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NOTES OF LOVE Three bands, including Striking Copper, bring the jams just in time for Valentine’s week

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NOTES OF LOVE, PG. 9 A group of local musicians from three different bands will be hosting two separate shows, igniting love in time for Valentine’s Day, with Striking Copper (cover models) and Rebekah Todd and her new hubby Logan Tabor at Bourgie Nights, and Falling for Tuesday at The Loft on Front. Read all about in this week’s music coverage.

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LIVE LOCAL, LIVE SMALL: Gwenyfar suggests a regional reading list for Black History Month

challenges of building a new life of freedom, with no money in a land ravaged by war. The accounts are powerful. Many will move readers to tears of anger; however, the ability to persevere, to find comfort, solace and a will to live on in the most horrendous circumstances imaginable, is inspiring.

BY: GWENYFAR ROHLER

Recollections of My Slavery Days by William Henry Singleton NC Office of Archives and History Singleton wrote a remarkable account of his life, which originally was published in a New York newspaper. He begins with early life on a New Bern plantation, where he was sold for the first time at 4 years old to a farm in Georgia. At 9 he made an overland escape—through Wilmington—back to his mother in New Bern. Eventually, he joined the Union Army during the Civil War as part of the United States Colored Troops. His writing is evocative and captivating; Katherine Mellen Charron and David S. Cecelski have annotated the manuscript, and provide context to the geographic location of many of the events Singleton describes. Generations of Somerset Place From Slavery to Freedom READ, LEARN AND REMEMBER: Local men gather outside the remains of The Daily Record after the 1898 massacre in Wilmington, one of many topics of the African-American experience everyone should familiarize themselves with this Black History Month. Library of Congress.

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hroughout February schools across the nation celebrate African-American contributions with coursework, speakers and field trips as part of Black History Month. President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month at The Bicentennial, after years of grassroots efforts by educators and activists. African-American contributions to North Carolina’s development are inextricably linked. We really cannot study local history without studying African-American history— which really makes the pursuit and celebration a yearlong experience. However, Black History Month shines a specific light on celebration. I started thinking about a beginner’s reading list for people who might be interested in learning more about African-American contributions, struggles and achievements in the formation, growth and development of North Carolina. Here is what I devised...

African Americans in Early North Carolina: A Documentary History Edited by Alan D. Watson

NC Office of Archives and History, 2005 Watson edited an extensive collection of documents relating to the early slave trade, the evolution of the slave code in North Carolina, and the regulation of interactions between people of color and whites. As North Carolina’s population grew and changed, with more settlements, the Revolution and larger commercial networks, unforeseen consequences of human actions increased. Watson manages to present both the awkward legislative world responding to slavery and free people of color, while bearing in mind the challenges of day-to-day life faced by humans struggling in horrific conditions.

The Black Experience in Revolutionary North Carolina by Jeffrey J. Crow NC Office of Archives and History, 1977 Perhaps the below excerpt from Crow’s introduction is the best way to present this book:

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“While many Negroes joined the patriot side, many more allied with the British who openly courted a black rebellion in the South and enticed slaves with promises of freedom. The hundreds of black Carolinians who followed the red-coated columns in the Southern campaign of 1780-1782, or swam to the British fleet off the Cape Fear in 1776, attest to the magnitude of black longings for freedom.”

My Folks Don’t Want Me To Talk About Slavery Edited by Belinda Hurmence John Blair Publisher, 1984 During the Great Depression, The Federal Writer’s Project collected oral histories around the country. In the 1930s there were still firsthand accounts from survivors of slavery. In North Carolina 170 oral histories from former slaves were collected and archived in the Library of Congress. Hurmence edited this volume with 21 histories depicting slavery and emancipation, Civil War and the

by Dorothy Spruill Redford Arcadia Publishing, 2005 Now a state historic site near Creswell, North Carolina, Somerset Place once was a plantation of thousands of acres. Redford’s book traces the history of the plantation and its inhabitants, both free and enslaved, from inception through the Civil War. She traces the travels of many Somerset generations succeeding the war and efforts to restore Somerset as a historic site in the ‘60s. What makes the book fascinating is the effort made to trace, and keep contact with the many families and descendants associated with the plantation, both black and white. With numerous photographs, it makes the individuals whose lives were bound together in the endeavor more vibrant, with hopes, desires, disappointments and determination. Redford documents with clarity the lives of both sides of the plantation system and the lingering aftermath for their descendants. It is a deeply moving and very personal look at the Southern history experience—and of families living the legacy today. James City, a Black Community


in North Carolina 1863-1900 by Joe A. Mobley NC Office of Archives and History, 1981 James City was founded in 1863, during the Civil War, as essentially a refugee camp for escaped slaves. Located just outside of New Bern, where the Union Army was encamped, it came into existence from necessity during war time and provided remarkable support for its inhabitants in peace—until they were ultimately told in the late 1890s they would not and could not own the land where the generation had since been reared. The book follows the development of James City and microcosm of the African-American experience in North Carolina it represents. To really understand Reconstruction and the second half of the 1800s in North Carolina, this book is essential. The Wilmington Ten by Kenneth Robert Janken UNC Press, 2016 In recent years, the publication of several books, along with the “Wilmington on Fire” documentary and numerous newspaper editorials, have put discussion of 1898 firmly on the local radar. The Wilmington Ten and events surrounding their arrest and trials remain much more shadowed. Though former North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue issued

pardons of innocence for The Ten as she was leaving office, many who live here cannot articulate who they were—or why the effects of the events surrounding them still impact life here today. Janken offers a comprehensive look at the events that led to their arrests and subsequent unforeseen consequences. It’s a story that, though rooted in 1971, continues to reverberate in our streets today.

derstand it.

by Charles W. Chesnutt

While I’ve suggested books that deal with historic facts and experiences, the following are books of fiction, poetry and plays about the African-American experience by three noted African-American artists from our state.

Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1901

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander The New Press, 2010

The Black Bard of North Carolina: George Moses Horton and His Poetry Edited by Joan R. Sherman

“The Marrow of Tradition” is a fictionalized retelling of the 1898 events in Wilmington, NC. Chesnutt grew up near Fayetteville, and though he had moved to Ohio by 1898, he still had family in North Carolina. He makes composite characters and changes Wilmington to Wellington, but as folks know the area, it is very easy to pick out the setting’s landmarks and families. Chesnutt broke many barriers for African-Americans in literature with his accomplishments, and his work is just as pertinent today as when he was alive. Plays and Pageants from the Life of the Negro Compiled by Willis Richardson Published, 1930

UNC Press, 1997

Just recently “The New Jim Crow” book has been removed from the banned books list in North Carolina prisons. The irony of it having been placed on a prohibited list for people in incarceration to read is glaring. Alexander looks at the impact of mass, disproportionate incarceration of people of color and poverty. In one fell swoop, she shines a light on the power of the prison industrial complex and targeting based upon race and economic class.

George Moses Horton spent 68 of his 86 years in slavery. He managed to learn to read and write, and began making money writing poems for students at UNC. He published three books of poetry and earned enough money through his writing to support himself and pay his owner for his time away from the plantation. What he accomplished in his lifetime is beyond remarkable, and the work he left behind is stunning, beautiful and truly evocative.

Part of artists’ role in society is to reflect what we need to see in a way we can un-

The Marrow of Tradition

Richardson was born in Wilmington in 1889. His family moved to D.C. shortly after 1898. The Willis Richardson Players, one of our oldest theatre companies in town, is named in his honor. In 1930 he compiled “Plays and Pageants From the Life of the Negro,” which features three of his plays, in addition to works by other writers of the time. It was the first drama textbook for segregated African-American schools. It also was used in this area—I have a copy from one of the Rosenwald schools in Pender County— and is available in reprint editions.

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In Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, drivers of black cars are facing high costs to repaint their cars white or silver after President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov banned black vehicles because he thinks the color white brings good luck. Police began seizing dark-colored vehicles in late December, and owners have to apply for permission to repaint and re-register them. The average wage in Ashgabat is about $300 a month (or 1,200 manats); one Turkman told Radio Free Europe that he was quoted 7,000 manats for a paint job, but was told that the price would rise within a week to 11,000 manats. “Even if I don’t spend any money anywhere, I will be forced to hand over pretty much my entire annual salary just to repaint,” the unnamed man said, adding that his black car had already been impounded.

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Noting that “nobody else has done it,” on Jan. 4 Nebraska state Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed a novel constitutional amendment with the goal of stimulating growth in western Nebraska: Delegate complete or partial sovereignty over a designated, limited and sparsely populated area. “If I were a major business, I would not want Omaha or Lincoln ... telling me what to do,” Schumacher said. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the senator believes his concept would attract businesses looking for no state or local taxes and no state or local regulations. It presents the opportunity to “have your own state,” he explained. The Nebraska legislature must approve the resolution before citizens get a chance to vote.

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Tennessee’s legislature has a newly renovated home in the Cordell Hull building in Nashville, so Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell have been busy outlining some new rules. “Hand-carried signs and signs on hand sticks” will be strictly prohibited because they pose a “serious safety hazard.” Animals, too, will be turned away at the door, reported The Tennessean on Dec. 21. But in a dizzying twist of irony, McNally and Harwell will continue a policy they enacted last year, which allows holders of valid gun permits to bring their weapons into the building.

MY KINGDOM FOR A BURRITO

Tampa, Florida, resident Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, was arrested for DUI after he mistook a Spring Hill bank drive-thru lane for a Taco Bell. On Jan. 17, around 5 p.m., the bank branch manager noticed a driver passed out in a blue Hyundai sedan in the drive-thru lane. When the manager went out to the car and banged on the window, Francisco woke up and tried to order a burrito, according to the Tampa Bay Times. After being set straight about the bank not serving Mexican fast food, Francisco drove around to the front of the building and parked, where deputies found him and administered a field sobriety test, which he failed. “He made several statements that were differing from reality,” a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy reported. A Facebook event calling for a candlelight vigil to remember a destroyed Taco Bell restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama, started as a joke. But according to United Press International, about 100 people showed up on Jan. 21 to pay their respects to the popular fast-food restaurant, which burned on Jan. 17 after electrical equipment sparked a fire. The owner promised to rebuild and “have a true celebration upon re-opening.”

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In Dresden, Germany, police reported that two men were injured on Jan. 15 after hitting each other with their cars in consecutive accidents. The first man, 49, pulled into a handicapped parking spot, then saw his mistake and backed out, accidentally hitting a 72-year-old man walking behind the car. The two men exchanged information for a report, then the older man got into his car and reversed out of his parking spot, hitting the younger man. Both men suffered only slight injuries, according to the Associated Press.

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Richard the 15-year-old pony, of Bridgton, Maine, has had a rough winter. He was suffering from cancer of his penis and infection when temperatures plummeted to negative 25 degrees, which caused frostbite. As a result, part of the animal’s flesh broke off while he was being examined, the Associated Press reported. The Animal Rescue Unit in Bridgton has taken responsibility for the

Outdoorsman Sergey Terekhov, 64, had just let his dogs out to run before a January hunting outing in Russia’s remote Saratov region when one of the dogs bounded back to him and clawed the trigger of Terekhov’s double-barreled shotgun, shooting the man in the abdomen. The Telegraph reported that his brother rushed Terekhov to the hospital, but he died less than an hour after the shooting.

ROAD RAGE

Distracted driving caused long backups and at least one minor traffic accident on Jan. 20 as a man wandered along I-95 in Philadelphia — in the buff. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the stripped-down man walked along the shoulder and in and out of the right lane around noon, throwing items at cars before being taken into custody by police. His name was not released.

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Bradley Hardison, 27, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, achieved minor celebrity status in 2014 when he won a doughnut-

eating contest sponsored by the Elizabeth City Police Department. (He ate eight glazed doughnuts in two minutes.) At the time, police had been looking for Hardison as a suspect in break-ins going back to 2013, so they arrested him, and he received a suspended sentence that ended in October 2017. But a doughnut habit is hard to break: The Virginian-Pilot reported that Hardison was charged on Jan. 18 with robbing a Dunkin’ Donuts store on Nov. 21.

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Montreal, Canada, machinist and cabinetmaker Simon Laprise, 33, took advantage of a recent snowfall to carve a DeLorean DMC-12 (the “Back to the Future” car) in the snowbank in the street in front of his home on Jan. 16. “I decided to do something out of the mountain of snow, to do a little joke to the snow guys,” Laprise told Vice. In a “stroke of luck,” Laprise found a windshield wiper across the street, which he placed on the snow-car’s windshield. He missed a visit from the Montreal police, but others, who snapped photos, caught them looking perplexed at the “car” parked in a no-parking zone. In the end, they left Laprise a “ticket” that read, “You made our night.” Sadly, the snowplow drivers weren’t as generous, and Laprise’s snow-car was reduced to the junkyard of history.

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NOTES OF LOVE:

Three bands bring the jams just in time for Valentine’s week BY: SHANNON RAE GENTRY

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’m not normally a big Valentine’s Day fan,” admits Dan Bennett, Striking Copper’s electric guitarist. “I think the romance should last all year, but this Valentine’s Day is exciting.” Still flying high from his Christmas engagement to Missy Boneske, executive director of local nonprofit Operation Pretty Things, the couple also make up folksy-soft rock collaboration Falling for Tuesday. While in the throes of planning their wedding, which is just weeks away, Falling for Tuesday is preparing for a Valentine’s date-night show at downtown’s The Loft. “It’ll be intimate (only 20 couples) with limited space and appetizers,” Bennett details. “A real ‘date night’ experience, and all of the profits will go to Operation Pretty Things.”

L TO R: Falling for Tuesday, Striking Copper, Rebekah Todd and Logan Tabor. Courtesy photos

“Love is most certainly in the air,” Todd agrees. “The show at Bourgie will be our first show together as a married couple. . . . [The electric duo is] something like the White Stripes meets the Black Keys!”

“Playing on Valentine’s Day this year is special because it combines three of my favorite things: Daniel, music and Operation Pretty Things,” Boneske adds. “It’s one big night of love. Doesn’t get any better than that.”

They plan on sharing their latest material, as well as a few covers and original love songs. As for Striking Copper’s set, Donnelly promises to make the evening all about a “whole lotta love,” with both originals and covers, too.

Falling for Tuesday’s love story is simple and sweet: Boy meets barista in a coffee shop; boy sings for her and melts her heart; they fall in love and make beautiful music together. “Or something like that,” Boneske quips. “Obviously, there is something other than GenX in our local water supply,” Bennett adds. “I feel like I’m surrounded by friends (especially in the music community) that are falling in love and getting engaged. For Falling for Tuesday, it’s hard to separate the love story from the music. The first night we hung out, Missy came to see me sit in [to play] guitar with Crystal Fussell (who is also engaged). The next night we sang together for the first time. The rest is history.” “Dan is easy to write love songs for,” Boneske says. “I’m excited to spend the evening with my love, doing what we love and for a worthy cause.” Aside from Falling for Tuesday’s February 14 show to benefit Operation Pretty Things—a year-round service program that collaborates with community partners and other nonprofits to support domestic violence shelters—Bennett’s Striking Copper crew has added some extra notes of romance to their music this year, too.

lie Donnelly (vocals), Striking Copper’s Jacquie Lee (vocals) is engaged with drummer Frank Cacciutto. Like Matt and Allie, who instantly gravitated toward each other, Jacquie and Frank met at an early age and reunited as a band. “Frank and I went to the same high school together; he didn’t know I existed but I had a huge crush on him,” Jacquie recalls. “Years later we were looking for a new drummer for our band in New York. . . . He auditioned. It took about half a year from when he joined our band for Frank and I to make our relationship official, and we’ve been together ever since!”

Jacquie and Cacciutto’s Valentine’s celebrations are typically low-key evenings of takeout and movie marathons. This year, however, they’ll celebrate with what brought them together in the first place: music. Striking Copper will play at Bourgie Nights on Feb. 10, alongside Rebekah Todd’s electric duo Made up of Bennett, John Stewart (bass), with drummer Logan Tabor. Not to be left out, Matt Donnelly (vocals, guitar) and his wife Al- Todd and Tabor just got married on Feb. 3.

Striking Copper have been working on songs for upcoming EPs and will play a few of them at Bourgie, including a single they’ll release this summer, “Running to You.” Starting with a riff he once shared with his Uncle Jim Oliver, also a singer-songwriter, Donnelly and Oliver began writing what became groundwork for “Running To You.” “It went unfinished for years, and eventually I introduced it to the band,” Donnelly details. “We finished writing it and everyone put really great parts to it. I’m super proud of what it turned into! ‘Running To You’ is about holding onto something you love, keeping it with you through hard times, and realizing it’s still there waiting whenever you need it.” As for Falling for Tuesday’s Valentine’s show at The Loft, lovers can expect tunes from their forthcoming live album and a few new tunes as well. They’ll include the first song they wrote together, “Tuesday,” which was meant to be included on their “No Parking” EP before they realized it didn’t fit. “‘Tuesday’ is about how Missy fell in love with a homely construction worker that used to come in the coffee shop she worked at ev-

ery Tuesday,” Bennett details. “When we perform it live, we get to tell our story along with it,” Boneske adds. “And ‘Tuesday’ is on that live album, story and all.”

