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City Stage gets naughty with ‘The Full Monty’ The guys involved in City Stage’s latest production aren’t afraid to strut what they’ve got. Opening December 29th, ‘The Full Monty’ reveals the goods behind the threads—but also the hearts within the men. A hilarious spin on the 1997 British film of the same name, this musical follows a few unemployed steel workers who are down on their luck. With suffering marriages (or testy divorces as the case may be) and hardly a dime to their names, the guys come up with a brilliant plan to rival the famous Chippendales—to go ‘the full monty.’ Along the way, they may just learn a bit about themselves, their insecurities, and how to solve their broken bonds. Read more about the musical taking place at Thalian Hall on page 8. Courtesy photo

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8 cover story: Bethany Turner spies out the studs in City Stage’s“The Full Monty.”

10 art: Alex Pompliano shares 10 of 2011’s best to happen to our arts scene.

11 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in area art galleries.

13 film: Anghus reveals his 10 favorite movies of the past 365 days; Shea Carver brings us the news on why a Sundance and Cannes winner is screening at Cinematique.

16 music: Sarah Richter delights in Keller Williams’ tongue-in-cheek appeal.

18-21 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

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1. Cape Fear Public Utility Authority decides to hire local. I know it sounds stunningly obvious that our local government would choose to spend money in our municipality. In fact, they estimate they will be spending close to $27.14 million. Isn’t it nice that our hard-earned money grudgingly turned over for incorrect billing, and exorbitant deposits and taxes will actually stay here and create jobs in our area? 2. The USDA reports a 17 percent increase in farmers’ markets across the U.S. There are now over 7,000 farmers’ markets in operation of which the USDA is aware. A 17 percent growth in any area of our economy right now is news to celebrate, but especially such significant growth that strengthens our food security and circulates money locally rather than sucking it out of regional economies. 3. Bank Transfer Day was quite a success. $4.5 billion dollars moved out of the big banks and into credit unions in the month leading up to Bank

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Some of the best news surrounding the movement in 2011

Transfer Day—and it has not stopped. The National Association of Federal Credit Unions reports that credit unions increased business lending by 4.5 percent in the year ending in June 2011, but lending from big banks declined by 1.8 percent during that time. 4. The Dodd-Frank Act capped debit card fees. Because merchants pay a fee for the privilege of accepting plastic, the Dodd-Frank Act capped the fees charged per debit card transaction at $0.21. Though this won’t really make retailers smile when customers want to put $5 on a debit card, it certainly helps. 5. A lot of folks might be surprised to see Amazon’s Price Check Saturday on this list, but I think it really showed Amazon’s true colors to a lot of people. First, let’s tackle sales tax. Municipalities are dependent upon the money brought in by sales tax to fund schools, infrastructure, state and local jobs. With the rise of Internet shopping sales tax collection, remittance has been on a steady decrease (surprised?). Many states have begun to institute online sales tax collection legislation in an attempt to address the problem. The single biggest and most vocal opponent to this has been Amazon.com, a company dependent upon the infrastructure of roads, electricity and law enforcement provided by the municipali-

ties to which it delivers merchandise. Yet, they have no interest in helping fund the services from which it benefits. On “Price Check Saturday,” held December 10th, Amazon sunk to a new low. They asked customers to visit real brick-and-mortar stores and instead of making a purchase, find a item they wanted, scan it and purchase it from Amazon. This went beyond comparison shopping to an unethical, immoral objective that truly unmasked the wizard. 6. Occupy Wall Street—love it or hate it, understand it or not, the movement has succeeded in getting the discussion of corporate malfeasance into common dialogue. “The Other 99%” is a very real story which resonates with many Americans and indeed around the world. Hopefully, part of the long-term impact of Occupy Wall Street will be an increase in spending and investment on a local level with small business and a reduction of credit-card spending as a vehicle for sending money out of our neighborhoods and into the pockets of corporate executives (who don’t know us or care about us). 7. Freaker America triumphs over Urban Outfitters—at least in our minds. Yes, Urban Outfitters completely ripped off local heroes Freaker America. Unfortunately, this is not the first time they have shown their thieving hands. The groundswell of support that the Freaker crew has received in


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the wake of this could not be judged as anything other than a moral victory. Hundreds of responses bombarded Urban Outfitters’ Facebook page and online site in support of our locals. Knowing Zach Crain and his merry pranksters, they will ride this wave with more panache and success than Urban Outfitters could dream of. Not to mention Freakers will continue manufacturing in North Carolina— not with inferior materials in China like Urban Outfitters uses. 8. Down East Connect meets first year sales goal six months early. The table-food distribution network connects farmers in Columbus County directly with households in New Hanover. Launched this year (www. DownEastConnect.com) with hopes to sell $10,000 of local produce by the end of their first fiscal year, they met their goal six months early! Congratulations to everyone who chose to spend $0.80 of each food dollar here with a local farmer instead of sending it all away and a having only $0.20 eventually make it to the farmer. Down East Connect allows individuals to select specific produce they would like to purchase, and have it delivered weekly. Folks who sign up for the newsletter receive the tantalizing recipes of the talented Paula Tirrito of the Camellia Cottage B&B.

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9. In spite of all my reservations that Small Business Saturday was sponsored by American Express—and that I do not truly believe a credit card company has the best interests of small businesses or smalltown America at heart (though they have identified a growing market)—I am thrilled the term has become a common part of our modern lexicon. Hopefully, we can only go up from here. Small Business Saturday is slated for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, in an effort to drive sales to local businesses. Let’s make every day “Small Business Saturday” in 2012. 10. Carolina Farmin’ opens a locally owned grocery store downtown, and revitalizes the intersection of 21st and Market streets. When I was small, Carolina Farmin’s location housed Parker’s grocer. After it changed names and hands several times over, the property sat empty, and the vitality of the surrounding area sagged. When Port City Java moved their corporate headquarters there, it was a good step forward, but the revitalization that has come from having a neighborhood grocer again downtown is magnificent. Much of its fruits and veggies are locally produced, milk comes form Spivey’s Corner, and the baked goods from La Gemma are icing on the cake. It makes a locally owned grocery store an even greater investment with our local food producers.


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the cake. Can’t Possibly Be True stores an The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has reached local food“the nadir of absurdity,” wrote Wired.com, after a December report in The Atlantic revealed that Pakistan “secures” its tactical nuclear weapons by moving them around the country in ordinary unmarked vans (“without noticeable defenses”). It supposedly uses the “Econolines of Doom,” “hidden” in plain sight on the country’s highways, because it fears the U.S. (its “ally”) would steal the bombs if it knew where they were. Dizzyingly, wrote Wired, the U.S. funds Pakistan yet regularly invades it, though desperately needing Pakistan’s help in Afghanistan, even as Pakistani soldiers fight alongside Afghan insurgents against the U.S. In October, the super-enthusiastic winners of a Kingston, Ontario, radio station contest claimed their prize: the chance to don gloves and dig for free Buffalo Bills’ football tickets (value: $320), buried in buffalo manure in a child’s plastic inflatable pool. The show’s host, Sarah Crosbie, reported the digging live (but, overcome by the smell, vomited on the air). More curious was a runner-up contestant who continued to muck around for the second prize, even though it was only tickets to a local zoo. In a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution, a judge found a “strong” likelihood that EPA agent Keith Phillips “deliberately” set up a hazardous-waste enforcement case against Hubert Vidrine for the purpose of facilitating his own work/sex relationship with a female EPA agent. According to the court, Phillips was married and unable to carry on with the agent (stationed in another city) except when they worked together, which they did periodically over a three-year period on the Vidrine case. In October, Vidrine was

awarded $1.6 million in damages. Least Competent Plans: L.B. Williams, a black man married to a white woman in Panama City, Fla., reported that the Ku Klux Klan had burned a cross in his driveway in November and left a threatening note. However, the note did not demand that the couple move from the neighborhood; it demanded that they stay. Since the Klan is not known for supporting mixed-race couples, the police were suspicious and ultimately charged Williams with making the threats himself to frighten his wife into abandoning the divorce she had recently requested. Paul Moran, possessing (according to his lawyer) “considerable intellectual ability,” nonetheless attempted a procedure to turn his own feces into gold (and was sentenced in October to three months in jail in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, after accidentally setting his apartment on fire in the process). Cry for Help: Math teacher Paul LaDuke, 75, was fired in November from the Schaumburg (Ill.) Christian School after a student reported seeing him brazenly masturbate, with his pants lowered, as he sat behind his desk in a full classroom. LaDuke had been at the school for 26 years, and police believe (according to a Chicago Tribune report) he had “committed similar acts at the school several times a year for a decade or longer.” Fine Points of the Law Proportionality: Daniel Vilca, 26, was ordered to prison for the rest of his life (without possibility of parole) following his conviction in Naples, Fla., in November for having pornographic photos of children on his computer. He had no previous criminal record, nor was there evidence of any contact with children. The judge computed the sentence by multiplying a five-year term by the 454 photos police found. A week earlier, a judge in Dayton, Ohio, sentenced former CEO Michael Peppel, 44, for defrauding his shareholders by overstating revenue in a company that went on to lose $298 million and cost 1,300 employees their jobs. Sentencing guidelines recommended an 8- to 10-year term, but federal judge Sandra Beckwith ordered Peppel to jail for seven days. Dog walker Kimberly Zakrzewski was found not guilty in October of violating the poop-scooping ordinance of Fairfax County, Va., despite photographic “evidence” of dog piles submitted by neighbors Virginia and Christine Cornell (who had previously been feuding with Zakrzewski). The jury chose to give greater weight to testimony by the dog’s owner that the photographed piles were bigger than anything she had ever seen from “Baxter.” The owner also revealed that she had brought to court one of Baxter’s actual piles but decided to leave it in her car.

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advice from several folks: Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s provided to me most often when my boyfriend’s oh-so-endearing quirks and traits are wearing my last nerve. For instance, I attempt to arrive at all appointments and events on time; he once wasted an entire day of vacation or, “just one more thing.” This phrase of his, abhorred by all who know him (relatives and friends alike), means there is no telling what time he might actually be ready—15 minutes or, in the case of our Charleston trip, 24 hours. Like any woman, I have a long list of things my man can do which drives me mad. Alas, I mustn’t sweat the small stuff. Rather I slap a smile on my face and remember although punctuality isn’t his strong suit, he has a much longer list of qualities I adore. Such is just one of many lessons learned by the characters in “The Full Monty,” the latest production from City Stage. Opening December 29th at Thalian Hall, the story begins with two unemployed steel workers who are strapped for cash and self-esteem. Dave, played by Anthony David Lawson, and Jerry, portrayed by Gray Hawks, have reached the lowest of lows—right down to hiding out in the bathroom of a strip club to spy on a girls’ night out. They discover women’s inclination to spend money on the nearly nude Chippendales, as well as overhear their wives’ disgruntled concerns about the home front. Georgie (Heather Setzler), Dave’s wife, airs his insecurities about his weight. Jerry’s ex-wife Pam (Caitlin Becka) grieves the loss of her marriage along with his inability

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to pay child support. Still, the women enjoy their newly realized independence as the bread winners, showcased in their song, “It’s a Woman’s World.” Imaginably, Dave and Jerry feel pretty crappy about themselves. With no job prospects, they can’t change their money situation, let alone any other problems. But remembering that the girls will toss bills to a man in a thong gives them hope: They think they can rival the strip-tease act by baring it all—the full monty. One by one they gather old co-workers, and they hold auditions for well-endowed dancers. They even find a brave female pianist to accompany their show, played in this production by Barbara Weetman. The tale of “The Full Monty”originated as a British film released in 1997 but made its debut as an American musical in 2000. City Stage brought “The Fully Monty” to Wilmington five years ago. “We have four of the main guys back,” director Justin Smith says, “and 13 new cast members.” Although, he didn’t make them strip to earn the role, he assures. The ever-talented Chiaki Ito is the musical director with choreography from Carson Capps, who worked for 10 years in New York City and on Broadway prior to returning to North Carolina. As for the duds department, Smith says the show is meant to be set in the ‘80s, but they decided to go a different route the second time around. “This show has gained some relevance over the past few years because of the economy, so we’ve tried to give the costuming a more current feel,” he explains. For audience members, this means witness-

ing “The Full Monty” actresses dress in complete “Jersey Shore” style. “The nice part about having done this before is that your starting point is different,” Smith notes. “We have already explored a lot, and this time around we’ve really peeled some layers off the onion. There’s a lot of depth to what could easily be entertaining on a superficial level.” “The Full Monty” isn’t just about fat, broke, middleaged men taking their clothes off for cash. Though the main premise is, yes, they’re putting an even raunchier spin on the Chippendales show, the characters remove more than shirts and pants. They search within themselves to find strength to overcome inferiority complexes and relationship struggles, and finally give something their best shot. “It’s about setting your mind to something and having the courage to pull it off,” Smith details. “It’s about relationships of all kinds, and how trusting and believing in those relationships can pull you through even the most difficult of circumstances. It’s the perfect show for New Year’s.” Seeing that the musical’s run dates land right on New Year’s Eve, City Stage worked up a special gala for the first Saturday showing. While tickets are normally $20 for the December 29th, 30th and January 1st showings, and $25 for January 5th through 8th, seating for the celebration event is $75 per person. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the gala, and the ticket price includes hors d’oeuvre, an open bar, dancing, a DJ—and the full monty!


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Yet, I’m guilty of seeking out and reading them and, more often than not, adhering to their guidance. But I don’t like to be so bold as to create one—especially when it involves cherry picking a handful of events from 2011 that were beneficial, influential or just attention-worthy in the Wilmington arts. Lists like these inevitably arouse reader complaints and disappointments ... but I digress. On the other hand, neatly packaged lists do tend put things into perspective. An annual Top Ten is nearly a statutory obligation for magazines, so here are my top 10 events on the 2011 Wilmington arts scene, in no order of particular preference.

