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COVER STORY pgs. 4-5 By Gwenyfar Rohler More than 30 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt have made their way to 10 locations in Wilmington, on display through December 15. Gwenyfar gets the full story in this week’s Live Local. Courtesy photo of Jeff Mills preparing the quilt’s display in Wilmington


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he largest piece of folk art in the world, which weighs 54 tons and is over 50 miles long end to end, is rarely displayed in its entirety now. Rather, the AIDS Memorial Quilt travels to exhibitions around the country in 12-foot-by12-foot panels; however, its impact is not lessened. The Frank Harr Foundation has brought 30 panels to 10 local venues on display through December 15. “12-foot-by-12-foot blocks are pretty large,” says Shelly O’Rourke, outreach director for the Frank Harr Foundation. “You need some space. It was daunting just to find locations the blocks would fit in.” The process of securing venues, security, insurance and docents took some time, but the foundation was approved for the display over the summer. As O’Rourke points out, The NAMES Project Foundation—the organization that cares for the quilt—didn’t ask for anything unreasonable, just what was necessary to protect the art and make the experience meaningful for the community. “We started with seven locations and it just kept getting bigger as people heard about it,” O’Rourke tells. “We started with bringing 20 blocks and ended up with 31.” As a visual symbol, the quilt is at once a memorial, a tool for education, activism and community building, and as Jeff Mills notes, a celebration of life. “There’s an exuberance and beauty around it,” he says. “You can’t help but perceive it when you’re in front of the AIDS quilt panels and it’s very joyful as well as being a remembrance.”

Last week, the panels arrived in Wilmington. Mills was at the Cameron Art Museum to unfold one of the blocks that Frank Harr Foundation had specifically requested. AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT


Jeff Mills works to hang parts of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, including one he sewed to honor his partner, Walt. More than 30 panels are on display at seven locations across Wilmington, and numerous events are slated to honor lives lost, and to educate and inform on larger community needs, including health care and transportation. Courtesy photo

Chairman of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Wilmington Committee, Mills pauses over the enormity of emotion evoked from every panel. Each panel is composed of 3-footby-6-foot memorials. The size was originally chosen because it is the average size of a human grave. The panels are handmade by a person who wants to honor a loved one who lost his or her life to AIDS. “So many people—the wonderful things about their life come across in the fabric,” Mills details. “You’ll see for yourself when you see some of them.” The quilt began in San Francisco in 1987, as a result of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Virus (AIDS) pandemic sweeping the nation and the globe in the ‘80s. AIDS is transmitted through exchange of bodily fluids: unprotected sex, sharing needles during intravenous drug use, and from mother to child during pregnancy. For those of us who lived through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s, it was like the sword of Damocles hanging above everyone’s head. It was a silent adversary that could and did appear where one least ex-

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pected. Mills was living in the Bay Area at the time. “I was fortunate to know some of the organizers and curators of the quilt,” he recalls. “In those days, [it] was being housed in a huge store front on Market Street, right near Castro Street—the center of the gay community. You could walk by the huge glass windows any day and see dozens of quilt panels either being displayed, or worked on, or people bringing them to be incorporated into larger panels.” As the AIDS crisis was accelerating, the store front was a very busy place, according to Mills. Six years ago he and his partner of 28 years moved to Wilmington. “After we moved, we had contacts with people still today who had moved to Atlanta because the quilt, in its entirety, was relocated to Atlanta—partly because it was easier to afford a huge space necessary [to house it].” O’Rourke explains how panels are submitted individually before being sewn into a 12-foot-by-12-foot block: “Those are all photographed and stored and cataloged. When we made our request for our blocks, we reached out to the community as much as we could. I think the majority of the blocks here have some significance to people in southeastern North Carolina.” O’Rourke spent a lot of time using the

“It was pretty difficult,” he says. “I obviously was preparing months for this; fortunately, I had our friends there to help me unfold it.” In 1992, when the quilt was displayed on The National Mall in Washington D.C., Mills brought in two panels for the larger quilt. One was for his dear friend, Scott, a potter from Seattle whose sister made a panel in his honor. Mills delivered it, along with one he made for his partner of 11 years, Walter James Campbell, who lost his own battle with AIDS two years earlier. Twenty-seven years later, Mills prepared Walt’s panel for display. “I even found the jewel I had sewn into his panel was still there,” Mills says. “I was thrilled to find that.” It is a field of dark green with black felt letters: Walter James Campbell. In addition to his birth and death dates, Mills included the title of Diana Ross’ “Love Is The Boss”—a favorite song of the couple. In the center of the panel is a piece of Campbell’s own work: “a needlepoint predominately in rainbow colors that Walt had been working on for years, very slowly; it was going to be a pillow cover. He left his needle [in it] that he had been using to do the needlepoint with some of the yarn he had been using.” It is a perfect testimony to a life interrupted. The first opportunity to see Walt’s panel was at the kickoff party on November 30 at Cameron Art Museum. The next two weeks are packed full of events and activ-

ities to make the most of the lessons the quilt offers.

need to work on transportation issues and economic issues that cause people to die.”

“The point is [for the quilt] to be used as a tool for education, as well as remembrance,” O’Rourke says. “So it is an intersection of public art and public health. You can have this big beautiful thing that memorializes people, and also opens up the conversation for health care and what we need to do to hopefully stem or eventually eradicate HIV.”

In other words, the citizen activism piece is the takeaway from the quilt’s exhibit and events happening around it. It includes lobbying the NC General Assembly for Medicaid expansion and passing a budget that includes expanded health care for rural communities, plus ensuring public transportation is continuously funded. O’Rourke and Mills agree it’s a massive piece of the puzzle.

To that goal, one of the events includes screening the film, “The Last One.” The title takes its name from a panel that was delivered anonymously to The NAMES Project in 1987 with no note or instructions. It said simply: “The Last One.” Since then, the organizers of NAMES have held onto the panel, awaiting the day they can sew it into the quilt. The docent training for the 123 volunteers included the history of the quilt and how to talk about the current AIDS epidemic in southeastern United States. “We have 51% of new cases of HIV for the nation in the southeast,” O’Rourke details. “The lack of access to health care has caused folks to not only continue to transmit the disease, but people aren’t being treated because of [lack of health care] access.” Though many folks (myself included) thought the epidemic has gotten better, since AIDS is treatable, it’s a misconceived notion, really. While a lot has changed since 1985, so much more has to be done. “It’s a vicious cycle: the perception that AIDS is not a problem,” Mills explains. “So if you don’t think it is a problem, you don’t take preventative measures, you don’t get tested, you don’t know you have it, you spread it unwittingly, and you don’t seek the treatment you need.” According to O’Rourke, many young people remain unaware of the dangers of unprotected sex.

To put it clearly, in Wilmington and surrounding areas, a functional bus service is part of the larger public-health discussion. With New Hanover County Commissioners discontinuing funds to WAVE, that means bus routes outside city limits are in danger of ceasing. The quilt manages to honor and highlight needs of communities at large in more ways than one. It’s time to pay attention.

DETAILS AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT PUBLIC TOURS: DECEMBER 5, 7, 8: Cameron Art Museum, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, UNCW ‘s Cultural Art Center, UNCW’s Randall Library, Hannah Block Community Arts Center, Thalian Hall, Temple of Israel, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington, St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church

DECEMBER 11, 7 P.M.: Perry Smith and Michael Hanson drum circle and read“A lot of the times people just don’t ing of more than 200 names of people represented in the quilt panels at St. know,” she tells, shaking her head. “Many UNCW students that Jeff did training with Stephen A.M.E. Church.

had no idea that the quilt even existed, and DECEMBER 13, 7 P.M.: Mouths of Babes they didn’t know about the disease.”

Theater Company’s new work-in-prog-

O’Rourke says AIDS is spreading fastress, “A Remarkable Fraternity: A Play est in southeast rural communities among About the HIV/AIDS Crisis Past and people of color. “If they’re tested and treatPresent,” St. Jude’s Metropolitan Comed, and have access to testing and access munity Church to treatment—which of course is very expensive and requires transportation—then THROUGH JANUARY 18: The Frank Harr it’s not going to spread.” Foundation panel-making workshops She opens her hands.

“We need to talk about it—talk about HIV, talk about health care and access to health care, and make sure everyone has it. We

to create a panel honoring a loved one who has succumbed to AIDS. Hannah Block Community Arts Center

“Art is Activism.” —Angie Thomas

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PICKY, PICKY In Boca Raton, Florida, a robber approached a Wells Fargo bank branch teller with a very specific request on Nov. 18, reported WPLG. Sandy Hawkins, 73, entered the bank that morning and told the teller, “This is a robbery. I have a weapon,” and put his hand in his waistband to indicate a gun, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The teller started counting out $100 bills, eventually totaling $2,000, the affidavit said, but Hawkins explained that was too much money, and he only wanted $1,100. Authorities said the teller made the adjustment, then slid the bills through the window to Hawkins, who left the bank. When detectives caught up with him the next day, he told them, “I will make this easy” and showed them a note he had written, which read, “Give me $1,100. Now, No Alarms, Hope to get caught.” He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on robbery charges. [WPLG, 11/20/2019]

BRIGHT IDEAS Elementary and middle school students in Bandung, Indonesia, have been spending too much time with their smartphones, according to Mayor Oded Muhammad Danial, who has come up with a clever distraction. In mid-November, authorities began distributing 2,000 baby chicks in cages with signs that read: “Please take good care of me.” AFP reports the students will be required to feed their pets before and after school and can keep them on school premises if they 6 encore | december 4-10, 2019 |

don’t have space in their backyard. Danial said the chick project, dubbed “chickenisation,” is part of a larger endeavor by President Joko Widodo to broaden students’ education. “There is an aspect of discipline here,” said Danial. [AFP, 11/20/2019] Eighth-graders in the Payatas district north of Manila in the Philippines have come up with a way to help rid city streets of dog feces and maybe even lower local construction costs. The “biobricks” they’ve developed are made of 10 grams of poop, which the students collect and air-dry, and 10 grams of cement powder, Reuters reported on Nov. 20. The students say their bricks can be used for sidewalk pavement or small structures, such as backyard walls. They admit the bio-bricks have a faint odor, but assert that it will fade with time. [Reuters, 11/20/2019]

COMPELLING EXPLANATION In Bainbridge Township, Ohio, a 60-year-old man called police on Oct. 22 after firing two warning shots into his backyard, WOIO reported. The unnamed man told officers he was trying to scare an animal away, but when asked if it might have been a bear, he said, “It ain’t no ... bear because it was jiggling my doorknob.” The homeowner went on to tell police the animal had to be Bigfoot because it was 7 feet tall, and it comes to his home every night because neighbors feed it bananas. He also speculated that a woman who was missing from the area was taken by the “creature.” However, officers found no large animal tracks in his yard and suggested he call again if he witnesses anything suspicious. [WOIO, 11/12/2019]

MULTITASKING As college student Morgan Taylor got her nails done in a High Point, North Carolina, salon on Nov. 20, she was shocked when one of the nail technicians spread out a tarp on the shop floor and began butchering meat with what appeared to be a kitchen knife. “I asked them what it was, because just seeing them unload flesh and bones was a little bit shocking,” Taylor told WFMY. “They said it was deer meat, and they were splitting it up between the workers to take home. It had already been skinned; they were sectioning it.” Taylor reported the shop to the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, which told WFMY its “inspectors have not received a complaint within memory of butchering in a cosmetic shop.” It declined to comment further on the open investigation. [WFMY, 11/22/2019]

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SWEET DREAMS After saying goodnight to Entangled Dreams, the Sanchez twins adopted a drummer and new name, Outtake 13. Courtesy photo




n 2017 encore spoke with twin sister duo Michaela and Annabelle Sanchez of Entangled Dreams about their second full studio album, “Afterthought.” Their goal at the time was to make an impact with their music. Wanting to move away from session collaborations and find a permanent full band, the two added drummer Calen Barbour and changed their name to Outtake 13 in 2019. Settling in as an alt-rock trio, they recently released their first single “Warrior.” Annabelle wrote the song before this year’s Recovery Rock Festival, held a few weeks ago. Its message of being strong, proud and simply human was adopted to help promote the event’s theme of self-worth and recovery. “Often times the simple notion life is difficult gets overlooked,” Annabelle says, “and it’s important to recognize everyone struggles, and getting through that is an achievement in and of itself. . . . The event brought so many people together to unite in the same kind of strength promoted in this song through music and human connection.” Michaela agrees. “When people come to our shows, we want the crowd to feel an uplifting and

