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In this week’s edition of encore, our third issue dedicated to the 2012 Best Of winners, we’ll reveal the secrets behind the best group looking over our environment, the chef creating the tastiest treats, and the healing hands of the best massage therapist. From where do we get our stats for the top of the class? You guys, of course! Our readers voted online from December through January on everything from moving company to martini bar. After it’s all said and done, we will have bestowed over 100 area businesses and organizations with well-deserved and revered “e” awards. We’ll continue coverage of the hard-working winners through March 7th. Read on to see if other voters sided with you in Wilmington Best Of Poll!

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LAte niGHt FUnnies “Today Mitt Romney had some ashes on his head. He’s not Catholic. It was soot from his campaign blowing up in his face.” —Jay Leno “Today Newt Gingrich said we should use covert operations to assassinate Iran’s nuclear scientists. Gingrich also said the key to covert operations is announcing them on the campaign trail.” —Conan O’Brien “Rick Santorum said he believes that Satan has his sights on America. Apparently Satan is still upset about the time he went down to Georgia and lost that fiddle. —Jimmy Kimmel “It’s National Pancake Week. Of course Mitt Romney was in a debate tonight, so it’s also National Waffle Week.” —Jimmy Fallon “At the White House they’re recovering after last night’s big concert. Mick Jagger played. President Obama said it was refreshing to see an old white guy who wasn’t running against him.” —Craig Ferguson “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has outlawed gay marriage with one exception: He said Ben and Jerry, they’re OK. They can go ahead and get married. Usually the only thing Chris Christie vetoes is a salad.” —David Letterman “Newt Gingrich called President Obama ‘the most dangerous president in U.S. history.’ But then he said ‘on the dance floor.’” —Conan O’Brien

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made it into the class of Best Of 2012.

news & views .................18-21 18 live local: Gwenyfar Rohler feels vindicated knowing the idea of local currencies has made national news.

20 news: Brooke Kavit interviews folks for and against the proposed minor-league baseball stadium.

21 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd shares the latest odd stories.

artsy smartsy ............... 22-39 22-26 theatre: Shea Carver reviews the heavy-hitting ‘Spring Awakening,’ as well as Imaginary Theatre Company’s latest show, ‘Boston Marriage’; Gwenyfar Rohler criqtiques UNCW’s latest show, ‘Six Degrees of Separation.’

28 art: Sarah Richter reveals Carolina Beach’s Artful Living Group March exhibition, featuring metalsmith Mike ‘Mossy’ Driver.

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

33 film: Nicolas Cage’s usual hilarious B-movie stat is fading quick in ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.’

34-35 music: Bethany Turner catches up with live electronica quintet, Papadosio; Kaitlin Willow discovers the intrigue of musical history with ‘The Great American Songbook’ fund-raiser taking place at Thalian this Friday night.

36-39 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

grub & guzzle ............... 40-46 40-44 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through our dining guide!

46 guzzle: Christina Dore gets the scoop on the second Cape Fear Beer Fest, featuring double the breweries!

extra! extra! .................. 46-63 46 fund-raiser: Alex Pompliano channels his inner Rick Blaine for the upcoming Cape Fear Literacy Council Gala, Casablanca style.

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4-8 GOODS & SERVICES 8-10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 10-15 FOOD & DRINK 15-16 HUMANITARIAN 17 LIST OF ALL WINNERS

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dimmed, but the celebration is still going strong! It’s official: We announced the 2012 Best Of winners on Friday, February 10th, at our annual Best Of Party, held at downtown’s riverfront, rooftop hotspot, City Stage/Level 5. Our wonderfully kooky hosts—Zach Hanner, Sandy Vaughan, Jef Pollock, Brandi Laney and Valerie Watkins of Changing Channels, along with Steven Marcinowski and Colton DeMonte of Nutt House Improv, and hottie encore girls Morganna Bridgers and Madison Weinberg—tore up the house with their bodacious hilarity and side-splitting laughter. In fact, aside from our much-swollen livers (thank you, one too-many Greyhounds), we’re pretty sure we left our voiceboxes behind, too. Ahh, but who needs it right now, any way? We have announcements to write and brains to explode with information so special, we just know our readers, advertisers, writers—heck, the whole community—will be cutting cartwheels and grandstanding for days to come. All of you who missed out on the action—first off, shame on you!—must know we are dedicating the next three weeks of encore to writing about every, single winner in every, single category (the last two weeks of writeups can be found online). Plus, we have the overall list of winners on page 17, which will run through March 7th just in case you need a reference point for that next haircut appointment, oyster craving or karaoke outing. Be sure to drop by some or all of these establishments for a little congratulatory highfive and a lot of super-fantastic customer service.

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As we do annually, we want to clarify some of our Best Of ground-rules so everyone understands how we endure this three-month process annually—from scouring and revising the ballot, programming the online voting system, monitoring the process (we got our eyes and ears peeled for cheaters!), designing and hand-building all awards, and pulling together the party and the talent to no avail! It’s work, people. We don’t take it lightly (just with a few Xanax, that’s all). Here is how we play: • Ballots are collected through an online voting system from December through January. • encore employees never determine the winners (despite what many assume or accuse); the readers of encore determine the outcome, plain and simple! We do not choose our advertisers to win. It kind of goes against our cause to do Best Of, which generates consumer traffic to businesses and places throughout the entire community, and back to us. • encore reserves the right to secure all voting information, including percentages and amounts of votes. With over 130 categories and weekly deadlines, we do not divulge numbers—not because we have something to hide but because 10 people run this paper and, well, time is of the essence to produce it weekly. • Only one ballot per e-mail address is allowed to vote. When canceled e-mail addresses attempt to be used, guess what? We see it. It’s never confirmed. It doesn’t count. We do not use voter’s e-mail addresses for solicitation of encore or Wilmington Media products, nor do we share the addresses.

• Voters must fill out at least 25 categories to have their votes counted; we monitor this, too. • We accept that businesses campaign; though, we discourage any bribery for votes. We also secure the right to disqualify votes we feel were misrepresented or falsified in any way. Though we are not the NC Board of Elections, we try our best to play fairly! Now, on with the show! Welcome the 2012 class of encore’s annual Best Of Reader’s Poll.

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What’s that? Business cards? Brochures? Coasters? Pens? Vinyl footballs? Somebody’s upstarting a business and in need of multiple services to help market their new venture? Look no further than to Dock Street Printing, yet again stamping our Best Print Shop category in its seventh year and with much customer support. The experts at Dock Street have been servicing Wilmington folks since 1973, when then-owners Nelda and Charlie Illick were associated with a national printing company. In 1993 they went independent, and in 2001 sold the company to Bill Goodwyn and Cindy Meyers, each of whom were department managers. Since, Goodwyn and Meyers have focused on their local appeal tenfold. “We can usually turn business cards around in 24 to 28 hours—ya hear that, Visaprint shoppers?” Meyers asks. “Keep it local! No shipping charges!” By employing people who help them stick to their


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tried-and-true motto, “Treat others as you wish to be treated,” the personal customer service, flexibility toward needs and budgets, as well as expanding their options evermore keeps them the top of the crop. “Just being nice to someone and going the extra mile” makes a big difference, according to Meyers. “We’ve had requests from businesses downtown to start shredding documents; so we’re adding that [to our services] as well.” Dock Street accepts electronic files for convenience and they offer fast, affordable digital color, too. Their expedience keeps happy returns. “We love seeing smiles and happy faces,” Meyers says. Scanning into second place is All Ways Graphics and FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print.

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Drum roll, please... Introducing for the ninth time on encore’s annual Best Of Reader’s Poll, the one, the only, the historically dependable and finetuned offerings of...Finkelstein’s Music! Having served Wilmington for 106 years, and still doing so with every bit of integrity and dedication imaginable, Finkelstein’s has evolved a lot in its century-plus existence. What once started as a general store, selling a plethora of items, from cutlery to silver, jewelry to clocks, clothing to music, has evolved into today’s corner-front staple on downtown’s Market and Front streets. When stepping inside, folks will be greeted

by Bobby Hamelburg, who has been running the place since marrying into the Finkelstein family. Hamelburg carries forth their promise to serve customers honestly and exceed their expectations always. “We remain devoted to the customer’s individual attention,” he states. “We have a love of music and people.” Selling everything from the best in drum kits to top-notch guitars and organs, to DJ equipment, musical needs are always met with careful attention. In fact, they’re home to variable products and suppliers, including Fender, Martin, Mackie and JBL, among others. Hamelburg stays abreast of current trends, too, especially taking notice of platforms and tweaks when it comes to the best in entertainment. “Our biggest item globally is in the field of electronics with Apple’s iPods, iPhones and iPads,” he says. “This has changed the DJ and PA mixers so they can accommodate using them.” The same can be said of musicians looking to add USB in/outs to guitars and amps. “It has changed the way people can record and write music,” Hamelburg notes. What doesn’t change in the midst of this industry evolution is Hamelburg’s promise to lay the foundation to keep Finkelstein’s at the top of its game for another 100 years. We’ll riff to that! Other stores marching to their own beat on our poll are Music Loft and Modern Music.

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pain relief gel and steeped towel compresses,” Smith says. “Our clients love it!” Other spas making their way onto the poll include Head to Toe and Tanglez.

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Nothing soothing, relaxing, indulging and refreshing can come better than a day at the spa. Every lady—and most men with a lick of sense—will attest to the satisfaction of clean pores, perfectly manicured nails and loose-as-a-goose joints. In Wilmington, ladies and gents head over to Ki Spa for their pampering pleasures. Over nine years now, Stefanie Smith, Ki Spa president, has been leading the helm in offering the best to customers. “Our philosophy is simple,” she says. “We place our focus on using organic, health-conscious products, and pure aromatherapy in our treatments and [selling them in] our retail shop.” They combine the products with proper techniques meant to wholly treat body wellness. The community continuously responds to their successful treatments as well, from numerous massages and facials to wraps and pedis and manis. An oasis of peace awaits everyone. “Our staff is consistently updated and educated on new treatments to further the wellness and health of our clients,” Smith says. What this entails for 2012 is an addition of eco-friendly items, too. “We continue to research the very best in chemical-free productions,” she explains. “In addition, we will also introduce more new and exciting organic skin treatments, as well as new services that take healthy to the next level.” Folks can follow Ki Spa’s constant evolution on Facebook and on their website, www. kispasalon.com, where they are always updating their specials. As of late they’ve added “Tension Tamer,” a unique massage which focuses on stressed muscles of the back, neck and shoulders. “We use organic arnica

Women—we can be such bizzare creatures sometimes. However, the sooner a man understands what makes us tick, the easier life will be for him. So, fellas, listen up. One word—it’s all ya gotta know: shoes. Pretty simple, eh? All it takes is a little bit of research, but not much: size, style and brand preferences, all of which are easy to learn. Just ask her. A woman’s face lights up when speaking of shoes. And when mentioning local boutique Monkee’s, she’s likely to beam glitter out of her eyeballs. Located in Lumina Station, Monkee’s carries some of the most whimsical, fanciful, sexy and bodacious footwear in town. They have wedges, high heels, flats, kitten heels and so much more in brands to adore, from Stuart Weitzman to Salvatore Ferragamo to Alice + Olivia. “I’ve always had a passion for fashion,” owner Deedee Shaw says of her 16-year-old boutique. “After my work with Armani, I realized I wanted to start my own boutique.” As of late, Monkee’s has seen an update inside, thanks to the help of local interior designer Sherry Black. It’s more grand and luscious just as its products from some of fashion’s most revered names: Nanette Lepore, Tom Ford, Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael Kors among them. That Shaw and company seek the best keeps the clientele ever more loyal. “Our customer service is always our top priority,” Shaw promises, “and we strive to provide a welcoming and helpful shopping experience.” By staying abreast of the latest styles, Monkee’s offers in-season wares for every type of dresser. 2012 will see colorblocking and bright colors, just in time for spring! Don’t miss out on their latest inventory by logging


onto www.monkeeswilmington.com, or follow their social media sites. “We’ve relied more heavily lately on our website, Facebook and Pinterest accounts,” Shaw says of reaching the shopping masses. “Winning makes me feel appreciated, and I certainly share it with my employees who really make the store what it is.” Second and third in the dressing room are Shoe Shak and Cape Fear Footwear. —Shea Carver

better, experience,” Morganti explains. “Our staff has done an exceptional job by taking on more responsibility and going above and beyond; we truly have a fantastic team. To know people still appreciate and value us is the highest honor we could receive.” Other hotels making the list are Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort and Blockade Runner.

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Just ask Karen Morganti, assistant general manager of Hilton Wilmington Riverside, why she believes it’s the best hotel in Wilmington, and she’ll tell you their qualification has a lot to do with training and tradition. She notes the lodging has become a landmark in the downtown area—a part of its northern skyline, really. As well, the managing company, MHI/Chesapeake Hospitality harbors virtues to mark any business. Founded in 1957 when Edgar Sims, Jr. bought his first hotel, the company is now operated by his sons, who have owned Hilton Wilmington Riverside since 1971. “Fairness, integrity, respect, community involvement—our company was founded on these core values, and I believe they are still the cornerstones of our successes,” Morganti asserts. “I believe as a hotel we are good stewards of the community of Wilmington, and to our industry in general. We strive to provide each person that walks through our doors an exceptional guest experience.” Overlooking the scenic Cape Fear River, it doesn’t hurt that the hotel possesses one of the most recognized names in the business. Hilton is known for being top of the class in service and amenities. In 2012, the Wilmington Riverside plans to revamp its business center and breakfast line-up, and dedicate new highspeed Internet access throughout the building. Morganti notes the economic climate isn’t the best, yet the Wilmington Riverside has been able to push through the down times. She says she thrives on the controlled chaos of the hospitality industry, and enjoys that no two days are ever alike. “Like most businesses, we have had to do more with less yet still provide the same, if not

As a child, Mary Beth Redman, a masseuse for Tanglez Salon, suffered from severe migraines. Doctors tried an assortment of medications, which either failed to work or caused more problems than they relieved. Running out of options, her mother took her to see a massage therapist who incorporated craniosacral therapy into her sessions. Over time, Redman’s migraines were less frequent and less painful. Since, she’s been interested in the benefits of massage therapy, although it was her sister, Susan, who urged her to pursue it as a career. “I don’t believe in a ‘cookie-cutter’ massage,” Redman, who is graduating with a bachelor’s in biology from UNCW this year, explains. “When a person decides to get a massage, they do so for their own unique reason. Therefore, their massage should be tailored to meet that unique reason. Pain can come in many different forms and can truly change a person’s life.” A professional in the field now for five years, her passion isn’t waning. She’s more dedicated than ever to work through a client’s discomfort and improve her services. Redman believes her science degree will enhance her knowledge base in bodywork therapy. As well, she’ll unveil a couple’s massage workshop this summer. “It will be centered on simple, easy-to-learn Swedish massage techniques and is intended to help couples share in the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of massage with each other.”

Today, helping people with all levels of pain provides her the most joy. “People can define success and happiness in many different ways,” she says. “If you’re truly passionate about what you’re doing and love what you’re a part of, then success and happiness will follow. To aid in the health and wellness of others is a grand reward in itself.” Second place goes to Briana Wallace of Sito Chiropractic, and third goes to Gretchen Rivas of Relax! Massage Therapy.

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terranean colors, and plants that creep over the side of the wall, where red shutters face backward and in to the tables. To award a venue best bathrooms speaks volumes about the quality of the company. It proves that the place not only offers a desirable atmosphere, but that cleanliness and attention to detail are top priorities. It’s an exhibit of what we cannot see as guests in a restaurant—the most important part of the building—the kitchen. It’s an affirmation that beyond silver swinging doors are employees who take pride in the appearance of their place of employment, as well as their work all around. Thus, when a patron visits Aubriana’s, they will can assured that the service and experience will be some of the best (smelly soaps and lotions are offered as skin pick-me-ups). Then they can truly enjoy the upscale dining, whether they chose the veal chop saltimbocca or the crab and spinach potato gnocchi alla vodka—because when it’s all said and done, it’s all about the food (which is even more of an amazing aspect to Aubriana’s). Second place goes to The Fortunate Glass, and third goes to Fox and Hound.

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I am the queen of moving—or, at least in my own mind I am. From birth through high school, my family relocated from house to house, almost yearly. So, the moving that I do is more efficient rather than, say, high quality (I’ve been known to pull a drawer and its be-

twomenandatruck.com and find the moving calculator to sort out costs. As well, the homepage offers tips that folks don’t often think about (even moving queens like me). Those on the move also look to Move Makers and Coastal Carrier.—Bethany Turner

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KINGS OF KARAOKE: Newbies to our Best Of Poll, Browncoat Pub and Theatre reign local kings of karaoke according to our readers. They welcome singers seven nights a week! Courtesy of Richard Davis

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fragile on everything of mine, even if it wasn’t. I was paranoid that my little brother would be less careful with a box marked under my name. To this day, I still write fragile (and now, if it’s really fragile, I write “VIP,” very important package!). I just can’t trust anyone else with my stuff. That’s why the world needs good moving companies: to do the job that friends are too lazy to do, and to do it right when our own families can’t. In Wilmington folks look to Two Men and a Truck, the “movers who care.” Founded around Lansing, Michigan, by two high school kids and their pick-up truck (the stick-men logo was drawn by their mom to put in the community weekly!), the company now boasts 1,300 trucks and thousands of dedicated professionals. From family homes to large offices, they can help anyone get from point A to point B. What’s great about Two Men and a Truck, which is operated here in Wilmington by Frank Baker, is that the business is there for people even before they become customers. Folks don’t have to call a number and wait on the line, or have someone come out to their home for an estimate. They can just log on to www.

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We welcome new poll-toppers to our 2012 Best Of, Browncoat Pub and Theatre, as they have churned out rip-roaring good times over the past 18 months. It was then that they introduced karaoke to their mix of offerings. “We’ve been in business now for almost five years,” owner and artistic director Richard Davis says of the local theater, which regularly churns out plays of all varieties, from locally penned to worldwide premieres as seen of their Leonard Melfi series. “We only began offering karaoke seven nights a week in the last 12 or 18 months. It was a big risk to devote so much time and so many resources to one venture, but we’ve always been willing to roll the dice at the Browncoat.” They’ve reached tons of success, too, thanks to a team of excellent “KJs,” including Greg Jeager, Charlie Grasse, Matthew Brothers, Shane Bates and Susan Auten. “Each one is an accomplished performer in his or her own right,” Davis notes, “and understands how to work with the crowd to make each night the most fun it can be.” Browncoat has upped their catalogue of music after receiving such high praise for their ongoing sing-a-thons. Plus, they’ve invested in new equipment, so everyone’s 15 minutes is worthy of an encore. Those who would rather spectate won’t feel pressure to turn on their performing faces, either. “Browncoat’s a place where people who love the arts can come to relax and have fun in a laid back atmosphere,” Davis assures. “The crowds watching get into the show as much as the people on stage singing. It’s a very fun and supportive atmosphere. That’s what makes our karaoke experience special.” Other stages across town calling voices from around are Katy’s and Fox and Hound.

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When a bowling alley is more than just that, it’s hard to even compare other venues. In the case of Ten Pin Alley, which is housed in the same building as Break Time pool hall, Break Time Grille and Lucky Strike Lounge, it’s no wonder they’re voted the best. There’s much to enjoy in the large building in Marketplace Mall, whether folks fancy bowling, billiards, or just kicking back with friends. Opened in 1999, Ten Pin Alley maintains 24 lanes and operates from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week, when folks can rent by the game or hour. Leagues run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, though there’s usually space for everyone to play. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, folks can buy a game and ART AT WORK: Bottega Art and Wine Bar, located get another for free after 6 p.m. Wednesdays downtown at the corner of Chestnut and Front, has offer an all-you-can-bowl from 9 p.m. to close rotating exhibitions, along with daily wine and beer spe- for a mere $8, and Saturday hosts the evercials, making it Wilmington’s Best Art Gallery in 2012. popular black-light phenom, cosmic bowling. Photo by Shea Carver The experienced staff of REV-olution Pro Shop within Ten Pin cater to all bowling needs, from assisting in purchases of brand new equipment to repairing older goods. Plus, Art GAllery I can attest to Bottega Art Bar and Gallery youngsters will enjoy the arcade room built being one of our city’s very best! Aside from just for them, complete with several Skee-Ball offering so much in the way of art and love, games, where they can earn tickets redeemthey also keep city slickers happily quenched able for prizes at the counter. One of the more appealing aspects of Ten of their fine-wine-and-beer thirsts. Pin is that, with Break Time Grille, bowlers get “[Everyone] gets a chance to be a part of something at Bottega,” Perotto has told more than the typical “bar food” of nachos and encore. It’s true! Bottega opens itself to the popcorn. Rather, the folks in the kitchen take whole community: to UNCW (and all other) pride in their eats—which is why all soups are college students every third Thursday as made daily, and the pizza dough is crafted from part of their “Atlantis With Love” poetry scratch. Patrons can enjoy chili and a baked reading, to art enthusiasts every fourth Fri- potato, a shrimp burger or even a generous day as part of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, platter of fish and chips. Yet, savoring all this offering new exhibitions and meet-and- doesn’t mean they’ll pay more to play. When greets with the artists, to Starving Artist and the party gets too wild, Ten Pin takes a stand Open Paint night on Tuesdays, to Wednes- for safety, too—those who take a taxi home will get a free game of bowling (or pool at day’s free weekly wine tastings. They circulate new exhibitions on the con- Break Time Billiards). Other alleys rolling onto our list are Cardistant as well. Currently, through March 18th, they’re showing “The Artists of Thrive Stu- nal Lanes and Thunder Alley. dios.” Works vary from Scott Ehrhart, Gae- locAl AttrAction ton!, Lance Strickland, Mike Watters, Sarah “It says a lot that a 70-year-old broad can Garriss, Jason Jones, Zak Duff, G. Scott be voted the best, year after year!” Kim SinQueen, Zachariah W. Weaver and Rob Fogle. cox, the museum services director for this The closing reception takes place on March year’s winner, exclaimed as she accepted 9th, and most artists will be there to share in the award for local attraction at our party their creative process. held February 10th. Although she’ll turn 71 The next show at Bottega will feature the on April 9th, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA fantastical whimsy of painter Gabriel Lehman is still quite the looker. She commands the whose works offer a child-like perspective attention of all Cape Fear visitors, beckoning of surrealism. Lehman’s show hangs two their views from bridges and docks. She is months at 208 N. Front Street. the siren of our river. Other galleries keeping their walls alive Celebrating over 50 years in her current

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The anticipation and excitement that follows being asked, “How about Kilwin’s?” is only second to the wonder that ensues when passing through the wooden doors. Caramels, candies and dozens of chunky, nutty fudges fill shelves on the walls. The scents of chocolate and waffle cones waft on their own. Kilwin’s employees greet guests with smiles, offering morsels of their 32 ice cream flavors. From rocky road to mint chocolate chip, Kilwin’s original ice creams are all made with farm fresh milk and cream. Mixed, pasteurized and homogenized at the original Kilwin’s kitchen in Michigan, the ice cream is then cooled in old-style double barrel freezers to -20 degrees. Lemon sorbetto, french silk and cashew toffee are shipped to each store, including the Wilmington location on Front Street, only in Kilwin’s trucks. The process ensures the quality of every tub of old-fashioned vanilla is the same as it was in 1985 when the Kilwins first incorporated ice cream into their candy shop. Despite the homey, antique feel of Kilwin’s, the company manages to keep up with current trends. In the down economy, every business is feeling the grip of tight wallets, just like the families who patronize them. The popularity of coupons and deals is ever increasing in order

to drive folks into all types of stores. Thus, Kilwin’s recently introduced its own rewards program: My Kilwin’s Club. Members receive discounts, early announcements of brand new products, and seasonal and special offers. Anyone can visit www.kilwins.com/mykilwins-club to register and make themselves in-the-know on Wilmington’s best ice cream. The ice cream (or frozen yogurt, as the case may be) is also decadently tasty at Fuzzy Peach and Boombalatti’s.

