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David Dondero returns to play the Soapbox

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What’s inside this week news & views......... 4-8

4 op-ed: Anghus expresses his opinion

PAGE 16: COVER STORY David Dondero’s music is something to cherish when it graces Wilmington’s music scene. His ties to our community are strong, having lived and worked here, as well as befriended many who continue reveling in his immeasurable scope of great storytelling. Be a part of his return to the Soapbox this weekend, along with opening act Glow in the Dark Scars (left), another local band to praise and hail for their rocking electricity and quirky, endearing songwriting. Adrian Varnam gets the scoop on page 16. Cover picture by Christoph Schweitzer; photo of Glow in the Dark Scars by Justin Mitchener.

creative writing and ‘toons contest

It’s here: Our third annual creative writing and ‘toons contest is now underway, giving readers a chance to work for encore for one year as a freelancer. Yep, those who have always wanted a chance to see their work in print can enter. Comics entries: ‘Toonists must submit several installments of their black-and-white comics, which can be single-paneled or multipaneled strips (color acceptable). The winner will receive a one-year weekly run as part of encore’s comic line-up, with pay. The ‘toon must have a name and clear concept—the edgier, the better. We prefer ones that are current with the times, especially when delving into local topics. ‘Toonists will also be required to draw a piece bi-weekly to print alongside the Creative Writing winner’s ongoing series. Creative Writing entries: Choose your subject, fiction or nonfiction, that would interest you most as a continual story in encore.

EDITORIAL: Editor-in-Chief: Shea Carver Assistant Editor: Emily Rea

Make sure your voice is clear and creative, and grammar is in chcek! The story can be no more than 1000 words, please. The winner will be our fact-or-fiction writer for a year, with pay, wherein encore will print the series every other week in the paper. We will choose winning and non-winning entries to feature in our first edition of the 2010 year, so many folks will be published! Send us your entries: shea@encorepub. We accept entries via e-mail only through October 1st. Winners will be notified by the first of November and will begin working for us in January, 2010.

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So every major city has a restaurant week, where a host of eateries come together and offer one super deal for one week only to diners. Now Wilmington has one, too, as encore is hosting the debut event October 21st-28th, sponsored by DineWilmingtonOnline, Country Vintner and Carolina Craft Distributors. Our

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Kris Beasley: Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington Shea Carver: Midtown, Monkey Junction

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late-night funnies

“They had the big beer summit earlier tonight at the White House. President Obama had a beer with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and the policeman who arrested him. The meeting got off to a rough start when a neighbor called the police to say Gates was breaking into the White House.” —Conan O’Brien “Pardon me if I slur a little tonight. I have been at the White House, doing beer bongs with the President.”—Jimmy Kimmel “Sarah Palin announced she’s leaving as governor of Alaska and everybody said ‘Well, what is she going to do?’ She wants to host a radio show, like a daily talk show. And of course, with that, she’s going to have to tell people when she’s winking.”—David Letterman “Yesterday, Vice President, Joe Biden held a series of closed door meetings. Not because they were secret. He just couldn’t figure out how to open the door.”—Jimmy Fallon “I am ecstatic. We are close to defeating President Obama’s evil plan to keep people healthy. The president is so desperate that he resorted to publishing an op-ed called ‘Why We Need Health Care Reform’ in yesterday’s New York Times. Textbook sign of surrender. ... Of course the president blamed our problems on the health insurance industry, but where is the balance? Why won’t the Times print the insurance companies editorials, like this one I got today. Dear Mr. Colbert, we regret to inform you that we cannot cover your hip surgery due to your pre-exsisting wrist injury.”—Stephen Colbert

on the release of the two journalists in North Korea, thanks to ex-Pres Bill Clinton’s visit. 6 citizen journalist: Readers discuss the Cash for Clunkers program. 8 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd finds the oddities of crime.

artsy smartsy.......... 10-23

10 theater: MJ Pendleton previews Big Dawg Production’s latest play, ‘Stop Kiss’ 12-13 movies: Anghus previews the latest alien-invasion flick, District 9, while Zach McKeown takes on the anime of Ponyo. 14 art preview: Lauren Hodges finds out everything about ARRHYTHMIA, Acme’s latest art show. 15 gallery guide: See what local galleries are hanging. 16-17 music previews: David Dondero returns (see cover story), and NEEDTOBREATHE take on Greenfield Lake Amphitheather this weekend. 20-23 soundboard: See what bands and solo musicians are playing in venues all over town.

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Gabrielse previews the upcoming Mary Shelley Birthday Celebration at Old Books on Front Street, and interviews local author Joel Finsel for encore book-club’s next read, Cocktails and Conversation; Lauren Hodges interviews local comic-book author Tom Fleming on latest graphic novel. 34 fact or fiction: Ashley Cunningham, encore’s 2009 creative writing contest winner, carries on her series, Ashed: Voices from the Inside. 36-42 calendar/’toons/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, R. Blanton; read the latest saucy corkboard ads.

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News to the Highest Bidder: The state of journalism today


merica is beset with problems: Financial problems, ideological clashes and religious conflict. As I get older, I find myself digging deeper looking for the root cause of these issues. The deeper I dig, the clearer it becomes: The greatest threat Americans face... are Americans. America rewards stupidity. Constantly. We reward the stupid and celebrate mediocrity. This is indisputable. We turn bad parents into television sensations. We turn whores into international superstars. America mourned the loss of Michael Jackson, a bizarre, drug-addicted looney who had questionable relationships with young boys, all of which was overlooked because he could sing and dance really well. This is the country that acquits ce-

by: Anghus Houvouras lebrities of crimes because they’re celebrities. Our priorities are twisted and warped beyond all recognition. Truth be told, it’s beginning to wear on me. This week brought me a salient example of rewarding stupidity. Euna Lee and Laura Ling were two “journalists” trying to make a name for themselves by taking an assignment on behalf of Current TV. The Al Gore-sponsored cable news network sent them to China to report on North Korean refugees crossing the border. The two “journalists” crossed into North Korea and were promptly arrested and thrown into jail. The situation soon devolved into a war of words between U.S. politicians


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Euna Lee and Laura Ling return to the United States after being captured in North Korea.

and Kim Jong Il’s rogue nation. Then, they were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, only to be freed when ex-President Bill Clinton showed up and negotiated their release. And everyone cheered. “Hooray! The ‘journalists’ were freed!” So far we haven’t heard much from either “journalist” about her experience. “Why?” you ask. Because they are currently negotiating the sale of their first interview rumored to be in the mid six-figure range. To that I say: Are you serious? Let me get this straight. Two idiots get a video camera and head to China. They cross into North Korea and get captured. After their capture they become pawns in a game of international political debate with a country test-firing long-range missiles. They get released, only after Bill Clinton smooth talks their lunatic leader. And when they get back to the U.S., they can’t share their experiences with the

American people until a fee is negotiated for the interview, book and movie deals? It’s prostitution, plain and simple. And it’s not just that they’re whoring themselves out for money. It’s how much money they’re going to get for exhibiting virtually no discernible skill. Did they file any stories before they got captured? Was there any sort of journalism actually going on before they wandered into North Korea like a bunch of drunk sorority girls blissfully unaware of the consequences? Did they consider the horrible position they put their country in while pretending to be journalists? Do they realize the harm they’ve done to the already deteriorating state of journalism by selling their story to the highest bidder? There was a time that we had to be good at something to be rewarded. The media has become such a joke. The 24-hour news cycle is a cancer, eating this country away from the inside. Our reporters don’t even report real news anymore. Journalism has been beaten to death, and replaced with talking heads spouting political bullet points and sensationalized stories that have no real impact on our daily lives. The Sean Hannity’s and the Lou Dobb’s. The Nancy Grace’s and Greta Van Sustren’s. The fourth estate has been taken away from us, and I doubt we’ll ever get it back. Not with people like Euna Lee and Laura Ling out there mastering the art of cashing in on idiotic behavior. I never thought the phrase “It’s all about the Benjamins” would apply to the news. And while it’s easy to point fingers at conservative media giants like Rupert Murdoch manipulating the system, we can’t forget that there are people out there like Laura Ling and Euna Lee contributing to the rapid demise of journalistic integrity.

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The Reader’s Forum: Facebook discussion revolves around cash for clunkers


Tell us how you feel about the Cash for Clunkers program the government just renewed. Is it a good idea for the American public? Or is it a clunker itself?

Melissa Russell Wagner wrote on August 19th, 2009, at 2:31pm It hurts small business. Body shops, auto repair and salvage yards. I would say that it is a clunker. It is a sorry deal. Pat Nowak Hairston wrote on August 19th, 2009, at 4:26pm Might be good for some, but not much car can be had for $4500, and the people that need to replace their clunkers can’t afford car payments. It’s a clunker. Cory Clawson wrote on August 19th, 2009, at 7:40pm The Clunker program is nothing more than a hidden bailout for the Union workers. Honestly, it is not really an incentive, it’s just a way to redistribute monies in an area where the gov’t wants it to be spent. One should not be surprised if this ends up with results similar to our sub-prime mortgage crisis from years back. Credit is being extended to ones who cannot afford new cars. If they could, a purchase would have already been made. When the smoke clears America will end with the same end result with thousands upon thousands of defaulted notes. Tom Walsak wrote on August 20th, 2009, at 12:09pm Cash for Clunkers destroys assets and increases debt. Obama is the puppet of the bankers and the Council on Foreign Relations, whose goal, by the way, is to incrementally destroy America and move toward a world government. Susan Grantier wrote on August 20th, 2009, at 1:29pm The program stipulares that the vehicles can’t be resold, they have to be junked. This doesn’t jive with the philosophy of “reduce, REUSE, then recycle.” Many of these perfectly usable cars are being taken off of the road for a negligable reduction in emissions. Greg Spahr wrote on August 20th, 2009, at 1:55pm The American auto industry put its head in the sand, didn’t produce quality fuel-efficient vehicles, went bankrupt, and now is giving a $4500 rebate on new cars courtesy of the American taxpayer. Automobile owners who either didn’t no-

—encore’s Facebook Fan Page tice or were not concerned about the price of oil and purchased gas-guzzling vehicles are getting that rebate. What do people who purchased more fuel-efficient cars years ago get? Nothing. If you keep rewarding poor decisions and penalizing good ones you will get nothing except poor decisions and the expectation that the government will correct your mistakes for you. Arthur Shuey wrote on August 20th, 2009, at 2:55pm It’s bread and circuses, the Administration buying good will. It doesn’t take cars off the road, but replaces cars with somewhat better cars. That’s small impact. Now, a program encouraging people to use bicycles and public transportation instead of cars would be a good thing, addressing the American fat epidemic, environmental concerns, diminishing gas reserves and traffic snarls. Michal Wisniowski wrote on August 20th, 2009, at 12:12pm While not an entirely bad idea in itself, the program is limited by three significant factors. The biggest of which is that it is only available for the purchase of a new vehicle, and in this recession not that many people, myself included, can afford to buy at $15k - $20k vehicle. There are incredibly few choices under $15k, and their quality is debatable. In addition, you can only trade in your vehicle if it is 25 years old or newer, and gets a combined mileage of 18 mpg! I personally know of only one person who might have a vehicle that qualifies under those criteria. As such, I feel the program falls short of what it tries to accomplish. At the very least, it should allow for the purchase of a used vehicle under the stipulation that it meets a specific gas mileage standard.

