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dOcUtiMe 2011 The DocuTime Film Festival will be at UNCW’S KIng Hall this Saturday, January 29th, from 10 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. Bethany Turner interviews two of its insiders, WHQR’s Mary Bradley and documentary film producer Paula Haller about the upcoming event. Also, Turner gets an preview of the five documentaries showing throughout the day, which folks can see with an all-day pass of $20.

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artsy smartsy ............. 8-19 8-10 theatre: Sarah Crandall previews Red Barn Studio’s upcoming production of ‘Lobby Hero’; Gwenyfar Rohler reviews Big Dawg’s ‘Love Letters.’

12 art: Lauren Hodges finds out about WHQR’s latest show, ‘Echoes of the Dream.’

13 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging at local galleries.

14 music: Patty Wilson interviews Nick and the Babes lead singer, Nick Bailey, performing this weekend at the Soapbox.

16-18 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.

21-22 film: Anghus reviews the Coen Brothers most relatable film to date, ‘True Grit’; see black box for Bethany Turner’s piece on DocuTime Film Festival.

grub & guzzle .......... 24-26 24-26 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide!

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30 books: Tiffanie Gabrielse interviews Jeff Sheng about his picture book, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

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places I shopped in 2010 during my “Live Local” experiment. A few hinted they were undertaking the same new year’s resolution for 2011—which would be an admirable one. The task isn’t easy. So, I’ve come up with a few ideas for readers to keep in mind while setting goals for themselves during their own challenge. Keep in mind that franchises with local ownership still help our local economy; so, they shouldn’t be off-limits when you need to use them. Also, I don’t have children or a large family, so my shopping needs are probably less demanding than most. I have become spoiled this year by good service and better quality of products (even savings!) because of my decision to go all-local. I hope this list is a helpful starting point for many to think about when patronizing locally owned businesses. Not only does it keep money in our economy longer, it builds a diverse and satisfying community to live in. Here is a list, in no particular order, of where I found my essentials and specialty buys while embarking on my Live Local new year’s resolution for 2010. In 2011, it’s become my way of life. Food: Local farmers’ markets, Tidal Creek, Great Harvest, Saigon Market (which also has tons of other neat items, from kitchen knives to shoes to candles and Feng Shui stuff), Folks Café, Eagle Island Produce and Seafood.

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newsoftheweird LEAD STORY Do Ask, Must Tell (and Show): The Turkish military’s legendary homophobia (rare among NATO countries) comprises both zero-tolerance for homosexuality by service personnel and the requirement of rigorous proof by anyone applying for exemption from service by claiming to be gay. (Homosexuality is the only disqualifier from compulsory service for able-bodied men.) In personal experiences recounted for Foreign Policy magazine in December, some gay men seeking exemptions were ordered to verify their claims by producing witnesses to their homosexual acts, or by photographing themselves fully engaged and to be persuasive to authorities, the conscript had to be depicted in the “receiving” position in sexual intercourse. The Entrepreneurial Spirit! Daring New Products: Introduced at a New York food fair in January (and planned for U.S. distribution later this year): Great Scot International’s potato-like chips in the “flavor” of Scotland’s “national delicacy” (yes haggis chips!).

Burger King U.K.’s Christmas-season special this year (available briefly in December): a regular Whopper, garnished with a generous helping of brussels sprouts. The notoriously isolated North Korean economy only permits new products to be sold as needs arise, and in December (according to a report by Agence France-Presse), the ministries began allowing Western-style “skinny jeans” (having relaxed the rule requiring female workers to wear skirts). Also recently for sale: human fertilizer (owing to the attrition of the animals that previously produced manure for family gardens). The SEGA video company’s Japan division began test-marketing its new Toylets game in January, designed for men’s urinals. With sensors in the basin and a video screen at eye level, men score points based on the strength and accuracy of their streams. Among the suite of games: sumo wrestling (squirt the opponent out of the circle), graffiti-erasure (strong streams wipe out more graffiti), and skirt-raising (the stronger the stream, the higher a woman’s skirt is “blown” upward).

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Evolution in November, described a species of birds in Africa’s Kalahari Desert that appear to acquire food by running a “protection racket” for other birds. The biologists hypothesize that because drongo birds hang out at certain nests and squawk loudly when predators approach, the nest’s residents grow more confident about security and thus can roam farther away when they search for food but with the hunters gone, the drongos scoop up any food left behind. (The researchers also found that drongos are not above staging false alarms to trick birds into leaving their food unguarded.) Leading Economic Indicators Extreme: The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled in September that the overdraft fee charged by Quality Bank of Fingal, N.D., to customer Lynette Cavett, of nearly $12,000, was nonetheless legal. The court found that the fee, which reached $100 a day, was disclosed to Cavett in advance. Automaker BMW of Germany announced testing in December of a new technology (“flash projection”) in which an ultra-bright light sears the company logo into a viewer’s vision, where it lingers even if the viewer subsequently closes his eyelids tightly. Fine Points of the Law A Roman Catholic church tribunal in Modena, Italy, ruled in November that a marriage should be annulled on the grounds of the wife’s adultery even though she apparently only “thought about” having an affair. Her now-ex-husband believes she never actually followed through on her desires for an “open marriage.” Because two different laws operate, New York state prisoners, when they win lawsuits against guards who have injured them, keep the entire amount of the award, but when New York state mental patients win similar lawsuits, the hospitals can claim a large portion of the money back, as repayment for the daily cost of providing “care.” The New York Times reported in December that the dual system is unique to the state.

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most gripping plays, Red Barn Studio opens a February run of “Lobby Hero,” written by Kenneth Lonergan (“Analyze This,” “Gangs of New York”). The emotional and captivating production caught the eye of seasoned director Steve Bakunas a decade ago. “I’d seen [the play] in New York, and I was really impressed with the writing,” Bakunas says. “About five years ago, we did a reading of it. I read the part of one of the cops, but I thought I was too old for [it.] So, I realized I would like to do this play later, but I just wanted to wait for the right time.” A complex drama, “Lobby Hero” takes place in its namesake’s location: a lobby in a modern New York apartment building. It chronicles the dilem-

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mas of two security guards and two police officers. One of the security guards, a young, laidback doorman named Jeff (Hank Toler), is down on his luck and considered by many, including his serious, straightforward boss, William (Darius Bridges), to be lazy. When a female rookie cop named Dawn (Mackenzie Wicker) and her egotistical, veteran partner Bill (Cullen Moss) stop by a hotel so Bill can visit a friend, things get messy as secrets become unhinged and a murder investigation gets underway. Bakunas says all of the characters position the plot to heightened interest. “They all seem to contribute to moving the story ahead,” he notes. “They’re all connected. One of the key components is truth and how not being truthful gets you in trouble.” The powerful play also deals with sexism, politics in the workplace and even racial issues. Bakunas says that despite its serious themes, at times “Lobby Hero” has certain elements of a dark comedy. Some of the situations and the dialogue add to its depth. “That’s the truth about comedy: Things are funny because they’re real,” he reminds. Unlike plays based solely on action, “Lobby Hero” makes an indelible creative mark from character-driven interaction. “There’s no real action in the play,” Bakunas says. “It’s a lot of exposition. It’s so interesting, the dilemmas, and everybody

seems to have this journey from point A to B to C. It deals with how other people affect your life, and how you affect other people’s lives.” “Lobby Hero” remains timeless. Despite its first performance at Playwrights Horizons offBroadway, on March 13, 2001, Bakunas says it could have easily been made in the ‘50s or ‘70s. “The core principles are the same because it’s all about people and relationships and how they relate to each other,” he says. By focusing on authenticity, “it really helps [the actors] to ground themselves and try to find real behavior instead of making something up.” “Lobby Hero” questions life’s wrongs and rights, people’s motives and the self, whether destructing, rising from the ashes or settling in pity. It’s a day in the life of, so to speak, allowing the audience a voyeuristic experience. “The morality is in the play; the message is in the play,” Bakunas reminds. “The purpose is to entertain, but also to educate and to enlighten. Some plays are more total entertainment; this is more thought provoking.” Red Barn Studio presents “Lobby Hero,” Wednesdays through Sundays, February 2nd through 27th, 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 910762-0955; $27 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students upon showing ID.

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presentation of A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” has arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day. A simple play, consisting of two people reading letters to each other, may seem un-entertaining in our fast-paced world. But it is the perfect oasis. In fact, the idea of the letter at all, let alone the love letter, is becoming a nostalgic item. Thus, the play provides an interesting opportunity to reflect upon where our lives and our communication is headed. The original New York production of “Love Letters” took place in the New York Public Library and was a staged reading with Gurney performing Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Holland Taylor reading Melissa Gardner. Gurney was scheduled to give a talk titled “WASPS at Dinner” (his breakout success was “The Dining Room,” a play about a dining room and the fading world of the WASP New Englanders). Instead, the duo read the epistolary short story “Love Letters,” which

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chronicles the relationship between Ladd and Gardner, from elementary school through the stages of life. The audience was enthralled, and Gurney’s agent began to sell it as a play. Gurney himself has expressed the secret behind the enduring appeal of this show to producers and small community theaters: “It’s easy to cast because it works for all ages, easy to produce because it doesn’t require a set, and easy to rehearse because its letters are read rather than memorized, and the actors remain seated throughout.”