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w/Rebekah Todd & Logan Tabor Sat., Feb. 10, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. Bourgie Nights • 127 Princess St. $10 adv, $15 door

A Night With Falling for Tuesday

Wed., Feb. 14, 6 p.m. The Loft on Front • 27 N. Front St. Tickets: $50 per couple, sponsor tables for $100 operationprettythings.org/donate

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CHEW trio returns to Wilmington with latest EP full of new colors and textures we already have a name for it: ‘Darque Tan.’”

BY: SHANNON RAE GENTRY

“A Fine Accoutrement” is their first album released on vinyl, so CHEW especially wanted it to visually reflect the new textures, colors and imagery appearing in the music. Listeners can choose one of two color schemes: “Blue Moon” or Wilson’s favorite, “Mellow Yellow and Pink Cadillac.”

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hether full-time instrumentalists or singer-songwriters who have taken a temporary hiatus from lyrical storytelling, musicians who solely focus on instrumentals in their work seemingly intrigue. Upon interviewing many, encore often hears: “We can’t sing” as their reasoning, or even, “Lyric writing just isn’t my thing.” For Atlanta-based psychedelic trio CHEW, it’s simply about surrendering to the passion for soundscapes.

“It’s good to have variety,” she says. “[And] it looks so cool! . . . We are definitely selling this album very quickly, and I’m so happy and proud of us on what we have done thus far in three years. Let’s party, Wilmington—it’s been too long!”

“We like being instrumental because you get lost in the music,” CHEW drummer Sarah “Snare-uh” Wilson affirms. “You can put people in somewhat of a trance. The meaning and the emotions of the songs are all up for interpretation.”

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That’s not to say Wilson, Brett Reagan (guitar/electronics) and Brandon Pittman ESOTERIC CONCEPTS: All-instrumental band (bass) aren’t open to work with vocalists. In CHEW is heading back to ILM for a show at Satellite fact, they have in the past, but at their core Bar and Lounge on Feb. 10. Photo by Piezo Quartz. they’re instrumental. “The right combination of lyrics and mu- a movement.” sic is undoubtedly one of the most moving experiences when done in the right way,” Reagan muses. “[But] words can be polarizing, and singing oftentimes takes you away from the music, as opposed to contributing to the song. Also, a certain amount of ego is required to be a good lead singer—and that component is dissolved in CHEW.” Since forming in June 2015, CHEW continues to cultivate hypnotic, electronic, space-wave sound experiences for live audiences. They’re coming back to Wilmington on Saturday, Feb. 10, to perform with Helichopter at Satellite Bar and Lounge. They’ll have a collection of new tunes in tow. CHEW’s sophomore EP, “A Fine Accoutrement” (November 2017), was recorded with Stolen Body Records in the U.K. for a couple of reasons. Reagan wanted to connect with a label overseas in places they wanted to tour, but Stolen Body also aligned most with their vision. “A Fine Accoutrement” reflects a slight tonal shift since their 2016 “3D EP” debut. “Maybe there is a more concise concept to [‘A Fine Accoutrement,’]” Wilson suggests. “Our songwriting has matured, and in some ways has grown more complex. ‘3D EP’ is very upbeat, with six solid songs to show what we can do, whereas ‘Accoutrement’ is a little moody, a little darker, with some spacey transitions. It seems more like

While there is a “playfully sinister” tone with “A Fine Accoutrement”—with more percussion, bells and tablas than before—Pittman assures it’s not out of any personal frustrations on the band’s part. Like any collection of CHEW songs, they naturally reach their own tones and personalities as they add interludes and transitions. The band’s collaboration and songwriting process typically goes one of two ways. “Jam, lock into something good and a song gets written that way,” Wilson starts. “We then take that idea and flesh it out between the three of us, while structuring it and adding more parts until we are satisfied with the end result,” Pittman adds. “Or Brett brings some kind of melody to the table, either on the sampler or on guitar, and Brandon and I write our parts to it by jamming and finding something that sticks,” Wilson continues. “It’s a very organic process,” Pittman says. The word “accoutrement” became stuck in the trio’s collective psyche when they played 2016’s Bonnaroo in Tennessee. Like the title track, some songs almost materialize and write themselves, and it set the tone for the album. Despite being all instrumental, there are still stories behind and within

Sat., Feb. 10, 10 p.m. Satellite Bar and Lounge this collection of songs—typically about 120 Greenfield St. Free food, dimensions, cults and travels. “We like playing with esoteric concepts,” 3dchew.com Reagan says, referring to “Numerology”— originally penned for “3D EP” but never made it. “Numbers can often contain hidden meanings, and if you look, you can find some in our song titles, patterns and imagery.”

“Mystery School” and “Crunchy” bookend the album, as they happened to develop and evolve with similar sounds. As well, they both lack any guitar parts and add a bit of symmetry to the order. The common assumption of an instrumental band is the work must lend itself to a great deal of improvisation for live shows. While this might be true to a degree with the origin of “Deep Inside The Fade”—featuring somewhat improvised sounds by friend Jared Pepper picked up while tracking— Wilson says CHEW songs don’t typically feature improvisation. “We only improv when we play long sets,” she clarifies, “otherwise we play it as written. The only song we typically improv on is ‘Mother Hubbard,’ once I start doing my drum solo, and then we freak out on a jam.” While touring with “A Fine Accoutrement,” CHEW now have new songs (“Future Prom” and “Huevos Satanica”) with even more added dynamics and elements from Wilson’s drum set. “We also have one brand new song that we will be premiering this month,” she divulges, “and about three more in the works. Our next album will be even moodier, darker and electronic, and

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A PREVIEW OF EVENTS ACROSS TOWN THIS WEEK

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Port City Trivia w/Dutch (6:30pm; Free)

—Blossoms Restaurant, 1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive

Trivia Night w/Party Gras Entertainment (7pm; Free) —Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden, 720 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Jazz Piano with James Jarvis (7pm; Free)

—The Blind Elephant, 21 N. Front St. Unit F

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Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

David Childers (7pm; $3; Singer-Songwriter, Rock)

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—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Trivia with Sherri ‘So Very’ (7pm; Free)

—Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 11 Van Campen Blvd.

D&D Sluggers and Zigtebra with Special Guest Kicking Bird (8pm; $5) —Gravity Records, 612 Castle St.

Karaoke & Open Mic Night (9pm; Free) —Sloppy Poppy’s, 4540 Fountain Drive

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Mykel Barbee Live (6pm; Free; Singer-Songwriter) —Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive

Jo Gore (6:30pm; $10-$20; Jazz)

—Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.; (910) 395-5999

Jared Cline (6:30pm; TBD; Folk, Soul)

Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

—Bill’s Front Porch, 4328 Market St.

Gruff Goat Comedy (8pm; Free)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133 —Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Lane

Open Mic Comedy (7pm; $0-$3)

Jamie Hoover (7pm; $3; Singer-Songwriter)

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—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

North Carolina Symphony Concert (7:30pm; $18-$58) —Wilson Center, 703 N. Front St.

Elizabeth Loparits & Mauricy Martin (7:30pm; $6) —Beckwith Recital Hall, 5270 Randall Drive

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Dr. Bacon Weekend (10am; TBD; Funk, Rock) —The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.; 910-762-2091

Port City Trio (7pm; $3; Jazz)

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Gino Fanelli (8pm; Free; Jazz, Americana) —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 910-763-2223

Onward, Soldiers with Arson Daily (8:30pm; $7; Rock) —Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess St.

Slomo Dingo, Medium Americans, Le UltraNeutrals (9pm; Cover TBD; Rock, Punk, Pop) —Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St.

—Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd.

Forward Motion Dance Company Benefit with Staghorn Starlings and Jarrett Raymond (4:30pm; $15; Country, Folk) Tallis Chamber Orchestra (5pm; Free)

—First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd St.

Bluegrass Sunday (6pm; Free)

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 910-399-2796

Heart & Soul: An Evening of Dinner and Dancing with Nicole Thompson and Darryl Murrill (6:30pm; $25; Jazz) —St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St.

—The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.; 910-762-2091

Mardi Gras (12pm; Free)

—The Cotton Exchange, 321 N. Front St.

Daddy Daughter Dance (2pm; Free)

—NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road

Cara Schauble Live (3pm; Free)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive

Monica Jane (6:30pm; $15-$25; Singer-Songwriter)

—Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd.

End of the Line (7pm; $3; Folk)

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Striking Copper with Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey (8:30pm; $10-$15; Rock, Folk) —Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess St.

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and More (9pm; $12; Country) —Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St.

Chew (10pm; Free; Psychedelic, Jazz)

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12

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College Night (8pm; Free)

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Comedy Bingo (6pm; $2)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front Street;

Port City Trivia w/Dutch (7pm; Free)

—Sloppy Poppy’s, 4540 Fountain Drive

Fat Tuesday Blues Jam (8pm; Free) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.

DJ Elementary (10pm; Cover TBD)

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—Palm Room, 11 E. Salisbury St.; 910-509-3040

Randy McQuay and More (7pm; Free; Roots)

— Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Lane

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Port City Trivia w/Dutch (6:30pm; Free)

—Blossoms Restaurant, 1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive

Trivia Night w/Party Gras Entertainment (7pm; Free) —Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden, 720 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Jazz Piano with James Jarvis (7pm; Free)

—The Blind Elephant, 21 N. Front St. Unit F

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—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

The Jillettes (7pm; $3; Rock, Pop, Country)

—Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 11 Van Campen Blvd.

La Bouche (7:30pm; $25-$75; Dance) —Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St.

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—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

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Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

—The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.; 910-762-2091

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—Jimmy’s at Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave.

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 910-399-2796

Dr. Bacon Weekend (10am; TBD; Funk, Rock)

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Sai Collins (9pm; Free; Singer-Songwriter)

Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

Dr. Bacon Weekend (10am; TBD; Funk, Rock)

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—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

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$3.50 Red Oak Draft $4 Wells 65 Wings, 4-7pm

Open Mic Night (7pm; $3)

Port City Trivia w/Dutch (7pm; Free)

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.

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—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. 910-231-3379

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—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133

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FROM BACKSTAGE TO MAINSTAGE: Forward Motion Dance Company’s wine tasting to benefit modern dance in ILM BY: JESSICA RUSSEL

share our history, spiritual beliefs and even our emotions.”

racey Varga was 5 years old when she stepped into her first tap class. Her parents signed her up with high hopes that dance would help her with incoordination. What they didn’t realize was how a tap class would set Varga on a path to open her own dance company.

She also wanted to provide opportunities for local artists to involve themselves in events to showcase their skills and get their names out to the public. Elizabeth White, a kindergarten teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Wilmington, began dancing when she was a child because her father played piano at the local dance studio. She continued through childhood and even taught a few dance classes. White danced with Varga and her company up until she had children. Varga was not deterred.

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“When I was in third grade, I wrote a journal titled ‘My Stupendous Life,’” Varga says. “Throughout, a common thread was ‘I love dancing,’ ‘I am dancing,’ and ‘I want to be a dancer.’” Varga continued to pursue dance—ballet, jazz and contemporary styles—in high school and college. As a young adult living and performing in Seattle, though, she realized how unfamiliar the public was with contemporary and modern dance. “I used to ask some of my friends to come see my performances,” Varga says, “and they were totally turned off by it because it was performance art and modern. They didn’t quite understand the performance part of it, so I couldn’t convince them to come back.” Such a realization influenced Varga to found Forward Motion Dance Company after moving to Wilmington in 1996. She wanted others to see the beauty in different types of dance. “Dance is so important to our society,” Varga explains. “It helps us

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“She kept calling me when the kids were little and I wouldn’t come to class,” White recounts. “She asked me to keep coming back. She said, ‘I’m not going to let you quit, Liz.’ So once my kids were a little older, I came back.” Varga’s encouragement for others to continue to dance has helped her expand the company since its creation 17 years ago. Now, Forward Motion’s board of directors has 10 members and 16 contributing dancers. “Tracey’s good about bringing people together,” mentions Scotty Bethune, a member of Forward Motion’s board of directors. “It’s a warm environment. Everybody’s welcome and everybody gets encouraged.” Becky Spivey, a fellow board member and real estate broker, agrees with Bethune. Last September she was able to dance alongside her daughters in the company’s Arts in Motion show, “Retro Fusion and Il-

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violinist Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi. Performing as a nonprofit organization, though, can be difficult to underwrite. Forward Motion solely relies on donations and volunteers to fund and contribute to their performances. To encourage the public to donate, the company holds fundraisers at Ted’s Fun on the River (co-owned by frequent contributor, Jewell), such as this Sunday’s wine tasting and benefit. 2018 is the fifth year for the company’s annual benefit, to take place this weekend. Included will be a wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvre and door prizes, to repay the community for their support. It also marks the first year they’ll feature two musical acts. Jarrett Raymond is Wilmington’s latest singer-songwriter to hit the scene, and Staghorn Starlings are a husband-and-wife duo rooted in country and folk music. Donations will help Forward Motion in their efforts to educate the public about modern and contemporary dance. In fact, funds from previous years have ensured programs and demonstrations in local schools, like MOVEMENT MAKERS: Becky Spivey performs the Snipes Academy of Art and Design with Forward Motion Dance Company. Photo by and New Horizons Elementary School. Erin Whittle Proceeds also go beyond Forward Motion initiatives. Each year the company chooses lusion,” to music from older artists like Elvis to support other nonprofit organizations at their benefit. Cape Fear River Watch is the and Nat King Cole. recipient for 2018, and donations made at “It was the first time it was all three of us,” the event go toward furthering their efforts emphasizes Spivey, who has danced with to educate the public about the health of Varga since the 1990s. Like White, she also our river. took time off when she had her children, Many of Forward Motion’s core dancers but came back at Varga’s insistence. Now, Spivey and her children dance with Varga get to take a break from dancing at the event to meet with guests and discuss their efforts and her company. to provide quality modern contemporary Varga’s welcoming spirit has helped Fordance performances and education to the ward Motion grow in more than just member community. size, too. Initially, the company performed “It’s kind of a grassroots effort to keep in Thalian Hall’s studio theatre to crowds of around 70 people. Now, they perform dance alive in Wilmington,” Bethune sugon Thalian Hall’s main stage to hundreds gests. “It takes the involvement of everyof people. They also frequently perform at body to do so.” Cameron Art Museum and North Front The: atre (formerly City Stage).

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It isn’t just local dancers Varga invites into her company, though. She also provides opportunities for musicians, set designers and choreographers to contribute to annual shows and benefits.

Sun., Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m. Ted’s Fun on the River 2 Castle St. The company’s annual Arts in Motion performance—held every September—has Tickets: $15 featured locals like keyboardist Julia Walk- www.forwardmotiondance.org er Jewell, soprano singer Nancy King and

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GALLERYGUIDE ARTEXPOSURE! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC (910) 803-0302 (910) 330-4077 Tues. - Sat. 10am - 5pm (or by appt.) www.artexposure50.com

One-man show “Escape into Plein Air” features Robert Rigsby. The show will highlight oil paintings from Rob’s 6 month trip visiting all fifty national parks. Rob also wrote a book about his journey and it is available under the same name on Amazon.

ART IN BLOOM GALLERY 210 Princess St. Tues. - Sat. 10am - 6pm (or by appt., Sun. and Mon.) (484) 885-3037 www.aibgallery.com

Check out “Art Explosions by Jeffery Geller”—original art including shadow boxes, mobiles, collage, and paintings. Born in Wyoming, Jeffery has lived in the US, England, France, Germany, and Singapore. The artist explores boundary crossings and the nature of time. Exhibit on display through February 24th. “Synergy: Art by Catherine Porter Brown and Jeff Brown” opens on Friday, February 2 with a reception from 6-8 pm. View Jeff Brown’s found-object plus luminous dreamscapes and portraits by Catherine Porter Brown, a classically trained oil painter.

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In addition to our gallery at 210 Princess Street, Art in Bloom Gallery partners with local businesses to exhibit original art in other locations. Current exhibits at other locations include: “Ordinary Beauty, Closely Observed: Scanographs by Susan Francy” at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 South Front Street. “Between You and Me: Bradley Carter at The District” with paintings at The District Kitchen and Cocktails,1001 N. 4th Street. “Tie-wire Wall Hangings by Michael Van Hout” at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street. “Empty Faces and Abstract Spaces by Joan McLoughlin” with paintings at Pinpoint Restaurant,114 Market Street.