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DETAILS OUTTAKE 13 December 6, 8 p.m. Gravity Records • 612 Castle St. Cover: $5 unifying energy,” she says. “I like to say the music is only half of what it truly is and can be without a crowd in front of us. Our fans are tremendously important to us and with this new chapter, already, we have seen incredible support from people who have been listening to Entangled Dreams from the beginning up to brand new listeners and we appreciate each one of them.” With Barbour (24), Annabelle and Michaela (turning 19 this month), Outtake 13 is growing and preparing to release a full-length album in spring 2020. Gravity Records will host the band on December 6, and Kyle Lindley will open the show. With a new moniker and drummer, Outtake 13 comes with distinct new sound and energy. It’s a new chapter in their lives, music and careers overall. “We will always remember what tremendous experiences we had as Entangled Dreams, and all the strife we overcame and joy we shared,” Annabelle notes. “We believe in this group and the music we are bringing to life more than we ever have before.” Various bands and sounds have inspired them, but they’re taking on a heavier rock/punk influence than what the sisters brought to Entangled Dreams. “As we continue to create and write new music, you

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can expect ambiguity within our sound and songwriting, expanding from the indie-rock style,” Michaela says. A self-described outsider to the music industry, Barbour grew up playing drums before entering kindergarten, and picked up guitar and bass along the way. For years he focused on covering his favorite artists. It wasn’t until 2018 he began focusing on his vocals at open mics and karaoke nights around town, while recording cover songs and writing originals in GarageBand. While he has musician friends, it wasn’t until he met the Sanchez twins a career in music became serious. “They [have] brought out a confidence in me that allowed me to experience music in a way I’ve always wanted to, taking my musical input into consideration when writing—always giving me praise and lifting me up,” Barbour says. “Their support has made me feel like a real piece of the band.” Barbour adds unique drive and high energy. Plus, he brings personality and passion, much like the twins. They feed off of each other. “There’s nothing like playing hard-hitting, energetic music with two genuine, passionate musicians that are as close to you as family,” he says, “and I look forward to growing as a musician and as a person with these two inspiring young women.” “[Calen] has the same goals and dreams as we did,” Annabelle remembers. “He was on the same page about everything, and looking to make big moves in his life at that time. That afternoon we went to his practice space and one of the first songs we played together was our original song ‘Promise.’” “Promise” is all about forward thinking: embracing the future, taking chances without fear or doubt. Positive and relatable messages continue sprouting up in Outtake 13 tunes. While many of their new songs were written pri-

DREAMS Outtake 13 trio play Gravity Records, prep for spring 2020 release or to Barbour’s arrival, the band has since adopted a new melody, as found in “At the Top of Your Lungs.” Written by Annabelle, it doesn’t shy away from their experimental approach to tempos and darker, heavier sounds married with bright undertones. “‘At the Top of Your Lungs’ is basically about how we believe you should dream big and reach for your goals even if they seem out of this world,” Annabelle explains, “because life is too short to settle and not dream big. The lyrics discuss how life will knock you down and getting up is the hardest part, yet the most important, and you have to keep that drive no matter what.” Michaela’s “Dreaming Of The City Lights (In Broad Daylight)” was partly inspired by an audience member who—after a part of her guitar broke at the beginning of the set—walked up to the stage and handed her $100. “On the bill was written ‘see reverse,’” Michaela tells. “I flipped it over and the other side read ‘Guitar Fund.’ That was one of the nicest things someone could’ve done in that situation. . . . As a writer, I feed off of the little things in life to carry me through creatively and personally. I never spent that hundred dollars. I keep it in a memory box in my closet. The generosity in that moment meant more to me than the currency itself and I wanted to preserve that.”


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A Pop-Up Art Exhibit, “It’s About Time” continues through December 28th at 216 N. Front Street. (the former Expo216 Building). View the art Tuesday-Sunday from noon until 5 pm and until 9 pm on Fourth Friday Gallery Nights including December 27th.

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View “New Path: New Art by Debra Bucci”. This exhibit of original oil paintings continues through January 19th, 2020. Join us for a special reception on Tuesday, December 10th, 3-7 pm. Meet the artist and enjoy snacks. The gallery is open until 9 pm on December 27th, Fourth Friday Gallery Night. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, view original paintings, ceramics, sculpture, blown-glass art, jewelry, copper mobiles and more by a variety of artists.

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A new pop-up art exhibit at the MC Erny Gallery with original art by Georgeann Haas (acrylic and mixed media on paper) and H.M. Saffer, II (oil on canvas and panel) continues through January 17th, 2020. Art in Bloom Gallery is delighted to host the exhibit in the MC Erny Gallery on the third floor of WHQR Public Radio at 254 N. Front Street. Regular hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday except December 24th - 26th.

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“Homegrown: New Paintings by Angela Rowe continues through January 13th, 2020 at PinPoint Restaurant, 114 Market Street. These stunning oil paintings explore the movement of food from farms and waters to markets and to table. “Works of Art by Kirah Van Sickle” continues through February 3rd, 2020 at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 South Front Street. The artist’s acrylic and mixed media works combine found objects and papers with paint glazes.

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIHGHBOR? Tom Hanks is the perfect pick to recreate the iconic, optimistic Mister Rogers, whose children’s show ran from 1968-2001. Courtesy TriStar Pictures




elebrated songwriter William Corgan famously said once, “The world is a vampire, sent to drain. Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames. And what do I get, for my pain? Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game.” In spite of all his pent-up anger, he felt powerless, much like an incarcerated rodent. Adulthood provides many opportunities for the kind of restlessness with which William was all too familiar. Crushing disappointment can make every day feel like a battle. People and relationships sour and turn toxic. It’s a damning realization that there are times where we feel broken and the pieces may never fit back together. The new movie about the late, great Fred Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” is a parable that challenges such concepts. There are those who see the beauty in the world and people who occupy its many spaces—people who believe the world is not a vampire set to drain but a place of caring and growth that can allow all of us to flourish. This pleasant worldview, presented earnestly by Mister Rogers (Tom Hanks), feels wonderfully antiquated as it captures a feeling of child-like wonder—a time when we believed love could conquer all and together we could deal with difficulties of a complicated world.


the movie takes such wonderful inspiration from Rogers and his show. It all feels like a breath of fresh air in our current toxic, smog-filled world. Tom Hanks is the only person who could believably play this unblemished icon. His performance helps make Rogers feel like a real person, while embodying all the charm and magic that made him so beloved. The film’s message of seeking out love rather than allowing difficulties to drag us down is one a lot of people could benefit from seeing. The film is a wonderful tribute to the man and everything he


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Lloyd enters the world of Mister Rogers with a heaping helping of disbelief. Rogers’ simple ways and unabashed optimism feel far removed from the harsh reality with which Lloyd is dealing. The thoughtful simplicity of Fred Rogers wasn’t simply an act; it was a personal philosophy that involved a healthy outlook and enthusiasm for the citizens of the world. Mister Rogers and Lloyd strike up a friendship as their lives intersect at various points. Can Rogers’ lust for life inLloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is a jaded spire Lloyd and help him open his heart to investigative journalist who has some a more connected existence? pent-up anger regarding his father, Jerry Spoiler alert: Yes. (Chris Cooper), who abandoned his fam“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” ily at a time when they needed him most. is a pleasant little moral lesson. It’s not a After Jerry shows up to a family event and tries to awkwardly patch things up, Lloyd complicated movie, rather simple in a way pops a couple of blood vessels and takes that feels as novel as Rogers himself. The a swing at his old man. Lloyd struggles film is framed with segments of Rogers’ to appreciate the good things in his life, landmark show that tackle Lloyd’s life, like including his wife Andrea (Susan Kelechi any other topic he would present, comWatson) and their newborn child. As his plete with a ludicrous dream sequence existential crisis begins to plunge life into and all the awkward puppet shows of our a state of disarray, he is assigned to do a youth. Not every moment lands, and some small write-up on Fred Rogers for Esquire of the scenes feel a little undercooked, but

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HOLIDAY MAGIC The Not Ready for Christmas Carolers, Grace Carlyle Berry and Dianne March, will join Randy Davis onstage as Crumpet in ‘Santaland Diaries.’


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SANATALAND DIARIES start off from square one. I now have more than a passing familiarity with not only the script’s “ebb and flow,” but even more importantly, its occasional mine field. I also get to enjoy what Randy brings to the production. He’s a brilliant actor, he makes me laugh and, through his delivery and mannerisms, continues to amaze me by bringing things to the show I’d never heard before.



t’s been 15 years since David Sedaris’ most iconic holiday character, Crumpet the disgruntled elf, made his way to Wilmington’s local stage for a live rendition of “Santaland Diaries.” Originally an essay written in the ‘90s, the story follows the hijinks of Sedaris as he worked as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holidays. Every December NPR runs the piece, read by Sedaris himself, and every December a local theatre company brings the one-man show to life. The past four years have seen Panache Theatrical Productions carry on the off-kilter tradition, well-known for Sedaris’ snarkstar humor and penetrative dismay for all things the jolly ho-ho season offers, and punctuated by three ne’erdo-well Not Ready for Christmas Carolers. Putting on the candy-cane tights this year is Randy Davis as Crumpet. Davis has been watching the coveted elf role over the last 10 years between City Stage—and Panache-produced shows. This show’s sardonic bend on the holiday season is something many can relate to throughout all the hustle and bustle of buying presents, dealing with family, rushing to make sure decor is perfect and baking is complete. Or as an elf in Santaland, it’s dealing with cranky customers and screaming children—not necessarily Crumpet’s dream, which was to make it as a star in New York. “He doesn’t want to be there, but this is the best gig he could find to keep himself out of the cold, so brave it he must,” Davis tells. The audience sees Crumpet is trapped in a personal hell, one Davis understands all too well. Davis has worked retail and knows firsthand what Crumpet experiences. “I’ve had all the same exasperated, ag-



DUMPS Randy Davis brings everyone’s fave snarkstar elf to life in ‘Santaland Diaries’ itated, exhausted, homicidal thoughts,” Davis says. “I think most people have— whichever side of the counter they may be on—during this most festive and joyous time of year.” encore interviewed Davis and director Jamey Stone, who also has played the role of Crumpet the last two years for Panache. encore (e): Jamey, how is it moving from on stage as Crumpet to behind the scenes as director? Jamey Stone (JS): For me, it’s a new vantage point on an old show. As we enter year five of the Panache-produced “Santaland Diaries,” my experiences with this show have changed from year to year. Over the last five years, I’ve variously served as singing elf, music director, Crumpet, emergency Crumpet (long story) [Stone had to fill in at the last minute two years ago after Rob Mann fell ill], and now director. The familiarity with the script keeps me from having to

play him?

e: What’s your fave line, Randy, and what are you learning from Crumpet you didn’t fully realize by just watching someone else

Randy Davis (RD): “Several of the bosses led us in motivational cheers, a concept that stuns me to the core.”

December 5-22, 7:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. on Sunday Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. Tickets: $20-$22 JS: We are thrilled to have Grace Carlyle Berry and Dianne March joining us for the first time and, returning from last year, Kaleb Bradley. Their voices are great and their vocal blend is amazing. The added bonus is they’re all wonderful characters on stage. Although we’ve made slight alterations to the arrangements and/or songs from year to year, we’ve managed to keep songs and gags people have come to recognize (and expect!) as elements of the Panache shows.

I think the biggest mental shift I had to make was not reciting a diary I had written before, but writing a diary I was living currently. I’ve seen Sedaris speak twice now, and he spoke of his past. So that’s how I heard it. It’s much more dynamic to live it than recount it. e: What attracts you to the script, Jamey? Why do you think Wilmington has embraced it as a holiday tradition? JS: The script is so wonderfully curmudgeonly and occasionally dark. Its acerbic take on such a beloved holiday is like the joke you want to laugh at but aren’t allowed to. It’s just so boldly “wrong” on so many levels, but gets away with it by being brilliantly written and hilariously funny. e: Any new creative liberties being taken with the production? JS: Well, if you’re a purist, I suppose just adding singers is a creative liberty. It’s certainly not a new idea, not even new to Wilmington, but every production does something to try to define it as its own. Our goal with the singers was to add a feeling of other “Santa’s Elves,” working the same horrible job as Crumpet, trying to make the best of the situation by being cheery, supportive, and most importantly, breaking up the 1-hour monologue with some entertainment. e: Tell us about your Not Ready for Christmas Carolers—new songs?

