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25 / pub 21 / December 2-8, 2009
news & views.....................4-7 4 op-ed: The Cranky Foreigner weighs the
COVER STORY: FUR-BULOUS PHILANTHROPY Come one, come all; big or small! The seventh annual Wilmington Fur
competition of scandalous covers between Marge Simpson and Levi Johnston.
6 cover story: Emily Rea details this year’s annual Wilmington Fur Ball.
Ball takes place this weekend on Saturday, December 5th, at an all-new
7 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd
venue: the Hilton Riverside downtown. This beloved yearly event raises
finds the oddities of crime.
funds for two very worthy animal-friendly organizations: Adopt An Angel and the Pender County Humane Society. It’s a party for participants and
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many saved lives for all the homeless and unwanted animals around our
8-9 theater: MJ Pendleton reviews “Santaland
community. Read up on all the details in our cover story on page 6.
Diaries” at City Stage; Lisa Huynh previews Thalian’s “The Nutcracker.”
11 film reviews: Anghus Houvouras reviews Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
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: David Allan Coe, Sevendust, Mario, The Wailers, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Benji Hughes and more!
“Now, three weeks ago, [the Administration] said the $787 billion stimulus-thing created one million new jobs. Then, last week, they said it was really only 640,000 jobs. Now, they’re saying they really don’t know.
You know how to create a new job? Fire the guy in charge of counting.”—Jay Leno “John McCain, Sarah Palin’s former running mate, read the Sarah Palin memoir. After 23 years of military service, five years as a prisoner of war, 22 years as a U.S. senator, I’m sure that John found Sarah’s story very inspirational.”—David Letterman “Big night at the movies yesterday, New Moon made a record $26.3 million at a midnight screening. Wow. In fact, earlier today, President Obama announced his new stimulus plan, it’s called Twilight 3. He’s going to give that a shot.”—Jimmy Fallon “The design for George W. Bush’s presidential library was unveiled Wednesday in Dallas, and features a lantern-shaped roof that will glow at night. Mr. President, I don’t want to make any more jokes about you being dumb, but you have to meet me halfway. Don’t build a library where the lights are on
pRODucTIOn AnD ADvERTIsIng:
Editor-in-ChiEf: Shea Carver
Art dirECtor Sue Cothran
AssistAnt Editor: Emily Rea
intErns: Zach McKeown and Lisa Huynh
John Hitt: Downtown, Carolina Beach
ChiEf Contributors: Adrian Varnam, Nicki Leone, Anghus Houvouras, Carolyna Shelton, Rosa Bianca, MJ Pendleton, Ashley Cunningham, Robert Blanton, Lauren Hodges, Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd
Kris Beasley: Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington Shea Carver: Midtown, Monkey Junction Promotions mAnAgEr: John Hitt distribution: Reggie Brew, John Hitt
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when no one is home.”—Seth Meyers “The Sarah Palin tour made its top in Noblesville, Indiana, today. Her book, ‘Going Rogue,’ is still at the top of Amazon’s best seller list, which is rare for a work of fiction.”—Jimmy Kimmel “The ratings just came in for Sarah Palin’s appearance on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ It earned Oprah her highest ratings since the episode where she reunited the Osmond family. Yeah, viewers who saw both episodes say Palin’s more likable but that Donny and Marie are more qualified to be president.”—Conan O’Brien
12 art preview: Lauren Hodges previews the Clay Guild’s Holiday Show.
13 gallery guide: See what local galleries are hanging.
14-15 music previews: Adrian Varnam previews the upcoming Soapbox show with Michael Ford Jr and the Apache Relay; Shea Carver gets the skinny on the upcoming Pretty Things Peepshow.
16-19 soundboard: Find out what bands and solo musicians are playing shows in venues all
Dear MJ [Pendleton], In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I certainly wanted to thank you for your awesome support of “Always...Patsy Cline.” You helped us create a truly successful show! :) Hoping to return to Wilmington for some more completely satisfying work and have your pen on our side again! All the best, truly! Traci Dinwiddie Dear John, Shea, & Bethany, Thank you so much for your support of GGP’s first event! We are still getting emails from folks who had a blast, and you guys are one of the reasons behind that! We can’t thank you enough for the features on the first 2 shows; Bethany was a pleasure to work with & did a great job. Thanks to you all for always being great to work with & supporting our events. You guys ROCK! Happy Holidays! Katie Lucas [Greater Good Productions]
grub & guzzle..................30-33 20 dining review: Zach McKeown finds a football fan’s haven at Carolina Ale House.
22-25 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! ...................26-35 34-35 book review: Tiffanie Gabrielse reviews Joel Finsel’s Coloring Stories for Conscious Children, Volume 2.
28-35 calendar/’toons/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow
and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, R. Blanton; read the latest saucy corkboard ads.
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