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BEST PIZZA Slice of Life Incredible Pizza Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

BEST HOT DOG Trolley Stop Paul’s Place PT’s Old Fashioned Grille

BEST ITALIAN FOOD Osteria Cicchetti A Taste of Italy Giorgio’s

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BEST BURRITO K-38 Baja Grill Moe’s Southwest Grill Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn

BEST MEXICAN FOOD El Cerro Grande La Costa K-38 Baja Grill BEST THAI/ VIETNAMESE Indochine Big Thai II Thai Spice BEST JAPANESE FOOD Hiro Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet & Sushi YoSake

BEST SOUL FOOD / COUNTRY COOKING Casey’s Buffet Basics Saltworks II BEST BARBECUE Jackson’s Big Oak BBQ Smithfield’s Chicken & BBQ Casey’s Buffet

BEST OYSTERS Dock Street Oyster Bar Shuckin’ Shak Hieronymus Seafood BEST STEAK Ruth’s Chris Steak House Port City Chop House Port Land Grille BEST APPETIZERS Circa 1922 Cameo 1900 Front Street Brewery

BEST CHINESE FOOD Szechuan 132 Chopstix Double Happiness

BEST SUB / SANDWICH SHOP Chop’s Deli Jersey Mikes Subway

BEST INDIAN FOOD Tandoori Bites India Mahal Whole Foods

BEST FRIES Five Guys Burgers and Fries McDonald’s PT’s Old Fashioned Grille

BEST DESSERTS Circa 1922 Apple Annie’s Bake Shop Sweet & Savory

BEST FRENCH FOOD Caprice Bistro Brasserie du Soleil Le Catalan

BEST BURGER PT’s Old Fashioned Grille Five Guys Burgers and Fries Winnie’s Tavern

BEST WAITSTAFF Copper Penny Circa 1922 Nick’s Diner

BEST FAST FOOD Chick-Fil-A Cookout PT’s Old Fashioned Grille

BEST PANINI Wayfarer Deli & Bistro Panera Bread Chop’s Deli

BEST BREAKFAST Dixie Grill Goody Goody Omelet House Sweet & Savory

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BEST SALADS Brasserie du Soleil Elizabeth’s Pizza Ruby Tuesday

BEST ATMOSPHERE Indochine Circa 1922 Little Dipper BEST NEW RESTAURANT RX Restaurant Hops Supply Co. Roko Italian Cuisine BEST CHAIN RESTAURANT Bonefish Grill Chili’s Outback Steakhouse BEST RESTAURANT (OVERALL)

Indochine Circa 1922 Manna BEST HOMEMADE BREAD Sweet & Savory Great Harvest Bread Company Panera BEST HOMEMADE SOUP Chop’s Deli Sweet and Savory Pine Valley Market BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT Circa 1922 Manna Port Land Grille

BEST DINER Nick’s Diner College Diner Dixie Grill

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BEST BAKERY Apple Annie’s Bake Shop Sweet & Savory Le Gemma

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BEST LATE-NIGHT EATERY Nick’s Diner Jimbo’s Slice of Life BEST DELICATESSAN Wayfarer Deli and Bistro A Taste of Italy Chop’s Deli BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD Black Sea Grill The Greeks Olympia

BEST WINGS Buffalo Wild Wings Wild Wing Cafe Copper Penny

BEST WINE / BEER SHOP Lighthouse Beer and Wine Cape Fear Wine & Beer Wilmington Wine

BEST ICE CREAM Kilwins Fuzzy Peach Velvet Freeze

BEST GOURMET STORE Pine Valley Market Whole Foods Temptations Everyday Gourmet

BEST SUSHI Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi Bento Box YoSake

BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE Lovey’s Market Tidal Creek Whole Foods


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BEST LOCAL BOOK STORE Old Books on Front Street Pomegranate Books Two Sisters Bookery

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ RESALE-CLOTHES Fairy Circle Plato’s Closet Clothes Mentor

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Drew Dalton Lamaine Williams Dee Whittington

BEST FLORIST Julia’s Florist Moxie Fiore Fine Flowers

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ RESALE-DECOR The Ivy Cottage Home Again Flea Body’s

BEST GYM Gold’s Gym Planet Fitness Crest Fitness

BEST LOCAL BAND/ PERFORMER Best local band will be determined at the Best Of Battle of the Bands, February 2, 2012, at the Encore Best Of Party. The Nominees are: Mike Blair & The Stonewalls L Shape Lot Bibis Ellison

BEST HAIR SALON Bangz Rockin’ Roller Salon Salon Beyond Basics

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP Ivy Cottage Michael Moore Antiques The Eclectic

BEST SPA Ki Spa Head to Toe Day Spa Bangz

BEST LOCAL DJ DJ Battle DJ Milk DJ Ghost Tracks

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Indochine Caprice Bistro Little Dipper

BEST DANCE CLUB Ibiza Prada/Sputnik Liquid Room

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BEST MORTGAGE COMPANY Alpha Mortgage Wells Fargo Cunningham and Company BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX South Front Apartments Reserve at Mayfaire Avalon Apartments BEST CAR WASH Mister Sudzy Buff Masters Cruisers BEST TANNING SALON Tropical Tans Timeless Tans Bronzed Tanning Salon BEST GIFT SHOP Blue Moon Planet It’s Personal BEST PRINT SHOP Dock Street Printing All Ways Graphics Sign-A-Rama BEST HOTEL Hilton Wilmington Riverside Blockade Runner Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach BEST ADULT STORE Spyces Adam & Eve Priscilla McColls BEST MOVING COMPANY 2 Men and a Truck Coastal Carrier Murray Transportation BEST MOTORCYCLE SHOP Britts Motorsports Harley Davidson 47 Cycles BEST CATERING SERVICE Middle of the Island Catering Little Pond Catering Pine Valley Market BEST DOG GROOMER The Purple Groomery Port City Animal Hospital Sea Peace Grooming

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BEST NONPROFIT Love is Bald Full Belly Project Habitat for Humanity

BEST LOCAL HUMANITARIAN Sister Mary Issac Jock Brandis Kelli Russell

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BEST ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP Cape Fear River Watch Stop Titan Surfrider Foundation

BEST NEWSCASTER Frances Weller Jon Evans Ashlea Kosikowski

BEST VOLUNTEER Kelli Russell Greg Brinson Amanda Young

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FROM FAIRY TAILS TO REALITY P. 12 Zelda Fitzgerald is one of the Roaring Twenties’ most intriguing characters. The wife and muse of American literary genius F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda had plenty to offer the art community in her own right. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, the Southern belle was quite audacious—and that dauntless attitude led to her success in ballet, writing and art. Cameron Art Museum is currently hanging the exhibit “Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.” It is available to view until March 10th, 2013. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900-1948), Candler, N.C., ca. 1945, watercolor and graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald Smith, 1986.4.11

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LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES “According to the latest census poll, a large number of Californians are moving out of state and going to places like Texas and Nevada. Look, I know a lot of us are disgusted with the Lakers, but that’s no reason . . .” —Jay Leno “Wal-Mart announced that on apocalypse day they [would] open at midnight. I think the Mayan calendar is becoming too commercialized, don’t you?” –David Letterman “McDonald’s reported that it had better than expected sales in the month of November. Executives credit the success to increased advertising, new menu items, and two states legalizing weed.” —Jimmy Fallon “The EU was founded in 1993 to ensure that no European nation ever start another war. By European nation, they mean ‘Germany.’” —Craig Ferguson “Because of climate change, “Frosty the Snowman” has a new name. Now he’s called ‘Frosty the Puddle.’” —David Letterman “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited the White House. President Obama told him, ‘I’d invite you to lunch but the deficit is already too high.’” —Conan O’Brien “According to a new study at UCLA, Latinos live longer than non-Latinos. More bad news for Republicans.” —Jay Leno

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12 cover story: Sarah Richter has the scoop on the Zelda Fitzgerald works currently hanging at Cameron Art Museum.

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

14 music: Bethany Turner finds out how folks can suggest songs from Grateful Dead and Phish for Dubtown Cosmonauts’ upcoming show’s set list.

20-22 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

21 film: Anghus is disappointed with ‘The Hobbit.’

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33 grub: Rosa Bianca checks out the eats at Towne Tap and Grill.

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again. Really, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are about. I tend to try not to make resolutions that are completely unrealistic or aimed unrealistic time periods like “look good in a bikini by April.” It’s just not going to happen; frankly, it’s not a good use of my time. Maybe the place to start is to look at last year’s resolutions and see how they went. 1) To build a fairly comprehensive local shopping resource page for our readers. 2) Pay cash and get out of debt. 3) Invest my money in a local company (not just my own). 4) Step up my locavore activities, including foraging and gardening. 5) Support a barter network, time bank, local currency or local investing option. Well, as stated last week, number one happened because encore’s editor lady Shea Carver made it happen. It’s available at www.encorepub. com; please check it out. Number two is a little sadder: I did a much better job of paying cash this yea. Besides helping my budgeting, I also really enjoyed the anonymity of it. No nice neat paper trail for where I’ve been and what I’ve done. However, I am far from out of debt. I have made some great strides forward over where I was at this time last year and I am grateful for each and every dollar paid off. Though, I was hoping not to have to borrow more money to put into the business this year; that has been unavoidable. It will be an ongoing project. I was unable to invest in a local company that was not my own this year. As stated above, that was just not going to be finicially possible.

Our household did increase our locavore activities. Though not ever garden goal was achieved, we have done fairly well and are starting to plan a little better for next year. We had a massive broccoli plant that got away from us and is starting to resemble a distant cousin of Audrey II, which has been interesting. I figured out that we eat an average of 208 potatoes a year. Unfortunately, due to heavy rains, our potato crop drowned. I was really hoping someone would start a time bank, barter network or local currency, and that doesn’t appear to have happened. In better news, Lincoln Morris started a cash mob (check them out on Facebook; Wilmington Cash Mob group)! Wow! Thank you, Lincoln! So what is up for 2013? Well, I am going to keep trying to pay down the credit card debt. I would really love to see the creation of some sort of local shopping gift registry. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this year. I still don’t know what it would look like, if it could be as simple as some sort of Facebook page that people can add to, or if needs to be a separate dedicated website. But I love the idea that for birthdays, holidays, maternity, weddings, etc., people could register for gifts at small, local stores and their friends and family could be assured of not only getting the right gift but of spending money locally. Also, I plan to continue to work for the preservation of our film incentives, which will be “under scrutiny” (translation: facing the ax) with our new state administration. The film industry impacts so many facets of our local economy: port o’ john rentals, tents, food, hotels, second-hand stores, print shops, etc. The long-term tourism is a gift that gives and gives and gives. The short-term

rentals and sales are gifts from heaven. It’s money from outside flowing into our economy with no hazardous impact on our drinking water or air quality. What’s not to love? I hope you will join me in letting our state legislature know how much we appreciate this injection of money and jobs into our state. If you are digging on the Live Local idea but not ready to jump into the deep end of the pool and go 100 percent local, try making a decision to buy 10 percent more local this year over last. It’s a lot easier than you think and there are some unexpected upsides. When you find yourself getting ready to hit the big-box store, ask yourself: Is there a local place I could get this instead? If you need resources check out the above mentioned Live Local Resource Page. It might surprise you how often small stores can beat chain stores on pricing. Also, if you are trying to find unique and interesting items—be it clothing, household needs or food—the little guys, your friends and neighbors, can provide the answer. Try the small stores and you can score not only a good deal but an incredible show-piece, too! Personally, I think it is time to start collecting some of this material into a book. I guess a “Live Local Manifesto” of sorts. Surprisingly, one of my resolutions is to have a finished manuscript this year. That also means finding a local printer to print it and possibly, I don’t know where, a local bookstore to carry it. But I don’t want this discussion to just evaporate, so it needs some sort of record. Well, wish us both (you and me) luck this year! If any community can pull it together, it is ours! encore | january 2-8, 2013 | www.encorepub.com 7


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with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY PANDA GRADUATION PARTY Yes, This Is Really How They Do It: The Wolong Panda Training Base in Sichuan, China, released a series of photos to China Daily in October to mark the graduation from captivity, and into the wild, of the 2-year-old Tao Tao. Sure enough, Tao Tao and his mother, Cao Cao, were shown frolicking in the woods, accompanied by trainers each dressed in full-length panda suits, including panda heads, as they appeared to demonstrate climbing trees and searching for food.

