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community portraiture Charlie Brouwer installs art at CAM with public’s help

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With ladders donated by citizens from all walks of life—doctors, students, mothers, anyone, really—artist Charlie Brouwer will fulfill his sculptural vision to unite our community. Starting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brouwer travels the country pulling together towns with his creations, making Wilmington and Cameron Art Museum his sixth stop. Alex Pompliano finds out the drive behind the sculptor’s ladder campaign and the significance of the “reaching out” metaphor. Discover how you can become a part of the cultural art project on page 8. As well, hear the details straight from Brouwer as he lectures at CAM on Thursday, January 12th. Courtesy photo of Rise Up Atlanta, May 2011.

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the Cape Fear area has a long and distinguished agricultural history. With so much focus on attracting hi-tech companies (or cement plants, as the case may be), it could be easy to forget our land is lush for cultivation of foodstuffs. Just look around: Poplar Grove and Orton plantations are still visible symbols of our agricultural history. As a child, I remember attending a field trip to Poplar Grove and learning that peanuts and rice grew in our area. We also picked up black walnuts and got the heavy dye all over our hands and, much to my mother’s dismay, clothes. But I was beside myself! I had just harvested walnuts—real, tasty food, which would make cookies! After the stain crisis was resolved—with a lesson about tie-dyeing as the solution—we made cookies from the nuts I brought home. Though we had a garden at home, I had never thought about the food that my mother bought at the grocer as coming from here. I had a fortunate childhood: Years of summers spent at Ashton Farms’ camp made it very real for me to understand that butter came from milking cows and breakfast from collecting chicken eggs. One very exciting summer, I came home with my skirt full of figs I had picked from one of their trees—awaiting use for another delicious recipe. Children think about food very differently than adults. When earning money to pay for expenses, it becomes much more real. Fruit is really a luxury in our house now. Jock grew up without a refrigerator, homesteading in Northern British Columbia, so to him citrus was an expensive rarity. With only two people at home, we don’t go through things fast enough to buy a flat of clementines before they rot. As a child I loved to find two pecans on the ground and crack them together—it was something fun to do while walking in the park or playing in my backyard fort. Now, I know how expensive pecans are, and to be blunt, I can’t rationalize spending over $9 a pound 4 encore | january 11-17, 2012 |

for something in the grocery store that grows in abundance around my house. Foraging, or looking for food that is occurring in nature and has not been intentionally cultivated, has been a human endeavor since we arrived on this planet; hence the term “hunter/gatherers.” Over time, in the industrialized world, we have moved away from this model of feeding ourselves. Still, in many parts of the world, foraging is a key ingredient to dinner. That having been said, there has been a slow and steady rising interest in re-connecting with not only our food but nature. Euell Gibbons’ book, “Stalking the Wild Asparagus,” though over 40 years old, is still a fascinating read, and has been credited as the book responsible for bringing foraging out of the realm of survivalists and into the world of the culinary curious. For those of us living at the seashore, his book “Stalking the Blue-eyed Scallop” will completely change the way folks look at their own backyards. The movement toward utilizing foraged food has succeeded beyond Gibbons’ aspirations. In November The New Yorker ran a feature piece on high-end restaurants around the world serving foraged food on their menus. Gibbons would be honored to know that wild asparagus risotto was one of the featured dishes. Seriously, people are paying top dollar to have a chef prepare the dandelion greens that grow in their yards which many of us try to kill as weeds with Round-Up. I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I walk around our beautiful city. So much grows here in our luscious climate and fertile soil. Besides the aforementioned pecans and walnuts our area produces, beautiful persimmons, crab apples, pears, figs, blueberries and loquats, to name just a few, have homes in our ground. Our neighbors have a sugar plum tree on the property line. It has a one-week window in which it produces gallons upon gallons of the best tasting plums on the planet (that is not an overstatement). Every year we watch it carefully, hoping not to miss the window and then find ourselves completely unable to consume, preserve or give away the bounty on our side of the

fence. Part of the motivation to buy an ice-cream maker was to utilize those beautiful maroon orbs of fruit! A while ago I stumbled upon a website,, devoted to helping people locate fruit (and nut) trees in their neighborhoods. Mostly, it seems to be devoted to the west coast, and I seriously considered adding our persimmon tree to it until my dogs devoured it. When I located a persimmon tree that was heavy with fruit in a nearby park (which, I might add, was the source of the main ingredient in my homemade persimmon ice cream), I thought about adding it but hesitated because I have an aversion to digitizing my life. However, as we continue to work on the Live Local resource page for encore’s website, we are going to add a “foraging” section to let people know if they have a fruit- or nut-bearing tree that could use a good harvest. Likewise, if readers can add to our list, please do! Sharing our resources gives justice to the “Live Local” moniker. When I drive around the UNCW campus, in particular, I am amazed by the beautiful forested areas. Just out of curiosity, I wonder, as the pine trees come down in the hurricanes, how difficult it would be to replace them with food-producing trees. St. Andrew’s campus had a lovely orchard that was a delight to walk through. Do we really need to import pecans and walnuts and waste fossil fuels, while leaking money out of our food system, when we can grow them so easily here? I wonder if we started planting food-producing tress on public property what sort of impact we could have? One possibility is volunteers for the local food banks could harvest and distribute the largesse. North Berkeley Harvest is a non-profit that has sprung up in Berkeley, California, to do just that. I encourage Live Local followers (and everybody, really) to take a walk around our beautiful city; you might be surprised to notice just how many opportunities there are to snack for free. If you want to share information, check in on our resource page at on the homepage under the “Live Local” section.

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after him (“Skene’s glands,” thought to be “vital” in understanding the “G spot”). The two hosts of the Dutch TV show “Guinea Pigs” apparently followed through on their plans in December to eat pieces of each other (fried in sunflower oil) in order to describe the taste. Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno underwent surgery to have small chunks removed for cooking, with Zeno perhaps faring worse (a piece of Storm’s “bottom”) compared to Storm (who got part of Zeno’s abdomen). A December New England Journal of Medicine report described a woman’s “losing” her breast implant during a Pilates movement called the Valsalva (which involves breathholding while “bearing down”). The woman said she felt no pain or shortness of breath but suddenly noticed that her implant was gone. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore discovered that, because of the woman’s recent heart surgery, the muscles between the ribs had loosened, and the implant had merely passed through a rib opening. (They returned it to its proper place.) Convoluted Plans A balaclava-wearing man “kidnapped” Julian Buchwald and his girlfriend in 2008 in Australia’s Alpine National Park as they were picnicking. The man separated the couple, tore their clothes off and buried them, but Buchwald escaped and rescued the girlfriend, and they wandered around naked for days before being rescued. The balaclava-clad man, it turns out, was Buchwald, whose plan was to convince the woman by his heroism that she should marry him (and more immediately, to have sex even though they had both pledged to remain virgins until marriage). Buchwald was convicted in Victoria County Court and sentenced in December to more than seven years in prison. Laurie Martinez, 36, was charged in December with filing a false police report in Sacramento, Calif., alleging that she was raped,

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Recurring Themes James Ward’s second annual festival of tedium (the “Boring conference”), in November at York Hall in east London, once again sold out, demonstrating the intrinsic excitement created by yawn-inducing subject matter. Last year’s conference featured a man’s discourse on the color and materials of his neckwear collection and another’s structured milk-tasting, patterned after a wine-tasting. This second edition showcased a history of the electric handdryer and a seminar on the square root of 2. Last month, News of the Weird informed readers of the woman who wanted to “be at one” with her recently deceased horse and thus stripped naked and climbed inside the bloody carcass (posing for a notorious Internet photo spread). Afghan slaughterhouse employees surely never consider being “at one” with water buffaloes, but a November Washington Post dispatch from Kabul mentions a similarity. U.S. slaughterhouse authority Chris Hart found, as he was helping to upgrade an antiquated abattoir near Kabul, that the facility employed a dwarf, “responsible” (wrote the Post) “for climbing inside water buffalo carcasses to cut out their colons.” (Nonetheless, the slaughterhouse is halal, adhering to Islamic principles.) No Longer Weird? One would think that classical musicians who carry precious violins, worth small fortunes, on public transportation would be especially vigilant to safeguard them. However, from time to time (for example, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and May 2011), absentmindedness prevailed. Most recently, in December, student MuChen Hsieh, 19, accompanying a 176-year-old violin (on loan from a foundation in Taiwan and worth about $170,000) on a bus ride from Boston to Philadelphia, forgot to check the overhead rack when departing and left without it. Fortunately, a bus company cleaner turned it in. (Most famously, in 1999, the master cellist Yo Yo Ma left his instrument in the trunk of a New York City taxicab.)

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porn “Debbie Does Dallas” must come with a lot of gumption. First off, how is it possible to re-enact an adult film without nudity? As the case may be, not too hard when adapting it to community theatre. Or in Justin Smith’s case, easy-peasy. He’s endured the experience before thanks to City Stage’s 2008 run, one Smith calls a part of their “blast from the past” series, like that of “The Full Monty,” which closed at Thalian last weekend. “Just as other companies do ‘The Sound of Music’ or ‘Music Man,’ City Stage has been defined by certain shows, and those are the shows we will bring back on a regular basis,” Smith notes. “We regard them as the new ‘classics.’” In 2012, most of “Debbie”’s original players return to the stage in lustful fantasy, complete with dim-witted chicks in cheerleader uniforms, and football jocks and businessmen ogling them. “Debbie Does Dallas” follows the title moniker (originally performed by Bambi Woods in the 1970’s flick and played by local actress Kendra Garrett this weekend) in her quest to become a “Texas Cowgirl”—a cheerleader for the famed Dallas Cowboys. Yet, her parents don’t support her teenage dream, so she does what any resourceful adolescent would: gathers her cheerleading friends to use their sexuality to raise money for her trip. “All of the returning characters [including the women and Cullen Moss] have settled into the show, and there is a depth to [it] both comically and structurally this time around,” Smith says of directing this sophomore effort. “That comfort level has allowed the ac-

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tors to delve a little deeper into their characters.” Morganna Bridgers (Lisa), Madison Weidberg (Tammy), Janna Murray (Donna), Sandy Vaughan (Roberta), Cullen Moss (Rick), Jason Hatfield (Tim) and Zach Hanner (Kevin) fill out the star-studded cast. A group who is used to working in the bawdy, trail-blazing mien for which City Stage has become known, Smith says the current adaptation will push the envelope a little further. “I’m not sure it’s me who’s pushing [it],” he clarifies, “but I think it goes back to what I said about this cast being very comfortable with the material and with each other. I’ll say this: We had a lengthy discussion the other day on whether there was too much kissing in the girl orgy scene. It’s a fun show, and they are all very dedicated.” Between the lines of the saucy script underlies a story to which many can relate. It’s about following through on goals, whether they’re idealistic or not. “Overlooking the obvious, ‘Debbie’ is an American story about pursuing your dream and doing whatever it takes to accomplish it,” Smith says. “It has more of a story than the general public gives it credit. The performers and the script are as laugh-out-loud funny as any other show I’ve ever directed.” Helping lead the helm is music director Chiaki Ito. Like the 2008 run, she is subduing the track recordings in favor of a full band. “Tracks end up sounding really cheesy and cheap,” Ito addresses. “We’re still using them for some of the scenes, but we will be using the band for all songs that are sung.” “God Must Love a Fool,” “The Dildo Rag” and “Small Town Girl” will arouse in more ways than one. “We’ve added a few back-up singers, which

we didn’t have last time,” Ito reveals. In charge of choreography is Kevin Lee-y Green of Techmoja Dance and Theatre Company. He’s a perfect fit, too, considering he competed in cheer during his high school years. “I have drawn inspiration from my experience and applied it heavily to this show,” Green notes. “Using many traditional and signature cheer moves, such as high v’s, herkie jumps, elevator lifts and more.” “A wonderful and accomplished choreographer,” according to Green, Jocelyn Leroux oversaw the last performance. Following her footsteps, he hopes to add more athleticism. “I am pushing the girls to really tap into their inner cheerleader,” he says. “But the choreography will be similar [as before], because it serves the same purpose and conveys the same things which are important to the plot.” With an opening full of motion sequences and formations, jumps and a slew of overly animated facial expressions, Green says there is a lot of action to titillate the eyes. “The closing number is high-energy, too,” he promises. “They perform a hoe-down dance, inspired by country line dancing, which includes a full cast pyramid.” “Debbie Does Dallas” redux opens Thursday, January 12th, at City Stage/Level 5 and runs through Sunday over three weekends, through January 29th at 8 p.m. Tickets range between $18 and $20, and folks can expect explicit, sexual innuendos and adult language. “It’s our mission to bring new and exciting theatre to Wilmington,” Smith says. “As long as [audiences] continue to enjoy our product, we will keep producing those shows.”