Seafood & chef

Though our own Keith Rhodes did not bring home the title “Top Chef” from the hit TV show’s ninth season, he’s still Wilmington’s Best Chef! Besides, we believe earning the love of locals is just as tough as gratifying the super-foodie judges—after all, we beach natives know our seafood. In 2006, Rhodes founded the restaurant that’s earning him Best Seafood as well, Catch. The café in its original downtown location was limited to 22 seats, but the reception was overwhelming. Since opening, it’s relocated to Market Street just shy of Gordon Road, and can now tend to 100 people. Catch caters to diners looking for delectable dishes, intriguing plating and a relaxing, nautical atmosphere. In the eatery, Rhodes serves up cuisine that melds low-country fare with hints of Asian tastes, such as the “Angry Lobster”: a Mainebred crustacean weighing over a full pound, wok-seared in sweet chili whiskey glaze with white truffles, foie gras and served on fried sticky rice. It’s a concept that runs over into his newest restaurant. “We have recently launched Phun Seafood Bar, our Asian tapas concept,” Rhodes explains. Phun focuses on Thai and Vietnamese street-style food, with a menu that changes weekly. Fittingly, it serves bubble tea, the beverage craze that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. The best way to keep up with Phun’s offerings is to check its Facebook page, Phun Seafood Bar, where Rhodes posts his special of the day—from fresh pulled-pork summer rolls to crispy duck pho with scallions, bamboo, shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger and Thai basil in fragrant spiced broth. In addition to Phun, Rhodes and his wife and partner, Angela, will soon be launching TackleBox, a food-truck version of Catch, and Roots, their vegetarian concept. “We wanted to bring multiple culinary destinations to Wilmington,” Rhodes says. “We pride ourselves in using the freshest ingredients and tested techniques in preparing our foods. It feels awesome to be embraced by the community.” The seafood at Hieronymus and Bluewater Grill is also satisfying to our readers. Second place for chefs goes to Jacob Hilbert of Manna, and third is awarded to Smokey Masters of Pine Valley Market.

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Dixie by no means travels out of its way to be so vogue; yet it’s this laid-back attitude which keeps folks coming back for more. Think the Maker’s Mark commercial: “It is what it isn’t.” Tea is served in plastic “Coca-Cola”branded cups; coffee comes hot in white ceramic mugs. Nostalgia for Southern, American, simplistic dining is what owner Brian Mayberry was feeling when he bought The Dixie Grill in 1999, resurrecting it from past ventures. The café once harbored a pool hall and even became a white-linen eatery. It seems Dixie works best in its current lifestyle choice, complete with a painting of bacon and toast dancing away from a fork (sorry about the unlucky egg). Searching Dixie Grill online, one will find numerous blog reviews: “Grits, and Everything Else” from Pasture Pilot, “Dining with Dondero: The Dixie Grill” from Me So Hungry, amongst others. The diner’s biggest claim to fame, however, is its number four spot on Southern Living’s top 10 list of best breakfasts in North Carolina (Wilmington locals disagree with the list, coincidentally, placing Dixie Grill in its more deserved spot: number one). The writer does accurately attribute Mayberry’s menu as throwing “some Southernstyle curves,” which probably alludes to its inclusion of a black bean burger on the lunch side, or for breakfast, the “Dixie Benedict” featuring scrambled eggs and a fried green tomato, instead of the standard poached eggs and ham. Overall, the diner offers food, atmosphere and service that are all seemingly simple, yet unique. That’s what makes Dixie stand out above the rest.

POURING ANOTHER WIN: Celeste Glass acccepts the second win for her business The Fortunate Glass, Best Wine List 2012. Photo by Shea Carver

Other breakfast spots include Causeway Café and Sweet and Savory. Diners making our list of runners up are Nick’s Diner and College Road Diner.

When people talk about The Fortunate Glass, they don’t typically mention the wine right off—though the bar and small plates eatery boasts over 350 bottles from around the globe. The wine is seemingly a given perk, and folks don’t always speak of the extensive craft beer list, either. For those who have ventured inside the small venue, what they recognize first (and remark about later) is the gorgeous setting. A mountainous threedimensional wall sculpture, created by an owner’s father, depicts a mermaid with long, flowing blonde hair and a sea-foam green tail that fans toward the bar. She greets all guests, her glass being filled with red wine by a stout Cupid-like angel. Opened in autumn 2010, by Celeste Glass and Denise Fortuna (clever nomenclature, right?), The Fortunate Glass has raked in Best Wine List since. “Denise and I have a shared passion for wine,” Glass admits.

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There is something to be said about a man who is not afraid to wield the delicate, y-shaped glass that is solely reserved for martinis—who sips from it with agile boldness. At times it seems the martini is meant for women alone, yet the iconic Manhattan drink employs the warmth and spice of whiskey, and a vodka or gin martini is little more than the alcohol itself. As well, aren’t some of the most famous martini drinkers men? George Burns, Jackie Gleason, James Bond... Whether a purist—adding an olive, lemon twist, or nothing else—or a brave downer of a mixologist’s creative concoctions, The Dirty Martini has offerings to quench anyone’s thirst. Located in the swanky shopping center, Lumina Station, this bar is sophisticated, stylish and modern. After work, a blend from one of Dirty’s bartenders can take the edge off a brutal day, and for a night out on the town, it provides a haven for entertainment. The menu boasts over 20 different mixtures, with enticing titles like “Sweet Seduction” (Bacardi dragon berry rum, cranberry juice, sour mix and lemon-lime soda), “Elite French” (Belvedere vodka, Grand Marnier, Chambord, pineapple juice), and “Better than

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“During our friendship, we have had the opportunity to travel and experience wonderful food and wine. We thought it would be nice to own a bar that reflects our tastes.” Last year, along with acquiring their first Best Of win, the duo earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and were recognized for offering affordable pricing. It’s simple to find a glass of wine for any palate or wallet; yet don’t be alarmed to encounter bottles with several hundred dollar tags. The diversity, though, is part of what makes The Fortunate Glass so special. As enthusiasts, the owners seek to educate their guests on all of their options. They offer free weekly wine tastings on Tuesdays, and monthly pairings with focuses, such as on bubbles, or with area vendors like Coastal Cupcakes. “Our customers are becoming more knowledgeable about wine and are becoming more curious,” Glass notes. “The Fortunate Glass likes to introduce obscure varietals to our customers to further enhance their knowledge.” Adding to the elegant ambiance, seating is intimate, especially within two redwood nooks, separated by a wine cabinet. Tables allow patrons to sip within the window, looking out upon Front Street—especially good for a gorgeous spring day (although, who wouldn’t want to perch inside this spot with a divine glass of cabernet sauvignon while rain hammers the Cape Fear?). Pairing such an inviting, romantic atmosphere with 50 wines

falo mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, sweet basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar on a French baguette. With over 15 different panini varieties to choose from, there is surely a sandwich to sate any palate. Second place goes to Panera, while Chop’s Deli takes home third.—Bethany Turner

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by the glass, 30 bottles of craft beer, and decadent tapas, it’s no wonder Wilmington is enamored with The Fortunate Glass. Second place for wine lists is Deluxe, while third goes to Circa 1922.

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Nestled within the quaint Hotel Tarrymore in downtown Wilmington is Press 102, a restaurant named for the dish which earns its Best Of win. As well, “press” refers to the establishment’s French press coffees, and to the fruits and herbs which are pressed for their juices, used in original cocktails. The eatery is expansive—the outdoor patio alone seats 65 guests. The rich leather chairs, paired with the upholstered church pews lining the wall, give the bar a suave and cosmopolitan feel, beckoning friends to enjoy a mimosa with brunch or a glass of fine wine. Recently given new hardwood floors, and often a host to Susan Savia’s songwriter showcases, Press’ veranda ballroom is a gorgeous formal event space. Yet, it is Press 102’s menu that invites customers the most. The owner was reared in the South, yet spent 30 years traveling abroad. Thus, the restaurant naturally developed a menu that embraces all flavors. The chicken and waffles panino (the singular of panini) gives a worldly twist on a home-style favorite: a quintessential buttermilk-battered fried chicken breast melds with fontina cheese between two Belgian waffles, while on the side awaits a horseradish mustard sauce and espresso-infused syrup. A farmers field panino entices vegetarians: fire-roasted peppers, artichokes, baby arugula and crumbled bleu cheese on multi-grain bread. The Caprese panino offers fresh Mediterranean stilo: buf-

When speaking in ‘ques in the South, it’s imperative to understand the holy topic’s contested hotness. Some folks like it chopped, others pulled; some prefer the western side of the state’s sweeter, vinegar-style sauce; others prefer the eastern’s spicy style. But what everyone in Wilmington does agree upon is Jackson’s Big Oak’s superior quality of swine, which keeps us licking our lips on a monthly (weekly, daily, hourly) basis. Just a year ago, the Jackson family sold their quarter-century-old eatery to the Sawmill Restaurant folks, Michael and Hunter Davis, and Seth Franklin. In their first year, the fellas have given the space a facelift and a new website (www.jacksonsbigoak.com), but have remained true to the Jackson classics and quality fare. “We use a secret recipe that’s been used consistently for over 25 years,” Hunter Davis told encore last year of the famed barbecue. “People know when they come to Jackson’s, they’re leaving happy.” The Davis family patronized the restaurant long before owning it. Thus, they understand the community’s love for its classic country flair. Jackson’s serves classic Eastern Carolina BBQ pork plates, served with homemade sides, like mac ‘n’ cheese and succulent Brunswick Stew. They also do ribs and amazing fried chicken, along with daily specials, like chicken ‘n’ pastry. For folks who crave the food but don’t want to fuss with the sit-down, dine-in experience, Jackson’s naturally does take-out and they cater. Other barbecue tempting local palates includes Smithfield’s Chicken ‘n Bar-B-Q and Casey’s Buffet and BBQ.

Thai/VieTnamese, resTauranT (OVerall) & aTmOsPhere

Indochine is celebrating 10 years in Wilmington in 2012. And there are no signs of slowing down! Serving some of the most delicious Asian cuisine, while surrounded by a jungle-like oasis, filled with tropical plants, flowers and oriental carpentry to adore, owner Solange Thompson is a restaurateur to admire locally. She has built the eatery into a hotspot not just for food but with regalia indicative of her homeland, as she shares an authentic experience to everyone who walks through its ornate, specialty carved doors. Every inch of her building is adorned with art work from Thaliand and Vietnam, along with sculptures and decor indigenous to the area. That it has taken Best Atmosphere numerous years running in encore’s Best Of poll is no surprise. It also continues topping the categories Best Thai and Best Restaurant (Overall).


weet basil,One bite from any of their decadent entrées French ba-will prove why: fresh ingredients fill some of ni varietiestheir best offerings, from Pho Bac or Pho ndwich toGa (a yummy noodle soup not to be overlooked!) to their Vietnamese wraps, to sushi, ile Chop’scurries, a lenthy vegetarian menu (including rner Vietnamese crepes) and house specialties worthy of many returns! With a parking lot constantly overflowingSouth, it’swith customers at Wayne Road and Market opic’s con-Street, regulars have made Indochine a secchopped,ond home. The friendly staff treats everyone stern sidelike family, and goes out of their way to meet yle sauce;their everyone—whether in the form of distyle. Butetary restrictions or by simply making sugoes agreegestions on the menu. ior quality “I remind myself and my staff to be grater lips on aful for the business we receive,” Thompson . told encore last year. “As long as you do amily soldthe job with passion and sincerity, success the Saw-will follow.” nd Hunter Other restaurants taking Best Atmosphere first year,are Crow Hill and Bluewater Grill. Best Resacelift andtaurant (Overall) nods also go to Manna and oak.com),Circa 1922. Best Thai runners up include Big kson clas-Thai and Thai Spice.

been usedBurriTO nter Davis Their sign says it all: “2012: The Year of barbecue.the Burrito!” Jackson’s, To be honest, every year is the year of the burrito when Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn restaurantis involved. From their super huge Double nderstandBypass, to their exotic flair, Thai Me Up, c countryto the vegetarian likes of the Tree Hugger, ern Caro-Flaming Amy’s is a burrito-barn boutique, omemadeso to speak. Whether ordering from their succulentgourmet-like choices or building one’s own, and amaz-a gargantuous bite will be had every time. ecials, likeThese ‘ritos are freaking huge! crave the Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn keeps a loyal sit-down,fanbase because of its variety. They keep it rally doessimple with beef and beans, or spice it up with Jerk chicken and tofu, or appeal to pespalates in-catarians with fried or grilled seafood. The r-B-Q andstyles are endless. “We keep a close eye on the restaurant,” owner Jay Muxworthy (whose wife is the famous Amy) told encore last year. “We make sure quality does not slip just because costs may rise.” s in Wilm- He and his crew also continue going be-

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yond the ordinary to create a brand that’s memorably delicious. Of their offerings are the famous salsa bar. Pinapple-jalapeño, wasabi-ginger, peach, tomatillo or their regular tomato-based titillate the tastebuds every time. Muxworthy’s Operation Salsa Drop is another reason to love his dedication to community. He sends salsa to troops who are serving our nation overseas. Their famous pineapple-jalapeño (“Shock ‘N’ Awesome”), flaming hot salsa (“Fire in the Hole!”), and traditional tomato (“TARFU”) come in 12-ounce jars and are sold for $4.50 each. The proceeds get put back into the operation of production and distribution. Check out www.flamingamysburritobarn.com and www. operationsalsadrop.org for all Flaming news updates. Burrito-eaters also flock to K-38 Baja Grill and Moe’s.

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Satellite Bar and Lounge speaks to peoples’ desires to be cozy while socializing and throwing back a few brews. Going on its third year in business and second Best Of win, bar owner Dusty Ricks and his partner Carol Anne Cutshall searched high and low for a place with unique appeal. Once they came across an old building on Greenfield Street, they saw a burgeoning opportunity to be leaders in turning around an area of town in need of renovation. Today it sits across the street from the newly reconstructed S. Front Street Apartments. “We wanted a place where everyone from any age range or walk of life could feel comfortable,” Ricks says. “We both enjoy designing spaces and reusing found material for new purposes.” When gutting the space, they took old wood to make a gorgeous bar, which spans the entire length of the building. They also antiquated the walls and added vintage furniture and fixtures for a pop of throwback appeal. “Our attention to detail is always in the forefront of our business motto,” Rick assures, “and I would like to believe our patrons recognize this.” Seemingly, they do. Satellite isn’t just the local yokel watering hole, they offer free mu-

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sic most weekends (that’s right: free!) and their back lawn often operates as a makeshift cinema, wherein the projector often highlights everything from rock ‘n’ roll flicks to cartoons on their family days. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our service to our community,” Ricks explains. 2012 will bring many other fun stuffs to Satellite’s roster of excitement. But don’t expect anything to trendy to take over; that’s just not Ricks’ style. “We don’t like no stinkin’ trends,” he spouts. “We do what we want and maybe that is the best trend of all...set the pace and see what happens!” People also flock to the downtown’s Blue Post and Cape Fear Wine and Beer as fave drinking spots in town.

Being a part of everyone’s bar experience, while at times can be daunting, keeps Loux’s outlook at a high. Her interactions maintain a high success rate when she can suggest a flavor that goes over well on the patron’s palate. “When I can offer someone a beer they were initially doubtful of or just downright hated before because it wasn’t what they wanted, and then they get ‘it’—’it being the feeling of ‘what else have I been missing out on?’—it’s great,” she admits. In fact, she’s made a game of it upon seeing loyal patrons. “If something new comes in, I’ll try it and immediately think of customers who will lose their Pop Tarts over how fantastic it is.” Her barkeeping suits Cape Fear appropriately as she believes in their ability to push beyond normal expectations of beer drinking. No one will find the normal (generic) brands here. What they will find is a solid dedication to finding world-class, handcrafter beer and wine. “The craft beer world is fueled by innovation,” Loux explains, “and Cape Fear is a damn good representation of that. From an extremely rare cask ale to a sporadic renovation, the bar itself is always progressing.” Included in coming months will be specilty cask ales, rotating drafts and new releases, among rare important and beers just hard to come by. All served with a classic Loux smile! Other bartenders encore readers adore are Joel Finsel of Manna and Mandy Marcum of 22 North.

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Over at Cape Fear Wine and Beer, one’s love for frothy hops and barley can be sated in the most mindful of ways. Cape Fear specializes in serving brews of all kinds, from lambics to IPAs, stouts to lagers and everything in between. They also have connoisseurs for bartenders who love showcasing beer knowledge and offering suggestions to patrons who seem overwhelmed or just in limbo by the massive inventory. One such lady to turn to is Megan Loux, who takes the crown for Best Bartender on our 2012 poll. “The world of beer and wine has become a lifelong passion of mine and a source of hapHAPPINESS IS A WARM WIN: Hostess Sandy Vaughan passes the mic to restaurateur Billy Mellon, who thanks readers for his Best Fine Dining win for Manna; this is Manna’s first win on encore’s Best Of poll. Photo by Shea Carver

piness,” Loux notes. “There is so much more to beer than just bottles and labels, and so much being done to further expand the concept and methodology behind brewing.” Thus, when new releases or seasonals come out, Loux finds herself in the midst of heightened glory. There’s so much to love, she can barely contain herself. “It makes me want to shoot off a confetti gun every time I wake up,” she excites.

Fine dining

Manna offers so much in the way of fine cuisine, fine experiences and fine memories. Just ask anyone where they should go as a culinary treat, and likely this restaurant, tucked in the heart of downtown at 123 Princess Street, will be one of the first suggested. In its infant 15 months of business, its culinary team, including Chef Jacob Hilbert and business partner Billy Mellon—who reunited a few years after working together at Tango du Chat—focus on making their work fun, inviting and unforgettable. Seemingly, gastronomes and regular food lovers alike are taking notice. “It’s nice [winning the award] because

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we didn’t spend any time thinking about it or telling people to vote for us,” Mellon admits. “Honestly, we really feel good about this one because it seems ‘legit.’ I recall feeling the same way when I was a server at Port Land Grille and we continuallly won this category—it was like ‘the public has voted and they are honestly saying we’re pretty darned good.’”

BEST BARTENDER: Megan Loux welcomes an inaugural win as Best Bartender from Cape Fear Wine and Beer, garnering much support from bar owner Maaike Brender À Brandis. Photo by Courtney Bridgers

It’s not hard to convince folks of the truth when it’s so naturally obvious. The new American cuisine at Manna isn’t simply di-

vine, but along with the restaurant’s weekly offerings, it’s keeping them top of mind. They do “Wines”days on Wednesday, and offer a tasting of four flavors and one full pour for only $7. Thursdays are theme nights, allowing the chef to traverse across the world and present tapas of varied styles. They also hold numerous specialty events, like the chef face-off School of Fire last fall (another is planned for spring) and numerous wine dinners, such as March 14th’s Spanish foray, which will explore classic wines from Spain (reservations accepted now for $85 a person). “We try very hard to make every effort obvious,” Mellon says—“not just the food or the service or the space vying for what is important. We focus on balancing the three and adding a little personality into the mix so that the guests feel like we always put our best foot forward.” One taste from their ever-evolving, fresh and locally sourced menu will prove decadence need not be stuffy or overblown. From their “Beet Box Salad” (roasted beet and goat cheese terrine, field greens, orange supremes, pistachios, red wine, and ginger vinaigrette) to their decadent “Time for a Grouper Hug?” (grouper meuniere, smashed turnips, caramelized local pac choi, olive oil, blood orange beurre blanc), to their delightful ice cream sampler for dessert, everything from beginning to end feels uniquely refined—and that’s because it is.