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trom and Cressman remained wholly dependent on the strength of the text and their abilities to interpret it without action, sets, elaborate props or costumes. The depth of their feeling and emotion shone without extraneous distraction. Though I have enjoyed both actors in previous roles—Nystrom’s Ouisa in “Steel Magnolias” and Cressman’s Emerson in “The Night Throreau Spent in Jail”—this is my favorite with each of them to date. Act Two came with a stronger resonance, as they moved past childhood and adolescence, and into the world of adulthood and family life. Ladd’s character strongly mirror’s Gurney’s own life: prep school, Yale, Navy officer, move to New York to work, flee to the suburbs. A common challenge for writers is to create characters of the opposite gender that are believable and fully developed. Here, Gurney is sadly lacking. While Ladd gets depicted as a well-developed, empathic yet flawed character, whose faults are forgiven by his intentions, who struggles and evolves during the course of the show, Gardner is stereotyped and faulted from the beginning. Trapped in Ladd’s bewilderment and society’s expectations, she is not given the empathy and forgiveness for her failing like Ladd. Is it a conscious portrayal of the societal cage for women at the time? Or is it Gurney’s own confusion and bafflement about the opposite sex? As both he and Ladd attempt to collect their thoughts and communicate their feelings to Gardner and the audience, we are given an opportunity to think about the world we are losing. I could not imagine dating in the world of Facebook and Twitter. Real communication with another person is hard enough without removing context and intention from the equation. Biographers have long relied upon diaries and letters as primary research documents in reconstructing a life. E-mails, tweets and status updates are so fleeting that in one generation we have changed what the nature of biographical research will be. Like many people, I have carefully saved love letters and flowers pressed in books—all of which I return to when feeling nostalgic or needing to remember a special moment in my past. No one will put a love text in the pages of a dictionary for safe keeping. A love letter, well, that lasts a lifetime. Upcoming productions of “Love Letters” will feature the following actors: 1/27 & 28: Dorothy Rankin and Lee Lowrimore; 29-30: Heather Setzler and Jason Aycock; 2/3-4: Charlotte Hackman and Eben Mastin; 2/5-6: Maggie Miller and Daniel Marks; 2/10-11: Ann Donnell and Bert Sherman; 2/12-13: Katherine Vernon and Alex Wharff.


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a journey of re-purpose:


Artists use old found objects in the latest WHQR exhibit


s by Lauren Hodge 00 Front St., Ste 3 WHQR • 254 N. ream: Echoes of the D ney of Sharing the Jour rtists Three Women A , 2011 Through April 1

t’s hard to pass by a pIle of tossed

objects on the side of the road and not at least consider the uses. Whether it is someone’s beaten-up chair in a driveway, a collection of old window panes and doors at a construction site, or just an old tire lying still on the highway, the inevitable thought creeps in: “Could I find a purpose for that?” Most of the time, the answer is “nope,” and we continue on our journeys to consume brandnew stuff and eventually, make those piles of our own. Yet, the still-churning green movement can be thanked for spawning a magnificent genre of art that challenges artists to turn those piles into pretty—or at least re-purposed— eye candy. Kelley Morris of Holden Beach loves to discover wood scraps and make them beautiful again. “Each of these pieces include a wooden pallet, found at a construction site, and re-built, to be used as an artist’s canvas,” she says. “I loved using the raw, imperfect wood as the foundation for the paintings and mixed media.” Morris is known in her neighborhood for the

K.D. Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop. However, she didn’t find all of the revived wood pieces locally. In November 2009, Morris enjoyed a month-long residency at the Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia, where she completed many of the pieces in her current collection. During and since that time, Morris gained the courage to experiment with her work in ways she had never tried before. “My work at this point in time is exciting to create, liberating,” she says. “Because I am testing new territory, experimenting with new methods, combining different media, and pushing my boundaries as an artist.” Sharing in both Morris’ genre and creative situation is Linda Hartman. She might not have been to Bali and back but she, too, is on

MESS WITH A MISSION: Kelley Morris makes unexpected, recycled art out of found materials, such as items from construction sites. Courtesy photo.

a journey. “I love what I have been afforded the opportunity to do in my life here in North Carolina,” she says. “And that is a chance to do my eclectic art.” Hartman’s inspiration is in a less natural material but somehow ends up as a tribute to underwater life. She likes to use metal objects


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in her art, like copper pots, hot-water heater pans and old frames to make nautically inspired pieces, like “Fish Whisperer” and “The Dive.” “Each piece reflects a unique segment of the art journey I am exploring,” she says. “I love taking found an re-purposed objects and using them as the beginning of a piece.” The beginning is exactly what those objects are. After finding their new lives, the objects get Hartman’s acrylic and ink treatment as she uses the surfaces as her canvases. “It is a bit of work for these old hands,” she says. “But I love the finished pieces.” Morris and Hartman will both have a chance to get an outside perspective, along with artist Eunkyung Cazier, at the new WHQR art gallery exhibit, “Echoes of the Dream.” Now that she is ready to present that work, Morris admits she is both excited and apprehensive about how her creative experiments will be received by the public. “Will they get it?” she wonders. “And understand what I am going after? And appreciate the efforts? The feeling of an artist’s work always includes such a tension between selfconfidence and what feels right to us and at the same time a self-consciousness: Will it be accepted? That’s where I am. But, really, it’s a terrifically dynamic place to be!”

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

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Fourth Friday Gallery Walk reception takes place on Jan. 28th from 6-9 p.m., featuring Jean Chasmer’s art entitled “Jean’s Journey.� This show is a retrospective presenting an artistic career covering the past 60 years. Much of Jean’s work depicts family paintings, which she enjoys doing on commission. The show also includes pencil sketches from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Also, the gallery is showcasing a collection of Camellia paintings by Wilmington Art Association artists, in collaboration with the Tidewater Camellia Society. Three gallery artists won 1st, 2nd and 3rd ribbons in addition to three Honorable Mention awards presented by the Camellia Society You may visit both shows until Feb. 23rd. Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm.

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about a song that can transcend the chaos, which sometimes interrupts our lives, into a state of calm reflection. I’m not saying that Nick and the Babes should be a rainyday soundtrack. No, this band has a sound that evokes sheer creativity. I can vouch for it: My incessant writer’s block dissipated into the gentle melody of “Morning Light” (currently available on iTunes) last week while preparing our interview. The song, evoking a Band of Horses-meets-Lucero feel, makes it clear that Nick and the Babes understand Americana rhythms. Made up of singer/songwriter Nick Bailey, his twin brother Graham (percussion), Dail Reed (bass) and Rob Wank (keys), the North Carolina musicians have already received acclaim on the Web series, “The District,” as well as on Animal Planet, other cable channels and independent films. They have solidified themselves on the regional music scene to no avail. Their tongue-incheek lyrics—”I really wanna punch you in the face,” (“Punch You In the Face”)—paired with driving rhythms and hypnotic cadences not only

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grabs a listener’s attention but endears them to a more sprightly level of being. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Bailey was kind enough to discuss the band’s backbone and current score to life in preparation for their upcoming show at the Soapbox.

encore (e): How did Nick and the Babes come to be?

Nick Bailey (NB): Nick and the Babes stemmed from a bunch of tunes I was working on while moonlighting as a piano-bar musician in 2003. I had all of these original tunes burning a hole in my pocket, and felt I had to get out and express these songs. I’d been in many bands before but never the front man—which was scary for me at first. My twin brother, Graham was gracious enough to help me out on drums when I had the idea brewing, and I grabbed a good friend, also named Nick, to carry the bass. We went out as a three-piece and started playing house parties, eventually moving up to venues. I later grabbed a pedal steel player, keyboard player and replaced the bass player. All current members are NC natives [who have played in] many other regional bands.

e: What were the steps to make Nick and the Babes a realized dream?

NB: Finding dedicated musicians and networking has been the biggest part of where we are right now. Once we started landing some decent venues in supporting slots, it became much easier to spread the name. Our shows of late have been with lots of Ramseur recording artists (Jim Avett, Paleface), which have helped to promote the group. We’ve also paired up with other great artists like Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Dangermuffin. All very gracious and supportive bands of what we’re doing.

e: Your music has been featured in programs such as’s Web series “The District,” TLC, A&E, and NAT GEO. What is it like to produce/compose music for a television series compared to just hanging out in the studio or writing something to be showcased live?

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BABES IN MUSICLAND: Nick and the Babes bring their Americana rhythms to the Soapbox this Saturday at 8 p.m. Courtesy photo.

NB: Writing music for cable networks is a completely different animal from the music showcased live; both are rewarding in completely different ways. It’s a surreal experience to flip channels and catch one of my songs on a reality show. To date I’ve written for over 10 cable network programs. They want specific types of music (specific tone, time, mood) where as the music at a NATB show is all up to the band. The band music is more enjoyable in the sense that there are no restrictions to what we can do.

though there are elements of jam and indierock hammered in. Right now I’m listening to Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Avett Brothers and Josh Rouse. I like these artists, but I don’t specifically try to write like them. Over the years I swayed from many different genres of music. The collective have all helped to shape the sound that we present. I often joke that my main influences are ex-girlfriends, red drink, headbands and cowboy boots.

e: I read on your website ( that you guys “pull together honest songwriting, solid guitars and a love of headbands to create a sound all [your] own.” Are the headbands a fashion statement, a lucky charm, or just merely serving e: Do you find that Nick and the Babes the function of keeping the hair and sweat out of your eyes? have a loyal fan following? NB: We see the same faces at many shows and that means the world to us. We do like the smaller intimate settings where you can look everyone in the eye. It’s those intimate settings [that] help us connect with the audience, but it’s also nice to do larger venues where you can play to a bigger crowd and have some fun. The last time we played at the Soapbox I threw out free official Nick and the Babe’s cell phones. Of course, none of them had batteries or worked.

NB: Ha! The headbands started as just a functional thing. It kept my golden locks from moving around too much. I had a NATB headband made, which I occasionally wear, but I generally rock an orange sweat-covered elastic one given to me by Graham’s fiancée. I hadn’t planned on it being a staple, but it certainly has.

e: It seems as though there is no one way to categorize the type of music that Nick and the Babes play. Does it fit into a specific genre?

NB: Graham and I have a great relationship so the love/hate Oasis dynamic has never really come into play—except for one time when he was late to a show because “he was busy looking for his Sweet Tarts.” Haha. We’ve been playing together since we were 13 so we have a great musical connection.