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Charlie Brouwer installs art with public’s help


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item more awkward to carry than a ladder—maybe a futon. While it’s one thing to move around ladders to assist a manual task, it is another to willingly accumulate, and arrange hundreds of them into a comprehensive and intriguing installation. Regardless of how baffling that sounds, artist Charlie Brouwer is certain that ladders can help raise communities beyond its literal sense and transform an ever-changing metaphor for its audience. In collaboration with Cameron Art Museum, Rise Up Wilmington is the latest in a series of temporary public art projects that Brouwer has built in several communities along the East Coast. These large-scale projects, which Brouwer calls “social sculptures,” involve him borrowing hundreds of ladders from all over the city. By doing so, Brouwer is inviting the entire Wilmington community to be a part of the venture. He then creates an installation that symbolizes the whole community’s dependency on each other, while supporting each other, and rising up together. The Michigan-born artist has created art since 1975, his work having been shown in over 200 exhibitions throughout the U.S., and in Australia, Hungary and Poland. The recently retired professor of Radford University now resides nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife, Glenda, where he works full time on indoor and outdoor sculptures and public art installations. Brouwer’s home and studio are both hidden within nine acres of open fields and woods, decorated with 20 of his own outdoor sculptures placed along a half-mile walking trail. Brouwer has dubbed the property “Out There” because of its remote location, but also because he believes that art can point us toward thoughts, feelings and meanings beyond our immediate experience. “One of the symbols that has reoccurred a lot in my work is the ladder,” Brouwer says. “I’ve often admired artists’ abilities to create work that interacts with new audiences, galler-

no by Alex Pomplia eum Cameron Ar t Mus Street th 17 3201 South ington lecture, ilm 1/12, Rise Up W m. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p. $5, non Members, free; ung Patrons, 1/13: Rise Up Yo p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 $10, non. Members, free; ies and museums. It occurred to me [a decade ago] that if I wanted to do something with ladders, one way I could do that was to ask the community for support.” This realization would change the whole nature of his craft, because Brouwer would now need to engage the audience before even beginning his sculpture. “That evolved into thinking about what I was trying to do with those ladders,” he adds. “I was trying to make a portrait of the community.” Wilmington will mark the sixth community Brouwer has put out a plea for ladders. It began a decade ago in his hometown in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when he began knocking on doors asking for contributions. The local press caught wind of the project and ran several news segments on his endeavor. The media coverage resulted in several people, churches, libraries and businesses who donated to Brouwer’s first Rise Up installation. The result was a substantial sculpture made of hundreds of ladders, all held together with industrial cable ties (“they hold up real well against rain storms”), and each one carefully tagged and recorded to ensure they were properly returned after the month-long exhibition. For locals who are interested in getting involved with Wilmington’s project, it’s important to understand that the installation is not limited to ladders. Brouwer said in the past lo-

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COMMUNITY STACKING: Don’t miss Charlie Brouwer’s public art installation and lecture empowering community ties. Courtesy photo.

cals have brought in a plethora of lifts: kitchen chairs, toy ladders, stepstools—anything that helps people grasp something out of reach. His time in Wilmington also welcomes Brouwer to speak at the monthly event for The Young Patrons at CAM. CAM’s new program is for up-and-coming, and experienced artists and art enthusiasts, from 20 to 40 years old, who support CAM and the Wilmington arts scene through dynamic social, educational and philanthropic activities. “I would like to communicate the significance of engaging the community with art

to the Young Patrons,” Brouwer explains, “and invite them to then think about parts of the community they would like to [have] represented in the sculpture, [so] they will help spread the word and reach broad audiences.” Young Patrons kicked off in December with their inaugural bash. Children were treated with a special screening of “A Night at the Museum,” while adults could drink, eat and tour the museum’s galleries. Their second event is an intimate conversation with Brouwer. “Each ladder represents an individual, family, business or organization, and their hopes and dreams,” Brouwer conveys. “So when we tie those all together, we have this community where everyone’s desires support each other. It’s a beautiful image that a community can only exist when people join together.”

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10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. in winter

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

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


22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/ 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6p.m. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to four working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. ArtExposure is available for receptions, weddings, meetings and the like. Along with its large open space downstairs, there is a loft area upstairs suitable for smaller gatherings. Our annual “Art of the Car” is an invitational to all NC artists. Information about this show and registration can be found on the website. Click on the “Opportunities for Artists” page. The deadline to register is February 29th and the show opens on March 9th, 2012. This is a juried show and awards will be presented. Along with our regular art classes and studio time, yoga classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.

cAffe phoenix

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

Currently showing paintings by local bellydancer Samra (Kelly Hawes) and Mio Reynolds. Live music by Perry Smith and Transtrum. The show will close with a second reception Wednesday January 11th from 6-9. For more information, visit or Special thanks to Roy Clifton and Joel Finsel. On January 19th, at 6 p.m., Gabriel Lovejoy unveils his newest series of “visual poems”. The theme for this body of work is carried throughout using symbolic and nostalgic images woven together with an illustrative style. Industrial, domestic, and natural elements are all present, interacting with each other to create a visual dialogue. The show will run through 2/29.

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

TransparenT BeauTy: Wicked Gallery is featuring the work of Gabriel Lehman hanging through January.

crescent Moon

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

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

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

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The 27th Annual Holiday Show features recent works by over 40 of our talented gallery artists. Join us from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and discover an eclectic mix of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber work, wood and sculpture just in time for the holiday season! Artists featured include Bruce Bowman, Betty Brown, Ann Conner, Jeffrey N. Davies, Warren Dennis, Donald Furst, Vicki Gates, David Goldhagen, Kyle Highsmith, Fritzi Huber, Rebecca Humphrey, Catherine Lea, Susan Mauney, Ann Parks McCray, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Sally Sutton, Janet Triplett, Michael Van Hout, Owen Wexler, Dina WildeRamsing and Kee Wilde-Ramsing.

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

America’s oldest pool hall and Wilmington’s finest bar are also the home of Wilmington’s newest art galleries. Gallery North is showing local artist Rich Anderson. Jazz musicians and famous people are immortalized in Rich’s unique style. Showing through January 20th. Gallery South is showing Caitlin Peterson. Caitlin’s beautiful work is inspired by the Sumi-E painting techniques she studied in Japan. Showing now through February 1st.

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

wicked GAllery

205 Princess St. • (910) 960-7306 Tues. 12-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 6:30-11:30 p.m.

Wicked, as we like to call it, concentrates on the darker and more “outsider” degrees of the art world, showcasing talented people from all over the US and world that shouldn’t have to struggle to be seen! We are redefining the obscure, the curious and the odd in art. Wicked is home to the Olympia Flaherty Photography Studio, and a brand new darkroom will be opening in the gallery in February 2012. Currently featuring the work of Gabriel Lehman, whose paintings are whimsical and fanciful, yet sometimes dark, putting the viewer immediately in touch with their inner child. The show will hang through January. Join us on Fri., Jan. 13th at 8 p.m. at Cameron Art Museum for an event in conjunction with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, in the theme of a 1930s risque postcard in the style of photographer Jean Agelou. There will be two different stages set so that one side can paint and draw, and the other can photograph, so that neither interrupt the view of the other, with a total of nine male and female models. A wine and beer bar will be available through the CAM Cafe, and prizes will be given out to lucky participants. Photographers must contact Christina Cole at in advance.

girl power: Rooney Mara saves ‘Dragon Tattoo’


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troubling propositions, especially considering I don’t have much interest in the kind of books that populate “The New York Times Best Sellers.” Can you blame me? This is the kind of mass-market shit that gives us five “Twilight” films and crap like “The Da Vinci Code.” These are not exactly the most intellectual of efforts. There’s been a lot of hype around the latest series of mass-market paperbacks to be brought to life. This particular adaptation has a far better pedigree. Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian, directed by David Fincher (“The Social Network,” “Seven”), and starring everyone’s favorite chiseled brit, Daniel Craig, one would think, with this caliber of talent, we could expect something above average. For the most part, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is exactly that: above average—fine, well-constructed entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s little else. Just a warning to those who haven’t read the books, seen the original Swedish adaptations or already seen this incarnation: Parts of my review reveal key plot spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it and plan to, stop reading now. The story centers on a Swedish journalist named Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a recently disgraced writer who has been convicted of libel over the content of a magazine article. In the aftermath he struggles both personally and professionally. In the middle of the fallout, he is approached with a proposal from an old businessman named Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer). Forty years ago his niece disappeared, and he believes one of the members of his family was responsible. Vanger offers Mikael a large sum of money, and the promise of restoring his good name if he can investigate the case and find out who is responsible. The basic set-up is effectively done. It’s murder mystery 101. A half dozen suspects exist in the Vanger family and are isolated on an island, all of them a little left of center, none of them too willing to cooperate. Mikael works under the premise that he is there to help with Henrik’s biography, allowing him unfettered access to the family history. Mikael’s investigation and the craziness of the family tree is the most entertaining part of the movie. However, the most interesting part is the aforementioned girl with the dragon tattoo: Lisbeth Salander (Roomey Mara). She’s a different kind of character. Quiet, ghost white, covered in piercings and remarkably intelligent. Lisbeth works for a security firm and helps perform the kind of in-depth background checks that aren’t

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parts likable and sympathetic, which is not always an easy task. The film is at its most entertaining when Lisbeth and Mikael are onscreen, pouring over the details of the case or falling into romantic entanglements. Everything else around them doesn’t feel nearly as interesting. I miss the mystery movie. There are so few

this week in film The Cruise

Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 • Sundays, 8pm • Free 1/15: “The Cruise” documents the worldview and poetic personality of New York City bus tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch, who later had brief appearances in “Scotland, PA,” “Waking Life,” “School of Rock” and “We Live in Public.” Released in 1998, directed by Bennett Miller. 76 minutes.

The Skin I Live In, The Way

Cinematique • Thalian Hall 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30pm, $7 1/11: “The Skin I Live In”: Directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar. Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he cultivates a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Rated R, 1 hr. 57 min.

GOTH GIRL: Rooney Mara portrays Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Photo courtesy of Anders Lindén/Columbia Pictures.

exactly legal. She’s half-Goth, half-hacker and has a lot of issues. The first hour of the film is a tennis match, going back and forth between Mikael’s investigation and delving into Lisbeth’s chaotic existence. Both stories are interesting, but they don’t seem to go together. For the first half of the film, it felt like I was watching two completely different movies. Eventually Mikael meets Lisbeth through the most suspect of circumstances, and the two of them team up to solve the case. The case itself is remarkably uncomplicated—so much so that when veteran character actor Stellan Skarsgård (“Thor,” “Melancholia”) walked onscreen, I declared, “He did it!” Two hours later, that hunch proved correct. The main problem I have with the film is the casting. Not because it is bad, but, like in the case of Stellan Skarsgård, it’s brutally obvious Daniel Craig is a great actor, but he’s better served playing men of action. He works well when he’s acting out a guy who runs at the guy firing a gun, not scurrying away like a frightened deer. Lisbeth is a fascinating character, and Rooney Mara does a great job of making her equal

of them these days. So I was disappointed that the core mystery behind “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was so easily solvable and so infinitely uninteresting. There are also many subplots that end up going nowhere or don’t amount to anything. There’s Lisbeth’s lecherous caseworker, Mikael’s ongoing trouble with his lawsuit and even a pinch of religious zealotry. None of it feels very cohesive. Even after solving the case, there are an additional 20 minutes of “Lord of the Rings”-inspired multiple endings. None of them are very important; most apparently exist to set up the inevitable sequels. As I mentioned, I hadn’t read the books. There are moments in the film where I found myself wondering why certain things come to light and never get addressed again. Often times friends say, “Oh, they cover that in the book.” That always grinds my gears. Movies shouldn’t require “Cliff’s Notes.” When introducing it in the film, it needs to be resolved. The most glaring faults of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” come from sins of convenience, such as shown in its uninspired casting. It’s an interesting core story even if not original. Convenient moments and discoveries push the story forward but never feel motivated. I wouldn’t mind seeing another crack at the Lisbeth character without so much padding. encore |