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RARE BIRD Comedian Reno Collier seeks to create an environment where liberals and conservatives alike can relax and laugh. Courtesy photo




n the taxonomy of 21st century comedians, Reno Collier is the rarest of birds: a political conservative. The former P.E. teacher made his name in the early 2000s touring alongside blue collar comedy stalwarts Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. In recent years he has found himself in scarcer company. Perhaps it’s because the nature of comedy has changed. A quick look at the biggest comedy brands of the last 20 years—”The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” Funny Or Die, “The Onion”—reveal a clear left-leaning bias. Whereas the original Blue Collar Comedy Tour sold out football stadiums and spawned a WB series and popular Sirius XM Radio channel, a 2007 attempt to reboot the tour with Collier and three other young comics yielded humbler results. For his part, Collier seems less aggrieved by the surplus of liberal standups than he does the paucity of opportunities for conservatives to enjoy non-liberal comedy. His own set tends to avoid politicized subjects, taking aim instead at topics as wide-ranging as NASA and his adopted home of Murfreesboro, TN—though some moments do give a peek into his personal beliefs. A joke about evolution in his Dry Bar Comedy Special filmed earlier this year, for example, begins with Collier asking an audience member if she believe in science before saying, “It ain’t real.” The comedian headlines Dead Crow on Friday and Saturday, with two shows each night. The performances come on the heels of his “Freedom to Laugh” tour with fellow conservatives Chad Prather, Michael Loftus and Brian Haner, which wrapped in November. encore caught up with Collier by phone last month. encore (e): Why do you think there are so few mainstream conservative co-

DETAILS RENO COLLIER December 6-7, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dead Crow Comedy Room 265 N. Front St. $16 • medians nowadays? At the very least, if you look at the late-night TV landscape, there’s not exactly a conservative Stephen Colbert. Reno Collier (RC): I think television has been split apart into so many “avenues,” for lack of a better word. It used to be, “I want to appeal to the masses.” Now, there’s so much competition that people are happy with just having a little tiny group that will latch onto them. So, if they go, “We want to go after the college audience,” well, what’s the obvious slant to that? Buyers and companies that buy commercials [are] always looking for that 18 to 35 [demographic], because that’s who spends the most money. So they try to appease to them. I’m not even a political comedian, but I’m just so sick of hearing the same stuff all the time. You know, a Trump joke is funny—and this has nothing to do with Trump. A joke about an apple can be funny, but if you hear apple jokes all day long, it’s like, “God, dude—doesn’t anybody write anything else?” e: A younger comedian told me earlier this year that now is the perfect time not to do political comedy because nobody wants to hear about it.

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RC: I 100% agree with that, except there’s a whole bunch of people that feel like they can’t go to any comedy show if they’re conservative. I’m a Christian guy, and I’m not offended by anything—like Dave Chappelle doesn’t offend me. I think he’s brilliant. But there are people that get offended by that stuff, and they go, “Well, why would I pay money to go and get slammed for an hour and a half, and sit there and have to be quiet and feel like I can’t express my views because if I do I’m going to be attacked?” I think people need a break from it. It’s exhausting. I mean, look at this stuff with Chick-fil-A. People are flipping out. They’re not giving money to Christian organizations anymore. Well, they can pick and choose who they want to give money to. But I know people that go to Chick-fil-A specifically because that’s what it is. It’s silly. I go for the chicken. e: Do you think liberals and conservatives are looking for different kinds of comedy? RC: Well, I’ll tell you this: Conservatives don’t support comedy like liberals do. e: You mean they don’t come out to shows? RC: They like seeing people are doing things, but they don’t come out. People that go to Trump rallies obviously are fired up. . . . Have you ever noticed how, if Ben Affleck comes out and says something, conservatives don’t go, “I’m never going to anything he’s in”? Some will, but the majority are like, “Oh, that’s a good movie. We’ll go see it.” Liberals are like, “That guy’s in it?” The people from “Will & Grace,” they were tweeting out, like, “We want to know who supports Trump so we know who never to work with.” That was the most honest thing that’s been said in Hollywood since I lived there. They’ll pile on. Then if you’re producing something, you go, “Well, do I want to take a chance on this getting boycotted because I have Kelsey Grammer in it? Or could I find somebody


Reno Collier brings blue collar comedy to the Port City else who’s just like him who I won’t get any feedback, and everyone in Hollywood will lift me up because I’m supporting the same cause?” I know agents and comedians and actors who are conservative and will not say a damn thing about it. Because it’s their livelihood. e: Do you still perform at colleges? RC: Oh, I wouldn’t do one right now for anything. It’s the same thing. I grew up in the ‘80s. First of all, my parents told me never to ask anybody who they voted for because it’s rude. Even if somebody did vote for somebody else, you didn’t hate them. You know what I mean? You didn’t attack their family. By the way, when I was [younger], I wouldn’t have said any of this. A lot of it is: I’ve got kids and I’ve changed. I used to booze it up everyday. I don’t drink anymore. So I get the younger view of this and I think they’re right. These poor kids growing up in this... When I was a kid, I wanted to be Eddie Murphy so bad it hurt. Like, I used to hide and listen to his tapes. I’m not anything like Eddie Murphy, but there have to be influences. So, now, the kids’ influences are people standing up there like, “Uh, Trump sucks,” and everybody claps. Well, what’s creative about that? “He’s orange.” Yes, he is orange. But what’s creative about that? Interview has been edited and condensed. Read full Q&A at

CAROLINA HOLIDAY CLASSIC Front, left to right: City Ballet Orchestra conductor Alex E. Hill, City Ballet artistic director Andrea C. Hill, and guest artists Adam Chavis and Jan Burkhard.



know Christmas is coming soon when I find ‘Nutcracker’ sheet music in my mailbox,” muses Beverly Andrews, concertmaster of the City Ballet Orchestra. “Opening the familiar score is like greeting a favorite old friend again.” Andrews and City Ballet Orchestra members’ homes have been filled with sounds of Sugar Plum Fairies for months. They’ve been preparing the return of “A Carolina Nutcracker” to the Wilson Center December 7-8. A take on Tchaikovsky’s traditional holiday ballet, “A Carolina Nutcracker” is set in 1865 Wilmington at the Bellamy Mansion. It marries classic elements of the original, like Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King and the Sugar-Plum Fairy, with Cape Fear history. Clara is recast as real historical figure Ellen Bellamy at age 13, alongside other Wilmington-based characters from the period. Partnered with Raleigh’s School of Carolina Ballet, Jan Burkhard (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Adam Chavis (Drosselmeyer), will dance to the score, performed by a 50-piece orchestra and treble chorus. “[The instrumentalists] play with emotion and grace particular to the flavor of each dance,” Andrews says. “When it’s a battle scene, the pit erupts with fiery motion, wild bow arms and flashing fast fingers. When it’s a delicate snowflake dance, the orchestra pit sways and lilts like gently falling snow. We keep the story in our heads as we play, and we smile a lot, just knowing we are part of a grand Christmas tradition.” City Ballet’s artistic director Andrea Hill and her husband, music director Alex Hill, have been producing “The Nutcracker” since 1996. Their first runs were with Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania until 2010, and here in Wilmington with City Ballet since 2011. “Ours was the very first ‘Nutcracker’ at the new Wilson Center in early December 2015,” Alex notes. “In fact, we had been planning this production for more than a year in advance with Wilson Center Executive Director Shane Fernando, while the performing arts

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DETAILS A CAROLINA NUTCRACKER Featuring the City Ballet Orchestra Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Dec.8 at 3 p.m. Wilson Center • 703 N. Third St. Tickets: $20-$40 center was still under construction.” Since its debut production, “A Carolina Nutcracker” has featured a live professional orchestra, treble chorus and even a horsedrawn surrey, provided by Springbrook Farms/Wilmington Carriage Tours. Building upon E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 short story and the 1892 ballet version in St. Petersburg by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the Hills have truly tailored this “Nutcracker” to Wilmington. “We’ve painstakingly researched people, events, families and customs of that time, and merged them all into the traditional ‘Nutcracker’ story,” Andrea adds. “It is a type of historical fiction.” encore spoke to the Hills and City Ballet’s Jan Burkhard to learn more. encore (e): Nothing says holidays like “The Nutcracker.” How connected is “The Nutcracker” to your own sense of season? Andrea Hill: As a classical ballet/classical music family, it is a big part of our sense of season! It’s funny that, after this many years, we never really tire of the music or the story. Our six children have grown up with it, and all of them have performed in it in some capacity. It’s a great start to our holiday season, and we’re thankful to share it as a family, among many other holiday traditions we love. Jan Burkhard (JB): “The Nutcracker” has always coincided with my feeling the holi-


day spirit. It has almost always been all that I’ve known as the “kickoff” or “countdown” to Christmas. Every time I hear the start of Tchaikovsky’s score, I’m instantly brought back to my childhood and it’s always followed by a warm smile. While “Nutcracker” time is almost always viewed as a tough time for professional ballet dancers, largely due to the amount of shows we typically perform, it is still looked at as a time of nostalgia, comfort, and joy for all. “Nutcracker” truly is, and always will be, special. e: How many times have you seen or played a role with this particular show? Alex: Neither Andrea nor I actually “see” the show in the traditional sense. She is working and watching from backstage, helping dancers with entrances, costume changes, scene changes, etc., and I am conducting the orchestra in the pit and only see a little bit of it from below. Ballet Mistress Diane Orio-Gerberg is always in the house watching, taking notes, and then bringing corrections and suggestions back to the dancers. JB: This year will be my third year performing “A Carolina Nutcracker.” I’ve been performing “The Nutcracker” since I was a child. The first one I did was with my first dance school in my hometown Piscataway, NJ. After that I performed as a child with The New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center. The latest “Nutcracker” I’ve been doing is Robert Weiss’ with Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, NC for the past 15 seasons. I’ve seen and been a part of it more times than I can count! e: Do the different local elements have an impact on your respective jobs? Andrea: All our productions of “The Nutcracker,” for over 20 years, have included a spoken prologue—a fable called “The Hard Nut,” part of Hoffmann’s original tale—which sets up most of the character relationships and really helps the audience understand the plot. In this production, that fable is delightfully told in recorded narration by Nan Graham, a beloved specialist in all things Southern and a familiar voice to listeners of WHQR.


Holiday ballet celebrates the season at the Wilson Center The prologue, and the fable, set the tone and place in an innovative way, like a voice from Wilmington’s own past. JB: It’s always fun to be a part of different “Nutcracker” versions—the holiday spirit it brings you never gets old. When a version can be so specifically tailored to its community and audience, like “A Carolina Nutcracker,” the performance is even more impactful for its attendees. I find the show to be more special, touching and personal. e: What are your favorite moments/scenes from the production and why? Alex: There are so many wonderful scenes, but we’ve put a lot of thought into the conclusion of Act I—the dramatic heart of the story. The furious “Battle of the Mice” (a very difficult piece for the orchestra) is followed by a beautiful, lyrical slow movement. In most “Nutcracker” productions, this scene involves a “snow queen” character with a nameless “cavalier,” neither of whom are relevant to the story. We’ve staged it as a “pas de trois” for Drosselmeyer, Nutcracker and Ellen, where Hoffmann’s central dramatic conflict is heroically resolved. The emotional release of this scene leads into the magical “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” with an ethereal wordless treble chorus and a stage full of swirling dancers in white. It is truly a scene to remember. JB: I find the whole opening of “A Carolina Nutcracker” to be very unique and special. The way the original storytelling of the Bellamy family occurs with the dancers on stage sets up the whole show so perfectly and really engages the audience into the personal nature of this version of a “Nutcracker.” It’s a perfect mix of taking a classic story and making it Wilmington’s own.

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday April - October. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining. com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256-8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:


CAM Café, located within the CAM delivers delightful surprises using fresh, local ingredients. The café serves lunch with seasonal options Tuesday through Saturday, inspired “small plates” on Thursday nights, an elegant yet approachable dinner on Thursday and brunch every Sunday. Look for a combination

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of fresh, regular menu items along with daily specials. As part of dining in an inspiring setting, the galleries are open during CAM Café hours which makes it the perfect destination to enjoy art of the plate along with the art of the museum. 3201 S 17th St. (910) 777-2363. ■ SERVING LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER: Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 2 pm; Thursday evening, 5pm-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


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

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


Niche Kitchen and Bar features an eclectic menu, a large wine list, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Close to Carolina Beach, Niche has a great selection of dishes from land to sea. All dishes are cooked to order, and Sundays features a great brunch menu!

