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eriodically I have my resolve to pay off credit-card debt renewed. So often it comes from something that happens to me as a consumer, or when I have those frustrating moments of realizing just how much money I send out of my community through cards, rather than spending it here in cash. But last month re-invigorated my resolves. It all started from my experience as a small business owner grappling with the world of credit-card processing. In the eight years that we have accepted credit cards at the bookstore, we have really only had five problems with incorrect charges on customer’s statements. Basically, that averages to less than one a year. However, four of them were in 2013. Two of them were in one weekend. It is a nightmare when these things happen. To begin with it is so rare that it takes me by surprise. But

in its throes, I just groan, knowing what I am going to have to go through with the bank to get it fixed. I thought this might be a good time to let Live Local readers know a bit about how credit cards work for merchants. If you charge something on Saturday morning, we don’t get paid for it until Tuesday, even though your account shows the charge immediately. Why? So they can go ahead and start charging the daily interest on it, and the bank holds it on their reserves before sending it over to us so that it’s available to them. So, if you contact us on Sunday or Monday about an incorrect charge, we can’t even pull up the information on our account to see it ‘til Tuesday. Getting anyone at the bank to respond is like running an obstacle course. Here is my usual coping pattern: I e-mail our merchant-processing person who is less than useless. I copy one of the VP’s on the e-mail, which at least will get a

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reply (sometimes) from our merchant processing person in a more timely manner. As is the case with most people, it is the merchant processing person’s assistant who actually knows anything or gets any results, so I copy her, too. I do this merely to create a paper trail; I know no “real action” comes from this, but I want proof that I am addressing the problem. Then, I begin phone calls. The first answer is always the same: “Oh, if it is a double charge, it will probably drop off in about five days.” Amazingly, this is not actually what either I, or our customers, want to hear. We both want action. That response does not constitute customer service in any universe except for banking and finance. When I make that point, the next response is: “Well, it’s not up in your pending yet, so we can’t do anything about it.” After much discussion I usually get the privilege of leaving all the information I have about the transaction in question (which I had previously e-mailed as well). This is met with promises to look into it. I hang up and fume. A few hours later, I call back to follow up, because I care about our customers and take these things seriously. I am told the problem has been solved but the customer might not see it today. In fact, it usually takes three to five business days for these things to work out on the other end. Again, this is not customer service. These things do get worked out, but one has to wonder if they are necessary. In the wake of reportedly 40 million people having their credit card and debit card information accessed by thieves at Target stores during the holiday shopping season, I have to admit I hope it will be a wake-up call to people to start paying with cash. There are so many wonderful reasons to pay with cash. To begin with, it does prevent identity theft and bank-account tampering. Also, it protects our privacy. In addition, by paying with cash we do not give a percentage of the transaction to a bank that clearly (as demonstrated above) does not earn it—nor who treats its client (or fellow human being, for that matter) with due consideration. We

work hard for our money. Why, oh why do we give it away to a faceless corporation with an overseas call center? Spending it here, with a business that gives back to this community and values you like a person, should be a higher priority. I am happy to report that since my ongoing credit-card battle, I now paid off two! Admittedly, they are the two lowest balances but also the two highest interest rates. It is a huge step forward for me. The big goal is to get one more paid off this year. That would be huge. When I called to close the account of one of my credit cards, I got to talk to some nice people in India. The other actually sent me to someone in Arizona (I was stunned!). Of course, she had a script she had to read, aimed at trying to talk me out of closing the account. I kept saying, “No, I wasn’t going to keep this open—I am getting out of credit-card debt.” At one point she just stopped and told me that she wished she could do the same—and she was very happy for me. Pay cash, keep your privacy and protect yourself and your loved ones from identity theft, while investing in your community. Gwenyfar Rohler is the author or ‘Promise of Peanuts,’ which can be bought at Old Books on Front Street, with all monies donated to local nonprofit Full Belly Project.


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The New Plague:

A lack of empathy infects ‘the haves’ By: Mark Basquill


have yet to make new year’s resolutions. No, I’m not perfect, I caught a virus during “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It set me back. On the way to the doc, a pedestrian shouted obscenities at me. He (or she—I didn’t notice) was in a crosswalk. I guess I focus on what I want. I have no idea what that idiot was thinking or feeling. When I arrived at the clinic, I was forced to wait. A nurse took a perfectly healthy looking woman that happened to be coughing up a little blood. I lodged my complaint with the receptionist and offered to pay cash. I even offered her $20. I know how things work—or should work. She refused. “What’s the problem?” Doc asked. “Where do you get these people?” I barked. “I could be dead by now.” “So could the kid in room two,” retorted Doc. “I’ll have you fired!” I snapped. Doc asked one question: “What new year’s resolutions did you make for 2014?” “Hey! I got where I am by being who I am,” I scoffed. Doc placed his stethoscope over my left breast. “You quack!” I shouted. “I’ll go to Duke or Harvard. Money is no object.” Doc sighed. “Affluenza. A mild case of it. It should pass quickly.” “Affluenza!” I chortled. “I’m not a drunk Texas 16-year-old blaming money for lack of morals! I know right from wrong. I’m right and you’re wrong. I got where I am by hard work and determination.” “…the right parents, access to the right schools, exceptional teachers,” Doc yawned. He’d heard “The Bootstrap Delusion” before. He opined: “There’s a poverty line. Maybe there should be a wealth line. If your net worth is greater than the GDP of Ghana, your moral judgment is suspect.”

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Doc explained brief bouts of “Affluenza” can be triggered by movies glamorizing wealth and over-consumption. The condition has been known since Caligula, but the term dates to a 2001 book, “Affluenza,” and, according to author Oliver James, results from, “placing a high value on money, possessions, appearances (physical and social) and fame.” Doc’s seen more cases of “Affluenza” since TIME’s Person of the Year, Pope Francis, began blasting holes in a global economy based on predatory capitalism and the dogged pursuit of more—a system that inevitably leads to an economic caste system of haves and “leftovers.” To quote the occasionally infallible Frannie: “Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor.” “Affluenza” throws the delicate balance between external conditions and individual choices completely off-kilter. When holes are blasted in a system from which they benefit, the upper caste protect themselves behind the walls of gated communities. From their point of view, they’ve earned every penny and privilege. It’s not that they consider the poor “untouchables,” it’s that they rarely consider them. Social psychologist Paul Piff showed even winning a rigged game of Monopoly erodes empathy and appears to make one behave rather heartlessly. That’s how Doc diagnosed my condition. My heart shrunk two sizes. When the top caste does consider others it’s usually to blame them for their plight. A CEO making 300 times his serf’s take provides budget pointers and suggests better planning will lead to personal prosperity. Health insurance companies change your plan to protect their profit and then blame the Affordable Care Act. In the lower financial castes, poor thinking (poverty planning) often takes root. The upper echelons have the luxury of layers of planning; today, tomorrow, next quarter, summer vacations and beyond retirement. But let’s say I’m a minimum-wage serf and get a windfall $20 tip from a philanthropist. Will my “wealth management” guru (me) place it in my 401K, my kid’s college fund or blow the whole wad on fresh fruit instead of a Happy Meal? Regardless of how high my IQ may be, my planning is not likely to be layered and my event horizon extends only to dinner. Doc walked me into treatment room two and prescribed I sit with an 11-year-old cancer patient until the social virus passed. It didn’t take long. Will 2014 be the year we all start recovering from “Affluenza?”

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Winging it in Wilmington: Holiday reflections By: Fiona Ní Shúilleabháin


aving spent most of 2013 away from home, it was nice to finally see my family and spend Christmas with them at my relative’s house in Greensboro, North Carolina. To my friends’ dismay, I had no intention of going home because I wanted to experience an “American Christmas.” It turned out to be quite different from the Christmases I’m used to back in Ireland. The festivities kicked off the moment my family walked in the door, and continued up until New Year’s Eve. With what seemed like an endless stream of parties, there wasn’t a dull moment. When we made our way to the church on Christmas Eve, my family and I stood in amazement when we saw a whole neighborhood street covered in colored Christmas lights. Christmas morning got off to a similar start to the way we celebrate at home; everyone gathered around the decked-out Christmas tree to exchange gifts. Things quickly turned hectic with unwrapping presents. People ran all over the place trying to set the table for guests who were due to arrive shortly; others drove around town in an effort to find an open store to get the

inevitably forgotten items of food. I remained at the table, chopping up onions, peeling potatoes and crushing garlic, constantly needing to recruit new team members to help me get some of the cooking done. In the background, my brother complained about not having any eggnog (by the way, he still hasn’t managed to taste it). Soon, the familiar smells of Christmas food started to fill the kitchen: from the ham heating in the oven, to the spices from the appetizers. However, it was unusual not to have our staple Christmas dish, turkey; instead, we only had ham. Also, I missed the traditional Christmas pudding from home. Every year, my family and I spend Christmas day traveling to see relatives on one side of the family, before returning to our house to prepare the meal for relatives on the other side. For once, it was quite nice to remain in one place—regardless of the chaos. Here, there seems to be a mix of families and friends that come together to have an early dinner (quite bizarre eating at 3 p.m). At home, most people have Christmas with their families and eat later in the evening. It was funny to see most guests departing by 8 p.m; generally, at home, they don’t leave until midnight. Also, my family and I were shocked to find

December 26th isn’t a public holiday here, as it is at home. Known as “St. Stephen’s Day” or “Boxing Day” in England, it’s a bit of an extra celebration with some very traditional activities taking place in different parts of the country. For example, in some parts of the country, the Wren Boys dress up in different costumes and go from house to house to play music and collect money for charity. Unfortunately, some of these traditions are beginning to die out. It seemed Christmas had just barely ended before we prepared to celebrate the new year. Around 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, my phone started to fill up with “Happy New Year!” texts and pictures. From the looks of it, my friends had a grand ol’ time back in Ireland. Happily, I was surprised that even in their very merry state, they remembered me, too—despite the fact that some of their messages were hard to translate (wonder why?). Across the Atlantic, I was preoccupied with other concerns, like watching Times Square on T.V. Only familiar with it from watching American TV shows, I assumed everyone gathered in Times Square to see some huge disco ball drop down to bring in the new year with a bang. Laughter erupted as I verbalized my thoughts. Clearly, I was mistaken. Contrary to my belief that the ball

gets dropped like a tennis ball, I was informed that in fact it gets lowered very slowly. I was a little disappointed, quite honestly. Apparently, no matter how much money New York has, there is no way they would drop a ball that size, made out of Waterford crystals, every year. Instead, the same ball is used annually. As soon as the seconds counted back from 10, I kept my eyes glued to the TV; however, outrage set in as it turned midnight and the cameras went straight to Jenny McCarthy kissing some random guy. That’s not the first thing I wanted to see in 2014, I can tell you that much! As grateful as I was to spend the Christmas season with my family, I couldn’t help but miss my friends when it came to celebrating New Year’s Eve. Every year we spend too much time getting ready to figure out where we want to go. We usually end up frantically running around Dublin city when the clock hits midnight. It’s actually happened so many times, it’s become a tradition. I can’t really say that New Year’s is my favorite time of year. Don’t get me wrong: It’s normally a lot of fun, but as much fun as New Year’s Eve is, it’s extremely difficult waking up on January 1st remembering those pesky resolutions you made the day before!

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News of the Weird with Chuck Shepherd People With Too Much Money During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney caught criticism for his proposed California home with parking on an upper floor, requiring a car elevator. Much more elaborate elevator access will be available in the new Porsche Design Tower near Miami (opening in 2016 and already 80 percent sold out, according to a December report by The 132 oceanside units (in square footage from 4,300 to 17,000 and in price from $5.3 million to $32.5 million) include glass-walled, elevator-accessed spaces for two or four cars (for people who would rather admire their Bugattis and Maseratis than the Atlantic Ocean). Can’t Possibly Be True Equality Under Law: (1) In December, Fort Worth, Texas, judge Jean Boyd sentenced teenager Ethan Couch to probation with no jail time for drunkenly killing four people in a car crash -- apparently accepting Couch’s “defense” that his affluent, permissive childhood had taught him irresponsibility. (WFAA-TV turned up a 2012 case in which Judge Boyd sentenced a 14-yearold black kid to prison for punching another boy who then fell, bumped his head and died.) (2) New York City prostitute murderer Rasheen Everett got a 29-year sentence in December, despite his lawyer’s “defense” that the victim was merely a transgendered prostitute. (“Shouldn’t (29-year sentences) be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain (higher) classes of individuals?”) Tension over digital security is such that an alarming disclosure made in 2004 (and largely ignored) can resurface on a website in 2013 and appear even more astonishing. At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s (and largely because of Pentagon-White House contentiousness), “safeguards” were installed to prevent rogue generals from launching nuclear war on their own. What today would be a “PIN” number was assigned to each missile, but Strategic Air Command generals mocked the PINs by setting each one to “00000000” -- a code that today would be ridiculed as naive. (Furthermore, “00000000” was then written out on each missile’s instructions, according to the former launch control officer who disclosed it in 2004.) Many medical professionals are certain that Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, 70, is a quack, treating cancer patients with expensive, FDA-unapproved substances, giving false hope to the terminally ill and in some cases diverting them from better-regarded treatments. However, according to a December USA Today investigation, Dr. Burzynski enjoys enthusiastic support from a small but dedicated group of patients, and neither regulators in Texas (where he is licensed) nor two juries (who turned back indictments against him) have been able to stop him. FDA regulators have been inconsistent toward him but appear to be gaining aggressiveness following recent inspections of his facilities. (Dr.

