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The Gift of Music
Upcoming Super Unplugged benefits school music program
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25 / pub 23 / December 16-22, 2009
news & views.....................4-7 4-5 op-ed: The Cranky Foreigner rants about
COVER STORY: THE GIFT OF MUSIC
the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol;
The Williston Middle School music program (left) received a wonderful
7 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd
and generous surprise this holiday season when they found out they are
finds the oddities of crime.
Mark Basquill talks conspiracy theories and global warming.
to be the beneficiaries of the upcoming Wilmington Super Unplugged on December 19th. Billy Mellon and crew have organzied this second quarterly event—corresponding with the monthly Unplugged series—to give back to their community, especially one so involved in the shaping of our youth’s musical futures. For any readers interested in donating an instrument or making financial contributions, please see our cover story
artsy smartsy ...................8-19 8 theater: MJ Pendleton reviews Guerilla Theatre’s “Reindeer Monologues.”
11 film reviews: Anghus Houvouras reviews the bloody and gory Ninja Assassin.
by Adrian Varnam on page 14.
12 art preview: Lauren Hodges gives details on the Garbage Art Guild’s art reception.
Want to see the best in music at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues? Or UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium? Or Soapbox Laundro Lounge? Visit, www.encorepub.com, to enter one of our many concert contests, and try for a chance to score tickets to area shows! Currently online: The Wailers, Chairmen of the Board, Corey Smith, Benji Hughes and more!
Our apologies for the delay in announcing the winners of this year’s Creative Writing contest and ‘Toons contest. To our horror and misfortune, editor Shea Carver was recently abducted by the same mysterious, alien elves who put up all the giant, blow-up Santa Clauses in car lots across town over-
night—which is why the announcement has been put on hold for now. Contests winners will be announced in the last edition of the year. (The abductors, by the way, declined to comment.)
“There was a lot of controversy for President Obama in Norway, because apparently, he snubbed the Norwegian royal family. He snubbed them by canceling lunch with them. And I’m like, well don’t be silly, Norwegian royal family. Even if the president doesn’t invite you, just show up and crash the party. That’s how we do it in America.’”—Craig Ferguson ““Big day for President Obama. He accepted his Nobel Prize today and then got right back to the business of running two wars.”—David Letterman ““The elementary school in Indonesia where
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President Obama went as a child, they just unveiled a statue of him as a 10-year-old. It’s very realistic. In fact, today Biden spent, like, 20 minutes talking to it.”—Jimmy Fallon “Well, according to Time magazine, even though college degrees costs more today, they’re worth less in the job market, which is hard to believe, isn’t it? There’s a job market?”—Jay Leno “Senate Democrats proposed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will provide funding for government agencies, foreign aid, and local construction projects. And also, since it’s so close to Christmas, a pony!”—Conan O’Brien
this week in history
December 16th, 1911—Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the South Pole. December 17th, 1903—Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. December 18th, 1620—Passengers on the British ship Mayflower come ashore at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony. December 19th, 1998—After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term. December 20th, 1957—While spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army.
13 gallery guide: See what local galleries are hanging.
14-15 music preview: Adrian Varnam reveals the upcoming Super Unplugged and its beneficiary, the Williston Middle School music program; Shea Carver chats with Chatham County Line about their upcoming Holiday Show.
16-19 soundboard: Find out what bands and solo musicians are playing shows in venues all over town.
grub & guzzle..................20-23 20-23 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide for the scoop on the Port City’s finest.
extra! extra! ...................24-35 24 book review: Tiffanie Gabrielse previews Suzanne Jalot’s The Ultimate Guide to Doggy Fun in North Carolina.
26 fact or fiction: Ashley Cunningham presents the latest installment of her fiction series, “Ashed.”
28-35 calendar/’toons/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow
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My Favorite Christmas Hypocrisy: Going to bed conservative, waking up liberal
ill someone please explain this one to me? Especially considering our recent experience with a bunch if little school kids singing a song about three presidents, including Obama, and having Tucker Carlson compare that to the Khmer Rouge. Remember that the Khmer Rouge killed about one quarter of the population of their country? (OK. So if 75 million people show up dead tomorrow, Tucker, I’m sorry—you were right.) But, as the Cranky Foreigner, I tend to digress. This year, as every year, there is a story that will be all over the TV and multiplex, and neither Rush nor Bill O’Reilly will comment on it once. It’s about a man who sets the standard for how business is done
by: The Cranky Foreigner in America. He pays his employees as little as possible, their working conditions are barely acceptable, he couldn’t give a damn about health care for their children, and he scorns charity. He is what we proudly call a “Reagan Conservative.” Then he goes home and gets three almost Biblical spiritual visits and, lo and behold, the next day he wakes up and is a Ted-Kennedy liberal. He suddenly pays a living wage, improves working conditions, spends a chunk of cash on his employee’s family health-care and can be counted on for a generous charitable donation every Christmas.
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Let me repeat this: He goes to bed a conservative and wakes up a liberal. And he lives happily ever after. It’s the most blatant liberal propaganda in America. And to my amazement, every year, very conservative corporations, like Disney, will tell it with such tenderness that tears will come to our eyes. The story, you’ve guessed by now, is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens—the Michael Moore of his day. So how does this one slip under the right-wing talk avalanche every year? Maybe it’s the “long ago, Jesus thing.” Jesus tells us we should feed the poor— and not just scraps from the table. We should invite poor people to sit at the table even at wedding feasts. On Sunday morning, we love to hear that, but try actually doing it. Imagine this text message going to your spouse on your daughter‘s big day: “Honey, tell the caterers one more at the head table. I just invited a poor person who was begging outside Food Lion.” Everything would be so much easier if we just did it 2000 years ago, or in Scrooge’s case, 150 years ago. But now? Maybe people just don’t see beyond the surface. The Wizard of Oz was a parody of the gold standard economists in the twenties. Oz is the ounce of gold. The yellow brick road is gold bricks. The tin man, (the
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industrial worker), the scarecrow (the farmer) and the Cowardly Lion (William Jennings Bryan, the gold standard’s chief proponent) meet naive Dorothy and her Toto, who pulls back the curtain to reveal the charade of their economic theory. How many Americans realize that “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow” is an economics lecture? But A Christmas Carol is much more obvious than that. Who can miss going to bed as a Reagan Conservative and waking up as a Kennedy Liberal? Yet, we seem to miss it every year? Maybe it’s the reptile brain thing. Anatomists tell us that our new, fancy cerebrum has grown over the old reptile brain, which still functions in parallel, doing the same things it did 150 million years ago. It handles the four Fs: fighting, feeding, fleeing and fu... let’s just call it sexual activity. Our new human brain writes sonnets and does Sudoko. I think that politics is basically reptile activity. (That would explain a lot, would it not?) And it makes sense that story-telling is cerebral. So our frontal lobe gets us all misty when we see how happy Scrooge is on Christmas morning, and our reptile brain thinks that Mrs. Bob Cratchet is pretty hot and we should have it on. And never shall our two brains meet. Merry Christmas from the Cranky Foreigner
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vidence will show that human contribution to natural cycles of climate change will go down with historyâ€™s great hoaxes; germ theory, evolution, the Holocaust and the moon landing. Iâ€™m no left-wing pseudo-scientist whoâ€™s stolen e-mails reveal a radical agenda to refute â€œrightâ€? science. I worship the certainty of â€œrightâ€? science and shave every morning with Occamâ€™s Razor. I abhor conspiracy theories as unscientific. JFK was killed by one bullet. There were no conspiracies then; there are none now. Global warming is the work of just one man. And Claus is the cause. Itâ€™s not lefty radicals. Any one who has attended class at one of Sarahâ€™s left-leaning elitist universities can tell us that herding cats is easier than getting left-wing professors to agree on anything. These professorial cats have compromised â€œfight or flightâ€? reflexes. They hide behind walls of studies that simple minds cut through with butter knives. These impoverished hybriddriving weenies might gain 100s of dollars of grant money to continue their â€œclimate research,â€? but they wonâ€™t fight for it. The left wouldnâ€™t even fight for a public option that 70 percent of us support. To hypothesize a corporate conspiracy is unconscionable. What could corporations possibly gain? Iâ€™m a more likely conspirator. I like money. My problem is that I donâ€™t love it. Feeling unloved, money doesnâ€™t stay with me long. But money stays with Exxon, BP and the defense industries. They and their kin have more money than God. By opposing Copenhagenâ€™s climate measures, these giants would gain no more than the healthinsurance companies stood to gain from the
by: Mark Basquill failure of health-care reform, or big tobacco gained by preventing its product from being linked to cancer for decades. If global warming were real, these giants would profit by re-tooling their human and material capital toward new technologies. Wouldnâ€™t they? Only the weak-minded revert to conspiracy theories. Copenhagen affirms a revealed truth; the climate has been changing since time began. The catastrophe of Copenhagen is its misrepresenting science. Science is not a matter of global consensus. Does it matter whether China, Brazil and India agree what goes up must come down? No! Everything that goes up comes down with the certainty of â€œrightâ€? science. Everything except Santa Claus. Wicked Santa defies gravity every Christmas Eve. Scientists agree the warming trend began 1000 years ago when Santa started delivering toys. Itâ€™s no coincidence that as our population increases, Santa seems like a rapid cycling bipolar lunatic, and the planet is roasting like a chestnut. Itâ€™s not the carbon footprint of the eight tiny reindeer, either. E-mails intercepted from â€œrightâ€? scientists prove Santaâ€™s dilithium crystals emit tachyon pulses that heat the planetâ€™s core and even seek to regulate derivatives. Does Santa hate us? Raising our hopes while destroying our planet? Certainly not! What better gift could we receive from Santa than to see him tip his red-carbon cap, and hear him sing scientific certainty, â€œHo-HoHo! Itâ€™s not your fault! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!â€?