NB: The easiest and broadest category I end up putting us into would be Americana, al-

e: When it comes to having a band that involves brothers, do you ever get any Oasis (or Gallagher brother) moments? Or is it pretty much a twin thing?

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DJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 open JaM session —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 sai collins —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Dueling pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 the get DoWn JaM With the casseRole —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 heatheR Maloney —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KaRaoKe W/ DJBe extReMe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 KaRaoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 Dueling pianos & lee hauseR —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846

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toM shaRpe —Village Cafe, 107 Hampstead Village, Hampstead, NC 910-270-3580 KaRaoKe W/ DJBe extReMe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 paRty gRas DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 FRieD lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 live Music —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ s t R e t c h —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Ron hasson —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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SATURDAY. jAnUARY 29 KaraoKe —Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Beach & Shag w/ DJ rocK —Rumors, 5712 East Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC KaraoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 iamhuman —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

DJ —Ronnie’s Place, 6745-B Market St.; 228-8056 DJ Dane Britt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DJ —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 KaraoKe w/ DJBe extreme —Griff’s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 DJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ S t r e t c h —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 DJ p. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ eric (10pm-2am) —Rumors, 5712 East Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 nicK anD the BaBeS, Jim avett, anD miKe Blair anD the StonewallS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 crowFielD —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 iJ Quinn, the private liFe oF DaviD reeD, anD Bella vita —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

420 B proJect —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 crowFielD —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Dueling pianoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 BlinD lemon pleDge —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 ethan hanSon —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 piano Show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 Dance DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ Scooter FreSh —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 claSSy KaraoKe with manDy clayton —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 treS altman —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 SalSa w/ DJ lalo —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 maSonBoro SounD —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

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—Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 Jam with Benny hill

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe

—Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement galen on guitar (Brunch)

—Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 DJ ceD

—The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 caucaSianS

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

monDAY, jAnUARY 31 open mic night

Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Brett JohnSon’S Jam

—Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 laDieS night w/ KerSten capra

—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 DJ Dane Britt

—Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 open mic night

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

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—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St., 763-1607 Open mic w/ Beau

—16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 dJ richtermeister

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

—Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Open mic w/ dJ Be eXtreme

—Griff’s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 JasOn and the punknecks

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

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Benny hill —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 Open mic night —Surf’s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 karaOke —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 Open mic night —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

karaOke —Rumors, 5712 East Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC indie music night —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 karaOke —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 karaOke w/ dJ dane Britt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 karaOke with BOB claytOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 cape Fear Blues Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 the cOntraBand —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 karaOke kOng —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 dJ “mr lee” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 James Jarvis & Friends (7pm-8pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 radiO hayes and echOpOint21 —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 dJ eyecOn —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 Open mic night —Deep South Bar, 430 South Dawson St., Raleigh, 919-833-1255

Open mic night —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

dJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 karaOke w/ dJBe eXtreme

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Open mic w/ gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 mark herBert & gaBrielle —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement shOw tunes w/ dOnna merritt —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 karaOke —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Bangarang w/ lOrd walrus & sir nick Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 James Jarvis & Friends (7pm-8pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 dueling pianOs & lee hauser —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 acOustic Jam/Open mic —Tangerine’s Caribbean Grill, 300 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 707-0202 richard smith and Julie adams —128 South, 128 South Front St.; 919-886-6889

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 karaOke —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 karaOke with BOB claytOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 dJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 dJ sOnic —Deep South Bar, 430 South Dawson St., Raleigh, 919-833-1255 the get dOwn Jam with the casserOle —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 kersten capra —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 All entertainment must be turned in to encore by noon every Thursday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.


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film stories floating around Wilmington. I’ve been around long enough to hear a lot of good ones. My personal favorite came from the late, great Eddie Blakely. For those lucky enough to know Eddie, he was a treasure trove of Wilmington film history, a proverbial fly on the wall for two decades. While working on a project together, he told me a story about the Coen Brothers, which stuck with me. It was 1993, toward the front end of a 10-year production span that has never been rivaled in this area. Lots of different films made their way here. One of the most unique projects of that era was a little film by the Coen Brothers named “The Hudsucker Proxy.” It’s difficult to remember a time when the Coens weren’t part of the cultural lexicon. This was before “Fargo,” before “The Big Lebowski,” before “No Country for Old Men” and the constant influx of awards. This was a time when producer Joel Silver backed them with a $40 million budget for a Capra-esque movie about the guy who invented the hula hoop. It was an inspired little movie that lost a lot of money. And Joel Silver saw it coming. After sitting in the Screen Gems screening room and watching some footage from the film, Silver became livid. An argument ensued, and he reduced his complaint down to a three-word phrase, which he soon screamed from every corner of the building. “Asses in seats!” That was his job: to produce movies that made money. To end up with a marketable product. Silver’s rallying cry may have fallen on deaf ears. The Coen Brothers may be many things, but marketable is usually not one of them. “True Grit,” their newest film, may buck that trend. It’s the most accessible film of their careers and a fantastic Western to boot. Audiences may remember the original—an oldie but goodie featuring the legendary John Wayne. The Coen Brothers’ version draws less from the original, and leans more on the original novel by Charles Portis. It’s a classic revenge story: a young girl named Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld) comes to town to deal with the death of her father at the hands of a vile outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin).

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Mattie. Revenge is her only motivator. She’s an outspoken child, wise beyond her years, and all too eager to run head-first into trouble. What works so well about “True Grit” is the “frills-free” approach to the Western. It’s a grim and gritty portrayal of frontier life, a world where children are forced to grow up far too fast. Where men are hung in the town square for all to see. Where


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The story follows Mary Shelley’s birth to the horror classic “Frankenstein,” and includes a night of games and ghost stories, only heightened by the drug-induced paranoia surrounding it. Taking place at Lord Byron’s country estate, Mary finds herself drawn into the sick world of her lover Shelley and cousin Claire, as Byron leads them all down the dark paths of their souls. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Natasha Richardson and Timothy Spall.

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Though only 14, she is brash and confident. After settling some of her father’s affairs, she decides she needs to take off after his killer. To do so, she enlists a grizzled, old U.S. Marshal. Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) is a husk of a man—well past his prime and withered from years of drinking. He’s more likely to bring his targets in dead than alive. Mattie runs across another lawman, LeBoeuf (Matt Damon), a Texas Ranger with eyes on bringing Cheney in for the murder of a state senator. LeBoeuf and Rooster Cogburn represent the duality of the lawless land of this era. One man is motivated by money, the other by a sense of moral outrage. Rooster has no problem killing men. In fact, it comes awfully easy. What separates the good guys from the bad guys in this landscape is a thin line. The only difference between the hero and the villain is a shiny badge. None of this matters much to

murder is a daily occurrence. There are no punches pulled here. Harsh conditions and violent deaths are par for the course. The most shocking thing I found in “True Grit” is how unaffected Mattie is by the surrounding decay. The stark style the Coen Brothers are known for is perfectly suited for a Western. My only complaint is the lack of levels to the film. Every character has one note to play. While they play it well, there’s no nuance here. I hear a lot of modern film critics bagging on John Wayne for his monochromatic acting style, but all the performances in this version of “True Grit” feel beholden to the work of “The Duke.” Bridges and Damon give strong performances, but it’s a lot of bark and very little bite. The revelation here is young Ms. Steinfeld who steals the show away from the veteran performers. Like all Coen Brothers films, it ends abruptly and leaves the interpretation to the audience. And like all Coen Brothers films, it feels like equal parts homage and originality.

The Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-buzzing film that everyone seems to be talking about comes to Cinematique for a week! “The Social Network” follows the story of Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg and his journey to start Facebook. The movie shares the connections and dramas Zuckerberg and his friends/acquaintances endured during the beginning phases of the social networking craze of the 21st century. Full of comedy, drama and philosophical insight, the movie taps into the self-indulgent and technologically dependent society we’ve become.

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Three nights of films created by UNCW graduates will be shown to the public for free, including feature length and short films, ending with Q&A session with the filmmakers. Featured: Devin DiMattia’s “Firewall of Sound”; Brian Teague’s short film “AT3: Air to the Throne”; Kenneth Price, best known as a member of the Superkiiids!, with his short films “First Sunrise” and “The Late Mr. Mokun Williams” and his feature film “Americatown”; Timothy Rizor’s “Hold Up”; and more! Full schedule:

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globe trotting: DocuTime 2011 offers documentary films from around the world


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to Park City, Utah for Sundance Film Festival this week, and Cucalorus 2011 is many months away. Still, citizens of Wilmington who are passionate about film continue to provide the community with its fair share of entertainment. WHQR Public Radio and UNCW’s Department of Film Studies offer up the 9th annual DocuTime. The one-day festival brings film fanatics of Southeastern North Carolina the chance to view many acclaimed documentaries, including Academy Award nominees. “It is a wonderful chance for people in our area to see some of the finest documentaries that otherwise might never be screened,” Mary Bradley, co-chair of the DocuTime committee and membership manager for public radio station 91.3, WHQR, said. The idea for such a showing came all the way from Los Angeles, where the International Documentary Association (IDA) sponsored an event called DocuFest. Luckily for Wilmington, a woman involved with DocuFest decided to relocate to the East Coast. Paula Lee Haller, a documentary-film producer and director, began the Port City’s version of the festival in 2003. This year’s DocuTime features films from China, Russia, Iran and more. Fans will circumnavigate the globe without ever leaving the auditorium. In addition, spectators can expect an eclectic selection of films that feed all interests. “Programming is an art,” Haller said. “These films will raise many social questions. [DocuTime is] a terrific opportunity to watch sophisticated, stimulating, informative documentaries from around the world.” DocuTime will take place at UNCW’s King Hall auditorium from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The festival was originally held at Screen Gems Studios, but the community’s reception of DocuTime in the past was so great that the event had to move to a larger venue. “About 60-70 percent of our guests purchase all-day passes and stay for the entire showing,” Haller noted.

er by Bethany Turn Festival DocuTime Film y 29 Saturday, Januar e Rd l, 601 S. Colleg al H ng Ki ’s CW UN ents and seniors $6,GA; $5, stud s • $20, all-day pas “The audience is always very enthusiastic.” With four full-length documentaries and two shorts, the audience should be thrilled. Tickets can be purchased as all-day passes for $20, or $6 for general admission to each program. Seniors and students pay only $5. The line-up begins at 10 a.m. with “Barbershop Punk,” a David-versus-Goliath story that showcases a barbershop singer going against Comcast in a battle over the First Amendment. However, the DocuTime committee coordinated a special musical performance before the beginning of the movie. Guests who arrive by 9:30 a.m. will hear The Leading Edge, a barbershop quartet that sings in four-part harmony. “[DocuTime] is a marathon of looking at documentary films from around the world,” Haller said. In its ninth year, the one-day film festival offers Wilmington the rare chance to view perspectives from the opposite end of the globe, and to savor deeply powerful stories. DocuTime will, without a doubt, educate and entertain.