Other fine dining eateries ranking our poll include Port Land Grille and Circa 1922. —Shea Carver

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Then, as the voice for our waterway, we are lucky Burdette is also a member of the Cape Fear River Watch (CFRW). “The river is the reason our region exists today,” he says. “A clean, healthy and beautiful river will provide a bright future for our children environmentally, economically and recreationally.” Thus, CFRW focuses on protecting and improving the water quality of our basin through education, advocacy and action. Currently, they’re concerned about the impacts Titan Cement will have on our region’s water and air quality, as well as our health and economy. A less exposed problem than Titan, CFRW also works to hold factory farms accountable for their animal waste, and urges the EPA to pass regulations on safe disposal of coal ash from power plants. As well, they strive to restore migratory fish populations in our river. Volunteers are able to help by staffing the Greenfield Lake Boat House, where CFRW rents paddleboats, kayaks and canoes, and by assisting watershed clean-ups every second Saturday of the month. Those

interested should e-mail stephanie@cfrw.us. As well, upcoming events will be critical to CFRW’s success, such as the “Keep Your Green On” fund-raiser at Watermark Marina on March 17th. There will be food, drinks, a silent auction and entertainment. On May 5th is LakeFest 2012, a day of water quality and wildlife educational activities, which is free and open to all. The first Saturday of every month is the pancake breakfast and seminar at CFRW’s office, 617 Surry St., from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., while the third Saturday hosts a paddle series where a different portion of the river basin is explored each month. Visit the website, www.capefearriverwatch.org, for more information. “I like to say the river is our ‘goose that laid the golden egg,’” Burdette finishes. “If we keep the river healthy, those golden eggs (thriving environment, clean drinking water, robust economy, vibrant recreation) will keep coming. If we kill the river with pollution, poor environmental planning, and apathy, those golden eggs will disappear—and the future of our area will go with it.” Other groups taking care of our environment include Stop Titan Action Network and Surfrider Foundation. WINNING WANNABE: Spectator Emily Caulfield dreams of the day she secures her own win (possibly for The only think keeping the sex alive in Wilmington!” award, according to previous encore contributor Joselyn Neon). Until then, she poses with an aaward to feel the joy! Photo by Courtney Bridgers

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currency. In theory, local suppliers may accept the currency, i.e. for advertising or office supplies. But to have a hospital or doctor—especially a hospital—accept a local currency for payment opens up a whole new realm of viability. Healthcare is such a big and overwhelming topic that strikes a chord with so many people, and on such a deep level we almost cannot be civilized and reasonable in its discourse. It is expensive and for many people not planned for. If a major institution like a hospital would accept a local currency, then the perceived value of these dedicated local dollars would significantly increase. Local currencies are not a new idea and have been used very successfully at different times in our nation’s history. Their real benefits dedicate money to local spending, something that would otherwise leave a local economic system. Also, they empower economies and people to keep goods, services and money circulating that would not be able to otherwise. I really like the example of the Equal Dollars in Philadelphia; it puts value on volunteer work (something non-profits are forever trying to qualify for grant application and reporting purposes). They are on the record saying they would like to find a state government to partner with for the launch of this program. I, for one, would love to see North Carolina take them up on that offer. Barring that maybe our local non-profits who are dedicated to community action and change would like to embark on such a program. The second Yahoo! headline absolutely touches on an excuse many people assume of shopping at local, smaller businesses. I have

repeatedly talked about the myth that independent stores are more expensive than chains or big-box stores. My favorite example is the toilet from Lowe’s versus Coleman Plumbing Supply. Not only did Coleman beat Lowe’s price, they delivered it to my business free of charge. They also brought all the necessary hardware along, just in case. Investopedia.com primarily discusses local food and the relationship between food prices and oil prices—which is a very real relationship. Now there are several excellent books that have been published about locavore lifestyles and the impact of industrial agriculture on the human body, as well as the environment and, of course, the economy. For example, Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable Miracle” struck a chord with many people. That Yahoo! is carrying stories like this as front-page news on their financial site is excellent for the Live Local cause; it makes me feel like it is a signal that this is an idea whose time has arrived. Though Margaret Mead reminds me that a thoughtful group of concerned citizens can make a difference, there are days that the battle seems insurmountable, and I feel like the message has been perceived as a flaky piein-the-sky theory—in spite of the fact that I am living proof that it is possible. We have been living through several years of economic wake-up calls. Instead of floundering in panic, we could begin to make long-term investments in the security of our communities. It’s nice to know someone else is thinking about this, or there would be no outlet for these stories on a national level.


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t by Brooke Kavi encore intern New York Yankee gear, said. “If this is such a great idea, where are the private investors?” Others echoed Nichols’ concerns over footing the bill. “I don’t think we have the money to spend now,” local Mary McLaughlin said. “With the economy the way it is, we just can’t afford it.” Some of the speakers at the protest said the stadium cost could reach $42 million. “That $42 million is going to cost $393 per person in Wilmington,” opposition leader and former council candidate Joshua Fulton said. “That includes kids, and kids clearly don’t pay taxes, so it’s going to cost the average taxpayer a whole lot more.” Attendees read statements penned by state representative Carolyn Justice (R-16) and New Hanover County Commission Chairman Ted Davis, all of whom expressed concerns over the possible project. “It’s never

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BASEBALL BY THE RIVER: Robert and Mary McLaughlin protest the stadium’s possible construction along the waterfront of downtown Wilmington. Photo by Brooke Kavit

the time to put the cost of the stadium on the backs of the taxpayers,” Davis wrote. The opposition group started a petition against the stadium and needs nearly 3,000 signatures by registered Wilmington residents in order for it to be effective. More than 100 signatures were picked up during the protest weekend. With enough support the public would have to vote to approve the proposed stadium. Just as the stadium has its critics, it also has its fair share of equally passionate supporters. “This is a chance for us to invest in ourselves,” Chuck Kuebler, who works for the Optimist Club Of Winter Park, says. “This team could become part of the fabric of our community.” Kuebler says that Wilmington has the perfect demographics and market for a minor-league team to be successful. Kuebler finds the opposition is focusing on the short-term rather than the long-term economic growth and affordable family-fun the stadium could provide. “Our city could be the jewel of southeastern North Carolina,” he expresses. “We’ve got a downtown area that’s largely vacant,” councilman Kevin O’Grady adds, “a blank canvas to create another part of the city. Minor league baseball is a magnet for development when it’s located in a downtown area.” O’Grady cites minor league success stories like the Dayton Dragons and Oklahoma City RedHawks

as well-managed minor leagues that have benefited their communities. O’Grady also emphasizes that nothing is set it stone with Mandalay Entertainment or the Atlanta Braves at this point; the council is exploring where a possible stadium would be located, what the final cost would be and how much Mandalay and the Braves would pay to be the stadium’s main tenant. O’Grady also says the reported $40 to $42 million price tag is not entirely accurate. “We really don’t know the exact number yet. We won’t have a definite number until we sit down with an architect and have a final site officially picked out.” If the stadium was to be placed along the riverfront, a public park would be built, as well as a new greenway to accompany it. “Even those who don’t like baseball can come down and enjoy the green area,” O’Grady says. The council voted unanimously at last week’s council meeting to spend more than $120,000 to conduct a feasibility study which will explore the benefits of the baseball stadium. It also will help hire outside legal council. “There’s a whole series of steps over the next 18 months that need to be accomplished,” O’Grady explains. “If we get to the third one and find out it’s not worth it, we won’t go any further, but we owe it to the people of this city to explore this opportunity.” For more information about the petition against the stadium, go to www.facebook. com/nostadium. For more information about supporting the stadium go to www. portcitybaseball.com.

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Awesome! An elite squad of six Chinese soldiers, performing a training ritual for a public audience in Hong Kong in January, stood in a circle and passed a satchel of live grenades from man to man, counting down to the expected moment of explosion. At the last possible second, the man caught holding the satchel discards it, and all dive into a hole for protec-

tion. At the exhibition, according to Chinese Central Television, it worked out fine. Least Competent Criminals Not Ready for Prime Time: An unidentified man fled and is still at large after attempting to break into the change machine at the Busy Bubbles laundromat in Winter Haven, Fla., in January. The surveillance video showed the man shooting at the machine four times with a handgun, but no money came out. Two men were arrested in Albuquerque in January after being caught in the act of a home burglary by a neighbor, who called the police. The men were apprehended with various burglarized goodies as they made their getaway in a grocery store shopping cart. Recurring Themes When Leona Helmsley’s now-deceased dog Trouble inherited about $12 million from her estate in 2007, it called attention to the occasional decision by lonely rich people to pass on millions of dollars to their pets. In December, the former stray cat Tommasino inherited the equivalent of about $15 million in Italy when his owner, real estate holder Maria Assunta, died at age 94. The only pets richer than Tommasino were the German shepherd Gunter (equivalent of about $140 million in 2000) and the Australian chimpanzee Kalu (equivalent of about $60 million, though the estate he inherited was revealed in 2010 to be worthless). News That Sounds Like a Joke Fritz Gall, a self-described failed inventor, opened the Museum of Nonsense in Herrnbaumgarten, Austria, recently to pay homage, apparently, to even greater failures than his own. Among the exhibits are the “portable anonymizer” (a stick holding a black bar that one holds over his eyes to obscure identity), a transportable hat rack, a bristleless toothbrush (for people with no teeth), and a “portable hole” (similar to those that appear in the ground whenever the Road Runner needs something for Wile E. Coyote to fall into). Take a Wild Guess: An unidentified man was taken into custody in Chesapeake, Va., in October after he rushed into the Regional Medical Center with a machete and a can of gasoline and demanded to know the “test results.”

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Police Report Police officers are of course generally forbidden to engage in sex acts in order to gather evidence. Thus, a scandal erupted in the U.K. in January when The Guardian revealed that two undercover officers had fathered children (to enhance their credibility) while infiltrating protest groups beginning in the 1980s. After the two women learned in late 2011 who their kids’ fathers really were, they filed lawsuits against the responsible police agencies. (In Sydney, Australia, a state contractor operated under no such restriction when it hired a brothel inspector in January. Brothels are legal and regulated in Sydney, and if off-books facilities are providing sex illegally, the inspector can testify from first-hand knowledge.) Mayor Jim Preacher of the town of Norway, S.C., was pulled over by a state trooper in January for speeding. Preacher was unable to convince the trooper that his speeding was necessary in the performance of a mayoral duty, and their encounter apparently ended bitterly. As soon as the trooper drove off, the mayor turned on his own blue lights, chased the trooper down and accused the trooper of speeding. (Norway disbanded its police department last year, and a question remains whether the mayor has police powers.) The Price Is Right: Ms. Khadijah Baseer was arrested in Los Angeles in January on suspicion of prostitution. According to several men, Baseer had opened their car doors in the drive-thru lane at a McDonald’s, offering them oral sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets. Misty Kullman, 25, was arrested for prostitution in Shelby, N.C., in January after police stopped a man who said Kullman performed an act for the agreed-upon price of $6. The man said he paid Kullman with a $2 bill, three $1’s and coins.

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Awakening” is heavy. Upon exiting City Stage on Friday evening, I had to regroup from the emotional roller coaster that German playwright Frank Wedekind takes the audience on in his 1891 play. Set in Germany, it envelopes pubescent sexual curiosity and follows its exploratory consequences via a group of kids who are maniacally trying to understand exactly what changes are taking over their emotions and bodies. Strict parents refuse honesty about the birds and the bees, as teachers guide with an iron fist, only focused on Homer, equations and the latest Latin lessons, not the ways of the world. It leads the play through a packed two hours of dire outcomes, stripping the kids of their fantastical daydreams and play dates of “pirates” and into the cruel realities of abortion, child abuse and suicide. Still, the Tony-winning “Spring Awakening” keeps love at its core (even following a path of homosexuality among two of its players—the third show this month in Wilmington utilizing this plotline). It’s a lot to divulge in one setting, but folks need not be misled. This show is a moving drama first and foremost, which happens to tell its story through song. Quite frankly, it’s a show-stopper of sound, thanks to ‘90’s rocker Duncan Sheik (“Barely Breathing”) who composed a breath-taking roster of tunes and edited them over again with book writer and lyricist Steven Sater for seven years before seeing them come to fruition. In City Stage’s Wilmington premiere, Chiaki Ito leads a powerhouse band who makes the music shine brightest of all elements of the production. Rolling rhythms are grandly orchestrated by the vacillating crescendo of powerfully melodic voices and a rich rock symphony, filled with textural sounds of violas, piano, guitar and drums. The weightiness of music mirrors the building momentum of the show’s emotional turmoil, whether full-throttle electric (“The Bitch of Living”) or

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softly romantic (“Touch Me”). Though it’s tumultuous, it’s also very real, even when seemingly overblown. After all, isn’t teenage rebellion hyperbolic? The cast carries this show on their shoulders in full force, and without backing down from the script’s underbelly of seduction and first sexual encounters, whether alone or in tandem. Yes, there is onstage masturbation—performed quite believably by a naughty Eddie Waters as Hanschen— and provocative intercourse scenes. I dare not say it won’t shock some or at least make many fall silent, as watching actors a few feet away perform the deed is more powerful than seeing it on TV or in movies, where scenes are pre-recorded in far-away places. Without these up-front visuals, the play wouldn’t have the punch or edge that’s needed to make a story about teenage angst and sexual comingof-age so effective. Many stand-out roles exist; Raleigh native Jeramy Blackford as Mortiz is one. Everything about his performance is purely authentic to a kid zapped out of his mind from wet dreams—phantasms!—and rampant desire, each of which he doesn’t fully comprehend. He’s a loose cannon, a turn-of-century emo-punk in knickers, mired in the expectations of being a good student yet taunted by dreams of an angel’s legs. Blackford’s Moritz is in constant frenzy—on the brink of insanity—and when he belts out “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind,” his jerks showcase erratic behavior indicative of his inner demons. Blackford has fire and a fierceness that cannot be matched. The philosophical renderings of Melchior, played by a handsomely captivating Max Korn, can make anyone fall hard and long for his mystery and intellectualism. His lack of boundaries and faith among a society dependent on everything religious makes him the village enemy, so to speak. The show’s timeline moves forward through his journal entries, which highlight his knowledge as a threat to elders. Such is especially the case with his essay on sex and its graphic illustrations, which “free” the kids of their lustful curiosities while confining them to maturity before necessary. Korn’s Melchy is calculated and at ease in his demeanor; it’s tough for anyone not to fall hard for his dreaminess. This is especially true for 14-year-old Wendla, played by Morganna Bridgers. Bridgers is perfectly believable in every youthful motion: begging her mother for an explanation of how babies are conceived (“Mama Who Bore Me”), pining to feel anything to know she’s alive (“The Word of Your Body”), and wanting and yearning love. She has spunk and naiveté down to a tee, and her compassion and adolescent reverie fully realize

Wendla. Her hesitancy toward a sexcapade with Melchior in the hayloft is heartaching, and Bridgers plays childish uncertainty well. When she succombs it sends thrustful pangs of immediate regret through the audience. No one wants to see a 14-year-old girl exposed without being fully knowledgeable about procreation. It’s unsettling to watch and it matches the discomfort of a woman, err, girl’s “first.” Wedekind’s play wasn’t readily accepted during its late 19th-century birth. Though I’d like to say much has changed over 100-plus years, the couple in front of me during the show left at intermission and didn’t return. Some still may find it controversial; though, since harsher topics spread across our media, it should lessen it so. In the 1800s, the play was banned in Germany for its outrageously progressive ideas. Back then, society was more concerned with elitism and class, religion and appearances. Thus, being forthright with kids about the reality of sex remained taboo. Lisa Bohbink and Bryan Cournoyer, who play the only two adults in the show, make up a plethora of roles wearing stern faces of the times. They’re perfectly scary as the kids’ educators—who could very well have been the inspiration for Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” I expected them to yell, “How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?” at any moment. The two enact all the kids’ parents. Cournoyer’s staunch uptight mien breaks only once in a heartwrenching fashion, as he grieves his son’s passing. Bohbink’s naughty reveal of a piano teacher with lustful student Georg (played by an adorable Patrick Basquill, who brings a modern look to his character, faux mohawk and all) only lets loose once; otherwise she is bound by conservatism. Taylor Wilkins as Martha, who’s subjected to harsh realities of abuse from her father, and Sophia Amelkin as Ilse churn out a soulfully haunting “The Dark I Know Well.” The rest of the ensemble songs (“My Junk,” “I Believe,” “Totally Fucked”) resonate indelibly. When the kids dance and jump from chair to chair, their carefree joviality will make the audience want to bottle it forever more. Isn’t it so? In youth we want age; in adulthood we want youth. City Stage has pulled off a stand-out production, even if simple in design and costumes, with a perplexing mix of archaic and modern-day language. Folks should buckle in for the ride. The emotions are high, keeping audiences reeling in memories of their own first loves, good and bad. Having personally dealt with suicide of a loved one in my own past, this show hit a little too close to home. The sensitive should come with a tissue; tears can be expected.


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‘Boston Marriage’ is better than anything on TV

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ioned by Susanna Douthit, is a centerpiece; it showcases regality, poise, strength and sex appeal (hello, décolletage). Like Megan Mullaney’s Karen in the famed ‘90’s sitcom, “Will and Grace,” Weetman’s Victorian counterpart spouts insults to the hired help without feeling a bit sordid over it. She brings out some of the greatest lines in the play, especially when she barks at her Scottish maid, to whom she constantly refers to as Irish: “What do you want? An apology for your potato famine?” Her animation of venom has so much sarcastic punch, it need not beg for audience laughter. Though Weetman’s razor-sharp tongue, overly dramatic self-pity and jealously certainly are fodder for amusement, as impressive are her smallest moments of compassion, most noticeably in act three. Roles flip from arguing with Claire over her desire to take on a different lover to consoling Claire’s heartache as she loses said lover. A different Anna emerges; her manipulation feels less marred in corruption and more comforting in the virtues of love. In the play’s scheme-of-an-ending, she shows her true colors in balance. Some of Weetman’s most zippy scenes come in her interaction with Anna Stromberg, who delivers a fabulous supporting role in Catherine. Stromberg molds the maid in a Betty White-like mystique circa “Golden Girls.” Though 40 years younger and more brusque, she shares stories of her homeland and frequently reminds her superiors what her grandmother used to say (“show kindness in another’s troubles and courage in your own”), much to their disapproval. Stromberg—who moved to New York a few years ago and recently (thankfully!) returned to Wilmington—brightens every dim-witted remark and action. Her character choices flesh out Catherine fully; her voice dropping a few octaves when she’s excited, swirling her mouth upward in perplexity, or smiling incessantly before breaking into Lucille Ball crying spats. Her comedic timing gels completely. Rachel Lewis Hilburn as Claire is more

WOMEN ON THE FRINGE: Barbara Weetman and Rachel Lewis Hilburn play old lovers finding a new path in life in ‘Boston Marriage.’ Photo by Wm Fredrich

grounded and less over-the-top than the other two characters. At times, it’s a nice balance from the buffoonery often rousing about onstage. She’s none the wiser over Anna’s shortcomings, fanciful tastes and delight for the finer things in life, as they’re both on the fringes of upper-echelon society. Yet, she, too, can throw an insult with the best of them: “You pagan slut!” or, my favorite, “You ill-conditioned sow!” My only

qualm with Hilburn is sometimes her power gets lost between the forceful personalities of Stromberg and Weetman. Her passivity and overly apologetic demeanor in act two and three often gets old. It’s all forgiven by the double entendres of “muff-and-parts” talk and the sexual innuendos that run as deep as a Harlequin novel, as she begins to turn herself on by a wickedly awkward discussion of mud—its dry and moist banks. The symbolism is glaringly apparent and childishly enjoyable. The vernacular in “Boston Marriage” is very much 19thto-early-20th century, including words like “sweetmeat” (candy), “sophistry” (false argument) and “traduce” (expose to shame by falsehood). It’s also modern-day fusion, incorporating slang and, another Mamet signature, profanity. It’s quite delightful to watch the era’s austere insolence turn loose and carefree in boisterous punctuation. Thus, language should not dissuade folks from attending; a glossary of words is printed on the program. Still, it’s comprehensible even without reference. I can’t say I’ve been this impressed by such a whimsically brash piece of entertainment in a while. Mike O’Neil’s direction paid off in this salaciously and deliciously clever comedy. Sex, drama, laughter, symbolism—it’s better than any sitcom airing today. Put the remote down, and make a night of live, local theatre at its finest. “Boston Marriage” revels in bad manners but oh-sogood delight.

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teachings accomplished: ‘Six Degrees’ provides challenging theatre for students

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by John Guare is UNCW Theatre Department’s current offering—a surprise in their schedule, as a matter of fact. They had planned to produce Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s “The Visit.” Owing to a Broadway production, the rights were frozen for a year, sending UNCW in a different direction. Perhaps it was a fortuitous change. University theatre seeks to produce shows that require to stretch the students and hopefully the audience. Period pieces survive in this setting, which would be far to expensive to produce by community theatre and have limited commercial appeal. But “Six Degrees of Separation,” though definitely grounded in the early ’90s with technical and cultural references—and, therefore, are not as arcane as, say, restoration drama—seems to be a good choice. Mainly, it proves real challenges for this generation, which need to have light shed upon them. The show’s premise turns on an anecdote that the main characters dine out on (which incidentally is how the story came to Gaure in real life; he heard it at a dinner party). A married couple, Ouisa (Kelly Mis) and Flan (Jacob Jackson) Kittredge, are entertaining an important South African client (Nick Williams) at their Manhattan home when they are interrupted by the appearance of a young man at their door, who is bleeding from a knife wound and claims to be friends with their college-aged children. Paul (Tre Cotten) presents himself as the son of Sidney Potier. Star struck and awed by the uncanny details that he knows about the Kittredge family and their lives, Ouisa and Flan invite him to stay. As one can imagine, things turn out not to be the way they seem—and Paul is a most charming and elegant con man who has mined the world of East Coast snobbery through a group of teenagers. Ouisa and Flan bring their children (Bobby Romadka and Lauren Berg) together with the parents and children of the other victims in

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an effort to establish what the connection between them is. Essentially, they want to put an end to this chain of events. Director Ed Wagenseller’s vision for this production is clear. He seeks to make the point to a “plugged-in” generation that what they mistake for connection and interaction is neither; humans yearn for something deeper. His program notes and the curtain speech asks people to turn off their gadgets, not to tweet, update their Facebook or record the production on their cell phones. He suggests that if they can’t go 90 minutes without these things, then, folks should, please, use the exit. It sets the stage for an evening challenging modern-day dependencies. Though it takes place only 20 years ago, for the age group currently in college, it is inconceivable that people really once lived without “checking in” at locations for the world to see. University theatre’s real strength is that they have a budget, the student labor and a mandate to educate the how’s and why’s of topnotch design and production. Randy Ward’s set design is fantastic and brilliantly executed by the scenic construction shop. Coupled with Gregg Buck’s lighting design, they make clear the concerns of highlighting ephemeral moments of joy in a sea of human darkness. The highly individual and specific moments of connection between two people rarely next to each other but across a chasm of darkness really makes Wagenseller’s message concrete. This is a tough script for 18-to-25-year-olds in 2012. Outside of the parts for teenagers,

CONNED BY THE BEST: Tre Cotten as Paul in UNCW’s latest production. Courtesy photo by UNCW Department of Theatre

all the characters are over 40. The real despair and disillusionment that comes as life becomes more fragmented upon the fade of idealism is hard to imagine when the world is still young at one’s feet. That having been said, Mis and Jackson are remarkably convincing as a married couple falling out of touch with each other and their children. Mis, in particular, communicates the struggle of the debutante who has aged out of controlling the room with her beauty and now must rely on her personality to remain the center of attention. Is it any wonder that the attention of a charming, attractive young (con)man is an irresistible lure? Also playing a set of parents drifting not only from their child but from each other is Regan Deal and Rylan Morsbach, who inject some much-needed comic moments into the show. Deal and Morsbach have a real naturalness to their interaction: first talking over each other as an excited couple sharing their new adventure with friends, then as the shininess fades and the veneer comes off their slowly eroding marriage, the claws and despair come out. I musn’t forget Eddie Ledford, who turned in a good performance as Dr. Fine, a genuinely concerned obstetrician whose disconnected life with his son as a result of his divorce has left him feeling completely powerless. Ledford

has an uneasy energy onstage well-suited to this role. The edgy anticipation that always surrounds labor and delivery rooms, as well as the defeated frustration of a father coping with the guilt of his divorce, comes through in his quiet despondency. This is a 90-minute show with no intermission. Though many characters rotate on and off stage, Tre Cotten’s Paul has two fairly substantial monologues which are necessary to move the plot forward. His delivery of them could use a bit of refinement, especially by way of breathing techniques. That’s the beauty of the Wilmington stage: It provides many opportunities to see performers at the beginning of their careers. Cotten is a great dancer and singer; it has been a joy to see him in several Opera House shows over the past year. Though he had a small part in UNCW’s last production, “The Seagull,” this really is the first time I have seen him in a dramatic role not dependent on singing and dancing. He is charming enough to be a believable con man; he quite easily has the audience rooting for him throughout the show, which is the most essential goal of his character. If he can‘t con the audience, the show fails. With a little more experience some of the technical skill that he is developing will carry his performances to their full potential. He is a good choice for the role of Paul and attacks it with verve. Waganseller accomplishes the mission of using university theater to educate. Though this show is not about such heavy weight topics as genocide or abuse, it fundamentally speaks to a real concern in this day and age. When a director does not have a clear vision and communicate that sufficiently to the cast and crew—and by extension to the audience—the result is muddy under the best of circumstances. Yet, he tackles this straight-on, combining all the elements at his command to present a clear and carefully crafted piece. It is not only good work, it is good teaching.