1. A decade after becoming the only major city in North Carolina without one, Wilmington is finally home to a sustainable arts council. Due mainly to the tenacious efforts of the local steering committee, consisting of members Dan Brawley (director, Cucalorus Film Festival), Philip Gerard (chair of UNCW Creative Writing Department) and Rhonda Bellamy (founding member of Black Arts Alliance) and funding from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Brooklyn Arts Council board, the Wilmington Arts Council was launched earlier in December. Plans to launch a new council suffered a disenchanting setback in March when the New Hanover County Commissioners rejected a proposal to fund the group, but the committee took matters into their own hands, and drummed up local and state support. Bellamy told encore in November that Wilmington has an opportunity to brand itself as an arts destination, so 2012 looks like a promising year for the local arts scene.

aplenty in 2012, too, including Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk on January 21st at the BAC. Tickets are on sale now at Gravity Records.

no by Alex Pomplia r to bu encore contri wares to the public. From theatre events to nonprofit gatherings, including ones hosted by their 1888 Skate Club, there is so much more to look forward to from this venue. 3. Disputably Wilmington’s most iconic film, David Lynch’s American masterpiece “Blue Velvet” celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. Organizer Steve Fox culled together an exhibition during the Cucalorus Film Festival in the former downtown apartment of the late Dennis Hopper, who played the film’s oxygen mask-wearing deranged loon, Frank Booth. A collection of props and memorabilia from the cult flick, together with still photos taken during its production in 1986, were all on display—and, yes, even the actual blue velvet robes worn by actress Isabella Rossellini. During Cucalorus, guided tours of “Blue Velvet” locations were also given, and a debut of the work-in-progress staging of “Blue Velvet: The Musical,” put on by locals Alisa Harris, Anthony Lawson and Bryan Putnam, came to life in bare-bones fashion. 2012 will hopefully see the full performance of this musical, pending the goahead from David Lynch. 4. In May the Cameron Art Museum invited all artists currently living in—or native to— the state of North Carolina to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum in “State of the Art/Art of the State.” There was just one catch: The art had to be delivered and hung within a 24-hour period. As it turned out, it absolutely packed the museum with participants and viewers alike. Featuring internationally renowned curators from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the International Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Modern in London, the opening reception had over 700 attendees. Around 800 pieces were put on display before the deadline, with the exhibition hanging through October. The brainchild of CAM’s former director, Deborah Velders (who resigned in February), brought in an overwhelming amount of praise from local artists and residents. It was orchestrated and carried out by then-acting director, Anne Brennan, who, within months, became CAM’s official new executive director.

2. The Brooklyn Arts District of Wilmington got a major shot in the arm thanks to the opening of the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews. Restoration work was completed by Dave Nathans, and the intricately crafted church opened its doors last spring as a three-in-one venue: a concert hall, skate club and rentable event space for any upscale gathering, a la weddings. Known in shorthand as “BAC,” it debuted with quite a bang after tickets for their first show, Old Crow Medicine Show, sold out in hours flat. The venue has been responsible for bringing more nationally known concerts to town, including The Rosebuds, Rusted Root, Bucket Head, Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Keller Williams (playing New Year’s Eve, see page 16). They’ve also coddled the local scene’s music by hosting NoFo in October, featuring 15 local bands playing on two stages for over 11 hours. Likewise, they’ve hosted vintage flea-market-style sales, welcoming local artisans and vendors to sell their 5. Reading Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving 10 encore | december 28, 2011 - january 3, 2012 | www.encorepub.com

Tree” has never felt so naughty as it did during Banned Books Week, held in September thanks to downtown’s Old Books on Front Street. To celebrate good-ol’ American freedom of speech and information, Old Books kicked off the week with “read-ins,” essay contests, a book signing by an actual banned book author and a celebration of Silverstein’s birthday, cake included. The week kicked off its own Banned Books Club, too (contact Old Books for the reading list and more information). It concluded with a performance of banned operatic pieces sung by WHQR DJ Bob Workmon. 6. After months of holding auditions, working out choreography with Techmoja’s Kevin Lee-y Green, and coordinating with their venue, the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center, the NORAK Contemporary and Modern Dance Company finally found its momentum in 2011. In July, Founder Karon Tunis unveiled her eclectic group of fresh dancers with tediously choreographed performances that fuse hip-hop, belly, modern, jazz, contemporary and ballet set to live music and spoken word. Since, NORAK has been putting on fund-raisers and performances all over Wilmington. Their next event is slated for January 13th, a four-act show called “Slave.” 7. In October, five-time Grammy winner Dr. John brought his band, the Lower 911, to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for an unforgettable evening of high-energy blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock ‘n’ roll. This was a particularly exciting year for the legendary New Orleans pianist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend, he played the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee—for which the festival is named after his album, “Desitively Bonnaroo”—and he released a double album, “Zu Zu Soirée.” Brought to Wilmington by our AAA radio stantion, the Penguin 98.7, concerts are sure to be

8. As its name suggests, sketch comedy troupe Pineapple Shaped Lamps began their season of “Saturday Night Live”-esque shows this year. Consisting of skits and ministories that range from odd to downright peculiar, “Thursday Night Live” was performed and filmed in front of live audiences at Browncoat Pub & Theatre. For those who missed them, head over to PSL’s YouTube page to check out their hilarious re-runs. A good place to start is their “David Lynch Comedy Hour” bit, which needs no further description. 9. The New Out Wilmington (NOW)—Wilmington’s only non-profit LGBTQIA support group—recently held their semi-formal 2011 Winter Ball Charity Event at Cameron Art Museum. NOW’s goal is to provide scholarship opportunities to students enrolled at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College. The festivities included performances by musician Justin Rudolph, and extreme fire performers by fire sppinners from Creative Flame, accompanied by gallery viewings and a four-course dinner. All proceeds from the event were donated to Good Shepherd Center to aid homelessness and provide food for the hungry. Additional funds went toward scholarships for students enrolled at Cape Fear Community College and UNCW. NOW will be on the 2012 radar, especially as PRIDE week rolls around at the beginning of June. encore will, once again, keep readers up to date on all its coverage. 10. Out of many national touring comics have stopped by Nutt Street Comedy Room this year (see: Drew Fraser, Dave Stone, Jared Logan), misanthropic Kyle Kinane garnered a lot of attention. This may have had something to do with Conan O’Brien specifically plugging the event before Kinane guested on the TBS late night show “Conan.” Regardless, Kinane’s hilarious story-telling kept the room bent with baited breath—or maybe they were just trying to catch their breath—as he rallied against old roommates and past experiences gone awry in a quite enthralling evening of humor. Nutt St. has been working overtime to secure great comics in 2012, including Kyle Grooms on January 6th and 7th and Ryan Singer on February 10th and 11th. Plus, they’ll debut The Studio, where they’ll hold workshops for actors, comedians, improv and public speaking.


galleryguide| Artfuel.inc

2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Monday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. www.artfuelinc.com Artfuel.inc is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Our 29th art show features the folk art of Candy Pegram, photography by Tammy Haraga and Realyn Oliver, and graffitti art by Switch. Find some early Christmas gifts!

Artexposure!

22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/ 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment www.artexposure50.com From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6p.m. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to four working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. ArtExposure is available for receptions, weddings, meetings and the like. Along with its large open space downstairs, there is a loft area upstairs suitable for smaller gatherings. Our show in November and December, “Small Treasures”, will feature smaller works under 300.00 and will run through December 24th. Our annual “Art of the Car” is an invitational to all NC artists. Information about this show and registration can be found on the website. Click on the “Opportunities for Artists” page. The deadline to register is February 29th and the show opens on March 9th, 2012. This is a juried

show and awards will be presented. Along with our regular art classes and studio time, yoga classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.

cAffe phoenix

35 N. Front Street • (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Currently showing paintings by local bellydancer Samra (Kelly Hawes) and Mio Reynolds. Live music by Perry Smith and Transtrum. The show will close with a second reception Wednesday January 11th from 6-9. For more information, visit www.kellyhawes.com or www.caffephoenix.com. Special thanks to Roy Clifton and Joel Finsel.

crescent Moon

332 Nutt Street In the Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday noon – 4 p.m. www.crescentmoonnc.com

Crescent Moon – want the unique gift for him? Or her? Come see the Drinking Dog Lying Down enjoying a Bud Light, one of many Yardbird’s junkyard dogs, cats and critters here. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah too! Wonderful hand-crafted ornaments are arriving daily from artists throughout the USA. Trees, Santas, Holly, Angels and more! Menorahs, Mezuzahs and Dreidels add to our holiday ideas. Remember Gift Wrapping is always free. 332 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 Phone: 910-762-4207 www.crescentmoonnc. com Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am5:30pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc!

series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.

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new eleMents GAllery 216 N. Front Street (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com

The 27th Annual Holiday Show features recent works by over 40 of our talented gallery artists. Join us from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and discover an eclectic mix of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber work, wood and sculpture just in time for the holiday season! Artists featured include Bruce Bowman, Betty Brown, Ann Conner, Jeffrey N. Davies, Warren Dennis, Donald Furst, Vicki Gates, David Goldhagen, Kyle Highsmith, Fritzi Huber, Rebecca Humphrey, Catherine Lea, Susan Mauney, Ann Parks McCray, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Sally Sutton, Janet Triplett, Michael Van Hout, Owen Wexler, Dina Wilde-Ramsing and Kee Wilde-Ramsing. This is a great opportunity to find one-of –a kind gifts and original artwork created by artists from within our local community and region. The 27th Annual Holiday Show will remain on display through January 7th, 2012.

sunset river MArketplAce

10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. in winter sunsetrivermarketplace.com

This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom fra.m.ing, Creative Exchange lecture

225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (FREE parking) (910)-763-3380 Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1p.m. - 4 p.m.

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!

wickeD GAllery

205 Princess St. • (910) 960-7306 Tues. 12-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 6:30-11:30 p.m. www.onewickedgallery.com

Wicked, as we like to call it, concentrates on the darker and more “outsider” degrees of the art world, showcasing talented people from all over the US and world that shouldn’t have to struggle to be seen! We are redefining the obscure, the curious and the odd in art. Wicked is home to the Olympia Flaherty Photography Studio, and a brand new darkroom will be opening in the gallery in February 2012. The end of 2011 marks the end of our 22-artist “Visions of Guadalupe” showcase. Our next show features Gabriel Lehman, opening Fri., Jan. 6th at 8 p.m. Gabriel will teach two painting classes on grabbing and placing light in his style (Sat., Jan. 7th and Sun., Jan. 8th, 12-4 p.m.). They are limited to 15 people each, and registration is only $45. For more information and to reserve a spot by January 1st, visit Wicked’s website or contact Christina Cole at (910) 547-0960.

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year-end: film 2011’s best cinematic experiences

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was an off year. The movies weren’t great and ticket sales were dramatically down. Movies which managed to win me over were the ones that were willing to take risks. There were some truly unique pictures out there for folks willing to look hard enough. I can’t remember a year-end list with such a dramatic mish-mash of mainstream comedies, art-house films, and even (gasp!) a family film. There were so many awful films this year. The ones that were truly terrible defied all logic and convention. The Danny McBride comedy “Your Highness” was bad enough to almost make me leave the theater. Not even Natalie Portman’s glistening ass could save it. “Sucker Punch” was truly terrible, a movie designed to give teenagers perpetual hard-ons, combining robots, Samurai, war and scantily clad models. Overall, the horror film was brutally savaged this year with garbage like “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Red State,” contributing to the disintegration of a once great genre. Still, a few movies made their way into my bag of greats. Here’s looking back at what was worth the admission price. 1. “Midnight In Paris” Woody Allen has found a new muse in Europe. “Midnight in Paris” is his latest across-the-pond romp, and it matches (if not exceeds) the brilliance of “Match Point” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” He does the City of Light proud with this comical tale of a writer pining for the good old days. When he actually gets there, he realizes the allure and the trappings of nostalgia. The sharpest, wittiest Woody Allen movie in ages and the most entertaining. 2. “I Saw the Devil” Chances are, many folks didn’t see this

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that I went into with a lot of apprehension. I was convinced I was walking into an estrogen-heavy flick that wouldn’t make me laugh or hold any interest. I was wrong. “Bridesmaids” is one of those rare comedies that transcends gender. A great ensemble, including Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph, manage to make something that is equally funny and, dare I say, heartwarming.

by Anghus encore film critic Korean export since it had a limited theatrical run in March. But they should have. A simple cat-and-mouse premise between a serial killer and the man hunting him down descends into a psychological game of onegunmanship. There’s a moment in the movie where the audience realizes the “hero” of the film may not be someone for whom to root. It’s violent, disturbing and one of the most terrifying movies I ever sat through. So few movies really ever take us somewhere; “I Saw the Devil” is not just a film but an endurance test for those who think they know what horrible looks like. Not for the faint of heart. 3. “Hugo” Martin Scorsese continues to impress late in his career, making his peers look rusty and showing a younger generation just how to make a movie. “Hugo” is a love letter to cinema and evokes a pleasant nostalgia for yesteryear when good movies told simple, effective stories. “Hugo” uses the best classic storytelling techniques merged with new technology and creates a beautifully rendered world. 4. “Melancholia” There was a lot of really average films in 2011. The movies that stood out were the ones that took risks. “Melancholia” is a beautiful tragedy of a film, a movie about people and characters dealing with small problems, following every looming threat and inherent struggles of annihilation. Kirst-