DocuTime 2011 Film Line-Up: 10-11:25 a.m.: “Barbershop Punk” Directors: Georgia C. Archer, Kristin Armfield

Robb Topolski is a barbershop quartet baritone who plants himself in the middle of a landmark case against Comcast, the outcome of which will affect the rights of all American citizens. “Barbershop Punk” follows one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes are his inalienable rights, and examines issues sur-

FAMILY MATTERS: ‘The Last Train Home’ explores the life of a Chinese migrant family. Shows 11:40 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. on the 29th. Courtesy photo.

In the early days of the Iranian revolution, rounding the future of the American Internet. anyone with wrinkles on his trousers would Featured interviews include Janeane Garofalo, be sent home from work. How can one say Henry Rollins, and more. his prayers to Allah without breaking his trousers’ press lines? This film reflects on Islam 11:40 a.m.-1:05 p.m. “Last Train Home” and the politics of clothing. This free-form Director: Lixin Fan documentary is structured like a collage, mix“Last Train Home” exposes the lives of a ing archival footage from Iranian cinema, PerChinese migrant family, motivated and dam- sian painting and graphics from the period of aged by economic situations they cannot the Islamic Revolution. control. The film asks questions about the changing nature of family life and rural society, “Rabbit À La Berlin” generational gaps, and changing values that are Directors: Bartek Konopka and causing problems among China’s youth. Piotr Roslowski “Lixin captures the messy tragedy of their This is the first film showing the story of the lives with dignity and intimacy, and there are Berlin Wall and the reuniting of Germany seen some scenes, such as a violent confronta- from a very unusual perspective – from thoution between father and daughter, that carry sands of wild rabbits living in the Death Zone of the sting of reality,” according to The Capital the Wall. “Rabbit À La Berlin” is a 2010 AcadeTimes. “But ‘Last Train Home’ also has the in- my Award-nominated nature documentary that sight of great dramatic fiction, tying this family’s focuses on socialism. “Teasing and shrewd, a struggle to their country’s larger issues with a floppy-eared fable about the uneasy trade-offs delicate but firm thread.” between liberty and security,” according to The New York Times. “This cheeky parable plays 1:35-3:05p.m.: “VLAST (POWER)” like a totalitarian ‘Watership Down.’”

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3:15-4:30p.m. Shorts: “All Restrictions End” Director: Reza Haeri

The fall of the Soviet Union began a volatile but advantageous environment for young Russian entrepreneurs. One of those businessmen was Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whose eagerness to build the market economy by any means necessary made him the richest man in Russia. Khodorkovsky was arrested at gunpoint for challenging the absolute power of Vladimir Putin, and his oil company was seized. Director Cathryn Collins showcases unprecedented access to Khodorkovsky’s family, associates, and most renowned politicians and journalists in Russia. “VLAST (POWER)” exposes the erosion of democracy in modern Russia.

4:45-6:20p.m.: “For Once in My Life” Directors: James Bigham, Mark Moormann, Javier Pena

In 1982, employees of Goodwill Industries in South Florida joined together to make music, singing at company meetings and parties. By 1996, the group expanded into a 29-piece orchestra. Suffering from autism, blindness, head trauma, and Down’s Syndrome, this unique group of singers and musicians offer the world amazing music, and “For Once in My Life” is their story. This film, in a cinema verite style, explores the trials and triumphs of these musicians, and the healing power of music to challenge the world’s perceptions.

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A shortdrive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. 6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. (910) 256-9677. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 11am–1am; Sun. 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 2-for-1 pizzas and apps after 10pm ■ WEBSITE:


Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach 24 encore | january 26 - february 1, 2011 |

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A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am - 11pm; Sat.: 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:

Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. (910) 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 8am-4pm Tues-Sat.; Sun. Brunch 9am-2pm. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Take out, call (910) 792-6720 ■ WEBSITE:


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



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


founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6AM for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner and drink specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Full ABC permits. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, (910) 256-3558. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 6AM-2AM, seven days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Working Man’s Lunch for under $6 Mon.-Fri.. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. ■ MUSIC: Fri., Sat. and Sun. nights. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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

■ FEATURING: Daily specials and takehome frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


Mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their hand-tossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. 4311 Oleander Drive, (910) 452-3773. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: MonSat, 11AM-10PM; Sun., 12PM-9PM. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: lunch specials, a variety of sandwiches and vegetarian items. ■ MUSIC: Live jazz on Wednesdays. ■ WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smithfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoked sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm SunWed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE:


Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 7633035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588)

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.


Offering the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. Now under new management, the restaurant will serve flavorful dishes, prepared by the cultural richness of authentic China. Serving items like traditional dim sum and gourmet home-style cooking, Double Happiness is still dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of their cooking. Their friendly staff will always go the extra mile to help diners enjoy their experience. Beer and wine is served for lunch and dinner, and Double Happiness is open. 4403 Wrighstville Avenue; (910) 313-1088. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.- Sat. 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 10pm. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Traditional dim sum menu.


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

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What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while earlybird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at ■ SERVING: DINNER. Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm10:30pm; and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:

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If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm - 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm - 10pm for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Call us 910-399-2867. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun., 3pm.– 8pm; Tues. - Sat. 11:45am – 9pm. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Breakfast served all day. ■ mUSIC: Live Music every First Fri. ■WEBSITE:

eUro fUSion PRESS 102

102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 399-4438. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. - Sat. 7am – close and Sun. brunch from 10am til 2pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Takeout ■ WEBSITE:


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


is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio

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dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11am - 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11am - 11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:


Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-away-from-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.Thurs. 11am. - 9:30am; Fri. 11am-10:30pm; Sat. 12pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am - 9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE:


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30am-3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:

latin american SAN jUAN CAFE

Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Fol-

low us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat. 11am-2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Open Sun from 5pm-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE:

organic LOVEY’S mARKET

Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Mon. through Fri., 9am to 7pm; Sat., 9am to 6pm; and on Sun., 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; (910) 509-0331. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 10am-6pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Food bar featuring hot and cold selections. ■ WEBSITE:


Tidal Creek Deli offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world; each item is prepared by hand using only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community. Located at 5329 Oleander Drive, (910) 799-2667. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Salad and hot bar. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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


Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; (910) 392-6313. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:

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


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


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

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Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location

A free monthly event where downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture.

from 6-9pm on the fourth friday of each month Featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, metals, ceramics, glass, woodwork, mixed media and more. Showcasing art and art-related events, Fourth Friday Gallery Nights also include opening receptions, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional art-activities.

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no more litter bugs!

Kevin Murphy leads a new enviro-friendly generation



rays scorch our skin, and we rush to the ocean for an immediate cool-down. Spring and summer give us the most out of our ocean, recreationally. However, its year-round effects actually sustain our life-support system, making it more important than we sometimes take for granted. Essentially, water balances our well-being, along with food and oxygen. It also manages to absorb carbon dioxide and the extra heat from the greenhouse effect. Thus, it makes no sense to put it in danger. That’s why Kevin Murphy, director of Ocean Cure and 90 Days to Earth Day, helps ensure our beaches are free from litter and inexcusable toxins

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that try to penetrate our waters. Three years ago Murphy started the 90 Days to Earth Day Challenge, which teaches area kids how to keep our environment clean and brings them to the forefront of action. “I lived in Carolina Beach and got a puppy,” he says. “I would walk him down by the river and was amazed at all the trash. So, being a teacher, I thought it’d be a good idea to have the kids clean it up, while I joined alongside them. It gets the younger kids in the habit of not just picking up after themselves but other people.” Though learning not to litter is of itself important, an incentive also comes with participating: Local businesses donate prizes, so the kids have an opportunity to win rewards for their enviro-friendly work. Kids must complete a photo or video essay to be registered for the grand prize, which allows them participation in a week long surf camp at Indo Jax and a free Engrain surfboard. Though the prizes are for the K-12 kids only, the challenge is open to anyone. Murphy would love to have college kids get involved, as well as older community members. “There’s been a lot of interest this year with past and new people.” Murphy says. “There’s a focus on Facebook now, and there are even people out in California that are going to do it.” The first year of the challenge proved to be an eye-opener, with heaping amounts of trash scattered throughout the area. “It would take five minutes to fill up three grocery-sized bags,” Murphy says, noting they’d walk a half mile before having to grab more bags. “By the end, it would take an hour to fill [those bags].” The second year of the challenge was better. Though it still didn’t take much time to fill up the