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r by Sarah Richte anted Mossy’s Most W p Ar tful Living Grou 30 p.m. 8: . m p. 3/1, 6:30 ! Admission is free oup.com gr www.artfulliving classes. Every spare wall surface is covered with a different style and genre. Located upstairs, the work proves to be more edgy, urban and not-so-necessarily mainstream. “We want people to feel an energy in the space when they walk in,” Higgins states. Linquist, Higgins and Knott feature artists who live in Carolina Beach and aren’t as well known in Wilmington. Although Snow’s Cut Bridge connects all New Hanover residents, Artful Living Group wants to draw people to their side of it with distinction. Their latest showcase from local artist Mike “Mossy” Driver will be on exhibit through March. Mossy was an industrial welder for 30 years and always enjoyed

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building and working with steel. A North Carolina native, he answered a call for an artistic welder. “I was commissioned by Tony Hardeman to build a workstation for Parlor 7 Spa on Oleandar Drive in Wilmington,” he says. Mossy made it from reused metal pieces, which essentially launched his career as a salvage art specialist. Imbuing materials with a new life, Mossy uses old car parts, farm machinery, rebar and chain scraps. His wife, local videographer Blaire Johnson, appreciates the meaning borne of his art. “A man called Mossy once about using parts of an old bike to build something,” she remembers. “His son wrecked the bike and

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

Artexposure!

22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/ 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment www.artexposure50.com From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6PM. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to five working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. Our show in March is our annual “Art of the Car”. This is an invitational to all NC artists. Admission fee is 30.00 and monetary awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention will be given. Information about this show and registration can be found on the website under “Opportunities for Artists”. The deadline to register is February 29th and the show opens on March 9th, 2012. At the end of March there will be a “Paint Out in the Park” on the 24th starting at Noon in Surf City. All work completed at the Paint Out will be exhibited at ArtExposure on April 13th at our regular 2nd Friday Opening Reception. No entry fee is required, but please call or e-mail to register your name if you want to participate. Along with our regular art classes and studio time, yoga classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.

cAffe phoenix

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

Gabriel Lovejoy unveils his newest series of “visual poems.” The theme for this body of work is carried throughout using symbolic and nostalgic images woven together with an illustrative style. Industrial, domestic, and

natural elements are all present, interacting with each other to create a visual dialogue. The show will run through 2/29. www.gabriellovejoy.com

crescent Moon

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

Crescent Moon – want the unique gift for him? Or her? Come see the Drinking Dog Lying Down enjoying a Bud Light, one of many Yardbird’s junkyard dogs, cats and critters here. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah too! Wonderful handcrafted ornaments are arriving daily from artists throughout the USA. Trees, Santas, Holly, Angels and more! Menorahs, Mezuzahs and Dreidels add to our holiday ideas. Remember Gift Wrapping is always free. Located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc!

(910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. in winter sunsetrivermarketplace.com

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

river to seA GAllery

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

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents sev-

eral local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!

wicked GAllery Currently showing “The Dangerous Type,” which features some of the finest photographers and artists on the east coast. This show will concentrate on the artful figurative form in contrast with how we look at nudity publicly, and our intense visions of what we find artful in the human form. Leslie Samuels makes dynamic creatures out of mummies, and Miranda Duncan will put on a large scale display made out of bones. Also showcasing: Jl Joseph Beaulieu, Michael Dunn, Ruth A. Whitaker and Nick Wade.

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

New Elements Gallery is in the process of moving!!! We will be temporarily closed while we transition to our new space at 201 Princess Street, but you may still reach us online. Visit our website at www.newelementsgallery.com and email us at contact@ newelementsgallery.com . We should be up and running by early March and will host our next Fourth Friday Gallery Night from the new location. See you soon!

orton’s underGround Art GAlleries 133 N. Front • (910) 859-8441 Everyday after 5 p.m. www.ortonsuderground.com

America’s oldest pool hall and Wilmington’s finest bar are also the home of Wilmington’s newest art galleries. Gallery North is showing “Impressions of Wilmington” by Nick Mijak. The Gallery South is showing the artwork of artist Michael Marizzaldi. 10% of all art sales goes to the Full Belly Project. Open daily at 4 p.m.

sunset river MArketplAce 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179)

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displeasurable bile: Nic Cage doesn’t save ‘Ghost Rider’

this week in film Happiness

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Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 • Sundays, 8pm • Free 3/4: “Happiness”—The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil. One of Todd Solondz’s (“Welcome to The Dollhouse,” “Storytelling”) most controversial films, starring Jane Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker and Lara Flynn Boyle.

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can either get on board or get the hell out of the way. He is an unstoppable force rivaled only by thermonuclear explosions, the hammer of Thor, and the late Wilt Chamberlain’s sex drive. Cage’s career has always been baffling. Since the year 2000, it feels like every review I write for a Nic Cage movie is a eulogy. As an actor, he’s long since scraped the bottom of the barrel—he’s ripped through the bottom and burrowed into the nine circles of hell. I’m not sure in which level he’s currently residing. Right now it feels like fraud. Making fun of Nic Cage isn’t even entertaining anymore; it’s not even sporting. There’s no level of difficulty. How do we make fun of a man who is either oblivious to the fact that he has become a caricature or just doesn’t care? What’s become fascinating to me is whether or not his over-the-top shtick is intentional. For a while it was fun because it felt like Cage wasn’t in on the joke. He was just performing in his manic, coked-up shenanigans. Now it feels like he’s become this pop-culture carnival like Betty White and Rebecca Black’s “Friday”: overplayed. Folks who have sat through a movie and declared, “Man, I really want to see someone pissing fire!” will be thrilled by “Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance.” For everyone else, it will be an often hilarious and ridiculous mess. Not all the blame can fall on Cage; he’s a tornado of teeth with a five-mile forehead freed from his leash, acting on a level only previously achieved by a crystal-meth-fueled Roberto Beningi. The film is directed by the duo of Neveldine and Taylor (“Crank and Gamer”). They have their own unique style of filmmaking, like a music video that suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Some may expect combining Cage’s explosive acting method with Neveldine and Taylor’s frantic style a natural fit. It is—much like fireworks are a natural fit in the hand of a belligerent 8-year-old. The story takes our hero Johnny Blaze (Cage) to Eastern Europe where he tries to escape the curse that turns him into a vengeance-seeking monster with a flaming skull. He crosses paths with a gun-toting priest, Moreau (Idris Elba), who needs his help in re-

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CAGEY GONE BERSERK! Nicholas Cage’s over-the-top shtick, as seen in “Ghost Rider,” is getting old; he’s in on his B-movie-stat joke, making it funny no more. Courtesy photo

trieving the devil’s son before a prophecy can be fulfilled. Blaze isn’t interested in playing the hero until he learns that he can free himself of the demon inside if he saves the boy. What follows is a fairly predictable, end-of-theworld, supernatural scenario. It’s weird calling a movie that features a protagonist with a flaming skull and pisses fire “predictable.” There are some truly inspired moments: a transformation scene where Cage is turned into a sadistic cartoon and makes the kind of insane facial expressions that will burn the brain and haunt many dreams. The visuals aren’t the only thing assaulting to the senses.

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There’s dialogue so bad, audiences will think it was penned by Satan himself. At one point, after learning the boy might be the anti-Christ, Cage takes a dramatic pause and asks, “So, you the devil’s baby’s mama?” It was so foul I swear I could smell and taste it—like expired milk and cigarette butts put through a blender. Usually, when I rail on a movie like “Ghost Rider,” people declare, “Well, what did you expect?” I argue that B-movies can be entertaining and enjoyable when done right. Guys like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have made a career spinning pulp into gold. After two “Ghost Rider” movies, I think I can say, without reservation, that the only thing spun out of this is bile. I can’t even reccomend it as a guilty pleasure. The word “pleasure” could never be used here.

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Cinematique • Thalian Hall 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30pm, $8 2/28-29: On the eve of WW I, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from true-life events, the movie explores the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the beautiful but disturbed young woman who comes between them. R, 1 hr. 33 min.

3/5-7: “Pina”—(pictured) Pina Bausch’s final words summarize her life and provide the inspiration for acclaimed director Wim Wenders’ breathtaking tribute to the legendary choreographer. Winder takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble. An Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature. PG, 1 hr. 46 min. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At encorepub.com.

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a melodic past: The Great American Songbook comes to life at Thalian Hall

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Hall has been providing theatrical and musical entertainment in the heart of downtown Wilmington. The fabulous venue has been giving back to Wilmingtonians for such a long time, and now it is the port city’s turn to give a little in return. On March 2nd, Thalian Hall will host a live performance of Philip Furia’s “The Great American Songbook,” of which some readers may already be familiar. The radio version can be heard Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. on WHQR 91.3FM Public Radio. Furia, a nonfiction writer and professor in UNCW’s Creative Writing Department, has been putting on live shows in Wilmington (as well as in other cities like New York and New Orleans) for years—including some to benefit WHQR and The Bellamy Mansion. While immersing himself in this leg of work, he drew inspiration for the WHQR show after hearing another NPR favorite, Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” “He spends five minutes talking about what happened on that particular day in literature—then reads a poem,” Furia explains. “I thought, Why not do that with a song?” During a typical show, Furia focuses on one tune, talks about how and when it was written, why it was or is so successful, and then plays several versions of it—ranging from classical or traditional to more contemporary versions. He gives examples of Lady Gaga and Sinead O’Connor as a couple of recent contributors to the show. “After all, what ‘makes’ The Great American Songbook endure is that younger performers want to sing these great songs in their own style,” Furia says. “In recent years, more and more singers are joining the stampede to do The Great

Kaitlin Willow ican Songbook by The Great Amer p.m. - 10 p.m. Thurs., 3/2, 8:30 50 (fund-raiser Tickets: $35-$1 for Thalian Hall) 0 Chestnut Street Thalian Hall • 31 l.org www.thalianhal American Songbook.” The first “Great American Songbook” came into being around the 1920s, with the emergence of various innovations and improvements in the music industry, such as the Broadway musical, radio broadcasting and the creation of jazz. Over the years, various recording artists—covering the gamut of all styles, from blues to rock to country—have contributed their own takes on some of the oldest, most influential songs in America’s history. Thalian Hall’s production—made possible with the help of WHQR and 102.7 GNI—will take the audience on a tour of some of our country’s culturally enriching past, while entertaining with song, illustrations and stories. Furia will pair each song with a blurb about the inspiration behind it, who wrote it and first performed it, how it became popular, and what makes it so great (hence, the title). “The songwriters always had a great story about how the song came into being,” Furia notes, “maybe not always true but always entertaining. The stories behind the creation of these songs will be funny, sad [and] illuminating.” Laurie Patterson, to whom Furia is married and whom teaches in UNCW’s Computer Science Department, will be accompanying the songs with various images from the Gershwin and Irving Berlin archives, among others. It will portray some of the original

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TEAM WORK: UNCW professors and husbandand-wife team Laurie Anderson and Phillip Furia help present The Great American Songbook fund-raiser for Thalian Hall, featuring numerous local talents and based on Furia’s popular series on WHQR. Photo by Jamie Moncrieff

songwriters and performers in their heydays. During the planning of this show, Tony Rivenbark, executive director of Thalian Hall, discovered that Ethel Waters (“Stormy Weather” at the Cotton Club) performed in Wilmington—at Thalian, nonetheless—in the 1920s. “One of the songs we’ll do in the show will be ‘Stormy Weather,’ and it will now have a Wilmington ring,” Furia notes. The cast of Wilmington’s version is made up of various vocalists and musicians from the area. Included are Judy Rehder (vocals), Cindy Hospedales (vocals), Grenoldo Frazier

(vocals/piano), Jack Krupicka (vocals/piano), Jim McFayden (bass), Jack Pendell (trombone, trumpet) and Mike Waddell (reeds). The actual show begins at 8:30, and ticket prices are $35. However, to get the full experience of the night’s festivities, a Legacy Dinner can be enjoyed at 6:30 p.m. for $150, which includes a delectable three-course meal, a full open bar, live entertainment from Grenoldo Frazier, and premium seating during the concert performance. All proceeds benefit Thalian Hall, so the venue can keep providing Wilmington with spectacular plays, musicals, ballets, award ceremonies, charity events and more! Amazing how much one building can do for this city, right? Tickets can be purchased through Thalian Hall’s website (thalianhall.org) or through the box office at (910) 632-2285.

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sound bites

Papadosio’s live electronica unites many tastes er by Bethany Turn Papadosio o-Lounge Soapbox Laundr 255 N. Front St. m. • $10-12 Sun., 3/4 • 9 p. .com www.papadosio

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performance in Wilmington, this town hasn’t seen much like their brand of music—live electronica—before. The five players will their instruments to form unexpected combinations of sounds, with elements of soul, indie rock and modern techno. Papadosio may just be simmering the crock pot of music, melding and engaging people regardless of age, race or taste. The four original members—Anthony Thogmartin (keys, guitar, vocals), Rob McConnell (bass, vocals), Mike Healy (drums) and Billy Brouse (keys and vocals)—met at a weekly open jam in Athens, Ohio, in 2006. “We all grew up listening to Aphex Twin and other oddball electronic artists, so it felt natural for us to incorporate that into our sound,” McConnell recalls. Though it seems an instinctive move to follow one’s influences, for those outside the band, the idea of rootsy jammers owning a global dance vibe, complete with epic, varying keyboard/synth melodies, is a bit difficult to render. The keyboards careen and samba away on their own accord, while Healy’s drumming keeps everything grounded, providing the music a recognizable, identifiable beat. When not overshadowed by the boards, McConnell’s bass is revealed as the other half of Papadosio’s concrete foundation (think of Paul Simon’s “Call Me Al,” or the “Seinfeld” theme, only ultra modern). The amalgamation of this foursome results in trance-inducing instrumentals that engulf one into the song. Papadosio is here to prove livetronica a genre that will continue to grow and most likely endure. In fact, the members believe it’s just the type of music that will comprise the future thread of tunes. They ask listeners to leave behind their nostalgia for what once was, and to adopt an enthusiastic view of what is and could be. “Live music,” McConnell says, is the trajectory. “Artists like Björk, Radiohead and Amon Tobin are producing really beautiful live shows.” These performers aren’t just talking about the future they want to see; they’re making it happen. They founded the four-night,

BREAKING GROUND: Papadosio unleashes a sound unlike any genre of the past or those that are popular today—livetronica. Courtesy photo.

all-arts event, Rootwire, in order to expose underground talent without chasing profits, unlike corporate festivals today. “Rootwire came to fruition from wanting to throw a festival that would have all of our favorite bands that we have played [with] across the country and new bands that we really liked,” Healy shares. “But the main focus was not just to have a music festival, but one of the best art and music festivals around.” This year’s event takes place in the woods of Logan, Ohio, in August. They will bring together painters, sculptors, speakers, installation artists, forest lighting designers, circus troops, aerialists, poi artists, shamans, yogis, healers and, of course, musicians. “Playing Rootwire is so exciting for us because we always get to play at least three of the nights, but being able to hang out all weekend and experience the action is the best part,” the drummer says. “Creating an atmosphere for everyone to enjoy is so rewarding. This year we have a lot of tricks up our sleeves; 2012 is the year of awakening.” Since adding Brouse’s younger brother,

Sam, on keys and vocals in the summer of 2010, the band has let loose an entire new animal. “Sam’s musical voice is ferocious one moment and graceful the next. The direction he provides is always [on the] next level,” McConnell explains. They attribute much of their growth to the latest addition. Yet, they may be discrediting the rest of the crew’s talent. There’s a clear difference between their 2008 release, “By the Light of the Stars,” and the 2009 album, “Observations.” In the latter, every musician has grown in confidence and force as they bring powerful, enchanting tunes into being. Beats are fresh, hammering against what’s been heard before in any genre, and melodies are much more experimental and dance-like. Seemingly, they move away from the style of Primus and creep closer to becoming, well, Papadosio. The band, which now calls Asheville home, will play Soapbox Laundro-Lounge as part of their Awake Inside tour on Sunday, March 4th. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. Papadosio will be joined by pH Factor, which possesses more rock ‘n’ roll, and Futexture’s computergenerated original mixes. Tickets are $10 in advance, available from www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com, or $12 at the door.

Reared in Richmond, Virginia, by his father who played keyboards and sang in the band 4th Generation, Sean Gregory was pushed to pursue the drums at age 12. Enjoying his ability to create music, Gregory taught himself to play guitar to further chase after his true passion: creating melodies and writing insightful lyrics. While attending ECU, Gregory formed the rock/reggae band 5th Generation as an ode to his father. Deeply influenced by soul, ska, and blues, Gregory and his band shared stages with the likes of SOJA, The Movement and Passafire. Gregory is currently working on his own acoustic solo act, bringing rootsy reggae to intimate venues.

The Wahl Project

Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street 3/1, 6:30 p.m. $5 students w/ valid ID; $7 members $10 non-members Though The Wahl Project is an ever-changing line-up of finely tuned musicians, it always includes UNC Wilmington graduate and drummer Colby Wahl. Depending on the environment of his gig, Wahl will select varying musicians to fit the style, from R&B to funk and, in this case, jazz. Bassist Ryan Woodall and saxophonist Benny Hill complete The Wahl Project, as it will fill Cameron Art Museum with stunning jazz mixtures, especially fasttempo, improvised bebop tunes. The show is presented as part of the Cape Fear Jazz Society’s concert series at Cameron.

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS What’s up at Fat Tony’s? Saturday, March 3

UNC vs Duke. Both locations. 7 PM Sunday, March 4 - FREE Be a tourist in your own hometown. Ghost stories from the folks at Haunted Pub Crawl. Noon-6 PM downtown only. Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day celebration like none other! Saturday, March 24 LIVE MUSIC and more! Natty Greene's Draft Expo at downtown location. Largest tap takeover ever in NC! 24 drafts from Natty Greene's!