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CITY OF LIGHT: Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s 2011 hit, “Midnight in Paris.” Courtesy photo.

en Dunst gives one of the most interesting performances of the year. Lars Von Trier turns in a dark, twisted movie that is equal parts gorgeous and gut-wrenching. 5. “Attack the Block” It’s an alien invasion on the wrong side of the tracks. Five teenage street thugs are forced to defend their tenement building against savage monsters from parts unknown. Director Joe Cornish has crafted a very fresh tale from a very stale sci-fi/horror premise. It’s an action-packed and wryly humorous trip through one long night of mayhem and survival, with a bunch of foulmouthed British street urchins. Arguably the most fun I had with any movie this year. 6. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” I hate romantic comedies. Actually, hate isn’t a strong enough word. Yet, somehow the ice-covered brick in my chest managed to slightly warm over with this story of middle-aged love gone wrong, and one man’s attempt at finding life after separation. Steve Carell has managed to slowly become an old-fashioned movie star—the kind of guy that you not only like but can identify with. Ryan Gosling changes gears from his usual roles and shows that he’s just as good playing a carefree ladies man as he is the more dark and brooding characters for whom he’s known. There may be hope for the rom-com. But probably not. 7. “Bridesmaids” “Bridesmaids” is the year’s funniest, laughout-loud movie. It was one of those movies

8. “Source Code” Duncan Jones (Moon) did the impossible: He made a smart, tense, science-fiction thriller. That’s not the impossible part. He made Jake Gyllenhaal not just tolerable but entertaining. A bomb has gone off on a train. The only way to find the man responsible is to send a soldier back through a new technology that lets him relive the eight minutes prior to the incident through the eyes of passengers. It’s a little “Groundhog Day” and a little “Marathon Man,” and it’s exactly the kind of high-concept mainstream filmmaking I’d like to see more of. 9. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Making a movie where the main character is a monkey sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. By all logic “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” should have been awful. Yet, the movie turns out to be one of the more thought-provoking pieces of pulp I’ve seen in a long time. Sure, there is an element of ridiculousness and credibility strained. Casting James Franco as the most advanced scientific mind on the planet is, well, bold. But the film works because the movie is really about the apes. It’s also a turning point for motion-capture technology. Caesar (Andy Serkis) is an amazing example of how life like a simulated character can be. 10. “The Muppets” Chalk one up for ridiculousness. There were so few movies this year that were fun—pure, unadulterated enjoyment. Jason Segel has managed to capture everything right and ridiculous about our favorite puppet friends of yesteryear. It’s nice to see a movie that knows not to take itself seriously. It’s crazy, it’s meta and far more entertaining than 99 percent of the sewage I waded through in 2011.


cult of personality:

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crises at some point in their lives. It pops up in the form of a run-down soccer mom who once saw herself a happygo-lucky social butterfly. Or maybe it appears in the aging bachelor’s frown lines as he realizes his life isn’t surrounded by a loving household but, instead, top-of-the-line Boseman speakers and a wet bar. Finding truth of being is the essence of Sean Durkin’s directorial feature debut, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which has garnered high praise and recognition worldwide in its infant release. The film follows Martha (Elizabeth Olsen, “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding”) as she escapes a cult from a farm in upstate New York. Manipulated by its matriarch, Patrick (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”), the loving yet cunning leader captivates his followers with compassion and charm. He also has a natural knack for persuasion against the material world for a more intimate, communal standard of living, all mired in the underbelly of fury. Martha deals with fearful memories and reminders of a skewed life on the compound during her respite at her estranged sister’s lake house in Connecticut. How she fits back into society and deals with a haunting past and unsure future collides in this psychological thriller starring Sarah Paulson (“Deadwood,” “American Horror Story”), Christopher Abbott (“Nurse Jackie”), Brady Corbet (“Melancholia”) and Hugh Dancy (“Black Hawk Down”). “I wanted to do something characterbased, contemporary and naturalistic,” Durkin explains in a press release to encore. “I feel like cults are usually portrayed so that they’re over-the-top caricatures of themselves. So I started doing a lot of research, and I read one passage that just completely popped out at me . . . It was about a girl who left a group that was growing more and more violent. I wondered what the weeks after leaving were like for her. How does someone settle back into normal society after living through that?” As fate would have it, Durkin had a friend who could answer many of his questions forthright, as she, too, had been subjected to cult life. She provided insight into her reality of transitioning back to normalcy and finding herself while still under duress from the cult’s power. “She shared her stories with me, and they were very painful, scary and sad,” the NYU film graduate says. “She was very generous. From that came the basis of Martha’s story.” Durkin first conceptualized it as a short film and made it for a mere $400 before submitting it to Sundance in 2010 as “Mary Last Seen.” It found momentum by securing the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes for Best Short and moved on to New York, London and AFI.

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than Guggenheim. Durkin clicked with cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes, and he also went with the advice of Borderline’s casting director, Susan Shopmaker, upon her suggestion to use the Olsen twins’ little sister, Elizabeth, as Martha. “Lizzie is so interesting to look at, so unique

reel reel this week in film The Skin I Live In Cinematique Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. $7, 7:30 p.m.

1/9-11: “The Skin I Live In”—Directed and written by Pedro Almodøvar. Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas,) an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Rated R, 1 hr. 57 min. ON TARGET: Elizabeth Olsen makes her debut as a lead lady alongside Academy Award nominee John Hawkes in ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene.’ Courtesy photo.

At the time, Durkin also had submitted the feature script to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Upon acceptance, it was workshopped for five days by professional writers. In the end, it became a suspenseful foray into identity and the yearning for family under vulnerable, even dangerous circumstances. “At the farm, they’re always talking about ‘finding your role in the family,’” Durkin explains, “and I think that is a very basic part of human nature. We all want to belong, to be part of something, to feel like we contribute somehow to the group.” With the help of his college friends and producers, Antonio Campos and Josh Mond—all of whom make up their company, Borderline Films—the crew secured a secluded farm in the Catskills of New York, owned by Campos’ grandfather. “I realized it would be so easy for someone to come up and start a community here and suddenly have 20 people living together on this farm,” Durkin recalls. They culled a core group of dependables to help scout, shoot and dress the film, including Wilmington’s very own production designer Chad Keith and his second-hand man Jona-

and beautiful,” Durkin says. “She has a depth to her and an emotional strength. I just sensed it was all there when I first met her.” According to the crew, as well as critics worldwide, Olsen churned out a performance filled with edgy sombre and layered panache, of a vulnerable psyche drowning in confusion. To help impact the audience of her many personalities—hence the other monikers she goes by, Marcy, May and Marlene—Durkin made sure not to separate the current story line of Martha’s escape with her past on the compound. “I wanted it to be that you never know what’s coming next,” he admits. “For Martha, what happened to her at the farm and what she’s going through at the lake house all unfold at once, and that is the way you experience them.” Audiences have been bowled over by the outcome, too. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” has won Best Director Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Prix de la Jeunesse. Also, Olsen was nominated for a Best Female Lead Independent Spirit Award. Set for release on Blu-Ray by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment right around Oscar time, Wilmingtonians will be able to catch the film first January 2nd through 4th as part of WHQR’s Cinematique programming at Thalian Hall.

Working Films’ Reel Aging: Real Change www.workingfilms.org/reelaging Working Films announces Reel Aging: Real Change, an initiative that will tie compelling documentary films and transmedia projects that explore aging to ongoing policy work and grassroots campaigns supporting older populations globally. Applications by 1/6; four-day residency begins 3/23—eight to ten media teams will sharpen their strategies for audience and community engagement. 3/27: Teams will present their projects to regional, national and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers, with a goal to embed the film and media projects into on-the-ground efforts by the advocates in the room. Hosted in Washington, DC. Applications due from media makers for participation in Reel Aging: Real Change; no application fee. Residency includes lodging, meals, and materials. Participants responsible for own travel; limited stipends available. workingfilms.org/reelaging

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keel-ed for 2012: Keller Williams brings trifecta of sound to New Year

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Williams, I was riding in my best friend’s car, listening to one of her expertly mixed CDs. Following the Grateful Dead and Neil Young was a song dedicated to the great Bob Barker. “Bob Rules,” a lyrical homage to “The Price is Right,” is from the musical genius of Williams’ 2002 album “Laugh.” It became clear, Williams’ love for music is innate, even when tongue-in-cheek. “I started at a very young age,” Williams tells encore—“just loving music all over the place. I would pretend to play guitar and then, finally, I learned to play at the age of 12 or 13.” Growing up in Virginia, just south of D.C., Williams was exposed to a variety of musical forces. from country and bluegrass to hiphop and punk. He drew inspiration across the board from, most notably, the Grateful Dead and Michael Hedges. “My first real paid gig was when I was 16,” he continues, “and I played probably a handful of gigs every year until 1992, when I gave up having any kind of day job or attending school full time, and started focusing on my music.” Since he first started his solo career, he has embodied what one would expect of a solo artist. Without the presence of a band, Williams’ ability to improvise and perform choice covers, as well as personal compositions, with only the accompaniment of a Gibson guitar, is the stuff of musical legend. He started playing unaccompanied because he couldn’t afford a band and wanted to avoid the cheesiness of automated sequences. This led to the creation of his own brand of funk-inspired music. Although Williams built his career as a soloist, he almost always invites fellow musicians to contribute to his albums. Perform-

r by Sarah Richte ith w Keller Williams d KDubalicious an els Ke e th Keller and . • $40-$50 m p. 8 Sat., 12/31, nter Brooklyn Ar ts Ce rtsnc.com www.brooklyna ing live with the String Cheese Incident, Michael Franit, Bela Fleck, among other personal heroes, his work features a variety of self-composed songs and reinterpretation of cover songs (think Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”). However, his newest album, “Bass,” released December 13th, takes on a new concept for the artist. He foregoes his guitar and focuses on experimenting with the reggae genre. On the album, Williams leads his touring band on bass. “It’s been fun,” he says. “This is the first record out of 17 that doesn’t have a guitar.” It’s also the first record to showcase dub-inspired sounds, featuring Williams’ live reggae-funk band known as KDubalicious. Comprising Williams on bass, Jay Sterling keyboards and Mark D on drums, the record also dabbles in Williams’ signature funk, along with jazz and bits of pop and psychedelia. Where the synthesizing of these two divergently different sounds could come off forced or awkward, Williams’ talent conjoins the mixed bag of timbre. Songs, such as “2BU” and “Super Hot,” exhibit a seamless fusion of reggae and funk that transports listeners down to the islands. Much of the album evokes the laid-back

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KDUB: Keller Williams’ New Year’s show will be a three-in-one celebration, as he plays with the Keels, KDubalicious and solo. Courtesy photo.

beats of a Bob Marley groove. The bass provides structure through continued repetition and forms the melodic foundation. In addition, tickles on the keyboard create an essence of ‘90s California as perpetuated by the sounds of Sublime, promoting catchy, iconic fusions and contemporary elements of punk and folk. Other songs such as “I Am Elvis,” go with a more kaleidoscopic rock sound, infused by elements of easy listening. Toning down the reggae, “Elvis” has less of a pres-

ence of the bass and evokes a lightness and sense of fun that is a hallmark of Williams’ style. Williams’ soothing voice and playful lyrics makes the album vacillate among a smooth surface of even-keeled rhythms. This entire album should be the soundtrack to relaxation. “My love for music has not changed,” Williams says, “so that has definitely stayed constant, but I go through musical phases. There’s a positivity that has always been present in my work and stayed the same through all of my musical phases, whether bluegrass, folk, punk or electronica.” He’s establishing himself relevant across all demographics of listeners, too. In 2010 Williams released not only a children’s album but an album of cover songs with the Keels, entitled “Thief in May of 2010.” The Keels comprise the husbandand-wife team Larry and Jenny Keel. Keller and the Keels played Wilmington as a bluegrass experiment and successfully achieved appreciative feedback. As expected, Williams returns to Wilmington on New Year’s Eve and will feature three sets. Starting with Keller and the Keels, followed by Keller and KDubalicious, Williams will end the night by playing a solo loop to get the dance party going. For all those in attendance on New Year’s Eve, Keller wants to let everyone know, “It’s going to be a marathon not a sprint. Pace yourself. It’s going to get good at the end.”


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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS TUESDAY DJ Matt Evans $2 Martinis Indie Rock WEDNESDAY DJ SIN $3 Stoli Cocktails Hip-Hop/Dub Step THURSDAY DJ DST $2 Bud pounders Top 40 & Electro Clash FRIDAY DJ Milk $2 Soco-Limes Top 40 & Electro SATURDAY DJ Milk $4 Commi-Kazis Top 40 & Electro SUNDAY DJ Riz $4 Wells • $3 Drafts Moombathon 23 N. Front Street Fri.-Sat. 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

soundboard a preview of tunes all over town this week

LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm

the t a lo F ’t n Do m! Mainstrea

Friday, December 30

THE MOOD DUO Saturday, December 31

jOHn TOppings Friday, January 6

OvErTyME Saturday, January 7

fOrrEsT TabOr 1706 North Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231 877-330-5050 • 910-256-2231

WEDNESDAY, DEcEmbEr 28 ACouSTIC JAzz PIAno wITH JAMES JARvIS

—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

oPEn MIC nIgHT —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440

STEvEn CoMPTon —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680

JoSH SoLoMon & CARy BEnJAMIn —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

RoB RonnER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

MONDAY $10 Bud/Light Buckets $4 Jack Daniels, $4 Capt. Morgan TUESDAY $1 tacos 4-close, $3 Dos XX Amber Pints, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Jose Cuervo Margaritas, $5 Premium Tequila Shots WEDNESDAY $3 Pints, $5 Martinis, 1/2 Price wine THURSDAY $2 Domestic Pints w/HK Mug, $4 Jack Daniels, Sailor Jerrys, Jim Beam, and Jager,$5 Bombs FRIDAY & SATURDAY $4 Shooters, $5 Hell’s Cocktails $6 House Wine, $7 Martinis $10 Party Pitchers SUNDAY Service Industry Night $2.50 Domestic Draft, $4 Bloody Mary’s $4 Crown, Jack Daniels and Jager $5 Bombs, 1/2 Price apps after 9pm DUELING PIANOS EVERY FRI & SAT NIGHT 1/2 Priced Select Apps M-F 4-7pm Check out all your favorite sports teams on 10 HDTVS and HD Big Screen

Now showing: NFL Sunday Ticket

Nightly Food Specials starting at 5:00pm

$5 appetizers

KARAoKE wITH HELLz BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

gARy ALLEn’S ACouSTIC oPEn MIC

EVERY WEEKDAY 5:00-7:00!