Burzynski manufactures his own proprietary drugs, charging around $10,000 a month to patients who can pay.) Inexplicable One Rule Fits All: Jim Howe, father of two children at South Cumberland Elementary School in Crossville, Tenn., was handcuffed and briefly detained by a sheriff’s deputy in November after mistakenly believing that he could walk his kids home when class let out at 2 p.m. Actually, the school allows 2 p.m. departure only for kids being picked up in cars; pupils who leave on foot must wait until 2:35. (Howe assumed that the waiting period was only to protect young pedestrians from pick-up traffic.) Deputy Avery Aytes said a rule is a rule and that if Howe failed to cooperate, he would be jailed. David Friehling, who was identified as Bernard Madoff’s accountant soon after Madoff’s 2008 confession to running his notorious Ponzi scheme, provided evidence in November that a certain Madoff associate knew all along that Madoff was running bogus numbers on his books -- testifying that he dutifully certified all such falsified documents that the associate showed him. Friehling, who pleaded guilty in 2009 for his personal role in the scam, also revealed that somehow he had actually blown $4.3 million of his own money in the swindle (on behalf of his children and other family members). Overcompensation: Mr. Kelcey Nicholas, 28, was arrested, along with Lataura Jarrett, 21, in Mount Nebo, W.Va., in September and charged with having incestuous relations. Thus, West Virginia -- a popular target for jokes about cultural tolerance for incest and inbreeding -- appears to be boldly reversing course, since Jarrett is merely Nicholas’ step-daughter. Unclear on the Concept Police finally arrested William Footman, 55, in October as the person who somehow managed to swipe inside-front-door mats from at least 37 New York City banks between March and May 2013. No money was ever taken, and some banks were slow to realize the thefts -- unobservant that they had even had front-door mats in the first place. “I sell them to bodegas,” Footman said. “Their floors get wet.” Rodney Rotert of Tulsa, Okla., filed a lawsuit recently against Philadelphia Insurance Companies demanding the return of “his” classic 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, supposedly worth about $100,000. His case is complicated by the fact that he also recently pleaded no contest to possessing stolen property, i.e., that very same car, stolen from an Arkansas dealer in 2007. (Rotert claims he bought the car legitimately, but he also changed the Vehicle Identification Number to obtain a false title.) Rotert said his legal claim, especially with the “current” VIN, is superior to the insurance company’s claim. Perspective While many educators lament the mediocrity

of American universities in encouraging study of science and engineering, U.S. colleges are surely among world leaders in one area: sensitivity to students questioning their gender. In the current school year, Bellevue (Wash.) College and Mills College (Oakland, Calif.) have offered students unprecedented choices of self-identification. “Male/female” is no longer useful at Bellevue, which offers “feminine, masculine, androgynous, gender neutral, transgender and other.” At Mills, students identify themselves as “agender, bigender, third-gender or gender-fluid,” and select the pronoun they wish to be referred to with (he or she or ze or sie or ve, or the agrammatical “they”). The Continuing Crisis When a pickpocket shared a taxi ride with him recently in China’s Hunan province and somehow managed to lift Zou Bin’s iPhone, Zou was frightened that he had lost all of his beverageindustry business contacts and began text-messaging desperate pleas to the thief. Several days later, in the postal mail, Zou received a list of his contacts, apparently carefully copied from the phone, totaling 11 handwritten pages of names and numbers, and as the story broke on Chinese social media, the earnest thief was referred to as “the conscience of the (robbery) industry,” and compared to a member of the People’s Liberation Army as the model conscientious citizen that the Chinese should aspire to.

News That Sounds Like a Joke Iowa lawyer Robert Allan Wright Jr. was suspended for a year by the Attorney Disciplinary Board in December for mishandling client funds. One client had received a “Nigerian inheritance” letter in 2011, and Wright apparently jumped at the opportunity to receive “$18 million,” seemingly unaware of what almost everyone else in the developed world knows about unsolicited Nigerian business deals. By December 2013, Wright had looted accounts of other clients in order to pay the “fees” necessary to free up the $18 million. He was spared a more onerous punishment only because the board concluded that Wright “honestly ... continues to believe” that the inheritance is real -- that “one day a trunk full of ... one hundred dollar bills is going to appear upon his office doorstep.” Tough Sell for the French, Even at Discount: The Petite Syrah cafe, in the city of Nice, France, began pricing its coffee differently in December to introduce greater politeness among the notoriously brusque French. If a patron orders by saying, “Bonjour, un cafe, s’il vous plait” (i.e., with “hello” and “please”), the price is 1.40 euros (about $1.90). “Un cafe, s’il vous plait” -- not quite as polite -- costs 4.25 euros (about $5.80). The price for “Un cafe!” -- apparently the usual way of announcing one’s need for coffee -- 7 euros (about $9.50). Thanks this week to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.

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o say the music industry is stable would be like saying that Ann Coulter has a heart of gold. From constantly changing styles, to the evolving ways in which one can acquire music, the industry proves to be a roller-coaster ride for anyone involved. Add to that the often-heated dynamic of band members, and it becomes surprising that any band can make it five years—much less multiple decades. Despite having had breaks and a number of line-up changes, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker serve as a testimony to the power of persistence and passion. Ziggy’s by the Sea will host Camper and Cracker Sunday, January 12th, taking the port city back to a time when MTV actually played music and a burgeoning alternative-rock scene ruled the airwaves of college radio stations across the country. Camper first found its footing as a side project for a group of musicians busy with other bands back in 1983. Originally consisting of David Lowery (guitar, lead vocals), Victor Krummenacher (bass), Chris Molla (multi-instrumentalist), David McDaniel (guitar), Bill McDonald (drums), Mike Zorn (harmonica) and Daniel Blume (violin), the band’s formative years held several lineup changes. By 1985 they had traded in McDaniel, McDonald and Zorn for Jonathan Segel (multi-instrumentalist) and Greg Lisher (lead guitar, back-up vocals). Different artists with varying influences that, when combined, melt together into something that’s perfectly imperfect. This dynamic served as a driving force for the band’s schizophrenic sound. “We all have different influences,” Lisher elaborates, “the small space where they happen to

converge is where the weird magic of Camper happens. But it’s organic; it’s not a calculated thing. I’ve always been into stuff like David Sylvian, XTC, Roxy Music, Ryuichi Sakamoto.” In 1985 Camper saw its first success with “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” The song boasts nonsensical lyrics and typifies the band’s psychedelic, surf-rock vibe. Their tunes blend rock, punk, ska, folk and world music. Throughout the ‘80s, Camper saw several more line-up changes which resulted in Molla leaving and the inclusion of Chris Penderson on drums. They remained just below the mainstream music scene, though still saw play time on alternative college-rock stations. With songs like their cover of Black Flag’s “Wasted”—which subverted the original’s guitar riffs with the harmonica and traded in the angsty vocals with Lowery’s nonchalant, lackadaisical style—the band held true to its own unique flavor. They saw another minimal success with a cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men,” in the late ‘80s. By 1990, however, the band dismantled due to internal tensions. Camper’s almost decadelong end allowed Lowery to form Cracker in ’91 with his childhood friend, Johnathan Hickman. “[Cracker’s influences] number in the hundreds,” Hickman divulges. “But, for guitarplaying and writing, I would put Keith Richards, Jerry Reed, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and David Gilour up near the top.” Coming around the same time as the grunge scene, the emergence of more modern alternative-rock stations permitted mainstream success for Cracker. Their song “Low”— off their

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“Kerosene Hat” album and which recently was used in the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”—remains a staple for establishing the ‘90s era. As well, the band’s greater emphasis on cohesion rather than the eccentric melodies of Camper, distinguished Cracker. Cracker continued to see success throughout the ‘90s with “Shake Some Action” being used in the cult-classic film “Clueless.” Throughout this time, Camper remained in a dormant state. However, upon the millennium, a reunion culminated. “For a few years, they did their thing and had a lot of success,” Lisher of Camper explains. “2000 is when [Segel], [Krummenacher] and I went out to Pioneertown, California, for the first time and rehearsed, and then we sat in with Cracker. We also played some Camper songs. It was sort of a trial-run to see how things gelled. Pioneertown is still an important place to us. We put on a festival out in Pioneertown every year called the Campout; it’s in its 10th year now.” In 2002 Camper put out a song-for-song rerecording of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” before releasing an original recording, “New Roman Times,” in 2004. Cracker also continued churning out new material, as well as a bluegrass fusion with Leftover Salmon in 2003, entitled, “Oh, Cracker, Where Art Thou?”Cracker and Camper have been touring together since. “[Touring is] usually great, sometimes competitive, but that tends to make us all work harder anyway,” Cracker’s Hickman edifies. “We’ve all know each other for decades now!” The longevity of both bands remains something at which to marvel. With the ease of music downloads, the entire face of the industry has changed since both bands first stepped onto the scene. The artistic medium’s evolution has compelled Lowery to fight adamantly for artists’ rights, notably posting a heated rebuttal to an NPR intern’s blog about illegally downloading music. The ways in which the bands record their albums also experienced a marked shift. They no longer have to be in one place to create, which serves Camper well, as the members have other careers, solo records, and several of them now have children. However, dedication to their craft keeps them coming back to something special.

Hickman attributes Cracker’s ability to withstand the test of time to his and Lowery’s veteran status in the music industry. “We’ve seen a lot of bands break up over the most trivial, whiny bullshit,” Hickman states. “When [Lowery] and I started Cracker in ‘91, we were both already pretty experienced with the game, so we agreed early on to stay with it together, through thick and thin, and trust me, it has not been easy. We don’t have to do this; we get to do this as far as I’m concerned. Our egos may clash occasionally, but luckily we are both smart enough to know what we are capable of together, and so do our fans. We have to stay together for the sake of the kids!” Most recently, Camper released a new album entitled “La Costa Perdida,” which dropped last January. “The writing process was very organic,” Lisher says. “We just got together and bounced ideas off one another until stuff started to build from the ground up. [Lowery] would start with a chord progression, and then Jonathan and I would write melodies. Then, [Krummenacher] would put in a bass line—very collaborative. In the old days, [Lowery] would come in with a lot of the song done and we would just write our parts to fit.” Port city residents will get the chance to hear the new recordings, as well as old favorites live, when Cracker and Camper come to Ziggy’s by the Sea this Sunday. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on Sunday. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. “I think we’re really different bands,” Lisher expresses. “But, it’s awesome that so many people seem to like both of us.”

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Jazzy Energy:

CAM and Cape Fear Jazz Society welcome Gregg Gelb Jazzet By: Fiona Ní Shúilleabháin


eturning for its fourth season, the Jazz at CAM series will kick off with the Gregg Gelb Jazzet on January 9th at Cameron Art Museum. The series began during the fiscal year of 2010, as CAM collaborated with the Cape Fear Jazz Society (CFJS) to offer a variety of music programs and events. Created by CAM’s curator of public programs, Daphne Holmes, and then-president of CFJS, Tanya Suarez, Holmes and Suarez had been discussing the possibility of a partnership for years before formalizing the relationship. Today, the two organizations showcase a range of jazz concerts on Thursday nights at CAM, wherein CAM Café also opens to the public for cocktails and dinner. “The jazz evenings are a perfect synergy of everything under one roof at the museum,” Holmes says—“a well-attended public program, coupled with the opportunity for attendees to enjoy drinks, appetizers

and/or dinner at the café before or after the concert.” It also gives guests the opportunity to browse the Museum Shop. Plus, the gallery remains open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, so concert-goers can plan to visit the exhibits before or after the show if they wish. The January 9th event will feature pianist and vocalist Steve Wing as part of the jazzett. “The Gregg Gelb Jazzet bring their New Orleans, swing and bebop-influenced jazz to the series from the Triangle area,” Holmes informs. The duo will perform wellknown tunes, like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Blue Monk,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Body and Soul,” and “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.” A multi-talented musician, Gregg Gelb not only plays the saxophone and clarinet, but he also arranges, composes, educates and leads his band. His many achievements include winning the Jazz Composers Award from the North Carolina Arts Council, as well as becoming the founder, player, and director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society. MUSIC BOUND: Gregg Gelb will play with Steve Wing and their jazzet come January 9th as part of the Jazz at CAM music series. Courtesy photo.

Gelb grew up in New York and moved to North Carolina in 1979 to teach in the Wake County school system; he now lives in Sanford and teaches music. “I have been teaching students of all levels for a long time,” Gelb notes. “Sharing what I know about music and leading bands is very satisfying.” Though his main focus remained on sports

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during childhood, he became drawn to music, specifically jazz, during his years at college. “I was amazed by the energy and solo skills of great players, like John Coltrane, Benny Goodman and the sounds of Miles Davis,” Gelb recalls. Having released over 12 albums, Gelb’s latest piece of work is a collaboration with Steve Wing and their group, the Second Line Stompers. It’s due to be released next month. Steve Wing, who will be performing with Gelb, grew up in New Orleans, listening to brass bands and other Crescent City jazz forms. Wing’s mother, composer Lee Wing, taught him piano before he later went on to study the works of Mary Lou Williams and Yusuf Salim. Wing also recorded and performed with vocalists Bus Brown, Melva Houston, and Frankie Alexander. “Steve sings and I play clarinet and tenor sax,” Gelb says, “so we give listeners a wide variety.” CAM’s Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall holds approximately 200 guests, which often reaches capacity for most performances. Holmes always searches out “a good mix of performers familiar to the community as local musicians and new to local audiences, coming from other parts of North Carolina as well as well out of state.” The seven-concert series ends in April 2014. After January’s performance from the Gregg Gelb Jazzet, CAM and the CFJS will host Stardust on February 13th, Lee Venters and Vermillion Sands on March 6th and The Cape Fear Jazz Orchestra on April 3rd. Tickets are $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for students with ID. The shows take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

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Jammin’ with Jax: George Gardos, Leroy Harper Jr., Terry Nash, Larry Tull, Steve King, Gerard Torchio (7-10pm) —Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House, 5046 New Centre Dr.; 859-7374 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Jeremy Norris (8pm-12am) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

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DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Open Mic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Discotheque Thurs. with DJ’s DST and Matt Evans —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington mike o’donnell (8pm-12am) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

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

Open Mic/Songwriters Night 7-10pm —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266

DJ Lord Walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776

Jazz night with Marc Siegel 6pm-8pm —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844

DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

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

Edward appleby, beach weather —The Calico Room, 107 S Front St.; 762-2091

Gregg Gelb Jazzet —Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St.; 395-5999

Karaoke —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373

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Tom Noonan and Jane Houseal —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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The Bourbons —Orton’s Underground;133 N Front St, 343-8881

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

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

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

The Jeremy Graham Band —North Carolina Tarheel Opry House, 147 Blue Creek School Rd, Jacksonville; 347-4731

DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 Karaoke —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

Clay whittington —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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Jamie & Shane (Groove Fetish) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 Snatch the Snail w/ coy —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Monica Hoelscher —Longstreet’s Irish Pub, 135 N Front St.; 343-8788 kennedy park (pop-rock & classic) —Gabby’s Lounge (Holiday Inn Resort), 1706 N. Lumina Ave., 256-2231


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RISING TALENT: Reggae-infused rock band The Mahlors, who have toured up and down the east coast since forming in 2008, play Orton’s Underground on Saturday, January 11th. Courtesy Photo Ryan King (9pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

Tim Black, jenny pearson —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Saturday, january 11

the mahlors w/ mad hatter —Orton’s;133 N Front St, 343-8881

Piano —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DjBe Extreme Karaoke (9pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 The M-80s —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

Rob Ronner —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 Stray Local —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 Clay crotts (alternative) —Gabby’s Lounge (Holiday Inn Resort), 1706 N. Lumina Ave., 256-2231 M-80s (9pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Trees & leaves, kim ware ($5) —Bourgie Nights,127 Princess Street; 763-5252

Sunday, january 12

Piano —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251

Open Electric Jam hosted by randy o (6pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

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

Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

Irish Music Jam 2pm —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road

clay crotts & Shane (3-7pm) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

The Jeremy Graham Band —North Carolina Tarheel Opry House, 147 Blue Creek School Rd, Jacksonville; 347-4731

Tyler Perry’s Chill Beats Lab (10pm) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

DJ DST and Matt Evans —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St.