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LEAD STORY Lonely Japanese men (and a few women) with rich imaginations have created a thriving subculture (“otaku”) in which they have allconsuming relationships with figurines that are based on popular anime characters. “The less extreme,” reported a New York Times writer in July, obsessively collect the dolls. The hardcore otaku “actually believes that a lumpy pillow with a drawing of a (teenage character) is his girlfriend,” and takes her out in public on romantic dates. “She has really changed my life,” said “Nisan,” 37, referring to his gal, Nemutan. (The otaku dolls are not to be confused with the life-size, anatomically-correct dolls that other lonely men use for sex.) One forlorn “2-D” (so named for preferring relationships with two-dimensionals) said he would like to marry a real, 3-D woman, “(b)ut look at me. How can someone who carries this (doll) around get married?” Cultural Diversity Thousands of Koreans, and some tourists, uninhibitedly joined in the messy events of July’s Byryeong City Mud Festival, which

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glorifies the joys of an activity usually limited to pigs. Mud wrestling, mud-sliding, a “mud prison” and colored mud baths dominated the week’s activities, but so unfortunately did dermatological maladies, which hospitalized 200 celebrants. National Specialties: (1) In May, Singapore’s Olympic Council, finding no athlete good enough, declined to name a national Sportsman of the Year. (2) A survey of industrialized nations by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development revealed that Japanese and Koreans sleep the least, while the French spend the most time at both sleeping and eating. (3) A Tokyo rail passenger company, Keihin, installed a face-scanning machine recently so that employees, upon reporting for work, can tell whether they are smiling broadly enough to present a good impression. Latest Religious Messages The director of a child advocacy group told The Associated Press in June that, since 1975, at least 274 children have died following the withholding of medical treatment based on religious doctrine. In one high-profile case this year, the father of a girl said turning her over to doctors would violate God’s word (she died), but in another, a Minnesota family that had trusted their son’s cancer to prayer, based on advice from something called the Nemenhah Band, changed course and allowed chemotherapy, which so far appears to have prolonged the boy’s life. The Shinto temple Kanda Shrine, near Tokyo’s version of Silicon Valley, does a brisk business blessing electronic gadgets, according to a July dispatch in Wired magazine. Lucky charms go for the equivalent of about $8.50, but for a personal session, the temple expects an offering of the equivalent of at least $50. The Wired writer, carrying a potentially balky cell phone, approached the shrine with a tree branch as instructed, turned it 180 degrees clockwise, and laid it on the altar. After bowing twice and clapping his hands twice, he left, looking forward to a glitch-free phone. Questionable Judgments They Took It Too Far: (1) Maryland corrections officials, hoping to improve juvenile rehabilitation by a kinder, gentler approach to incarceration, opened its New Beginnings Youth Center in May. The lockdown facility had declined to use razor wire, instead merely landscaping its chain-link fences with thorny rose bushes. After one inmate easily escaped on the second day of operation, razor wire was installed. (2) Bride Lin Rong wed in August in China’s eastern Jilin province, walking down the aisle in a dress that was more than 7,000 feet (1.3 miles) long (rolled up in a wagon behind her). Britain’s National Health Service of Sheffield

issued a “guidance” to schools this summer to encourage teaching students alternatives to premarital sex, including masturbation. According to the Daily Telegraph, the leaflet (titled “Pleasure”) contains the slogan “(A)n orgasm a day keeps the doctor away” and likens the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, and exercising, to the benefits of masturbating twice a week. Latest Questionable Grants: (1) Welsh artist Sue Williams was awarded the equivalent of about $33,000 in June, from the Arts Council of Wales, to explore cultural attitudes toward women’s buttocks, especially “racial fetishism” in African and European culture. Williams said she will create a series of plaster casts of buttocks to work with, beginning with her own. (2) In July, the National Institutes of Health awarded $3 million to the University of Illinois Chicago to identify the things that cause lesbians to drink alcohol. It will be very important, said research director Tonda Hughes, to compare why lesbians drink with why heterosexual women drink. (This is a different NIH grant from the ones reported in News of the Weird in June, to study why gay men in Argentina drink and why prostitutes in China drink.) Rock People (1) Chicago police arrested motorist Daniel Phelan, 27, in August and charged him in connection with a three-week spree of driveby rock-throwing at other cars. Officers discounted ordinary road rage as a cause, in that Phelan appeared to have been driving around during that time with an arsenal of rocks in the passenger seat. (2) A 22-year-old man was arrested in Kitsap, Wash., in August after tossing a barrage of rocks at people, leading some to chase him until police intervened. The man explained that he is preparing to enter Ultimate Fighting Championship contests but had never actually been in a fight and wanted experience at getting beaten up. Least Competent Cops (1) The Supreme Court of Spain tossed out assault charges against Henry Osagiede in August because of unfairness by Madrid police. Osagiede, a black man, was convicted after the victim identified him as her attacker, in a lineup in which he was the only black man. (2) Six Ormond Beach, Fla., motorcycle officers, detailed to chaperone the body of prominent Harley-Davidson dealer Bruce Rossmeyer from the funeral home to the cemetery, accidentally collided with each other en route, sending all six riders and their bikes sprawling. Read News of the Weird daily at Send your Weird News to or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.

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Love Wins: Big Dawg presents ‘Stop Kiss’


eally good literature has many layers. A first reading reveals surface characterization and plot, but further reflection manifests deeper meaning and motivation. It is usually these books and plays that win awards. “Stop Kiss” won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York production, and playwright Diana Son received a Barilla Kerr Award for Playwriting. The plot is basically about a friendship between two young women that develops into a physical attraction. A public first kiss invokes a violent attack, seriously injuring one of the women. Because a gesture of public affection results in violence, the play is often misconstrued as a political statement. That was not the intention of the playwright. “I would never personally say ‘this play is about homophobia. This is a play about gay bashing.

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Stop Kiss Preview Cape Fear Playhouse at Newcastle, 613 Castle Street September 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 Tickets: 910-341-7228; $15-18 This is a play about the civil rights of gays and lesbians in America.’ I would describe the play as a love story.” Director Ken Cressman obviously understands the playwright’s premise. “It’s not a gay story, it is a strong, powerful piece about the mystery of whom and how we love.”

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“Between the two women there is an attraction, a curiosity, and even a certain innocence,” Jana Allen (Sara) explained. “A chemistry develops and surprises them,” Erin Capps (Callie) added. Both characters change because of the relationship and the resulting violence. An interesting element is that the story is told out of chronological order. “The way it’s structured delivers the play in the best possible light,” Capps said. The flashback, flash-forward structure “will challenge the audience,” Cressman added. The out-of-order scenes also allow the play to escape the maudlin. “There is a lot of fun in the developing friendship between the two women,” Capps assured. This “fun” would be overwhelmed by the poignancy of events if this story were presented in chronological order. There are also two guys to complicate the relationship issues: Peter (Charles Johnston), Sara’s boyfriend back home in St. Louis, and George (Adam Poole), Callie’s friend with benefits. “This play is different from anything we’ve done,” Cressman said. “It’s edgier, more sophisticated.” In the past Big Dawg has generally played it safe with lighthearted comedies and sentimental romances. Once a year they produce a classic that is linked to the public high-school literature curriculum. Last year it was “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,” which was performed at the Hannah Block Community Center. This year they have their very own venue The Cape Fear Playhouse at Newcastle, and “Stop Kiss” will be their second production in the new theater. Their premiere production, “A Thousand Clowns,” was extended due to ticket demand, which

they can now accommodate with their own theater and their own schedule. The company has gained confidence along with their own home, and Wilmington theatergoers should anticipate a difference. There is nothing particularly avant-garde about “Stop Kiss,” which premiered in 1998, but it is somewhat adventurous for Big Dawg. Castle Street between Third and Seventh has changed so much in the last several years, it really rivals Front Street. The shops are exquisite, the eateries unique, and the patrons are chic. Attending the production of “Stop Kiss” would be the perfect introduction to the Newcastle scene. Diana Son’s final comment on her play states, “Unquestionably the last beat of the play is: Love wins.” How good is that? Also this week: • “Sides,” a weekly sitcom written by Tony Moore and Chris Bowen featuring five actors in NYC struggling to fulfill their dreams of life in the biz. The sitcom chronicles their personal and professional lives. Monday nights at 9:30pm at the Browncoat Pub & Theater. Presented by Guerilla Theater and ByChance Productions. 910-233-9914; tickets are $5 at the door. Doors at 9pm. • Broadway at the Blockade: Benefitting 4-year-old Jones Carr. Dinner, theater and dancing, 6pm-11pm, 8/27. Dinner by Mark Lawson and Dave Herring; show by Ray Kennedy and Opera House Theater Company, music by The Imitations. $50/person. 910-256-50667 or 910-686-4004.



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Séraphine vividly recounts the tragic story of French naïve painter Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942), a humble servant who becomes a gifted self-taught painter. Discovered by prominent critic and collector William Uhde, she came to prominence between the wars grouped with other naïve painters like Henri Rouseau only to descend into madness and obscurity with the onset of the Great Depression and World War II. 125 Minutes. In French with English subtitles.

Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy • 1612 Castle Street 910-763-2223 8pm, free •August 30th, 2009

Earthlings An award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Using hidden cameras and neverbefore-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the cruelty of the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals for profit.

Lumina Theater UNCW Campus • 1612 Castle Street 910-962-2900 Showtimes and costs vary •August 26th: 7pm, free Dear & Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladied United by the Sea Surf movie features a dynamic cast of ladies, some of whom are bathed in the limelight while others have only existed in quiet pockets until now—all share a spirit of adventure and love they have for the ocean. Featuring Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Coco Ho, Silvana Lima and Sofia Mulanovich, among others.

Textured and Subtle: District 9 gives hope to the future of science fiction by: Anghus Houvouras

District 9

starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt and Sylvaine Strike



here are two kinds of aliens portrayed in film: the kind that want to kick our asses and the ones that hide in fear from an evil government eager to cut them open. There are few UFO films that deviate from this path. Sure, every once in a while we get a film like Contact or Close Encounters of the Third Kind where the aliens are handled with a sense of awe and wonder. More often than not, we end up with a bunch of slimy-looking bastards blowing up New York and preparing to enslave the human race. District 9 is a serious attempt at making a legitimate “grounded in reality” alien film. It’s uneven, horribly paced and 20 minutes too long. However, there are some great ideas, themes and a fabulous bit of over-the-top sci-fi action that brings out the gleeful geek within. District 9 is a movie that I liked but willingly admit is flawed. Said fundamental flaws can be easily attributed to a young filmmaker finding himself with too many colors in his crayon box. I can forgive overindulgence. Unfortunately, District 9 overextends itself early on. The film’s documentary presentation does a great job of setting up the premise. Aliens arrive on Earth in a huge spacecraft. No one knows exactly what they want. There are no warm greetings or menacing requests, only silence. Unlike the usual alien encounters that happen over New York or Los Angeles, the aliens of District 9 park in the airspace above Johannesburg, South Africa. When contact is finally made, we learn that the extra-terrestrials are stranded. With limited options the government decides to ferry the aliens from the ship into a cordonedoff district outside of the city. Over two decades

•August 28th: 7pm/10pm, $2 w/UNCW ID or $4

Star Trek (PG-13) Lost creator J.J. Abrams offers a fast-paced resurrection of the Star-Trek franchise, retelling the origins of its most iconic characters while pitting them against a new enemy. Featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Eric Bana •August 29th: 7pm/10pm, free w/UNCW ID or $4 The Brothers Bloom (PG-13) Tale of two brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody), who trick a rich heiress (Rachel Weisz) into joining their last big scam. Quirky adventure of a trio trekking around the globe as they search for the perfect payoff.