LIVE MUSIC

soundboard

a preview of tunes all over town this week

open miC wi —Katy’s, 1054

dJ —Charley Brow

top 40 dJ —Ibiza, 118 Ma

Gabby’s Lounge 7-10pm

Friday, February 24

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dueling pian —Hell’s Kitchen

Saturday, February 25

Jazz Jam SeS —S.W.A.C. Lo 276-8164 dJ Battle —Dirty Martini,

Friday, March 2

dJ dr. JoneS —Red Dogs, 5 Beach; 256-27

MIKE O’DOnnELL

unholy ton ipretend Sur —Soapbox Ups

Saturday, March 3

131 North Front St. • (910) 343-8881 • 250 Racine Dr. (910) 452-9000 www.fatpub.com

KaraoKe wit —Yosake Sush 763-3172

dueling pian —Hell’s Kitchen

OVERTYME It’s all good.

the great am —Thalian Hall,

DAnIEL PARRISH

poe maCK, S —Soapbox Lou

BreaKfaSt C —Brikhouse, 2 houSe/teCh —Ibiza, 118 Ma

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

dJ —Charley Brow

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater 420, $10 Bud/ Bud lt Buckets, $4 Jack, Captain, and Even Williams Trivia From Hell at 7:30 TUESDAY $1 Tacos (4pm-close), $3 Dos XX Amber, $4 Cuervo, Lunazul, Bacardi, Jack and Jim Beam WEDNESDAY 1/2 price wine, $3 Pints, $4 Bombs, $5 Martinis THURSDAY Live Music (10pm-1am) 1/2 Price Wings (4pm-close), $2 Domestic Pints, $4 Jack, Jager, Fireball, Sailor Jerry, $5 Bombs FRIDAY & SATURDAY $4 Shooters, $5 Hell’s Cocktails $10 Party Pitchers SUNDAY Service Industry Night $2.50 Domestic Pints, $4 Jack, Jameson, Jager, and Crown $5 Bombs DUELING PIANOS Every Friday and Saturday Night @ 9:30 1/2 Price apps M-Th (4pm-7pm) Sunday (9pm-close)

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

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RIDE THROUGH THE COUNTRY: Colt Ford, known for his daring hip-hop venture into the American country-music genre, raps his own originally KaraoKe crafted lyrics, which detail life on gravel roads, drinking sweet tea and working on the farm. Ford and fellow country artist, Brantley Gilbert, penned ‘Dirt —Browncoat P Road Anthem,’ which propelled singer Jason Aldean’s music career in 2010 when he re-recorded the song. Courtesy photo 341-0001

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29 Champion of the Sun —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Catheter, old painleSS, no tomorrow, mortedemetano —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 5th wedneSday Band —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 7633737 KaraoKe with hellz Belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 aCouStiC Jazz piano with JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 duB Step —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086

dJ Sir niCK Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KaraoKe with dJ riCh delux —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 JoSh Solomon & Cary BenJamin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 dJBe extreme KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

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

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

wilmington iCon Singing ConteSt with CaSh grand prize —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

gary allen’S aCouStiC open miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

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

KaraoKe with dJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 open miC night with JuStin laCy —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

thURSDAY, mARch 1 dJ Sweat —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 dJ lord walruS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

team trivia with dutCh hawK —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 College night with dJ Battle —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833

KaraoKe —Sharp Shoot Jacksonville; (9

twiddle, dJ funK eleCtr —Juggling Gyp 763-2223

fried lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256- KaraoKe wit —Katy’s, 1054 0115 dJ milK trivia with party graS dJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center —Pravda; 23 N Dr.; 509-0805 dJBe extrem —Lazy Pirate S KaraoKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Park Blvd., Car Drive; 256-2269

dJ p funK —Level 5/City

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

Singlefin, twiddle —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

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

JaClyn falK (punK-influenCed folK) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

SuSan Savia —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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

dJ dane Brit the wahl proJeCt —Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., —Beach House 689-7219 395-5999

aCouStiC Ja —Calico Room 762-2091

Jazz with Be —Caffe Phoen

l Shape lot —Goat and Co


The GreaT american SonGbook —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241

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

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

karaoke wiTh DJ Damon —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

chriS french —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

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

bearDeD folk, boyS in The well —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

mike o’Donnell —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

open mic wiTh Jeremy norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DuelinG pianoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Top 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

friday, march 2 DuelinG pianoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Jazz Jam SeSSion —S.W.A.C. Lounge, 723 N. 4th St.; (843) 276-8164 DJ baTTle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DJ Dr. JoneS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 unholy TonGueS, Damona waiTS, ipreTenD SurpriSe! —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 poe mack, Silence The GianTS —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 breakfaST club —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 houSe/Techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 karaoke —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

overTyme —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 black hellaToneS —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 Tiny boxeS, yeSTerDay’S Gravy —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 The honey JameS banD —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

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

Sunday, march 4

DuelinG pianoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ Sir nick blanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 kim pacheco —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 Sean GreGory —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

karaoke wiTh mike norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

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

DJ milk —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

DJ baTTle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

DJbe exTreme karaoke —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414

filThy SaTurDayS wiTh DJ filThy —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833

houSe/Techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

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

GuiTariST mark lynch (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241

acouSTic Jazz piano wiTh JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

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

Jazz wiTh benny hill —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395

karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

DJ Dane briTT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

pale riDer —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Saturday, march 3

TwiDDle, DJ Gon, GalacTic nuclei (Jazz funk elecTrofuSion) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

l Shape loT —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

richarD D’anJolell —Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785

Tribal SeeDS, ponchoS, DeareST we —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

Jim aShley —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

wl2f —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 DJ Dane briTT

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons $250 Corona/Corona Light THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Snow Day • $3 Kamikaze $5 Bombs SATURDAY DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona / Corona Light $350 Bloody Marys and Mimosas $4 Margaritas Clay Crotts inside at 9 p.m.

of GooD naTure (reGGae funk) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

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

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

100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

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

looSewheel blueGraSS Jam —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

The hufTon broTherS, reDempTion, forTunaTe youTh —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

SuSan Savia —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 DJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 clay croTTS, inSiDe 9 p.m. —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 karaoke konG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

2.29 WEDNESDAY

karaoke night with dj be!

3.1 THURSDAY

trivia night 3.2 FRIDAY

live music with the

honey james band 3.3 SATURDAY

machine gun

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd

910-256-3838 wildwingcafe.com

reGGae SunDayS wiTh DJ Dr. JoneS —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 karaoke wiTh hellz belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 papaDoSio, ph facTor, fuTexTure —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 SaTelliTe blueGraSS banD —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 DJ baTTle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 perry SmiTh (brunch 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 benny hill anD frienDS —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 colT forD —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939

monday, march 5 karaoke —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 Dance parTy wiTh cheDr SelekT —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 acouSTic Jazz piano wiTh JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

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

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

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

Steven Compton —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 pengo with Beau gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

Pub & Grille

Wrightsville Beach Pool ° Darts ° Foos ° Pong

Moxology Sun. & Mon. $5 Specialty Cocktails TueSday $2.00 Blue Point Draft 13 - $5 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle WedneSday & THuRSday $3.00 Seasonal Draft 13 - $5.00 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle Sunday $5.00 Mimosas $5.00 Bloody Mary

Wednesdays

2.29 WEDNESDAY

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

with dj be!

Thursdays

karaoke night 3.1 THURSDAY

trivia night 3.2 FRIDAY

honey james band

Fridays

live music with the 3.3 SATURDAY

machine gun

35 n. FRonT ST.

(910) 343-1395

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

Saturdays

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

Monday - THuRSday ½ price Apps from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Served at the bar only doWnToWn WilMingTon

KARAOKE

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

Sundays

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd

910-256-3838 wildwingcafe.com

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

BanksChannelPub.Com

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

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

Brett JohnSon’S Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 open miC with JoSh Solomon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 KaraoKe with DJ @-hole —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

WedNeSdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm

ThurSdAY Open Mic Stand-up 9pm

Fri. & SAT. NATIONAL HEADLINERS 8 p.m.

March 2-3

nEaL brEnnan

(co-creator Dave Chappelle show)

March9-10

Chris Fairbanks 16th IrIsh InvasIon tour (4 Irish comics)

Downtown Wilmington OPEN MIC (910) 762-1704 NIGHT

Join us for live music and some EVERY THURSDAY laughs with some of the finest Open Mic up-and-coming Nightand musicians with comics in town!

Plan B

8$5 p.m.Jager - 11:30and p.m.

flavored bombs Friday, January 13th Free Pool

Live Music $1.50 PbrS driftersofwilmington.com

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Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate

$20

per person

W h at e cou ld br ? bett e 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

Join us on Tuesdays! Karaoke

at 9 p.m. All 36 drafts only $2.50 all day long!

Wednesdays Cash Grand Prize!

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

tuesday, march 6 the triBle gangerS (new-wave pop) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KaraoKe with DJ party graS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 “it taKeS tueSDayS to tango” leSSonS 7-9 p.m. —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Cape Fear BlueS Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

live aCouStiC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 College night KaraoKe —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 trivia with DutCh From 94.5 the hawK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

win tickets to area events visit

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

DuB Step —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086

DJ Sir niCK BlanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

FOX ICON Karaoke Contest

aCouStiC Jazz piano with JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

wilmington iCon Singing ConteSt with CaSh granD prize —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

langhorne Slim, Jon linDSay, J. KutChma —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

MONDayS 108 Walnut St.

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

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

KaraoKe with miKe norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

Bar & Comedy Room

Wednesday, march 7

www.encorepub.com

KaraoKe with DJ riCh Delux —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 JoSh Solomon & Cary BenJamin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc., 256-0115 DJBe extreme KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 xanDali preSentS nit grit, two FreSh —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 open miC night with JuStin laCy —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Jeremy norriS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 live aCouStiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 gary allen’S aCouStiC open miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc., 256-0115

All entertainment must be sent to music@ encorepub.com by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.


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LIncOLn TheaTre 126 e. caBarrus street, raleigh, nc (919) 821-4111 2/29: Randy Rogers Band, Thompson Howell Band 3/2: Jupiter Coyote, Old Habits, Nick and the Babes, Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, Valient Thorr, A Storm of Light 3/4: Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, Doco 3/5: Symphony X, Iced Earth, Warbringer hOUse OF BLUes 4640 hwy. 17 south, n. myrtle Beach, sc (843) 272-3000 3/3: Boyz II Men The FILLmOre 1000 seaBoarD street, charlotte, nc (704) 549-5555 3/2: Wale, DJ Kid Capri 3/3: J. Cole, Dreamville 3/6: Symphony X, Iced Earth, Warbringer 3/8: The Pink Floyd Experience GreensBOrO cOLIseUm 1921 w. lee st., greensBoro, nc (336) 373-7400 3/4: Trey Songz, Big Sean neIGhBOrhOOd TheaTre 511 e. 36th street, charlotte, nc (704) 358-9298 3/1: North Mississippi Allstars encore | february 29 - march 6, 2012 | www.encorepub.com 39


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40-44 DINING GUIDE

AMERICAN BLUEWATER

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE: bluewaterdining.com

CATCH

Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee 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 & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC

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Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon-Sat 11am-2am and Sun 11am-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music every Friday and Saturday in the Sum-

mer

■ WEBSITE: www.buffalowildwings.com

THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK

Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for

pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE: www.thegeorgerestaurant.com

HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE

“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s.... you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am Thurs-Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com

HENRY’S

A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local


ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. –Mon.11am10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.

Holiday inn ResoRt

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

K’s Cafe

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

tHe little diPPeR

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com

Pine Valley MaRKet

Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks

can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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

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

an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com

indoCHine RestaURant & loUnGe

ASIAN

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.

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

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What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE: hirojapanesesteakhouse.com/hibachi

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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

tHai sPiCe From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence,

COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADQUARTERS

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Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. ‘til 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 ‘til 3, Sat. 11 ‘til 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in

Big Screens & HDTV’s • Award Winning Wings • 14 Signature Sauces FREE Buzztime Trivia • Free Wi-Fi • Daily Lunch Specials 50¢ Wing Tuesdays • 60¢ Boneless Thursdays Huge Selection of Craft Beers • Daily Drink Specials Late Night Food Specials

WINGS. BEER. SPORTS.

Thank You Wilmington!

Wilmington

206 Old Eastwood Rd 910.798.9464

Monkey Junction

5533 Carolina Beach Rd 910.392.7224

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your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30am – 9:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am – 10:00pm; Sun.: 11:30am – 9:00pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE: www.ThaiSpiceWilmington.com

FRENCH CAPRICE BISTRO

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

OUR CRÊPES & MORE

The Crêperie of Wilmington !Our Crêpes & More a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Open at 7 am Tuesday through Friday, and 8 am Saturday & Sunday, Our Crêpes & More offers a delicious variety of breakfast combos, quickly served or to take out. A must try: the Nutella Croissant! On the Savory side, the St-Malo, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, Mt-Blanc or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. With free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant and casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! ■ OPEN: TUESDAY – FRIDAY 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SATURDAY & SUNDAYS 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Monday Closed.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, 3810 Oleander Drive (at the corner of 39th Street) ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi. ■ WEBSITE: www.ourcrepesandmore.com

INDIAN TANDOORI BITES

Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes,

including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.

SLICE OF LIFE

ITALIAN

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

A TASTE OF ITALY

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

EDDIE ROMANELLI’S

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

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA

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

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

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“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE

Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11am2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com

ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET

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

SEAFOOD DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR

Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar.

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

EAST

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

HIERONYMUS

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

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 wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE: OceanicRestaurant.com

SMALL PLATES THE FORTUNATE GLASS

The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you


UNCW SPORTS

March 3

Women’s Tennis vs UnCG 2 p.m. March 7

Women’s Tennis vs Temple – 2 p.m.

HUGHes Bros. BaseBall CHallenGe March 2

UnC asHeville vs nC sTaTe – Noon UnCW vs UnC asHeville – 4 p.m. March 3

nC sTaTe vs UnC asHeville – Noon UnCW vs nC sTaTe – 4 p.m. marCH 4

UnCW vs UnC asHeville – Noon UnCW vs nC sTaTe – 4 p.m.

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choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. ■ SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4pm-12am Fri. 4pm-2am; Sat. 2pm2am; Sun. 2pm-12am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Sparkling wine specials and half-price select bottles: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. ■ WEBSITE www.fortunateglasswinebar.com

SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET

In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” 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 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.

YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear

Women of Achievement May 10, 2012 • 5:30 PM Hilton Wilmington Riverside

YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s signature event celebrating outstanding women and young leaders. For more information regarding the event, visit: www.ywca-lowercapefear.org or call 799.6820.

SPORTS BAR

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The 2nd Thursday of every month at 10pm • tickets $5

Special Rocky Horror Show With Shadow Cast MARCH 9 • 10pm

Stephen Field, Director Presents

Something Wonderful: The Musical Genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein This fifty member choral group performs with worldclass soloists and an orchestra of musicians.

Sat., March 24 • 8pm Winter Park Baptist Church

Tickets: $15 • Available at www.carolinavocalarts.org

CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

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

Wilmington’s Premiere

2012 CAPE FEAR Wildlife Expo

March 16-18 Fri. & Sat. 9am-6pm Sun.: 10am-5pm Wilmington Convention Center & Coastline Conference Center

FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE

Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders, or the grilled MahiMahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE: foxandhound.com

HISTORIC WILMINGTON FOUNDATION PRESENTS:

Azalea Festival

2012

Home Tour

Saturday, April 14 from 1pm-6pm and Sunday, April 15 from 1pm-5pm Featuring houses in downtown Wilmington, NC that are full of individual appeal and architectural or historical significance.

Tickets: $25 www.historicwilmington.org

HELL’S KITCHEN

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

select appetizers M-TH 4-7pm ■ WEBSITE: www.hellskitchenbar.com

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Sketch Comedy Show

rd Annual

Wilmington Woman’s Club

March 1, 22, 29 April 5, May 3

Coastal Living Showcase

Doors Open 8:30pm Shows a 9pm

Making Life Better in 2012 Saturday, March 17th • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, March 18th • 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM Schwartz Center Cape Fear Community College 620 N. Front • Wilmington, NC 28401 www.wilmingtonwomansclub.com

Tickets: $5

111 Grace St. Wilmington

910-341-0001

Boston

Presents:

David Mamet’s

Marriage March 1-4, March 8-11, 15-18

“A drawing-room comedy about desire, deception & very bad manners.” See WilmingtonTickets.com for Showtimes Red Barn Studio 1122 S. Third Street (910) 762-0955 Tickets: $23 & $25

NEAL BRENNAN

Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd Conan • Lopez Tonight • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon • Co-writer of: Chappelle’s Show, Half Baked and MTV’s Singled Out 8pm Show | Doors 7pm | Admission: $10/12

255 North Front Street

Wilmington, NC 28401 • 910-251-7881

March 22, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm Press 102 S. Second Street

The First Order of Business: The Business of YOU Discovering a Healthy Recipe for Living Terry Jean Taylor CEO & Owner, Your Recipe For Living Coach, LLC

Tickets ickets $40 • Includes Lunch 910.350.1211

Covering the Arts, Theater, Music, Festivals, Dance & more in Southeastern N.C. StarNewsOnline.com/theWAE


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sip, sip, repeat: Cape Fear Beer Fest returns with 100 breweries on tap

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again: North Carolina beer drinkers should be damn proud. This state as a whole has earned recognition as a true beer union. It boasts innovative breweries such as Highland, Duck-Rabbit, Lonerider, and so many more spread within its borders, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Smoky Mountains. In a couple of years, West Coast brewery Sierra Nevada is planning to open a facility in Henderson County, approximately 20 miles outside Asheville. Wilmington has also built and attracted beer aficionados from afar with breweries like Front Street and Good Vibes, and with vibrant bars and stores like Cape Fear Wine and Beer and Lighthouse Beer and Wine. The multiple beer festivals that take place in town and all over North Carolina should not be dismissed, either. Enter John Horton, an average Joe who, back in the ‘90s, was drinking Harpoon IPA and Sam Adams in bustling Boston bars. After moving south and landing in Wilmington, Horton was intrigued by the growing craftbeer culture. With much effort and support from the downtown community, he helped found the first Cape Fear Beer Festival (CFBF) in the fall of 2011, which united over 50 breweries (craft and corporate) from all over the world. Like many other beer fests, the chief mission of CFBF was to include three things: “great music, great beer and a great venue for people to meet other beer lovers and have a good time.” Now, a few months later, Cape Fear Beer Festival is back and bigger than before, now reeling in 100 different breweries. Horton called last year’s turnout “solid, especially for a first-time event,” and he is expecting to see about 2,000 attendees for his sophomore effort.

e by Christina Dor Festival Cape Fear Beer p.m. 3rd, 2 p.m. - 6 Saturday, March ention Center Wilmington Conv 515 Nutt Street p.m.) VIP (entry at 1 $30/adv or $40 e $40 at door pric “I want to make this festival something that people can count on every year without losing the focus of what everyone wants: short lines, room to move around, and variety,” he notes. “I want people to walk away telling their friends that they found a new favorite beer and felt it was worth every penny of admission.” Last year, Cape Fear Beer Festival brought with it numerous tastings, food vendors, and live music provided by L Shape Lot and A Few Good Liars. This year it’s living by the motto “more is better!” “The Wilmington Hammerheads are holding raffles for season tickets,” Horton explains. Along with breweries handing out swag and a live remote from Coastal Carolina’s 98.7 Modern Rock, plenty will be on hand, including games of corn-hole and the Cape Fear Roller Girls. While Horton wishes to do even more, he realizes the real shiner is on the suds. “I learned a lot from last year’s feedback,” he notes, “and have tried to make the second fest better. Lowering the cost to $30 for advanced tickets in this shitty economy has really helped ticket sales. . . . [Plus,] I think the people will appreciate the doubled variety.” From domestics like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Yuengling, to sweet and dry ciders

from big names like Woodchuck and Magners, to flourishing craft breweries such as Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Pyramid and Sweetwater a lot of participants are on hand. The festival also boasts over 10 different North Carolina breweries. While there are a lot of repeats from the previous event, the changing season will bring new flavor profiles, like refreshing spring and perhaps even summer seasonals (listed is Leinenkugel’s invigorating Summer Shandy!). This year will also include a small selection of wines to appease the non-primary beer drinkers. Full admission into the festival entails one session of unlimited tastings, lasting from 2 p.m. to the twilight hours of 6 p.m. A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Business Alliance, a great ally and supporter of the festival and all downtown events. The Wilmington Convention Center has been a great help to the festival, too. “It seems the convention center, the city

and downtown businesses are all 100 percent behind the festival,” Horton says. “The convention center staff really have [it] together, and I can’t say enough of what they are doing for Wilmington.” Though the festival will continue, Horton advises to be on the lookout around late December for even more news and happenings. “Craft beer has become part of our culture at this point,” he says. “A huge chunk of the beers at the fest are available in select bars like Front Street Brewery, Satellite or Cape Fear Wine And Beer, but you don’t necessarily have to dig too deep to find a great selection at your local grocery store. I know that sounds like an ‘indie vs. corporate’ dilemma, but craft beer has moved past the rare-find phase. You just have to look for it.” To purchase tickets or learn more, visit www.capefearbeerfest.com. The festival is a 21-and-over event with no children, toddlers, infants or strollers, so be sure to hire a babysitter and don’t forget those IDs!

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black bowtie! Rehearse indifferent oneliners, and place a cigarette so it casually dangles from your lips. Get ready to step back into the 1940s for a stylish evening at The Hangar at Air Wilmington as The Cape Fear Literacy Council transforms it into Rick’s Café Américain from the seminal film “Casablanca.” The CFLC Casablanca Gala is the organization’s largest fund-raiser to date. Last year the CFLC elegantly paid tribute to the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece with its Gatsby Gala. This year the independent, non-profit organization moves forward from the Roarin’ Twenties to the year 1942, when Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman went from motion-picture stars to cultural icons, and lines like “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!” cemented a place among the most-quoted screenplays. “We’ve been having [events] like this annually since 1986,” Rachel LaCoe, CFLC community outreach coordinator, says. “This year, we’re trying to capture that era of the 1940s.” Hosted by MCs Craig Thomas and Sheila Brothers from Sunny 104.5 and auctioneer Alan Perry, of Perry’s Emporium, the self-proclaimed “party of the year” features a Moroccan bazaar silent auction,

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vocal auction, casinolike games, photobooth, a buffet dinner by Middle of the Island catering, open bar, dessert by The Three Divas, and live music by local band Blivet. Special guest Grenoldo Frazier, who will tickle the ivories in the decade’s fashion, will be on hand, too. “[Frazier] will open the event and perform for the first half hour,” LaCoe says. “Then we have Blivet performing for the remainder of the evening.” Frazier, a Wilmington native and renowned composer, actor and performer, has played on every stage and medium from Broadway to television, like “Sesame Street,” to movies. He is probably best known for his work as an actor and musician featured on Broadway and national tours of “Hello, Dolly!” in the 1970s. As of late, the virtuoso has been artist-in-residence at NC State University, Harvard Divinity School and Penn State. Seating is limited for the event, and the CFLC expects another sold-out crowd, so attendees are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible. The preferred attire is—you guessed it—classic 1940s or black tie. All proceeds will go toward supporting the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s mission to provide individualized services so adults and their families across the region can develop their potential. Reading is a skill most adults take for granted, but there are many who are never taught how. For decades, the literacy rate in the U.S. has had educators scratching their heads in search of a solution, and the numbers of illiteracy steadily increase

each year. It raises questions about how the American education system is run and what can be done to help adults with the problem. According to the U.S. Education Department, from their last study in 2003, about 14 percent of U.S. adults are illiterate. That is roughly about one out of every seven Americans. Statistics released by the U.S. Education Department show that some 32 million U.S. adults lack basic prose literacy skill, which means they can’t read a newspaper or the instructions on a pill bottle. Staffed entirely of volunteers who are passionate about the cause, the Cape Fear Literacy Council provides free and confidential one-on-one and small instruction to adults working to improve their reading, writing, spelling, English communication and math skills. CFLC also promotes family and children’s literacy by helping adults increase their ability to be a positive influence on their children’s literacy skill-building and success in school. The organization formed in 1970 with one mission: to eradicate illiteracy in the community. Since its formation, it has helped over 3,500 adult learners throughout the Cape Fear region. Each year 450 to 550 adults come to this organization to improve their literacy and/or English skills. Besides its annual gala, CFLC holds several other events to raise money and awareness, including an annual Spelling Bee for Literacy in September, along with Scrabble competitions and pancake breakfasts throughout the year. Proceeds from The Casablanca Gala will help brighten the future of so many. Tickets are $100 each or $175 for a pair and can be purchased online at www.cfliteracy.org. Tables of eight are also available for $700.