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EXPO 216 216 N. Front St, Wilmington, NC (910) 769-3899 Wed. – Sun., Noon – 6 PM www.expo216.com

Over 5,000 square feet in historic downtown of thought-provoking art and fashions! Expo 216’s one-year expositions are themedriven: currently addressing Death & Dying . Works by local artists, Joan McLoughlin, Niki Hildebrand, Chad Starling, and many more will intrigue you. Fashions such as Flatliner and The Cyclist’s Widow will stun you. Exhibits, such as The History of Funeral Care and Mourning Practices, provide an educational element. Expo 216 is a supporter of the Wilmington music scene and provides live music during the Fourth Friday Gallery Night. Expo 216 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

walls. Original oil paintings and a selection of giclée prints available for purchase. Open daily from noon to six.

RIVER TO SEA GALLERY 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) (910) 763-3380 Tues.- Sat. 11am - 5pm; Sun. 1- 4pm

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. Current show will enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures.

WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY 200 Hanover St. (bottom level, parking deck) Mon.-Fri., noon-5pm

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Wilma Daniels Gallery would like to welcome the first show of 2018, The Photo Invitational: Out of the Pines. Out of the Pines features work in photography by instructors from North Carolina Colleges and Universities. The exhibit will be open to February 14, during the galleries regular hours, Mon-Fri 12-5pm. Featured artists are: Erin Arsenault, Kevin Eams, Dhanraj Emanuel, and Jay Capers, Randolph Community College; Jeff Murphy, Heather Freeman, Aspen Hochhalte, and Ann Kluttz, UNCC; Rose Jerome, Winston-Salem State; Courtney Johnson, UNCW; Daniel Josip Kariko and Angela Franks Wells, ECU; Larry Lean, University of Mount Olive; Jennifer Mace, CFCC; Leigh Ann Parrish, Western Carolina University; Richard Tichich, Western Carolina University; Charity Valentine, Pitt Community College; Will Willner, Wake Forest University; Joe Young, Catawba Vally Community College; Scot Taylor and Ryan Adrick, Carteret Community College.

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THE PORT CITY COMES OUT:

Mouths of Babes needs interviewees to devise original docu-play, ‘Out, NC’

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BY: SHEA CARVER

rey Morehouse, founder of Mouths of Babes, debuted his teen and youngadult theatre group in Wilmington in November during Cucalorus, with rave reviews for “The Diary Play.” It featured four teenage girls reading through their most intimate writings, divulging all the growing pains of their lives, from the mundane to the heavy-handed if not fundamental lessons that help us mature and grow. Morehouse’s company, a collaborative effort with UNCW’s theatre department, concentrates on docu-plays—live onstage enactments of scenarios and situations taken from real-life interviews and research. The UNCW grad works from a template much like Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” or Tectonic Theater Project‘s famed “Laramie Project.” In fact, his latest documentary play is parallel to “Laramie” in some ways. Morehouse is calling out for participants from the Port City LGBTQIA community and their allies to help flesh out the script for “Out, NC.” This go he will grow beyond the youth age group that Mouths of Babes focuses on, in order to feature folks of ages, enthnicities, races, cultures, walks of life, etc., who wish to be interviewed and share stories of growing up gay, bisexual, questioning, or a transgender in the Cape Fear region. Morehouse has secured 20 interviews thus far and is in

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need of more by the end of the month. His first read-through is scheduled to take place at the end of March before he will assess and revise for final production. We interviewed Morehouse about the concept of “Out, NC,” its inspiration and what lies ahead to complete the project. encore (e): Tell us how “Out, NC” began and why. Trey Morehouse (TM): It really started with my personal anger with HB2. I was living in California at the time, and felt far away and quite useless to the whole situation. At the time I remember reading about a New York actor working in Raleigh who quit the play she was hired for in protest of HB2. I felt like this was the wrong response—and really only hurt the community she was trying to serve. Theatre’s greatest gift is its ability to create safe and inclusive spaces. So I wanted to make a piece about inclusivity and belonging. The idea of collecting “coming out” stories and LGBTQIA stories came out of that. e: Naturally it has a lot of “Laramie Project” influence; why go this route? Also, why focus it on Cape Fear LGBTQIA only?

e: What kinds of stories are you wanting to collect exactly? What are some questions you’re asking? Of both LGBTQIA folks and their allies? TM: Our goal is to collect any and all stories you have to share, with the central theme being “coming out.” We have a list of questions we use as a guide, but typically we let the person we’re interviewing be our guide, or at least their story guide us. An example is: “What does coming out mean to you?” We are, in part, thinking of this play as an oral history of the LGBTQIA community in Wilmington. e: Why include allies? TM: Because allies are an important part of the equation and a big part of how we move forward as a community at large. I personally identify as an ally, and when I began thinking and talking about this project, I was apprehensive to do it because I didn’t identify as LGBTQ. I talked to a friend and mentor about it, and she told me I shouldn’t forget allies are an important and necessary part of the community. e: Can you share any stories or insights you’ve collected that pique your interest most?

TM: “Laramie Project” is certainly the TM: I’ve been moved by stories of people most performed and most read example of surviving the AIDs crisis, stories of accepdocumentary theatre, so that play serves as tance, stories of people persevering through a great example. There are many great doc- prejudice, and much more. Saving money at local businesses umentary theatre examples out there. We’re usinghas documentary theatre so because we never been easy. e: What’s the goal for the overall play want to document coming-out stories and stories of self-acceptance—and we want and its point of view? How do you hope it those stories to be told in the voices of the will impact audiences? people they belong to. Documentary theatre TM: We hope to create a safe space to can be a great tool because there are things discuss and explore issues important to the a person might say to an artist that they may LGBTQIA community. not be comfortable saying to a journalist. We’re focusing on our community in the Cape Fear because it’s a play for this community. We wanted to make something that could serve as a space to discuss topics of importance to this region—because what this community needs is not necessarily what Raleigh needs. It’s an open-ended project, so we may continue to gather more interviews from other regions as things progress. But, really, we’re more interested in gathering voices from this region.

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e: Do you have an idea of how you want the script to play out? Ideas of how you’ll weave and tell these stories? TM: Monologues will interweave with collage moments. We’ve discussed using movement to explore certain subjects.

TM: After gathering stories and creating a play in Wilmington, we hope to use it as a “proof of concept” and attempt to do the same on a statewide scale. But it’s hard to give a specific timeframe on the project at large. e: Who all is involved in the project? How are they helping? TM: We have a core group of four actors who are all currently conducting interviews. Those actors are Matt Carter, Kat Rosner, Tony Choufani and Mickey Johnson. I’m acting as a director and general organizer. We also have other volunteers helping in various ways, including finding folks to interview. e: How does the interview process go down exactly? TM: We meet up somewhere comfortable and private, sometimes on UNCW campus (MoB has connections to UNCW), sometimes in one of our homes. We have some prompts for questions, and we just let our interviewee talk. It’s a guided conversation and opportunity for the interviewee to tell his/her story. e: Do you have a timeline in mind on collecting stories, writing scripts and debuting the play? TM: We are interviewing now and will put a temporary stop on interviews at the end of February/beginning of March. We will then devise and rehearse the play, with performances at the Cameron Art Museum set for March 28-30. We hope to have discussions and talkbacks after each show. After March performances, we may continue to conduct interviews, and will workshop the play further over the summer. We’re taking our time, because we want to make sure our play is as inclusive as it can be.

DETAILS: Out, NC

Needing participants to help inspire the script. Want to be interviewed? e: Is there a larger end goal for this Email Trey Morehouse at

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SOLVING THE VALENTINEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CRISIS: Big Dawg presents show of Vonnegutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short stories for perfect date night BY: GWENFYAR ROHLER

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ig Dawg Productions opens their 2018 season with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love)â&#x20AC;? by Aaron Posner. The show is adapted from short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it may just be the perfect Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day show.

dimensions of Dorisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life. Young reveals a truly multifaceted character.

Helene was one of Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discoveries, and asked the town newcomer to come to auditions. Auditions are a delight, with Verne Miller (Rich Deike) taking a stab at a role he knows is going to go to his employee, Harry Nash (Anthony Corvino). Nash was abandoned as a baby on the steps Josh Bailey as Tom Newton narrates an of a Unitarian Universalist church and has evening at the North Crawford Mask and never quite found himself. He is a complete Wig Club in North Crawford, Connecticut. blank slate, with no people skills at allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;unThe first story he and the players recount, til he is cast in a showâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then everything â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Walk to Forever,â&#x20AC;? concerns Cathe- changes. Harry reads with Heleneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and he rine (Whitney Willets) and Newt (Will Polk). is already in character as Stanley, the visCatherine is a week away from her wed- ceral pulsing blue-collar sex god that Marding; Newt shows up on her doorstep in lon Brando immortalized first on Broadway Army fatigues. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone AWOL and wants then on the silver screen. The shy, quiet, to know if she would take a walk with him. wooden Helene melts in the presence of Willetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Catherine is understandably taken Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stanley and gives way to a warm, aback and completely uncertain how to sexy Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who had just been waiting to respond. No flirtatious coquette, this one; burst forth. she is serious, yet still thrilled at once. The Corvinos are married in real life and Polk gives us a man who has had days are both accomplished performers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no of planning for this moment, only to get wonder they have great chemistry onstage, here and not know what to say. Together but watching them both act as if they have Willets and Polk are adorable as teenag- no personality or even notice each other ers trying to figure out how they feel about before they take on Stella and Stanley is themselves and maybe each other? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a startling. They manage to pull off the congreat setup for the evening, as young love trast and make the transformation believbrings up awkward nostalgia and raging able and delightful. passion. Somehow we manage to grow reOne of Tom Stoppardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more brilliant lationships into something meaningful that pieces of writing is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fifteen Minute transcends wordsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;amazing! Hamlet,â&#x20AC;? which continuously abridges HamThe second piece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Am I This let until the entire play is performed only as Time?â&#x20AC;?, was made into a PBS American a series of the most famous quotes from Playhouse TV film in 1982 and starred the show. Well, this cast puts on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. Minute Street Carâ&#x20AC;? repeatedly. That alone In the context of the show, it makes the per- is worth the price of admission; it is so wellfect bridge between young love and a mid- executed and varied to demonstrate differlife crisis. Tom Newton is pressed into di- ences in each performance of their show, recting â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Streetcar Named Desireâ&#x20AC;? for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street Car.â&#x20AC;? Mask and Wig Club because Doris Sawyer The third piece of the evening, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Back (Amanda Young), who usually directs, has To Your Precious Wife and Son,â&#x20AC;? chronicles to care for her ailing mother. Though Young the rise and fall of an Arthur Miller and Mariis prettier and younger than most people lyn Monroe-like setup. Gloria Hilton (Amanthink of for a widowed librarian, she hits the da Young)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;an A-List movie star, with all mark of bossy stereotype. She uses her the trappings of celebrityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and her newest powers for good rather than evil, by chan- husband, George Murra (Steve Rassin), neling her need to tell people what to do an embittered writer, descend upon the in community theatre. For as accomplished small Connecticut town of North Crawford an actress as Young, this role combines to make a home. Hilton does not actually a certain amount of homage to directors exist without unwavering adoration and atshe respects, with a few nods to directors tention from the press and public. Murra is who took themselves too seriously. When not proving to be enough of an audience she tries to draw Helene (Beth Corvino), a for her insatiable need to be admired, flatbeautiful but socially inexperienced young tered and fawned over. Tom Newton (Josh woman, out of her shell, we see multiple Bailey) finds himself an unwitting eaves-

dropper/witness to the final disintegration of their marriage. Rassin probably turns in his best performance ever as Murra. He worries, debates, pines, regrets, lashes out and thoroughly convinces the audience of his anxiety that has him petrified and unable to move in any direction. Meanwhile, Baileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newton is contrasting Murraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation against his own. Katie (Susan Auten), his lovely, stable and supportive wife, is waiting for him at home. Auten gives us an image of what a partnership looks like: When one drops the ball, the other is there to pick it up and carry it. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean being a doormat. Auten delivers a monologue in letter form to her husband, which details his behavior and the ramifications of his choices. It is a marvelous balance of anger and bewilderment at anything so out of character of him. The course of true love never did run smooth, but the journey is worthwhile, as Posner and Vonnegut remind us. The script has got a wonderful mix of anxiety, delight,

nostalgia, passion and determination. Director Anthony Lawson and the cast pull the humor to the fore but not at the expense of the substance. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is an annual crisis for me: trying to find something new and special to share with the love of my life. Everyone else who finds themselves in such a conundrum can look no further: This show is the answer. It is the perfect Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s date for a new love or a couple that has shared a lifetime together.

DETAILS:

Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love)

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FIRST LADY OF AMERICAN GARBAGE: ‘I, Tonya’ is one long impression of white trash

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Tonya Harding might be the First Lady of American Garbage—the mother of our trailer-park monarchy. For those who still were sperm in the early 1990s, Harding was a talented figure-skater whose Olympic dreams involved a plot to take out a competitor by breaking her knee with a baton. It led to an FBI investigation and, ultimately, the arrest and conviction of several accomplices. It was the largest scandal in the history of female figure-skating, which up until that point had been the “Geena’s wearing lavender chiffon with mustard-yellow highlights” kerfuffle at the 1988 Montreal Games. “I, Tonya” is a marginally entertaining story about Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and the other pieces of poor white trash that inhabited the flaming dumpster of her existence. Please, note, I am not calling them white trash like some kind of East Coast elite looking down upon them. If “I, Tonya” is a canvas, white trash is the color that director Craig Gillespie painted. It is a darkly comic romp that tries a little too hard to portray our trashy ensemble as both heartbreaking and hilarious. And it kind of works—sometimes. We meet young Tonya Harding and her hellacious acid-spewing mother Lavonna (Allison Janney). She plays the kind of wretched crazy that makes her seem almost inhuman—a crazy, wiry, wrinkled cauldron of anger with a bad haircut. She sees raw talent in Tonya and begins to seek out a figure-skating coach. Tonya’s tumultuous childhood soon becomes her tumultuous teenage years. She’s an angry, driven competitor, with a ridiculously short fuse, and desperate to find her way out of the constricting, emotionally destructive relationship with her mother. Then she meets Jeff (Sebastian Stan), a charismatic creeper who ends up infesting

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particularly respectful, and given the source material, I understand why. As I watched the film, I began to question its point. The movie makes fun of people, circumstances and stupidity of a real-life incident.

her life like an earworm with a bad mustache. They are the very definition of dysfunction: He’s perpetually abusive and she’s desperate for validation. It’s a strange and baffling dynamic that always feels wrong, even when things are going well.

Like “The Disaster Artist,” “I, Tonya” involves a lot of people doing good impressions but it’s nowhere near as entertaining as the real life people they are trying to recreate. There’s no added layer and nothing new added by the fictional adaptation. So what exactly is the point?

Tonya faces a great deal of adversity within the figure-skating community. She is an exceptional skater but lacks the finesse of her competitors. They refuse to give her any recognition, in spite of her superior skills. Tonya handles any adversity in her life with clenched teeth and fists. The fire is supposed to fuel her to success, but it rarely leads her anywhere productive. Her arc in the movie reminded me of the film “A River Runs Through It.” Brad Pitt’s character is this master fly fisherman who couldn’t extend the grace into other aspects of his life. Tonya has the same problem; she is utter precision on the ice and an absolute disaster everywhere else.