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TWISTED AND DESPERATE: Sharlto Copley plays Wikus, a transformed human-alien hybrid.

it becomes an alien slum. The citizens are afraid, the government is concerned, and control is handed over to a greedy multinational corporation. Surprise! The enemy of this film is not the creepy-looking alien creatures but good oldfashioned evil capitalists willing to lie, kill and mutilate for the chance at the untold billions that could be generated from alien technology. Of course it’s not a surprise to anyone who has seen any UFO movie over the last 70 years; it’s hardly a novel twist. I suppose there’s a lot of credibility in this intergalactic hypothesis. Is it shocking to consider Dick Cheney and his Halliburton cronies sending alien visitors to a Gitmo-like compound where they would be held as enemy combatants? Blomkamp does a great job of setting up the sympathetic, bottom-feeding “prawns” (a slur used against them by the locals). They resemble the kind of aliens we’d usually see trying to suck out our brains and wear our skin as a mask. The first real encounter with them in the narrative involves an eviction procedure headed up by Wikus (Sharlto Copley), an awkward local excited by the prospect of moving up the corporate ladder. Wikus, like the other human characters, is remorseless about the conditions of the “prawns.” The casting works well, mainly because there isn’t a recognizable face among them. There’s something to be said about not having a known actor in the primary roles, allowing audiences to be immersed into the “reality” of District 9. And Blomkamp excels at making his xenophobic characters believable. The people in this film are not good people. They are average people

forced to deal with extraordinary circumstances. And rather than rise to the occasion, they devolve into fearful monsters. Even Wikus, the “hero” of the piece, is portrayed as selfish and unsympathetic until he realizes the depths of the atrocities being committed against the prawns. While serving notice to the tenants of District 9, Wikus becomes exposed to a liquid agent that begins to transform him from human to alien—and from a mild-mannered beuracrat to the most valuable man on the planet. His company turns their attention from the aliens to the twisted hybrid that Wikus is becoming and systematically destroys his life. Like any desperate man, Wikus looks for answers, returning to the alien slum where the contamination occurred. He encounters an alien named “Christopher” who is attempting to recover the fuel he needs to power his ship so he and his kind can leave Earth. A tenuous partnership is formed. Christopher needs the fuel to escape, and Wikus needs treatment to stop his transformation. The film really takes off in the last half hour. This is a rare accomplishment. Most films unravel to an unrecognizable point by the film’s final act. District 9 is slowly woven together into something infinitely more entertaining than the sum of its parts. The final chase/ battle sequence is epically awesome. District 9 makes me hopeful for the future of science fiction. Thematically, it’s carbon paper, hammered over and over again, delivering the same copy of the “humans are the real enemy” melodrama that has been featured in films as far back as the original The Day the Earth Stood Still. But it delivers on the promise of what science fiction could be when done right: textured and subtle, the kind of conclusion that requires an ellipses that trails off into nothing, leaving us with a few dangling plot threads.

This is Ponyo:


Market Hours: 9am-1pm Due to YMCA Tri-Span 5K & 10K

A children’s movie without a wasted frame


by: Zach McKeown


voice-overs by Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and Cate Blanchett


Fresh from the Farm Brothers infamy, but that shouldn’t be a put-off entirely. Ponyo is voiced by Noah Cyrus, the younger (and clearly less irritating) sister of Miley. Lisa, the mother, is done by Tina Fey, and Fujimoto, the eccentric father of Ponyo, is voiced by Liam Neeson. In addition, the roster of voice talent includes Matt Damon, Lily Tomlin,

courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, , Studio Ghibli

efore I lavish the U.S. release of Ponyo with praise and affection, I’d like to qualify the entirety of the following review with two very important points. One: Ponyo is undoubtedly, unreservedly and completely a movie made for children. Two: Ponyo is about as close to an average anime in style and plot as Pluto is to being a respectable planet. With that being said, Ponyo is an incredible film and, beyond just that, a work of serious artistic merit. It is completely handdrawn and hearkens back to classic Disney films of yore. Not a single frame of animation is wasted, whether the situation is a simple conversation between mother and son, or an astonishing underwater landscape bursting with color and life. To watch Ponyo is to watch art in motion, where every wave crashing against a rocky shoreline before receding through nooks and crannies becomes aweinspiring because it is hand-drawn. The story, however, is a different matter entirely. The basic idea is that Ponyo is a magical sort of goldfish that wishes to become human after being found and cared for by the 5-year-old son of a sailor, Sasuke. Ponyo’s father and eccentric scientist Fujimoto serves as the antagonist of the film, though only just. The movie itself is roughly based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid, though unless looked at very carefully, there are few comparisons to be made between the two stories. It is difficult to synopsize the plot of Ponyo in a few sentences, so be prepared for some truly bizarre and unexplainable events, and imagery quite unlike anything seen before. It bears repeating that Ponyo is dedicated completely to being a children’s movie and, unlike many modern kid flicks, does not take steps to cater to parents by including subtle, off-color jokes or references that would pass over a child’s head. There is no pretense here, and, in my opinion, the purity and honesty of this film is refreshing in comparison to the split focus of Pixar films and their ilk. Purely in terms of story, Ponyo doesn’t offer a lot to the adult crowd and will, overall, feel simple, shallow and even a little tedious at times. This is not a movie to see for well-developed characters with deep motivations and demons, or a labyrinthine plot full of twists and turns. Simply put, Ponyo is not a challenging film from an adult perspective. Director Hayao Miyazaki boasts an impressive pedigree of animated films, including Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and my personal favorite, Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki is to Japanese animation as Quentin Tarantino is to American film: His movies can truly only be

HAND-DRAWN GENIUS: Ponyo showcases anime at its finest and will surely be a hit among familiy films this summer.

compared to one another in terms of quality, rather than being judged on a larger spectrum. I would certainly say that in terms of Miyazaki films, I would place Ponyo very near the bottom of the pile, but that is only to say that in terms of sheer excellence, it is the least excellent of Miyazaki’s roster. The U.S. release of Ponyo is dubbed, and the voice acting is competently done and well cast. The main character, Sasuke, is voiced by Frankie Jonas of Jonas

Betty White, Cloris Leachman and Cate Blanchett among many others. In reality, the only voice in the film that I immediately recognized as belonging to a celebrity was that of Neeson, but his voice matches his character perfectly, so it isn’t distracting in the least. In short, Ponyo is beautifully drawn, has a sweeping orchestral soundtrack, is welldubbed with competent voice actors and is truly original in every other regard. As an adult, viewers may not be impressed by the story of Ponyo, but those of mind to appreciate an hour-and-a-half of beautiful, classic animation will find it’s an entertaining movie.

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Keeping the Beat:

Jan Allen calls for ‘heart art’ in a new ACME art show


an Allen believes that everything happens for a reason. When lightning struck her private art studio in Maine a few years ago, she lost every book, painting, sculpture and project in a devastating fire. As she flips through a photo album of the charred building, she is surprisingly upbeat. Then she comes to a series featuring her burned library of books. “Those were my comparitive religion textbooks,” she says, pointing to a blob of black paper and melted bindings. “Isn’t it wonderful how all of those world religions are melted together? If only it could be like that in real life.” Allen’s point of view has allowed her to recover from many things in life: illness, relationships, deaths in the family and unexpected events like the lightning fire. An art teacher for nearly a decade, she also studied Chinese medicine in Boston and Beijing, and is a trained hospice volunteer. Since moving to Wilmington, she has taken a job as associate director of DREAMS Center

by: Lauren Hodges

Arrhythmia: An offbeat heART installation ACME Art Studios, 711 N. 5th Avenue August 28th; reception, 6-9pm 910-399-6166

for Art Education. She believes in the healing power of art, and so many of her collections are inspired by her struggles—some even before they happened. “These gelatin prints that I made ended up being telling of the fire,” she says, pointing to a group of colorful gel stamps. Each has a crack moving through the middle, resembling a bolt of lightning. “That was an accident. The gel plate broke, and I thought it looked cool, so I didn’t bother to make a new one.” Allen’s unintentional fortune-telling has ended up in her art more than once. Simple

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objects that draw her eye end up as symbols of something yet to come. Even a water-inspired installation dedicated to her sister-inlaw’s illness turned out to be an illustration of Hurricane Katrina’s effect on New Orleans. “This was medical material that they used to map out my sister-in-law’s face,” she says of the plastic netting hanging from the ceiling in large sheets. “I took some home, since you can stretch it really far once it is heated. I installed the sheets in a curtain-like way and projected an image of water onto them, which was supposed to represent levels of consciousness, those veils that cover our minds and our hearts that we need to look through in order to see the world. Anyway, when I showed the piece, people immediately thought it was supposed to be the walls of water in Katrina. When I made this, though, Katrina hadn’t happened yet.” Allen sees a lot of connections between the Earth and the human heart—specifically, the ocean. “I feel that water is symbolic of deep emotion,” she says. “The ocean has a heartbeat. It is also symbolic of the transition that the heart goes through. Water can go from solid to liquid, and the human heart can go from broken to healed.” The most important connection, however, is the power that water and the heart share, capable of both giving and taking life. “Both things are a center of solace,” she says. “They both work constantly to sustain life. It’s a very inspiring thought.” Allen’s intuitive heart has been a recur-

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ring character in her work, as well. “I’ve made heart-inspired art for years,” she said. “I tried to stop for a little while, but when I came to Wilmington, I found a file of pictures of my computer that was from a class I taught years before. The pictures were of an open heart surgery. I can’t seem to get away from the heart!” she laughs. “So I decided to do a heart-themed show at ACME. I called for submissions from other artists to be included and I got so many pieces sent to me!” She opens a cabinet in her studio to reveal an array of very different sculptures, paintings, prints and photos. “I wanted people to show me what they thought of when they heard the word ‘heart.’ Did they think of romance or exercise or pain or something else? I’m so pleased with what came in.” Many of the works that Allen has made herself are entirely personal. “What Does Your Heart Hold?”, for instance, is a pair of red gloves that used to belong to her late sister-in-law. The gloves are sculpted to hold a bunch of copper wires in a form that resembles the human heart and its arteries. It is the piece with the most heart of all. “I view this show, which I’ve named ‘Arrhythmia’, as a community event to generate a conversation about heart-generated energy,” Allen describes. “It is wonderful to see the work coming in and the community response for the show. I can’t wait to see it all up—hanging together as a collectivelyshared experience. It’s exciting!”


b u p e r o c n

1701 Wrightsville Avenue • 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm • is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th st. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Currently, Artfuel, Inc. will showcase Volume 21, featuring Eli Thompson, Todd Carignan, Jake Shelton, Kelly Neville and El Ralphy.

Bottega Art and Wine Gallery

208 N. Front St., downtown • (910) 763-3737 Hours: Tues.-Wed. 1-10pm; Thurs-Sat.,1pm12am Voted Best Art Gallery in encore, Bottega is located in historic downtown Wilmington. The contemporary art gallery continues to showcase the innovation of both regional and international artists with a focus on canvas, paper-works and sculpture. In addition to monthly exhibitions, the gallery also offers a full-service bar area with an eclectic list of fine wines and craft beer with several organic varieties to choose from, as well as daily specials and free weekly wine tastings on Wednesdays at 6pm. Current Exhibit:Mini Masterpieces exhibit on display until Sept.4th, at Bottega Gallery. Participating artists include: Michelle Connolly, Eric Davis, Marcela Dvorzsak, Bonnie England, Steve Gibbs, Brandon Guthrie, Gail Henderson, Evalyn Hines, Michael Kellner, Darren Mulvenna, Allan Nance, David Norris and Kee Wilde-Ramsing.