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Chapter 5: My Smoking Friend

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smoke. thIs should surprIse no one.

As a writer, it’s almost a mandate. The difference, here: I chose to smoke. It was a conscious choice—not the product of peer pressure or the vice of a rebellious youth. No, I decided that as a writer I needed to smoke. Somehow it completed the picture I had in my head of what a writer looked like. Every picture of me would be barely legible, buried under a hazy cloud, a cigarette in hand or, better yet, clenched between my teeth. Every writer needs an affectation. And there’s no better accessory than a pack of cigarettes and a Zippo lighter. Smoking also helps create an air of importance (or a stank of importance). Especially in this modern, anti-smoking utopia where having to smoke means having to be removed from the group in order to get a nicotine fix. It allows people to walk away for brief periods of time without so much as a few words of explanation. “I’m going to smoke.” That’s all. Immediately, it buys 15 minutes. I can’t tell you how many meetings I was able to salvage after drawing a blank, simply by uttering those words and stepping away long enough to get my head straight. It also helped me get out of awkward social situations. Unhappy with the current conversation? Pull out a cigarette and head for the door. When they first banned smoking everywhere, I was angry—until I realized the benefit of having a habitual exit strategy. It’s a bad habit with a lot of benefits. Smoking also offers an immediate icebreaker among other smokers. Some of the best networking I ever participated in happened while sitting outside a bar, restaurant or soundstage, sharing a cigarette with other nicotine addicts. Over the years, I had conversations with agents, executives, and A-list

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ntributor, 2012; Fact or Fiction co thly in encore published bi-mon actors while stepping out to have a cigarette, most of the time even having to loan them out. I’m amazed at the number of people I met over the years who had more money than God but never seemed to have a cigarette handy. I was more than happy to oblige. I owe at least 25 percent of my career to this habit which seems fitting since that’s how much of my life it shortened. My introduction to the world of film and television came on the set of a popular teen drama. I had started doing extra work to try and get a better understanding of how a film set functioned. A couple of days turned into a couple of months. They kept bringing me back again and again because I never complained, I was always available, and I left the talent alone. That last part is the most important. Actors don’t want to be bothered, especially when they’re working. I had no interest in celebrity. My pursuits were strictly creative. My lowmaintenance style and general disinterest in the cast made me quite popular with the assistant directors, who were always putting me in close proximity to the cast because they knew I wouldn’t stare, try to make eye contact or, god forbid, try and talk to them. I always was placed just behind the stars. For an entire season, I could be seen just past the left shoulder of the cast, in spite of looking far too old to be in high school—which I can probably credit to smoking. Film and television shoots give ample opportunity to sneak away for a smoke. There’s always a small eternity between

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didn’t say a lot—most of the time he had this vacant look in his eyes as if his mind was a thousand miles away. Over the next few months small conversations evolved. General chatter. Nothing too specific. The kind of 5- and 10-minute talks had with someone while passing time, never investing too much into unnecessary detail. This ritual continued off and on for nearly two months. I even started bringing an extra pack to set to make sure I had one when he would inevitably ask. I had become the cool smoking guy. For a brief moment, I felt as though I had achieved some level of success. It would be short lived. The show had been on hiatus over the holidays. I spent my time drinking, smoking and writing. One day I was lounging around downtown on a particularly overcast day. I stepped outside the coffeehouse for a cigarette. I lit one up, and within moments I saw someone waving at me from across the street. It was Tyler. “Hey, man.” I was shocked—practically stunned as he walked across the street to join me. “Can I get one of those?” Like clockwork, I produced a cigarette and lit it for him. He took a nice, long drag and exhaled. “Thanks, man. I really needed that.” The entire moment was a little surreal. I’d never seen Tyler off set. It was like being 10 and seeing my teacher at the mall. Their existence is based on a specific location and seeing them anywhere else felt unnatural. I wasn’t sure what the next step was, so I attempted some small talk. “So what brings you out here?” I asked. “Me?” he replied, as if the question had been posed to someone else. “I do a TV show here in town.” There was a brief moment where I thought perhaps I had heard him wrong or maybe my question had not been specific enough. If there was any doubt, it was quickly squelched by his reply. “So what do you do?” he asked. He had no idea who I was. Three months of idle conversation and sharing cigarettes didn’t exactly resonate with Tyler. I was just a guy on the street he could borrow a cigarette from. I thought about his question and gave him an answer. “I smoke.”

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n Sunday, March 4th, local residents are invited to become “Hometown Tourists” during the 17th Annual “Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown” Residents’ Appreciation Day Dozens of participating attractions open their doors to New Hanover County residents free of charge. In cooperation with the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 30 New Hanover County attractions will familiarize residents with area tourism assets and to thank them for their support. Only seven of the participants are limited to NHC residents; the others are open to all.

*AIRLIE GARDENS

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington • 798-7566 Stroll through the winding paths of this centuryold garden by the sea. Enjoy 67 acres of gardens, including the 467-year-old Airlie Oak.

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9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6206 oleander Dr., Wilmington • 798-7660 Explore over six acres of demonstration and trial gardens to discover the newest and best plants for area landscapes & gardens.

bELLAmy mANSIoN muSEum

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 503 Market St., Wilmington • 251-3700 Visit the formal areas and kitchen in the basement of the mansion, hear the history of the original slave quarters and its restoration, and peruse the gift shop.

BlACk CAt ShoppE

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 8 Market St., Wilmington • 251-6663 Aye, mateys, ‘yer looking for a bit of adventure in the Port City? Drop by to see some magic, hear some true Wilmington pirate stories or to have ye fortune told. Space is limited and we will entertain first come, first served.

BluE Moon Gift ShopS

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 203 Racine Dr., Wilmington • 799-5793 A Wilmington shopping destination that offers shoppers an eclectic mix of charming and diverse boutiques all under one roof! Tastings from various shops all day.

BuRGWin-WRiGht houSE MuSEuM

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 224 Market St., Wilmington • 762-0570 The house will not be open; however, visitors may tour the historic gardens and visit the Colonial kitchen and the former jail. A selfguided garden tour is available, with layout, historic facts, plant identification, etc.

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11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3201 S. 17th St., Wilmington • 395-5999 Southeast NC’s premier art museum. Visit the museum shop and view two exhibits: Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection in the Brown Wing and North Carolina Living Treasures: Mark Peiser, Richard Ritter and Penland School of Crafts in the Hughes Wing.

CApE fEAR MuSEuM of hiStoRy & SCIENCE

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 814 Market St., Wilmington • 798-4370 Discover the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Visit the Museum’s newest exhibits – Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art; and Cape Fear Treasure: Shoes.

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Noon to 9 p.m. 4240 Market St., Wilmington • 762-0173 Free volleyball. Grill will be open with food & drink specials.

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8 a.m. to 7 p.m. State park Rd, Carolina Beach • 458-8206 Bring picnic, fishing supplies. Explore nature trails, visitor center, marina and more. (Boat ramp/campsite rentals not included.)

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1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 1121 north lake park Blvd., Carolina Beach, 458-0502 Enjoy exhibits & audio-visual presentations portraying periods in the Federal Point community, including pre-historic, colonial, Civil War and development of Carolina-Kure Beaches and Seabreeze as tourist attractions. Refreshments.

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Meets at Cape fear Riverwalk at Market & Water Streets, Wilmington • 233-7630 Guided tours start at 5:30 p.m. only. Advance tickets required. Tickets must be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday March 3rd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets will be given out the day of the tour. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited.

GREEnfiElD GRinD SkAtE pARk

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Burnett Blvd, behind parks & Rec offices, Wilmington • 362-8222 Participants get free admission between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. NOTE: All participants are required to wear helmet & pads.

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1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 2nd and orange St., Wilmington • 793-6393 Listed on U.S. Register of Historic Places. Spend a WWII history afternoon at one of the few remaining USO buildings. Tour the restored building, theatre, and mini-museum of the home front in Wilmington, “America’s World War II City.” Visit the HBHUSO/CAC gallery exhibiting works from local established and emerging artists.

*hAlyBuRton pARk

Guided hike at 1 p.m. park open all day 4099 17th St., Wilmington • 341-0075 Join a park naturalist and explore nature up close on a two-mile nature hike. Advanced registration is required for hike. Learn about the park’s history, Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the outdoors as you hike from the park to the Cameron Art Museum along the Cross City Trail. Guided hike lasts about two hours.

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12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 131 n. front St., Wilmington • 343-8881 Get a “taste” of the Haunted Pub Crawl and hear eerie tales that will both shiver ye timbers and make ye laugh so hard ye’ll swab the decks. Starts at noon running on the hour every hour, with the last one at 6 p.m. ALL AGES welcome! No reservations necessary.

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Meets at Cape fear Riverwalk at Market and Water Streets., Wilmington • 233-7630 Guided tour starts at noon only. Advance tickets required. Tickets must be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday the 3rd from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first -served basis. No tickets will be given out the day of the tour. Guide will take larger-thannormal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited.


Haunted Cotton exCHange tour

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (tours every half hour) Meets at The Cotton Exchange next to the German Café. 910-409-4300. Take a 20-minute tour of the Haunted Cotton Exchange, one of the most haunted locations in Wilmington. Groups limited to 40 people.

HugH MaCrae Park and nature trail

8 a. m. -10 p. m. oleander and S. College rd. Wilmington 798-7181 Playgrounds (5-12 year old playground is lighted), lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic areas, nature trails, etc. Free every day (except for shelter, horse ring, baseball fields and garden rentals). Baseball fields must be reserved in advance. Walk the 1.55 mile trail right in the park or visit the Hugh MacRae Nature Trail located across the street behind the NHC Senior Center.

Jungle raPidS FaMily Fun Park

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 5320 Oleander Dr. Wilmington • 791-0666 Choice of one of the following activities to each participant: One game of Jungle Golf, one free Grand Prix go-kart ride or one free Sky Tower ride.

n.C. Military HiStory MuSeuM

noon to 4 p.m. 116 Air Force Way, Kure Beach • 477-0499 Artifacts, memorabilia, displays from WWI through Desert Storm, with photos, documents, letters, uniforms, field gear, hats, helmets, gift shop.

OlD BOOKs On FrOnt street

Storytelling at 3 p.m. 249 n. Front st., Wilmington • 762-6657 Storytelling by Madafo featuring traditional African storytelling and music. A familyfriendly event for children of all ages.

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12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) Cape Fear riverwalk (Water & market sts.), Wilmington •910-341-4030 Team and event mascots will greet residents, hand out schedules/flyers, pose for photos, and sign autographs. Confirmed guests include “Salty Dawg” (Wilmington Sea Dawgs pro basketball team) from noon-2 p.m., “Sharky” (Wilmington Sharks baseball team) & “Sledge” (Wilmington Hammerheads pro soccer team) from 1-3 p.m.;Azalea Belles (courtesy of the Cape Fear Garden Club) from 1-3 p.m.; and storyteller/musician John Golden from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Educators from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s outreach classroom (1-3 p.m.) will share information about marine life found along NC’s coast. Stop by to meet the special guests, get a “Hometown Tourist” sticker, and a list of attractions/tours offering free admission!

tHalian Hall

1-5 p.m. 310 Chestnut st., Wilmington 910-632-2285 Thalian Hall has been the epicenter of culture and politics in the Cape Fear region since 1858. Take a self-guided tour of the facility, which has just undergone a $3.5 million dollar renovation and rediscover this historical gem.

NC AquArium At Fort Fisher presents

Giant Tortoises

tour old WilMington HiStory Walking tourS

Lizards

10 a.m. to 12 noon (tours on the hour).Meets at the foot of Market and Water Streets 409-4300. Take a 30-minute tour of historic downtown Wilmington. Learn fun and interesting facts about Wilmington during the Victorian Era. Tours limited to 40 people.

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*WilMington railroad MuSeuM

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 505 nutt st., Wilmington • 763-2634 Railroad history and features for everyone, all in an authentic 1883 railroad building.

Snakes

WilMington trolley

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Wilmington • 763-4483 The trolley will offer free shuttle service between the participating attractions in the downtown area. This is shuttle service only, not tours.

WilMington Water tourS

March 3 & 4 l 9 am - 4:30 pm Regular admission rates apply

900 Loggerhead Road Kure Beach 910.458.8257 l ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Boards at 3:15 p.m. • departs 3:30 p.m. 212 s. Water st., Wilmington • 338-3134 Eagles Island Tour. Learn the history of Eagles Island, view the beautiful downtown waterfront and get introduced to the fascinating ecology of the Cape Fear River. Limited availability. Advanced registration required.

WrightsVille BeACh MuSeuM oF HiStory

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 303 W. Salisbury Street Wrightsville Beach • 256-2569 Visit this 1909 beach cottage and feel what life at the beach was like 100 years ago. Step back in time as you walk through a 1930’s kitchen, see our model of Wrightsville Beach in 1910, and rock on the shady porch.

WrightsVille BeACh sCeniC tourS & taxi

12 noon and 1 p.m. Banks Channel across from Blockade runner resort, Wrightsville Beach 200-4002 The Cape Fear Naturalist, Joseph Abbate, explores the tidal creeks of Masonboro Island. The 1-hour tour focuses on water bird and shorebird identification. Topics include shorebird identification, salt marsh function and water quality issues. Advance reservations required. Space is limited.

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eb18781@hotmail.com 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025 SURFER TANGO Salsa on 2 NYC style, Thurs, 7pm, $5/person at Calico Room Front St. Lesson at 7pm; all welcome and no partner needed. • Waterford Tango at the Clubhouse, Fri. at 7:30 • Magnolia Greens Tango, Thurs, 7:30pm, Aerobics Room • Cape Fear Country Club Tango, Sun., 5pm. • It Takes Tuesdays to Tango, Tues., at Orton Underground, downtown; 7pm free lesson • Brunswick Forest Tango starts in Feb. • Live tango demo with Brunswick County Big Band on Valentines Day at St. James. All classes are $10 per couple per class fun, professional, positive instruction. surfertango@gmail.com www.surfertango.com CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 5389711. ART SUBMISSIONS WANTED Artists are invited to submit their work for review in order to be selected for the fourth volume of “International Contemporary Artists”, a series of international art books. Book provides an in-depth look at global art, appealing to professional and emerging artists, opening out the world of art to a wider audience. Publication is already in progress; early submissions are recommended. Includes paintings, sculptures, installations, digital art and photography, showing in each page the individuality of each artist and different styles of expression as well. Juried committee selects artists, who them will be presented in the book in a one-page layout, to include images of his/ her work, an essay or statement and his/her contact information. incoartists.com WAA SPRING ART SHOW AND SALE Wilmington Art Association’s 2012 Spring Art Show and Sale runs in conjunction with the NC Azalea Festival, 4/13-15, in St. James Episcopal Church’s Perry Hall at 25 S. 3rd Street. WAA is accepting entries for this juried, 30th Anniversary show through 3/5. Juror-judges, Lois Griffel of The Cape Cod School fame (painting/mixed media), and Brownie Harris, noted celebrity and corporate photographer. Nonrefundable entry fees are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. The show’s official “Prospectus,” including detailed guidelines is available through the website. www.wilmingtonart.org. ARTFUL LIVING GROUP See page 28. HOSS HALEY DRAWING MACHINE Hangs through 3/30: “Hoss Haley: Drawing Machine” will be on view at the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building. Exhibition will feature Hoss Haley’s Drawing Machine, a large metal table with a robotic arm-like apparatus that generates drawings, as well as several completed drawings. Additionally, the Drawing Machine will be operating during the opening reception. Free, open to the public.

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KRISTIN GIBSON Kristin Gibson is feat. artist at Spectrum Art Gallery through March, fetauring spirited paintings and scarves stirred from elements of daily life. Open house, 3/9, 5-7pm. Kristin will hold a painting demo

3-5pm. 1125-H Military Cutoff Rd. www.spectrumartandjewelry.com POSTER ART SHOWCASE Wilmington NC Chapter of The Links, Inc. presents a Poster Art Showcase at DREAMS of Wilmington, 901 Fanning St. 3/3, 2pm. Theme: “Healthy, Active and Wise Make Health a Habit.” Award presentations in four categories: Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First through third prizes awards. Free entry; (910)-685-6828. ARTISTS FOR CHARITY Artists for Charity announces its 2012 Art Show for charity to be held at the Caffé Phoenix, 35 North Front St. Grand Opening and Meet-the-Artists reception: Thurs., 3/8, 5pm. Show running until the end of April. Particpants include: Robin Chapman, Gail Henderson, Roz Hancock, Dauwlene Bugnatto, Caiden Kenny, Joan Geisel, Barton Hatcher, William Hubbard, Tran Thi Ha, James Kelly, Barbara Jamison, Gail Smith, Todd Corrigan, Ann Hair, Nancy Noel May, Norma Dinsuelo, Joan Mclaughlin. Paula Faraday: 910-792-0362 OUT OF POCKET Out of the Pocket: iPhonegraphy by Dorian Hill, Lynn Casper and Morgan Kenny, WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio’s new art exhibit at the MC Erny Gallery. Wilmington’s first exhibit of iPhone photographic art. Meet the artists and the WHQR staff and on-air personalities, while enjoying great food and wine. Hangs through 3/9. Portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. Third floor of The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front St. WILMINGTON WOODTURNERS ASSOC. 3/10, 1-4pm: Wilmington artists to demonstrate at Wilmington Area Woodturners Association at the Leland VFW Post 9408 at 1211 Village Rd. Meeting will feature presentations and demonstrations by three Wilmington area artists: Ms Sissy Brooks, Mr. Bob Buric and Mr. Brandon Guthrie. $2 fee will be collected at the door for these classes and demonstrations. Visitors welcome. ARTS SENSATION 3/22, 8pm: The 11th Arts Sensation, a benefit performance for Indo Jax Surf Charities. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Stirring up local talent again for a music and dance spectacular to benefit an outstanding Wilmington-based organization, Indo Jax Surf Charities.Ride the wave of this fun and imaginative evening featuring local musicians, choreographers and dancers presenting lively and entertaining music and an exciting variety of dance performances including a show favorite, the Company “T” Tappers. Tickets: $10 Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285 JANUARY 2012 ARTIST EXHIBIT The Thalian Association, managers of the HBHUSO/ CAC, are proud to announce the January 2012 Artists Exhibition feat. the work of eight emerging and known artists from our area, incl. Barbara Bear Jamison, Lynette Ashby, Ronald Williams and others. Exhibit runs through 3/23. Media in painting, basketweaving, mixed-media, photography and more represented. EMERING AND KNOWN ARTISTS The Thalian Association present an exhibition featuring the work of eight emerging and known artists from our area. Feat. an unusual installation that presents the art in harmony with the WWII artifacts in our lobby museum. View the exhibition daily at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center during regular business hours until 3/23. Our Community Gallery will be open from 6-9pm for the Fourth Friday Walk on 2/24. Free and the public is invited to attend and meet our artists. Corner of Orange and 2nd streets. BOTTEGA EVENTS Bottega Gallery presents The Artists of Thrive Studios, feat. a wide spectacular variety of dramatic


events RIVER ROOM BAZAAR River Room Bazaar takes place once a month for local home-based business or businesses in need of more exposure. Connect with community and network! 10 vendors for March include Agape Market, Rock ‘N Hott Hair, My Porch Dawk, North Kerr Spalon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Holly Price Personalizations, Hilary Walker Photography, Twenty Three Split and Nicole Wilkinson. Five more vendors welcome to sign up! Event from 5-9pm; free to the public. $1 prize raffle with donations to a local charity; $5 catered plates also available. Melissa Mendoza: (910) 251-8902. www.TheRiverRoomEvents.com

Hanover County Arboretum, with greenhouses in Pender and Brunswick counties as well. 9am-5pm.

3/1: STAN MEETING STAN is holding a community outreach info session for community members to help rally against Titan Cement’s intentions to build a plant in Castle Hayne. To find out information about the initiative, head over to the New Hanover County Executive Center off 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Northeast Branch Library, at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st. They’ll set up teams in marketing, fund-raising and ... bird-dogging?! For questions, e-mail Shannon@StopTitan.org. Friends, family, neighbors—everyone is welcome!