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bags, trash lessened. “The kids noticed it, too,” Murphy says, proud of the resounding effects. Less trash means the challenge is paying off. There is no doubt in Murphy’s mind that this year will be even better. He’s also focusing on what can be recycled, which equals close to 80 percent of what they collect. “[It’s] mainly plastic bottles and glass,” he notes. Some of the rubbish has even been there for years and years, left behind from previous tourist seasons. This year’s goal for 90 Days to Earth Day Challenge is to beat the 2009-10 trash pick-up of twoand-a-half tons. “[My] biggest goal [is to have it] become a coast-to-coast thing, having lots of schools doing it, thousands of kids doing it. Going up and down the coasts, picking [trash] up before the tourist season.” From the outside, it’s all about re-establishing the beauty of our coasts—uncovering them from the beatings life has given them. Digging deeper, we can say we are literally saving our lives. Not having toxins, garbage and its effects clogging our water system means living in healthier, happier environments. While at its core, the challenge is to teach kids, in the end it has a greater impact by hopefully carrying over to the parents and other children. Plus, it shows how responsibility must be shared to keep our earth at its best. As Murphy says, “It’s a really positive thing.” 90 Days to Earth Day challenge continues through April 22. Send pictures of progress to Kevin Murphy at

3rd Annual

University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of Cultural Arts presents


celebrating the life and works of franz liszt

Passion and Poetry Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium Pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits present an evening of Franz Liszt, including solo works from The Years of Pilgrimage; the powerful Totentanz; and a performance of the Concerto Pathetique, a rarely heard masterpiece for two pianos. Tickets and information available at Kenan Auditorium Box Office

910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643 UNCW is an EEO/AA Institution. Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting the box office at least 3 days prior to the performance. Portrait of Franz Liszt by Henri Lehmann

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powerful imagery: Jeff Sheng publishes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in volumes


I have as a little girl is sitting in my living room watching a recruitment commercial for the United States Marine Corps. Strong men and women standing tall, proud, decked out in gold medals and multicolored ribbons; they seemed larger than life itself. Their faces were unwavering. Their stare could terrify death itself, and when the holidays came around, Santa trusted them, so I could, too. When they took out their NCO swords and raised them in unison, they chased away every concern I had for monsters hiding in my closet. I could sleep soundly with the lights out. They were above all reproach. Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Superwoman, I never needed them. I didn’t want them. My heroes were in our military. Now, as an adult, it pains me to hear there are service members who feel they need to hide in a similar proverbial closet. With the complete and total appeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy just over the horizon, California artist Jeff Sheng aims to capture this unprecedented moment in our culture and immortalize it for generations to come. By stating NE OF THE MOST VIVID MEMORIES

rielse by Tiffanie Gab 2 t Tell, Vol. 1 & Don't Ask, Don' By Jeff Sheng $24.95 ios Jeff Sheng Stud what cannot be said in words and describing that which can only be defined with photographs, Sheng has created the first photo book on the market that features hidden faces of closeted service members that are affected by laws ordering the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified members of our United States military. Simply titled, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sheng traversed over 30,000 miles across the country to deliver 20 stunningly beautiful portraits that reek with sadness, frustration and longing. First recognized for his positive and groundbreaking work, titled “Fearless,” a compilation of portraits of out-and-proud gay, lesbian and bisexual athletes in high school and college,

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Sheng has never hidden from controversy. “My projects start out where I think about something for a while, and I make sure I enter with care, sincerity and respect,” he notes. “‘Fearless’ had a lot of publicity in ‘07 and ’08. I received e-mails from closet service members serving overseas, [who were] thanking me for the work. They saw a portion of themselves in the photos. These athletes were proud of their identities and those service members wanted to be, too. In early 2009 I e-mailed the same service members back. I asked if they would be interested in my new photo project.” Soon after, word about the project spread quickly. By the end of 2009, Sheng photographed 18 service members, many of whom just returned from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. By September 2010 he had his first exhibition of the work. Over 60 service members volunteered and came to view the powerful portraits. “It was really this gift people gave me with their image and name,” he shares. “Seeing the unfairness upon these really brave men and women serving our country was the hardest part in making the photo book.” The impact of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Vol-

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ume 1” soon led into a second edition, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Volume 2.” Completely selffunded and self-published, both volumes list names beside each service member that either symbolizes those who mean a lot to them or a place of great significance in their lives. The ultimate goal for Sheng’s photography is not to kindle another fire around the already explosive national debate; rather, it’s to capture a part of history in photography that marks the hopeful end of discrimination across the board. It won’t be until this ideal day that Sheng plans to release the final volume in the series, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Vol. 3.” This edition differs in a significant way—the faces of service members will finally be in focus. “People are free to express their opinions [about the books], but I think when people see the images they’ll see beautiful pictures,” Sheng says. “Photographs are louder than words. When we look back, 10, 20 years from now, we’ll appreciate them as a culture. Of course, you want everyone (in the military) to do the best of their job, but it’s a disservice to ask them to spend their energy hiding who they are. It’s also a disservice to the person serving beside them to be lied to. I do believe the military has validity in their concerns, but the way they approach their concern is the wrong solution. Everyone is created differently. You can’t be separate but also equal. That has been the mantra I live my own life by.” Sheng’s cathartic work expresses beauty through each photograph, all of which cast a lasting impression. He teaches us that in the end, superheroes don’t have prejudices. Nor should we toward our real-life heroes whose protection for our country should serve as the real matter at heart. To purchase or view more of Jeff Sheng’s work visit, or his Facebook page. Sheng offers a military discount for each volume.


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FRUCTIFEROUS: A basketful of goodies by Fred Piscop ACROSS 1 Lions and tigers 5 Each 9 Barber-chair attachment 14 Hotel staff 19 Fairy-tale villain 20 Passed-down tales 21 Dungeon hardware 22 Variety of navel 23 Adolescent’s scanty beard 25 Party invitation data 27 Wrap up 28 Florence’s river 29 Negotiation obstacles 30 Trimmed to fit 31 Took control of 33 Fossil preserver 35 Not of the clergy 36 Atlantic catch 37 C-E-G chord, e.g. 38 Exist 39 Slumber-party wear 42 Venerable computer language 45 Sort of firecracker 48 Unappetizing fare 49 Witness’s spot 50 Accelerator particle 51 Lipstick hue 52 Hold sway 53 Pewter, in part 54 Doubly misnamed cereal 58 Improv entertainer 59 Bone-dry 63 Neural transmitters 64 Water-park features 65 Respectful turndown 66 Research funding 67 Recital instrument 68 Even-tempered 70 “Tough!”

71 Anna Moses’ nickname 73 Stands to lose 74 Great Pyramid material 76 Yodeling setting 78 Conversation filler 79 Bit of light 80 Bit of light 81 Spoiler, perhaps 83 Hang in there 84 Herb in Asian cuisine 88 Super sticker 89 Denver hrs. 90 Grass grown in farms 91 Elementary school subj. 92 TV schedule notation 93 Part of YMCA 94 Screen’s partner 95 Fuel storage area 99 Treated with care 102 Like a doily 103 Shaker contents 104 Pal of Pooh 105 Tea type 107 Married . . . with Children actress 109 As of 110 Highlanders 111 Not often seen 112 Model-train track shape 113 Basketball player 114 Good thing 115 Thin nail 116 One in charge

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weekly calendar| Events K&M SPEED NETWORKING K & M Speed Networking: One-stop shopping to promote your business, networking events, advertising, conference calls, member Spotlights: Upcoming events: 1/27 Harold W. Wells & Son 5 N. 3rd St. 11:45am-2pm (very latest). First event is free. $10 due otherwise for non-annual members. Light lunch provided. RSVP to Kerry. THALIAN HALL Fri., 1/28: Bettye LaVette: With her unforgettable performance of “A Change Is Gonna Come” with Jon Bon Jovi at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, and her visceral, jaw-dropping “Love Reign O’er Me” that brought Pete Townsend to tears during the Kennedy Center Honors, Bettye LaVette has commandeered the world stage. Grammy-nominated artist • Fri.-Sun., 2/18-20: Susan Werner—brilliantly creative singersongwriter likely holds the world speed record for building rapport with an enraptured audience. A Rainbow Room Attraction, four sets, Friday thru Sunday, table seating, limited capacity. www. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820 310 Chestnut St. 90 DAYS TO EARTH DAY


The 2009 Presidential Inauguration welcomed this famed songstress to the stage with Jon Bon Jovi for an unforgettable rendition of ‘A Change is Gonna Come.’ She’s coming to Thalian Hall on the 28th, bringing her emotive soul music to stage, in conjunction with her recently released album, “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook,” which gives a dose of blues to the greats of rock ‘n’ roll, including The Who, Pink Floyd and Elton John. Tickets are $18 to $34, available at See page 28. HOME EXPO AND REMODELING SHOW 1/29-30: Wilmington-Cape Fear HomEXPO and Remodeling Show is a one-stop-shop with over 70 exhibit spaces offering the latest in home improvement products and services including the latest tips to make your living space more eco friendly. Free seminars are also offered both days with information on reducing energy costs, landscaping

advice and more. Attendees can register to win prizes. Admission is $3 and children are free. WILMINGTON WEDDING SALON 2/5-5: Wilmington Wedding Salon, with reception on Friday, 7-9pm. Showcase Saturday, 1-5pm. Admission charge; Shell Island Resort. www. UNCW PRESENTS UNCW Presents proudly announces its 2010/11 season of performances and lectures, Sept-Apr., at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Subscriptions/ tickets on sale now through Kenan Box Office (962-3500) and online at Fri., 2/11: Jake Shimabukuro transforms the ukulele into an instrument of incredible virtuosity, playing lilting original compositions, pop and American songbook standards • Mon., 2/13: Temple Grandin shares her insights on human and animal minds in Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism, increasing the public’s understanding of autism and animal behavior, Grandin draws from her experiences with autism to design humane livestock facilities and to articulate the singular ways in which individuals with autism experience the world.