Crescent Moon

332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange • (910) 7624207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm Crescent Moon was named one of NICHE magazine’s Top Retailers of 2009! A new line of indoor/outdoor functional art has arrived at Crescent Moon. When Joan and Mike saw the metal and glass work by Cricket Forge at the last Buyer’s Market, they knew immediately it would be a perfect addition to their regional artist line. The design, production and finishing of each piece is done at the Cricket Forge studio in Durham, NC. The pieces are hand-crafted of 1/4” steel.  Currently on display at Crescent Moon is the Heron pedestal table, one of their many indoor/ outdoor pedestals, benches, tables, chairs and sconces that are available in hand painted or unfinished styles. Crescent Moon will offer their full line and those of renowned sculpture artist, Don Drumm.

FastFrame Gallery

1319 Military Cutoff Rd., Landfall Center • 910) 256-1105 Mon.-Fri.., 10am-6pm • Sat., 10am-4pm FastFrame Local Artists Gallery, one of the few exclusively Local Artists Galleries in Wilmington, is located at Landfall Center within minutes of Wrightsville Beach and Mayfaire. FastFrame

pattersonbehn art gallery

Gallery features more than twenty local artists, whose artwork includes a wide variety of media such as oils, watercolors, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry. Summer Art at Fast Frame features photogrpaher Conrad Pope, creator of media pastiche originals M. Matteson Smith, realist perfectionist painter Terry Rosenfelder, multicultural painter Harry Davis, watercolor painter Deborah Cavenaugh, creator of Slobot’s Robots, sculptures and paintings Mike Slobot, jewelry designer Sara Westermark, and Majolica and textural pottery and Raku by Caroline Aweeky and Carla Edstrom.

Hampstead Art Gallery

14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, after-hour by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Christmas is very close, and a family portrait would be a great gift. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

Montage Art & Design

310 N. Front Street, Suite 3 • (910) 763-8011 T-F, 12-6pm; Sat, 12-4pm • Montage Art & Design features fine original art and exquisite prints from over 50 talented artists. You can also find unique art wear, pottery and metalwork created by artisans from around the region. Montage is highlighted during each and every Fourth Friday Gallery Night in 2009! The featured artist for August 28th opening reception is Derick Crenshaw. Meet the artist and discuss his work from 6-9pm. In addition, Montage Fine Art Publishing has established an online presence as a high-quality printing company, and provides our artists with unique licensing and publishing opportunities to a variety of U.S. & international commercial clients. All photographic, proofing, printing and shipping services are provided by Mark & Ian

511 1/2 Castle Street • (910) 251-8886 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm pattersonbehn picture framing & design has added an art gallery to their space, featuring several local artists. Currently on display are works by Bob Bryden, Michelle Connolly, Karen Paden Crouch, Virginia Wright-Frierson and Pam Toll. The gallery offers a large selection of works on paper in numerous media. In addition there are many different gift ideas, such as handgilded table-top frames and one-of-a-kind keepsake boxes. The gallery offers something for everybody.

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NOW AT NEW ELEMENTS: Transitions opens, featuring Robert Irwin, including above painting, Oceania Pier III; Oil on Board, 48” x 40”

Akin of Wilmington NC. Montage also provides design & consulting services to discerning businesses and individuals, no matter the size, scope or style of the project.

New Elements Gallery

216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment “Transitions” opens at New Elements Gallery on Friday, August 28th, featuring the works of Robert Irwin and Margie Worthington, and remains on display through September 19th. A resident of Beaufort, NC, Irwin is noted for his straightforward yet powerful imagery of the coast. He has revisited some of his earlier paintings and used these “reinterpretations” as a basis for his new series. Irwin has introduced a freshness and vitality in these newer works which seems only enhanced by the passage of time. Wilmington artist Margie Worthington creates intimate and very personal vignettes with her mixed media pieces using imagery of architectural details, photographs and painting. “I work in collage and seek to create visual poetry which references the role of memory, a sense of family, the power of place and the passage of time. Throughout my work, it is the process of trying to establish visual relationships among unrelated elements which I find so intriguing.” In her larger scale works, Worthington creates actual three-dimensional space with boxes and compartments which become part of the composition in her “collage constructions.” Among NC’s premier art destinations for 24 years, New Elements Gallery features both regional and nationally acclaimed artists. Collectors will enjoy a variety of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wood, with changing exhibitions each month. The gallery also offers custom framing and art consultation services.

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

Wilmington Art Association Gallery

616B Castle St. • (910) 343-4370 Terry Rosenfelder is our Featured Artist from Aug. 28-Sept. 24. The theme of his show is “Coastal Towns and Harbors.” Meet the artist at the Fourth Friday reception Aug. 28, 6-8pm. Terry has been winning awards at state-wide shows right and left for the past several years and has been a lifelong art educator and painter. His work is photorealist, amazing and thoughtfully composed. Each painting creates a compelling story. Examples can be seen on his website: www. Our Special Event is Ben Billingsley’s show “Urban and Rural Landscapes” Ben pares down the landscape to reveal and explore our relationship to the world around us. He limits details and prefers to emphasize the essential elements of shape and color which leaves the viewer with the energy and color impact of having been physically in the landscape. He often justaposes or layers complementary colors to further intensify their effect. Ben is a painter and art educator and teaches at Cape Fear Community College. More of his work can be seen at his website: www. Look for the 2009 Calendar of the Wilmington Art Association coming out in September! The theme again will be artists and their art “au naturelle”!

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On the Road Again: David Dondero returns to play the Soapbox

encore: Glow In The Dark Scars is one of Wilmington’s most popular yet elusive independent bands of the last five years or so. Why such inconsistency in performing? Fred Champion: Being in a band is like having a girlfriend or being married. People have different schedules, and people you like and get along with aren’t necessarily able to play as much as you would like to. Other folks

by: Adrian Varnam

David Dondero with Glow in the Dark Scars, Ryan Gustafson and Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew The Soapbox, 255 N. Front Street August 29th; doors open at 9pm $8, advance; $10, day of show are great people, but you’re just not on the same page. They’re working too hard, and you’re just not into it, or you’re really into it, and they’re not that into it. You gotta find that balance. e: I know you’re extremely busy with owning and operating your business. How hard is it balancing that and music, and is there ways that you can get more out of yourself? FC: It’s definitely tough. I work all the time, so when I get home I don’t always feel like [playing music]. I would like to get into some good habits. I definitely feel like that’s something an artist should do. You should get up, and whatever your art form is you should do that and make time for that, whether you’re in the mood to do it or not. And once you get started doing it, then something will usually come along. e: Is there something about performing that draws you back to it each time, even if it’s not very often? FC: I think that maybe I feel like I don’t really talk or express myself too much with the general public, just in my general day to day things in working and stuff. But when you’re up onstage and singing or doing stuff, you have the microphone. So I have my little moments where I can be like, “this is what I think about so and so.” Not everybody’s listening, you know, but it’s about being able to express yourself.

e: Tell me about your relationship with David Dondero. FC: He’s a very interesting guy. NPR did a Top Ten Living Singer/Songwriters list—he was in the Top Ten, right there with Bob Dylan. That’s a pretty high honor in my opinion. The way that I came into Dave’s music was I listened to M. Ward, so I went to his label’s Web site and saw this guy David Dondero. I’d never even heard his music—this was like 20012002, somewhere in that time frame. It was one of those things, but I saw where he was playing [former Wilmington bar] Bessie’s the very next night. So I checked him out. 16 encore | august 26 - september 1, 2009 |

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very once in a while, the stars line up in such a fashion that makes for a memorable night of friendship, music and camaraderie for both the performers and those in the audience lucky enough to be privy to it all. This Friday promises to be one of those nights as highly-acclaimed singer/songwriter and former Wilmington resident David Dondero returns to town from San Francisco to share the stage with local favorites Glow In The Dark Scars (GITDS). Recently, I caught up with the face of GITDS, Fred Champion, at his store, CD Alley, as we talked about performing, songwriting and the return of Mr. Dondero.

TALENTED AND TRANSIENT: David Dondero, named one of the Top Ten living singer/songwriters by NPR, returns to the Port City to perform with friends at the Soapbox.

e: He just happened to be playing at Bessie’s? FC: Yeah, and that show blew me away. I can’t remember too much about that show other than I liked it. This was back during the time frame that I was booking shows at my house, and I booked a show for him and, I think, my band on Super Bowl Sunday, 2001 or 2002. He drove from Pensacola, Florida really sick. It was a good show, and we’ve formed a friendship over the years. He’s pretty transient, between living in different places and touring a lot. He’s not happy in any one place for too long, I don’t think. But that could change. I think he likes San Francisco pretty good now. Later that day I was able to catch up with David via cell phone as he was on the road, of course, traveling along the East Coast between gigs. It’s a tour that will bring him to the Soapbox before heading back to San Francisco to finish his latest record. encore: Fred mentioned that you’ve traveled quite a bit over the years. Does the road come out in your songwriting? David Dondero: There’s actually a song [on the new album] about the death of travel and how boring traveling has become boring for me. And how I really don’t like the road too much anymore. I’m coming to the end of the road [laughing]. I found that I wanna settle

down in San Francisco. I’m looking forward to getting home actually. e: I saw an interview in which you mentioned Kerouac’s On The Road and Henry Miller’s The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, two “road novels,” as particularly influential. Does that still ring true? DD: They did influence me. They influenced my experience directly for years. But, like I said, the romance of it all kinda goes away after a while. Its not as fun as it used to be. That’s why I wanna settle down and stay in one place for a while. Going on shorter trips is a lot better for me than 3 or 4 months at a time. It’s too much, man. There is still some [romance] in travel, I guess. There’s little remnants of it, but I mean, it’s pretty much the same. So many towns are built the same, with their chain [restaurants], chain hotels, Wal-Mart. It’s all the same culture watching the same TV shows, you know? You don’t have the same local flavor like in days gone by. e: What about coming back to Wilmington? Any local flavor here that you look forward to? DD: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to coming back [to Wilmington] and playing with Fred. I love his band. I still consider Wilmington one of my homes. I’d live there again if I could, but it’s hard to find a living wage job there. That’s why I’m out in California where I can actually get paid working. But I can’t wait to get back, to go visit the beach, eat some shrimp, and some steak and eggs at the Dixie Grill, walk along the river, and to go see the folks at the Soapbox again. Should be a good trip home.

From the Outside Breathing In: NEEDTOBREATHE plays Greenfield Amphitheater this week


rom Seneca, South Carolina, the fourpiece rock outfit NEEDTOBREATHE play their own brand of music, some of whom consider it Christian rock, others who simply hear acoustically charged measures that combine lush piano with electric bouts of emotion. Their talent, no matter if they’re singing for themselves, their fans or God, can’t be denied; simply put, they know their way around their instruments. Made up of Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Bo Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar), Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) and Joe Stillwell (drums, percussion), with whom encore had the chance to interview last week, the band released their third studio album, The Outsiders, on August 25th. Having recorded it in Charleston, Atlanta and California, to say the 20-somethings have grown exponentially since their first two releases, Daylight and The Heat, is a fair assumption. “We co-produced the whole album, so we wanted to use different producers to play to their strengths,” Stillwell said last week. “The Outsiders is about us as a band becoming comfortable with our place in the world. With the way we do things, it can sometimes feel like we’re on the outside looking in, and we’re fine with that.” NEEDTOBREATHE will be showing Wilmington music fans exactly what it means to follow a career path and a life filled with integrity and soul, as they play Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre on August 29th at 6pm, featuring Griffin House and Green River Ordinance who will open the show. Stillwell was kind enough to answer a few questions for encore to preview their upcoming gig. Here’s how it unfolded:

by: Shea Carver

encore: Why did you guys decide to form NEEDTOBREATHE, and how has music always played a role in the band members’ lives? Joe Stillwell: We all grew up together in a small town in South Carolina. We had played in a couple different bands before Bear and I formed NEEDTOBREATHE when we got to college. All of our parents were very musically inclined. Bear and Bo’s mom taught piano, my mom was a music teacher, and their dad played trumpet for Roy Clark and Glen Campbell back in the day, so we were all surrounded by music right off the bat.

e: How have your views of God evolved from your childhood into adulthood, and how does this carry over and influence you within your career in the music industry? JS: I think as you get older you realize just how big the world is, and when you think about the fact that God is bigger than all that, it’s very humbling.

e: Are there any stigmas to being in a Christian band that you guys defy and want to clear the record on right now? JS: We actually hate the term “Christian band.” We never set out to be that. We figure if we make great music, the rest of it will take care of itself.