STAN OUTREACH Stop Titan Community Outreach Info Session. Join your neighbors, friends and family for an interactive meeting, centered around your involvement in stopping Titan, 3/1, 6:30-8pm, the New Hanover County Executive Center (1241 Military Cutoff Rd, Northeast Branch of Library!). Topic will be an update on the permitting/ regulatory process. ID teams such as marketing, fundraising, and bird-dogging! Please bring your ideas and your enthusiasm! Shannon@stoptitan.org

HOBBY GREENHOUSE 3/3, 9am: Annual Hobby Greenhouse Tour, free, selfguided tour of localgreenhouses, including member and non-member greenhouses andcommercial and institutional greenhouses. Tour starts at the New

www.hobbygreenhouseclub.org Jennifer Keeling: hobbygreenhouse@aol.com SPRING FASHION PREVIEW 3/8, 7-9pm: Spring Fashion Preview presented by Wilmington Dermatology Center. “Style Girl” Jess James, editor and publisher of the “Fashion Fix” and Focus on the Coast Fashion Editor, Blue Hand Home’s design team and your favorite boutique owners and designers. Feat. age-appropriate looks for spring modeled by local women community leaders in their 30s to 70+, style and beauty secrets, season essentials & deals you won’t wanna miss! Delectable bites, sweet treats and wine and bubbly;

$17 at www.stylegirljessjames.com! First 25 guests to purchase tickets online will be entered to win the “Spring in Style” grand prize! 910-495-5467 COASTAL CONSUMER SHOWCASE The 2nd annual Coastal Consumer Showcase: “Highlighting the Best in Local Products & Services,” Thurs, 3/8, 4pm-8pm, in the St. James Community Center. Over 43 businesses participating including: 3 Cheers Party Rentals, Cape Fear Insurance, Carillon Assisted Living, Ocean Trail Convalescent, SeaPhone, Lowes Home Improvement, Port City Java, The State Port Pilot, Healthplans-NC, Edward Jones, Med Spa of Brunswick Family Medicine and more! Free, w/over $2k in prizes give away. info@ southport-oakisland.com. 910-457-6964. THALIAN HALL MAIN ATTRACTIONS SERIES Thalian Hall Main Attractions Series. Schedule: 3/9, 8pm: Marie Josee Lord: Boillon (Jambalaya). Glorious artistry by the beautiful young soprano awarded the Prix d’Excellence de la Culture by Quebec Opera Foundation. With piano and violin accompaniment, she entwines Gordon Lightfoot, Verdi, Lama, Gershwin, Bizet, Joni Mitchell and more into a sumptuous musical feast. www.mariejoseelord.com. www. ThalianHall.org Box Office 910-632-2285; 800-5232820. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. Events subject to change. All tickets subject to $1 historic restoration fee added at time of purchase. CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE EXPO 4th annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, 3/16-18; Fri/Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Family event that features wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters. Expo’s mission is to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. Kids will enjoy interactive activities such as Sensory Safari, Aquatic Trailer, Mallard Madness Laser Shoot, Muzzy 200 Club Monster Buck display, and Kids Gone Wild academic workshops. Admission charge: Adult $10; seniors (65 and over) $7; children 10 years and under are free. Wilmington Convention Center. 910-795-0292. www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com.

charity/fund-raisers HAPPY BUMS Happy Bums is a local, nonprofit diaper drive created to address this problem in the Wilmington community. Donations will be accepted during the month of March at six different locations. Community support is essential for the program’s success. Folks interested in donating or becoming a drop-off location, contact Robin Riggs: 910-470-6121 or robinriggs@ ellajean.com.

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CAPE FEAR LITERACY COUNCIL See page 46. • Free monthly orientation sessions this spring, Wed., 3/14, 10am-noon, and 4/111, 5:30-7:30pm. All sessions held at 1012 S. 17th St. in Wilmington. The “CFLC 101” orientation is open to anyone who is interested in volunteering at CFLC in any capacity: volunteer as tutors or instructors,

assist with fundraising events, serve on the Board of Directors, or provide administrative assistance. • Tutor Training Workshops at 1012 S. 17th St. Prereg. Adult Basic Literacy: Volunteers attend 12 hours of instruction, with two workshops from which to choose this spring. Workshop #1: 3/19, 21, 26, and 28 from 10am-1pm. Workshop #2: 4/30, 5/2, 7, and 9 from 6:30-9:30pm. Fee is $20 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. Volunteers must attend the workshop’s four sessions to be certified. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Volunteers attend 9 hours of instruction, with two workshops from which to choose this spring. Workshop #1: 3/6, 7 and 8 from 6:30-9:30pm. Workshop #2: 5/22, 23 and 24, 6:30-9:30pm. Fee is $30 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. (910) 251-0911 or info@cfliteracy.org. CARDINAL STRUT RUN 3/3, 8:30am: 3rd annual Cardinal Strut Run on a fast, flat course through Holly Tree Neighborhood. Pre-Race Packet Pick-up: Omega Sports in Hanover Center on 3/1, 4-7pm and at the Relay for Life Spaghetti Dinner at Holly Tree Elementary School Cafeteria on 3/2, 5-6:30pm. Race Day Registration from 7-8am at Holly Tree Elementary School. New for 2012 Birds of a Feather Flock together for the Cardinal Strut Team Challenge. 5 or more runners /team. Sydney Jones: familyjones3@yahoo.com AUTISM SPEAKS TO FASHION GEEKS 3/3, 3-5pm: Showcasing new spring arrivals, including swimwear and resort wear at Cameo 1900. $5 at door; doors close at 3:30pm. All proceeds going to Surfers Healing, a foundation for autism. Cameo 1900 located in Lumina Station, off Eastwood Road. CHEERS AND BEER PUB CRAWL A charity fundraiser to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter, 3/8, 5:30-9:30pm. Kickoff Party at Hell’s Kitchen, and finish the night at the Cheers & Beers Raffle Party hosted by Goodfellas Nite Life for some food, fun and great raffle prizes. Participating Bars include The Eat Spot, Caffe Phoenix, and Fat Tony’s. Tickets: $10, and include entrance to the Cheers & Beers Kickoff and Raffle Parties, food specials and other deals. www.facebook.com/CheersAndBeersPubCrawl ST. PATRICK’S DAY LO-TIDE RUN 3/17: St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run at 8:45am in Carolina Beach. Proceeds will be given to one or more cancer patients and families. Race to benefit local recipients who are fighting cancer and have no insurance. We have grown from 157 runners in 2005 to nearly 1400 runners in 2011. 8th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run also holds After Party Event—vendors in arts and crafts, food and alcohol at the Carolina Beach Gazebo, 8am-7pm. Edge Entertainment’s DJ Mike Worley, 8am-noon.At 1pm the event becomes ticketed, featuring a mixture of live music from some great local musicians, a family fun zone and lots of surprises. Mixture of Irish bands: The Malones, Blarney Broughs, Root Soul Project and Mark Roberts and the Breeze. After Party Event tickets: www.lotiderun.org for $7 each (with no limit on quantity) when register for the race. Otherwise: www.lotide.eventbrite.com for $10 each, and $5 for children under 12; or $15 at door. 330-417-0144 CAROUSEL CENTER GALA 3/17: The Carousel Center for Abused Children is pleased to announce that the 2012 Gala at Thalian


Hall. Theme: ‘One Hit Wonders’—a night of fun as local ‘celebrities’ lip sync and dance! Bids on original artwork by George Pocheptsov; online bidding available now, www.carouselcenter.org. In-person bids will continue until the intermission of the gala show (approximately 9pm, 3/17). Tickets: pre-show event, 6-7:45pm, includes heavy hors d’oeuvre, open bar and admission into the show. Reception and show: $100 and can be purchased by calling the Carousel Center at 910-254-9898 or sending a tax deductible check made out to: The Carousel Center, 1501 Dock Street Wilmington, NC 28401. “Show only” tickets will be available at Thalian Hall Box Office (910-3433364) beginning 2/15. Tickets: $50. A limited number of slightly obstructed view tickets: $25.

n the Board ssistance. • 7th St. Preend 12 hours m which to 21, 26, and , 5/2, 7, and seeking cer-POOCH PLUNGE nteers must 3/17, 9:30am: Kick-Off St. Patrick’s Day with Pooch be certified. Plunge for Canine Cancer! As part of this inaugural Languages): event, dogs & owners will bravely “Plunge” into the on, with two chilly Atlantic Ocean at Wrightsville Beach then run pring. Work- back to shore. Raises funds to fight Canine Cancer m. Workshop and will raise awareness of the impact cancer has s $30 or $50 on our pet’s lives. Proceeds benefit Morris Animal zation. (910) Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign. Pre-reg. preferred; $25/team (dog and owner). In addition to the chance to participate in the inaugural “Plunge” each owner will receive a t-shirt and dogs will get a ut Run on a bandanna. All dogs must be leashed. pawbeachpeighborhood. tresort.com/pooch-plunge.html s in Hanover for Life SpaSchool Cafstration from ol. New forRED BARN STUDIO or the Cardi- See page 25. nners /team. UNCW THEATRE DEPT m See page 26.

theatre/auditions

ivals, includ-CITY STAGE eo 1900. $5 See page 22. ceeds goingBROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE sm. Cameo All shows are $15 GA, $8 student admission. 111 wood Road. Grace St. • 3/8-24: “A PSL Original Comedy,” opening Gala on 3/8, at 8pm. Fri/Sat, 8pm; Sun., onal Multiple 5pm. www.browncoattheatre.com hapter, 3/8,LEND ME A TENOR AUDITIONS hen, and fin- 3/10, 11am: Opera House Theatre Company ane Party host- nounces auditions for “Lend Me a Tenor.’ Roles ood, fun and are available for women and men in a wide range of ude The Eat ages—no roles for children. Auditions will consist of ickets: $10, cold readings from the script. Auditions will held at eers Kickoff the Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 CarolinaBeach Rd. other deals. Rehearsals will begin Monday, Marcy 26. operahousubCrawl etheatre@yahoo.com

PORCH THEATRE COMPANY am in Caro- Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews presents Porch one or more Theatre Company’s classic interactive, dinner theater benefit local comedy extravaganza 3/15. “Mulligan’s Irish Wake ave no insur- Comedy” returns with new songs and new surpriss in 2005 to es. An evening of Celtic wit and merriment, and a Steve Hay- chance to help console Rory Mulligan’s poor widow. After Party Feel free to share a joke, a ballad or a tale of Rory and alcohol at this celebration of his life in this “proper” Irish m. Edge En- wake. Special Guest performance with The Blarney n.At 1pm the Broughs’ traditional Irish music. Low-country cuisine xture of live by Middle of the Island catering. www.porchtheatre. a family fun com or 910-232-6611. Tickets are $45/day of $50. Irish bands: brooklynartsnc.com or 888-512-SHOW. Doors at Soul Project 6:30pm; show at 7pm. Party Event with no limitSNEAD’S FERRY COMMUNITY THEATRE . Otherwise: Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents Every, and $5 for body Loves Opal, by John Patrick. Attempted murder wouldn’t seem to be funny but in Mr. Patrick’s 17-0144 magic hands it is uproarious. 3/9-11 and 6-18, 7pm on Fri/Sat; 3pm ,Sun. 126 Park Lane. RSVP: 910d Children is 327-2798. Adults: $12; all students w/ID: $6. la at Thalian

AN EVENING WITH LINDA LAVIN 3/17, 8pm: “Possibilities . . . an Evening with Linda Lavin,” with Billy Stritch, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Brown and Steve Bakunas. Award-winning star of film, television and the stage, Linda Lavin makes a return appearance for an unforgettable evening of great jazz and cabaret. Accompanying and collaborating with Linda is pianist Billy Stritch, himself a gifted and dazzling performer. Kenan Auditorium. (910) 9623500 and www.wilmingtonsymphony.org LTC SCHOOL OF ARTS With arts in all forms being taken out of our public school systems, Legacy Theater Company is on a mission to bring The Arts back to our students. With this mission in mind, we started LTC’s School of the Arts. Students ages 5-18 are able to sign up to be a part of our theater classes. Open enrollment for another round of classes 4/5-5/24. Our first round of classes has been wildly successful. 20 students (ages 8-13) are rehearsing for opening night of their show, “Fairytale.” Children who are passionate about music, acting and dance and would like a safe environment where they can develop and show their gifts, School of the Arts is here! 910-545-2296.

comedy THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE “TNL” sketch comedy show by Pineapple-Shaped Lamps returns for a new season at Browncoat Pub and Theatre. The troupe feat. over a dozens members performing tons of no-holds-barred skits, with funny. memorable characters. The show also includes their parody newscast, “PSNews” with Rachel Boydston and Ryan P.C., along with additional correspondents. Doors at 8:30pm; show at 9pm. $5 at door, with show running every Thursday for eight episodes. 111 Grace St. NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8/$10. Schedule: 3/2-3: Neal Brennan (co-creator Chapelle Show) • 3/9-10 Chris Fairbanks • 3/16: Irish Invasion Tour (4 Irish Comics) • 3/17: Timmy Sherrill & Friends (St Paddy’s Day Version) • 3/2324: Joe Derosa (Comedy Central) • 3/30-31: Jesse Joyce (Red Eye, Comedy Central) • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thurs. Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover. • Nutt St Comedy Room announces the opening of The Studio at Nutt St. We provide a community workshop program for actors, comedians, improv, and public speaking. Workshop provides actors and comedians the ability to develop their skill levels and participate in multiple workshops. Beginners workshops available. All ages are welcome. Timmy Sherrill: 910-520-5520. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www.nuttstreet.com. 910-520-5520

music/concerts SPIRIT OF AMERICA: POPULAR SONGS OF CONFLICT Building F on the campus of BCC, 3-5pm, Sun., 3/11 and 18. The show is a collection of popular songs from the various periods of war and conflict in America. The show will be performed at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC at 8pm, 5/18-20 and 25-27. Auditions will consist of singing one of these familiar songs. Stanley Mandell at 914-805-0553 or Jonathan Richmond at 910-368-9073. www.brunswickcc.ed. ART GARFUNKEL AND NC SYMPHONY

Pop music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Art Garfunkel joins Maestro William Henry Curry and the North Carolina Symphony for a concert tribute to the very best from his 50-year career in music at Meymandi Concert Hall, in the downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 3/2-3, 8pm Revisiting some of the most popular works from his career: Angel Clare, Breakaway, Scissors Cut and more.$45-$100: www.ncsymphony.org or 877-627-6724. THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK See page 34. SQUIDCO EXPERIMENTAL SERIES 3/3, 8pm: Squidco presents a monthly Experimental Series of shows presenting regional artists working in experimental, electronic, and the public, with donations for the artists encouraged. Bugs Black Blood, free jazz from NYC; Crowmeat Bob, free jazz from Raleigh; CHANGES TO blind, electro-acoustic (910); Tyler Perry Presents, jazz skonk (910). BYOB; snacks and beverages available. 928 N 4th St. 910399-4847 WINE, ART AND MUSIC Wine Art and Music (WAM!) at The Coastal Roaster, 3/8 7-9pm. Featuring the creative and beautiful photography of T. J. Dreschel and the music of Susan Savia. Wine tasting, delicious food. Free! Located in the Beau Rivage Marketplace, Sanders Road and Carolina Beach Road just below Monkey Junction. HEATH BROTHERS Cape Fear Jazz Society presents Heath Brothers homecoming celebration concert, with opening act Joe Chambers All Stars, featuring Benny Hill, Doug Irving and Brad Merritt. Thalian Hall, 3/10, 7:30pm. $20-$30. Free to UNCW students w/voucher from Upperman Center. Tickets at www.thalianhall.com. DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 3/15: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, two of the finest American singer/songwriters join forces for an “unplugged” performance. On sale now! DPACnc.com, 919-680-2787 ,123 Vivian St., Durham, NC

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eral Public $18 or $20 day of. etix.com CAROLINA VOCAL ENSEMBLE 3/24, 8pm: Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Field, is pleased to announce that the group will present a concert called, “Something Wonderful—the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” at Winter Park Baptist Church.This performance will include music from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel and others. The evening will feature the Ensemble, accompanied by a full professional orchestra and joined by guest soloists. Tickets: $15 and are available for purchase online, carolinavocalarts.org. 910-960-SING [7464]. MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction, Modern Music, w/ Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111. rockinrowland@hotmail.com.

dance BABS MCDANCE 2/29: Lindy/Bal-swing workshop, 7-8:30pm. • 3/1: Shufflin/Urban Electro workshop, 7-8:30pm • 3/3: Bolero, 12-1:30pm • 10/adv. for Babs McDance Studio members 6782 Market St. (910) 395-5090 WILMINGTON SINGLES CLUB 3/2: DJ Baby Boomer; 3/9: Tony & Diane; 3/16: The Carousels Band; 3/23: DJ Buddy; 3/30: The Colors Band. All dances at Am Legion Post 10. Music plays 8p.m.-11p.m. Admission: DJ dances $8/10; Band dances $10/12. Dress code: No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans. Contact Person: Dale Thompson, president (910)619-1054 LINE DANCING Get ready for weddings, concerts in the park, birthday parties and other events with the knowledge of popular line dancing. Since you dance on your own in an ensemble, line dancing is ideal for singles and for partners of non-dancers. Session 2: 3/4, 11, 18, and 25, 2012. Day and Time: Sundays, 4-5pm. Pre-registration is requested. 256-7925. www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com.

“Chapelle’s Show” on Comedy Central, Half-Baked, 2009’s The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard ... Neal Brennan, writer and director of said projects, will make his way to Nutt Street Comedy Room this weekend to do stand-up. Brennan got his start at Boston Comedy Club in New York City (where he met Dave Chappelle and started collaborating before their falling out over the sudden ending of “Chappelle’s Show”). Having written for Seth Meyers and even the 83rd Academy Awards show, Brennan’s brand of comedy continues its popularity. Tickets are $8-$10.

WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 3/17, 8pm: Possibilities...An Evening with Linda Lavin guest artist With the Billy Stritch Trio. Awardwinning star of film, television and the stage, Linda Lavin makes a return appearance for an unforgettable evening of great jazz and cabaret. Accompanying and collaborating with Linda is pianist Billy Stritch, himself a gifted and dazzling performer. Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Kenan Auditorium: (910) 962-3500. www.wilmingtonsymphony.org GYM CLASS HEROES UNCW Association for Campus Entertainment presents Gym Class HeroesUNCW Kenan Auditorium, 3/22. Doors 7:30pm; show: 8pm. Hip-hop, funk, reggae and rap. Tickets: UNCW Students $12 or $15 day of; UNCW Faculty/Staff $15 or $17 day of; Gen-

BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE LESSONS Wed., 3/7-28, 12:30pm, Waltz • 1:30: Intermediate Ballroom • 2:30 Swing, Singles/couples. New Hanover County Resource Center, 2222 College Rd, Advance reg rqd: 910 799-2001 BALLROOM LATIN DANCE LESSONS LearnBallroom, Latin, Swing! New classes starting Sun, 3/4, 4:30. Ballroom DanceSport. Less than 1 mile from UNCW. 4523 Franklin Ave. Across from Cinema Dr. Corner of Kerr & Franklin. Singles/couples. Group & private lessons. www.BallrooomDanceSportNC.com or 799-2001

SHAG LESSONS Shag Lessons, Session 2: Thursdays, 3/29-4/19. No partner is needed. Beginner 6:45-7:45pm. Intermediate 7:45-8:45pm. Fees: WB Residents $35, Non-residents $45. Fran Russ Recreation Center. Pre-reg. requested. 910-256-7925. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • 3/24: Jae, 4-5.30pm, and 9pm-1am, TBA. Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport: 4523 Franklin Ave, Cost: $10/ person per class. Ellen Bethune: 910-352-1219 or

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works. Participants include: Scott Ehrhart, Gaeton!, Lance Strickland, Mike Watters, Sarah Garriss, Jason Jones, Zak Duff, G. Scott Queen, Zachariah W. Weaver, and Rob Fogle. Exhibit runs through 3/18, w/ closing reception on Fri., 3/9, 6pm, with most artists in attendance. • 3/23: The fantastic Gabriel Lehman will be returning for a solo exhibit for two months. • Mon: Closed through winter • Tues (4pmmidnight): Starving artist night and open paint • Wed (4pm-mid.): Weekly wine tastings, 7pm • (Sat 1pm2am; Sun., 1pm-mid.) bottegaartbar@gmail.com. • 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737. bottegagallery.com. PROJEKTE Now showing: “Black & White” a Thrive Studio group exhibit showcasing new black and white artworks by Thrive Studio artists Scott Ehrhart, Zachariah Weaver, Lance Strickland, Gaeten Lowrie, Jason Jones, Zachary Duff and others. • Now open: Coffeehaus and Antiques, w/assortment of homemade sweets and specialty brewed java. Opens 1pm Tue-Sat. • EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.307.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes political, always controversial, 7.30-11pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. • Every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • Every Fri/Sat: Live Music, 8-12am. Free unless noted otherwise. 910-7631197, www.theprojekte.com. 523 S 3rd St.