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LEAD STORY Spare the Rod: In September, engaging in a 300-year tradition of the Dussera holiday in India’s Tamil Nadu state, Hindu priests ritually whipped 2,000 young women and girls over a five-hour period as penance for a range of sins, from insufficient studying to moral impurity. Said one sobbing yet inspired lash recipient, to an NDTV reporter, “(W)hen we are whipped, we will get rid of our mental and physical ailments and evil spirits.” (And in November, Pope John Paul II was revealed to have periodically atoned for sins by privately whipping himself, according to a nun who worked with him and who was cited in the Vatican’s ongoing consideration of John Paul II for sainthood. The nun said she heard him distinctly several times from an adjacent room.) Compelling Explanations From a police report in the North Bay (Ontario) Nugget (Nov. 7): An officer in line at a traffic light, realizing that cars had not moved through two light changes, walked up to the lead car to investigate. The driver said she was not able to move on the green lights because she was still on the phone and thus driving off would be illegal. The officer said a brief lecture improved the woman’s understanding of the law. The inspector general of the National Science Foundation revealed that on-the-job viewing of pornography Web sites was so widespread at the agency that the resultant ethics investigations hindered his primary mission of investigating fraud on grant contracts. The agency report, obtained by the Washington Times in September, said the heaviest user was a senior executive who logged on to pornography at least 331 days in 2008. He subsequently retired, but before leaving defended his habit, claiming that his Web site visits actually helped impoverished women in Third World countries to earn a decent living (by posing for pornography). Fine Lawyering: Jacob Christine, 21, acting as his own lawyer at an October hearing, denying charges that he severely slashed a fellow inmate at an Easton, Pa., prison, offered his own view of whoever the perpetrator was: “Whoever attacked (the victim) had a high regard for life,” said Christine, because the cut “isn’t deep at all. It’s on his neck. It’s not on his face.” Ironies When Minnesota’s Riverview Community Bank opened for business in 2004, founder Chuck Ripka claimed divine inspiration that God had told him to “pastor the bank” and, in exchange, that He would “take care of the bottom line,” leading Ripka to use “prayer” as a theme in the bank’s promotions. In October 2009, Riverview became only the sixth bank in
the state to be shut down by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Riverview acknowledged that it had invested aggressively in real estate. Dr. Hulda Clark, 80, passed away in September of multiple myeloma, an advanced cancer of the plasma cells. Before she was stricken, she had authored three books touting her eccentric remedies as cures, first, for “all diseases,” and then, especially, cancer. In her books “The Cure for All Cancers” and “The Cure for All Advanced Cancers,” she urged those diagnosed to immediately stop chemotherapy and embrace her quixotic regimens, to subdue the “parasites” that cause cancer. The Litigious Society Albert Freed’s lawsuit for defective underwear against Hanes was dismissed in October by a Pensacola, Fla., judge, even though Freed had complained that the briefs had caused severe pain and ruined his vacation. Freed said the garment’s flap had inexplicably failed to close, allowing his penis to protrude and rub against swim trunks that contained sand from the beach, irritating the sensitive skin. However, Freed delayed diagnosing the problem by declining to inspect his organ. He explained that he cannot easily peer over his “belly” (and wouldn’t even consider, he said, examining his naked self in a mirror or asking his wife to inspect). Consequently, he had endured increased irritation before recognizing the source of the chafing. According to a November Chicago SunTimes report, county officials in Chicago have agreed to pay a $14,000 injury claim to janitor Mary Tait, of the sheriff’s department. The amount covers two incidents, in 1997 and 1998, in which she hurt her back in the same way while “reaching around to pick up a piece of toilet paper.” Latest Human Rights In November, a judge in Somerville, N.J., overruled a local police chief who had rejected a firearms license for hunting enthusiast James Cap, 46. The judge ordered the chief to grant the license, even though Cap is a quadriplegic and will need to mount the gun on his wheelchair and fire it by blowing into a tube. (Cap was an avid hunter before a football injury incapacitated him.) Smooth Reactions (1) In July, Charles Diez was charged with attempted murder for his angry reaction to a bicyclist who was carrying his 3-year-old son on the bike unsafely, on a busy Asheville, N.C., street. According to police, Diez was so anguished that he pulled his gun and fired at the bicyclist, grazing the man’s helmet. (2) In October, just as Pennsylvania federal judge Lawrence Stengel was launching into his explanation for the sentence he was about to impose, bank robber
Trammel Bledsoe grew impatient. “Can you hurry this up? I don’t have time for this. Just sentence me. ...” (“You’ll have all the time in the world,” responded Stengel, who gave Bledsoe 41 years.) People Who Went Too Far Great Expectorations: (1) Charles Hersel, 39, was arrested in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in November after police investigators overheard him offer $31 to a Westlake High School boy to spit in Hersel’s face. Several boys had complained to police that a man (allegedly Hersel) had approached them, offering money for expelling saliva and other bodily fluids on him. (2) Also in November, Patrick Girard, 29, a member of the City Council in Plattsburgh, N.Y., apologized to the constituent in whose face Girard had spit at the height of a barroom argument about the Boston Red Sox. Said the constituent, “It got in my eye, Read News of the Weird daily at www.WeirdUniverse.net. Send your Weird News to WeirdNews@earthlink.net or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.
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Reindeer Revelations: Guerilla Theatre presents ‘The Eight: Reindeer Monologues’
he Browncoat Theatre and Pub is a cozy, inviting place with the atmosphere of a neighborhood bar. The intimate atmosphere is the ideal venue for the monologue/confessional play genre, which drops the fourth wall and invites the audience into the story on the stage. Guerilla Theatre also does not shy away from shock appeal. “Reindeer Monologues” is a hilariously funny comedy, but it shares a commonality of presentation and perversity with the darkly disturbing drama “Bash: The Latter Day Plays” by Neil LaBute, which Guerilla produced in May. Playwright Jeff Goode’s plot exposes Santa as the sick, sadistic sex maniac he really is (maybe). Most of the reindeer decide that the world should know the true
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HHHHH Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace Street December 16-19; 8pm December 20, 5pm Tickets: 910-341-0001 meaning of Christmas; the problem is, who will believe them? Incited by Vixen, who claims that Santa raped her, each reindeer relates rumors, experiences, opinions and assumptions
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about the iconic St. Nick. Four actors play the eight reindeer; poor, deformed Rudolph does not make an appearance because he’s currently in a catatonic stupor resulting from Santa’s alleged abuse. Richard Davis is Dasher and Donder (Rudolph’s father), Amber Davis is Hollywood (formerly known as Prancer) and Vixen, Susan Auten is Blitzen and Comet, and Tony Moore is Cupid and Dancer. Most of the characters are hyperbolic stereotypes, which are funny despite their clichéd characteristics because these are reindeer we’re talking about, for goodness sake! Keeping that in mind, all of the monologues are amusingly ridiculous except the last one, in which the violated Vixen resorts to obtuse sarcasm—generally considered the lowest form of wit. Guerilla Theatre has always considered the play and the performers far more important than extraneous embellishments, so the stage set and costumes are simple. The set is a chair and a table (which Cupid/Moore utilizes provocatively); costumes consist of funny T-shirts (Nutcracker Sweet, Jingle Belles, Santa Saves, Jingle These, Santa Is My Wingman) with a few accessories and antlers on the males. In an effort to maintain verisimilitude (Ho, Ho, Ho), someone should enlighten the playwright that female reindeer have antlers, too.
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According to National Geographic, “A hard look at the evidence suggests that at least some of Santa’s reindeer were females [the ones giving the directions, no doubt]… Reindeer, both wild and semidomesticated, are the only members of the deer family in which both sexes grow antlers. The question is when do they shed them? ‘The largest bulls shed their antlers first, almost immediately after the rutting season ends in late October,’ said Pat Valkenburg, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “By the end of the rutting season, the bulls not only don’t have antlers, they’re so played out that the likelihood that they could haul the fat man and tons of toys around the world in one night is slim. Young bulls and cows can keep their antlers sometimes through April…(also) The Sami people of Lapland…frequently neuter their working reindeer, which would interrupt the cycle that causes males to shed their antlers. The evidence therefore leads to the conclusion that Santa’s reindeer are either females, young bulls, or neutered.” The dress rehearsal was well attended by Front Street Brewery employees who were invited to a private performance to acknowledge their relationship with the Browncoat Theater and Pub. “Thanks to owner Tom Harris and marketing director Ellie Craig, Front Street Brewery has become a strong partner with the Browncoat,” Richard Davis shared. “Tom shares our commitment to strengthening the Wilmington culture through cooperation rather than competition…The goal is to build a strong, supportive relationship between our businesses that promotes the downtown culture and encourages people to buy local products and use local services. That’s why, at the Browncoat, we only feature locally brewed Front Street beers on draft.” Support local theater and take some time to laugh this holiday season—it’s the best gift of all.
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‘Tis the Season to Be Gory:
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Ninja Assassin brings a boatload of bloodshed and throwing stars
Ninja Assassin Starring Sung Kang, Randall Duk Kim and Jonathan Chan-Pensley
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h, the weather outside is frightful. The fire is so delightful. Sleigh bells ringing, Santa Claus warming up his magic sack to spread love all over this God-fearing globe. What better way to celebrate holiday cheer than by going to the local Cineplex and watching a movie about a guy brutally slaughtering and dismembering hundreds of opponents, splattering the walls with gallons
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of blood! ‘Tis the season to be gory. There are a few things that immediately transform me into a 12-year-old boy: video games, zombies, Duran Duran (their music, that is) and ninjas. (Here’s a little secret: Any movie with zombies, Duran Duran or ninjas gets an automatic two and a half stars.) Like that metaphor about sex and bad pizza, ninja movies are the same way for me. If a movie has a guy chucking throwing stars at other guys, it’s automatically watchable. Ninja Assassin takes all the tenants of a ninja movie and waxes it with a case of computer-generated lemon pledge. This is the shiniest ninja film ever, produced by the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix trilogy) and directed by James McTeague (V for Vendetta). The story takes us to a secret school where young men and women are turned into vicious killing machines, known as “ninja.” It’s a difficult life. Instead of going to dances and studying trigonometry, the students get trained until exhaustion and mercilessly beaten when they make a mistake. It’s like finishing school, except instead of learning which fork to use, they learn how to take off a man’s face with a knife. The big
NINJA ON FIRE! Rain, as Raizo, has moves like you ain’t ever seen in Ninja Assassin, the latest Warner Brothers flick, out now.