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit The Lost Art of Cuddling: At the recently opened Soineya “cuddle cafe” in Tokyo, men buy hugging privileges (but no “sex” allowed!) with young women for from 20 minutes to 10 hours at prices (gratuity optional) ranging from the equivalents of $40 to $645, with surcharges for special services (e.g., foot massages, resting heads in each other’s laps). The Deluxe Comfort Girlfriend Body Pillow, which began as a boutique-only niche product, recently became available at Amazon.com and Sears.

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com at around $25. The bolster-like, cuddling-enabled pillow is augmented with two strategically placed mounds and a snuggleup arm hanging to the side. (There’s also an Original Soft and Comfy Boyfriend Pillow, without the mounds.) “You have wrinkles,” the inquiring customer was told, “and your left cheek is larger than your right,” explained “Tata,” the Bangkok-born woman who recently opened a salon in San Francisco to employ the supposedly traditional Thai art of faceslapping. Frown lines and droopy skin are curable with a 10-minute regimen of wellplaced whacks across the cheek (and payment of the $350 fee), Tata told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in October. Masochists are warned that Tata deals in therapy, not punishment. “If you want someone to hit you, go on Craigslist.” Cutting-Edge Science Among the “Ig Nobel” prizes awarded to earnest academics in September by the Annals of Improbable Research was the one to Patrick Warren and colleagues who delved into excruciatingly detailed predictions (at the behest of a cosmetics firm) about how someone might ultimately look with a ponytail, based on hair characteristics. The team took into account the stiffness of the strands, the effects of gravity and the random curliness or waviness in the hair in a set formula to compute a “Rapunzel Number” for each head. Explaining his particularized work to reporters, Dr. Warren acknowledged (perhaps with underestimation), “I’ve been working on this for a long time.” A research team at Lund University in Sweden, led by neuroethologist Jochen Smolka, concluded that one reason dung beetles dance in circles on top of dung is to cool off, according to an October report on LiveScience.com. To arrive at their conclusion, the team went to the trouble of painting tiny silicone “boots” on some beetles to protect them from the ambient heat experienced by a control group of beetles, and found that the booted beetles climbed atop the dung less frequently. Explained Smolka, “Like an air-conditioning unit, the moist (dung) is cooled by evaporati(on).” Leading Economic Indicators While the U.S. recently nearly elected a multimillionaire as president, Uruguay’s chief executive, Jose Mujica, declared his personal wealth in 2010 as the equivalent of about $1,800 and gives away 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly presidential salary in order to remain true to his political roots with the leftist guerrilla group Tupamaros.

He has rejected the government-provided mansion and instead lives with his wife at her family’s farmhouse, where he helps work the land, according to a November BBC News profile from Montevideo. “I have to do (this),” he told a reporter, “because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.” Financial advisers charge the big bucks because of their sophisticated understanding of money and markets or maybe because they know how the stars align. A September Marketplace radio program highlighted the newsletters of “financial astrologers” Karen Starich and former Merrill Lynch stock trader Arch Crawford (who left the trading floor because, apparently, astrology is more lucrative). About 300 traders pay $237 a year to learn what Starich knows about Neptune and Saturn, and Crawford’s 2,000 subscribers (at least a few of which prefer receiving copies in unmarked wrappers) learned that any new business venture goes south when Mercury is in retrograde. The Continuing Decline of American Manufacturing: A Drug Enforcement Administration agent told the Associated Press in October that factories in Mexico have recently been supplying American markets with especially potent and inexpensive methamphetamine. “These are sophisticated, high-tech (businesses) ... that are operating with extreme precision,” said agent Jim Shroba. The 90 percent-pure product offers “a faster, more intense and longerlasting high.” Many Americans, meanwhile, continue to make small batches of inferior meth in 2-liter soda bottles.

Perspective In 2011 only 75 worldwide shark attacks on humans were reported, with only 12 fatal, yet researchers writing recently in the journal Conservation Biology found that about 60 percent of all media reporting about sharks emphasized just the serious dangers that human swimmers face. By contrast, only about 7 percent of the reports were focused on shark biology or ecology, though the sorry state of shark survival would seem more important, in that an estimated 26 million to 73 million sharks are killed annually from the harvesting of their fins.

Update Taunting of Third-World Laborers: First, as News of the Weird reported more than 20 years ago, Indonesian coffeemakers made “Kopi Luwak,” using only beans that had passed through the digestive tracts of native civet cats. More recently, Thailand’s upscale Anantara Resorts began offering coffee using beans similarly excreted by elephants. In both cases, these digestivetract coffee beans, picked and processed by laborers earning as little as $1 day, wind up as a drink sipped by (in the words of an NPR reviewer) “cat poop fetishi(sts)” who may pay upwards of $10 for a single cup.


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tor, John Staton, successfully created—with a little help from actress Linda Lavin and a host of locals, like Donn Ansell, Lou Criscuolo and others—a ceremony that celebrates the dozens of local theater productions that play throughout the year in Wilmington. The Wilmington Theater Awards is now back in its second year, returning to Thalian Hall to honor and award a whole new season’s worth of titles and players. Staton has reviewed thousands of plays during his time covering the local scene (which started as editor of encore), overseeing the “Play” section of the StarNews’, as well as its WAE (Wilmington Arts and Entertainment) blog. It was really only a matter of time before Staton found a way to a commemorate Wilmington’s thriving theater scene and everyone involved. encore spoke to Staton about the program’s lineup, nominees and notable presenters. encore (e): It feels odd to say, but the inaugural Wilmington Theater Awards show was only just a year ago. Since it was the first-time event, has the program evolved in year two? John Staton (JS): We felt like things went pretty well last year, so we’ve kept the structure mostly the same: presentation of awards with performance numbers from the “Best Musical” nominees and a few other musical and video presentations. That said, we have a new host, Zach Hanner, representing the Theatre Network of Wilmington, and a new music director, Jonathan Barber, representing the Thalian Association. Last year’s host [Justin Smith] and music director [Chiaki Ito, both of City Stage] were truly awesome, but to make these awards a true community event, we wanted to involve other companies this year. We plan on working with new people next year as well. It’s kinda like a jazz song: We’ve got a basic structure, but there’s a lot of room for playing around within it.

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e: You have final say over the nominee list, were there any productions this time around you felt compelled to get on the list? JS: I did have final say on nominations, which were based largely on “suggested nominees” from the theater companies and my fellow critics. I’d say that instead of being determined to get any productions on the list, I was more disappointed that some shows had to be left off. There were 10 or 20 shows and performances that probably deserved nominations that didn’t get them, because, obviously, not everyone can be nominated. e: As you mentioned, the Thalian Association’s Jonathan Barber will be providing musical direction for the show. How is that coming along? JS: Still planning the program, but we will have numbers from “Spring Awakening,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “The Color Purple,” “The Producers” and “9 to 5.” Also, our host, Zach Hanner, has some superfun songs and videos planned that should probably be left a surprise. The whole show is being dedicated to Donn Ansell, the longtime local actor and media personality who died earlier this year. Donn was instrumental in getting the first awards show off the ground, and we’ll be talking about Donn a lot as well as presenting his partner [Michael Walton Jones] and family with the Enduring Contribution to Wilmington Theater award, which will be honoring Donn posthumously. e: It would be an understatement to say that you see a lot of local shows throughout the year. Off the top of your head, which overall productions really stood out to you? JS: It was often more moments and feelings that stood out than individual productions. The emotion conjured up by “The Color Purple” was incredible.

The weirdness and creativity that permeated the staging of “Margo Veil” at UNCW I still think about. “The Full Monty,” which I had some problems with, probably had the best payoff/ending of any show I saw all year. I could go on, but we’d be here all day. e: Were there any particular acting performances that really awed you this season? JS: Even though she didn’t get a nomination, Erin Sullivan did an amazing job as Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.” Justin Smith mentioned to me, and I agree, that the way she moves onstage, in some ways, cannot be taught. Ron Hasson had a great year and really blew me away with his acting, in very different roles, in both “God’s Favorite” for Big Dawg and “The Importance of Being Earnest” for Browncoat. Tammy Mercer gave an inspired performance in “The Dixie Swim Club.” She played a 40-year age range over the course of the show and did so believably, and hilariously. e: Last year Linda Lavin presented, as well as Mayor Saffo. Are there any notable presenters you’d like to give a shout out to for this year’s event? JS: Yes, two very good and notable actors, Peter Jurasik and Joe Gallison, have agreed to present. Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County director Rhonda Bellamy will present again. Justin Smith, last year’s MC, will present, too. We’re waiting to hammer down a couple more. e: As for the running time, I know your goal last year was not to have the ceremony too bloated; is the duration still around two hours? JS: Yes it is. Two hours and we out.

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‘Spamalot’ scores big as the year-opener from City Stage hler by Gwenyfar Ro Spamalot 's Monty Python

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lived in a perpetual state of curious anticipation. It all began with the announcement of City Stage’s intention to produce “Monty Python’s Spamalot” on the main stage of Thalian Hall. Our household comprises unabashed Python fans. “Spamalot” has been another wonderful installment in the catalog of comedic references that pepper our everyday communication ever since I stood at the box office in New York and cried to get tickets to see the original cast on Broadway. The beauty of the “Spamalot” script is that it has all the pieces of Monty Python and the Holy Grail” that Pythons hope to see: the knights who say “Ni!”, the French Taunter, and Tim the Enchanter, just to name just a few. Actually, it is a different script intended as a musical with the addition of new characters. So rather than Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”—which becomes some sort of fractal image of itself beginning as a movie becoming a stage show and then a movie of a stage show—“Spamalot” is a stand-alone work. Of course, it opens with an historian (Robb Mann) introducing the premise, geography and weather conditions. It then cuts to everybody’s favorite tourism commercial for Finland. Mann is an obvious choice for the historian parodying the staple from the BBC and managing to make even pestilence sound like an appealing way to spend an afternoon. The real story begins with the plague and the eternal statement, “I’m not dead yet.” Here we meet the future Sir Robin (Ashley Grantham) and Sir Lancelot (Adam Poole), who set off to join King Arthur and his knights at Camelot. From there we meet King Arthur (Troy Rudeseal) and Patsy (Jason Aycock), Arthur’s coconut-wielding squire. When Aycock walks out onstage, audiences will be stunned. The gentleman behind me remarked, “He looks just like Patsy!” (meaning, of course, Terry Gilliam from the movie). Rudeseal literally must play the straight man to every joke onstage, which, believe it or not, takes a really good sense of comic timing to make work. It also takes a certain amount of stage presence and sheer charisma to pull off a part like that. “Spamalot” might be a comedy, but we still have to believe that Arthur could inspire people to follow him.