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

DJ Milk and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

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

DJ Sir Nick Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776

Karaoke with Damon —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 3993056

DJ Turtle —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC

Satellite Bluegrass Band (6-10pm) —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

Jazz Jam with Benny Hill (8pm) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

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

cracker & Camper Van Beethoven —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

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DJ Lee Pearson/shagging —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 World Tavern Trivia hosted by Mud —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 James Haff (piano) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 College Night Karaoke —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

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Bridging the Gap:

New art exhibit breaks us away from social By: Sarah Richter


n this technological age, we find ourselves increasingly confined by a cyber-bubble— seldomly wishing to be “bothered by” human interactions. The fact that the term “in real life” even exists seems shocking. Even as I write in my pajamas, away from a workroom, it’s clear the lack of in-person connection assuredly leaves a mark on society. Art serves as a beacon of hope for this growing epidemic, as it has the power to force us out of our virtual worlds, to examine ourselves and reconnect with nature. Appropriately so, “Interconnection” is the title of the newest exhibition at WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery. It features the work of two local artists, Shannon Bourne and Diane Hause. Having unknowingly had mutual friends for years, Hause and Bourne never met until recently. “Each year, WHQR juries work,” Hause explains. “I was notified last year I had been accepted and would be paired with Shannon in December 2013. Shannon and I didn’t meet until early last month at WHQR to discuss exhibit particulars, division of wall space, title, etc.” Bridging their work, the jury at WHQR saw the

connectivity between life and intimate, artistic examination of various relationships. Bourne’s prints and Hause’s mixed-media works have a lot of energy and vibrancy inherent of this theme. Native to North Carolina, Bourne worked along the coast. Both her personal and artistic history have been shaped by the complex ecosystems located throughout the Cape Fear and Outer Banks. With a BA in marine biology from UNCW, Bourne acknowledges nature’s ever-changing presence. Her past pursuits as a printmaker, combined with the diversity of life found along the shore, inspire her process. She uses diverse mediums to investigate the interconnectivity between coastal dwellers and the larger environment in which they exist. In addition to the coastal relationships, Bourne draws inspiration from childhood indulgences and imaginary worlds. She believes the twists and turns experienced in early life represent the obstacles and successes that an artist undergoes in trying to discover their path. “The interesting part,” Bourne states, “is what we manage to discover along the way.” “Actinaria,” a print of a sea anemone, shows how she marries marine biology with art. Life permeates through the anemone as a realistic

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the viewer the opportunity to make his or her own connection between the past and present.” Each concept culminates in a visual dialogue that, while meaning something different to everyone, fosters familiarity. One painting on display at rendering. Its natural habitat reminds us of our the exhibition is entitled “Quest’s for the Echo’s similarities. Source.” First devised in 2004, the 8 x 16-foot Diane Hause, a New York native, moved to work was created after the devastating tsunami Wilmington almost 40 years ago. Currently living hit the Indian Ocean and many coastal cities surin Ivanhoe on Black River, she operates a promi- rounding it. Hause was inspired to bring this piece nent gallery, 2TEN HAUSTUDIO. While attending out of storage after the typhoon hit the Philippines UNCW, Hause studied with Claude Howell and last fall. She hopes it will resonate, again drawing credits him for her theorist knowledge and vivid a connection between past and present. use of color. After obtaining her MFA from UC The wave is derived from Japanese woodblock Santa Barbara, she has lived and taught in Bal- prints of Hokusai’s giant wave, the central figures timore, Tampa and Atlanta, and only returned to showcase a grieving mother and father who have Wilmington in 2010. lost a child. The mother’s body is in the shape of a Using mixed media, Hause exhibits works that canoe and echoes traditional Madonna and child force introspection and examine other cultures. images from religious iconography. By making the Inspired by dreams, her work connects to the cur- mother a canoe, there is a sense of passage from rent of human existence—something that she has life to another. Women are vessels for their child’s unveiled personally while in the throes of creation. life, and in this tragic scenario, for transporting the “I have discovered a sensation of clear aware- soul to the world beyond. ness and acknowledgement to ‘Existence’ and In two very different ways, both Bourne and ‘Existing’ while painting,” Hause elaborates. “This Hause are trying to engage people with their enviusually contains a sense of well-being, [a] feeling ronment. Showing the interconnection between all that ‘things are the way they are meant to be.’ This living organisms in the sea or across international sensation of well-being can be sustained at great borders, the pain of human activity, suffering and lengths during the creative process. I can’t think vibrancy is universally experienced. of anything that pleases me more.” “Interconnections” hangs through February Hause tries to stay in tune with feelings or 7th, with a closing reception on January 24th from hunches, and lets them influence her work. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Occurring as a synchronistic event, a coincidence or a foretelling dream dictates her hand. She describes listening as a restlessness she can’t ignore—something which only ceases when she expresses it. Hause derives most Interconnections of her subject matter from synchronicity and WHQR MC Erny Gallery mythological concepts. “These interests lend themselves to some of 254 N. Front St., Suite 300 the symbolism and archetypal imagery that finds its way into my work,” she edifies. “My paintings Closing reception: 1/24, 6 p.m. tend to reference the history of civilization while seeking a coalition between these meaning-laden Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. symbols of ancient and modern times. I wish to reinforce a sense of timelessness, while allowing

mind expansive: The Cameron Art Museum broadened the scope of local artistry with their Well Suited Exhibition. Photo by Paul Schiraldi


Gallery Guide 2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Volume 36, features Shannon Lange, Bill Medley, Chip Orr and two special guest artists.

ArtExposure! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302 • 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.)

The December show is themed “White.” Go to and check out Classes for Adults and Teens as well as Classes for Children. “Paint by Wine” will be offered on selected Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with Karen Crenshaw. ArtExposure will be closed through January 13th and will reopen to regular hours on January 14th.

CAPE FEAR NATIVE 114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Come in and take advantage of our holiday clearance sale of 20% off everything in the store. The sale will last until January 31. Cape Fear Native features art, jewelry, pottery, photography and more, all original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers and jewelry by Half United. Stop in and support your local creative community.

FIGMENTS GALLERY 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; • Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Figments Gallery offers a unique selection of art, jewelry and various forms of fine craft created by talented artists. Come by for a Figments First Friday open house each month from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. Inspiring new work and themes change monthly.

WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY 200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Mon, Wed, Fri: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m or by appt.

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to present “High Energy: A Celebration,” the works of Ann Parks McCray. Ann Parks McCray lives and works in Wilmington, where the area’s natural beauty inspires her abstract naturescapes. Many pieces express the essence of sky, sea, and a dense lushness of trees. A wide-ranging palette with generous paint produces an energetic textured feel. These renditions are interpretations, moments in time, impressions of seasons and locations. Many over-sized paintings are suited to large airy spaces where light and distance combine to emphasize a sense of freedom in the work.

What’s hanging around the Port City on January 24th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in conjunction with Fourth Friday Gallery Night. The theme of our exhibition highlights Southern culture and environment, showcasing a wide range of style and subject matter. With a focus on regional art and craft, New Elements Gallery begins its 29th year in downtown Wilmington. Enjoy a diverse selection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, glass, jewlery, wood and more by over sixty artists.

River to Sea Gallery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5p; Sun. 1-4pm.

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show will enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. “Morning Has Broken” features works by

Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures.

SUNSET RIVER Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

In the historic fishing village of Calabash, North Carolina, over 10,000-plus square feet of fine arts and crafts showcases artists from the two Carolinas. Clay art and pottery; oil paintings, watercolors, mixed media, pastels and acrylics; plus awardwinning metalworks, wood pieces, handblown glass, fiber art, artisan-made jewelry and more. Since 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become a popular destination for visitors, a gathering place for artists and a center of the community, thanks to its onsite pottery studio, complete with two kilns; a custom master framing department; and art classrooms for workshops and ongoing instruction.

New Elements Gallery 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.)

“Heading South” will be on display at New Elements Gallery from January 10th through February 22nd featuring works by our gallery artists. A reception will be held

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Belly-Laugh Treasure: Three one-act farces offer a comedic entry into 2014 By: Gwenyfar Rohler


hough the weather outside has been frightful, inside the Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street, it is warm, cozy and filled with laughter. That’s because Tony Moore’s ByChance Productions is staging three farces—in fact, three classic vaudeville-like acts. Historically, ByChance produces the original works of Tony Moore, one of Wilmington’s former most beloved playwrights (he now lives in Charlotte). So, the choice to show three short farces that Moore finds inspiring, give his audience a rare insight into his process as an artist. That having been said, more than any other medium (except film) theater is a collaborative process, and like all of his shows, “A Night of One-Act Farces” would not have seen stage time were it not for Audrey McCrummen, the woman who makes sets happen. Moore and McCrummen are joined this time by Pam Grier as director of not one but three sepa-

rate pieces, “The Bear,” “Box and Cox” and “The Stepmother.” It is a fascinating undertaking, and the major theme that seems to connect the evening is marriage. Beginning in Russia with Anoton Chekov’s “The Bear,” we find a widow mourning her dead husband (Terri Batson) and a very concerned housemaid (Tamica Katzmann) trying to find a way forward for both of them. Seven months locked in the house and not leaving is just unhealthy. Consequently, when a neighboring farmer calls to collect a debt (Charles Auten), the wellintentioned maid sets about, trying to engineer their escape. Confusion, miscommunication, a duel and hilarity ensue. Casting-wise this piece is a lot of fun. Katzmann has huge expressive eyes that she uses to great comedic effect, especially when interacting with Auten, who towers over her. Real-life couple Batson and Auten really make the sparks fly onstage, too. Farce is a form that is traditionally dependent upon really strong physical comedy to make it work. Batson draws on her background as a dancer to make pow-

quite a feat for any creative team, but Grier and McCrummen pull it off with panache. Among the many adaptive and functional set pieces, McCrummen includes a latticework screen that begins life as a window in “The Bear” and morphs to become part of a room partition in “Box and Cox.” Grier has a real eye for casting and for the chemistry of space onstage. She moves people toward and away from each other’s well-building anticipation and riding the waves of humor. Humor can be tricky, and farces especially can be difficult to stage: The actors have to play so seriously that it becomes funny by nature of ridiculousness. It can be tough to find that balance between understanding that humor comes from playing it straight and missing the humor altogether. Though I recognize farce is not for everyone, anyone who loves comedy will enjoy this wonderful evening. ByChance puts on three really good shows for the price of one ticket; a bargain with add-in belly laughs makes it a treasure.