1/22-24: “The Way” (pictured) is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and challenges. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. 123 minutes. PG-13. In English

My Week With Marilyn Regal Mayfaire Stadium 16 • 900 Town Center Dr. • (910) 256-1857 Call for times • $6:50 - $10 In 1956 England, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a job as a production assistant on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl,” starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Marilyn is also honeymooning with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller, but the combined pressure of work and the demands of the Hollywood hangers-on is driving her to exhaustion. When Miller departs for Paris, Colin seizes the opportunity to give Marilyn respite during a week in the idyllic British countryside. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At

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name one can easily ignore. The little twinge of curiosity about this band’s sound weighs heavy. Not the expected heavy metal or angry punk, the band plays up subtlety, with an obvious melodic fusion of early 20th century string band and Southern bluegrass. More than just the contemporary manifestation of folk music, Sinful Savage Tigers (SST), on some level of consciousness, incorporate the tonal elements associated with British music like The Who and The Kinks. “We aren’t a traditional bluegrass or string band,” Seth Martin, band founder, vocalist, guitar, harmonica and banjo player, says. “Our sound has been filtered through a post-modern, post-punk sound, and we can’t pretend we are completely traditional.” Growing up listening to punk music, Martin was introduced to the influential sounds of the British Invasion by his UK mom. Aside from offering inspiration, his roots provided a mesmerizing, odd band name. “My grandma used to send me tapes of

old BBC [British Broadcasting Company] comedies,” he says. “One was Peter Sellers in the ‘Pink Panther.’ They were radio dramas, and one that really stuck [featured] someone [trapped] in a bathroom with a tiger, and they kept asking, ‘Why are you in there with a sinful, savage tiger?’ That phrase just really stuck, and after the first 11 names on our band list were taken, number 12 just happened to be Sinful Savage Tigers.” A college professor introduced Martin to the string bands of pre- and post-World War II bluegrass. It appealed to him on vari-



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to play with a string band at a folk festival. After positive feedback, Martin returned home and began to scour the Triangle area for band mates. Their first album, “Rain is the Soup of the Dogs in Heaven,” was released in 2009. The current incarnation of the band consists of Martin on guitar, mandolin and banjo, awardwinning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin from Mandolin Orange on mandolin, guitar and banjo, bassist Seth Barden and fiddler Omar Ruiz-Lopez. Having been together for about two years, their current album “The Last Night of the Revels” was released last October. Their sophomore effort features popinspired folk. From the neo-spiritual beginnings of “Chocolate Cake,” to the hypnotizing ballad of “O, Caroline,” to the war-laden story of “The Fort Garry Horse” and the harmonica-driven bluegrass melody “The Fastest on the Road,” the album conveys the essence of Americana. Shutting off the world and closing the eyes while listening provides a sensation of stepping back into time, at least 100 years. A welcomed respite from the cheesy pop songs (whose most challenging dilemma is to wear glitter or feathers for the night out), this album contains substance. SST’s exceptional songwriting abilities are complemented by their skillful musicality. With an infectious energy, their sound harkens back to old country music, from the ‘40s and ‘50s. There is a simplicity to “The Last of the Revels.” The band isn’t trying to be more than they are; they don’t put on tricks but simply make music which inspires them and is representative of their surroundings. Alongside nostalgia is the presence of the tonal melodies of British influences. SST surpass the faddish surge of Southern bluegrass bands, and they work collectively in doing so. Often Martin comes to practice with lyrics and maybe an idea. Together, they talk, expand, detract, excel, edit and transform it into a collaborative effort. Although the lyrics are deeply poetic, the arrangements complement the words to create an unforgettable sound. Though not their first gig in Wilmington— they have played The Whiskey—they’ll return with opening act Left and Right from Charlottesville, Virginia. Martin guarantees the show worth a buck. “We’d love to get as many people out as possible,” he says. “This isn’t a sit down and shut up kind of thing, because we go back and forth with the audience, sharing their energy. We play to what the audience wants and guarantee everyone will have a great time.” Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show begins at 10 p.m. at Satellite Bar and Lounge located at 120 Greenfield Street.

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soundboard a preview of tunes all over town this week he t t a lo F ’t Don m! Mainstrea WEDNESDAY, JANuArY 11

Acoustic JAzz PiAno with JAmes JArvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Dub steP —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 oPen mic night —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440 steven comPton —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 KArAoKe with hellz belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 Josh solomon & cAry benJAmin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 DJ JAy —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 rob ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 gAry Allen’s Acoustic oPen mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJbe eXtreme KArAoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 oPen wire —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 sofiA tAlviK —Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785 live JAzz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 Jeremy norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 KArAoKe with DJ brewtAl —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 live Acoustic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

oPen wAter —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

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DJ sweAt — Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 miKe o’Donnell — Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ lorD wAlrus — Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJbe eXtreme KArAoKe — Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 DJ chomP — The Loft, 121 Grace St.; 467-7417 oPen mic night with PlAn b — Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704 live Acoustic — Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 triviA with DJ — The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 tom shArPe — J. Michael’s Philly Deli, Monkey Junction, 609 Piner Rd.; 332-5555 triviA with PArty grAs DJ — Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 Dueling PiAnos — Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 toP 40 DJ — Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 fireDAnce & Drums @ DArK, DJ mit PsytrAnce (11Pm) — Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KArAoKe with DJ DAmon — Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 live JAzz — Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 DJ — Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

SWEDISH SONGBIRD: Sofia Talvik, a Swedish folk artist with whimsically airy vocals, is currently on tour in the United States, making a stop at Playhouse 211 in Southport on Wednesday, January 11th. Courtesy

KArAoKe — Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 oPen mic with Jeremy norris — Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ bAttle — Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 former chAmPions, cinDercAt — The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

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live music — Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704 KArAoKe with Ashley —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ Dr. Jones —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 Dueling PiAnos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 house/techno DJ

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—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 LIVE MUSIC —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 DJBE ExtrEME KaraoKE —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 KaraoKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 aCoUStIC Jazz PIano wIth JaMES JarVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ BattLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 KaraoKE —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910328-4090 MaChInE FUnK —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JaCK JaCK 180 —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Port CIty trIo —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. hItCha oFF hIP hoP: KazE 4 LEttErS, BIg hoP, J SaLES, KEaton, S. goLD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 SInFUL SaVagE tIgErS, LEFt anD rIght —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 BLaCK StonE ChErry, CaVo, raInS, EIght Foot StrIDE, 4 ChaMBErS BroKEn —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 CLay CrottS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ P FUnK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 Jazz wIth BEnny hILL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 thE FUStICS —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 Potato hEaD —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 DJ DanE BrItt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

Saturday, january 14

DJ SIr nICK BLanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville ., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 od Rd.,910- DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 St.; 763-4133 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.;

342-0872 hoUSE/tEChno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DUELIng PIanoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJBE ExtrEME KaraoKE —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 gUItarISt MarK LynCh (10:30 a.M.-1:30 P.M.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 DJ ChoMP —The Loft, 121 Grace St.; 467-7417 DJ SwEat —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 DJ BattLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 MIKE o’DonnELL —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 DanIEL ParISh —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 BIg SoMEthIng —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 LEE ShanE anD BrIDgEttE hayES —Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785 harPEth rISIng —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ DanE BrItt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 JonLEon —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 thE BranD nEw LIFE —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 hItCha oFF hIP hoP: BattLEFIELD oF BEatS, ProDUCEr VS. ProDUCEr CoMPEtItIon; DJ PaUL, ILLPo, CELLaMIx —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 raVEr’S SPECIaL: BaCK to SChooL EDItIon —Sand Bar, 417 S. College Rd.; 392-6800 MarK DaFFEr —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 BLIVEt —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 nEgatIVE nanCy —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 ChaoS on thE CoaSt, SILEnt SaBatogE, thIS too ShaLL BUrn, MoVE to DEStroy, graDy wattS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 rEDEMPtIon —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

Sunday, january 15 SUSan SaVIa

—Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 CLay CrottS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 traVIS ShaLLow —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 KaraoKE Kong —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 KaraoKE wIth hELLz BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 SatELLItE BLUEgraSS BanD —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 DJ BattLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 PErry SMIth (BrUnCh 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 BEnny hILL anD FrIEnDS —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 CaroLIna PIano trIo —Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building, Randall Dr., UNCW Campus; 962-3415

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS 100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons $250 Corona/Corona Light LIVE MUSIC: ROB RONNER THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke LIVE MUSIC: MIKE O’DONNELL 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze $5 Bombs SATURDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona Clay Crotts at 8pm

monday, january 16

KaraoKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 DanCE Party wIth ChEDr SELEKt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 StEVEn CoMPton —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 KaraoKE wIth DJ @-hoLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 PEngo wIth BEaU gUnn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 BrEtt JohnSon’S JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 oPEn MIC wIth JoSh SoLoMon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ rIChtErMEIStEr —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

tueSday, january 17

KaraoKE wIth MIKE norrIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 CaPE FEar BLUES JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKE wIth DJ Party graS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 InDIE MUSIC nIght —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 trIVIa wIth DUtCh FroM 94.5 thE hawK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 zVooV, FraCtaL FarM, CoUP DE graCE


karaoke night with dj be!


trivia night plus

live acoustic 1.13 FRIDAY

jack jack 180 1.14 SATURDAY


Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd




Poker Night 7pm & 9:30pm







LIVE TEAM TRIVIA 8PM - 10PM followed by


Live Music on the Patio





Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

206 Old Eastwood Rd.


(by Home Depot)


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

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

Moxology Sun. & Mon. $5 Specialty Cocktails TueSday $2.00 Blue Point Draft 13 - $5 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle

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

WedneSday & THuRSday $3.00 Seasonal Draft 13 - $5.00 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle Sunday $5.00 Mimosas $5.00 Bloody Mary Monday - THuRSday ½ price Apps from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Served at the bar only 35 n. FRonT ST. doWnToWn WilMingTon

(910) 343-1395

Bar & Comedy Room

MONDAY Military Appreciation

WedNeSdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm


108 Walnut St. Downtown Wilmington (910) 762-1704

Open Mic Stand-up 9pm



Open Mic Night

DAn cummIns LAST COMIC STANDING SEASON 6 January 20-21

DAVe wAIts

Ladies Night Out: $25 person four-course

NEW YEAR’S EVE 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. WEDNESDAY

Fri. & SAT. January 18



Plan B

8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 13th


Live Music (910) 520-5520

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DJwines Party Gras by the glass Bottomless cheese and Entertainment

chocolate fondue in the *complimentary champagne bar area $20/person toast atSATURDAY midnight!* Lunch Menu: 12pm - 3pm


11 a.m. to 212pm-3pm a.m. Lunch Menu: KIDS EAT FREE with adult purchase of our Big Night Out for two ALL DAY!

MILITARY APPRECIATION SUNDAY! DOGS WELCOME ON THE PATIO 920 Town Center 885 Town Center DriveDr. MAYFAIRE TOWNMayfaire CENTER Town Center (910) 256-1187 (910) 509-0805

Join us on Tuesdays! Karaoke

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

Trivia on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

DJ Party Gras Entertainment

Free shots to winning team of each round!

Wrightsville Beach Pool ° Darts ° Foos ° Pong


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

Thursdays KARAOKE

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


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


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


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


Thursday $3 Bombs $3 SocoLimes $3 Whips N Kicks $3 PinkParty Cocktails $2 Bud Light


$5 RedBull/Vodka $2 Miller Lt.