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

NIGHTLY SPECIALS MONDAY Pulled Pork Nachos $5 $2 Draft - $3 Well Drinks TUESDAY Eat Spot Burger $7 Bottle Beer $2 Domestic - $3 Imports & Micros WEDNESDAY Tacos $5 $4 Margaritas THURSDAY Ribeye Special $12 1/2 price bottle of wine FRIDAY Draft Day- $2- $3-$4-$5 SATURDAY Carolina Brews $3 SUNDAY Steak & Eggs $8 (all day) Bloody Mary – Mimosa $4

LIvE JAzz

TheEatSpot.com 34 North Front Street (corner of Front and Princess)

910-763-5366

—Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026

DJBE EXTREME KARAoKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

B-wALK & wL2F —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

MOVIN’ ON: Reggae outfit The Movement, along with Redemption and Elation, bring relaxing beats to Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Friday, December 30th. Courtesy photo

DJ LoRD wALRuS

DJ CHoMP

—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

—The Loft, 121 Grace St.; 467-7417

TRIvIA wITH PARTy gRAS DJ

—J. Michael’s Philly Deli, Monkey Junction, 609

—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

Piner Rd.; 332-5555

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

DJ SwEAT

—Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway

DJ

Drive; 256-2269

—Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

—Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

RoBBIE BERRy

TRIvIA wITH DJ

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

—Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393

—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

FIREDAnCE & DRuMS @ DARK, DJ MIT PSyTRAnCE (11PM)

JEREMy noRRIS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

LIvE ACouSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

KARAoKE wITH DJ BREwTAL

DJBE EXTREME KARAoKE

ToM SHARPE

KARAoKE

oPEn MIC wITH JEREMy noRRIS

763-3172

no DoLLAR $HoES —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

STEPHEn KELLogg AnD THE SIXERS —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939

ToP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

DuELIng PIAnoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

thurSDAY, DEcEmbEr 29

—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.;

MIKE o’DonnELL

LIvE ACouSTIC

KARAoKE wITH DJ DAMon

—Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026

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

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

—Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.;

DIRTy MEgA

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763-2223

LIvE JAzz


—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

duBtown cosMonauts —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

friday, dECEMBEr 30 KaraoKe with ashley

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

silver Judas —Harbor Masters, 315 Canal Dr., Carolina Beach; 458-2820

dueling Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

dJ dr. Jones —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

house/techno dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

dJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026

dJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

live Music —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236

dJBe extreMe KaraoKe —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414

KaraoKe —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

artist syMPosiuM —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704

acoustic Jazz Piano with JaMes Jarvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

KaraoKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-3284090

PolarBear, danny dixon, Bryd —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558

the noseriders —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

the chodes

sai collins —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

Saturday, dECEMBEr 31 dJ

—Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026

dJ sir nicK Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

dJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

house/techno dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

christoPher “Big BlacK” BoyKin —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086

dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

dJBe extreMe KaraoKe —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

dJ choMP —The Loft, 121 Grace St.; 467-7417

live Music during Brunch (10:30 a.M.-1:30 P.M.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241

dJ sweat —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

dJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

Machine gun —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

dueling Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

BiBis ellison Band —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

dJ —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704

dJ Party gras entertainMent —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

Keller williaMs

the Mood

dJ dane Britt

—Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

dJ dane Britt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

neus, BlacK hellatones, d&d sluggers —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

the MoveMent, redeMPtion, elation —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

dJ P FunK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

Jazz with Benny hill —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395

Mighty McFly

—Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

MiKe o’donnell, dJ sir charles, dJ roB starr —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

John toPPings —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

B-walK & wl2F —Harbor Masters, 315 Canal Dr., Carolina Beach; 458-2820

the love language, last years Men, gross ghost —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

Port city trio —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

eight Foot stride, silver Judas —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

live Music, new year’s eve Bash

100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

live Music

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons $250 Corona/Corona Light LIVE MUSIC: ROB RONNER THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke LIVE MUSIC: MIKE O’DONNELL 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze $5 Bombs SATURDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona Clay Crotts at 8pm

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

JiMiny KicKit —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

Sunday, January 1 susan savia

—Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448

clay crotts —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

KaraoKe Kong —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

Pianist JaMes Jarvis —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

dJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

dJ Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551

Perry sMith (Brunch 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773

Benny hill and Friends —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

KaraoKe with hellz Belle

NYE AT THE WING

SATURDAY DECEMBER 31ST LIVE MUSIC WITH

MACHINE GUN NO COVER!

FREE PARTY FAVORS & CHAMPAGNE TOAST

SUN & MON JAN 1ST & 2ND

BUBBLY, BLOODYS, & BRUNCH PLUS FOOTBALL!

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd

910-256-3838 wildwingcafe.com

—Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

satellite Bluegrass Band —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

Monday, January 2 steven coMPton

—Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996

KaraoKe —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

dance Party with dJ P FunK and chedr seleKt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

oPen Mic night —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704

KaraoKe with dJ @-hole —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

VISIT WWW.RUCKERJOHNS.COM FOR DAILY SPECIALS, MUSIC & EVENTS

B-Dub’s

BINGO

Play for FREE during Monday Night Football!

TUESDAYS LIVE

TEAM TRIVIA

8pm

dJ richterMeister —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

Pengo with Beau gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

Brett Johnson’s JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

oPen Mic with Josh soloMon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

BlacKs, whores —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St.

tuESday, January 3

WEDNESDAYS

B-Dub’s

BINGO

Play for FREE during Monday Night Football!

WEDNESDAYS

LIVE TEAM TRIVIA 8PM - 10PM followed by

PINT NIGHT

Live Music on the Patio

2.75

10PM-12AM

ALL PINTS

JEREMY NORRIS

Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

206 Old Eastwood Rd.

$

(by Home Depot)

910.798.9464

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

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

Cape Fear Blues Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

KaraoKe with DJ party Gras —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

KaraoKe with miKe Norris Pub & Grille

NFL SuNday TickeT $3 Domestic Schooners $2 Domestic Drafts $9.99 All You Can Eat Wings at the Bar 1/2 Priced Select Appetizers at the Bar

Moxology Sun. & Mon. $5 Specialty Cocktails 1/2 Price Apps (with entree purchase excludes carpaccio and mussels)

MoNday NighT FooTbaLL $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas TueSday-kidS eaT Free NighT $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts WedNeSday $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas ThurSday $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts Friday-TgiF $3.50 Cosmos $2.00 Domestic Drafts SaTurday-coLLege FooTbaLL $3 Domestic Schooners MoNday- Friday 1/2 Priced Appetizers from 4-7 pm & 9 pm -close at the bar Free Appetizer of the Day with purchase of a non-refillable beverage from 5-7 at the bar. 4126 Oleander Dr. (910) 792-9700

TueSday Choice $5 Wines by the Glass 1/2 Price Apps (with entree purchase excludes carpaccio and mussels)

WedneSday Ladies Day and Night! $5 Specialty Ladies’ Cocktail 16 Choices of Wine at $5 1/2 Price Apps (with entree purchase excludes carpaccio and mussels)

ThurSday $30.00 4-Course Prix Fixe! Selections vary weekly. Enjoy a dining adventure! Friday & SaTurday All Desserts are $5! Open Until Midnight with Full Service until 11. 35 n. FronT ST. doWnToWn WilMingTon

(910) 343-1395

Wrightsville Beach Pool ° Darts ° Foos ° Pong

Wednesdays

$3 Microbrews ∙ $10 WIne Btls $3.50 Moonshines ∙ $4 CCP Shot

Thursdays KARAOKE

$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Jose Cuervo ∙ $4 Captain

Fridays

$2 Coors Light • $2.50 Shock Top $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs

Saturdays

$2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $3 Surfer on Acid

Sundays

$2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $5 Jager Bomb • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 11 pm

BanksChannelPub.Com

—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

BlaCK Girls —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

live aCoustiC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 2563838

ColleGe NiGht KaraoKe —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

asBestos —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

Wednesday, January 4 steveN ComptoN

—The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680

aCoustiC Jazz piaNo with James Jarvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

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

Josh solomoN & Cary BeNJamiN —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

Bar & Comedy Room

MONDAY Military Appreciation

WedNeSdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm

ThurSdAY

108 Walnut St. Downtown Wilmington (910) 762-1704

Open Mic Stand-up 9pm

Fri. & SAT. NATIONAL HEADLINERS January 18

Sat., Dec. 31

DJ OPEN MIC NIGHT

DAn cummIns

EVERY MONDAY

LAST COMIC STANDING

ARTIST SYMPOSIUM

SEASON 6

EVERY FRIDAY

www.nuttstreet.com (910) 520-5520

driftersofwilmington.com

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retired 108 Military Walnut St. Downtown Wilmington TUESDAY Ladies Night Out: (910) 762-1704 $25 person four-course WEDNESDAY wines by MIC the glass OPEN NIGHT Bottomless cheese and chocolate fondue in the bar area $20/person

EVERY SATURDAY LunchMONDAY Menu: 12pm - 3pm

SUNDAY Lunch Menu: 12pm-3pm KIDS EAT FREE with adult purchase of our Big Night ARTIST SYMPOSIUM Out for two ALL DAY!

EVERY FRIDAY

MILITARY APPRECIATION SUNDAY! DOGS WELCOME ON THE PATIO 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

driftersofwilmington.com

opeN miC NiGht

HOLIDAY HOURS

NEW YEAR’S EVE 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

DJ Party Gras Entertainment

*complimentary champagne toast at midnight!*

NEW YEAR’S DAY 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Join us on Thursday Tuesdays!

$3 Bombs Karaoke $3 SocoLimes p.m. $3 Whips atN 9Kicks All 36 drafts only $3 PinkParty Cocktails $2.50 all day long! $2 Bud Light

Trivia on Thursdays

at 9 p.m. Friday DJ Party Gras

$5 RedBull/Vodka Entertainment $2 Miller Lt. Free shots to winning team of each round!

Saturday

$6 Buckets(PillowTalk) $2 Kamikazes 920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805

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

121 Grace St.

—Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440

roB roNNer —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

Jeremy Norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

live Jazz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-5092026

live aCoustiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

Gary alleN’s aCoustiC opeN miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

KaraoKe with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

DJBe eXtreme KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 All entertainment must be sent to music@ encorepub.com 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.


ShowStoppers:

255 N. FRONT STREET DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON WWW.THESOAPBOXLIVE.COM

Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE & AT THE SOAPBOX OFFICE OPEN DAILY NOON-2AM

910.251.8500 FOR MORE INFO

NUER THE BLACK HELLATONES DOORS: 8:00 $3 ($5 UNDER 21) SATURDAY DECEMBER 31

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 South tryon StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 377-6874 12/30: Namesake, Harvest, Something Clever, By Summers End, Shadow of Myself 12/31: Poison’D, Red White and Crue NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36th StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 358-9298 12/28: Blue Dogs, The Connells THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltmorE avEnuE, aShEvillE, nC (828) 225-5851 12/28: Halestorm, Contagious, Broken Mercy 12/29: Alabama Shakes, Shake it Like a Caveman 12/31: Toubab Krewe, The London Souls LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CaBarruS StrEEt, ralEigh, nC (919) 821-4111 12/28: Keller Williams, Kduablicious 12/30: Carbon Leaf, Jack the Radio

(OF AMERICAN AQUARIUM) DOORS: 8:00 FREE

SATURDAY JANUARY 21

SATURDAY DECEMBER 31 (LOUNGE)

SUNDAY JANUARY 22

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4 (LOUNGE)

SUNDAY JANUARY 22 (LOUNGE)

FRIDAY JANUARY 6

TUESDAY JANUARY 24

BJ BARHAM (OF AMERICAN AQUARIUM)

photo

BJ BARHAM

SATURDAY DECEMBER 31

EIGHT FOOT STRIDE/SILVER JUDAS

North Carolina on Saturday, December 31st. The show includes special guests The London Souls. Courtesy

DOORS: 9:00 FREE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4

DOORS: 9:00 $3 ($10 UNDER 21)

THE LOVE LANGUAGE

KREWE FOR THE NEW: Toubab Krewe headlines the New Year’s Eve party at The Orange Peel in Asheville,

BLACK GIRLS LOUNGE

LOUNGE

EIGHT FOOT STRIDE/ SILVER JUDAS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 LOUNGE

D&D SLUGGERS

LOUNGE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30

TYCHO/BEACON

BOOMBOX/ELIOT LIPP

THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS

HAVERCHUNKS/THE SHOTDOWNS

NICOLAY WITH THE HOT@NIGHTS

FRIDAY JANUARY 6 (LOUNGE)

JUCIFER

FIRST FRIDAYS HIP HOP

FRIDAY JANUARY 7 (LOUNGE)