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erful physical statements that heighten the action considerably. Auten is a very tall and well-built man, who usually fills any space he is in with considerable charm and charisma. To see him actually fold up in a ball of insecurity or stomp his feet like a petulant small child is surprising. He achieves the comedic effect needed for the scene. By far, my favorite piece is Arnold Bennett’s “The Stepmother.” Perhaps it is due to all the jabs he took at the misunderstood and long suffering profession of lady-novelists. It is a topic with which my date certainly felt a kinship. Beth Raynor plays Christine Fevershem, the secretary to a popular female novelist (Brandy Jones) at the turn of the century. As was common with pieces of this kind and time, the conceit is that the servant is far smarter than her employer. Thus sets about saving both of their lives from her employer’s mistakes. In this case Fevershem has fallen in love with the stepson of her employer (Anthony Corvino), who has been disinherited. Add in the additional romantic interest of the downstairs neighbor, played with side-splitting hilarity by Ron Hasson, and it is a recipe for farcical success. Again, a real-life couple, this time Raynor and Corvino, portray a sweet couple onstage with a palpable level of comfort. If anything, one of the casting choices surprises. In her turn-of-the-century morning gown, Brandy Jones is very pretty but far from the sexpot she frequently gets cast to play. It’s nice to see her in a role that shows off her acting skills, because as the straight woman to Hasson’s hilariously hysterical doctor, she is perfect. Rounding out the evening is the wellknown and well-loved “Box and Cox” by John Maddison Morton. Charmingly, Bradley Cox has been cast to play Mr. Cox to Langley McCarol’s Mr. Box, two gentlemen who unknowingly are renting the same room: one at night, the other during the day, from a very perspicacious land lady (Pam Grier). Inevitably, one day they discover each other, but, worse, they discover a mutual engagement to the same woman. In spite of Cox’s accent—a la Graham Chapman with a hangover—he and McCarol have wonderful comedic chemistry together. They utilize rapid-fire dialogue and almost mirror-image blocking. It is, I admit, a show I have long-loved. But, more than just the humor of it, the show manages to shed light on more desperate aspects of Victorian economics. In a way it appears dated, but it is actually still pertinent today. Taking on three shows in one night is

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Descent Into Madness: Browncoat appeals to comic-book fans with ‘Gallery’ By: Shea Carver


rowncoat Pub and Theatre will appeal to fans of original script-writing, as well as comic-book nerds this weekend as they kick off their 2014 year of productions with “Gallery.” Written by an undergraduate student CJ Tour, “Gallery” actually landed at UNCW thanks to a professor who brought it to UNCW’s STAGE Company. They produced the show in the fall of 2013 as part of “A Night of One Acts,” sandwiched between staged readings and “Much Ado About Nothing.” However, in the hands of director Caleb Ward, “Gallery” will see its full debut at Browncoat on opening night, January 9th. The plot follows prisoners released from Arkham Asylum, wherein everyone but five are freed. Ross Helton as Edward Nigma, Patrick Basquill as Dr. Jonathan Crane, Alissa Fetherolf as Dr. Pamela Isley, Jacob Keohane as Harvey Dent, and Phill Antonino as Joker must find out who was released and why. Once a caped crusader appears in the mix, each character faces his and her descent into madness by trying to escape but realizing each could very well be trapped in the asylum forever. “If you like the Batman universe, then you’re sure to love this play,” Ward assures. As it turns out, writer CJ Tour is quite the fan of comics, which, according to Ward, comes through superbly in the writing. “This show is for everyone, though,” Ward says, “comic book fans, ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy fans, the 1960’s show, or even the Burton/ Schumacher series fans.” We spoke more with Ward about “Gallery” and what to expect of the show.

encore (e): Tell me about “Gallery”—its premise, themes and what drew you to it as a director. Caleb Ward (CW): “Gallery” is about fear and the amount of control it has on our lives. When we allow our deepest and darkest secrets to take control of what we are, then that takes the human condition to a much deeper place. These five characters were all once very much human, but, due to unforeseen circumstances, have been brought to the place where they reside. As each character pines after the one object that makes them who they truly are, I see them almost as transgender. In a transgendered mindset, the individual never feels like himself or herself until their outward appearance fully matches whom they are inside, and so the main goal of the play is for each character to find their true selves before it is too late. I was drawn to this project as a huge fan of the Batman franchise as a whole. I think the DC

the above? CW: I’d have to define Gallery as a dark comedy. Yes, there are moments of hilarity, but they are not to be outweighed by the moments of sheer terror the audience is going to experience as the tensions rise and the five villains wish to leave the asylum. It’s definitely not for the younger Batman crowd; it’s an 18-plus show, by all means. There [is] some language and [it has] adult themes that I wouldn’t expose to younger fans. The realism is shocking and at times uncomfortable, but that just makes for a better show.

comic world is a fascinating one that can be just as grounded in reality and then moments later take you to an almost impossible world. These characters all have very human characteristics making the show quite relatable. I don’t have time to work on creative projects that don’t interest me and this show is quite contrary to that. I have freely given my time to this, because I know the actors involved and the team behind the scenes put forth all they have to create an almost cinematic theatrical experience for the audience.

e: Tell me about some of the characters, their personality traits and the dynamic between each. Are you pleased with how they’re being fleshed out? CW: Each character in “Gallery” is a villain so, how do you do a show where everyone is an antagonist? By realizing that even antagonists have antagonists. It’s a vicious cycle. Every moment in “Gallery” is a place of heightened emotions. Will they escape Arkham? If so, then what shape will they be in? Who really has the upper hand? The person with the upper hand is always shifting and changing the show. It’s almost impossible to know how it’s going to end. e: What’s been the greatest challenge to face in this production? What have you learned from it? CW: We had about four-and-a-half weeks (minus a week for Christmas) to cast, rehearse, build sets, do make-up, get costuming, and promote the show. That’s the first time I have ever had to do that, which at times was a challenge. Overall, it has been a pleasant experience from start to finish. Having two cast members also designing the set made working together as a group an even better experience. Ross Helton and Jacob Keohane designed and built the set in a matter of a couple weeks and it looks fantastic. I couldn’t be more proud of the work they have done transforming such a small and intimate theatre into a terrifying asylum. Tini and Blake Howard have done a brilliant job with costuming and make-up. Realistic effects on Harvey, Joker, and Pam was one thing I didn’t want to slack off on, and they certainly haven’t slacked by any means. e: How is the set a factor in the play, if at all? CW: The set is a living, breathing character in Gallery. It takes place in only one room and so that room must consistently be a presence of claustrophobia and a warning of what’s to come. The walls are much higher than any other Browncoat show and this is done with a purpose. I want it to look as if Arkham Asylum is swallowing up the characters. e: Is this a comedy, tragedy, drama ... all of

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SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Patrick Basquill stars as Dr. Jonathan Crane in “Gallery,” a show where its characters face a descent into madness. Photo by Ethan M. Sigmon

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‘Anchorman 2’ regurgitates the original formula with less comedy

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By: Anghus


he first “Anchorman” is one of those weird, subversive films—a movie so odd, people didn’t quite know what to make of it. Even I, a huge fan of the movie, found myself puzzled during its first run. I liked it, but it wasn’t until I picked it up on DVD and watched it a dozen more times that the true genius of the film became apparent. Like many, I spent a good couple of years quoting the film at every and any opportunity. When I worked with Danny Trejo on a film, I practically begged him to re-enact the bar scene from the end of “Anchorman” while having dinner at a Waffle House. I can quote the film from front to back—and will do so with very little persuasion. What am I saying? I like “Anchorman.” And, so, the announcement of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” seemed like something to celebrate. The finished film, however, is a strange concoction that has a hard time living up to the original. No matter how good it is, it almost immediately feels derivative. “Anchorman 2” is like a master class on going back to the well. We join Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Appelgate) a few years after taking the news world by storm. Now, they co-anchor the nightly news in New York City. Everything seems to be going great until Veronica gets promoted and Ron is fired, which sends their relationship into a fiery tailspin. Ron goes back to San Diego and Veronica takes up with a new lover. Things seem bleak for everyone’s favorite anchorman until an innovative opportunity presents itself: a brand new thing called the 24-hour news channel. Ron and his action news team reassemble to help launch the facelift of the news media. There are new challenges to deal with, like the young hotshot news anchor Jack Lime (James Marsden) and a smoking hot African American female boss who makes the news team uncomfortable in a number of ways. The story itself is just another set up for a lot of crazy happenings, existing only to connect one ridiculous bit to another.

MAN OF THE HOUR: Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,’ directed by Adam McKay. Courtesy photo

The first “Anchorman” remains a love letter to the 1970s. “Anchorman 2” tries to be the same for the 1980s but never quite hits the same marks. Truthfully, the same could be said about the entire film. “Anchorman 2” feels like a victory lap— a slow jog (might be “yog,” could be a soft “J”) around the track, reminding people what was so great about the first film. There’s a lot of recycled jokes. Instead of Bryan Fantana’s closet of fragrances, we get condoms. “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” features a lot of celebrity cameos for a battle between news teams. The second ups the ante and doubles down cameos with an even more over-the-top battle sequence. In the first, Baxter saves Ron from a bear. In this one, it’s a shark. One of the things I love about the original “Anchorman” is how originally weird it felt. The sequel riffs so hard on the first that it no longer feels fresh and eccentric. While far from perfect, there are still some really funny scenes. The best bits involve Ron and company deciding the only way to get ratings is to dumb down the news. Creating a kind of alternative history where Burgundy and his news team are responsible for turning the fourth estate into a joke. But most of the material feels stale and never achieves the idiotic glee of the

original. Ferrell is still glorious in the role, and his supporting cast is as game as ever. Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner are quite likable in their roles, even though the shtick feels tired. Capturing lightning in a bottle is never easy. The first “Anchorman” remains a fantastic example of when a strange idea takes hold and becomes something truly legendary. “Anchorman 2” feels like they tried a reverse engineering on the process only to end up with something aesthetically similar but never quite as funny. The jokes are good, but they’re not great. The characters are amusing, but there are only a handful of laugh-out-loud moments. “Anchorman 2” is a ripple or an aftershock, but it lacks an explosive thunder or big splash to make it stand on its own. It’s a regurgitation and something of a disappointment.

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New Hanover County Northeast Library 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. Free! 1/12 2 p.m.: Second Sunday is adults’ afternoon out at Northeast Library. Free movie starring Ben Affleck, based on a book by Antonio J. Mendez, at 2 p.m. The performance license doesn’t allow the library to advertise movie titles. Adults only, please. BYOP=Bring Your Own Popcorn and other snacks.

Teens and Tweens Film Club January 16, 23 and 30, 4:30 p.m. New Hanover County Main Library 201 Chestnut St. Tweens and Teens can learn how to make movies at NHC Main Library’s Film Club! At three fun workshops they’ll work as a group to write, direct, act in, and shoot a short film. Film Club for Tweens and Teens is free for young people ages 10 to 16. Space is limited, register in advance and attend all three sessions. Reserve your space by contacting Mr. Scooter: or 910-798-6303. All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at

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The Dixie Grill has undergone numerous transformations over the years. It has been a white linen establishment, a no-frills diner and pool hall, a country café and now a classic American diner. The menu hearkens back to an aesthetic that equated good food with freshness, flavor and a full stomach. This combination has earned The Dixie Grill the Encore Reader’s Choice award for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Diner” several times. Call the Dixie an homage to the simplicity of southern cuisine, call it a granola greasy spoon, call it whatever you like. Just sit back, relax and enjoy!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER:

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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. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:

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Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including waffles, skillet hashes and sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi and signature meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our house favorites Braised Beef Brisket and Jerk Chicken Empanada’s. All of our entrees are as delicious as they are inventive. We also have a full beer and wine list. Come try the “hidden gem” of Wilmington today. 250 Racine Drive, Wilmington 910-523-5362. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, Infused Lemonade, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and kids menu




Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


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Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224)

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Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:3010:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington Kids menu available


“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 drinks 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’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. Enjoy two locatons: 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd., and 1900 Eastwood Rd. in Lumina Station. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Masonboro Loop & Lumina Station ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:


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 en-

trees 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 for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:

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. ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE:

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. 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, 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. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! ■ WEBSITE:


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: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


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the freshest ingredients prepared and presented by our dedicated service staff. Here is a reason to visit everyday—Weekday drink specials are offered both at the inside lounge or the poolside bar. If a refreshing beverage is what you desire, the only question is: Inside or out? So try Shell Island Restaurant for fun in the sun and a view second to none. You can observe the true island scene and absorb the true island dining experience. 2700 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Bch, NC 28480. (910) 256-8696 ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront Dining ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday & Saturday 7 – 10 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


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 takehome frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


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 & Tuesday 11am-9pm; Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11am-3am; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Sunday Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 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 an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE:


From the minute you walk through the door to the wonderful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II offers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere - perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman

Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588 ■ Serving Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m. ■ Serving Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m. ■ Neighboorhood: Mayfaire ■ Featuring: Authentic Thai Cuisine ■ Website:


Blue Asia serves a wide range of Asian and Pacific Rim cuisines, in Chinese, Japanese and Thai, prepared by experienced chefs. By offering only the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables, chefs prepare classic sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as hibachi tempura dishes, and favorites like Pad Thai or chicken and broccoli. A large selection of appetizers, such as dumplings and spring rolls, along with homemade soups and salads, make Blue Asia a fusion experience, sating all palates. Folks dine in an upscale ambiance, transporting them to faraway metropolises. We always serve a full menu, and we specialize in the original all-you-can-eat, made-toorder sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). With specialty cocktails and full ABC permits, we welcome families, students, young professionals and seasoned diners alike. 341 S. College Rd., Ste 52. 910-799-0002. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Wed, 11am10pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, noon-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: All-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). ■ WEBSITE:


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


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 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 7941570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:

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

Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 12pm-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials: 3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily.