Niche’s heated covered patio is perfect for anytime of the year and great for large parties. And their bar has a great assortment of wines, even offered half off by the glass on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Open Tues. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 910-399-4701. ■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:


Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambiance of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington,

along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Grill and Catering is a four store franchise in North Carolina. Trolly Stop Hot Dogs opened in Wrightsville Beach in 1976. That store name has never changed. Since the Wrightsville Beach store, the newer stores sell hotdogs, hamburgers, beef and chicken cheese steaks, fries, hand dipped ice cream, milk shakes, floats and more. Our types of dogs are: Southern (Trolly Dog, beef and pork), Northern (all beef), Smoke Sausage (pork), Fat Free (turkey), Veggie (soy). Voted Best Hot Dog in Wilmington for decades. Check our website for hours of operations, specific store offerings and telephone numbers, or contact Rick Coombs, 910-297-8416, We offer catering serving 25-1000 people. Franchises available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ LOCATIONS: Wilmington, Fountain Dr. (910) 452-3952, Wrightsville Beach (910) 2563921, Southport (910) 457-7017, Boone, NC (828) 265-2658, Chapel Hill, NC (919) 240-4206 ■ WEBSITE:


If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


For more than a decade, Nikki’s downtown has served diners the best in sushi. With freshly

crafted ingredients making up their rolls, sushi and sashimi, a taste of innovation comes with every order. Daily they offer specialty rolls specific to the Front Street location, such as the My Yoshi, K-Town and Crunchy Eel rolls. But for less adventurous diners looking for options beyond sushi, Nikki’s serves an array of sandwiches, wraps and gyros, too. They also make it a point to host all dietary needs, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores alike. They have burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as falafal pitas and veggie wraps, as well as an extensive Japanese fare menu, such as bento boxes and tempura platters. Daily dessert and drink special are also on order. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 16 S. Front St. (910) 771-9151. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am 10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 12pm-10pm. Last call on food 15 minutes before closing. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:


We have reinvented “Hibachi cuisine.” Okami Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse is like no other. Our highly skilled chefs cook an incredible dinner while entertaining you on the way. Our portions are large, our drinks are less expensive, and our staff is loads of fun. We are committed to using quality ingredients and seasoning with guaranteed freshness. Our goal is to utilize all resources, domestically and internationally, to ensure we serve only the finest food products. We believe good, healthy food aids vital functions for well-being, both physically and mentally. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken for the specially designed “Teppan Grill.” We also serve tastebud-tingling Japanese sushi, hand rolls, sashimi, tempura dishes, and noodle entrees. This offers our guests a complete Japanese dining experience. Our all-you-can-eat sushie menu and daily specials can be found at! 614 S College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am 2:30pm / 4-10pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm / 4pm-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

Inspired features change weekly showcasing our commitment to local farms. Full bar including a comprehensive sake list, signature cocktails, and Asian Import Bottles. 33 S. Front St., 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172. ■ SERVING DINNER: 7 nights a week, 5pm; Sun-Wed. ‘til 10pm, Thurs ‘til 11pm, Fri-Sat, ‘til Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 Price Sushi/Appetizer Menu nightly from 5-7, until 8 on Mondays, and also 10-Midnight on Fri/Sat. Tuesday LOCALS NIGHT- 20% Dinner Entrees. Wednesday 80S NIGHT - 80smusic and menu prices. Sundays are the best dealdowntown - Specialty Sushi and Entrees are BuyOne, Get One $10 Off and 1/2 price Wine Bottles.Nightly Drink Specials. Gluten-Free Menu upon request. Complimentary Birthday Dessert. ■ WEBSITE: @yosakeilm on Twitter & Instagram. Like us on Facebook.


Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine offers something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before. We are seeking to bring true New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! 260 Racine Dr, Wilmington 28403 (910)799-6799 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. 12pm11pm, Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown

BITES 12 TASTES (OR MORE!) OF CHRISTMAS December 12, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N 4th St. Over 30 local drinkeries and eateries will vie for the Old Man’s “Major Awards” for best bite, sip, and decorated booth. Attendees can dress up to the theme for a chance at prizes, too. Proceeds will benefit Nourish NC, which feeds children of New Hanover County school system through numerous outreach programs. Ages 21 and over only! Tickets: $50-$75, ■ WEBSITE:


Round Bagels and Donuts features 17 varieties


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


Lively atmosphere in a modern setting, Yosake is the delicious Downtown spot for date night, socializing with friends, or any large dinner party. Home to the never-disappointing Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp! In addition to sushi, we offer a full Pan Asian menu including curries, noodle dishes, and the ever-popular Crispy Salmon or mouth-watering Kobe Burger.

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of New York-style bagels, baked fresh daily on site in a steam bagel oven. Round offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches, grilled and fresh to order. Round also offers fresh-made donuts daily! Stop by Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


cheeses, donuts, sandwiches, coffee and more ■ WEBSITE:

FONDUE Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; open daily from Memorial Day through October ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING Sunday half-price wine bottles; Monday beer and wine flights on special; Tuesday Local’s Night $11/person cheese and chocolate; Wednesday Ladies Night; Thursday $27 4-course prix fixe; Friday “Date Night” $85/ couple for 3 courses and a bottle of wine. ■ MUSIC: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May-Oct.,

Henry’s 2508 Inde pendence Blvd. • he nrysresta • Co 7– 9 p.m. (weather permitting) ■ WEBSITE:


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Sushi Happy Hour Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.


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al yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for trivia at 8:30 on Thursdays and live music on Fridays – call ahead for schedule (910) 763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/DowntownSouth ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ WEBSITE:


Serving fresh, homemade Italian fare in midtown and south Wilmington, Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta is a family-owned restaurant which serves New York style pizza and pasta. From daily specials during lunch and dinner to a friendly waitstaff ensuring a top-notch experience, whether dining in, taking out or getting delivery, to generous portions, the Antonio’s experience is an unforgettable one. Serving subs, salads, pizza by the slice or pie, pasta, and more, dine-in, take-out and delivery! 3501 Oleander Dr., #2, and 5120 S. College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun., open at 11:30 a.m.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD DELIVERY OFFERED: Monkey Junction and near Independence Mall ■ WEBSITE:


The Italian Bistro is a family-owned, fullservice Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in Porters Neck. They offer a wide variety of N.Y. style thin-crust pizza and homemade Italian Slainte Irish Pub in Monkey Junction has dishes seven days a week! traditional pub fare with an Irish flair. We have The Italian Bistro strives to bring customers a large selection of Irish whiskey, and over 23 different beers on draft, and 40 different craft a variety of homemade items made with the beers in bottles. They have a large well lit out- freshest, local ingredients. Every pizza and door patio with a full bar also. Come have some entrée is made to order and served with a smile fun! They currently do not take reservations, but from our amazing staff. promise to take care of you when you get here! Their warm, inviting, atmosphere is perfect 5607 Carolina Beach Rd. #100, (910) 399-3980 for “date night” or “family night.” Let them show ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11:30 a.m. to you why “fresh, homemade and local” is part of everything they do. 8211 Market St. (910) 686midnight, seven days a week ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington, Mon- 7774 key Junction ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., ■ FEATURING: Irish grub, whiskeys, beer, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., wine, fun. Sun brunch, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck ■ WEBSITE:



“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 125 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days/week, 365 days/year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Largest tequila selection in town! ■ WEBSITE:


Zocalo Street Food and Tequila brings a modern version of cooking traditional Mexican street food through perfected recipes, with excellent presentation. Zócalo was the main ceremonial center for the Aztecs, and presently, it is the main square in central Mexico City. It bridges old school tradition with a twist of innovative cooking. Zocalo also has weekly events, such as their margarita and food tasting every Monday, 5-8 p.m., and a live taco station every Tuesday , 5-8 p.m. Live Latin music Is showcased every other Saturday and Sunday brunch begins at 10 a.m. Be sure to try Zocalo’s wide selection of the best tequilas! Owned and operated locally, locations are in Wilmington and Jacksonville, NC. Take out and delivery available through most apps. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER AND BRUNCH: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m - 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; closes 9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Pointe at Barclay ■ WEBSITE:


The Philly Deli celebrated their 38th anniversary in August 2017. Thier first store was located in Hanover Center—the oldest shopping center in Wilmington. Since, two more Philly Delis have been added: one at Porters Neck and one at Monkey Junction. The Philly Deli started out by importing all of their steak meat and hoagie rolls straight from Amoroso Baking Company, located on 55th Street in downtown Philadelphia! It’s a practice they maintain to this day. We also have a great collection of salads to choose from, including the classic chef’s salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad, all made fresh every day in our three Wilmington, NC restaurants. 8232 Market St., 3501 Oleander Dr., 609 Piner Rd.

■ OPEN: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday,11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday Saturday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck, North and South Wilmington, ■ WEBSITE:


Founded in 2008 by Evans and Nikki Trawick, Cape Fear Seafood Company has become a local hotspot for the freshest, tastiest seafood in the area. With it’s growing popularity, the restaurant has expanded from its flagship eatery in Monkey Junction to locations in Porters Neck and Waterford in Leland. “We are a dedicated group of individuals working together as a team to serve spectacular food, wine and spirits in a relaxed and casual setting,” restaurateur Evans Trawick says. “At CFSC every dish is prepared with attention to detail, quality ingredients and excellent flavors. Our staff strives to accommodate guests with a sense of urgency and an abundance of southern hospitality.” Cape Fear Seafood Company has been recognized by encore magazine for best seafood in 2015, as well as by Wilmington Magazine in 2015 and 2016, and Star News from 2013 through 2016. Monkey Junction: 5226 S. College Road Suite 5, 910-799-7077. Porter’s Neck: 140 Hays Lane #140, 910-681-1140. Waterford: 143 Poole Rd., Leland, NC 28451 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: 11:30am4pm daily; Mon.-Thurs.., 4pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 4pm 10pm; Sun., 4pm-8:30pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, north Wilmington and Leland ■ WESBITE:


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List ■ WEBSITE:

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:


Established in 1998, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant is locally owned and operated by Shelly McGowan and managed by her team of culinary professionals. Michael’s aspires to bring you the highest quality and freshest fin fish, shell fish, mollusks, beef, pork, poultry and produce. Our menu consists of mainly locally grown and made from scratch items. We count on our local fishermen and farmers to supply us with seasonal, North Carolina favorites on a daily basis. Adorned walls include awards such as 3 time gold medalist at the International Seafood Chowder Cook-Off, Entrepreneur of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Encores readers’ choice in Best Seafood to name a few. 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. (910) 458-7761 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days 11 am – 9 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach ■ FEATURING: Award-winning chowder, local se food and more! ■ WEBSITE:


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

events, such as wedding ceremonies & receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH: Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dine on renovated Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:


The Pilot House Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers Sunday-Thursday and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200. 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch,. 11am-3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday


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

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Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has two locations in the Port City area. The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd. (910-458-7380) and our second location is at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). The Shack is the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in and check out the Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Carolina Beach Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon2am, Historic Wilmington: Sun-Thurs: 11am10pm; Fri-Sat:11am-Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach/Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials. Like us on Facebook! ■ WEBSITE:


In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/ Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like

their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings. ■ WEBSITE:


Located in downtown Wilmington, Rx Restaurant and Bar is here to feed your soul, serving up Southern cuisine made with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. The Rx chef is committed to bringing fresh food to your table, so the menu changes daily based on what he finds locally. Rx drinks are as unique as the food—and just what the doctor ordered. Join us for a dining experience you will never forget! 421 Castle St.; 910 399-3080. ■ SERVING BRUNCH & DINNER: Tues-Thurs, 5-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5-10:30pm; Sun., 10am-3pm and 5-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:


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


True Blue Butcher & Table opened in the Forum Shopping Center in January 2018 at the point, 1125-AA Military Cutoff Rd. as Wilmington’s finest neighborhood butcher shop and restaurant. A menu of globally-inspired, local ingredients is served during lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. But the real experience is visiting the butcher counter to take home the best cuts of meat in Wilmington (and the world), while also given expert cooking and food advice from the chef/owner himself, Bobby Zimmerman. True Blue has a magnificent bar, handcrafted cocktail menu and bar menu and offers weekday specials. (910) 679-4473

■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & WEEKEND BRUNCH: Lunch Tues.-Fri., 11am-2pm; Dinner, Tues.-Sun., 5-10pm; Brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10:30am-2:30pm; Butcher counter Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: The Forum off of Military Cutoff Road ■ FEATURES: Wed. Burger Night, Thurs. 1/2-priced wine bottle & prime steak upgrades; Friday 1/2-priced bar menu ■ WEBSITE/SOCIALS: IG: @truebluebutcherandtable. FB: facebook. com/TrueBlueButcherAndTable


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BEST FRIED CHICKEN Rooster & the Crow’s fried chicken is now a new favorite in Wilmington. Photo by Rosa Bianca




tepping into Rooster & the Crow is like entering a cozy medieval-castle-ski-lodge. Located in the former NeMa spot in Chandler’s Wharf, Rooster & Crow has received quite a facelift from its former eatery, including trendy Edison bulb chandeliers. The only thing warmer than the atmosphere is the service. My husband and I met one of our usual suspects for dinner, and as soon as we set foot in Rooster & the Crow we were greeted by a wonderful server who instructed us to sit wherever we’d like.