Featuring Griffin House and Green River Ordinance Greenfield Lake Amphitheater August 29th, 6pm; $18 and $22.50

is this the real life? NEEDTOBREATHE will bring their modern brand of rock, from electrified soul to acoustic humility, to Wilmington on the 29th.

e: How did your father, a pastor, influence you all in pursuing your career, while continuing to respect and deepen your faith? JS: The biggest lesson we learned from our parents being in the ministry was to approach everything we do with integrity. It’s easy to get jaded in the music industry, and they’ve helped to keep us grounded. e: Tell me how the band has progressed from your first record to your most recent release. JS: We’ve gained a lot of confidence. Lyri-

cally, musically, personally. We found out that people really like what we do naturally, so we’ve learned to stick to that more than we used to. e: You write about having “Southern sensibility,” in songwriting and that it’s more about having “soul in the words you write and the music that you play.” Will you elaborate on this for me?

JS: It’s all about honesty, really. People can tell the difference between songs that come from some place real and songs that are written with some other agenda in mind. e: What are your favorite gospel songs? JS: I was always a fan of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” That song is amazing lyrically. e: What’s your first music memory? JS: The sound of the saxophone on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” album. We used to listen to that record on road trips. e: What was the best aspect of recording your latest album? JS: There’s an amazing song on there called “Stones Under Rushing Water.” We had Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek come in and do some vocals on it. It’s really gorgeous.

Tickets to the NEEDTOBREATHE show are $18 and $22.50, available at Gravity Records, CD Alley and IBXTickets. encore | august 26 - september 1, 2009 | 17

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soundboard dJ Big Kahuna —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 KaraoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 dJ Jeph Caulter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. piano Show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 dJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 eriC and Carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 KaraoKe with dr. luv —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 dJBe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

KaraoKe with dJ BiKer roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 open MiC night with gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 ‘80S ladieS night —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 open MiC night —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 waX lipS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 KaraoKe with BoB Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 ‘80S, Carter lee —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 JereMy norriS and toMMy BrotherS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 live JaM featuring MeMBerS of the woolwine CoMpleX, Coon phat gravy, and willie and Me —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

photo By Johnny Kuo


a preview of tunes all over town this week

MARCH TO A DIFFERENT BEAT: SOJA will play Diesel Downtown on Sunday, August 30th, along with The Movement and The Lamping Shades.

Jeff and Jude —Bottega Gallery, 208 N. Front St.; 763-3737

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 KaraoKe with JaSon JaCKSon

—Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 open MiC with JereMy norriS

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 dJ lalo —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 dJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 dJ SCooter freSh —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 KaraoKe Kong —Orton Pool Room, 133 N. Front St.; 343-8878 guitariSt perry SMith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 dJ tiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 faMily KaraoKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707 dJ CoMpoSe —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 KaraoKe with BoB Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880

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Family KaraoKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707 Classy KaraoKe with mandy Clayton —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 tom rhodes —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 live aCoustiC —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 djBe eXtreme KaraoKe —Café Basil, 6309 Market Street; 791-9335 the Groove CampaiGn —Bottega Gallery, 208 N. Front St.; 763-3737 raise the Bar —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 the needles —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Grilled linColns —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 today the moon, tomorrow the sun —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 draGon seeKs path —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812

neBula, entranCe Band, naam —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Fire and drum jam; stony BroKe, jasper james —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 roB ronner —Romanelli’s, Leland; 383-1885 shaG lessons —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 dj don’t stop —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 hip-hop niGht —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 jaKe Quinn and Gladiator —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 sea pans —Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 southern Fried —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Ave. N.; 458-5255 jaKe melnyK —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

friDAY, August 28 dj —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

roBBie Berry —Mexican Viejo Bar and Grill, 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland; 371-1731 tara niCole —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 dj —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 live musiC, dj shaFt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 latino niGht with dj —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. sCott smith on piano (rat paCK triBute) —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 dj sCooter Fresh —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 dj mitCh —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 dj riCo —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 Classy KaraoKe with mandy Clayton —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 dj —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 KaraoKe with BoB Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880

melvin and sayer —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 dj time —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 dj —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 piano show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 KaraoKe KonG —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 roB ronner —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 Band niGht —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 BlaG’ard, audaCity, insides out, two stones For the moCKinGBird, no revolution —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 ten ChanG —Soapbox Basement, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 muCh is Given —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

david dondero, ryan GustaFson, Fred Champion oF Glow in the darK sCars, eriK peterson oF misChieF Brew —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 the jamie Band —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 low teCh army, sleeps a Genius —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 the ChiCKenhead Blues Band —Mayfaire Music on the Town, Mayfaire Town Center sea pans —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 sound doG —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 sai Collins —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 FustiCs, vintaGe reserve —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 travis shallow, shane GriFFis —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 tom noonan —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Family sanChez —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

daniel parish Band —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Ave. N.; 458-5255 Fred Flynn and the stones —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 dj Compose —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 poor no more —Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 sCi Fi —Kefi, 2012 E.wood Rd.; 256-3558

sAturDAY, August 29 dj —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 sCott smith on piano (rat paCK triBute) —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Guitarist perry smith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 dj edie —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 dj —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 BiBis and BlaCK —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666


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djBe eXTReMe KARAOKe —Café Basil, 6309 Market Street; 791-9335 KARAOKe —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 dj MilTOn WhiTe (BeAch/shAg) —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 dj FOXXy —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Big BAnds, dj cAsTle —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 dj TiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KARAOKe WiTh BOB clAyTOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 PiAnO shOW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 dj lAlO —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 dj —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 dj shAW —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 ROB ROnneR —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 hiP-hOP nighT WiTh ivORy —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

Ten TOes UP —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 T.O.M.d. —Palm Room, 11 E. Salisbury St.; 503-3040 BeTWeen The lines POeTRy FesT —Bottega Gallery, 208 N. Front St.; 763-3737 leFT On cATes, cRiMsOn ReFUge, lOve And ReveRie, RiO BRAvO, en seRenAde —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 silveR jUdAs, BRd.slAB, Age OF desPAiR, sPRing BReAK 1931 —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 FAMily sAnchez —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 The sOUlTROn, The AiM WAs sOng, seAn And jAReTT —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 sOUTheRn cReePeR —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 live MUsic —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 The nOseRideRs —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 jAhMAn BRAhMAn —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791

MiKe O’dOnnell —Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 AdAM PiTTs —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Ave. N.; 458-5255 The iMiTATiOns —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. gReen shAcK —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 jAsOn MARKs —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 dj —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 WAylAndsPheRe —Kefi, 2012 E.wood Rd.; 256-3558

sunday, august 30 FlUTisT niKKi WisniOWsKi —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 ReggAeTOn sUndAys —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 jAM WiTh Benny hill —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 djBe eXTReMe KARAOKe —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

clAssy KARAOKe WiTh MAndy clAyTOn —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 gAlen On gUiTAR (BRUnch) —Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 jessicA BlAiR —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 dj Big KAhUnA —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 The cAsseROle dUO —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 dAle dj’s FUlly AUTOMATic sOUnd MAchine —Bottega Gallery, 208 N. Front St.; 763-3737 TRAvis shAllOW —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 dj —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 OveRTiMe —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500 POeTRy FUsiOn —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 sOjA, The MOveMenT, The lAMPing shAdes —Diesel Downtown, 15 S. Front Street

monday, august 31 dj RichTeRMeisTeR —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 dj —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 OPen Mic nighT —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 OPen Mic WiTh vivA —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 dj TiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KARAOKe —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 OPen Mic nighT —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 dj Big KAhUnA —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 MysTeRy live MUsic —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

tuesday, sePtemBeR 1 ROn eThRidge —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 dj TiMe, dj BATTle —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206

live MUsic —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 KARAOKe KOng —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 dj —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 KARAOKe WiTh BOB clAyTOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 clAssy KARAOKe WiTh MAndy clAyTOn —Ultra Classics Pool and Bar, N. Hampstead dj Big KAhUnA —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 live AcOUsTic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 indie MUsic nighT —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 ATlAnTis OPen Mic POeTRy —Bottega Gallery, 208 N. Front St.; 763-3737 nOAh sUgARMAn —Palm Room, 11 E. Salisbury St.; 503-3040 PORT ciTy PlAyeRs iMPROv cOMedy —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 OPen Mic W/ KiM dicsO —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686


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THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Import Beers $300 (Red Stripe, Heineken, New Castle)

FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Bloody Marys $300 Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm


karaoke WitH dJ Biker roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 piano SHoW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 dJ BiG kaHuna —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 dJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 karaoke WitH dr. luv —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 ‘80S ladieS niGHt —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 eric and carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 karaoke —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301



5pm-Close 3 Entrees

$ 99

DAILY BAR SPECIALS: $3 Margaritas-All Day, Every Day $5 Double Frozen Daiquiris MONDAY: $2 Domestics, $2 Premium Drafts, $3 Shooters TUESDAY: $1.50 Domestic Bottles $2.50 Coronas and corona light WEDNESDAY: $2.50 Wells, $5 Absolute Martinis, $2.50 Premium Draft THURSDAY: $2 Domestic Bottles, $3 Wells, $6 Patrone Margaritas FRIDAY: $2 Domestic Drafts, $4 Bombs SATURDAY: $2 Domestics, $2.50 Premium Drafts, $3 Shooters SUNDAY: $2 All Drafts, $3 Bloody Mary’s, $6 Island Martinis

dJ JepH caulter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. ‘80S, carter lee —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 karaoke WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.;

792-6880 open Mic niGHt —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 live JaM FeaturinG MeMBerS oF tHe WoolWine coMplex, coon pHat Gravy, and Willie and Me —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

dJBe extreMe karaoke —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 open Mic niGHt WitH Gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 JereMy norriS and toMMy BrotHerS

—Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 tHe lovell SiSterS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

All entertainment must be turned in to encore by noon every Thursday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.

Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-3000 8/28: Hatebreed, Chimaira, Winds of Plague, Dying Fetus 8/29: Chickenfoot, The 69 Band 8/30: Gospel Brunch; Ras Bongi CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. Main St., carrBoro 919-967-9053 8/26: Weiss Family, Damien Jurado, Psalters 8/27: Mickey Cash, Willie Painter Band 8/28: Abbey Road Live! 8/29: Annuals, Birds of Avalon, Hammer No More The Fingers,

Feature your live music and drink specials! It’s a low-cost high-impact way to send encore readers your way!

