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City Stage kicks off the new year with ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ Starring some of Wilmington’s most-loved actors, such as Troy Rudeseal and Jason Aycock (pictured), as well as Caitlin Becka, Max Korn and more, City Stage’s ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ is sure to be a rollicking good time! The Arthurian fun will begin on Saturday, December 29th, when the Python crew will take over Thalian Hall. Audiences can expect all the great highlights from the 1975 feature film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’ such as the Knights of Ni, coconuts, and cows. Plus, City Stage scored the costumes from the London run of the show! Flip to page 12 to read more about the upcoming production, including insight from artistic director Justin Smith. Courtesy photo

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LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES “The Lakers are so bad, when Mitt Romney talks about the 47 percent, he means Dwight Howard’s free-throw shooting.” —Jay Leno “A company in California designed a flying drone that will drop burritos over your house using a parachute—or as Chris Christie calls that, ‘the best forecast ever!’” —Jimmy Fallon “A new poll revealed that 44 percent of Americans think Santa is a Democrat and 28 percent believe he is a Republican. And the other 28 percent said to please stop bothering me with stupid questions. “ —Jimmy Kimmel “Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed an amendment that officially legalized marijuana in the state. Stoners took a moment to thank Governor Hickenlooper — then they spent a few hours just saying the word ‘Hickenlooper.’” —Jimmy Fallon “Mitt Romney met Manny Pacquiao just before Pacquiao lost his boxing match to Juan Manuel Marquez. Afterwards, Romney told Pacquiao, ‘You lost for the same reason I did: young Hispanics.’” —Conan O’Brien “Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he’s taking steps to run for president once again. He says he’s seeking the presidency for three reasons. He can remember only two of them, but he is seeking it.” —Jay Leno

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live local. live small. Year-in-review 2012


his has been an inTeresTing year for

Live Local. Last year we had lots of “firsts” and new milestones in our community. This year we had a lot of solid progress; it’s not quite as sexy, but I would say even more important. Maintaining momentum is hard to do. So without further ado, here are the top 10 Live Local accomplishments for 2012. 10. Live Local Resource Page. It’s up at encorepub. com and it’s successfully used! One of my 2012 resolutions was to build a resource page for people who are looking to step up their local activities. Like most successful things in life though, this is not of my doing. encore’s editor lady, Shea Carver, actually set it up and put together the initial entries. Since, people have added to it—which is the point! In order to be successful, it needs to be fluid and ever-evolving. Thanks for making it yours and making it grow! 9. LINC (Leading Into New Communities) moves into new facility. LINC Executive Director Frankie Roberts realized a goal with the opening of the ME Roberts Transitional Living Facility. The 40-bed operation allows LINC to greatly expand its impact in our community—namely helping people transition from the correctional system to productive, independent lives. One of the significant hurdles people face after release from prison is employment. No economic prospects will lead to a higher rate of re-offending, but Roberts’ team at LINC is trying to change that outcome and find meaningful employment so that people have economic options that contribute to our community. Or as Roberts puts it: “We’ll keep at it till people stop breaking into my house and yours.”

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growing power of individual actions to create larger change in the world. Carried locally by our wonderful patron-owned cooperative, Tidal Creek, these shirts not only carry the message of the Live Local lifestyle, but they demonstrate that business based upon principal, ethical investment, can succeed. 7. Rhonda Bellamy Appointed Executive Director of the Arts Council Now located on Front Street, there have been tremendous conversations going on for years about the possibility of resurrecting an arts council locally. Rhonda Bellamy’s confirmation as executive director of the newly reformed council helped make it visible and interactive with their move downtown. She immediately installed an incredible rotating display of visual art and the council has already awarded $22,000 in grants locally. With the creative economy accounting for over 300,000 NC jobs, putting a strong, vested hand like Rhonda Bellamy at the wheel of a fledgling organization means savvy leadership propels us forward. 6. Quarter Moon Books reports best year ever! In a time of grim economic outlook and perpetually bad news, it was wonderful to hear Quarter Moon Books in Topsail reported their best year ever! We keep hearing about the demise of bookstores and small business in general, but here is a bright beacon of hope! 5. Growth of Small Business Saturday. It’s not new, but it sure is catching on—thank heavens! Besides having a much calmer focus than the insanity at the big-box stores on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday feels like it honors family time at the holidays. It has finally put the idea of dedicated local spending into our national lexicon, and local shops adopted it to their own use over the holiday season, which hopefully will only grow in coming years.

8. The “We Add Up” t-shirt campaign (available at Tidal Creek Co-op) makes visual the message that collectively we can make a difference. Launched by a mother-and-daughter team these organic Texas grown cotton shirts are made in the 4. Port City Swappers! This group remains dediUSA. Sporting messages like “Bike,” “Compost,” “Shower Together”—and yes—“Buy Local.” Each cated to swapping food, beverages, handmade items comes with a unique number demonstrating the and skills by bartering goods at a swap once a month.

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Anyone can join, just go on their Facebook site to see updates. They meet on Sundays at the end of the month, and offer a signup sheet once a month so folks can share what they’ll be bringing. What could be more local and community-building than that? 3. Listener asks for “Made in USA mug from WHQR” following the Fall Pledge Drive. My heart almost stopped with joy when I heard this. Because this is what it is all about! It is the public, the donors, asking our non-profits to be the corporate citizens we expect them to be. If we are going to support them and their activities with our money, we need them to support our local economy so that we have jobs that allow us to donate to their work. I can’t be the only one looking forward to those “made in the USA” mugs, am I? Thank you, for being the message and the change, caller. 2. The creation of the ILM Cash Mob (pictured above)! I have to admit I thought I was dreaming when Lincoln Morris first announced this. Cash Mobs are dedicated groups of people who all show up at a small business at the same time and plan to spend $20 in cash. It’s part injection of support to small businesses and part spreading the gospel of living local. Again, find their group on Facebook to keep up to date about every mob they hold and how you can be a part of it. 1. You. The fact you are even reading this right now is a huge step forward for this community. We are getting ready to embark on our fourth year of chronicling my Live Local journey, which has now become yours. When I began the column I thought it would be for a one-year stint—just to see if the experiment would work. At the end of the year, encore’s editor lady, Shea, said, “I think there are still more issues to be explored with this.” She was right. But who would have guessed we still have enough new and exciting aspects to fill a column every week? The reason is because of you. Because you are interested, you care and the movement keeps growing. Thank you so very much.


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in the waiting room the day after the Sandy Hook shooting. I thought of Josh Proutey, shot dead the night before at 2nd and Orange streets in downtown Wilmington. I met Josh at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. My son knew one of his killers. Despite our culture of eternal denial, Death is always just around the corner. “27 killed and none eaten—sounds human to me,” a grizzled old salt said. Even I was stunned. We’ve all had enough practice since Columbine to know what we’re supposed to say. The salt qualified his crass comment. “Even sharks with mommy or daddy issues don’t blast through a school of mackerel and then off themselves. That’s pure human.” I took a face from the ancient gallery and walked on down the hall. I’m an optimist and social scientist. Despite “outliers” like Sandy Hook or Josh’s cold-blooded murder, the trend line for human violence is heading down. But trend lines of science never take the sting out of death. While some of the world is getting statistically safer, the frequency of spree and rampage shootings has increased in America over the last 30 years. We seem willing to sacrifice children to protect the sacred Second Amendment, a vague paragraph written when muskets were weapons of mass destruction. One of the first large activist events I attended was the Million Mom March in May 2000. A year after Columbine, a half-million people rallied for wiser weapons laws (not weapons confiscation). Folks were beginning to think if the language of various weapons’ rights laws were cleaned up, we’d be cleaning less blood from school cafeterias. I strongly support the spirit of the Second Amendment, but does anyone honestly think Madison’s original intent was to preserve our right to bear a machine gun in church? Then came 9/11, and a heavy dose of cultural paranoia followed. For safety’s sake, we created a Department of Homeland Se-

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curity. We permit ourselves to be molested at airports. We’ve sent a generation of our youth “over there” to fight a War on Terror whose most basic assumption is that our biggest enemy is “over there.” And we seem to believe we can arm ourselves against the Grim Reaper himself. “That devil knocks at my door, I’m going to unload a couple clips in his sorry ass!” (Question to paranoid culture: After you’ve sold your soul to the devil, do you really believe your Bushmaster scares him?) A friend of mine greatly troubled by the “for God and country” killing he’s participated in said, “Everyone’s heart’s already broken and everyone dies. That’s really all you need to remember to be kind.” But we forget. We forget that although we can kill with rocks or hammers, we choose guns because we designed guns specifically to kill. Every trip to the range or paintball “play” rehearses the skill to kill. If we can’t bear that reality, we probably shouldn’t bear arms. We forget that arming the world does not reflect a commitment to peace on earth. We forget what FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”—or Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” We’ve become a blaming culture fueled by our fears. Every Christmas season, I see a babe in a manger armed only with an open heart, clear eyes and trusting spirit. Three chords and the truth. If that babe rejected paranoia, trusted the universe enough to walk through his life with arms wide-open, then why are we so afraid? It’s “love our neighbor,” isn’t it? Does any philosophical or spiritual tradition worth its pillar of salt teach us to arm ourselves to the teeth against each other? Gun sales are booming. Buy ‘em up if it makes you feel safer, more manly or more like Ann Coulter. But I’m not packing again in 2013. Don’t fear for my safety. I’ve been making it with Occam’s Razor and an open heart for years. When tragedy dulls the blade of reason and horror bleeds the heart dry, I’ll reload at the beach, draw from the light of awareness and an ocean of optimism. I’ll work toward cultural epiphanies. I may even hum that old hymn, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

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(although both deny knowing they were fatherdaughter at the time they had sex). Sheriff’s officials in Deerfield Beach, Fla., arrested nine people in October and charged them in connection with a betting ring that set point spreads and took bets not only on pro and college games but on kids’ games of the South Florida Youth Football League. Six thousand children play in the 22-team association. Too Silly To Be True: Police in Geraldton, Australia, reported in November that they had captured a thief they were chasing in the dark through a neighborhood’s backyards. As the thief came to a fence and leaped over it, he happened to land on a family’s trampoline and was propelled backward, practically into cops’ laps. Guy Black, 76, was charged in Turbotville, Pa., in October with threatening housemate Ronald Tanner with a chainsaw. Tanner, defending himself with the only “weapon” within reach an umbrella managed to pin Black with it as the chainsaw jammed. (Most people who bring an umbrella to a chainsaw fight would be less successful.) Incredible Deputy NYPD Commissioner Paul Browne told reporters in November that, in the 24 hours of Monday, November 26th, not a single criminal shooting, stabbing, or slashing was reported in the five boroughs. Browne said no police official could remember such a day, ever. (The city is on track to finish 2012 with fewer than 400 homicidescompared to the record year of 1990, when 2,245 people were murdered.) “Braco,” a Croatian-born “healer” (although he rejects the term), seems to make legions of sick or troubled believers feel better merely by entering a room and gazing at them in silence for a few minutes before leaving. (A Washington Post reporter, seeking relief from his allergies, attended a 100-person session in Alexandria, Va., in October, but found no improvement.) “Whatever is flowing through him,” said one transfixed fan, “is able to connect with a part of us.” Said another enthusiast, “The thing that makes Braco unique is he really doesn’t do anything.” [Washington Post, 10-12-2012] Unclear On The Concept In October, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals petitioned Irvine, Calif., to create a roadside memorial for the truckload of live fish that had perished in a recent traffic accident. (After all, fish, like humans, use tools, tell time, sing, and have long-term memories, wrote PETA.) On the other hand, the traffic casualties that day were en route to the Irvine Ranch Market to be sold as food. The governing Council of Brentwood, England, professes a “reputation as one of the most transparent” in the country, but in November, responding to a Freedom of Information request for documents on a government contract, it merely released 425 totally-black-

ened (“redacted”) pages. The official explanation was that all of the papers concerning construction of a movie theater were deemed “commercially sensitive” and “not in the public interest.” (Following an outcry, the Council rethought the FOI request and disclosed “considerably more information,” according to the Daily Telegraph.) Michigan Egos On Parade Detroit police chief Ralph Godbee was suspended in October after an affair with a subordinate became public. Godbee’s predecessor had been fired for the same reason (among other reasons), and in fact, Godbee had previously had an affair with the same subordinate who had been implicated with his predecessor. The former mayor of Flint, Don Williamson, who resigned in 2009 while being targeted in a recall election, recently erected a large bronze statue of himself outside his home in Davison Township. In June, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, having served 99 days in jail on obstruction-of-justice charges and still awaiting a federal corruption trial, asked Michigan prison officials to relieve him of “community service” parole obligations because he had a number of paid speeches scheduled out of town. Perspective Shortly after drug-possession suspect Patrick Townsend, 30, was arrested in Lakeland, Fla., in November and had allegedly confessed into a detective’s digital recorder, Townsend managed to snatch the unattended recorder from a table, took a restroom break, and flushed it down the toilet. Townsend’s subsequent advice to the detective: “Tighten up on your job, homie.” (“Destroying evidence” was added to Townsend’s charges.) Casey Anthony was acquitted by a jury in Orlando in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in part because investigation of her computer did not yield incriminating evidence (e.g., suspicious search terms in her Internet Explorer’s history). However, in November 2012, with Anthony protected by the Constitutional prohibition against “double jeopardy,” investigators admitted they had overlooked the computer’s other web browser (Firefox). There, on the date of Caylee’s disappearance, were pages containing such search terms as “fool-proof suffication” (sic) and “asphyxiation.” Readers’ Choice High School Inspirations: Trent Bauer became a mid-season replacement as starting quarterback for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, Ky.) after beginning the season merely as the team’s bulldog-costumed mascot on the sidelines. In his first game, in October, he threw two touchdown passes in a 22-19 victory. Also in October, South Plantation (Fla.) High School’s third-string quarterback, Ms. Erin DiMeglio, was voted the school’s homecoming queen. In her first game this season, she had come off the bench in a brief stint and completed two passes

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longevity. For instance, the staying power of the fruitcakes many received last week is a marvel. The expiration date is more like a guideline, right? In a similar fashion, the comedic appeal of Monty Python seems to be everlasting. Widely recognized for the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the now household name began its ascendancy when the British surreal comedy troupe was founded in 1969. Since, seven asteroids have been named after Monty Python and its legacy. Three of the six Pythons landed in the top 50 in the 2005 UK poll, “The Comedian’s Comedian.” Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” cites Monty Python as a huge influence. Undeniably, the cult performers paved the way for a slew of well-loved programs and actors. “I enjoy it simply because it makes me laugh, and the best part is sometimes I don’t even know why I’m laughing,” Justin Smith, artistic director of City Stage, says. “I love the looseness, the improvisation and, as an actor, the skill it takes to pull it off. They have spawned so many comedic devices that we see used today. Shows like “Saturday Night Live,” “The Office” and “Modern Family” come to mind. From breaking the fourth wall to the very absurd situations and characters, it sets the standard of pushing boundaries.” Beginning on December 29th, Wilmingtonians will be able to revel in the live spin-off spectacle of “The Holy Grail” when City Stage takes on “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Awarded the Tony

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for Best Musical in 2005, the book and lyrics were created by original Python Eric Idle. The comedian’s longtime friend, composer John Du Prez (“Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” “A Fish Called Wanda”), crafted the music. In the local production, Chiaki Ito will serve as the music director and Judy Greenhut will take on choreography. Like the film, “Spamalot” pulls from Arthurian legend to weave its story, and the audience follows King Arthur (played by Troy Rudeseal) in his search for the Holy Grail. As an added bonus, the stage show throws in spoofs of Broadway theatre, particularly poking fun at Andrew Lloyd Webber and his catalogue. “Who among us has not agonized through one too many long romantic ballads?” Smith muses. “The great thing about this show is how good the musical numbers are. You’ll walk away singing several of them and be able to laugh at the lyrics to boot.” The director admits the auditions for this show were quite interesting. The comedy is there, but the actors have to possess the right intrigue to pull it off. “I really just wanted to see who had a feel for the Pythonesque style,” he explains. “I always have people in mind for parts, but this show came with a lot more surprises than usual.” He names the Ni Knights, French people, coconuts and cows as shining moments within the play. Highlights of the film, many of which have gone on to become punch lines or references in today’s film and TV, will all be there to entertain. Smith will even pay homage to some of the

original runs of the musical. “We are using the template from the Broadway set, scaled down to fit in the space,” he divulges. “But if you haven’t seen it, there will be many surprises. There is a special appearance from ‘By God’ that should inspire people. We were also able to get the props and costumes from the London version of the show, and they are spectacular.” Of course “Spamalot” will bring along three weekends of uncontrollable laughter for audiences. Yet, perhaps the best thing it will offer our theatre community is the opportunity to challenge their everyday funny bones. “I think the show grounds we theatre folk and reminds us not to take things so seriously,” Smith shares. “So far, there have been no deaths, injuries or incarcerations during the rehearsal process—so that’s good. I’ve laughed, cried, screamed and have even taken a brief vow of silence. I think it’s going well.” “Monty Python’s Spamalot” will run at Thalian Hall Thursdays through Sundays from December 29th through January 12th. All shows are at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Thursday-night showings and $25 Friday through Sunday. However, on Monday, December 31st, the show will coincide with a special New Year’s Eve gala. Folks can enjoy the show, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, DJ and dancing for only $100 per person. Tickets are available online at www. or by calling the Thalian box office at (910) 632-2285.