DETAILS:

I, Tonya

Rated R Directed by Craig Gillespie Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

I enjoyed a lot of “I, Tonya.” There are great performances, but they are cartoonish in execution. I thought I was watching some really good actors do very entertaining impressions of white trash—like a more tame version of John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos.” But none of it ever felt real. Even though it is based on a true story, the dark comedy and hilarious buffoonery feels unreal. The actual interview footage they base the fourth-wallbreaking segments on is far more mindblowing than the recreations. There’s definite entertainment value in “I, Tonya”—moments of pure, ridiculous hilarity that sometimes feel a little too self-aware. It’s like the movie is a life-sized joke, and the cast and crew are in on it. None of it is

Feb. 19-21 (extra screening on 21, 4 p.m.): “Call Me By Your Name” is a three-time Golden Globe nominee and three-time Academy Awards nominee, with an extra show Wednesday in the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

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serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because it’s going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com HOLIDAY INN RESORT Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.Sat. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com HOPS SUPPLY CO. The combination of chef-inspired food and our craft bar makes Hops Supply Co. a comfortable and inviting gastropub that attracts guests of all types – especially a local crowd who can feel right at home whether ordering a classic favorite or trying a new culinary delight! At HopsCo, we are dedicated to the craft of excellent cuisine and delivering hops in its most perfect form, exemplified by our selection of craft beers. As hops are the heart of flavor for beer, our local seasonal ingredients are the soul of our culinary inspired American fare. 5400 Oleander Dr. (910) 833-8867. ■ OPEN: Mon-Thurs 10:57 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 10:57 am - 11 pm {Serving Brunch 10:57am – 3pm & bar open until midnight}; Brunch ALL DAY Sunday 9:57am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.hopssupplycompany.com JOHNNYLUKES KITCHENBAR Good eats, good drinks, and great times is what JohnnyLukes KitchenBar is all about. JohnnyLukes KitchenBar serves Wilmington, NC a variety of 19 rotating craft beers on tap, a hand selected eclectic American wine list, fun cocktails, and of course, exceptional food. Our two-story layout brings the best of both worlds under one roof. Downstairs at JohnnyLukes KitchenBar pair your beer or wine with our Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop, Chicken Pot Pie, Ribeye, or one of our many main entrees and sharable plates. Or, join us upstairs at JL’s Loft and pair a beer with one of our multiple burgers, JL’s roast beef sandwich, meatball sandwich, or one of our many appetizers (we recommend both!). So next time you are looking for a new and exciting restaurant in Wilmington, NC where you can experience both great craft beer and amazing food, be sure to head over to JohnnyLukes KitchenBar and JL’s Loft! 5500 Market Street, Suite 130. (910)-769-1798 ■ OPEN: JohnnyLukes KitchenBar: Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm; JL’s Loft: Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: www.johnnylukeskb.com THE LITTLE DIPPER Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reserva-

tions are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; Seasonal hours are open 7 days a week, Memorial Day through October ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Tasting menu every Tues. with small plates from $1-$4; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; “Date night menu,” $65/couple with beer and wine tasting every Fri. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mondays and Memorial Day-October, 7-9pm ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com MUNCHIES The most unique restaurant in Wilmington is Munchies. Located adjacent to the UNCW campus, Munchies provides a new take on classic American fare. Selling items unavailable anywhere else such as the famous “Fat Sandwiches”, decadent milk shakes, and fried desserts set Munchies apart, while the incredible flavor of traditional items such as burgers and wings make Munchies stand out. Open until 3 am daily, and offering dine in, take out, and delivery options, as well the choice of ordering online, Munchies is a new American classic for todays modern world. Perfect for lunch, dinner or a late night snack, and totally customizable, Munchies makes sure you get your food, your way, all day. 419 S. College Rd., Unit 35, 910-798-4999. Dine in • Delivery • Take out ■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: 12pm - 3 am daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: munchiesfoodco.com

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PINE VALLEY MARKET Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com

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RISE Serving up the best dang biscuits and donuts in Wilmington, Rise is not any typical breakfast spot. Our donut menu includes an assortment of ‘old school, new school, and our school’ flavors; and our buttery, flaky biscuits filled with country ham, bacon, sausage, fried chicken, and fried eggplant “bacon” are crave-worthy. Lunch is on the Rise with our new chicken sandwiches on potato rolls and fresh salads. 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. (910) 239-9566 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.- Sun. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ WEBSITE: http://risebiscuitsdonuts.com SPOONFED KITCHEN & BAKE SHOP Newly opened Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop is bringing their love for great food and customer service to Wilmington! Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop specializes in creating wholesome, delightful foods to feed your lifestyle. Please join us in our cafe for breakfast, lunch & weekend brunch. We offer coffee & pastries, great foods to go from our deli & freezer cases (appetizers, salads, entrees & sides), bakery items (scones, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, pies & more), gluten-free bakery items, and specialty market, cheeses & beverage. Catering is also available for all budets from personal to corporate to events. #feedyourlifestyle. 1930 Eastwood Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 679-8881. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ SERVING BRUNCH: Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ WEBSITE: www.spoonfedkitchen.com THE TROLLY STOP Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a five-store franchise in Southeastern North Carolina. Since 1976 they have specialized in storemade chili, slaw and various sauces. As of more recently, select locations (Fountain Dr. and Southport) have started selling genuine burgers and cheese steaks (Beef & Chicken). Our types of hotdogs include beef & Pork (Trolly Dog), all-beef, pork smoked sausage (Carolina Packer), Fat Free (Turkey) & Veggie. Recognized as having the Best Hot Dog in the Best of Wilmington Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Call Individual Stores for hours of operation or check out our website at www.trollystophotdogs.com. Cater-

ing available, now a large portion of our business. All prices include tax. Call Rick at 297-8416 for catering and franchise information. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ LOCATIONS: Wilmington, Fountain Dr. (910) 4523952 Wrightsville Beach (910) 256-3921 Southport (910) 457-7017 Boone, NC (828) 265-2658 Chapel Hill, NC (919) 240-4206 ■ WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com

ASIAN HIBACHI TO GO Hibachi To Go is a locally owned, family business serving only the freshest ingredients with three locations. We invite you to try our menu items at either our Hampstead drive-thru location, where you can walk-up, take-out, or call in and pick up your meal or our Ogden location with dine-in or take-out options. Our new Wilmington location (894 South Kerr Avenue) offers dine-in, take-out or drive-thru service. We’re convenient for lunch and dinner. Open 7 days 11 am - 9 pm. Our popular Daily Lunch Specials are featured Monday-Saturday for $4.99 with selections from our most popular menu items! We always have fresh seafood selections at Hibachi To Go, like delicious hand peeled shrimp, fresh local flounder and always a fresh catch fillet in-house. We scratch make every item on our menu daily. We offer your favorite hibachi meals and some of our originals like our pineapple won tons. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the most up to date information on Hibachi To Go. Always fresh, great food at a super good price. Hampstead Phone: 910.270.9200. • Ogden Phone:

910.791.7800 Wilmington Phone: 910-833-8841 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open 7 days 11am9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, North Wilmington, Hampstead ■ WEBSITE: www.hibachitogo.com INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com NIKKI’S FRESH GOURMET For more than a decade, Nikki’s downtown has served diners the best in sushi. With freshly crafted ingredients making up their rolls, sushi and sashimi, a taste of innovation comes with every order. Daily they offer specialty rolls specific to the Front Street location, such as the My Yoshi, K-Town and Crunchy Eel rolls. But for less adventurous diners looking for options beyond sushi, Nikki’s serves an array of sandwiches, wraps and gyros, too. They also make it a point to host all dietary needs, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores alike. They have burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as falafal pitas and veggie wraps, as well as an extensive Japanese fare menu, such as bento boxes and tempura platters. Daily dessert and drink special are also on order. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 16 S. Front St. (910) 771-9151. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 12pm-10pm. Last call on food 15 minutes before closing. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: www.nikkissushibar.com/ OKAMI JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAK HOUSE We have reinvented “Hibachi cuisine.” Okami Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse is like no other. Our highly skilled chefs cook an incredible dinner while entertaining you on the way. Our portions are large, our drinks are less expensive, and our staff is loads of fun. We are committed to using quality ingredients and seasoning with guaranteed freshness. Our goal is to utilize all resources, domestically and internationally, to ensure we serve only the finest food products. We believe good, healthy food aids vital functions for wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken for the specially designed “Teppan Grill.” We also serve tastebud-tingling Japanese sushi, hand rolls, sashimi, tempura dishes, and noodle entrees. This offers our guests a complete Japanese dining experience. Our allyou-can-eat sushie menu and daily specials can be found at www.okamisteakhouse.com! 614 S College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am2:30pm / 4-10pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm / 4pm-11pm;

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Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.okamisteakhouse.com SZECHUAN 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch specials ■ WEBSITE: www.szechuan132.com YOSAKE DOWNTOWN SUSHI LOUNGE Lively atmosphere in a modern setting, Yosake is the delicious Downtown spot for date night, socializing with friends, or any large dinner party. Home to the never-disappointing Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp! In addition to sushi, we offer a full Pan Asian menu including curries, noodle dishes, and the ever-popular Crispy Salmon or mouth-watering Kobe Burger. Inspired features change weekly showcasing our commitment to local farms. Full bar including a comprehensive sake list, signature cocktails, and Asian Import Bottles. 33 S. Front St., 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172. ■ SERVING DINNER: 7 nights a week @ 5PM; Sun-Wed until 10pm, Thurs until 11pm, Fri & Sat until Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 Price Sushi/Appetizer Menu nightly from 5-7, until 8 on Mondays, and also 10-Midnight on Fri/Sat. Tuesday LOCALS NIGHT - 20% Dinner Entrees. Wednesday 80S NIGHT - 80s music and menu prices. Sundays are the best deal downtown - Specialty Sushi and Entrees are Buy One, Get One $10 Off and 1/2 price Wine Bottles. Nightly Drink Specials. GlutenFree Menu upon request. Complimentary Birthday Dessert. ■ WEBSITE: www.yosake.com. @yosakeilm on Twitter & Instagram. Like us on Facebook. YOSHI Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine offers something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before. We are seeking to bring true New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! 260 Racine Dr, Wilmington 28403 (910)799-6799 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. 12pm-11pm, Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.yoshisushibarandjapanesecuisine. com

BAGELS BEACH BAGELS Beach Bagels is the best spot for breakfast and lunch in Wilmington. Serving traditional New York Style Bagels is our speciality. We boil our bagels before baking them, which effectively sets the crust and produces a perfect bagel made with love. Don’t forget about our selection of custom sandwiches that are always made to order. Try out our breakfast options like The Heart Attack filled with Egg, Country Ham, Bacon, Sausage,


and American Cheese, or the Egg-White Dun-Rite with Egg Whites, Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato. Our Boar’s Head meats & cheeses are the perfect accoutrements for assembling the perfect sandwich, every time! Check out our Cuban Chicken Lunch Sandwich, complete with Boar’s Head Chicken Breast, Ham, Swiss, Pickles, Lettuce, Mayo, and Yellow Mustard. You can also make your own! Not in the mood for a bagel? Don’t worry, we have ciabatta bread, croissants, Kaiser rolls, biscuits, wraps, salads, bowls, omelettes, and more! Make your lunch a combo for $1.50 more, and get a small drink, potato salad or chips, and a pickle spear. Visit us at 5906 Oleander Drive or 7220 Wrightsville Avenue right before the drawbridge to Wrightsville Beach. Look out for our third location, coming to Monkey Junction soon!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, biscuits, croissants, sandwiches, and more! ■ WEBSITE: www.BeachBagels.biz

CARIBBEAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE Tucked in the U-shape of University Landing, a block from UNCW is Wilmington’s fave Caribbean restaurant, serving diners for over nine years. Family-owned and -operated, Jamaica’s Comfort Zone provides a relaxing atmosphere along with a blend of Caribbean delights. Our guests have graced us with numerous compliments over the years: “explosive Caribbean culinary experience”; “every year we are here on vacation—you are our first stop”; “flavors just dance in my mouth.” From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as Brownstew chicken, curry goat, oxtail, and jerk pork, our selections also include many vegetarian and select seafood options. Student meal options are $6.99, and catering options are available. University Landing, 417 S. College Road, Wilmington SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues-Sat., 11:45am-9pm. Closed Sun. and Mon. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter

DINNER THEATRE THEATRENOW TheatreNOW is a performing arts complex that features weekend dinner theater, an award-winning weekly kids variety show, monthly Sunday Jazz Brunches, movie, comedy and live music events. Award-winning chef, Denise Gordon, and a fabulous service staff pair scrumptious multi-course themed meals and cocktails with our dinner shows in a theatre-themed venue. Dinner theater at its best! Reservations highly suggested. 19 S. 10th Street (910) 399.3NOW (3669). Hours vary. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Dinner shows, jazz brunches, and more ■ WEBSITE: www.theatrewilmington.com

IRISH THE HARP Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays

and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for trivia at 8:30 on Thursdays and live music on Fridays – call ahead for schedule (910) 763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ WEBSITE: www.harpwilmington.com

ITALIAN ANTONIO’S Serving fresh, homemade Italian fare in midtown and south Wilmington, Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta is a familyowned restaurant which serves New York style pizza and pasta. From daily specials during lunch and dinner to a friendly waitstaff ensuring a top-notch experience, whether dining in, taking out or getting delivery, to generous portions, the Antonio’s experience is an unforgettable one. Serving subs, salads, pizza by the slice or pie, pasta, and more, dine-in, take-out and delivery! 3501 Oleander Dr., #2, and 5120 S. College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun., open at 11:30 a.m.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD DELIVERY OFFERED: Monkey Junction and near Independence Mall ■ WEBSITE: www.antoniospizzaandpasta.com FAT TONY’S ITALIAN PUB Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Veal Saltimbocca, Eggplant Parmigiana, USDA Prime Sirloin, and award-winning NY style hand-tossed pizzas, Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Their appetizers range from Blue Crab Dip to Grilled Pizzas to Lollipop Lamb Chops. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of microbrews included in their 27-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have a wide selection of bottled beers, a revamped wine list, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s offers lunch specials until 3pm Monday through Friday and a 10% discount to students and faculty at CFCC. They have two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, excellent service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. Find The Flavor…..Craft Beer, Craft Pizza! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 11 am-Midnight; Sun., noon-10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: www.fatpub.com ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing. 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. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 125 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff

Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days/week, 365 days/year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Largest tequila selection in town! ■ WEBSITE: www.grabslice.com A TASTE OF ITALY Looking for authentic Italian cuisine in the Port City? Look no further than A Taste of Italy Deli. Brothers, Tommy and Chris Guarino, and partner Craig Berner, have been serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to local and visiting diners for twenty years. The recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, and after one bite you feel like you’re in your mamas’ kitchen. Along with the hot and cold lunch menu, they also carry a large variety of deli sides and made-from-scratch desserts. Or, if you’re looking to get creative in your own kitchen, A Taste of Italy carries a wide selection of imported groceries, from pasta to olive oils, and everything in between. And last but certainly not least, allow them to help you make any occasion become a delicious Italian experience with their catering or call ahead ordering. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.atasteofitalydeli.com ■ FEATURING: Sclafani goods, Polly-O cheese, Ferrara Torrone and much, much more!

MEXICAN EL CERRO GRANDE In January, El Cerro Grande will celebrate 25 years serv-

ing authentic, delicious Mexican cuisine to the greater Wilmington area. With an ever-evolving menu, they have introduced eight new exclusive soft tacos as part of Taco Fiesta! They churn out mouth-watering enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, chef specialties, and more, in a colorfully inviting dining room marked by a friendly staff and attention to detail. Check out El Cerro’s daily drink and food specials at their three different locations, including $3.50 margaritas on Tuesdays off Military Road, on Wednesdays at 341 S. College Road, and on Thursdays at 5120 S. College Road. Mondays feature fajita dinners for 10.99 at all locations, and they even have karaoke every Wednesday at 341 S. College Rd, starting at 6 p.m. Serving lunch and dinner daily. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri., open at 11 a.m.; Sat-Sun., open at 11:30 a.m. ■ LOCATIONS: 341 S. College Rd., 910-793-0035; 5120 S. College Rd., 910-790-8727; 1051 Military Cutoff Rd., 910-679-4209 ■ WEBSITE: www.elcerrogranderestaurant.com LA COSTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT With three locations to serve Wilmingtonians, La Costa is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m with lunch specials. Their full dinner menu (from 3 p.m. on) offers the best in Mexican cuisine across the city. From top-sellers, like fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, to chef’s specialty items, like molcajete or borrego, a taste of familiar and exotic can be enjoyed. All of La Costa’s pico de gallo, guacamole, salsas, chile-chipotle, enchilada and burrito sauces are made in house daily. Add to it a 16-ounce margarita, which is only $4.95 on Mondays and Tuesdays at all locations, and every meal is complete. Serving the Port City since1996, folks can dine indoors at the Oleander and both Market Street locations, or dine alfresco at both Market Street locations. 3617 Market St.; 8024 Unit 1 Market St.; 5622 Oleander Dr.