HEYROCCO/VILLA VERDE HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 hwy. 17 South, n. myrtlE BEaCh, SC (843) 272-3000 12/28: Edwin McCain, Erick Baker, Leigh Nash 12/30: Slippery When Wet 12/31: Corey Smith, Sunny Ledford, American Aquarium

JANUARY 13-15

CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. main StrEEt, CarrBoro, nC (919) 967-9053 12/31: The Wusses, The Texas Peters

HAIL! HORNET/ASG

HITCHA OFF HIP-HOP WEEKEND FRIDAY JANUARY 13

LAMPING SHADES/BUBONIK FUNK TUESDAY JANUARY 17

ZVOOV/FRACTAL FARM WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18

EILEN JEWELL

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 (LOUNGE)

YARN

FRIDAY JANUARY 20

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25 FRIDAY JANUARY 27

THE ANNUALS/LONNIE WALKER SATURDAY JANUARY 28

HE IS LEGEND/COLOSSUS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3

ONWARD SOLDIERS

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11

DANGERMUFFIN

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12

PASSAFIRE/PACIFIC DUB TOMORROW’S BAD SEEDS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18

MISHKA

SATURDAY MARCH 3

TRIBAL SEEDS

TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA 333 E. tradE St., CharlottE, nC (704) 688-9000 12/31: Widespread Panic THE FILLMORE 1000 SEaBoard StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 549-5555 12/31: Bassrush, Bass Church, Datsik

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AMERICAN BLUEWATER

AMeriCAn Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intra-

coastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurantWOOD in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served BRIXX FIRED PIZZA daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seaA shortdrive from the beach, Brixx Fired Pizfood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp andWood an incredible Caribza bean in Mayfaire Center is their a fun, friendly neighfudge pie.Town Dine inside or at award-winning outdoor patio andrestaurant. bar, which is Serving the locationthe for best their lively Waterfront borhood brick-oven Musicaround, Series every Sun.also during the summer Largeof parpizzas Brixx offers a finemonths. selection ties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining. signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salcom. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ads■ and desserts. in forMon-Fri a quick lunch, or kick SERVING LUNCHStop & DINNER: back on- the patio 24 beers on tap or 14 11am 11pm; Sat &with Sun one 11amof – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Beach wines by the glass. Wrightsville 6801 Main Street, Wilmington, FEATURING: Waterfront dining NC■ 28405. (910) 256-9677. ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Sat. ■ WEBSITE: bluewaterdining.com

11am–1am; Sun. 11am – 11pm. CATCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. ■ FEATURING: 2-for-1 pizzas and apps Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee after 10pmRhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best Chef Keith ■ WEBSITE: it has to offer. www.brixxpizza.com We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide

the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted BLUEWATER Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern

Enjoy spectacular of sailing ships and Seafood Cuisine”panoramic we offer an views array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, theincluding Intracoastal Waterway this popular ca-inour Signature NCwhile Sweetdining PotatoatSalad. Appetizers our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun sualclude American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch NCare Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood andFried dinner served daily. Favorites include jumboCeviche lump & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charlesshrimp and Cakes, an incredible Caribbean fudgeFlounder pie. Dine inside & ton Crab Tempura OBX Scallops, Escovitch or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) theaccommodated location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Hand Crafted Alanparties DeLovely. Full ABC Sun. during theseasonal summerdesserts months.from Large welcome. Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri Marina Street, Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. 11am-2pm andWrightsville Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 22 encore | december 28, 2011 - january 3, 2012 | www.encorepub.com Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining 40 encore | march 9-15, 2011 | www.encorepub.com

Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Om-

Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and


HENRY’S

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

HolidaY iNN RESoRt

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

K’S CafE

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), and dinner. 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 try...you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, www. ks-cafe.net. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Open for dinner Wed. thru Sat. evenings ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch

tHE littlE diPPER

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a 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: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com

PiNE VallEY MaRKEt

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

Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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

tEMPtatioNS EVERYdaY GoURMEt

Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies. ■ SERVING LUNCH: Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am – 6pm (Closed Sundays) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Porter’s Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon. Wed., 10am8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays) ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Midtown & North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: www.temptationseverydaygourmet.com ■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu, at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly.

tRollY StoP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 2561421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am-7pm MonSun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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

ASIAN BiG tHai aNd BiG tHai tWo

Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing

atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 7633035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.

SZECHUaN 132

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

HiRo JaPaNESE StEaKHoUSE

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

■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-

10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE: hirojapanesesteakhouse.com/hibachi

iNdoCHiNE REStaURaNt & loUNGE

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

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

FRENCH CaPRiCE BiStRo

Wilmington’s finest French cuisine can be found at Caprice Bistro, a small informal neighborhood restaurant, serving hearty food in generous portions at affordable

1423 S. Third Street Downtown Wilmington Beside Greenfield Lake

910-763-1607

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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prices. Simple is the atmosphere in the bistro, as plain white plates and tables dressed in white paper make up the decor. However, the food is far from simple, as a combination of fresh ingredients and innovative preparation delight the taste buds with a plethora of unique appetizers, entrées and desserts. The service is fast, efficient and nonintrusive, and the ambience is friendly and unpretentious. After dinner, be sure to venture upstairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an after-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always on display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire frequently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant” three years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 815-0810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE: www.capricebistro.com

OUR CRÊPES & MORE

The Crêperie of Wilmington! Our Crêpes & More a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Open at 7 am Tuesday through Friday, Our Crêpes & More offers a delicious variety of breakfast combos, quickly served or to go. On the Savory side, the Uzès, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, St- Tropez or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. Open all day with free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant yet casual place to unwind. Our Crepes

& More can accommodate large parties! ■ OPEN: TUESDAY – FRIDAY 7AM – 3 PM SATURDAY & SUNDAYS 8AM – 3PM! (Monday Closed.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi.. ■ WEBSITE: www.ourcrepesandmore.com

INDIAN TANDOORI BITES

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: Mon-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.

ITALIAN A TASTE OF ITALY

The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years run-

ning 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. In December, folks can enjoy specialties such as salted cod fish, dried sausage, Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910392-7529, F. 910-392-9745. ■ 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: www.ncatasteofitaly.com

EDDIE ROMANELLI’S

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

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA

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

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

GIORGIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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

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

SLICE OF LIFE

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

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

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

LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE

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. 11am-2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com

ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET

Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 5090331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.

SEAFOOD DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR

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) 7622827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net


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HIERONYMUS

Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attibutes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Sugnature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hi1am-2:30pm eronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; hieronymusseafood.com

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OCEANIC

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 mem-

orable 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: OceanicRestaurant.com

SMALL PLATES The Fortunate Glass

The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castlerocked 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. 4pm-12am Fri. 4pm-2am; Sat. 2pm-2am; Sun. 2pm-12am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Sparkling wine specials and half-price select bottles: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. ■ WEBSITE www.fortunateglasswinebar.com

SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET

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

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

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

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

HELL’S KITCHEN

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

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Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers Thursday, December 29 Doors 7pm, Show 8pm General Admission Floor - $16 / $20 day of show General Admission Balcony - $20 / $25 day of show Available Online www.brooklynartsnc.com and at the BAC Box Office

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Keller Williams & The Kells Saturday, December 31 Doors 8pm, Show 9pm General Admission Floor - $40 / $50 day of show Available Online www.brooklynartsnc.com and at the BAC Box Office


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e by Christina Dor Brew Columnist ferent beers. For the holiday season, the brewery shares the Gouden Carolus Noel, a strong dark ale (about 10.5 percent ABV) that has a swirl of different aromas and tastes—mint spices, malts, brown sugar, clove, caramel, slight citrus, etc. The potpourri of ingredients is a bit alarming at first, but going down is smooth, and the flavors linger on the tongue afterward. Essentially, Gouden Carolus Noel is a complex brew that would be a supreme choice to go along with dessert— cookies, cake, bread—whatever sweets are in the oven! Front Street Brewery’s Tiny Tim’s Christmas Porter Porters are popular for my palate, so that’s a natural plus, but the lush mocha and roasted French vanilla coffee beans in Front St. Brewery’s Tiny Tim’s Christmas Ale steals my heart. In a way, it reminds me greatly of the brewery’s delicious Sinful Stout, particularly with its sweetness and appropriate pairings for dessert. However, Tiny Tim’s Christmas Porter goes down easier. It’s not overflowing with sugary, cavity-inducing saccharine but moreso a smooth coffee rush. Unlike the Sinful Stout, I can have more than just one pint of the porter (and I definitely did). For the sweet-toothed and lightweights, beware of Tiny Tim, because the dark, delicious tastes can be deceptive, hiding the taste of the 8 percent ABV. Delirium Noël Another strong dark ale (10 percent ABV) from another legendary Belgium brewery— Brouwerij Huyghe (born 1654 in Brussels) is responsible for Delirium, one of the most popular (and rightfully so) Belgian beers. Lucky for me, I was able to acquire a 2010 bottle of Delirium Noel, a fantastic, tawny blend of yeasts, dark cherries, candied sugar, light hops and spices. When slowly drinking this ale, it almost felt like drinking a light port but with moderate spices incorporated. It would certainly go well with sweets, but I feel it could be enjoyed and paired with other foods also. Diverse and open, this ale is definitely a keeper. Be on the lookout for some vintage bottles of it!

A SIP OF WINTER: Tom Chaudoin (left) toasting a Delirium Noel with Ted Roberts (right), who is drinking Southern Tier Winter Ale. Photo by R.M. Everington.

Samichlaus Bier After some time and thinking, I was expecting

the number one Christmas beer to be German or Belgian. The brewery Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg from Vorchdorf, Austria triumphs overall with the Samichlaus, a remarkable doppelbock that possesses strong, spiced flavors of apples, raisins, caramel, cinnamon, roasted malt and tiny hints of chocolate. With a doppelbock, it’s expected to contain some rich sweetness, but this goes beyond. It must be said that this is an intense beer. Apart from it being 14 percent ABV, there is an intense sugar surge upon every swig. Perhaps it is the type of beer to indulge in once rather than ordering multiples in a night. This beer is to be nursed, relished and drunk at a moderate pace, not chugged like a watery domestic. Allow the wild assortment of flavors to burst and flow in the mouth. It is filling and warm to the belly.

Runners-up: Bison Gingerbread Ale, Brooklyn Winter Ale and Black Chocolate Stout, Scaldis Noel, Southern Tier Imperial Mokah and Crème Brulee Milk Stout.

Offering gift certificates and retail wine!

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Timmy Sherrill (HBO, Winner 2010 Charleston Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival) &John Felts (Port City Top Comic)

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surrounding it. On one hand, it’s the year of the Dragon on the Chinese astrological calendar, signifying success and happiness. It’s also a Leap Year—meaning in Britain, it’s the one time women can propose marriage to men. As most know, 2012 also marks the end of the Mayan calendar (December 21, 2012), which has quite a few folks in dismay about what’s to come. Though mired in mystery and perhaps a few overzealous apocalyptic predictions, if it is the end of the world as we know it, shouldn’t that give us more impetus to ring in 2012 with an extra dose of vigor and passion?

The Love Language Soapbox, $15-$25 • 255 N. Front St. www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com Perhaps one of the most reasonably ticketed events for quality entertainment can be found at Soapbox Laundro Lounge come December 31st. Wilmington darlings The Love Language will play a “New Year’s Eve Extravaganza,” along with bands Last Years Men and Gross Ghost. Headed by Stuart McLamb, The Love Language fuses mod-60’s rock with Motown pop-stylings and dreamy, exaggerated tonalities of stories about love found and lost. After releasing their self-titled, lo-fi sensation in 2009, based on a tough breakup, McLamb moved from Wilmington back to Raleigh, lessened his group’s members (which once entailed a small concordant army) and signed to Merge Records. Their 2011 sophomore followup, Libraries, though more polished, encapsulates a sonic richness lacking in most indie pop bands today. Hailed by SPIN, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, The Love Language had an impressive 2011, opening for Grammy award-winners Arcade Fire and ripping through Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival to much praise in September. With animated, pulsating energy, infectious in every jovial rhythm and hypnotic through each elon30 encore | december 28, 2011 - january 3, 2012 | www.encorepub.com

gated syllable and staccato riff, McLamb and company will rock into 2012 with fiery venom. Tickets are only $15 (with $5 surcharge for under 18). VIP tickets are available for ages 21 and over: $25, which includes hors d’ouevre and a champagne toast at midnight. Bibis Ellison Band The Whiskey, $10 • 1 S. Front St. A Wilmington chanteuse returns home from her digs in Chapel Hill for one big ol’ New Year’s Eve Bash at The Whiskey, downtown. The Bibis Ellison Band will perform many favorites, from the Police to Stevie Nicks, Peter Gabriel to Leonard Cohen and lots of surprises between. Ellison has taken over hearts and souls with her bigger-than-life pipes, even garnering herself Best Band/Performer in encore’s 2010 Best-Of poll. She has emotional panache, pungent with esteemed talent and contagious lively energy. Perhaps she’ll even grace the audience with some of her originals, noted for their breathtaking, introspective beauty. In 2010 Ellison told encore her band is a “fun, in-yourface, loud, party band—we’re people who love music, who play for people who love music, you know?” They usually pack crowds exuberant with dance twirls and sing-a-longs galore. Folks can be a part of the fun for only $10. It includes a champagne toast at the new year, as the band performs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Superkiiids! and Friends Fumble Through 2012 Jengo’s Playhouse, free • 815 Princess Street Coming off a year with lots of screenings for their feature film “Americatown,” along with a few less-thankind reviews in major publications, those super-hilarious Superkiiids! aren’t slowing down. In fact, they will return for a variety show just in time to flip into 2012. “We’re calling this show ‘The Fumble Through’ because it’s balancing on a fulcrum hung over the pits of disaster and the pillows of splendor,” Cory Howard and Jonathan Guggenheim, lovingly known as Corathan Howaheim (as well as “The Cory and Jonathan’s Known as ‘Madsbrugger’”), tell encore.