I found the restaurant’s menu on its Facebook page, as it doesn’t currently have a website. A perfunctory glance over the menu brought one word to mind: hearty. In other words: Go when a comfort food craving hits. The burger menu is ripe with variety—and not just the usual suspects like mushroom and Swiss (but they have that, too). Rooster & the Crow’s options include the Barnyard Brawl—which has a patty topped with fried chicken and bacon—and the Graceland—which features bacon, peanut butter and caramelized banan-

as. For me less is more when it comes to burgers, so I went with the Water Street, garnished with only lettuce, tomato and cheddar. One thing that made me raise an eyebrow: no condiments? Lo and behold, it didn’t need them. This burger had a secret, which I didn’t find until the succulent patty scooted over just a bit: a buttered and grilled bun. I ordered it medium, and it was cooked to perfection. The patty is a combination of brisket, short rib and chuck, which explains why it was so rich and full of flavor. Color me impressed, Rooster & the Crow. I’m not just a Winnie’s girl anymore. The sweet-potato waffle fries on the side were thin and crispy, just how I like them. I wondered if they were frozen, since they also tasted like others in town. My husband opted for the fried-green tomato BLT with a side Caesar. The sandwich was flawless. I especially appreciated that the tomatoes weren’t cut too thick. The spicy mayo had just enough kick to balance out the rich bacon and luscious tomatoes. The side Caesar wasn’t anything to write home about, but it wasn’t offensive either. It was over-dressed for my liking, and lacked the garlicky bite I love so much. Though I loved the shaved Parmesan, store-bought croutons—while crunchy and delicious—felt a little impersonal, and the $3 upcharge didn’t add up to the quality.

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Rooster & the Crow boasts it has “hands down the best fried chicken in all of Wilmington.” Whoa there, boys. Thems some fightin’ words, especially after tasting the fried golden deliciousness from Truck’s last week. (Maybe we need to have a fried chicken festival now to settle the score.) The menu explains the chicken goes through a brining process before being fried in a pressure cooker to produce “a wonderfully juicy chicken.” Of course, we had to try it. Our buddy got it with mashed potatoes and green beans (and won the comfort-food ordering challenge). I am pleased to announce we have a new contender for Wilmington’s best fried chicken. Rooster & the Crow’s fried chicken was, indeed, wonderfully juicy, and the

COMFORT Burger and fried chicken joint does simple well breading was crispy, crunchy and salty. The portion was extremely generous, comprising half a chicken and two sides for just $15.50. We all loved the mashed potatoes, which were perfectly buttery with bits of skin throughout (#winning) and a little sprinkle of oniony chives. The green beans tasted like they came from a can and were underseasoned. All of the portions were large enough that when a fourth friend joined us, we just gave her parts of our dishes. It was plenty to eat. The restaurant has an extensive beer list with plenty of local options, as well as a humble but diverse wine list. I decided to go with a cocktail, Swamp Thing. It’s listed as being made with Mother Earth whiskey and orange juice, topped with grenadine. Simple, not too many frills, perfect. I caught a glimpse of the bartender making it and saw him use Jack Daniel’s instead of Mother Earth. I was surprised when our server presented me with blue-green liquid in a pint glass. (Swamp Thing; now I get it). One sip and I knew it wasn’t for me—which doesn’t mean it isn’t for someone else. I just would have appreciated a heads up that there’s Blue Curacao in it. When our server noticed I hadn’t had much of it by the end of our meal, she offered to swap it out for something else. I politely declined. I think updated menu literature would mitigate any more being sent back. Regardless, overall, our experience at Rooster & the Crow was wonderful. With a touch of work on the sides and menu, it would be excellent. The entrees and service were delightful, and I speak on behalf of our whole crew when I say we are looking forward to our return.

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Poplar Grove Plantation transforms its grounds into a bounty of illumination, aglow with the holiday spirit Dec. 6 and 13 (5-8pm), 7 and 14 (10am-8pm) and 8 and 15 (10am4pm). $5 admission includes arts, crafts and gift vendor fair; Santa’s Workshop will be open for children and a mailbox ready to collect letters to Santa; outdoor Christmas movies for the entire family; visits with Santa and the Snow Queen; food trucks and concessions; plus so much more. Guided candlelight tours ($15-$20) of the Manor House will begin on the hour starting at 5 p.m., but must be reserved with a 15 guest max. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Highway 17 North.



Dec. 8, 6:30pm: The parade begins makes its way down Walnut and Front before ending on Church. Local marching bands, politicians, organizations, floats, princesses and queens, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be joining the route.


Dec. 4, 6-8:30pm: Jingle and Mingle will be held at The Hive hotel in downtown Wilmington and is expected to be a great night of shopping 20+ local vendors and hanging out in one of Wilmington’s coolest newest locations! The Hive Wilmington, 505 N 2nd St.


Dec. 13-14, 7pm, on the 15 at 5pm, Kure Beach will go from sandland to snowland as a slew of favorite holiday characters show up for the season: Frosty, Harriet Hippo, the Grinch, Olaf, Anna, Elsa, and Rudolph. Of course, Santa Claus and his wily elves will bring their zany antics. Folks will enjoy performances of Christmas music; folding chairs welcome. Ocean Front Park and Pavilion, 105 Atlantic Ave.


Dec. 7, 9am-2pm: Join us for our annual Holiday Gift Market: Saturday, Dec. 7th from 9am to 2pm! This gift market is specifically designed to help you find beautiful gifts from local artisans of every variety. We will have local makers of jewelry, woodworking, signs, and art of all forms: pottery, watercolor, mixed media, glass, mosaic, found object, upcycled, and photography. The warehouse will also be open, so join us for some shopping and holiday cheer! Legacy Architectural Salvage, 1831-B Dawson St., behind Stevens Ace Hardware. events/annual-fundraising-luncheon


Dec. 7-8: 13 historic sites all decorated for the season. Explore downtown Wilmington’s beautiful historic homes, festively decorated for the holiday season! The tour takes you inside some of the grandest homes and most interesting historic buildings of Wilmington, including the Victorian era Latimer House, decorated for the Gilded age, and the sumptuous Verandas Bed and Breakfast, nearly destroyed by Hurricane Florence and now completely restored. This year we’re also excited to include the South Front Phase II apartments, a former industrial building adaptively repurposed into urban living spaces. Also check out the Old Wilmington by Gingerbread House competition at the Latimer House and cast your vote for the best Gingerbread house on the block. Adults: $40; Children 13 & under: $10; Group Tickets: $35 until Dec. 1. old-wilmington-by-candlelight-tour.html


Visit Santa at The Cotton Exchange through Dec. 24, 11am-4pm: As always you can take free pictures with Santa at The Cotton Exchange. This year we will be utilizing a system that holds your place in line and sends you a text when it’s almost time for your visit. You can walk around and enjoy your time instead of waiting in long lines to see Santa. We will have music provided by area school choirs,


bands, and orchestras on many Saturdays during the holiday season. On Sundays, enjoy local music. Come see the numerous trees decorated for local charities throughout our buildings. 321 N Front St.


Through January 2, during regular aquarium hours, the Lower Cape Fear Hospice brings back its annual tradition, Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. There are numerous dazzling, decorated trees lining the stairwells and spaces of the aquarium, each decorated by local businesses in various themes. Folks can drop by the Memorial Tree to place a dove in remembrance of loved ones. Also, a limited supply of theme-decorated wreaths will be available for purchase, to help hospice provide quality care and support to individuals and families facing end-of-life needs. Admission is allowed with aquarium ticket. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd. fort-fisher


Annually, Carolina Beach gets into the Christmastime spirit with numerous events slated for their Island of Lights celebration. Featuring nightly lighted displays around Carolina Beach Lake, a Christmas parade on Dec. 6, a tour of homes on Dec. 14, a Christmas flotilla

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Cape Fear Model Railroad Society’s annual exhibition, Holiday Train Expo, features 12 layouts, and more than 30 trains decking the halls with boughs of holly, lights, tinsel, snow, and more. The show takes place in the Dillard’s wing of the mall for $4-$6. It’s open every weekend through Christmas, and Dec. 27-30. Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr.


No Christmas is complete without boarding the Polar Express! Children will enjoy a reading of the book, plus get to visit with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa every Saturday and Sunday at Wilmington Railroad Museum, through Dec. 22, with two time slots at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and must be booked ahead of time. Also, the museum gets sparkly for the season, , featuring 25,000 lights and musical animations. Twilight model trains are on display and Santa will show up to sip cider and eat cookies from 6:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 13-14, 20-21 and 26-28. 910-763-2634. 505 Nutt St.


Dec. 7, 6:30pm: We are turning 28 in dog years; come celebrate with us! We’ll kick off the celebration with special live music, food trucks and a first come first serve Oyster Roast and will of course continue our tradition of kicking off the holiday season with our Annual Ugly Sweater Contest & “Light the Lamp” ceremony with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and very limited releases of some extra special bourbon and whiskey barrel aged beers including an exclusive bottle release of our 2017 Tennesse Triple! Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St.

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Vehicles, Hovercraft, Tow Trucks, Construction Vehicles and more. Enjoy free Krispy Kreme donuts and hot dogs. Listen to live music by local artists and have a great time! Admission is a new unwrapped toy or cash donation to Toys for Tots. Don’t miss this exciting event! Please spread the word and help us to assure that all children have toys for the Holiday Season. 3306 Kitty Hawk Rd., 110


Dec. 7, 1pm: Esteamed Coffee Board member Kirby Barbour is riding his bike 400 miles across NC, raising funds and awareness for non-profits with a similar mission. Kirby is starting on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Winston-Salem, NC. He will host events with 7 nonprofits on his route, finishing on Saturday, Dec. 7 as he rides into Flytrap Brewing in Wilmington! Kirby will be biking in to the brewery around 2pm so come out and greet him after his long journey! Plus learn how to support all of us in creating jobs for individuals with disabilities across our great state. Special Pedals will be set up at Flytrap Brewing doing tuneups, repairs, and selling refurbished bikes as well as upcycled artwork the day of the event! Food Truck TBD. Funds raised through this ride will support all 7 non-profits involved in this great cause. Donate: esteamedcoffee. com/nc-bike-ride. 319 Walnut St.


Through Dec. 31: Are you an animal rescue or charity that needs help online? Every year, Southport-based MyUntangled Media awards one organization a free website build or makeover, ongoing hosting, maintenance, and all other associated website costs – for life. Open to all 501(c)(3) no-kill animal shelters, rescues, and support organizations only. See past winners and enter:


Dec. 5, 5pm, Free: Want to learn how to reduce cigarette litter and drink a great beer? Come to Edward Teach Brewery and support Keep New Hanover Beautiful. Edward Teach Brewery is giving back a dollar of every pint sold to help out Keep New Hanover Beautiful. Learn about our efforts to reduce litter, improve recycling and making our community even more beautiful by attending. For additional information check out 604 N 4th St.


Dec. 5, 7pm, $100: Celebrate with Hope Abounds with Christmasm music from Duke Ladd and Ray Kennedy. Cocktail attire; event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast! Enjoy the Christmas spirit and festivities while supporting a worthy cause of helping those enduring cancer treatment during the holiday season and each day of their journey. $100 at Donation receipt will be provided by 12-31.


Dec. 8, 1-5pm: Ryan Burris was a local activist who worked closely with so many vital community groups, and Cape Fear Equality with the support of Charles Ogiba are honoring his memory by continuing his tradition of collecting toys for local children who have been affected by HIV. All toys will be given to Partners In Caring, a group supported by

Duke whose mission is to educate and prevent HIV and a group that meant so much to Ryan. Pravda at 23rd N. Front St. This will be a family friendly event. events/461377914486902


Comedians, singers, songwriters, poets, yodelers! Come out the co-op on Wednesday night & show us what you got! Free coffee


Fri., 6:30pm: Looking for something different to do? Look no further! Come aboard The Wilmington, our comfortable catamaran, for a fun cruise down the Cape Fear River as we cruise into the sunset. Grab a tasty cocktail or drink from our full bar and sit back and relax as you listen to live music from local musicians. One-of-a-kind music venue in Wilmington and this cruise is one of our most popular excursions, so be sure to book early! Wilmington Water Tours, 212 Water St.


Every Tues., 8-11pm, longest continuous Drum Circle for over 6 year provides an open forum, featuring djembe, dounbek, conga, bongo, cajon, yosika and other hand drums and percussive instruments. Friendly environment for the enjoyment of rhythm and dance. All levels, rhythms welcome! Loaner drums available. Free. Hosted by Ron at Bottega Art & Wine Bar, Brooklyn Arts District. 723 N. Fourth St.

Midtown Men” will perform their holiday single, “All Alone on Christmas,” which they recorded with Stevie Van Zandt and members of Bruce Springsteen’s The E Street Band. Celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year” with these seasoned Broadway veterans! Wilson Center, 703 North Third St. capefearstage. com.