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LOVEY’S NATURAL FOODS & CAFÉ Lovey’s Natural Foods & Café is a true blessing for shoppers looking for organic and natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a veggie burger, hamburger or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar—which has cold, organic salads and hot selections—can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of delicious juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries organic grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. wheat-free and glutenfree products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD COMPANY Founded in 2008 by Evans and Nikki Trawick, Cape Fear Seafood Company has become a local hotspot for the freshest, tastiest seafood in the area. With its growing popularity, the restaurant has expanded from its flagship eatery in Monkey Junction to a second location in Porter’s Neck, and coming soon in 2017, their third location in Waterford in Leland. “We are a dedicated group of individuals working together as a team to serve spectacular food, wine and spirits in a relaxed and casual setting,” restaurateur Evans Trawick says. “At CFSC every dish is prepared with attention to detail, quality ingredients and excellent flavors. Our staff strives to accommodate guests with a sense of urgency and an abundance of southern hospitality.” Cape Fear Seafood Company has been recognized by encore magazine for best seafood in 2015, as well as by Wilmington Magazine in 2015 and 2016, and Star News from 2013 through 2016. Monkey Junction: 5226 S. College Road Suite 5, 910-799-7077. Porter’s Neck: 140 Hays Lane #140, 910-681-1140. Waterford: 143 Poole Rd., Leland, NC 28451 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: 11:30am-4pm daily; Mon.-Thurs.., 4pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 4pm-10pm; Sun., 4pm-8:30pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, north Wilmington and Leland ■ WESBITE: www.capefearseafoodcompany.com CATCH

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Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List ■ WEBSITE: www.catchwilmington.com 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 “BohemianChic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net MICHAEL’S SEAFOOD’S RESTAURANT Established in 1998, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant is locally owned and operated by Shelly McGowan and managed by her team of culinary professionals. Michael’s aspires to bring you the highest quality and freshest fin fish, shell fish, mollusks, beef, pork, poultry and produce. Our menu consists of mainly locally grown and made from scratch items. We count on our local fishermen and farmers to supply us with seasonal, North Carolina favorites on a daily basis. Adorned walls include awards such as 3 time gold medalist at the International Seafood Chowder Cook-Off, Entrepreneur of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Encores readers’ choice in Best Seafood to name a few. 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. (910) 458-7761 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days 11 am – 9 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach ■ FEATURING: Award-winning chowder, local seafood and more! ■ WEBSITE: www.MikesCfood.com OCEANIC Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable events, such as wedding ceremonies & receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH: Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 10pm

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dine on renovated Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE: www.OceanicRestaurant.com THE PILOT HOUSE The Pilot House Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday ■ WEBSITE: www.pilothouserest.com SHUCKIN’ SHACK Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has two locations in the Port City area. The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd. (910-458-7380) and our second location is at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). The Shack is the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in and check out the Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Carolina Beach Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon-2am, Historic Wilmington: Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11amMidnight ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials. Like us on Facebook! ■ WEBSITE: www.TheShuckinShack.com

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


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

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE: www.CarolinaAleHouse.com

egg, a legendary Italian sandwich, and famous pita pizzas that bake up lite and crispy. 20 HDTVs feature premium sports packaging for all the games! Supporting local craft breweries with 24 drafts and over 100 different bottles and cans, enjoy it all inside the shiny silver building or outside on the dog-friendly patio at 5046 New Centre Dr. Carry out: 910-859-7374. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Full menu until 2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: Daily food and drink specials. ■ WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/ JaxFifthAveDeliAleHouse

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THE FORTUNATE GLASS WINE BAR The Fortunate Glass is an intimate venue showcasing globally sourced wines, plus creative small plates and craft beers. The serene ambiance is created by the beautiful wall mural, elegant glass tile bar, castle rocked walls and intimate booths. There are wines from all regions, with 60 wines by the glass and 350 wines available by the bottle. The food menu consists of numerous small plates, fine cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts that will compliment any wine selection. ■ SERVING DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Tues. - Thur., 4 p.m. - midnight; Fri., 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. - midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown, 29 S Front St. JAX 5TH AVE. DELI & ALE HOUSE ■ FEATURING: Weekly free wine tasting Tues., 6 - 8 Locally owned and operated, Jax offers a laid-back at- p.m. Small plates, and wine and beer specials. mosphere, welcoming foodies, sports fans, and craft ■ WEBSITE: www.fortunateglass.com beer enthusiasts alike. We provide a full eclectic menu of quality Boar’s Head sliced meat and cheeses, and feature unique items like our smoked salmon deviled

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 | 7:00 P. M.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 | 1:00 P. M.

Men’s Tennis vs Liberty

Women’s Basketball vs College of Charleston HOMECOMING FREE National girls and women in sports day clinic begins at 5:00pm in the lobby of Trask Coliseum

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 | 7:00 P. M. Men’s Basketball vs Hofstra

Game sponsored by The Lofts, Wilshire Landing, Camden Forest and Papa John’s Pizza

HOMECOMING: Seahawk Color Series Game - Teal

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EXTRA>>FACT OR FICTION

SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT: Chapter 3, I Read The News Today, Oh Boy…

BY: GWENYFAR ROHLER

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cott! Get in here!” The editor called to her as she walked into the newsroom. If Kitty Scott walked into a bar, she would be memorable because she was a fat woman who dressed like she wasn’t. With sandy brown hair and a heartshaped face—or it would be heart shaped if it didn’t bleed into her neck—she might not be beautiful, but she was inquisitive to the point of being nosey. In many professions that’s a liability, but for a newspaper reporter, it is an entry-level skill. “Yes, sir?” Kitty didn’t even pause at her desk to drop her purse. When the boss called, the boss called. “Get over to the hospital. We just got a call that a guy was killed on the film set.”

current filming projects in the Port City. Actually, female or no, she was the first “film beat” reporter he had at the newspaper. Why had he never needed one before? Now, the Port City had film, and film was money and news. He smiled at the memory of the day she came back from interviewing Denis Hopper. It was a vicarious joy he experienced through his reporters. He denied them so much: membership in clubs, advocacy, volunteering, political opinions. It was The Fourth Estate—the press had to hold the feet of the powers that be to the fire. To do that, one must be apart—to have impartiality. But interviewing celebrities was something everyone enjoyed—even Kitty, though she tried to act blasé about it. He was proud of that as well. She should keep her joy contained and fit in with the men in the newsroom; it was the best way for her to thrive there.

“What? Who?” “Do I look like a reporter? Isn’t it your job to find out? Now, get moving.” He waved her away. “Yes, sir.” She pivoted and headed out without a moment’s hesitation. He smiled at her back as the newsroom door shut behind her. Other people might make the mistake of not taking her seriously because she was frumpy and paunchy, but not Rick Dawes. He had grudgingly accepted the reality that women were joining his workforce in the early ‘70s—and not as secretaries. By the mid ‘80s, he concluded, if the world was changing and women wanted to have the jobs of men, by God, he would treat them with the same toughness as his male reporters. He liked Kitty Scott from the beginning. Though, when she applied to be a reporter— her first job out of college—he had some misgivings. She lacked a lot of grace and graces that were hallmarks of Southern womanhood, the advantages of the few female reporters he hired. When engaged in conversation or an interview, if Kitty didn’t like someone’s answer, she would ask the same question 10 different ways, instead of smiling and appreciating the subtext—which is what Southern belles were brought up to do. It was part of why he assigned her to be the first female film beat reporter. She was prepared to wait however long she needed and press however much in order to get even the most self-absorbed L.A. producer to answer her questions about the economic impact of

***** The hospital smells like nowhere else on Earth: Disinfectant, floor polish, urine, and air freshener mingled with a thin veneer of cigarette smoke. Kitty shook her head, trying to clear it and wondered again how anyone could work at a hospital and smoke. It seemed like such a contradiction of terms. She actually hadn’t been back since the night her mother was killed. While looking at the revolving entrance door, she took a deep breath and braced herself. “Come on, Kitty, you can do it,” she muttered to herself over and over, until by some miracle, she made in through the door and to the elevators. But the smell made her gag, and her skin felt like it was crawling off of her. “This is no way to face an interview about a death,” she moaned. There are some things reporters never like doing. Going to the hospital to report on death and accidents is one. “Dreaded” was a more accurate term. The staff needed to not to be bothered to do their jobs. The family didn’t want to be bothered while they coped with all the trauma in front of them. But there she was, asking nosy questions at the worst possible time. And she knew the flipside of the page all too well. She remembered being wrapped up in pain and fear and desperately wanting information, reassurance, to wake up from the nightmare of life—to somehow unsee her mother, dripping blood on the floor, as the gurney rushed her away. She hoped to unsee

her father in speechless shock, unable to sign any forms of consent for treatment, much less answer questions about medications or medical history. The next day when the police-beat reporter started asking her about the events leading up to her mother’s shooting, and the ongoing investigation for the culprits, she never wanted to do her job again. But she did. Because a reporter does the job she is assigned to do—and she does it well. This was her job and she was going to do it, no matter what. “Yes, can I help you?” The receptionist asked. Kitty flashed her press badge, “We got a report there was an accident on the movie set.” “Let me get someone to help you.” The receptionist retreated to the inner office and patted her perfect bun, convinced a hair was out of place. Kitty leaned on the reception desk to steady herself and took a deep breath, counted backward from 10, nine, eight … “You can go in.” The receptionist held open the door to the inner sanctum. Walt King looked ashen. Kitty had never seen him look so bad—and he had talked with her about car accidents, hurricane-related deaths, autopsies, and domestic violence deaths. “I don’t normally say this, you understand,” he said. “But it’s bad.” He paused to light a cigarette, his hands noticeably shaking. “Why? What happened? We got a report that someone was dead? Is someone dead?” “Might as well be.” He blew out a stream of smoke. “Apparently, he was in a man-lift on the movie set and went right into the hightension power lines overhead.” “Are you saying he survived?” she asked in disbelief. “Barely. Apparently, he was still hot to the touch and twitching when the ambulance showed up.” He got quiet. “It looks like part of his head melted off his body.” “Seriously? And he survived that? He’s not dead? How do you run a manlift in to powerlines? Don’t you see it above you?”

ting ready to air-lift him to Chapel Hill to the burn unit up there.” “Jesus Christ.” “Yep, that about covers it.” He shook his head. “There but for the Grace of God, go I.” “But was it intentional? Did someone do this on purpose?” “I only deal with the medical side of it, and all I know is he’s still alive,” Walt held up a finger to count, “and that he’s going to the burn unit at Chapel Hill.” He held up another finger. “Beyond that, you have to ask someone who was there.” “But how do you know he ran into power lines?” “Miss Scott, I can show you some graphics about burns and how they are treated. I can tell you the impact on his neurological system is going to last the rest of his life.” He held up a hand to stop her. “But I cannot tell you how long the rest of his life is going to be. Nor can I tell you for sure what kind of quality of life he will have. I certainly cannot speak to the events leading up to the accident—or incident. I do know we, and the hospital at Chapel Hill, will do everything possible to insure the best outcome possible for him.” That was six weeks ago. Now she was back here, and it felt like déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra said. Almost the same conversation word-forword with her editor—the same smells, the same strained look on Walt’s face. Except this time he mentioned most of the crew from the movie was in the waiting room of the emergency room “They’re holding a vigil,” he explained. “A vigil? What do you mean a vigil?” “Yes, it seems they aren’t going to leave until Jeffrey Chen is out of surgery.” He paused, choosing his words carefully. Discussing someone with the celebrity of Jeffrey Chen, whose family had a long history of dealing with PR guys far more savvy than him (chewing them up and spitting them out when necessary), made him very cautious about handling this particular case, especially with this particular reporter. He finally managed, “It could be a long wait.”

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HAPPENINGS & EVENTS ACROSS WILMINGTON

TO-DO CALENDAR

events

MARDI GRAS AT COTTON EXCHANGE

Feb. 10, noon-4pm: The Cotton Exchange is hosting annual Mardi Gras event! Face painting, live jazz music, a magician, King Cake, and more will be free for all families. Cotton Exchange, 321 N Front St.

BELK ENGAGEMENT PARTY

professionals for services you may be interested in booking. We’ll be emceeing the event while playing a great mix of music for your enjoyment. Refreshments will be on hand as well as a great selection of samples provided by caterers. So plan to spend a few hours with us, and maybe even get some great advice and ideas for your big day. Be sure to stop by and check our availability and fees. Belk Indepence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr.

Feb. 10, noon: Calling all engaged wedding BIG AND SMALL FAMILY BALL couples! Join us at Belk in Independence mall Feb. 10, 5pm: Celebrate Valentine’s Day as for the semiannual Belk Engagement Party. a family at The Children’s Museum of WilmThis is a great opportunity to register or upington. Join us for dancing, crafts, treats, date an existing registry for your wedding, win face painting and MORE! Don’t forget to capsome great door prizes, and meet wedding ture the moment at our photo booth station.

A family fun evening that you definitely don’t want to miss! Anytime and ACM Members: free. Weekday members: $4.87/person. Nonmembers: $9.75/person. Military and seniors: $8.75/person. Groupons and coupons are not available during the time of the event. Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange St.

charity/fundraiser CF BEARD AND MUSTACHE COMPETITION

Feb. 10, 6:30pm: Cape Fear Beard & Mustache Competition in The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery. Competition at 7:30pm. 12 categories will be judged and awarded 1st,

2nd, & 3rd place for each category. All category gold medalists will also be entered in the final Best In Show Category. Tickets: $10, available at bar at Front Street, or by calling Ellie at 910-251-1935. Proceeds from all ticket sales, raffles, and silent auction will benefit our tri-county chapter of UsToo International Prostate Cancer Education & Awareness. Vendors will have goods for sale with 10 percent sales going toward the cause as well. Beam Room at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. TO ARIS W/LOVE VALENTINE’S MARKET

Feb. 11, 1pm: Holiday Market, we are raising funds for Lil’ Miss Aris. This young lady has a congenital heart defect. We have come together to help her loving family out and you can help too. All fees, and donations will be given back to her family to help with their expenses. PLEASE come out and support this loving family. We have incredible local vendors, artist, and producers helping out this cause. Some of the Vendors will be donating a percentage of their sales also. Face Painting, Huge Raffle, Music, Food.. and lots of great items for sale. Bring your kids, family and friends... This is a wonderful cause. Lets help this little angel. (Rain Date Feb. 10th). Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Ln.

HUNT FOR HOPE

One-of-a-kind scavenger hunt by car at Tavern on 17th (The Pointe at Barclay). Go through some amazing locations in the Wilmington Area. The hunt will end at Tavern on 17th with awards ceremony and afterparty! Registration and sponsorship details are available at PinkHuntForHope.com, where you can sign up your team or your business online! 100% of all business and team registrations are going directly to the Pink Ribbon Project to fund mammograms for local women in need! Max number of members: 5. Registration fee includes entry to the Hunt for Hope After Party! Top 3 awarded, with Best Team Spirit, Best Team Theme & more! Sign in at noon; hunt at 1pm; team check in at end, 4pm. www.facebook.com/events/194600194435212.

HEART AND SOUL

Feb. 11, 6:30pm: An Evening of Dinner and Dancing in support of the Wilmington Boys Choir. Come and dance your socks off! $25 includes spaghetti dinner & beverage. Live music by Nicole Thompson and Darryl Murrill. www.wilmingtonboyschoir.org/events.html. St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 16 N 16th St.

FORWARD MOTION DANCE FUNDRAISER

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MAKE IT MONDAY

Feb. 12, 1pm: Give an hour to making fleece tie blankets for donation to children in need and crisis. All the blankets we produce will go to Project Linus of New Hanover / Brunswick / Pender Counties. Supplies will be available for this free activity, but space is limited. Please register on the calendar at www.nhcli-

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music/concerts MUSIC CRUISES

A boat ride at sunset on the river! Join us for a 1.5 hour cruise on the Cape Fear River. Sip a drink from our full bar, enjoy the sights, while listening to music by local musicians. $27. Book: 910-338-3134. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.

TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Feb. 11, 5pm: Tallis Chamber Orchestra will present a concert Sunday, February 11, 5:00pm at First Presbyterian Church as part of the Music at First Concert Series. Music will include the Concerto No. 3 for Horn and String Orchestra by Alan Hovhaness with soloist Alex Williams and a new piece composed by TCO member Dan Sanchez. Also music by Gluck, Rimsky-Korsakov and Frank Bridge. The concert is free/donations accepted. First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third St.

theatre/auditions SENIOR MOMENTS

slightly naughty (one-act) plays about people in their golden years.” TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St. www.theatrewilmington.com LA BOUCHE

Feb. 14, 7:30pm: Language of music transcends political, religious and cultural boundaries. With this spirit, Lane McCray burst onto the international music scene in the mid and late 1990s with the late diva Melanie Thornton. Having met in Frankfurt, Germany by a chance encounter, this powerhouse duo became known as La Bouche (French for “the mouth”) and conquered the dance music scene with landmark success, producing

FEB. 9: OLIVER!

Thalian Association will be opening the Dickens’ classic at Thalian Hall this weekend! The musical “Oliver!” features Victorian England, with a malnourished orphan in a workhouse who escapes to London to findacceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets. The show runs two weekends at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets: $32, www.thalianhall.org.