Featuring “every form of entertainment possible,” it will be a perfect way to end the evening after reeling in the new year with at least a few smooches and smiles. All the fun takes place at the Cucalorus headquarters off Princess Street, and the comedy duo has lots of glittery surprises up their argylepatterned sleeves: a hayride (sparklers just may be welcome—these kids like playing with danger), interactive puppets with the one and only marionette master, Gina Gambony, a short film screening, live music and story telling. “Courtney Bridgers, Chad Keith and Dan Brawley are all contributing various forms of madness that they won’t tell us about for fear of exploding our minds!” Howaheim confirms. Trust us: It will be good! The Superkiiids! haven’t reunited since last year’s New Year’s show, when Jonathan gulped down 17 Capri Suns and Cory sliced his arm open with a stranger’s blade—good times. And just in case the aforementioned fun isn’t compelling enough, one Mr. Raf Taylor will be on hand to lend his comedic rants to the party. According to Howaheim, the invite went something like this: “Raf, are you in or out on doing stand-up at our super late variety show on New Year’s? “I’m in. I have a feeling it’s gonna be weird though. “Think about that: If Raf thinks it’s weird, can you imagine how weird that will be!” Perhaps not as weird as Howaheim’s predictions for the upcoming 12 months, which includes summer olympic games and the Alan Turing Year. “There is a lot to get excited about in 2012—or ‘twenty-elf’ as I predict folks in the future will call it,” he says. “The Mars science laboratory is landing on Mars; the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends (hold your breath); and there’s like two or three super computers that are going to finally be finished! Hot damn! What a year!” Doors open at 1:30 a.m. and the event is ... free! In the wise words of Howaheim, “It could be the last new year’s of your life!”


Enjoy our Live Entertainment thurSdayS

Salsa dancing

9 p.m. - Midnight with instructors from Babs McDance 1/2-priced pitchers of beer, sangria, and margaritas

FridayS

Live Latin Music

with the Tiki Torch Trio from 6:30-9:30pm $1 Off Tequila Shots

Saturday & Sunday BrunCh 11 a.m. - 3 p.m

Huevos Rancheros, Shrimp and Grits Mucho Mas! Serving full menu and great drink specials in addition to Brunch. 5 South Water Street Downtown Wilmington 910-399-4501

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All night 70s menu - Step back in time and enjoy the prices and $5 glass pours on featured wine

Wednesday - “Ladies Night” $8 per lady for cheese and chocolate add grilled chicken and shrimp $7 portion recommended for two

Thursday - Try our $27 4-course prix fixe menu and $2.50 drafts along with $6 martinis!

Friday - 25% Off A-La Carte Menu 5-7pm (Excluding Lobster Tail) Also, check out live music on the deck Friday & Saturday 7-10pm

Sunday - “Wine Down” with half-price bottles 138 South Front Street 910.251.0433 www.littledipperfondue.com

Weekend Specials Friday $2 16oz PBR, $2 Sake Shots, $3 Asian Bottled Beers Saturday $2.50 Domestic Bottles Sunday 1/2-price Bottles of Wine 33 S. Front St. 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172 www.yosake.com encore | december 28, 2011 - january 3, 2012 | www.encorepub.com 31


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we are inundated with countless cheesy television shows that tell us what has been the best or the worst of the last 365 days. They are all over VH1 and MTV, the channels formally known to play music videos, across the E! Entertainment Network and even talked about on formal news networks, FOX, MSNBC and CNN. They’re repetitive but more addicting to watch than the 24-hour special of “A Christmas Story.” As the ball drops come New Year’s—and I long for a strong gulp of wine (preggo women apparently need not drink until their third trimester)—I’m succumbing to the trend and chiming in with my own list of 2011 best reads. 1. Beginning the list is “The Collectibles” by James F. Kauffman. Reviewed by encore last summer and authored by a Wilmington native, the story centers around Joe Hart, an orphan from the Adirondack mountains. Eventually, Hart leaves his unpretentious beginnings and goes on to differentiate himself, first as a Navy submarine commander, then as an unmatched successful attorney. Then, we meet Preston Wilson, a child of privilege from New York. Preston harbors tremendous fears of financial failure for his real estate-automotive empire, and when that fear becomes a reality, he tracks down the one attorney who can save him: Joe Hart. Unenthusiastically, Hart decides to help—but only after mining a promise that Preston will fulfill an unspecified condition when called upon: Meet and earn the trust of and care for six of Hart’s friends, also known as “The Collectibles.” A brilliant and soul-motivating tale about finding integrity in selfless love and giving, Kaufman solidified himself not only as the author of a number one read in 2011, but as a writer from whom his fans cannot wait to read more.

2. Though not published in 2011, “Water for Elephants” lands itself as number two on my list. Before considering the purchase, I beg of you to throw out any preconceived notions of Mr. Shimmers (Robert Pattinson) glistening across the silver screen at Reese Witherspoon, and instead consider the original plot of Sara Gruen’s romantic and thrilling novel. Said by Publisher’s Weekly to be a pageturner “that hinges on the human-animal bond that propels its sequel, ‘Riding Lessons and Flying Changes,’”“Water for Elephants” focuses on Jacob Jankowski’s life within the Benzini Brothers Circus in Depression-era America. Neglecting not an ounce of detail, we follow Jacob on the circus train where he becomes ill, and fully treated and abused by the menagerie’s veterinarian. Soon, he meets and falls in love with Marlena, the Benzini Brother’s star entertainer. However, Marlena is already married to the cruel, certified paranoid schizophrenic and circus animal trainer, August. Truly an exotic romance filled with slices of humor and bizarrely humanized characters, “Water for Elephants” develops in a way that is passionately cutting and courageous, all while steering away from being too miserable and intolerable to finish. It will find a way into one’s heart and stay there far beyond 2011 and 2012. 3. A novel my own mother (who never reads a book unless there’s an endorsement from Bill O’Reilly) was anxious and eager to grip in her hands, “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett is pure joy—even if backed by

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4. In the summer of 2009, author Justin Halpern created a Twitter account to document his father’s uncensored, expletive-ridden verses of “wisdom,” also coined, “Sh*t My Dad Says.” Within a month, @shitmydadsays hardened itself as an Internet frontier phenomenon! With more than a recorded 2.5 million followers enjoying Halpern’s musings on Twitter and Facebook alone, it was no wonder a book would soon follow. Appropriately and simply titled, “Sh*t My Dad Says” (not to be confused with the title, “Crazy Shit Charlie Sheen Says”) is comical and centered around Halpern when he was 28 years old. Readers meet Halpburn’s 73-year-old father, Sam, just after Halpburn was dumped by his longtime girlfriend. As he finds himself living at home, Halpburn details his father “like Socrates, but angrier—and with worse hair.” “Sh*t My Dad Says” is a hysterical journey through ridiculous things Sam has spoken throughout the time spent at home. It’s now the basis of a new WarnerBros/CBS sitcom of the same title, which stars William Shatner, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Jonathan Sadowski. 5. Lastly, a book that speaks volumes without using many words at all is Jeff Sheng’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Highlighted in encore last January, as the appeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy dawned, the book delivers 20 stunningly beautiful portraits of service members with their faces hidden. It does more than represent sadness, frustration and longing; it represents one of the greatest fears and ignorances of our time. By stating what cannot be said in words and describing that which can only be defined with photographs, Sheng did more than create the first photo book on the market that features portraits of closeted service members affected by laws that order the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified members of our United States military. Sheng captured an unprecedented moment in our culture and immortalized it for generations. No matter which side one stands on the controversial issue, the point remains: Sheng’s work is cathartic and will cast a lasting impression for a lifetime.


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ow Had i arrived at tHis point? By all accounts I should be 3,000 miles east, slaving away in a dilapidated, overpopulated school building teaching innocuous standardized curriculum to students who just don’t give a damn. Working my way through another week of underpaid triviality, hoping to find a connection or a voice of some kind, but instead leaving defeated every day, and surrendering my passions to pop culture icons who decorate prime time and make it so easy for the world to just…disappear. The answers seemed simple enough. Throw away monotony. Get off that couch and just take the bull by the balls! Throw a cog in the wheel of routine, hop a plane, and catch up with old times through good friends. That should’ve been enough to offset a mid-life crisis. In a world where consequences come in 30-second news blurbs followed by investment and Cialis commercials that encourage one to just fuck it all, how could I possibly go wrong? And it would’ve probably been easy enough to explain my way out of and avoid getting fired. Hell, I never took a day off, sick or shine, and I’ve worked long

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ing with myself through my history. Only surling disappointment has been my confidant, standing behind every dark corner waiting to greet me. It’s turned the gods and heroines of youth into mortal beings of doldrums, running families and businesses rather than the world. And, vicariously, I’ve learned of my own irrelevance, a mere speck of dust among the grain of seven billion that form humanity. And is there nothing worse than being just plain ordinary? Hell, out of everyone I’ve connected with, two strangers have provided more hope than my childhood trust has. Fat Matthew was a man of design and purpose. He knew what he wanted and did what it took to make it happen. Joe…well, he’s fucking nuts, a rogue nuclear weapon that happens to be flying on the right course, a veteran that’s seen what happens when there’s nothing to live for. And I became swept up in their messages, knowing what I don’t want (to just be plain ordinary) and now confronting Goliath, faceless and invisible behind a fogged polycarbonate face shield, a challenge to justice with a chance to prove I’m more than just a number. Behind him stood a bane of modern existence, an institution of corporatocracy that was a manipulative barometer of the American Dream, raising pressure and making us all heave for oxygen, a gasp for a last breath, a tightening in the chest as precious gas singed its way into our collective lungs, burning out thoughts of extraordinary and forcing us to settle for what we have, what we are. And all the while in depriving us of oxygen, it continues to foster the hallucination that we’re all more than mere statistics in some spreadsheet, that we too can become great if we only continue to exercise, say our prayers, take our vitamins, pay our bills, and fill the collection plates. A chance to be a leader and to make a difference. Opportunity, fate, karma, kismet, destiny…Whatever name it goes by, its conspiracy has brought me here and filled me with confliction. Drunk and wasted, emotionally exposed and weary, messages from the now and lessons from the past waded through violence and frustration that interrogated me in this deprived state. I glanced at my clinched fist and contemplated what it would prove. Taking a swing at an armed officer who was probably in no better material shape than myself would only lead to a clash with my own kind. Lost would be the message that, no matter what side of the line you’re on, all of our dreams have been stolen to force-feed the machines of greed. That to have a true education or income, the chance of a true dream and to become something special, is just a slick sham hidden behind the same myths we’ve always fallen for.

The translation instead would be that of stereotypical mob violence and overly abusive police officers who claimed to be doing “the right thing” but only by decree of the law. Was it really the right thing? Nevertheless it would all be moot if I swung that fist. My American Dream would suffer its last death nail in the cof— But before my synapse finished firing the last syllable of that thought, something caught the corner of my eye. The crowd lurched forward in a giant heave and screams and shouts reverberated from somewhere behind my eight o’clock. A pocket of riot officers quickly backed away forming a temporary bulge in the line as, what appeared to be a shooting star, bounced off a riot shield and landed harmlessly on one of their steel-toed boots. The reaction was swift and immediate. An “incendiary device” that would later be identified as a sparkler set the force in motion. The air of contempt that had lain heavy all day turned into a vicious poison as spray canisters blasted peppered concentrate into the eyes of innocent dreamers. Bean bags flew indiscriminately into the crowds from the shotguns of mounted officers toppling freaky teenagers and the frail elderly alike, while others shook and convulsed as 6.84 watts of electricity pulsed through metal tips that pierced their clothes and sank into their flesh. Batons and boot tips crushed without regard. I looked around at the madness that besieged us all. With the flick of a sparkler all civility was lost and humanity devolved by thousands of years. Reasoning gave way to instinct, and the instinct of humanity is conflict. People that were only separated by a difference of philosophy and employment now became another race entirely, one that represents a threat which must be destroyed. And if there is one thing, dear reader, that we are good at, it is destruction. Economic disparity and the loss of our dreams, both individually and collectively, gave way like a dam bursting and were no longer of essence. It made me wonder where I was headed, where we all were headed, when a dream could be forsaken so effortlessly. And as I turned to find a way out of this chaos, instead I found an aluminum baton. I had only a moment to question where the whistling sound came from, and I was on my knees before the sensation of being hit even sank in. One more for good measure was emphasized with a crunch, my sphenoid separating from my temporal bone. And as I fell face-first to the cold concrete, warm blood tickling its way down my neck from my ears I wondered…and wondered…and wondered…

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new year’s events ISLAND OF LIGHTS NEW YEAR’S PARTY 12/31,  9pm:  The  New  Year’s  Celebration  will  be  held on New Year’s Eve, Sat., 12/31, at the Carolina  Beach Boardwalk near the Gazebo. Don’t miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. Free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. Raffle, with thewinner taking home the original artwork for the 2011 official Christmas card and ornament. Bring the family to Carolina Beach at 9 pm to join the festivities. www.islandoflights.org NEW YEAR’S NOON DOWNTOWN 12/31—New Year’s Noon Downtown! 11am. Ring in  the New Year at Noon with noisemakers, confetti and  more. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Admission charge. 910-254-3534, www.playwilmington.org NEW YEAR’S EVE CRUISE 12/31—New  Year’s  Eve  Cruise  w/music,  dancing,  hors d’oeuvres, champagne. 9pm-12:30am. Prepaid reservations only. Henrietta III Riverboat, Dock St. at Water St., Wilmington. 910-343-1611, cfrboats.com. NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA 12/31—New Year’s Eve Gala. 7:00pm-1:00am. City  Stage Productions presents “The Full Monty,” a musical comedy and New Year’s gala at Thalian Hall. Enjoy the performance, a buffet, open bar, party favors, and midnight toast. Admission charge. Thalian Hall Main Stage, Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-5232820; www.thalianhall.org; NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY CRUISE