Actually, the one who inspires people to follow him is God, appropriately played by Tony Rivenbark—a man who for the last 30 years has inspired people to follow his vision of preserving Thalian Hall. The opportunity to see some performers I enjoy on stage but rarely get to see makes “Spamalot” a must-see. Bill Piper and Steve Coley specifically come to mind. Both are talented, hard-working performers that theatregoing audience have loved for many years. Piper brings us Sir Bedevere and Concrode, Lancelot’s squire, both with a dead-pan humor that sells the two roles. Coley’s “Not Yet Dead Fred” is just too much fun! He almost looks like a marionette off his strings, dancing around to get a laugh during “I Am Not Dead Yet”; it works in spades. But, really, he is the envy of many as the King of the Knights who say “Ni!” It must be hard to walk into playing roles that have captivated people for so long. The night I was there many members of the audience were reciting lines along with the performers, including during the French Taunter scene with Adam Poole as the lead taunter. From his ridiculous mustache—which was only outdone by his ri-dic-u-lous accent! To King Arthur and his knights’ curious confusion, at this turn of events, the audience practically rolled around in the aisles. This must be a wonderful show to be running crew on. One of the conceits of the production is that they interact with the performers, including following the Lady of the Lake around with a smoke machine at one point—as if at a rock concert rather than the usual constraints and expectations of the technical staff at the theatre. Speaking of “Strange Women lying in ponds distributing swords,” Caitlin Becka as the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls (the female half of the ensemble) are wonderful—and not just for all the skin they showed! It is a demanding score for the Lady of the Lake to sing: She has the hardest songs and the widest rang of music of any one character. Becka tackles those challenges head-on and brings a tremendous amount of panache to the battle with her. From her duet with Galahad (Max Korn), “The Song That Goes Like This,” a hysterical parody of Andrew Lloyd Weber odes, to her solo in act two, “Diva’s Lament”—an aptly named commentary on life with divas, or from her perspective the problem of her disappearance from the show—she does not shrink. Though obviously partly spoofing Camelot, the Lerner and Lowe musical of the 1960’s this does not adhere strictly to the formula of that show (just as it does not adhere strictly to the movie of Holy Grail). Lancelot, in particular, has

Left to right: Jason Aycock, Steve Coley and Troy Rudeseal

a plot twist and Adam Poole’s take on it is delightful. Poole carries a strong voice and is fun to watch dance. It’s always enjoyable to get to see him in a musical, and in this role he get’s to really let loose. The principal characters will be most remembered here, but this is show that rests entirely on the ensemble. They make all the big production numbers, the songs, the jokes and, ultimately, the plot work. They are a fabulous and incredibly talented group of singers and dancers. This is a production of sight gags—from the very first moment. If you can’t get the seat (if you’ve seen the show, you know what I mean), then it’s worth while to get balcony seats so you don’t miss any of the jokes including the ones with the orchestra pit. Speaking of the

orchestra: This show easily could have canned the music, but thank the gods Chiaki Ito and her 10-piece fill the rafters. The sound is wonderful and the show would not be anywhere near as magical and present were it not for the top notch live musicians that interact with the performers and the audience. The audience singalong at curtain call would not be anywhere near as much fun without Ito leading the way. This is a wonderful, zany, funny production with a host of talented people. It’s a super way to start 2013; laughter will get us through a lot in life. Thank the Gods for the Pythons and the half a century of humor they’ve brought us. Do yourself—and your loved ones—a favor: Go see “Spamalot.” Your abs might hurt from laughing, but the rest of you will get better and feel happy!

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Flapper queen’s art work showcases exciting, sordid past

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no secret that history is told from a male perspective. For centuries women were sequestered to the home as they fulfilled the societal confines of feminine acceptability. In the art world, not much is different. Although female artists highlight history with their images, the great canvases of every generation were created by the genius of men. Since the intense rise of feminism in the mid20th century, female artists have begun to be re-evaluated for their significance in our society. Artists such as Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt and the Renaissance’s Artemisia Gentileschi have come to hold places of high esteem. One, who is more widely known as the darling of the Jazz Age, a literary inspiration and “the first American flapper,” is Zelda Fitzgerald. As the muse for her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novels (“The Great Gatsby”, “The Beautiful and Damned,” “This Side of Paradise”), for much of her life she sought artistic recognition beyond his shadow. Throwing herself into a variety of creative outlets, such as dance, writing and painting, Zelda’s intense personality, perhaps greatly influenced by her mental disease, helped cata-

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r by Sarah Richte : The ness is Wisdom Sometimes Mad ld ra ge a Sayre Fitz Ar twork of Zeld m eu meron Ar t Mus On display at Ca th through March 10 eum.com us tm ar www.cameron pult her into Jazz Age infamy. The Cameron Art Museum’s newest exhibition, “Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald,” provides viewers with access to the wide artistic oeuvre that she cultivated from 1927 to 1940. Born in Alabama at the turn of the century, Zelda was a typical Southern Belle. The youngest of six, she defied docile female conventionality at an early age, preferring to smoke, drink, dance inappropriately and spend an ample amount of time with boys. A successful ballet dancer, Zelda was not in short supply of suitors. After meeting Fitzgerald, the couple married in 1920 and subsequently had a daughter, Scottie, in 1921. After moving to Paris, the Fitzgeralds’ image as the constant partiers of the Jazz Age

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CIRCUS LIFE: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900-1948), Circus, ca. 1938, oil on canvas, 36 ¼ x 24 ¼ inches, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; Gift of the artist, 1943.5

was instated. By the end of the ‘20s, however, their lifestyle, marital discontent and Zelda’s deteriorating mental health had begun to take its toll on the couple. As the ‘30s approached, Zelda began a string of permanent stays in psychiatric hospitals and sanatoriums throughout the U.S. where she would spend the rest of her life. Yet, inside of her mind was more than distraught emotions. Her art showcases elements of whimsy and fantasy, depicting scenes from fairy tales, the Bible and her own personal reality. The disconnect between her artwork and its place in society showcases figures possessing sharp lines and harsh forms of Cubism and expressionism encountered during the 1920s while living in France. Both the human and characters hold their heads up high, chins raised to the sky as if ignoring the circumstances in which they live, searching for another reality above their own. Likewise, an unavoidable masculinity exists, which Zelda once explained: “That’s how a ballet dancer feels after dancing.” Many of her images are of planes from a skewed perspective, another nod to her exposure to modernist forms and design. She puts forth colorful vividness that evokes a playfulness, a feature of her Roaring Twenties’ life. Still, the contorted figures hark back to her own psychological pain. Another set of images in the exhibition are very much rooted in Zelda’s personal experience. After Scott’s death in 1940, she completed a set of paintings that immortalize and romanticize their life together in Paris. Depictions of prominent landmarks, the colors

appear more muted, featuring darker, grey tones and no figures, only scenes of their life together. The exhibition also includes paintings of religious scenes, landscapes, sketches and sets of paper dolls made for her daughter and first grandchild. Although her instability created troubles in her personal life, her perception and art are fueled by her unique experience of reality. Her art work privies us to another understanding of this American icon, who was once viewed only as the troubled wife and muse of a literary giant. “Sometimes Madness is Wisdom” is one that Zelda herself named as part of an exhibition at Cary Ross Gallery in New York in 1934. A collection of 32 framed works she created from 1927 to 1940 are now viewable locally and on loan from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the granddaughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ms. Eleanor Lanahan. Reproductions of historical photographs from the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers at Princeton Library are also on display. Held in conjunction with the Big Read in Greater Wilmington, which is featuring “The Great Gatsby,” designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading, “Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald” will be on display until March 10th, 2013 at the museum. It provides another perspective of a woman who stands as an icon for one of history’s most luxurious and extravagant decades. On Friday, February 1st, keynote speaker Eleanor Lanahan, Zelda’s granddaughter, will present a lecture about the collection. Admission to Cameron Art Museum is $8 for the general public, $5 for seniors, students and military and $3 for children ages 2-12.


galleryguide| ence for those enrolled in our art programs. This show will be up through the end of December. There will not be a 4th Friday reception in December, but the gallery will resume a normal 4th Friday exhibition schedule in January. For more information, contact bguthrie@cfcc.edu or 362-7431.

ARTFUEL.INC 2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. www.artfuelinc.com Artfuel.inc is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Celebrating one year at their new location, Artfuel Inc. host Vol. 33, featuring Todd Carignan, Scott Ehrhart, Sabrina Buchanan, and Cyndi Buell. Live music will be by L Shape Lot., with food provided by San Juan Cafe, Incredible Pizza and A Taste of Italy.

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ARTEXPOSURE! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) artexposure50.com Look for the big red barn and visit a unique space in the Hampstead area just 4 miles from beautiful Topsail Island. A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6pm. Our next 2nd Friday Opening will be on February 8th and will feature a “Masks Benefit for the Foundation for Hospice.” Almost eighty masks will be on display and will be auctioned off in March to benefit the Hospice, which is located in Jacksonville, NC. We represent over 40 local and regional fine artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to seven working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and small art supply store. New classes and regular art classes and studio time on our website. Yoga classes meet Saturday at 9am in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class. We will close Sunday, December 23rd and open at our regular hours on January 15th, 2013.

CAPE FEAR NATIVE 114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.capefearnative.com For the month of January, we running a “Yes We Can Can” auction benefiting Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. For a canned good or a $1 donation, you will be able to bid on a variety of products, including sail bags, art, photos, pottery, jewelry, wood crafts and books. Bidding continues until January 22. Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Come by and support your local creative community.

CF GALLERY: Join their auction benefitting Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard during the whole month of January. Donate canned goods or $1 to bid on a variety of items. Courtesy photo

FIGMENTS GALLERY 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 http://figmentsgallery.com Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Figments Gallery represents fantastic local and international artists. We feature an eclectic mix of work in a salon style gallery. From funky outsider art to soothing traditional pieces, it’s truly a feast for your eyes! The second Friday of each month features a new exhibit and open house. We’re having a December Jewelry Trunk Show featuring jewelry by Lynette Ashby, Samantha Evans (Reborn), Cameron Johnson, Michelle Scibetta, and Melissa Tyson Upham. Exhibit hangs through December 22nd, with a Second Friday Reception December 14th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call to artists for new exhibit, February 8th, 2013, “Go Figure!” We’re looking for 2D or 3D art with the artist’s interpretation of the human figure. Submit images to info@figmentsgallery.com for review.

201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) newelementsgallery.com New Elements Gallery is now exhibiting its 28th Annual Holiday Show. Over 40 gallery artists are featured, including Bruce Bowman, Fritzi Huber, Nancy Tuttle May, Ann Parks McCray, Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Michael Van Hout. A wide variety of work is available, ranging from paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal and wood. New Elements Gallery is located at 201 Princess Street in historic downtown Wilmington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6pm, and during the month of December on Mondays from 11am to 6pm.

RIVER TO SEA GALLERY 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-4pm. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. 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 Wilm-

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SUNSET RIVER MARKETPLACE 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. sunsetrivermarketplace.com This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, 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 framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.

WILMINGTON ART ASSOC. 120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. www.wilmington-art.org The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announced the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic Hannah Block USO building at 120 S. 2nd Street, downtown Wilmington in August. The art work changes monthly so drop by and see what’s new, the gallery has great north light! Sign up for three-day workshop in January with Joanne Anderson—a nationally known figurative artist. Featured in Watercolor Magazine, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and still quite proficient in teaching in all media, Joanne has extensive teaching and workshop experience. Open to all members is the poster contest for the WAA Annual Spring Show at the Azalea Festival. Again, see website for details.