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earned numerous awards, including the German Grammy, the Echo, for Dance Song of the Year in 1995. In 2001, Melanie Thornton passed in plane crash while promoting her MEET LOCAL ARTISTS solo career. Original vocalist Sir Lane McCray Meet working artists, and see their works in carries the dream on along with new vocalist progress. Everything from sculptures to fine Zsofia Farkas. Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St. jewelry in this unique location. Free parking, fun for everyone. Over 45 artist’s works to WHO AM I (AND OTHER CONUNDRUMS OF LOVE) enjoy. Free, and we participate in the 4th FriFeb. 1-4, 8-11, & 15-18: Big Dawg presents day Art Walks, 6-9pm, 4th Fri. ea. mo. theArt“Who Am I This Time (& Other Conundrums Works, 200 Willard St. of Love).” The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and compli- FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT cated. Set on the stage of The North CrawFourth Friday Gallery Nights, Wilmington’s ford Mask & Wig Club(“the finest community premier after-hours celebration of art and cultheatre in central Connecticut”), three early ture, 6-9pm, fourth Friday of ea. month. Feacomic masterpieces by Kurt Vonnegut (Long tures art openings, artist demonstrations, enWalk to Forever, Who am I This Time? and Go tertainment and refreshments. Administered Back to Your Precious Wife and Son) are sewn by the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hatogether into a seamless evening of hilarity nover County, numerous venues participate. and humanity. With Posner’s vision and VonFull list: artscouncilofwilmington.org negut’s singular wit and insight into human PED ART foibles, this is a smart, delightful comedy for Pedestrian Art public sculpture series, a prothe whole family. Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 gram of The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, Castle St. www.bigdawgproductions.org features the installation of 10-12 sculptures

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throughout downtown Wilmington. 2017 proBook, music, & lyrics by Lionel Bart; classic gram is made possible through support from musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, the City of Wilmington, The Artworks, Craige “Oliver Twist.” The Tony and Olivier Award& Fox LLC, Art in Bloom Gallery, the Dreams winning show is one of the few musicals to win Center for Arts Education, and the Downtown an Academy Award for Best Picture and is Business Alliance. Amy Grant: grantamyn@ widely hailed as a true theatrical mastergmail.com, 484-885-3037; or Rhonda Belpiece by actors and audience members lamy: info@artswilmington.org, 910-343-0998. alike. Feb. 11, 16-18, 7:30pm, or Sun., SHANNON BOURNE: AMERICAN STORIES 3pm. Tickets: $15-$30. thalianhall.org. 310 UNCW Department of Art’s newest faculty Chestnut St. member is a versatile artist whose work spans film, graphic design, printmaking and ceramics. Exhibit features work in variety of techniques, including innovative art that bridges the boundary between printmaking and ceramics. UNCW, Art Gallery, Cultural Arts CFCC TOURNÉES FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL Building, 601 S. College Rd. Feb. 13-15, 12:30pm: CFCC will host the ART EXPLOSIONS Tournées French Film Festival, a program Join us for a new exhibit and opening reof theFACE (French American Cultural Exception of “Art Explosions” by Jeffery Geller change) Foundation. Held in partnership with during Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Art Walk the Cultural Services of the FrenchEmbassy, in January. Jeffery Geller creates outside-offest will take place on CFCC’s Wilmington the-box art, original art with paper, clay, paint, campus in the Union Station Auditorium (502 wood, and often found objects. Experience N. Front St).All films are in French with English shadow boxes and art explosions outside of subtitles, and all screenings are free and open shadow boxes. View clay and paper mobiles, to the public. Schedule is as follows: February mixed-media collages, paintings, and ceram13, 12:30 pm – My Life As A Zucchini; Februics. Exhibit runs until Feb. 24. Art in Bloom, ary 13, 6 pm – National Diploma; February 14, 210 Princess St. 12 pm - Frantz; February 14, 6 pm – Beauty MICHAEL VAN HOUT and the Beast, 1946; February 15, 12:30 pm – View tie-wire wall hangings and metal sculptApril and the Extraordinary World; and Februed fish. The exhibit will run through Feb. 13. ary 15, 6 pm – Things to Come. Wine at Waterline, w/free wine and cheese BURNED: ARE TREES THE NEW COAL tasting! This month we will be sampling a wide Feb. 13, 6pm: Documentary “BURNED: Are variety of wines from NC’s very own SanctuTrees the New Coal” takes a hard look at the ary Vineyards. Paired each sample with just latest false solution to climate change: woody the right cheese with live music and an art biomass. The film tells the story of how bioshowcase presented by Art in Bloom Gallery. mass companies, like Enviva, have hidden Waterline Brewing, 721 Surry St. behind green labels and become the alternative-energy savior for the power-generation ORDINARY BEAUTY, CLOSELY OBSERVED Feb. 8, 6pm: Special Champagne toast and industry. It is a visceral account of the acreception for “Ordinary Beauty, Closely Obcelerating destruction of our forests for fuel. served: Scanographs by Susan Francy” at Our forests and communities here in North Platypus & Gnome. Susan Francy PhotoCarolina are at risk, and it’s up to us to step graphs has been a photojournalist, commerup. Join UNCW ECO, POP, and Surfrider for a cial photographer and art photographer for screening and discussion about what can be more than 35 years. The overall theme of her done to stop this madness. Randall Library, art images could be described as “ordinary UNCW, 601 S. College Rd. beauty, closely observed.” The images are often from nature and although they are focused on still life subjects, there is a dynamic sense of movement and emotionalism in them. In OLIVER

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recent years Susan has been playing around with scanning objects, as opposed to photographing them. Art in Bloom LLC is delighted to partner with Checker Cab productions and Platypus & Gnome Restaruant to display and sell the work of talented artists. Free and open to the public. Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 S. Front St.

dance CAPE FEAR CONTRA DANCERS

Come on out for two hours of energetic, contemporary American country dancing with live music by Box of Chocolates band—fiddle, percussion, guitar, dulcimer, bass, mandolin and more! Dress cool & comfortable, softsoled shoes. All ages. 2nd/4th Tues, 7:30pm. United Methodist, 409 S. 5th Ave.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Special date is for dads and daughters of all ages. Dress to impress, strike a pose together at the photo booth, and spin your best sweetheart around the dance floor. Free, register early on the calendar at www.nhclibrary.org or 910-798-6373. While you’re registering, feel free to suggest a favorite song for the playlist. Librarian Max Nunez at mnunez@nhcgov. com or 910-798-6373. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

HEARTS A POPPIN’

Feb. 10, 6:30pm: Dance winter blues away with the Cape Fear Swing Dance Society and the The Swing Shifters at the Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center. No partner or experience necessary! All welcome!$10

requested donation to benefit the Cape Fear Swing Dance Society and the Hannah Block Historic USO Building Preservation Fund. Beginner Lesson at 6:30; 7pm move your feet and tap your toes to Wilmington’s favorite Gypsy swing band, the The Swing Shifters! Feel free to dress in your favorite 20’s-40’s fashion, hair flowers, fedoras and more. 120 S. 2nd St. LINE DANCING CLASS

The Dance Element opresents classes for adults and seniors w/Sheryl Pacelli on Mo., 1-2pm, in the Ogden Business Park. No previous experience Is necessary; no advance enrollment required. Drop in for inrto session which runs 7 weeks through Mar. 19. $7-$35. www.thedanceelement.com. 7211 Ogden Business Ln. #205

URBAN BUSH WOMEN

Feb. 13, 8pm: Uniquely bold and boundarypushing storytelling weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. This radical re-imagining of an earlier work (HairStories, 2001) features the choreography of Samantha Speis and Chanon Judson in collaboration with the company, new music compositions by The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack and Monstah Black), with stage direction by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Crafted from personal narratives from our communities, kitchens and living rooms, social media, and YouTube, Hair & Other Stories is an opportunity for the entire family to see a dance work that debates the center of perceived American “values” and celebrates the persevering nar-

rative of the African Diaspora. Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St.

comedy OPEN MIC

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

COMEDY BINGO

Brent Blakeney headlines comedy bingo at Dead Crow, Tuesday nights, 8pm. Free show featuring the best comics from all over the Southeast, all while playing bingo along with the words they say! Win prizes and enjoy discount tacos! Hosted by Louis Bishop with in-booth side kick comedian Lew Morgante. Dead Crow Comedy Club, 265 N. Front St.

GRUFF GOAT COMEDY

On the first Wed. ea. month, Gruff Goat Comedy features Three Guest Comics Under a Bridge. No Trolls. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Lane

DEAD CROW COMEDY ROOM

Feb. 9-10, 7:30/9pm: Adam Newman has performed stand-up on the Late Show with David Letterman, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Gotham Comedy Live, his special on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, and most recently a one-hour special called Fuzzies currently streaming on Amazon. He’s also appeared on HBO’s Silicon Valley, TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything, the Tyra Banks Show (weird!), and has released two critically acclaimed stand-up albums, “Not for Horses” (2011) and “Killed”(2015) through Rooftop Comedy Productions. Dead Crow Comedy Room. 265 N. Front St. deadcrowcomedy. com

PRIMETIME COMEDY

Come see some of North Carolina’s best stand-up comedians in a world class venue! This month our super talented performers are: Brett Williams, Cordero Wilson, Grant Sheffield, Louis Bishop, and Tyler Wood. Hosted by: Wills Maxwell. N Front Theatre (formerly City Stage), 21 N Front St.

museums CAMERON ART MUSEUM

Exhibits: Created By Light (through Feb. 11): Exploring the photography collections of eight North Carolina institutions, the exhibition will examine the evolution of photography highlighting the names of the medium; the connections between the institutions and NC artists working in the medium. • State of the Art/ Art of the State: (through July 8): Focusing on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists bring a single work of art to be installed in the

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museum, delivering the work within 24‐hour period. No fee. During this time frame, four curators from North Carolina institutions greet each artist and talk about their work. The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today. CAM organized with a visual schematic for reference to the over 600 intensely installed artworks. • CAM Café open and serving delicious menu with full bar, 5pm9pm. Tues.-Sun., 11am-2pm; Thurs. nights, 5pm-9pm 910-395-5999. www.cameronartmuseum.org. 3201 S. 17th St. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM

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

WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM

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

LATIMER HOUSE

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

CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM

World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy” and “Sheena,” a 23-ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St., across from the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Front and Water St. 910-762-1669. capefearserpentarium.com.

BELLAMY MANSION

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physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (18211907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.910-251-3700. bellamymansion. org. 503 Market St. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE

the Pacific Theater during World War II; and as owner and operator of Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction in Linville. Exhibits more than 50 images feature dozens of his lesser known or unpublished photographs, as well as some classics. Will feature brochures, postcards and prints. • Curiosity Carts, Feb. 4, 1:30pm: Free for members or with general admission. Get your hands on history and science! Examine artifacts and science specimens. Gain insight into topics featured in museum exhibits. Carts are stationed in Museum galleries and feature short hands-on, facilitated experiences for visitors. CF Museum, 814 Market St.

18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with EXPO 216 Newly opened exhibit feat. end-of-life issues. 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Enter Grandma’s House and address the elColonial life is experienced through historical ephant in the room. Pick up an advance direcinterpretations in kitchen-building and courttive. Review the History of Hospice . Contemyard. 3rd/Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. plate individual responses of compassion in Last tour, 3pm. 910-762-0570. www.burgwinthe arena. Wed.-Sun., noon-6pm. 216 N Front wrighthouse.com. St. www.expo216.com.

CAPE FEAR MUSEUM

See NC through the eyes of Wilmington-born photographer Hugh MacRae Morton (19212006). His captivating images will be featured in the traveling exhibit “Photographs by Hugh STORY EXPLORERS Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” is now Cameron Art Museum, every Thurs., 10open at Cape Fear Museum. The exhibit is on 10:30am: Admission by donation. Bring your loan from the UNC Library’s North Carolina infant, toddler or preschooler for story time, Collection Photographic Archives and will be gallery exploration and an art project! georon view through September 2018. To cregia@cameronartmuseum.org for more info. ate Photographs by Hugh Morton, Stephen 3201 S. 17th St. Fletcher, photographic archivist at UNC Library’s North Carolina Collection Photograph- LITTLE EXPLORERS Thurs. and Sat., 10am: Meet your friends in ic Archives, selected images from the library’s Museum Park for fun hands-on activities! Encollection of Morton’s estimated quarter-miljoy interactive circle time, conduct exciting exlion negatives and transparencies. Shows experiments, and play games related to a weekly periences as a photojournalist; as a soldier in

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theme. Perfect for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers every Friday. Free! Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. AERODYNAMICS FUN

Kids ages 6 to 13 are invited to build and test a variety of paper airplanes at this free library program. They’ll learn about the four forces of flight (lift, weight, thrust, and drag) as they observe the performance of different airplane designs. How far will it fly? How accurately will it land? Will it loop-the-loop? No registration is required for this free program for kids ages 6 to 13. Meaghan Weiner: mweiner@nhcgov. com/910-798-6385.

SATURDAY STORY HOUR

Miss Shannon will lead interactive story hours for kids ages 3-6 on the first and third Saturdays of May at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington. Saturday Story Hour is free and no pre-registration is needed. Opens with a picture book and end with a project or activity at the end, and include time to play, learn, and laugh in between. Ea. child should bring a participating adult. Shannon Vaughn: 910798-6303. svaughn@nhcgov.com. 201 Chestnut St.

PRESCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE

Feb. 8, 10am: Play, learn and explore math and science concepts at this interactive storytime, which includes hand-on science experiments and exploration stations. The program is designed for children ages 3 to 6, and each child must be accompanied by an adult. Program presented at Cape Fear Museum by the New Hanover County Ready to Read Library Outreach Ladies, Raquel Fava and Krista Dean. It’s free, but space is lim-

ited and preregistration is required on New Hanover County Public Library’s calendar at www.nhclibrary.org. Introduces young kids to the STEM skills they will need to succeed in a 21st century world, contact Raquel Fava (rfava@nhcgov.com) or Krista Dean (kdean@ nhcgov.com) at 910-798-6368. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. FRENCH PLAYGROUP

Thurs., 10am: Chantez! Jouez! Rencontrez des nouveaux amis! Sing, play, and meet new friends at French Playgroup at the main library! Informal hour where young kids and parents/caregivers can hear and try out some French words. Free and no advance registration is needed. Main Library Children’s Room at 910-798-6303 or sdemarco@nhcgov.com. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.

SNAKE AND TURTLE FEEDING

Feb. 7, 4pm: Ages 3 and up. Enjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Events Center and then watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle will be fed during the demonstration. Pre-reg. rqd for all programs; register online, www.halyburtonpark. com. Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.

KIDS BOOT CAMP

Feb. 8, 4:25pm: Kids Boot Camp / Yoga focuses on keeping your child active and engaged while learning about fitness, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle. Parents/Caregivers are welcome to stay and join the fun! Free with YMCA membership; $10 for dropins. Express YMCA, 11 S. Kerr Ave.


outdoors/recreation

Postures; Jan. 28: Back Extending Postures; Feb. 4: Putting it All Together. $80/series or $22 drop-in. Longwave Yoga, 203 Racine Dr.

NC BIRDING TRAIL

Ea. mo. we explore different sites along the NC Birding Trail in the Coastal Plain. Each hike will be appx 2 mi. Transportation from Halyburton Park included. Wrightsville Beach Thurs 12/21, 8am-noon; ages: 16 and up. Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.

BLACKWATER ADVENTURE CRUISE

Two-hour cruise up the Northeast Cape Fear River, still largely unchanged and underpopulated as it was when Wilmington was colonized in the late 1600’s. Cruising through the Castle Hayne Aquifer and by the Bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation. A narrated cruise based of the history and ecology of the area. 910-338-3134. ILM Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.

ART FOR ADULTS

FEB. 8: BEGINNER CALIGRAPHY Wanting something fun to learn in the new year? Brooke Helton of Southern Bee Designs and Calligraphy Wilmington comes to the rescue! She will teach a beginner course at Belle Vue Wilmigton (20 Princess St.) on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Supplies provided, participants will receive hands-on instruction as well as refreshments. Tickets: www.southernbelledesigns.com/workshops.

HARBOR CRUISE

Weds, 3pm: Set sail on the Shamrock for a cruise around Wrightsville Beach’s Harbor Island—the island which separates the barrier island of the beach proper from the mainland. Locations of historical, ecological and cultural note will be featured. Learn what year the first buildings on Wrightsville Beach were built. Additionally, learn about the different types of marsh grasses, shorebirds, and fish we have teeming in the water surrounding the beach. RSVP rqd. $15-$25. WB Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.

classes ART CLASSES

Lois DeWitt art classes, $100/4 (two-hour). Meditative Drawing: Wed., 10am and 2pm. • Thurs. and Fri, 5pm: Art it up—Nice and Easy! • Sat. 10am: Learn how to pour color shapes and define them with drawing. • Mon, 10am/2pm: Collage Magic • Tues, 10am and 2pm: Draw With Colored Pencils. All materials provided. www.free-online-artclasses.com (click on Wilmington Art Classes).910-547-8115 or loislight@bellsouth.net

NEW BASIC YOGA CLASSES

At the Midtown YMCA are happening now! Join me on Tuesday nights from 6-7 pm for a challenging and relaxing way to end your day. See the schedule for a full list of classes. Free with YMCA Membership or $10 drop-in. Temple Baptist Church Activity Center, 709 George Anderson Dr.