12/31-New  Year’s  Eve  Party  Cruise  aboard  the  Royal Winner Princess II. Boards at 10:00pm; returns 12:30am. Cruise to watch the midnight fireworks with desserts, party favors, dancing, fireworks, and champagne toast. Cash bar. Departs from Carolina Beach Marina, Carolina Beach. Admission charge. Reservations required. 910-458-5356; www.winnerboats.com NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT 12/31—Keller  Williams  in  Concert.  Keller  Williams  rings in the new year with an eclectic mix of music. Doors open at 8:00pm; concert at 9:00pm. Admission charge. Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington. www. brooklynartsnc.com NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT 12/31—Keller  Williams  in  Concert.  Keller  Williams  rings in the new year with an eclectic mix of music. Doors open at 8:00pm; concert at 9:00pm. Admission charge. Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington. www. brooklynartsnc.com NEW YEAR’S DAY HIKE New Year’s Day Hike, Sun., 1/1, 10am-noon. Ages  10 and up! Free. Start off the New Year by taking a 2  mile nature hike at Halyburton Park. Learn about the parks history, Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the outdoors as well as you hike from the park to the Cameron Art Museum along the CrossCity Trail. Pre-reg req. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St, 910-341-0075. www.halyburtonpark.com

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1/14, 11am: An event designed to showcase historic wedding venues and wedding professionals in a downtown Wilmington guided-tour setting. We aim to provide an inspirational and transitional atmosphere for Brides to tour and plan their wedding day. Venues include The Atrium, City Club at de Rosset, The Balcony on Dock and 128 South. Ceremony and jewelry giveaways from REEDS. $10; 2 hours, with times starting at 11am, every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour, until 1pm. Meet at the Atrium, 15 S. 2nd St. www.courtyardsandcobblestones.com. TREEFEST TreeFest, an annual distribution of tree seedlings, will be held on Fri., 1/20-21, 10am-5pm (or until trees run out) in the JC Penney end court inside Independence Mall. Local residents are invited to pick up 5 tree seedlings to take home and plant on their property. A suggested donation of $3 per household will help ensure that TreeFest will return next year. TreeFest is funded by the donations received from participants during the event. Tree species include: Atlantic white cedar, Bald cypress, Black gum, Black walnut, Crabapple, Crape myrtle, Flowering dogwood, Eastern red cedar, Eastern redbud, Live oak, and more! Available first come, first serve. Jennifer O’Keefe at 7987564 or jeokeefe@nhcgov.com

Bockmiller of the US Marine Corps Historical Company and Ship’s Company. Free both days (although donations are appreciated). 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/. BAC WINTER WEDDING SHOW 1/29: The Brooklyn Arts Center will be hosting the 2nd semi-annual Brooklyn Arts Center Winter Wedding Show on Sun., 1-4pm. Perfect place for brides to meet the area’s top vendors up close and see them at their creative best. We’ve planned an incredible, unique, and entertaining afternoon of wedding fun and information. Feat. folks from A Shindig, Bon Appetit Event Design & Catering, Kickstand Events, Social Butterfly Events and Orchid Island Events. The first 75 brides to purchase a ticket will receive a swag bag filled with local goodies and everyone will have a chance to win great giveaways, sip lovely liquid refreshments from the BAC cash bar, hear live music, see wedding photo shoots, taste fabulous food, and find all the latest wedding fashions, trends and styles presented as actual weddings throughout the venue.

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PENDER COUNTY HUMANE FUND-RAISERS 1/15, 5pm: Hypnotist Gary Conrad will perform a THALIAN HALL MAIN ATTRACTIONS SERIES 90-min. show full of hilarity and entertainment as Thalian Hall Main Attractions Series. Schedule: he hypnotizes audience members. Brown Coat • 1/21, 8pm: New York Voices: Thalian Hall welcomes  Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St. Tickets: $20 at the Grammy-winning vocal jazz quartet synonymous www.guerillatheatre.com.  •  Spaghetti  Dinner  in  with  exquisite  airtight  musical  perfection.  New  York  Hampster: 2/10, 5:30-8pm. Hampstead CommuVoices is heralded among the stellar vocal groups on nity Building, 14435 US 17. $8/ticket or $15/two. the globe, infusing jazz, Brazilian, R&B, big band, clasCatered by Pender County Humane Society volsical and pop arrangements; frequent performances unteers, serving spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and with the Boston Pops, a precedent-setting adaptation drinks, along with assorted desserts for additional of the Paul Simon songbook, concerts and recordcosts. Ronnie: (910) 270-3044. normat1@bellsout. ings with the likes of the Count Basie Orchestra, net, w/PCHS Events in subject. and  more.  www.newyorkvoices.com  •  1/22,  3pm:  Pied Piper Theatre: “Aladdin,” co-produced with the ROCK THE PROM SHOWCASE Junior League of Wilmington. Well-loved tale of a 1/21, 10am-6pm: Kenny Barnes Studios presents very special genie, with a very special lamp. Loosely Rock the Prom Showcase and Expo at the Coastbased on one of the “Tales of the Arabian Nights,”  line Conference and Event Center. Vendors of with book, music and lyrics by Steve Cooper, young prom-related products and services will be on hand students from throughout New Hanover County are  to showcase prom products and services available treated to multiple performances throughout the to view and purchase, including dresses, tuxes, week.  •  1/27,  8pm:  Dad’s  Garage  Improv  Theatre,  limo providers, beauty salons, restaurants, jewela Thalian Hall co-presentation with UNCW Presents.  ers, florists, d-jays and caterers for after parties and Think SNL—with your input. An instant extravaganza  more. The school with the most representation will complete with music and choreography. The show win $500 towards their own Senior Prom. Designer goes at a hysterical pace and induces nonstop belly fashion shows held; young ladies will be able to try laughs. www.dadsgarage.com www.ThalianHall. on and purchase one-of-kind designer prom dress org Box Office 910-632-2285; 800-523-2820. Thalian from Isabella Grape with special Rock the Prom disHall, 310 Chestnut St. Events subject to change. All counts and prom dress registry!Give away of three tickets subject to $1 historic restoration fee added at prom dresses and three tuxedo rentals! Pre-register time of purchase. for drawing for drawing and save on admission ($5 to pre-register online and $7 at the door). All proceeds THE LIGHTS OF THE GREAT ARMADA support Women of Hope. www.rockthepromnc.com Fort Fisher Presents “The Lights of the Great Armaor Suesan Sullivan at 910-620-3906 /suesansullida: the 147th Anniversary of the Battle of For Fisher” van@gmail.com. on 1/21, 10am-4pm, 1/-22, 11am-4pm. Event will highlight the largest amphibious assault of the Civil ACUPUNCTURE HAPPY HOUR War  with  a  Navy  and  Marine  living  history  program  Wed., 5-6:30pm, Center for Spiritual Living, 5725 that will include small arms and artillery demonstraOleander Dr., F1-1, in Oleander Oaks. 100 percent of tions throughout the weekend, a period torpedo proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Battalion at exhibit, as well as special presentations focusing on Camp Lejeune. (910) 392-0870. the Union and Confederate sailors and marines who fought at Fort Fisher in January, 1865. Guest speakers incl. Dr. Robert M. Browning, Jr., Chief Historian for the United States Coast Guard and author of several books; Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing, Deputy Archaeologist, NC Office of State Archaeology,  and Steve  CITY STAGE See page 8.

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NUNSENSE 2 AUDITIONS Brunswick Little Theatre will hold open auditions for two roles in Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, 1/5 and 8, 6:30-8:30pm, Building F on the campus of BCC. Three members of the original cast will remain; two more characters will be cast. Sister Leo is a novice who looks to be in her late teens or early 20s and dreams of being a ballerina but settles for roller skating in this production. Reverend Mother is the head of the convent. She is or Irish decent with a slight Irish accent. All characters evenly matched in solos and group numbers, and dance and sing. Wear comfortable clothing for choreography/movement audition. Prepare a song for singing. You may sing a cappela, use instrumental CD, or bring sheet music. www. brunswicklittletheatre.com or thomatoz50@hotmail. com/910-368-6261. LEGACY THEATER COMPANY AUDITIONS Legacy Theater Company will hold auditions for My Big Fat Italian Wedding, an original comedy/improv dinner theater where every member of the audience is part of the wedding! Join us for a big Italian Wedding as Legacy Theater brings the audience to its knees with laughter. Auditions held on 1/23-24, at the Movie Theater at the Legacy Apartment Complex 1025 Kensington Drive, Jacksonville, NC. www.legacytheatercompany.com or 910-545-2296.

comedy NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8/$10. Schedule: 1/6-7 Kyle Grooms (HBO, Chapelle Show) • 1/18: Dan Cummins (comedy central) • 1/20-21: Dave Waite (comedy central) • 1/27-28: Trevor Noah (Tonight Show) • In January, 2012, the Nutt St Comedy Room announces the opening of The Studio at Nutt St. We provide a community workshop program for actors, comedians, improv, and public speaking. Workshop provides actors and comedians the ability to develop their skill levels and participate in multiple workshops. Beginners workshops available. All ages are welcome. Timmy Sherrill: 910-520-5520. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www.nuttstreet.com. 910-520-5520 WILMINGTON SPORTSMEN’S CLUB 2/4: “R&B and Comedy Show,” featuring comedians DS Sanders nationally known on BET’s Comic View and Def Comedy Jam. Wilmington Sportsmen’s Club, 9-11pm, w/ doors open 8:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and $10 early birds limited through 1/20. Ticket locations: Johnson’s Groceries, 10th and Dawson. Wilmington Sportsmen’s Club, 1111 Castle St. 910-200-3683

music/concerts RED JUNE 1/7, 7pm: Cape Fear Concerts presents Red June, Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport-Supply Rd., Suite 1 $15 each, available www.playhouse211.com or by calling 842-5160. Red June is a dynamic, acoustic trio from Asheville, NC, performing beautifully distilled Americana music—a touch of bluegrass, old-time, roots rock, and traditional country music with powerful harmonies, innovative songwriting and expert musicianship. www.redjunemusic.com MUSIC AT FIRST 1/8: Music at First, 1st Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd St. “A Skinner Celebration” gala organ concert, celebrating the restoration of First Presbyterian Church’s historic 1928 E. M. Skinner Pipe organ. Performed by a direct succession of staff musicians of First Presbyterian dating back to 1958: Directors of Music Fred Mauk, Charles Woodward, Douglas Leightenheimer, and Assistant Director of Music John Tabler. Feat. music showcasing the orchestral

tonal palette of First Presbyterian’s E. M. Skinner organ including works of Camilleri, Bach, LefebureWely, Sowerby, Vierne, Weaver and Widor. A reception will follow the concert. Free and donations are appreciated. www.firstonthird.org or 910-762-6688. WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY 1/10, 7:30pm: The Wilmington Choral Society will be holding open rehearsals for their spring concert, “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. • 1/17, 7:30pm: The Wilmington Choral Society will be holding open rehearsals for their spring concert, “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. • 1/24, 7:30pm: The Wilmington Choral Society will be holding open rehearsals for their spring concert, “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. Everyone is welcome. Rehearsals are held at 7:30 pm at Cape Fear Christian Church, 811 N College Rd. www.wilmingtonchoralsociety.com CHAMBER MUSIC ILM All tickets at Kenan Box Office, 910-962-3500. www. chambermusicwilmington.org. 1/15, 7:30pm, Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW. Carolina Piano Trio w/ guest violist Jonathan Briggs. Musical “Paprikash” feat. Hungarian folk tunes, delights and dances from Dohnany’s vibrant Serenade fro String Trio, and Bartok’s dance variations for strings. STONE SOUP CONCERTS PRESENTS Finger-style guitar champion Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams, PRESS 102, Veranda Ballroom, 102 S. Second Street, 1/18, 7pm $15, GA. Full bar and dinner menu available. Purchase your tickets at www. WilmingtonTickets.com. stonesoupconcerts.com CAROLINA VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble final concert for the 2011-2012 season will be “Something Wonderful.” A tribute to the music of” Rogers and Hammerstein” on 3/24. There are opening for singers in all parts. Schedule appt. w/director Stephen Field: 910-960-7464. Auditions will be 1/3-13, 10am-3pm. www.carolinavocalarts.org

dance WILMINGTON SINGLES Wilmington Singles meet thrice in Jan: 1/6: DJ Bobby Pearson Am. Legion • 1/13: DJ Robert Clemmons Am. Legion • 1/20: DJ Baby Boomer Am. Legion. All DJ dances are $8 for members; $10 for guests. No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans, please. Larry Thacher: thacherchiro@eastnc.twcbc.com OVER 50’S DANCE The Over 50’s Dance will be held Tues., 1/10, 7:3010pm, in the New Hanover Senior Center. Live music by Lenny Frank. Couples, singles, and all ages welcome. Admission $5, plus finger food or 2-liter drink. 805-0992 LINE DANCING Get ready for weddings, concerts in the park, birthday parties and other events with the knowledge of popular line dancing. Since you dance on your own in an ensemble, line dancing is ideal for singles and for partners of non-dancers. Session 1: 2/5, 12, 19, and 26, 2012. Session 2: 3/4, 11, 18, and 25, 2012. Day and Time: Sundays, 4-5pm. Pre-reg rqd. 256-7925. www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. Sched: 1/14, 4-5:30: Cecil & Iryna; 9pm-1am - Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport • 1/28: Jae, 4-5.30pm, and 9pm-1am, TBA. Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport: 4523 Franklin Ave, Cost: $10/person per class. Ellen Bethune: 910352-1219 or eb18781@hotmail.com SURFER TANGO Waterford Tango at the Clubhouse, Fri. at 7:30 •

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Magnolia Greens Tango, Thurs, 7:30pm, Aerobics Room • Cape Fear Country Club Tango, Sun., 5pm. All classes are $10 per couple per class fun, professional, positive instruction. surfertango.com 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.