HANOVER GALLERY 200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Tues. and Thurs., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. A student-produced exhibition is now on display in the CFCC Hanover Gallery. Students from a number of classes and disciplines joined forces to curate and exhibit their own works under the guidance of their instructors. All decisions were made and executed by the students. The process was a unique educational experi-

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Dubtown Cosmonauts allows their fans to create their set list by Bethany Turner Dubtown Cosmonauts Sat., Jan. 5th • 9 p.m. The Whiskey 1 S. Front St. $5 cover • (910) 763-3088

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Fishman will not be making any appearances in Wilmington this month (Greenfield Lake, get on that for this summer), Deadheads and Phish fans can still check out some of the groups’ most iconic songs live on Saturday, January 5th. The local funkadelic jam band Dubtown Cosmonauts will dedicate two sets to the tunes for a special, custom show at The Whiskey. What’s even more exciting is that the Cosmonauts are actually building each set list from fan submissions. By visiting the Facebook event they’re running (www.Facebook. com/events/176682502472043) and posting a Grateful Dead or Phish song, folks are making their mark on the concert. DUBTOWN GOES DEADHEAD: Local act For those unfamiliar, Dubtown Cosmo- Dubtown Cosmonauts will play two sets at The nauts is a musical collaboration between Whiskey: one full of Grateful Dead songs and the several Southeastern NC-based musi- other full of Phish. Courtesy photo (Not pictured: cians. While the line-up has transformed saxophonist Todd Wade) several times in the past three years, one As the Dubtown Cosmonauts become thing remains the same: The Cosmonauts more involved with the charm and intrigue are here to jam. “Our first show was in early 2009,” gui- of their music, their goal to cooperate and tarist Tom Shaw shares. “We all had differ- conspire comes to fuller realization. “Our ent projects going on at the time, but Wilm- sound, in terms of style, hasn’t changed ington has a very tight-knit music scene that much,” Shaw admits. “However, with a lot of collaboration going on, and we we’ve become more comfortable playing love it for that. Tyler [Simmons, keys] had together, which in turn has allowed for us a date on hold at The Whiskey and asked to take the music places we hadn’t been a few of us if we wanted to come out and able to before.” The improvisation which is such an integral play with him—maybe learn a few covers and just improvise for most of the night. We part of the Cosmonauts’ makeup is exactly assembled a five- or six-person band of our what brought the fan-suggested set-list idea friends, and it ended up being a lot of fun, to mind. During practice one evening, Beaty was flipping through a Grateful Dead song so we kept doing it.” With Shaw and Simmons on board since book. Simply playing around, he began singing the beginning, the group currently com- and strumming the vintage tunes on his guitar. “One of us asked, ‘What if we played a prises Matthew Beaty (guitar, vocals), Nick Gliarmis (guitar), Justin Heter (drums), Alex whole set of Grateful Dead at one of our Voutsinas (bass), and Todd Wade (saxo- shows?’” Shaw describes. “And naturally, if phone). Their catalogue includes a lengthy you know us, you know that a full set of Dead list of original compositions, as well as a could only be followed by a full set of Phish!” Between just three of the Dubtown Cosplethora of covers from a surprising cast of characters. At regular shows fans can hear monauts band mates, they’ve seen about anything from The Allman Brothers Band, 100 Phish shows. Though some are more Soulive, Medeski Martin and Wood, Stevie influenced by the Grateful Dead, and vice Wonder, Sound Tribe Sector 9, and more. versa, both acts have greatly impacted each As long as the music presents an interest- member’s love for music. “We’re all excited, because when you go ing element—be it jazz, funk, blues, rock or see bands like these, the set list changes psychedelic—they’re gratified. 14 encore | january 2-8, 2013 | www.encorepub.com

every time,” Shaw claims. “You never really know what you’re going to hear. This time, we actually get to write the set list, and the fans get to submit their requests—two things that seldom happen when you see bands [such as] these.” As of press, over 30 fans have chimed in with their favorite songs, from “West L.A. Fadeaway” to “Run Like an Antelope.” Someone even requested Big Ball Jam, in which each member of Phish would toss a ball out to the crowd, and when their ball was hit by a fan, they’d play a note. Still, Dubtown Cosmonauts wouldn’t give too much away. “The reception has been great,” Shaw says. “It’s a lot of fun seeing first-hand what everybody wants to hear. We will say that we have been keeping up with the requests on the event page and taking note of which songs are getting the most requests... So whatever you do, take care of your shoes.” Though keeping up with a collaboration of seven musicians can be difficult, the group expects to have a stronger hold in the ILM music scene in 2013. “With all of our hectic schedules, Dubtown is a nice escape from the daily grind for us,” Shaw shares. “We have a great time playing together, and there is so much talent in the band that it’s always fresh and fun. You can definitely expect more shows around Wilmington throughout the year—and judging by the reception we’ve received from this concept, it is very likely we’ll throw a few more shows like this in the mix, too.”

Composed of Graham Barnes (bass), Benjamin Baldwin (drums), Jonathan Easterlin (guitar), and Mike Lewis (vocals/keys), Millenia Funk’n rocks out with covers from funk, pop, soul and metal. Audiences can expect to hear such artists as; Journey, James Brown, Adele, Guns ‘n Roses, Outkast, Alice in Chains, Rick James and more.

Tigger Clarkson Band The Whiskey 1 S. Front St. 1/4, 9 p.m. • $5

Artist Tigger Clarkson grew up abroad—and in many locations. His songs were crafted in far-off lands like Africa, Haiti and Afghanistan, lending a sense of wonder to his lyrical endeavors. The band’s gentle alt-rock is due to its amalgamation of parts: Harley Blasingame (keys), Daniel Pesavento (bass), and Dan Thomas (drums). With floating vocals reminiscent of Adam Levine, the Tigger Clarkson Band is expecting to release an EP in 2013.

All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages.


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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

soundboard

a preview of tunes all over town this week

THURSDAY LIVE MUSIC

$300 Bombs

JANUARY 23rd

$3 NC Brew Bottles

CAPE FEAR RISING

$4 Select Shooters

feat. KYLE LINDLEY, SEAN RICHARSON & ANTHONY GARGUILO

$2 PBR Pub Cans

FRIDAY

JANUARY 24th

END OF THE LINE POSSUM CREEK BIG AL HALL

$6 Margarita Pitchers $350 23oz. Pilsner Drafts

SATURDAY

JANUARY 31st

BOOTLEG DYNASTY POSSUM CREEK NO DOLLAR SHOES

$2 Bud & Bud Lt. Bottles $3 Wells

Looking for local bands to play in Brooklyn

Call 910-538-2939 for dates 516 North 4th Street 910.538.2939 brooklynartsnc.com

ONLY SOMEWHAT SHALLOW: Travis Shallow, a coveted musician in our local scene, will perform at the Holiday Inn in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, January 5th. Courtesy photo

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2

265 North Front St. (910) 763-0141

OPEN MIC WITH SEAN THOMAS GERARD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 KARAOKE W/ ASHLEY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE

1423 S. 3rd St. • 763-1607

New Outdoor Patio Seating!

MONDAY 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

$

TUESDAY djBe KARAOKE

TUESDAY Sweetwater $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Botles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider

WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY $ 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m.

4 20 oz. Guinness Pints

$

THURSDAY

TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. • PRIZES! $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts

THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas

LIVE IRISH MUSIC Inquire for details

FRIDAY $ 3 Pint of the Day

SATURDAY

djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m. 2 PBR Longnecks

SUNDAY

IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s

$

SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

SUNDAY 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day

$

N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

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—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 TOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 NATE GORDON

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 EDDIE ELLIOT

—The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON

—The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 BENNY HILL

—Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM)

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 UPSTARTS & ROGUES

—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 COMEDY OPEN MIC

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

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

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

—Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS

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

—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DJ DR. JONES

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ

FRIDAY,JANUARY 4 DJ MILK —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 LOOSE WHEEL BLUEGRASS JAM —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. SHINE —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 BLIVET! —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 OVERTYME

OPEN MIC

—Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 OPEN MIC NIGHT (8PM)

—Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 KIM DISCO

—Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 KARAOKE

—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 COLLEGE NIGHT WITH DJ BATTLE

—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 TIGGER CLARKSON BAND

—Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. FRIED LOT

—Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 TRIVIA

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 MELLINIA FUNKIN

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 KARAOKE

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

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

$

FRIDAY

$

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 BRAXTON’S BAR

—Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 DJ TIME —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 SONGWRITER OPEN MIC WITH JEFF ECKER (10PM-2AM) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 PIANO —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 KARAOKE W/ JEREMY NORRIS —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 DJ DANE BRITT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 KARAOKE W/ JEREMY NORRIS —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 PIANO —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275


Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251 DJ

ment); 399-3056 CHRIS LUTHER (JAZZ)

—Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30AM1:30PM)

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND

—Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 NO DOLLAR SHOES —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 DUBTOWN COSMONAUTS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 ONE PAPER CRANE —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. TIGGER CLARKSON BAND —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 DONNA MERRITT —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 40 EAST —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE (9PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 LOW TECH ARMY —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 IMPROV/ TRIVIA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 BEHIND THE GARAGE MUSIC 10PM —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 OPEN ELECTRIC JAM (AMPS AND DRUMS PROVIDED)@4:00PM —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 REGGAE —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 BEN MORROW

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

—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 WORLD TAVERN TRIVIA HOSTED BY MUD —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 DIXIELAND ALLSTARS

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 7

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

DJ RICHTERMEISTER

OPEN MIC WITH SEAN THOMAS GERARD

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30

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

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 KARAOKE W/ ASHLEY

TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close)

—Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 703-7253 JOSH SOLOMON AND FRIENDS

—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 LIVE TEAM TRIVIA

WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 COMEDY OPEN MIC —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 LAURA MCLANE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 JESSE STOCKTON AND TOM SHAW —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 INDIE MUSIC NIGHT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 SUPER JAM —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 OPEN MIC W/ JOHN INGRAM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS

—Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE

—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DANIEL LEVIN, ROB BROWN, DARKMINISTER, BRAD HENKLE, NATHANIEL MORGAN, PETER HANSON

SUNDAY $2.50 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4pm-7pm & Sun 9pm-close

—Squidco, 1003 North 4th St., 910-399-4847 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE

—The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 LIVE ACOUSTIC

—Deluxe, 114 Market St., 251-0333 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE

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

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 COMEDY OPEN MIC

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

—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KARAOKE KONG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (base-

—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 COLLEGE NIGHT KARAOKE

FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC • NO Cover 1/2 Price Wings Midnight-1:30am 1/5 LOWTECH ARMY 1/11 WATERSHED 1/12 BEACH BILLY BROTHERS 1/19 VISION VINE

—Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 MARK LYNCH (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, 11AM2PM)

—Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS

THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close)

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 CHRIS BELLAMY

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK

—Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 TRAVIS SHALLOW

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

—Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

—Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 COMEDY OPEN MIC

—Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2)

BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

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

FEATURE YOUR LIVE MUSIC FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS CALL 791-0688

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

OPEN

36 TAPS $ 2.50 DRAFTS EVERY TUESDAY ALL DAY LONG

Pub & Grille

Wrightsville Beach

Tuesday

$3 Imports ∙ $4 Guinness $1.50 High Life ∙ $3 Bouron

Wednesdays

Ping Pong Tourney

Thursdays KARAOKE

$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Dude Bombs ∙ $4 Captain

Fridays

$2 Coors Light • $2 Mich Ultras $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs

Saturdays

Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $4 Bellinis

Sundays

Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $4 Bloody Marys • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 10 pm

BanksChannelPub.Com

Wrightsville Beach, NC

LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm

Friday, January 4

OVERTYME ECLECTIC MIX

Saturday, January 5

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

ACOUSTIC 1706 North Lumina Ave.

(910) 256-2231 877-330-5050 • 910-256-2231 877-330-5050 910-256-2231

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS ShowStoppers:

Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

100 S. FRONT ST. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON 251-1832

Monday 2 Miller Lite • $3 Fat Tire

$ 50

$ 3 Harpoon IPA Pints 4 Rum & Coke • Wings on Special

$

Tuesday 2 Yuengling • $3 Bells Two Hearted $ 3 Natty Greene’s Red Nose $ 5 Jameson • $7 Burgers

$ 50

 Wednesday “South of the Border Hump Day” $ 3 Dos Equis • $4 Margaritas $ 4 shots of Jose • $7 Nachos $ 7 Chicken Quesadilla Thirsty Thursday  $ 50 2 PBR 16oz cans • $350 All Drafts $ 5 Red Bull & Vodka 50¢ Steamed Oysters & Shrimp

Friday 2 Miller Lite • $325 Stella • $4 Fireball

$ 75

Saturday 2 Coors Lite  • $325 Sierra Nevada $ 5 Baby Guinness

$ 75

Sunday 3 Corona/Corona Light $ 10 Domestic Buckets (5 bottles) $ 4 Mimosas • $4 Bloody Marys Steamed Platters $18/$35 $

Friday and Saturday Live music in the courtyard Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.

Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate

$20

per person

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

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas TUESDAY-KIDS EAT FREE NIGHT $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts WEDNESDAY $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas THURSDAY $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts FRIDAY-TGIF $3.50 Cosmos $2.00 Domestic Drafts SATURDAY-COLLEGE FOOTBALL $3 Domestic Schooners MONDAY- FRIDAY 1/2 Priced Appetizers from 4-7 pm & 9 pm -close at the bar Free Appetizer of the Day with purchase of a non-refillable beverage from 5-7 at the bar. 4126 Oleander Dr. (910) 792-9700

MONDAYS

PORT CITY POKER 7pm & 9:30pm Play for FREE MONDAYS

B-Dub’s

BINGO

Play for FREE during Monday Night Football!