The Never 9/1: Hot Tuna Electric, Patrick Sweany 9/2: Enter The Haggis, The Smart Brothers TWC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 3801 rock Quarry rd., raleiGH • 919-831-640 8/29: Soul Music Festival 2009 8/30: Kenny Chesney LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. caBarruS St., raleiGH 919-821-4111 8/26: Freddie McGregor and friends, Chino, Laden 8/27: The New Deal

8/28: The Breakfast Club 8/29: Night Prowler, Joey Panzarella Band, Afflicted Saints 9/1: Between the Buried and Me, My Children My Bride, Hephystus, Onward To Olympas, Acirema 9/2: Badfish, Scotty Don’t, Ballyhoo

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cape Fear BlueS JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 SHaG dJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. Mike pinto and tHe puSHerS, tHe rundoWn —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St., cHarlotte • 704-377-6874 8/26: Hot Tuna Electric, Old School Freight Train, Contagious Blues Band 8/28: Black Ritual, A Road Eternal, PMK

8/30: Crue Fest 2

8/29: Born Under Punches, Deals on Bombs, Delta Progression; DJs Oliver Long, Joe Farley and Adverb 8/30: Battle of the Bands VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 pavilion Blvd., cHarlotte 704-549-5555

THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltMore avenue, aSHeville 828-225-5851 8/27: ZOSO 8/28: The New Deal 8/29: Framing Hanley, Transmit Now, Milestone 8/31: The Wallflowers, Butterfly Boucher GREENSBORO COLISEUM COMPLEX 1921 WeSt lee Street, GreenSBoro 336-373-7400 9/5: Britney Spears

$2 Yuengling Bottles and $4 Infused shots everyday

Monday DJ Time

Bomb Specials:

4 Jagermeister, $5 Jager Bombs


Tuesday Drink Specials:

$ 2 Commiekazi shots $3 Draught Beer specials

Wednesday Drink Specials:

3 All House Infused Vodas $5 Stoli Vodka



ILM Electroclash Sessions with Predator and DJ Dustin Cook Drink Specials:

5 Martinis/$4 16oz. Russian Beers


Friday & Saturday

ILM Dance Sessions with DJ Dustin Cook Drink Specials:

$ 3 Lemon Drops 3 Draught Specials $ 4 Function Cocktails $




Drink Specials:

Wii Bowling

8 Pitchers of Magic Hat #9 $ 4 Bloody Marys


23 N. Front St. Downtown Wilmington

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New Castle Art & Antique District Visit us for Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, August 28

Fourth Friday Gallery Night Friday, August 28th Featuring:

Terry Rosenfelder

Michael Moore Antiques Furniture • Glass • Toys Buy or Sell


Ben Billingsley 616 Castle St # B (910) 343-4370 New Pottery from Sea Grove Last! Repair & Sales of Antique Clocks and Pocket Watches 612 Castle Street • 910-254-7107

539 Castle Street 910-763-0300

NOW OPEN! Sugar Rae’s Ice cream Parlor! Tasty Ice Cream Root Beer Floats Coke Floats and tons of candy!

604 Castle Street • 910-399-7904

Three dealers specializing in antique furniture, Elegant Glass Heisey, Art Glass, Flow Blue, Majolica, Staffordshire, Silver Pottery, Framed Artwork and Vintage Jewelry 910-815-6788 • 533 & 535 Castle St. OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5


ANTIQUE 20 Dealers!


From jewelry to chandeliers

606 Castle Street • 910-341-7228

Quality Consignment Furniture Home Decor • Gifts • Candles

RDG Designs & Glassblowing Center Specializing in Fine Glass Art Offering Glassblowing Fusing & Flameworking classes and Supplies 612 Castle Street



545 Castle Street


TCB Jiu Jitsu Academy 614 A Castle Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-294-1251 Instructor Gracie Trained – Specializing in Self Defense – All ages – Private or Group Classes Meets Corporate/Osha training Requirements Call for times and pricing.

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616-A Castle Street • 910-399-2736

Antiques & Collectibles Antique, Rustic Furniture Toys • Art Glass Unique Finds For Your Home


507 Castle Street

511 Castle Street • (910) 343-5200

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u itodeateand drink in the port city d i n i n g gwhere american Black Horn bar & kitchen

Enjoy an extensive selection of gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and specialty Americana in this rustic chic setting. From the dry-rubbed and slowroasted Better Buffalo Wings to the hardwood smoked Duck Quesadilla, Black Horn offers unique twists on traditional foods. Always family friendly with smoke-free dining, a large arcade gaming area, 23 Hi-Def TV’s and Nintendo Wii. Live music every weekend. 7 days a week, 11am–2am. 15 Carolina Beach Avenue North, “the boardwalk,” Carolina Beach. www.blackhornbarandkitchen. com. (910) 458-5255.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A short drive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brickoven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. Brixx is also a late-night destination, serving 2-for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10 p.m. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. 910-256-9677.


A sprawling two-story restaurant located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Bluewater offers spectacular panoramic views. Watch all types of boats cruise past your table, and relax to the sound of sail masts lightly touching at the nearby marina, all while enjoying the casual American menu. Dinner mainstays include baby back ribs, char-grilled steaks, fresh fish, and delicious homemade desserts. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . 910.256.8500

C.G. Dawgs For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. You may find them daily at their new location on the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!

THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance,

creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Lunch and Dinner Tues-Sunday. Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the RiverWalk at 128 South Water Street. 910-763-2052 or online at


This former Dawson’s Creek stage set has been turned into a lively pub in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Their extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger 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 on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with a pool table, darts, weekly trivia, and live music on the weekends. Offers limited lunchtime delivery during the week and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, opens Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133


A local favorite and must-see for visitors, Henry’s award-winning decor features beautifully hued stacked sandstone, a hand painted ceiling and a gorgeous 100-year-old Brunswick-style tiger oak bar. At dinner, modern American offerings include slow roasted prime rib, rotisserie chicken, signature crab cakes, and delectable seafood dishes. Lunch features include deli sandwiches made with fresh Boars Head cold-cuts, delicious salads, and fresh bread. Save room for the homemade strawberry shortcake! 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. 910.793.2929.

Holiday Inn Resort

The Verandah Café 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. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach


Kefi, founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. There is even a “working man’s lunch,” served Mon-

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day through Friday, all for under $6. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www.kefilive. com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, 910-256-3558.


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. Open TuesdaySunday, serving dinner at 5pm. 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


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. Mon.Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; closed Sunday. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.


Now a smoke-free restaurant, mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their handtossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, 452-3773.


Sticky Fingers is known for the best authentic Memphis-style ribs, wings and barbecue in town. It’s no secret that slow, low-temperature smoking produces mouth-watering, tender ribs, chicken and pork. Sticky Fingers smokes everything right here in the restaurant and has received national praise for award-winning ribs. The restaurant was recently featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living and Food and Wine, and had fantastic television exposure on CNBC’s “The Today Show,” and the Food Network. Locals voted Sticky Fingers “Best Ribs” in Wilmington. Sticky Fingers Catering has become an obvious choice for company picnics, office meetings or social gatherings for parties of 15 to 5,000 people. They offer both full service and simple drop-off options to meet anyone’s catering needs. 5044 Market Street, (910) 452-7427.


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is family owned and operated with six locations throughout North Carolina. A family tradition for over 30 years specializing in homemade chili, slaw, burritos, tea and sauces. Smithfield all meat, Sabrett all beef, Oscar Mayer fat-free and Litelife veggie hot dogs. Try their unique “burger slab dog,” which is a burger in a unique shape. 94 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, 256-3421; Cape Fear Blvd. in Carolina Beach, 458-7557; 111A South Howe St., Southport, 457-7017; 121 N. Front St., downtown Wilmington, 343-2999; 784 King St., Boone, NC, 828-265-2658; 4502 Fountain Dr., 910-452-3952. Call individual stores for hours of operation.


Appropriately located “underground” on the corner of Market and Front streets in downtown Wilmington, this lively restaurant and bar serves a variety of choices that includes everything from a Southwestern Chicken Caesar Wrap or a Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla to a Reuben with Potato Salad. In addition to a full bar with an interesting martini and shooters menu, Underground also offers a selection of draft and bottled beers. The atmosphere is friendly and casual yet elegant, and it’s a great place to bring the family or join friends for a cocktail at night. Open Monday, 11am-5pm; Tuesday-Friday, 11am-2am; and Saturday, noon2am, with a full menu served till midnight. Live music every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and karaoke every Wednesday! Check our Web site for a current events list www.myspace. com/undergroundwilmington! 103 Market Street, Corner of Front and Market, downtown Wilmington, 763-9686.

asian Double Happiness

Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. We prepare flavorful dishes inspired by the cultural richness of Malaysia, Thailand and authentic China. We’re now serving traditional dim sum, and good health special vegetarian dishes, such as Soy Peking Ribs, home-

made tofu and homemade Malaysian sponge cake. We are dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of our cooking techniques. Our friendly staff is always willing to help customers, and we serve beer and wine for lunch and dinner. Banquet and tatami rooms are available for large parties. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am-10pm; and Sunday 3pm-10pm. 4403 Wrightsville Avenue; 910-313-1088. www.


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), 799-1426.

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

Indochine restaurant and lounge

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

Yo sake

Located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, Yo Sake features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu served amid fabulous Tokyo vogue décor. Entrees include Sake Bombed Duck, Tea Rubbed Salmon and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. The bar boasts an extensive wine list

including 16 sakes and fantastic specialty drinks like the Wilmington-famous Pomegranate Ginger Mojito. Don’t forget to try the Fresh Mango Cheesecake or the scrumptious Coconut Banana Ice Cream, and, if you ask nicely, they just might drop a scoop of the Lychee Sorbet into a glass of champagne for you. Open everyday 5pm2am. Dinner served 5-11pm. Ask about our late night menu. Live entertainment nightly Tuesday -Saturday beginning at 10:30pm. 33 South Front Street, downtown Wilmington. (910) 763-3172. Visit us at

caribbean JAMAICA’S



Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at or call us 910-399-2867.


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


Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta, simply known as Antonio’s, is anything but simple. From scrumptious appetizers to signature pizza to some of the best traditional Italian pasta dishes in town, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cozy dinner for two or bring the whole family in for pizza and fun. Offering beer and wine at their Monkey Junction and Porter’s Neck location and live music Friday and Saturday nights with all ABC permits at their Leland location, Antonio’s has thought of everything for you to enjoy your dining experience with them. Monkey Junction across from Super Wal-Mart off South College Road (910) 792-0000, Porter’s Neck Shopping Center next to Kiva Grill

off Market Street (910) 686-7774, Cross Creek Commons across from Magnolia Greens (910) 383-0033.


Cafe’ Basil Italian grill the only authentic New York style Italian cuisine in south east North Carolina. Owners Nick and Vincent DiNapoli are the real deal, two brothers from New York who brought all their family cooking secrets with them. The menu is filled with all your favorite traditional Italian entrees like home made Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Veal and Chicken Marsala to raviolis, stuffed shells and the best bowl of pasta you ever had. Plus they have grilled entrees including steaks and chops. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with dark woods and red brick through out, right down to the newly opened full service bar. There are nightly drink specials and live music every weekend in the piano bar. They’re also able to cater your next party or business function in the private banquette room. With nightly blackboard specials, drink specials, scrumptious deserts and an early bird special every day from 4 to 6. Cafe Basil will soon become your second home. One mile north of the College road over pass 10 minutes from downtown and Porters Neck. Open Mon-Sat, 4 pm-closing. Closed Sunday. For information and reservations call 910-791-9335.

edDie romanelli’s

A marvel of architecture with an open display kitchen that adds to the stunning ambiance of the dining room. Eddie Romanelli’s offers lunch (Oleander Dr), dinner and late night menu (Oleaner Dr). The diverse menu is casual American with Italian influences, featuring favorites such as 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak, Stuffed Pork Chop, Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Shrimp and Crabmeat Cannelloni, unique California-style pizza and more. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. 910.799.7000 and 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. 910.383.1885

Slice of life

“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a latenight treat, open from 11:30am until 3am, seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd

location at 1437 Military Cutoff rd., next to PT’s! 256-2229


Nagila, The Moroccan Café, is a quaint, neighborhood dining place, located on Wrightsville Avenue, near Canady’s Sporting Goods. Internationally recognized Chef Shai Shalit brings the finest dining experience and superb eclectic tastes rarely experienced even in those larger metropolitan cities. Stop by for lunch and try his homemade pita bread, prepared fresh daily, stuffed with any filling of your choice. With lunch specials starting at just $5.95 and dinner specials starting at $9.95, Nagila is affordable and authentic, serving the most fantastic tahini and hummus, as well as chicken Moroccan soup that will warm your stomach. For the less adventurous guests, Shai can prepare an unbelievable steak or a pita hamburger—one not easily forgotten. Finish your dinner with a delicious piece of Baklava and a wonderful Turkish coffee or tea. Come on in and try out Wilmington’s newest, relaxing surroundings—that of a Moroccan oasis. Reservations: 233-1251 or 798-9940. Open SundayThursday; Lunch 11am-4pm; Dinner 4pm-until. Open for lunch on Friday at 11am - call for closing time. Closed Friday evening to Saturday evening for shabbos. Open Saturday night - call for times.