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year-in-review: Theatre’s top shows, people and occurrences of 2012 by Shea Carver hler and Gwenyfar Ro s Theatre reviewer

has re-launched another recurring sitcom at Orton’s Pool Room, which runs 12 weeks or so into 2013, and the Pineapple Shaped Lamps’ kids wrote an entire season (three months) of “Thursday Night Live,” which just closed a few weeks back. That doesn’t include the numerous plays produced, which by my numbers, top at around 17. Also, it doesn’t include out-oftown shows that came to Thalian Hall or Kenan Auditorium. What tremendous creative output!


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last 12 months, we often ponder the effects of the previous year on our community. As reviewers, we cull the ubiquitous top 10 list to cover trends, best-ofs, memorable happenings, news and other important what-have-yous which resonated within local theatre. We have a lot to celebrate. Through hundreds of productions put on by numerous theatre companies and friends of theatre, many shows here remain memorable, as do the people who help see them through. Here is encore’s Top 10 Theatre Happenings of 2012, as elected by reviewers Gwenyfar Rohler and Shea Carver. SHYLOCK PERSONIFIED: Donn Ansell in “The

• City Stage’s production of “The Color Merchant of Venice,” as part of Shakespeare on the Purple” was the best musical and Big Dawg’s Green, 2010. Photo by Ev Smith. “The Foreigner” was the best play of 2012. The quality of performances were unbelievable his 40th birthday, encore’s film reviewer rented in both. “The Color Purple” is a tough book City Stage/Level 5 to stage a one-act comedy. to get into such a specific format as a stage Writing comedy is very difficult, but his dialogue musical. Not only was the writing incredibly was tight, the actors (Anthony Lawson, Ron sharp and the music captivating and singable, Hasson, Steve Rassin and Jordan Stallings) the voices were unstoppable. Joy Gregory is a hit every nail with precision and the result was showstopper. All principals were stunning and incredible. It far exceeded my expectations, meshed seamlessly with the ensemble; it was a which were pretty high given the cast and the truly memorable accomplishment. writer. It deserves a wider audience and I hope The casting in “The Foreigner” was perfect, it is revived in a bigger venue in 2013. too, and the performances flawless. The workable set enhanced the interactions of the ac• Alisa Harris opened TheatreNOW at tors and material. Director Pam Grier deserves 10th and Dock Street and employs local a round of applause for assembling all the piecplaywrights, actors and staff in our own comes and giving talented performers the latitude munity. Without question one of the most moto make it come alive. mentous changes for the local theatre scene has been the opening of her venture. Harris, a • The best original script of 2012 was Anlong-time pillar of the theatre community and ghus Houvouras’ “Diplomacy is Dead.” For former agent to many actors in town, bought a dilapidated eyesore on the corner of 10th and Dock streets and has opened a stunning dinner theatre and learning facility. In a community of 6245 Market St. talented people, Harris’ venue praises original (behind Pleasant Motor Co.) works, utilizes a wonderful base of talent and 395-5859 pays the performers, crew and writers, as well 30 Years Experience as offers workshops and readings to adults and Randy Johnson, Owner children alike. She also has chosen to place • Motorcycles , s this just off Market Street in a neighborhood ir a p e ing in R • Cars that could use some economic recovery. Specializ Restoration • Boats Complete stomization u • Over 50 originally written, local shows • Furniture and/or C were staged in 2012. It’s a difficult number to definitively nail down, and here’s why: Every Saturday Zach Hanner writes and stages a new children’s show at TheatreNOW. Tony Moore



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• Steve Vernon was appointed new artistic director for Big Dawg Productions. Steve is a theatrical genius. His innate sense as a director is a marvel to watch in process and inspiring to experience as an audience member. For years he has produced shows under his own label, BUMP Productions, appeared on nearly every stage in town and directed shows that range from the classics to original scripts. Like many creative and visionary types, he needs to be freed of the mundane things: programs, posters and box office to focus on the what it’s all about: the show and that magical moment for the audience. • New faces on the scene peppered the pool of local talent with excitement this year. We saw the likes of Max Korn across many stages in town showcase his vast range, from Pulitzer Prize-winning material like City Stage’s “Next to Normal” to downright fun musicals like Opera House Theatre Company’s “Legally Blonde.” Seeing local journalist and masterful opera singer Bob Workmon in “The Most Happy Fella” remained a highlight of the year. Someone should find more stage work for Workmon; he’s a stunning leading man who shines as bright as his vocals and radiates pure joy. A precocious 9-year-old Matalin Bloomfield as 6-year-old Susan Walker in Thalian Association’s “Miracle on 34th Street” also kept hearts shining a little brighter through the endof-year season. • UNCW integrated the community into university theatre. With the vast talent on our scene, and the massive amount of support of local theatre, there is simply no reason for UNCW (or CFCC) to be left in the dark when it comes to helping students in theatre gain greater experience. Ed Wagenseller and department chair Andy Belser’s decision to cast local veteran actor Cullen Moss in “Angels in America, Part 1” defined a momentous step for students studying the art form. Moss not only nailed the role of Roy Cohn, but the work put in gave first-hand exposure and pointers to students who otherwise would not gain such knowledge outside of a lecture. Wagenseller also engaged the help of pro-lighting designer

Don Fox and pro-costumer Jessica Gaffney to help produce it. The university and local theatre connection hopefully will strengthen ties in our community for years to come.

• Cameron Art Museum hosted a summer of City Stage’s musical revues. It provided a great place to enjoy live, local theatre! The local performers lit up CAM’s rafters with powerful vocals and the sparse set design with technological flairs, showcasing photos and clips in the background, all led by a live trio of musicians. It made for a memorable summer of entertainment mainly because revues like “Songs for a New World” and “The All Night Strut” seemed like live art installations.

• StarNews held its inaugural theater awards show. With the amount of actors and actresses, theatre companies and writers, designers and set builders, musicians and directors taking over our theatre scene, that Wilmington hasn’t had its own theater awards show until 2012 seems preposterous. StarNews filled the gap and held its first awards show in January, thanks to the help of many big players on our scene, including Lou Criscuolo, Donn Ansell, Chiaki Ito and Justin Smith and a host of talent who performed throughout the evening. The awards ceremony returns January 9th, 2013, 8 p.m. at Thalian Hall, and will recognize all the hard work so many put forth year after year.

• Donn Ansell’s passing left a great hole in our hearts and our community. His boisterous cackle, twinkling eyes, magnanimous presence and endless amount of talent and advice drew out many mourners in August after he lost his battle with cancer. His life was celebrated in September with great affection, and the legacy he left behind proves greater than the cumulative tears shed in his wake. A thespian, creative director, radio-station owner and media personality, not to mention friend, mentor, father, life-partner and Wilmington ally, Ansell served his time with us in a larger-than-life capacity. He always helped others find their inner strengths, voices, senses of humor, discipline and accomplishments. Now, in his honor, the City of Wilmington and Thalian Association will dedicate the Lower Atrium Studio in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center to Ansell on Wednesday, January 9th at 11 a.m., with Mayor Bill Saffo unveiling a memorial plaque and Ansell’s daughter, Melaine Liss, in attendance. Ansell fought to save the Community Arts Center when it was in peril a few years back; its endurance ensures future generations have easy access to the arts, something Ansell adamantly advocated.

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table Wilmington arts events, I revealed my apprehensiveness toward making lists. In summation I said they were trite and unnecessarily exclusive. However, r I’d like to retract that statement; while rea treading over the many occurrences that l happened this past year, I was reminded and l overwhelmed by all the beneficial, influential - or just attention-worthy events that happened e in Wilmington in a year’s time. t So without further ado, here are my top 10 - events on the 2012 Wilmington arts scene, in a no particular order. d • Cameron Art Museum had much to celebrate this year with its 50th anniversary as an institution and a decade in its current r building. To commemorate its longevity, the d museum held a fund-raising gala to honor - these two milestones. - CAM faced several months of uncertainty - before it announced Anne Brennan as its w new director (now over a year ago). With s Brennan at the helm, the museum has ren mained extremely busy in 2012, hosting new - exhibitions, family events and city-engaging , installations, all while making sure everyone d continues to be the life force behind CAM’s e continued success. - “We are ever-aware of the very strong l shoulders upon which we stand,” Brennan h told encore in September. “The sweetness of this true community effort washes over this milestone and is inspiring and humbling.” n s 2. In November, world-renowned dancere choreographer Jean-René Delsoin and his w company of eight dancers and musicians t brought Haiti to Wilmington. For the last ind stallment of UNCW’s 2012 Global Focus, a e semester-long exploration of the culture and e history of Haiti, the university brought the , Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin - here for a residency consisting of a variety of , workshops, performances and special events l providing audiences an opportunity to directly - engage with Delsoin and his ensemble and r learn about Haitian culture through intricate e dance routines. e l 3. The serene Greenfield Lake Amphithe- atre had so many fantastic musicians per- form on its stage this year that I’m just going 1 to dedicate a spot solely to the venue’s 2012 l lineup. This year Greenfield brought to Wilmn ington, just to name a few: Donavon Franken- reiter, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham s solo show, bass prodigy Victor Wooten, s Leftover Salmon, blues legend Taj Mahal and l Neko Case. On behalf of all local musicphiles: Thank you, Greenfield.

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no by Alex Pomplia r to bu ri nt encore co 4. Acme Art Studios celebrated its 20th anniversary with a successful group show. For two decades now, Acme has been home to some of the best and most creative artists Wilmington has ever seen. With talents ranging from printmaking to painting, boat building to sculpture, drawings to photography, Acme residents’ talents are all over the place. Since its humble beginnings in 1991 at a warehouse on North Fifth Avenue, the studio space has housed 131 artists. The group observed how far they’ve come in “Home,” its annual group show that focused on the theme of its title with contributions from its 16 residents and its owners. 5. It seemed to be the year of the “pop up” for artists in downtown Wilmington. The “pop up” movement caught on in the U.S. in larger cities like Los Angeles and New York a few years back. Now, it appears Wilmington has definitely taken notice of the trend, as it helps give creative folk a physical venue to show off and sell their work, and interact with the community one-on-one. In December, the Blacksheep Collective hosted its Pop-Up Art Show, which displayed and sold artwork from several artists, and locals banded together for the Indie Pop-Up Shop II at Projekte, which assembled a diverse group of vendors, artists, and designers from the Cape Fear area. Also, earlier in the year, local artists Leilani Tootoo Balaban, Katherine Tootoo Makepeace and Kelly Starbuck held a Pop-Up Studio and gathered everyone from furniture-makers to photographers for their pop-up-retail-meetsgallery space. Not to mention, after its inception in 2011, Matthew Gould is still running Canapé, Wilmington’s first pop-up restaurant, every other Sunday at San Juan Café, featuring different menus every week. 6. Virginian artist Charlie Brouwer had the whole city talking with its community portraiture Rise Up Wilmington. In collaboration with CAM, Rise Up Wilmington was a part of Brouwer’s ongoing series of temporary public art projects that he’d built in several communities along the East Coast with

8. Eclectic composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain came to UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium to perform “Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina.” Deemed the “new face of classical music” by Esquire, Roumain has collaborated with everyone from Ray Charles to Lady Gaga. He brought his talents to UNCW for a collaborative concert with North Carolina-native singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett—the result of a two-year collaboration between the artists after their travels throughout our state. It all helped them gather inspiration for their album, and their performance featured local musicians from UNCW and the Wilmington community.

CELEBRATING 20! Acme Art Studios celebrated 20 years of artistic creation and camaraderie in May of 2012 and continues housing art shows of great talent monthly. Courtesy photo

the public’s help. These large-scale projects, which Brouwer calls “social sculptures,” involved him borrowing hundreds of ladders from all over the town by putting out the call for contributions. By doing so, Brouwer invited the entire Wilmington community to be a part of the venture. The result was an installation that symbolized the whole community’s dependency on each other, while supporting each other, and rising up together. 7. Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green celebrated two decades of Bard’s work in Wilmington. By keeping Shakespeare’s work alive and relevant (also, free) to all audiences, Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green (CFSOTG) is one of Wilmington’s most anticipated summer traditions. Created in the early ‘90s by UNCW professor Stan Norman and other local Shakespeareans, the event was initially dubbed the Cape Fear Shakespeare festival. From its first location in the back yard of the de Rosset House (the City Club) to its current concrete stage and grassy plains at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, the CFSOTG now performs over 25 shows annually, keeping William Shakespeare’s indelible work ever-relevant to chil-

9. In a strange twist of fate, Rwandan artist Innocent Nkurunziza came to Wilmington for his first American solo exhibition. When Wilmington film producer Beth Crookham visited Rwanda earlier in the year, she met Nkurunziza and instantly fell in love with his work. This was the artist’s first visit to American soil, and Wilmington’s art community was happy to welcome him. Nkurunziza was awarded a part of the Artist-in-Resident project at UNCW’s Boseman Gallery, which resulted in his exhibition “Rwanda Shares,” a tribute to the artist’s homeland. Nkurunziza told encore in October that Wilmington’s “diversity of different cultures [gives] me comfort more than any places I have ever been.” 10. The Port City’s most prolific tattoo parlor and art-gallery hybrid, Artfuel Inc., celebrated one year with the Artfuel Anniversary Art Show. Featuring works from all of the Artfuel artists, the anniversary event—which showed for eight weeks—marked the second group-showing of all the resident artists at Artfuel but was the first group exhibit in its current location. Operating in Wilmington since 2005, last year co-owners Sarah Peacock and Dave Tollefson successfully transformed an old building off Wrightsville Avenue into one of Wilmington’s most successful tattoo parlors. It remains a staple among Wilmington galleries, frequently hosting fund-raiser events and exhibits of all types of art, including its current show, Volume 33, featuring the works of Todd Carignan, Scott Ehrhart, Sabrina Buchanan and Cyndi Buell.