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, 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.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE:


At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laid-back American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you

the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


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: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. ■ WEBSITE:


Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays - call ahead for schedule 910-763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Open at 6 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ MUSIC Live music Wednesdays and Fridays call 910763-1607 for schedule; djBe open mic and karaoke Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, and djBe karaoke and dancing Saturdays 9 p.m - 1:30 a.m. ■ WEBSITE


We believe fresh ingredients and good conversation are what makes a meal. You will discover that pleasure and happiness does not stop with the food we prepare, but will spill over into the warm, casual atmosphere we provide. Every guest is a welcome part of our family from the moment they walk through the doors. Whether you are looking for a fresh salad from the garden, a hot sub from the oven, a dish of pasta, or a pizza straight from your own creation; you will find it here! From calzones, strombolis and meatballs, every dish is made fresh to order. Our homemade dough and sauce is made daily, as we strive for the best, using the highest quality ingredients. Complete your meal with our decadent desserts, such as the popular Vesuvius cake or our Chocolate Thunder cake. We serve cheesecake, cream puffs, and made-to-order cannolis and Zeppoli. We offer cozy outdoor seating, big-screen TVs—and ice cold beer served with a frosted glass, as well as wine. Please call for daily specials, such as homemade lasagna and brisket. 2535 Castle Hayne Rd.; (910) 762-1904. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Thurs: 11am to 9pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-7pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington near the airport ■ FEATURING:$4.99 lunch special: 2 slices and a drink, from 11 am-3pm; $4.99 10in. pizza after 3pm; $4.99 for 6 wings all day


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 Open 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. ■ 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:


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 16 oz. 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. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:


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: 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub

Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-andmatch pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 11 am-Midnight; Sunday Noon-10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland ■ FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! ■ WEBSITE:


Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest

ingredients. ■ SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Mason-

boro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 ■ FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays ■ WEBSITE:


“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) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:


Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00) and $5.99 Student meal. Catering options are available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE:


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. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE:


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. WheatFree 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 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Coop Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-toorder sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE:


Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “BohemianChic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:


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 ecofriendly 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:


Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has

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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 attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature 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; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


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:

Pilot house

The Pilot house Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning river-

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front views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online ■ WEBSITE:


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


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

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Fox and Hound is an English-style sports tavern that

offers a warm, inviting ambiance and friendly, entertaining staff. Relax in the spacious bar area while watching your favorite team on one of 25 large, high-definition TVs. Or, choose to enjoy lunch or dinner in the mellow dining room or on the enclosed patio. Play pool on our premium tables (brand new felt!), challenge your buddy to a game of darts, or stop by before seeing a movie at the neighboring Mayfaire Cinema. Fox offers dishes for every palate and appetite—from hand-crafted Angus beef burgers to grilled salmon or sirloin. Finish the meal with our Great Cookie Blitz, a 6-inch chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. We offer 42 taps and over 100 craft beers, plus a wide array of liquor and wine to choose from—so Fox is sure to enliven any night out! Join us for guys’ night, girls’ night, or date night. We’re open daily and serve a full menu ‘til 2 a.m., so look to Fox and Hound for the best party in town! 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: $6.99 lunch specials and free pool until

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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 Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday

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VEGETARIAN/VEGAN sealevel gourmet

Having opened in early spring 2013, Sealevel Gourmet is the new baby of Chef Nikki Spears. Spears wanted a place to cook what she eats: well-executed, simple, snacky, and sandwichy, seasonally changing meals. From a nearly guilt-free American veggie cheeseburger, to fresh sushi, fish and shrimp “burgers,” falafel, fish tacos and avocado melt pitas, Spears caters to the needs of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactoseintolerant diets, including cookies and seasonal pies. Sealevel invites diners to refresh their palates with wholesome, handmade food and drink. With a focus on NC seafood, Spears’ cuisine is drawn from all corners of the earth. Whether desiring Mediterranean, Mexican or Southern cuisine, every palate will be sated, especially with Sealevel’s “lunchbox” specials of the day, inspired by Japanese bento boxes. Beer, wine and sake served! Drop by daily for lunch, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., or for dinner, Thurs. - Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 1015 S. Kerr Ave. 910-833-7196. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., daily; Thurs-Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant and seafood-friendly fare! ■ WEBSITE:




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High Tea All January:

e are a coffee nation. It’s true. But as we approach a new year, with fresh goals, hopes and dreams, the less-caffeinated and healthful tea is all the rage. Why? Well, because January is National Hot Tea Month. Sure, Americans aren’t as inclined to hold 4 p.m. high tea and break from their football games to “pinky up,” so to speak (in Commonwealth nations, three-day Cricket games even get interrupted for tea). But it can’t be denied that in its many forms, tea is likely the most popular drink nationwide. For many, it’s more than ritual; it’s the delight in enjoying its flavors as well as its benefits. For instance, green tea’s high concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) helps fight off cancerous cells in the bladder, breast, lungs and stomach. It also reduces the risk of neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s, and prevents clogged arteries. Black tea—the most caffeinated of the bunch and the base of Chai—protects the lungs from cigarette-smoke damage and can help decrease the risk of stroke. Uncured and unfermented white tea contains strong anticancer properties as well, while oolong tea provides antioxidants which helps lower bad cholesterol. And this is just the tip of the tea spoon when it comes to tea’s wellness list. Each year, organizations, like the Tea Association of the USA (yes, really), as well as tea

companies, and its many connoisseurs bask in the luxury and awareness January brings to hail their beverage of choice. Locally, the Senior Resource Center’s activities assistant and recertification specialist, Shantal Davis, will celebrate National Hot Tea Month every Wednesday of the month at the center. “It is something I have enjoyed doing with seniors since my days working at Eastern Wake Senior Center in Wendell,” Davis says. “Wake Forest, NC, has the best tea room, and it was on a visit there that I learned hot tea is celebrated during January. I bought some loose-leaf-flavored black tea from that tea room and brewed them for the seniors to sample. It became a staple program there, and it has caught on here at the Senior Resource Center as well.” Davis began the celebration upon her arrival at New Hanover’s Senior Resource Center in 2011. Each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the lobby, a variety of tea samples that Davis procures will be offered for free. She says the center averages around 60 seniors each week. “We will feature blackberry, Brazilian guava, Blue Lady, and Acerola, with cherry and fig,” Davis explains. “I chose them because they are so unique in flavor. The quality and grade of the teas have been superb.” Davis likes to order from Harney and Sons, specifically the “Holiday Tea” she fell in love

Senior Resource Center celebrates National Hot Tea Month By: Shea Carver

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with back in Wake Forest at the tea room. She also suggests their “Paris” variety. “I order from Simpson and Vail, and a company called Stash,” Davis tells. “I usually order flavored black teas, but when I chose to try some green tea, I found the best company to be Adagio. They offer so many different flavors . . . I am glad to have found ESP Tea Emporium, Tea Haven, and Upton Tea Imports, too.” Davis often makes flavored black teas at the Senior Resource Center, in their Bunn coffeemakers, which means hotter temperatures. This means she doesn’t serve green tea, as lower temperatures work best for brewing. “It is impossible to do [green tea at the center] because I can’t control the water temperature,” she explains. Actually, she advises against using coffeemakers to make tea. “But it is the only way to make it work for a program of this size,” she notes. “The proper method is to steep the leaves in the water for 3 to 5 minutes.” Her goal in holding the sampling every Wednesday in January is to help share her joy for hot tea, to spread awareness that it’s more than “ordinary bags of Lipton,” and to offer seniors and other citizens a chance to mix and mingle and maybe even enjoy a few classes offered at the Senior Resource Center. “Seniors love tea,” Davis says. “We are starting to offer tea at other events here,


too. My goal is to one day be able to serve scones and chicken-salad croissants to go with the tea.” Classes vary at the center, from ballroom dance to Jazzercize to yoga and pilates, and they even offer support groups. Classes are for ages 55 and up, and the center does congregate dining for seniors age 60 and up. In February to April, they will have VITA tax assistance for any age. “We occasionally have classes with other age groups (intergenerational programming),” Davis says. Thus, it doesn’t mean only seniors can enjoy the Wednesday samplings. “It’s for anyone in the area who loves hot tea!” Davis assures. “Tea will be available from 11 a.m. until we run out. I will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote the different teas, and share my collection of tea magazines and catalogs.”

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In the Waiting Room... Between Eastern and Western medicine By: Joel Finsel


came down with the rebound, out-muscling three other guys, and my spine gave out. Dropping the ball, shoulders hunched to my ears, I slouched over to the fence, and hoped to stretch out the monkeyfist forming at the intersection of my neck and shoulder blades. The other guys continued shooting around, happy to catch their breath. “Hey,” one yelled over. “Maybe you should go hang from the monkey bars?” Overweight, T-shirt hugging my sweaty chest, I came back on the court. The shortest, most athletic of the bunch smiled. “OK, let’s play!” I took a shot from the elbow, the spot from which I had hit two previous jumpers in a row, and missed the backboard by a few feet. “That’s it for me,” I said and headed home. A hot bath and the rest of Sunday in bed with the NYT did little to assuage my Monday-morning pain. By Tuesday, with visions

of a weany-looking white neck pad wrapped around my neck, I called my quirky healer friend, a New Mexico-licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine. I didn’t have a lot of time. Because I don’t have the luxury of paid sick days, I had no choice but to endure the pain at work later that evening. She began with massaging my back and neck. “I’m not a chiropractor, but I can help the muscles relax.” Massage complete, she unrolled her acutonic-tuning forks. “I think you are going to need the sledgehammer,” she said. “This is Sedna, the new ohm for our ascension into the fifth dimension.” After a few minutes of treatment, the pain did begin to lessen. Sound vibrations from her forks cleared blockages restricting my life force, or chi, from flowing where it needed to help my body regenerate and heal. Before I left, she applied an aromatic oil known as valor to my back, gave me a delicate hug, thanked me for my modest tip, said it was an honor to know me, and wished

me luck. Twenty minutes later, waiting in my western doctor’s office, I was told twice to sit down away from the nurse’s window to fill out my paperwork, despite the obvious hunch in my neck. I slowly eased myself low enough to rest in a chair and let out a teethclenched breath. NPR news played in the background of the room, which was empty but for dusty plastic foliage. A few minutes later, the nurse weighed me and took my pulse. Later, the young doctor eyed me as though I were a racehorse about to be bet on at the tracks. I told him how it happened. “How do you feel about painkillers?” he asked. “Whatever. I just need to be able to work tonight.” “We’ll get you loosened up,” he said. “Stand up.” He reached inside a drawer for a syringe. “I’m going to give you an injection. Just a mild hormone to begin to relax those muscles. Show me your hip.” I pulled down the side of my pants. “OK, that’s it,” he said. “I’m going to give you a prescription for muscle relaxers, which you’ll take three today, two tomorrow, and one for the next three days. I’m also going to give you hydrocodone for the ... pain.” I could have sworn he said “fun of it” under his breath. “You don’t look like a coke head,” he said, smiling wryly. “What?” “It’s just a lot of restaurant people enjoy their opiates,” he explained. “Oh, well I’m not into all that. I may be a bartender, but it’s in a nice restaurant. I’m usually home by midnight.” He seemed content I was truly in pain. That night I still felt like Frankenstein as I poured wine and stirred martinis. The next morning, I took a chance and drove over to the cranial-sacral practitioner I had come to know outside her healing arts. For three days she had not returned my barrage of calls, so I just got in my car and showed up. In her waiting room, after marveling for a few moments at one of the biggest bloom-


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ing African violets I had ever seen, I thumbed through a copy of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.” I overheard the tail of a conversation taking place on the other side of the wall. “You don’t have to take the chemo,” a calm woman’s voice explained. A gruff, older gentleman responded. “I know, but I figure if that’s what the doc said, then I should probably do it.” I moved seats for better access to the muffled dialogue. “Well, that’s what your doctor knows based on his training,” the feminine voice continued. “If you only live another five years, they will have considered your case a success.” “Really?” “You said yourself this is preventative chemo. You have already had your main treatment and surgery. How long has it been—six weeks and they are already trying to put more poison in your body?” “Well, the doc said it would kill any cancerous cells that might be still in there....” “I understand that,” she soothed him, “but you could ask for more time.” A second passed before she continued. “You see, when you are in fear, all your blood goes to the back of you brain. Fight or flight, blocking you from making rational decisions, which requires your blood to be up here in the front.” “I just want the pain to stop,” the man said, frustrated. “I asked my doctor when I could begin to feel halfway normal, and he says it’s going to be another three or four months! I can’t take another three or four months!” Another quiet moment passed. I imagined her reaching over to hold his hand. “We use doctors for their knowledge, and then we have to make our own decisions,” she said. “When are you different doctors going to start working together?” he wept. “I’m just so tired of being sick!”

Joel Finsel is the author of “Cocktails and Conversations from the Astral Plane,” and will write short stories every other week in encore throughout 2014.

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to-docalendar events THE BIG READ 1/13, 7pm: WHQR & StarNews Present Prologue, WHQR. 254 N. Front St. • Welcome Reception for Tim O’Brien, 1/14, 6pm, Northeast Regional Library • 1/15, noon: Tim O’Brien on Midday Interview , WHQR 91.3 • 1/15, 7pm: Tim O’Brien Keynote Presentation & Book Signing, UNCW Kenan Auditorium • 1/29, 4pm, film screening: Vietnam Nurses, UNCW Randall Library • 2/8-9: 9th Annual Battle of Forks Road Commemoration, Cameron Art Museum. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. #ilmbigread/www. CIVIL WAR HISTORY WEEKEND 1/17-19: Wrightsville Beach Museum of History presents a weekend of hands-on activities dedicat-

ed to the 149th anniversary of this massive Union blockade, the final Battle of Fort Fisher, blockade running by the Confederacy, and last defense for the port city of Wilmington. Dinner lectures by leading historians, a guided tour of Fort Fisher (with box lunch), behind-the-scenes tour viewing artifacts preserved by Fort Fisher’s underwater archaeology lab team, historical information about the highest concentration of blockade runner shipwrecks in the world (at the mouth of the Cape Fear River), and a walking beach tour of nearby blockade runner shipwreck sites. Lectures and presentations will be held at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, named in recognition of over 80 sunken blockade runners in the region. Blockade Runner will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Proceeds benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Madeline Flagler, 910-256-2569 or Jenny Yarborough, 910-256-2251 or  jenny.yarborough@ 

Happenings and events across Wilmington

COURTYARD AND COBBLESTONES 1/18, 4pm: Courtyards & Cobblestones, designed to showcase historic wedding venues and wedding professionals on a downtown Wilmington self-guided tour. We aim to provide an inspirational and transitional atmosphere for Brides to tour and plan their wedding day. Ceremony sites in our city’s oldest landmarks., Wilmington’s top wedding professionals, music from local artists, samples of scrumptious appetizers, lite bites and tasty treats! Jewelry giveaways fromReeds’ Jewelers. $18 adv or $25 day of. The Atrium, 15 S. 2nd St. Check in will be from 3:30-6pm.

1865 attack. Civil War re-enactors will set up displays and share various medical tools and discuss the care of the wounded, injured and sick soldiers. Infantry units will be on hand to demonstrate camp life, garrison duty and conduct the manual of arms and firing demonstrations.Artillery units will conduct drills and firing demonstrations of the Historic Site’s Rifled and Banded 32-pound cannon and the Site’s bronze 12-pound Napoleon cannon; Civil War sutlers and an individual portraying a Civil War Photographer. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S., along US Highway 421.