W h at e cou ld br ? bett e

TEAM TRIVIA

885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

TUESDAYS

LIVE

8pm

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Commodores Club Passes

Purchase of this card allows unlimited cruising with us! Daily Cruises & Special Events Also 20% off any guest tickets $100 off when booking a Private Charter

FEATURE YOUR LIVE MUSIC FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS CALL 791-0688

Good for 1 year from date of purchase $150 if purchased before 1/1/13 after that date $175 ‘CAN’T COMPLAIN’: Todd Snider will perform at The Orange Peel in Asheville with Bobby Bare Jr. on Saturday, January 5th. Courtesy photo

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 377-6874 1/4: Bruised but Not Broken, Syopsis 1/5: Byzantine, Skin Kage THE ARTS CENTER 300-G E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC (919) 969-8574 1/4: Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys 1/5: The Grass Cats ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9TH ST., WINSTON-SALEM, NC (336) 722-5000 1/4: Thru World Aggression 1/5: Petey and Mushrooms THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 1/5: Todd Snider, Bobby Bare Jr.

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 1/4: Leadfoot, Killing the Catalyst, Enemy in Disguise, Hold Back the Day, Skycrest 1/5: Chris Hendricks Band, The Kicks, Saints Apollo 1/6: Four Nights Gone, A City Apart, And By Love, Light the Atlantic, The Rest is Up to You, For All It’s Worth 1/9: Hannibal Buress MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 1/2: Motrendus 1/3: Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, The Mercators 1/4: Vanguard Party, Sister Soma 1/5: Missing Maps, Once & Future Kings CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 1/4: Kieran Sweeney, .Danusha, Will Wofford 1/9: The Devil Makes Three, Phillip Roebuck


LIVE @ BAC

NEW SCHEDULE STARTING JAN 2ND Wednesday thru Saturday 1 & 2 pm Eagles Island cruise 50 min narrated 4pm Best of Both Worlds 2hr combines our Eco/History with our Sunset cruise Sundays - Captains Lazy Day Cruise ~ Always something different~

Check out our calendar

www.wilmingtonwatertours.net

RIVER CLUB

FREE n Admissio Bar opens @ 6pm Music 7pm

Every Thursday night we feature a different local musician for your entertainment and this time

of the year, we stay at the dock, so this gives you the freedome to join us whenever you can. What’s better than music, a tasty drink and an early hour—and most of all, being on the river? WE ARE ENCLOSED...HEATED...FULL BAR & SPACIOUS BATHROOM ALL MAKE FOR A COMFORTABLE ADVENTURE ON THE CAPE FEAR RIVER

A Relaxing Recipe

For a complete list of scheduled Tours, Excursions, and Fees, visit

wilmingtonwatertours.net

January 18th & 19th Coastline Convention Center JUST ADD WATER! Visit us on the Riverwalk! 212 S. Water Street

910-338-3134

Due to unforeseen circumstances our domain name has been subjected to piracy...so for you to view our website it is temporarily changed to www.wilmingtonwatertours.net & email wilmingtonwatertours@gmail.com or just give us a call @ 910-338-3134

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BrooklynArtsNC.com 910-538-2939 There is abundant FREE PARKING on North 4th St., or you can park in Historic Downtown Wilmington, two minutes away, and take the free trolley.

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UPCOMING EVENTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

Women’s Basketball vs NC A&T – 11:30 a.m. SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

Women’s Basketball vs James Madison – 2 p.m.

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A Royal Affair Cinematique Monday through Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) • 7:30 p.m. Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. • $8 1/14-18: “A Royal Affair” is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King

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nearly three-hour, first installment of “The Hobbit” that stuck in my mind as I left the theater. Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellan) is telling Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) some tall tales about his ancestors. When Bilbo disputes the truthfulness of these stories, Gandalf replies, “Every good story needs embellishing.” On a fundamental level, I have to respectfully disagree with Gandalf; I could easily use “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” as exhibit A for the prosecution. This movie is long. Painfully long. Abusively long. And for no good reason. The original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was long—even, still, it felt packed to the brim with happenings. There were multiple narratives, a dozen characters with wildly divergent story arcs and an epic battle of good versus evil. Sometimes it takes three long installments to tell a story as epic as “The Lord of the Rings,” and I have no qualms admitting I was a fan of the originals. I was fortunate enough to be at the first North American screening of “Return of the King” with Peter Jackson in attendance back in 2003. I balked at all the people who declared that the movies were too long and ridiculously indulgent. “The Hobbit” is lacking in so many areas when compared to the far-superior storytelling of the original trilogy. The characters are dull; the visuals are drenched in special effects and look implausibly unrealistic. The computeranimated creatures that make up Middle Earth feel far less three-dimensional than the actors in makeup that populated the original films. Nothing about “The Hobbit” feels genuine or necessary. The characters are harmless enough, but we never really learn anything about them. We get some basic backstory on Thorin (Richard Armitage), heir to the dwarf throne and the tragedies that have befallen him. This helps explain why he spends the entire movie acting like he has a piece of oak wedged up his ass. Martin Freeman is a fantastic performer; he does a great job playing Bilbo as the nervous and out-of-his element Hob-

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CRITTERS FROM THE MIDDLE EARTH: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ brings the old gang back together again yet doesn’t maintain interesting character arcs for any of them. Courtesy photo

bit, tasked with helping the dwarves reclaim their homes. He’s the least problematic element of the film and unfortunately spends much of the film as a silent, reactionary witness to this unfolding story. If scene after scene of dwarves running through the woods being chased by wolves seems appealing, “The Hobbit” may be your pornography. The structure of the film is so insanely repetitive. First, Gandalf and the dwarves get chased by something: trolls, goblins or orcs. Then, Gandalf vanishes for awhile. In his absence, the dwarves are captured and put in harm’s way. Then, just a moment before their inevitable doom Gandalf shows up and saves the day. Every. Single. Time. Maybe that criticism should be reserved for J.R.R. Tolkien. Still, the predictability detracts from the enjoyment of it all. Comparatively speaking, by the end of the first “Lord of the Rings” film, we had a great deal of character development, two character deaths and a great degree of uncertainty about what the road ahead held for our heroes. “The Hobbit” lacks character and gravitas. For a three-hour movie, that’s a freaking tragedy. Sitting through it all was difficult; the entire film felt like a labor. And I don’t think I have another six hours in me to sit through the rest of Peter Jackson’s version of “The Hobbit.” This is a filmmaker who is no longer telling a story, but a guy with too many crayons in the box. He’s abandoned the concept of lines and bor-

ders. Instead, he’s pissing paint onto a canvas. The audience almost seems irrelevant to the process. There’s 90 minutes of forward momentum and 90 minutes of cinematic masturbation: This is the film equivalent of jerking off. I paid $16 to watch Peter Jackson rub one out. I didn’t hate “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” but it was a chore watching it. It was nice returning to this world; Middle Earth is still a visually exciting place. Seeing Ian McKellan as Gandalf brought a smile to my face, as did Gollum (Andy Serkis). The truth is “The Hobbit” was like going to a Rolling Stones concert: It was nice seeing the old gang back together, but the whole affair felt forced. I smiled at the familiarity of it all but I realized it would never be as good as I remembered. It almost makes me want to go back and re-watch “The Lord of the Rings” movies and remember that stories are better served when audiences are left wanting more instead of drawing something out to painful lengths.

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Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum UNCW campus, Southeastern Alliance for Community Change Center Feb. 22, 7:30-10 p.m.; Feb. 23, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Free, open to the public The Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum will host a day and a half worth of events that are free and open to the public. The schedule consists of four film blocks, each followed by panel and audience discussions., Friday, 2/22, and Saturday, 2/23. Through a mix of films and panel/audience dialogue, addressing environmental issues and solutions, the forum’s intent is to inspire and motivate participants to make a difference for the environment in their communities. Specific topics include sustainable food systems, atmospheric light pollution, community advocacy, alternative forms of energy and revolutionary bio-friendly solutions. UNCW’s Film Studies Department and Friends of the Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum.

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Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street 11 a.m. • FREE wilmingtoncommunityarts.org

Dedication Ceremony for Donn Ansell

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

The Cape Fear Sea Devils, who so far in the season have won 12 games and were only defeated four times, will take on the Rockingham Community College Eagles. Last year the Eagles won 9 games and lost 17. Come cheer on the Sea Devils!

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The City of Wilmington and Thalian Association will dedicate the Lower Atrium Studio in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for local actor, media personality and long-time supporter of the Thalian Association Donn Ansell. Mayor Bill Saffo will unveil a memorial plaque at the dedication and Donn Ansell’s daughter, Melaine Liss, will be in attendance. For more info, call (910) 251-1788.

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BRIXX WOOD FIRED PIZZA Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships A shortdrive from the Waterway beach, Brixxwhile Wooddining Fired at Pizza and the Intracoastal thisin popular American in neighborhood Wrightsville Mayfairecasual Town Center is arestaurant fun, friendly Beach. Lunch and dinner arebrick-oven served daily. Favorites restaurant. Serving the best pizzas around, include jumbo lump cakes, succulent seafood laBrixx also offers a crab fine selection of signature focaccia sagna, crispy pastas, coconutfresh shrimp andand an incredible Carib-in sandwiches, salads desserts. Stop bean pie. Dine inside for a fudge quick lunch, or kick backor onat thetheir patioaward-winning with one of 24 outdoor bar, which the location forStreet, their beers onpatio tap orand 14 wines by theisglass. 6801 Main lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the Wilmington, NC 28405. (910) 256-9677. summer months. Large parties welcome. Private ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Sat. event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Maam–1am; Sun. 11am – 11pm. rina11 Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri ■ FEATURING: pizzas apps 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat 2-for-1 & Sun 11 a.m. –and 11 p.m. after 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach WEBSITE:Waterfront www.brixxpizza.com ■■FEATURING: dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■BLUEWATER WEBSITE: www.bluewaterdining.com Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships

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Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beach.Award LunchNominee and dinner are Keith servedRhodes daily. Favorites Beard Chef explores include lump for crabthecakes, seafood the Capejumbo Fear Coast best itsucculent has to offer. We lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Cafeature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Orribbean Dine produce inside or&atherbs theirprovide award-winganic andfudge locallypie. sourced the ning outdoor patio to and which is the location for perfect compliment ourbar, fresh Catch. Consecutively their lively Waterfront Series09every Sun. during Voted Wilmington’s BestMusic Chef 2008, & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” weparties offer anwelcome. array Fresh Seathe summer months. Large Private food & space Steaks,available. including our Signature NC Sweet event BluewaterDining.com. 4 PoMatato include our NC. Mouth watering “Fire rinaSalad. Street,Appetizers Wrightsville Beach, (910) 256.8500. Cracker” Shrimp,LUNCH Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue ■ SERVING & DINNER: Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche 10amto- name 11pm. a few. Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Al-

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■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington and at “Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed List Step into Halligan’s Public House it’s ourWine “Motto.” Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where CHRIS’ KITCHEN delicious foodCOSMIC warms the heart and generous drink breakfast all day as lunchhouse and handliftServing the spirit. Be sure toas trywell Halligan’s specialty, Reuben,” Chef number oneOwner with critics made“The cheesecake, and Chris and Lub-of course our customers. One and you’ll ben loves to make many of bite his menu items underfrom stand why.Whether Of course, we inalso fulla selection scratch. you’re theserve moodafor fluffy 3ofegg other delicious entrees including steak Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime seafood, Rib Sandwich and pasta, Mint as well as a wide assortment of Kitchen burgers, or Andes Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Des-

sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese and salads. tination. Evening restaurant rentalSteak), is available, as well And if you are Chef looking for a friendly where as a Personal service. Chris’watering Cosmic hole Kitchen is you can at raise glass or two new old, located 420a Eastwood Rd,with Unitfriends, 109, on theand corner Halligan’s boastsRd. a comfortable bar where of Racine Public Dr. andHouse Eastwood (910) 792-6720. Folfun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills low us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen. the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 8am-4pm you’re at Halligan’s....you’re at home.” With 12 beers on Tues-Sat.; Sun. Brunch 9am-2pm. Closed Mon. tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown game and enjoy your favorite drink. ■ FEATURING: Take out, call (910) 792-6720 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week ■ WEBSITE: www.CosmicKitchenOnline.com. Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop

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For great traditional YorkPatio style eats with South$5.99 lunch specials, New Outdoor ern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will ■ WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served HENRY’S with witty banter and good natured delivery from the A local favorite, Henry’s ‘place to be’ for great food, cleanest hot dog carts isinthe Wilmington. Sabrett famous a lively barand andItalian awesome patio dining. serves up hot dogs sausages are theHenry’s primary fare ofAmerican cuisine at its of finest that includefor entrees with fresh, fered, with a myriad condiments all of your midlocal ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going day or late night cravings. to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am - 5pm. private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check St. between Front 2nd St. from 10pmfor outMarket their calendar of events at and HenrysRestaurant.com - 3:002508 am. Fibbers on Sun. nights until 3am. details. Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown (910) 793.2929. ■ time Sun. delivery downtown ■ FEATURING: SERVING LUNCHLunch & DINNER: - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown

Drop your anchor atblackboard The George on the RiverWalk, ■ FEATURING: Daily specials. your destination for complete sense ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m.indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you ■ WEBSITE : www.henrysrestaurant.com. while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. HOLIDAY INN RESORT The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse Oceans Restaurant located in this resort selection of steak, pasta, salad and oceanfront fresh seafood, inis a wonderful This n’ is Grits the perfect to in enjoy cluding the bestfind. Shrimp in town.place Warm the a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with


to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com

K’S CAFE

Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95). K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, crabcake sandwich, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try...you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch ■ WEBSITE: www.ks-cafe.net

THE LITTLE DIPPER

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open every day at 5 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70’s menu every Tues.; Special prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com

PINE VALLEY MARKET

Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sand-

wich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

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

TROLLY STOP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 4523952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com

ASIAN SZECHUAN 132

Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials

HIRO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two:

shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE: hirojapanesesteakhouse.com/ hibachi

INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

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

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

TAMASHII SUSHI AND SPOONS

The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch is served on Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Special Lunch Menu featuring $10 combos of sushi roll and choice of soup or salad. “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.sushiandspoons.com

THAI SPICE

From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE: www.ThaiSpiceWilmington.com

INDIAN TANDOORI BITES

Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: TuesdayThursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. ■ WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.

IRISH THE HARP

The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park ■ FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. ■ MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. ■ WEBSITE www.harpwilmington.com

ITALIAN A TASTE OF ITALY

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The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly. com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE: www.ncatasteofitaly.com

EDDIE ROMANELLI’S

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

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA

A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-2511005 for take out.

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

PIZZETTA’S PIZZERIA

Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional—— specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping

of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or coming soon Pizzetta’s II, 1144 Cutler’s Crossing, Leland (in Brunswick Forest next to Lowe’s). ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland ■ FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! ■ WEBSITE: www.pizzettas.net

SLICE OF LIFE

“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

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

JAMAICAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE

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

LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE

Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin

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America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com

MEXICAN LOS PRIMOS

Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res ■ WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Restaurantprimos

ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET

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

TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN

Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Co-op Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily

in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE: www.tidalcreek.coop

SEAFOOD DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR

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

EAST

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

brunch.

■ WEBSITE: www.blockade-runner.com

HIERONYMUS

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

OCEANIC

Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located


in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. â–  SERVING LUNCH & DINNER â–  NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach â–  FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. â–  WEBSITE: www.OceanicRestaurant.com

SMALL PLATES THE FORTUNATE GLASS

The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you 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. â–  SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-2.a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. â–  NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown â–  FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Bubble and wine specials: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. â–  WEBSITE www.fortunateglasswinebar.com

SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET

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

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place

to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sportsthemed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. â–  SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. â–  NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown

      

â–  FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD

projector TVs in Wilmington. â–  WEBSITE: www.CarolinaAleHouse.com

FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casualtheme 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 handbattered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE: www.foxandhound.com

           

   

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

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holiday cookies, a pan of figgy pudding, and more turkey and ham than we can stand, 2013 awaits. A lot of great things happened in 2012: #1, the world did not end on December 21st as a few predicted from the end of the Mayan calendar. And, so, that means we have more work to do on Earth, pursuing betterment within, garnering more dreams, attaining more goals, spreading lots of love and hopefully meeting more caring, warm hearts willing to help along the way. We asked readers to share with us some of their New Year’s resolutions for 2013 to inspire and keep the season of giving and joy rolling along nicely into January and beyond. Happy New Year!

Darien Brooks Darien Brooks I resolve to read, write more poetry in 2013, plus play more music and write a new novel. Chardon Louisa Murray I’m going to stop procrastinating so much—but I don’t know...I might put that resolution off until next year. Jennifer Farmer Barnett I plan on reading “My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word” by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.You choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. My pastor at Port City Community Church wrote it. It is an awesome way to grow from the inside out. Fred Champion I want to gain 10 pounds, start smoking again, give

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up sobriety, and try local, homemade street drugs. Codeine ... bourbon. Alisha Lee Payne I’m really going to try to turn that bathroom light off. I feel like it’s on all the time when no one is in there. Becky Mills As I am tired of labels, fear, hate, and shallow people, I want to kindly exempt these types from my life in 2013. Since I vocalized my liberal views before the election, most of the above mentioned have already de-friended me. I thank them for their clarification. My resolution is to rise above the minutia and try to see the greater good in life. (Okay, and I also want to lose 20 lbs!) Vickie Thompson I’m really going to stay out of my bedroom so much. Since I got my computer, that’s all I do. Don’t even like talking on the phone anymore. LOL Gloria Hinkle Vaughn As always, try to live healthier... Rachael Tartell I’m going to floss more. Also drink more water. Kris Asher I always resolve not to make resolutions....and succeed every year. Heather Divoky Art Projects To finish at least one art series next year, and successfully complete all of my art shows!

Shea Carver To challenge myself for a calmer, more meditative state of being—and hopefully without less coffee. Bambi Weavil Pay off debt, have more fun, kick more ass (making more of a difference). Jay Edge Run more work less and spend more time naked. Michelle Li Putting my mental and physical health first! Shawna Kenney Write a screenplay! Erin Stewart Davis Spend more time with my family. Slow down a little! Jocelyn Leroux Drink more water. Sandy Vaughan I am going to write a book about my years in a sketch comedy show. Daniel Allan Nance Work harder to make the people around me happier. Canape Ilm (Matthew Gould) Hang out with my son and beautiful fiancée. Kris Beasley To work hard at keeping my focus and thoughts on


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it was a joke. I know you probably never thought about it again after that night. So, it must shock you to know that over the last two decades the “joke” has haunted and controlled me. So many tiny and insignificant things we fail to notice or pay attention to have rippling effects in our lives and the lives of others. Obviously, if you are reading, you have gotten it out of the safe-deposit box. Hopefully, I am dead and not in police custody or hospitalized. Thank you for doing that. I guess I feel a need to write to you as a confessional of sorts—to clear my soul, though I haven’t actually done anything. Except accepted money to knowingly spend time with people. People whom other people wanted dead. Again, I didn’t really do anything. The reason I wanted to write you is because, really, it was your idea. I was content to go along and continue hiding with my “New Year’s Curse,” as I sometimes call it. But, you, you had a better idea. Human nature being what it is, eventually, I acted upon it. So, I want you to know what you have brought about: I can’t live with this secret alone anymore. You probably don’t remember, but almost 20 years ago, we were having dinner at Caffe Phoenix the day before New Year’s. I was trying desperately to make sure I left before the clock struck midnight; I didn’t want to endanger you in any way by spending one second of New Year’s Eve together. It had been an eventful night, and we each had a couple of glasses of wine when someone, I don’t remember if it was you or me, made a joke about hiring me out as a contract killer.

I do remember saying, “It is the completely un-prosecutable crime … I mean it’s not illegal to spend time with someone, and it’s not like I actually pull the trigger or stab anyone—they just happen to drop dead during the next year.” We were both laughing and you kept egging me on. “You should totally do it! OH. MY. GOD! What a great idea!” I left the restaurant at 11:30 p.m. on December 30th with plenty of time to get away from people I knew and loved. I planned to hide over the next 24 hours in a hotel. As you know, a few years before I had started to hide as far from humanity as I could. But your suggestion got me thinking. I had never thought of myself as a killer in spite of the mounting evidence to the contrary: Gareth, dead of a heart attack in 1972. Edith, dead on the operating table in 1975. Jim, dead in a car accident in 1979. Harry, killed in a plane hi-jacking in 1983. Thelma, killed by robbers in 1985. Barry, dead from a boating accident in 1987. Earl, dead of diabetic complications in 1990. Liz, dead from a medicine mix-up in the hospital in 1991. Sam, allergic reaction to tuna fish—declared dead on arrival by the EMTs in Wallace Park in 1992. Worst of all, Sparky, that sweet dog. I thought it would be safe to hide out with my dog on New Year’s Eve. Apparently, no one, two- or four-legged, is exempt from the curse. Have I ever told you what happened to

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Sparky? He bled in my arms, heaving, gasping with short howls of pain as his breath gave out, unable to sustain the note before that crazy man who hit him said, “I’m sorry, but we should put him out of his misery. I really am so sorry.” The world had exploded with dog flesh and noise. Blood and fur flew and retracted; the man pulled out a hand gun, aimed and shot Sparky while I was still holding him. Jude, that was the worst—the break! That was why I started hiding every New Year’s Eve. The months of agony which followed led me to another option. If I had this curse, then shouldn’t I try to control it? Use it for good, rather than have it control me? Ahh, but your idea: The Contract Killer. To hire myself out for one night a year—well, theoretically, how would anyone advertise this service? I mean, what would a contract for something like this look like? I wouldn’t promise to kill anyone on New Year’s Eve, but they would die some time within the following year whether in my presence or not. The statistics were there, proving the likelihood based on my experiences with everyone else who had spent New Year’s Eve with me. What would the going rate for something like this be? I mean how does one value human life? I assume it would cost more money to be hired for a Supreme Court Justice than Joe Schmuckatelli from down the street, right? I thought about this for a long time. One

day, while having coffee with an ex-special forces agent, Frank, at Folks Café, I baited him for insight. “Do you remember the story in the paper a couple of years ago about the person who was stabbed to death in Bladen County over $9 and some change?” Frank wiped the whipped cream from his blonde mustache with the back of his hand. “Yeah, that was terrible.” I nodded and pushed hair out of my eyes. “But a big part of why it was so shocking for everyone was that the killing was over such a small sum of money. Obviously, it was about something more than just $9, but…” “Yeah, you just hope that human life has a higher price tag than $9,” Frank nodded and sipped his mocha. “So, what sort of price would you put on it?” I asked as nonchalantly as I could. “In Somalia or Marin County, California?” “No, this isn’t a political question,” I noted. “I mean if you were going to hire someone to kill a person, how much would you expect to pay?” Frank’s jaw dropped “Ahhh, is there a reason you are asking me this?” I shrugged my shoulders and stared at my coffee. “Well, I’ve just been thinking about it. I mean if we are so shocked that someone would kill for $9, at what price would we not be shocked?” “So this is a theoretical discussion?” Frank visibly relaxed when I nodded. He leaned back in his chair, hands on his thighs and flexed his back. “Well, I don’t know. There was that case in Raleigh for $5,000 apiece last year… Maybe $10,000?” “That still sounds really low to me. Or am I overvaluing this?” “Do you value human life that much?” “I value guilt and conscience and consequences that much. I mean you have to live with having done this for the rest of your life.” Frank looked at me with a pitying glance which seemed to express concern over my naïvete. Slowly he said, “Somehow, I don’t think it bothers people who are willing to do it that much.” “Really, you don’t think they feel guilt?” Frank shook his head. “Not everyone is like you.”