PAPERMAKING CLASSES

Wed., 6pm: Adults explore different papermaking techniques so you can make each sheet of paper unique. All materials included, but we encourage bringing in some of your own materials that you can include into your paper—such as flat mementos and plants. See samples on our Facebook and website. Adult and children classes held on Sat., 2pm. Sign up: www.alunaworks.com. Aluna Works, 603 Castle St.

POWER YOGA

Join us for power yoga on Sundays at Capt’n Bill’s, 3pm. Drop in fee of $8. Bring your own mat. 4240 Market St.

NEW YEAR FUNDAMENTALS

skills will be presented. Registration is required. www.hillschoolofwilmington.org. Castle Branch/Tek Mountain, 1844 Sir Tyler Dr.

Sunday morning yoga series, 11am-12:30pm through Feb. 4. Jan. 21: Forward Bending

NATURE IN A NUTSHELL

Meet at grassy area next to picnic shelter #2 (by restrooms). Our nature themes will be brought to life through stories, songs, games, hikes, and other hands-on activities. Please dress for the weather (including closed-toe shoes) to be ready for outdoor fun! Whether the Weather be Cold, Sat, 2/10, 10-10:30am; Dino Dig, Sat, 2/24, 10-10:30am; Birds: Our Feathered Friends, Sat., 3/10, 10-10:30am; ABCs of Nature, Sat., 3/24, 10-10:30 am; It Starts with a Seed, Sat., 4/7, 10-10:30am; Oh My Deer!, Sat. 4/21, 10-10:30am. Pre-reg rqd for all programs: www.halyburtonpark.com. Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.

ESSENTIALLY LIVING

Grab a delish cup of tea or coffee from Old North Coffee and Join us for this free class on learning how to incorporate essential oils into your life and home for a more natural lifestyle. We will introduce you to CPTG oils & teach you the different ways to use them. Old North Coffee, 1207 S. Kerr Ave Ste. 1

Feb. 9, 2pm: Create your own Valentine cards or gifts at Northeast Library! This free craft program is for adults, and a variety of materials will be available. No registration is needed. Reference Librarian Annice Sevett at asevett@ nhcgov.com or 910-798-6371. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

BEGINNIER CALIGRAPHY CLASS

Feb. 8, 6:30pm: Learn the basics of pointed pen calligraphy in this comprehensive 2.5 hour workshop, taught by Brooke Helton of Southern Bee Designs & Calligraphy Studio. Students receive a personalized, full kit of supplies, hands on instruction, and light refreshments. www.southernbeedesigns. com/workshops for tickets. 6:30-9 at Belle Vue Wilmington, 20 Princess St.

ASANA ALCHEMY W/ KELLY HAAS

All of existence functions within a delicate balancing act, and our bodies are no different. Whether we experience trauma, stress, or repetitive motions, our bodies can become imbalanced. World-renowned yoga therapeutics teacher, Kelly Haas, will lead this dynamic and educational workshop designed for students and teachers to cultivate balance through yoga asana. Be introduced to the vayus, or winds that govern different areas of the body, gain precise postural alignment, increase your life force, stay safe or heal from injury. And be prepared to have a lot of fun! Feb. 9, 5pm: The Root of All Things; Feb. 10, 9am-noon: Fountain of Life; 2-5pm, Inner Stoking; Feb. 11,

10am-1pm, Honor Prana. Longwave Yoga, 203 Racine Dr. #200 LOSE IT TEAM CHALLENGE

Feb. 10, 10am: 10-Week Team Weight Loss Challenge: Meet and work out with your Team and Personal Trainer every week, attend weekly wellness seminars, and enjoy team motivation as you reach your goals! Kick off Sat., Feb 10, 10am. $225 for Y members $325 for non-members. Express YMCA, 11 S. Kerr Ave.

PROJECT FOOD, LAND, PEOPLE WORKSHOP

Mon. 2/12, 9am-4pm: Ages 16 and up—a hands-on workshop where participants will learn interdisciplinary lessons on topics connecting people, the land we live on and the food that sustains us. This 6 hour workshop counts towards NC Environmental Educator’s Certification and Continuing Education Credits for Criteria I. Free. Workbook or CD can be purchased the day of the workshop for $30 each. Pre-reg. rqd. for all programs. Register: www.halyburtonpark.com. Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.

COMPUTER CLASS

Feb. 12, 5pm: This hands-on computer class at the downtown Library will introduce basic computer parts and terminology. You’ll get familiar with the mouse and the keyboard, and learn safety tips that will help protect your privacy online. The class is free but space is limited, so please register on the calendar at www.nhclibrary.com or by calling 910-798-6301. Natasha Francois at nfrancois@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6301. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.

MINDFULNESS FOUNDATIONS

CFMTA WORKSHOP

Cape Fear Music Teachers Association will host a composer workshop feat. Chrissy Ricker, Sat., Feb. 10-12, at Carolina Bay Retirement Community. Chrissy Ricker’s compositions have been featured in the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Music Festival Bulletin. Several students will play Ms. Ricker’s pieces and she will also talk with teachers, students, and other interested persons about composition. Free. Martha Hayes at 910-7929773. Carolina Bay, 630 Carolina Bay Dr.

FINISH IT

Feb. 7, 4pm: Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, or enjoy another craft? Got unfinished projects lurking in your closets? Bring a project to the library and work on it with other crafty people, on the first Wednesday of every month from 4-6 pm. This library group is free and no reservations are needed. Reference Librarian Annice Sevett at asevett@nhcgov. com or 910-798-6371. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

SURVIVING HOMEWORK WITH YOUR CHILD

Feb. 8, 6pm: For a child with a languagebased learning disability, homework can be a challenge that affects the whole family. During this free Workshop, parents will be exposed to a multisensory approach to supporting a student’s efforts to complete homework assignments. A wide range of study tips, technology tools, time management aids, and advocating

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Feb. 12, 6pm: New Year is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us many people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some of their life choices. New Year’s Intentions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make. 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical course includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices; gentle stretching and mindful yoga Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life; group discussions and dialogue and more! Eight classes, each two hours long. One day retreat from 9-12:30. YMCA Midtown @ Temple Activity Center 709 George Anderson Dr. Cost of whole course is $375. tina@purmindful.com.

Hannah Block Community Arts Center at 2nd and Orange Streets. $30.00/2hr class (includes all supplies and tools for use in class). Pre-reg: Karen Keffer Pridemore, takeyourpickdesigns@yahoo.com. Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St. CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CLASS

2/13, 5:30-7:30pm, U-517. Just in time to share with your Valentine’s sweetheart! Come learn about the history of Valentine’s day sweets and then make a classic batch of French Chocolate Truffles with Chef Gwen to taste in class and to take home to share with your friends and family. Delish! Wilmington Campus. 2 hours. $40. Use course code 98481 to register at https://www3.cfcc.edu/ cesched. Cape Fear Community College, 411 N. Front St.

RAISE YOUR VIBRATION HYPNOSIS

Feb. 12, 6:30pm: Liberate yourself from limitations through this beautiful hypnosis experience. Merge with the power of nature; let your Being dance with your Soul as you find your strength, your power and your deepest self. Increase the Energy within you, gain clarity and wisdom through a magical immersive journey of discovery. Pay what you can. HARMONY: A Wellness Center & Yoga, 3504 N. Kerr Ave.

METAL AND WIRE WORK

Feb. 13, 10am: Metal and wire work jewelry classes held on scheduled Tuesdays, 10:00am-12noon at the

FEB. 11: CREATED BY LIGHT Photographer Burk Uzzle will speak on his current work shown at CAM in their “Created by Light” exhibit, which closes this week. UNCW associate professor of photography Courtney Johnson will moderate as Uzzle covers his career and the exhibit’s focus on America’s small towns and communities of people. Tickets are $10 - $15 and can be secured at www.cameronartmuseum. org. Takes place at 2 p.m.

BASIC YOGA

Feb. 13, 6pm: Basic Yoga is a challenging and relaxing way to end your day! Classes are taught at the level of the participants, modifications are given for those who need it, and mats and props are available for use. Classes are taught on alternating Tuesdays by Wendi Epps and Steve Unger. Free for YMCA members; $10 for drop-ins. YMCA MIdtown, George Anderson Dr.

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lectures/literary BEGIN THE CONVERSATION CLINICS

Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host free Begin the Conversation clinics from 10-11 a.m. the third Fri. of ea. mo., Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, 1414 Physicians Dr. Free, 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. Attendees will receive specific strategies for initiating conversations that can significantly reduce family stress and improve quality of care. Advance directives supplied so healthcare instructions can be legally documented. Jason: 910-796-7943. jason.clamme@lcfh.org.

LET’S TALK BOOKS

Join a different kind of book club! Weekly meeting, Wed., 11am, offers book lovers a chance to meet and compare notes about favorite books and authors. Attendance is free and advance registration is not needed, just drop in! Teresa Bishop at tbishop@nhcgov. com / 910-798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd. CREATED BY LIGHT

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Feb. 11, 2pm: Photographer Burk Uzzle (http://www.burkuzzle.com) will give an illustrated overview of his extensive body of work spanning over six decades as part of the discussion, which will be moderated by Courtney Johnson, associate professor of photography, UNCW. Uzzle’s career is grounded in documentary photograph; at age 23 he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE. During his tenure as a member of the prestigious international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors Henri Cartier-Bresson, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its president in 1979 and 1980. His current work focuses on an appreciation of America’s small towns and its people. Burk Uzzle’s work is in the photography exhibition “Created by Light“; seats, 910-395-5999.

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Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall and Brown Wing. $10-$15. GENRE BOOK CLUB

Feb. 8, 1pm: Genre Book Club +members will talk about memoirs they’ve read at their February 8 meeting at Northeast Library. Readers are invited! Instead of all reading the same book and discussing it, Genre Book Club members each pick their own book from the genre announced for the month, and everyone reports at the meeting. The goal is to add to your list of books you might want to read, so bring a notebook and a pen! For suggestions of memoirs to read, or any other kind of book, talk with a Reference Librarian. Librarian Annice Sevett at asevett@nhcgov.com or 910798-6371. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

SIDE EFFECTS BY MYRNA BROWN

Feb. 12, noon: Discuss “Side Effect” with author Myrna Brown and Ben Steelman of Wilmington’s StarNews. Sophie, a young wife, experiences a breakdown. She is hospitalized and isolated. Before she can recuperate fully, she must feel forgiven for a misdeed in her childhood. She covets that forgiveness, especially from her father. By telling her story to Abe, the nurse practitioner, she finds a way to a new inner freedom. Her relationship with her father is restored, and the reader comes to understand how the story of her childhood affects her ability to choose for herself and find peace and fulfillment. While emotionally gripping, the author leaves the reader with a sense of the realities in life we all face: loss, grief and sometimes mistreatment. MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 North Front St.

DIGGING UP BONES

Feb. 12, 6:30pm: Kristen Nawn will speak about her experience at a bioarchaeology field school in Bezlawki, Poland, examining 14th century graves in situ and creating biological profiles of remains. The work will contribute to creating a picture of life and death in medieval Poland. Kristen is a graduate student in Applied Anthropology at Humboldt University, and she enjoys books like DEATH’S ACRE by forensic anthropologist William M. Bass. Free Library program and there is no advance reg. 910-798-6305. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

clubs/notices LA LECHE LEAGUE

Sat., 10am, meetings are informal and open to pregnant women, mothers, babies and children. If you have questions or just would like to meet other breastfeeding mothers, this is the meeting for you. La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. Bump & Beyond, 4712 New Centre Dr. #106.

NHC HAZWAGON

New Hanover County encourages residents to safely dispose of toxic materials with its new mobile collection unit, the HazWagon. stationed various days at three different locations in New Hanover County to collect household hazardous waste and electronics free of charge. Residents can bring items to the following locations each week: Mon., 10am2pm, at Ogden Park ball fields; Wed., 10am-


2pm at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex in the Farmers’ Market field by the recycle center; Fridays at Carolina Beach Mike Chappell Park (in the south side of the park across from the tennis courts), 10am-2pm. FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC

Format of Magic: The Gathering tournaments, held on Friday nights in gaming stores and associations all across the world. They are designed to be a beginner-friendly introduction to organized play. Standard format. $6 fee paid towards prize support for event. Prizes are a pack per win and also if you complete all 4 rounds. Event begins at 7pm, reg. begins at 6pm. Arrive early for event reg. Free play, $6 entry fee first FNM Free. Cape Fear Games, 4107 Oleander Dr., Ste D.

POKEMON LEAGUE

On Sunday evening learn to play the Pokemon Trading Card game, battle and trade in the video games, or enjoy the store’s Pokemon Go Pokestop. Ages are welcome to our family friendly environment. www.facebook.com/ groups/CFGPokemon. Cape Fear Games, 4107 Oleander Dr., Ste D

BIRTH CIRCLE

Every 3rd Sat. come for our Birth Circle, something always different every month. Check out website for more details of what we have in store this month & exact time of each event! www.thebumpandbeyond.com. Bump & Beyond, 4712 New Centre Dr. #106.

CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM

We explore God using the methods and guidance of Moses, Jesus, the prophets and a rich sampling of delightful saints including Theresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas. We will meet twice a month for fellowship, poetry, instruction in spiritual practices, group meditations and playful spiritual fun. First and third Sundays of each month, 2pm. Parking on 15th St. Respond to me, John Evans, at insightbuilders@gmail.com. Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1415 Dawson St.

WILMINGTON FENCING CLUB

Adults meet Tues/Thurs, 7:45-9pm, and Youth meet Wed, 6:45-7:45pm. Class is open to the community, beginners welcome, and all equipment is provided! Sessions are 6 weeks long and the cost is just $5 per class! Fencing incorporates agility, strength, coordination, balance, and timing. In fencing, physical ability is just as important as having a strong mental edge. Competitors of a fencing match wear protective gear including a jacket, glove, and head gear. Sport of fencing features three different levels, which are categorized by the type of weapon used in each level. The weapons used include the epee, foil, and the saber. Fencing is an aerobically challenging sport. In order to condition one’s body, initial fencing training consists of challenging conditioning exercises. Express YMCA, 11 S. Kerr Ave.

BOOK SPEED DATING

Feb. 7, 4pm: Fall in love with a new author or literary genre at Main Library’s Book Speed Dating event! A librarian matchmaker will arrange small groups of similarly-themed book candidates at stations around the room. Readers will spend a few minutes at each station, moving when the matchmaker signals that it’s time to rotate to the next station. Carry any books that capture your interest along with you, and check them out at the end of the event! Event is free, space is limited. www.nhclibrary.com or 910-798-6301.

Natasha Francois at nfrancois@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6301. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. WHOLE FOODS LADIES NIGHT

Feb. 7, 5:30pm: Join Whole Foods for Ladies Night, a special evening that includes free chair massage, Wine Tasting and Hors d’Oeuvres, and free goodie bags to the first 20 attendees. Come meet Ry from The New School Kitchen who will be here demoing her fabulous Skillet Bowl meal! Whole Foods Market, 3804 Oleander Dr.

ILM MAKERS AND GROWERS MARKET

Feb. 9, 4pm: We are popping up for a market on a Friday night at Good Hops. Drop by for a delicious brew and a wonderful time. We have a lot of incredible local vendors and artists. Makers, producers, growers, and awesome small businesses - come out and support local. Bring your family and friends. Fur babies are welcome, too! Good Hops Brewery, Carolina Beach, NC.

small businesses in your area. Fresh local produce, beef and pork products, sweets, pickled items, handcrafted jewelry and art. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Ln. BEER BINGO

Every Thursday night for beer bingo. No charge for cards. Great prizes. Food and drink specials. Capt’n Bills Backyard and Grille, 4240 Market St.