Dec. 19, 3pm and 7:30pm: Thalian’s main attraction series welcomes a Merry Country Christmas to the stage. The sounds of the holidays will permeate the theater, from “Old Saint Nick” to “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” Songs are presented by musicians and singers steeped in the country genre. Tickets range from $15$36. Thalian Hall, 301 Chestnut St. thalianhall. org


Dec. 6, 8pm: Part of Neil Gregory Johnson’s 100 Breweries In 100 Days Tour. He delivers a solid mix of comedy, breakneck finger-style guitar, soulful vocals, and powerful storytelling. Don’t miss it. Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St.

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Dec. 8, 7pm, free: 65-member chorale, with instrumentation, sings a wide variety of Christmas music, from J.C. Bach’s Magnificat in C to an all-time favorite, T’was the Night Before Christmas. Kenan Auditorium, 601 S. College Rd.


Love the sound of the robust and round brass tuba? Join Daniel Johnson as he leads a group of tubists who play Christmas carols at Independence Mall on Dec. 8, 3pm. Tubists interested in participating should contact Johnson at 910-962-7559 or All ages and experience levels are welcome. Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr.


Dec. 6-7, 5pm: Duplin Winery presents its annual holiday dinner theater. Start the evening by adding on a comprehensive wine tasting and tour before the show starts. During your tasting and tour, our staff will share entertaining and amusing family stories and educate you on the winemaking process. During the dinner show, you will be treated with a menu that highlights seasonal, local flavors mingled


Tickets to the eight-concert series, playing a range of jazz genres in an intimate listening room performance. All concerts are 6:30-8pm, 1st Thurs., through April 2020 at Cameron Art Museum. Presented by CAM and Cape Fear Jazz Society: CAM/CFJS Members: $17; non-members: $25; students with valid college ID $12 (tax and fees not included). Dec. 5, Paolo André Gualdi; 2020: Jan. 9, Stanley Baird Group; Feb. 6, Andrew Berinson Trio; Mar. 5, Lenora Zenzalai Helm; Apr. 2, John Brown Quintet. CAM, 3201 S. 17th St.

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Dec. 5-6, 7:30-9pm, $25: Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah, feat. Ronnie Wise, conductor; Nancy King, soprano; Mary Gayle Greene, mezzo soprano; Melvin Ezzell, tenor; and John Callison, baritone. Enjoy Handel’s Messiah performed by the Choir of Saint Paul’s with soloists and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra in the exquisite acoustics of the St. Paul’s sanctuary. concerts.html. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N 16th St.


Dec. 5, 7:30-10pm, $35-$72: The Midtown Men, reuniting stars from the Broadway smash hit “Jersey Boys,” will ring in the Christmas season in Wilmington this year with their “Holiday Hits” show. This evening of songs and stories will feature iconic Yuletide classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” as well as their signature renditions of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll hits of the 1960s. “The

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with Duplin’s finest wines and gourmet Muscadine dressings. $55. Duplin Winery, 505 N. Sycamore St.


Dec. 5, 7-9pm: Music, drama, dance and poetry. Sponsored by: Youth Service America – Spark the Arts, City of Wilmington, Blue Ribbon Commission, Dreams of Wilmington, and The Martin Luther King Center. Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.


David Sedaris’ annual essay-turned-play, “Santaland Diaries,” has become a holiday staple on Wilmington stages. Panache Theatrical Productions is carrying the torch forward and will have Randy Davis filling Crumpet’s elf boots in 2019. Directed by Jamey Stone, the show will take place Thursday through Sundays, Dec. 5-22 (7:30 p.m., except for Sundays, 3 p.m.). The one-man show chronicles Sedaris’ life as an elf during the holidays in Macy’s Santaland, with sardonic humor for days and songs from the Not-So-Ready-for-Christmas carolers. Tickets: $20-$22. Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St.


Thalian Association is breathing life into the 2003 movie classic “Elf,” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 12-22. Tickets are $16 to $32 and will feature adults and children alike, as they tell the story of an eccentric human reared by elves, who makes his way to NYC to find his biological father … and the world’s best cup of coffee. The show features 18 numbers, full of

color and joy—perfect for the season. Thalian Hall, 301 Chestnut St.


Dec. 11-14, 19-21, 7:30pm, and 3pm matinees as well on Saturdays and Sundays. The Theatre Exchange’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” transports the timeless story of Christmas redemption from London to a depression era “Hooverville” on the outskirts of St. Louis. Actor, historian and THCPA Executive Director, Tony Rivenbark, will once again bring Ebenezer Scrooge to life in the intimate setting of the Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall, 301 Chestnut St. $28


Dec. 10, 7:30pm: A mind-blowing spectacular showcase with the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists—Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe. Undoubtedly, this show dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. It is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Illusions and cast members subject to change without notice. Tickets: $38-$92, The Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St.


Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, Wilmington’s premier after-hours celebration of art and cul-

ture, 6-9pm, fourth Fri. ea. month. Art openings, artist demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments. Administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington and NHC, numerous venues participate.


encore and Coworx in The Cargo District present “Montage: A Cucalorus Volunteer Art Exhibit,” featuring art work made by volunteers of Wilmington’s annual festival. The exhibit features multimedia works by Penney Vasquez, Francisco ‘Cisco’ Amieva, Anya Ekaterina and Brighid Greene. Over 20 works available for purchase. Plus, a silent auction of one piece from each artist will benefit Cucalorus. On display through Jan. 20. 1608 Queen St.


New art exhibit, hosted by Art in Bloom and Checker Cab Productions, at Pinpoint. “Homegrown” is about local food and the local places that offer it. Angela Rowe’s paintings explore the movement of food from farms and waters to markets and to table. Woven through these paintings are my food memories and stories, a sort of autobiography in food. Rowe is a native of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina who grew up drawing, doodling, and creating imaginary houses from shoeboxes and paper. Angela began taking classes at The Museum School of Cameron Art Museum and in October of 2014, she leased studio space at ACME Art Studios. She works in acrylic, mixed media, collage and print making. 114 Market St.


Elizabeth Darrow the pop-up art exhibit, “It’s

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Flytrap Brewing presents Sarah Rushing Doss’ “Choosing Happiness.” The collection consists of paintings and drawings that seek out and celebrate beauty in everyday life and consciously choose happiness despite hardship. Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St.


“New Path: New Art by Debra Bucci,” phenomenal oil paintings so vivid you feel as if you are inside them. Debra Bucci is known for her vibrant and engaging floral paintings. Dynamic color palettes, moving compositions and translucency from layering oils all work together to enhance the depth and bring Debra’s art to life. Her style is rooted in realism and woven with abstract elements. Art in Bloom Gallery, 210 Princess St. On view until January 19, 2020.


New Elements Gallery is excited to announce our 34th Annual Holiday Show! Start your Holiday shopping with perusing work by 40+ of the best artists in southeastern North Caroli-


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About Time.” Experience the first screenings of the short documentary “Elizabeth Darrow: Believing in the Process.” Enjoy snacks and view original art. Free and open to the public. Pop-up exhibit, receptions, and movie nights are presented by Art in Bloom Gallery at 216 N. Front Street (former Expo216 Building). Continues through November 29 and is open Tues – Sunday, noon to 5-9pm on Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, November 27. 216 N. Front St.

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This Cruise is a 60 min cruise into a magical light delight with Holiday songs performed by a local Musician, tasty holiday cocktails from our bar with some tasty sweet treats. Great way to get into the Holiday spirit.

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Inviting all mainstream and plus square dancers to join us for our weekly evening of dance on Thursdays from 8-9:30 pm at Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Rd. (entrance on Shipyard Blvd.). $5/person/dance. Join: $17.50/person/month.


At Maides Park, Thurs., 11am-noon. Free! Pre-reg. is not required. 1101 Manly Avenue


Mission is to provide a venue for ballroom and social dancing. Welcome dancers of all levels—great form of exercise and to socialize with others who also like to dance. The club holds a dance on the second Tuesday of each month. Variety of DJ’s play all kinds of dance music—ballroom, Latin, shag, rock & roll, country, slow nightclub. Cost $8/person. New Hanover Sr. Resource Ctr, 2222 S. College Rd.


na. Find one-of-a-kind gifts, wearable art, and home décor to make anyone happy on your list—including you! On display through January 18, 2020. 271 N. Front St.


The Aids Awareness Project has brought the quilt to Wilmington thanks to The Frank Harr Foundation. 20+ panels of the quilt will be displayed over a two-week period in Dec. 2019. Five blocks of the AIDS quilt will be available for viewing. Admission: $8. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.


Dec. 6, 6pm: Celebrate the fifth year of Illumination! Experience illuminated sculptures created by artists from across the U.S. while enjoying a festive evening with light refreshments, cash bar and music with El Jaye Johnson and the Port City All-Stars. The party offers a musical mixed bag of r&b, pop, funk, and soul with El Jaye Johnson, guitar, trumpet, vocals; Shaun Hargett, drums; Carlo Rouse, bass; Sherome Clay, keys, vocals; and Darryl Murrill, saxophone. cameronartmuseum. org. Members: $10; non-members, $16. CAM, 3201 S. 17th St.


Dec. 4, 7pm (additional screening, 4pm): Cinematique presents “Parasite.” The first ever Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Bong Joon-ho’s (Snowpiercer, The Host, Okja) Parasite blends thriller

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and satire to craft a searingly funny and tragic social commentary on class, greed, and violence. The film follows a poor family whose members take turns infiltrating a wealthy family’s mansion. The plan goes awry and the parasites are drawn into a vortex leading viewers on a journey filled with imaginative moments. With every frame beautifully composed, Parasite vividly contrasts the two families using humor, mystery and a creeping sense of tension. Bong once again skillfully fuses genre elements with social critique in a wildly entertaining, visually extraordinary and intoxicating manner. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.


Waterman’s Brewing is making sure to keep families warm by their fire pits, as hot chocolate brews and s’mores is made. Plus, adults will be able to enjoy a few holiday libations while watching: Dec 1, “Christmas Vacation”; Dec. 8, “Elf”; Dec. 15, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Just bring one unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, plus chairs and blankets. Waterman’s Brewing, 1610 Pavilion Pl.


Dec. 23, 4pm and 7pm: Frank Capra’s iconic holiday film is a Wilmington holiday tradition, shown as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. This timeless tale brings back old memories and creates new ones for children and grandchildren alike when viewed in majestic Thalian Hall. Tony Rivenbark’s famous toy collection will be on display with some seasonal treats for the whole family! $12, Thalian Hall, 301 Chestnut St.

Oct. and Nov., all levels. Expose the community to the African Diaspora Culture through African dance for all ages and all levels. November’s second class will start from 1-3:30 p.m. $20/class. Group prices include: $15 each for two; $10 each three or more; $5 for all children 6-16 years old.


Every Friday at Ibiza Nightclub—home to some of the areas most talented female impersonators. Our exclusive drag shows take place at 10:30pm and midnight. Afterward our dance floors is yours as our resident DJ spins a variety of House, Hip hop, Top 40 & EDM until 2:30am. 18+ with Valid ID. Ibiza Nightclub, 118 Market St.


Get strong! Have fun! Meet friends! Belly dance classes for women 18+, no dance experience necessary. Introvert friendly, all body sizes and shapes welcomed. 6-week series. No class Nov 26. No drop-ins. Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.


Dec. 5, 7pm, $20: Dive into this classic tale based on the Hans Christian Andersen story. It tells the story of a mermaid who dreams of life beyond the ocean. After she saves a man’s life she makes a deal with a Sea-Witch and sets out to win the heart of her prince by any means necessary. A delight for the whole family. Reserved seating, $20. Thalian Hall, 301 Chesnut St.


Dec. 6, 4pm, 7pm, $20: Is there any more perfect holiday experience than The Nutcracker? Delightful for both the young and the young at heart, this classic Tchaikovsky ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl, who is transported to a magical land where she fights giant mice,


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meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, and dances with the Nutcracker Prince. This showstopper sells out quickly, so get your tickets now and create wonderful holiday memories with the tiny dancers in your life. Thalian Hall, 301 Chesnut St.