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a look ahead:

CAM plans Diane Landry exhibit in 2013




draws To a close,

society becomes consumed with reexamining the year’s highlights and looking towards the new year for a fresh start. (And if you’re reading this now, congratulations! We all survived December 21st’s end of the Mayan calendar.) Artist Diane Landry’s work calls for a new perspective on a variety of relationships and interactions, making her a perfect artist to look forward to seeing more work from in 2013. While many talented artists today create work that holds a mirror to the world, it subsequently reflects what we already know about ourselves, our relationships, objects and one another. Hailing from Canada, Landry’s first life goal was “to change the world by impacting peoples lives with my [her] art work.” Growing up in a family whose ambitions for their children centered around stable, lucrative jobs—i.e. doctors—the discussion of pursuing life as an artist became somewhat shelved. Landry studied natural science in undergrad, and worked for the agriculture department, the post office and a variety of other jobs, while putting her own creative stamp on her art work. These jobs provided


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her with the ability to develop and focus on her passion. Though working at the post office was mechanical and mindless, it actually allowed for the consistent fueling of her creativity. Working as a multidisciplinary artist, Landry creates what she calls, “oeuvres mouvelles.” Consisting of installations, sculptures and performances in which an assortment of everyday objects from our everyday world, she uses motion, sound, shadow play and light to allow a reinterpretation. “My projects seek to subvert our outlook on life by portraying both time and our inventiveness in forgetting the passing of time,” Landry states. Utilizing everyday items like umbrellas, salad spinners and plastic utensils, Landry seeks to reverse the imagery. In choosing objects that are universally recognizable with a common meaning, she hopes to reveal

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FLYING SCHOOL: Diane Landry’s work from Cameron Art Museum’s exhibit in 2000. Landry will return to CAM in 2013 for a solo exhibit. Courtesy photo

its “secret face”—or what she defines as a new avenue through which to view objects. “I modify the original material as little as possible and just transform the standard meaning,” Landry explains. She has modified a record turntable, giving it new life as a merry-go-round. She has turned umbrellas into flowers, house-keys int bells, a plastic laundry basket into a cathedral rosette, a salad spinner into a miniature theater. “When we see the result, nothing is really hidden,” she says. “Instead [we’re thrown] into confusion by the new directions these [objects] take. The ready-made artifacts that I integrate into my installations and performances are temporarily altered.” Since our memory of objects is associated with a specific purpose, action or experience, they do not stray from these particular commitments. In a world where scientific analysis and easy classification fits neatly into sequestered, specific categories, Landry manages to challenge our perception. It forces our views in a new way. In essence, she provides her subjects with a new life. Many of the materials she uses gain life from human interaction, but she lends them the ability to be selfcontrolled. Animating ordinary objects encroaches and challenges humanities superiority complex as the most highly intelligent. “Born out of current events or criticisms, the reading of our world is added to my personal experiences,” she says. “I seek to reconstruct this youthful ability to see fantastic animals in clouds [or] the unforgettable experience of our first bicycle ride.”

Landry says many of our sensory characteristics connect us to visions and objects through emotional ties. Or perhaps we are mandated by them from another’s memory. By twisting perception and expectation of objects, she pushes us to reconsider our interactions. Landry was featured in an exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum in 2005. Her memorable work from 2000, “Flying School,” comprises of a group of upright, multicolored umbrellas. The umbrellas gently open and close in time with the wheezing or dozens of harmonicas attached to their bases. By subtly providing life and sound to an object, Landry creates objects with machine-like precision that begin to unrave the line. She separates human/object/machine and sheds light on the relationship between them. “The emotion generated by contact with the object is as connected to it as is its name,” she says. “When we remember an object, we remember not only its sensory characteristics but also our reactions to it at the time. I seek to provoke a new surprising relationship to known objects and thus break the usual link between our reading of an object and our memory of it.” She will return to Cameron Art Museum in the summer of 2013. Her solo show wil feature both new works, such as “Exhaustion” from 2012, which features a chandelier made of plastic utensils. Some of her better-known pieces, like the aforementioned “Flying Machine” and “Privileges” (an automated flip book made of a complete dictionary) will be on display too. With a very basic layout of the exhibition, Landry is comfortable with change and reconfiguring how her work will interact with the space. Folks can view her work early at

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2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Celebrating one year at their new location, Artfuel Inc. host Vol. 33, featuring Todd Carignan, Scott Ehrhart, Sabrina Buchanan, and Cyndi Buell. Live music will be by L Shape Lot., with food provided by San Juan Cafe, Incredible Pizza and A Taste of Italy.


22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) Look for the big red barn and visit a unique space in the Hampstead area just 4 miles from beautiful Topsail Island. A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6pm. Our next 2nd Friday Opening will be on February 8th and will feature a “Masks Benefit for the Foundation for Hospice.” Almost eighty masks will be on display and will be auctioned off in March to benefit the Hospice, which is located in Jacksonville, NC. We represent over 40 local and regional fine artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to seven working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and small art supply store. New classes and regular art classes and studio time on our website. Yoga classes meet Saturday at 9am in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class. We will close Sunday, December 23rd and open at our regular hours on January 15th, 2013.


114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Here you’ll find original paintings on canvas and reclaimed river wood, handmade jewelry, local photography, sail bags, pottery, wood products, tiles, note cards, historic maps, books and our exclusive Wilmington city map tees/totes/ prints. Our featured artist this month is

Samantha Evans, whose exquisite handmade jewelry designs are influenced by the sea and nature’s creations. Evans’ work will be featured through December 27. Register to win a free piece!


1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-5094289 Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Figments Gallery represents fantastic local and international artists. We feature an eclectic mix of work in a salon style gallery. From funky outsider art to soothing traditional pieces, it’s truly a feast for your eyes! The second Friday of each month features a new exhibit and open house. We’re having a December Jewelry Trunk Show featuring jewelry by Lynette Ashby, Samantha Evans (Reborn), Cameron Johnson, Michelle Scibetta, and Melissa Tyson Upham. Exhibit hangs through December 22nd, with a Second Friday Reception December 14th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call to artists for new exhibit, February 8th, 2013, “Go Figure!” We’re looking for 2D or 3D art with the artist’s interpretation of the human figure. Submit images to for review.


200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Tues. and Thurs., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. A student-produced exhibition is now on display in the CFCC Hanover Gallery. Students from a number of classes and disciplines joined forces to curate and exhibit their own works under the guidance of their instructors. All decisions were made and executed by the students. The process was a unique educational experience for those enrolled in our art programs. This show will be up through the end of December. There will not be a 4th Friday reception in December, but the gallery will resume a normal 4th Friday exhibition schedule in January. For more information, contact or 362-7431.

Parks McCray, Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Michael Van Hout. A wide variety of work is available, ranging from paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal and wood. New Elements Gallery is located at 201 Princess Street in historic downtown Wilmington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6pm, and during the month of December on Mondays from 11am to 6pm.


225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-4pm. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!!

metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.


120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announced the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic Hannah Block USO building at 120 S. 2nd Street, downtown Wilmington in August. The art work changes monthly so drop by and see what’s new, the gallery has great north light! Sign up for three-day workshop in January with Joanne Anderson—a nationally known figurative artist. Featured in Watercolor Magazine, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and still quite proficient in teaching in all media, Joanne has extensive teaching and workshop experience. Open to all members is the poster contest for the WAA Annual Spring Show at the Azalea Festival. Again, see website for details.


10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood,



201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) New Elements Gallery is now exhibiting its 28th Annual Holiday Show. Over 40 gallery artists are featured, including Bruce Bowman, Fritzi Huber, Nancy Tuttle May, Ann

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last call: The final week of 2012 is filled with great shows


elcome , readerS , to the

final week of 2012. Congratulations on making it through the entire year—but did we all accomplish the things we set out to do in the last 360+ days? As we craft yet another New Year’s resolution, we should ponder that perhaps we didn’t peruse enough of our own local music scene in 2012. Did we really stop by Gravity Records to say hello to Matt Keen often enough? Hardly. Could we have forgone the fluorescent-lit laundromat in exchange for some awesome tunes at Soapbox Laundro-Lounge? Certainly. With these notions in mind, I offer one last chance to support ILM music this year. These are the live-show picks for the final week of 2012. Enjoy!

Keller Williams Thurs., Dec. 27th Brooklyn Arts Center, downtown 516 N. 4th St. Doors: 7:30 p.m. • Show: 8:30 p.m. $25-50 • Appearing in Wilmington as only one of four stops with his latest collaboration, Americana/bluegrass singer/songwriter Keller Williams will present a new six-piece R&B project called More Than a Little. Yes, the subtle Fredericksburg, VA-based artist will coincide with R&B at Wilmington’s own Brooklyn Arts Center this Thursday. That 1 Guy will open. Since Williams’ 1994 release, “Freek,” he’s joined forces with The Travelin’ McCourys, The String Cheese Incident, Bob Weir, Bela Fleck and more. Yet the selftaught string musician is able to perform elaborate one-man shows with a tool he’s widely known for: live phrase looping with multiple instruments. Not only will Wiliams

er by Bethany Turn or it encore asst. ed jam on the BAC stage with More Than a Little, but he’ll also offer up his renowned solo performance. Tickets to the show are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the concert. VIP tickets are $50 which includes guaranteed balcony access, a signed poster, early entry, two complimentary beverages, and a twoto three-song acoustic set with Williams prior to the show. Tickets available at BAC Box Office, All Slice of Life locations and online at L Shape Lot Fri., Dec. 28th • 7 p.m. Holiday Inn Resort 1706 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach Sat., Dec. 29th • 9:30 p.m. Goat and Compass 710 N. 4th St., downtown Both shows free • The running champion of encore’s 2012 Best Of reader’s poll for best band—as well as a contender for this year’s title—is local bluegrass act L Shape Lot. Though our area has had to set the band free to tour the Southeast as of late, the acoustic duo will be available come Friday and Saturday night. Folks can head to Wrightsville Beach on December 28th or to downtown’s Goat and Compass on December 29th to catch Eric Miller and Alex Lanier on their acoustic guitars. Even if it’s not all four of the band members, we promise there will be no disappointment. Scott Jones and Family Benefit and Talent Show Fri., Dec. 28th and Sat., Dec. 29th Soapbox Laundro-Lounge 255 N. Front St., downtown Doors: 7 p.m. • Show: 8 p.m. $15 (+$3 under 21) per night Scott Jones was once the drummer for Rural Swine and Mullet Revolta here in Wilmington. After a March 2012 accident at his new home in San Francisco left Jones with a traumatic brain injury, his friends from the ‘80s and ‘90s ILM music scene decided they’d do anything possible to help their pal. Though Jones is making progress with his healing, his medical bills climb at a staggering rate, so several bands from Wilmington’s grunge scene

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are reuniting to host the Scott Jones and Family Benefit and Talent Show. At $15-18 per ticket per night, all proceeds from this two-night benefit will go toward rehabilitation and ‘round-the-clock nursing care that is not covered by insurance. Friday night’s performers will include: ALL Tore Up, After Forever, From Beyond, Betrayer, Second Thoughts, The Exalted Brotherhood of Sonic Medusa, Bad Rabbi and the Heretics, (T)Ex Svengali, and Totally Slow. Saturday’s show will feature Brickbat with Jeff Clayton (of AntiSeen), Mac McNeilly (of the Jesus Lizard), Rural Swine, Mullet Revolta, The Crack, White Bikes, The Hedgetoads, The Neons, Sweetfeed and The Squirrels. As well, a silent auction will take place during the Soapbox event. While all items are viewable at, highlights include a 1960s Gretsch Guitar G6120 Anniversary Model Hollowbody Electric Guitar, works from local artist Michelle Connolly, a 10-hour recording session at Dark Pines Studios, and a private improv comedy show for up to 50 people from the Comically Impaired. Tickets are available at Soapbox’s website or at or at the door on the night of the show. Details on sending separate donations to Jones are available on

Dirty Dakotas and The Hufton Brothers Sat., Dec. 29th Satellite Bar and Lounge 120 Greenfield St., downtown Show: 9 p.m. • Free $15 (+$3 under 21) per night

The crowd at Satellite Bar and Lounge on Saturday night will have the pleasure of checking out a double-whammy. Headlining act Dirty Dakotas, comprising Chris Hart (bass), Steph Hart (vocals, guitar) and Will Evans (drums), offers a rousing dose of intense indie-rock. Joining Dirty Dakotas is another local act The Hufton Brothers. The group is composed of twin brothers Jesse and Justin Hufton (vocals and bass, respectively) and drummer Shane Soles. Together they serve up acoustic folk-punk that’s unlike much else in Wilmington’s current music scene.

T.C. Costello Sat., Dec. 29th • 10 p.m. Juggling Gypsy, downtown 1612 Castle St. Free • Singer/songwriter T.C. Costello works his magic on the obscure—his instruments include the 1920s marxophone, the accordion, and the khaen, the national folks instrument of Laos. The result is a mix of eclectic world music and modern punk rock.

The Madd Hatters, Solomon Roark and the Affidavits, Southern Eclectic Mon, Dec. 31st • 10 p.m. Soapbox Laundro-Lounge 255 N. Front St., downtown Doors: 7 p.m. • Show: 8 p.m. $5 (+$1 under 21) The Madd Hatters are purveyors of aggressive ska in Wilmington, and they’ll headline the New Year’s Eve show at the Soapbox. In an intriguing twist, members of The Madd Hatters will turn around and play with Southern rock act Southern Eclectic. It surely will be a show to satisfy all tastes!



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a preview of tunes all over town this week


$300 Bombs


$3 NC Brew Bottles


$4 Select Shooters


$2 PBR Pub Cans




$6 Margarita Pitchers $350 23oz. Pilsner Drafts




$2 Bud & Bud Lt. Bottles $3 Wells

Looking for local bands to play in Brooklyn

Call 910-538-2939 for dates 516 North 4th Street 910.538.2939

265 North Front St. (910) 763-0141

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?: Sgt. Rock will keep the rockin’ spirit alive on New Year’s Eve (Mon., Dec. 31st) at Five Star Tavern. Courtesy photo

1423 S. 3rd St. • 763-1607

New Outdoor Patio Seating!

MONDAY 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.



TUESDAY Sweetwater $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Botles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider


WEDNESDAY 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

4 20 oz. Guinness Pints




TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. • PRIZES! $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts

THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas



LIVE IRISH MUSIC Inquire for details

FRIDAY 3 Pint of the Day



SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m. 2 PBR Longnecks



IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s


SUNDAY 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day


N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN THOMAS GERARD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 MODE: A NEW OPEN MIC WITH BENJAMIN BAKER —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 EDDIE ELLIOT 7-10 —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 KARAOKE W/ ASHLEY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 LIVE TEAM TRIVIA —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 ROSANNAH —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27 COLLEGE NIGHT W/ DJ PRUITT & DJ SBZ —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. BINGO —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach

Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 OPEN MIC —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 ROLLING TRIVIA —Five Star Tavern, 106 N. 2nd St.; 762-1533 KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 AL DI MARCO’S SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. T.A.N. (THE AWESOME NUANCES) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 NATE GORDON 9-11:30 —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 KIM DISCO —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ SHAFT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 OPEN MIC NIGHT (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 FRIED LOT

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 COLLEGE NIGHT WITH DJ BATTLE —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 TRIVIA —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 COMEDY OPEN MIC —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KELLER WILLIAMS —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 DJ MILK —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 SUPER REGGAE MAN —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 ALL TORE UP, AFTER FOREVER, FROM BEYOND, BETRAYER, SECOND THOUGHTS, SCOTT RENNER & FRIENDS, BAD RABBI & THE HERETICS, TOTALLY SLOW, WX SVENGALI ( SCOTT JONES & FAMILY BENEFIT) —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BLIND LEMON PLEDGE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 LIVE MUSIC —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

TOM NOONAN AND JANE HOUSEAL —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 PRUITT & CHRIS EDWARDS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 BEN & HEATHER 10:30-1 —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 BRIDGE TO BREAKDOWN, SACRIFICIAL BETRAYAL, BENEATH THE BEAUTY —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 L SHAPE LOT —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 PIANO —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 PIANO —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251 KARAOKE W/ JEREMY NORRIS —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 SONGWRITER OPEN MIC WITH JEFF ECKER (10PM-2AM)

—Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 DJ DANE BRITT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 L SHAPE LOT —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 MARK DAFFER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 BRICKBAT, RURAL SWINE, MULLET REVOLTA, THE CRACK, WHITE BIKES, THE HEDGETOADS, THE NEONS, SWEETFEED, THE SQUIRRELS (SCOTT JONES & FAMILY BENEFIT) —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 LIVE MUSIC —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 DAVID DIXON 10-1 —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 DIRTY DAKOTAS & THE HUFTON BROTHERS —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 HEADWAY —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 TC COSTELLO - GYPSY ACCORDION PUNK —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 A CLASS ACT —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. SOUTHERN TROUBLE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30AM1:30PM) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 RANDY MC QUAY —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 BEN MORROW —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 OPEN ELECTRIC JAM (AMPS AND DRUMS PROVIDED)@4:00PM —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 BEHIND THE GARAGE MUSIC 10PM —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 IMPROV/ TRIVIA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 COMEDY OPEN MIC —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773

DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 5091551 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE KONG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 MARK LYNCH (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, 11AM-2PM) —Deluxe, 114 Market St., 251-0333 REGGAE —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 CHRIS LUTHER (JAZZ) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJ TIMBO —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 BIG SOMETHING —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 BIG SOMETHING —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 B-DUB’S BINGO DURING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 TRIVIA —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 OPEN MIC AND COMICS JAM —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 MIKE O’DONNELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ MODERN SAVAGE —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BENNY HILL QUARTET 9:30-1 —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 MACHINE GUN —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach SWITCH 9PM - 2AM —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 CHILLIN DIXIE 9:30PM —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 THE MADD HATTERS, SOLOMON ROARK & THE AFFIDAVITS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 PORT CITY TRIO —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 SGT. ROCK 9PM —Five Star Tavern, 106 N. 2nd St.; 762-1533 JOSH SOLOMON AND FRIENDS —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN

—Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 BLUE TANG BANDITS —Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 703-7253 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 JESSE STOCKTON AND TOM SHAW —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 INDIE MUSIC NIGHT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 SUPER JAM —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 COMEDY OPEN MIC —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 WORLD TAVERN TRIVIA HOSTED BY MUD —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 OPEN MIC W/ JOHN INGRAM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN THOMAS GERARD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KARAOKE W/ ASHLEY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 BRAXTON’S BAR —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 EDDIE ELLIOT —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 UPSTARTS & ROGUES —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 All entertainment must be sent to by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.


MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30 TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close) WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close) FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC • NO Cover 1/2 Price Wings Midnight-1:30am 12/28: T.D. MCDONALD 12/31: SWITCH 1/5 LOWTECH ARMY 1/11 WATERSHED 1/12 BEACH BILLY BROTHERS SUNDAY $2.50 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4pm-7pm & Sun 9pm-close


MONDAY 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $5 Pizzas TUESDAY LIVE JAzz IN THE BAR Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $250 WEDNESDAY Miller Light Pints $150 Coronoa/ Corona Lite Bottles $250 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas $4 THURSDAY Appletinis $4, RJ’s Painkiller $5 Red Stripe Bottles $250 Fat Tire Bottles $250 FRIDAY Cosmos $4, 007 $350 Guinness Cans $3 Island Sunsets $5 SATURDAY Baybreeze/Seabreeze $4 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 Select Domestic Bottles $2 SUNDAY Bloody Marys $4, Domestic Pints $150 Hurricanes $5 5564 Carolina Beach Road, (910) 452-1212


New Year’s Eve


new year’s Day 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.



Pub & Grille

Wrightsville Beach


$3 Imports ∙ $4 Guinness $1.50 High Life ∙ $3 Bouron


Ping Pong Tourney

Thursdays KARAOKE

$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Dude Bombs ∙ $4 Captain


$2 Coors Light • $2 Mich Ultras $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs


Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $4 Bellinis


Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $4 Bloody Marys • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 10 pm


Wrightsville Beach, NC

LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm

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Saturday, January 5

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


1706 North Lumina Ave.

(910) 256-2231 877-330-5050 • 910-256-2231 877-330-5050 910-256-2231

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Concerts outside of Southeastern NC


Monday 2 Miller Lite • $3 Fat Tire

$ 50

$ 3 Harpoon IPA Pints 4 Rum & Coke • Wings on Special


Tuesday 2 Yuengling • $3 Bells Two Hearted $ 3 Natty Greene’s Red Nose $ 5 Jameson • $7 Burgers

$ 50

Wednesday “South of the Border Hump Day” $ 3 Dos Equis • $4 Margaritas $ 4 shots of Jose • $7 Nachos $ 7 Chicken Quesadilla Thirsty Thursday $ 50 2 PBR 16oz cans • $350 All Drafts $ 5 Red Bull & Vodka 50¢ Steamed Oysters & Shrimp Friday 2 Miller Lite • $325 Stella • $4 Fireball

$ 75

Saturday 2 Coors Lite • $325 Sierra Nevada $ 5 Baby Guinness

$ 75

Sunday 3 Corona/Corona Light $ 10 Domestic Buckets (5 bottles) $ 4 Mimosas • $4 Bloody Marys Steamed Platters $18/$35 $

Friday and Saturday Live music in the courtyard Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.

Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate


per person

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tale of survival at sea, with a fantastic lead performance and special effects that actually serve the story. Ang Lee is a filmmaker who continues to try different things, and his latest cinematic experience is a real winner.

by Anghus Film contributor



was an inTeresTing year

in film. Mainstream movies were remarkably spry, while the independents were rather disappointing. Still, there were good movies to be seen. For the life of me, I can’t remember the last time my top 10 list was so stuffed with studio fare. And there were a number of films I could have easily added to the list (“Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Avengers”). While there were a lot of big-budget busts, this was far-and-wide a great year for geek cinema. Every comic nerd across the world was given countless gifts. It may not have been a banner year for high art, but 2012 was a lot of fun. 1. “Argo” Ben Affleck may very well be my favorite working director. The guy has an amazing amount of skill behind the camera, and puts together entertaining dramas that manage an across-the-board appeal which many of his contemporaries lack. There are many filmmakers who are polarizing; Affleck seems to have the opposite affect, making movies that all audience types can find something to enjoy. “Gone Baby Gone” may be the most underrated film of the last decade, and “The Town” is as solid a crime thriller that’s been made this century. With “Argo” he found the perfect balance of character and drama to tell the “so crazy it has to be true” story of American embassy employees trying to flee Iran in the middle of a hostage crisis. Affleck manages to make a movie that balances drama, tension and humor into the most entertaining film of the year. Nice job, sir. 2. “Cabin in the Woods” This is the most twisted deconstruction of the horror genre ever made. Joss Whedon’s spectacular script became the meta movie of 2012. Sold as a scary movie, “Cabin in the Woods” befuddled a lot of people due to its very strange and cerebral take on the most overused premise: Five college kids go to a cabin in the woods and are plagued by horrific undead killers. There’s more beneath the surface as they discover the architects of their terror are remarkably human. It remains the smartest and most satisfying release of the year. 3. “Safety Not Guaranteed” My favorite indie film is a quirky little love story about a journalism intern trying to find

8. “The Amazing Spider-Man” Take a moment to collectively groan. This one may be my least popular choice, but I liked “The Amazing Spider-man” far more than “The Avengers.” While “Avengers” was the cooler of the two films, I found myself more invested in the re-launch of the Spidey franchise. The film manages to overcome predictable plotting, thanks to strong performances from Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and, to my surprise, Denis Leary. This was a superhero film with a lot of heart and characters I actually liked.

FILM OF THE YEAR: Anghus praises Ben Affleck’s direction of ‘Argo’ as 2012’s film of the year. Courtesy photo

the story behind a bizarre personal ad placed by a guy looking for someone to time travel with. Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) and Mark Duplass (“The League”) are an unconventional couple in an equally unconventional story. “Safety Not Guaranteed” is a fantastic respite from the big-budget sensory-killing films that line the multiplexes. 4. “The Dark Knight Rises” I’ll be the first to agree that this film is far from perfect. There are plot holes and lapses in logic that are often answered with “Because he’s Batman.” Still, the final installment of “The Dark Knight” trilogy from Christopher Nolan is a huge, sweeping epic that tries really hard to raise the stakes and go out with a bang. The final 45 minutes are mind blowingly awesome—the kind of big, epic storytelling that seems all but lost on Nolan’s contemporaries. There isn’t a filmmaker working today that manages to combine the elements of story, score and cinematography with such success. I love this film, flaws and all. 5. “Flight” Speaking of flaws, Denzel Washington turns in the most impressive performance of the year as an alcoholic airline pilot who

saves a plane full of passengers but struggles to save himself. There’s a lot to admire about this film, but it’s Washington who carries this production on his shoulders as an imperfect person struggling with the truth. There’s a scene near the film’s conclusion where he sits in stunned silence, trying to decide whether to lie his way to freedom or deal with the ugly truth and accept his punishment. There are few actors that could pull it off with such sincerity. This is a master class in acting, and Denzel’s finest performance. 6. “Skyfall” Quite possibly the most perfect James Bond film ever made, “Skyfall” manages to gives us more insight in the character of James Bond than any previous entry. The story of a sadistic former agent bent on revenge does a great job of stacking the deck against him. It does what every great Bond film needs to do: provide exotic locations, edge-of-your-seat action, and great performances. Daniel Craig is handsdown the best Bond ever, and his supporting cast, including Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes, bring a touch of A-list class to the proceedings. 7. “Life of Pi” The year’s most beautiful film is a strong argument for the importance of the cinematic experience. This is a film that needs to be seen on a massive screen to appreciate the beauty of it all. A very small story painted on a very large canvas, “Life of Pi” is an elegant

9. “Moonrise Kingdom” I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t initially a little disappointed by “Moonrise Kingdom.” The first time I saw it, it felt like Wes Anderson was employing his usual bag of tricks and venturing nowhere new. Upon subsequent viewings, I’ve come to appreciate it more and enjoy the crazy little world and the peculiar characters that inhabit it. Bruce Willis has never been better and Edward Norton seems tailor-made for Anderson’s unique style.

10. “21 Jump Street” The year’s funniest film and the movie that made me believe Channing Tatum was not the devil was “21 Jump Street.” Jonah Hil both produced, wrote and starred in it, and churned out a hilarious story of a high-schoo loser who becomes a cop and gets a chance to return to help uncover an organized drug ring. It’s a funny, often obscene, comedic romp that feels not only like a proper homage to the 1980s television series, but of the action comedies that ruled that era.

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Wilmington’s new antique shopping district. Sterling, furniture, glassware, collectibles, toys, hand made rugs, lamps and light fixtures. Lamps, lighting parts, and shades. Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 1-6. 539 Castle Street (910) 763-0300

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■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List “Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into CHRIS’ Halligan’s andCOSMIC enter a world KITCHEN of Irish hospitality where Serving breakfast all day well and as lunch and handdelicious food warms the as heart generous drink cheesecake, Chef andHalligan’s Owner Chris liftmade the spirit. Be sure to try house Lubspecialty, “The Reuben,” number with critics ben loves to make many of one his menu items and fromof course ourWhether customers. bite andfor you’ll underscratch. you’reOne in the mood a fluffy 3stand why. Of Shrimp course, &we also Prime serve Rib a fullSandwich selection egg Omelet, Grits, oforother entrees including seafood, steak Andesdelicious Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Des-

tination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. located at 420 Eastwood Unit watering 109, on hole the corner And if you are looking for aRd, friendly where of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. (910) 792-6720. you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and Folold, low us on Public TwitterHouse @CosmicKitchen. Halligan’s boasts a comfortable bar where ■ SERVING BREAKFAST LUNCH: 8am-4pm fun-loving bartenders hold court&daily and blarney fills Brunch 9Public am-2pm . Closed Mon. theTues-Sat.; air. StopSun. by Halligan’s House today, “When you’re at Halligan’’reMidtown at home.” With 12 beers on ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: tapFEATURING: and 16 flat screen watch your favorite ■ TakeTVs, out,you callcan (910) 792-6720 game and your favorite drink. ■ WEBSITE: ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week

Monday-Wednesday C.G. DAWGS 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loopeats with SouthFor great traditional New York style ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, ern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served ■ WEBSITE: with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous HENRY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare ofa livelywith bar and awesome patio dining.for Henry’s serves up fered, a myriad of condiments all of your midAmerican its finest that include entrees with fresh, day or latecuisine night atcravings. local ingredients.LUNCH Come early for lunch, because itspmgoing . ■ SERVING & DINNER: 11am - 5 to Sat. be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal at the farmers market. Thurs.Sat. nights onfor private functions up to 30 people. home10topmlive Market St. between Front andHenry’s 2nd St.isfrom music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check - 3:00am. Fibbers on Sun. nights until 3am. out their calendar of events at for ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. ■ FEATURING: (910) 793.2929. Lunch time delivery downtown ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK

p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown your destination for complete sense indulgence. ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. Watch the Live historic Cape Fear River unfold ■ MUSIC: Music beginning at 5:30 p.m.before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. ■ WEBSITE : The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse HOLIDAY INNpasta, RESORT selection of steak, salad and fresh seafood, inOceansthe Restaurant located in this oceanfront cluding best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm resort in the is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with

100 S. Front St. Downtown Wilmington


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overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE:


Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95). K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, crabcake sandwich, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open every day at 5 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown

Bringing A taste of traditional New York Italian to the Port City. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER 1101 S. College Rd. • 910-392-7529

■ FEATURING: 70’s menu every Tues.; Special

prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:


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

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


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. MondaySunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open

Check out our holiday specialty items! Including Salted cod (baccala) and Panettone cake Dine In • Take Out • Catering

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Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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


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


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


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.


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:


The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch is served on Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Special Lunch Menu featuring $10 combos of sushi roll and choice of soup or salad. “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


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


Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their

cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: TuesdayThursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. ■ WEBSITE:


The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park ■ FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. ■ MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. ■ WEBSITE

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


A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-2511005 for take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE:


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

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




is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influenc-

“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified

water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

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


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


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


Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South

1423 S. Third Street Downtown Wilmington Beside Greenfield Lake


Ring in the New Year Irish Style! Join us for an evening of scrumptious dinner specials, great wines and bubbly champagne in a fun and intimate setting. After a satisfying meal, kick up your heels with karaoke hosted by DjBe Extreme and our excellent singers guaranteed to please.

Call for dinner reservations: 910-763-1607

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■ FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res ■ WEBSITE:



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


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

■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE:


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


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




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

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


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


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



Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393.