LOGO CONTEST Call for artists for a logo contest—deadline, 12/30, w/$100 winning prize. Winner announced on 1/12 at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting. 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of Wilmington’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The HPC, in concert with local preservation organizations, is planning a year-long celebration including competitions, exhibits, tours, presentations and more. Online contest/rules for all artists to submit an original logo that commemorates and celebrates the HPC and the city’s historic resources. The winning logo will be featured on HPC celebration materials throughout 2012 and may be used as the HPC’s permanent logo. http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/hpc50. hpc@wilmingtonnc.gov

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

art/exhibits VISIONS OF GUADALUPE Hanging at Wicked Gallery through 1/3/2012. Artists include Nicolle Nicolle, Kate Sinclair, Theresa Nemec Fawver, Colleen Ringrose, Ben Billingsly, Jen McKee, Mike Watters, Kristi Howard and more. Our Lady of Guadalupe’s story began in 1531 with a Mexican peasant, blooming flowers in the cold of winter, a beautiful and miraculous image, and a church built on a hill. Her continuing message is of love, compassion and freedom. There will be a shrine set up in the front window so that anyone and everyone can pay their respects to loved ones or ask for Miracles. This can include pictures, flowers, candles, paper with loved ones names written on it, gifts, toys, beads, something that resembles something personal, or milagros

HERE TO THERE AND BACK AGAIN Here to There and Back Again: A Retrospect by Artist Diane Hause, a selection of paintings, drawings, woodcuts, collages and assemblages created over 32 years. New works such as “As the CrowFlies” are included and consists of sixteen, 11 inch square recycledmetal ceiling tiles painted and collaged. 621N4TH Gallery. 621 North 4th St. Hangs through Dec.

FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT As we begin organizing the 2012 series of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, we are searching for any and all galleries, studios and art spaces in the downtown Wilmington area that would like to be involved in this monthly event. Simply agree to open your doors to the public on the fourth Friday of every month, 6-9pm. If you have something else you’d need to take of on a certain month, simply close the door and post a sign. Participation includes a nominal, one time fee,

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CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB The Cape Fear Camera Club will hold a photography exhibit at the Northeast Branch of New Hanover Regional Library from January 7-February 18, 2012. Approximately 70 photographs, representing a variety of topics, will be on display during regular library hours.

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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, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Murrinis Within a Crystal Matrix: The Poetic Glassworks of Richard Ritter,” “Mark Peiser: Reflections on the Palomar Mirror “and “Penland School of Crafts: Evolution and Imagination.” Both Richard Ritter and Mark Peiser are honored as 2011 North Carolina Living Treasures. Thematically tied, both Ritter and Peiser attended Penland School of Crafts. The school is an international leader in the evolution of craft education located in western NC. This exhibition explores Penland then and now, featuring examples of some of the finest work from the school. Hangs through 4/1/2012 • William McNeill: My Life as a Handheld Church Fan A Rhapsody on Sweat, Sweet Tea and Salvation, Brown Wing. Through 1/15/2012. Feat. hundreds of church fans with images religious and secular, collected over 40 years by musician and performative assemblage artist William McNeill. McNeill emphasizes their cultural importance, “This collection is really about a vanishing Americana and a way of life that we won’t ever have again.” • Through 1/15/2012: Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Brown Wing. 25 black and white photographs by Michael Cunningham featured in his book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000: Doubleday) are highlighted in this exhibition. • Hattitude: A Convergence of Fashion and Faith, Brown Wing; through 1/15/2012. Hats from public and private collections, hats of our own and our mothers’, hats by leading and unknown designers comprise this bountiful exhibition, including generous loans from Dr. Yvonne Watson, Rep. Alma

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Adams, Guilford County and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NC State University. • Jazz at the CAM Series, in partnership with the Cape Fear Jazz Society, through 4/2012, 6:30-8pm. CAM/CFJS Members: $3/non-members: $55, students: $20. Indv seats: $7 for members, $10, nonmembers and $5 students w/ID. 1/5: El Jaye Johnson & the Port City All Stars • Lecture w/ Charlie Brouwer, artist, Rise Up Wilmington. 1/12, 6:30-8pm. CAM, free, Non-members: $5. Charlie Brouwer is an artist from Floyd County, Virginia. Ladders have often occurred in his sculptures and installations. Rise Up Wilmington will be the latest in a series of temporary public art projects he has been creating with communities. • Rise Up Young Patrons, 1/13, 5:30-7:30pm. YP members, free. Non-members, $10 (includes program and childcare). Young Patrons at the CAM are the membership group for burgeoning and seasoned art lovers and artists in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Their second event is an intimate conversation with artist Charlie Brouwer on his upcoming CAM installation Rise Up Wilmington at 6:15pm. Complimentary wine/beer and snacks. • 1/15, 3pm, CAM Members, free. Spoken word artist SUN, performs in the Brown Wing to mark the last day of the exhibitions Hattitude: A Convergence of Fashion and Faith and Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats and William McNeill: My Life as a Handheld Church Fan: A Rhapsody on Sweat, Sweet Tea and Salvation. • Music w/Ryoanji Duo, feat. Rob Nathanson and Frank Bongiorno, 1/19, 7-8pm. CAM members, $5; non, $10. Frequently invited to perform at saxophone, guitar, and composer conferences, the duo has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, with performances in Berlin, Valencia and Tarragona (Spain), Lubjiana (Slovenia), Montreal, San Francisco and Chicago. • CLASSES, ETC: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and water-

colors. $70/6-wks. • Clay Studio Classes, hand-andwheel pottery techniques w/Hiroshi Sueyoshi: Mon/ Tues., 1/9-2/29, 9am-noon. Tues/Thurs, 1/10-3/1, 5:30pm-8:30pm. $250-$300. • Kids @ CAM, 1/21, noon-3pm. Members: $3/child, non-members: $5/ child, adults free. Come enjoy an afternoon of creativity and imagination! Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions. Fun for the whole family! Parental supervision required; no pre-registration necessary. • Call for Yoga, Zumba and Tai Chi class schedules. • New Yearz Zumba Blast,1/7, 3-5pm: Sign-in begins at 2 pm. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. cameronartmuseum.com or 910-395-5999. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features non-native marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of wellbalanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing Workshop. Pre-reg. classes. 910-458-8257; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 2/5: B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Explore the breathtaking nature photography of ecologist B.W. Wells and discover his passion for the flora and fauna of the Lower Cape Fear region. • Cape Fear Treasures: Remembering through 1/15: Glimpse a selection of souvenirs and mementos from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. Discover some of the objects people have treasured to remind

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“Shelter In Place,” January 10th. Each year the Texan petro-chemical industry is permitted to release millions of tons of toxic pollutants into the air, plus thousands of tons more in “accidental” or “unscheduled” releases. This film is an intimate portrait of one fence-line community, sharing their neighborhood with some of the largest refineries in the world, and how this impacts their health and daily lives. 617 Surry St. (910) 762-5606. FILMMAKER’S SOCIAL Filmmaker Social every 2nd Friday of the month, 7pm! Connect with other filmmakers, as well as discuss topics such as fundraising, production and trends in the industry. 16 Taps, 127 Princess St., downtown Wilmington. Sponsored by CFIFN.

lectures/readings OLD BOOKS ON FRONT ST. You know that novel you keep thinking about and planning to write? We are going to be a hot spot for the National Novel Writing Month, including twice weekly support groups on Mon/ Thurs, 6:30pm. • In the New Year we will be launching a “Local Authors Book Club” the idea is that the book club would read a book by a local author every month and invite that author to come speak, sign autographs, etc. Our first honoree will be Clyde Edgerton and his book “The Night Train.” Reoccurring dates and times should be confirmed by the end of the week and will appear on our website along with a list of the first year’s titles. Clyde’s books should arrive this week. • 2/3-5: New Poetry Festival : Couplet a festival of verse in two days! Open call for submissions for the anthology to follow shortly! 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS (26657). www.OldBooksOnFrontSt.com PARENTING BOOK CLUB A new book club is forming with a focus on enhancing family life through an exploration of the science behind child development. Meetings held the first Thurs. ea. month, 6-7pm. Old Books on Front St. Objective is to engage the community in meaningful discussion about ways to foster healthy family living and to inspire personal growth and connection. Jessica: 336420-2887 or jesscooper1@yahoo.com LIBRARY BOOKS FOR E-READERS 12/28, 10am: Learn how to borrow eBooks from North Carolina Digital Library and transfer them to compatible eReaders like the Nook and Kindle. Please register using the online calendar at www. nhclibrary.org, as space is limited for this session.

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clubs/notices WILMINGTON PRIDE YOUTH GROUP Wilmington Pride Youth Group and GLBTQIA Youth meets 3rd Fri/mo., 5:30-7:30pm, downtown ILM (call for specific location). A safe, discrete location for youth to discuss various topics that effect the gay youth population. After group, play video games and socialize with friends. Free for people 25 and under. TR Nunley: 910-538-0234 or Wilmingtonpride@gmail. com. www.wilmingtonpride.com. Parents are welcome to meet facilitators and see the space.

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Ms.Bartos will discuss state historic preservation initiatives and we will nominate and choose the new board. Light refreshments will be served. WILMINGTON PRIDE BOARD MEETINGS Wilmington Pride Board meetings, 3rd Tues/mo. at BuenaSpace, 7:30-8:45pm 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! NOMS FOR WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT Nominations are now being accepted for the YWCA Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards to honor women and youth who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, as well as excellence, accomplishments and commitment in their careers, schools and communities.. Women in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties may be nominated in nine categories: arts, business, communications, education, environmental, health and wellness, public service, volunteer and the Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award. Seniors in high school are nominated in the Youth Leader Category (these awards include a $1,000 scholarship). Deadline: 3/1, 5pm. 799-6820. 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! www. lizbiro.com. 910-545-8055 STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, 1/28, w/25 competitiors and popular local bands, Dog’s Ave., Machine Gun and DJ Lil Mike, all to benefit Step Up For Soldiers. is arguable the top cover band in Wilmington, if not the entire state of NC. Held at the lake in Carolina Beach. Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. Raffles, arts and craft vendors and additional food and drink for purchase. Gates at 11am and prizes awarded at 2pm. Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. Rose McConville: rosemc110@gmail.com or 910-547-0087. NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party Package at the Blockade Runner, includes waterview accomodations for two, welcome gift, dinner for two on New Year’s Eve, dancing and entertainment from the Wilmington Big Band, Champagne toast at midnight and New Year’s Day Brunch for two. Packages start at $199. http://blockade-runner.com/ specials-packages/packages

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Enthusiastic and open-minded, you are more tolerant of the opinions of others than normal. Your judgment is sound today; trust it! TAURUS (21 April – 20 May)

Companionship is a great gift this season as you help others just by being there. Even better, you are helped at the same time. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June)

Jumping to conclusions has the unfortunate result of showing your faults at the same time you have to eat crow. Muddled thinking makes it hard for you to make decisions. CANCER (21 June – 21 July)

Stop trying so hard to get your point across and spend a little more time listening to others viewpoints. Keep an open mind when discussing things with a partner. LEO (22 July – 22 August)

Everything is changing, and it feels both wonderful and unsettling at the same time. Disappointments make you feel like you are on your own, but support comes from unexpected sources. VIRGO (23 August – 22 September)

Confrontation is likely unless you can curb that aggressiveness that just spills out without your help! Family members may not appreciate your stepping in and taking over. LIBRA (9/24 – 10/23)

Caution and diplomacy are needed in business dealings, research investment opportunities carefully before putting your money on the table. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 November)

A little narrow-minded, now is not the time for long range planning. Single tasks are much easier to complete. Focus is on your father or father figure.

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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

HUMANISTS AND FREETHINKERS Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear Meeting, 1/8, 6-8:30pm, The Bridge Center, 127-40 S. College Rd. Celebrating the genius of Christopher Hitchens— his life work, energy and wit, even his opponents admired and enjoyed. We invite you to come and raise a glass and a voice to his legacy, as we show a short compilation of his filmed appearances and debates. Afterward, everyone can read their favorite passages from his works. Dinks, pot luck buffet, and conversation. RSVP: www.meetup.com/humanism-182 HISTORIC ILM FOUNDATION 1/26, 6pm: Please join us for our annual meeting, Thursday, January 26 at 6pm, in the Great Hall at St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of 3rd and Market where we will be joined by Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.)

Proving yourself to others is important; although, you still go out of your way to help someone. Being slow to anger will help with a family situation. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.)

Thinking of yourself is more OK than you think, especially after you realize how much you have done for others. You can do great things and great chances are coming. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 February)

Issues arise that are in direct conflict with your beliefs. Stand your ground but don’t be afraid to listen to the other opinions. PISCES (20 February – 20 March)

Feeling generous and talkative, there is no counting the number of people that you are likely to help. Projects that began long ago are finally completed.

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