$6 Buckets(PillowTalk) $2 Kamikazes 920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805

121 Grace St.

—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Cary Benjamin —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Live aCoustiC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 CoLLege night KaraoKe —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Benny hiLL —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

Wednesday, January 18

DuB step —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 open miC night —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440 roB ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 aCoustiC jazz piano with james jarvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KaraoKe with heLLz BeLLe —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 josh soLomon & Cary Benjamin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 Dj jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 gary aLLen’s aCoustiC open miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 steven Compton —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 KaraoKe with Dj BrewtaL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 riCharD smith —Press 102, 102 S. 2nd St.; 399-4438 FiCtion 20 Down —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 eiLeen jeweL, yarn —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DjBe eXtreme KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Live jazz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 Dj —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Live aCoustiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 jeremy norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 riCharD smith, juLie aDams —Press 102, 102 S. 2nd St.; 399-4438



Concerts outside of Southeastern NC


910.251.8500 FOR MORE INFO









MOUNTAIN MUSIC: Overmountain Men, a band hailing from Appalachia, offers Americana with a focus on finely tuned musicianship. Band members include Bob Crawford, the bass player for The Avett Brothers, and NC songwriter David Childers. Overmountain Men will play Cat’s Cradle on Saturday, January 14th along with Mipso Trio and Jim Avett. Photo by Mike Hammer

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 South tryon StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 377-6874 1/12: A Life Worth Taking, Never the Sorrow, Emera Falls 1/13: Schism, Sickman, The Jupiter Tide 1/14: The Stranger, 42, Natural Wonder 1/15: August Burns Red, Silverstein, Texas in July, Let Live THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltmorE avEnuE, aShEvillE, nC (828) 225-5851 1/12: Zoso 1/13: Steep Canyon Rangers 1/14: Bass Church, Bookworm, Fast Nasty, Spooky Jones, Kris Krause, Thump, Don Winsley, Motherhood LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CaBarruS StrEEt, ralEigh, nC (919) 821-4111 1/13: Zoso, Experience This 1/14: Zoso, Night Prowler 1/15: G Love and Special Sauce, Kristy Lee CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. main StrEEt, CarrBoro, nC (919) 967-9053 1/12: The Menzingers, Almost People 1/13: Abbey Road Live 1/14: Abbey Road Live (1 p.m.); Mipso Trio, Overmountain Men, Jim Avett (8:30 p.m.)

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 vivian St., Durham, nC (919) 680-2727 1/15: The O’Jays 1/17: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles 1/18: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 hwy. 17 South, n. myrtlE BEaCh, SC (843) 272-3000 1/13: REO Speedwagon




YARN DOORS: 8:00 $8 ADV / $10 DOS


ALABAMA THEATRE 4750 hwy. 17 S., n. myrtlE BEaCh, SC (843) 272-1111 1/14: Glenn Miller Orchestra GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 w. lEE St., grEEnSBoro, nC (336) 373-7400 1/13: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound THE FILLMORE 1000 SEaBoarD StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 549-5555 1/11: Rebelution, The Grouch, Pep Love NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36th StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 358-9298 1/12: Sarah Jarosz, Ian Thomas

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what’s for dinner? 26 DINING



Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port CIty

K’ s CAFE ad 420 Eastwood Ro 910-791-6995


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 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE:


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.

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■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus… salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon-Sat 11am2am and Sun 11am-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music every Friday and Saturday in the Summer ■ WEBSITE:


For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm – 3:00am.Fibbers on Sun. nights Until 3am. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown


Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic

Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE:


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

7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am ThursSun 11:30 am - 2:00 am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben 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 entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. –Mon.11am10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:

HolidaY iNN RESoRt

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

K’S CafE

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

tHE littlE diPPER

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

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:


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

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


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

tRollY StoP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade 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, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are

Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 3432999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am ThSat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ 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:


ASIAN BiG tHai aNd BiG tHai tWo

Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.


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

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


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



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


lax 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.

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. Re-

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

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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: Mon-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE:


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 ar-

ray 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. In December, folks can enjoy specialties such as salted cod fish, dried sausage, Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745. ■ 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 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11am – 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11am – 11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:


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

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night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE:


Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-awayfrom-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.- Thurs. 11am. – 9:30am; Fri. 11am-10:30pm; Sat. 12pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am – 9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ 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:

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


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


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 total-

ly fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and GlutenFree products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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


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

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All night 70s menu - Step back in time and enjoy the prices and $5 glass pours on featured wine

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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. Familystyle 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:

SMALL PLATES The Fortunate Glass

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

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


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,” coowner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and



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


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choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:

Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to

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

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by Bethany Turn

revitalizing the work out Six exciting exercise classes amp up fitness routines

Aerial hammock master Jamie Poletti dangles delicately. Photo by Ty Parker


s i finished my workout, i quest-ioned the effectiveness of what I was doing. At the gym, I had half-run and half-walked a mile, executed squats and leg curls, reluctantly tortured my abdominals and biked about five miles. According to the heart-rate monitor on the stationary bicycle, I should have been spewing sweat—maybe nearly passing out. I was sore but not satisfied. In the days of high-school cheerleading, I pushed my body to its limits with stunts, tumbling and unrelenting dance routines. There was no option of quitting in the middle of any of these because I was getting tired or bored (the reasons I quit the treadmill early or let myself walk). I had a coach and team expecting me to push through the excuses to give my best. Still, what I don’t remember from practice is feeling any fatigue or apathy. I didn’t begrudgingly force myself to continue on—I didn’t need to. Performing as a part of that team was dynamic: It was physically demanding, mentally challenging and always different. And it was damn effective at keeping me in shape. With that in mind, I decided I need something new and compelling in my exercise routine to nudge me closer to my goals and keep me entertained. I’ve compiled a list of high-powered courses offered by local gyms and studios to share with encore readers, in the hopes of rescuing anyone else who feels their training in the new year could use a little zest.

TRX SUSPENSION Crest Fitness 6766 Wrightsville Ave. • 509-3044 Developed by a former Navy Seal, TRX (total body

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resistance exercise) suspension training utilizes a stable bar, resistance cords, gravity and the user’s body weight to build strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. The TRX ropes are anchored to heavy gym equipment, the handles are grasped, and the person can do over 300 exercises by leaning, squatting and otherwise placing their body in various positions. Rather than doing mindless reps with a dumbbell, a TRX trainee must focus on the entire body’s slow and controlled movements—and the core is challenged within every workout. The beauty of using one’s own body weight for resistance training is that folks at any skill level can do it. Physical therapists use this style of exercise to help their patients heal during rehabilitation. TRX offers full range of motion, which means people will simultaneously grow stronger and become more limber and agile. Let’s face it, exercising is never truly merciful. It’s definitely not as easy as downing an entire bag of Fritos. Still, performing TRX suspension training allows a comfortable change of pace from typical gym workouts, and doing so within a class setting offers a fun social aspect in which folks can build friendships, too. That’s surely not as daunting as pumping iron next to the neighborhood Schwarzenegger look-alike. Crest Fitness on Wrightsville Avenue offers TRX suspension training every Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:30, although owner Nick Kentrolis says they’ll be adding evening classes soon. The course is free with membership, or folks can pay $10 per class or purchase a $69 class pass. AERIAL HAMMOCKS Urban Fitness

1994 Eastwood Rd., Suite 100 Contact: The beautiful grace of aerial dance was recently introduced to our city in the form of “Riot” (a.k.a. Kayla Dyches) at last year’s Riverfest. The acrobat boasted her gymnastics skills all while dangling midair by hoops and ribbons. Local novices can now take to the rafters with the brand new Aerial Hammocks class offered by Karon Tunis (of NORAK Contemporary and Modern Dance Company) and aerial artist Jamie Poletti. Hanging only by flowing fabrics, dancers twirl within the silks, pausing in elegant splits and arabesques, like ballerinas in the sky. Tunis and Poletti will teach such skills every Sunday for an hour with classes starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Urban Fitness. “Aerial Hammocks is a blend of yoga and strength training all done while suspended in the air,” Tunis explains. “Students [will] learn basic safety, techniques, poses and inversions. All levels [are] welcome, but classes are designed for beginners and will progress as students learn.” Not only is this a majestic visual art, but it will also foster patience while exercising every muscle in the body. Dancers must rely on their bodies alone to keep them in the air (so maybe a bit of patience and strength is required to start!). Tunis suggests those in the class do not wear any sort of restrictive clothing, and they should sign-up prior by e-mailing The cost is $25 per class. In addition to the Aerial Hammocks course, Tunis’ dance company is also taking on a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day performance this weekend that will feature aerial work. At the Wilmington Commu-

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//EXTRA nity Arts Center on Saturday, January 14th, NORAK offers viewers “Slave,” their take on an MLK message. “We will show how we are slaves to things that impact our lives daily,” the director says, “and one of the things that Dr. King preached was not getting wrapped up in things that hold us back and to embrace those things that thrust us forward—and the color of our skins has nothing to do with the content of our character.” The show will also offer spoken word, acoustic guitar and other forms of expression throughout four acts: Slave to the World, Slave to Money, Slave to Love and Slave to God. “[I hope] one or all [of] the pieces inspire us to take stock and remember what’s important,” she adds. ADULT MMA Champion Fitness 147 S. College Rd., Suite 109 • 792-1131 In the past couple years, the mixed martial arts within UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) has overthrown wrestling and boxing as the most sought-after spectator combat sport. Likewise, men and women both dive into the world of MMA to practice a combination of fighting techniques as part of their general exercise program. Yes, boxing and wrestling are in-

cluded in this grappling hodgepodge, but it also melds ethnic methods such as Brazilian JiuJitsu, Japanese judo, Muay Thai from Thailand and other manners of face-to-face contests. The health benefits of MMA training are certainly muscle toning and aerobic conditioning, which lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease. Endurance and balance should naturally improve from taking part in an MMA course, too. The exciting atmosphere within the ring requires an engaged mind, as fighters in the classroom aren’t looking for near-death experiences; rather, they prefer the profit of acquiring new skills and testing them against worthy opponents. Although, who knows—perhaps Wilmington is home to a future UFC star after all. Adult MMA classes at Champion Fitness are $225 for the first month, which includes the uniform, mouthpiece, groin cup, shin guards and gloves. Each month after that is $99 and gives the student 24-hour daily access to the gym for all exercising needs. POLE FITNESS Flow Fitness 7946 Market St., Unit 300 • 686-6565 My friend Julia Haynes fell in love with pole courses a couple years ago. And I’ve got to say: The allure is real. Regardless of the naugh-

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TAEKWONDO Carolina Beach Rec Center 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. • 458-2977 Not as intense as full throttle MMA, Taekwondo is a Korean martial art founded on self-defense, exercise, meditation and philosophy. It was developed many centuries ago as a form of unarmed fighting for young men to build strength, speed and survival skills. Today, sparring within this sport has even been a part of the Olympic games since 2000. Generally training within taekwondo features punches, blocks, strikes and, most importantly,

kicks thrown while sweeping through the air. Humans’ legs have a far longer reach than their arms, and the combat sport capitalizes upon this. The kicks within taekwondo are what separate it from other martial arts—and make for a truly dynamic exercise class. Agility and stamina will be boosted through practice. In addition, reflection is taught as part of taekwondo in order to calm and prepare the mind for what the body is about to do. There is a symbiotic relationship between the body and mind in any sport, and taekwondo seeks to nourish that bond. The Carolina Beach Rec Center offers taekwondo free to members on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., or to guests for $5 per class (the price of a daily guest pass to the center). CORE POWER HOUR Wilmington Yoga Center 5329 Oleander Dr., Suite 200 • 350-0234 Just as meditation and strength training are important in taekwondo, so they are in Core Power Hour at Wilmington Yoga Center. Meant for all levels of men and women, this course is a vigorous one-hour session featuring vinyasa yoga, core conditioning and pilates exercises. Vinyasa is a type of yoga that focuses on the flow of poses to improve alignment and breathing, as well as strengthen the back muscles, abdominals and glutes (all those hard-to-conquer places!). This yoga is also designed to open joints and release tension within the body. The essential goal is to help students recognize their bodies as one integrated unit working efficiently together. Breathing patterns are taught to coincide with the exercises so that students can direct their energy toward the part of the body they’re targeting. A greater understanding of how they body and mind work together is found. Core Power Hour is offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:30 a.m. with registered instructor Noelle Whittington. A single class drop-in is $15, or five-class rate cards can be purchased for $60, 10-class cards for $110 and 25-class cards for $250.


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ty stigma the industry once carried, watching someone support themselves with their own body strength while maintaining a dainty ballet style is sexy. Besides, pole fitness is shedding its “dirty” reputation as its popularity rises. Even celebs like Oprah, Martha Stewart and Barbara Walters gave pole dancing a shot. Like aerial dance, it’s not only engaging and enjoyable but pole fitness tones nearly every muscle in the body. “This is an excellent work out which increases both your strength and flexibility, and is the perfect blend of strength training and cardio,” Haynes says. “One of the biggest reasons I love this is that it continuously challenges me. Even though I’ve been ‘poling’ for over two years, I’ve only scratched the tip of the iceberg—there is still so much more for me to accomplish.” Flow Fitness offers an eight-week beginners’ series throughout the year. Although the first for 2012 began last week, as of press time there were still some spots available for the rest of the course. Registration is $140 and includes two pole practice sessions, so even if someone joins late, they can make up the missed lesson. Beginner pole is held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The next series will begin the first week in March. Those who are curious but afraid to commit to an entire course can check out Flow Fitness’ Intro to Pole Workshop for just $25. Two will be held this month on Saturday, January 14th at 10 a.m. and Friday, January 20th at 6 p.m. Plus, those who sign-up for their beginner series on the day of their workshop will receive $10 off.