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FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casualtheme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the handbattered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:

HELL’S KITCHEN This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers

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nine. I’d like to say I have some clever reason for rejecting the base-10 system of year-in-reviews or that I’m rebelling with purpose. Really, I only get so many column inches to play with and I’m over the limit. Rather than shorten one I already like to make room to cram in another, I’ve simply shortened my list entirely. So, these are my nine pithy observations about food and drink for 2012. Most are local, some stretch beyond our community, but all of them I feel strongly about. I’ll spare you any trite nonsense like calling them “food for thought” or other such dreck. In no particular order... • Out with the old, in with the new. Though I hate to see any restaurant fail—and hate even more to see kitchen and service staff pounding the pavement—the adventure-seeker in me can’t help but love the constant turnover in the food industry. Our community won’t stand for too many unimpressive or poorly run restaurants (some good ones fail also; be sure to light a candle for Deluxe and Crow Hill among others). There will always be some market for culinary mediocrity; The Olive Garden stands as a temple to blandness in the heart of our fair city. But there’s enough good and even great food available here to force everyone in the restaurant industry to stay on top of his game. • The food truck revolution. Flaming Amy’s, Catch, The Cheesy Banker, The Patty Wagon, Poor Piggy’s... Wilmington may not be on the cutting edge of dining trends but when we catch up, we do it right. The mealson-wheels offerings have made it easier to get good food in random places and at odd hours. I applaud it, and look forward to a few more food truck reviews in 2013. • Moms and dads who do it on a budget! I get to spend all year singing the praises of chefs who create remarkable meals, but we should recognize the parents who stay on budget and feed a family of five. Spaghetti may not be glamorous, but the love of the culinary arts begins at the kitchen table. So let’s each give a shout out to our mom’s (or dad’s) go-to comfort food as a reminder that we didn’t always need dinner to be served with a demi-glace or velouté to make us happy. Mom, consider this praise for your chicken parmesan. • Local ingredients! Some chefs have been on this kick for years and others are new to the game, but everyone who buys and cooks local deserves a pat on the back. Whether for environmental, economic or cu-

by Rosa Bianca r Food contributo linary reasons, the results speak for themselves. They taste better, remain healthier, take up less of a carbon footprint, and impact our local businesses and farmers greatly. Particularly here on the coast, is there anything better than knowing that dinner was swimming in the ocean only 12 hours ago? Check into local CSAs from Progressive Gardens in 2013 or from places like Down East Connect and Feast Down East, where local produce comes every week for pickup or delivery to your own home. • And not so local ingredients—the greatest blight on the Wilmington food scene continues to be the Azalea Festival. Nomadic street merchants fill the downtown air with the odor of deep-fried everything while tax-paying restaurateurs stare at empty tables. Please, let this be the year we see the light. Please, let 2013 be the year that the downtown streets are filled with more local artisans and culinary booths, along with Wilmington’s own food trucks. Please, let this be the year that we focus on our local economy and not hand our hard-earned money to people who will simply pack it up and take it out of town at ever street fair they can book across America. I can’t say I’m holding my breath waiting for any improvement on that front, but I will be doing my part. I will be eating in our local restaurants during Azalea Festival weekend, whether downtown or elsewhere. I hope you’ll do the same. • Cooking competitions. Personally, I find it preposterous anyone believes there’s a quantifiable and numerical difference between the works of two innovative chefs. Even if there were such a difference, I’d be loath to waste my time trying to find it. It’s the reason I don’t put stars on my reviews. In fact, I’m reminded of the Robin Williams line from “Dead Poet’s Society” about rating poems as though they were on American Bandstand: “I like Byron. I give him a 42, but I can’t dance to it.” However, cooking competitions were popular this year, and they brought a nice chunk of revenue locally thanks to Got to Be NC’s Fire on the Dock. The three-monthlong event took place twice weekly at Shell Island Resort and shed a lot of light on our local chefs. Likewise, other competitions like Manna’s School of Fire donated funds

to Cape Fear Community College’s culinary programs, while another raised funds for Food Bank of NC. I suspect the trend will continue (and hopefully for charity), so I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize it. • Paula Deen’s diabetes. Calm down, calm down! I have nothing against the queen of Southern cuisine and I don’t wish debilitating illness on anyone. Still, her diagnosis serves as a reminder to epicures everywhere that bacon, butter and bourbon are ingredients, not side dishes. Those of us who love the kitchen must also remember that our diets are fraught with peril, and a little moderation may well save our lives. • Wilmington is a great town for libations. Manna and Cameo19Hundred give us oldtimey cocktails with fresh ingredients. Cape Fear Wine and Beer and Lighthouse Beer and Wine are there to remind us that brew comes in shades other than yellow. Front Street Brewery gives us local beers and cool bourbon dinners. The Fortunate Glass pairs with Coastal Cupcakes for innovative wine pairings. The Port City is a great place to learn about beer, wine, and spirits. I hope more pairings to showcase great cocktails will continue in 2013 and at even more establishments. • Dinner with friends. A critical reread of my reviews this year made me realize I was pretty generous to one or two rather unimpressive meals. My overly kind reviews had one thing in common: The meal featured great conversations with good friends. The more fun I have at a meal, the better the food tasted. Companionship is more valuable to the table than salt and pepper. So I remind everyone to find excuses to gather around a table. Go out to one of our fine local eateries. Have a picnic. Enjoy a potluck. Cook for someone you’ve never invited into your home before. Take the time to eat with friends.


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ringing in the new year: A host of events take place throughout southeastern NC


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after year in nostalgic wonderment: what we did right, what we did wrong, how we can make a new year better for us and our fellow man. But first, we send the old out with a bang while welcoming anew with vigor—and maybe a slight hangover on January 1st. There are numerous ways to ring in 2013 in the Port City—and the best part of all is it fits any budget, whether searching for freebies, low-paying excitement or indulgent galas. From charity events to theatre shows, dancing to family celebrations to simply dining out, here are a few things going on around town. May peace and prosperity bless you and yours in the coming year. We at encore can’t wait to help you move through it and our community with more active affiliation and greater fulfillment.

New Year’s Noon Every year, the Children’s Museum of Wilmington manages to make New Year’s an all-inclusive celebration for the little ones, too, thanks to their New Year’s Noon event. Taking place earlier than the midnight soirée, the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features craft-making of streamers and noisemakers, along with dancing and singing, and the countdown at noon. Kids and their families enjoy the obligatory confetti toss and a juice toast! Museum admission required; 116 Orange Street. 910-254-3534 or www.

event begins at 9 p.m. with a DJ and dancing at the Kure Beach Pier. When the ball drops at midnight, a spectacular fireworks demonstration gets underway, allowing for a family-friendly way to ring in 2013. DJ, dancing, refreshment and party favors available for purchase, too. New Year’s Henrietta III Cruise Considering us coastal creatures are surrounded by the peace and tranquility of water, cruising into 2013 seems a probable way to welcome a new year. The Henrietta III will hold their annual New Year’s Eve cruise down the Cape Fear River, Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the cruise departs at 9 p.m. and the party will continue until shortly after 1:30 a.m. A heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet will be served, and entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast is included (as are tax and gratuity) for only $85. Prepaid reservations are required; folks will board at the foot of Dock and Water streets, downtown. 910-343-1611 or 800-6760162;

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise More cruising will take place aboard the Royal Winner Princess II in Carolina Beach for a dessert and champagne toast New Year’s Eve. Folks board the two hour cruise, from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., to watch the midnight fireworks on Pleasure Island. There will also be party favors and dancing with a cash bar. The cruise sets sail from Carolina Beach Marina. Tickets are only New Year’s Beach Ball Drop $25; reservations can be made by calling 910-458Though we may not be Times Square with the 5356. Waterford Crystal ball showcasing 16.7 million colors and weighing 11,875 pounds, we do have our “Spamalot” New Year’s Gala own spectacular Beach Ball Drop to look forward to Nothing holds a more memorable bang than laughannually in Kure Beach. The year;u Pleasure Island ing into 2013! City Stage has just the prescription with

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Monthy Python’s “Spamalot” production at Thalian Hall. Their New Year’s Eve Gala will not only include tickets to the musical comedy, but a buffet, open bar, party favors and a midnight toast. The gala lasts from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and tickets go for $100 each.Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820;

A Night at The Moulin Rouge In more theatre news, the new kid on the block, TheatreNOW, continues booking the calendar with holiday-themed events, including “A Night at The Moulin Rouge” on the 31st of December. There will be two seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and tickets include a live cabaret show, a French meal, party favors, and champagne toast at midnight. Plus, folks can indulge in the absinthe bar, as local actor Anthony Lawson hosts the evening with can-can dancers from Technique in Motion Dance Studio, aerial acrobat Jamie Poletti, jazz singer Cindy Hospedales and magician/illusionist Michael Casey. Tickets are $80 each or $150 a couple, available at TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th Street. 910-399-3669.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball A benevolent way to ring in the new year happens at St. Thomas Preservation Hall, 9 p.m. on December 31st through 1 a.m. January 1st. For $150 a ticket, open to ages 18 and up, folks will dress to the nines to attend the eve’s masquerade ball. Or come in black tie and help “save the night.” All tickets sales benefit The Centre of Redemption, a Wilmington safe house for young girls rescued from sex trafficking who are pregnant. There will be music, open bar, hors d’ oeuvres, dessert, a champagne toast and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at

Saturday February 23, 2013 Pleasure Island’s Carolina Beach Boardwalk Next to the Courtyard Marriott 11:00am-3:00pm

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEEDS YOUR HELP! Come take a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to support Special Olympics New Hanover County Join us for an afternoon of live music, art, food, a silent auction, classic car show and much, much more. The new addition to the Plunge is the 1st Annual Run-N-Plunge 5k. You are encouraged but are not required to heat up with the 5K run then cool down with the Polar Plunge. PARROT HEADS CELEBRATE! Aside from hosting numerous events, the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads participate in many holiday celebrations including the Pleasure Island Holiday Parade. To ring in 2013, they’ll host their New Year’s Eve Parrot Head Party at Lazy Pirate. Courtesy photo

Pravda New Year’s Eve Dance the night away with DJ SBZ and DJ Matt Evans and enjoy your own personal bottle of champagne with toast at midnight. There will be $3 infused shots, $5 infused cocktails n and $2 Yuengling bottles. Reservations run e $100 for general admission or $200 for VIP. , m n Cape Fear Coastline New Year r It’s the biggest holiday event in the Caro-

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linas, taking place over not one but two days nonetheless, all to help a good cause. Proceeds from Cape Fear Coastline New Year will benefit Women of Hope, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for female cancer patients, their families and friends. Taking place both December 30th and 31st, folks will enjoy two bands, including Jim Quick and Coastline and The Hip Pocket Band, along with two DJs, Joey Warren and Ray Scott ,who will play music all night long at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington. There will be numerous meals served throughout the evening, too, including a Southern smoked BBQ pig pickin’, heavy hor d’ouerves, food from Jones Fish Camp Catering and a midnight breakfast. Party favors, champagne toasts and mixing and mingling into 2013 only costs $63. www.umbrellaevent. com; (843) 427-7257. Midnight in Paris Who says one must pay boatloads of cash to enjoy a Parisian getaway? Locally, one can simply make a reservation for the “Midnight in Paris New Year’s Celebration” at Le Catalan French Café and Wine Bar. Taking place Monday, December 31st, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the three-course prix-fixe menu will include a glass of bubbly plus “cotillons”

(party favors). Call (910) 815-0200 to reserve; only $58 a person. San Juan Café Looking for the delicacy of the islands as a way to kick off 2013? Well, San Juan Café has everything ready for a mere $55 a person (tax and tip not included). Choose one of two seatings, 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., and feast on five courses of Puerto Rican-inspired haute cuisine. On the menu is seared foie gras, jicama and arugula salad, ropa vieja tacos with white truffle oil, red snapper or lechon asado, and flan for the finalé. Reservations can be made by calling 910-790-8661.


11 - 3 pm: Music (bands and DJ) 11-2 pm: Silent Auction 1:30 pm: Costume Contest 3 pm: Plunge! For more information: Special Olympics New Hanover County 302 Willard Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-341-7253 or TTY Relay 711

Tamashii Sushi and Spoons of Wilmington It’s hailed as Wilmington’s greatest, new sushi spot and they’re having a special menu come New Year’s Eve to kick off an even more successful first year of business in 2013! Don’t miss a five-course meal for only $60 a person or $110 a couple. It will include decadent delights, such as miso-mustard pork tenderloin, the Incredible Greybeal Roll, pan-seared scallops and the Tamashii Roll, along with spoons, dessert, salads and more. Hours are 4:30 p.m. until and you can upgrade your meal with a bubbly component if you wish! Contact Tamashii at 910-703-7253 for reservations. New Year’s Eve Parrot Head Party Would you rather shag your way into the new year, Carolina Beach style? The New Year’s Eve Parrot Head Shagging Beach Party will be held at the Lazy Pirate. The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads are holding the free event beginning at 8 p.m. There will be a midnight champagne toast, party favors and more! Overnight accommodations are available at The Drifters Reef Motel; just make “Danny Special” reservations by calling 910-458-5414. DJ Bill Davis will spin tunes and the Times Square countdown and ball drop will take place, with party lasting until 2 a.m. 701 North Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach.

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events FORT FISHER 148 ANNIVERSARY 1/19: Multiple cannon blasts will mark the commemoration of the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher’s “Sheppard’s Battery: Confederates Defending the Left Flank,” a living history program that focuses on the Confederate defenders at Sheppard’s Battery and at the fort’s “Bloody Gate.” Civil War re-enactors display camp life and talk with visitors about the life of the Confederate infantry and artillery troops during the January 1865 campaign. Drills and firing demonstrations, including the site’s rifled and banded 32 pound cannon atop Sheppard’s Battery. Free, 10am-4pm. Speakers include local historian Ernie Kniffen, who will discuss new findings on his extensive research of Confederate sailors and Marines. Author Richard Triebe will sign books and discuss NC troops who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to a prison camp; NC Underwater Archaeology Unit will dedicate a new highway marker for the blockade runner Modern Greece. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. (910) 458-5538 or www.nchistoricsites. org/fisher. CAPE FEAR MODEL RR SHOW AND SALE 16th Annual Cape Fear Model Railroad Society’s Model Railroad Show & Sale, Wilmington (January 26-27). Indulge in the model railroading hobby and enjoy the operating O, O27, HO and G scale layouts. Vendors offer trains, scenic supplies and railroading memorabilia. Free clinics offered by Tom’s Train Station in Cary, N.C. There will also be door prizes and raffles. Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm

& Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission charge. American Legion Post 10 (710 Pine Grove Rd.), Wilmington. 910-270-2696. ILM WINE AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL After last year’s inaugural year as both wine & chocolate, The Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival returns on 2/1-3. Regional wineries and chocolatiers will again join local favorites at our new home, the festival-friendly Coastline Event Center, 501 Nutt Street. • The Grand Tasting Fri., 2/1, 7-10pm, feat. abundant heavy hors d’oeuvres, “live” entertainment and exhibits by artists.Regional vintners and chocolatiers will offer products for tasting until 8:30 p.m. and for sale throughout the evening. An opportunity to shop and preview the weekend’s “Marketplace” plus a few surprises will ensure a light and effervescent evening. FANNIN’ THE HEAT AWAY Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear presents Nostalgia: Fannin’ the Heat Away—a ceelebration of the art and advertising of the handheld church fan., 2/15, 7pm., St. James Episcopal Church Great Hall.Corner of Market and South Third. Multimedia program celebrating the handheld church/ advertising fan, William McNeill resurrects the vanished world of the 1950s, a time before the cooling breezes of air conditioning. Using his collection of over 400 vintage church fans as source material, McNeill has created a delightful program of oldfashioned show-and-tell, complemented with musical performances, sing-a-longs, and entertaining stories. $7/person. 762-0492 CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE AND EXPO 5th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, Wilmington

(3/15-17). Friday & Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean for the bravest 10am-5pm. The 2013 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is a at heart to start the New Year. Wear your craziest costume or your tiniest bikini to compete for fabufamily event that features wildlife art and decoy dislous prizes. The fun starts at 11am; we swim 12pm. plays; book signings; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; con- CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM servation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outThe UNCW Creative Writing Graduate Student Asfitters. The expo’s mission is to encourage youth sociation is accepting donations via IndieGoGo for to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. Kids will enjoy interactive activities such as Carolina Beach will welcome its first arts festival in May, Sensory Safari, Aquatic Trailer, Mallard which will take place along Cape Fear Boulevard on the Madness Laser Shoot, and Kids Gone 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are currently putting Wild academic workshops. Celebrity guest Randy Edwards from the Hisa call out to artists who would like a booth rental or tory Channel’s “Swamp People” will food vendors who wish to set up shop. The prices vary be on-hand each day for autographs. from early signing to discounts given to Wilmington Arts Admission charge. Location: Wilmington Convention Center and Coast Line Association members ($80 to $180). Spaces are limited Event & Conference Center, Downtown and the deadline for entry is May 1st. Contact Chris Wilmington, N.C. 910-795-0292; www. Higgins at


CAROLINA BEACH STREET ART FESTIVAL Carolina Beach Street Art Festival takes place May 18th, 2013, 10am-6pm on Cape Fear Blvd. Feat. visual arts vendors, culinarts arts and food vendors and scheduled performance arts shows. Currently accenting artist vendors ($100 booth fee) and food vendors ($180). Early registration prices decrease to $80 for artists and $160 for vendors. Members of Wilmington Art Association receive discounts: $70 fee before 5/1 or $90 after. Spaces limited. Chris Higgins: 610-909-7643.