man on temple is Raizo. The training takes its toll on him as a boy. The only thought that keeps him sane is a girl, Kiriko. They become friends, and eventually the relationship evolves into something more. Unfortunately, Kiriko decides there must be more to life than learning how to castrate a guy with a paper clip. Like most boarding schools, trying to leave is frowned upon. But in ninja school, they don’t just suspend students, they have them executed. This doesn’t sit well with Raizo, who begins to question his purpose on this big blue marble; so, he decides there may be more to life than being invisible, even if armed with the ability to kill 50 men with a thumbtack. After being charged with his first assassination, Raizo tells his father he can no longer be part of Kill-A-Guy University and takes off on his own. Now Raizo is hunted by his former brethren and enlists the aid of an international law enforcement agent investigating the ninja clans. And with this, let
me take pause... There are times when movies use madeup law enforcement agencies in lieu of their real-life counterparts. For those who are unaware, the international police agency is known as “Interpol.” We hear about them a lot in international spy movies. The creative minds behind the film chose not to use Interpol. I’m not sure whether it’s out of respect or legality. Either way, they came up with their own version: Europol. I can think of a dozen things for which “Europol” would be appropriately named: a company that digs pools in Europe, for instance. Maybe a European marketing firm—even a highend strip club. But for a fake law agency, it strains credibility. Every moment in the movie devoid of interest involves Europol and their generic bureaucracy determined to fall into every spy-thriller cliché. Combine the cookie-cutter stereotypes with mediocre stock characters and poor writing, and the plot becomes mind-boggling. I’m not sure exactly why the movie needed all these non-ninja moments; they really dragged it down. The non-nonninja moments were appropriately awesome. Raizo kicks all kinds of ass and dismembers body parts faster than a slaughterhouse with a meth addiction. Raizo is played by South-Korean popsensation Rain. His acting skills are limited; however, it works since he’s mastered the art of playing an emotionally retarded Asian. What he lacks in acting prowess, he makes up for in ass-kicking. The action scenes are quite excellent, thanks to an inspired second unit. One thing the Watchowskys know is pretty visuals and kinetic action. And for a ninja movie, that’s about all I require. Action, adventure, and a boatload of throwing stars. Arguably, the best film about ninjas I’ve seen all year.
Cinematique 310 Chestnut Street • 910-343-1640 Shows at 7:30pm • Sundays, 3pm •December 16th-20th, 2009, $7 Beaches of Agnes, 110 min. Still gamin-like and humble at 81, famed director Agnès Varda spins the tale of her life using extraordinary imagery to link her past and her present. Bursting into French cinema at 34 with Cleo from 5 to 7, Varda was the only female member of the French New Wave, and the director who first brought Gerad Depardieu, Philippe Noiret and Harrison Ford to the screen. Whether she is using a circle of mirrors to reflect aspects of her life or dancing with her children and grandchildren on the beach, Varda never fails to acknowledge the impact of others in her life. In French with subtitles. Not rated.
Mayfaire 16 900 Town Center Drive • 910-256-0556 Invictus The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially
and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. PG-13
Carmike 16 111 Cinema Drive • 910-815-0266 Planet 51 An animated sci-fi tale set on Planet 51, whose inhabitants live in fear of an alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, the astronaut has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and return home. PG All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At encorepub.com.
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The Garbage Art Guild: Dixon Stetler’s young trash collectors debut their creations
s the holidays approach, trips to the grocery store never seem to stop; arriving relatives require extra toilet paper, the egg nog is running dry every night, and the tree can’t quite hold enough candy canes. What is one to do with all of those plastic bags? Dixon Stetler has thought of that. “The girls and I have been using them to make wreaths,” she says. The “girls” she speaks of are Willa IrvinBushman, Sophia Watkins and Clara Santabala: the three trash mavins that make up Stetler’s Garbage Art Guild (GAG). All semester the girls have been hard at work in their after-school meetings, transforming everyday items headed for the landfill into sustainable art. The three students seem destined to carry on Stetler’s artistic legacy, who is known around town for her bike tube mats, the Cameron Art Museum glove tree and those colorful garden hose baskets. “My main objective was to teach them that art supplies don’t have to be expen-
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garbage art guild art reception Wabi Sabi Warehouse, 19 N. 9th Street Friday, December 18th; 6-7pm sive,” Stetler says. “They are all around us, waiting to be used.” One of her first lessons for the GAG was to take the girls to Family Dollar and get them face-to-face with a manager. “Their mission was to get cardboard boxes from him.” Once they mentioned that the boxes would be used for art, the manager happily obliged. After cutting the boxes into strips, weaving class commenced, and their find for the day resulted in a collection of baskets. “I just thought that was a great way to start, getting the girls to ask permission for supplies. I think it really showed them
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how much is out there.” More art supplies arrived in the form of doomed paperback books and old architectural drawings rescued from the trash. The blueprints were made into what the class called “the world’s largest paper airplanes.” As for the books, they were folded back in the shape of cones and covered with glitter to make mini Christmas trees. “We called them ‘conceptual trees,’” Stetler says. “It was just another lesson about looking in odd places for creative supplies.” In each class, Stetler thought up a new way for her young squires to view the world and its material waste. “Not everything was about trash,” she says. “Some of our activities were learning about waste— meaning things we just don’t need.” One such activity included a scrapbook of gathered advertisements from catalogs. Each day the girls would bring in clippings of items for sale that they felt humans just didn’t need to survive. “Sky Mall was probably the best and funniest source for
that project,” she says. “It was so much fun to see what they would bring in each class.” The images include gloves with slits for long fingernails and an indoor strip of astroturf for pet waste on especially unpleasant days. “Of course, there were some things they brought in that not everyone agreed were useless,” Stetler says about an advertisement for wrinkle cream. Laughing, she says, “They’re young. It’s all subjective, I guess.” Until Stetler and her eco-sharp child protegés can come up with an idea for all of the discarded wrapping paper we’re about to use (tsk tsk, people), the public can enjoy their creations at the GAG’s first art reception. On Friday, December 18th, the girls and their garbage will have their time to shine at Stetler’s palace of sustainability, also known as the Wabi Sabi Warehouse. Search for the invite on Facebook Events, and stop by to see what treasures come from others’ trash!
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332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm www.crescentmoonnc.com Keeping it local…Crescent Moon has partnered with Old Growth Riverwood on Castle Hayne Road to supply hand-made shelving crafted from reclaimed wood from The Cape Fear River for our new display area in the gift gallery. The new display area will be primarily dedicated to the promotion of local glass and metal artists at Crescent Moon. We now have ten local glass artists associated with us. Old Growth Riverwood reclaims lost pieces of history and transforms them into unique and beautiful wood products for home or business. Old Growth Riverwood is committed to being environmentally responsible and does not cut down any living trees to produce their products. This project partnership speaks to a mutual philosophy, of buying and using hand-made and environmentally conscience work when possible. One reason we love our location within The Cotton Exchange is the reuse of the wonderful historic buildings that have been so much a part of the downtown area. Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Crescent Moon is located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on twitter as CrescentMoonNC or become a fan on our Facebook page!
1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Landfall Center (910) 256-1105 Mon.-Fri.., 10am-6pm • Sat., 10am-4pm www.fastframeofwilmington.com FASTFRAME Gallery is pleased to present the Second Annual Fill the Cupboard Art Show: “Ordinary View, Extraordinary Vision,” November 13 through December 31, featuring Terry Rosenfelder’s sophisticated oils, M. Matteson Smith’s unique paper sculptures, and Sara Westermark’s original jewelry designs.
Again this year, FASTFRAME cheerfully encourages and will be delighted to accept food and financial contributions to help several of our local food banks. Come meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Friday, November 13, from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m., with wine tasting by WineStyles and appetizers by The Sandwich Pail.
Hampstead Art Gallery
14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Christmas is very close, and a family portrait would be a great gift. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.
New Elements Gallery
216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com New Elements Gallery is wrapping up their month long fund raising efforts for the Good Shepherd Center with an open house on Thursday, December 17th from 6-9 pm. The drawing for their GSC raffle will be held at 8 pm on the 17th and the lucky winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to New Elements Gallery. Receive a free ticket for every $25 purchase or tickets are available for sale $5 each. Enjoy selecting from an incredible collection of one-of-a-kind art and craft during the gallery’s 25th Annual Holiday Show. Good Shepherd Center was established in 1983 as a Soup Kitchen and today is the largest provider of homeless services in the region. Support a truly worthy cause and share with friends and family distinctive and unique gifts by more than 40 regional artists. We have paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood and much more!
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511 1/2 Castle Street (910) 251-8886 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm (Winter: closed Monday) www.pattersonbehn.com pattersonbehn picture framing & design has added an art gallery to their space, featuring several local artists. Currently on display are
works by Bob Bryden, Michelle Connolly, Karen Paden Crouch, Virginia Wright-Frierson and Pam Toll. The gallery offers a large selection of works on paper in numerous media. In addition there are many different gift ideas, such as hand-gilded table-top frames and one-of-a-kind keepsake boxes. The gallery offers something for everybody.
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10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179). (910) 575-5999 • Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm (Winter hours: closed Monday) www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.
Association Gallery 616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org Bates Toone is our featured artist for December. Her show, titled “Groundworks,” is a collection of intricate watercolor paintings of flowers, leaves and other growing things. Inspired by Corita Kent’s quote, “The groundwork doesn’t show till one day . . .” Bates’ watercolor paintings are interestingly complex arrangements of leaves and flowers that take you on a journey of discovery of what’s at your feet and perhaps unnoticed until presented in these beautiful paintings. We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary as a gallery in December. Our special event show, “Tiny Treasures,” will feature original works of art by WAA members from $10 and under and $100 and under. These original works of art are special gifts for this Christmas season. Start the holiday season steeped in the spirit of creativity. Have a blessed and joyous holiday season.