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for takeout—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. Café hours: Monday-Friday,

Little Caesars Honored with Community Service Award Bassam Safi of “Our Town”-The Welcoming Organization for our community- congratulates Bradley Carter -owner of “Little Caesars”- for community spirit and for demonstrating hospitality and warmth towards their new neighbors. Recipients of this award go the extra mile to make new members of New Hanover County feel welcome to Our Town. To learn more about how you can become a sponsor, email Bassam at

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11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; 910-509-0331. Online at

tidal creek co-op

Our new location is

We’ve 3828 Oleander Drive Moved! (Next to Schlotzky’s Deli)

New Classes beginning Sept 14. Intro to Pilates on the equipment This 4 week series teaches you the fundamentals of Pilates on the equipment and prepares you for any class on our current schedule: Sign up for 2 classes per week and receive 2 FREE mat classes. Call to sign-up as space is limited!

Mondays @ 9am & 6pm Wednesdays @ 4:30pm & 5:30pm Friday @ 11am Saturday @ 10am Gentle Pilates This 4 week series begins Sept. 10 is designed for those who want ease slowly into a Pilates program. This class focuses on body alignment and control while also improving coordination and balance.

Pink Pilates Pink Pilates is a physical therapy and Pilates based fitness program designed to improve the physical strength, mobility, endurance and confidence of those undergoing treatment associated with breast cancer.

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Tidal Creek Deli offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world; each item is prepared by hand using only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community.


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday 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. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our smoke free lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-2251.


Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. Complete with a full-service bar and a fireside oyster bar, it’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; 392-6313.

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When Wilmingtonians think of fresh, flavorful seafood, they flock to Catch. Couples enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the bar, professionals meet for business meetings and locals come for their favorites. The understated décor and friendly service create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. In this quaint bistro, Catch serves New American seafood with Asian influences. Customers enjoy unique flavors and modern creations, matched with the best local seafood and organic produce in the Cape Fear. Some seasonal offerings include soft-shell crabs, grouper nuggets, summer flounder, N.C. shrimp and Carolina catfish. House specialties range from broiled miso-glazed wild salmon to crispy fried oyster platters. No reservations accepted. Open Mon-Fri., 11am – 2pm for lunch and now open for dinner Wed-Fri. only from 5:30pm – 9pm (BYOB). 215 Princess Street, downtown Wilmington. Catch is chef-owned and -operated. (910) 762-2841 or  

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Located next to the Golden Sands hotel in Carolina Beach, the Ocean Grill offers three distinct dining experiences: a spacious dining room with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, a patio bar in the covered

patio area, and a open-air Tiki Bar on the pier. You will find a full menu inside, and appetizers, sandwiches and a full selection of beverages on the Tiki Bar menu. Serving lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. Lunch 7 days a week beginning May 22nd. Live music calendar: www.oceangrill. us. Tiki Bar open at 11am 7 days a week. 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach; (910) 458-2000.


Breathtaking panoramic views. Oceanic’s third floor private banquet room provides a spectacular lookout over the Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. With its own restroom & bar facilities, it is perfect for wedding receptions, birthdays and corporate functions. Oceanic is a classic seafood house specializing in local seafood. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try steaks, chicken or pasta. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910.256.5551


For eight years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor danceclub or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be. Located at 100 S. Front Street, the Reel is also available for banquets and private parties. Call for details: 251-1832.

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Hall’s is a Wilmington tradition! Originally opened in 1901 as a drug store, Hall’s has been serving the Downtown community for over 100 years. We serve traditional Southern fare, including a classic breakfast with the accompaniments you’ve grown to love. Lunch includes a Southern buffet Monday-Friday with pork, chicken, all the fixin’s, and a special addition every day! Don’t forget our unique menu, which includes everything from specialty sandwiches to fried seafood. Most importantly, at Hall’s everything is fresh! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm (buffet 11-2), and Saturday from 7am12:30pm with breakfast and menu items only. 421 Castle St. 910-762-2210.


Downtown Wilmington’s newest dining option has arrived! Serving breakfast and lunch all day, the Pink Pig offers a full menu featuring good ol’ fashioned cookin’ along with a few of our own innovations. For breakfast, try one of our tasty country plates or a sandwich stacked high with your favorite items. For lunch, try our already-famous Redneck Reuben, and you can’t go wrong with our real pit-smoked barbecue sandwiches. C’mon in try for yourself! Open Tues-Sat, 8am-8pm, and Sun., 10am-6pm. 124 Princess St, Downtown. 910-3996096 other sporting events. We have plenty of seating and a fun atmosphere for the whole family. In Racine Commons, 910-409-9860.

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Breaking the Mold: Old Books celebrates Mary Shelley, female sci-fiction writer


t the mere mention of dragons, magic, inhuman entities and dimensional travel, my husband’s eyes light up like Louisiana on fire. I admit that in the past, while he held R. A. Salvatore in his hands, the spark of imagination blazing across his face, my eyes rolled. Science fiction, horror and fantasy—these are genres dominated by men because they are for men. Or are they? Could the novels of Jane Austen have flowed the same way if they had been written by a man? Or would the stories of Ernest Hemingway strike us with the same impact if they had been written by a woman? Absolutely. So why did I fall victim to the stigma that surrounds these genres? I assumed the power of it rested with multitudes of men. However, over the last

by: Tiffanie Gabrielse week, three talented women and the ghost of Mary Shelley opened my eyes to the truth. With certainty, Mary Shelley, known for her legendary story of Frankenstein, is the birthmother of sci-fi and fantasy. Only 21 years old when she was first published in 1818, it took merely a year for her to create the story of a lifetime. This Sunday, at Old Books on Front Street, a celebration of Shelley will honor her ideals and her immortality, as local sci-fi and fantasy authors gather to wish her a happy 212th birthday. “We’re startled by the lack of representation of women writers in this genre,” Gwenyfar Rohler, owner of Old Books, confessed. “Sure,

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some of the greatest works throughout history have been done by both genders, but, as a whole, women don’t receive enough credit toward the contributions they have made to society.” Thus, Rohler and her family, who run the book store, as well, decided a birthday party was in order—even deserving. What’s in store for attendants aren’t only book-readings and signings by local authors, but the de riguer coffee and cake—minus the candles, as “books and fire: bad combination”—will also be served. “This genre [of writing] has a dedicated and intense following,” Rohler credited. “It’s harder to write because you have to create a whole new world and explain it without getting lost in that explanation. You have to make sure that, despite the characters [looking] different than you and I, they have fundamentally the same needs.” Sponsored by, an International and educational group with contributors from coast to coast, the purpose of Mary Shelley’s birthday is to urge everyone to get excited about the creation and the possibility that the genre presents. stresses that, unlike other artistic categories, science-fic-

tion and fantasy genre us to hold up a mirror to greater societal problems. Inside, issues can be discussed without getting lost in the minutia of the debate. And despite the organization’s playfully appropriated name, men are very much included in the invitation. “There is not a book out there that one can brand as a women’s book or men’s book,” Lettie Prell, editor of, informed me. “Women are writers of so many different things. I think it’s unfortunate to typecast [them]. It’s unfortunate to typecast any writer. This is what we as an organization aim to break: the stereotypes. To this day I still discover women writers that I have never heard of.” Local author Calie Voorhis, who will be at the signing representing one of her stories published in the anthology Space Sirens, reveals that the nerdlike reputation of the genre is not necessary within the anthology. Featured during Mary Shelley’s birthday celebration, this full-throttle journey into 19 beguiling tales of women in space demonstrates that, while literary works have their own convention, good science fiction creates its own. “You have to understand specific conventions to fulfill reader expectations,” Voorhis said. “The best stories [create awe], and that’s our goal as sci-fi and fantasy writers. There’s nothing worse than when those conventions don’t fulfill reader expectations. “When you read genre, you’re looking to evoke a mood. And when specific needs are met, it makes you disappointed. This event won’t change anyone’s life, but it will evoke that mood, and open your eyes to women writers and possibility.” And so now I scan my husband’s book shelf differently. I recognize Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I realize that as a woman, I do have a place between the pages. Thank you, Lettie Prell, Calie Voorhis and Old Books on Front Street for unlocking the bolted door of my inner escapist. Thank you, Mary Shelley, for giving life to my internal and daring inventor. Importantly, to my husband: I now understand and respect the bound vessels with which you escape. I’ll join you on your next voyage.

Have a Drink, Enjoy a Story: Cocktails & Conversation is encore’s next book-club read


’m over summer and happy it’s dwindling to an end. I’m done with burning my back on my leather car seats. I’m tired of melting into a pathetic puddle after standing outside for a mere two minutes. To say I yearn for cooler breezes and autumn’s beautiful colors is a vast understatement. Joel Finsel, author of our next book-club read, Cocktails & Conversation, feels my pain. Though, what he yearns for is not necessarily a season; he misses a more tangible aspect of his life. He misses one of Philadelphia’s treasured and most eccentric restaurants: The Astral Plane. Recognized as Philadelphia’s “Rising Star” Mixologist, winner of the Philadelphia Cocktail Classic, and featured in Cosmopolitan, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Style Magazine, as well as having been published locally in Star-News and Focus on the Coast, Joel Finsel shares his collection of 36 short stories with encore club members for our final days of summer. Based on his five years tending bar, Finsel takes us to a place where hierarchy never ruled, employees were self-accountable and a barfly’s thirst was always quenched. However, don’t dismiss our club pick as nothing more than a recipe book geared toward the do-it-yourself bartender. Instead, Finsel’s work promises to deliver not only a glimpse of life behind the bar, but also spirited essays perfect for our transition into cooler, more chilled afternoons. “The Astral Plane was a different place,” Finsel began last week over the phone. “Servers didn’t wear uniforms. There was no manager, only an owner. We had cups, plates and silverware bought from flea markets. It took on this campy feel. It was free and bohemian. It was great. We had a queen

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Finsel to make the most obscure drinks in the hayday of martini lunches, Cocktails & Conversation reveals that there’s more to drinking than anyone imagined. “You cant help but become emotionally invested by being involved,” Finsel continues. “It was all out of love. In this work, I wanted to show the human side of people. Without knowing it, we put up walls around ourselves. Sometimes we don’t know what’s bothering us. Then you walk into a bar, you sit down, and if it’s a comfy place you feel like it’s a part of the community. Then you begin to unwind. Then you drink a glass of wine or a martini, and you see the sides of people normally not shown.” With thoughts of practicality and originality fluid in his mind, Finsel pairs stories, ounces of bar-room lore and trivia with award-winning cocktail recipes that one wouldn’t think of normally ordering but that bartenders should know how to make, nonetheless. Finsel assures that while the names people have been changed to protect privacy, the

feeling and emotion behind the bar is genuine. It’s filled with unusual, unconventional characters along with a deeper look into the history and practices behind mixology. Cocktails & Conversations promises to both serve us with adult entertainment and an education that can’t be found inside school. It aims to interlace a canvas fully supplied with all the ingredients imbued to the drink. Hopefully, as we drift through its pages we won’t find ourselves with a craving for something more. For now I say, let’s raise our glasses to Finsel’s advice: Order something we’ve never had before, like Compari. Let’s open Cocktails & Conversations, toast to love and happiness, and allow the jagged, icy stresses of our day to melt within our mouth. Pick up Finsel’s Cocktails and Conversation at Pomegranate Books or Two Sisters Bookery with a 15-percent discount by mentioning the purchase for encore’s book club. Questions for the author are due to by Sept. 25th. 