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season comes to an end, it’s common for the pace at which we ship care packages to our troops (those stationed stateside and abroad) to approach a more measured and relaxed speed. But when the attention drops off, it can despondently leave a lot of servicemen and women feeling forgotten, stuck and depressed. It’s a sad yet undeniable truth many of us all too often and unintentionally push aside. However, Onslow County Parks and Recreation has been teaming up with The Single Marine Program (SMP), located on the New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC, to make sure feelings of dejection between major holidays diminish faster than the champagne on New Year’s Eve. Without skipping a (heart)beat, thanks to schools ranging in grades from K through 12 across neighboring counties, such as Duplin, Sampson and New Hanover, the results have been nothing shy of astounding. This year the New River Air Station’s SMP and Onslow Parks and Recreation hope to recruit more warm and loving thoughts from residents and schools across our port city of Wilmington just in time for Valentine’s Day. Housed in the Holmes Memorial Enlisted Club at New River Air Station (separate from the Camp Lejeune Center) and open seven days a week, 365 days a year, the Single Marine Program is meant to be a home away from home for Marines. They focus on three factors: leisure, community involvement and quality of life. It is their goal year-round to provide opportunities for those serving our country to integrate and mingle within society. Likewise, it gives community members a chance to partake and enrich Marines’ lives as well. “The biggest misconception we hear about the Single Marine Program is that, in

ielse by Tiffanie Gabr For Marines Valentine Cards y 20th Deadline: Januar Dept. rks & Recreation Pa ty un Co w lo Ons nes Road 1244 Onslow Pi order to participate, one must be single,” Kelly Andrews, coordinator of SMP which leads the charge for Valentine’s Day cards, says. “That’s not the case. We are not policing if you’re wearing a wedding ring when you go bowling with us during one of our events.” A Marine spouse of seven years, Andrews knows how important it is to keep morale high during times of hushed activity. Be it the Toys for Tots, Adopt-a-School, beach cleanups or visits to veteran homes, Andrews states with certainty and pride that 95 percent of the time SMP is able to accommodate anything a Marine is interested in doing. “We want authorized MCCS patrons (anyone within the military community) to give us a try, get involved and come to our club,” she ensures. Developed with support in mind for single Marines—a large percentage of the Marine Corps—SMP is truly an invaluable resource for those just enlisted or re-enlisting multiple times. For a little more than a decade, Carol Trott, assistant recreation supervisor to Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department, has been teaming up with SMP to ensure the delivery of thousands of Valentine cards to those overseas. “We’ve been supporting this idea since 2001,” she says. “What better way to show our troops how much they are appreciated and loved than on Valentine’s Day? Everyone gets involved, and it’s great to see. The Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other young groups mail or hand deliver their Valentines to our of-

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fice,” Trott, a daughter of a WWII veteran and Jacksonville native, says. “I grew up with the military. They are such a big part of our community, even outside of Jacksonville. This event is for our deployed troops to let them know we still think of them and we love them, too. It would be wonderful to have schools in Wilmington partake.” All age groups are invited to design and personalize a card to send. All cards must be no larger than 8.5 x 11, though any decorating material—such as cotton-balls, crayons, markers, glitter and felt—is allowed. The card itself must be made of paper, and food, such as candy or chocolates, can’t be attached. While in the past many have placed their names and home addresses on the back of the cards—and several received responses from Marines—this year, if a child is writing a Valentine from school, they should place their school’s name, principal’s name and school address on the back instead of personal contacts.

“I want readers to remember our younger, single Marine population lives in the barracks, and many are away from home for the first time,” Andrews states. “Whether it’s through special events, such as a ski trip or concert in Raleigh, or getting Marines involved with their local community, such as Habitat for Humanity or the animal shelter, SMP is a network. We all know Valentine’s Day can be depressing for those who are single, and if you’re in that mode and also in a war zone, it turns into a combination of factors that severely hinder the Marine. We believe in going above and beyond every year to make sure that doesn’t happen.” For more information about sending Valentine cards to Marines overseas, contact Carol Trott at (910) 347-5332. All cards must be received no later than 5 p.m. on January 20th at Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department, 1244 Onslow Pines Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540.


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events FIRE PERFORMERS 1/10, 1am: Fire performers and drum circles bring in the night followed by J. Swan Dooley, a singer-songwriter/ performer from Tennessee. The eclecticand highly unique and melodic performances are solo and based aroundthe acoustic guitar, with the additional use of harmonica, loops, andother live instrumentationJuggling Gypsy Fire and Drums with Special Guest J. Swan Dooley. 1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223. COURTYARDS AND COBBLESTONES 1/14, 11am: An event designed to showcase historic wedding venues and wedding professionals in a downtown Wilmington guided-tour setting. We aim to provide an inspirational and transitional atmosphere for Brides to tour and plan their wedding day. Venues include The Atrium, City Club at de Rosset, The Balcony on Dock and 128 South. Ceremony and jewelry giveaways from REEDS. $10; 2 hours, with times starting at 11am, every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour, until 1pm. Meet at the Atrium, 15 S. 2nd St. FRIENDS OF LELAND LIBRARY The Friends of the Leland Library are pleased to announcetheir “Second Saturday” book sale to be held on 1/14, at theMagnolia House, 485 Village Road, Leland, from 10am-2pm. The spotlight will focus on a large collection of Civil War books. We are also highlighting two fiction authors: W.E.B. Griffin and Robert B.Parker. Books authored by Griffin and Parker will be half price at two for $1. We have a large donation of books both fiction and non-fiction.

1/14: WEDDING VENUE TOUR Looking to plan a wedding in 2012? Well, hit up the Courtyards and Cobblestones event taking place on the 14th at 11 a.m. Bride-and-groom-to-bes will be able to see a host of beautiful settings, including The Atrium, City Club, Balcony on Dock and 128 South. Ceremony and jewelry giveaways throughout the day; tours depart every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour. Cost is $10, and reservations can be made at info@ There is an entire room set aside for children’s books and another for allother genre of books as well as CDs and DVDs. Paperback books are 50 cents and hardcoversare $1. All monies raised supportthe Leland Library. Arlene White: (910) 617-2538 or Ellie Edwards (910)383-3098. AXCESS TALENT 2012 1/15-16: Auditions for “Axcess Talent 2012 gay superstar search” will be held at Costello’s piano bar downtown Wilmington (2nd and Princess sts.). 1/19 is the finale and will be held at Ibiza nightclub downtown Wilmington (Market St). To audition: $25. Door fee of the event is $10. Bobby Wilkinson, VP of Operations: (336)-327-4213. TREEFEST TreeFest, an annual distribution of tree seedlings, will be held on Fri., 1/20-21, 10am-5pm (or until trees run out) in the JC Penney end court inside Independence

Mall. Local residents are invited to pick up 5 tree seedlings to take home and plant on their property. A suggested donation of $3 per household will help ensure that TreeFest will return next year. TreeFest is funded by the donations received from participants during the event. Tree species include: Atlantic white cedar, Bald cypress, Black gum, Black walnut, Crabapple, Crape myrtle, Flowering dogwood, Eastern red cedar, Eastern redbud, Live oak, and more! Available first come, first serve. Jennifer O’Keefe at 7987564 or

THALIAN HALL MAIN ATTRACTIONS SERIES Thalian Hall Main Attractions Series. Schedule: • 1/21,  8pm:  New  York  Voices:  Thalian  Hall  wel- CAPE FEAR LITERACY COUNCIL comes the Grammy-winning vocal jazz quartet 1/14,  8am-1pm:  Community  Yard  Sale  Fundraiser,  synonymous with exquisite airtight musical perfecIn conjunction with the MLK Day of Service, CFLC tion. New York Voices is heralded among the stelis  hosting  a  Community  Yard  Sale  fundraiser.    Belar vocal groups on the globe, infusing jazz, Brazilian, hind the “bright blue building.” Sunny 104.5 will be R&B, big band, classical and pop arrangements; frebroadcasting live and the Wilmington Food Truck quent performances with the Boston Pops, a preceAssociation, Ms. Cheesy, Unami, Catch, and Sweet dent-setting adaptation of the Paul Simon songbook, Bliss, will be onsite. Affirmations Massage Wellness concerts and recordings with the likes of the Count offers chair massages. Cape Fear Literacy Council, Basie Orchestra, and more. www.newyorkvoices. 1012  S.  17th  St.  •  Casablanca  Gala  2012  Kickcom  •  1/22,  3pm:  Pied  Piper  Theatre:  “Aladdin,”  Off Party, Music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Thurs., co-produced with the Junior League of Wilmington. 1/26, 6-8pm. The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. •  Well-loved tale of a very special genie, with a very Casablanca Gala 2012,Wander through a Moroccan special lamp. Loosely based on one of the “Tales of bazaar, play casino-like games, dance to Blivet, and the Arabian Nights,” with book, music and lyrics by  bid on fabulous auction items. Gala proceeds provide Steve Cooper, young students from throughout New  crucial financial support to CFLC’s local adult literacy Hanover County are treated to multiple performancprograms. 3/3, 6:30pm, The Hangar at Air Wilmes throughout the week. Box ington. (910) 251-0911 or 1012 Office 910-632-2285; 800-523-2820. Thalian Hall, S. 17th St. 310 Chestnut St. Events subject to change. All tick- PENDER COUNTY HUMANE FUND-RAISERS ets subject to $1 historic restoration fee added at 1/15, 5pm: Hypnotist Gary Conrad will perform time of purchase. a 90-min. show full of hilarity and entertainment as THE LIGHTS OF THE GREAT ARMADA he hypnotizes audience members. Brown Coat Pub Fort Fisher Presents “The Lights of the Great Armaand Theatre, 111 Grace St. Tickets: $20 at www. da: the 147th Anniversary of the Battle of For Fisher” • Spaghetti Dinner in Hampster:  on 1/21, 10am-4pm, 1/-22, 11am-4pm. Event will 2/10, 5:30-8pm. Hampstead Community Building, highlight the largest amphibious assault of the Civil 14435 US 17. $8/ticket or $15/two. Catered by War with a Navy and Marine living history program  Pender County Humane Society volunteers, serving that will include small arms and artillery demonstraspaghetti, garlic bread, salad and drinks, along with tions throughout the weekend, a period torpedo assorted desserts for additional costs. Ronnie: (910) exhibit, as well as special presentations focusing 270-3044., w/PCHS Events on the Union and Confederate sailors and marines in subject. who fought at Fort Fisher in January, 1865. Guest ROCK THE PROM SHOWCASE speakers incl. Dr. Robert M. Browning, Jr., Chief 1/21, 10am-6pm: Kenny Barnes Studios presents Historian for the United States Coast Guard and Rock the Prom Showcase and Expo at the Coastauthor of several books; Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing, line Conference and Event Center. Vendors of Deputy Archaeologist, NC Office of State Archaeolprom-related products and services will be on hand ogy, and Steve Bockmiller of the US Marine Corps to showcase prom products and services available Historical Company and Ship’s Company. Free both to view and purchase, including dresses, tuxes, days (although donations are appreciated). 1610 Fort limo providers, beauty salons, restaurants, jewelFisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. ers, florists, d-jays and caterers for after parties and fisher/. more. The school with the most representation will ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT 1/21-27: Your Computer Friends and PODS Moving  and Storage present an Electronics Recycling Event on 1/21, 10am-2pm, and 1/27, 9am-6pm. Free: printers, phones, cell phones, batteries, desktops and laptops, cables, fax machines and copiers. TVs and CRT monitors (the big, bulky kind) require a recycling charge of $10 each. No appliances accepted.  Your  Computer  Friends,  3816  Oleander  Dr.,  near  Independence Mall, next to Our Crepes and More.

charity/fund-raisers COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS OF CAPE FEAR Communities In Schools of Cape Fear (CISCF) is currently recruiting volunteers for PaSS(Partnership for School Success). PaSS is a 10-week tutoring and mentoring initiative directed at students projected as