charity/fund-raisers NEWTOWN CONNECTICUTT COLLECTION Goal is to collect as many pillow pets and Cookie Detective books to drive up to Newtown, CT, around the first of the year. Each child from Sandy Hook will get a book and pillow pet. We would like to collect enough to give counselors a supply for their counseling crisis situations locally at Pender and New Hanover county elementary schools. 910270-0911. Lomari and Shemekka Coleman can be contacted to host a drop site: 910-270-0911 or Books can be purchased at; search Cookie Detectives. Send books and bring collected new pillow pets to The Well CDC 14840 US Hwy 17 North Hampstead, NC 28443. End dat: December 30. Donation receipts available. THE CITY CLUB AT DE ROSSET The Historic Wilmington Foundation will receive $100 donation for every membership sold to City Club at de Rosset through 12/31. City Club’s memberships will be $450, 70% off from normal $1500. 910-343-1880, ext 206. memberservices@ DOLPHIN DIP Dolphin Dip, Roland Ave Beach Access, Surf City, NC, Tues, 1/1, 11am-until.Join thousands in Surf City to watch or take part in the “Dip” into the

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their several community outreach programs and travel to AWP 2013. The fundraiser, dubbed *Share the Word, met its original goal of $2,500 well ahead of its 1/1/2013 deadline. As of writing, over 30 generous backers have helped raised $2,890 in just a few weeks. It is the hope of the CRWGSA to exceed this goal in order to strengthen the literary community in Wilmington and abroad. The hope is to reach $3,500 to build on these original goals. Incentives for donors including grab bags of stickers and bookmarks, t-shirts; books by UNCW faculty members and alumni The UNCW CRWGSA is a non-profit student organization at UNCW that provides channels for its Creative Writing MFA students to share their work, connect with other writers, and assist in the fostering of new writers through multiple outreach programs. CAPE FEAR LITERACY COUNCIL Cape Fear Literacy Council is offering free volunteer orientation in January: Wed., 1/9, 5:307:30pm, 1012 S. 17th St. “CFLC 101” orientation is open to anyone who is interested in volunteering at CFLC in any capacity: Volunteer as tutors or instructors, assist with fundraising events, serve on the Board of Directors, or provide administrative assistance. Two Tutor Training workshops will be held in January at the CFLC offices at 1012 S. 17th St. recommended. • Adult Basic Literacy: Volunteers attend 12 hours of instruction, 1/21, 23, 28 and 30 6:30-9:30 p.m. Materials fee: $20 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. Volunteers must attend all sessions to be certified. • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Volunteers attend 9 hours of instruc-

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tion, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1/14, 16 and 18, 9:30am-12:30pm. Volunteers must attend all three sessions to be certified. Fee: $30 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. (910) 251-0911 or FROM BELLES TO BUSTLES A presentation on the evolution of dress styles in the 19th century by Victorian dress enthusiast Susan Lamm. 1/12, 10am-until, Latimer House Tea Room. 910-762-0492 or VICTORIAN CALLING CARDS A program and display of vintage calling cards by Vesta Burroughs, 1/16, 11am Latimer House Tea Room. $15. Seating is limited. 910-762-0482. MUGS FOR JUGS Front Street Brewery’s Mugs for Jugs Breast Cancer Awareness fund-raiser, 1/19, 11:30am-midnight, with all net proceeds going to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project. Project provides local women that qualify for their program with free mammograms, and women who have recently being diagnosed with breast cancer Free Comfort Bags. Event feat. commemorative mugs and t-shirts for sale, reverse raffle, games, a silent auction, photobooth, and a dunk tank with Brewmaster Kevin Kozak, guest dunkees and more, Ellie Craig: 910-251-1935. WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT NOMINEES Know an outstanding woman or young leader whose accomplishments have demonstrated commitment to the betterment to the Lower Cape Fear region? Nominate her for a Women of Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 25, 2013. Nomination forms are available at WINTER HOOTENANNY The Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear will present a Winter Hootenanny, 1/26, 8pm. Country, folk and ‘50s music by local musicians. Kenan Auditorium, $20 GA or $5 students. 910-762-0492 or PLAY AT THE BEACH Thurs. 2/21, 11am-3pm. The Assistance League invites you to its 5th annual Play At The Beach fundraiser to enjoy a fantastic view of the ocean and a fun-filled day playing bridge, canasta, pinochle or any other card game at the Shell island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach. Playingcards will be provided. Groups wishing to play something other than cards can bring the game of their choice. Admission price of $25 per person includes lunch. Beautiful, unique baskets will be raffled. Reservations: mail checks payable to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, ALGW, 1319-CC, PMB 155, Wilmington, NC 28405 or call Nancy Tillett, 686-3902 or Betsy Suman, 5123512. Proceeds support philanthropic programs in

the community STEVE HAYDU ST. PARTICK’S LO TIDE RUN The Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run is now in it’s 9th year with the 2013 event be held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday, March 16th. 100% of race proceeds are donated to families fighting cancer who are in financial crisis. For more information check the cause out online at or follow them on facebook. Scott Betz, Scott Betz:(910) 368-9523.

theatre/auditions MONTY PYTHON Directed by Justin Smith with music direction by Chiaki Ito and choreography by Judy Greehnut. 12/29-31, 1/3-6 & 10-12. All shows at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 on Thursdays). Special New Year’s Eve Gala: 100 each, includes show, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, DJ, dancing, and karaoke! Tickets: (910) 632-2285 orwww. OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro, 1/3-4, 7pm. Sneads Ferry Community Center 126 Park Ln. Three women and 3 men needed; cold reading. Performance, 2/22-24 and 3/1-3: Cast of characters: Nick: young man in his late 20’s or 30’s: nice looking boy-next-door type guy; sarcastically funny; Aida: Nick’s grandmother: A very simple, loving woman whose life has been about her family; Frank: Nick’s grandfather: Very proud of where he has come from; a former carpenter; Emma: Nick’s grandmother: She has a sense of herself and is not afraid to share her opinions; Nunzio: Nick’s Grandfather: A loving family man and great story teller; and Caitlin: young lady in her mid20- 30’s. Irene King: 910-329-0077 or irenkin9@ WILMINGTON THEATER AWARDS The second annual StarNews Media Wilmington Theater Awards are Wed., 1/9, 8pm, Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington. Featuring performances by some of Wilmington’s most talented thespians and the presentation of awards for Best Musical, Best Play and more. Come early and get your picture taken on Land Rover Cape Fear’s red carpet and photo screen. Hosted by Zach Hanner, with music direction by the Thalian Association’s Jonathan Barber. After party at TheatreNOW. $15, tickets available on, at the StarNews (1003 S. 17th St.) and atthe Thalian Hall box office (632-2285 or www. 343-2343.

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THALIAN ASSOCIATION IN REVUE 1/20, 6:30pm: The Blockade Runner and Thalian Association Present Thalian Association in Revue. Celebrating 225 Years of Live Theater! Located at the Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach . Cocktails at 6:30pm; w/dinner and cabaret show at 7pm. $35 prix-fixe dinner. $20 cover charge to benefit Thalian Assoc. and TACT. Reservations recommended: 910-256-2251 THALIAN ASSOCIATION 1/31: Premiere musical Xanadu, four-time Tony nominee, inspired by the cult-classic movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Follows a magical Greek muse who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to create the ultimate roller disco is accompanied by such hits of the period as “Magic.” 910-251-1788 or by visiting A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 2/14-17, 21-24: Hand-held cameras, video screens, lust and love, closeups, movie romance... UNCW theatre brings Shakespeare’s classic world of romantic comedy to life, reimagined for the observational technologies of the twenty-first century. A magic forest where the king and queen of the fairies need maritaltherapy, a love potion leads to interspecies romance and a band ofactors puts on the funniest love tragedy you’ve ever seen. In the end,a foolish sprite sets foolish humans aright. Kenan Box Office: (910) 962-3500 OR http://www. GA $12; UNCW Employees $10; UNCW Students $5.

music/concerts KELLER WILLIAMS Keller Williams returns to the Brooklyn Performing Arts Center on 12/27, with an eclectic group of musicians playing a diverse range of music that is sure to have the people in the crowd on their feet.

WILMINGTON SYMPHONY AUDITIONS If you’re child would like to try his or her hands at playing with the Youth Orchestra through the Wilmington Symphony, now’s the time! They’ll be holding auditions in January for both 9th through 12th graders and 6th through 8th graders. Applications are required for download at the or by calling the offices at 910-791-9262; appointment times are assigned upon application. The youth will participate in four concerts a year.


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no audition required. Rehearsals held at Cape Fear Christian Church Jenn Beddoe: jennbeddoe@ CHAMBER MUSIC ILM Chamber Music Wilmington’s 18th season offers four classical subscription concerts and two classical house concerts. Subscribe and save to receive: program notes in advance, first priority to the salon concerts and special notifications to “Meet the Artist” opportunities and pre-concert conversations, Single tickets, $25. Student & Military discounts available. Kenan Box Office: 910-962-3500. • 1/27: Warm up the winter with some French sunshine! Woodwind quintet, Ventus, takes you into the captivating world of French wind music with a concert of lighthearted, humor-filled, full throttle virtuoso antics for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, and bassoon, w/ Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud, Dukas, and Ibert. 7:30pm, Beckwith Recital Hall. • 2/24: Music Among Friends, a romantic afternoon at the Graystone Inn, with wine, hor d’oeuvres and Brahms. • 4/21: Aaron Diehl Concert, recent winner of the prestigious Cole Porter Prize from the American Pianists Association. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times as a promising discovery with a distinctive style and slow, gorgeous blues. Joined by long time trio partners David Wong (bass) and Quincy Davis (drums) for this exciting NC performance. 7:30pm, Kenan Auditorium. • 6/2: Music Among Friends, at “Knapdale”, the historically inspired home of Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill The home honors the family’s Knapdale, Scotland roots and shares its name with the 18th century McNeill ancestral home once located in Laurinburg. NC JAZZ FESTIVAL The 33rd Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival, Wilmington (February 7-9). This year’s N.C. Jazz Festival kicks off on Thursday night with a concert featuring “Jazz Strings” performances, including a duet with Bucky Pizzarelli and Jonathan Russell, followed by a tribute to “Charlie Parker with Strings.” The festival features 16 renowned musicians, including Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Adrian Cunningham (sax), Ed Polcer (trumpet/coronet), Kevin Dorn (drums), Nicki Parrott (bass, vocals), Banu Gibson (vocals), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Chuck Redd (drums/ vibraphone) and Bria Skonberg (trumpet/vocals), and others. Cabaret-style seating and all-star musicians distinguish this as one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast. Other highlights include workshops, master classes and an all-star jazz brunch. Events take place at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside (301 N. Water Street, Wilmington). Special hotel rates are available to festival attendees. Admission charge. For tickets and details: 910-793-1111; NC SYMPHONY All Wilmington concerts at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Schedule: 2/17, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, w/Grant Llewellyn, music director, and Clara Yang, piano. Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute, Purcell: Music from Abdelazar, Britten: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Schumann: Piano Concerto and Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 • 3/22: Elgar’s Enigma, w/William Henry Curry, resident conductor. Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner,” Wagner: Music from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Elgar: Enigma Variations • Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony, 5/4, w/ William Henry Curry, resident conductor. Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino, Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung, Verdi: Triumphal March and Ballet from Aïda an dTchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” MUSIC INSTRUCTION

Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or WILMINGTON SYMPHONY • 2/9, 8pm: UNCW Kenan Auditorium with Rich Ridenour, piano and Laura McFayden, vocalist. Nationally acclaimed pianist and entertainer Rich Ridenour returns to Wilmington by popular demand, this time with a salute to the great Big Band pianists Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Duchin, Spike Jones, and more! Lending her vocal stylings is Wilmington jazz singer Laura McFayden.

12/31: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Nothing says a blistering good time than putting on your favorite dancin’ shoes and heading over to Babs McDance for a New Year’s Party full of boot-scootin’ and fancy footwork. They’ll be shakin loose in shag, swing and country western dances, with complimentary champagne, snacks, cash bar, party favors and even an after-midnight country breakfast buffet. Tickets are only $40 a person with 80 available for purchase. Contact Babs at 910-395-5090 for more information. • 3/16, 8pm. Spirit of the Americas at UNCW Kenan Auditorium, Student Concerto Competition Winners First stop in Mexico City for Aaron Copland’s dance-inspired El Salon Mexico followed by Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy ballet Fancy Free, affirming the engery and vitality of his beloved New York City. Also performing are the winners of the Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. • 4/24, 4pm: UNCW Kenan Auditorium. Sponsored by: Southeastern Nephrology Associates: Bring the kids and introduce them to the joy and excitement of an orchestra concert featuring the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, along with the Wilmington Symphony Junior Strings and Student Concerto Competition Junior Division Winner. Free tickets at the door. • St. Petersburg Sojourn, 4/27, 8pm, UNCW Kenan Auditorium, Paolo Andre Gualdi, piano. Tchiakovsky’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 1 recevied its Russian premiere in this cultural heart of modern day Russia, as did Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, a work of Mozartian lightness the composer described as “a joyful little piece” in which “a bright mood predominates.” 910-9623500 or CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale is currently auditioning adult singers in all voice parts in preparation for its spring concert. The Chorale will present “Requiem” by Franz Von Suppe with orchestra, 4/21. Previous choral experience and the ability to read music will be helpful. Monday evening rehearsals begin January 7, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. To schedule: contact music director,

dance HIP HOP CLASSES FOR KIDS Hip-hop dance classes for kids will be held at the Fran Russ Rec Center on Wed. 4:15-5pm for K2nd; 5-6pm for 3rd-5th. Reg open for: Session 1, 1/9-2/20; Session 2, 2/27-4/17; and Session 3, 4/24-6/5. Ea. session’s 7 classes. Pre-reg. rqd. 910-256-7925.

MOMMY AND ME DANCE CLASSES The Wilmington School of Ballet is offering Mommy & Me Dance classes! Take a fun class with your little one and introduce them to the magic of dance while enjoying the company of other moms and babies in one of our large colorful studios. Class is set to music and will focus on developing a movement vocabulary, coordination, balance, rhythm, stretching, and basic kinetic skills. Yoga-style acrobatics are incorporated to help with flexibility and increased range of motion for both children and adults! (910)794-9590 LINE DANCING CLASSES Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department is offering beginner Line Dancing lessons with Inez Eason, a former NFL-World League Football Professional Cheerleader. Line Dancing lessons are open to anyone at any age. No partners are needed for this fun dance style, and with 1-hour classes held on Sunday afternoons, you can bring the whole family! 4 lessons per session beginning Sunday, January 6th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. Call 910256-7925 for more information. Pre-registration requested. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. 8(910) 256-7925. OVER 50S DANCE The Over 50’s Dance will be held Tues., 1/8, New Hanover Senior Center 7:30-10pm. Music by DJ Buddy Langley. $5 plus inger food or 2-liter drink. Couples, singles, and all ages welcome! 371-5368 BABS MCDANCE 12/28, 8pm-’til: Ballroom Party; 12/31: New Year’s Eve Party. 2 Dj’s blending the worlds of Shag, Swing, and Country Western together to create our theme as we bring in the New Year. Complimentary champagne, snacks, cash bar, party favors, after-midnight breakfast with a tip of your cap to a country-themed break-

fast buffet. $40/person; only 80 tickets available. Babs McDance Social Dance Studio, 6782 Market St. (910) 395-5090 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639

CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025

SURFER TANGO Salsa on 2 NYC style, Thurs, 8pm, $5/person at Orton’s Pool Hall. Lesson at 7pm; all welcome and no partner needed. • Couple class, 5-wk series, one class a week, $35/couple for series or $10 drop in. Tuesday nights at 7:00-8:15pm, 10/2, the aerobics room at the Magnolia Rec Center..Guaranteed fun! Pre-register.

CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.

TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.

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Harbor Island Arts presents an art exhibition, Arboretum atrium space, 1/9-5/22. Ongoing exhibit of 2D art work depictingbutterflies, perennial gardens and herbs to coincide with the opening of these new areas at the Arboretum. Art work will be for sale, sold through the gift shop and displayed throughout the Hutaff Building Atrium Gallery Space. Application for submissions must be in by 1/4. Work must be submitted ready to hang with wire Jan 9th. Art work will be there on a 4-5 month contract sold through the gift shop with Arboretum collecting 30% commission. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT Fourth Friday Gallery Nights 2012 are free monthly events where local galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Self-guided tours feature exhibitions of various artistic genres, as well as opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other traditional and nontraditional art-related activities. Dates: 12/28. WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announces the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington, showcasing WAA artists. The public is invited to come down and check out the new space and join in the celebration. The art will be changed out monthly so there will be new work for view and purchase at the desk in the USO museum on an ongoing basis A FRAME OF MIND GALLERY A Frame of Mind Galley is honored to show the work of local artists, author and world traveler David D. Hume and Italian-American artist Marina Baldo. Baldo’s miniature landscapes through Dec.




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2012. Stop by during gallery hours to view these works as well as works by other local artists. 1903 Princess St. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-3pm. (910) 251-8854 CHECKER CAB Checker Cab Gallery Barb Scalia’s exhibit “Grimm Memories” continues through January in the main gallery. • Nicolle Nicolle’s remote exhibit “No Blushing After Dark” at Costello’s Piano Bar can be viewed any evening after 7pm through Jan. 11th. The gallery will hold a Reception at the new location as part of the December Fourth Friday Gallery Walk on December 28. Open Tuesday through Thursday 12-5, Friday and Saturday 12-7 by appointment for private viewings.(910) 3383711 or LIGHT LURE UNDERWATER PINHOLE Courtney Johnson: Light Lure Underwater Pinhole Photographs of NC Piers, UNCW Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building, 1/17-2/22. Opening receptionwith wine and hors d’oeuvres will be held from 5:30-7pm, 1/17. Free and open to the public. Gallery will be open Mon/-Fri., noon-4pm. Light Lure features underwater photographs by Johnson taken with low-tech pinhole cameras constructed out of cookie tins, fishing line and waterproof putty. Pulled down by fishing weights, the pinhole cameras were lowered into the Atlantic Ocean off all 19 fishing piers along the NC coast. Images capture the light, mystery and exploration imbedded in the historic North Carolina coastal tradition. Supported by a Charles L. Cahill Research Award. Arts building located on the groundfloor of the Cultural Arts Building, near the building’s mainentrance on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive on theUNCW campus. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT The Cape Fear Camera Club will have its annual photo exhibit at the Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., from December 8, 2012 through January 19, 2013. The exhibit is free and is available during Library hours. The beautiful photographs on display are works done by Club members. A SENSE OF PLACE WHQR 91.3fm’s MC Erny Gallery at WHQR: “A Sense of Place: Light, Land, Marsh and Sea,” feat. paintings by Virginia Belser and David A. Norris. On display until 1/4/13. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. The exhibit will host an additional reception on 12/28 as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in downtown Wilmington. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 10am-4pm. 254 N. Front St. third floor. ARTFUL LIVING GROUP Artful Living Group launches online shopping site, Since opening early 2011 the shop has amassed a collection of

fine art and handcrafted, fun functional gifts from over 200 artists. And has formed a following of loyal customers from around the world through the summer vacation seasons. Now people can give a coastal gift or purchase a piece of jewelry from one of their favorite local artist anytime of the year. Listing is free to artists that are represented by Artful Living Group, which is another benefit for our local artists. Artful Living Group, LLC is located on Carolina Beach, NC and includes a retail shop, 4 working artist studios, art classes, and rotating art exhibits in the upstairs gallery. 910458-7822 or PROJEKTE Through 1/19: Projekte Gallery in Wilmington is pleased to present “Flesh and Bones” by local artists Darren Mulvenna and Shannon Limburger. “Flesh and Bones” introduces new bodies of work that feature what is not about death or gore, but the raw beauty of what is under the skin. • Crissie McCree’s latest CD, “New Day,” 1/12., 9pm. Crissie has been living in NC for the past four years and moved to Wilmington this summer. The night will include live music, appetizers, a charity raffle, and more. CD will be available for purchase. • Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982. www.

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tration and payment due by the Thurs before tour; 910-251-5797. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits

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CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or

BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 503 Market St BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Young Writer’s Club 2pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits.• 12/31: New Year’s Noon, 11am-1pm. Celebrate with us on New Year’s

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Eve and day! Count down to the New Year with the Children’s Museum December 31st and January 1st 11-1pm! Confetti, noise makers and lots of fun —“midnight” celebration will occur at noon. Free with admission or membership! • Jammie Jam PJ Party, Fri., 1/18, 5-7pm. Come in your PJs and bring a special stuffed friend! Make dreamcatchers, play some board games, and settle in for a cozy storytime. • 1st annual Pizza Putt fundraising night, 2/8, 7:30-9:30pm, kids ages 21 and older. Mini golf throughout museum. 18 holes, 18 pizzas and 18 beers to sample. $18 • Chinese New Year, 2/10, 1-3pm. Celebrate the year of the snake—stories, activities, and food that celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Create lucky red messages using traditional Chinese characters make paper lanterns, create a snake from the animal Zodiac, and more. Be sure to pick up a lucky red envelope with a New Year’s challenge inside, too. Free with admission or anytime membership. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Fragments of War, feat. scraps of fabric, torn paper, tattered flags, a uniform patch, which tell us about people’s Civil War experiences. Closes May 5, 2013. • Cape Fear Treasures: Campaigning through 1/13/2013: Feat. Rutherford B. Hayes’ 1876 presidential campaign button, 1884 Cleveland campaign ribbon, 1976 Jimmy Carter political button, editorial cartoon on toilet paper commenting on North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms’ tenure and more. Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the his-

toric collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. Learning Center: Wonders of Light. Sat., 1/5, 12, 19, 1-4pm. All. Free for members or with admission. Why is the sky blue? What makes a rainbow? Discover the colors of light and see what happens when you mix them. Conduct fun mirror experiments and learn how light travels. Explore the mysteries of light and color and even make an object disappear! Parental participation is required. • Cape Fear Skies: Winter Constellations, 1/20, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. All. Free w/admission. Investigate Lower Cape Fear winter constellations in our mobile planetarium. Determine how to locate these “seasonal pictures” in the night sky. Parental participation is required. • Museum carts: 1/6, 2/3. 1-3pm. Explore artifacts, conduct experiments, and play fun games at facilitated carts stationed throughout the Museum. Activities and locations vary – What exciting cart will you encounter on your visit? Free for w/admission • Mystery at the Museum, 1/26, 1-4pm. All, $3 members; $6 nonmembers. Something mysterious has happened at the Museum! What’s missing and who would have stolen it? Investigate the crime scene and analyze the evidence. Forensic science and logic will help you solve the Mystery at the Museum. Family participation is encouraged. •Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. NC AQUARIUM Ongoing events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing

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Workshop. Pre-reg. classes.• Catch Santa in his scuba gear diving with rays, eels and sharks during the Aquarium’s scheduled dive shows at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 and at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Dive shows are free with Aquarium admis-


a sign that this is a truly sought after tournament. According to critics, no other tournament carries the weight of the Beach Ball Classic. It is solely responsible for launching the careers of countless NBA stars, including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Mike Bibby, Rasheed Wallace, Kwame Brown, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, and Michael Irwin.

CAPE FEAR FENCING Cape Fear Fencing Association (CFFA) will The Cape Fear Museum Learning Center features nuoffer an adults beginners’ fencing class in January, 2013. Limited to adults ages 18 merous programs monthly, and for January they’ll be and older with both cardiovascular and tonhosting “Wonders of Light.” Folks who buy a ticket to ing benefits, fencing is a great way to meet the museum are welcome Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 those New Year’s resolutions to get in p.m. to participate and learn about what makes a rainshape. Starts 1/8, 7pm, and runs 6 weeks. bow or why the sky is blue. Their discover the ins and Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, Tues/ outs of color and light and what happens when mixThurs, 7-8pm; $55, which includes a $5 fee to USA Fencing to cover insurance. Meets in ing them. Experiments are conducted and explorations the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s take place. Parental participation is required. Cape on the corner of 5th and Ann streets in Fear Museum is located at 814 Market Street. downtown Wilmington. All equipment is supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencing classes include the basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, sion. The Aquarium will be closed on Christmas refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and reopens at 9 a.m. will have the option of continuing to fence with the on Wednesday, Dec. 26. 910-458-8257; www. CFFA which offers fencing Tues/Thurs, 7:30pm. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. HALYBURTON PARK CAMERON ART MUSEUM Halyburton Park offers a variety of programs for EXHIBITS: Through 3/10: An icon of the 1920s, kids and adults including nature programming and named “the first American Flapper” by her husband, fitness classes. Some programs are also offered Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, during the day to accomodate home-schooled chil1948) longed to be known as something other than dren. January-April 2013. Pre-reg: 341-0075. just the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. This exhiNEW YEAR’S DAY HIKE bition explores the artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald with New Year’s Day Hike, 1/1, 9-11am. Halyburton 32 framed artworks created from 1927 through the Park, 4099 S. 17th StreetPre-reg. rqd. Start off late 1940s, on loan from the Montgomery Museum the New Year by taking a two-mile nature hike at of Fine Arts and Ms. Eleanor Lanahan, granddaughHalyburton Park. Learn about the parks history, ter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, along with Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the reproductions of historical photographs from the outdoors as well as you hike from the Park to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers of Princeton University Cameron Art Museum along the Cross City trail. Library. • From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside Ages 10 & up. Free; 910-341-0075. the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell,” Pancoe Art Education FLAG FOOTBALL Center’s Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in Get your pigskins ready! The Wrightsville Beach the Exhibition Cases • Jazz at the CAM Series Parks & Recreation Department presents 2013 w/Cape Fear Jazz Societythrough 4/2013, 6:30Flag Football. Registration begins Monday, January 8pm, 1st Thurs. ea. mo. in Weyerhaeuser Recep7, 2013 at the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recretion Hall. Individual: CAM/CFJS Members: $7 or ation office located at 1 Bob Sawyer Drive. The ofnonmembers: $10; students, $5. 1/3: Sir Manuel fice is open M-F, 8 am-5 pm. & The Weather Channel Boyz, fusion jazz. 2/14: GENTLE YOGA Julie Rehder & Jack Krupicka Quartet. 3/7: Roger The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation DepartDavis, Nina Repeta and Madafo Lloyd Wilson. 4/4: ment is offering Gentle Yoga with Nancy Hayes. Doug Irving Quartet. • CLASSES: Life Drawing Gentle Yoga focuses on gentle movements and every Tues., 6-9pm, and Wed., 9:30am-12:30pm. relaxation and is suitable for all levels of fitness. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants proWeekly 1-hour classes will begin Tuesday, Januvide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. ary 8th at 10:30 a.m. in the Fran Russ Recreation $70/7-wks. • Museum School classes, 910-395Center. This class is offered on the token system. 5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024). • Tai Chi and Yoga! BeTokens can be purchased at the Wrightsville Beach ginners are always welcome. Corner of South 17th Parks & Recreation office. For more information St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; on the class or purchasing tokens, please contact Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 nonWrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation at (910) members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children 256-7925 . age 2 -12. or 910395-5999.

sports/recreation 32ND BEACH BALL CLASSIC TIP OFFS 32nd Annual Beach Ball Classic will tip off Wednesday, December 26th at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Known for attracting the nation’s top talent earning the tournament a special place in the hearts of basketball fans across the globe, and the distinction as the “most prestigious high school basketball tournament in the country.” Five of this year’s teams have played in the tournament before:

film NC BLACK FILM FEST SUBMISSIONS The Black Arts Alliance will present NC Black Film Festival, 3/14-17, in its 12th year. The juried invitational of indie films by African-American filmmakers welcomes submissions through December 31st in features, shorts, animations, documentaries and more. Prizes of $500 awarded in ea. category. Submission requirements: CFEFF The Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum will host

a day and a half worth of events that are free and open to the public. The schedule consists of four film blocks, each followed by panel and audience discussions.2 /22, 7:30-10pm, and Sat., 2/23, 11am-10pm. Through a mix of films and panel/audience dialogue, addressing environmental issues and solutions, the forum’s intent is to inspire and motivate participants to make a difference for the environment in their communities. Specific topics include sustainable food systems, atmospheric light pollution, community advocacy, alternative forms of energy and revolutionary bio-friendly solutions. UNCW’s Film Studies Department and Friends of the Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum.

necessary, but space is limited to 15 students per age group/per session, so don’t wait to register. Session I – “Peter Pan” Thurs., 1/17-3/14. K-3rd grade 4-5pm (max 15 students) ; 4th-5th 5-6pm (max 15 students). Session II: “Grease,” Thurs., 4/4/-5/30. K-3rd grade 4-5pm (max 15 students); 4th – 5th , 5-6pm (max 15 students) . Pre-reg rqd. Register : Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (910) 256-7925. KIDS MAKING IT HIPPIE BALL 2 Dust off your best flower power clothes, let your freak flag fly, and join the party of the year! Catered by Bon Appétit, awesome auction far-out drinks,and live music by The Steady Eddies. Kids Making ItHippie Ball 2, 6/29, Brooklyn Arts Center. 15 S. Water St. 28401.

THEATRE NOW MOVIE NIGHTS Movie Night, Sundays at 6:30pm (check website for weekly listings): Big screen movies, w/ kitchen open for some tasty treats, feat. fresh food options. Home to the non-profit organization, Theatre Network of Wilmington, Inc., whose mission includes theatre arts education to school aged children. Theatre NOW: 10th and Dock streets. Tickets:


THEATRE NOW Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Membership. Drop off service available.Tickets: or 910-399-3NOW It’s

HOMEGROWN AUTHORS: HENRY TON 1/8, 6:30pm: Henry Tonn will speak about Remembrance of Things Past, his new anthology of short pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about wars from the American Civil War to the present.


KIDS COOKING CLASS Kids’ Cooking Class at Wrightsville Beach Park and Rec. Session 1:1/7-3/18 ; session 2: 4/8-5/20. Participants will learn new recipe ea. week. Pre-reg. rqd: 910-256-7925 or

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been quite a rough few years for our job market, and though many still struggle to find work the New Hanover Library is hoping to be of help in their Job Search Toolkit series. From January 8th through February 5th, folks will be able to participate in a three-part job series boot camp which will cover résumés and cover letters, job application screenings and individualized job searches. Free to register, but space is limited. Led by WorkNew Solutions president, Ms. Sanders-Park.

YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS Tennis lessons are now being offered for youth ages 6-12 at Wrightsville Beach Park. Lessons start January 14, 2013. Tennis is a fun way to get active! Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins, an LTA registered coach since 1977, instructs these classes that meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 6-8 meet from 3-4 p.m., and ages 9-12 meet from 4-5 p.m. Coach Jenkins has turned a vast number of participants into tennis players through her lessons and clinics given at Wrightsville Beach Park! 2567925. for reg. form. PERFORMANCE CLUB WB Parks & Rec presents winter/spring sessions of Performance Club for kids ages 5-14, featuring performances of “Peter Pan” and “Grease” at the Fran Russ Recreation Center. No auditions

Henry will be accompanied by Dick Daughtry, a veteran of World War II present at the liberation of Buchenwald. Copies of the book will be sold at the program, and the Friends of the Library will serve refreshments. The free program is at Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

classes/workshops CELESTIAL NAVIGATION Offered by CFCC’s Continuing Education Department Thursday nights, and two Wednesday evenings (2/13, 20), 6-9:50pm, beginning 1/3; ending 2/21. Registration cost: $123, payable on the first night of class. (Only a $3 fee for students over

age 65.) Room S212 on CFCC main campus. The theory and technique for finding one’s position at sea using sextant observations of heavenly bodies will be presented. Beginning with a coverage of the movements of the navigational stars, planets, moon, and sun, the course will show how to use a sextant, and then to take the sight information and convert it to a charted position. The Nautical Almanac and special sight reduction tables are utilized. At least one field trip to Wrightsville Beach is planned for evening star sights. Although GPS navigation may be more accurate, celestial navigation remains a dependable alternative and complement to electronics which every truly self-sufficient navigator should know. 362-7414 COMEDY WORKSHOP A Standup Comedy Workshop with comedian Manny Oliveira begins 1/5 at the Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach. Manny has been teaching standup comedy for many years and his workshops have been featured in USA Today, CNN, TBS and in articles and feature stories in many other publications and news services. Details about the workshop are included in the attached folder. Comedy Cabana: (843) 449-4242 JOB SEARCH TOOLKIT 1/8, 6pm: Identify the qualifications employers are looking for and demonstrate them on your resumes, cover letters, applications, LinkedIn profile and 30-second elevator pitch. First in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series. • 1/22, 6pm: Identify what may be getting your job applications screened out, and learn how to get through to decisionmakers. Second in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series. • 2/5, 6pm: Craft an individualized job search strategy that demonstrates your qualifications, highlights your strengths, and minimizes distractions. Learn how to access the 70%+ of job opportunities in the hiddenmarket. Last in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series presented by Elisabeth Sanders-Park at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. Ms. Sanders-Park is President of WorkNet Solutions, www., and author of The 6 Reasons You’ll Get theJob. These workshops are free courtesy of the speaker and the Friends ofthe Library. Space limited; pre-reg rqd: WILD BIRD AND GARDEN Join Wilmington locally owned businesses Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures on a birding kayak winter tour to Florida’s bird watching paradise, 2/5-8, 2013. Visit some of Florida’s diverse habitats, its location on migration routes, and its wild lands. Tour destinations on the Great Florida Birding Trail as well as Florida State Parks. Wild Bird & Garden, 3501 Oleander Drive: 910 343 6001 or COASTAL NAVIGATION

Coastal Navigation will be offered by CFCC’s Continuing EducationDepartment Tuesday nights, and two Mondays, 2/11, 18, 6-9:30pm, beginning Jan. 8th and ending February 19th. Registration cost: $123 payable on the first night of class. (Only a $3 fee for students over age 65.) Room S212 on CFCC main campus. Detailed instruction on methods of chart plotting and piloting. Beginning with the basics of chart interpretation, there will be extensive charting exercises using magnetic compass corrections, time/speed/distance calculations, set and drift of the current, running fixes, and referencing nautical publications. A coverage of electronic navigation techniques will include GPS, radar, depth finding, and the use of new computer software. While the course is not geared as an exam prep study, it will still be very useful for students planning to take the US Coast Guard Captain’s license test. BRIDGE LESSONS Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department is offering beginner Bridge lessons with Marie Killoran. Bridge lessons are open to anyone at any age. Players will be introduced to the basics of bidding and playing bridge. 5 lessons per session held on Thursdays from 10am-noon, at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. Beginner I will begin Thurs., 1/10. Beginner II will begin Thurs., 2/28. 910-256-7925/pre-reg rqd. Monday – Friday, 8-5pm.

clubs/notices SEXUAL ABUSE TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP A support group to help survivors of sexual abuse define trauma, make sense of post-trauma reactions (regaining safety, control, trust and personal value), and heal for the long term. Mondays, January 7th –February 18th, 5:30-6:30pm. No cost for attendance! Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, 615 Shipyard Blvd. Register by 1/4 contacting Lauren Slusher, LCSW-A, VSPat 910392-7460. Space is limited! DIVORCE CARE DivorceCare – SACPC’s next series will begin Tues., 1/8, 6:30pm. Video seminar and support group for those experiencing the grief of separation and divorce. Seminar sessions include topics such as: “Facing Your Anger,” “Facing Your Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” and “Forgiveness.” This program will provide a means of support and recovery for people who are working through the pain that comes with the breakup of a marriage. Divorce Care Ministry: 762-9693 SOUTHEASTERN NC GREEN PARTY MEETING 1/10: The Southeastern NC Green Party is having its second meeting. We are alocal chapter of the NC Green Party. Roxanne: 910-515-9697.

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VETERAN’S WRITING COLLECTIVE Open to all active-duty military, veterans, and family members, the Veterans Writing Collective encourages the art of writing and conducts monthly workshops offering honest, positive feedback on members’ poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, and journaling. 1/12, 2-4pm, at Methodist University in the Trustees Building, Room 340. Robin Greene: TOPSAIL CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER Topsail Chamber Annual Dinner, Sat., 1/26, 6-8pm, the Surf City Welcome Center. Tickets $25/person. 910-524-2679 TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910-343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS MEETING Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting of Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Ogden Baptist Church: 7121 Market St. 12-step meeting for people that have or think they may have a compulsive gambling problem. Contact: Casey 910-599-1407 HOBBY GREENHOUSE TOUR 3/2, 9am: Free, self-guided tour of local greenhouses, including member andnon-member greenhouses and commercial and institutional greenhousesthroughout New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. Tour starts atthe New Hanover County Arboretum. 9am-5pm. • 4/12-14: Hobby Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free. Fri. and Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 12-5pm. • 5/31: Hobby Green-

house Summer Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants members free. grown by members; portion of profits go to scholYOUNG DEMOCRATS OF NHC arships for local community college horticulture Meet the 1st and 3rd Tues. ea. mo., downtown students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free, 9am-6pm. • 6/1: public library, third floor, 6:30pm. Ages 18-35. Hobby Greenhouse Summer Plant Sale in Forest COUPON CLUB Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free. 9am-6pm. • 9/6-7: Hobby Greenhouse Fall Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholThere are so many ways to enjoy the history of arships for local communitycollege hortiWilmington, especially through various tours. If you culture students. 2318 Metts Ave. Free. 9am-6pm. haven’t seen one of our most historic cemeteries, or then make an appointment to take a stroll through


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the grounds, led by Robin Triplett. Learn about many of the souls who are resting there and how their lives impacted Wilmington. Tours are only $3 for children and $8 for adults. Contact Robin at 910392-6753 to schedule a tour.

AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Support Group: Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B. This FREE support group is open to anyone affected by ADHD. For more information: PSORIASIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd Sat. of month at Port City Java in Harris Teeter on College and Wilshire, 5pm. Christopher: (910) 232-6744 or Free; meet others with psoriasis and get educated on resources and program assistance. CAPE FEAR WEDDING ASSOCIATION Meet and greets the third Wed. ea. month. $25,

Wilmington Coupon Club meets monthly, second Monday, at 6pm Come exchange coupons and learn how to save money. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Club meets third Tues. each month, Sept thru June, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College, McCloud Bldg, room S002. WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB The Wilmington Newcomers Club meets monthly at 9:30am on the 2nd Thurs ea. month at the Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. Sign

up for our satellite groups, where members can follow their particular interest and make new friends along the way—bridge clubs, dinner groups, business networking groups, etc. 910632-8315, WILMINGTON MS SELF HELP GROUP MS Selp Help Group meets 2nd Thurs, ea. month, 7-8pm. New Hanover Regional Hospital Business Center. 3151 South 17th St. Lisa Burns: PFLAG PFLAG Meeting is first Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.

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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) In the sci-fi film trilogy “The Matrix,” the heroes are able to instantaneously acquire certain complex skills via software that’s downloaded directly into their brains. In this way, the female hacker named Trinity masters the art of piloting a military M-109 helicopter in just a few minutes. If you could choose a few downloads like that, Aries, what would they be? This isn’t just a rhetorical question meant for your amusement. In 2013, I expect your educational capacity will be exceptional. While you may not be able to add new skills as easily as Trinity, you’ll be pretty fast and efficient. What do you want to learn? Choose wisely.

LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) For years, the gravestone of Irish dramatist Oscar Wilde was covered with kiss-shaped lipstick marks that were left by his admirers. Unfortunately, Wilde’s descendants decided to scour away all those blessings and erect a glass wall around the tomb to prevent further displays of affection. In my astrological opinion, Leo, you should favor the former style of behavior over the latter in 2013. In other words, don’t focus on keeping things neat and clean and well-ordered. On the contrary: Be extravagant and uninhibited in expressing your love for the influences that inspire you—even at the risk of being a bit unruly or messy.

experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a team of physicists in France and Switzerland announced last July that they had tentatively discovered the Higgs Boson, which is colloquially known as the “God particle.” What’s all the fuss? In her San Francisco Chronicle column, Leah Garchik quoted an expert who sought to explain: “The Higgs boson is the WD40 and duct tape of the universe, all rolled into one.” Is there a metaphorical equivalent of such a glorious and fundamental thing in your life, Sagittarius? If not I predict you will find it in 2013. If there already is, I expect you will locate and start using its 2.0 version.

TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) Are you familiar with the fable of the golden goose? The farmer who owned it became impatient because it laid only one gold egg per day. So he killed it, thinking he would thereby get the big chunk of gold that must be inside its body. Alas, his theory was mistaken. There was no chunk. From then on, of course, he no longer got his modest daily treasure. I nominate this fable to be one of your top teaching stories of 2013. As long as you’re content with a slow, steady rate of enrichment, you’ll be successful. Pushing extra hard to expedite the flow might lead to problems.

VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) In 2013 I hope to conspire with you to raise your levels of righteous success. If you’re a struggling songwriter, I’ll be pushing for you to get your music out to more people—without sacrificing your artistic integrity. If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I’ll prompt you to fine-tune and deepen the benevolent influence you have on your students. If you’re a business owner, I’ll urge you to ensure that the product or service you offer is a well-honed gift to those who use it. As I trust you can see, Virgo, I’m implying that impeccable ethics will be crucial to your ascent in the coming year.

CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) In 2013 I pledge to help you bring only the highest quality influences and self-responsible people into your life. Together we will work to dispel any unconscious attraction you might have to demoralizing chaos or pathological melodrama. We will furthermore strive to ensure that as you deepen and fine-tune your self-discipline, it will not be motivated by self-denial or obsessive control-freak tendencies. Rather, it will be an act of love that you engage in so as to intensify your ability to express yourself freely and beautifully.

GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) Here are some of the experiences I hope to help you harvest in the coming year: growing pains that are interesting and invigorating rather than stressful; future shock that feels like a fun joyride rather than a bumpy rumble; two totally new and original ways to get excited; a good reason to have faith in a dream that has previously been improbable; a fresh supply of Innocent Crazy-Wise Love Truth; and access to all the borogoves, mome raths and slithy toves you could ever want.

LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) After Libran poet Wallace Stevens won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955, Harvard University offered him a job as a full professor. But he turned it down; he couldn’t bear leaving his day job as the vice-president of an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. I suspect that in the first half of 2013, you will come to a fork in the road that may feel something like Stevens’ quandary. Should you stick with what you know or else head off in the direction of more intense and unpredictable stimulation? I’m not here to tell you which is the better choice; I simply want to make sure you clearly identify the nature of the decision.

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) In her gallery show “Actuality, Reminiscence, and Fabrication,” artist Deborah Sullivan includes a piece called “Penance 1962.” It consists of a series of handwritten statements that repeats a central theme: “I must not look at boys during prayer.” I’m assuming it’s based on her memory of being in church or Catholic school when she was a teenager. You probably have an analogous rule lodged somewhere in the depths of your unconscious mind— an outmoded prohibition or taboo that may still be subtly corroding your life energy. The coming year will be an excellent time to banish that ancient nonsense for good. If you were Deborah Sullivan, I’d advise you to fill a whole notebook page with the corrected assertion: “It’s OK to look a boys during prayer.”

SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) In 2013 I will try to help you retool, reinvent and reinvigorate yourself in every way that’s important to you. I will encourage you to reawaken one of your sleeping aptitudes, recapture a lost treasure and reanimate a dream you’ve neglected. If you’re smart, Scorpio, you will reallocate resources that got misdirected or wasted. And I hope you will reapply for a privilege or position you were previously denied, because I bet you’ll win it this time around. Here are your words of power for the year ahead: resurrection and redemption. SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) Based on

AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) “Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience,” French painter Paul Cezanne said. What do you think he meant by that? Here’s one interpretation: Many of us replay the same old emotions over and over again—even in response to experiences that are nothing like the past events when we felt those exact feelings. So a genius might be someone who generates a fresh emotion for each new adventure. Here’s another possible interpretation of Cezanne’s remark: It can be hard to get excited about continually repeating the basic tasks of our regular routines day after day. But a genius might be someone who is good at doing just that. I think that by both of these definitions, 2013 could be a genius year for you Aquarians. PISCES (19 Feb. – 20 Mar.) Home is not just the building where you live. It’s more than the community that gives you support and the patch of earth that comforts you with its familiarity. Home is any place where you’re free to be your authentic self; it’s any power spot where you can think your own thoughts and see with your own eyes. I hope and trust that in 2013 you will put yourself in position to experience this state of mind as often as possible. Do you have any ideas about how to do that? Brainstorm about it on a regular basis for the next six months. |december 26-january 1, 2013|encore 53

guided tours of World War II sites in Southeastern North Carolina. 793-6393 or History@ TOURS OF OLD WILMINGTON Walking tours start at the end of Market and Water streets on the Cape Fear River. Times: 9am, 11am and 1pm, Wed-Sat., or Sun/Mon/ Tues by appt. $12 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Seniors are $10. Provide stepon tours for bus tours and group-walking tours. Due to weather, call to check on times etc: 910409-4300. THALIAN HALL TOURS In addition to a full schedule of performances, self-guided tours of the theater are offered Mon-Fri, 12-6pm, Sat 2-6pm. Guided tours by appt. 343-3664.

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tours CHEF’S TABLE Award-Winning Executive Chef Mark Lawson meet you at the tablefor a fabulous formal affair—a meal as entertaining as it is delicious. Join us at the Chef’s Tasting Table featuring a special presentation by the chef and decadent fare prepared just for your party. Reservations required; limit 10 people: (910) 256-2251. $85/ person. East Oceanfront Dining (located inside Blockade Runner Beach Resort). 275 Waynick Blvd. TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25, www.tastinghistorytours. com. Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910-622-6046. FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:306pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or Burgaw Historic Train Depot. STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS 1/26/2013: thirty teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the

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FOOD SAFETY CLASS Food Safety Class for Restaurant Manager offered right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in three sessions on 1/28, 2/4 and 2/11 at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 4433 Long Beach Rd. Sessions will start at 12:30pm and end at 4:30pm. Students who successfully complete the class and the exam receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation often seen prominently displayed in restaurants. Fee of $115 is required to cover the cost of the text book, exam and classroom instruction. Books must be picked up in person at the Cooperative Extension office prior to the beginning of the class. 910-253-2610 to register

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WINEDUCATION CLASS Join staff of The Veggie Wagon and sommelier Shaun Underwood of Juice Wines for a Special Wineducation class from 6-7pm, 1/15. During this call we will taste 5 different styles of Cabernet from different regions of the world. Shaun will be focusing his discussion on the different effects that terroir (local elements) has on the each wine. You will be amazed how one grape can have some many different flavor profiles, depending on the climate and location of where it was grow. The class is free to attend, RSVP required, and is sure to teach you a few things about some great wines from around the world. Space is limited for this event. theveggiewagon. com or email or call 910-805-3014. The Veggie Wagon, 608 South Lake Park Blvd.

CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! 910-545-8055

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14 Years in Business Downtown; Owner Relocating.

For Details, Call Jim Quinn, Creative Commercial Properties (910)251-2211

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Porters Neck Veterinary Hospital Family owned & operated since 1999 8129 Market Street (910) 686-6297

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131 North Front Street Historic Downtown Wilmington (910) 343-8881

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