BATTLE AT FORT FISHER Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host “Always Near the Front, with Instruments & Tourniquets: The Medical Service at Fort Fisher,” a special living history program on 1/18, 10am-4pm. Focus will be on the medical and healthcare available to the soldiers on both sides of the fighting during the January

BAC WEDDING OPEN HOUSE 1/19, 11am-2pm, brides-to-be will be welcome at Brooklyn Arts Center ‘s Wedding Open House. Complimentary mimosas while touring the iconic, 125-year-old church, the lovely church manse, and the largest private courtyard in the City of Wilmington. Romance, elegance, and history. Ceremonies and receptions for 50 to 250. Located in Brooklyn Arts District, North 4th and Campbell streets (516 North 4th Street), three minutes from downtown Wilmington. Free street parking. CHINESE NEW YEAR 1/31, 3:30pm: Celebrate Chinese New Year and the beginning of the year of the Horse at Northeast Library. Librarians will share stories and crafts for ages 5 to 10. Free; space is limited. Register: www. FLORIDA BIRDING TOUR 2/2-7: Join us on our second annual Florida Birding Tour. Destinations include Makinson Island Park, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Circle B Bar Ranch, and the Nature Conservancy at Disney. We are staying in fully furnished lakefront cabins at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Florida, 40 minutes west of Orlando. The price of the trip is $875 per person and includes all tours, meals, kayak equipment, and cabin rental. Travel arrangements to and from Florida not included. A $250 deposit is required. Wild Bird & Garden: 910-343-6001.

charity/fund-raisers AARP TAX-AIDE Looking for a volunteer opportunity that is mentally challenging and fulfilling? AARP Tax-Aide and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) seeks volunteers to prepare and electronically file federal and NC tax returns for low- and moderateincome taxpayers, with special attention to those over 60 and older. Adult volunteers of all ages are welcome, and AARP membership is not a requirement. Actual preparation of returns begins 2/3 and continues to 4/15.  Volunteers are asked to commit to at least four hours per week; most commit to two-four hour days per week.Valerie Smith at (910) 798-6400 at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 South College Road. MUGS FOR JUGS Mugs for Jugs, 1/25, 11am, Front Street Brewery’s 6th fundraiser for The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation and The Pink Ribbon Project. Net profits from this special event will provide comfort bags to local women  recently diagnosed

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with breast cancer and will help provide free mammograms for local women that qualify for their program who otherwise could not afford them. 16oz. Mugs for Jugs mugs, pints, and new T-shirts n sale at Front Street Brewery. The first beer fill will be free with the purchase of a Mugs for Jugs mug or pint. Fair-style games and prizes, and great beer in The Beam Room. $1 from every Pomegranate Saison will also be donated to the cause. 9 N. Front Street LINC FUND-RAISER 1/31: Fundraising gala to honor the legacy of Frankie Roberts for his dedication and leadership with LINC, a 501(c)3 which provides transitional living and case management services to men and women returning from prison. LINC also provides culturally specific youth development services for African American young men ages 16-24 in the Wilmington community. Hilton Riverside301 N. Water Street. Tickets, sponsorships: 910-762- 4635. PLAY AT THE BEACH Thurs. 2/27, 11am-3pm. The Assistance League invites you to its 6th annual Play At The Beach fundraiser to enjoy a fantastic view of the ocean and a fun-filled day playing bridge, canasta, pinochle or any other card game at the Shell island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach. Groups wishing to play something other than cards can bring the game of their choice. Admission price of $30 per person includes lunch. Beautiful, unique baskets will be raffled. Reservations: mail checks payable to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington to Nancy Tillett, 1213 Congressional Lane, or 686-3902. Proceeds support philanthropic programs in the community. CF LITERACY GALA Cape Fear Literacy Council’s party of the year, 2014 “Around the World in 80 Days” gala, Sat., 3/1, 6:30pm. Wilmington Convention Center. Globe-trotting adventure—an evening of Victorian elegance and whirlwind adventure inspired by the global travels of Englishman Phileas Fogg, as we raise funds to make literacy a reality for hundreds of adults this year. Includes cocktail reception, internationally-inspired dinner cuisine, silent and vocal auctions, Vegas-style casino games, our ever-popular photo booth and an evening of entertainment by special guests The Bibis Ellison Band. Event often sells out; $125 or table of 10, $1250. or 910-251-0911. • Gala kickoff party at Dirty Martini, Thurs., 1/16, 5:30-8:30pm. 1904 Eastwood Rd, Lumina Station. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar; auction preview. AMERICAN RED CROSS GALA AND AUCTION The 33rd Annual Red Cross Gala and Auction will be held 3/15 at the UNCW Burney Center—one of the longest running black tie fundraisers in the Cape Fear area. Live and silent auctions with unique

items, dinner, music, dancing and more. With special guest speaker Dave Sanderson, “Miracle on the Hudson.” Tickets are $150 per person:  Vicki LaBelle: 910-3435833 or


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auditions on Monday, January 13th, at UNCW’s CulGALLERY 1/9-12, 16-19, 7-10pm, ‘Gallery.’ When tural Arts Building. Appointment times are listed on someone has released all but five of the the application, which can be found online at www. prisoners from Arkham Asylum it’s up to or by calling 910-791-9262. Edward Nigma, Dr. Jonathan Crane, Pamela Isley, Harvey Dent, and the Joker to The orchestra needs local instrumentalists and includes figure out who made the break, why they members from UNCW’s music faculty, as well as stuwere released, and what to do before the dents. The orchestra is led by Dr. Stephen Errante of Caped Crusader shows up. As each charUNCW’s music department. acter searches for the missing pieces to the puzzle their descent into insanity becomes inevitable. Will they escape at all or be stuck in Arkham forever? Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik Grace St. $10 GA. and the voice of an angry people (Broadcast from POLE-VAULTING OVER SKYSCRAPERS the National Theatre in London and shown in HD in 1/16-19. 24-26, 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Pole Vaulting the OLLI Building) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Over Skyscrapers, written by John Grudzien and (OLLI) at UNCW, 601 S. College Rd. http://uncw. directed by Steve Vernon. Five new plays, each 20 edu/olli/ minutes, ranging from comedy to drama written, TACT SHOWS at Cape Fear Playhouse. The plays will feature an “Seussical Jr.” Based on the works and characters ensemble cast directed by Steve Vernon. Feat. of Dr. Seuss, 2/14-23. A journey into the whimsi“Under London” (WWII drama), “Buy, Sell, Hold” cal world of Dr. Seuss, which melds many of his (contemporary comedy), “In The Rain” (contempomost famous characters into an original work about rary drama), “Waiter!” (contemporary comedy) and loyalty, friendship, and the power of the imagination. “The Gay Garden Club” (contemporary comedy). Hannah Block USO Bldg. corner of 2nd and Orange Tickets through Big Dawg’s Box Office at 910-367St. 5237 or on-line through ETIX. $15 adults, $10 seniors/students. 

PIED PIPER SERIES 1/19, 3pm: Thalian Hall and the Junior League of Wilmington to present “Beanstalk: A Moo-sical Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk” as part of the Pied Piper Series. A tale of a hero named Jack, who teaches about friendship and responsibility. Directed by Judy Greenhut. Pied Piper Theatre performs for over 9,000 school students in New Hanover County. 1st and 2nd Grade school children travel to Thalian Hall by bus, and are treated to an original musical comedy featuring talent derived from the local acting community and volunteers. The annual production is produced by the Junior League of Wilmington and the staff of Thalian Hall Center Performing Arts, Inc. (THCPA). $10/GA. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.    CORIOLANUS Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” 1/30, 2-5pm, $20 nonmembers or $18 for members of OLLI. rEG. BY 1/29. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Co-

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comedy MAXWELL-CLARK VARIETY SHOW 1/13: Check out the Maxwell-Clark Variety show as they return to TheatreNow in 2014! TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St. A night of Improv, Original sketches, stand-up, music, spoken word and more. Doors 7pm; show 8pm. $3 NUTT HOUSE IMPROV Cage Match Champions and Encore’s Best Comedy Troupe Nutt House Improv wants you to spend Wed evenings with them at their new home, The Reel Cafe. Show starts at 9pm. Free! JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE First Mon. of month will feature a stand-up comedy showcase Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Colton Demonte and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar. 9pm, $4.

DEAD CROW COMEDY Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2), Reel Cafe. • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm. City Stage/Level 5 and Fibber McGees. Timmy Sherrill: or 910520-5520

music/concert JAZZ AT CAM See page 12. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Auditions held 1/13, UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Appt. times assigned upon application: or 910-791-9262. Need local instrumentalists; WSO includes UNCW music faculty and students who rehearse and present orchestral repertoire drawn from the 18th-21st centuries, led by Dr. Stephen Errante, UNCW Department of Music faculty. WSO musicians also provide music for special occasions such as weddings and receptions, either in small groups or as soloists. • 2/8, 8pm: “A Change is Gonna Come.” Marva Robinson, director Student Concerto Competition Winners, explore the landmark 1964 Civil Rights bill through the music and songs of the era with readings from Dr. Martin Luther King’s work. Joining the Wilmington Symphony for this 50th Anniversary musical celebration is the Williston Alumni Community Choir. Also spotlighted will be the winners of the 37th Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. • 3/15, 8pm: Symphony POPS! “Broadway Then & Now.” Broadway veterans Amy and Ben Wright delight the audience with sparkling selections from Broadway’s songbook. Amy made her Broadway debut in 1996 in the Tony-nominated Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “State Fair” and can be heard on the original cast album. Ben originated the role of “Jack” in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapin’s Tony and Grammy Award winning musical “Into the Woods.” Tickets on sale 8/13. 962-3500 or WINTER HOOTENANNY 1/17, 7-10pm: John Golden and Friends sing your favorite country, folk, and 50’s rock hits at the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society’s annual Winter Hootenanny. A great night of good music will pick you up from the winter blues. Tickets are $20, $5 with college ID. All proceeds benefit the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. Concert at UNCWKenan Auditorium. Doors, 7pm. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY YOUTH 1/16: WSO Youth auditions; appointment times are assigned upon application at or 910-791-9262. Performs four con-

certs per year, creating opportunities for more than 100 young musicians to perform on stage: 3/16, 4pm: Spring Matinee. Introduce the kids to the joy and excitement of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, conducted by Steven Errante and Jane STONE SOUP CONCERTS Stone Soup Concerts presents Richard Smith and Julie Adams. Fri., 1/17, 7pm, WHQR Studios, 254 N. Front Street. $15. Exceptional and impeccable music from the Virtuoso Duo of National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and Classical Cellist. From Bach to Beatles, Chet Atkins to Cole Porter, Merle Travis to Scott Joplin and John Phillip Souza. 910-777-8889 or ssavia@susansavia. com for tickets. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK Let’s Face the Music: The Great American Songboo cabaret show at Blockade Runner, as a fund-raiser for Thalian Association. 1/19, $35 for dinner; $25 cover charge to benefit Thalian Association. Reservations: 910-256-2251. 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach. . $24 ($20 members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) $15 students, contact the venue for ticketing information. 910-962-3195 (memberships $30/semester and $50/year). Tickets available at door

dance BABS MCDANCE Upcoming Classes: Wed., 1/8, 9-10am, Zumba; 5-6pm, Kid’s Ballroom; 7-8pm, Swing; 8-9pm, Argentine Tango • Thurs., 1/9, 6-7pm, Zumba; 7-8pm,


The Wilmington Art Association holds their annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale during Azalea Festival, April 11th through 13th. Beginning January 13th, they will be accepting 2D and 3D art work images for the juried show. The entry fee is $35 for WAA members and $45 for nonmenbers. Folks can go to to learn more about the application procees, which remains open through March 3rd.

WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY The Wilmington Choral Society: Open rehearsal on 1/21 and 28, 7pm. Rehearsals are in preparation for our spring concert, Viva Vivaldi, to be held 5/18. No audition necessary, just a love of singing. Rehearsals are held at the Cape Fear Christian Church, 811 N College Rd. 910-686-4148.

RUTHIE FOSTER Ruthie Foster, 1/24, 8pm: Top-notch blues singer, integrating flourishes of folk, gospel, jazz and country into her music. With frequent comparisons to such legends as Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Grammy-nominated Ruthie Foster has the ability to burn down any stage with her combustible blend of musical diversity. Her most recent album Let It Burn, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album in 2012. $14-$28, Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.                         EMMYLOU HARRIS Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium Sat., 2/1. The performance is part of the office’s celebrated Masters Series, which features artists and works of cultural and historic significance.  Tickets on sale: $55 (reserved seating). 910-962-3500 (Mon-Fri, noon-6pm). www. WILMINGTON CONCERT ASSOCIATION Emanuel Ax Sun., 2/2, 8pm, Kenan Auditorium. Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic for the 2012/13 season, Grammy winner for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas, and puts focus on music of 20thcentury composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. $18-$38. • Carmen, 3/3, 8pm, Kenan Auditorium. Teatro Lirico D’Eruopa feat. full-scape opera productions, inc. this presentatio of Bizet’s Carmen. The story tells of Don José, a native soldier seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. 910-962-3500 or www. RUSALKA Sat., 2/8, 1-5pm. The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles,singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulfulfairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, DoloraZajick is Je?ibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium. (Live Broadcast from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. There will be a pre-performance lecture 45 min. prior to each screening, Subtitled in English.) http://

Shags Basics and Beyond; 8-9pm, Showgirl • Fri., 1/10, 8-11pm, Date Night Practice Party; Sat., 1/11, 9-10am, Zumba. 6782 Market St. AZALEA COAST DANCE Sat., 1/11, evening of social ballroom dance and a basic group dance lesson at the New Hanover County Senior Center, 2222 S. College Rd. Group lesson given by a professional dance instructor from 6:45-7:30pm. No partner necessary for the lesson. Open dancing to our own custom mix of ballroom smooth and latin music from 7:30-10pm. Admission $8 members, $10 non-members, $5 military with ID, $3 students with ID. Contact 910-7991694 or http://www. FREE DAY OF DANCE 1/12, 1-6pm. Free day of dance for all ages, Wilmington Arts Center, 3834 Oleander Dr. Hosted by Wilmington School of Ballet and Cape Fear Dance Theatre. Class schedule:!/c1t44. Must sign in at front desk upon arrival. DANCE AUDITION Sat. 1/25, 1pm, at the Wilmington School of Ballet, 3834 Oleander Dr., for the 13th annual Arts Sensation benefit on 3/15, 8pm, Thalian Hall main stage, to benefit Kids Making It!, a local non-profit organization. Interested dancers, choreographers of all genres ( classical, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, belly dance, ballroom, cultural dance) welcome. Please come with a completed piece of work 6 minutes maximum in length to share with the jury panel. Dancers age 13 and over. 910-793-6675 or www. IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. www. 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 CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.  

art KAREN CROUCH AND JANETTE HOPPER The joint Karen Crouch and Janette Hopper exhibit, “The Mark of Our Hands.” A Fine Art Gallery in Southport and is on exhibit into January of 2014. Gallery director Don Baker has brought these two artists together because their art seems to speak the same language, if with a different dialect. 8: A Fine Art Gallery is on the way to Oak Island, at Live Oak Village Plaza, 4961 Long Beach Road SE, Ste 8 CALL FOR ARTISTS Over $4,000 in cash awards Wilmington Art Association, 32nd annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale, 4/11-13. Accepting 3D & 2D artwork images Online beginning 1/13 through midnight 3/3. Process includes fee payment and image submissions at for detail. WAA members $35/Non-members $45. Hannah Block community Arts Center, 120 S. Second. St.