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not likely to pass their End of Grade tests and promote to the next grade. PaSS is offered at the 3rd grade and 6th grade level to every public elementary and middle school in New Hanover and Pender  Counties. All volunteers will receive curriculum and training. Volunteers will meet with two students separately, once a week from mid-Feb-May, tutoring each student for 30 minutes in reading comprehension. In total, this is only 10 hours of time. These 10 hours can make a dramatic impact on a child’s life. Volunteer training dates are to be announced closer to program start date. 910-343-1901. Tracy Tisdale, .

win $500 towards their own Senior Prom. Designer fashion shows held; young ladies will be able to try on and purchase one-of-kind designer prom dress from Isabella Grape with special Rock the Prom discounts and prom dress registry!Give away of three prom dresses and three tuxedo rentals! Pre-register for drawing for drawing and save on admission ($5 to pre-register online and $7 at the door). All proceeds support Women of Hope. or Suesan Sullivan at 910-620-3906 /

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Broadway Now: Conceived and directed by Rebecca Rockow, Broadway Now will showcase the area’s brightest talent. The production will be a musical review based on the contemporary Broadway scene. This production will feature a large cast of the areas finest actors, dancers, and musicians between the ages of 7-18. • Musical Theater Dance with Julia Pleasants: Intro class for all ages and experience levels. Learn the fundamentals of dance for theater. Ms. Pleasants first joined the TACT family as choreographer for Dear Edwina. You may expect to see her talents again as choreographer for Disney’s Camp Rock this season. Tues., 5:30-7pm at the Community Arts Center beginning Tues., 1/17-2/21. • Acting Out w/Mike Thompson: Class will focus on stage directions and terminology, as well as character development and monologue preparation. Mr. Thompson’s teaching and directing approach is encouraging and fun. A strong focus will be placed on learning acting skills in a positive environment involving lots of adventure and surprises! Wed., 5-7pm; 1/18-2/22, 5-7pm ,at the Community Arts Center. Classes are $50 for 6-week session. 910-341-7860. Checks payable to the Community Arts Center. LJ WOODARD Young Professionals! Performance Club Studio Theater offers a new class for kids/teens on Sat., 1pm. Cost is $64/month or $20 drop-in rate. Young actors can practice and keep up their acting skills so they are ready professionally. Whether you have an agent or want an agent.—this class covers audition technique, slating, cold reads, commercials, on-camera technique and scene breakdowns. Register: www. Director LJ Woodard, (910) 338-3378. Ages 8-teen. THE BENNETT BOY 1/19-22 and 27-28; 8pm with Sun. matinee at 3pm. An original drama by Tony Moore follows a single father, Jordan, who is raising his son, Carson, with the help of a live-in nanny and an eccentric family. Carson’s tenth birthday arrives and so does someone from the past who threatens to ruin the happiness the family has worked so hard for. Presented by ByChance Productions. Directed by Steve Vernon. Cape Fear Playhouse, Castle St. Tickets: $12 general admission. RSVP: 910-471-5690. SNEAD’S FERRY COMMUNITY THEATRE Snead’s Ferry Community Auditions: Wed/Thurs., 1/25-26, 7pm. 126 Park Lane. 3-4 men and 2-3 women are needed for the March production of “Everybody Loves Opal” by John Patrick. Attempted murder wouldn’t seem to be funny but in Mr. Patrick’s magic hands it is uproarious. Cold reading. Gaylene Branton: or 910-389-8776. STAR NEWS ILM THEATRE AWARDS 1/26, 8pm: This first-ever event features performances by some of Wilmington’s top theatrical talent, as well as celebrity presenters (Linda Lavin, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, District Attorney Ben David) and awards recognizing the best of local the-

ater from 2011. It all goes down at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St., downtown Wilmington. Tickets are $14-$16, available at the StarNews (1003 S. 17th St., 343-2000, and Thalian Hall (632-2285, LEGACY THEATER COMPANY AUDITIONS Legacy Theater Company will hold auditions for My Big Fat Italian Wedding, an original comedy/improv dinner theater where every member of the audience is part of the wedding! Join us for a big Italian Wedding as Legacy Theater brings the audience to its knees with laughter. Auditions held on 1/23-24, at the Movie Theater at the Legacy Apartment Complex 1025 Kensington Drive, Jacksonville, NC. www. or 910-545-2296. NEW HANOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY New Hanover County Public Library is now accepting performer applications for Story Extravaganza 2012! This 2nd annual storytelling festival is scheduled for Sat., 4/28, 10am-1pm, at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. 20 performances by local artists or groups will be featured at Story Extravaganza. Performances will each be five minutes long and based on the children’s book of the performer’s choice. Performers are not paid but may register for a free table in the vendor area where they may promote services and sell products. Interested local artists are invited to submit an application by 3/1. Questions to Scooter Hayes ( / 910-798-6367) .

comedy NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8/$10. Schedule: 1/18: Dan Cummins (comedy central) • 1/20-21: Dave Waite (comedy central) • 1/27-28: Trevor Noah (Tonight Show) • 2/10-11: Ryan Singer (comedy central) • Opening of The Studio at Nutt St. We provide a community workshop program for actors, comedians, improv, and public speaking. Workshop provides actors and comedians the ability to develop their skill levels and participate in multiple workshops. Beginners workshops available. All ages are welcome. Timmy Sherrill: 910-520-5520. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. 910-520-5520 BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE 1/13-14, 8pm: The Browncoat Pub & Theatre is pulling laughter out of its hat with a special two-night engagement from renowned comedy magician Kevin Lee, ably joined by comedian Irwin Loring! Lee, whose career began in 1983 at the Comedy Café in Washington, D.C., has brought a repertoire of comedy, magic, and juggling to audiences for five seasons on BET’s Comic View, as a part of Wynton Marsalis’ sold out Magic Hour Tour in 2004, and with such legends as Gladys Knight, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Whitney Houston, and Sinbad. Opening act Irwin Loring has been touring comedy clubs across the country since first taking the stage in 2006 in Rockville, Maryland—winner of “Best New Comic”


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music/concerts HARPETH RISING 1/14, 1am.: Harpeth Rising, an internationally touring folk quartet, will be touring in NC in January, and they’re coming to the Gypsy. They just released a second album, with producer Bil VornDick (Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan) and are receiving considerable airplay on folk and Americana stations throughout the U.S. 1612 Castle St.(910) 763-2223 CHAMBER MUSIC ILM All tickets at Kenan Box Office, 910-962-3500. www.


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WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY 1/17, 7:30pm: The Wilmington Choral Society will be holding open rehearsals for their spring concert, “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. • 1/24, 7:30pm: The Wilmington Choral Society will be holding open rehearsals for their spring concert, “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. Everyone is welcome. Rehearsals are held at 7:30 pm at Cape Fear Christian Church, 811 N College Rd. JAMES DALTON 1/17, 10pm: James Dalton is from New Jersey and even though he feels that thatfact alone should define him, he’s still got more to offer. Stomping his feet, hootin and hollerin, banging on guitars and making mandolins weep. Sharing secrets and laughs, breathtaking vocals, exciting harmonica playing and a strong drive to travel. Going from city to city, country to country entertaining. Blues, folk, soul, etc. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.(910) 763-2223 STONE SOUP CONCERTS PRESENTS Finger-style guitar champion Richard Smith, PRESS 102, Veranda Ballroom, 102 S. Second Street, 1/18, 7pm $15, GA. Full bar and dinner menu available. Purchase your tickets at www.WilmingtonTickets.

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dance WILMINGTON SINGLES Wilmington Singles meet thrice in Jan: 1/13: DJ Robert Clemmons Am. Legion • 1/20: DJ Baby Boomer Am. Legion. All DJ dances are $8 for members; $10 for guests. No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans, please. Larry Thacher: thacherchiro@eastnc. BABS MCDANCE ‘80S PARTY 1/13, 8-11pm: 80’s theme party with Zumba! Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair.Grab your muscle shirts and acid wash wear. Short lesson at 8pm and open dancing until 11pm! Includes all social, partner dances as well as line dances and Zumba! Free to studio members. Babs McDance Social Dance Studio, 6782 Market St. (910) 395 5090 • Dance lessons: Hip Hop with Austrin! Wed, 7pm. Pop and lock it! Hip-hp class based on choreography from Nick Bass, Anze Skrube and Austrin’s own repertoire of tricks. Lessons will include small intricate movements, fast beats and R&B to slow it down. It will be fast paced and heart pumping but fit for all levels of dance! Students will definitely get a work-out and new dance moves for the club. $10 drop-in. • Line Dance! Mon. at 6pm. Learn Country line dances, some of our popular party line dances and even Line dances from movies like Footloose! $5 drop-in. Babs McDance Social Dance Studio, 6782 Market St. (910) 395 5090. BELLYDANCING TROUPE 1/13, 9pm: Local belly dance troupe Vatra Gitana, and friends will grace thestage at The Juggling Gypsy, putting on a sexy, tribal fusion dance. $5 cover. Christina: ZUMBA PARTY Free Zumba party! 1/21, 10am-noon. New music, delicious moves! Special deals, prizes, meet the Instructors. Babs McDance Social Dance Studio, 6782 Market St. (910) 395-5090. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. • 1/14, 4-5:30: Cecil & Iryna; 9pm-1am - Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport • 1/28: Jae, 4-5.30pm, and 9pm-1am, TBA. Verna’s Ballroom Dancesport. 4523 Franklin Ave, Cost: $10/person per class. 910-352-1219 or SURFER TANGO Waterford Tango at the Clubhouse, Fri. at 7:30 • Magnolia Greens Tango, Thurs, 7:30pm, Aerobics Room • Cape Fear Country Club Tango, Sun., 5pm. All classes are $10 per couple per class fun, professional, positive instruction. CONTRA DANCE Tues. night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. 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.

art/exhibits BIENNIAL FACULTY EXHIBITION 1/12, 5:30pm: Biennial Faculty Exhibition will be on view at the UNCW Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building, 1/12-2/17. Features current work by UNCW studio art faculty: Ann Conner, Donald Furst, Ned Irvine, Courtney Johnson, Eric Lawing, Casey Scharling, Vicky Smith, Andi Steele, Pam Toll, and Aaron Wilcox. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalog. An opening reception will be held Thursday, 1/12, 5:30-7pm. Reception is free and open to the public.

ARROW FINE ART SUPPLIES 1/14, 2pm: Golden Acrylic Mediums, free lecture. Arrow Fine Art Supplies hosts golden certified working artist, Phil Garrett, who will explain many uses of mediums to increase love for acrylic paint. Seating limited. 910-399-4248. ARTIST’S RECEPTION 1/19, 6pm: Gabriel Lovejoy unveils his newest series of “visual poems”. The theme for this body of work is carried throughout using symbolic and nostalgic images woven together with an illustrative style. Industrial, domestic, and natural elements are all present, interacting with each other to create a visual dialogue. An artist’s reception will take place on January 19th, 2012 and the show will run through 2/29. JANUARY 2012 ARTIST EXHIBIT Thalian Association, managers of the HBHUSO/CAC, are proud to announce the January 2012 Artists Exhibition featuringthe work of eight emerging and known artists from our area. Opening reception: 1/27, 6-9pm, to coincide with Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. Free and the public is invited. Exhibit runs through 3/23. Mediums in painting, basket-weaving, mixed-media, photography and more represented. WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION 1/27, 9am: The Wilmington Art Association presents a one-day pastel workshop with local artist, Jan Boland. This is the perfect opportunity to explore “painting” with this rich medium. 9am -4:30pm at Hanover County Arboretum Auditorium. Cost $75. Deadline: 1/20/12. or 910-395-5132. UTOPIA ARTS CRAFT FAIR 1/28, 10am: Truly a day filled with art for all ages. Starting at 10, the UtopiaArts and Craft Fair, a wide selection of local artists in the front lawn of the Juggling Gypsy. At 7 pm the art show kicks off with a beer tasting by Front Street Brewery, Live music by Kyle Lindley, Anthony Gargulio, and The Clams, with a couple of stand up acts sprinkled through just to keep your laugh muscles limber. Utopia Arts and Craft Fair/Juggling Gypsy Art Show, CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB The Cape Fear Camera Club will hold a photography exhibit at the Northeast Branch of New Hanover Regional Library through February 18, 2012. Approximately 70 photographs, representing a variety of topics, will be on display during regular library hours. BOTTEGA EVENTS Photography exhibit with Jason Hudson, Keith Ketchum and Ross Rogers. • 1/27: Thrive studios will be descending upon Bottega and taking it over for 2 months. • 3/23: The fantastic Gabriel Lehmen will be returning for a solo exhibit for two months. • Mon: Closed through winter • Tues (4pm-midnight): Starving artist night • Wed (4pm-mid.): Weekly wine tastings, 7pm • (Sat 1pm-2am; Sun., 1pm-mid.) • 208 N. Front St. 910-7633737, PROJEKTE Now showing: “Heavy Metal,” a group exhibit showcasing works in metal. Participating artists include Doug Campbell, Michelle Connolly, Carolyn Foland, Brandon Guthrie, Melissa Manley, Veronica Plankers and Ashley Roderick. Each artist uniquely shapes and forges metal into either jewelry, wall art, mixed media painting, floor sculpture, assemblage and decorative designs. Hangs through 1/15/2012. Next exhibition: “Black & White” a Thrive Studio group exhibit showcasing new black and white artworks by Thrive Studio artists Scott Ehrhart, Zachariah Weaver, Lance Strickland, Gaeten Lowrie, Jason Jones, Zachary Duff, Geoffrey Scott Queen, Drew Swinson, Miranda Welborn Duncan, Emily Russell, Trek Matthews and Michael Watters. • Now open: Coffeehaus and Antiques, w/assortment of homemade sweets and specialty brewed java. Opens 1pm Tue-Sat. •