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The Gift of Music:
Upcoming Super Unplugged benefits school music program by: Adrian Varnam or buying some needy family some clothes or shoes,” he says. “But then I thought that that was going to leave some kids out. So I thought to help a music program, and I just put it out there as a goal to provide instruments or money to be used within the program. That way we figured more children could use what we help provide for them.” This kind of altruistic thinking is not new to those involved with Wilmington Unplugged. In fact, it’s becoming an important component of its Super Unplugged concerts, quarterly performances featuring some of the artists who have participated in the monthly showcases. Its first concert helped raise money for WHQR during their fall fund-raising drive, while future productions promise to do the same for other causes, says Jeff Reid, owner and publisher of the The Beat magazine. His local monthly arts publication co-sponsors each Unplugged event. “The idea to tie in supporting a cause with each performance was kind of based upon the public radio program, etown, which has that same sort of approach,” he says. “It’s
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t would seem as if the call for more support of arts education in our nation’s public schools is as old as the schools themselves. Regardless of economic environment or even presidential administrations, the need for more arts funding is always a concern raised by those who understand its importance. But, unfortunately, in a time of near economic crisis, the allocation of more funding at a larger level just isn’t a reality. So one local organization decided to take measures into their own hands and make a real difference in the lives of their community this holiday season. “I wanted to find a music program that was involved with children that was not only needy—they needed instruments and they needed money for their direction—but had kids who were skilled and actively trying to improve themselves,” Wilmington Unplugged organizer Billy Mellon says. This Saturday, December 19th, his monthly music series will host its second “Super Unplugged” concert at the WHQR gallery in downtown Wilmington. Proceeds from tickets sold will benefit the Williston Middle School music program. “Originally, we wanted this Super Unplugged to be an opportunity to support the traditional causes this holiday season, like Toys for Tots
THE NEXT MILES DAVIS: The new generation of musicians—such as those pictured from Williston Middle School—just need a chance and support.
a live-music program and they take a cause every week and showcase it. And we really liked that, that grassroots approach. We just felt like it was a good way to mix music and community by showcasing both and we decided that we would try to do the same with Super Unplugged.” So far, it has been a rousing success. So much so that the number of sponsors, benefactors and supporters of both the monthly series and the quarterly showcase continue to grow with each performance. In fact, this month’s Super Unplugged has already sold out of tickets. Mellon attributes it to not just the quality of the performers but the fact that proceeds are going to such an important cause for young local musicians this holiday season. “The first Super Unplugged was such a success that I just called up people who went to the first one, told them what we were doing this month with the Williston music program, and they said ‘I’m there,’” he reveals. “We sold 60 tickets in less than three days.” And the interest in supporting Super Unplugged comes from not just music lovers in Wilmington, but sponsors and donors from all around Southeastern North Carolina. Two in particular, Pam Graham-Wilson from Wilson Family Pharmacy in Wallace, NC, and Varno Musical Instrument Repair in Leland, are contributing by donating directly to the Williston Music Program. The latter is giving a brand-new trumpet to the school while Ms. Graham-Wilson is making a financial contribution. Her support, she says, comes not from a business perspective but from a personal one. “We are very empathetic to the limited resources for music and the arts in the public schools,” she says. “We have two sons, one of whom is an athlete and the oldest is a musician-
songwriter in Austin. The public schools our children attended never seemed to have the resources or commitment to music and the arts. [Our hope in supporting this is] for people to come and enjoy the great local talent we have here in the Wilmington area, and to encourage more individuals and businesses to support music and the arts.” While those involved with producing Super Unplugged could have chosen any charitable cause to support this December, it was their love and support of music that made this connection a good fit. In fact, Reid draws a direct parallel between the success of Wilmington Unplugged today and the younger generation of musicians he and his partners are hoping to inspire. “As most of us know, the arts get the least amount of any attention in terms of money, verses sports and things like that, and we just wanted people to realize that even though we’re out there banging on a guitar and singing that it is connected to these band programs,” he says. “A lot of professional musicians, me included, started in school music programs, and so we realize that it’s a nurturing environment, and we wanted to promote that and bring attention to that.” Hopefully, through the efforts of Super Unplugged and its sponsors and supporters, that attention will make a difference in the lives of our young people. “I think Billy [Mellon] said it best,” Ms. Graham-Wilson says. “There might be a Miles Davis out there who just needs the opportunity to learn and have access to an instrument. Imagine being the person who provided that opportunity.” Although tickets are no longer available for the Super Unplugged concert on December 19th, readers can still make a contribution to the Williston music program this holiday season. “If people want to contribute financially, they can make a check to Williston Middle School Band and mail it to the school [401 S. 10th Street, 28401] with attention to Gwen Wilson,” Williston music director Gwen Wilson says. “If people have instruments collecting dust, they can donate them to the school as well.” For more information, please contact email@example.com or The Beat magazine at 910-793-3668.
Holiday Road Show: Chatham County Line perform electric and acoustic sets during annual tour
tring after string, Chatham County Line (CCL) make folk music accessible—not that the genre isn’t already, especially in North Carolina. But these Tarheel boys stay tried and true to sounds that bask in rolling hills and vast plains, sunrises above the Atlantic and sunsets behind the Rockies. Their music travels far and wide, tipping its hat to bluegrass and every swiftly played riff that makes up its calling.
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ALLEY CATS: Chatham County Line pick traditional bluegrass and rock out an electric set during their annual Holiday Show, featuring special guests Johnny Irion, Zeke Hutchins and Jay Brown.
not titled yet but will be out on Yep Roc Records sometime before the summer heat.” Comparatively, the release is “an acoustic explosion from deep within the heart of CCL.” According to Wilson, the band is enveloping themselves once again in original tracks, ones that will “touch [their] oldest and newest fans,” in the vein of IV’s “Chip of a Star” and “Country Boy/City Boy.” “We’ve got a great studio in Asheville,” he said, “with a stellar upright piano that Greg is giving a work out as I type.” Sharing a combined love for playing rhythms and cadences that pull the heartstrings and puncture the political and societal mire of our land, a la Alabama’s days-of-yore racial uproar (“Birmingham Jail,” IV), new songs continue to “keep things interesting and our hands moving,” Wilson noted. Yet, staying on the move has been far from hard in ‘09, as the band recorded an album with Norwegian artist Jona Fjeld, which went Gold in Fjeld’s homeland. “We were also featured on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ in the UK,” Wilson noted, “alongside acts like Nick Cave, Bon Iver and The Raconteurs. We played a lot of shows and drank a lot of beer.”
Chatham County Line with Johnny Irion, Zeke Hutchins and Jay Brown Soapbox, upstairs 255 N. Front Street
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December 18th; 9pm
Finding Americana came rather naturally to Dave Wilson, whose chief songwriting skills can only be matched by one hefty beard, and impeccable acoustic guitar- and harp-playing. Made up of banjo-picker Chandler Holt, upright bassist Greg Readling and multi-instrumentalist John Teer, CCL has a mash of sound, including traditional acoustic soul punctuated by urban lyricism, and filled out by an alt-rock vibration that keeps them drawing in new audiences, album upon album. Wilson credits the “banjo playing of Jerry Garcia, the songs of Dave Nelson and the voice of Gram Parsons” as part of the impetus to continue polishing the music’s worn veneer. After four albums, many worldwide tours, including much success in Europe, the men have come back to their roots, North Carolina, to record their fifth studio record. “We’re working on the follow up to IV, which was well-received throughout the globe,” Wilson e-mailed to encore last week. “The record is
The cheers that flowed continue bringing inspiration to CCL as they cradle their strings and spread the old-timey music vibe throughout the globe. “The instruments we play are really beautiful, historic and legendary,” Wilson wrote. “It is an honor to be able to travel, spreading the sound, as well as add to the body of folk music in the world.” Their escapades have lead them down many a road, encountering the best musicians and writers along the way. Among them is folk troubadour Johnny Irion (husband to Sarah Lee Gurthrie—yes, of Woody and Arlo lineage), whose 2007 album Extempore showcases soulful, steadfast balladry and musical melodies rife with alluring layers of arrangement. Irion will be joining CCL for their annual Holiday Road Tour, which comes to Wilmington’s Soapbox this week. “We do this show every year in our hometown,” Wilson said, speaking of Raleigh, NC. “[We do a] set of CCL tunes and then a set of holiday favorites, covers, and more CCL tunes played on loud electric instruments. It is really an excuse to show off Greg Readling behind the piano and pedal steel, as well as hang out with some old friends. At this point we’ve been on the road so long, we have a lot of different hometowns, so here we are on the road.” Also on the bill will be Zeke Hutchins and Jay Brown. “The esteemed Zeke Hutchins, who has been the drummer in our lives for years, was in a band by the name of ‘Queen Sarah Saturday’ with Johnny in their formative days,” Wilson further explained. “He has always been someone who we pass on the highway as we spread our songs across the land. Sometimes we’re in the same town for a night and get to share a tune. This tour is a good way to make sure we’re in the same town for a few nights.” The tour will feature two sets, an acoustic and electric version sure to titillate all ears willing to travel down the long, dusty road with the band. Jay Brown and Zeke Hutchins will play bass and drums during the electric set, and Irion will be the emcee and most likely sit in for a few ditties. Show starts at 9pm, Friday, December 18th, and tickets are $10 before or $12 the day of.
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soundboard WEDNESDAY, DEcEmbEr 16 dJ p. funk —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 live music —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 karaoke w/ dJ urBan —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 classy karaoke witH mandy clayton —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 open mic niGHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 dJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 dJBe eXtreme karaoke —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 karaoke witH BoB clayton
—Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 Jim Quick and tHe coastline Band —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 Jeremy norris & tommy BrotHers —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 live music —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Jude eden, Jeff sancHez —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 open mic niGHt witH Gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 piano sHow —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 eric and carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 karaoke witH dJ Biker roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219
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a preview of tunes all over town this week
JOY TO THE WOrLD: The Girls’ Choir of Wilmington will present their annual holiday concert, “Caroling, Caroling!” this Friday, December 18th, at First Presbyterian Church downtown, 7pm.