NEMA LOUNGE AND EATERY

Hump Day Happy Hour: 5-7 pm every Wednesday at NeMa Burger & Pizza Lounge! $5 Angus beef burgers and $2.50 16 oz Buds/ Bud Lights. Martini Tastings every Friday and Saturday, 4-8 pm. 5 tastings + one small order of NeMa Fancy Fries, $20/person. NeMa Lounge & Eatery, 225 S. Water St. Chandler’s Wharf

WHOLE FOODS LADIES NIGHT

Feb. 7, 5:30pm: Whole Foods for Ladies Night, a special evening that includes free

ATHENIAN AT LARGE

Sundays, 3pm: Athenian Press & Workshops is reintroducing its At Large series. Every Sunday, we will hold a Blockade Runner’s restaurant, EAST, now hosts Suntown-hall style community meeting in day brunch with executive chef Jess Cabo leading which woman and femme creators (artists, writers, arts entrepreneurs, etc.) the food line and Ed Stephenson providing live muare invited to discuss current events. sic. Shrimp-and-grits, oysters Rockefeller, pimiento Provides an opportunity to connect cheese Benedict, and more updated Southern fare with fellow creators and survivors of marginalization, and it offers a forum to will make an appearance. Music starts at 11 a.m., use writing as healing. Each week the with brunch served until 1:30 p.m. And the view Athenian team invites its guest to parcannot be beat! RSVP: lockade-runner.com/diningticipate in a writing prompt at the end of the meeting. Following will be Athenian br/east-oceanfront-dining Yoga with Heather Gordy, who curates a practice that allows guests to decompress, explore creativity, and reflect upon the discussion (although both events can occur independently if guests cannot attend both). Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave.

FEB. 11: EAST BRUNCH

chair massage, Wine Tasting and Hors d’Oeuvres, and free goodie bags to the first 20 attendees. Come meet Ry from The New School Kitchen who will be here demoing her fabulous Skillet Bowl meal! Whole Foods Market, 3804 Oleander Dr. FARMERS MARKET

Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr, Thursdays 2-6pm, year-round, excluding major holidays. Support local farmers and artisans in the beer garden Thursday afternoons. Shop for veggies, meat, eggs, honey and hand-made crafts while enjoying one of the Brewery’s many delicious beers. Stay afterward for live music! wbbfarmersmarket@gmail.com

BLOCKADE RUNNER’S EAST BRUNCH

Feb. 11, 10:30am: interlacing cuisine of our Executive Chef Jessica Cabo pairs with live music by Ed Stephenson for our weekly Sunday Brunch. Our culinary team boldly takes on the down-home classics. Fare such as shrimp and grits with on-the-fly inspired sauces, pimento cheese benedict, duck hash, and Southern style Rockefeller Oysters are just a few examples from the ever evolving menu. Our waffle and omelet station is a permanent fixture, and vegetarian options like green curry noodles are always hot ticket menu items. Live Music starts at 11am and goes until 1:30pm. 275 Waynick Blvd.

SHAKESPEARE BRUNCH

Shakespeare Brunch, Sundays, 12-2pm. $20. ($8 Reading Only). Reserved seating. Monthly Sunday Brunch featuring a greatly abridged reading of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. Brunch and dessert with

culinary FERMENTAL

Free tasting every Friday, 6pm. Third Wed. of each month feat. musical and brewing talents alongside an open mic night, as well as the opportunity for homebrewers to share, sample, and trade their creations: an evening of beer and an open stage. PA and equipment provided. All genres and beer styles. • Feb. 10, 6pm: Cereal Killers: Fermental explores two very different sides of malt and grain in: a beer & cereal pairing. Sample classic breakfast cereals alongside a hand-selected tour of coinciding beers. From Honeycomb to Froot Loops, the flavors intermingle among an abundance of roasted malts, wild yeast, and a touch of hops. Free event. Food from Soulful Twist food truck and music from Chris Frisina. 4pm, free. www.fermental.net. 910-821-0362. 7250 Market St.

FREE BREWERY TOURS AND TASTINGS

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

PORT CITY FARMERS’ MARKET

Tues., 5pm: Join us for a wonderful, exciting night of fun. Port City Farmer’s Market at Waterline Brewing Co. 100% local, 100% handmade. Shop among some incredible local vendors, artists and farmers. Support

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choice of entrée included in your ticket. Drinks 167985148157/?type=3&theater. Waterman’s and gratuity not included. Portion of proceeds Brewing & Pub, 1610 Pavilion Pl. donated to Shakespearean educational outreach programs. Feb. 18, Othello; Mar.18: Taming of the Shrew; Apr. 22: Hamlet; May 20: Two Gentleman of Verona; June 17: The Tempest. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St. WILMINGTON PRIDE YOUTH GROUP Middle school and high-school students: WilmSWEET N SAVORY CAFE ington Pride and the Unitarian Universalist Every Wed. we uncork 5-7pm delicious wines Congregation have joined together to create from all over the world. You never know what and facilitate a youth group for children/youth we have planned for the week, but our week(middle school and high school) who are LGly newsletter will keep you updated. • Tues. BTQIA, plus straight allies. A safe space for Couples Night: Purchase any dinner entrees & kids to talk about orientation, gender, racial any bottle of wine to enjoy a free shared apequality, political consequences, religion, self petizer and a free shared dessert. • Fri.: $10 harm and self-care. Needed: youth facilitators, off all bottles of wine over $35 from 650+ wine especially those who are trained to work with selection. Epicurean Dinner Menu changes kids, and speakers to talk about important topmonthly—amazing dishes at affordable prices; ics. Meets Thurs., 7:30pm, UU Congregation of full menu at sweetnsavory.cafe/epicureanWilmington, 4313 Lake Ave, (across from Rowilmington-nc. $2 pints daily. www.sweetnsaland Grise Middle School). Sue Graffius: dre@ vory.cafe/winetasting-wilmington-nc. Sweet n uufwilmington.org). Savory Cafe, 1611 Pavillion Pl.

support groups

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER

ANXIETY / OCD SUPPORT GROUP

Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7-8:30pm, Feb. 14, 5pm: Treat yourself to a romantic dinof each month at Pine Valley United Methodist ner in EAST Oceanfront Dining accompanied Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd. Building B. Chrisby live music from Monica Jane. Overnight topher Savard, Ph.D., with Cape Fear Psychopackages also available. Packages include: logical Services, gives a presentation the 1st waterfront accommodations, sweets, sparkling Thursday of each month. The 3rd Thursday wine, a scenic cruise, an intimate Prix Fixe dinmeeting is member led. Everyone 18+ welner, and breakfast. Please visit our website for come. Alayne: 910-763-8134 more details. Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd. TEEN TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming V-DAY BEER AND DINNER PAIRING Support Group, free, facilitated by TR Nunley Feb. 14, 6:30pm: Treat your special sweetie or and Jamie Alper. This group will focus on the beau to a 4 course Valentine’s beer and dinner mental health needs unique to transgender pairing! Two seatings: 910-839-3103. See the and gender non-conforming adolescents (13 night’s menu: www.facebook.com/watermanyears old -18 years old). Topics covered will sbrewin/photos/gm.372295493180952/1818

include but are not limited to: understanding one’s own gender, bullying, discrimination, and violence, family dynamics, coming out, being misgendered, handling invasive personal questions from others, safety and safe spaces, anxiety and mood stability. Nova Swanstrom first at (910) 442-8480 x3009 with Delta Behavioral Clinic. CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Life Community Church, located inside Independence Mall, will have a recovery meeting every Monday evening at 6:30 pm starting with fellowship followed by a large group meeting at 7pm. Support groups for men and women follow at 8 pm. The meeting is in the Extension located across from Branches bookstore and the church auditorium. Jodie: 910-547-8973, 791-3859 or Lifecc.com. 3500 Oleander Dr.

EXPECTING MAMA’S CIRCLE

Sat, noon: Chat with other pregnant mamas who are going through the same thing as you! Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding USA counselor, and Postpartum Doula, Jess Zeffiro will moderate a free Pregnancy Meetup Group. Expectant mothers are invited to pop into the group at any time to share their stories, ask questions, and connect with great area resources. Share stories and have any pregnancy and birth related questions answered in a supportive environment. The Bump & Beyond, 890-3 S. Kerr Ave.

CHADD

Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9pm at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B. This free support group is open to a growing group of parents, grandparents and individuals affected by AD/HD who understand what it takes to face its daily challenges. Free. Pine Valley United Methodist Church 3788 Shipyard Blvd., bldg B. WilmingtonCHADD.org

ANXIETY / OCD SUPPORT GROUP

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

WILMINGTON MS SUPPORT GROUP

Wilmington MS Support Group will resume regular monthly meetings on Thurs., Jan. 11. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Campus, 2131 S. 17th St.

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

Meets third Saturday each month. Free; dropins are welcome. Group provides participants an opportunity to receive introductory info about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Guest speakers, DVD presentations and open group discussion. info@lupusnc.org or at 877-849-8271, x1. lupusnc.org. Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP

Feb. 8, 7pm: Those with MS, families and friends welcome. Meets 2nd Thurs. each month, 1st floor conference room, New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington (behind Betty Cameron Women’s Hospital). Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. Details: Anne, 910-232-2033 or Burt, 910-383-1368. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Campus, 2131 S. 17th St.

N. BRUNSWICK NEWCOMERS CLUB

Feb. 9, 9:30am: First speaker will be Arlene White from the Friends of Leland Library (FOLL). The Mission of the Friends of the Leland Library is to promote general public awareness of the Leland Library’s programs, services, and assets, and to complement the efficacy of the Library in providing for the various needs and interests of the Library’s patrons. Joining will be Yvette Gosline who is the VP of programs and services with Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., BRSI for short. Senior Center located on Town Hall Drive in Leland. As a nonprofit their programs and services are open to adults aged 55 and older who reside in Brunswick County. Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way

tours SKYQUEST: FALL CONSTELLATIONS

Show Times: 2pm, 4pm; free for members or with general admission. Experience the Museum’s digital planetarium with a guided tour of tonight’s sky. Discover new and familiar constellations, explore Greek myths, and find the five planets visible in Nov. 2017. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.

CAM WEEKLY EXHIBITION TOURS

Cameron Art Museum allows participants to explore current exhibitions with Anne Brennan, CAM’s executive director, in a new series


of public tours. Free for CAM members. Wed., 1:30pm. 3201 S. 17th St. LITERARY HISTORY WALKING TOUR

Explore the rich culture of our talented Southern town with a 90 minute walking tour of the literary history of downtown Wilmington, NC. Visit “The Two Libraries.” Walk the streets of your favorite novels, and stand where Oscar Wilde did when he lectured here. Saturdays, 1:30pm, Old Books on Front. 249 N. Front St. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1282390

INSIDER’S TOUR

Explore the history of community at Cape Fear Museum. Take the Insider’s Tour offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am. Tours are free with admission and include a “behind the scenes” sneak peek. Pre-registration is required: 910-798-4362 or cfmprograms@nhcgov.com. Free w/general admission or membership. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS

Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions. Market and Water sts. $12/adult, $5/child. (910) 251-8889. www.horsedrawntours.com

GHOST WALK

6:30 & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Water & Market sts. RSVP rqd: 910-794-1866. hauntedwilmington.com

HISTORY WALKING TOUR

A two-hour exploration of downtown Wilmington with author Dan Camacho! A $10 donation is suggested. .bellamymansion.org or email info@bellamymansion.org with any questions. Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.

BELLAMY MANSION

Guided tours start on the hour, as well as selfguided tours, which start at any time. Mondays is only self-guided tours.* Follow curved oystershell paths through our lush Victorian garden shaded by 150-year-old magnolia trees. Climb the stairs to the elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear the stories of the Bellamy family, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Know that you are walking through history. Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of NCs most spectacular examples of Antebellum architecture. Adults $12; senior and military discount, $10; students, $6; children under 5, free. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.

ARIES (Mar. 21–April 20)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

British athlete Liam Collins is an accomplished hurdler. In 2017 he won two medals at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in South Korea. Collins is also a stuntman and street performer who does shows, in which he hurtles over barriers made of chainsaws and leaps blindfolded through flaming hoops. For the foreseeable future, you may have a dual capacity with some resemblances to his. You could reach a high point in expressing your skills in your chosen field, and also branch out into extraordinary or flamboyant variations on your specialty. When he was 32, the man who would later be known as Dr. Seuss wrote his first kid’s book, “And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” His efforts to find a readership went badly at first. Twenty-seven publishers rejected his manuscript. On the verge of abandoning his quest, he ran into an old college classmate on the street. The friend, who had recently begun working at Vanguard Press, expressed interest in the book. Voila! “Mulberry Street” got published. Dr. Seuss later said that if, on that lucky day, he had been strolling on the other side of the street, his career as an author of children’s books might never have happened. I’m telling you this tale, Taurus, because I suspect your chances at experiencing a comparable stroke of luck in the coming weeks will be extra high. Be alert!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

A survey of British Christians found that most are loyal to just six of the Ten Commandments. While they still think it’s bad to, say, steal and kill and lie, they don’t regard it as a sin to revere idols, work on the Sabbath, worship other gods, or use the Lord’s name in a curse. In accordance with the astrological omens, I encourage you to be inspired by their rebellion. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to re-evaluate your old traditions and belief systems, and then discard anything that no longer suits the new person you’ve become.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

While serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Don Karkos lost the sight in his right eye after being hit by shrapnel. Sixty-four years later, he regained his vision when he got butted in the head by a horse he was grooming. Based on the upcoming astrological omens, I’m wondering if you’ll soon experience a metaphorically comparable restoration. My analysis suggests that you’ll undergo a healing in which something you lost will return or be returned.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

The candy cap mushroom, whose scientific name is “Lactarius rubidus,” is a burnt orange color. It’s small to medium-sized and has a convex cap. But there its resemblance to other mushrooms ends. When dried out, it tastes and smells like maple syrup. You can grind it into a powder and use it to sweeten cakes and cookies and custards. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this unusual member of the fungus family can serve as an apt metaphor for you right now. You, too, have access to a resource or influence that is deceptive, but in a good way: offering a charm and good flavor different from what its outer appearance might indicate.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

A grandfather from New Jersey decided to check the pockets of an old shirt he didn’t wear very often. There Jimmie Smith found a lottery ticket he had stashed away months previously. When he realized it had a winning number, he cashed it in for $24.1 million—just two days before it was set to expire. I suspect there may be a comparable development in your near future, although the reward would be more modest. Is there any potential valuable that you have forgotten about or neglected? It’s not too late to claim it.

The U.S. Geological Survey recently announced that it had come up with improved maps of the planet’s agricultural regions. Better satellite imagery helped, as did more thorough analysis of the imagery. The new data show that the Earth is covered with 618 million more acres of croplands than had previously been thought. That’s 15 percent higher than earlier assessments! In the coming months, Libra, I’m predicting a comparable expansion in your awareness of how many resources you have available. I bet you will also discover that you’re more fertile than you have imagined. In 1939, Scorpio comic book writer Bob Kane co-created the fictional sciencefiction superhero Batman. The “Caped Crusader” eventually went on to become an icon, appearing in blockbuster movies as well as TV shows and comic books. Kane said one of his inspirations for Batman was a flying machine envisioned by Leonard da Vinci in the early 16th century. The Italian artist and inventor drew an image of a winged glider that he proposed to build for a human being to wear. I bring this up, Scorpio, because I think you’re in a phase when you, like Kane, can draw inspiration from the past. Go scavenging through history for good ideas!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

I was watching a four-player poker game on TV. The folksy commentator said that the assortment of cards belonging to the player named Mike was “like Anna Kournikova,” because “it looks great but it never wins.” He was referring to the fact that during her career as a professional tennis player, Anna Kournikova was feted for her physical beauty but never actually won a singles title. This remark happens to be a useful admonishment for you Sagittarians in the coming weeks. You should avoid relying on anything that looks good but never wins. Put your trust in influences that are a bit homely or unassuming but far more apt to contribute to your success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

A Chinese man named Wang Kaiyu bought two black-furred puppies from a stranger and took them home to his farm. As the months passed, Wang noticed his pets seemed unusually hungry and aggressive. They would sometimes eat his chickens. When they were 2 years old, he finally figured out they weren’t dogs but Asian black bears. He turned them over to a local animal rescue center. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because I suspect it may have a resemblance to your experience. A case of mistaken identity? A surprise revealed in the course of a ripening process? A misunderstanding about what you’re taking care of? Now is a good time to make adjustments and corrections.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Charles Nelson Reilly was a famous American actor, director, and drama teacher. He appeared in or directed numerous films, plays, and TV shows. But in the 1970s, when he was in his forties, he also spent quality time impersonating a banana in a series of commercials for Bic Banana Ink Crayons. So apparently he wasn’t overly attached to his dignity. Pride didn’t interfere with his ability to experiment. In his pursuit of creative expression, he valued the arts of playing and having fun. I encourage you to be inspired by his example during the coming weeks, Aquarius.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

According to ancient Greek writer Herodotus, Persians didn’t hesitate to deliberate about important matters while drunk. However, they wouldn’t finalize any intoxicated decision until they had a chance to re-evaluate it while sober. The reverse was also true. Choices they made while sober had to be reassessed while they were under the influence of alcohol. I bring this to your attention not because I think you should adhere to similar guidelines in the coming weeks. I would never give you an oracle that required you to be buzzed. But I do think you’ll be wise to consider key decisions from not just a coolly rational mindset, but also from a frisky intuitive perspective. To arrive at a wise verdict, you need both.

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