LOVE BOAT CRUISE Valentine ‘Love Boat’ Cruise aboard the Shamrock, offered by Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 11am4pm. Admission. RSVP: 910-200-4002. Depart from

Banks Channel, across from Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach. ROMANTIC CARRIAGE RIDE 2/11-14: Treat your sweetheart to a moonlight carriage ride for two just in time for Valentine’s Day. Surprise him or her with a red rose, a box of chocolates, and a French evening coach. Market & Water streets, downtown. 251-8889 or SWEETHEART CRUISE 2/12: Henrietta III Sweetheart Cruise, include buffet meal and cash bar aboard NC’s largest riverboat. Dinner/dance cruise. Sat., 6:30-9:30pm. Boards half hour before cruise; advance prepay RSVP: (910) 343-1611.

Charity/Fund-raisers MUGS FOR JUGS Sat., 1/29,, Front Street Brewery hosts 3rd annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fund-raiser, Mugs for Jugs, to raise funds for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation. Net profits from this special event will provide care packages to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and to help provide mammograms for local women that, otherwise, could not afford them. 11:30am: 16oz. Mugs for Jugs and t-shirts will go on sale at Front Street Brewery for $9.99 First Mug Fill free w/ purchase of mug. • 7pm: Entertainment, raffles and giveaways with items provided by local sponsors, Photobooth provided by Baca Photography. Great beer and food specials with net profits going to the cause! Open to the public; non black-tie. Groove Jet Salon will be dying our Brewery staff’s hair pink for awareness and Brewmaster, Kevin Kozak, will be working the bar and the floor. Any tips received will be donated to the NHRMC Foundation as well. Ellie Craig: 910251-1935 or DATE AUCTION Polar Plunge’s 4th year raising money and awareness for the wonderful athletes in the Special Olympics. Lovely women and handsome men will be auctioned, in wide variety of ages , 2/3, 7-10pm. Surfs Bar and Grille (5500 Market St). Food and drink specials, 50/50 Raffle, live music, incredible laughter and fun. If you (or anyone you know) would like to be auctioned off, please fill in the attached questionnaire and return to me; Call me with any questions you may have. Pam and the Ice Chicklets: 910-352-3703 VOLUNTEERS AT MARITIME MUSEUM The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport has temporarily closed in preparation for their move to a new facility on the nearby Fort Johnston. Volunteers and NC Maritime Museums staff now face the task of carefully cataloging, packing and moving the artifacts out of the North Howe Street building. Volunteers needed in late January through the end of February. or call 910-457-0003.

Theatre/Auditions BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS Big Dawg Productions’ 2011 Season: 1/27-30, See page 10. CITY STAGE THEATER City Stage Announces it’s 2010-11 season as well as changes within the company! We have a new box office number for ticket reservations: (910) 2642602. Chicago: 1/28-30. • Three Penny Opera: 2/10-13, 18-20, 25-27. All shows at City Stage, downtown Wilmington. (910)264-2602.

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Saturday February 19, 2011 Pleasure Island’s Carolina Beach Boardwalk Next to the Courtyard Marriott 11:00AM-3:00PM




Come take a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to support Special Olympics New Hanover County

Join us for an afternoon of live music, art, food, a silent auction, classic car show and much, much more! Come and join the fun – our athletes need your support!

SCHEDULE: 11 - 3 PM: 12 noon: 1:30 PM: 3 PM:

Music (bands and DJ) Ice Carving Contest Costume Contest Plunge!

Please join us for MACHINE GUN 8 -11 p.m. for the Post Plunge Party For more information: Special Olympics New Hanover County 302 Willard Street Wilmington, NC 28401


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DIVIDING THE ESTATE Thalian Association presents the Wilmington premiere of the comedy “Dividing the Estate” by Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote. The production, directed by Laurene Perry, runs 2/3-6 on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington; Thurs/Fri/Sat, 8pm and Sun, 3pm. $25 with senior, student and group discounts. (910) 251-1778 or THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES The Vagina Monologues, based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women throughout the world, celebrates women’s sexuality and strength, as well as exposes the violence and indignities that women endure. V-Day is a non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, women and girls. This year’s spotlight is for the women and girls for Haiti. Proceeds go toward the Haiti spotlight, the Rape Crisis Center and The Carousel Center. For additional information, visit the V-Day website at Local production at Lumina Theater, UNCW. 2/3 and 5 at 7pm. $5 w/student ID; $10 nonstudent. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Student Association at UNCW. Directed by Lisa Huynh and Deanna Stoker. Advance tickets recommended. and at Sharky’s Box Office, located on the first floor of the Fisher Student Center, next to Lumina Theater. THEATRE CLASSES Spring classes for Mill Creek Players Performing Arts begin the week of 2/7. Mill Creek Players has been making dreams a reality in the Wilmington area for over 2 years now. Classes include Playersin-Training (PreK-Grade 2), Theatre Arts Class (Grades 3-8), Performance Class (Grades 3-12; by audition), Voice Lessons (Grade 3-Adult), Piano Lessons (Grade 4-Adult). • Mill Creek Players Performing Arts will hold open auditions for “The Ever After—A Musical” on Mon., 1/31, 6-8pm, Family Life Center at Trinity United Methodist Church (4008 S. College Rd). It’s 20 years after “happily ever after,” and all of the fairytale characters are reunited on a talk show. This production is part of the Spring 2011 Performance Class/Workshop, and is open to anyone in grades 3-12. Activity fee for workshop. Rehearsals are Mon. 6-7:30pm with the performance in late May/early June. 910-379.7ACT,, or CASTING CALL 2/7, Professional Communications, a Matthews, N.C.-based video production agency, announced today that it is holding a virtual casting call for a reality-style program titled “Health Crisis in Carolina: Real Families, Real Struggles, Real Solutions.” The agency is looking for interested families in the Wilmington metro region who are motivated to improve their health to participate in the project. Details: Create and post short audition video on YouTube, explaining why you would like to improve your eating habits and become more physically active. Reality@ NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW has partnered with the National Theatre in London to bring high-definition broadcasts of National Theatre Live to Wilmington. Performances filmed live in HD onstage in London and broadcast via satellite to

more than 300 cinemas around the world, including the new OLLI building on S. College Rd. Schedule: FELA!: 2/7, winner of a Tony Award for choreography; King Lear: 2/22, starring Derek Jacobi; Frankenstein: 3/30, directed by Danny Boyle; The Cherry Orchard: 3/30, Chekhov’s masterpiece (shown live). All shows are at 2pm. $18 for OLLI members, $28 for nonmembers and $10 for students. OLLI membership: 910-962-3195 or SNEADS FERRY COMMUNITY THEATRE Three one-acts with dinner for two weekends only, $25. Sat, 2/12, 6pm; Sun., 2/13, 2pm; 2/19, 6pm; 2/20, 2pm. (Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.) Prepaid RSVP by 2/9 and 16, 6pm: 910-327-2798. Seating limited to 50/night. Sneads Ferry Com. Center 126 Park Ln., SUNDAY FUNNIES Kathryn Martin’s Sunday Funnies, feat. three one-act comedies about romance, 3/7pm. Sun, 2/13-27, Playhouse 211, Southport. Tickets $19 orchestra, $15 general admission, online at www.playhouse211. com, 910-200-7785. Playhouse 211 is at 4320 Southport-Supply Road (Hwy. 211), Suite 100, St. James Plaza, St. James. BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS


All Eyes On You Entertainment is currently auditioning to cast a local ‘Gospel’ stage play. We are seeking for men and women ages mid-20s and mid-50s; actors, singers, musicians and dancers. Cold reading but also prepare a monologue and/or song, as well as recent photo/headshot and bio. Ms. Burgess: 919-539-9445 or

Comedy COMEDY CABANA Thurs., 1/27: With headliner Rollin Jay Moore; also appearing, Greg Lausch & Cooter Douglas. Showtimes: 8pm. Admission: $15 • Fri-Sat, 1/28-29: With headliner, Rollin Jay Moore. Also appearing: Greg Lausch & Coot. Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach, 9588 N. Kings Hwy. (843)449-4242. BROWN COAT PUB AND THEATRE Browncoat Pub & Theatre welcomes Illusionist Michael Rosander, 1/28-29, 8pm. Founder of NoSleeves Magic, comedian/magician/illusionist Michael Rosander has been mystifying and delighting audiences for years. Michael weaves the unique threads of storytelling, comedy and illusion into a wonderfully entertaining tapestry of intrigue. He has toured the United States performing for audiences of all ages and professions. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him live and on stage at the Browncoat! $10. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001

Mill Creek Players Performing Arts holds open auditions for ‘The Ever After—A Musical’ on the 31st of January at the Family Life Center of Trinity United Methodist Church on College Road. The story follows fairy-tale characters as the reunite 20 years later ... on a talk show. Production takes place in late May; rehearsals are Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Grades 3rd through 12th are welcome to audition. (910)379-7ACT. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson. Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall. The energetic and bawdy Broadway hit recounts the (mostly) true story of the Chicken Ranch, a Texas brothel. It’s business as usual for Miss Mona and the girls until Melvin P. Thorpe, a crusading TV anchor, turns his cameras at the house of ill repute. Small town vice faces off with righteous indignation in this funny look at sex and politics in the Lone Star State. Full of homespun humor, bodacious characters and a country and western score that will have you whoopin’ and hollerin’ in the aisles; parental discretion is advised. 2/16-20; 25-27. Individual tickets go on sale at the Center Box Office on Monday, 12/13. (910) 632-2285. (click calendar) 310 Chestnut Street. Monday-Saturday, 2pm-6pm Season tickets and gift certificates available year round at Opera House office. (910) 762-4234. GOSPEL