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Guitarist Perry smith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 djBe eXtreme KaraOKe —Café Basil, 6309 Market Street; 791-9335 KaraOKe KOnG —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 dj dOn’t stOP —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 live acOustic —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 hiP-hOP niGht —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 miKe Frusha —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 OPen mic POetry Or music —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 OPen mic with jeremy nOrris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Family KaraOKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707 dj cOmPOse —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791
Ronnie’s Place Dance Club & Bar
6745 B Market St., 910-228-8056 OPEN: M-TH 3p-2a, F-SAT 12p-2a, SUN 12p-12a
TUESDAYS Service Industry Night • $3 Well Drinks WEDNESDAYS Bike Night w/Chris Bellamy NO COVER $ 1.50 Bud Light Cans $ 2 All Domestic Bottles FRIDAYS
12/18: SACRED CIRCLE 1/8: MACHINE GUN 1/15: SOUL POWER POSSE (formerly of Painted Man) 1/22: JET 22 1/29: LETHAL INJECTION SATURDAYS Ladies Night w/DJ Long Island Ice Teas $4 SUNDAYS COME WATCH NFL FOOTBALL Bloody Mary’s $4 / Domestics $2 /&8:&"34&7&#"4) WITH DJ, PARTY FAVORS & CHAMPAGNE TOAST! Bring in the new year with us! Available for Private Parties Owned by Ronnie Moore formerly of Ronnies Middlesound Inn
classy KaraOKe with mandy claytOn —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 live music —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 dj richtermeister —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 Fire and drum jam; Psytrance —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
friDAY, December 18 KaraOKe KOnG —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 dj —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 latinO niGht with dj —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 PianO shOw —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 hiP-hOP dj —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776
dj stretch —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 dj time —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Friday niGht FOllies —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 melvin and sayer —Romanelli’s, Leland; 383-1885 dj mitch —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 KaraOKe with BOB claytOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 veryl jOnes —Arabian Nights, 117 Grace St.; 763-3456 live music —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 2513791 dj —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 dj —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 dj BiG Kahuna —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206
JUNCTION PUB AND BILLIARDS 5216 Carolina Beach Road MONDAY MADNESS: Domestic Pints: $225 Well Vodka Drinks: $350 FREE POOL AFTER MIDNIGHT TASTY TUESDAYS: CALL NIGHT All call liquors: $400 Drinks or Shots WET WEDNESDAYS: Smirnoff Flavor Liquors $400 Drinks or Shots LATE NIGHT!!! Domestic Light Beer $225
(Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural, Coors Light)
THIRSTY THURSDAYS: 22 Oz. Domestic Beers $400 FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona & Corona Lts $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 Dox Equix Draft $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm Every Mon-Wed-Fri Happy Hour Pool! FREE POOL from 3-5pm!
Every Saturday, Sunday and Monday $3.50 25oz. Draft Special .0/%": $ 5.99 Cheeseburger & Fries All Day 56&4%": Double Lunch Punch from 11am - 3pm 8&%/&4%": 10 Boneless Wings & Domestic Draft for $ 5.99 All Day or 10 Boneless Wings, Curly Fries & Dressing for $ 5.99 All Day 5)634%": $2.50 Wells
5112 Market Street (910) 791-0799
dj scOOter Fresh —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 rOB rOnner —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 rOBBie Berry —Mexican Viejo Bar and Grill, 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland; 371-1731 dj will claytOn —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 radiO cult —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 little miss saBatOGe and the cOrnFlOwers —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 PseudO Blue and the majestics —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Paul hOOPer —Soapbox Basement, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 tOday the mOOn, tOmOrrOw the sun —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 dj susPence —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133
Tuesday & Wednesday Martini Madness $2 Martinis Music by DJ TiMe Thursday ILM Electrotheque $2 Shots Music by GUeiCe & DST Friday & Saturday Discotheque $4 infused Vodkas Music by DJ DUSTiN CooK Sunday Open Mic $3 Drafts MUSiC BY YoU (instruments provided) 23 N. FroNt St. DowNtowN wilmiNgtoN
BiG Fish —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 chatham cOunty line —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 the mOOns, jim ashley —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 live music, dj —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 dOnna merritt —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 sai cOllins —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 classy KaraOKe with mandy claytOn —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 dane Britt —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 Girls’ chOir OF wilminGtOn annual hOliday cOncert —1st Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd St.; 523-2974 cary Benjamin —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141
1/2 priced select apppetizers m-f 4-7pm MONDAY $10 Bud/Light Buckets $4 Jack Daniels • $3 Capt. Morgan TUESDAY $1 Tacos 4-7pm • $3 sauza $15 margarita pitchers $3 Mexican Beers $5 Top Shelf Tequila • $7 Patron WEDNESDAY $3 Pints (10 Drafts) $5 Jager Bombs • $2 wells THURSDAY Mug Night $2 Domestic Drafts w/HK MUG $5 Bombers • $4 Jim Beam $3 pinnacle flavored vodkas $3.50 MicroBrews FRIDAY $3 Select Draft $4 Fire Fly Shooters $5 Red Bull Vodka SATURDAY $2.50 Miller Lt or Yuengling Draft $8 Pitcher • $3 Kamikaze $4 Well Drinks SUNDAY $2.50 Bud/Light Draft $8 Pitcher • $5 Crown Royal $4 Bloody Mary
CATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH NFL SUNDAY TICKET ON 10 HDTVs and HD big screen Your Team - Every Game, Every Week 118 Princess St • (910)763-4133
Overtyme —Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 nOtOriOus GrinGOs —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558
SAturDAY, December 19 dj P. mOney —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 dj will claytOn —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 PianO shOw —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 veryl jOnes —Arabian Nights, 117 Grace St.; 763-3456 dj —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 dj edie —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 dj time —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206
Sunday: $4 Bloody Marys $4 MiMosas
MOnday: $2 yuengling Pints $3 ruM HigHBalls
TueSday: $3 House HigHBalls
WedneSday: $10 doMestic Buckets
ThurSday: $3.50 Margaritas $2 corona & corona ligHt
FrIday: $3.50 lit’s
SaTurday: $2 coors ligHt $2.50 kaMikazis 12 Dock St., • 910-762-2827 Downtown Wilmington
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DJ Stretch; live Jam with Benny hill —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 SalSa with DJ lalo —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 live muSic —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 KaraoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 DJ Foxxy —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 live muSic —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 2513791 hip-hop DJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 GuitariSt perry Smith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 JeSSe StocKton, l Shape lot, no Dollar ShoeS, wooDworK roaDShow, the SuperKiiiDS! —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500
SpaniSh GamBle, pJ BonD, reverSe the curSe, auDacity, mourninG iS For SucKerS, phantom playBoyS, the noSeriDerS —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 crucial element —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 oF SanD anD SulFur, nitpicKinShitKicKerS —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 Spicy Jane —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 will revo —Francesco’s, 839 S. Kerr Ave.; 793-5656 matt macKelcan —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 tom rhoDeS —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 live Bait —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 BenJy templeton —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666
Daniel pariSh —Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 weS Sayer —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 micah KolK —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 the orGanix —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 machine Gun —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558
sunday, december 20 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 DJ p. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ BiG Kahuna —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 FlutiSt niKKi wiSnioSKi —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 Jam with Benny hill —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888
Dale “Fully automatic SounD machine” DJS —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 DJ BiG Kahuna —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 claSSy KaraoKe with manDy clayton —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 DJBe extreme KaraoKe —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 SunDay niGht Fever —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Galen on Guitar (Brunch) —Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 authorleSS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
monday, december 21 open mic niGht —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 open mic niGht —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366
WE ARE A 100% SMOKE FREE RESTAURANT AND BAR Monday MNF All Pizzas $5 in the bar after 6 22oz Domestic Draft Kona Longboard Bottles $250 White Russians$4 Tuesday Live Jazz in the Bar Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 22oz Yendgling Draft $2 Pacifico $2.50 Wednesday Corona\Corona Light $250 Margarita\Peach Margaritas $4 10 oz domestic draft $1 Thursday Gran Martinis $7 • Red Stripe $250 Friday Cosmos $4 • 007 $350 saTurday Baybreeze\Seabreeze $4 22oz Blue Moon Draft $3 ( Live Music Every Weekend) sunday 16oz Domestic Draft $150 Bloody Marys $4 Mojitos $3 • Appletinis $3 5564 Carolina Beach Rd 452-1212
THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Import Beers $300
THURSDAY NFL SPECIAL
Burger and a Beer
$ 00 $ 00
Washington Apple Shots
FREE POOL DBMMUPQMBO ZPVSGSFFQSJWBUF QBSUZUPEBZ 1610 Pavilion Place 910.509.1551
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(Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural, Coors Light)
(Red Stripe, Heineken, New Castle)
FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Bloody Marys $300 Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm
tuesday, december 22 KaraoKe with DJ BiKer roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KaraoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832
RACK ‘EM PUB 415 South College Road MONDAY MADNESS: Domestic Pints: $225 Miller Light, Yuengling: $350 Well Vodka Drinks: $350 FREE POOL AFTER MIDNIGHT TASTY TUESDAYS: CALL NIGHT All call liquors: $400 WET WEDNESDAYS: Smirnoff Flavor Liquors $400 Drinks LATE NIGHT!!! Domestic Light Beer $225
DJ p. FunK —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 DJ BiG Kahuna —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 myStery live muSic —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 open mic with viva —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 DJ richtermeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 KaraoKe —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 colBy wahl anD FrienDS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088
.0/%": $2.50 Budweiser Draft $4.00 Well Liquor FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $.50 Wings Buffalo, BBQ, or Teriyaki 56&4%": $2.50 Miller Lite Draft, $4.00 Hurricanes FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $6 Buffalo Shrimp or Chicken Tenders 8&%/&4%": $2.50 Yuengling Draft, $2.50 Domestic Bottles FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $2 Sliders 5)634%": $3.00 Coronas, $4.00 Margaritas FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $5 Cajun Shrimp or Fish Tacos '3*%": $3.00 Select Pint 4"563%": $5.50 Cosmos, Dirty Martinis or Apple Martinis 46/%": $5 Bloody Marys Half Priced Appetizers After 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
.0/%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM $2 Budweiser $2.25 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic Live music w/ JEREMY NORRIS AND FRIENDS .0/%":/*()5 '005#"-- 5"*-("5&1"35: 25¢ Wings / $5 Sausage and Kraut $4 Tailgate Burgers $4 BBQ Plate PITCHERS OF YUENGLING OR MICH ULTRA $7 PITCHERS OF BLUE MOON OR FAT TIRE $8.50 56&4%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM $2 White Wolf $2.50 Redstripe $3.50 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm Live music w/ ROB RONNER 8&%/&4%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM Live music w/ JEREMY NORRIS / TOMMY BROTHERS $2.50 Blue Moons • $2.50 Corona/Corona Light 1/2 Priced Wine Bottles 5)634%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM Live music w/ MIKE O’DONNELL $2 Domestic Bottles • $2.75 Import Bottles $3 Rum and Coke '3*%": LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze • $5 Bombs 4"563%": LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD Rooftop open by 6pm Dance floor open by 10pm 46/%": Live music w/ L SHAPE LOT 3-7 / MEDUSA STONE 8-12 $5 Tommy Bahama Mojitos $2.75 Corona $3.50 Bloody Mary’s • $3 Mimosas ROOFTOP KARAOKE
ShaG DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 KaraoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 claSSy KaraoKe with manDy clayton —Ultra Classics Pool and Bar, North Hampstead DJ DouBleclicK —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 KaraoKe —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 live muSic —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 DaviD tySon (chriStmaS Jazz) —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 cape Fear BlueS Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 live acouStic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838
5001 Market Street (attached to the Ramada Inn)
@7:30 with Brad & Dancing with DJ
Lee Pearson $2 DOMESTic BOTTLES
WEDNESDAYS college Night with DJ JEPH c DEc. 16: JIM QUICK 8:30 $1 DOMESTic BOTTLES $3 JAGER BOMBS
THURSDAY LADiES NiGHT 1/2 PRicE WiNE & $5 MARTiNi LiST $2 DOMESTic
FRIDAYS ARGENTiNE TANGO LESSONS WITH INSTRUCTION at 7:30 and
SALSA LESSONS at 9:30 with live DJ $2 Tequilla - $3 Corona $4 Margarita’s
SATURDAY SALSA WiTH DJ LALO Private Parties are available for booking
dJ P. Funk â€”Fibber McGeeâ€™s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 live MuSic â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 claSSy karaoke WitH Mandy clayton â€”Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 dJBe eXtreMe karaoke â€”Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 dJ â€”Shantyâ€™s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 karaoke W/ dJ urBan â€”Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301
oPen Mic nigHt WitH gary allen â€”Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 JereMy norriS and toMMy BrotHerS â€”Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832
Piano SHoW â€”Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 karaoke WitH dJ Biker roB â€”Beach House Bar â€˜nâ€™ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219
dJ JePH caulter â€”Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 eric and carey B. â€”El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255
roger daviS, ron WilSon â€”Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 All entertainment must be turned in to encore by noon every Thursday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.
Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region
12/19: Blues-A-Palooza: One I Open 12/20: Gospel Brunch
HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-3000
AMOSâ€™ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St., cHarlotte 704-377-6874 12/17: Kris Allen, Jason Derulo, Iyaz, Hey Monday 12/18: Black Ritual, Rex-84, My Undoing, Black Demise 12/19: Athenaeum, Emmet Swimming, Colourside
THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltMore avenue, aSHeville 828-225-5851 12/17: Strange Design (Phish tribute) 12/18: Addison Road, Rebekkah Joy, Ryan Larkins 12/19: Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Laura Reed ALABAMA THEATRE 4750 HWy 17 SoutH, n. Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-1111 Christmas show (closed Sundays) LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. caBarruS St., raleigH 919-821-4111
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WEDNESDAy, DECEMBER 23
oPen Mic nigHt â€”Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 karaoke WitH BoB clayton â€”Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880
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radio HayeS and ecHoPoint21 â€”Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 dJ tiMe â€”The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 indie MuSic nigHt â€”Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
12/17: SOJA, Ballyhoo 12/18: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Sol Driven Train; Emmet Swimming, Colourslide 12/19: The Devil Wears Prada (far left), All That Remains, Story of the Year (above), Haste The Day
GREENSBORO COLISEUM COMPLEX 1921 WeSt lee St., greenSBoro 336-373-7400 12/18: Sealy/Fox 8 Holiday Concert COMING SOON: 12/31: Chris Wiles 1/21: Greensboro Symphony Masterworks Concert
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u itodeateand drink in the port city d i n i n g gwhere american Black Horn Bar & kitcHen
Enjoy an extensive selection of gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and specialty Americana in this rustic chic setting. From the dry-rubbed and slowroasted Better Buffalo Wings to the hardwood smoked Duck Quesadilla, Black Horn offers unique twists on traditional foods. Always family friendly with smoke-free dining, a large arcade gaming area, 23 Hi-Def TV’s and Nintendo Wii. Live music every weekend. 7 days a week, 11am–2am. 15 Carolina Beach Avenue North, “the boardwalk,” Carolina Beach. www.blackhornbarandkitchen.com. (910) 458-5255.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A short drive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. Brixx is also a late-night destination, serving 2for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10 p.m. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. 910-256-9677. www.brixxpizza.com
tHe GeorGe on tHe riVerWalk
Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Lunch and Dinner Tues-Sunday. Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the RiverWalk at 128 South Water Street. 910-763-2052 or online at www.thegeorgeontheriverwalk.com
A sprawling two-story restaurant located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Bluewater offers spectacular panoramic views. Watch all types of boats cruise past your table, and relax to the sound of sail masts lightly touching at the nearby marina, all while enjoying the casual American menu. Dinner mainstays include baby back ribs, char-grilled steaks, fresh fish, and delicious homemade desserts. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . 910.256.8500 For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. You may find them daily at their new location on the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!
This former Dawson’s Creek stage set has been turned into a lively pub in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Their extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger or NY style reuben to lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with a pool table, darts, weekly trivia, and live music on the weekends. Offers limited lunchtime delivery during the week and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, opens Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133
A local favorite and must-see for visitors, Henry’s award-winning decor features beautifully hued stacked sandstone, a hand painted ceiling and a gorgeous 100-year-old Brunswick-style tiger oak bar. At dinner, modern American offerings include slow roasted prime rib, rotisserie chicken, signature crab cakes, and delectable seafood dishes. Lunch features include deli sandwiches made with fresh Boars Head cold-cuts, delicious salads, and fresh bread. Save room for the homemade strawberry shortcake! HenrysRestaurant.com. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. 910.793.2929.
HolidaY inn resort
The Verandah Café Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach
Kefi, founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the
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beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. There is even a “working man’s lunch,” served Monday through Friday, all for under $6. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www.kefilive.com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, 910-256-3558.
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 fourcourse meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Open Tuesday-Sunday, serving dinner at 5pm. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street • (910) 251-0433
Pine ValleY Market
Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; closed Sunday. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.
Now a smoke-free restaurant, mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their hand-tossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, 452-3773.
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secret that slow, low-temperature smoking produces mouth-watering, tender ribs, chicken and pork. Sticky Fingers smokes everything right here in the restaurant and has received national praise for award-winning ribs. The restaurant was recently featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living and Food and Wine, and had fantastic television exposure on CNBC’s “The Today Show,” and the Food Network. Locals voted Sticky Fingers “Best Ribs” in Wilmington. Sticky Fingers Catering has become an obvious choice for company picnics, office meetings or social gatherings for parties of 15 to 5,000 people. They offer both full service and simple drop-off options to meet anyone’s catering needs. 5044 Market Street, (910) 452-7427.
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs and Hamburgers are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 we specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smighfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoke sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). We also have a fresh cooked hamburger served any way you want. Locations are: 126 N. Front St. Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, 2561421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, 458-5778. Catering cart available all year from $300. 797-886
asian DOubLe HaPPineSS Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. We prepare flavorful dishes inspired by the cultural richness of Malaysia, Thailand and authentic China. We’re now serving traditional dim sum, and good health special vegetarian dishes, such as Soy Peking Ribs, homemade tofu and homemade Malaysian sponge cake. We are dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of our cooking techniques. Our friendly staff is always willing to help customers, and we serve beer and wine for lunch and dinner. Banquet and tatami rooms are available for large parties. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am-10pm; and Sunday 3pm-10pm. 4403 Wrightsville Avenue; 910313-1088. www.doublehappinessrestaurant.com.
11am-10pm. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at hirojapanesesteakhouse.com.
HiRO jaPaneSe STeakHOuSe What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 47pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday
If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden, or be entertained every Friday night with a Balinese dancer. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), 251-9229. Indochinewilmington.com
Located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, Yo Sake features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu served amid fabulous Tokyo vogue décor. Entrees include Sake Bombed Duck, Tea Rubbed Salmon and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. The bar boasts an extensive wine list including 16 sakes and fantastic specialty drinks like the Wilmington-famous Pomegranate Ginger Mojito. Don’t forget to try the Fresh Mango Cheesecake or the scrumptious Coconut Banana Ice Cream, and, if you ask nicely, they just might drop a scoop of the Lychee Sorbet into a glass of champagne for you. Open everyday 5pm-2am. Dinner served 5-11pm. Ask about our late night menu. Live entertainment nightly Tuesday -Saturday beginning at 10:30pm. 33 South Front Street, downtown Wilmington. (910) 763-3172. Visit us at www.yosake.com.
Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at www.jamaicascomfortzone. com or call us 910-399-2867.
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 prices. Simple is the atmosphere in the bistro, as plain white plates
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italian anTOniOS PiZZa anD PaSTa
Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta, simply known as Antonio’s, is anything but simple. From scrumptious appetizers to signature pizza to some of the best traditional Italian pasta dishes in town, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cozy dinner for two or bring the whole family in for pizza and fun. Offering beer and wine at their Monkey Junction and Porter’s Neck location and live music Friday and Saturday nights with all ABC permits at their Leland location, Antonio’s has thought of everything for you to enjoy your dining experience with them. Monkey Junction across from Super Walmart off South College Road (910) 792-0000, Porter’s Neck Shopping Center next to Kiva Grill off Market Street (910) 686-7774, Cross Creek Commons across from Magnolia Greens (910) 383-0033. www.antoniospizzaandpasta.com
A marvel of architecture with an open display kitchen that adds to the stunning ambiance of the dining room. Eddie Romanelli’s offers lunch (Oleander Dr), dinner and late night menu (Oleaner Dr). The diverse menu is casual American with Italian influences, featuring favorites such as 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak, Stuffed Pork Chop, Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Shrimp and Crabmeat Cannelloni, unique California-style pizza and more. RomanellisRestaurant.com. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. 910.799.7000 and 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. 910.383.1885
giORgiO’S iTaLian ReSTauRanT
Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), 799-1426.
and tables dressed in white paper make up the decor. However, the food is far from simple, as a combination of fresh ingredients and innovative preparation delight the taste buds with a plethora of unique appetizers, entrées and desserts. The service is fast, efficient and non-intrusive, and the ambience is friendly and unpretentious. After dinner, be sure to venture upstairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an after-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always on display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire frequently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant” three years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, 815-0810.