The Dance Cooperative, a nonprofit dance studio, has moved to Austin Commons (near Monkey Junction) 5202-17 Carolina Beach Road. Offering ballet, jazz, hiphop, modern, creative movement, tap, stretch, and Zumba! Classes for ages 3 through adults! Some scholarships available! No costume or performance fees! For more information call 910-763-4995 or email us at



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BIENNIAL FACULTY EXHIBITION Biennial Faculty Exhibition will be on view in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building from 1/162/21. Exhibition features current work by UNCW studio art faculty members Donald Furst, Ned Irvine, Courtney Johnson, Eric Lawing, Anne Lindberg, Casey Scharling, Vicky Smith, Andi Steele, Pam Toll and Aaron Wilcox. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7pm, 1/16. Free and open to the public. Located on the ground floor of the Cultural Arts Building, near the building’s main entrance on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive on the UNCW campus.

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I HAVE A NAME Wilma Daniels Gallery, 1/22-2/7, Not4$ale: The Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative at Cape Fear Community College . Artists needed to submit visual and performance artwork in any media or style, to be displayed at the “I Have a Name” gallery. This gallery exhibit is inspired by community interest in exposing human trafficking and its root causes, and in preventing trafficking from continuing, through education and community engagement. Visual Art: load-in 1/21/14, displayed 1/222/7/14; Community Event and Performance Art showing: 1/24/14. Kate Santhuff: 910-362-7594 RUSTY NAIL POP-UP ART SHOW 1/26, 2-6pm, 1310 S. 5th Ave. Rusty Nail Pop-Up Art Show, feat. Rusty Nail is having their first ever Pop Up Art Show! Featuring watercolor paintings by Christian Lebraux, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Michael Jacksonand other oils andwatercolors. MUSIC, METAL AND DANCE Wilmington native Doug Walker mixes his love of photography, music and dance into his own explosive award winning style of mixed media, “Music, Metal and Dance!” View his work during December and January at Luna Caffe and Gallery, located in Wilmington’s Arts and Antique district, 604 Castle St. 8am-4pm daily. COASTAL CAROLINA CAMERA CLUB The photography of The Coastal Carolina Camera Club will be on display at Silver Coast Winery. Member’s photographs run through end of January. The Coastal Carolina Camera Club meets on the second Tues. of the month, 7pm, Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M.H. Rourk Dr. All forms of photography, including point and shoot, SLR (digital and 35mm) and integrated advanced digital cameras. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. or 910-287-6311. Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach. INTERCONNECTIONS WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio announces the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR presents “Interconnections: Mixed Media Artwork” by Diane Hause and Shannon Bourne. Ea. artist moves fluidly between techniques such as etching, painting, printmaking and collage. On display until 2/8. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR.  ART FOR ALL The Brooklyn Arts Center is excited to announce Art for All 4, Wilmington’s cutting-edge art show, at the BAC (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) on Fri., 2/21, 3-9pm and Sat., 2/22, 11am-7pm. Come celebrate Wilmington’s community of local, original artists at the Brooklyn Arts Center when 50-plus of the region’s finest present their work in the magnificent BAC. Expect fabulous paintings, illustrations, sculpture, photography, watercolors, glass, metal, and

woodwork, and more, priced perfectly at $25-$250. That’s right, every piece of original fine art for $250 or less! Admission is $5 at the door. It’s good for both days and includes a raffle ticket. Kids 12 and under are free. Free parking. Heather Thomson at 910-616-9882, FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an afterhours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2014. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101.

museums CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Exhibits: Through 1/19/04—Letters, news, and packages from home unite families, boost morale, and in wartime, elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. The traveling version of the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition, Mail Call explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Active duty military and their families will be admitted free of charge, with valid ID. • Through 3/2014: Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Nano is a mini, interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on interactives present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Tues-Sat, 9am5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day. $4-$7. Free for museum members and children under 3. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sun. ea. month. 814 Market Street , historic downtown Wilmington. MOORE’S BATTLEFIELD Moores Creek National Battlefield: Loyalists were unaware of what they would encounter as they charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond the bridge nearly 1,000 North Carolina patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. This dramatic victory ended British rule in the colony forever. Visitor Center, 9am-4pm, through 3/31; 4/1, 9am-5pm, for spring and summer season. Center will be closed every Mon/Tues throughout the year while staying open Wed-Sun to provide educational programs and guided tours on the weekend. Moores Creek National Battlefield will be completely closed on all Federal Holidays with no access to any part of the park being permitted. MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum features the rich history and artifacts of this area from prehistoric to present time. Exhibits: Operation Bumblebee, missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II; Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island; WASPS,   group of young, daring women who were the first female pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII; Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of 10 pirates in the Carolinas including the infamous Blackbeard; Shell Exhibits, and intricate seashells from all over the world as well as Topsail; and more! 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; after  Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or

910-328-2488. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm  • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS,  10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. • Enjoy a night of pizza, beer, and putt putt at Pizza Putt. This year is the fully-stocked $5 bar! Make sure to bring your ID as this is a 21 and over event. 1/31, 6-10pm. Must RSVP.. • 116 Orange St. 910-254-3534 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts.  House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level.  By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown, 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634, LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4-$12. The Latimer House of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is not handicapped accessible 126 S. Third St. 762-0492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater

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film SECOND SUNDAY FILMS Second Sunday is adults’ afternoon out at Northeast Library. 1/12: Free movie starring Ben Affleck, based on a book by Antonio J. Mendez, at 2pm. • 2/9: Free movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, at 2pm. • 3/9: Free movie starring Tyler Perry, based on books by James Patterson, 2pm. The performance license doesn’t allow the library to advertise movie titles. Adults only, please. BYOP= Bring Your Own Pop-

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1/10: ARTS AND CRAFTS FRIDAY Ms. Susan’s Room provides an artistic foray into learning thanks to her music and art classes. Every Friday is Art and Craft day, with ongoing themes to enjoy all January long. Enjoy making prints with bubble wrap this Friday the 10th at 10 a.m. It’s only $10 per child and includes all supplies. Upcoming events include snowflake crafts on the 17th, making stick puppets on the 24th and enjoy the making of pasta jewelry and art on the 31st. Call to make a reservation at 910-7778889. Or go to corn and other snacks. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. CINEMATIQUE Cinematique feat. a series of independent, classic, foreign and notable films co-sponsored by WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Tickets: $8, Showtime is 7:30pm at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street. 1/13-18: Muscle Shoals:—Small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music.  The music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Incl. Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today. (PG, 1hr. 21Min.) • 1/15-16: Bettie Page Reveals All—From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori is an intimate look at one of the world’s most famous sex symbols, told in her own words. Page emerges from the veil of myth via interviews taped a decade before her death in 2008. (R, 1h. 41Min.) • 1/1718: I Am Divine—Harris Glenn Milstead liked musicals, was drawn to feminine pursuits, and was bullied. He played “dress-up games” as a child in his mother’s clothes and showed up at a party dressed as an astonishingly passable Elizabeth Taylor. Glenn met the man who would change his life—John Waters. Glenn and Waters bonded over a mutual love of cinema, and with Waters’ encouragement, Glenn created a new acting persona, a new character. (Unrated, 1hr. 30Min.) • 1/19-21 (Sun-Tues screenings in the Main Theatre): The Book Thief—Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl (Sophie Nélisse) sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) and a secret guest under the stairs (Ben Schnetzer), she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all. FILM CLUB Tweens and Teens can learn how to make movies at NHC Main Library’sFilm Club! At three fun workshops they’ll work as a group to write,direct, act in, and shoot a short film. Film Club for Tweens and Teensis free for young people ages 10-16. Space is limited, register in advance and attend all three sessions, on 1/16, 23, 30., 4:30pm. Mr. Scooter: or 910-798-6303. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 3:30pm: Legos in the Library is a new monthly activity for elementary school kids at New Hanover County’s Main Library! Kids in grades K - 5 work alone or with a friend to create a Lego structure that meets a different challenge at each session. It’s free thanks to funding from the Friends of the Library, but space is limited and preregistration is required for each session. 910-798-6303 or NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.

MS. SUSAN’S ROOM Music and art for children, featuring Happy Little Singers, music and movement for ages 6 mos to 6 years. Learning through sing, dance and creative play! Tues-Thurs, and Sat, 9:45am. 1 1/2 hour session $10/family. Drop-ins welcome. • Art and Craft Friday, 10am. Schedule: 1/10: Bubble Wrap Prints, 1/17: Snowflake Crafts, 1/24: Stick Puppets, 1/31: Pasta Art and Jewelry. $10/child includes all supplies. • Also, ukulele, guitar and piano and vocal lessons. 910-777-8889 or 200 Willard Street in the ArtWorks.

PRE-K MATH AND SCIENCE 1/22, 23, 3:30pm: Play, learn, and explore with your preschool child! Ms. Raquel introduces math and science concepts through interactive story times, hands on science activities, and exploration stations. Designed for children between the ages of two to five. Free; space is limited so advance registration rqd, NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

THEATRE NOW Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Membership. Drop off service available.Tickets: or 910-399-3NOW


CHUCK RIESZ 1/11, 10am: Join Chuck Riesz as he discusses the immigration of the Dutch to the Lower Cape Fear Region. Learn why they came and what they contributed to the area. This will be part of a two part series about immigrants to the Lower Cape Fear Region. Tickets: $5, 910-762-0492 to register. Proceeds benefit the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, 126 S. 3rd St.

BUSINESS 101 1/12, 6pm: Kristi Sullivan from BB&T will be at the NHCPL-Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. to discuss the differences between business and invidual bank accounts, how to establish a business bank account, employee payroll and insurance. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. • 2/10, 6pm: The NHCPL presents guest speaker Attorney Kevin May, from GravesMay, PLLC, will discuss the legal aspects of starting a small business such as: obtaining an EIN (employee identification number), bank accounts, business entity choices, tax information and more! This program is provided by NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Program), a public service project from the North Carolina Bar Association and The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 910-798-6306 or email The Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

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JON BATSON Award winning author Jon Batson will discuss writing and publishing at Old Books on Front Street at 4:30pm, on Sun., 1/19. Free and open to the public. Known for winning the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Short Fiction contest numerous times, Batson has 13 published novels that cross a variety of genres, a tongue-in-cheek advice book and three short story collections

LIFESTYLE WELLNESS 1/25, 2pm: “Lifestyle Wellness,” panel of experts will talk to us about choices we can make in our lifestyle to improve our health and fitness. NE Branch of NHC library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

CRIME HURTS KIDS...AND BUSINESS 1/22, 7:30-9pm: Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Wilmington Chamber Foundation will share the realities of crime in our community, how it affects economic development, and ways to lower the risk that our young people will get involved in illegal activity. Union Station at Cape Fear Community College. Speakers will include 2014 Chamber Chairman Rickey Godwin, John Monteith (Monteith Construction Corp.), District Attorney Ben David, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, and Jana Jones Halls (Executive Director, Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence). Open to Wilmington Chamber members and non-members. Connie Majure-Rhett: (910) 762-2611 ext. 214.                        

MCKAY HEALING ARTS WORKSHOPS Every Wed: Improved peace of mind, greater physical health, less fatigue, deeper sleep, sharper focus, or improved relationships? All are welcome at this supportive weekly workshop. Meditating in a group is easier and more powerful than meditating alone. Wed., 6:15-7:15pm, $10-$15. McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave, or 910-208-0518.

IMMIGRATING TO THE LOWER CAPE FEAR In part 2 of our immigration series, German immigrants came from diverse backgrounds and cultures. When they came came to the Lower Cape Fear Region, they brought their heritage with them and added to the the diversity of the region. Special speakers Ann Hutterman, Joseph Shepard, and Beverly Tetterton speak on this. Free, reservations required. This is at the Latimer House, 126 S. 3rd Street, 1/23, 7pm.

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BRIDGE LESSONS Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Dept. 2-day Bridge lessons, 10am-noon, with Marie Killoran. “Play of the Hand”—1/16 and 23. This two-session course for the newer bridge players will include a review of basic bidding followed by the play of at least six hands. Each hand will be followed by an analysis of bidding, declarer and defensive play. Participants should be familiar with suit and NT bidding. • “Cue Bids”—2/13 and 20. For the intermediate players, expand your bridge bidding with this two-session course concentrating on the use of cue bids. Each session will include discussion and practice hands. Participants should have a good foundation in basic bidding and play of the hand. Fran Russ Recreation Ctr. 256-7925. OBAMACARE SESSIONS The South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) has partnered with Women of Hope to host three information sessions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called “Obamacare.” Learn the basics of getting insurance through the new Marketplace, and help NC residents learn how they can become enrolled with health insurance. Information will be available for those who are unsure if they qualify for Medicare, a subsidy, or how the new law will affect them. 1/22, 6-7:30pm at the Duplin Winery Bistro, 505 N. Sycamore St., Rose Hill, NC • 1/28, 6-7:30pm, at Stone Chimney Building, 101 Stone Chimney Rd, Supply. • 2/5, 6-7:30pm, Executive Development Center, 1241 Military Cutoff Trail,. Pre-registration due to limited seating: visit

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PRINCIPLES AND PRIORITIES How would you fix the federal budget? Participate in the workshop, “Principles and Priorities,” an innovative workshop developed by the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan nonprofit, where small groups work to make choices on how to reduce the federal debt and deficits. Feb. 8th, 2pm, at NE Branch of NHC Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. Free but registration rqd: 798-6306

CAM CLASSES Museum School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024), at CAM. Sign up for 6 week classes and/ or 1 to 2-day workshops in drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, art history, copper repousse and artistic journal keeping. • Yoga: Thurs., noon1pm; Fri., 5:30-6:30pm • T’ai Chi: Wed., noon1pm. Starts again 1/8. Sessions are ongoing and are open to beginner and experienced participants.  