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events UNCW UPCOMING EVENTS UNCW Celebrates ‘Business Appreciation Night’ with free Tickets to 1/2 Men’s Basketball Game • UNCW invites members of the community to attend the 1/2 men’s basketball game. Individuals may reserve up to four free tickets for the game. • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW Opens Registration 1/3 for Spring 2013 Classes • OLLI at UNCW will offer classes and other educational opportunities in a range of diverse topics, including ecology, history, global studies, religion and foreign languages. www.uncw.edu WINTER WAKE UP “Winter Wake Up” at Miller Motte, Campus Open House, tours, etc. Sat, 1/5, 10am-1pm. Don’t be left out in the cold when it comes to your future. Join us at the Winter Wake Up Open House and see how easily you can launch a bright, new career. Stop by for hot cider/hot chocolate, free chair massages, free demonstrations from the Esthetics and Cosmetology students, Campus Tours and Door Prizes. Open to public. E-RECYCLING EVENT Your Computer Friends and PODS Moving and Storage hold their e-recycling event, accepting printers, phones, cell phones, batteries, desktop and laptop computers, cables, fax machines and copiers, or any other electronic device you need to recycle.TVs and CRT monitors (the big, bulky kind) require a recycling charge of $10 each. No appliances. Bring working computers inside.: Mon-Fri. 1/14-18, 9am-

5pm. 3816 Oleander Drive, on the corner of 39th and Oleander or right behind the new Whole Foods on Oleander. FORT FISHER 148 ANNIVERSARY 1/19: Multiple cannon blasts will mark the commemoration of the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher’s “Sheppard’s Battery: Confederates Defending the Left Flank,” a living history program that focuses on the Confederate defenders at Sheppard’s Battery and at the fort’s “Bloody Gate.” Civil War re-enactors display camp life and talk with visitors about the life of the Confederate infantry and artillery troops during the January 1865 campaign. Drills and firing demonstrations, including the site’s rifled and banded 32 pound cannon atop Sheppard’s Battery. Free, 10am-4pm. Speakers include local historian Ernie Kniffen, who will discuss new findings on his extensive research of Confederate sailors and Marines. Author Richard Triebe will sign books and discuss NC troops who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to a prison camp; NC Underwater Archaeology Unit will dedicate a new highway marker for the blockade runner Modern Greece. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. (910) 458-5538. www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher.

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Word, met its original goal of $2,500 well ahead of its 1/1/2013 deadline. As of writing, over 30 generous backers have helped raised $2,890 in just a few weeks. It is the hope of the CRWGSA to exceed this goal in order to strengthen the literary community in Wilmington and abroad. The hope is to reach $3,500 to build on these original goals. Incentives for donors including grab bags of stickers and bookmarks, tshirts; books by UNCW faculty members and alumni The UNCW CRWGSA is a non-profit student organization at UNCW that provides channels for it. 2013 ENCORE BEST OF PARTY/FUNDRAISER Encore and the Carousel Center for Abused Children (CCAC) announce their partnership in coordinating Encore’s Best of 2013 Awards Party at the Brooklyn Arts Center, 2/2, 6pm. Crowning winners from the top three nominees in over 120 categories, spanning Arts & Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Goods & Services, and Environmental & Humanitarian; improv and off-the-cuff hilarity hosted by comedian troupes The Comically Impaired and folks from Changing Channels; inaugural Best Of Battle of the Bands, including Mike Blair and the Stonewalls, L-Shaped Lot and Bibis Ellison—who will be vying for the 2013 Best Performer/Band title live. During their sets, the audience will vote by donating dollars to Carousel Center; each vote costs a dollar! Raffles will continue to help raise funds for CCAC. Dozens of the newly nominated business have donated gift certificates, merchandise, free food, service vouchers and more. Tickets at encoredeals.com starting 1/9 (the day Best Of voting closes at encorepub. com). Proceeds from ticket sales benefit CCAC. Admission includes a sampling of food from some of the area’s best restaurants and a cash bar.

theatre/auditions OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro, 1/3-4, 7pm. Sneads Ferry Community Center 126 Park Ln. Three women and 3 men needed; cold reading. Performance, 2/22-24 and 3/1-3: Cast of characters: Nick: young man in his late 20’s or 30’s: nice looking boy-next-door type guy; sarcastically funny; Aida: Nick’s grandmother: A very simple, loving woman whose life has been about her family; Frank: Nick’s grandfather: Very proud of where he has come from; a former carpenter; Emma: Nick’s grandmother: She has a sense of herself and is not afraid to share her opinions; Nunzio: Nick’s Grandfather: A loving family man and great story teller; and Caitlin: young lady in her mid-20- 30’s. Irene King: 910-329-0077 or irenkin9@embarqmail.com MONTY PYTHON See review, p. 11. BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE Cheating Destiny by Richard Fife (1/4-6 & 11-13) : When Ron and Ivan find a book that teaches them the secret to fixing the past, they begin a time traveling tug of war for a beautiful stranger’s affections. • See What Sticks by Ryan PC Trimble & Jordan Mullaney (1/25 & 26) : A free flowing evening of original comedic sketches, long form improv and even a little stand up comedy from two of the most promising young performers to separate themselves form the herd. 910-233-9914 or guerillatheatre@gmail.com WILMINGTON THEATER AWARDS

See p. 10. THALIAN ASSOCIATION IN REVUE 1/20, 6:30pm: The Blockade Runner and Thalian Association Present Thalian Association in Revue. Celebrating 225 Years of Live Theater! Located at the Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach . Cocktails at 6:30pm; w/dinner and cabaret show at 7pm. $35 prix-fixe dinner. $20 cover charge to benefit Thalian Assoc. and TACT. Reservations recommended: 910256-2251 THALIAN ASSOCIATION 1/31: Premiere musical Xanadu, four-time Tony nominee, inspired by the cult-classic movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Follows a magical Greek muse who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to create the ultimate roller disco is accompanied by such hits of the period as “Magic.” www.thalian.org.

music/concerts OLLI: THE MET The Met: Live in HD feat. by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW; all shows Sat., 12;55pm. Schedule: 1/5: Les Troyans (noon). Rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the house in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, and Marcello Giordani; Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces. • 1/19: Maria Stuarda, w/mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, , director David McVicar, Elza van den Heever and Maurizio Benini conducts. Indv. $30/ea; $20 for OLLI members. www.uncw.edu/metopera or 910-962-3195 WILMINGTON SYMPHONY AUDITIONS Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, with Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, will hold auditions for new-members in January. Auditions held Mon., 1/14. Youth Orchestra (9th-12th grades) and Junior Strings (6th-8th grades) auditions held Thurs, 1/10 in evening. Applications and required music at www. wilmingtonsymphony.org, or by calling the symphony office at 910-791-9262. Appt. times assigned upon application. Musicians for the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra are local instrumentalists and include UNCW music faculty and students who rehearse and present orchestral repertoire drawn from the eighteenth to twentieth-first centuries. Ten concerts a year conducted by Dr. Stephen Errante; annual free family concert and other special events. In addition to playing orchestra concerts, many of the Wilmington Symphony musicians also provide music for special occasions such as weddings and receptions, either in small groups or as soloists. Youth Orchestra participates in appx four concerts/year. WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY 1/22, 7pm: The Wilmington Choral Society is holding open rehearsals for its Spring Concert. We will be performing Mozart’s Requiem. Rehearsals are held

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at Cape Fear Christian Church. Everyone with an interest in singing is welcome; no audition required. Rehearsals held at Cape Fear Christian Church Jenn Beddoe: jennbeddoe@gmail.com CHAMBER MUSIC ILM Chamber Music Wilmington’s 18th season. Single tickets, $25. Student & Military discounts available. Kenan Box Office: 910-962-3500. • 1/27: Warm up the winter with some French sunshine! Woodwind quintet, Ventus, takes you into the captivating world of French wind music with a concert of light-hearted, humor-filled, full throttle virtuoso antics for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, and bassoon, w/Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud, Dukas, and Ibert. 7:30pm, Beckwith Recital Hall. etix.com CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale is currently auditioning adult singers in all voice parts in preparation for its spring concert. The Chorale will present “Requiem” by Franz Von Suppe with orchestra, 4/21. Previous choral experience and the ability to read music will be helpful. Monday evening rehearsals begin January 7, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. To schedule: contact music director, capefearchorale.org.

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art/exhibits SILVER COAST wInERY The Coastal Carolina Camera Club will be exhibiting its member’s photographs in the Art Gallery, opening 1/5, with reception from 2-5pm, and running through end of Jan. The Coastal Carolina Camera Club meets monthly, the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street, Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels using both film and

digital cameras. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are always welcome.www.coastalcarolinacameraclub.org or 910-287-6311. Silver Coast Winery: Mon-Tues by appointment, Wed-Sun 12-5pm, Fridays till 6pm. www.silvercoastwinery.com or 910-287-2800. ARTISTS nEEdEd Harbor Island Arts presents an art exhibition, Arboretum atrium space, 1/9-5/22. Ongoing exhibit of 2D art work depictingbutterflies, perennial gardens and herbs to coincide with the opening of these new areas at the Arboretum. Art work will be for sale, sold through the gift shop and displayed throughout the Hutaff Building Atrium Gallery Space. Application for submissions must be in by 1/4. Work must be submitted ready to hang with wire Jan 9th.Art work will be there on a 4-5 month contract sold through the gift shop with Arboretum collecting 30% commission. HarborIslandArts@hotmail.com. LIGHT LURE UndERwATER PHOTOS Courtney Johnson: Light Lure Underwater Pinhole Photographs of NC Piers, UNCW Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building, 1/17-2/22/13. Opening receptionwith wine and hors d’oeuvres will be held from 5:30-7pm, 1/17. Free and open to the public. Gallery will be open Mon/-Fri., noon-4pm. Light Lure features underwater photographs by Johnson taken with low-tech pinhole cameras constructed out of cookie tins, fishing line and waterproof putty. Pulled down by fishing weights, the pinhole cameras were lowered into the Atlantic Ocean off all 19 fishing piers along the NC coast. Images capture the light, mystery and exploration imbedded in the historic North Carolina coastal tradition. Supported by a Charles L. Cahill Research Award. Arts building located on the groundfloor of the Cultural Arts Building, near the building’s mainentrance on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive on theUNCW campus. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT The Cape Fear Camera Club will have its annual photo exhibit at the Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., through 1/19. Exhibit is free and is available during Library hours. The beautiful photographs on display are works done by Club members. www.capefearcameraclub.org. wILMInGTOn ART ASSOCIATIOn The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announces the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington, showcasing WAA artists. The public is invited to come down and check out the new space and join in the celebration. The art will be changed out monthly so there will be new work for view and purchase at the desk in the USO museum on an ongoing basis

which is another benefit for our local artists. Artful Living Group, LLC is located on Carolina Beach, NC and includes a retail shop, 4 working artist studios, art classes, and rotating art exhibits in the upstairs gallery. 910-458-7822. info@ArtfulLivingGroup.com PROJEKTE Through 1/19: Projekte Gallery in Wilmington is pleased to present “Flesh and Bones” by local artists Darren Mulvenna and Shannon Limburger. “Flesh and Bones” introduces new bodies of work that feature what is not about death or gore, but the raw beauty of what is under the skin. • Crissie McCree’s latest CD, “New Day,” 1/12., 9pm. Crissie has been living in NC for the past four years and moved to Wilmington this summer. The night will include live music, appetizers, a charity raffle, and more. CD will be available for purchase. • Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982. www.theprojekte.com

museums/programs HIddEn BATTLESHIP Hidden Battleship: 1/12, 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:305:30pm (also offered 10/12/13) $50/person. $45 for friends members or active military.Behind-thescenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship. The 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, En-

gineer’s office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, 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. It’s the tour that brings out the “Indiana Jones” in all of us, without the snakes! Limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Reg and payment due by the Thurs before; 910-251-5797. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Fragments of War , feat. scraps of fabric, torn paper, tattered flags, a uniform patch, which tell us about people’s Civil War experiences. Closes May 5, 2013. • Cape Fear Treasures: Campaigning through 1/13/2012: Feart. Rutherford B. Hayes’ 1876 presidential campaign button, 1884 Cleveland campaign ribbon, 1976 Jimmy Carter political button, editorial cartoon on toilet paper commenting on North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms’ tenure and more. Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. 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. Learning Center: Wonders of Light. Sat., 1/5, 12, 19, 1-4pm. All. Free for members or with admission. Why is the sky blue? What makes a rainbow? Discover the colors of light and see what happens when you mix them. Conduct fun mirror experiments and learn how light travels. Explore the mysteries of light and color and even make an object

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Topsail Chamber Annual Dinner, Sat., 1/26, 6-8pm, the Surf City Welcome Center. Tickets $25/person. 910-524-2679

THOMAS WOLFE FICTION PRIZE The North Carolina Writers’ Network is still accepting submissions for the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This annual award is administered by poet Anthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. The postmark deadline is January 30, 2013. Ruth Moose, final judge.