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! www.giorgios-restaurant.com. 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington 910-790-9954.
SLiCe OF LiFe
“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a late-night treat, open from 11:30am until 3am,
seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd location at 1437 Military Cutoff rd., next to PT’s! 256-2229 www.grabslice.com.
Mediterranean nagiLa: THe kOSHeR MOROCCan CaFe
Nagila, The Moroccan Café, is a quaint, neighborhood dining place, located on Wrightsville Avenue, near Canady’s Sporting Goods. Internationally recognized Chef Shai Shalit brings the finest dining experience and superb eclectic tastes rarely experienced even in those larger metropolitan cities. Stop by for lunch and try his homemade pita bread, prepared fresh daily, stuffed with any filling of your choice. With lunch specials starting at just $5.95 and dinner specials starting at $9.95, Nagila is affordable and authentic, serving the most fantastic tahini and hummus, as well as chicken Moroccan soup that will warm your stomach. For the less adventurous guests, Shai can prepare an unbelievable steak or a pita hamburger—one not easily forgotten. Finish your dinner with a delicious piece of Baklava and a wonderful Turkish coffee or tea. Come on in and try out Wilmington’s newest, relaxing surroundings—that of a Moroccan oasis. Reservations: 233-1251 or 798-9940. Open Sunday-Thursday; Lunch 11am-4pm; Dinner 4pm-until. Open for lunch on Friday at 11am - call for closing time. Closed Friday evening to Saturday evening for shabbos. Open Saturday night - call for times.
organic LOVeY’S MaRkeT
Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. Café hours: Monday-Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; 910-5090331. Online at www.loveysmarket.com.
TiDaL CReek CO-OP
Tidal Creek Deli offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world; each item is prepared by hand using only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made
from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community.
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 comfortable in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Smoke Free! Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. 762-2827 www.dockstreetoysterbar.net.
EAST AT THE BLOCKADE RUNNER HOTEL
The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our smoke free lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-2251.
Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. Complete with a full-service bar and a fireside oyster bar, it’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; 392-6313.
CATCH MODERN SEAfOOD
When Wilmingtonians think of fresh, flavorful seafood, they flock to Catch. Couples enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the bar, professionals meet for business meetings and locals come for their favorites. The understated décor and friendly service create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. In this quaint bistro, Catch serves New American seafood with Asian influences. Customers enjoy unique flavors and modern creations, matched with the best local seafood and organic produce in the Cape Fear. Some seasonal offerings include soft-shell crabs, grouper nuggets, summer flounder, N.C. shrimp and Carolina catfish. House specialties range from broiled miso-glazed wild salmon to crispy fried oyster platters. No reservations accepted. Open Mon-Fri., 11am – 2pm for lunch and now open for dinner Wed-Fri. only from 5:30pm – 9pm (BYOB). 215 Princess Street, downtown Wilmington. Catch is chef-owned and -operated. (910) 762-2841 or www.catchwilmingtonnc.com.
Located next to the Golden Sands hotel in Carolina Beach, the Ocean Grill offers three distinct dining experiences: a spacious dining room with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, a patio bar in the covered patio area, and a open-air Tiki
Bar on the pier. You will find a full menu inside, and appetizers, sandwiches and a full selection of beverages on the Tiki Bar menu. Serving lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. Lunch 7 days a week beginning May 22nd. Live music calendar: www. oceangrill.us. Tiki Bar open at 11am 7 days a week. 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach; (910) 458-2000.
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Breathtaking panoramic views. Oceanic’s third floor private banquet room provides a spectacular lookout over the Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. With its own restroom & bar facilities, it is perfect for wedding receptions, birthdays and corporate functions. Oceanic is a classic seafood house specializing in local seafood. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try steaks, chicken or pasta. OceanicRestaurant.com. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910.256.5551
For eight years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor danceclub or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be. Located at 100 S. Front Street, the Reel is also available for banquets and private parties. Call for details: 251-1832.
southern HALL’S TROpICANA RESTAURANT Hall’s is a Wilmington tradition! Originally opened in 1901 as a drug store, Hall’s has been serving the Downtown community for over 100 years. We serve traditional Southern fare, including a classic breakfast with the accompaniments you’ve grown to love. Lunch includes a Southern buffet Monday-Friday with pork, chicken, all the fixin’s, and a special addition every day! Don’t forget our unique menu, which includes everything from specialty sandwiches to fried seafood. Most importantly, at Hall’s everything is fresh! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm (buffet 11-2), and Saturday from 7am-12:30pm with breakfast and menu items only. 421 Castle St. 910-762-2210.
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pINK pIg CAfE Downtown Wilmington’s newest dining option has arrived! Serving breakfast and lunch all day, the Pink Pig offers a full menu featuring good ol’ fashioned cookin’ along with a few of our own innovations. For breakfast, try one of our tasty country plates or a sandwich stacked high with your favorite items. For lunch, try our already-famous Redneck Reuben, and you can’t go wrong with our real pit-smoked barbecue sandwiches. C’mon in try for yourself! Open Tues-Sat, 8am-8pm, and Sun., 10am6pm. 124 Princess St, Downtown. 910-3996096 other sporting events. We have plenty of seating and a fun atmosphere for the whole family. In Racine Commons, 910-409-9860.
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Doggone Fun: Suzanne Jalot details the when’s and where’s of owning dogs in NC
o say it’s difficult being a military wife is an understatement. Our husbands are away for months at a time, and when they are home, there are long hours they must do training or standing duty. More often than not, we wives feel as though we live alone, and our husbands are merely visitors. It is a sacrifice we make and a hardship we earn the right to complain about. However, there is one family member that, around the clock, never fails to let me know I am loved. There is one family member that warms my heart in the cold night and communicates loyalty, comfort, everlasting friendship and devotion with one look from his giant brown eyes. He is my dog, Zeus. Not limited to military wives without children, a family pet can mean the difference between depression and happiness.
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pat on the head. Within her first book, The Ultimate Guide to Doggy Fun in North Carolina, Jalot feels the biggest influence on our dogs is the way in which we live our life with them. Many insist her work is the best travel guide available to steer owners down that fun and rewarding path. “I started it as a compiled list for my own use at first,” Jalot confessed. “I wanted to do things with my dogs, Ollie and August. I wanted to include them more . . . Then, the more random things I did find that were available to us, the more I thought, This is useful! “I love to travel with my dogs; they are my two big mutts modeled on the cover of the book. I wanted it to be a reference book for the entire state of North Carolina. It hits the highlights our state has to offer, and there are coupons in the back to use.“ Discussing everything from rules of etiquette for dogs when they play in parks, to the responsibilities owners should remember as they enjoy dinning patios like South Beach Grill at Wrightsville Beach, The Ultimate Guide to Doggy Fun in North Carolina
details where to go for dog-friendly accommodations, emergency vets and animal-friendly annual events. Along its pages readers will also be lucky to discover the best-kept secrets of our animal-friendly Port City, such as the Masonboro water taxi to Masonboro Island now welcomes pets to come along for the ride! Still, why a book solely dedicated to dogs? Perhaps the better question is, why not? Simply put, there’s nothing on the shelves like it. Jalot’s work is the first of its kind. The Ultimate Guide to Doggy Fun in North Carolina is more than a trite idea. Months were devoted to finding answers to our common canine questions, and her research spanned wide across our great state to sniff out the best places to take our pooches. Divided into three main sections for the mountains, piedmont and coast, Jalot’s work is an easy reference guide for those who want to explore not only Wilmington but our entire state. “The Ultimate Guide to Doggy Fun in North Carolina is also an extension of our magazine.” Jalot explained happily, with her two floppy-eared creative muses by her side. “It’s to promote socialization, responsible dog ownership and awareness. It’s a lot like parenting. One of the life lessons our dogs teach us is they live for you. Their love knows no bounds, and we have to respect that. They cant take care of themselves, they can’t speak for themselves—it’s up to us. Through our pets we can see how to enjoy the little things.” Available now at Southport’s Cool Dogs, Crazy Cats and Wilmington’s Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop, Coastal K9 Bakery and Dog Gone Crazy, The Ultimate Guide to Doggy Fun in North Carolina shows us when and where we can expose our dogs to the many great experiences life has to offer. In essence, Jalot’s work should not be viewed as a list of businesses or events that tolerate animals, but rather considered as the dog owner’s bible to enjoying and sharing the world we live in with their four-legged best friends.
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Ashed, Part 22: Voices from the inside
oc finger sorts through files with several other cases than mine; several other stories that have bled too heavily through cotton-white pages. I watch his breath fold unto itself while he picks out the right one for me to read myself asleep to. After all these hours disguised as minutes, he pulls my files out and sits them on his desk with a sigh that says many things at once. I can’t tell whether he regrets this whole operation, or he is as happy as I am to get the truth off of his chest. Looking outside the window, the morning clouds billow into themselves too until I can’t tell the sky from the fog from the flock of birds disappearing in its temporary depth. I feel like I have been awake for years while I have been sleeping. The blur between dreams and reality has taken a firm toe-hold on everything I believe to be true about my world. Every truth that may or may not be dispelled by me reading this black and white definition of myself. I reach forward with less excitement than raw terror; less enthusiasm and more sheer anxiety. I suppose the pills would
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help a lot at this point, but, then again, I’m sure they would candy-coat my vision like rose-tinted glasses—too pretty a view to possibly be real. He slides a small fortune of information toward me, and I know from this point on the treasure is mine to spend. The pressure of these vaulted secrets begins to weigh on me until I hear a familiar voice tell me that without pressure there would be no epiphanies; without heavy possibilities, there would be no relief lifted from my shoulders. And so I cave in. I flip the pages over, holding my tongue back with my teeth so I can taste the moment in all its bitter sweetness. The top line rolls out like a red carpet, displaying “Laura Jordan” like a celebrity headline in one of those overly bawdy tabloids everyone fingers through like animals. My brain is a blank slate, a dirt road with no clear destination. I try to manage the wheels turning over and over inside.