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EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.307.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes po-

1/14: HIDDEN BATTLESHIP Wilmington’s pride-and-joy of a tourist attraction, the Battleship NC, will offer a four-hour tour, leading small groups through areas of the ship not available on a regular walk-through. Folks will explore the bow, third deck, Engineer’s office, engine room and even see the Azalea Coast Radio Club operate the ship’s transmitters. Comfortable clothing suggested! Tickets are only $35$35; reservations can be made by calling (910) 251-5797. litical, always controversial, 7.30-11pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. • Every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • Every Fri/ Sat: Live Music, 8-12am. Free unless noted otherwise. 910-763-1197,, www. 523 S 3rd St.

culinary STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, 1/28, w/25 competitiors and popular local bands, Dog’s Ave., Machine Gun and DJ Lil Mike, all to benefit Step Up For Soldiers. Held at the lake in Carolina Beach. Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. Raffles, arts and craft vendors and additional food and drink for purchase. Gates at 11am and prizes awarded at 2pm. Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. Rose McConville: or 910-547-0087. CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/ chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! www. 910-545-8055 WINE CLASSES All classes Thurs, 6:30pm at Taste the Olive; must be at least 21 years of age w/ID. Space limited; RSVP rqd. Schedule: 1/12: Wine 101—Tasting seminar and inrto into world of wine. Learn to swirl, sniff and sip like a pro; understand your palate. $25/person • 1/26: Wine 102—Go beyond the basics and train your senses by learning to identify the components of wine’s nose and flavor profile, based on prior sensory memories as well as an understanding of the variety of taste components that are frequently identified in wine. Some knowlegde of wine preferable. $25/person. Reservations are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis, and are non-refundable. 910-256-OILS(6457)for policies/details. FEAST DOWNEAST 2/3, 8am-4pm: Feast DownEast and its partners are holding their Second Annual Regional Conference at the Burney Center, located on the UNCW Campus at 601 N. College Rd. The theme of the conference is “Bridging the Gap – Bringing Local Farmers to Market.”The focus is two-fold: to empower small farmers and fishermen with knowledge and skills to grow and sustain their farm businesses; and to help

buyers support local farmers and fishermen through the development of buying relationships. The conference aims to address issues related to building a successful local food economy; namely helping create enough supply to meet the demand and bringing local fresh food supply to the consumer. Farmers, fishermen and local food buyers may register online: www. or contact Jane Steigerwald at for more information. www.

museums HIDDEN BATTLESHIP Hidden Battleship: 1/14, 8:30-12:30 and 1:30-5pm. Four-hour tour consists of small groups with guides. Guests explore the bow (officers’ country and boatswain locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition handling, Engineer’s office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, the refrigerator compartments, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The Azalea Coast Radio Club will be in Radio II to explain their work on the ship’s radio transmitters. Limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera. $45/$35 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. RSVP: 910-251-5797. www. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Chinese New Year: 1/23, 10am-12pm. Count down to the Chinese New Year with the Children’s Museum! Make paper lanterns, write lucky red secret messages, make and taste sesame noodles and use chopsticks, and celebrate the Year of the Dragon! Free with admission or membership. • Free with admission or membership: Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Leading to Reading Literacy Class , 9am, and Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Acting Club 2pm. • 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. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Murrinis Within a Crystal Matrix: The Poetic Glassworks of Richard Ritter,” “Mark Peiser: Reflections on the Palomar Mirror “and “Penland School of Crafts: Evolution and Imagination.” Both Richard Ritter and Mark Peiser are honored as 2011 North Carolina Living Treasures. Thematically tied, both Ritter and Peiser attended Penland School of Crafts. The school is an international leader in the evolution of craft education located in western NC. This exhibition explores Penland then and now, featuring examples of some of the finest work from the school. Hangs through 4/1 • William McNeill: My Life as a Handheld Church Fan A Rhapsody on Sweat, Sweet Tea and Salvation, Brown Wing. Through 1/15. Feat. hundreds of church fans with images religious and secular, collected over 40 years by musician and performative assemblage artist William McNeill. McNeill emphasizes their cultural importance, “This collection is really about a vanishing Americana and a way of life that we won’t ever have again.” • Through 1/15: Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Brown Wing. 25 black and white photographs by Michael Cunningham featured in his book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000: Doubleday) are highlighted in this exhibition. • Hattitude: A Convergence of Fashion and Faith, Brown Wing; through 1/15. Hats from public and private collections, hats of our own and our mothers’, hats by leading and unknown designers comprise this bountiful exhibition, including gen-

erous loans from Dr. Yvonne Watson, Rep. Alma Adams, Guilford County and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NC State University. • Lecture w/ Charlie Brouwer, artist, Rise Up Wilmington and Rise Up Young Patrons: See page 10. • 1/15, 3pm, CAM Members, free. Spoken word artist SUN, performs in the Brown Wing to mark the last day of the exhibitions Hattitude: A Convergence of Fashion and Faith and Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats and William McNeill: My Life as a Handheld Church Fan~A Rhapsody on Sweat, Sweet Tea and Salvation. • Music w/Ryoanji Duo, feat. Rob Nathanson and Frank Bongiorno, 1/19, 7-8pm. CAM members, $5; non, $10. Frequently invited to perform at saxophone, guitar, and composer conferences, the duo has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, with performances in Berlin, Valencia and Tarragona (Spain), Lubjiana (Slovenia), Montreal, San Francisco and Chicago. • CLASSES, ETC: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/6-wks. • Kids @ CAM, 1/21, noon-3pm. Members: $3/child, non-members: $5/child, adults free. Come enjoy an afternoon of creativity and imagination! Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions.Fun for the whole family! Parental supervision required; no pre-registration necessary. • Call for Yoga, Rumba and Tai Chi class schedules. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. or 910-395-5999. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features non-native marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of well-balanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing Workshop. Pre-reg. classes. 910-4588257; 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 2/5: B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Explore the breathtaking nature photography of ecologist B.W. Wells and discover his passion for the flora and fauna of the Lower Cape Fear region. • Cape Fear Treasures: Remembering through 1/15: Glimpse a selection of souvenirs and mementos from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. Discover some of the objects people have treasured to remind them of the past. • Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art opens 1/28: Highlights the beauty of coiled basketry and shows how a basket can be viewed simultaneously as a work of art, object of use and container of memory. Features more than 50 baskets and related objects and images of Africans in America from the 17th century to the present.• EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. • 1/14, 28, 1-4pm: Building Wilmington, Free for members or w/admission. Conduct fun and creative building experiments to explore Lower Cape Fear architecture. • 1/15, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm: 3-2-1-Blast off! Cape Fear Skies’ Winter Contsellations offers your family a realistic planetarium experience the third Sunday of each month. Venture into outer space as you hear mythical tales and explore stars, planets, and more. Parental participation rqd. • 1/21, 10am-4pm: Mystery at the Museum, $3 for members; $6 for non-members. A gardener made a shocking discovery in the museum’s courtyard while planting a tree. Investigate the scene then analyze your evidence in the mystery labs. • 1/31, 6:308:30pm: Cape Fear 101: Gullah/Geechee Heritage: Making Local Connections; adults. To celebrate the

exhibit opening of Grass Roots, this Cape Fear 101 lecture and reception is free for members. Dr. John Haley, professor emeritus at UNC Wilmington, and Michelle Lanier, acting director of the NC African American Heritage Commission explore local connections to the Gullah/Geechee heritage and traditions. $7 for non-members. Tickets: 910-798-4362. Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM 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. • The Board of Directors of Wrightsville Beach Museum of History invites you to the museum’s Annual Meeting where we will recap 2011 and preview 2012. Meet other members, the staff and board and our volunteers. Light refreshments; open to the public 1/24, 5pm. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. (910)256-2569 WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. • Story Times designed for younger visitors first and third Mon, 10:30am. $4 per family is charged to cover program costs and includes access to the rest of the Museum. Museum admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 7620492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or

museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570.

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sports/recreation EMPIE TENNIS LADDER Empie Tennis Ladder: Jan-Mar. Singles: (Open, 2.53.0, 3.5- 4.0); Doubles: Open, 5.0-6.0, 6.5-7.5); Mixed Doubles: (Open). $20 (Includes singles, doubles, and mixed doubles ladders). Ends Thurs., 3/31. Playoff for the top 8 players in each division will be Sat., 4/9, at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex with food and refreshments. Qualifications: Players must be 18 or older to play, unless you play in the open division and/or have been approved by the AGTC tennis staff. Match Rules: All matches must be the best two out of three sets unless both parties agree beforehand to a 3rd set tie-breaker. Register: www. 910-3414639. HALYBURTON PARK Snake and Turtle Feeding: Wed 1/11 4-4:30 pm Cost: $1 • Backyard Birding and Bird Feeding: Sat 1/14 9:30-11:30am $3/participant • Trek Upon a Winters’ Dig- All About Fossils (ages 6-11). Cost: $7/participant. Sat 1/14 1:30 - 3 pm • Bird Hike - Smith Creek Park, Thu 1/19, 8 am-12 pm, Cost: $10 • Hike@Halyblurton and Trek Upon a Long Leaf Pine Forest, Sat 1/21 10-11:30am, $1/participant • Winter in the ForestAges 2-5 Cost: $3, Mon 1/23 10-11am. Tue 1/24, 10-11am • Fossil Hunt, (ages 18 /up), Fri 1/27, 10am-6 pm, $15/participant • Outer Banks Birding Trip Lake Mattamuskeet, Pocosin Lakes, Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges, Sat., 1/28 , to Sun., 1/29, 5am-6pm, Lodging (Double room, Bayside view at Comfort Inn) and meals are coordinated but not included in the cost of the trip. Registration deadline is 1/14. 4099 S. 17th St., 910-341-0075 CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH STRIPE FEST 1/13, 6pm: Cape Fear River Watch Stripe Fest. A two-day river restoration and education event along the beautiful Cape Fear River! Friday night we will host our exciting Banquet and Auction- we’ve sold out two years in a row, so get your tickets now! (Call 762-5606 for tickets). Be there Saturday morning to watch the electrifying start of our Tag and Release Striper Tournament or take a river tour to see the excitement firsthand! There are still a few spots left for anglers who would like to be a part of the fishing action! All day Saturday we will have fun, free and informative activities for children and adults, including talks by fishery experts and hands-on educational activities!

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April)

Now is the time to get problems with friends out in the open. Situations in conflict with your beliefs may arise, but don’t be afraid to stand your ground.

TAURUS (21 April – 20 May)

Mood swings may make you seem a little emotional, but giving love will only bring it back to you. Be careful if investing this week.

GEMINI (21 May – 20 June)

Egotistical may be how others see you this week, so take care to dot your I’s and cross your T’s! Getting to know a new friend will be an adventure.

CANCER (21 June – 21 July)

Empathy is heightened, and you tune in to what others are feeling; don’t waste time analyzing friends’ behavior, just be there.

LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.)

Parties attract you, just don’t overdo it! New romances are likely now, but they may be short term. Compromise is the word for the week.

VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.)

Taking on the world is just what you feel like doing, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. As your world changes, you may need the assistance of friends and loved ones.

LIBRA (24 Sept. – 23 Oct.) Commitments may be hard to balance this week, as everyone needs you right now. When you feel yourself becoming antisocial, it’s time to take a break.

SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.)

A serious attitude lets others know you are giving your responsibilities the attention they deserve, but when you get ready to socialize, no one smiles brighter!

Creators syndiCate SEA DAWGS OPEN TRY OUTS 1/29, 10am-noon: The Wilmington Sea Dawgs organization is pleased to announce a second open

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.)

As your wants and needs change, it is hard to clearly express to others what you need from them; think before demanding something from others.

CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.)

Independent to a fault, you may feel that you need a change, but you won’t take others at face value without a little research. Pay attention to your insights.

BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (18211907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 503 Market St

AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.)

Loved ones need to feel that it is ok to be themselves; being critical of them is not the answer. You should follow your instincts and do that romantic gesture…

PISCES (20 Feb. – 20 Mar.)

Gift of gab gives you the ability to convince others to your way of thinking. As you search for new and uncharted paths, look for new ways to express yourself.

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try-out for the 2012 Wilmington Sea Dawgs professional basketball team. Interested players may arrive at the gym as early as 9am, with tryouts starting at 10am at the Wilmington Family YMCA. Candidates must be 18 years of age with a high school degree or equivalent. Players should wear appropriate shoes and clothing and come ready to compete. Registration forms are available online. No charge. Wilmington Sea Dawgs at 910-791-6523,, or

ing With Gods” is a feature-length documentary that takes an in depth look at the life, career and mind of the Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison. Talking with Gods features interviews with Morrison and many his most collaborators, such as artists, editors and other industry professionals. • 1/29: “Collision” s a documentary film[1] released on October 27, 2009 featuring a debate between late, prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson, Presbyterian pastor of Christ Church Moscow. Described by Hitchens as a “buddy-and-road” movie, it provides an overview of several days worth of debates following the release of their book Is Christianity Good for the World?[2] The book was generated by correspondence published in Christianity Today. 1612 Castle St., (910) 763-2223

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARK AND REC Tennis lessons for youth & adults, cotillion for youth (next session begins 1/17; pre-reg rqd), Bridge lessons and workshops, line dancing, yoga, pilates, boot camp, tone & stretch, and low impact aerobic classes.• Flag Football Spring season begins 2/12.  Reg. now in the park office, Monday-Friday, 8am- THE SCREW PREMIERE 5pm. Last day to register: 2/2. Each team must pro1/28: ScrewUp TV presents their first feature length vide the registration form, the team fee of $450, and film “The Screw,” a movie about four youths who the initial roster. While Wrightsville Beach Flag Foottry to scam their city with a pyramid scheme. Thalian ball League works in cooperation with the WilmingHall on Sat., 7pm; show at 8pm. Join us for the movie ton Flag Football League, there are slight differences release in true Hollywood fashion—dress to impress! in the administrative procedures and the rules which Meet and greet with the cast, get your picture takwill be reviewed at the mandatory captains’ meeting. enon the red carpet. Following the premiere, please 910-256-7925 or join us for the after party at Nutt Street Comedy Room. Mingle with the stars, have a few drinks, enjoythe rest of your Hollywood evening. Merchandise will be available for purchase at Thalian Hall and Nutt Street Comedy Room. We look forward to seeing CINEMATIQUE you there, and as always, thank you for supporting Plays weekly at Thalian Hall main stage, 310 ChestScrewUp TV! Movie premiere at Thalian Hall, 310 nut St. 7:30pm, $7 (unless otherwise noted) • 1/9Chestnut St., 7-10pm. After Party at Nutt St Com11: The Skin I Live In: Directed and written by Pedro edy Room, Lower floor of The Soapbox, 255 N Front Amodovar. Ever since his wife was burned in a car St, 10pm - 2am Tickets are free, but seats are limited. crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas,) an or 910-541-1850; include eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creyour name, phone number and how many seats you ating a new skin with which he could have saved her. are requesting. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Rated R, 1  hr.  57  min.  •  1/22-24:  The  Way,  a  powerful  and  inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges, Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doc- OLD BOOKS ON FRONT ST. tor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Local Author’s Book Club: It is hard to escape the collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio realization that this area is overflowing with writing Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walktalent. Each month we will read a book by a local ing the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way author (primarily narratives) and invite the author to of Saint James. 123 minutes. PG-13. In English the discussion, hopefully, for some autographs, too! The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton (clydeedgerton. CUCALORUS FILM FEST HIRING! com). First meeting will be Wed. 1/18, 7pm. FebruCucalorus Film Festival seeks a programming and ary’s book will by Joel Finsel’s Cocktails and Convercommunications coordinator to join the staff in prepasations From the Astral Plane • 2/3-5: Couplet - 2  ration for the upcoming 18th annual Cucalorus Film Days of Verse Festival, featuring local and regional Festival taking place 11/8-11, 2012. Their responpoets including Jacar Press and Press 53 Sat: 11:30sibilities include providing administrative support to 12:30: 4 readings: Richard Krawiec, Jessie Carty, the director, facilitating the acceptance of film subDeb Kaufman and Stephanie Levine; 12:30-1:15 missions for the festival, coordinating the call One-on-one mini-critiques; 1:15 - 2:30, break for for entries campaign, supporting and



guiding the selection process, planning the festival marketing campaign, maintaining relationships with key media, maintaining the festival website, managing the festival’s social media presence, and researching and writing festival press releases. The candidate will also be responsible for working with staff, volunteers and board members to guide the overall planning and execution of the festival. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills, excellent computer skills and be very enthusiastic and outgoing. Prior experience in public relations and marketing preferred. Ideal candidates will also have some background in event planning, the film festival industry and the non-profit sector. This is a seasonal position beginning in February. Please send cover letter, resume, an inappropriate recipe and three references by 1/23: Dan Brawley, director; Cucalorus Film Foundation. 815 Princess St. dan@

SUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES 1/15: “The Cruise” documents the worldview and poetic personality of New York City bus tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch, who later had brief appearances in Scotland, PA, Waking Life, School of Rock, and We Live in Public. • 1/22: “Grant Morrison: Talk-


festival” 2/3-5. Open to any and all styles of poetry. Maximum length: 2 pages. Please send submissions to  •  249  N.  Front  St. (910) 76-BOOKS (26657). MLK JR CELEBRATION 1/19, 7pm: Phillip L. Clay, a Wilmington native and the first African American chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak at UNCW’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Kenan Auditorium. He will speak on the origins and significance of the song “Life Every Voice and Sing.” Free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office beginning Wed., 1/11. Clay is a Wilmington native and 1964 graduate of Williston High School. Coincidentally, the first African American student to be admitted to MIT, Robert R. Taylor, was also from Wilmington and attended Williston. Clay plans to address the “Black National Anthem,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing” originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson and first publicly performed as part of a celebration of President Lincoln’s birthday by 500 school children at the segregated Stanton School. WOMEN IN BUSINESS 1/26, 11:30am: Women in Business from McColl & Associates, Inc will kick off the new year with Barbara Hemphill, “America’s Favorite Organizer,” advising women in business with “Simple Strategies for Making 2012 Your Most Productive and Profitable Year Ever!” Barbara’s presentation offers practical techniques developed and tested over 30 years in offices around the world for creating a “Productive Environment’—includes the Six Information Management Questions every organization must address. Tickets are $40. 910-350-1211. Press 102, 102 South 2nd St. (910) 399-4438

classes/workshops IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS Improv for Beginners! Starts Thursday 1/19, and it will last each Thursday thereafter for 6 weeks until 2/23, 7-10pm. Cost is $180 total, all 6 classes! The Beginner Class frees up your imagination and rekindles your sense of playfulness. Learn the tools and techniques of Matt Warzel’s Wilmington Improv! The Beginner Improv series is a supportive, fun, and accessible atmosphere perfect both for absolute beginners and more experienced performers. Learn how to release your creativity as well as spin captivating stories on the spot. Performance Club Studio Theater, 6624 Gordon Rd, Studio B. (910) 338-3378 or This class is for mature teens only Ages 16 & up!

In need of a job? Want to be a part of our arts community? Love film? Cucalorus Film Festival is currently hiring a programming and communications coordinator for the 18th festival in November 2012. Candidates must be responsible for working with staff, volunteers, and board members to guide the overall planning and execution of the festival. Strong organizational skills and computer skills a must! A background in event planning beneficial. Send résumé by the 23rd to 815 Princess Street, Wilm, NC, 28401. lunch; 2:30-3:30, two formal workshops; 3:30, poet’s open mic; 7pm, launch of “Testing the Waters” • Sun,  2-4pm:  Song  writer’s  panel;  4:30-5:30pm,  promoting your poetry workshop with Addy Robinson McCulloch. Anthology of poetry titled “Testing the Waters” submissions, open to anyone: Deadline, 1/15. Payment will be 10 copies of the anthology. Anthology will debut at “Couplet - 2 days of verse

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO MMC’s Career Services will be hosting a “Health & Wellness Expo” on Tues, 1/24, noon-3pm. Vendors from the medical and wellness fields in attendance. The New Hanover County Health Dept: free confidential HIV and Syphilis testing. MMC medical students: free blood pressure checks, BMI checks and other various tests. Massage students: free chair massages. Open to the public. •  Vendor  entry  fee:  bring  3  canned  food  items for donation to the ACES organization (Aids Care and Educational Services). Please contact Shannon Carlson (Employer Relations Director: or (910)4423414. Park on the left side of the building where it says “Administration” and walk in the side entrance. 5000 Market St.

BOATING COURSES Boaters of all ages and anyone else interested in boating can learn how to have fun on the water safely by completing a two-day boating course at Cape Fear Community College on 2/4, 11. America’s Boating Course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. The course, which will

be taught by certified instructors of the non-profit Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, covers boating safety. navigation, communications afloat, state and local regulations, anchoring, GPS use, piloting, personal watercraft, trailering, docking, underway responsibilities, adverse conditions and emergencies and local knowledge of the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway. $35, which includes the America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition textbook and other materials. An optional three-hour on-the-water class to be scheduled during the course is available for an additional $15. Graduates of the course are eligible for free six-month memberships in the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron. Ed LoBalbo: (910) 3988686 or ART CLASSES Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt, MFA. Over 30 years of art teaching experience. Small classes, individual tutoring available. Four weeks, $80. Watercolor: Mon, 11am-1pm; or Sat., 3-5pm: Learn color washes, expressive brushstrokes, creating light and shadow and more. For beginners or experienced painters that want to refresh their  skills.  •  Collage:  Mon,  3-5pm:  Create  beautiful collages from found papers in a series of fun collage lessons including textures, color gradation, paper  dynamics,  photo  portrait  and  more.  •  Mixed  Media, Tues., 3-5pm: Learn how to use found materials to create mixed media collages exploring textures, color dynamics, power of content, evocative images  and  more.  •  Acrylic  Painting,  Wed.,  11am1pm. Learn acrylic painting basics: brushstrokes, mixing colors, painting light and shadow and how to choose and paint subject matter. For beginners or experienced painters that want to refresh their skills. • Oil Pastel, Wed, 3-5pm. Learn basic oil pastel skills  including overlay, light and shadow, color dynamics and making subject matter vibrant as content. For beginners or those experienced in other media that want  to  learn  about  oil  pastels.  •  Basic  Drawing,  Sat., 11-1pm: Learn line, shading, composition, how to draw what you see, and more. Fun exercises and individual guidance. For beginners or those that want to refresh their drawing skills.

clubs/notices CAPE FEAR PARROT CLUB 1/14: Cape Fear Parrot Club meet and greet, 2-4pm, First Baptist Ch. Carolina Beach, 409 North Lake Park Blvd. Please do not bring birds to this meeting. Ces Erdman: 910-386-6507 HISTORIC ILM FOUNDATION 1/26, 6pm: Please join us for our annual meeting, Thursday, January 26 at 6pm, in the Great Hall at St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of 3rd and Market where we will be joined by Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. Ms.Bartos will discuss state historic preservation initiatives and we will nominate and choose the new board. Light refreshments will be served. TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910-343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! NOMS FOR WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT Nominations are now being accepted for the YWCA Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards to honor women and youth who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, as well as excellence, accomplishments and commitment in their careers, schools and communities. Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender County women may be nominated in 9 categories: arts, business, communications, education, environmental, health and wellness, public service, volunteer and the Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award. Seniors in high school are nominated in the Youth Leader Category (awards include a $1,000 scholarship). Deadline: 3/1, 5pm. 799-6820.

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