IT’S ALL IN A SIP: Joel Finsel’s Cocktails and Conversation reveals recipes worth many a sip and stories to enjoy over and over again.

for a chef. He was a crazy eccentric PortaRican who would yell in different languages. He slammed knives down, loved married men, and people loved him back equally as much. There was a lot of nutty shit but a lot of hopeful things, too.” From a porcelain-featured woman, who eventually cracked sitting on her bar stool, an addict obsessed with starting rumors about herself, and even an Associated Press journalist who would constantly challenge



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Living in a Fantasy: An interview with Tom Fleming about his new art book


om Fleming is an award-winning comic and fantasy artist from New York who now resides in Wilmington. A Syracuse University graduate, Fleming has won numerous acclaims for his work, including a nomination for a Chelsea Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre. His career includes an accomplished list of projects with publishers, movie studios and advertising agencies. Now, with his new book, Draw and Paint Fantasy Females, he is looking to merge into the world of fine art. encore: Why do you think fantasy art is still important for our culture today? Tom Fleming: I think art in general is very important because it is a fantastic vehicle for expression, communication and imagination. Unlike “science-fiction” art, fantasy art is a form where there is no basis of science, and anything is possible. The viewer is invited into fantastic worlds with creatures, landscapes and heroes that are only possible in the imagination. I think people enjoy fantasy art and writing because it is an escape from the everyday grind of life and allows one to experience fantastical worlds that they never dreamed could exist.

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Draw and Paint Fantasy Females by Tom Fleming Book signings: 8/29, 11am-4pm, Books-AMillion, 3737 Oleander Dr.; 9/19, 3-7pm, Fanboy Comics, 419 S. College Rd. Albert Einstein was quoted as saying, “The imagination is more important than knowledge. There is a limit in knowledge. The imagination enfolds the world.” e: How do you think women have been represented in fantasy art? TF: The role of the female in fantasy art has evolved over many centuries. The Greeks and Egyptians can be credited with the invention of fantasy art, with depictions of their deities in paintings and sculptures. The first fantasy females were these ancient goddesses—they

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were mostly maternal in nature, with the exception of a few, such as Diana, goddess of the hunt. Through the ages women have been portrayed as demure, gentle and beautiful, but the idea of them being strong and empowered did not come about until much more recently. e: Do you think female fantasy characters are good role models for girls today? TF: I think it is just like any other form of entertainment; there are good role models, and there are bad ones depending on the writer, artist, director and others. I think “role models” should be based more on personality and character than on physical attributes, which is more of the writer’s job than the artist’s. e: What purpose do you think the female characters serve? TF: For fantasy art to be visually appealing and have a “larger than life” effect, the artist must typically exaggerate the anatomy for both male and female characters, which definitely puts an emphasis on the physical beauty or at least what is traditionally considered beautiful. e: What is your main inspiration? TF: There are many things such as movies, magazines, books, etc. that have inspirational effects on me, but there are two things that inspire me and get me super charged like nothing else: museums (other artists’ original works) and nature. Both of these things inspire me in different ways, the former in a technical sense, and the latter in a conceptual sense. When I

view fantastic, historical, renowned artwork in person, I get within inches of the piece (and usually get reprimanded by security) and study the brushstrokes, the layering of the paint, the composition, the lighting, color choices, etc. that cannot be captured in books. This, without fail, triggers the need for me to apply my observations to my own work. I always think I’ve figured it all out and have all the answers and secrets to painting when I leave a museum, only to find out the greats just make it look easy! The latter is my greatest inspiration: nature. I enjoy all kinds of nature and landscapes, but nothing is more inspiring than the mountains, with their rock formations, tree formations, lakes, wildlife and, most of all, waterfalls. Water flowing over beautiful rock formations of any size inspire me beyond words—throw in an exotic bird, fish or animal, and forget it. I have to take out the the brushes and paint! e: Why did you decide to do this book? TF: I have wanted to do an art book for many years, but the offers that I received never made any sense. Then I was approached by a British publisher, David & Charles, at a large fantasy show that I attend in Atlanta. They are a very well-established large publisher with a very popular line of books, and they offered me their potentially biggest-selling title: “Draw & Paint Fantasy Females.” They distribute to every continent, and it made sense financially, creatively and commercially to work with them. Initially, they proposed a “coffee-table” type format, but the vice president of distribution for Barnes & Noble told them that in today’s economy, practical books are outselling coffee table books 3-1. We decided to go with a “how-to” book with an art gallery feature instead. With this change, I soon learned that I would also have to write the 128 pages of text, since it was about my artwork and technique. That was the greatest challenge! e: What do you think readers will gain from reading it? TF: The book works as both a tutorial and a showcase of my work. The tutorials are useful for everyone from the beginning artist to the advanced professional. I describe my techniques for drawing and painting in a step-bystep format in great detail. The book includes my comic-book work that I have done for Marvel Comics, fantasy-art paperback covers, artwork for my series of limited edition prints, and my latest fine art and gallery works.

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Ashed Part 17: Voices from the inside


would have to think a while to come up with a good answer to a question about myself. I am for damn sure not someone with all the right words to say. Today I’ve tied the sun down with a noose, and I’m hoping it won’t fight free, but the possibilities are endless without direction of any kind. Doc Hall asks me who I am today, so I answer. Say I impress him or devastate him— what does it really matter to anyone else but me? This is my point: There is no good answer to any question he is going to ask about me. I hate that for him, I really do. Although, it might be nice for a while to actually breathe while I am pretending to. Or to mean what I say the second it comes out without any premeditated lie. Still, there is the stench of hesitation trailing off my tongue, and I say, “I am who I was yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that.” “That’s what I was afraid of,” he tells me. “Do you know who that person is?” What a dumb fucking question. I meet with

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this man every day, I tell him things I know I shouldn’t and don’t tell him things I should. I have the awkward sense that he knows me better than I know myself, and this annoys me. Still, something compels me to try this whole honesty thing. “I am Laura Jordan,” I say. “Same as yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that.” “All right, Laura. And why are you here; can you answer me that?” he asks. “I killed someone.” “Who was it that you killed, Laura; can you tell me that?” he asks. “I would rather not. I don’t like to talk about her.” “Why do you have such a hard time talking about her? Is it because you can‘t remember what happened?” he asks. No, motherfucker, it’s because I still love her. “No. I don’t want to talk about her be-

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cause I hate her.” “When was the last time you had the dream?” he asks. I don’t know what any of this has to do with that, and furthermore I’m frustrated because I don’t want to talk about the dream either. Listen, I know it sounds like I am being unreasonable. I am fully aware that I come off as unlikable—maybe you even want to hate me—but I promise you that at one time I was someone to love. When I met her, I was naïve and sweet, all that good shit, but as life turns about and spits us out, I became only the ghost of anything I once was, and I hate that too. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t hate myself. “The last time I had the dream was the last night I actually made it through without being raped by the thought of her,” I finally answer Doc. This is the truth, to an extent. I didn’t tell him that she came into my room. I won’t tell him that she is angry with me for what I did—for that matter, what I didn’t do. I can’t tell him he will never see her because I only see her in the dark. So I sit there. Eyes on his calloused, orange-peel hands, I peel back the notions his tapping fingers are drawing on the desk. I start to look at the myth, the man, the ol’ doc himself as a different person than I knew before. He is a stranger I know very well, though I can’t remember meeting him. And those hands, like dried up fruit, are soaked in the business of curing me and millions of other heads and faces. I wonder what would drive someone to figure out another person they have a forced connection to. What would drive a person to rewrite the dime-a-dozen stories he hears every day? “Why do you care so much about the dream, Doc?” I finally ask him. “Why do you assume the dream is so

irrelevant?” he asks in return. Touché. I sit and stare again. Somewhere, cashed out in the back of my memory banks, I can see my father. We are in the ocean, marking waves with our own signatures, him with his salty laughter and me with the dripping fear of not being able to touch solid ground. This is different from the dream. I can actually feel the water this time, coursing over my still naïve skin with the urgency of death always prevalent. I jump into his arms, weightless as air, and remain daunted by the immediacy of a sea that could swallow me whole any minute. “Stay right here,” he says. “Look just over the crest and you’ll see it.” “Stay right here,” he says. “I’ll be back when you are ready to go.” My mind blacks out, and again I’m holding still to the hard plastic chair arms seated directly across from Doctor Hall. “Where did you go, Laura?” he asks me. His hands are now intertwined in themselves, waiting until I am ready to answer. “My father was a sailor. He could cascade the open seas without any hesitation and toss the waves with one hand on their billowing curvature, one hand on me. When I was too young to believe in any of the bad things in life, he would tell me that is what made me his favorite; I could always see the forest and the trees alike. I could always see Catalina no matter how hard I had to strain over the giant water army rolling toward us,” I tell him. “He called me his little soldier. All the other girls’ daddies called them princess.” “Do you think of yourself as a soldier, Laura?” he asks me. “I think of myself as a marching corpse, in line with the ghosts of tomorrow and the faint touches of yesterday.”


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$ 399

Queen 2 Pc. Set, Reg. $399


Stearns & Foster® Luxury Firm

Reg Twin, 2 pc. set $1379 Full, 2 pc. set $1549 King, 3 pc. set $2199

Firm or Plush

Corsicana Firm Euro Top


Reg $269 $399 $599



Memory Foam Firm or Ultra Plush Pillowtop


$ 799

Tempur-Pedic Pillows with purchase of

Queen 2 Pc. Set, Reg. $1499

Reg Twin, 2 pc. set $949 Full, 2 pc. set $1399 King, 3 pc. set $1799

Tempur-Pedic Set.


$599 $799 $1199

Queen 2 Pc. Set, Reg. $1999 Reg Twin, 2 pc. set $1649 Full, 2 pc. set $1949 King, 3 pc. set $2399


$1199 $1349 $1799

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Crossroads Plaza

801 N. College Rd

(Next to Men’s Warehouse)

(Across from McAlister’s Deli)



6502 Market St (Between D&E Dodge and Harley Davidson)



(Across from Super Wal-Mart)

Monkey Junction Plaza

910-784-0470 910-796-0450 910-397-0126





(Across from

934 Robeson St

1732 Skibo Rd

5166 Sunset Blvd

Harbison Rd

Magnolia Greens)

(Just West of 87 exit)

(Across from Sears)

(Next to Schlotzsky’s Deli

(Next to Casual Male XL)



910-383-6666 910-677-9800 910-867-6100 803-359-2106 803-781-9933

*Some restictions may apply. See salesperson for details. **Store Hours may vary by location, call store for info.


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