ART CLASSES Lois DeWitt, Register: or 910-547-8115. $80 unless otherwise noted; materials provided. • Collage Workshop, Mon., 10am-1pm, $30. • Watercolor (4 sessions), Mon., 2-4pm. • Basic Drawing Workshop, $30, Tues., 10am-1pm. • Basic Drawing (4 sessions), Tues., 2-4pm. • Acrylic Painting  Workshop, Wed., 10am-1pm. • Acrylic Painting ( 4 sessions), Wed, 2-4pm. • Oil Pastels Workshop, Sat., 10am-1pm, $30.

ACTING CLASS Nicole Farmer, director, (Big Dawg’s “In the Next Room” and Browncoat’s “William and Judith”) actress and teacher, offers acting classes on Mon. nights beginning 1/13 for 8 wks, until 3/3, 5:30-8pm. Classes held at Old Books on Front St. downtown Wilmington. Classes focus on script analysis, acting exercises, monologues, and scene work. Seasoned actors, and novices are equally welcome. RSVP:

MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with 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.


AMERICAN SINGLES GOLF ASSOCIATION American Singles Golf Association (ASGA)-Wilmington Chapter monthly meeting Thurs., 1/9, at Hieronymous Restaurant, Market St. 6:30pm social, followed by 7pm meeting. All single golfers over 21 are welcome. Gerry: 910-322-0140

REACHING OUT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS 1/11, 2:30pm: R.O.A.R Reaching Out For Animal Rights monthly meeting. Myrtle Grove Branch of New Hanover County Library. 5155 S College Rd. Our group is dedicated to the welfare and rights of all animals and two of our current campaign topics are Tregembo Animal Park and Cole Bros. Circus. Please join us. Roxanne Kirtright: 910-515-9697.

SECOND SATURDAY BOOK SALE The Friends of the Leland Library will hold “Second Saturday” book sale on Sat., 1/11, 10-2pm, Magnolia House, 485 Village Rd, Leland, adjacent to the Leland Library. Featured authors offered at half price: Nora Roberts and John Grisham. Half price military history books, too! Proceeds from sale benefit the Leland Library. Ellie Edwards, 910-3833098; Arlene White, 910-617-2538. CAPE FEAR GREEN PARTY

Cape Fear Green Party monthly meeting. Sat., 1/18, 2pm at Tidal Creek Co-op, 5329 Oleander Dr. Roxanne Kirtright: 910-515-9697. LIVING WITH GRIEF Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter offers Living with Grief, a free six-session grief support group for adults, 11am-1pm, Thurs., 1/30-3/6,at the Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, 1414 Physicians Dr. Offered to adults experiencing grief, regardless of whether they received hospice services, in addition to families of hospice patients. It provides grief education and support that enable members to cope with and understand their grief. Discussions include the phases of grief and the grieving process, along with other areas of concern for participants. Registration required: 796-7991 or CF HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) is accepting submissions for the 2014 Parade of Homes Art Competition. The winning artwork will be exclusively featured on the cover of our Plan Book (with a distribution of 5,000), on posters, media, and print advertising. Entries should use the 2014 theme “Still Living the American Dream” and should include at least one residential structure in the painting. Deadline: 1/31. Naomi Wright at (910) 799-2611 or email Naomi@  

tours/cruises BIRDING TOURS Discover Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek w/ guided eco-cruises and educational boat tours designed to increase conservation awareness about local wildlife and sensitive coastline habitats in New Hanover County. The winter birding cruise explores salt-marsh function, wetland plants, shorebird/water bird ID and more. 275 Waynick Ave., Wrightsville Beach . Capt. Joe Abbate at: (910) 200-4002. $25/person, Mon-Sat., 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! 910-392-6753 or email rltriver@ $3/children or $8/adults.     HOLLYWOOD LOCATION WALK Tour one of America’s largest living film sets; historic downtown Wilmington. This fun-filled 90 minute walking tour will lead gue sts to actual movie & TV locations. Tours will depart Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. afternoons at 2pm. Reservations are required, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students or military and children 6 or under are free. 910-794-7177,

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): You can blame it on the coming full moon. You can blame it on the gorgeous storm or the epic dream or the haunting song or the suffering you’re struggling to vanquish. All I ask is that you don’t blame it on the alcohol. OK? If you’re going to do wild and brave and unexpected things, make sure they are rooted in your vigorous response to primal rhythms, not in a drunken surrender to weakness or ignorance. I’m all for you losing your oppressive self-control but not the healthy kind of self-control. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When is the last time you did an experiment? I’m not talking about scientific tests and trials that take place in a laboratory. I’m referring to real-life experiments, like when you try out an unfamiliar task to see if it appeals to you ... or when you instigate a change in your routine to attract unpredictable blessings into your sphere. Now would be an excellent time to expose yourself to a few what-ifs like that. You’re overdue to have your eyes opened, your limits stretched, and your mind blown. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): To help take the edge off the darkness you have been wrestling with, I offer you these lines from a poem by Kay Ryan: “The day misspent,/the love misplaced,/has inside it /the seed of redemption./ Nothing is exempt/from resurrection.” In other words, Gemini, whatever has disappeared from your life will probably return later in a new form. The wrong turns you made may lead you to a fresh possibility. Is that what you want? Or would you prefer that the lost things stay lost and the dead things stay dead? Make a decision soon. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Human beings are often unable to receive because we do not know what to ask for,” says the writer Malidoma Somé in his book “Water and Spirit.” “We are sometimes unable to get what we need because we do not know what we want.” With that in mind, Cancerian, hear my two pleas: First, in the next six weeks, you will work diligently to identify the goodies you want most; second, you will cultivate your capacity to receive the goodies you want most by refining your skill at asking for them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was the first woman licensed as an architect in California. She designed over 700 buildings in the course of her brilliant career, and thrived both financially and artistically. One key to her success was her humility. “Don’t ever turn down a job because it’s beneath you,” she advised. That’s a helpful message for you to hear, Leo. It applies to the work-related opportunities you may be invited to take on, as well as the tasks that your friends, associates, and loved ones ask you to consider. You can’t possibly know ahead of time how important it might ultimately be to apply yourself conscientiously to a seemingly small assignment.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of Beethoven’s music teachers said, “As a composer, he is hopeless.” When Thomas Edison was a kid, a teacher told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Walt Disney worked at a newspaper when he was young, but his editor fired him because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” I’m sure there was a person like that in your past—someone who disparaged and discouraged you. I’m happy to report that 2014 will be the best year ever for neutralizing and overcoming that naysayer’s curse. If you have not yet launched your holy crusade, begin now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As a child, French philosopher and writer Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) loved math. But his father, who homeschooled him, forced him to forego math and concentrate on studying the humanities. Blaise rebelled. When he was 12 years old, he locked himself in his room for days and immersed himself in mathematical investigations. When he emerged, he had figured out on his own some of Euclid’s fundamental theorems about geometry. Eventually, he

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became a noted mathematician. I see the coming weeks as prime time to do something like the young Pascal did: Seal yourself away from other people’s opinions about who you’re supposed to be, and explore the themes that will be crucial for the person you are becoming. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1609 Dutch sea-explorer Henry Hudson sailed to America and came upon what we now call Coney Island. Back then it was a barren spit of sand whose main inhabitants were rabbits. But it was eventually turned into a dazzling resort—an “extravagant playground,” according to the documentary film “Coney Island.” By the early 20th century, there were three sprawling amusement parks packed into its two square miles of land, plus “a forest of glittering electric towers, historical displays, freak shows, a simulated trip to the moon, the largest herd of elephants in the world, and panoramas showing the Creation, the End of the World, and Hell.” I mention this, Scorpio, because 2014 could feature your very own Henry Hudson moment: a time when you will discover virgin territory that will ultimately become an extravagant playground. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows,” 19th-century social reformer Henry Ward Beecher said. That might be an accurate assessment for most people, but I don’t think it will be true for you Sagittarians in the foreseeable future. Your animal intelligence will be working even better than usual. Your instinctual inclinations are likely to serve as reliable guides to wise action. Trust what your body tells you! You will definitely be clever enough to be a crow. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Can you guess what combination of colors makes the most vivid visual impact? Psychologists say it’s black on yellow. Together they arrest the eye. They command attention. They activate a readiness to respond. According to my reading of the astrological omens, this is the effect you can and should have in the coming weeks. It’s time for you to draw the best kind of attention to yourself. You have a right and a duty to galvanize people with the power of your presence. Whether you actually wear yellow clothes with black highlights is optional, as long as you cultivate a similar potency. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’m guessing that in a metaphorical sense, you’ve been swallowed by a whale. Now, you’re biding your time in the beast’s belly. Here’s my prediction: You will be like the Biblical Jonah, who underwent a more literal version of your experience. The whale eventually expelled him, allowing him to return to his life safe and sound—and your story will have the same outcome. What should you do in the meantime? Here’s the advice that Dan Albergotti gives in his poem, “Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale”: “Count the ribs,” he says. “Look up for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals. Call old friends. Organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. Review each of your life’s ten million choices. Find the evidence of those before you. Listen for the sound of your heart. Be thankful that you are here, swallowed with all hope, where you can rest and wait.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): How do you like your tests? Short, intense, and dramatic? Or leisurely, drawn-out, and low-pressure? Here’s another question: Do you prefer to pick out the tests you take, making sure they’re good fits for the precise lessons you want to master? Or do you find it more exciting and adventurous to let fate determine what unpredictable tests get sent your way? Ruminate about these matters, Pisces. You’re due for a nice, big test sometime soon. It’s in your interest to help shape and define how everything unfolds. |january 8-14, 2014|encore 45

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WILMINGTON TROLLEY Eight mile, 45 minute narrated tour aboard a nostalgic, motorized trolley. Downtown. 763-4483. GHOST WALK 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910-794-1866;   

TOURS OF WWII SITES Wilmington author and military historian Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., now leads customized, personalized guided tours of World War II sites in Southeastern NC. 910-793-6393.

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions.Market and Water streets. $12 for adults, $5 per child. (910) 251-8889 or


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ing a free sampling event every Wed., 11am-1pm, throughout January (except 1/1/14),senior citizens and local hot tea fans are welcome to stop by the Main Lobby and try some tea. DIfferent flavor each week to sample. 2222 South College Rd. 910-7986409. STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS 1/25/14, 9:30am: 30 teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers. Everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints, but there will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year. Lke in Carolina Beach, junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Ave. Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. Music w/ The Cut, Bibis Ellison and headliner Machine Gun. Raffles, arts and craft vendors plus more food and drink for purchase. Pizes will be awarded at 4pm. All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers. Janet Knott: or call 910-431-8122. SEASONED GOURMET COOKING CLASSES All classes include a generous portion of the menu items and wine pairing samples for adults. 1/25, 11am: What the Pho? with Susan Boyles, $20. Learn the Vietnamese tradition that is Pho, a beef bone broth and noodle soup dish that is pronounced “Fuh” and features star anise, ginger, and garlic in its delicious flavor profile. • 1/28, 6:30pm: TBA w/1900’s chef, Kirsten Mitchell, $45. • 2/2, noon: Master It: Knife Skills, $35. Learn to hold, hone, and wield your cook’s knife using a safe and effective method taught in culinary schools, while learning to make Rainbow Matchstick Salad, roasted chicken with root vegetable hash, and apple-cinammon bread pudding. • 2/8, 11am: Sushi 101 with Linda Issitt, $45. Roll your own sushi, and learn to make delicious miso soup and a salad with ginger dressing. 1930 Eastwood Rd.

Always wanted to learn the secrets to making the best Vitenamese pho around? Well, let The Seasoned Gourmet’s Susan Bowles be of help. Her monthly cooking classes cover a plethora of subjects and taste levels. On January 25th, at 11 a.m., for only $20, folks can learn about the beef-bone broth and noodle soup (pronounced “Fuh”). Ingredients include star anise, ginger and garlic. Call The Seasoned Gourmet (1930 Eastwood Rd.) at 910-256-9488 to reserve a space. Also, visit online for month’s worth of classes:

CAPE FEAR WINE AND FOOD CLUB Thurs., 2/6, 6:30pm, “At the Table with Liz Biro—Food Writer, Chef, and Foodie Tour Guide,” $35. Inaugural women’s gathering with the female movers and shakers of the Wilmington area. Dish about area restaurants, hard-to-find ingredients, and the best of the best of everything food, over a three-course meal. Cape Fear Wine and Food Club memberships: $15/person/year adn receive 5% discount on all merchandise and10% discount during classes at The Seasoned Gourmet. 1930 Eastwood Road,

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COMPETITION DINING SERIES Got to Be Competition Dining Series travels statewide, pitting chefs against one another for the coveted red jacket and a $2k cash prize, plus a chance to compete in the Final Fire in Raleigh in November. Schedule: Jan., Fire on the Dock, Wilmington. Starts 1/27. Tickets: $59 plus tax and gratuity; finals are $69, plus tax and gratuity.

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FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot.

TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. From its beginnings as a tourist destination, the island has weathered destructive fires, tragic hurricanes, naval battles and more. Tasting History takes you through the streets of Carolina Beach and into a few of the restaurants to taste some of what the locals have to offer.  Join us for an afternoon of interesting history and tasty eats. $32.50. 910-622-6046. 

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