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Adults; $5/members or $7/non-members. Explore the history of Wilmington’s downtown with City of Wilmington’s Historic Preservation Planner, Maggie O’Connor, as she looks at how shopping in the downtown has changed through the years. Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. www.capefearmuseum.com. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features non-native marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of well-balanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing Workshop. Pre-reg. classes. 910-4588257; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 3/25, 1-5pm: Putting Golf Tournament. Each exhibit will be a different putting experience! Test your skills! RSVP: 910-254-3534 • 3/26, noon: Fore the Children Golf Tournament at Cape Fear Country Club. Reserve your golf team or become a sponsor! 910-254-3534 x 104 • Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Leading to Reading Literacy Class , 9am, and Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and

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He has written “Railroads in the African American Experience,” a remarkable review of the significant contributions of African Americans to the building, maintenance, operation, and profitability of the American railway system. A free community presentation and reception will be held at First Baptist Missionary Church, 520 N. Fifth Avenue, at 7 pm. •  Museum  admission  only  $6  for  adults,  $5  for  seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or www.wrrm.org.  BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard  Bellamy  (1817-1896)  physician,  planter  and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss  (1821-1907)  and  their  nine  children.  After  the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • 3/15, 6:30-8:30pm:  Join the HPC, YWCA and the Bellamy Mansion at the “Meet the Help” book signing with Bertha Todd and Rhonda Bellamy. The anthology was inspired by Kathryn Stockett’s best seller “The Help.” Reception following. • 3/19, 6/4, 9/17 and 12/17: Spring Tea at  the Bellamy, 2pm. Tea service with finger sandwiches and sweets while listening to the romantic music of Susan  Savia.  $35;  10%  discount  at  gift  shop  that  day and access to the Tim Buchman photography exhibit  at  the  Bellamy.  RSVP:  910.251.3700  ext.  103. Proceeds go to operations of Bellamy Mansion  Museum. www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St

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throughout America as it struggled to establish its British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has  national identity. Curated by Judith Bookbinder and been compromised by a double agent working for Sheila Gallagher with Boston College. The travelthe Soviets. Gary Oldman has been nominated for ing exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistance best actor, Academy Awards. R, 2 hr. 8 min. • 3/19Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena California. • Jazz  21: “A Separation”—Set in contemporary Iran, the  The Cameron Art Museum will host its monthly jazz series, at the CAM Series, in partnership with the Cape compelling drama about the dissolution of a marsponsored by Cape Fear Jazz Society on the 1st. The Wahl Fear  Jazz  Society,  through  4/2012,  6:30-8pm.  riage.  There  is  one  thing  Nader  (Peyman  Moaadi)  CAM/CFJS Members: $7 for members, $10, nonand his wife Simin (Leila Hatami) will never agree on.  Project, headed by Colby Wahl on drums and featuring members  and  $5  students  w/ID.  3/1:  The  Wahl  Simin dreams of leaving abroad where they can prolocally revered musicians Benny Hill on sax amd Ryan Project performs bebop and beyond • CLASSES,  vide a better future for their only daughter, Termeh. Woodall on bass, will play a mix of jazz, from contemETC:  Life  Drawing  every  Tues.,  6-9pm.  Group  But Nader feels his duty lies at home, where he can meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own care for his sick father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi).  Oscar  porary greats and legends alike. Tickets are only $7 for Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. PG-13,  members, $10 for non-members and $5 for students. The dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/6-wks.  • Hand and Wheel Pottery Techniques: Mon/Wd,  2 hr. 3 min.   concerts last from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CAM, corner of 3/19-5/9,  9am-noon,  or  Tues/Thurs,  3/20-5/10,  MOVIES AT LUMINA THEATER Independence Boulevard and 17 Street Extension. 5:30-8:30pm.  CAM  Members:  $250;  Non3/3,  3pm:  “Brotherly  Jazz:  The  Heath  Brothers”  members:  $300.  Hiroshi  Sueyoshi  teaches  paints a vivid portrait of Philadelphia’s Heath Brothhandbuilding, wheel throwing, glazing ers , bassist Percy, saxophonist/composer/arrangCAMERON ART MUSEUM and finishing techniques. Class size is er  Jimmy,  and  drummer  Albert  “Tootie”—through  EXHIBITS: Murrinis Within a Crystal Matrix: The Polimited. Open to all skill levels, ages 16+. • Museum  words and music, notably a 2004 California concert  etic  Glassworks  of  Richard  Ritter,”  “Mark  Peiser:  School:  New  classes.  www.cameronartmuseum. that marked one of the last times the brothers perReflections on the Palomar Mirror “and “Penland com/adult.php. 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024).  formed together. • 3/6, 7pm: The film “Miss RepreSchool of Crafts: Evolution and Imagination.” Both  • Call for Yoga, Rumba and Tai Chi class schedules.  sentation” exposes how American youth are being Richard Ritter and Mark Peiser are honored as 2011  Corner  of  South  17th  St.  and  Independence  Blvd.  sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in North Carolina Living Treasures. Thematically tied, Tues-Sun,11am-5pm;  Thurs:  11am-9pm.  Museum  their youth, beauty 3/3, 3pm: Brotherly Jazz. Tickets  both Ritter and Peiser attended Penland School of members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with  free and found at Sharky’s Box Office day of show. Crafts. The school is an international leader in the valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www.cameronartmuBrotherly Jazz: The Heath Brothers” paints a vivid  evolution of craft education located in western NC. seum.com or  910-395-5999.  portrait of Philadelphia’s Heath Brothers , bassist This exhibition explores Penland then and now, feaPercy, saxophonist/composer/arranger Jimmy, and turing examples of some of the finest work from the drummer Albert “Tootie”—through words and muschool. Hangs through 4/1. • Civil War Era Drawings  sic, notably a 2004 California concert that marked  from the Becker Collection, through 5/6. Feat. 127  one of the last times the brothers performed to“first hand” drawings depicting colorful aspects of CINEMATIQUE gether. • 3/26, 7pm:  A powerful railroad executive,  life and action during the Civil War era. Original drawPlays weekly at Thalian Hall main stage, 310 ChestDagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive ings by artist-reporters for the Frank Leslie’s Illustratnut  St.  7:30pm,  $8  (unless  otherwise  noted)  •  A  while society is crumbling around her. Based on the ed Newspaper were used to inform a reading public Dangerous  Method,  2/29:  On  the  eve  of  WW  I,  1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Tickets free, at Sharky’s  consumed by the need to know what was happening Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of Box Office day of show. Lumina Theater, UNCW. sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from trueSUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES life events, the movie explores the turbulent rela3/4:  Happiness—The  lives  of  many  individuals  tionships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung connected by the desire for happiness, often from (Michael  Fassbender),  his  mentor  Sigmund  Freud  sources usually considered dark or evil. One of Todd (Viggo  Mortensen)  and  Sabina  Spielrein  (Keira  Solondz’s (Welcome to The Dollhouse, Storytelling)  Knightley), the beautiful but disturbed young woman  most controversial films, starring Jane Adams, Philwho comes between them. Rated R, 1 hr. 33 min.  lip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker and Lara Flynn •  3/5-7:  “Pina”—Pina  Bausch’s  final  words  sumBoyle. 3/11: The Last Mountain is a feature-length  marize her life and provide the inspiration for acdocumentary film directed by Bill Haney and proclaimed director Wim Wenders’ breathtaking tribute duced by Haney, Clara Bingham and Eric Gruneto the legendary choreographer. Winder takes the baum.  The  film  premiered  at  the  2011  Sundance  audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of Film Festival and went into general release on 6/3.  discovery straight onto the stage with the legendary The film explores the consequences of mining and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble. An burning coal, with a particular focus on the use of a Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature. PG, method for coal strip-mining in Appalachia common1 hr. 46 min. • 3/12-14: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”— ly  known  as  mountaintop  removal  mining.  •  3/18:  Based on the classic novel of the same name, the Knuckle—An  epic  12-year  journey  into  the  brutal  international thriller is set at the height of the Cold and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding (Gary  Oldman),  a  disgraced  British  spy,  is  rehired  between rival clans. • 3/25: Eraserhead s a 1977  in secret by his government - which fears that the American surrealist film and the first feature film of

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David Lynch, who wrote, produced and directed. Eraserhead polarized and baffled many critics and film-goers, but has become a cult classic. Free, 8pm. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St., (910) 763-2223 CASTING FOR MOVIE Casting is now under way for a new untitled documentary about the local high school baseball season. Anyone with a love or connection of the summer pastime (fans, coach, player, ump, groupies, etc.) is encouraged to send a well produced (technical quality is an absolute necessity) one minute video about their love of North Carolina baseball and why they are the ONES to star in this new and provocative pilot brought to you by Dorsey Levens (former Superbowl Champ and All-pro NFLer) and Nick Basta (local director,professor & actor). Their last project entitled Bellrung has received major press, including Outside the Lines and CNN (directed by local Zach Hermann). Please submit videos and questions ASAP: wilmingtonbaseballproject@gmail.com NORTH CAROLINA BLACK FILM FESTIVAL. 3/22-25: This 4-day juried and invitational competition offers screenings of independent films by African-American filmmakers with guest artists, panel discussions, workshops, and more. Genres include features, shorts, animation, and documentary films. Sponsored by the Black Arts Alliance. Admission charge. Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. 910-612-7832; www.blackartsalliance. org; www.cameronartmuseum.com

kids stuff YOUTH TENNIS CAMPS The Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department is offering several tennis programs for youth at the Wrightsville Beach Park Tennis Courts. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins will instruct the various programs. Fees/times vary: (910) 256-7925 or www. townofwrightsvillebeach.com. FIT FOR FUN CENTER Egg Hunt registration begins 3/1 and takes place 3/30, 9am-noon, at Fit for Fun Center. $5/child, 5 and under. 302 S. 10th St. 910-341-4630 or www. fitforfuncenter.com KIDS GONE WILD 3/16: “Kids Gone Wild” offers interactive workshops following standard course of study in science, math, and creative writing to middle and high school students—scavenger hunt, wildlife trail and other interactive activities. Wilmington Convention Center and Coastline Convention Center, free if pre-reg. Bus parking also free. Otherwise, $7 seniors/military, $10 adults, kids 10 and under, free w/adult. Reserva-

tions accepted on a first-come basis. Send e-mail to: ncqdma@yahoo.com or call Judy Gardner at 919 5552-449. www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com.

Start matches. Tues/Thurs. Session 1: 3/13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29. Session 2: 4/10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26, 4-5pm. $40/6 clinics. • 11-13-year-olds focus on stroke development, point play, and strategy for singles and doubles play. Tues/Thurs. Session 1: 3/13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29. Session 2: 4/10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 265-6pm. $40 for session (6 clinics) Pre-reg: 341-4631. 3405 A Park Ave. www.empiepark.com

in the middle) of your Irish Day Celebrations with a cruise on the Cape Fear River. We will be decked out in shamrocks and dancing a jig to the tunes of Forrest Tabor. If we are lucky we will snack on some vittles by Front St. Brewery. Make your reservations today. Full bar on board, as well as a spacious, clean restroom. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water St.www.wilmingtonwatertours.com

COASTAL BIRDING SERIES Cape Fear Naturalist North Carolina Coastal Birding Series, every Wed. w/ Capt. Joe Abbate. Tour Intracoastal Waterway, tidal creeks, and sandy barrier islands to discover the diverse flora and fauna found in coastal NC. 3/3, 10am: Walking Low Tide Tour Captain Joe Abbate, the Cape Fear Naturalist, will offer WB South End; 3/7, 11:30am , Catamaran; 3/10, 3pm, Walking Low Tide Tour WB South End; birding tours around our Intracoastal Waterway and be3/14, 9am, Catamaran; 3/17, noon, Walking Low yond throughout March. Coming up on the 3rd at 10 a.m. Tide Tour WB South End; 3/21, 3:30pm, Special will be a $10 walking low-tide tour of Wrightsville Beach’s Monthly Kayak tour- Masonboro; 3/24, 4pm, Southend, overlooking the Intracoastal’s opening into the Walking Low Tide Tour WB South End. All tours depart from the dock across from the Blockade Atlantic Ocean. Folks will have the opportunity to learn Runner. Rates/individual and walking tours: $10; about the floura and fauna, along with various species of Catamaran tours: $25; and kayak tours: $30. 910birds inhabiting our coastline. Tours depart from the dock 200-4002 or www.capefearnaturalist.com

TENNIS LADDER Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation offers the Men’s & Women’s Singles Tennis Ladder each summer. All players will be combined into a single ladder. Registration: 4/2, Play begins 5/21 and ends 8/31. Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec: 910-256-792. www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com

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Fri, 10:30-11:30am. Combines the stabilizing and strengthening benefits of pilates with the flexibility and postures of yoga. • Low-Impact Aerobics: Mon./ Wed./Fri., 8am-9am and 9am-10am. Geared for seniors, suitable for any adult and all fitness levels.• Tone and Stretch, Tues/Thurs, 8:30-9:15am.Geared for seniors, suitable for any adult and all fitness levels. • Boot Camp: Tues/Thurs, 6-7am; Sat., 8am9am, (January-October). 910-256-7925.

NC BIRDING TRAIL NC Birding Trail Hikes, a driving trail to link birders with great birding sites across the state and local communities. Ea. mo. explore different site along Coastal Plain Trail in Southeastern NC. Appx 2 mil. hikes; transportation from Halyburton included. Ft. Fisher, 3/15, 8am-noon, $10; Lake Waccamaw, 4/19, 8am-noon, $10. (910) 341-0075.

OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET Next month’s Going Green Book Club features “Slow Money,” which is of course available at Old Books. Next meeting: 3/6. • Medafo Lloyd Wilson, the legendary storyteller, has moved back to town and will perform as part of Old Books’ participation in “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town,” Sun., 3/4, 3pm. Medafo will demonstrate several traditional African instruments. • “Script Frenzy”—another project of National Novel Writing Month—takes place through the month of April, so if you have a script you have been trying to start or finish, come write at Old Books! 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS. www. oldbooksonfrontst.com.

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CAPE FEAR FENCING ASSOC. Cape Fear Fencing Association (CFFA) will offer its next beginners’ fencing class on 3/6., 6:30pm, for six weeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr Tues/ Thurs and costs $50. The class will meet in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Ann streetsl; al equipment is supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencing classes include the basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA which offers fencing Tues/Wed/Thurs, 7:30pm. www.capefearfencing.com ALTHEA GIBSON TENNIS COMPLEX Cardio Tennis: Mon, 10am; Wed, 5:30pm. $10/clinic. • Double Positining/Strategy Clinic (for 3.5/4.0 players) Mon, 11am-noon, $10. • 9-10-year-olds will cover all of the basic strokes and playing Quick

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classes/workshops WINE CLASSES All classes Thurs, 6:30pm at Taste the Olive; must be at least 21 years of age w/ID. Space limited; RSVP rqd. Schedule: 3/1: Temparnillo and Beyond!—We will explore the various wine producing regions of Spain and taste some true value wines made in the classic European style. $25/person • 3/15: South American Malbec–We will explore “new world” pure Malbec and blended varieties from Argentina and Chile, which offer fantastic values. $25/person. 910-256-OILS(6457)for policies/details. BRIDGE LESSONS

The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department is offering Beginner II Bridge lessons and workshops with Marie Killoran. Bridge II Lessons: Thurs., 3/1, 8, 15, 4/5 & 12. Beginner II Bridge is from 9:3011:30am. Bridge Workshops are open to anyone with basic bridge knowledge and play experience. Different topics covered each week, 1/26, 2/16, 3/, 10 & 17, 2012, 9:30-11:30am. All sessions will consist of discussion and practice hands. 910-256-7925. Pre-reg.: (910) 256-7925. TRAFFIC SKILLS 101 Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec offers two-day course to give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills & crash avoidance techniques. Recommended for adults & children above the age 14. Fri. 3/23, 6-9pm, Indoor Training. Satu. 3/24, 9-noon, Practical Training Outdoors (Rain date for Saturday is Sunday, March 25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm). Pre-reg rqd. 256-6925 or www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com.

clubs/notices EVENING PRIMER, 2012 POLITICAL SEASON 2/29, 6-7pm: An Evening Primer on the 2012 Political Season with the NC Coastal Federation’s Lobbying Director Rob Lamme. McAlister’s Deli, 740 South College Rd. (corner of Fountain Drive and S. College). Dinner (dutch treat) with Rob Lamme and NCCF staff. • 7-8:30pm Let’s Talk Politics. Get the inside scoop on the 2012 political season! Join The Coastal Federation’s lobbying director Rob Lamme for a fun and informative look at the pressing conservation issues and candidates who will shape this year’s critical political and policy debates. This event

is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Space is limited to the first 50 participants. Pre-reg: www.nccoast.org NC SOROSIS RUMMAGE SALE NC Sorosis will hold a Rummage Sale, 3/3, 7am2pm, at the Sorosis Clubhouse, 20 South Cardinal Dr. Patrons at the sale will be able to bring their gold, silver, and platinum to be evaluated by an Encore Gold Professional who will be authorized to purchase the items. Coins dated before 1964 will also be subject to evaluation and sale. A percentage of the sale of these items will go to NC Sorosis to support their philanthropic efforts. Corner of Cardinal Drive and Eastwood Road provides something for everyone. Refreshments for sale; individuals interested in being paid top dollar for their gold, silver, platinum, or coins, as well as those interested in bargain prices of clothing and household items are urged to attend. ELECTRONIC RECYCLING RALLY Verizon Call Center hosts Electronic Recycling Rally, 3/8, 7:30am-2pm. The zero-tolerance policy requires that all materials are reused or recycled with some components stripped down to their essential materials and metals which are then distributed for re-use. Verizon hosts another rally, welcoming items like laptop and desktop computers including all monitors, televisions, computer cables, mice and keyboards, gaming consoles, telephones and answering machines, stereo and audio equipment, paper shredders, alarm clocks, printers, cameras, conferencing equipment, remote controls, earphones, small electronic appliances (such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and can openers), and electronic toys, without batteries. Standard glass, plastic and aluminum materials will also be accepted. Hard drives will not be wiped. Converse Drive

CAPE FEAR PARROT CLUB Cape Fear Parrot Club meets monthly. Schedule: 2/18, How to identify commonly kept parrot species, short video, then social time. • 3/10, Housing your pet bird, short video then social time. Ces Erdman: 910-386-6507 or cesnc1978@hotmail.com HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS Historic Wilmington Foundation celebrates National Preservation Month annually each May, alongside thousands of preservation organizations across America. The theme this year is “Discovering America’s Hidden Gems,” and the Foundation’s Preservation Awards recognize and honor the businesses and individuals who make preservation a reality in our historic region. We are now accepting nominations for current preservation excellence and leadership. Your nominations will help recognize, celebrate and educate the residents of the region about historic preservation. The Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) will also release its annual Most Threatened Historic Places List in May. Nomination processes open to the public across New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. Deadline for Most Threatened Historic Places: 3/31; and the Preservation Awards: 4/5. Both announced in May. historicwilmington.org

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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) At one point in his book “The Divine Comedy,” the Italian poet Dante is traveling through purgatory on his way to paradise. American poet T.S. Eliot describes the scene: “The people there were inside the flames expurgating their errors and sins. And there was one incident when Dante was talking to an unknown woman in her flame. As she answered Dante’s questions, she had to step out of her flame to talk to him, until at last she was compelled to say to Dante, ‘Would you please hurry up with your questions so I can get on with my burning?’” I bring this to your attention, Aries, because I love the way you’ve been expurgating your own errors and sins lately. Don’t let anything interfere with your brilliant work. Keep burning till you’re done. (Source: “A New Type of Intellectual: Contemplative Withdrawal and “Four Quartets,” by Kenneth P. Kramer.) TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) If you’ve been holding yourself back in any way, Taurus, now’s the time to unlock and unleash yourself. If you have been compromising your high standards or selling yourself short, I hope you will give yourself permission to grow bigger and stronger and brighter. If you’ve been hiding your beauty or hedging your bets or rationing your access to the mother lode, you have officially arrived at the perfect moment to stop that nonsense. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) In the cult blaxploitation film “The Human Tornado,” the main character Dolemite brags about his prowess. “I chained down thunder and handcuffed lightning!” he raves. “I used an earthquake to mix my milkshake! I eat an avalanche when I want ice cream! I punched a hurricane and made it a breeze! I swallowed an iceberg and didn’t freeze!” This is the way I want to hear you talk in the coming week, Gemini. Given the current astrological configurations, you have every right to. Furthermore, I think it’ll be healthy for you.

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) Astrologer Antero Alli theorizes that the placement of the sign Cancer in a person’s chart may indicate what he or she tends to whine about. In his own chart, he says, Cancer rules his ninth house, so he whines about obsolete beliefs and bad education and stale dogmas that cause people to shun firsthand experience as a source of authority. I hereby declare these issues to be supremely honorable reasons for you to whine in the coming week. You also have cosmic permission to complain vociferously about the following: injustices perpetrated by small-minded people; short-sighted thinking that ignores the big picture; and greedy self-interest that disdains the future. On the other hand, you don’t have clearance to whine about crying babies, rude

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LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) L.A. Weekly praised the music of drone-noise band Barn Owl. Its review said that the listening experience is “akin to placing your ear against the Dalai Lama’s stomach and catching the sound of his reincarnation juices flowing.” That sounds a bit like what’s ahead for you in the coming week, Leo: getting the lowdown on the inner workings of a benevolent source . . . tuning in to the rest of the story that lies behind a seemingly simple, happy tale . . . gathering up revelations about the subterranean currents that are always going on beneath the surface of the good life. It’s ultimately all positive, although a bit complicated.

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) There are times in your life when you do a lot of exploring in the outer world, and other times when your pioneering probes are directed primarily inward. In my astrological opinion, you’re currently more suited for the latter kind of research. If you agree with me, here’s one tack you might want to take: Take an inventory of all your inner voices, noticing both the content of what they say and the tone with which they say it. Some of them may be chatty and others shy; some blaring and others seductive; some nagging and needy and others calm and insightful. Welcome all the voices in your head into the spotlight of your alert attention. Ask them to step forward and reveal their agendas.

VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) In the coming days, you could do a lot to develop a better relationship with darkness. And, no, I don’t mean that you should do bad things, seek out negativity and be fascinated with evil. When I use the word “darkness,” I’m referring to confusing mysteries and your own unconscious patterns, and the secrets you hide from yourself. I mean the difficult memories and the parts of the world that seem inhospitable to you and the sweet dreams that have lost their way. See what you can do to understand this stuff better, Virgo. Open yourself to the redemptive teachings it has for you. LIBRA (24 Sept. – 23 Oct.) Sister Jessica, a character in Frank Herbert’s “Dune” books, says, “The greatest and most important problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.” I encourage you to use that theory as your operative hypothesis for the foreseeable future. Here are some specific clues about how to proceed: Don’t obsess on your crazy-making dilemma. Instead, concentrate on skillfully doing the pleasurable activities that you do best. Be resolutely faithful to your higher mission, and feed your lust for life. Slowly but surely, I think you’ll find that the frustrating impediment will be drained of at least some of its power to lock up your energy. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) A few years ago, the Hong Kong company Life Enhance sold briefs and boxer shorts that were supposedly designed by a master practitioner of Feng shui. On the front of every garment was an image of a dragon, which the Chinese have traditionally regarded as a lucky symbol. To have this powerful charm in contact with your intimate places increased your vital force—or so the sales rap said. By my estimates, Scorpio, you’re not going to need a boost like that in the coming weeks. Without any outside aids whatsoever, your lower furnace will be generating intense beams of magical heat. What are you going to do with all that potent mojo? Please, don’t

CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) The Oxford English Dictionary, an authority on the state of the English language, adds an average of two new words every day. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I’d like to see you expand your capacity for self-expression with equal vigor. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re due for an upgrade in your vocabulary, your clarity and your communication skills. Here’s one of the OED’s fresh terms, which would be a good addition to your repertoire: “bouncebackability,” the ability to recover from a setback or to rebound from a loss of momentum. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) We turn to Dr. Seuss for help in formulating your horoscope this week. He told a story of dining in a restaurant with his uncle, who was served a popover, which is a puffy muffin that’s hollow on the inside. “To eat these things,” said his uncle, “you must exercise great care. You may swallow down what’s solid, but you must spit out the air!” Drawing a lesson from these wise words, Dr. Seuss concluded, “As you partake of the world’s bill of fare, that’s darned good advice to follow. Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow.” I expect your coming week will be successful, Aquarius, if you apply these principles. PISCES (20 Feb. – 20 Mar.) You should be like a rooster, Pisces: dispensing wake-up calls on a regular basis. You should be nudging people to shed their torpor and shake themselves out of their stupor. What’s your personal version of “cock-a-doodle-doo!”? It shouldn’t be something generic, like “Open your eyes!” or “Stop making excuses!” Come up with attention-grabbing exclamations or signature phrases that no intelligent person can possibly ignore or feel defensive about. For example: “Let’s leap into the vortex and scramble our trances!”

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