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COMEDY CLASSES Comedy/Improv for Beginners: Learn the basics of Improv. Beneficial for performers, non-performers, public speakers, teachers, and others who are interested in learning to think creatively and quickly on their feet. 1/31-4/19, Mon., 6-9pm, Wilmington Campus 36 hrs. Cost: $123 • Stand Up Comedy:Gain confidence, get feedback, writing exercises, and the open mike experience. Focused on getting you to your first open mike. Open forum to try out your material, create new material, gain feedback and overcome performance anxiety. We will also research national/regional stand-up auditions and submissions. Nationally headlining comedian Basile scheduled as guest speaker!02/1-04/19, Wed, 6-9pm, Wilmington Campus 36 hrs. Cost: $123. Taught by Brooklin Green. Reg: 910-362-7319

NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM 1/28-29: (BET’s/Martin Lawrence’s) Charles Walden, show time 8pm, $10 advance/$12 door • 2/4-5: Marc Price (Family Ties), with Julie McCullough (Growing Pains, Playmate, Azalea Queen) show time 8pm, $15 • 2/11-12: (BET/Chapelle Show) Dominique, show time 8pm, $10 advance/$12 door • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thursday Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. 910-520-5520

Music/Concerts LISZT200

UNCW’s Office of Cultural Arts presents LISZT200, a yearlong series commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of one of music’s great visionaries, composer Franz Liszt. Feat. pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits, 8pm, in Kenan Auditorium. Liszt left a musical legacy, still considered the most extraordinary pianist the world has seen, demanding the highest virtuosity, drama of inordinate energy and poetry of the deepest poignancy. Part Franciscan cleric, part worldly sensualist, a musical aristocrat whose music reflects the earthy tones and primal rhythms of the Hungarian Gypsy, Liszt shaped the Age of Romanticism. $24 general public, $20 UNCW faculty/staff and $6 UNCW students with valid ID. Box Office: 910-962-3500 or 800-732-3643. MUSIC ON MARKET Music on Market Fine Art Series will continue its 2010 -2011 season with a free concert Sat., 1/29, 7:30pm in Brown Hall at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 1416 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina. Attached is additional information on this concert. Sharon Miller: 762-9693 ext. 212 or, OLLI NEW HORIZONS BAND OLLI New Horizons Band, Dr. John LaCognata, conductor. Mon., 1/31-5/22, 2011 Weekly rehearsals on Mon., 7-9pm at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building Band Room, #1080. Open to adults with prior band experience and want to play music just for the fun of it. Percussionists needed. No tryouts required! Spring concert scheduled May 3. Sponsored by the UNCW Department of Music and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Betty Garrett: 910-686-7345, email:; or 910-962-3195. Cost: members, $79; non-members, $109. ROBERT LIGHTHOUSE 2/6, 3pm: Robert Lighthouse at Live on Grace, 121 Grace St. Stone Soup Concerts presents a Listening Room Concert of Swedish blues legend Robert Lighthouse. Robert is the master of Mississippi Delta Blues, a master of blues guitar and harmonica, yet his voice is as smooth as Hendrix. Advanced RSVP recommended. (910)777-8889 MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland,whohas20yearsexperienceasaprofessional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or

Dance NEW HANOVER COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER Ballroom/Latin lessons In Jan/Feb, Wed., 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30m. Beginner-intermediate. Singles and couples, 2222 College Rd. 910-799-2001 BALLROOM DANCESPORT LESSONS 1/28 Friday Night Dane Party, Intro Lesson early, followed by dancing, 7:30-10. $7. $5/HS/ College w/id. Registering now for new classes. Offering Valentine gift certificates, group/private, single/couple. Ballroom DanceSport Dance Studio. Less than a mile from UNCW, 4523 Franklin Ave. Across from Cinema Dr. Corner Kerr/Franklin.

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Pint and Burrito Night. $5 gets you any pint and a burrito


$2 Tuesday. Tacos, Tecate, and Tequila are all $2 each


1/2 Price Bar Menu All Day • 1/2 Price Margaritas


Salsa Night...No Partner Required! 20% off food for all participants


Paco Strickland Live @ 6:30


Brunch starts at 11AM • $5 Shrimp and Grits $3 Bloody Marys, $3 Mimosas, $3 Sagria 5 South Water Street • 910-399-4501 Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm Lunch: Mon. - Sat.: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sat. - Sun.: 2:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner: Mon. - Sat.: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sun.: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Featuring Asian Firepots. 3 course meal and $5 glass pours on featured wine.


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Jake Shimabukuro 8 p.m. ‚ Friday, February 11 Kenan Auditorium ‚ $22 Discounts for UNCW students and employees, non-UNCW students and senior citizens 910-799-2001

Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro views the ukulele as an untapped source of music with unlimited potential. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock, Jake’s mission is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of so much more than only the traditional Hawaiian music many associate with it.

ARGENTINE TANGO Free lesson begins at 7:30pm, Fri, followed by regular dance. Cover charge $5. Carolina Lounge at the Ramada Inn on Market St. 910-791-7595. TECHNIQUES IN MOTION New teen/adult classes, Techniques In Motion School of Dance, beginning Jan. 2011. Latin Couples Dance: Tues, 7:45-8:45pm or Wed, 8:15-9:15pm. Classes begin TBA; need 5 couples to form class. • Yoga w/Jennifer Robancho, Sun., 3-4pm. beginning 1/16. Techniques In Motion School of Dance: 5543100 Carolina Beach Rd., (910) 799-3223. www. WILMINGTON SINGLES CLUB 2/4: DJ Robert Clemmons, American Legion Post 10 • 2/11: DJ Buddy Langley, American Legion Post 10 Admission for all dances (unless otherwise noted) are: Members $8; Guests $10. Details: Ken Batchelor @ 392-0718. CONTRA DANCE Cape Fear Contra Dancers hold regular Tuesday night dance at the 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm.Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.

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CAROLINA LOUNGE DANCE LESSONS Tues.: Free shag lessons with Brad White. Beginner 7:30pm, Intermediate 8pm. Dancing till 11pm. $5 cover. • Line dance lessons w/Barbara Braak, 7:30pm; country line dancing, 9:30. Coming Thurs, 11/4: Band of Oz, 8:30pm. • Fri.: Salsa Night begins with Argentine Tango lessons, 7:30pm. $5 cover. Salsa Lessons, 9:30pm & DJ Lalo. Open till 2:30am. • Sat.: Salsa w/DJ LaLo, free, 9pm till close. Carolina Lounge, 910 791-7595. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 Kenan Box Office 910.962.3500

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CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025


Harald Josef Graffinger’s art is heavily influenced by his travels. Having lived in Germany, Switzerland, France and London before immigrating to the United States, Harald’s paintings are an abstract celebration of life done with a kaleidoscope of colors and rich textures. Hangs through 3/14. 6680 Barbeque Rd NW Ocean Isle Beach, NC. (910) 287-2800. www. ECHOES OF THE DREAM WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is pleased to announce that the WHQR Gallery will open a brand new show on 1/28 with an exhibition titled Echoes of the Dream: Sharing the Journey of 3 Women Artists, feat. new work by three gifted local artists, Eunkyung Cazier, Linda Hartman and Kelley Morris. Opening reception: 1/28, 6-9pm. Guests are invited to meet the artists, the WHQR staff and on-air personalities while enjoying wine, light refreshments and live music. The show will remain on display until 4/1. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR Public Radio. 3rd floor of The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front St. CALL TO ARTISTS Looking for paintings of garden scenes, particularly ones that depict the New Hanover County Arboretum Ext and are recognizable as having been done in this garden. All scenes will be considered. Can be any size. If interested please contact HarborIslandArts@ for an application form and attach an example of your work. Harbor Island Arts is a local non profit arts organization committed to bringing local art into the community and fundraising for local non profits. FINE ART BY SANDY LEE Fine Art by Sandy Lee at the Acme Studios, showcasing over 32 paintings. 711 5th Ave., one block north of 5th Ave. and Red Cross. Fri.,1/28, 6-9pm. 910-538-7734 FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS Free monthly event feat. downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open after-hours in celebration of art and culture. Dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27, 6/24, 7/22, 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, 11/25, 12/23, 6-9pm, fourth Friday of each month. Self-guided tour; exhibitions of all types, opening receptions, demonstrations, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional and non-traditional art-activities. Participants: 621N4TH Gallery, Acme Art Studios, Charles Jones African Art, Bottega Gallery & Art Bar, Burchetta Glassblowing Studio, Caffe Phoenix, Caprice Bistro, The Eclectic, Front Street Glass, Golden Gallery, Gypsy Gina’s, Lovebird Art & Design, New Elements Gallery, Old Books on Front Street, One Wicked Gallery, Opera Room & Gallery, Projekte,

wooden hair curlers to strawberry lip gloss, discover objects that help tell the stories of grooming through time. • Cape Fear Treasures: Seeing opens 1/18. Peruse a selection of items related to vision as you explore treasures from the Museum’s collection. From sunglasses to opera glasses to magnifying glasses, discover objects that help tell stories of seeing through time.Exhibit is free with paid Museum admission.• Photography in Focus. Explore the evolution of photography, from the daguerreotype to the digital camera. Discover how picture-taking technologies have changed, bringing cameras and photographs out of the studio and into the mainstream. • 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: Playing with Math Sat, 1/29: Measure, estimate, identify, reason, plot and predict your way through interactive mathematics activities. Come play with math to discover how it figures into your everyday life. Design your own math button to wear and take home. Astronomy Adventures Sat, 2/5,12: Explore planets, stars, the moon and other celestial bodies. Create your own constellation, build and use a star map. Open Sat., 14pm. Free with paid museum admission. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 12. Parental participation is required. • Conservation Workshop: Wood Sat, 2/5, 9am-12pm. Wood conservator Todd Jorgensen investigates caring for wood furniture. Discover and practice conservation techniques. Workshop incl. conservation kit to take home. $50/member; $65/ non-member. Register, (910)798-4362. • Cape Fear Skies: Greek Myths & Legends Sun, 2/20, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. Venture into the portable planetarium while listening to Greek star-inspired stories. Free with paid museum admission. Appropriate for all ages. Parental participation is required. Winter hrs: Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $5 special military rate with valid military ID; $3 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are always free. 814 Market St. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Richard McMahan’s MINImuseum through 2/13/2011, feat. over 1,100 works of art ranging in date from 30,000 BCE to the present. Tiny replicas of many of the most well-known artworks throughout history, some as small as postage stamps, created using recycled materials. Miniscule renderings from various periods and cultures around the world: carvings, objects, sculptures and paintings found in King Tut’s tomb, miniature copies of classic works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo; as well as cave paintings and historical furniture and decorative arts • From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1/28 – 4/10. Exhibition includes select quilts from Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and features the work of Yvonne Wells and Nora Ezell, whose quilts showcase the variety of styles in the MMFA’s permanent collection. Accompanied by a 2006 publication, Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff. Published 2006, 109 pages with color illustrations. Copies available for purchase in gift shop.• Remembering BIG , 2/34/30: Inexhaustible creativity, expressive color and