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classes/workshops COMEDY WORKSHOP A Standup Comedy Workshop with comedian Manny Oliveira begins 1/5 at the Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach. Manny has been teaching standup comedy for many years and his workshops have been featured in USA Today, CNN, TBS and in articles and feature stories in many other publications and news services. Details about the workshop are included in the attached folder. Comedy Cabana: (843) 449-4242

JOB SEARCH TOOLKIT 1/8, 6pm: Identify the qualifications employers are looking for and demonstrate them on your resumes, cover letters, applications, LinkedIn profile and 30-second elevator pitch. First in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series. • 1/22, 6pm: Identify what may be getting your job applications screened out, and learn how to get through to decision-makers. Second in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series. • 2/5, 6pm: Craft an individualized job search

strategy that demonstrates your qualifications, highlights your strengths, and minimizes distractions. Learn how to access the 70%+ of job opportunities in the hiddenmarket. Last in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series presented by Elisabeth Sanders-Park at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.Ms. Sanders-Park is President of WorkNet Solutions, www.worknetsolutions.com, and author of The 6 Reasons You’ll Get theJob. These workshops are free courtesy of the speaker and the Friends ofthe Library. Pre-reg: www.nhclibrary.org.

clubs/notices SEXUAL ABUSE TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP A support group to help survivors of sexual abuse define trauma, make sense of post-trauma reactions (regaining safety, control, trust and personal value), and heal for the long term. Mondays, 1/7-2/18, 5:30-6:30pm. No cost for attendance! Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, 615 Shipyard Blvd. Register by 1/4 contacting Lauren Slusher, LCSW-A, VSPat 910-392-7460. Space is limited!

DIVORCE CARE DivorceCare – SACPC’s next series will begin Tues., 1/8, 6:30pm. Video seminar and support group for those experiencing the grief of separation and divorce. Seminar sessions include topics such as: “Facing Your Anger,” “Facing Your Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” and “Forgiveness.” This program will provide a means of support and recovery for people who are working through the pain that comes with the breakup of a marriage. Divorce Care Ministry: 762-9693

SOUTHEASTERN NC GREEN PARTY MEETING 1/10: The Southeastern NC Green Party is having its second meeting. We are alocal chapter of the NC Green Party. Roxanne: 910-515-9697.

VETERAN’S WRITING COLLECTIVE Open to all active-duty military, veterans, and family members, the Veterans Writing Collective encourages the art of writing and conducts monthly workshops offering honest, positive feedback on members’ poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, and journaling. 1/12, 2-4pm, at Methodist University in the Trustees Building, Room 340. Robin Greene: rgreene@methodist.edu.

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WILMINGTON WATER TOURS 2 hour Eco/History Cruise Tues-Sat, 10am. Eagle’s Island Cruises 50 minute narrated cruises on the hour at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4pm, Mon- Sat. • Sunset Cruise on Tues & Wed w/light narration. Departs 6pm for 2 hours. • Acoustic Spotlight on our Sunset Cruise is on Thurs-Sat., 6-8pm, w/different local musician. • Starlight Cruise on Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm for an hour. See the unique lights of Wilmington after dark from the river. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St. RSVP: 910-338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.com

HISTORIC WILMINGTON FOUNDATION Historic Wilmington Foundation will feature two new walking tours in spring 2013. The Forest Hills Tour will showcase the architectural, social and cultural history of the community. Streetcar Suburbs Tour will focus on Wilmington’s first two suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights and the development of these historic neighborhoods, the people who lived here, and the preservation process that has made them an integral part of the city’s history. The tour guide will have the opportunity to include historical facts about Wilmington’s history, as well as connect the city to broader movements in the nation’s history. Both tours will include a strong architectural focus too. Tour guides wanted; training begins in Jan 2013. Megan Nadeau: 910-762-2511.

HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! 910-392-6753 or email rltriver@ yahoo.com. $3/children or $8/adults. www.tripwithtriplett.webs.com/

OAKDALE CEMETERY TOUR Take a “Trip With Triplett” through tranquil Q\Oakdale Cemetery chartered in 1852. Walk the peaceful pathways and learn about the lives of the people that rest there. Any time! 910-392-6753 or rltriver@ yahoo.com. $3/children or $8/adults. www.tripwithtriplett.webs.com/

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

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Every Thursday Night at Noni Bacca Winery, the lights go down and the music goes up! Enjoy the awesome Wine and Beer Specials! Enjoy Red and White wine starting at $4.00 per glass and 20% off bottles! Fruit Style Wine at $3.00 per glass or $9.00 per bottle Craft Beer starting at $2.50 per bottle (Specials are for Bar Service Only)

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STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS 1/26: 30 teams will start with everyone using same meats, at same location, with same time constraints. Thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year. Cook-off will step it up a notch with a pre-contest party on Friday evening featuring two bands, Train Wreck and Beachbilly Brothers, along with food and drink with all open to the public for a nominal admission fee. Carolina Beach Lake at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Ave. Admission on Saturday is free. Tickets purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. Sat. bands, The Cut along with the headliner (to be determined). Raffles, arts and craft vendors plus more food and drink for purchase. Gates at 11am and prizes will be awarded at 2pm. All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.Rose McConville at rosemc110@gmail.com or call 910-547-0087. FOOD SAFETY CLASS Food Safety Class for Restaurant Manager offered right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in three sessions on 1/28, 2/4 and 2/11 at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 4433 Long Beach Rd. Sessions will start at 12:30pm and end at 4:30pm. Students who successfully complete the class and the exam receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation often seen prominently displayed in restaurants. Fee of $115 is required to cover the cost of the text book, exam and classroom instruction. Books must be picked up in person at the Cooperative Extension office prior to the beginning of the class. 910-2532610 to register. WINEDUCATION CLASS Join staff of The Veggie Wagon and sommelier Shaun Underwood of Juice Wines for a Special Wineducation class from 6-7pm, 1/15. During this call we will taste 5 different styles of Cabernet from different regions of the world. Shaun will be focusing his discussion on the different effects that terroir (local elements) has on the each wine. You will be amazed how one grape can have some many different flavor profiles, depending on the climate and location of where it was grow. The class is free to attend, RSVP required, and is sure to teach you a few things about some great wines from around the world.Space is limited for this event. theveggiewagon.com or email theveggiewagon@gmail.com or call 910-805-3014. The Veggie Wagon, 608 South Lake Park Blvd. 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, group tours. $25 and up! www.lizbiro.com. 910-545-8055

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) In 2013 I pledge to conspire with you to increase your mastery of the art of friendship. Together, we will concentrate on making you an even stronger ally than you already are. We will upgrade your skill at expressing your feelings with open-hearted clarity—and in ways that don’t make people defensive. We will also inspire you to help others communicate effectively in your presence. I hope you understand that doing this work will empower you to accomplish feats that were never before possible for you. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) Chickens and alligators share a common ancestor; 70 million years ago, they were both archosaurs. That’s why chickens possess a gene that has the ability to grow teeth. A few years ago a biological researcher at the University of Wisconsin managed to activate this capacity, inducing a few mutant chickens to sprout alligator teeth. I predict there will be a metaphorically comparable event happening for you in 2013, Taurus. The “chicken” part of you will acquire some of the gravitas of an alligator. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground,” French novelist Marcel Proust said. An attitude like that is always a barrier to growth, of course, but in 2013 it would be especially ill-advised for you Geminis. In order to win full possession of the many blessings that will be offering themselves, you will have to give up your solid footing and dive into the depths over and over again. That may sometimes be a bit nerve-racking, but it should also generate the most fun you’ve had in years.

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: You escaped the chains that kept you enslaved to your primary source of suffering. You broke the trance it kept you in, and you freed yourself from its demoralizing curse. Now, you have forged a resilient new relationship with your primary source of suffering, a relationship that allows you to deal with it only when it’s healthy for you to do so and only when you feel strong enough to do it. Very nicely done! Congratulations! Excellent work! LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) “In this world,” Oscar Wilde said, “there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” I’m counting on you to refute the last part of that questionable assertion, Leo. According to my analysis of the long-term astrological omens, you will definitely be getting what you want in the next six months. You will receive your prize . . . you

will earn your badge . . . you will win a big game or claim your birthright or find your treasure. When that happens, I trust you will make sure it is an enduring blessing. There will be no sadness involved! VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) English poet Alfred Tennyson wrote so many memorable lines that he is among the top ten most frequently cited authors in “The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.” One of his most famous passages was: “’Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all.” When he was on his death bed at age 83, his enigmatic last words were, “I have opened it.” Let’s make that declaration your mantra for the coming year, Virgo. In your case, it will have nothing to do with death, but just the opposite. It will be your way of announcing your entrance into a brighter, lustier, more fertile phase of your life. Try saying it right now: “I have opened it!” LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) Back in 1830 it was expensive to stay up and do things in your room after dark. To earn enough money to pay for the whale oil that would light your lamp for an hour, you had to work for 5.4 hours. And today? It’s cheaper. You have to put in less than a second of hard labor to afford an hour’s worth of light. I suspect that in 2013 there will be a similar boost in your ease at getting the light you need to illuminate your journey. I’m speaking metaphorically here, as in the insight that arises from your intuition, the emotional energy that comes from those you care about and the grace of the Divine Wow. All that good stuff will be increasing. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life,” Scorpio painter Georgia O’Keeffe said, “and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” I think her declaration is excellent medicine for you. In 2013 you will have great potential for upgrading your relationship with your fears—not necessarily suppressing them or smashing them, but rather using them more consistently as a springboard, capitalizing on the emotions they unleash and riding the power they motivate you to summon. SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) “Ambition can creep as well as soar,” Irish philosopher Edmund Burke said. That will be good for you to remember throughout 2013, Sagittarius. Later this year, the time may come for your ambition to soar—in the month of April, for example, and again in the month of August. But, for the foreseeable future, I think your ambition will operate best if you keep it contained and intense, moving slowly and gradually, attending to the gritty details with su-

preme focus. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) In Tom Robbins’ book, “Skinny Legs and All,” one of the characters, Ellen Cherry, has a conversation with a voice in her head. The voice gives her a piece of advice: “The trick is this: Keep your eye on the ball, even when you can’t see the ball.” I think that happens to be excellent counsel for you to heed during the next six months, Capricorn. You may not always be able to figure out what the hell is going on, but that shouldn’t affect your commitment to doing the right thing. Your job is to keep your own karma clean and pure—and not worry about anyone else’s karma. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) I’ll be bold and predict that 2013 will be a time when you’ll discover more about the art of happiness than you have in years. Here are some clues to get you started: 1. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” (Agnes Repplier) 2. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of our will.” (Epictetus) 3. “For the rational, healthy person, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.” (Nathaniel Branden) 4. “Our happiness springs mainly from moderate troubles, which afford the mind a healthful stimulus, and are followed by a reaction which produces a cheerful flow of spirits.” (E. Wigglesworth) 5. “Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” (William H. Sheldon) 6. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” (Charles Kingsley) PISCES (19 Feb. – 20 Mar.) In 2013 I pledge to help you feel at peace and in love with your body; I will do everything in my power to encourage you to triumph over media-induced delusions that tempt you to wish you were different from who you actually are. My goal is to be one of your resourceful supporters in the coming months—to be a member of your extensive team of allies. And I will be working with you to ensure that this team grows to just the right size and provides you with just the right foundation. If all goes well, your extra help will ensure that you finish almost everything you start in the coming year. You will regularly conquer everyday chaos and be a master of artful resolutions.

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