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Laura Jordan: Dual Personality Disorder Attempted Suicide I look up from myself to find Doc looking me up and down like this paperwork. He waits for a reaction as I try to piece together how I am supposed to act, let alone react. Everything plays like a domino game now, and we both sit stagnant, pausing for the next block to fall and knock down all the others. I don’t understand what is happening, and yet it is happening all around me without my consent. The whole world spins above me, and I am paralyzed by its immediacy. I feel like I am coming out of a sleep that has driven me to complete stillness, and I see my own face struggling in the salty bell jar of the ocean’s power. Fragmented memories find their way back to me, and I try to place them together in logical order. I guess the more you understand yourself, the tougher it is to disagree with whatever it is you are doing to yourself. In my case, I don’t understand one single thing, so the argument is quite skewed. I watch silent picture slideshows of my life play out against the walls of Doc’s office. Everything crowds together and behind the screen showing several different lives in one face. I am 11, setting the woods behind my house on fire and laughing up at the dirty clouds. I am 15, posing for a camera I set on self-timer, and puking between the shutter changes. Each new frame is a chance for improvement, I always say. I am 22 and driving alone in a piece-ofshit car, listening to the sound of waves talk me in and out of their collapsing embrace. There I am, looking over the side of the bridge for Catalina. Hands on the steer-
ing wheel, slipping more and more to the right, sliding more and more toward shifty aspirations that will bury me in a watery grave. I remember straining to see how far I would have to fly above the tide to get there. I remember playing tug-of-war with my human instinct for survival. This was a fight I desperately wanted to lose. I can see the gear shift in third, which is slow enough to cascade through an empty sky and fast enough to make a statement through the cement barriers on either side of the bridge. I can hear myself calling for my father in the same voice that halfway peeks out while I am urgently trying to pull my body out of an immovable state. The whisper-yell of my panic strikes me as I hit cold water. My vocal chords lose their pull the further I sink into immeasurable darkness. The world hands me a mirror, and I see through the other end of my eyes, watching every last-minute thought of mine race in slow motion. Before I ended up here, before I marched through these bullshit days, I was just a girl who didn’t know what to believe in anymore. I am still a girl who doesn’t know what to believe in anymore. As the film runs on, I see my own expressions seep into the crevices of the sea. First there is a salty shock. Then there is a momentary exhale in time. I breathe out into the water, releasing bubbles that creep out of my mouth like silent screaming secrets. I look in my eyes, and my eyes look back into me. For once, it finally makes sense. I am me. And I am Laura Jordan. It seems everywhere I am, my ghost follows, and the haunting memory of what I have turned out to be keeps me from waking up.
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Events DBA SEASON OF CELEBRATION Fri. 12/18-24: Christmas Caroling Carriage Rides—Come and sing Christmas carols with Santa and his special “reindeer” while enjoying the decorative lights of the downtown area. 7-10pm at Market and Water street, 910-251-8889 • Sat. 12/19: Jingle Bell Walk, First time event, musicians and artists line specific areas of downtown with their music and art. Gift ideas abound! Locations include Cotton Exchange parking lot,Riverfront Park, for a complete listing of locations visit www. dbawilmington.com 11-5pm. • Sat. 12/19: A Memorable Christmas Show: Ring in the holidays with the Wilmington Big Band at this exclusive downtown performance, live at Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, 131 N. Front St., 7-10pm. Half price admission with the donation of a toy, for the Toys For Tots program. 910-343-8881 or www.fatpub. com • Sat. 12/19: Christmas Decorating Winner Announcements—Help us congratulate the winners of the downtown business and residential Christmas decorating contest, presented by the Downtown Business Alliance and the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear. The raffle winners of the miniature decorated Christmas trees will also be announced. Riverfront Park 2pm.
POPLAR GROVE PLANTATION Poplar Grove’s Farmers Market open every Wed, 8am-1pm, through 12/16, rain or shine. Offering beautifully designed jewelry, clothing,
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Greek cooking. • 12/16: Carp caviar, meatloaf over smashed potatoes, string beans with red pepper and mushrooms and greek Christmas cookies. Registration required. Betsy Fouros (917)969-2430. Chef Skip Laskody will be teaching cooking classes including penne pasta, roasted chicken, grilled vegetables, osyters, crab dip and more on 11/11 and 12/2. Registration required. (910)352-5326. 10200 Rt. 17 N, Wilmington at Scotts Hill. www. poplargrove.com 910-686-9518
It’s the time of year for giving, so pack up the family and bring a toy to Fat Tony’s on the 19th for their Toys for Tots drive and get in for half-price on the merriment. The evening perpetuates the Christmas spirit as the Wilmington Big Band gives an exclusive downtown performance at the 131 N. Front Street location, 7-10pm. For more information call (910) 343-8881 or go online to www.fatpub.com. fresh cut flowers and more. Cooking classes by chef Alexis Fouros are hosted every Wednesday from 9:30am-12:30pm. Classes cover traditional
CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA Events held throughout Boiling Spring Lakes, Oak Island and Southport during the Christmas by the Sea Festival: Christmas Family Fun Hunt, 12/18. ww.southport-oakisland.com and www. christmasbysea.com
JUGGLING GYPSY Juggling Gypsy cafe: 12/16: Open Mic Wed. • 12/17: Firedance and drums; Psytrance, 11pm • 12/18: The Moons w/ special guest Jim Ashley • 12/19: Bellydance Showcase, w/Christmas Theme. • 12/20: Subversive Film Series, 8pm; Music w/ Authorless. • 12/21: Mon Mystery Live Music • 12/22 Indie Music Nite • 12/23: Open Mic Wed. • Firedance and drums; Psytrance,
11pm • 12/25: Closed • 12/26: Last Year’s Men • 12/27: Subversive films, 8pm; then showing The Wall live • 12/28: Mystery Live Music w/ Dead Levy • 12/29: Indie Music Nite w/ Romancing the Devil and Leigh Stenhouse • 12/30: Open Mic Wed. • 12/31: Free New Year’s Eeve Fire and Drum Celebration. (910) 763-2223 CAROLING BY REINDEER Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Trolley/Carriage. Horse-drawn carriage tour & caroling Downtown, 7-10pm. Departs at Market & Water sts. Admission charge. 910-251-8889, horsedrawntours.com RIVERFRONT FARMERS MARKET The Riverfront Farmers Market will be held every Saturday through 12/19, 8am-1pm downtown on Water St. Rain or shine. www.wilmingtonfarmers. com, 910-341-0079 PLEASURE ISLAND HOLIDAY EVENTS Festive activities held every Fri. and Sat. thru 12/19 at Boardwalk; 5-8pm: includes Fire Pit Story Telling, Hot chocolate, Live Nativity Scene, Caroling, Santa (Sat. only). Theatre, Choral and band performances by Ashley, Murray and CB Elementary (Sat. only); Pleasure Island Drama Club, Cape Fear Roller Girls, Puppet shows, Arts & Crafts Market Area and ornament making for kids. All are free. www.boardwalkmakeover.org. www.snowscut.com. ENCHANTED AIRLIE See encore exchange. COLONIAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Colonial Christmas Celebration: 18th Century music, dancers, hot wassail. Burgwin-Wright House, Wilmington, Sat.10am-4pm & Sun. 125pm. Admission charge. 910-762-0570; www. burgwinwrighthouse.com HOLIDAYS AT MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER Mayfaire will be celebrating Christmas for the entire month of December. Be greeted by singers and Santa’s helpers as well as a Nutcracker performance, a parade, and hot cocoa. Mayfaire’s Winter Wonderland will blow snow every weekend through Christmas Eve Fri-Sun, 7-8pm. Kids are invited to visit Santa at Santa’s village Mon-Fri, 3-8pm, Sat. 1-8pm, and Sun. 12-6pm. Another family activity is the Polar Express Family Train for $3 per person which picks up in front of the theatre and runs the same time as Santa’s Village. Also don’t miss the a capella group, old town carolers, or the brass quartet that will be roaming Mayfaire. NEW YEAR’S EVE CRUISE New Year’s Eve Cruise w/music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, champagne. Prepaid reservations only. 9pm-12:30am. Henrietta III Riverboat, Dock St. at Water St., Wilmington. 910-343-1611, www. cfrboats.com. NEW YEAR’S COUNTDOWN PARTY 12/31: Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. 9pm-12am. Music, fireworks, lighted beach ball drop. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Free. 910458-5507; www.islandoflights.org. NEW YEAR’S NOON DOWNTOWN 12/31: New Year’s Noon Downtown! 12noon. 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 HENRIETTA NEW YEAR’S 12/31: New Year’s Eve Riverboat Cruise aboard the Henrietta III riverboat. The memorable New Year’s Eve cruise down the Cape Fear River boards at 8:30pm; cruises from 9pm-12:30am. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors and champagne toast are included in the ticket price. Tickets: $80/person. Prepaid RSVP rqd. New Year’s Eve cruise boards at the
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Twas Christmas Season... And all over the Town Folks were hoping to stop & sit down For presents and parties...all things fun For so many years, Wild Wingâ€™s been the one. While trimming and buying for friends old and new Shoppers are dreaming of an icy cold brew And while youâ€™re out doing your holiday things Thereâ€™s nothing much better than a sampler of wings. They come to your table on a shiny bright platter! With queso and fingers in a spicy batter! One wink to your server and what will appear But the sparkling refreshment of a bucket of beer. With service so friendly youâ€™ll get everything You know in a moment it must be Wild Wing. All through the holidays our good friends come by For music, good cheer and the wings that we fry Oh Cajun! Italian! Those wings that are wild, Jamaican & Ginger, thereâ€™s Ranch & thereâ€™s Mild. From BBQ spicy to the mustard with honey Youâ€™ll have a great meal & save Christmas money! Now in the midst of this holiday season Remember the kindness and love thatâ€™s the reason To our families and winglovers we say this one thing...
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