Dec. 7, 9:30pm: Classic Retro Dance Party, playing your favorite songs all in one night – ‘50s through the ‘90s. Free event for Tails members or $5 for year’s membership at the door. Tips for tracks are always appreciated • Dec. 21, 9:30pm: Festive dance party just in time to rock around the Christmas tree and let loose all the stress of the season. Free for Tails members or $5 for a year’s membership at the door. Tails, 115 S. Front St. thebeehiveblondes. com


Dec. 7, 7pm; Dec. 8, 3pm: A Carolina Nutcracker is the Cape Fear region’s own fulllength traditional production of the beloved holiday ballet! Set in 1865 Wilmington at the Bellamy Mansion, the ballet features all the classic elements of the original – Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, and the Sugar-Plum Fairy – merged with Wilmington’s own history. The City Ballet is joined by professional guest artists from the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, and Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous musical score is performed by a live 50-piece professional orchestra and a treble chorus. If you see only one “Nutcracker” this year, this is the one for the whole family! Tickets: $20-$40, or Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St.

comedy OPEN MIC

Wildest open mic in town—anything goes. (except cover songs). Stand-up comedy, slam poetry, video, live music, odd talents, performances of all kinds. Hosted by 6-beer Steve. Sign up, 8pm, and runs all night. Juggling Gypsy 1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223, after 3pm for details.


First Wed. ea. month, Gruff Goat Comedy features Three Guest Comics Under a Bridge. No trolls. Waterline Brewing, 721 Surry Lane.


See some of NC’s best stand-up comedians

in a world class venue! This month’s talented performers: Brett Williams, Cordero Wilson, Grant Sheffield, Louis Bishop, and Tyler Wood. Hosted by: Wills Maxwell. N Front Theatre (formerly City Stage), 21 N Front St.


First Sat. ea. month is free at Lucky Joe Craft Coffee on College Road, presented by Regretful Villains. The show features a new style of stand-up called Speed Joking. Enjoy a night of laughs! 1414 S College Rd.


Every Wed. join Dead Crow Comedy for improv night. Join local comedians for a TV party at Dead Crow! Interactive improvised comedy show. 265 N. Front St.


Open mic every Thursday, 8pm. Sign up is in person, 7pm. There’s no cost to participate, and each comedian is allotted three minutes of stage time. • Reno Collier, Dec. 6-7, 7pm/9:30pm, $16: Reno has built a reputation by selling out comedy clubs and colleges nationwide. In 2004 he joined Larry The Cable Guy on Tour of America. Following the success of that tour, in 2005 Reno taped his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special. Also toured with the legendary Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. Tickets: 265 N. Front St.


Dec. 5, 8pm, free: LOL, a brand-new weekly show from Wilmington’s finest improvisors, comedians, and storytellers! Using your suggestions, DareDevil Improv will create a oneof-a-kind comedy experience to kick off your weekend right! (Followed by karaoke!). Plus, special guests, music, and cocktails! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 111 Grace St. daredevilimprov. com

Thalian Hall, 301 Chestnut St.


Through Apr. 26, 2020: The Eye Learns—Modernist prints from the Louis Belden Collection—In 2017 CAM was given an unprecedented bequest of works of art from San Francisco art collector Louis Belden. The collection of 135 prints offers an endless range of expression, experimentation and expansion of the terrain of postwar modernism and includes original artworks from the leading artists, the change-makers, the radicals, the early modernist European expats, seeking asylum in this country. Among others, artists in the exhibition will include Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg. • Through April 26, 2020: Structure in Space and Time Photography by Phil Freelon—Throughout his prodigious career, award-winning architect Freelon (American, 1953-2019) found photography essential to his design vision and creative process: Photography is one of the vehicles that I use to share my view of the world. As an architect, the expression of structure is central to my design process, bringing a sense of order to the final composition. Photographs examine the structure that exists all around us—both in the natural and built environment. Everyone at CAM is deeply saddened by the passing of Phil Freelon on July 9, 2019. If you would like to honor his legacy you may make

contributions to the North Star Church of the Arts. • CAM Café open and serving delicious menu with full bar. Brunch, Sat. and Sun., 10am-2pm; Tues.-Fri., 11am-2pm; Thurs. 5-9pm. Museum, 10am-5pm; Thurs., 10am9pm. 3201 S. 17th St.


Ongoing: Explore the history of the 20th century in this new gallery designed, curated and fabricated by the Cape Fear Museum team. The revamped 20th century gallery is the final chapter of the Museum’s core exhibit, Cape Fear Stories. The new exhibit paints a picture of New Hanover County and the dramatic social, cultural and economic transformations that shaped life in the 20th century and beyond. • Ongoing: Michael Jordan, known worldwide for his spectacular basketball skills, grew up in Wilmington. He achieved phenomenal success in basketball, and he worked hard to achieve his goals at every level. “Michael Jordan: Achieving Success” showcases his early years and Wilmington roots. Several artifacts are on display including an unworn pair of 1987 Air Jordan 1 shoes. • Ongoing: Space Place: Hands-on STEM interactives include a robotic arm, microscopic experiments and a glove box challenge. Visual elements offer real-time information about the International Space Station’s location and daily operations. • Ongoing: Williston Auditorium: Education in Wilmington has a long, rich tradition, and the name “Williston” has been associated with schooling here since the 1860s. What began as an American


Sign up at 8:30; show’s at 9. Bring your best to the mic. Bomber’s Beverage Company, 108 Grace St.


Dec. 7, 7:30pm: The Gio Fund and Uncultured Comedy present Dog-Gone Comedy at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. An evening of stand up benefitting rescue dogs in Eastern North Carolina, performers include Louis Bishop, Maytt Coughlan, Rich Neilsen and Jimmy Kimrey. Hosted by Mellony Wilder.

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Missionary Association school became—between 1923 and the day it closed its doors in 1968—the only high school for African Americans in New Hanover County. • Through Feb. 2, 2020: Once considered an essential part of a wardrobe, the fashion hat has experienced a steady decline in popularity since the 1960s. Today, many people associate stylish hats only with a Sunday church service or a special event. This selection of hats reflects a number of the popular styles worn in the Cape Fear area from the 1940s through the 1960s.• Through Oct. 6, 2019: Play Time!, an exhibit that explores how we play, create, and use our imagination as children and adults. The display includes items from the museum’s historic toy collection and hands-on activities ranging from creating art to playing dress-up. • Through Feb. 23, 2020: Dinosaur Discovery explores the world of modern paleontology and the discoveries that reveal how dinosaurs lived, moved and behaved. Everything we know about these prehistoric animals comes from fossils unearthed by paleontologists. These scientists study ancient life by examining their finds and piecing together clues from the past. This exhibit was developed by the Virginia Museum of Natural History. CF Museum, 814 Market St.


WB Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 yr. history of WB. (910) 256-2569. 303 W. Salisbury St.


Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mon. at 10:30am, only $5 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $9 adult, $8 senior/military, $5 child, ages 2-12, and free under age 2. 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634.


Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4$12. Latimer House of Lower CF Historical Society is not handicapped accessible 126 S. 3rd St.


18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC,

restored with 18th-19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen and courtyard. 3rd/Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. 910-762-0570.


One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Dec. 7, 9am5pm: Operating two stations aboard Battleship NC, the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts a worldwide ham radio operator event commemorating the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Battleship is NI4BK, and HAM operators may contact the ship via Voice, Digital and Morse Code. Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying the contact. 910-799-1694. battleshipnc. com/event-calendar/pearl-harbor-remembrance-day. • Dec. 7: Battleship Alive: Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. Bring questions and cameras! Free with admission. Battleship NC, 1 Battleship Rd.

and art making! Enjoy open studio time with your family. Such as reading stories, creating art with a variety of supplies, and having fun with friends! No pre-registration necessary. Parental Supervision required at all times. Auggested donation: $5/family. 3201 S. 17th St.


Happy Little Singers is an affordable, creative early childhood (Pre-K) music and movement program, designed for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and young students up to age 6 (older children and siblings enjoy the program, as well). So much fun for you and your little one! With every nurturing and creative class, you will see your child expressing themselves in new ways, developing new skills and competency, matching rhythm and singing, playing instruments. You may also notice a significant increase in both fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, language and listening skills, social skills and self-esteem. The class will also help reinforce the bond between you and your child. Classes held every Tues, 9:45-11:30am, Hannah Block Community Arts Center. Cost is $10 per family. 910777-8889 to register. Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.


Dec. 5-9, 5-8pm, $14.95: Clara’s Aquarium Party premiers with the Wilmington Ballet Company at the aquarium. Guests will not be dreaming when they meet and greet the dancers and characters from the “Great Wilmington Nutcracker,” nibble on cookies and hot

chocolate, and watch as professional dancers perform several shortened dance vignettes from the holiday classic. Ages 2 and under are free. $12.95 for ages 3 to 12, $14.95 for ages 13 and up. NC Aquarium Society Members receive a 10% discount. Advance tickets only. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd. Info.aspx?EventID=68


Dec. 7, 11am-2pm: Internationally renowned artist Clyde Jones spends the day with you and your family. Help decorate sea critters to add to our Holiday by the Sea installation, which will remain on display at the corner of 17th and Independence through the holiday season. Take part in other fun art stations and explore our current exhibitions with your family! Enjoy lunch at the CAM Cafe. No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required at all times. $5 per child. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.


Dec. 11, 10am-12pm: Ages 5 & under. Our friends at Halyburton Park are coming to give you a close-up view of some silly and slithery snakes! No pre-registration req. $5 per child (included with general admission). Fit For Fun Center, 302 S. 10th St.


Start your day on the water in search of wildlife and many of our feathered friends, while


Brief presentation about live animals on display in the events center and watch them feed. At least one snake and turtle will be fed during the demonstration. Ages: 3 and up. First Wed. every month, $1. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St.


Dec. 7, 8-10am, $5-$18: A favorite jolly elf makes a splash at the aquarium for Santa’s Magical Morning on Saturday, Dec. 7. Catch him diving with his aquatic friends, including sharks, rays and eels. Gather round for holiday story time (and cookies) with Mrs. Claus. And in a new twist to a holiday favorite, good boys and girls giggle with glee as Santa delivers a specially selected gift for each child. Photos are encouraged! Gift giving will consist of Santa giving your child(ren) a gift that is provided by the parents. For a child to receive a gift, it will need to be dropped off at the Aquarium, wrapped and labeled as instructed, through Dec. 4, 9am-5pm. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. NC Aquarium Society Members receive a 10% discount. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd.


Bring your little ones to CAM for story reading

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listening to interesting commentary about the rich history of this area. 2 hour cruise; full bar, serving coffee and the best Bloody Mary on the river. Photographers, birders, and nature buffs love the variety of wildlife and native plants that adorn the river banks. We may see osprey, alligators, sea turtles, and river otters, just to name a few. Bring your camera so you won’t forget the untouched beauty of this early morning adventure. Cruise through the Castle Hayne Aquifer and by the bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation. $10-$20. ILM Water Tours, 212 S Water St.


Join park staff for a leisurely bird-watching stroll around Halyburton Park the first Friday of each month. We’ll search for migrants and point out year-round bird species too. These walks are for beginner birders and all are welcome. Free. Ages: 5 and up. Halyburton Park, 4099 S 17th St.


Saturdays, 5:30pm, $20—Cruise the Cape Fear River while enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the Holidays. Cruises begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving and go through the weekend after Christmas. Join us this magical time of the year and celebrate with family & friends while local musicians perform your favorite Holiday songs. Featuring special Holiday Cheer from our Full Bar and tasty treats! Wilmington catamaran is fully enclosed and boasts a full bar with coffee, hot chocolate,

wine, beer, spirits and more! No coolers allowed; however, you may bring snacks to enjoy while cruising. Wilmington Water Tours,

classes/seminars MEDITATE AND CHILL

Join Jesse Stockton + Jenny Yarborough every Tues., 7:30-8:30pm, Terra Sol Sanctuary. 20-30 minute meditation to help you take a deep breath. Relax. Let go. $10; no need to register in advance. 507 Castle St.


In Elements of Songwriting we will examine the major elements of what goes into writing original music. We will study lyrics, melody, harmony, form, rhythm, and survey techniques used to enhance your songwriting. We will look at examples of music and lyrics, and discuss creative strategies for finding ideas and completing songs. The class will meet Mondays from 12-2 p.m. in Southport. Contact Barbara McFall, for details on how to sign up. They are also doing in person registration at 704 N. Lord Street, Southport. mcfallb@brunswickcc. edu. 910-755-7300.


Tuesdays from 6-7pm join us and Yoga Village at the brewery for donation-based yoga. Suggested donation is $15 but you may paywhat-you-can, if needed. Donations support

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Yoga Village community programming. Wilmington Brewing Company, 824 South Kerr Ave.


Dec. 9, 6:15pm: You don’t have to be an artist or sewing expert to create a moving personal tribute, remembering a life lost to AIDS, but you do have to make a panel in order to add a name to the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Panels might be created using paint, needlework, ironon transfers, quilted, handmade appliqués, etc. Any remembrance is appropriate. However, the only way to have a name added to the quilt is to make a panel. Free panel-making workshop to assist friends and family realize their desire to memorialize a loved one. Create a panel privately and get some ideas or discuss your thoughts. Or make the panel with others in the tradition of an old-fashioned quilting bee, possibly including friends, family and co-workers. Hannah Block Historic, USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. frankharrfoundation. org/2019/10/28/aids-memorial-quilt-panel-making-workshops.