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power of art created by this larger-than-life artist, affectionately known as “Big” Allen D. Carter, a.k.a. Big Al or Big (1947 – 2008), a celebrated artist, teacher and mentor to at-risk youth in the Arlington County Public Schools. Journey through decades of his prodigious art production—drawings and paintings on paper, canvas, household objects, prints, sculpture and constructions on loan from the Artist’s Estate. EVENTS: Jazz at CAM w/Soul Power Posse, 2/3, 6:30-8pm. $7 members (CAM or CF Jazz Society)/$10 non • 2/3: Writers’ Salon, 6-7pm. Writers discuss their craft, ideas and the art of writing life. • 2/11-12: 6th annual Civil War Living History: Forks Road Battlefield Presents, 10am-4pm. Free; open to public. Donations accepted. Includes infantry and artillery demonstrations, artisans demonstrations, family art activities and more. Schools interested in tour: • 2/6, 10: Gallery Convo w/Anne Brennan and Daphne Holmes, 3pm. Museum admission (members, free). New informal series with CAM staff discussing art work on view in CAM. CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. • Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun., 11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. or 910-395-5999.

Sports/Recreation WILLIAM H. CRAIG RACE FOR LIFE 4th Annual William H. Craig Race for Life: 15k, 5k & Fun Run, Sat., 1/29, Autumn Hall. This race is presented by Campbell Orthodontics and was established by the Y in 2008 to honor the legacy of Dr. Bill Craig and his many contributions to our community. Funds from this event will provide financial support on an annual basis to programs that Dr. Craig supported, especially those involving children in need. 15k at 8am, a Fun Run and Walk for families and kids at 8:15 and a 5k starting at 8:30am. Registration is open; brochures are available at the Wilmington Family YMCA at 2710 Market St, or at Wendy Lamb: 910-251- 9622 ext 253.

Film ALUMNI FILM SERIES Alumni Film Series feat. three nights of films created by UNCW graduates. Free; open to the public.1/26-2/2, 7pm, Lumina Theater. Series includes both feature length and short films, and culminates with a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Series includes: Devin DiMattia’s feature, Firewall of Sound, originally created as a short Honors project and expanded to feature length since his graduation. It was screened at the

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DOCUTIME FILM FESTIVAL Read page 22 SUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES 1/30: Gothic. Lord Byron and Percy Shelley imbibe hallucinogens on a fateful night at Byron’s estate. Juggling Gypsy, (910) 763-2223; http://jugglinggypsy. com 1612 Castle Street

Kids Stuff FIT FOR FUN Fit For Fun Center, 302 10th St. 341-4630. www. • Dinosaur Dance! (for kids ages 5 and under), Fri., 1/28, 9am-noon. $5/child. Adults free; dance for all of our dinosaur fans! Music, games, a special snack, and crafts! • Hearty Party! (for kids ages 5 and under), Mon, 2/14, 9am-noon, $5/child;


4th annual William H. Craig Race for Life welcomes folks who wish to run a 15k or 5k. The race honors the legacy of Dr. Bill Craig and his contributions to the Wilmington community. Proceeds help programs that Dr. Craig supported, especially ones involving children in need. The 15k is at 8 a.m., the Fun Run and Walk for families is at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k is at 8:30 p.m. Registration is open at YMCA, 2701 Market Street. Wendy Lamb: (910) 251-9622, x 253.

UNCW ALUMNI HOMECOMING UNCW Alumni Association’s Homecoming 2011, Sat., 2/19. Alumni reunions, TEALgate pregame party, Alumni Homecoming Celebration, take classes and tours, and participate in other spirited events. Full schedule: homecoming.

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2010 Cucalorus Film Festival as well as the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in New York City. Brian Teague’s short film AT3: Air to the Throne, which is under consideration by Turner Studios for a pilot in Adult Swim or Peachtree TV. Kenneth Price, best known as a member of the Superkiiids!, also makes an appearance in this series with his short films First Sunrise and The Late Mr. Mokun Williams, and his feature film Americatown, screened at the 2009 Cucalorus Film Festival. Timothy Rizor’s Hold Up, an episodic tale broken up into seven small segments, will play throughout the series. Mark Eaton’s films Colors and Soma will display various animation and 3-D modeling styles, interwoven with live action. Full schedule:

adults are free! Celebrate Valentine’s Day! There will be lots of fun activities and crafts to make on this special day. • Make it Mondays arts and crafts classes on first Mon. of the month, starting in February; 11-11:30am or 2-2:30pm. $5 to play and participate in class. Age for participants: 2-5 years (may be some small parts) • Big Kids Too-Day, for ages 6-10! There have been many inquiries about having a day for older children to play with the younger children. Regular programming and set up for children 0-5. Special activities for the big kids will be added. First/third Thurs.of month, 1-4pm in February. $4/child, 6 months-10 yrs. KIDS IN THE BIZ WORKSHOP Want to start auditioning for TV and film and don’t know where to start? Workshop is for parents and kids who want to take their talent to the next level. Learn about headshots, training, commitment and audition technique from a professional casting director, agent and actor/parent. 2/5, 1-4:30pm. Register, www.

Readings/Lectures LECTURE BY PHIL STINE 1/28, 5-9pm, lecture by Dr Phil Stine at St James Episcopal Church, Great Hall, 25 South 3rd St. “The History and Impact of the King James Bible” commemorates the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible in 1611. (910)763-1628 OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET 10 percent discount to anyone who arrives by bicycle! • “Knit Wits, the crafting group open to all,” Wed nights, 6:30pm. • Story Teller’s Open Mic on Sunday evenings ,starting in February • Monthly art shows

starting this spring. Our first show will be with Alice Brock, the real Alice behind Arlo Guthrie’s hit song “Alice’s Restaurant.” (Last Friday in March) • Also feat. Wilmington’s First Vend-a-Quote Machine—each quote comes with a $1 off coupon toward purchases • Literary Jukebox will be fully functional by 1/10 that’s the goal. Old Books on Front St: 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS

Classes/Workshops OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING CLASSES Wilmington on Film with Ben Steelman & Amy Hotz of Star-News - Luncheon, Wed., 1/26, noon1:30pm. $20 OLLI members; $25 non-members. Join StarNews staff writers Amy Hotz and Ben Steelman as they discuss their new publication, Wilm on Film. Learn about the people and locations involved in making big screen favorites like “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Secret Lies of Bees and TV hits One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek and American Gothic. Over 25 years of history is revealed by Ben and Amy, so you don’t want to miss this session. • OLLII at UNCW has organized a day trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to see American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell on Friday, 1/28. $75 for members and $105 for non, which includes transportation, exhibit fee and lunch at the museum. or call 962-3195. HALYBURTON PARK Halyburton Park Programs: January 2011. 4099 S. 17th St. 341-0075 or www. Pre-registration rqd. • Snake and Turtle Feeding: Enjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Events Center and then watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle will be fed during the demonstration.1/19, 4-4:30 pm. $1/participant • Winter Bird Watching Trip: Pocosin Lakes and Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, 1/28-29, 9am-5pm, $115/participant. Pocosin Lakes and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, home to tens of thousands of Tundra Swan and Snow Geese, to observe a variety of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. Transportation, lodging, and entrance fees incl. SOUTHEASTERN CAMERA SUPPLY Every Wed, 6:30pm-8pm, night, Wilmington photographer Gary Allen offers classes on digital photography at the Southeastern Camera in Wilmington. Different topics every week, small classes, a great learning experience. 313-2999 or Gary at $30. 1351 S. Kerr Ave.

Clubs/Notices HISTORIC WILMINGTON FOUNDATION 45th annual Membership Meeting to your event calendar: Thurs, 1/27, 6-7pm. St. James Episcopal Parish, Great Hall (South 3rd and Market streets). Celebrate the Foundation’s preservation achievements and meet the new Board and President. Special Guest Speaker Linda A. Carlisle, Secretary of NC Dept. of Cultural Resources. Reception following meeting. RSVP: (910) 762-2511. WILMINGTON STONEWALL DEMOCRATS The Wilmington Stonewall Democrats, a group of lgbtq Democrats and their straight allies, meet the first Thursday of every month at Old Books, 249 N. Front Street, Wilmington, 5:30pm. We are an official auxiliary of the New Hanover County Democratic Party. Gayle Keresey: 763-7149 or Ryan Burris at 262-7787. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF GREATER ILM Thurs., 2/24, 12:30-4pm: The Assistance Leagueof Greater Wilmington’s fund-raiser: afternoon of games —bridge, pinocle or any other game for your table.Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. $25/person includes light refreshments, dessert, coffee and prizes and a fabulous view of the ocean. Proceeds support philantrhopic programs in the community.Advance reg. rqd. Nancy Tillett,: 686-3902. CAPE FEAR KNITTERS Cape Fear Knitters, the Wilmington chapter of The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA) meets the third Sat. ea. month, 10am-noon. Gerri: 371-3556. Judy: 383-0374.

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