, and do some local shopping. Our bar will be open on the boat noon. $55 • 8/22, 7pm: The movement of the tides and moon energizes and stirs the imagination! This will be a memory you cherish: a night under the stars on the famous and mysterious Cape Fear River. $33. 910-3383134 Wilmington Water Tours,

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