Dec. 10, 7pm: Elena Weber will lead you through a deep meditative practice using the power of conscious circular breathing. This breath allows stagnant energies and long held emotional patterns to rise and we invite it to be washed away through the breath. As we continue to breathe, awareness and insights flow in, opening our hearts into a deeper level of understanding of ourselves and our nature. More

profound level of self-acceptance and selflove is accessed, our lights shining brighter each time we come home to the truth that’s in our hearts. Prana Salt Cave, 7110 Wrightsville Ave., Unit B-8

clubs/notices BIKE NIGHT

Bike Night at Mac’s Speed Shop, beer, bikes, BBQ. Featuring in concert: South Starr band playing great classic-southern R&R music! Mac’s Speed Shop, 4126 Oleander Dr.


First Thurs. every month, 10am, a morning of knitting or crochet and conversation. This is a self-guided drop-in program. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own materials and projects to work on; supplies not provided. Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


The Night Before Christmas Mystery Party is a Jolly good time for all ugly sweater and all! This is a private party for you and your guess and the venue of your choice (your house, community clubhouse etc.). A letter to Santa is a feel good classic that touches the hearts of all! You have 1 hour to save Christmas for Tiny Timmy, are you up to the challenge? iEscape Rooms, 100 N Lake Park Blvd. iescaperooms. com


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Dec. 7, 10am-3pm: As part of the quilt’s Wilmington public tour, trolley rides are available to our downtown locations for a $10 donation. The trolley will leave St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church, 19 North 26th Street, at the top of the hour beginning at 10 and ending at 3. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

culinary FERMENTAL

Free tasting every Friday, 6pm. Third Wednesday of each month feat. musical and brewing talents alongside an open mic night, as well as the opportunity for homebrewers to share, sample, and trade their creations: an evening of beer and an open stage. PA and equipment provided. All genres and beer. 910-821-0362. 7250 Market St.


3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, everyday at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Learn how we brew our beer, meet brewers and get two free samples.


Sat., 8am-1pm: Local farmers, growers, producers and artisans to sell their goods directly to consumers, to encourage and promote the use of locally-grown farm products and artisan offerings. Vegetables, herbs, plants, annuals, perennials, native plants, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, NC wines, dog treats, eggs, honey, goat cheeses, seafood, kombucha, meats, marina & fra diavolo sauce, smoothies and more. Artisan works of handmade jew-

elry, woodwork, silkscreen t-shirts & totes, photography, bath and body products, pet accessories, pottery, drawings and more. N. Water St., historic downtown, along the beautiful Cape Fear River.


Wed, 5-8pm: Sample some of the most delicious wines you can try for free with optional $25 food pairing, designed specifically to go with each wine. Benny Hill Jazz always starts at 7 pm with his cool jazz styles. Sweet n Savory Cafe, 1611 Pavilion Pl.


In 30 mins, eat 48 ounces of burger meat with three toppings and fries! Beat it and we take care of the bill and put your face on the Wall of Glory! Fail, and straight to The Wall of Shame you go. Bring your stretchy pants and good luck! Offer is daily. 11am-11pm, Port City Burgers & Brews, 11 Market St.


Explore the rich culture of our talented Southern town with a 90-minute walking tour of the literary history of downtown Wilmington, NC. Visit “The Two Libraries.” Walk the streets of your favorite novels, and stand where Oscar Wilde did when he lectured here. Saturdays, 1:30pm, Old Books on Front. 249 N. Front St.


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6:30-8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours, 6:30pm/8:30pm. Water and Market sts. RSVP rqd: 910-7941866.


Guided tours start on the hour; self-guided tours start at any time. Mon. is only self-guided tours. Follow curved oyster-shell paths through lush Victorian garden, shaded by 150-yr.-old magnolia trees. See elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear stories of Bellamies, as well as free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Adults $12; senior and military discount, $10; students, $6; children under 5, free. 503 Market St.


Explore Masonboro Island and discover the wonder of the Carolina coast. This tour option is ideal for families, birders, and nature enthusiasts. Masonboro Island is an 8.4-mile marine sanctuary island, renowned for its plant and wildlife diversity. Topics will include shell biology, native plant species, shorebirds, and barrier island ecology. Adult $45, child $25 RSVP: 910-200-4002. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd


Thurs., 6:30pm: CAM Gallery tours, led by museum staff, are sometimes irreverent and silly, but always provide a charming and engaging behind-the-scenes perspective on current exhibitions. But what if I’m really

thirsty before the tour? Join us for happy hour beforehand to loosen up your brain and chat about art. Brown Wing. CAM Members: Free, non-members. Museum admission. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.


Walking Tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk meets at the Visitors Bureau Kiosk just south of the new Hampton Inn and features members of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society leading a 50-minute tour into the past, answering questions like: Where did the “birth of the Shag” take place? Did you know there was a movie theater called The Wave on the Boardwalk? How long has Britt’s Donuts been on the Boardwalk, and has it always been in the same place? Why was the Red Apple so popular? Where was the largest dance floor south of Washington DC located? Society asks for a $10 donation. Children under 12 tour free. Carolina Beach Board Walk, Cape Fear Blvd.


Cameron Art Museum: Explore, discuss and learn more about the artwork currently on view at CAM. Members: free. Museum admission all others. CAM, 3201 S. 17th St.


Hear the stories behind the acquisition and selection of the artworks on display. Nov. 22, 11am: ”Unfolding Noguchi,” a collaboration between CAM and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum (NY) with CAM’s Chief Curator, Holly Tripman Fitzgerald. CAM

members: free; nonmembers, museum admission. Brown Wing, CAM, 3201 S. 17th St.


Grades 7-12: Wilmington Pride Youth Group is a safe space for youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their straight allies. An adult supervised, safe space for kids to talk about orientation, gender, racial equality, political consequences, religion, self care. A great opportunity to meet and socialize with peers from the greater Wilmington area. Meets Thurs., 7pm. Needed: youth facilitators, especially those who are trained to work with kids, and speakers to talk about important topics.


Group meets 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd. Bldg B. Christopher Savard, Ph.D., with Cape Fear Psychological Services, gives a presentation the 1st Thursday of each month. 3rd Thursday meeting is member led. 18+ welcome. 910-763-8134


Meets third Sat. ea. month. Free; drop-ins are welcome. Group provides participants an opportunity to receive introductory info about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Guest speakerss, DVD presentations and open group discussion. info@ (877) 849-8271, x1. NE Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


First Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.


Those with Multiple Sclerosis, families and friends welcome. Meets 2nd Thursday each month, 7 p.m., at the New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st floor conference room, 2131 S. 17th St. (behind the Betty Cameron Women’s Hospital). Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. Details: Anne (910) 232-2033 or Burt (910) 383-1368. New Hanover Regional Medical Hospital, 2131 S. 17th St.



ARIES (Mar. 21–April 19)

In composing this oracle, I have called on the unruly wisdom of Vivienne Westwood. She’s the fashion designer who incorporated the punk esthetic into mainstream styles. Here are four quotes by her that will be especially suitable for your use in the coming weeks. 1. “I disagree with everything I used to say.” 2. “The only possible effect one can have on the world is through unpopular ideas.” 3. “Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight and things that have nothing to do with reason.” 4. “I’m attracted to people who are really true to themselves and who are always trying to do something that makes their life more interesting.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“I’m drowning in the things I never told you.” Famous make-up artist Alexandra Joseph wrote that message to a companion with whom she had a complicated relationship. Are you experiencing a similar sensation, Taurus? If so I invite you to do something about it! The coming weeks will be a good time to stop drowning. One option is to blurt out to your ally “all” the feelings and thoughts you’ve been withholding and hiding. A second option is to divulge just “some” of the feelings and thoughts you’ve been withholding and hiding—and then monitor the results of your partial revelation. A third option is to analyze why you’ve been withholding and hiding. Is it because your ally hasn’t been receptive, or because you’re afraid of being honest? Here’s what I suggest: Start with the third option, then move on to the second.

unabashed fantasies. You feel no inhibition about envisioning scenes that you may or may not ever carry out in real life. You understand this free-form play of images is a healing joy, a gift you give yourself. It’s a crafty strategy to make sure you’re not hiding any secrets from yourself. Now is a favorable time to practice this art, Virgo.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In accordance with current astrological omens, here’s your meditation, as articulated by the blogger named Riverselkie: “Let your life be guided by the things that produce the purest secret happiness, with no thought to what it may look like from the outside. Feed the absurd whims of your soul and create with no audience in mind but yourself. What is poignant to you is what others will be moved by, too. Embrace what you love about yourself, and the right people will come.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“I swear I became a saint from waiting,” Scorpio poet Odysseus Elytis wrote in his poem “Three Times the Truth.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, you may be in a similar situation. You’ll be wise to welcome the break in the action and abide calmly in the motionless lull. You’ll experiment with the hypothesis that temporary postponement is best not just for you but for all concerned.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“My greatest asset is that I am constantly changing,” Sagittarian actress and activist Jane Fonda says. This description may not always be applicable to you, but I think it should be during the coming weeks. You’re primed to thrive on a robust commitment to self-transformation. As you proceed in your holy task, keep in mind this other advice from Fonda. 1. “One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go.” 2. “It is never too late to master your weaknesses.” 3. “If you allow yourself, you can become stronger in the very places that you’ve been broken.” 4. “The challenge is not to be perfect. It’s to be whole.” P.S. What does it mean to be whole? Be respectful toward all your multiple facets, and welcome them into the conversation you have about how to live.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

I’ve got some borderline sentimental poetry to offer you in this horoscope. It may be too mushy for a mentally crisp person like you. You may worry that I’ve fallen under the sway of sappy versions of love rather than the snappy versions I usually favor. But there is a method in my madness: I suspect you need an emotionally suggestive nudge to fully activate your urge to merge; you require a jolt of sweetness to inspire you to go in quest of the love mojo that’s potentially available to you in abundance. So, please, allow your heart to be moved by the following passage from poet Rabindranath Tagore: “My soul is alight with your infinitude of stars. Your world has broken upon me like a flood. The flowers of your garden blossom in my body.” Try saying this, and notice how it feels: “For the next 17 days, I will make ingenious efforts to interpret my problems as interesting opportunities that offer me the chance to liberate myself from my suffering and transform myself into the person I aspire to become.” Now speak the following words and see what thoughts and sensations get triggered: “For the next 17 days, I will have fun imagining that my so-called flaws are signs of potential strengths and talents that I have not yet developed.”

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

An interviewer asked singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen if he needed to feel bothered and agitated in order to stimulate his creativity. Cohen said no. “When I get up in the morning,” he testified, “my real concern is to discover whether I’m in a state of grace.” Surprised, the interviewer asked, “What do you mean by a state of grace?” Cohen described it as a knack for balance that he called on to ride the chaos around him. He knew he couldn’t fix or banish the chaos—and it would be arrogant to try. His state of grace was more like skiing skillfully down a hill, gliding along the contours of unpredictable terrain. I’m telling you about Cohen’s definition, Leo, because I think that’s the state of grace you should cultivate right now. I bet it will stimulate your creativity in ways that surprise and delight you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Poet Juan Felipe Herrera praises the value of making regular efforts to detox our cluttered minds. He says one of the best methods for accomplishing this cleansing is to daydream. You give yourself permission to indulge in uncensored,

You can’t escape your past completely. You can’t loosen its hold on you so thoroughly that it will forever allow you to move with limitless freedom into the future. But you definitely have the power to release yourself from at least a part of your past’s grip. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to do just that: to pay off a portion of your karmic debt and shed worn-out emotional baggage.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Aquarian playwright August Strindberg didn’t have much interest in people who “regurgitate what they have learned from books.” He was bored by stories that have been told over and over again; was impatient with propaganda disguised as information and by sentimental platitudes masquerading as sage insights. He craved to hear about the unprecedented secrets of each person’s life: the things they know and feel that no one else knows and feels. He was a student of “the natural history of the human heart.” I bring Strindberg’s perspective to your attention, my dear one-of-a-kind Aquarius, because now is a perfect time for you to fully embody it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“It’s no fun being in love with a shadow,” wrote Piscean poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. And yet she indulged profusely in that no-fun activity, and even capitalized on it to create a number of decent, if morose, poems. In alignment with your astrological omens, Pisces, I’m going to encourage you to fall out of love with shadows. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to channel your passions into solid realities: to focus your ardor and adoration on earthly pleasures and practical concerns and imperfect but interesting people.

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